Friday, July 29, 2011

Grilled Eggplant Crostini & A Recipe Remix

I bought an eggplant for 64 cents the other day and didn't know what I wanted to do with it. I had a large baguette sitting in my freezer that I got for $1.15, I also happened to have plump tomatoes on the vine. I didn't want to fry the eggplant since I'm in a constant struggle to lose weight, so I decided little crostinis would be fabulous! This recipe is so simple but incredibly tasty and pretty healthy as well, minus the carbs of course.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

BBQ Pork Tenderloin w/ Shrimp Pineapple 'Fried' Rice

I saw the recipe for this rice on Gina's Skinny Recipes and decided to give it a go using what I already had. I love recipe that you can use frozen food and pantry items for, it makes life easier! The pork tenderloin marinated in a BBQ sauce/chipotle sauce I poured over it in a Ziploc for a couple of hours. Marinate longer if you have the time, I did not. Also, this rice isn't fried in oil! I used precooked brown rice I bought from Fresh n Easy. It already had mushrooms and other veggies added in so it was extra tasty.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Quick and Easy Whole Wheat Blackberry Ricotta Scones

I saw this recipe on Smitten Kitchen the other day, the original recipe called for raspberries but I had frozen whole blackberries and wanted to use them. All I did was half the recipe, and I used low fat ricotta and half n half to cut on calories. Just remember to use a lot of flour on your work surface to avoid everything sticking to you and your surface, that's so frustrating! Enjoy ^_^

Banana and Nutella Breakfast Crepes

Mastering the Art of French Cooking never lets me down. I've been wanting to make crepes for a while now, and I knew this book would have the tastiest recipe for them. I followed the instructions for making dinner crepes versus dessert because 1: it was easier, and 2: it was easier. No judging.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Healthy Lasagna: So You Don't Have to Feel Guilty About Eating the Whole Pan

5 lasagna noodles. That's all. Yet it holds its shape remarkably well and tastes heavenly. The secret is in the zucchini! Go all out on the veggies and use extra lean beef and this will soon be one of your favorite dishes to make.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

A Day Late: Sprucing Up Packaged Foods

You must think that we eat a lot of canned food or something, but I promise that isn't the case. Every once in a while we have an "Oh man, that pasta bake thing from Domino's looks really good . . . " moment, and that's when packaged raviolis and other pastas come into play. I thought to myself: I have basil pesto ravioli, jarred sauce, fresh mozzarella that is about to expire, tomatoes, herbs that needed to get used like yesterday, and more shredded cheese. Why on earth would we go out and spend at least $10 on some pasta thing from a fast food place when I can whip it up in no time! Here's what you need:

Clearly Fresh Bags: Review

I was contacted recently by the sample team at Clearly Fresh Bags to try out their product and see how I liked it. Clearly Fresh Bags are special bags meant to keep produce fresher for longer. I'm sure you've seen infomercials and similar items in the stores. I tried an as seen on TV kind a few years ago when I was eating raw for the most part and always had pounds of produce. What intrigued me about this particular brand was the zip closure top. I figured even if I didn't end up using them they would work just as well as a Ziploc bag would for travel or freezing foods.

 The product how it arrived

Friday, July 1, 2011

Peppery Creamy Fettuccine with Grape Tomatoes

 I was watching an episode of Barefoot Contessa on Hulu the other day and found this recipe irresistible. What I liked most about it was the ingredients were already on hand, so all I had to do was boil water and cook the pasta. The rest is really too easy! I've tweaked the recipe a tad, but the ingredients are almost identical to the original. Enjoy!