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Mourning Monday Morning

Why am I mourning?  My Steelers lost to our division rivals, the Ravens.  It’s always  a very stressful matchup (touted the “best rivalry in the NFL”), and this is the second time we’ve lost to them this year.  They definitely outplayed us (I think Joe Flacco is a much better QB than Ben – I’ve always thought he was over rated), and some of the calls by the refs didn’t help us one bit.  Pittsburgh is a sad place on a Monday after a loss.  I’m sure Holly is thrilled, though, and I’ll forgive her since I made her amazing pumpkin gingerbread recipe this weekend.


I only made small changes – subbed a mixture of Splenda Blend and brown sugar for the sugar, used whole wheat pastry flour, and reduced the cloves.  I didn’t get an overpowering ginger taste to my bread, but a nicely balanced pumpkin spice mixture. 

I enjoyed it with sunflower butter…


With leftover frittata and coffee after spin class Sunday morning… 


And by far the best combination – toasted (in the toaster oven) with cinnamon raisin PB.  I could live on this.  Thanks for the great recipe, Holly!


I ran the nutrition analysis (with my modifications) and the stats are amazing for such a dense, delicious bread – you would NEVER guess it was fat free. 

Approximate nutrition (based on 14 thin slices): 103 calories, 0 grams fat, 3 grams protein, 21 grams carbs.

I wanted to share my weekend find at Big Lots… more varieties of the BetterOats I raved about last week.  Since they’re typically about $5 per package, snagging them for $1 was a great deal! 


I don’t typically purchase flavored oatmeals (because they’re typically loaded with added sugars), but these are on the healthier side and their premeasured packaging is so convenient. 

Even though the football game didn’t turn out the way I had hoped, my mother and I made delicious game time snacks.

My first successful homemade hummus (roasted red pepper):




“Homemade” chips from low carb wheat tortillas – sprayed with cooking spray and toasted with salt (as an alternative to the regular tortilla chips the rest of the family ate).


Lightened up spinach artichoke dip (using goat cheese, fat free cream cheese, and topped with shredded romano).


My mother also made nachos supreme and buffalo chicken dip for the meat eaters.  My hubby and younger brother can’t fathom a Sunday without buffalo chicken dip.


Do you have game-day food traditions?  I think buffalo chicken dip is a Pittsburgh thing, but I’m not sure!  I like my chickpea version! 😉

16 responses to “Mourning Monday Morning

  1. Melissa November 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Ooh, I love buffalo chicken dip! I have to remember to try your chickpea version! I’m also a big fan of pretty much any spinach dip. Love the idea of using goat cheese–I’ve been craving it lately! 😉

    Sorry about your loss. My team lost this weekend, too, and it’s such a bummer!! 😦

  2. Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life November 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Sorry your Steelers lost. My footbal team has been horrible this year (Vikings) and have only one twice so I can feel your pain! Have a great rest of your Monday!

  3. sprint2thetable November 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    That bread looks so good! Pumpkin bread is one of my favorite things about the fall.

    Poor Steelers. 😦

  4. peaceloveandoats November 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    We are HUGE Chiefs fans at my house and my mom would always make her cheese dip (cheese, salsa and ground turkey) and her onion dip. She still continues the tradition about every other Sunday even though all the kids are gone! My dad is a fan of the leftover cheese dip…

  5. Claire November 8, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Have you posted the buffalo chickpea recipe somewhere? If not, do you mind sharing it?

  6. allieksmith November 8, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Buffalo chicken dip!!! Always a classic in the Burgh’! Ah I can’t believe the Steelers lost SO close to the end of the game. Such sad times.

    Your hummus looks awesome though!

  7. jessgobananas November 8, 2011 at 2:40 am

    A game day must is hummus and pita chips! 😀

  8. Alexa @ SimpleEats November 8, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Game day food for me definitely includes buffalo chicken dip…and plain ol’ french onion dip with pretzels!

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  10. Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices November 9, 2011 at 1:16 am

    So glad you like the bread 🙂 Thanks for the shout out!!
    How about you make me hummus & I’ll make you bread 😉

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