Saturday, May 23, 2015

Chicken and Brussel sprout sandwich


I made a dozen or so chicken breasts I bought on clearance yesterday at Target. I baked them in the oven in homemade chicken stock and water.

So for lunch I sliced up two hunks of chicken and sautéed them quickly in extra virgin olive oil and ras el hanout. I sliced about 20 leftover Brussel sprouts in half and tossed them in too.

I made mine into a sandwich with jalapeño mozzarella cheese.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Design your own ravioli with vodka sauce


Today we went to Sky Zone trampoline park as a premature celebration of my upcoming 40th birthday. It was incredible. Highly recommended.

When we got home, I thawed a frozen container of vodka sauce, cooked some plain chicken, and had husband make peas. He also whipped up some cheese ravioli.

We set out the shredded Parmesan and let everyone compile their own mix. After all that jumping, I had a chicken breast, a serving of ravioli, the cheese and a heap of peas.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Only Oatmeal (Raisin) Protein muffins


This is another of my experiments. The family is complaining there is nothing for breakfast. Well, I researched oatmeal protein muffins and developed this. Should have 7-8 grams protein per muffin, low fat, about 150 calories. I haven't finished baking them yet but they smell delightful.

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare muffin pans for about two dozen muffins.

In a small bowl, combine about 1 cup grape nuts and one-half cup skim milk. Stir and set aside.

In a large bowl mix:
- 1 cup homemade unsweetened applesauce, now I used pear sauce because that's what I had
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses 
- 5 cups old fashioned oats
- at least 1 tablespoon cinnamon 
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3 scoops protein powder (I used vanilla whey)
- 3 cups skim milk
- 1 cup raisins (I don't pack them as raisins are super dense in sugar)
- add the grape nuts
- mix and add 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

Bake about 30 minutes for small muffins, 40 for large

The flavor is more plain than I expected and the mouth feel is a tad chewy. Not bad but the kid may require jelly on them.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Chicken with vodka sauce


Tonight is my last night home. I cheated.


Got chicken breasts on clearance at Target, had husband get vodka sauce from George's Pizzeria and I added frozen spinach and broccoli. I'm serving over rice cooked in my homemade chicken stock.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Fig marmalade

Bear with me here...

Yesterday I got a much needed haircut. I had a little more than a half hour before I needed to retrieve my husband from the office for lunch.

I stopped at the Mediterranean Deli because it was Friday and Friday is lamb shawarma day and I never manage to get there before they sell out.

I did yesterday. Talk about a great start to the weekend.

While I was waiting for my sandwiches, I bought yogurt, zaatar bread, hummus, medjool dates and pita. 

Then I grabbed a jar of fig marmalade.


Delicious. If I may state the obvious, it's like eating fig newtons without the cake. But what surprised me was the nutritional info:
1 tablespoon =
• 10 g sugar (5% RDA)
• 40 % RDA vitamin C
• 2 % RDA calcium
• 25 % RDA iron

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Steak and pepper egg sandwich


My husband suggested cheese steaks for dinner except we didn't have rolls or much cheese...

So we brainstormed and came up with chip steak and three colors of peppers made into an omelette and served on half a bagel with salsa.

We were low on bagels too. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sweet potato chili


Preliminary tastes have suggested this will be a blend of sweet and spicy.

- About 1/2 large can peeled italian plum tomatoes mashed
- garlic powder
- cumin
- tons of chili powder
- paprika
- about 1/4 cup lemon juice

Bring to boil

Add
- 40 ounces sweet potatoes in syrup, mashed
- about one cup no salt white great northern beans
- two 15.5 ounce cans reduced sodium black beans

Simmer until dinner