Sunday, December 27, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
The recipe was super simple and I made a couple of variations to it and the end result was pretty tasty. It made a ton too, and it was definitely much healthier than what you'd get in a Chinese restaurant (although I will admit, I like the takeout better, especially from my favorite Thai place)
- 4-5 cups cooked rice (white or brown)
- 2 cups chopped broccoli
- 2 chopped carrots
- 1 small zucchini, chopped
- 4-5 scallions
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 1 small can water chestnuts
- Tofu, diced (or whatever protein you like)
- Shrimp, thawed
- 1 cup peas
- Minced garlic
- Soy sauce
- Hot sauce (if desired)
Friday, December 11, 2009
I used a recipe I found on the Kraft website but altered it a little for my liking, so here's what I came up with:
- 2 small onions, chopped
- 1 1/2 T minced garlic (I just buy the jars of minced garlic so I don't have to worry about cloves going bad)
- 1 T ground cumin
- Dash of crushed red pepper (optional)
- A drizzle of EVOO (equal to maybe a tablespoon)
- (3) 16-ounce cans of black beans, undrained
- 1 14-ounce can of chicken stock
- 1 16-ounce jar of salsa (if you want some spice, I suggest getting the hot)
- 2 T lime juice
Place 1 can of beans with some of the chicken stock in a blender and blend until pureed. (The original recipe calls for 2 cans to be pureed, but I found the soup to be a little thin for my liking). Stir into pot along with remaining beans, chicken stock, salsa and lime juice.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes. Top with sour cream and cheddar cheese if desired.
Makes about (9) 1-cup servings.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
After I tasted it when it was finished, I sent my friend a text that said "holy f***, this bread is amazing".
It was actually a relatively easy bread to make, just lots of time to rise, and well, it's certainly not friendly for the waistline, it's a brioche style bread with bits of diced salami and shredded provolone cheese mixed in, and it is such a rich, soft and somewhat delicate bread, and it is easily one of the most delicious breads I've ever tasted!
And it was a big hit at Thanksgiving too and a few people asked me for the recipe. Well, you can find this recipe and many more in the book!
Now for some pics:
Here is the dough after mixing
And after rising for about 90 minutes
In the springform pan I baked it in (very nice way to bake bread, btw!)
After rising for another hour:
After baking (although I baked for the recommended time, when I cut into it the top fell a little bit and it was a tad undercooked, but still delicious!)
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
- 3 ounces cooked, shredded chicken breast (I poached mine, it came out super moist)
- Frank's Red Hot Sauce (maybe about 1 tablespoon? I just add enough until I think it's enough)
- 1 slice provolone cheese
- 1 sesame seed hoagie roll (or whatever bread you have on hand)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Hot Fudge Spoon Cake
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sweet ground chocolate (I couldn't find sweetened so I just used Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder, and if you use this you will need to increase the sugar to 2/3 cup)
- 1/4 cup sugar (again, increase to 2/3 cup if you use unsweetened chocolate)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup sweet cocoa powder (I used Hershey's unsweetened again, and increased the sugar, again)
- 1/4 cup sugar (increase to 2/3 cup if using unsweetened cocoa powder)
- 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
2) In a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, ground chocolate, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and add the milk, melted butter and vanilla. Stir the liquid ingredients until well blended, and continue stirring in widening circles, gradually incorporating the dry ingredients, until you have a smooth batter. It will be thick. Spread evenly in the slow cooker (it's best to use a medium size round slow cooker for this recipe)
3) To make the topping, combine the other ingredients in another bowl and whisk until smooth. Gently pour over the batter in the cooker; DO NOT STIR IN. Cover and cook on HIGH until puffed and the top layer is set, about 2-2 1/4 hours.
4) Turn off the cooker and let stand, covered, for at least 30 minutes before refrigerating or serving right out of the cooker.
5) To serve, scoop the cake into individual bowls. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream if so desired and spoon some of the fudgy pudding at the bottom over the cake.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
As taken from Kraft
- 1 can (16.3 oz.) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
- 1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
- 1 tsp. orange zest
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
- 1/4 cup Cream Cheese
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp. milk
- 2 Tbsp. chopped Pecans
Pre-heat oven to 350ºF.
Separate biscuits; cut into quarters. Mix dry pudding mix, zest and cinnamon in medium bowl. Add biscuit pieces; toss to coat. Drizzle with butter; toss lightly. Place in 9-inch round pan sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake 20 min. Cool 5 min.; remove from pan.
Microwave cream cheese in small microwaveable bowl on high for 15 sec.; stir in sugar and milk. Drizzle over cake; top with nuts.
I had my parents and sister over for dinner on Sunday, and even Miss Picky Eater herself (my sister) liked the potatoes. (The secret was not telling her what was in them until she ate it, but it's food/condiments she likes anyway).
You can find the recipe for the roast beef here.
Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes (adapted from Kraft)
- 4 medium sized red potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
- 1C fat-free, reduced sodium chicken broth
- 2 ounces 1/3 less fat cream cheese
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1.5T grated parmesan cheese
Add cream cheese and reduce heat to low (or you can do what I did and just turn the heat off at this point). Mash potatoes slightly until cream cheese is melted. Add sour cream and parmesan cheese and stir until ingredients are blended. Season with salt and pepper.
The result? Delicious! This is only the second time I've made mashed potatoes (I usually roast/bake them) but they were a big hit, and my dad, who usually gives me an "it's not bad" said everything was delicious.
Balsamic Roasted Asparagus:
- 1 bunch asparagus, ends removed
- 2T balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until asparagus is tender. 20 minutes was just a tiny bit overcooked for my liking, but my mom said it could have been cooked a little longer. Roasting the asparagus along with the balsamic vinegar gives it a great taste, and it couldn't be a more simple side dish to make.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
My local grocery store will often have pork tenderloin on sale for like $1.79/lb, but the downside is that they are vacuum sealed and frozen, in at least 1.5 pound portions, or larger. The last one I roasted and had a ton of leftovers, so this time, I decided to make pulled pork and it couldn't be easier or tastier.
- 1 pork tenderloin (about 1.5-2 pounds), thawed
- 1/2 bottle (about 9-10 ounces) bbq sauce of your choice
I made this the other day and it's been in the fridge and I just reheated some on a whole wheat lawash bread and topped with a tiny bit of BBQ sauce and shredded cheese and wrapped it up, and I can't believe how juicy it is and how good it tastes!
Definitely a very easy meal when you don't want to cook and you can flavor it however you want.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Who doesn't love sitting down to a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage? Unfortunately, prepared sausage is usually made with unhealthy meats and the prepacked stuff is loaded with sodium, so, why not make your own? It is super simple, super cheap and super easy, and with you controlling the ingredients, you can make it as good as you want.
Turkey sausage patties (serves 5 @ 3 1-ounce patties each)
- 1 lb ground turkey (make sure you use ground turkey, not ground turkey breast, because the breast meat is so lean it won't have enough moisture)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dry rubbed sage
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon all spice
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat a large skillet over medium heat, and, using a small scoop if you have one (the one I have is about an ounce), form into small patties. Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes (because they are small they cook up quickly) or until meat is no longer pink in the middle.
Freeze any leftovers.
I was very happy with how these came out, just the right amount of spice and tons of flavor!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I found this delicious recipe at Pinch My Salt and finally got to try it and I was very happy with the results. It produced a very moist muffin, as promised, and even though I used a mix of molasses and honey (instead of just honey as the original recipe calls for), I couldn't tell any difference, nor could you tell it was just whole wheat flour, as sometimes it has a slightly different texture. And, as suggested, I filled the muffin tins up to the top.
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins with Cranberry and Walnuts
- 2 1/2 C. whole wheat flour
- 2 t. baking powder
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1/2 t. salt
- 2 1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice
- 1 C. pumpkin puree (I use canned)
- 2 T. oil
- 3/4 C. honey
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 C. buttermilk
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1/2 C. sweetened dried cranberries (I used Trader Joes dried cranberries)
- 1/2 C. chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a standard size 12 cup muffin tin (I use cooking spray).
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice; set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, oil, honey, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla.
4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir together until just combined. Fold in the cranberries and walnuts.
5. Divide batter evenly between 12 standard sized muffin cups. Bake 20-23 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven. Muffins are done when they spring back lightly to the touch or when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
This is a ridiculously easy recipe, and can easily be doubled, tripled or more, to be served at a brunch or party.
Cottage Cheese Pancakes:
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup cottage cheese
- 1 TB sugar
- 2 eggs
Heat a skillet over medium low heat and drop 2 tablespoons at a time, flipping once after a minute or two (be careful not to burn these, they cook quickly!)
I top mine with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray and some Truvia sweetener, but the possibilities are endless. I'm sure I'd be breaking out the Nutella if I had it on hand :)
Skillet Pizza Dough (makes 1 serving dough-I did the whole wheat version)
- 3/4 Cup lukewarm water
- 1 TB active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 1/4 Cups flour (for whole wheat, use 3/4 cup whole wheat flour and 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour)
- 3 TB extra virgin olive oil
Using a stand mixer, mix the flour and salt at low speed. Mix in the yeast mixture and EVOO until a shaggy dough forms. Switch to the dough hook attachment and mix at medium speed until a ball forms and the dough is smooth, about 6 minutes.
Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover and let rise for about 2 hours or until doubled in size. When you are ready to use the dough, punch it down.
Now for the pizza part!
Grease a cast iron skillet and transfer the dough, and spread it out in the skillet. Let rise for another 20-30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and top however you like, and bake it for approximately 20 minutes. Let pizza sit in the skillet for about 10 minutes after removing it from the oven.
BBQ Chicken Pizza:
- 1/2 pound chicken tenderloin or chicken breast, cooked and shredded
- BBQ sauce of your choice (about 1/4-1/2 cup)
- Sliced red onion
- Cheese (I used mozzarella and 5 cheese Italian)
Top pizza dough with the remaining BBQ sauce, add the cheese, red onion and chicken
Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
First off, oatmeal really is a near perfect meal! It has fiber, protein, it's good for you, fills you up way longer then regular cereal, and not to mention, tasty.
- 1 serving (1/2 cup) Country Choice Organic Multi Grain Quick Cooking Oats
- 1 cup soymilk (or whatever milk you use, I find it comes out creamier then if you cook it with water)
- Dash of salt
- 1 TB brown sugar (not an exact measurement, but it's probably around that)
- 1 TB peanut butter
Serve in a bowl and top with a tablespoon or so of your favorite jam. I used sugar free raspberry jam.
Friday, October 16, 2009
At least the best mac and cheese I've made thus far...
Adapted from The Joy of Cooking
- 8 ounces uncooked elbow noodles
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon ground dry mustard dissolved in 1 teaspoon of water
- 12 ounces grated cheddar cheese (I used 8 ounces of new york style sharp cheddar and 4 ounces sharp pinconning)
- Dash of salt and pepper
- Dash of crushed red pepper (optional)
In a separate skillet, melt the butter and add evaporated milk, mustard, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and grated cheese. Stir over low heat until cheese is melted and barely forms a bubble (sauce should thicken as you go, but be careful not to let it get above 170 degrees or the mixture will curdle). Stir for about 5 minutes or until sauce is thick, and, after draining noodles, add them to the sauce and stir until blended.
My sauce didn't quite get thick enough so I just let the noodles sit in there for a few minutes and it came out great.
My dining companion was thoroughly impressed and went back for seconds, and this will easily serve 4 as a main dish or about 8 as a side. It was super simple, and using evaporated milk instead of fresh milk helped reduce the chance of curdling (which is one thing I hate about making mac and cheese) and it will DEFINITELY be a staple item in this house when I need some comfort food!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Fall is here! That means an abundance of apples. And if you're like me and buy a big bag on sale and then forget about them, don't worry, I've got the perfect solution for you, applesauce!
(As adapted from The Joy of Cooking).
- 3 pounds apples, cored and peeled (if desired). I used Gala since that what was on sale.
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup water
Mix in 6 tablespoons honey (I split honey and agave nectar), about 1 teaspoon nutmeg and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon (I just eyeball this) for about a minute or until sugar/spices are combined.
Mash up apples to your desired consistency. Use a wooden spoon for chunky applesauce, or a potato masher for a more mashed consistency or put through a food mill for smooth. Since I don't own a potato masher, the avocado masher worked just fine.
Serve warm or refrigerate in a container.
I LOVE roast beef sandwiches. London Broil is my favorite to get at the store, but buying from the deli counter can get expensive (and unhealthy). Typically, it goes for $8.99/lb and is loaded with sodium, so, I hit up Google for an alternative way to enjoy a sandwich without feeling guilty.
Alas, I stumbled across this great tutorial from The Hungry Mouse.
I did mine a little different, using rump roast instead of the eye roast she used, because it was on sale for $2.99/lb.
Following the basic directions, I rinsed and patted dry the meat, and seasoned it with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, black pepper and garlic powder. I placed the meat on the rack as directed and baked at 500 degrees for 20 minutes (I was a little apprehensive about this at first, 500 degrees?! But the result was a beautiful crust) and then dropped it to 300 degrees for 30 minutes.
Internal temperature? 126 degrees, a perfect medium rare.
Covered it with foil for 20 minutes and then sliced, against the grain, on the thin side (if this keeps up I might have to invest in a meat slicer!).
The result? Well, man-friend was here and I gave him a slice and he topped it with some horseradish and well, he was a happy man. I tried a slice plain and it was beyond delicious. Sandwiches aside, I could see just eating this with mashed potatoes for a classic fall dinner.
Total cost of this deliciousness? $5.44. I think I'll be going back to the store this week while it's still on sale.
Thank you, Lea, for the info/tips that helped me come up with one of my best meals in a while (the neighbors loved it!)
· 5 bell peppers
· ½ cup uncooked basmati rice
· 1 can diced tomatoes with garlic and oregano
· ½ chopped onion
· 3 jennie-o hot Italian turkey sausage links
· Shredded cheddar cheese (about a handful)
· Minced garlic
· Cook the rice as directed and set aside. (I undercook mine just a little since it will cook more in the sauce)
· Remove the casings from the sausages (you can use any kind of sausage/ground meat you want, I just used the turkey because that’s what I had on hand) and cook them in a large skillet with the onions and garlic and a little bit of olive oil
· After the meat is done, drain any excess fat and combine the rice and tomatoes (I puree about half the can in a blender to get a sauce). Bring to a low boil and then simmer for about 10 minutes. When it’s almost done cooking, add the cheese and whatever spices you like. Set aside
· Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add some salt and immerse the peppers for about 5 minutes. Remove and drain any water and let cool.
· Once the peppers are cooled a little, fill each pepper with the mix and top with some more shredded cheese if desired. Place in a casserole dish (you can add some extra tomatoes/sauce to the bottom) and bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes or until heated through. I put foil over the top for a little longer then half the time and then remove it.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Oh my goodness, I have found a new love, and it is from scratch English muffins.
Yep, another recipe from the BBA!
And, how simple it was! I had a little trouble with the dough rising the first time, so I just let it proof longer then the 60-90 minutes (I actually just went to work and let it sit, so ended up being closer to 4 hours). Came back and it had risen to a nice consistency.
Shaping the balls was super simple as well. I measured it out to about 2.5 ounces each and this is how they looked after about 2 hours of rising. I didn't have cornmeal to dust over the top and bottom, so I had to settle for flour.
The interesting thing about these is that you cook them on the stove! Very strange concept but it was cool to see everything coming together. After a few minutes I flipped them over and another few minutes after that, I finished baking them in the oven. I probably could have left them in there another couple of minutes but I like my bread a little doughy so I was very happy with the results. If you separate them with a fork you'll get the little nooks and crannies you are used to seeing :)
This morning I toasted one and threw some butter and cherry preserves on and holy cow, it was a party in my mouth! I'm not going to be buying English muffins from the store anytime soon. This was such a simple recipe to make, although I wish the recipe yielded more than 6, but I'll just double the batch and freeze the extras next time!
Well, I was bored the other day and finally decided to give into the fad that is chocolate covered bacon! And since I don't want to spend like $5 for a 1/4 pound, I did something with the mound of chocolate I've had since Christmas.
- 6 slices of bacon (I think if you can find a thick cut at your local deli it will be even better then the store brand, vac-sealed package I used, but it's what I had on hand and it worked)
- Chocolate (I tried the double boiler method but think it got too hot too quick, the chocolate came out horrible, so I had a bag of chocolate chips I just threw into the microwave)
- Bake the bacon on parchment paper at 375 for 15-20 minutes (depending on your desired level of crispiness). Cool on pan for 5 minutes. I broke mine in half for easier dipping.
- Melt the chocolate until a creamy consistency
- Once the chocolate is melted and bacon is slightly cooled and the grease is blotted off, simply dip to coat in chocolate.
- Place on wax or parchment paper and put in fridge until chocolate is hard.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
- Cherry tomatoes
- Hardboiled egg
- Goat cheese (or whatever cheese you may have on hand)
- Greek dressing
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Get out her Bread Baker's Apprentice book and bake some bread.
Today I made cinnamon raisin walnut bread, and even though I'm not a huge fan of either raisins or walnuts, this bread is AMAZING. My neighbors love me because I am always bringing them fresh baked goodies :)
The recipe was super easy too, although I had a couple of hiccups along the way. I don't have shortening, so I substituted butter, and I was just an ounce or two shy of 1/2 cup of buttermilk, so I added enough soymilk (since that's all I drink) to get to the right amount. Oh, and after I let the dough rise for 2 hours I realized...
I FORGOT TO ADD THE CINNAMON!
Seriously!!! But, all was not lost, I just added it in then and punched the dough down and kneaded it by hand for a few minutes and well, you really can't tell that it was added way later.
Following the directions I rolled it out and added the cinnamon sugar and rolled it up and baked it for 40 minutes (turning halfway through), but I didn't get the crusty cinnamon sugar top I had hoped for that the book talks about, but that's no problem as the bread is still absolutely delicious. Even Charlie loved it! I busted him taking a bite out of the edge of the loaf...bad dog!!!
I'm seeing friends for lunch tomorrow so I'll be taking them a few slices but this is definitely one I'll be making again and again.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
There is this restaurant by my house that is known for their Greek salads. They put a ton of chicken on them, grilled to perfection, and their house dressing is out of this world. All I know is that it's creamy, kind of pink (I think from beet juice?) and just delicious, but at $9 for a small salad, that is definitely an indulgence!
So today, I set out to make my own, and I was pretty happy with the results! (I wish I could say how much of each I used, but I didn't measure anything, so I'll just tell you what I put in it).
- Boneless, skinless chicken breast seasoned with lemon juice, garlic powder and Greek seasoning
- Romaine lettuce
- Tomatoes (I used the cherry tomatoes from my garden)
- Red onion
- Mild pepper rings
- Feta cheese
- Beets (I used the canned, which were okay, but not as firm as fresh would have been)
- Ken's Steakhouse Greek salad dressing
Sometimes when you want a healthy, filling breakfast and don't feel like cooking eggs, instead of reaching for cereal, why not go for oatmeal?
I have in my cupboard Country Choice Organic Quick Oats and I love how versatile oatmeal can be. Instead of going for the flavored, full of sugar, instant oatmeal, so what I do and go through your fridge and pantry to see what you've got on hand!
- 1/2 Cup quick oats
- 1 cup water (I use 1/2 C water and 1/2 C soymilk)
- Dash of salt
- 1 TB brown sugar
- Dash of agave nectar (I'm not sure how much I use, I just squeeze a dollop in there)
Top with your fruit of choice (I had raspberries and blueberries on hand).
You've got yourself a filling, nutritious breakfast!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
This is one of my favorite salads to make, and super good for you!
I made it just a little too spicy last time, but I gave some to my dad and he said it was one of the best things he's ever eaten, so from someone who always says "it's okay" when I give him something I've made, well, that was nice to hear!
They came out awesome, and I cut them to make the "small" ones, which are still huge! But, my friends are loving me for the extra treats :)
Pardon the sub-par pictures, I will do better next time!
Here they are waiting to rise:
After rising for 3 hours:
Fresh out of oven:
Glazed and ready to eat!!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I was so excited to get my first issue of Food Network magazine yesterday, and spent an hour going over every page, excited about so many recipes to play with (I even got laughed at by a friend last night who said I need to lay off Food Network!).
I came across a recipe for BLT pasta salad, and thought, yum!!! Until I saw the calories per serving...960!!! 56 grams of fat and over 2000mg of sodium, no thank you!!!
So, I created my own version, using ingredients I had on hand, and I've got to say, while I'm sure their recipe would be delicious, ummm, not for half my daily calorie allotment for the day!
- 56g Barilla Plus elbow noodles
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper
- 3 slices bacon
- 1.5 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
- 1TB extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tomato
Chop tomato, bell pepper, cooked bacon and mozzarella.
Combine ingredients, season with EVOO (I estimated mine was about a tablespoon and I included this in the recipe for the calorie calculation). I also used red wine vinegar (just a couple of splashes), salt, pepper and this McCormick Salad Supreme seasoning.
The result? Pretty tasty!! I don't miss the creamy dressing that the original recipe includes, and it's much lighter.
Nutritional information (you can probably get 2 servings out of this if served with a side and a light salad)
Total Fat: 28g (14g comes from the EVOO, but it's a healthy fat!)
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
- 1 cup cooked Trader Joes Basmati Rice Medley (1/3 cup dry yields 1 cup cooked)
- 5 ounces chicken breast tenders, cooked and shredded (I poached mine with a mix of salt, pepper, garlic powder and thyme)
- 1 cup chopped asparagus (I sauteed mine in a little bit of extra virgin olive oil and salt before combining everything)
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup condensed cream of chicken soup (don't mix with any liquid)
Nutritional information: (this is for the entire dish, but I split it in half to get two servings)
Total Fat: 12g
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Healthy (and tasty) meal alert!
Shredded coconut was on sale today so I bought a couple of bags, and while I love me some breaded coconut chicken/shrimp/onion rings, I don't like the calories that go along with it, so I did my own version. It's something I've made in the past but am continually tweaking.
The following serves 1 (and most of the measurements are estimates, I just tossed stuff together:
- 4 ounces chicken breast tenders (you can use regular chicken breast and cut it up, but the tenders were on sale so I saved time, and money!)
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1/4 C shredded coconut
- Dash of salt, pepper and garlic powder
- Combine egg and milk and mix together
- In another pan (I use this great tray set from the Pampered Chef, keeps everything together) combine the flour, coconut, salt, pepper and garlic powder
- Dip the chicken tenders in the egg mix and then in the flour/coconut mix to evenly coat.
- Place in a baking pan and drizzle with a little butter (I used I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray)
One suggestion? Flip the chicken halfway through cooking. The top was nice and browned and crispy but the bottom was a little soggy. But still delicious!
Serve with your choice of dipping sauce. I used poppyseed salad dressing that I had in the fridge, it was a nice compliment.
Nutritional information (not including the asparagus I made with it or the dressing)
Total Calories: 240
Total Fat: 11g
Monday, June 1, 2009
Each 100g serving has 17 grams of protein (compared to 7 grams in the traditional Barilla pasta, so not a huge difference there), but also contains 7 grams of fiber (2 grams in the traditional pasta) and 360mg of Omega 3's. (Now, I just made the "normal" 2 ounce serving, so that only has 10 grams of protein).
There is really no difference in taste between the new and the old noodles, and when I added in a chicken sausage link (spinach, roasted garlic and fontina cheese from Trader Joes) and some shredded cheese (stick under the broiler for a few minutes), you've got a complete meal!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Almost everyone I know is on a budget these days, and grocery shopping is one of my favorite things to do. I stock up way too much sometimes (I have like 10 cans of tuna, and haven't bought any in at least 6 months...haven't eaten any either!).
Last week, Hollywood Market had sirloin steak on sale for $5.99/lb, so I bought one, and, when following the correct serving size, that will make about 5 servings. Total cost per person? $1.20! Love it!
Anyway, I have way too much food I need to use, so tonights dinner is Steak Casserole (I couldn't think of another name).
- 3 ounces steak
- 1/4 cup Trader Joes Basmati Rice
- 1/4 cup black beans (the rice and black beans were already cooked yesterday)
- 1/4 cup Kraft natural shredded sharp cheddar cheese
The results? Not bad! I should have added crushed red pepper though to give it a little kick. Trial and error!
Total Fat: 15 grams
Saturated Fat: 8 grams
Carbs: 24 grams
Protein: 38 grams (yay for lean cuts of meat with 26 grams of protein!)
Fiber: 4 grams
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
If you know me, you know I love a good steak. But I never order them at restaurants because 1) they are always overpriced and 2) I don't like how they are cooked. I order it medium and it's either overcooked or undercooked. So instead, I make my own at home.
A couple of years ago I discovered a new cut at the grocery store called a Teres Filet (also called Shoulder Tender, Bistro Tender and Petite Tender). The Certified Angus Beef website puts it in the Chuck category and says it's one of the most tender beef cuts, it resembles a pork tenderloin in shape and size, and it's a lean yet juicy, with excellent flavor.
And they are right! On the rare occasion that I splurge on myself and get steak to cook, I usually end up with this. It's only $5.99/lb and it is delicious. It is extremely tender and the flavor is delicious. A while back one of the steak restaurants in the area decided to buy the entire supply of these and market them as their own "signature" cut, and were charging like $15 for one. Ridiculous! Again, this is why I prefer to cook at home.
I prefer to grill it (because really, a steak always tastes better on the grill) and marinate it for a couple of hours with some A-1 steak sauce and worcestershire sauce (just enough to coat the steak) and grill on medium-high heat for about 15-20 minutes (depending on thickness, mine are usually about an inch thick) for a medium cooked steak.
I tried to find the nutritional information on this cut, but it was hard enough to just find a description of it, but if you happen to see one at the meat counter, pick one up, you won't be disappointed! (And if I ate a balanced meal like the one above every day, well, one can dream...)
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Those that know me know I hate the word "diet" and don't want to follow a structured eating plan, because even if I didn't want to eat say, artichokes, if you tell me I can't, then I want them.
Anywhoo, I was reading through the food guide that came with this, and a lot of the meals I would actually eat! It's real food! A burger with (gasp) RED MEAT! Everyone is all about ground turkey on a burger, but I'm sorry, if I want a burger, I want it to come from a cow (sorry, my vegetarian friends!). And the burger in the book is just that, ground sirloin on a whole wheat bun with oven baked fries. Something I make quite often. Her whole premise is picking leaner meats (which I already do). And steak quesadillas! Can't wait to make those.
Back to my post....I'm in the "burn" phase right now (the first phase of the program) and she has "burn breakfasts" and I just made my first, a goat cheese and tomato omelet.
- 2 whole eggs with 2TB skim milk (I omitted the milk since I didn't have any)
- 1 ounce crumbled goat cheese
- Chopped tomato
- I added an ounce of cubed ham
Friday, April 17, 2009
- Place a chicken breast in a pot
- Season with whatever you want (rosemary, salt, thyme, oregano, anything)
- Fill pot with enough water to cover the chicken
- Bring to a boil on the stove
- Once boiling, turn to a simmer for 2 minutes
- Remove from heat and cover for 30 minutes (add 5 minutes for bone-in chicken)
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Success! (Well, almost total success).
I've been wanting to try making no-knead bread forever, so finally did it yesterday.
I made a couple of modifications though, the dough ended up sitting for about 24-26 hours instead of 12-18 (just because I was working), and I didn't get the bread out of the oven until 11pm last night, but I had a slice this morning, and it's really tasty!
Too much flour on it though, so I'll scale way back with the flour on the towels next time, and now I'd like to try and do a sourdough bread this way (if I can). Also, my dutch oven didn't have a lid (it broke :( but I just covered the top with foil and it was fine. I baked it exactly according to the directions and it turned out fantastic.
My dad is so excited to try it, and I think I'll do another loaf to take for Easter brunch on Sunday.
Here's the dough after everything was mixed together:
And the dough after 24 hours:
And how it looks inside: