Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Adventures in the Kitchen

Not much going on around here since my half last weekend.  I am taking a rest week, well deserved according to my physical therapists.  I may run this weekend, but until then... lots of sitting on my butt!

Instead of running, I have been putting my energy into expanding my repertoire of healthy recipes.  I have had LOTS of recommendations to check out "Skinny Gina" but have always been overwhelmed by the vastness of her website.

This week so far I have tried THREE different recipes from the website (with tons more on the for the next few weeks).

My first attempt at a new recipe was baking, something I do very rarely unless I am baking store bought cookie dough.   That is, if I don't eat it all before getting it in the oven... cookie dough is a major weakness of mine.   Don't be surprised if I get sick from salmonella someday! hah   Anyway, bake to the recipe... low fat chocolate chip zucchini bread.  I've heard of alot of people making something like this, but I HATE zucchini and never been brave enough to try slipping it into other foods.  But, let me tell you, it was awesome! I suck at food photography, but it was AMAZING - I will be making this again for Thanksgiving next week.

My next cooking adventure involved the crockpot, I have heard about this recipe several times but never managed to make it.  Mostly because when I first started my dieting I was watching my sodium intake very closely and the recipe had a bit more sodium than I could have.  If any of my readers love Chipotle burritos, you should try this recipe... barbacoa beef.  This stuff is SPICY but so fantastic, I used 7 chipotle peppers for a double recipe, next time I will probably try 5 or 6 instead.  I made rice and black beans to go with but instead of a tortilla, I opted to serve it over romaine lettuce - so fantastic!   Can't wait to use the leftovers that are in the freezer! 

Last but not least, was dinner last night.  I made lighter chicken saltimbocca.  This was my first attempt at using prosciutto and I am happy to report I like it! This recipe was very tasty as well, however I am not a huge fan of sage - the only time I ever use sage is in stuffing   So, next time instead of putting a whole sage leaf I may put in dried or ground sage instead and see if I like that better.  Overall though, it was tasty and the sauce was VERY good.  I served it along side a  small salad and baked potato with butter and cheese. (They recommend serving over wilted greens, but thats not my thing.)

Have you tried any new recipes lately?  How was it?  What is your favorite place online to go to find new recipes? 


  1. Skinnytaste is one of my favorite websites to go to for lighter recipes. I also like, and They aren't necessarily low-fat recipes but I find them to be easily adaptable to my lifestyle.

    This week, I made Paula Deen's Cheeseburger Meatloaf (my way) and it was so good!

  2. Hey! I make pb & j So there is the extent of my "recipes". :)

    So, I don't think there were any prizes given...I guess I could be wrong, though. That would be awesome! I hope it's more donuts! (not)

    :) Have a great thanksgiving!!