Yummy, simple and healthy! This is a great weeknight dinner.
1/2 cup Soy, 5 tbls rice wine vinegar, 4 gloves crushed chopped garlic, 1 tsp grated fresh ginger, 3 chopped scallions, bunch chopped cilantro, 2 tsp sesame oil, 1/2 tsp chili oil..2 tbls water
For the Chicken Sung:
Saute 1 onion, 5 cloves smashed garlic and finely chopped carrots (about 2 large carrots) for about 5 minutes. Cut up large boneless chicken breasts into cubes (about 6 breasts), add the chicken to saute pan…add chopped mushrooms (one container). Let this cook on medium for about 6-8 minutes, add chopped cilantro and grated fresh ginger and lots of chopped scallions (at least 6). When chicken is cooked through, add about 4 tbls of the above sauce to pan. Use the rest of this glorious sauce on your lettuce wraps as eat them.
Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour and are much better for the waistline. They are half the calories of pasta, and half the glycemic index as pasta. Buckwheat has been known to help with both metabolism and cardio vascular support. I love them… they have a nice warm nutty-ish flavor. They take about 6-8 minutes to cook in boiling salted water…then drain and toss with about 1 tbls sesame oil, 1 tbls soy sauce, chopped cilantro, chopped scallions and I like to thaw one bag of frozen edamame and throw them in as well… i also like to add hot chili oil.
(Endless possibilities here… sometimes I add rice wine vinegar, fresh Garlic, and diced red peppers…)
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I made these for Valentine’s day for my son’s 2nd grade class. They were a huge success, and he asked for them again for his birthday instead of the usual cupcake. It’s a great alternative and a great end to a meal. Everyone loves these and they are simple and easy to make…and a nice treat for those watching their weight. These were made with Valhrona Chocolate. It just so happened that my local grocery store had these beautiful huge chunks of fine chocolate on sale so I grabbed a few blocks. Just chop the chocolate small and put place in a glass bowl. You can either melt it over a double boiler or even at a low temp in the microwave for 40 second intervals. I add a few tablespoons of light corn syrup and you are ready to dip! The oversized long stemmed strawberries work really well.
Splurge on the weekend and eat really healthy during the week! I cannot be on a diet 24/7, it just wont work for me. I am a lover of food and the kitchen and nothing will ever change that, so I try to incorporate balance in my eating and cooking lifestyle.
I am actively on weight watchers. I am trying to lose about 10 lbs by spring! So far, I have lost 5 (it’s been almost 2 weeks). So, here is a quick and easy (and very yummy!!) recipe. You can use whatever you like, whatever you have in the house. This recipe is never the same, I always change according to what I have in the house, or what looks fresh in the market. Sometimes spinach and feta, or basil and tomato, or mozzarella or goat cheese or… just a sprinkle of pecorino (a big calorie saver)! This time, I had leftover broccoli rabe with cannelloni beans from dinner the night before, and that is what I used to stuff my chicken breast! I also had the laughing cow light cheese triangles…so i used 1/2 of one in each cutlet! (only .5 point)!!
BTW, my husband who is not on WW loves this recipe too!
- thin sliced chicken cutlets (4, 3 1/2 ounce cutlets)
- 3 egg whites
- tbls mustard
- 1 tbls parsley (fresh or dried)
- salt and pepper
- spinach (box frozen, squeeze out moisture, or use fresh leaves (uncooked)
- sundried tomatoes (6 pcs)
- pignoli nuts (or walnuts, pecans, chestnuts…)
- 2 laughing cow light swiss or garlic (use just 1/2 per piece of chicken)
- 1/4 tsp grated cheese (peccorino or parmesan) for sprinkling on chicken
- 1 tsp grated cheese to be added to breadcrumb mixture
- 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup unprocessed bran
Preheat oven to 350. Spray glass dish with olive oil. Combine egg whites, parsley s&P in a bowl. Whisk. Add chicken. Separate plate combine breadcrumb, bran and 1 tsp of grated cheese, mix. Dip chicken in breadcrumbs. Layer tomato, spinach, cheese and pignolias, roll up and secure with a toothpick. Bake in oven for about 45 minutes. Each one is about 4 -5 points on WW (depending on which cheese you use)!
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i happen to be incredibly blessed to live just a couple of miles from a local farm. it’s family owned and operated and the setting is just breath taking. i went yesterday, i was craving fresh healthy produce….after a weeks vacation, away from my kitchen, entrenched in an “all you can eat fest” of heavy unhealthy food my… body was craving real nourishment! as a mommy to 2 little ones I was desperate to get some quality food into their little bodies!!
my purchases included: lettuce, heirloom tomatoes that were absolutely sweet and juicy! zucchini, string beans, peaches, plums (green and black), apricots, corn and fresh cut flowers.
i made an italian giambotta (not exactly the way my mom used to make it, i omitted the potatoes) it’s sort of a vegetable stew with onions and garlic and zuchnini and stringbeans stewed with tomatoes. i also made cod (3 different ways for varieties sake…)on the grill in foil (i prefer parchment but was not sure it could handle the direct heat)
a visit to the farmstand is uplifting and oh so healthy!
i need to lose 15-20 lbs…trying to eat healthy. so I make a lot of fish. mostly salmon ( i know, not the most dietetic of fish!!). tonight i bought steelhead trout, which is very similar to salmon. i believe it comes from california. they belong to the family salmonidae which includes all salmon, trout, and chars…the flavor is a bit fuller than salmon, more gamey, not in a bad way…i’m glad i poached it…it is a nice clean way to cook fish. i like to eat it simply… with a bit of fresh lemon or just a drizzle of soy.
if you like to poach fish, a poacher is great. I love mine…i use it often. I fill it 1/4 way with water then i add a cup or so of white wine..slice some onion, lemon a bay leaf some pepper corns (this is called a court bouillon)…add the cleaned fish. set poacher across 2 burners and cook for about 15-25 minutes or so (check often). so easy.
the broccoli rabe was excellent. really, it was, this one is a keeper. i started by washing and roughly cutting the leaves…added them to boiling salted water for just a minute or 2. drained them and added them to an ice bath. sauteed garlic, pine nuts and raisins salt and pepper add the greens back to the pan!…yum!!
all clad poacher
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why does it feel like everyone on Long Island is skinny? and it’s not the teens or 20somethings…it’s the older generations, 30’s, 40’s 50’s…when i say skinny i mean SKINNY! like size 2. do they eat?