Monday, May 27, 2013

Potato-Spinach Casserole

Ive been really obsessing with spinach and brussel sprouts lately.  Im not sure what it is but, they're both such  tasty delights that I cant stop.  There are worse things to eat a lot of, though.  :]

Recipe is from BHG dot com.
Yields 12 servings.
204 calories per serving.

8 large potatoes
8 oz sour cream
1/4 c margarine
2 tbsp chives
1/4 tsp pepper
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 c cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 400.

Peel & quarter potatoes.
In a covered, large pot, cook potatoes for 25 minutes.
Drain.  Mash.
Add sour cream, margarine, chives, and pepper; mash again until margarine is melted and mixture is smooth.
Stir in spinach.

Transfer mixture to a 2-quart casserole dish.
Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
Sprinkle with cheese.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tara Stiles' Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

Id seen this about a thousand times all over Tumblr so, I thought Id give it a shot myself.  There are no real measurements but a few words of advice : dont use unsweetened almond milk  & use more strawberries than ice.  Given these findings, this was still pretty tasty.  I think I need to use more of the spices as well.  I tasted a lot of ice instead of the nutmeg and cinnamon.

Rolled oats
1 c roasted, unsalted cashews
1 c almond milk
2 spoons of maple syrup

Cobb Egg Salad

I figured Id take a break from beans this week and switch over to another form of protein for lunch : eggs and bacon!  And my second favorite kind of cheese : blue cheese!

Recipe from Eating Well
Yields 5 servings
257 calories per serving

3 tbsp nonfat plain yogurt
3 tbsp lowfat mayonnaise
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp salt
10 hard boiled eggs
1 ripe avocado, cubed
3 slices center cut bacon, cooked & crumbled
1/4 c crumbled blue cheese

Combine yogurt, mayo, garlic powder, salt, & pepper in a medium bowl.
Halve eggs & discard 5 of the yolks.
Add whites and the remaining 5 yolks to the bowl & mash to desired consistency.
Stir in avocado, bacon, & blue cheese.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Greek Omelet

As a rule on Saturday and Sundays, I like to take time to make  my breakfast.  Im usually awake before my roommates and since I have the weekends off, I like to enjoy cooking my breakfast instead of rushing around like I have to on the weekdays.  This didnt take a ton of time, though.

Recipe from Eating Well
Yields 2 servings
267 calories per serving

1/4 c cooked spinach
4 large eggs
1/2 c crumbled feta cheese
2 scallions, sliced
Ground pepper, to taste
2 tsp olive oil

In a medium bowl blend eggs and spinach.
Add feta, scallions, & pepper.

Preheat broiler to high heat.

Heat olive oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium heat.
Pour in egg combo & tilt evenly to distribute evenly.
Reduce heat to medium low & cook until bottom is golden, 3 - 4 minutes.

Place pan in oven for 2 minutes until eggs are set.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Minestrone Ole!

Ive had my house to myself all week so I figured Id make a crockpot meal.  This one didnt take a lot of time to put together in terms of prepartion.  It yields a lot more servings than I usually make for a weekly lunch but, I figured it would save me some time on the weekends.

Recipe from Better Homes & Gardens
Yields 12 servings
199 calories per serving

2 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained
2 14.5 oz cans stewed tomatoes
28 oz vegetable broth
1 15.25 oz can whole kernal corn, rinsed and drained
1 15 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
2 red potatoes, diced
2 c frozen green beans
1 c salsa

In a crockpot combine black beans, tomatoes, broth, corn, garbanzo beans, potatoes, green beans, & salsa.

Cover & cook on high heat for 4.5 to 5.5 hours.