Sunday, March 15, 2009

Kashi's Free Entree

Has anyone else heard about or tried this yet? Free Entree from Kashi. Will write a review when I get the coup and then get the entree and try it.

Fish Tacos

Fresh catfish on sale at Teeter 1.99/lb. nuff said

Ingredients: (makes 6 small tacos)
2 tbls of flour and bread crumbs
1 lb of cat fish cut into small pieces
1 avocado sliced
1 cup of diced tomatoes and green chilies
1.5 cup of chopped lettuce
6 soft tacos
1/2 cup of sour cream
hot sauce
some veg oil
cayenne pepper

1. Clean and cut fish into even pieces
2. mix flour, bread crumbs, and all spices
3. heat a pan with some oil (medium heat)
4. pan fry the dredged pieces of fish
5. cook for 5 mins, flip repeat (try not to touch it too much or they pieces might break apart)
6. during this time slice the avocado and sprinkle with some salt, chop up the lettuce, open can of tomatoes.
7. take the fish out and place of some paper towels to drain the oil

8. to assemble first zap the tortilla in the microwave for 10 seconds, add the fish, avocado slices, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, and hot sauce. voila!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Beef Stroganoff

To be honest I had weird mac and cheese craving but searched for a better option and settled for beef stroganoff. I was hesitant about how "creamy" it would come out because I was determined to only use two tablespoons of reduced fat sour cream (40 calories total). But I must say it was delicious and such a better idea than mac and cheese.

Ingredients: (makes about 8 servings)
1 lb of thinly sliced beef stew meat
3 medium sized shallots
1 tub of white mushrooms
seasoned all purpose flour
1 box of organic beef stock
elbow macaroni
2 tbls of reduced fat sour cream
1 cup of white wine (not pictured)
pinch of thyme

Note: take the sour cream out of the fridge when you start. At room temperature, it will less likely curdle when you eventually add it to the hot sauce.

1. Slice the pieces of beef into very thin pieces (easier to do if the pieces are still frozen)
2. Dust it with some flour/pepper and saute it in a pan in small batches until brown and crispy
3. Take the beef off the pan and set aside (dont worry about any of the burnt stuck on bits in the pan. that will add to the flavor and color of the final sauce)
4. Dice the shallots and slice the mushrooms (start boiling water for the pasta, and yes, add the pasta when the water boils)
5. In the same pan saute the shallots first until translucent
6. Now add the mushrooms and some salt to render some of the liquid

7. When the pan has evaporated all the liquid, add the pieces of beef and the white wine to deglaze. (turn the stove to high heat and add the thyme seasoning)
8. When that has all evaporated and even slightly smoking, slowly spoon in the broth a little at a time. It will steam and sizzle

9. Once the pan has cooled down (the broth is now boiling) turn the heat it back down to a medium heat.
10. Con't to cook until nothing is stuck to the pan, the beef is tender, and the sauce is thick and opaque.
11. Add salt to taste.
12. Take the pan off the heat and slowly spoon in the sour cream.
13. Drain the pasta and serve the beef stroganoff over the top. (you can also use rice, egg noodles, or any other standard starch)

Marinated Spinach Salad

I was recently inspired by this Apartment Therapy post for kale. The technique sorta reminds me of how cabbage is prepared for coleslaw or even ceviche, where the lemon juice wilts, denatures, and "cooks" the food without any heat. Very simple and yet a different way to serve up veggies.

1 bag of spinach (go with the standard stuff and not baby spinach)
juice of one lemon
grated parmesan cheese
olive oil (about 2-3 tbls)
salt and pepper to taste

1. wash and remove the tough stems of the spinach
2. roll the leaves tightly and cut it into very thin strips
3. add lemon juice and olive oil and let it sit for 30 minutes or until the leaves are wilted
4. add in grated parm and salt/pepper to taste (option: add a splash of hot sauce for a spicy tang)

so chomp-able.


What is a pomelo? well, its the biggest citrus fruit in the world. Its very common in china but i dont usually see it at the markets here. This one in particular was a gift from my parents. It tastes like a grape fruit without the tartness. Its completely sweet and very mildly sour. If they are available at your super market pick one up and try it out. I recommend pealing it by hand. Its worth the trouble.

Check it out next to a naval orange and a fairly large grape fruit. haha its huge!

Citrus Baked Fries

Ok, after almost a month of no posts here is the wave of new recipes that have been on queue in my camera. The truth is my computer imploded and required a new hard drive(whatever that is). Thanks to J. Brown its back to working condition. hooray! recipe of the thank you cake to come later.

Here is a potato side-dish inspired by I dont know what. Its a healthier replacement for fries (as these are not fried),and had more of the consistency of steak fries. Not as crispy as most but also not as greasy either.

olive oil
grated parm cheese
orange zest
cayenne pepper

1. preheat oven to 350
2. peal (optional) and slice potatos like in the photo above
3. toss them in olive oil and then sprinkle the spices and parm cheese over the top
4. pleace it in a pan spread them out so none are touching eachother
5. Bake for ~15 minutes then take it out and flip the potatos over to give the other sides a chance to crisp up.
6. then bake until each are baked through
7. After taking them out of the oven grate orange zest over the top.

Note: they do not reheat well. just make enough for one meal