Monday, June 30, 2014

Tangy Asian Meatballs

I think emailed me summertime crockpot dishes last week and this recipe was in the email.  At least that's what I'm going with.  I showed D and he said OK, however he didn't see it was a crockpot dish.  So what was going to be Thursday turned into Saturday's dinner.  No problem, as we were home painting the dining room.

D looked at the ingredients and thought it would be overly sweet, so he added some sambal oelek to the recipe.  The bite that it added made these great. I would definitely have again.

We had with ginger and scallion rice and edamame.

Tangy Asian Meatballs

Photo by ALB

With a different and delicious Asian-style glaze, these meatballs are a tangy addition to any potluck meal, indoors or outdoors.
Yield: Serves 4
Cook time:5 Hours
Prep time:15 Minutes
Cost Per Serving:$2.16

1 pound ground pork
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
3 scallions, white and light-green parts, chopped
1 large egg
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup jarred Chinese plum sauce or duck sauce
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

1. Combine pork, panko, scallions, egg, soy sauce, ginger and garlic in a large bowl; mix gently but thoroughly with your fingers. Roll into 1-inch balls.

2. Mist slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Add meatballs. In a small bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce, plum sauce and hoisin sauce; pour over meatballs. Gently stir to coat.

3. Cover and cook on low until meatballs are cooked through, 3 to 5 hours.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 419; Fat: 26g; Saturated fat: 9g; Protein: 23g; Carbohydrate: 21g; Fiber: 1g; Cholesterol: 135mg; Sodium: 803mg

All You DECEMBER 2010

Friday, June 27, 2014

Grilled Ginger-Sesame Chicken Salad

D made this when I was sick.  It was really good.  It made a lot of dressing.  We only got 3 servings (because I never measure lettuce/cabbage) but there was dressing left over.  I would have again.

Grilled Ginger-Sesame Chicken Salad

Photo by ALB

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus 30 minutes' marinating time
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Makes 4 servings


Marinade and dressing
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
3 Tbsp very finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
3 Tbsp canola oil (use 2 TBS)
2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp sriracha
1 tsp kosher salt
2 (9-oz) boneless, skinless chicken-breast halves
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup minced scallions (white and green parts)

1 lb napa cabbage, halved lengthwise, very thinly sliced crosswise
2 carrots, shredded or cut into matchstick-size strips
3 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced on a sharp diagonal
2/3 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 tsp white sesame seeds, toasted
1 tsp black sesame seeds (optional) (didn't use)

1. Marinade: In a medium bowl, whisk soy sauce, ginger, canola oil, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, sriracha, and salt to blend. Transfer 3 Tbsp of the marinade to a baking dish, add chicken, and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, turning after 15 minutes.

2. Dressing: Whisk vinegar and scallions into the remaining marinade. Set aside.

3. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from marinade, add to grill pan, and cook about 4 minutes per side, or until chicken shows no sign of pink when pierced in the thickest part with the tip of a small sharp knife. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 15 minutes. 

4. Cut chicken crosswise into ¼-inch-thick slices.

5. Salad: In a large bowl, toss chicken, cabbage, carrots, scallions, cilantro, and half of the almonds with enough dressing to coat lightly.

6. Mound salad in center of 4 plates. Re-whisk dressing and drizzle a little over and around salad. Sprinkle with the remaining almonds and sesame seeds.

Nutritional Information
420 cal, 24 g fat, 32 g protein, 19 g carb.

Adapted from Curtis Stone

Jalapeño and Lime Refried Beans

So when I showed this recipe to D, he went, "I thought we didn't do all day bean recipes."  He's right, we don't.  I told him we should just buy canned pinto beans and make it from there. He agreed.

He used less lime juice because he wasn't sure how much beans he had.

The result... they were really limey and didn't have a lot of heat.  The left overs were less limey but just lacked flavor.  I don't think we'll have again.

We had with Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwiches.

Jalapeño and Lime Refried Beans

Photo by ALB

We like this zesty, south-of-the-border side dish for picnics and outdoor get-togethers. Top with queso fresco and fresh cilantro for something truly special.

Yield: Serves 8
Cook time:6 Hours, 10 Minutes
Prep time:30 Minutes
Soak:8 Hours
Cost Per Serving:$.36

3 cups dried pinto beans, soaked 8 hr. or overnight in cold water
1 medium onion, quartered
5 cloves garlic (3 crushed, 2 minced)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium jalapeño, stemmed, seeded and minced
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 teaspoons grated lime zest
Salt and pepper
Queso fresco and chopped cilantro, for serving, optional

1. Drain beans; place in slow cooker. Add onion and crushed garlic. Pour in enough water to cover. Cook, covered, until beans are tender, about 4 hours on high or 6 on low.

2. Drain beans, reserving liquid. Use a potato masher, pastry blender or fork to work bean mixture into a thick, pulpy mass.

3. Warm oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic and jalapeño. Cook, stirring often, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in mashed bean mixture and cook until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Add small amounts of reserved cooking liquid to thin as desired. Mixture should have the consistency of thick mashed potatoes.

4. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice and zest. Season generously with salt and pepper. Top with queso fresco and chopped cilantro, if desired.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 283; Fat: 5g; Saturated fat: 0.0g; Protein: 14g; Carbohydrate: 43g; Fiber: 15g; Cholesterol: 0.0mg; Sodium: 146mg

All You JUNE 2011

Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwiches

So this appears it was an easy dish that D made.  It was a little bland, but could be fixed.  I think adding cumin or a jalapeno or some type of SW Seasoning would help.  I also think changing the bread to a pita or a sourdough would be better.  The wheat overpowered the salad (on the second day).

But I like the texture, and the creaminess, so I would have again.

We had with jalapeno and lime refried beans.

Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Photo by ALB

Avocado gives this chicken salad a rich, creamy texture as well as a healthy dose of monounsaturated fat, which protects against heart disease.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)
Cook time:4 Minutes
Prep time:7 Minutes

3 cups (1/2-inch) cubed cooked chicken breast
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup (1/2-inch) cubed avocado (about 1)
4 green leaf lettuce leaves
8 whole wheat bread slices, toasted

1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Gently stir avocado into chicken mixture until combined.

2. Place 1 lettuce leaf onto each of 4 bread slices. Spoon chicken mixture evenly onto each lettuce leaf. Top with remaining bread slices.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 364; Calories from fat: 0.0%; Fat: 16.4g; Saturated fat: 2.7g; Monounsaturated fat: 7.9g; Polyunsaturated fat: 3g; Protein: 41.4g; Carbohydrate: 24.1g; Fiber: 11.9g; Cholesterol: 95mg; Iron: 4.4mg; Sodium: 647mg; Calcium: 322mg

Oxmoor House MARCH 2010

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Chicken-Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese

D made this while I was at a happy hour.  I came home and had some.  We both thought it was good, but it needs more dressing.  He said he added another TBS of vinegar.  It's a good cold salad, though.  I would have again.  And probably a bigger portion.

Chicken-Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese

Photo by ALB

This delicious salad is ready in a snap thanks to rotisserie chicken and a four-ingredient vinaigrette. Leftover salad is also good the next day for lunch; stir in a handful of arugula to add a fresh touch, if you have extra on hand. Serve with pita wedges.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups salad and 1 tablespoon cheese)

1 1/4 cups uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
3 cups chopped grilled chicken breast strips (such as Tyson) (grilled some chicken)
1 1/2 cups trimmed arugula
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup prechopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (used 3)
1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
6 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese

1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain well.

2. Combine pasta, chicken, and the next 6 ingredients (through oregano) in a large bowl; toss well.

3. Combine vinegar, oil, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle vinegar mixture over pasta mixture; toss well to coat. Sprinkle with cheese.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 295; Calories from fat: 23%; Fat: 7.7g; Saturated fat: 2.9g; Monounsaturated fat: 2.8g; Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g; Protein: 24.4g; Carbohydrate: 32.1g; Fiber: 2g; Cholesterol: 55mg; Iron: 2.4mg; Sodium: 788mg; Calcium: 40mg

Cooking Light APRIL 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Chicken and Avocado Salad with Wasabi-Lime Dressing

I think Cooking Light or My Recipes had an email or thing about avocados last week because I suddenly had 3 or 4 recipes with avocado.  Also our cilantro plant is looking a little sad (burning) so we figured we should have some cilantro this week.  This recipe was in my list to try, so I showed D.  It was a little intriguing because it seems like it would be Mexican-like, and then, oh, let's throw wasabi in there.

It was really good.  The one thing I would have done differently is to save a bit of dressing for the spinach.  It needed something.  Also, if you are having  it as left-overs you need some lime to liven the flavor up (it seemed to dissipate).  This could have also been because it was in my car at 85 degrees (in a lunch bag, but not a cooler) for 3 hours.  Who knows.  It tasted fine.

Would have again.

Chicken and Avocado Salad with Wasabi-Lime Dressing

Photo by ALB

Yield: Serves: 4
Prep time:20 Minutes

1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons lime juice (from 1 large lime)
2 teaspoons wasabi paste (D made his own from wasabi powder)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
3 cups shredded cooked boneless, skinless chicken from a rotisserie bird (D grilled up some chicken)
2 medium avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
4 scallions, white and light green parts, finely chopped (about 2/3 cup)
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
8 cups lightly packed baby spinach (about 6 oz.)

1. Whisk together oil, lime juice, wasabi, salt and ginger in a small bowl. Place chicken, avocados, scallions and cilantro in a large bowl. (Save some dressing for the spinach).Pour dressing over mixture; toss gently.

2. Divide spinach among 4 plates (Add the saved dressing), top with chicken salad and serve immediately.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 477; Fat: 31g; Saturated fat: 5g; Protein: 37g; Carbohydrate: 14g; Fiber: 9g; Cholesterol: 89mg; Sodium: 465mg

All You APRIL 2013

Monday, June 2, 2014

Mexican Chorizo Hash

This recipe came across my email last week. I showed D.  He said, "Yes, please."  We looked at having a side but couldn't decide on one, and so we each had 2 servings.  It was pretty flavorful and I really liked it.

We added salsa and sour cream.

Mexican Chorizo Hash

Photo by ALB
This breakfast-for-dinner skillet gets heat from spicy Mexican chorizo. Don't stir the potatoes too much as they cook so they crisp in the pan.

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 egg and about 1 cup potato mixture)

2 ounces raw Mexican chorizo
1 cup prechopped onion
1/4 cup coarsely chopped bottled roasted red bell peppers
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (6-ounce) package baby spinach
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 1/2 cups refrigerated shredded hash brown potatoes (such as Simply Potatoes)
4 large eggs

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chorizo to pan; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add onion, bell peppers, salt, and black pepper; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add spinach; stir until spinach wilts. Remove sausage mixture from pan. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add potatoes; cook 8 minutes or until bottom is crisp. Stir in sausage mixture. Make 4 egg-size spaces in pan with a spoon. Crack 1 egg into each space. Cover and cook 4 minutes or until egg yolks are slightly set.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 279; Fat: 11.1g; Saturated fat: 3.9g; Monounsaturated fat: 3.5g; Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2g; Protein: 12.7g; Carbohydrate: 33.1g; Fiber: 4.7g; Cholesterol: 206mg; Iron: 2.3mg; Sodium: 616mg; Calcium: 68mg

Cooking Light MARCH 2014

Fresh Vegetable Salad

I really like Fiesta Pasta Salad, but D wanted something slightly different.  So I went and checked my Pinteret "To Try" page and found this.  It was pretty good, albeit slightly spicy, due to D's tweaking.  He didn't like the celery in it and thinks next time we should add zucchini.  I can go with that.  Also, he forgot tomatoes in the original meal, but added them later.  They were very welcome to the salad.

We had with Beer Can Chicken.

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Photo by ALB

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 5 mins
Total time 15 mins

Adapted from White Lights on Wednesday
Serves: 6 to 8

4 ears yellow corn, cooked, cooled, and cut off the cob (didn't cook the corn)
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped (forgot, but added halved grape tomatoes to left-overs)
(Need to add zucchini)
6 stalks celery, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup Shamrock Farms Zesty Jalapeno sour cream (used low-fat sour cream, a jalapeno, and some Arizona Seasoning)
1/4 cup mayonnaise (used low-fat)
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

In a large bowl, mix all vegetables together.

In a medium bowl, whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, celery seed, and pepper until smooth.

Pour dressing over vegetables and fold until well combined. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information from My Fitness Pal (8 servings)
Calories: 100; Carbs: 15; Fat: 4; Protein: 3; Sodium: 261; Fiber:3

Ingredients used for Nutritional Informaton 
Corn - Sweet, yellow, raw, 4 ear, medium (6-3/4" to 7-1/2" long): 310 Calories
Tomato - Grape, 1 cup: 50 Calories
Celery - Raw, 6 stalk, medium (7-1/2" - 8" long): 34 Calories
Cucumber - Peeled, raw, 1 medium: 24 Calories
Red Onion - Chopped, 0.75 cup: 50 Calories
Kroger - Sour Cream - Low Fat, 8 TBS: 180 Calories
Peppers - Jalapeno, raw, 1 pepper: 4 Calories
Penzey's - Arizona Dreaming, 1/2 tsp: 0 Calories
Hellman's - Light Mayo, 4 Tbsp (14g): 140 Calories
Regina - White Wine Vinegar, 2 tbsp:  0 Calories
Spices - Salt, table, 0.5 tsp: 0 Calories
Spices - Celery seed, 1 tsp: 8 Calories
Spices - Pepper, black, 0.25 tsp:  1 Calories

White Chipotle Chicken Chili

This was another Pinterest find.  D and I were trying to decide what to have for dinner last night that wouldn't take long since we would be out all day.  This fit the bill.  In the time it took me to walk 2 dogs, he had it done.  It had a lot of flavor, and good thickness.  We each had 1.25 servings and added sour cream to the topping.  Would have again.

White Chipotle Chicken Chili

Photo by ALB

Adapted from Organic Gardening
Serves: 8
Prep: 15 min
Cook: 20 min
Total: 35 min

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (used 1)
3 medium onions, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, minced (used 8)
2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 tablespoon chipotle chile powder or chili seasoning
4 teaspoons ground cumin
3 cans (19 ounces each) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (used 3 15-oz cans)
3 cups lower-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half (used regular)
1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese (2 ounces) (used regular)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1. In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, 4 to 5 minutes.

2. Push the onions to one side of the pan, add the chicken and garlic, and sprinkle with the chipotle chile powder, cumin, and salt to taste. Cook, stirring, until most of the chicken is opaque on the outside, 5 to 6 minutes.

3. Stir in 3 cups of the beans and 2 cups of the broth. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Partially cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 8 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the remaining beans and remaining 1 cup broth. Process to a smooth puree.

5. Stir the bean puree and half-and-half into the soup. Divide the soup among 4 bowls and serve hot sprinkled with cheese and cilantro.

Nutritional Facts from My Fitness Pal
Calories: 305 cal; Fat: 9 g; Sodium: 1149 mg; Carbohydrates: 9 g; Dietary fiber: 9 g; Protein: 29 g

Ingredients used in My Fitness Pal
Oil - Olive, 1 tablespoon: 119 calories
Onions - Raw, 3 medium (2-1/2" dia): 139 calories
Generic - Chicken Thigh Skinless/boneless (Raw), 24 oz (113g): 750 calories
Generic - Mccormick Chipotle Chile Powder, 3 Tsp:  0 calories
Spices - Cumin, 4 tsp: 32 calories
Morton - Iodized Table Salt, 1 teaspoon: 0 calories
Kroger - Cannellini Beans Canned , 3 container (1 4/5 cups ea.): 1,050 calories
Aldi- Fit & Active - Chicken Broth All Natural No Msg - Corrected, 3 cup (240ml): 15 calories 15
Kroger - Half & Half, 4 tbsp: 80 calories
Kroger - Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded, 56 g (1/2 cup): 220 calories
Cilantro - Chopped, 1/4 cup: 1 calories

Pizza Omelet

I decided to make this because I had most of the ingredients.  My technique in folding the omelet could use some work, but overall this was very easy to make.  I would use less butter next time, because it seemed like a lot.  Also, I used half-n-half and Italian Cheese Blend because those are what were in the house.

It was good and I would have again.

Pizza Omelet

1 Servings
Prep/Total Time: 15 min.

Photo by ALB
2 Eggland's Best Eggs
2 tablespoons milk (used half-n-half)
1 tablespoon butter (use less next time)
1/4 cup pizza sauce
10 slices pepperoni (didn't use)
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (used Italian Blend)
1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese

In a bowl, beat eggs and milk. In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add egg mixture. As eggs set, lift edges, letting uncooked portion flow underneath. When eggs are completely set, remove from the heat.

Spread pizza sauce over half of the eggs; top with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. Fold in half; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Yield: 1 serving.

Taste of Home 2014

Nutritional Information (from My Fitness Pal)
Calories: 432; Carbs: 10; Fat: 35; Protein: 23; Sodium: 827; Fiber: 1

Ingredients to calculate for My Fitness Pal
Aldi Goldenhen - Large Egg, 2 egg: 140 calories
Kroger - Half & Half, 2 tbsp: 40 calories
 Butter - Salted, 1 tbsp: 102 calories
Aldi's Priano - Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce, 1/4 cup: 35 calories
Aldi Priano - Parmesan Cheese - Freshly Shredded, 1 TBSP: 25 calories
Kroger Cheese - Italian Blend, 1/4 cup: 90 calories