Saturday, October 29, 2011

Meaty Butternut Squash Stew

The decision for me to move across the country to Washington DC over a year ago was a very difficult one to make. Since my move, my life has been full of new adventures, new friends, and unforgettable memories. But I always imagine what it would be like if I could share the experiences with him. Finally, in less than a week, my life is going to change a lot. My love has decided to move east to be with me. As the date of his arrival nears, I get more and more giddy each day. I can't wait to cook "manly" food for him, but I am definitely out of practice. Today we had a freak snowstorm here in DC (it is only October 29), and I realized that my boyfriend, a San Diego native, is going to have a lot of adjusting to do. So I decided to practice a meaty recipe that will keep his body warm and his stomach full.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 yellow onion
3 cloves minced garlic
1 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme
1 tablespoon fresh minced rosemary
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 lbs cubed pork tenderloin (you can use any kind of meat you like)
1 peeled and seeded butternut squash, cut into cubes
chopped carrots
chopped celery
4 cups of beef broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Heat oil in a large pot. Add onions, garlic and herbs. Season meat with salt and pepper and coat in flour. Turn up heat and add to pot. Brown the meat for about five minutes. Add the rest of the veggies and stir in the broth. Add the salt and pepper. Bring the stew to a boil, then lower the heat, cover the pot, and simmer for about an hour.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Veggie Enchilada

Every time I go out drinking with friends in the city I crave Mexican food at the end of the night. This usually results in me binging on a massive amount of steak nachos. Lately however, this super healthy enchilada recipe has become a staple in my diet and I am convinced that eating it regularly has helped to control these late night cravings - at least to some extent.

Lots of veggies of your choice- whatever you have! I used a frozen mix of carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, onions, and asparagus.
3 oz. of canned (half of 6 oz. can) or diced tomatoes and green onions (can also use salsa)
1 teaspoon chili powder
Salt and pepper
1 large tortilla
1/4 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican blend cheese
Dollop of nonfat Greek yogurt
Avocado slices

Heat veggies, diced tomatoes and green onions in a large skillet. Add chili powder and salt and pepper to taste. Preheat broiler, place foil on a baking sheet, ans spray it with cooking spray. Lay tortilla on the pan and fill with 3/4 of the veggie mixture. Roll up the tortilla and poor the remainder of the veggie mixture on top. Sprinkle with cheese and broil on high for 6 minutes. Top with Greek yogurt and avocado slices.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pork Tenderloin with Rasberry Sauce

This is a simple recipe that will make you look like a pro.

2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 inch thick slices of pork tenderloin
1 cloves of minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
splash of dry white wine
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon of raspberry preserves
2 teaspoons marinara sauce

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add pork slices and saute a few minutes on each side until done. Remove pork from pan and add garlic and ginger - cook until browned. De-glaze pan with white wine. Add the rest of the ingredients and let the sauce reduce. Pour sauce over the pork and serve.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Baked Cajun Catfish

In an attempt to save a little more money each month, I am trying to cut back on Chilean sea bass and black cod purchases and have been exploring more budget friendly fish options. Catfish is super inexpensive, is mild tasting, and is more filling than most other flaky white fish. This is a simple, foolproof recipe for cooking catfish - I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

Fillet of catfish
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 teaspoon light Italian dressing

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix all of the seasonings together and rub all over the catfish. Place catfish on a pan sprayed with cooking spray, drizzle the light Italian dressing on top. Bake for 10 minutes.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hot or Cold Faux Mashed Potatoes

So I know this dish sounds like a nasty dieters mashed potato substitute, but I swear you will be surprised by the creaminess and depth of flavor. With only a few ingredients, this is the perfect dish to make on a Sunday to save as a side dish for meals throughout the week. It also tastes delish with the turkey chili recipe below - just scoop into a big boll and pile the chili right on top!

A bunch of fresh cauliflower
3 oz. nonfat greek yogurt
Splash of milk
3 cloves fresh minced garlic
2 teaspoons sea salt

Boil cauliflower until soft. Put cauliflower and the rest of the ingredients above into a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy, be sure to taste it and add more of the above ingredients if necessary to obtain the best flavor and consistency. Serve warm or cold with a dollop of more greek yogurt on top. Special thanks to my innovative foodie roommate Steph for introducing me to this healthy play on mashed potatoes!