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.