Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Amazing Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Cauliflower With Cheese

The name of this chicken is "amazing" chicken, and that's truly what it is.  I believe it's a Hellmann's recipe but I've been using it for so many years that I can't be sure.  Healthy, it is not, but fast, super easy, and delicious, it certainly is.

Amazing Chicken
Chicken (any cut - I used legs this time, but I've used everything)
Mayo & milk mixed (about 2 T mayo to ½ c milk)
Cornstarch mixed with your preferred seasonings (seasoning salt, pepper, paprika, etc)
Bread crumbs or panko

Preheat oven to 425.  Mix milk and mayo together to form paste.  Dip chicken in cornstarch, then mayo mixture, then breadcrumbs.  Cook 40 minutes on foil lined baking sheet.

I served this with a sort of cauliflower casserole - again, I have no idea where I got this recipe but it's easy enough to prepare while the chicken is in the oven, and it's the only way my daughter will eat cauliflower.

Sun-Dried Tomato Cauliflower Cheese

1 cauliflower cut in florets
1 T butter
2 garlic cloves minced
2 ½ T flour
1 ½ c milk
¼ c thinly sliced sun-dried tomatoes
½ tsp paprika (I used smoked)
¼ tsp pepper
¾ c shredded old cheddar

In large pot of boiling water, boil cauliflower 7 minutes.  Drain and set aside.  Meanwhile in small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Saute garlic 1 minute.  Whisk flour into milk; gradually pour into pan, whisking constantly.  Stir in tomatoes, paprika, and pepper.  Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, until thick and bubbly.  Remove from heat and stir in half the cheese until melted.  Pour over cauliflower in a serving dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

*I threw the dish into the oven for about 8 minutes at 425 just to brown the top and allow the sauce to melt and distribute evenly

Monday, January 27, 2014

Spiced Carrot Soup

This week I decided I will be following a meal plan from one of my role models, Cassey Ho.  Cassey is a You Tube sensation - she has thousands of fitness videos (all free) and her website has a ton of useful information as well as meal plans.

I've been going to the gym regularly, and haven't seen much change on the scale (although my clothes are fitting better!) so to shake things up a bit I decided to follow this meal plan for a week (or maybe longer).  My only issue is that I can't eat steamed veggies and feel satisfied.  I can, however, have a bowl of soup and feel like I've eaten a 3-course meal. I decided to sub the steamed veggies throughout the day with a veggie soup.  So I made carrot soup.  Believe it or not, each 1-cup serving is only 71 calories, so it's a great addition to any meal to help fill you up a little more and stop you from overeating.


Spiced Carrot Soup

8 carrots cut in thin rounds (I chopped up 3 large carrots, and threw in 40 baby carrots)
2 onions chopped
1 ½ garlic cloves chopped (I used 3)
5 tsp butter (I didn’t use any)
5 tsp curry powder
3 c chicken broth
3 ½ c water
4 ¼ c cream (I used 1 cup of 2% milk)
Salt and pepper
I also seasoned this with ginger powder, and cayenne

In a pot sweat the onions and garlic in butter over medium for 3-4 minutes.  Add carrots and saute for a few minutes.  Add curry and cook stirring, 1 minute.  Add salt and pepper.  Pour in broth and water and bring to boil.  Lower heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes.  Puree soup in blender and pour back in pot.  Stir in cream and warm up soup.  Adjust seasonings and serve.