Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Spinach and Arugula Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing

I wanted to have something healthy-ish for Christmas so I found a few recipes for salad.  D and I ultimately chose this one.  We used a rutabaga for the turnip, because neither one of us knew what a turnip was and thought the rutabaga was a turnip.  We both liked it, and had more on New Year's Eve.

Spinach and Arugula Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing

Photo by ALB

Hands-on Time: 10 Mins
Total Time: 10 Mins
Yield Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 cup)

This light but rich dressing meets at the happy place between Caesar and ranch.

1.5 ounces Parmesan cheese, finely grated and divided (about 6 tablespoons)
1/3 cup canola mayonnaise (used light mayo)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 cups baby spinach leaves
4 cups baby arugula leaves
3/4 cup matchstick-cut or shredded turnip, divided (used a rutabaga)

Combine half of cheese and next 5 ingredients (through pepper) in a large bowl; stir until well blended. Add spinach, arugula, and half of turnip. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and turnip.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 77; Fat: 5.4g; Satfat: 1.2g; Monofat: 2.7g; Polyfat: 1.4g; Protein: 3g; Carbohydrate: 3g; Fiber: 1g; Cholesterol: 6mg; Iron: 1mg; Sodium: 252mg; Calcium: 107mg; Sugars: 1g; Est. added sugars: 0g


2 Smart Points (my additions/subtractions at 6 servings)

Teriyaki Glazed Salmon

D said ok to this recipe. I know he wasn't thrilled with it since he isn't a huge salmon fan, but he ate it.  I liked it a lot.  Even better was the fact I had a coupon for Kikkoman Teriyaki.

I would have again, especially since it looks like something I can make.  We had with rice.

Teriyaki Glazed Salmon

Photo by ALB

PREP: 0:05

From Delish.com

4 6-oz. salmon filets
1 lb. green beans, ends trimmed
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
6-8 tbsp. teriyaki sauce, plus more for serving (used 6)

Preheat oven to 425ยบ and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Arrange salmon on sheet pan with green beans around it. Drizzle oil over green beans and sprinkle green beans and salmon with salt and pepper.

Spread teriyaki sauce, about 2 tablespoons per fillet, over salmon. Bake until salmon easily flakes with a fork, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with additional teriyaki sauce, if desired.

3 Smart Points (my additions/subtractions at 4 servings)

Chicken, Fennel, and Artichoke Fricassee

D made this last night.  It seemed pretty quick. 

So when it came time to assemble to eat, it was a little odd.  Since it was bone-in chicken, you either use a fork/knife or eat with your hands, but either way, it is hard to get the sauce and the chicken.  However, over the rice, the sauce was really good, and if you use utensils, you can mix everything up.

We would have again.  We had with rice and steamed broccoli.

Chicken, Fennel, and Artichoke Fricassee

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There's incredible flavor in this one-skillet dish. Fennel and red onion intensify the braising liquid, which becomes a pan sauce.



6 Bone-In Skin-on Chicken Thighs
1 teaspoon Coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (Used cooking spray)
1 fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch wedges, 1/4 cup fronds reserved
1 can (15 ounces) water-packed whole artichoke hearts, drained
1 small red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1 cup fat-free chicken broth
1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
3 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Season chicken with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Heat oil (use Cooking Spray) in a large ovenproof skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking. Brown chicken on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat. Reduce heat to medium-high. Brown fennel wedges, artichokes, and onion in skillet, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes.

Return chicken to skillet. Add broth. Transfer to oven. Braise until cooked through, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer chicken and vegetables to a platter. Reduce braising liquid over high heat to about 1/3 cup. Stir in vinegar. Pour sauce over chicken, and top with fennel fronds and parsley.

6 Smart Points (my additions/subtractions at 6 servings)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Grilled Skirt Steak Salad with Arugula, Balsamic-Glazed Onions, Tomatoes, and Feta

Salads are pretty easy to make, in general, and I think D really likes them.  He throws one into the menu, at least every 2 weeks.  This one was really good. 

The bite of the arugula with the sweetness of the onions.  Would definitely have again.

Grilled Skirt Steak Salad with Arugula, Balsamic-Glazed Onions, Tomatoes, and Feta

Photo by ALB

Adapted from Delish.com

Steak is great, but you'll really kill dinner by serving it with this umami-packed salad.

PREP: 0:15

Cooking Spray
4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 red onion, thinly sliced into half moons
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. brown sugar
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. skirt steak
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 5 oz. container of baby arugula
1 pt. red grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
2 oz. Feta, crumbled

In a large skillet over medium-high heat sprayed with cooking spray, heat. Add onion and cook until soft, 5 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar and brown sugar, and continue to cook for another 2 minutes, until very soft. Season with salt and pepper, then remove to bowl and let cool.

Rub grill pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat over high heat (didn't do, since used grill). Season skirt steak generously with salt and pepper, and grill steak for 3 minutes per side for medium rare. Remove steak to cutting board and let sit for 5 minutes. In large bowl, whisk together red wine vinegar with remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Add arugula and tomatoes to vinaigrette and toss gently to combine.

Thinly slice steak diagonally across the grain.

Divide salad mixture among 3 plates. Top each with caramelized onions, steak, and crumbled feta, and serve immediately.

14 Smart Points (my additions/subtractions at 3 servings)


This rice needs to go into the regular rotation.  It had so much flavor.  D and I both think we have had something similar.  We both thought it would be good as a casserole with chicken and Parmesan.

Any way we will have again.  We had with Spicy Honey Brushed Chicken.


Photo by ALB

Recipe By DailyInspiration

This recipe sounds like a great side dish to steak or chicken. The dish comes from the "Joy of Eating" cookbook.

READY IN: 45 mins

1 cup rice, long grain
1 (10 1/2ounce) can beef broth
3⁄4 cup water
salt and pepper, to taste
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 shallots, minced
1 tablespoon butter
1⁄4 lb mushroom, sliced

In a saucepan, stir together the rice, broth, water, salt and pepper. Cover pan and simmer until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Meanwhile, in a skillet, saute onion and shallots in butter until onions are soft. Add mushrooms and continue cooking until mushrooms are tender. Stir mushroom mixture into rice and heat through.

4 Smart Points (my additions/subtractions at 6 servings)

Cabbage Okonomiyaki (Pancakes)

I wasn't sure about this recipe because I wasn't sure if I would find Togarashi.  I had to go to Kroger in the middle of the week and say that they had it, so this recipe went on the list.  D and I went back and forth on what to have for a side.  We never decided.

After he made it, we thought splitting some sushi would have worked.  In reality, it was heartier than I thought it would be.

It tasted like an Egg Roll Pancake.  I liked the sauce (of course).    We would have again.

Cabbage Okonomiyaki (Pancakes)

Photo by ALB

Active Time: 15 Mins
Total Time: 30 Mins
Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 pancake and about 1 tbsp. mayonnaise mixture)

This savory, Japanese-style pancake is traditionally loaded with cabbage. Louis’ version uses quickly brined cabbage and a thin batter for maximum crispiness. Togarashi (also called Japanese Seven Spice) is available at Asian markets and some supermarkets. The mixture includes dried ground chile, ginger, orange rind, seaweed, and sesame seeds for a savory, spicy, briny blend. Try it on roasted butternut squash or seared steak. You can also make one larger pancake in a 10-inch skillet, increasing the cook time to 10 to 15 minutes and cutting into wedges before serving.

1 pound green cabbage, finely shredded (about 5 cups)
4 teaspoons shichimi togarashi (Japanese spice blend), divided (used McCormick Japanese Seven Spice)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions, divided
5 large eggs, lightly beaten (used 4 Extra-Large Eggs)
4 center-cut bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
2.9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2/3 cup) (used 2 oz)
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1/4 cup canola mayonnaise (used Hellman's Light)
1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon water

Preheat oven to 200°F.

Combine cabbage, 1 tablespoon togarashi, sugar, and salt in a bowl; let stand 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in 3 tablespoons green onions, eggs, and bacon. Fold in flour.

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add 1 cup cabbage mixture; flatten with a spatula. Cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Place pancake on a baking sheet; keep warm in 200°F oven. Repeat procedure 3 times with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and cabbage mixture.

Combine remaining 1 teaspoon togarashi, mayonnaise, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon water in a bowl; drizzle over each pancake. Top with remaining green onions.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 346; Fat: 20g; Satfat: 4g; Unsatfat: 16g; Protein: 15g; Carbohydrate: 26g; Fiber: 4g; Sodium: 602mg; Calcium: 10% DV; Potassium: 11% DV; Sugars: 6g; Added sugars: 2g

Cooking Light, November 2017

8 Smart Points (my additions/subtractions at 4 servings)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Nashville Unfried Hot Chicken

So Nashville Chicken is the new trendy dish.  I've had a few good versions and a few awful version.
I saw the original recipe, and asked D if we could have it.  He said ok. The only problem is that it was for Whole 30/Paleo Diets, and since we don't follow Whole 30/Paleo, we weren't going out of the way to follow.  So we changed some of the ingredients.

It is spicy, with flavor. It isn't just a bunch of chili powder dumped on chicken (yes, I've had that "version").

We've had it twice.  Both time with Pre-made Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Cauliflower.

Nashville Unfried Hot Chicken

Photo by ALB

Prep Time:10 Min
Cook Time:30 Min
Total Time:40 Min

Serves 4
Recipe adapted from The Defined Dish

2 tbsp. Tabasco
1 tsp. white vinegar
2 tbsp. butter
6 cloves minced garlic
1/2 tsp. cayenne
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
8 bone-in skin on chicken thighs (may use less, depends on the size...sometimes thighs are the size of your head).
kosher salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
1 tbsp. vegetable oil

1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

2. Pat dry chicken thighs. Season them all over generously with kosher salt and pepper.

3. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. When pan is hot (but not smoking), place chicken, skin side down, and sear, occasionally rearranging chicken thighs and rotating pan to evenly distribute heat, until fat renders and skin is golden brown, about 8 minutes.

4. Transfer skillet to oven (chicken should still be skin side down) and cook 10 more minutes.

5. Flip chicken; continue cooking until skin crisps and meat is cooked through, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate; let rest 5 minutes before serving.

6. While chicken is resting, heat the butter, tabasco, vinegar, minced garlic, cayenne, paprika, and chili powder over medium heat. Let simmer for 3-5 minutes, you may need to reduce the heat a bit, until it is fragrant and flavors have combined.

7. Place the chicken thighs in a large bowl. Pour sauce over the top and toss to coat.

8. Serve immediately!

9 Smart Points (my additions/subtractions at 4 servings)