Thursday, August 14, 2014

healthy chicken and rice salad









This has been my lunch for this week- a healthy chicken and rice salad full of nice veggies and I like to enjoy an apple on the side.  It's great to make something at the beginning of the week and be able to pull it out and lunch is served.

healthy chicken and rice salad (adapted from Fill Up to Slim Down)
1/2 cup lowfat mayo (1 gram of fat per tablespoon)
1 red bell pepper, diced
3/4 cup sliced celery
3/4 cup diced jicama (I didn't have any so went without)
3 chicken breasts, grilled then cut into small pieces (I grilled mine with Pappy's seasoning sprinkled on them)
1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed and drained
1 1/2 cups cooked brown basmati rice

Combine the mayo, bell pepper, celery, jicama, chicken, peas and rice in a medium bowl; toss carefully, cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.  Serve over mixed salad greens if desired.
 

Friday, August 8, 2014

baked salmon patties









I've been going strong eating like a saint for over a month.  I indulged for lunch by having a couple of these baked salmon patties with some petite peas, apple slices and a glass of milk.  These were great- crispy on the outside and creamy in the middle.  I'll make these again for sure.

baked salmon patties (Fill Up To Slim Down by Edward B. Diethrich, M.D., and Jyl Steinback)
2 (6 ounce) cans salmon, drained
1 cup corn flake crumbs, divided (I used low fat Triscuits, broken up)
1 tablespoon nonfat sour cream
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon mustard
3/4 teaspoons garlic powder

Preheat the oven to 350.  Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.  Combine the salmon, 1/4 cup corn flake crumbs, sour cream, lemon juice, egg whites, onion powder and mustard in a medium bowl; mix until the ingredients are blended.  Shape into 4 patties.  Combine the remaining 3/4 cup of crumbs and garlic powder in a zip-lock bag; shake until mixed.  Place the crumbs on a plate.  Place one salmon patty on top of the crumbs and flip over to coat both sides.  Place breaded patties on the baking sheet.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until lightly browned and crisp.

226 calories, 5g fat, 18g carbs, 24g protein
exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch

ninjabread cookie cutters
















Have you seen these?  We got them for my husband for Christmas but it's taken us a while to get around to baking with them- Ninjabread cookie cutters!  You can find them HERE.  Instead of baking with gingerbread I went with our favorite sugar cookie recipe which you can find here.  We're going to surprise my husband with a little Ninja party.

ninjabread cookies (amazon.com)
Mix up your favorite sugar cookie recipe and use these cutters to create ninjas!  Then frost and ice with details.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

store bought favorite: rojo's tomatillo avocado salsa













This photo demonstrates how much I love this salsa.  The serving size is 2 tablespoons but I use at least 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup every time.  I'm not cooking as much for myself lately because I've had to simplify.  My body wants to gain weight but I will not let it (that's what happens when you leave your thirties) so I've been sticking to the basics of grilled chicken, shredded chicken, whole grain tortillas, whole grain pasta and fresh fruits and veggies.  REALLY simple.  What makes it okay (I LOVE TO EAT, DANG IT!) is the delicious sauces I put with my chicken because the intense flavors satisfy me- not necessarily the food or the quantity.  I was born a lover of rich foods but am learning to enjoy the simple flavors of real food.

store bought favorite:  rojo's tomatillo avocado salsa (purchased at Costco)
made from all-natural ingredients- roasted tomatillos, avocado, garlic and cilantro
great cooking sauce for beef, pork, chicken or chile verde

Thursday, July 24, 2014

store bought favorites: trader joe's whole wheat pizza crust and pizza sauce






















After trying a different store's pizza crust last week I am convinced that Trader Joe's is the best.  It rolled out better.  It cooked better.  It tasted better!  The pizza sauce was equally delicious.  Whereas we normally have leftovers in the fridge there weren't any tonight!  In fact my daughter just said her tummy hurts from eating too much.

trader joe's whole wheat pizza crust & trader joe's pizza sauce
We rolled our crust onto a greased baking tray then topped it with sauce, mozzarella, grilled Walla Walla onions (my husband grilled them and wow are they delicious), ham and salami.  It was super, super delicious.

coconut watermelon refresher













I had plenty of watermelon in the fridge and a can of coconut milk and a great memory.  I remembered a great drink I tried while living in Hawaii many moons ago.  This is a simplified version but you can add coconut and pineapple if you wish.  I thought this was just perfect.

coconut watermelon refresher (a quick search and I found Global Table Adventure although I didn't really follow the recipe)
watermelon
light coconut milk
ice cubes

Fill a blender with cubed watermelon.  Pour in half a can of light coconut milk.  Blend until you get the consistency you want.  Pour ice cubes into a goblet followed by your coconut watermelon refresher and add a straw!  Swirl the drink around with the straw to get it nice and cold.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 21, 2014

store bought favorite: harissa simmer sauce





















Dinner tonight was very worthwhile.  This sauce is very tasty and I'm not sure I waited so long to try it- it has been in my pantry for months.  I did not use  lamb as the recipe called for but chicken breasts with peppers, radishes and carrots.  I served it with naan bread and everyone wished there had been more sauce so next time I will prepare two envelopes.  Simple, delicious meal.

store bought favorite: harissa simmer sauce (World Cuisine Saffron Road)
This is an authentic moroccan recipe with all natural ingredients, verified non GMO, certified gluten-free, vegan and no MSG.
Ingredients: water, roasted red pepper puree, tomato paste, red bell pepper, pear juice concentrate, non-gmo native corn starch, lemon juice concentrate, sea salt, spices, onion, garlic.

Saute cubed chicken in two tablespoons oil until browned.  Add veggies until just cooked through.  Add sauce.  Stir gently and simmer until sauce just begins to bubble.

What I have to say- I really have to watch what I eat these days since I am leaving my thirties.  My metabolism just doesn't want to be as quick.  I've been eating a lot of "real" food but I have been missing my sauce!!  I love sauce!  This sauce is fat-free and has 1 gram of sugar- something else I watch closely.