Monday, September 7, 2009
Introducing the collaborative works of JT Photography & Sugar MAgnolia Creations. The end result was Retro FUn! *wink*
Hope you enjoy!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Thinking back to my favorite memories they always involve three thing.
Food, friends, and family.
I hope you have time in life to cook and enjoy your food with family and friends...it adds so much joy and pleasure to life.
In fact with fall harvest around the corner there is nothing better than making a Delicious spread and inviting people over for food, fun, and excellent convo.
Try making this simple and very delicious recipe with friends and see if you don't smile and say "mmmmmmm". This recipe contains no meat so if you are a vegetarian this recipe will rock your socks.
As always, I have edited the recipes from the weight watcher book so check the book for the original recipe if you'd like to. :)
Weight Watchers Ultimate Flex & Core Cookbook Page 227
Black Bean and Avocado Tacos
1 TBS extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves (I LOVE garlic)
3 TBS reduced sodium taco seasoning (I made my own)
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
3 plum tomatoes, Chopped
1/4 Cup water
6 corn tortillas
1 Hass avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced (I use this in my pico de gallo)
6 TBS prepared Pico de gallo ((I used the salsa from Sugar's Weight watchers cooking log one blog.))
4 TBS light sour cream ((YUM))
1.) Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add the onion, garlic, and taco seasoning; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion just starts to soften about 2-4 min. Add the beans and cook, partially mashing with a wooden spoon, about 2-4 min. Stir in the tomatoes and water; cook until the tomatoes wilt and the water evaporates, about 2-6 min.
2.) Meanwhile, warm the tortillas according to package directions. I use a cloth towel, wrap up the tortillas in that and set my microwave to warm and cook for 2-6 min. Top each tortilla with 1/3 cup of the bean mixture, and 1 TBS of the pico de gallo, and 2 tsp sour cream. Serve and enjoy. "mmmmmm"
As you know I have started Weight watchers. I am passionate about food perhaps a little too passionate (LOL) and so I thought I'd make some food blogs on here with recipes I have taken from Weight Watchers. However; I add a little of this or subtract some of that to the recipes to suit my taste. *wink*
The photos you are looking at with these blogs are pictures of my Husbands plate who is not on weight watchers so the portion sizes are larger. :)
First meal on WW is from the book, Ultimate Flex & Core cookbook. Page 109 ((I have edited all recipes to fit my budget and likes, so check the actual recipes in the books for their suggestions if you'd like.))
Fajita-style Skillet Pork
1/2 Pint Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
2 Medium Avocados, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
4 TBS chopped Fresh Cilantro
1/2 lime squeeze for fresh juice
2 TSP olive oil
1 pound Pork tenderloin ( I used flank steak)
1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
3 TSP Mexican seasoning (I made my own)
2 TBS reduced sodium soy sauce
1.) Combine the tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, and lime juice in a medium bowl.
(This makes an amazing salsa. I use this recipe on all kinds of meals and highly recommend it.)
2. Heat 2 TBS of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the meat and cook, until browned and cooked through,a bout 4 min. Transfer meat to a plate. Repeat with the remaining meat.
3. Heat the remaining oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are very soft, about 5 min. Add meat and Mexican seasoning; cook, stirring frequently, about 1 min. Stir in soy sauce and cook until liquid almost evaporates, about 30 seconds. Serve with the salsa.
I also made a cilantro rice to go along With the meal. I made up the recipe as I was going along and it came out pretty yummy considering I had never done it before. **smile**
Cilantro & Lime Rice
2 Cups rice
3 Cups water
1 lime quartered
4 TBS Cilantro trimmed leaves and minced
1 TBS I can't believe it's not butter light
Garlic salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1.) Cook the rice and water in a rice cooker until done.
2.) Remove the rice from the cooker and add to a medium bowl
3.) stir in the lime, cilantro, and seasonings and enjoy!
I also cooked corn on the cob to go with our meal and it was excellent all point friendly and the whole family and our friends who do not do weight watchers could enjoy!
Try it for yourself and let me know how you like it! *wink*