Main Dish ~ Chicken Cutlets with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions

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My latest cooking find was from the Cooking Light website ~ Chicken Cutlets with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions (http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-cutlets-mushrooms-onions).  I wasn’t able to locate any frozen pearl onions at the store, so I substituted about 1/3 of a purple onion, cut in slices.  This was a very good substitute and I think something I will continue to use when I make this again in the future. I also used regular, not unsalted, chicken broth.   This recipe was delicious using chicken, but I think it would be equally good on pork.

Main Dish ~ Three Sisters’ Stew

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Three Sisters’ Stew ~ http://www.onegreenplanet.org/plant-based-recipes/three-sisters-stew-vegan/ ~ is a wonderful option for Meatless Monday, or anytime for that matter!  This dish was full of my favorite vegetables and really tasty.  I did modify the recipe abit by purchasing pre-cut butternut squash and roasting it in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper the night before.  I believe I roasted it for about 25-30 minutes in a 400 degree oven, then refrigerated it (once cooled) until ready to use the next day.  The recipe was a breeze to put together.  I added the pre-cooked butternut squash to step 3 and followed the recipe using the ingredients suggested, opting to use pinto beans instead of pink beans and water instead of vegetable stock.

This recipe makes 8 servings at a value of 5 PointsPlus each.

Main Dish ~ Avocado Toast Egg-in-a-Hole

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Avocado Toast Egg-in-a-Hole ~ http://www.skinnytaste.com/2015/02/avocado-toast-egg-in-hole.html ~ is a very easy recipe to make and fun to serve up.  Next time I might even use Sriracha sauce to draw a happy face on the egg portion. 🙂

I’m including a picture from the Skinnytaste website, in which the recipe creator used a heart shaped cutter in honor of Valentine’s Day.  I have no cookie cutters, so I used a glass with a small rim and pressed it into the bread.  This worked well as you can see from my picture.  I mixed my beloved Sriracha sauce into the mashed avocado and this dish was perfection!  Enjoy!

Main Dish ~ Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

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Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops ~ http://www.fatsecret.com/recipes/parmesan-crusted-pork-chops/Default.aspx?dietid=117&pg=5 ~ is a delicious way to prepare pork that is both tasty and tender.  I LOVED this recipe and would not hesitate to make it for company.  It is 7 points on the Weight Watcher’s PointsPlus scale, which is pretty reasonable considering the weight of the pork per serving is 8 ounces.  You can also prepare this using boneless chicken breasts, which I think would be delicious as well!  Enjoy!

Side Dish ~ Whole Roasted Cauliflower

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I have been trying different whole roasted cauliflower recipes for a month.  I love the concept of not having to cut it into flowerets.  I have tried several that were “just OK”, but knew it was just a matter of time until I found one that I LOVED.  I finally did ~ I found this one and it is definitely a keeper: http://hilahcooking.com/whole-roasted-cauliflower/ I think what I like about it is the fact that the sauce is added at the end.  The cauliflower gets a nice toasted crunchy bake with the olive oil and salt.  I massaged the olive oil in to cover the cauliflower well and I’m not sure how much salt I added – it could have been a little more than the recipe called for.  A friend gave me some Meyer lemons, which are perfect to use in the sauce.  This recipe is on my once a week (or more) rotation ~ seriously delicious.  Just make sure you cook it enough and that it is tender, which you can test by trying to slice it with a knife. I hope you find this recipe to be as wonderful as I did.

Main Dish ~ Sardines with Sun Dried Tomato and Capers

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Since I discovered I am at the high and unhealthy range of the bad cholesterol scale, I have been reading up on all things cholesterol in order to figure out how to get my bad cholesterol readings down to healthier levels without the use of medication, in addition to bringing my good cholesterol levels up.  In doing so, I continued to read about how good sardines are for you.  They are ridiculously rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s not only lower LDL cholesterol, they’re also potent anti-inflammatories, and they significantly reduce blood levels of artery-clogging triglycerides.  Knowing this, I went in search of a good sardine recipe and found this, which had awesome reviews:   http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sardines-with-Sun-Dried-Tomato-and-Capers/Detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Thumb&e11=sardine&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page&soid=sr_results_p1i3

I made it according to the recipe, but mashed up the sardines like canned tuna and mixed in the rest of the ingredients.  I also used 1/2 of the dried thyme called for as it can sometimes be overpowering.  I put the mixture on whole wheat toast.  The first bite took a minute for me to figure out if I liked it or not, but by the last bite of the sandwich, I felt this was a keeper!  It has a nice kick to it from the spices ~ although, it may be too spicy for some. I will definitely be making this again soon!

Dessert ~ Cranberry-Ginger Oatmeal Cookies

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I first saw this recipe for Cranberry-Ginger Oatmeal Cookies ~ https://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/recipepage.aspx?recipeid=478901 ~ in a Weight Watchers magazine article about desserts with unique ingredients.  The unique ingredient in this recipe was prune baby food.  What drew me in were all of the other ingredients, including chopped up crystallized ginger and cranberries.  I was not disappointed in these cookies – I almost wish I was because these were “too good” and hard to stop at just one.  I would love to figure out how to convert this recipe from cookies to bars, but they may be a recipe for a future post.