I know I have been MIA for a while but life got kinda crazy for a while--between starting a new job right and dealing with all the craziness that comes with the holidays, I didn't have that much time to blog. But life, has hopefully settled down once again and I should be back to regularly blogging. To end 2009 with a bang, I decided my last blog entry of the year should end with some spice--zippy shrimp tacos! These shrimp tacos have just the right amount of heat to light up all the taste buds in your mouth. Shrimp Marinade 1 pound shrimp, peeled with tails removed and butterflied11/2 teaspoons chili powder1 teaspoon paprikaPinch of cayenne pepper… continue reading zippy shrimp tacos! | 2 Comments
One of my favorite meals growing up was my mom's version of spagetti and meatballs. However, my mom's version didn't involve meatballs, it was all about the fabulous meat sauce she made. The secret to the sauce was the cinnamon she added: ) Well I basically took her meat sauce and made a few changes that made it much lower in fat without losing any of the flavor. I simply ommitted the butter and substituted ground turkey for the ground beef. I also boosted the vitamin content by adding some fresh sliced mushrooms to the sauce. If you don't like mushrooms feel free to add your favorite vegetable, like peppers or corn!… continue reading A hearty spaghetti and meat sauce dish without all the fat!
I have another confession to make, one of my favorite things in the world is fried chicken. Of course we all know how terrible it is for you since its deep fried chicken but I have come up with a recipe that will never make you miss "the real" fried chicken again. This recipe was so good I had it for breakfast the next day. I know what you are guys are thinking I'm a little gross, but it really was delicious. Well in order to recreate a healthy fried chicken I think there are two things you need to do. You need to leave the bone in the chicken and you need to make sure you… continue reading oven baked fried chicken, some delicious goodness | 17 Comments
Thanksgiving has come and gone and I am sure we all ate our hearts out, but now comes the question of what to do with all that leftover turkey. One of my favorite soup recipes has always been Italian Wedding Soup. I like it so much because it is usually very hearty but doesn't leave you feeling weighed down. Normally the meatball is made of a beef and pork mixture, but I always make mine using ground turkey because it contains less fat and is healthier for you. So feel free to use your leftover Thanksgiving turkey or buy some ground turkey from the super market!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and as one of our last Thanksgiving recipes we have a delicious creamed corn casserole recipe for you. Usually creamed corn is made with a heavy cream so it turns out to be really unhealthy for you but with a few simple tricks this dish can really be made into something healthy and delicious.
Creamed Corn Casserole: 1 ¾ cup soy milk 1 pound frozen corn kernels 1 teaspoon Splenda 2 1/2 teaspoons flour ¼ cup fat free yogurt 3/4 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese… continue reading planning a thin thanksgiving: creamed corn casserole | 5 Comments
Often times the brussel sprout is the forgotten vegetable because people think it is bitter and dread eating it. But these can be the perfect side dish at thanksgiving if they are made right. The secret to making them delicious and bringing out their sweetness is roasting them and use balsamic vinegar as a marinade to bring out their sweetness. They are honestly delicious!
Roasted Brussel Sprouts 1 pound brussel sprouts 2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese (optional)Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop the… continue reading planning a thin thanksgiving: a side of roasted brussel sprouts
To continue with our Thanksgiving themed menu here is a new twist on your traditional green bean casserole. Sometimes there is just too much heavy and good food on the table and I always find that the green bean casserole just puts me over the edge. So instead of making your traditional green bean casserole, I put a refreshing and light twist on our green beans. I think this is just what you need on your Thanksgiving plate to make you feel good again. The almonds and zip of lemon leaves you feeling refreshed and light. Hope you enjoy! Green beans with almonds and lemon 1 pound fresh green beans with ends trimmed 1 tablespoon lemon zest… continue reading planning a thin thanksgiving: yummy green beans with a lemon zip | 4 Comments
The other night I wanted to try something new with potatoes. So I decided to make a potato pancake, but not the traditional way with left over mashed potatoes. Instead, I decided to boil the potatoes first and and then added a few unique twists like dill and a yogurt dill sauce. I thought there was something rather addicting about them since I ate about 7 of them. Potato Cakes 4 cups shredded potatoes (preferably russet potatoes) 1 tablespoon dill 1/3 cup parmesan cheese 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic 3/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 egg whites beaten Cooking Spray Fill a large pot with water and add the potatoes. Two large russet potatoes… continue reading wholesome potato pancakes | 2 Comments
Last night I blogged about making some good homemade chili and of course the perfect accompaniment to chili is cornbread. Usually I just make my cornbread out of a box, but yesterday I wanted to make my cornbread low fat and also wanted it to have a higher nutritional value so I made it from scratch. I didn't use any oil or butter and also added in some frozen corn kernels. I must say it was quite delicious and really easy to make! Cornbread 1 cup yellow corn meal 1 cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 egg 1 egg white 1 cup vanilla rice milk or vanilla soy milk 1… continue reading A lighter side of corn bread
One of Joey's favorite meals in the winter time was eating chili on Monday nights while watching football. So tonight I decided to surprise Joey by making chili along with cornbread (watch for the recipe tomorrow) so he can enjoy the big game! However, I of course decided to make my chili alot healthier than your traditional chili. I used lean ground turkey instead of ground beef and added corn and sliced red bell peppers to boost the vitamin content. One of the things that makes chili so easy to make healthy is you can pretty much throw any vegetable in there and it is masked by all the spices so its really easy to boost your… continue reading spice up your night with a hot bowl of chili | 1 Comment