Monday, April 23, 2012

Cliantro Lime Chicken Tacos

picture from Whats Cooking Chicago

I made one of those life changing meals the other night (thank you Pinterest). Chicken can get so ho hum boring. For years I have kept shredded cooked chicken in my freezer (see here for directions for this great time saver). It makes dinner in a hurry when I just don't have time. I am always looking for a new way to use them. These were SO flavorful and yummy. The pesto is a bunch of veggies with a tad bit of oil, almonds, and romano cheese. These are a great dinner you will want on your regular rotation. They are also a GREAT freezer meal. Head on over to Whats Cooking Chicago for the complete recipe!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pork and Polenta

Photo from Food Network  

This is seriously some good eats. If you haven't watched Melissa D'Arabian's show 10 Dollar Dinners set your DVR NOW! It seems there are no duds in her recipes. This one is one of my very favorites. She serves this with her Balsamic Onions they are REALLY great too and a great side for not a lot of money! When I make this I make a few changes....always something...right?!?!? On the Polenta I use fat free 1/2 and 1/2. I also was not able to find Polenta or course grits the first few times I made it (I have since been able to find them in the bulk section of Winco). I used regular corn meal and it was fine. When I make the ribs I have used pork chops and I like it better. I also double the veg (don't double the liquid or you will be sorry). This is a great fancy restaurant quality meal you can make at home for special guests or just an average Wednesday :)  You can get the recipe HERE enjoy!

Sunday, April 15, 2012


image from Food People Want

Tomorrow I am making these little gems again. I made them a month or so ago and they are WONDERFUL. You don't cook the garbanzos. This is by far the best falafel recipe I have ever come across (my sister agreed). It has lots of onion, lots of yum. I left out the sesame seeds and used a regular tzatiki sauce from this recipe. If you want to save the fat I cook mine on a waffle iron (lots of crunch without the fry). Lee says they are much better fried but if you are looking for an option...try the waffle iron! Head on over to Food People Want for the complete recipe!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Red Fez Burgers

(Picture from Food Network)
Lee is always skeptical when I do something to his regular burger. This burger did not disappoint. I ate mine on sprouted bread (no flour or sugar for me). This burger is seriously the best burger we ever ate. Put this on your must make will LOVE it!
Recipe HERE be sure to make the carrot salad to go on top and the chermoula mayo...they make it FABULOUS!
Here are the modifications I made:
* In the carrot salad I used Steevia. I used almost 2x what the recipe said (my carrots weren't very sweet).
*For the burger I used all beef (I tried using some ground pork with it and I preferred an all beef burger).
* Instead of Harissa I used Siracha (I am sure any hot sauce would work).
* I did not put in the dye. I appreciate that is what makes them "Red" Fez burgers but who needs all those chemicals, really?
* I added about 3/4 cup water (a trick I learned from a chef for REALLY moist burgers)
* Instead of apricots I used raisins (I didn't have apricots and I thought raisins would work...they do perfectly!).