Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Baked Chicken with Artichokes

I have been in a recipe rut, so i relied on Pinterest for last night's dinner. I found the great simple recipe here.

Serves 2
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes

(3) 4oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 large tomato chunked
1 can artichoke heart (quartered)
1 tsp sugar
2 tbs flour
1 tsp olive oil
Salt and Pepper
shredded mozzarella cheese
Option: fresh basil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Toss tomato, artichoke, sugar, flour, oil, and pinch of salt and pepper.
Generously salt and pepper chicken and put in a 8x8 dish, put vegetables around chicken and bake for 30 minutes, add cheese on top each chicken breast and finish baking till melted and browned. Sprinkle fresh basil and serve!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mahi Mahi Burgers

You always need an easy, fast, go to meal in the freezer. I found Mahi Mahi burgers in the frozen food section of Costco. Since I have raved to everyone how good they are, I am told Trader Joes sells some too.

You just sear them in pan for a couple minutes each side.

I served mine on hamburger bun with Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado, and a sauce I made

1 tbs low fat mayo
3 tbs plain greek yogurt
2 dashed hot sauce
Juice from a lime wedge
salt and pepper.

Lower Calorie Eggplant Parmesan

1 eggplant peeled and cut into thin disks
1 12 oz container low fat ricotta
1 tbs italian seasoning
1 large jar spaghetti sauce
2 handfulls shredded italian cheese.
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix ricotta with italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Layer 1/3 eggplant slices, then 1/2 ricotta mixture, 1/3 spaghetti sauce, repeat with another eggplant slices, ricotta mixture, sauce. Then with eggplant and sauce.  Cover with aluminum foil and back till bubbling in the middle, about 40-50 minutes, add cheese and cook till melted and slightly browned. Enjoy!

Seared Scallop with Beans and Spinach

Serves 2
Cook time 10 minutes

6 Large Scallops, pat dry and season with salt and pepper
2 cups spinach
1 can cannellini bean
1 strip bacon diced
1/2 small onion diced
1 garlic gloves diced
t tsp oil

Heat bacon, onion, and garlic in a fry pan until soft, add beans and spinach and let sit on low till spinach is wilted and beans are warmed through.

Mean while heat oil in a pan till very hot. Add scallops and sear 2 minutes each side. They should be cooked through. If you feel they are not, cook a minute more.

recipe was found here

Serve scallops on bed of spinach and beans, Enjoy!

Parchment Pack Fish and Vegetables

2 Filets of white fish (I like grouper)
1 tomato
1 yellow squash
1 zucchini
1 small onion
garlic powder
1 tbs butter
salt and pepper

Lay out two large pieces of foil or parchment paper.
Pre heat oven to 425 degrees

Slice vegetables into even slices crosswise and lay an assorted amount in the center of paper. sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Lay fish over top vegetables and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. add a couple dashes of worchestire to each packet and then half the tablespoon of butter.

close packet by brining the sides together lengthwise and folding together a couple times, then tuck the ends under .

Cook for about 20 minutes until packet is full of steam and fish is cooked through.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms

1 lb whole button mushrooms
prepared seafood salad from grocery store

Stuff salad in mushrooms and cook covered fry pan on medium high heat for 10 minutes or until mushrooms are soft.

My husband loves stuffed mushroom, and I hate buying a container of lump crab meat for $12-15. While I was contemplating the purchase, the grocery store had prepared seafood salad  (immitation crab meat and shrimp) for $2. So I thought to try it. It was actually delicious!!

Steak Sandwich with Truffle Butter

Serves 6
Cook time 30 minutes
Prep time 5 minutes

Eye of Round- 3-4 lbs
4-6oz truffle butter (found at specialty food stores)
2 loaves French Bread
olive oil
salt and pepper

Bring Eye of Round to room temperature, rub with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Preheat oven to 475 degrees and then turn down to 425 when you insert the meat.
Cook for 7 minutes per pound for medium rare. remove from oven and let rest at least 10 minutes.
Slice meat very thin. only slice what you will eat immediately.
Cut loaf in halve lengthwise and spread a generous amount of butter on both sides. Layer meat, top with arugula and sprinkle with salt and pepper.


Eye of Round in the cheap version of a Filet of Beef, 3.5lbs cost only $16 and fed 6 people with left overs.