Sunday, January 29, 2012

Roasted Brussel sprouts & maple glazed salmon

Real Simple: Feb 2012

1 lb brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
1 large red onion, cut into 1 inch wedges, stem ends left intact
2 Tb olive oil
Kosher salt and blak pepper
2 Tb. pure maple syrup
2 Tb. whole grain mustard
1 1/2 lbs. skinless salmon filet, cut into 4 pieces
lemon wedges for serving

heat oven to 450 degrees, with racks in the upper and lower thirds. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the brussels sprouts and onion with the oil, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Roast on the bottom rack, tossing once, until golden and tender, 15 - 20 minutes.

meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the maple syrup, mustard, and 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper. After the vegetables have cooked for 12 minutes, place the salmon on a second rimmed baking sheet and brush it with the maple mixture. Roast on the top rack until opaque througout, 6 - 8 minutes.

Serve the salmon with the vegetables and lemone wedges.

Tea Gift

listed in Real Simple Feb 2012:

Sweet Indulgence Tea Set - assortment of 12 dessert blends featureing ingredients like chocolate and coconut.

Coffee Gift Idea

Blue Bottle Coffee Blends:

listed in real simple as a california coffee roaster who has a cult following with "java junkies" who get their daily high from its remarkably intense beans.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Snack Ideas

pudding cup w/2 tsp peanut butter (like a peanut butter cup)
Iced Chai Tea w/ 1/4 cup skim milk
Pudding cup with raspberries
bagel thin w/2 tsp peanut butter
carrots & hummus
Breakfast Burrito and Beyond Makes: 8 servings Prep time: 10 minutes Total time: Under 30 minutesBurrito Turkey Mix Ingredients: 1-1/4 pounds extra lean ground turkey breast1/2 cup wheat bran, if desired1-1/2 cups canned black beans1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce1/2 cup green bell peppers, diced1/2 cup red bell peppers, diced1 egg + 1 egg white1 teaspoon chili powder1-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder1-1/4 teaspoon onion powder1-1/4 teaspoon paprika1 teaspoon salt, if desired1/2 teaspoon black pepper *Optional Convenience Tip: Replace all spices with store-bought taco seasoning.

Directions:Mix all seasonings really well into turkey breast. Then put in the egg, egg white, apple sauce and the wheat bran, and stir very well. Let it sit for half an hour or overnight covered in the refrigerator, minimum 15 minutes. Spray the pan, add the ground turkey mix, brown it and break it up into pieces with a wooden spatula while in the pan. Add chopped bell peppers and sauté with meat for about 5 minutes, continuously breaking up the turkey into smaller pieces. Drain the beans, and then add to the pan. Cook for another 2 - 3 minutes. Optional Add-ons:
1 ounce shredded light cheddar cheese (45 - 60 calories)
Fresh Salsa
Lime Juice
Hot Sauce to tasteNext: Spray pan with cooking spray and scramble 2 egg whites. (34 calories, 7grams protein) Serve with one of the following:
2 corn tortillas or 1 large whole wheat tortilla (80 calories, 5 grams fiber)
1 piece whole grain toast (80 calories, 5 grams fiber)Side: Add 1/2 cup fresh raspberries (32 calories, 4 grams fiber)TOTAL for the entire dish (Burrito, side of egg whites, raspberries):296 calories, 14 grams fiber, 29 grams protein Nutrition Label per 1 serving of burrito filling:

1 serving = 150 cal/2 fat/5 fiber
Low Cal Desert Options from the Biggest Loser

1. Ricotta Fruit Cup. Fill a wineglass or parfait glass half-full with blueberries or fresh sliced strawberries. Top with 1/2 cup fat-free ricotta cheese, then drizzle with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon.
2. Roasted Fruits with Honey. Halve fruits such as peaches or nectarines and remove the pits. Place on a baking sheet and drizzle each half with 1 teaspoon honey. Roast in a 350°F oven until tender and juicy, about 15 minutes.
3. Banana-Peanut Butter Sandwich. Peel a banana and cut it in half lengthwise. Spread 1 tablespoon creamy reduced-fat peanut butter onto the cut side of one half, then top with the other half to create a banana sandwich. Cut into bite-size pieces, if desired.
4. Low-Cal "Ice Cream" Sandwich. Create a homemade frozen treat by sandwiching 2 tablespoons sugar-free whipped topping between 2 fat-free chocolate graham crackers. Cover with plastic wrap and pop into the freezer for 1 hour.
5. Baked Maple Apple. Core and halve an unpeeled apple and place it in a small microwavable bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and heat on high power in a microwave for 2 minutes. Drizzle each half with 1 tablespoon sugar-free maple syrup, then sprinkle with cinnamon or allspice.
6. Low-Cal Peanut Butter Cup. Stir 1 teaspoon creamy reduced-fat peanut butter into a sugar-free, fat-free chocolate pudding cup. It tastes just like a peanut butter cup!
7. Banana Milkshake. Peel an extra-ripe banana, cut it into chunks, and freeze in a ziptop bag. In a blender, process the frozen chunks with 1 cup fat-free milk or fat-free yogurt.
8. Healthy Latte. For a healthier alternative to the drinks sold at many coffee chains, pour 1 cup of cooled coffee over ice, add a small scoop of fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt, and top with a sprinkling of nutmeg or cocoa powder.
9. Angel Food Trifle. In a parfait glass, layer 2 small chunks of angel food cake (equal to one slice) with sliced berries of your choice and 1/2 cup fat-free frozen yogurt.
10. Not-So-Decadent Chocolate-Covered Strawberries. Dip 5 or 6 large fresh strawberries into 2 tablespoons fat-free chocolate sauce for a guilt-free version of chocolate-covered strawberries.
Adapted from The Biggest Loser Success Secrets by The Biggest Loser Experts and Cast, with Maggie Greenwood-Robinson, PhD.