Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Year's Eve and Beyond menu

I'm including WW Points values b/c we are counting religiously right now.

New Year's Eve: Our favorite Turkey Burgers (7); Layered Lima Bean Dip and Crudites (2) Turkey burger on sugar-free bun with mustard and lettuce, tomato, etc

New Year's Day: Leo's birthday! He wants grilled chicken. 4 oz grilled Chicken (3); 1 cup brown rice (4); 1 cup black eyed peas (2); steamed kale (0) (hoppin jon for luck and kale for $!)

Friday: Shrimp Pad Thai (9); Green Salad with Wasabi Ginger Dressing (1)

Saturday: Baked Eggplant with Mushroom-and-Tomato Sauce (New Recipe) (2 serving for 6points); Steamed Broccoli (0); Breadsticks (2)

Sunday: Chili-Cheese Black Bean Enchiladas (8); Green Rice (4)

Monday: Cooking for a friend with a new baby Mini Meat Loaves (6); mashed new potatoes (2); okra and tomatoes

We tried the Mini Meat Loaves recipe a couple of weeks ago, and it is DELICIOUS! I don't really like meat loaf, but Todd does...so I tried it since it has so many great reviews. I loved it!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Chicken and Basil Calzones

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This is a great EASY (IMO!) recipe for a weeknight.

You start by just browning the meat (I used ground turkey instead of chicken) with a little garlic. Once it was browned, I drained the meat and then simmered with 3/4 cup prepared pizza sauce for 5 minutes. Then I sprinkled in a little dried basil. It calls for fresh, but I'm not paying for that right now, lol.

I rolled out the Pillsbury pizza dough right on the cookie sheet sprayed with pam. Then cut it into fourths and patted those into rectangles. Then put 1/4 of the turkey on and topped with 2 tbsp preshredded mozzarella. Folded over and crimped with a fork. Baked at 425 for 12 minutes.

They were YUMMY! I think we'll try them with taco turkey meat and black beans next. Very good and easy!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Spicy Chicken Sandwiches with Cilantro Lime Mayo

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Homemade tortilla nuggets for the boys...

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These little sandwiches are yummy! You start by marinating the chicken cutlets in egg, oregano, hot sauce, and salt for a few hours. I used the amount that of hot sauce that it called for, and it was plenty spicy for me. Then you just coat in crushed tortilla chips and pan fry. I added a little lime zest to the cilantro-lime mayo, and that made it really good. We highly recommend this one!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Breakfast Quesadillas

I've gotten really bored with steel cut oatmeal or whole grain toast lately, so I've been trying some other things. I like the Smart Ones frozen breakfast quesadillas, so I experimented with making my own. I just made them yesterday and haven't actually tried one yet...so I'll get back to you with my review. I think it will take several attempts to get the filling just right.

I used this recipe for a guide...but they're not very hard.

My ingredients were...

light tortillas
18 egg whites (scrambled)
onions, jalapeno, garlic, bell pepper (sauteed)
Soyrizo (cooked a little - do you have to cook this stuff to use it in a filling? I don't know)
can of black beans, drained and rinsed
lowfat cheddar
Pace Salsa Verde - our FAVORITE these days!

Here's the filling - I cooked what needed to be cooked and dumped it in a bowl. I let the hot stuff cool a bit.

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We love this salsa!

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I did quesadillas b/c burritos involve a lot of extra tortilla for wrapping. This is the smaller size light tortilla. I did filling (maybe a little over 1/4 cup?), salsa, and then cheese. I folded and then unfolded when I remembered to take the picture. Ever the wonderful photographer!

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Freezing! I ended up with a total of 15.

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