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What's Cookin' Good Lookin' Round 9

Monday, May 20, 2013

For this round I made the Asian Turkey Meatballs with Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce from skinnytaste.com: www.skinnytaste.com/2010/01/asian-tu

These were very tasty! I ended up with 16 meatballs instead of 12, so each serving had 4 meatballs in it. These were also very quick to put together, under a half hour from start to finish, and I had most of the ingredients already in my pantry. I served with 3/4 cup of brown rice, and some snow peas. Total calories for the meatballs was 294, and total meal calories was 470.

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TINAJANE76 5/25/2013 10:17AM

    Yum! This is so going on my line-up. Thanks for sharing!

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RUTHXG 5/24/2013 6:22PM

    Yes, great picture! And lime-sesame sauce sounds HEAVENLY. I'm going to have to look into this!

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-AMANDA79- 5/22/2013 4:25PM

    What a great picture! My food pics are always so ugly...


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YOJULEZ 5/21/2013 11:29AM

    KANOE yeah it was a good dipping sauce too, and I think it would make a good stir fry sauce, or even a marinade for chicken etc.

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KANOE10 5/21/2013 7:46AM

    Those look yummy. I like the dipping sauce as it has no sugar. Thanks for sharing.

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YOJULEZ 5/20/2013 11:32PM

    Thanks! And no, I had pre-ground turkey that I got at Costco, they come in packs of 4 there. This recipe uses 20oz which is the size of the packages at Costco.

Comment edited on: 5/20/2013 11:32:31 PM

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SERENAMOM45 5/20/2013 11:24PM

  Wow! The plating is gorgeous. If it tastes as good as it looks, it's a winner for sure. I'm going to look it up and give it a try myself. Did you grind the turkey?

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Meal Plan for May 18 through May 24

Friday, May 17, 2013

Meal Plan for 5/18/13 through 5/24/13

So, who else felt a loss when the site was down yesterday? LOL! I didnít realize how much I looked at the site until I couldnít look at it. And it was kind of a pain to not be able to look at my tracker! But Iím glad they got the problem resolved. And, now I can post my blog! Hereís next weekís planÖ

SATURDAY Ė I donít have any food plans at all for Saturday. We might be out running errands, who knows. Also we are going to a Rockies baseball game in the evening so Iíll probably be eating there.

LUNCH Not sure yet

DINNER: Grilled Mexican Roadside Chicken www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/08/
This is another recipe from Mexican Everyday. I am not going to do a whole chicken, but rather 4 bone-in skin on chicken thighs. I havenít quite figured out sides yet, maybe some grilled asparagus and some tortillas. Like Iíve mentioned before, figuring out calories for bone-in chicken is hard, but so far I have this at 410 for 2 thighs.

LUNCH: Leftover Roadside Chicken

DINNER: Asian Turkey Meatballs with Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce, Brown Rice, Snow Peas www.skinnytaste.com/2010/01/asian-tu
. Iíve had these saved while, and I have one last package of ground turkey in the freezer so I thought Iíd try these out. Iíll have one of the extra servings for lunch, and then will freeze the other one. I will be doing it as 3 servings instead of 4, so each serving will have 4 meatballs and will be 393 calories. Iíll serve with a half cup of brown rice and a handful of snow peas, and top it all with the dipping sauce. Total meal calories are 514.

LUNCH: Leftover Asian Turkey Meatballs

DINNER: Whole Wheat Pancakes with Bacon pinchofyum.com/whole-wheat-pancakes-
OK so this might seem silly but I love pancakes, and I rarely get the opportunity to make them since J prefers French toast or waffles. I have some bacon to use up so I thought, why not have breakfast for dinner one night? I found this recipe for whole wheat pancakes that only makes 6 pancakes so Iím going to give it a go. Iíll freeze the other 3 to have another time. 3 pancakes is 451 calories, and they look to be pretty good sized. Combine that with 4 slices of center cut bacon, and the entire meal is 551 calories.

LUNCH: I received a free hamburger coupon from a local gourmet hamburger place near my work for my birthday, so I am going to have that for lunch. My birthday isnít til Friday but who says I canít celebrate early? Burgers are one of my favorite foods, and the ones at this place are soooo good.

DINNER: Red Chile Chicken with Rice ellysaysopa.com/2009/09/01/red-chile
I do not use the beans because I do not like them. Iíve actually made this before even though itís from Mexican Everyday. The first time I made it I thought it would be OK to sub chipotle chile powder for the ancho. Well, itís not. It made it unbearably hot. So this time Iím going to use the proper chile powder! I will also throw in some frozen corn and I have 18 ounces of chicken. Total calories are 395, so itís a good pairing on a day where Iíll be eating a big lunch.

LUNCH: Leftover Red Chile Chicken with Rice

DINNER: So remember how I said I love hamburgers? Well, Iím going to make my own at home. I grind my own meat for burgers, itís a combination of chuck and some bacon, and they are delicious. Each one is 315 calories. Iíll also make some oven fries. Total meal calories, including some mayo and a bun, is 650.

FRIDAY My Birthday!
LUNCH: Leftover Red Chile Chicken with Rice

DINNER: Havenít decided yet. Itíll be one of my splurge meals since itís my birthday. I might get some fried chicken!!

I hope everyone has a good week!

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PATTIE441 5/29/2013 12:47PM

    Your meal plans are awesome! Woo Hoo! emoticon emoticon And yes, I definitely felt it when SP is down. But we're here now! Woo Hoo! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SERENAMOM45 5/18/2013 5:48PM

  I know what you mean about pancakes. I use whole wheat too. Having breakfast for dinner seems like a special treat, and it's easy to boot. As long as we carefully planning quantity and sides for a well balanced meal, it works great!.

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CHOCOHIPPO 5/17/2013 2:07PM

    sounds delish! enjoy!

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Meal Plan for May 11 through May 17

Friday, May 10, 2013

Meal Plan for 5/11/13 through 5/17/13

My Mexicanfoodpalooza continues this next week! Iím really loving this Everyday Mexican cookbook. Everything Iíve made from it so far has been so great and delicious, and best of all, pretty low calorie! The Chipotle Meatballs from last week were especially good. We are also finishing up a rainy week here in CO, but the forecast for next week calls for lots of sun and warm weather so Iím happy that I can grill at least a few of the meals. Also, I am now planning dinners for Fridays. We get home from the airport around 6-630 usually and J is usually famished, so Iíve been making meals at home now instead of going out. Lastly, Happy Motherís Day to all you Moms out there. I donít get to see mine for a few more weeks as she lives a few states away, but I hope everyone will have a nice relaxing day. Now, onto the plan!

LUNCH: I am going to hit up the Mexican supermarket that is in the closest town. Based on what Iíve read, they also serve food so Iím probably going to get myself some tacos before I do my shopping. Almost all of my groceries this week can be purchased there, and Iím guessing theyíll be pretty cheap too.

DINNER: It doesnít look like we have plans to go anywhere, so as long as that stays, I think Iím going to try out this BBQ Chicken with a Mango Pineapple Sauce. It sounds interesting, and mangoes were on sale at Sprouts this week, 3/$1. lemonsandanchovies.com/2013/04/chick
Not sure on sides yet, maybe some grilled asparagus. Depends what strikes my fancy at the store tomorrow. Also, I might make a dessert. I never made J a cake for his birthday, and he loves pineapple upside down cake. Mexican Everyday has a recipe for one that is done in a skillet, so I might try that out if he wants it. It uses a mix of white and whole wheat flour, and yogurt www.fronterafiesta.com/cook/desserts
I did not calculate the calories for this meal as it will be my ďsplurgeĒ meal for the week as per usual for Saturday dinners. But I donít think it will be too bad. Iím not the biggest pineapple fan so Iíll probably just have a small piece of the cake.

LUNCH: Not sure yet.

DINNER: Red Chile Enchiladas and Classic Mexican Red Rice ellysaysopa.com/2009/11/02/red-chile
and robyn-cooks.blogspot.com/2010/10/cla
. These enchiladas have caught my eye for awhile, Iíve had the recipe pinned even before I got the book. They look like a fun little project, making the sauce from dried chiles. There is a quicker weeknight option to do it with dried powders but since Iíll have the time Iím going with the more involved version. Iím using about 14oz of dark meat chicken that Iíve already cooked up and have in the freezer. Iím also excited to try the Mexican rice recipe. Iíve tried a few others that didnít turn out so good, so I usually just buy rice a roni. So hopefully this will be good enough to replace that! Each serving of the enchiladas, which is 3 enchiladas, is 400 calories. The rice is 176 calories.

LUNCH: Leftover enchiladas and rice

DINNER: Grilled Chicken with Ancho Chile Rub, Green Bean and Red Onion Salad, Mexican Rice. lainesrecipebox.blogspot.com/2010/05
I donít have a recipe for the chicken, I made the rub from the book but I couldnít find a recipe online. Iím just going to rub it on a chicken breast and grill it up, itís supposed to be 86 degrees on Monday. I actually made the salad last night to go with the chipotle meatballs, and it was very light and refreshing. I cut the olive oil content way down (down to 1tbsp) to save on calories, so itís only 159 calories. The rice will just be leftover rice from Sunday since that makes 6 servings. The rub is only a few calories, so it makes for a pretty light warm weather dinner.

LUNCH: Leftover enchiladas and rice

DINNER: Maple-Glazed Pork with Veggie and Butternut Squash www.thehomechannel.co.za/mapl
This was on the menu last week but I got a last minute invite to a Rockies/Yankees baseball game, so I didnít end up making it. The sides are still up in the air a bit, depends what I buy at the store. I have some butternut squash in the freezer though, and I think that will be nice with the maple glaze too.

LUNCH: Leftover enchiladas and rice

DINNER: Chorizo, Potato, and Mushroom Tacos with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa www.pink-parsley.com/2010/09/chorizo
and www.pink-parsley.com/2010/09/roasted
OK so I know these sound totally wacky, but Iíve actually had a version in a restaurant a few years ago, and itís actually a great combination. The chorizo is Mexican chorizo, which is a loose sausage compared to the cured Spanish kind. Iíve had a pound of chorizo chilling in my freezer for a few months so now I have a use for it! This recipe uses 12oz, and I will use the other 4 in another recipe on Friday. Each serving is 3 tacos, and with the salsa, the total is 610 calories. I actually donít know how accurate this is. I used the generic chorizo entry in the tracker but every place makes their chorizo different, and where I got this doesnít give nutrition info. Oh well!

LUNCH: Leftover Chorizo tacos

DINNER: Chicken pasta with Tomatillo Salsa. OK so in the book, by the recipe for the tomatillo salsa, he gives a mini recipe to mix the salsa with some cheese (which Iím buying for the enchiladas) and some pasta water to make a sauce for pasta. Iím going to throw in some leftover grilled chicken and thatís dinner. Should be interesting, and a way to use up the tomatillo salsa since I wonít need it all for the tacos. I figured the calories with 7 ounces of chicken and 2 ounces of pasta to be 584.

LUNCH: Leftover Chorizo Tacos

DINNER: Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Ancho Chile Rub, Roasted Mushroom Spinach Salad with Chorizo www.pink-parsley.com/2010/01/roasted
So I needed a way to use up the last 4oz of chorizo, since throwing it into the tacos would have made them too high in calorie. This salad looks like a good way to do that. Iíve made a similar salad before with bacon, so why not with chorizo? Itíll be a pretty large salad too, so should make for a very filling dinner. The salad is 307 calories. Again, the rub doesnít have much in the way of calories and Iíll probably have 5oz of pork, which is 285 calories, so the entire dinner is just under 600 calories.

I hope everyone has a great week!

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Meal Plan for May 4 through May 10

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Well, not much to say this week. Another week, another plan! Many of these recipes are from the ďCookbook of the MonthĒ from my other food site, ďMexican EverydayĒ by Rick Bayless. I was able to find most of the recipes online though, and many of them are healthy meals! So, Iíll get to itÖ

LUNCH/DINNER: We will be out of the house all day. We are going to a friendís birthday party in Washington Park downtown for the afternoon, and it looks like we might go to a Rockies baseball game in the evening.

LUNCH: Not sure yet. Iíll be going to the store, or I might pick through leftovers.

DINNER: Red Chile Steak with(out) Beans, Romaine salad, and Creamy Cilantro Tomatillo Dressing www.skinnytaste.com/2011/01/creamy-c
. This is a recipe from the book, and itís basically for chile colorado, which is one of my favorite Mexican dishes of all time. I wonít be using the beans since I donít like them. Itís basically steak cooked in a really flavorful chile sauce. Iíll eat the steak with flour tortillas, and will throw together a salad and the above dressing from Skinnytaste. The book has a lot of dressing recipes but because they are all oil-based, they are kind of high in calorie. So I thought this dressing looked like a healthier alternative. This will make 4 servings, each serving being 390 calories (not counting the salad or tortillas).

LUNCH: Leftover Red Chile Steak

DINNER: Grilled Chicken with Tangy Yucatecan Spices, Roasted Fresh Chile Salsa, and Asparagus robyn-cooks.blogspot.com/2011
This recipe sounds complicated but itís really not. Iíll probably do the chile salsa on Sunday to save some time, but otherwise itís very easy to put together. Iím cutting the recipe way down, to make just one serving, with a chicken leg quarter. Also, I will probably grill the asparagus instead of steaming it, since I prefer it that way.

LUNCH: Leftover Red Chile Steak

DINNER: Maple-Glazed Pork with Asparagus and Brown Rice www.thehomechannel.co.za/mapl
This recipe called for chicken but I have a pork chop in the freezer so I thought it would be good with pork. It also looks very easy to do and I have all the ingredients. Iíll be cutting it in half for one. Iím going to cook up a larger pot of brown rice, because I need it for Wednesdayís dinner too. Also since I have to buy a whole bundle of asparagus for Mondayís dinner, Iíll be eating it on Tuesday too. My pork chop is pretty large, 8oz, so the calories are 402. But the roasted asparagus is around 90 calories, and a half cup of brown rice is 108 calories. So overall, 599 caloriesÖ making it just under the wire of my usual 600 calorie per meal limit!

LUNCH: Leftover Red Chile Steak

DINNER: Chicken Vindaloo with Brown Rice bevcooks.com/2013/01/chicken-
Iím excited to try thisÖ I love vindaloo, itís nice and spicy. Iíve held onto this recipe for awhile but finally got my hands on some vindaloo seasoning at my spice shop visit last week. Iíll be cutting the recipe in half. Each serving is only 413 calories.

LUNCH: Leftover Chicken Vindaloo

DINNER: Chipotle Meatballs, Salad, Smoky Chipotle Vinaigrette www.cookstr.com/recipes/chipo
. I am making these meatballs with turkey, the instructions in the book say you can do that. I have it as making 4 servings, with 376 calories per serving. Looks like 4 meatballs per serving. I will have a tortilla with it, and also a salad with the vinaigrette I am making the previous week on Thursday. Total calories is 649 but since lunch is only 413 itís OK.

LUNCH: Leftover Chipotle Meatballs, probably just with the salad and a lighter dressing.

DINNER: Not sure yet!

Hope everyone has a good week!

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CLRWILLIAMS25 5/3/2013 11:41AM

    I need to find a spice shop around here. I had been to one in Charleston, but stopped in while I was running, so I didn't have money on me. I'd like to start making more dishes with interesting spices.

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YOJULEZ 5/3/2013 11:33AM

    CLR, if you do the chicken let me know, should be good though since that's what the recipe is meant for.

Now I'm not doing it, just got an invite to go to a Rockies baseball game on Wed night and sit in a suite! So, yeah, that dinner can wait. I'm going to move the Vindaloo to Tuesday.

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CLRWILLIAMS25 5/3/2013 8:06AM

    Sounds delicious! I'm excited to see more Mexican dishes this month from your cookbook :) I may do the maple glazed chicken using chicken (I don't eat pork or beef). I love recipes where the sauce ends up forming while you're cooking it.
Have a great weekend!

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YOJULEZ 5/2/2013 11:33PM

    SERENA, I didn't technically plan it that way, I didn't pay much attention to the date, but once I realized I planned to make a mexican dish on Cinco De Mayo I was quite pleased with myself :) I'll be making mexican all month long!

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SERENAMOM45 5/2/2013 10:48PM

  Sounds wonderful. I don't know if you planned it this way, but it's Cinco de Mayo in a few days. However, Mexican food is so wonderful, no need to wait for a celebration.

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What's Cookin' Good Lookin Round 8

Sunday, April 28, 2013

For the challenge this week, I opted to make this Asian BBQ Chicken: www.dinneralovestory.com/eating-chic
I had been waiting awhile to make this as it sounded very good, but the weather wasn't cooperating with my grilling plans. But we finally had great weather so I could make this. It did not disappoint either, it was very delicious!

It was also very easy to put together, you could make the sauce ahead of time and keep it in the fridge, so it would take next to no time to cook on a weeknight. The only changes I made was using a pinch of red pepper flakes instead of a dried chile.

I served this with white rice (I know I know, but I like white rice), and fresh green beans that I stir fried with a sauce made w/ sesame oil, soy sauce, and sriracha. Oh and a few wedges of lime to squeeze over. This made 4 servings, and ended up being 5oz of meat each. Each serving of meat was 236 calories. 1/2 cup of rice was 100 calories, and the green beans were around 100 calories as well, so a very great meal for under 450 calories! I will be eating the other 3 servings for lunches this week.

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CLRWILLIAMS25 5/1/2013 12:58PM

    I'll definitely have to save this one to make soon. And I'll follow your advice to add some more sriracha and pepper flakes. As for the white rice, you're not going to die. We've been eating it lately because my grandma bought me a giant bag and I didn't want to just throw it out. Sometimes, it's nice to have fluffy white rice :)

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YOJULEZ 4/29/2013 11:57AM

    Go for it Serena, it really was so good, I can't wait to eat it for lunch! You can also play with the sauce to get it to the heat levels you want. I'd probably add more sriracha or red pepper flakes (or both!) next time, but I like a lot of heat. The 5oz serving only had 13 carbs, so this works great for people watching their sugar too.

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SERENAMOM45 4/29/2013 11:50AM

  This recipe looks great, and I am going to try it. My husband loves Chinese sweet and sour dishes, but since he also loves spicy dishes, this will keep his taste buds happy while reducing sugar for both of us.

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