Monday, January 30, 2012

Shredded Chicken Taco - ww 7 points


Okay another winner. If you have never made your own taco shells, they were way off the charts compared to any in a box. Next time you are at the store pic up a bag of the corn tortillas. You can make all kinds of stuff with them. Tacos, taco salad bowls, tortilla chips, it is up to your imagination.

Today I made a shredded chicken taco. The shredded chicken came from the breasts that I boiled last week for the chicken stock I made to use in my soups (like way cheaper). I actually got out my scale and measured out 3 oz. Just to see what it would look like.

So let me get to sharing this easy recipe.

Shredded Chicken Tacos  

(for those who ww - 7pts was my total- you could shave off a point if you didn't use the sour cream, but you know that is what makes it)

Ingredients:

2 corn tortillas

3 oz of shredded chicken ( you know if you were in a hurry they make an already cooked chunky chicken in a bag, I always try to keep my ingredients on hand and pre-make to save a few dollars)

3 tbsp of Taco Seasoning (to your liking)

1/4 cup of water

1/4 cup of a fat free shredded cheddar

1 tbsp of sour cream (which if I had the fat reduced one, I would have gotten two..lol)

Lettuce (shredded)

Onion ( diced, actually this time I kinda juliened it)

Tomatoes (diced)

Salsa

Instructions:

First lets do the corn tortillas. I made foil balls and drapped them over and sprayed with pam spray.
Let them cook until hard and a little brown.

here they are on the foil
they aren't real pretty, but actually they held on the good stuff pretty well


I know they really are kinda ugly, but they were good, trust me..

Next while the tortillas are cooking (between 5-10 min at 400)

Take the shredded chicken, the water and seasoning and put in a pan and start to heat up. I cooked mine until the water was way reduced.

Now lets make these babies.

Take your taco, I took my little bit of sour cream and smeared in the side of the two shells, guaranteeing me the taste on them both. I also did not have shredded cheese today, so I used one slice of fat free cheese. Cut that in half and put to the side also. I figured it would all melt together..yum..

Layer in the chicken, saving an even portion for the other one. I did both at the same time.

Then salsa on top, onion, lettuce tomatoes..Remember to layer how you like it.

And you got it...yummmy

 I hope you get to atleast give it a shot. It was very filling and delicious.

ww break down
1 point for each tortilla  =2
1 point cheese                =1
1 point for sour cream    =1
3 point for chicken         =3
                                      ------
                                        7


Some quick tips:

I prep ahead all the time. At the beginning of the week, I will actually boil a few chicken breasts. I boiled about 6 last week, so that I could do the chicken stock and freeze it for the base in soups. I also shredded half of the breast to use in enchiladas, and tacos. I am actually putting 3 oz portions in snack baggies and then in a quart freezer bag. When the mood hits, I pop one out in a pan, season and use on a taco. It is also great to make a bq sandwich with.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hot and Sour Soup - Revisited- WW style - 1 point



Hot and Sour Soup - Revisited- WW style- 1 point





Ingredients:
1 can of mushrooms

1/3 cup of bamboo shoots

2 green onions diced

6 cloves of garlic ( I sliced these thin so you could get a good bite of them)

1 cup of carrots ( sliced then on a slant, thin to give the soup texture)

1 can of water chestnuts (diced)

½ cup of baby corn (in the can, diced up)

1 tbls of black pepper

Firm tofu ( I used 8 oz, and cut in slim (noodle) slices)

4 cups of fat free chicken broth ( I usually make my own and skim all the fat out) you could use vegetable stock too. ( I keep extra in my freezer)

2 cups of water

6 boulion cubes (or how chicken you like)( after 6 you need to check the points)

Soy (to your liking) (I use the low sodium)

Apple cider vinegar ( you have to put in how you like it)

Chili hot sauce ( a few squirts, again by taste)

* I also have been known to put bean sprouts in it too. (just didn't have any today)


Instructions:

Put all ingredients in a soup pot and start to simmer.

*I usually throw all this in to my crock pot and let it warm all day.

 I think it is very good.

I used the recipe maker on the Weight Watcher site and it ended up making 12 servings for us. If you get more than 5 servings you are still safe on the one point.

I really am enjoying this WW recipe maker, since I love to cook. I like that I can take the stuff from the refrigerator and cabinets.. Kinda work with what I have.

If you try this, let me know...the vinegar, and the hot sauce is by taste.. I used a squirt of sirachi hot sauce.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Baked Oatmeal - WW- 2 points



this is two servings



I was looking for any recipes that could take my oatmeal from the bowl into something I could tote around with me.

I finally found one on 3 Fat Chicks. This recipe doesn't make them like a chewy bar but more like a really moisty compact oatmeal. I will store them in the fridge. I would think they would be great heated up with a cup up apple on it, from the microwave. But that will be another recipe.

This is their recipe ( I just doubled it ) you may want to go to their site and do their recipe, it was smaller. I just have more to feed around here.

Baked Oatmeal Pumpkin Bars

Ingredients:

5 cups of uncooked oatmeal

2 tsp of baking powder

1/4 splenda

1 tbls  of cinnamon ( I actually put more)

1tsp of nutmeg

2tsp of vanilla

1 cup of egg whites ( or eggbeaters0

1 small individual unsweetened apple sauce cup

1 15oz can of pumpkin

2 cups skim milk

Fruit cut up. I used blueberries I had in fridge and cut up some strawberries

Instructions:

Mix all together and put in a lined parchment lasagna pan. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. Until knife comes out clear. Let cool and cut. I cut mine in half and each half in half, and half again.. you get the picture..I got 32 pieces.



I put two in each snack baggie.. which totals 4 points. I only ate one, they are very heavy. The baby seemed to love them. I can see these like I said maybe toasted up and whip up some of the PB2 and spread on top. Or top with diced apples, a squirt of butter, cinnamon, vanilla and popped into microwave till hot and apples tender. Squirt with the wonderful 0 point topping of whip cream and yummy dessert.

Well gotta go, and keep the house clean..yea..right!

Baked Potatoe Soup ----WW--2 points


So this Weight Watcher stuff is doing okay. Really makes you think about what you are eating and how much you eat. It seems that the more veggies I put in stuff, the more filling and the less that I eat. It makes that serving seem so filling.

This morning I decided to use the recipe maker on my WW site and I looked into my fridge and this is what I came up with. I had it for lunch and will use it for dinner with a spinach-chicken quesidilla.

I had two baked (large) potatoes in my fridge ( I always make extra). Celery and carrots that I cut for last week that I didn't get to, so they don't get bad I will use them.  I also had some already cut up raw spinach. This stuff you can sneak into everything. It just tastes like nothing, and makes for some great vitamin and minerals.

So here is the recipe:

Baked Potato Soup (mine from the fridge)

2 large already baked potatoes ( you could use 4 small ones, and you could use raw, you would just have to boil them.

1 cup of diced onion

1 1/2 cup of diced celery

1 1/2 cup of diced carrots

6 cloves of minced garlic

2 cups of water


3 cups of chicken broth ( low fat) ( I made about 10 - 2 cup containers a week ago and froze my own)

3 boulion cubes

3 cups of skim milk

2 cups of diced spinach

2 tbs of Molly McButter

salt and pepper

Instructions:

Take diced onions, carrots, celery and minced garlic and put in the pot with the 2 cups of water. Boil until tender.

Add the chicken broth and the boulion cubes.

Cut up the baked potatoes into bite size pieces ( I leave the skin on). Add to the pot.

Put in the spinach.

Add in the milk.

Start to simmer and watch, you don't want to scald the milk.

I start to smash a few of the potato chunks up to make it thicken a little.

Cook till hot as you like.


This clocked into serving 12 (1 cup servings) for 2 points

This makes a very chunky soup, if you prefer smooth, then pull out that great little gadget the immersion blender.

For a little tasty topper, Hormel Real Crumbled Bacon Bits (1 point for 1tbs) put in a small pan and warm up till crispy and then put on top.. yummy

Here's a picture of the Hormel Real Crumbled Bacon Bits. I get the large bag at Sams




I hope you enjoy it WW or not. It was a great way to be frugal and use what was in the fridge, also.
If you try it, make sure you spice it the way you like it, and make it your own. That what makes a recipe great is the love you put into it.







Thursday, January 19, 2012

Update Recipe List

Amped Up Baked Beans 9/6/11

Baked Potato 10/6/11

Baked Potato Potato Skins 10/6/11

Baked Potato Broccoli and Cheese 10/6/11

Baked Potato Double Stuffed 10/7/11

Baked Potato Puffs 11/29/11

Baked Potato Pulled BQ Pork 10/6/11

Baked Potato Salad 10/6/11

Baked Potato Soup 10/7/11

Baked Ziti 8/30/2011

Basmati Rice 9/13/11

Blue Cheese and Homemade Potato Chips 5/20/2011

Broccoli and Chicken 8/17/2011

Cabbage Soup 6/7/2008

Cheese Garlic Biscuits 12/12/11

Cherry Lime-aide 9/26/11

Chicken Spinach Soup 4/12/2011

Chili Cheese Tator Tots 9/7/11

Chili Cheese Tator Tots 9/7/11

Chinese Hot and Sour Soup 2/8/2011

Corn Dog Maker 11/11/11

Corndog Casserole 10/7/2010

Crash Potatoes 10/31/2008

Crockpot Lasagna 10/1/2007

Crockpot Philly Cheese Sandwiches 8/1/2008

Éclair Pie 7/8/2011

Egg Drop Soup 2/8/2011

Fast Instant Rice Cups 8/14/2008

Fried Barbeque Bologna Sandwiches 9/2/11

Fried BQ Sandwiches 9/2/11

Fried Green Tomatoes 8/10/2011

Fried Pickles 2/13/2011

Fried Raviolis 8/26/2010

Garden Pasta Alfredo 7/8/2011

Gyro Wrap 10/28/2008

Ham Salad 11/29/11

Kale Spice Sausage and Bean Soup 9/19/11

Lazy Mom Lasagna 10/20/11

Lemon Pepper Salmon 11/17/11

Lemonade Pie (Neely’s) 5/3/2010

Loaded Hot Dogs 9/6/11

Loaded Hot Dogs and Baked Beans 9/6/11

Mamas Pasta (breakfast pasta) 2/22/2011

Mini Breakfast Cups 8/21/2008

Mini Cinnamon Buns 01/09/12

Mini Donut Maker 01/19/12

Mini Marshmallows (ww) 01/17/12

Mini Panini 10/28/2008

Mom’s Egg Salad 1/19/2011

Moms Macaroni and Cheese 8/16/2011

PB2 (ww) 01/13/12

PBJ on the go 4/23/2010

Perogies 5/10/2011

Philly Cheese Steak Pizza 10/26/11

Philly Cheese Steak, Onions and Pepper 8/8/2011

Pickled Beets and Eggs 7/15/2008

Potato Pizza 11/9/2007

Potato Skin 3/18/2010

Pulled Pork Potatoes 8/30/2010

Rice Cooker 8/17/2011

Roasted Garlic Spinach Quesadilla (ww) 01/17/12

Salmon Pattie – Less 9/13/11

Sausage and Peppers 7/3/2008

Sausage Biscuits and Gravy 8/19/2011

Sausage Garlic Cheese Biscuits 12/21/11

Sheppard’s Pie 5/14/2010

Shrimp / Spicy Sausage and Grits 01/05/12

Singles Servings / Sloppy Joes/ BQ Sandwiches 4/28/2011

Sloppy Joes 4/28/2011

Small Cabbage Pies 01/09/12

Soda Cake 2/3/2011

Spinach Pie 10/7/2010

Spinach Pizza / Spinach Mix 4/5/2011

Split Pea Soup 1/27/2011

Stromboli 9/7/2010

Stuffed Bagel 11/14/11

Stuffed Cheese Sticks 7/20/2008

Stuffed Pepper Casserole 10/11/11

Sweet Fried Wontons 8/26/2010

Taco Bake 01/11/12

Taco Soup 1/16/2011

Tortilla Pizza 9/7/11

Tortilla Pizza 9/7/11

Yellow Slaw 6/7/2008

The Mini- Donut Maker



This morning I wanted to mix it up for breakfast, and I remembered I had this little gadget hiding in my cabinets. I pulled it out and put it to use.

I used one of those muffin mixes. Actually someone gave me one of the muffin mixes you add water and shake. They were pretty good.

I made sure to spray the top and the bottom with Pam spray and then poured in bottom, just a little before the rim and closed it right up.

The little muffin mix, would have made 6 regular muffins, but with this I got 26 little doughnuts.

I also saw in the store that they have a squeeze muffin glaze, you could get that if you wanted them a little sweeter. We prefer them plain or with a bit of powdered sugar.

I have also made them with cake mix, and they were good also, just don't remember the count on them.

This has potential for my Weight Watchers I am following. For me, I see before I eat and to me the 4 little doughnuts I get compared to one small muffin..Well you get the idea.

I hope all is well with everyone and you are enjoying my posts.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Roasted Garlic Spinach Quesadilla


 My first reader, was my sister, Harriet, when I started this BLOG.  She has always supported everything I have been doing. In encouraging me to do the BLOG, she gave me strength and courage and a shove to be brave about getting my hips joints replaced.

When I joined Facebook, Pinterest, Myspace, and now Weight Watchers, she always included me into her friends list. She seems to always be right there, pushing me forward. " Be strong, be an athlete like you are, you can do this..." Her belief in me is such a great thing.

I guess I just wanted to say, "Thanks, Harriet, you are such a wonderful sister and friend. I can only hope that I can be there for you when you need me!"

Recently I joined the Weight Watchers site. My sister has been a member for awhile. The minute she found out, she called me, and told me how wonderful it would be for me. For me being a foodie and loving to cook, that I would really have a great time with it. She is right. There is a recipe maker tool on the site. I am really starting to create things I like, and from things that I have all in my kitchen.

So Harriet, "I love you and I thank you always for being my sister, my friend!

I created this today.. (out of hunger..naw.. just joking .. I really am not hungry)



Roasted Garlic Spinach Quesadilla

Ingredients:
(I will list the ingredients and then I took some pics so you can see what actually they are)

>High Fiber (12g) tortilla (2)

>1 cup of fresh spinach (diced it up, raw)

>onion (just a bit - minced)

>1/2 cup of fat free cheese ( I used the weight watchers )

>1/3 of a serving of a block cream cheese ( I will show you a picture on how I measured this, I was also thinking that one of those laughing cow cheeses would have been good too)

>Roasted Garlic (1 head of garlic) ( I pre-roast a few of these ahead of time so I can just grab them)( I will post how to make them soon)
      You can used a little minced garlic if you like, just for quickness..but the roasted makes it better.

> a dash of salt and pepper

Pictures of some of the ingredients:



tortillas

WW cheese (1/3 cup)

block cream cheese ( I scored it before I took what I needed)











chopped up fresh spinach (make small so it will cook in the quesadilla)
and the roasted garlic (I likey garlic)

Instructions:

Make sure you have a grill pan, or a flat pan with plenty of room to flip, so it gets crust on the bottom and top.

Start with a spray of Pam in the pan.

Take first tortilla and spread with the cream cheese (you can warm it to make it spread) ( you can also leave this out, I was just craving cheese)

Lay tortilla cream cheese side up in pan.

Build from there, Sprinkle in 1/3 of the 1/3 of the cup of cheese (this gives it a little something when it melts to hold together when you flip.)

Put on spinach, onions and the rest of the cheese.

Season with a pinch of salt and black pepper.



Top tortilla (take the roasted garlic and smash in a bowl, makes like a creamy paste.) smear this on top tortilla and put it face downward so that the top tortilla is showing just tortilla..(don't be silly and leave the roasted garlic showing!)

Spray top Lightly with Pam (so when you flip it won't stick)

Brown on both sides..and you have a Quesadilla...

* optional insides - not sure about ww points but check out the turkey pepperoni (give it a kick) shredded chicken. Actually I was contemplating a few jalapeno slices on mine.

this came to  6 weight watcher points...






l also had 2 tablespoons of sour cream (low fat) which I only used 1 tbs, I kinda kept it to the side and used it sparingly. I also used salsa, it is 0 points. The salsa was great with it.

I hope you enjoyed looking over my blog...

Thanks to all those who read it.


Kraft Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits



Found these at the store the other day. I am doing the Weight Watchers for now and that is a one point way to sweeten something. I was really happy.

Here is a comparison:




Which one would you choose? 

I sprinkled these puppies on my oatmeal, they really actually pepped up the ordinary oatmeal.

I just wanted to share with you. If you would like to follow my blog on the side is a place for your email. If not catch me on face book and send me a msg and I will add you to my group on face book. You don't have to be on a diet, or anything. I just love keeping up with everyone and a great support system.
So holler if you want me.. I am just a minute away, well usually...

Friday, January 13, 2012

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter


Okay I know a crazy idea. I love my peanut butter, so when I saw this come out, I was so interested in trying it. They make this one and a chocolate - peanut one.

The nutritional thingy on the back says,:

serving size: 2tbsp
servings :15
Calories: 45
total fat: 1.5
sodium: 94
Total carb : 5
Fiber : 2
sugars: 1
Proteins : 5

weight watcher point : 1

so just for comparision

Regular Kroger Creamy

serving size: 2 tbsp
serving : 57 ( I bought the gi-normous jar)
calories: 190
total fat:16
sodium:150
Total carb 7
fiber: 2
sugars 3
Protein:8

Weight Watcher Points : 5

As for taste. Of course it wasn't all smoothy like, but it was really quite good, peanuty and creamy to a point. Had the same sweet peanuty taste.

This leaves also alot of room of what you could mix it with. Cake mixes, pasta, and any recipe calling for peanut butter.. Not sure how it would work, you would have to reconstitute it if it was included in a recipe. I guess if you were just adding a peanut butter taste, you would just add it...

I wanted to share my new find with you.. If you want to find it. I bought it on Amazon.com.
Let me know what you think?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Taco Bake

"ANOTHER FOOD SAVED MEAL" (translates into refrigerator/leftovers or freezer items)

Taco Bake



Items that I keep on hand in my freezer are usually a leftover or a more than necessary for that meal and I put up in a container to make another day.

I had some taco meat left and I froze it just for times like this. I had about 2 cups of taco meat. You really don't even need that much, but I used it all because I made a big pan of it.

Taco Seasoning

I also had 1/2 jar in the fridge of Ragu cheese sauce (we had broccoli and cheese a week ago).

1 can of tomato diced from the can.

1/2 jar of salsa.

1/2 cup of shredded cheese left in a bag.

Kidney beans that I had just made this morning. (I also freeze extra when I can) (re fried is okay too, for a hidden bean thing, cause mine don't like them I pureed and put into the meat when I added all the ingredients.)

1/2 onion (left in fridge)

8 tortillas ( I used the high fiber ones)

Topping: Shredded Lettuce, diced onions, sour cream

At this point, you could also throw in all kinds of goodies, else you have hanging in fridge.

Instructions:

In a pan I put in the onions with a dash of olive oil and sauteed. Then I added the meat (thawed), a can of diced tomatoes, beans (or bean puree) and more taco seasoning. Warm all this up.

Line a baking dish with foil (easier to clean).

Pour in a bit of salsa to cover bottom.

Lay in a tortilla, I used two large ones and if fit the bottom.

Then layer in some of the meat mixture.

Layer of salsa (sparingly)

Layer in some Ragu cheese sauce (if you don't have this any cheese works, hmmmm.. Velveeta!)

Lay in two more tortillas.

Lay in rest of meat mixture, cheese and salsa

Finish top with the last four tortillas to cover it all.

Salsa on top and shredded cheese on top.

Cook 350 until bubbly.. around 30-40 minutes. Let cool a bit before cutting, takes better as it sets and cools down.


I just had to come and share this. It really turned out great. With me on a diet (well watching calories) it was very filling. No one knew it had beans and no one, but no one, knew it was high fiber tortillas.

As I was sitting here thinking about this recipe, I thought of some good ideas.

As a smaller serving start it in a pie pan (they are just about the size of a tortilla.

For a personal size, take a cup and press it upside down on the tortilla and make three circles (like you do in biscuits)
     Do the same kinda layering in the cup and then microwave until bubble and cheese in melted.


 Be sure to put your favorite toppings. Sour cream, cheese, olives, onions, tomatoes and lettuce.

I hope you enjoyed this, "another food saved meal" 



Monday, January 9, 2012

Small Cabbage Pies

 

Happy New Years!

I know I am a bit late, but like all good things they take time.  I actually had a wonderful dinner for New Years. I made a pork roast, on my rotisserie. It was just heavenly. I made black eyed peas, and cabbage. The recipe today, is another one of my Mother's that she passed my way. When she didn't get around to making them, my sister, Alice would make them and send them over to her. She always told me how great and tasty Alice made them. So from one Watson to another, I want to share it with you my friends.

With the cabbage this year, I tried to look at it and figure out the best way I could use it and make different things and save money. Usually I just cut it up and everyone eats it, and never touches the leftovers. Funny how this recession thing leaves you looking at things differently.. even cabbage.

I took my cabbage and gently took off the top 8 leaves (put them in a baggie for another day) With these I made cabbage rolls (will post picture and recipe in the future)

Next I cut the cabbage in fours.
The first fourth, I cut it in big pieces for dinner that night. Sauteed it with butter and lemon.

The second fourth, I cut in much smaller pieces and sauteed it with lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper. (put that up to make these cabbage pies)

The next fourth, I cut into shreds and put  in a baggie (a few days from then I would make a coleslaw).

The last fourth, I also cut into shreds and then smaller pieces, into a baggie ( I will take these in a few days and mix with shredded chicken, or ground turkey and make egg rolls or won tons)

For the first recipe, 

Small Cabbage Pies

Ingredients:

2 of more cans of refrigerator biscuits (see I told you they were handy to have around)

Sauteed cabbage in olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt and pepper. (I already had mine ready so I just pulled out of the refrigerator and went with it.)

Instructions:

There are two ways of making the dough.

I actually hand shape and pull into a round circle, fill with filling and seal the edges.

My sister, puts down a bit of flour and rolls them out flat and then fills. Her was is actually the neatest and quickest.

Fill with filling (not too much, so you can seal the pocket) now you have half moon pies.

Place on Pam sprayed cookie sheet, or parchment paper.

Bake at 350 till brown.

These are really good warm. I actually like them from the fridge, cold. I can really taste the lemon.
I also have reheated them and made them more crunchier. I guess it will depend on how you like them.


I served these one day with sausage links, the next day cold and then the what was left I reheated and we finished them off.

So gosh, just from this one post I have about 4 more recipes to share with you, on cabbage alone.

I might also need to tell you that from the pork roast, I saved a few thick slices and chunked up. I eventually diced that small, sauteed until brown and make a pork fried rice.

Lesson to learn from me today...Waste not .. Want not..

Mini Cinnamon Buns


Mini- Cinnamon Buns

How many times, with or without kids do you think as you drive by that McDonald's.. hmmm.. I just love their cinnamon minis? If you don't then you should try them.

I have figured out a more less costly and just as tasty way to make them. I use the 4 pkg of refrigerator $1.50 for the 4 pack. They are really a very versatile little item. I will post more of what I can do with those puppies..

So here's the deal

Mini- Cinnamon Buns

Ingredients:

Buns:

1 pkg of refrigerator biscuits (this made enough for 5 people eating (4 each)

1 tablespoon of butter

Cinnamon and sugar (I keep it pre-made in the pantry)

Dipping Sauce or Icing on top

Powdered sugar (1 cup)

Milk (1 tablespoon)

Instructions:

Today you get to see some pictures on how I did it. I did one at a time for this demonstration. After that I did them all on a cutting board and then put on a cookie sheet to bake.

Step 1:
Take a biscuit and stretch it to about 2" wide and about 5" long (just an estimate)








Step 2:
Spread a thin coat of butter (margarine)









Step 3:

Sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar









Step 4:
Roll up slowly









Step 5:
Cut in half









Step 6:

Lay on a greased sheet. I prefer parchment paper. (make sure parchment paper fits, it can kinda burn)








Step 7:

Put in 350 oven for about 10 minutes. Keep watch so they don't get too brown.

Then mix together the icing and either put in a small bowl for dipping, pour on top. (in the picture above, I just poured on top)

And enjoy!



* note: if you want these take away. I put 4 in a square Tupperware container. I put my icing in those little condiment throw away containers. Walmart sells them in a bag of 100 for a few buck. They come in handy for sauces, dressings and such. Instead of having to wash them they are throw away.


I have been trying to keep track of what I am eating and I did a bit of calculating on this one..
Three actual biscuits is 150 calories. So you can actually have six of these mini buns. With the little of the butter, cinnamon, and sugar.. I would add maybe 50 more on that.. for the sauce if you take it easy. Just a drizzle or naked.. maybe if at the most another 50.  so for 250 calories you can have the cinni minis...


I hope you at least give them a try. For the money you can't beat it..(1 can = .39 cents , a tbs of butter = pennies, cinnamon/sugar = pennies, and the dipping sauce = pennies) if you have a pantry you should be able to whip this all up.

So let me know how it goes!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Shrimp / Spicy Sausage and Grits

Shrimp / Spicy Sausage and Grits



Before you scream and say, yuck. I really didn't think it would not work. I actually liked mine more saucier, there is just something about the pool of flavors waiting to mix with those cheesy grits. This meal is a real comfort kinda food.

I found that when I made this that it was very easy and you could change up all of it. I used already cooked shrimp (so therefore, I only threw them in at the end, just to warm them. too long and they become chewy.)

Shrimp / Spicy Sausage and Grits

Ingredients:

Shrimp (any way you like, if they are fresh then you need to adjust the time to get them just tender)
I am not sure how many, but I used about 10 (31 to 40 count) per person

Sausage (chunky)(again the choice is yours, I like a good spicy one, because it goes with the grits, hot and then the grits cool it down a bit, yummy)

Onion (diced)
Garlic (diced) you use how much you like
Olive Oil
Lemon Juice ( to flavor)
Green Onions (diced)

*optional I added a cup of chicken broth in the beginning to make my shrimp and sausage a little more saucier.

Grits
1/2 cup of shredded cheese
1/4 butter


Instructions:

For the Shrimp / Spicy Sausage part:

Saute the sausage in the olive oil a bit and when it starts to get to the point of a bitty brown, I then throw in the onions, garlic and let it brown up a bit, then I add the chicken broth.
When just boiling I add in the shrimp. (if it is already cooked then just to warm it).

Adding Lemon Juice and the green onions last.

For the grits:

I just followed instructions on container and at end added the cheese and butter.

When plating this put in the grits and then ladle the mixture on top.

It was really so yummy. Left me really happy. It also left me thinking about other stuff to put on top of grits.

*same ingredients minus the shrimp and a bit of tomato sauce. Like a jambalaya on top.

I just wanted to hurry and post this one..

I am actually trying to get back to feeling good.

This is my second half of my life and I want to be there all the way.

I have just created a group on facebook. (On a Journey...join me..) come join me... join me just to see me sweat, laugh at me when I am silly. Or challenge me, I will challenge you. Not sure how this will work out. But I figure nothing ventured nothing gained. So i am going for it.
So find me...join me...