Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Chicken Mango Sausage, Peppers and Onions

My husband has now declared this is his NEW favorite dinner. I love going to trader Joe's and getting these ingredients, but you can pretty much get them anywhere. This is a fruity twist on traditional S,P&O's.
  • 1 package chicken mango sausages, cut into bite sized pieces (I used trader Joe's, but you can get chicken sausage pretty much anywhere)

  • 1 large yellow onion chopped into thin strips

  • 2 bell peppers, I used red and yellow, cut into thin strips

  • 1/2 cup frozen mangos (or you can use one fresh mango)

  • 1 Tablespoon chopped garlic

  • 2 Tablespoons mango salsa (you can find this is the Mexican foods section or dressing aisle in a jar)

  • 2 Tablespoons mango juice (I used Goya)

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • cooking spray

Spray a large skillet and set on medium high heat. Add in frozen mango and cook for about 3 minutes. Then respray and add in onions and peppers. Salt and pepper and cook for 15-20 minutes until softened, but not mushy. Add in sausage and cook for about 5-10 more minutes. Add in garlic, mango salsa and mango juice, and cook just long enough to thicken the sauce. Serve over quinoa or brown rice. This is seriously delicious!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My Momma's Meatballs- WLS modified!

Some days I just want some yummy Italian meatballs! My mom makes these every Christmas with baked ziti. I love 'em plain!

  • 1 lb lean ground beef (or meatball mix if you have it)

  • 1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 eggs (scrambled)

  • 2 pieces of bread soaked in milk

  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil

  • 2 Tablespoons fresh oregano

  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley

  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder

  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese

  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375. In a bowl add all the ingredients, except the mozzarella cheese. Make sure all the spices are chopped fine. For the bread, soak 2 pieces in a bowl of milk, before adding the bread, squeeze out excess milk and tear into little pieces (Just a side note, if you have cats, please watch this bowl at all times or else you will enter your kitchen to find your fat cat drinking out of your bread bowl.) Mix everything together, your hands work best for this. Form meatballs into about an inch round ball. Chop the mozzarella cheese and stick a piece into the middle of each ball, making sure the meat covers the cheese completely. Arrange on lightly oiled baking sheet.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes. Or until completely cooked through. Add to sauce and enjoy!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Carb Conscious Calzones

I recently rediscovered a recipe my mom used to make us when we were little. I never knew it was "healthy" for us. These little calzones are so delicious and easy.

  • 8 Large whole wheat tortillas

  • 3 cups part skim milk ricotta cheese

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1/4 Parmesan cheese

  • 6 slices ham lunch meat, chopped into pieces

  • 1 medium tomato, cubed

  • salt and pepper

  • 8 pieces tin foil

  • tomato sauce

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, chopped up ham and tomato, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Mix well. To stuff calzones take a piece of foil, then place one tortilla on top. Add in about 1/2 a cup of ricotta mixture, and wrap up tortilla like a burrito, then tightly wrap foil around the calzone and place on baking sheet. Continue to do this with all 8. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Serve with tomato sauce for dipping!

Apple Pork Chops

Sometimes I get bored of pork. I wanted to spice up some pork chops the other day. And thus, a delicious, easy recipe for pork chops.

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless thin pork chops

  • cooking spray

  • 1 medium jar cinnamon applesauce, sweetened with splenda (Note. I used real sugar applesauce because I am pregnant and artificial sweeteners are not good for pregnancy)

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg

  • salt, pepper and chili powder

Preheat oven to 350. Salt, pepper and sprinkle pork chops with chili powder (this will not make it spicy, but it will make it a little smokey, it's very good.) Spray large skillet with cooking spray, heat on medium high heat and brown chops for 2-3 minutes on each side. In a casserole dish add applesauce, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix. Then add pork chops and cover each with applesauce. Bake for about 20 minutes.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Crustless Taco Pie

I adapted this recipe from my mom, who used to make a similar pie, but with pie crust and a few other differences. My hubby loved this. It was excellent!

  • 1 large whole wheat tortilla

  • 1 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey (I used turkey)

  • 1 pkg taco seasoning

  • 3 cups LF cheddar cheese

  • 1 large jar salsa

  • 1 cup crushed whole wheat tortilla chips

  • LF sour cream

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare ground beef with taco seasoning as per envelope instructions. Place wheat tortilla in the bottom of a pie pan. Layer in 1/2 of the taco meat, then 1/2 of salsa, and 1 cups cheese. Then repeat with meat, salsa then on the top sprinkle chips and top with remaining cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes. Serve with sour cream and cheese on top. This is very tasty and full of protein!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Ratatouille Casserole

Ratatouille sounds like something we never want to make, let alone eat. I have been trying to venture out of my poultry comfort zone. This recipe is very good, and different. I got a huge eggplant and zucchini at a farmers market, and wanted to do something different, thus this recipe.
  • 1 eggplant, peeled and chopped in cubes

  • 1 zucchini, also peeled and chopped in cubes

  • boiling water and salt

  • 1 large yellow onion, diced

  • 2 Tablespoons chopped garlic

  • 1 carton chopped mushrooms

  • 4 tomatoes, chopped and skin and seeds removed

  • 2 green peppers, chopped

  • 1 small can tomato paste

  • 1 block firm tofu, cubed

  • 2 Tablespoons fresh Basil, chopped

  • 2 Tablespoons fresh Oregeno, chopped

  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 275*. Peel and chop eggplant and zucchini, and boil for 10 minutes in salted water. Remove from water and set aside. In a large skillet spray with cooking spray and add in diced onions and peppers. Cook for about 10 minutes, add in mushrooms, tomatoes and tomato paste, cook for another 5 minutes and stir together well. At the very end of the cooking add in garlic and mix well. Put mixture into a casserole dish, and add in eggplant and zucchini, basil, oregeno, tofu and some more salt and pepper and mix. On top sprinkle on panko bread crumbs and some dried parsley if desired. Bake at 275 for 1 1/2 hours. This tastes so fresh and delicious, and a good recipe to try if you want to try tofu!

Guess what's baking at barbie's house???

A baby!! That's right, my husband and I are pregnant with our first baby!!!

New recipes coming tonight, sorry for the delay!!!