Pinterest Fail…Almost

My day yesterday started early…another 5:30am-er at the gym.  I found this workout on another blog I follow (along with about a billion other readers).  If you haven’t checked out the Peanut Butter Fingers blog, I highly suggest you do!  This “All Over the Place” workout was just that- all over the place, just how I like my workouts. 🙂  It was a great way to jump start my day!

IMG_20130725_070020I spent a little more time at the gym than I thought I would.  And by that, I mean I hit the snooze button one too many times….either way I was running late, per usual, so I didn’t have time to eat breakfast at home.  I grabbed a Greek yogurt and headed out the door.  I keep a variety of snacks in my desk at work, and luckily that includes ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, and chopped walnuts.  Sounds really random, I know, but I eat yogurt A LOT and prefer mine with some added crunch, so I make sure to have at least one of these on hand at all times.  Those three additions, along with a few blueberries, made for a delicious breakfast.  I also ended up having half of a homemade protein bar (I ate the other half before my workout) because the yogurt wasn’t extremely filling.

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Now let’s talk about dinner.  Dinner was almost a Pinterest FAIL.  Almost.  You’ve seen those photos, right?

Like this one:

pinterest-fail-penguin-cake-pops-640x883And this one:

pinterest-fail-bunny-rolls-600x600Seriously, they get me every time. 🙂  Pinterestfail.com has some good ones too, if you’re ever in need of a good laugh.  Anyway, back to MY almost-fail experience.  I’ve seen recipes for Squash Croquettes on Pinterest and my mom recently sent me one she saw on Facebook.  I believe the source is here.

Well, they were supposed to look like this:

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And turned out more like this…at first.  Whoopsie!

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Luckily, I got the hang of it…kind of.  They don’t look too appetizing, but I have to say, they were really tasty.  Even Matt loved them!  Not to toot my own horn, but, beep beep. 😉  I’ll be honest, I think the problem was that I tried a little too hard to make them even healthier.  I used olive oil, not vegetable oil.  Normally, this probably wouldn’t make a difference, but I didn’t put 1/2in in the pan like the recipe says to.  I mean 1/2 in of oil, who needs that?!  Annd, I might have also replaced the all purpose flour with almond flour.  Hey, I tried.  I also made homemade black bean turkey burgers and then roasted some broccoli as a back up plan.  Always good to have a plan B when you are taking on a Pinterest project. 🙂

Turkey Burger

Black Bean Turkey Burgers  (original recipe can be found here)

Ingredients:

1 15 oz can black beans

1Tbsp dried green onions (I didn’t have this, so I used chopped red onion)

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp sea salt

2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce

1 lb 99/1 ground turkey breast

Directions:

1. Blend first 6 ingredients in food processor .
2. Mix turkey into ingredients in a small bowl.
3. Form the mixture into patties and grill in a skillet on the stove for about 5-6 minutes, or until fully cooked.
This recipe makes 18 mini burgers, but I chose to make bigger patties, so I came out with around 7 or 8.  I topped mine with light ranch and chipotle mustard, but I told Matt we should have added some pepper jack cheese or salsa and avocado.  That’s the great thing about a burger, you can get creative with the toppings, especially when they are low-cal like these are!
Squash Croquettes
Ingredients:
2 cups yellow squash, finely chopped (I actually used zucchini and I don’t think it makes a difference)
1 cup onion, finely chopped
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp all purpose flour (I used almond flour)
vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine squash, onion, egg, salt and pepper. Mix well. Stir in flour.
2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
3. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into oil.
4. Cook about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown, turning once.
5. Drain croquettes on paper towels.

Yield: 6 servings

Nutrition Facts per Serving: Calories – 100, Total Fat – 5.5g, Sodium – 15mg, Total Carbohydrates – 11.1g, Protein – 2.7g

Enjoy!
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Comments

  1. My husband and I have been wanting to try these, but our food processor bit the dust about a month ago! I guess this is my montivation to go to Target tomorrow and get one!

    • Mine sat unused for almost a year, apparently I didn’t know what I was missing! Like I said, they don’t look too appetizing, but I would say surprisingly really good! If they get my husband’s stamp of approval, that means something. 🙂

  2. Your’re not alone with your recipe fails! haha, this kinda thing has happened a lot to me. They make it sound so simple in the pictures, you wonder how you could go wrong! Well practice makes perfect right? 😉

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