Thursday, March 12, 2009

Recipes Tried and True

Here are some recipes that I've tried along with my reviews of them. I promise to start posting pictures really soon!

Unstuffed peppers
From Heather's Website:

2 TBS olive oil
1.5 lb lean ground turkey or beef
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
3 bell peppers, chopped OR 1 (16 oz) bag of frozen bell pepper strips
1 bay leaf
2 c chicken broth or stock
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 TBS Italian seasoning
2 c instant brown rice, uncooked
12 basil leaves, torn or chopped (or dried basil to taste)
Shredded FF or soy cheese, your choice of flavor

Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add ground meat, salt and pepper. When meat is browned, add garlic, onion, bell pepper and bay leaf. Cook 7-8 minutes, or until veggies are tender. Stir in chicken broth/stock, tomatoes, and Italian seasoning (and basil if using dried) and bring to a boil. Stir in rice, return to boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat; remove cover. Fold in basil if using fresh. Remove bay leaf. Plate and top with cheese.Serves 8

This recipe has become a staple in my house. It is cheesy, comforting and extremely easy to throw together.

From the Weight Watchers Message Board

1 cup quick oats
3 TBSP egg whites
2 TBSP Splenda Granular
4 TBSP dry ww couscous
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven/toaster oven to 350. Spray a small cookie sheet (with sides) or cake pan with Pam. Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Using your hands, take a handful of the mixture and press firmly into a ball then break the ball apart into pieces the size of popped popcorn; place on baking sheet. Continue until all mixture is squashed and broken apart, don't worry too much about making the pieces all even, the size variety is nice. Lightly spray oat clusters with Pam spray and bake for 30 minutes, stirring 2 or 3 times for even browning. Cool and store.

I really like this recipe, although I made a few alterations. I doubled up on the vanilla extract (as I don't have almond extract) and I used one egg and an egg white instead of 3 tablespoons of egg whites. If you are looking for something crunchy and slightly sweet, this is the snack for you. It could also be adapted by adding in raisins, nuts or even some almond butter!