Monday, May 31, 2010

Eggs in a Hole

Eggs in a Hole

4 large eggs
1-2 red peppers cut into four 1/2 to 1 inch slices
Olive Oil

Heat a large non-stick skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.  Cook peppers on one side for two minutes.  Flip peppers over and add 1 egg to each ring.  Cook over medium heat until desired egg consistency is reached.  Add salt and pepper.  You can always flip these if you like your eggs over easy.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


My Mom is going to die when she sees that I posted this recipe. I used to *HATE* meatloaf - especially leftover in sandwich form. I could never understand how this was one of my Mom's favorite meals. I don't remember when it began (Mom, feel free to fill me in), but suddenly I loved meatloaf sandwiches. Here's her recipe.


1 lb ground beef
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup crushed Saltines
1 tsp Worcestershire
1 egg
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/2 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
4 teaspoons brown sugar

Mix ground beef, onion, Saltines, Worcestershire, egg, and ground pepper with your hands. Place into a glass meatloaf pan and press down. Cook for 1 hour on 350 degrees. About half way through the cooking time, remove the meatloaf from the oven and drain fat.

In a small bowl, mix ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar together. When the meatloaf is done cooking, remove from the oven and drain of fat a second time. Spread the sauce on top right away.

Serve immediately or let cool and refrigerate for meatloaf sandwiches. Any bread is fine for the sandwich but thick Country White or Potato Bread works best. We love our meatloaf sandwich with Miracle Whip instead of mayonnaise. 

Last year I was at a restaurant that served its meatloaf sandwiches grilled. To do this, make a meatloaf sandwich and then spread some butter on both sides of the sandwich. Grill in a pan on the stove as you would a grilled cheese sandwich. This works best if the meatloaf is already warmed.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

I was really in the mood for something rich, but moderately healthy.  I found Cooking Light's recipe for this macaroni and cheese with Gorgonzola!  I made it with whole wheat shell pasta and paired it with plenty of broccoli.

Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

1  teaspoon  olive oil
1  cup  finely chopped onion (about 1 medium)
2  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
1  garlic clove, minced
1 1/2  cups  1% low-fat milk
1  bay leaf
1/2  cup  (2 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
3/4  cup  (3 ounces) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
1/4  teaspoon  salt
2  cups  uncooked whole wheat macaroni (about 8 ounces)
Cooking spray
2/3  cup  (about 2 1/2 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2/3  cup  panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/8  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add flour and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in milk and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add Gorgonzola, 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, and salt; stir until cheeses melt. Discard bay leaf.

 Preheat oven to 375°.
Cook pasta in boiling water 5 minutes or until almost tender, omitting salt and fat; drain well. Add pasta to cheese mixture, stirring well. Place pasta in a glass baking pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Combine remaining 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano and panko; sprinkle evenly over pasta mixture. Spray lightly with cooking spray; sprinkle with black pepper.
 Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until heated.

Kalyn's Kitchen Recipe for Quinoa Salad

I absolutely love reading Kalyn's blog!  She has so many great healthy recipes for practically everything.  The pictures are amazing and the food tastes even better.  If you haven't already checked out her blog, I strongly suggest that you follow it!  This recipe is taken directly from her blog.

Quinoa Salad with Avocado, Radishes, Cucumbers, and Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette

1 cup quinoa (rinsed well with cold water)
2 cups water
2 avocados, peeled and diced in 3/4 inch pieces
1 T fresh-squeezed lime juice (for tossing avocado)
1 cup chopped radishes (diced in 1/2 inch pieces)
1 large cucumber (peeled with thin green stripes remaining, seeds scraped out, and diced in 1/2 inch pieces)
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

3 T fresh-squeezed lime juice
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. Spike Seasoning (or use other all purpose seasoning blend of your choice)
1/2 tsp. Vege-Sal (or use 1/4 tsp. sea salt)
2 T extra virgin olive oil
Put 1 cup quinoa into a fine-mesh strainer (or put a paper towel inside your strainer if it's not fine enough to catch the quinoa seeds.) Rinse quinoa well with cold water. Bring 2 cups water to boil in a small saucepan, stir in quinoa, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until all the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. (Keep an eye on it, because it may take more or less than 15 minutes, depending on exactly how high you have the heat. You can also cook the quinoa in a rice cooker if you prefer.)

Let the cooked quinoa cool for a few minutes, then place in salad bowl, fluff with a fork and cool until quinoa is room temperature, about 15-30 minutes.

While quinoa cooks and cools, peel avocado, dice into 3/4 inch pieces, place in small bowl, and toss with 1 T fresh-squeezed lime juice. Peel cucumbers, leaving thin green stripes, scrape out seeds, and dice cucumbers into 1/2 inch pieces. Cut off root and stem end of radishes, wash if needed, and dice into 1/2 inch pieces. Thinly slice enough green onions to make 1/4 cup.

In a small bowl, stir together the 3 T lime juice, ground cumin, Spike Seasoning, and Vege-Sal, then whisk in the olive oil.

When quinoa has cooled to room temperature in the salad bowl, stir in the diced radishes, diced cucumbers, and thinly-sliced green onions. (Don't add avocado until the end.) Stir in enough dressing to moisten salad to your liking (you may not need all the dressing.) Gently stir in diced avocado, season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper, and serve immediately.

This was okay when I kept it in the fridge overnight, but I don't think it would keep for longer than a day, and it was better freshly made.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Chicken Tikka Masala

I was craving some Indian food packed with veggies and I came across Sukhi's Gourmet Indian Foods Tikka Masala Curry Sauce.  The sauce was low in calories and fat yet looked incredibly rich.  I used the sauce packet to create a healthier version of the recipe on the back.

Chicken Tikka Masala

2 packets Sukhi's Tikka Masala Curry Sauce
1 lb skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1 inch pieces)
1/2 cup low-fat milk
2 cups water
Head of cauliflower
Bag of frozen peas

Boil a large pot of water.  Chop cauliflower into bite size pieces.  Cook cauliflower in water (roughly 8 or 9 minutes).  In large skillet or pan, add chicken, curry sauce packets, and water.  When chicken is cooked, add peas and milk.  Bring to a boil.  Add cooked cauliflower and mix.  Serve over rice.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Quinoa with Green Onions and Parmesan

Quinoa with Green Onions and Parmesan

1 1/2 cups quinoa
2 cups chicken stock
4-5 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
fresh ground black pepper to taste

Using a heavy pan with a tight-fitting lid, bring 2 cups of chicken stock to a boil. Stir in quinoa, turn off heat, put the lid on the pan and let it sit for five minutes without lifting the lid.

While it cooks, thinly slice the green onions and measure 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese.

After 5 minutes, remove lid and stir. Let cool for 2-3 minutes.
Stir in green onions and grated Parmesan. Season to taste with freshly-ground black pepper and serve hot.

* Recipe taken from Kayln’s Kitchen!

Healthy Breaded Chicken Tenders

Healthy Breaded Chicken Tenders

1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts or breast tenders
1 1/2 cups whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
4 teaspoons dried basil
4 teaspoons garlic powder
1teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 eggs whites
Cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 350F.  Cover a baking sheet with foil and lightly spraying with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a Ziplock combine chicken breast tenders with egg yolks, 2 teaspoons basil and 2 teaspoons garlic powder.  Let chicken marinate for an hour.
In a bowl combine Panko breadcrumbs the remaining basil, garlic powder, and black pepper.  Dip chicken breasts into Panko mixture, coating both sides.  Lay on baking sheet.

Bake chicken breast tenders for 12-15 minutes until cooked through, flipping once half way through the cooking time.

Chicken Kabobs

Chicken Kabobs

2 lbs chicken breasts or thighs
½ cup low sodium teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
½ to 1 tsp green curry paste
¼ cup oil (any kind)
1 Green, Yellow, and Red Pepper
1 red onion
1 pint whole mushrooms

Cut the chicken breast into 1 inch pieces.  Marinate the chicken in a Ziplock bag with teriyaki sauce, garlic, ginger, curry paste, and oil.  While the chicken is marinating, chop the peppers and onion into bite size pieces.  Lightly clean the mushrooms.  Using metal skewers alternate vegetables and chicken.  If you use wooden skewers, make sure that you soak them in water prior to placing them on the grill.

*The pictures aren't great as I charred many of the veggies.

Spinach, Bean, and Tomato Pasta

What's great about this recipe is that 1 serving of the pasta contains almost all of the fiber you need for the day, not to mention the significant amount of protein it contains. 

Spinach, Bean, and Tomato Pasta

2 tsp olive oil
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
2 cans diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano (do not drain)
1 can any white beans (I use Great Northern or Navy usually)
1 package fresh spinach
6 cups cooked whole wheat pasta
6 Tablespoons Romano or Parmesan cheese (grated)

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet.  In a separate pan start boiling water for linguine and get linguine cooked while you continue.  Add garlic, saute for a minute or so.  Add tomatoes and beans and bring to a boil.  

Cover with spinach, top with lid, reduce heat to low and simmer about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.  Spoon tomato/beans/spinach mixture over linguine and sprinkle with cheese.

Recipe taken from here.