Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Bacon-Balsamic Deviled Eggs

Bacon-Balsamic Deviled Eggs
Recipe adapted from My Bizzy Kitchen and Recipe Girl
Makes 24 appetizers

12 large eggs
4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped finely
1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
1 tbsp red onion, finely grated
1 tsp granulated white sugar
1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper, freshly ground

Carefully put eggs in a pot and cover with tap water until eggs are submerged with an inch of water over them. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, set a timer for 10 minutes. While boiling, prepare a bowl of ice water. When the timer goes off, remove pot from heat and use a slotted spoon to transfer one egg at a time to the cold water. Leave them alone for 7 - 8 minutes as they come back to room temperature. Once cooled, dry them and put them in a bowl in the fridge, or peel under cold water and eat. Halve length-wise. Place the cooked yolk in a medium bowl and place the white halves on a serving platter (cut-side up). Mash yolks with a fork. Add bacon, mayonnaise, onion, sugar, vinegar, celery salt and pepper. Stir until thoroughly combined. Use a piping bag with a star-shaped tip to fill egg white halves. Refrigerate, lightly covered, until ready to serve.

Nutritional Information (each appetizer): 43 calories, 1 carb, 3 fat grams and 3 protein grams. (could have 2 for a under-100 calorie snack!).

Review: Okay, so my first time making deviled eggs and my first time eating them. WOW. Where have I been? Loved the addition of bacon and the balsamic and grated onion really added a fun kick! Austin, a seasoned deviled egg eater really liked them, too. I also got to use my new cake decorator pump/piping tool - fun. I can't wait to make these again and can't get over how yummy it was. I even used the leftover on some crackers - WOW. If you like deviled eggs or want to try a new recipe - i'd suggest this one!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easy Ham & Cheese Breakfast Pockets

Easy Ham & Cheese Breakfast Pockets
Makes 4 Servings

1 can reduced fat crescent rolls
1 9 oz. container deli ham, thin, divided
2 oz. cabot cheese, sliced and divided
1 jalapeno, finely diced
1 tbsp egg substitute

Preheat oven to 375. Spread out a sheet of wax paper, and open crescent rolls into 4 rectangles. Press down on crescent rectangle (2 triangles) to make larger rectangle. Press jalapeno pieces into dough, then add 1/4 of the ham on one side. Roll halfway, then and ½ oz. cheese. Finish rolling and repeat process with remaining three. Add to cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Brush egg substitute on top of each. Cook for 12-14 minutes until top is golden brown.

Nutritional Information: 279 calories, 25 carbs, 11 fat grams and 19 protein grams.

Review: Um, yum! Huge fan of these little guys. Loved how easy they were to put together -I had everything on hand and it just sounded good, so I whipped it up in under 10 minutes. They were also pretty - and the ham made them juicy which made them taste bad for you. Love that! I also liked how well the cheese melted in the crescent. I will definitely be making these again, and have no doubt they will reheat well! I would suggest serving them with a side of fruit to add some sweet and some color. I would do strawberries & pineapples!

Note: If you prefer, you can make 8 smaller ones instead of 4 bigger ones. I think it's easier to do 4 big ones, but it's all what you prefer! Also, if you wanted to add turkey bacon or more cheese to up the calories I think there is room for it, just be careful about upping the fat more than it is!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Indian Chicken and Spinach Curry

Indian Chicken and Spinach Curry
Recipe adapted from Food and Wine Magazine/Cooking Light
Makes 4 Servings

1 tsp canola oil
½ cup onion, diced
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp coriander
½ tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
2 jalapeno peppers, seeds and ribs removed, minced
½ cup tomatoes, diced
½ cup heavy cream
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 cups water
3-5 oz. spinach
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
1 cup basmati rice

Cook rice per package instructions. In a large pan, heat oil over low heat. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes. Add garlic and ginger; cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in cumin, coriander, paprika and salt. Cook 1 minute, then stir in jalapenos, tomatoes, cream, cinnamon and water. Add spinach, then cover, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove lid, stir in chicken, cover again and simmer for 10 minutes until chicken is no longer pink.

Nutritional Information: 410 calories, 44 carbs, 12 fat grams and 31 protein grams.

Review: WOW!!! We loved this one - had a lot of fire with the jalapenos and the cream just really made it taste super sinful and "restaurant-like" per Austin. It tasted almost Thai like, but of course without the coconut taste from coconut milk since it used heavy cream instead. We loved it over the basmati rice, and the chicken was super tender from being cooked in the sauce. Use as much spinach as you like - I stuck on the low side because I worry about it's strong flavor's impact. But honestly, it blended so well and just added great, filling protein - yay! This dish is an absolute keeper - there is nothing I would change!

P.S. I apologize in advance for the not-so-fabulous pic - I left my camera at work and had to use a low-pixilated one! :(

Monday, April 18, 2011

Cheese Giveaway!

The lovely people at Cabot, Wendy and Kelly, generously offered TWO cheese gift packs to you guys and I am so excited to be able to pass this on! Yes, that's $25 worth the reduced fat cheese - EEEEEE. :) Enter to win on my main blog, Fitting Back In. Just leave a comment on this Fitting Back In post telling me your favorite thing to make with cheese by 11 p.m. EST Saturday, April 30. I'll use random number generator and give TWO readers THIS:

Friday, April 15, 2011

Summer Vegetable Enchiladas

Summer Vegetable Enchiladas
Adapted from a Dinners for a Year and Beyond Recipe
Makes 6 Servings

1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 cup flour
1 6-oz. can tomato paste
1 14 – ounce can vegetable stock, reduced sodium
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp canola oil
1 yellow or red bell pepper, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained
½ cup scallions, diced and divided
12 Mission small flour tortillas
2 oz. 75% reduced fat Cabot cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 400. In a small saucepan, combine cumin, chili powder, flour, tomato paste and ¾ cup water. Whisk to combine and cook for 1 minute. Add in stock and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes until sauce is slightly thickened. Remove from heat and set aside. Heat a pan to medium high heat and add oil. Add bell pepper and zucchini and sauté for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and place in a large bowl. Cool slightly. Add black beans, corn and half of the scallions and stir to combine. Spray a rectangular baking dish with cooking spray. Add enough sauce to cover the bottom (about ¼). Lay wax paper on the counter and top with 12 tortillas. Fill each with vegetable mixture. Then roll one at a time and place seam side down in baking dish. Pour remaining over the enchiladas, using the back of a spoon to spread, and top with cheese. Bake for 15 minutes until cheese is melted.

Nutritional Information (for 2 enchiladas): 396 calories, 67 carbs, 7 fat grams and 15 protein grams.

Review: Okay, so I’m going to make my own enchilada sauce from now on – AMAZING. Seriously. So flavorful and thick – it really made this dish. Especially combined with the flour tortillas. Normally I use corn tortillas for enchiladas, but the flour really made it thick, almost like a burrito, and the vegetables just popped. Talk about another meatless dish where I didn’t miss the meat at ALL. I didn’t even need any toppings like sour cream or salsa – perfect as is! This has now knocked off one of the lasagnas to be in the top two for meatless recipes – filling, flavorful and will be made again – very soon! Seriously, I don't even know that the pictures do it justice!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Chinese Noodles with Beef

Chinese Noodles with Beef
Recipe adapted from Fitness Magazine
Makes 4 Servings

6 oz. pappardelle noodles
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp minced garlic, jarred
1 tbsp minced ginger, jarred
1 pound shitake mushrooms, stems removed, sliced into 1/4” strips
1 pound 96/4 lean ground beef
6 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 ½ cups shredded carrots
1 cup chopped scallions

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add pasta and cook per package instructions. Drain, reserving ¼ cup liquid. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, ginger and mushrooms until somewhat softened. Add beef and cook, crumbling, about 3 minutes. Mix in hoisin sauce and cook 3 minutes. Add carrots and cook 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in scallions. Toss meat mixture with noodles and reserved cooking water.

Nutritional Information: 440 calories, 53 carbs, 10 fat grams and 35 protein grams.

Review: We loved this one! It was my first time cooking with hoisin sauce which, apparently, is used in lots of Asian-inspired dishes like Mongolian Beef. I love the flavor it adds, and liked that this dish used ground beef and noodles, instead of chicken and rice like most of my Asian dishes. I'm not a big fan of "hot carrots" - Austin isn't either - but we liked them in this and really didn't notice them. I will definitely make this again, and if you can't find pappardelle I think it would be great with any noodle, long or short!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Chipotle Chicken and Rice

Chipotle Chicken and Rice
Adapted from a Dinners for a Year and Beyond Recipe
Makes 4 Servings

1 cup jasmine rice
1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken stock
¼ tsp chili powder
2 tsp olive oil
20 oz. chicken, diced
½ cup onion, diced
1 red or orange bell pepper, diced
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp cumin
½ cup tomato sauce
1/8 tsp salt
hot sauce to taste
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely diced
1 tsp lime juice
4 large Romaine lettuce leaves

In a medium pot over high heat, add rice, chicken stock and chili powder. Bring to a boil and then turn down heat, cover pot, and simmer for 15 minutes. While rice cooks, heat a large pan to medium high heat. Add oil and then add chicken. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic and cumin and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce and cook for a minute, then season to taste with salt and hot sauce. Stir in cilantro and lime juice. Place lettuce leaf on plate. Divide chipotle rice and chicken into servings and add to each lettuce leaf.

Nutritional Information: 374 calories, 42 carbs, 4 fat grams and 37 protein grams.

Review: We really liked it! The rice had a nice flavor with a hint of spanish rice, without the grease and calories. The chicken was flavorful, the onions added a lot and I liked the hot sauce blended in to give the tomato sauce a kick. The lime juice and cilantro also added a great flavor and after taste. I will DEFINITELY make this again - super easy and I have no doubt it would freeze well too since it's a soupier dish. Also, I wouldn't be scared to add even more hot sauce for more heat!

Monday, April 11, 2011

DIY Fruit Cups

DIY Fruit Cups

25 grams banana
45 grams apple
70 grams grapes
75 grams strawberries
50 grams pineapple
Lemon juice (to keep the fruit pretty)

Weigh out and cut all fruit. Add to container. Squirt with a bit of lemon juice. Shake container and voila - a perfectly portioned fruit cup.

Note: If you don't like apples but LOVE bananas, try this mix: 75 grams banana, 70 grams grapes, 100 grams strawberries and 40 grams pineapple for 145 calories, 42 carbs and 1 fat gram.

Nutritional Information: 123 calories, 37 carbs and 1 fat gram.

Review: Yummy of course! And it’s way cheaper to make your own than buying the cups in the store!

All 8 cups with extra strawberries in one!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Hoisin Chicken Rice Bowls

Hoisin Chicken Rice Bowls
Adapted from a Dinners for a Year and Beyond Recipe
Makes 4 Servings

1 tbsp canola oil
1 large red pepper, diced small
1 10-ounce package baby portebello mushrooms, diced small
2 tsp minced garlic
1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced small
1 8-ounce can water chestnuts, drained, diced small
2 tsp teriyaki sauce
4 tbsp hoisin sauce
4 servings (190 grams) Jasmine rice, cooked per package instructions
4 large romaine lettuce leaves
sesame seeds to taste
3 scallions, thinly sliced

Heat oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add red pepper and mushrooms and sauté for 5 - 6 minutes until tender. Add garlic and sauté an additional minute. Add chicken and cook for 6 - 8 minutes or until cooked through. Stir chicken and red pepper mixture occasionally while it cooks. Add water chestnuts, teriyaki sauce and hoisin sauce and stir to coat the chicken and vegetables. Continue cooking until heated through. To serve, line each plate with a large romaine leaf. Top each with a quarter of the rice, a quarter of the chicken mixture, and a sprinkle of the sesame seeds and scallions.

Nutritional Information: 433 calories, 62 carbs, 6 fat grams and 33 protein grams.

Review: OMG. This tastes so light but it's very filling. I loved the sauce, the mixture of the rice with the mushrooms and peppers, and while I normally dislike water chestnuts, I LOVED this them in this. I liked the crunch they offered, along with the scallions and peppers. The hoisin and teriyaki also blended well, and I liked the jasmine rice over my usual microwavable rice. It helped make this dish and I will definitely be making it again!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Pad Thai

Pad Thai
Makes 4 Servings
Recipe adapted from Stephanie Cooks

4 servings pad Thai rice noodles
1 tbsp canola oil
2 tsp minced garlic
16 oz. chicken
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp cilantro, roughly chopped
1 tbsp almonds, chopped (7 grams)

Sauce: 4 tbsp lemon, 3 tbsp. fish sauce, 3 tbsp splenda, 1 pinch red pepper flakes and 4 green onions diced

Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, combine sauce ingredients together in a small bowl, stir well, and set aside. Heat oil over high heat. Add garlic and chicken. Transfer to a plate once cooked. Add egg. Cook for 1-2 minutes until done, then break into small pieces. Reduce heat to low, add sauce, noodles, and chicken back to the pan. Toss well to combine. Add cilantro. Toss well. Garnish with almonds.

Tip: Time it to where noodles are drained then immediately added to sauce. If not, they stick together.

Nutritional Information: 394 calories, 47 carbs, 7 fat grams and 32 protein grams.

Review: We loved it. I will say that it smelled funny while we were cooking it until we added the green onions – then it smelled amazing. So we changed it to add them to the sauce. Also, we used lemon juice but you could have used lime juice – just our preference. I loved the rice noodles – it was my first time cooking with them. This recipe just seemed super easy and made for a great, flavorful dish. I loved the combination of cilantro and green onions, and the sauce really went a long way. I will make this again for sure!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Healthy Cobb Salad (or wrap!)

Healthy Cobb Salad
Recipe adapted from The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook
Makes 4 Servings

1 oz. blue cheese, crumbled
¼ cup nonfat Greek Yogurt (like Fage)
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp water
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
4 slices turkey bacon, diced
1 pound chicken, diced or thinly sliced; cooked in salt and pepper
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and quartered
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and thinly sliced
Romaine or spinach leaves

Blend cheese, yogurt, vinegar, water and pepper until smooth; reserve. Cook turkey bacon until crisp; reserve. Arrange lettuce in 4 bowls. Scatter bacon on top of lettuce followed by chicken, tomatoes, eggs and avocado. Drizzle with dressing.

Nutritional Information: 336 calories, 14 carbs, 16 fat grams and 39 protein grams.

Review: I really liked it. Lots of different flavors. I will say I preferred it with romaine lettuce, and when I ate it the second time, I was STARVING so I put it in a taco-size Mission tortilla. I just spread the sauce on first, then topped with the ingredients and a bit of romaine - it was wonderful this way and, for me, more satisfying. The salad was filling as is, but just not satisfying for me - I guess it was just too healthy rather than being healthified! :) I would definitely make this again, but would probably plan on having it in a flat out wrap or tortilla.

Notes: when dividing, each salad gets 78 grams chicken, 38 grams eggs, 38 grams avocado, 7 grams bacon and 26 grams dressing.

Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs
Recipe from My Bizzy Kitchen

3 eggs (or more)
Tap water

Carefully put eggs in a pot and cover with tap water until eggs are submerged with an inch of water over them. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, set a timer for 10 minutes. While boiling, prepare a bowl of ice water. When the timer goes off, remove pot from heat and use a slotted spoon to transfer one egg at a time to the cold water. Leave them alone for 7 - 8 minutes as they come back to room temperature. Once cooled, dry them and put them in a bowl in the fridge, or peel under cold water and eat. I checked online, and it seems that if you don't peel them, they last for 5-6 days. If you do peel them, they last for 1-2 days.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Chicken Vindaloo

Chicken Vindaloo
Recipe adapted from a Cooking recipe
Makes 4 Servings

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cardamom
2 tsp chili paste
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp minced garlic, jarred
4 tsp canola oil
1 cup diced onion
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
3/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp water
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup basmati rice (dry)

Combine first 9 ingredients (through garlic) in a zip-top plastic bag. Marinate in refrigerator at least 4 hours, turning occasionally. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes. Add chicken mixture and bell peppers; sauté 5 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly browned on all sides. Add broth and salt; simmer, uncovered, 12-15 minutes. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl; stir well. Add cornstarch mixture to chicken mixture; simmer 2 minutes until sauce thickens. Stir in cilantro. Divide rice into 4 servings (each 140 grams). Divide chicken mixture and serve over rice.

Nutritional Information: 375 calories, 48 carbs, 7 fat grams and 31 protein grams.

Review: AMAZING. I mean it -that cardamom work was absolutely worth it and yes, I think it helped make the recipe. This dish has SO much flavor, and even tasted better second day, which we didn't think was possible. It's strong, not spicy, and really had a lot of focus on ginger, which I happen to love. I will absolutely make this again! And next time, i'll toss in some red pepper too (it called for it but I didn't have it so yellow it was!). I seriously can't believe the stats on this dish - it had enough flavor and 'soupiness' to where i'd easily assume it had at least double the calories and fat!

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