I found this recipe for Lemon Chicken Piccata ~ http://allrecipes.com/recipe/lemon-chicken-piccata/ ~ while looking to make something that wouldn’t require me to head to the grocery store. What a great find it was! I followed the recipe as shown. The only substitution I made was to add lemon zest instead of the lemon slices as a few reviewers had noted that the slices created a tartness in the finished product. I loved this – the pop of lemon was awesome and can be tweaked to personal preference. It would be excellent over rice.
Apple, Goat Cheese and Pecan Pizza (http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/apple-goat-cheese-pecan-pizza) was really an interesting mix of textures and flavors. I had to modify the recipe abit as I didn’t have the pizza crust, the goat cheese, or the spinach required. I used a smaller 10-oz Boboli Whole Wheat Pizza Crust. I added about 6 ounces of sliced apples and 3 ounces of reduced-fat crumbled feta cheese, and cooked the pizza for the time required on a pizza stone. For the dressed greens and pecans, I used the ingredient amounts called for in the recipe and did not reduce them. This was an excellent recipe, plus very quick and easy to make. I will definitely make this again!
I had planned to make Thai Butternut Squash Soup today, but discovered I didn’t have red curry paste, a main ingredient. I had the green curry paste, but in reading comments online, I found that would make a significant taste difference. I had already started to roast the butternut squash in the oven, so I quickly went in search of another recipe and ended up finding one, modifying it to fit what I had in my home. The results were delicious!!
This was the inspiration recipe: http://www.chow.com/recipes/30466-roasted-butternut-squash-soup
And this was my modified and halved version:
2 pounds cubed butternut squash (about 4 cups)
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 small Honeycrisp apple
1/4 yellow onion
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
3/4 teaspoon butter
1 can (approximately 2 cups) of 99% fat free chicken broth
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons unsweetened almond milk
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2) Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Mix cubed butternut squash with 1 tbsp. olive oil and a generous amount of salt and pepper, then place onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
3) Peel and core a small honey crisp apple and dice into medium sized pieces (about 4 ounces apple total).
4) Medium dice 1/4 yellow onion.
5) Melt 3/4 teaspoon of butter in skillet over medium heat. When melted, add in apple, onion, 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste. Saute for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from heat until ready to use.
6) To the above mixture of apple, onion, and spices, add in roasted butternut squash, 1 can of chicken broth, 1/2 cup of water, and salt and pepper to taste. Place on burner and bring mixture to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes. While stirring, press down on the squash pieces with the back of the spoon to break up, helping the flavors to meld.
7) Remove the pan from the heat and add in 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons of unsweetened almond milk.
8) Place in blender in small batches, removing small cap from lid and covering with towel to allow steam to escape while blending.
This makes 4 servings of approximately 3/4 cup each.
This recipe was very good, but I imagine using fresh herbs instead of the dried Italian seasoning would take this soup dish over the top.
Orange-Pecan Tea Bread (http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/orange-pecan-tea-bread) was an easy to make recipe that packed a nice citrus punch in both the bread and icing.
I followed the recipe as written with 2 exceptions:
1) I didn’t have 1/2 cup buttermilk so I substituted 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk and added in 1-1/2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice. This is considered buttermilk after 5 minutes.
2) For the 3 tablespoons of milk called for further down in the recipe, I used the unsweetened vanilla almond milk as well.
This would be a great bread to bring to a potluck or party.
Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Chipotle Steak (http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/black-bean-quino-salad) was a really tasty combination of textures and flavors, as well as being chock full of protein. I found it to be really filling – it is 8 points per serving.
NOTE: The recipe calls for 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce. After opening the can and removing the needed adobo sauce, I placed the remaining chipotle chilies in individual baggies and then placed all of them in a larger freezer bag. I often find I have recipes that call for just one or two of these chilies and it is nice to have them on hand, plus it saves money.