Sunday, March 27, 2011

Acapulco Shrimp Cocktail and Fish Tacos

So, I wanted a special side dish to go with my Fish Tacos... I usually serve black beans with them, but wasn't in the mood for that this time. I loooooovvvvvve avocados, so when I ran across this recipe, I knew I would love it. And I did!

recipe found at What's Cookin Chicago?

1 pound cooked shrimp
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
3/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 ripe avocado, diced

Place the shrimp in a large bowl and add the lime juice.

In a small bowl, mix the ketchup, hot sauce, Worcestershire, onion and cilantro. Mix well; then pour over shrimp and stir.

Carefully fold in the diced avocado. Divide into 4 to 6 serving dishes.

You can find the recipe for my Fish Tacos here.

By the way, I am back to school tomorrow. That means less cooking and posting here, but I'll give it my best effort.

Chickpea Salad

This is a delicious salad on it's own or served over lettuce like I had it. I made a little more dressing than the recipe so that I had enough to cover the lettuce.

The magazine recipe suggested to serve it with pita bread and hummus, which sounds good, too.

from Publix FamilyStyle magazine

2 (15 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
6 Roma tomatoes, sliced or chopped
4 ounces crumbled Feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 black pepper

In a large bowl combine beans, tomatoes and cheese.

In a screw top jar, combine vinegar, oil, sugar and pepper. Shake to mix well.

Pour dressing over bean mixture and stir gently.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Shrimp Fried Rice

Such a yummy dinner of Shrimp Fried Rice, served with a cup of Campbell's Wonton Soup on the side.

This is something that I mostly just throw together, so I don't have a good, complete recipe. I use Sun-Bird Fried Rice seasoning mix and mostly follow the directions on the back of the package.

I use Success Boil in Bag brown rice. I cook it ahead of time and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or overnight. The cold rice sticks together less, trying to stir-fry warm rice just turns it to mush.

I add chopped onion, frozen mixed vegetables (that have been cooked until warm), 2 eggs scrambled, soy sauce and shrimp.

I started by cooking the onions, then added the shrimp. Moved those to the side and cooked the eggs.

In a separate pan, I stir-fried the rice in a little vegetable oil, added the vegetables, seasoning mix and soy sauce. After cooking that for a short time, I added the onion, shrimp and egg mixture and cooked a little more.

Leftovers from this are really good for lunch the next day!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Healthy Eating

Once again, I am going to try to eat healthier and lose a little weight. Please help me out by giving me some of your best little tips and tricks.

Here are a few of my suggestions for healthier eating.

Fat free/light yogurt with 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal mixed in makes a quick breakfast.

The healthiest cereal that I've found is Kashi Go Lean (original). It's low calories and has 13 grams of protein, 10 grams of fiber and it's low in carbohydrates compared to other cereals. The extra protein and fiber makes it really filling.

I like to eat some of the healthy entrees from WW Smart Ones, Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice. I am partial to the ones with pasta (and without meat), but I like to add extra vegetables. I added fresh spinach to this Spinach Ricotta Pasta, but these days I am keeping a bag of frozen chopped spinach handy and adding a handful before microwaving.

Here, I've added extra frozen chopped broccoli to a Fettucine Alfredo entree. I usually microwave for a minute longer than usual to account for the extra frozen vegetables.

To help me drink more water, I have to add some flavor. There are so many brands to choose from - Crystal Light, Lipton, Arizona Tea, as well as the store brands. All of these are sugar-free, 5 to 10 calories. Get a reusable bottle or at least re-use the bottled water or soda bottles a few times.
Please comment and give me some more ideas!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Almond & Peach Crusted Pork Chops

This recipe has inspired me to be on the lookout for more pork chop recipes, not a meat I've used very much...

recipe found at Cooking with Jamie (go visit her!)

1 egg
2 tablespoons peach preserves (I used sugar-free)
1/2 cup Bisquick
1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 boneless pork loin chops
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Beat egg and preserves in shallow dish with fork, breaking apart any large pieces of peach.

Mix Bisquick, almonds, cornmeal, and salt in another dish.

Dip pork chops in preserve mixture, then coat with Bisquick mixture.

Heat oil in large non stick skillet over medium heat. Cook pork chops about 7 minutes per side, or until crust is golden and pork is cooked through.

Heat extra preserves in microwave and drizzle on top.

And here's to trying to get more vegetables into my life! This cabbage was really, really good for being so simple.

inspired by recipe at My Tasty Treasures

pre-shredded cole slaw mix (about 3/4 of the bag)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
salt and pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the cabbage, salt, and pepper and saute for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender and begins to brown. Season, to taste, and serve warm.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Busy, busy...

And I don't see cooking, blogging, thrifting or crafting anywhere on this chart!!

But, I just finished final exams for winter quarter - so maybe I'll find a new recipe or two to make over the next week and a half.