Thursday, March 24, 2011

Crockpot Mu Shu Chicken

Recipe adapted from a recipe found on Family Fun Magazine -- I made quite a few changes. We really liked this easy to make meal. It was almost like we had ordered in Chinese. Next time I'm going to try to make my own chinese pancakes, as the flour tortillas just didn't taste the same.

1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 lbs boneless chicken thighs
1 cup hoisin sauce
2 T Soy Sauce
2 T Honey
1/4 t ground ginger
1 12 oz. bag of broccoli slaw mix (Trader Joe's has a great mix)
3 eggs
Flour tortillas

Combine all ingredients except the eggs in a crockpot and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Shred meat mixture. Scramble three eggs and add to meat mixture. Serve mixture in warm flour tortillas.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Yesterday's Lunch

Next week Jake and I are doing a 7-day detox. Not the kind where you only drink lemon juice and take a million supplements. We are simply cutting out the following things from our diet: meat, dairy, sodium, caffeine, alchohol, gluten, wheat, and white sugar. Basically, we'll be eating a ton of fruits and vegetables and chugging down lots of water and green tea. Sounds refreshing, huh?

I thought I would practice for the detox by making a lunch that didn't contain any of the banned foods. I ended up with this: a bed of mixed greens topped with sliced avocado, tomatoes, pinto beans, cilantro, onions, and dressed with lime juice and Mrs. Dash's Extra Spicy seasoning (sodium free). It was so good and provided me with plenty of energy for my afternoon workout.

Look for posts on our 7 day detox starting next week!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Raspberry Granola Bars

I found this recipe while searching Ziplist. My changes or additions are noted in red.

Neena loves packaged cereal bars, but they contain a lot of sugar, and many times the fruit isn't real. Plus, I was getting tired of paying so much for six scrawny bars, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and whip up some homemade cereal bars that are healthy, have real fruit, and taste delicious. Oh, and these are great for nursing mamas since they have old-fashioned rolled oats!

Bars freeze well. So double the recipe. :-)

Back-to-School Raspberry Granola Bars (recipe

1 C pecans, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour -- I used 1/2 cup wheat, and 1 cup all purpose
1 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup granulated sugar--I cut this to 1/4 cup
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
1 cup raspberry preserves -- I made my own by using a bag of frozen raspberries, a bit of sugar, a bit of water, and a bit of cornstarch
2 tablespoons wheat germ
Dash of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. .Butter and 8-inch square baking pan and line with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine pecans, flour, oats, sugar, brown sugar, baking soad, salt, wheat germ, and cinnamon. Stir in melted butter until the mixture is througly combined.

Press 2/3 of the oat mixture in an evne layer into the prepared pan and top with raspberry preserves. Sprinkle the preserves with remaining oat mixture.

Bake the bars for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Let granola bars cool. Cut into squares and serve or package.

Greek Frittata

Recipe from The Petit Appetit Cookbook by Lisa Barnes. This was an easy recipe that packs a lot of flavor. Neena loved it, too!

1/2 C water plus 1 T water
1/3 cup uncooked couscous
1/2 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
5 eggs
2 t canola oil
1/3 C slivered oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
1/3 C chopped kalamata olives
1/4 C diced onion
1/4 C grated parmesan cheese
1/4 C crumbled feta cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in couscous, remove pan from heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff and separate with fork.

Combine 1 tablespoon water, salt, pepper, and eggs in medium bowl and whisk together. Heat oil in large ovenproof skiller over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes, olives, and onion and saute until soft, about 3 minutes. Remove pan from eat and stir in couscous and egg mixture. Level mixture with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle cheeses over top. Bake frittata for 10 minutes, or until set and cooked through. Let stand for 5 minutes. Cut into wedges with a knife or pizza cutter.