Monday, January 21, 2008

Vegetable Soup

I do have a few recipes to get up here, but I'll start with a simple staple!

Vegetable Soup
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 c shredded carrots, I use the bagged shredded and run a knife through them
2 zucchini, diced
1/2 head cabbage, diced
1/2 bag frozen green beans
8 c chicken broth
2 cans italian flavored diced tomatoes
1 T italian seasoning

Spray a large pot with cooking spray. Add onion, garlic, and carrots and saute until soft. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes.

This is a recipe with endless possibilities. You can change up the soup just by changing the seasonings. Use mexican flavored tomatoes and cumin for a mexican inspired soup. You can also add beans, pasta, or any other veggie you can think of! You can also cook some cubed chicken or ground beef with the onion/carrot/garlic.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Big Beef and Veggie Burgers

Big Beef and Veggie Burgers

1 lb lean ground beef
1 zucchini
1 c mushrooms, I use portabellos
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno (seeded if you don't like the spice)
1 teaspoon dill
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

Process zucchini, mushrooms, onion, garlic, and jalapenos in a food processor. I process until the consistency of pesto. Mix ground beef, veggie mixture, and remaining ingredients in a bowl. Form into 4 big patties. Cook immediately. If you wait, the juice will start to come out of the squash and mushrooms and you will have a soupy mess!

These can be grilled, pan fried, or broiled. Just know that they are a little on the fragile side. If you grill them, use care when flipping them over b/c they will be soft until fully done.

The best part is that all of your points are in the ground beef! These burgers were a huge hit!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Zesty Mexican Fish

Zesty Mexican Fish

2 4oz fillets of white fish (any fish should be fine, we used flounder)
1 T minced cilantro
1 T dijon mustard
1 T water
1/4 c seasoned breadcrumbs
2 T salsa
2 t grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.

Mix cilantro, mustard, and water in a bowl. Set aside. Place breadcrumbs on a plate and set aside. Dip fish in mustard mixture and then in breadcrumbs, coating all sides. Place in baking dish.

Top with salsa and grated cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Note: This recipe will also work if you mix all of the toppings together and top the fish with it before baking. It also makes less mess that way!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Product Kudos

First of all, I apologize dear blog for leaving you astray for a few months. We have been traveling up a storm...which leads to lots of eating out or eating things that don't require a lot of cooking.

So, for today, I'm going to start with a couple of product raves!

Just a big kudos for Trader Joe's. TJ Everything! Growing up in TX, and now living in AR, I've never gotten to experience the joy of TJ's. While visiting a friend in AZ a couple of years ago, I did get the chance to step foot in one. Well, being in GA over the holidays, I got to go TWICE! The big purchases 2 cases of Two Buck Chuck and cans of black bean and lentil soups. Yum. If you live near a TJ's, do yourself a favor and shop there often!

Next, upon visiting Jason's Deli a few weeks ago, I scoped out a new cracker. An organic flatbread covered in seedy goodness. Well, I was very pleased to be perusing The Fresh Market today and saw Dr. Kracker Crackers! They are low point and come in all kinds of yummy flavors. And, if you can't find them in a store near you, you can order online!

Ok, recipes to come in the next couple of days. I did try a new one last night but it was not so great.