Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bunch o' brownies

These brownies definitely fall into the category of "if you're gonna have a brownie, you should really HAVE a brownie." I totally forgot how many brownies this recipe makes. These brownies get rave reviews every time I make them, but I warn you - they are nothing even remotely close to something resembling healthy.

You start by melting 1 pound of unsalted butter, 1 pound of chocolate chips and six ounces of unsalted chocolate (I use cocoa and follow the instructions on the container to swap it out - basically ends up being 1 c cocoa + 2 T + 6 T oil).

Let that cool, and then add six extra large eggs (I use 8 large eggs), instant coffee (truthfully I've never added this), vanilla and 2 1/4 cups sugar.

Add that to the slighly cooled chocolate mixture and let cool to room temperature.

Stir together 1 cup flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the cooled chocolate mixture. I actually add the chocolate mixture to this since the pan wouldn't have held it. Toss 12 oz. of chips in 1/4 cup flour to keep them from sticking inside the batter. Then add to the batter and pour into prepared pan. I use the Baker's Joy spray and love it!

Bake and await ooey gooey goodness. B is allergic to walnuts so I just put some on the top of about 1/2 of the pan.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Barbecue-Sauced Sloppy Joes

I made this from my new Weight Watchers Cookbook titled "Weight Watchers All-Time Favorites" (link). It was super easy and really good.

I'll update later with the downloadable version:

1 teaspoons canola oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1 pound ground skinless turkey breast (I used lean beef instead)
1 cup prepared barbecue sauce

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic. Saute until softened, about 5 minutes.
2. Stir in the dry ingredients.
3. Add the meat and cook, breaking with spoon until no longer pink.
4. Stir in the barbecue sauce and cook until slightly thickened.
5. Serve on bun and enjoy!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Cooking...thousands of miles out of my comfort zone

Yesterday I got the idea to make Indian for dinner. I wanted to cook from my Healthy Indian Cookbook. It took a while to get the necessary ingredients, and by the time I got home it was far too late to begin what I knew would be a time-consuming adventure.

So I made my Indian feast today. It took about four hours to get it all done. And while some things worked and one didn't, I'm glad I took on the challenge. We ended up eating after 8 p.m. and our portions ended up larger than we'd have planned, so the "healthy" aspect kind of went out the window.

Like other things I've made recently, once I got going, I had far too much going on to stop and take pictures along the way.

I started my prep by making my Tikka paste. This paste was the base for my Chicken Tikka Masala.

I also got my naan dough going. No pics of this because I wasn't sure at the time it'd work. In the end, what tasted like naan didn't resemble the stuff I'm used to.

The meal included Chicken Tikka Masala, which is chicken pieces cooked in a creamy tomato sauce.

Here is the entire meal put together with the Chicken Tikka Masala, Vegetable Pilan and Naan. My naan tasted good, but it was really puffy. I'm not sure why.

The meal was quite tasty, but I made far too much rice (doubled the recipe for some reason). And it was a lot of work. In the future, I'd probably just make a meat dish and serve it with regular basmati rice. But it was a fun way to spend an afternoon and the early evening. Now I need to go clean up.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Chicken Piccata with Pasta and Mushrooms


This was my first recipe from this cook book, which I got from a cookbook club (yes I know it's a little dorky - but it was a free trial and I got 5 books for $5)

If this recipe is any indicator of the rest of the book, I'm a happy girl. This recipe was soooo good. It had just the right amount of tang from the lemon. I just got back on weight watchers after not being too religious over the holidays, and this was a great kickstart.

I didn't take pics along the way because you kind of have a lot going on at once, but here's the finished creation.

A quick, healthy and yummy breakfast

Last night I was having trouble sleeping. For whatever reason, I ended up watching the Turbo Cooker informercial. (Disclaimer: I had one of these and I never thought it worked.)

This lady:

was making a bunch of stuff, one of which was a breakfast skillet souffle-type thing. I decided that I could make it in a skillet, which I did this morning. There are no pictures because we ate it too quickly, but it was quite yummy and filling.

I used:
5 oz. Honeysuckle White breakfast turkey sausage
2 cups shredded hashbrowns
1 cup Egg Beaters
1/2 cup Kraft 2% shredded cheese

In a small skillet, brown the sausage and chop up with spatula into crumbles.
Spray cooking spray on the bottom of a large pan, and add the hashbrowns into a single layer.
Brown the hashbrowns on one side.
Flip the hashbrowns, add the sausage, eggs and cheese.
Cover and cook about five to seven minutes, depending on how hard you want the eggs.

The total weight watchers points on this was 12. We did two big servings to keep us full for a while, but it could easily be four servings.