Monday, September 22, 2008

Stuffed Potatoes and Apple bars

This Monday went by quick! Work went well. Tonight, I took Body Pump and had a fabulous workout! The whole moving thing (2 1/2 weeks go!!) is starting to stress me out a bit. I decided to push all my stress into my workout and I think the results were great! I felt awesome after! When I got home, I made some breakfast/dessert treats (recipe below) for Josh and washed the dog. Tonight for dinner, I made stuffed potatoes! I cooked up 2 potatoes (a sweet potato for me and a regular Idaho for Josh) at 425 for 1 hour. I also baked up some chicken. On the stove top, I did the following:


1 15-ounce can black beans, drained
1 8-ounce can no salt added tomato sauce
desired amount of Frozen corn
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder


Bring all ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 10 minutes.

I then topped the potatoes with the above mixture and a little low sodium Provolone cheese. I also topped Josh's with the chicken. The above recipe is an adjusted version of this recipe.
The breakfast/treat recipe that I made today was apple bars! I had a lot of apples in our fruit bowl and I saw that a lot of bloggers had gone apple picking this weekend (i.e. Sammie and Bridget) , so I thought it would be perfect. I was inspired by this recipe, but adjusted it quite a bit:

5 cups tart apples, cored, peeled, chopped
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 egg, beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Mix chopped apples, sugar, and almonds. Let sit for 30 minutes- 2 hours.

Add vegetable oil, egg, and vanilla. In a seperate bowl, mix dry ingredients. Mix wet and dry ingredients together:

Place in Pyrex dish:
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Let the bars completely cool, cut into individual servings. Store in fridge:

In other exciting news, I found these cool arnold rolls at the store this weekend. I am going to use them in Josh's lunch tomorrow and will let you know what he thinks about them!!


Danielle said...

Arnold Select Sandwich Thins?! If I didn't know any better I'd say it was my host-mom's favorite bread from the bakery at Santa Isabel, looks exactly the same! And I hope for you that it tastes just as good :)

Dinner and dessert sounds, looks, (tastes, I will one day when I use the recipes) divine!

Anonymous said...

Mmm, apple bars! I love that potato idea, too.

Jenn said...

Those apple bars look delicious!!!

Do those buns say that they're 100 cals each? That looks like quite the caloric bargain. :)

HangryPants said...

Mmm sweet potatoes!

I have those rolls! I like them lots. The are only 100 cals so that's the upshot. Not the most "natural" thing in the world, but tasty.

Anonymous said...

those apple bars looks GREAT!! I'll have to make them once I go to the apple orchard :)

Anonymous said...

Oh let us know how those bars tatse they look great and they go along with the Blogger Challenge this week from Care to Eat!

I use those sandwhich flats all the time.. they come in multigrain and whole grain.. they are perfect with a little TJ's jelly for a pre exercise snack!

Anonymous said...

Yum! I love sweet potatoes, and with all those fixins' they look delicious!

I am sooo jealous that you found the sandwich thins, I want some :(

Unknown said...

I saw that with the potatoes, looks great! And those apple bars... guess who else has apples :)

Andrea of Care to Eat said...

Your apple dish looks so good! It will be our first entry!

Esi said...

Those apple bars sounds sooo good. Hope you had a great night!

Anonymous said...

You have been busy, busy cooking up a storm and having a blast with friends! It looks like so much fun!

1) I love the platter you made for your friend! She is one lucky gal to get some of Erica's yummy baked treats!

2) There is NOTHING better than chili and cornbread with football. Nothing!

3) I love the stuffed potato recipe! It's definitely going to be a favorite of mine heading into these cold winter months. Potatoes are going to be a staple, I can feel it.

4) Yummy apple bars! I love the step-by-step photos :o)

I still haven't found Arnold thins!!

Anonymous said...

I'm drowning in apples after my trip to the orchard, so this recipe is so timely - I hope I can get home from work at a decent time to try to make a vegan version!
Oh, I've had the Arnold Select Sandwich Thins in the 100% whole wheat variety, and I love them. Interestingly, I'm not crazy about them toasted, but just regular room-temp as a sandwich is delicious!

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Glad that your Monday went by quickly, AND went well - hooray!!

Ahhh, good luck with moving, when the time comes!!

Stuffed potatoes + apple bars = holy yum!!

Happy Tuesday!!

Samantha said...

The apple bars look great. I just might give that a try so I can use up some of my apple supply. Plus, Charlie would be able to enjoy a bit of apple goodness.

Anonymous said...

MM - both of those look yummy!

We're going apple picking in 2 weeks so I'm adding this recipe on my "to-do" list :)

Anonymous said...

I can't find those arnold thins anywhere. Which store did you get them at?

DoubleE said...
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Anonymous said...

Erica! I wish wish wish I could find those sandwich thins!

Anonymous said...

OF COURSE you can add us! We'd be honored!!!! I'll add you too. I love your blog. :)
BTW, I saw another vegetarian chili recipe in Cooking Light so I'll send that your way!

Erica said...

All- The thins are awesome! Give them a try, look for them near your deli counter!!

Thanks for all the kind words about the bars! They turned out really yummy!

Jenn- yes! 100 calories, can you believe it?

SNL- thanks for pointing out the challenge! I just submitted the recipe :)

TTFN- sounds like baking time !!

Mango- can't wait to see the vegan version!!

Anonymous said...

Those apple bars look delicious! Perfect recipe for me since I'm looking for ways to use up a bunch of apples we picked yesterday. Thanks!

Aggie said...

I had to come check out these stuffed potatoes...they look delicious! I am totally trying this!