Monday, January 28, 2013

Burrito Bowl Salads

I am pretty sure I am going to crave this burrito bowl every other day.  The nice thing is it can be served many different ways!  I served it the first time over romaine, but you could also serve it over brown rice, over tortilla chips, or in a tortilla.  

2 chicken breasts, grilled (I seasoned mine with Lawry's Seasoning Salt)
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
juice from 1/2 lime
1 cup pico de gallo
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 can black beans, drained
Optional: guacamole, sour cream, & hot sauce

Once you have grilled your chicken breasts, shred chicken and place in a medium sized mixing bowl.  Add cumin and juice from 1/2 lime to chicken, and mix well.  Add diced red pepper, green pepper, pico de gallo, and black beans. Serve over romaine, and top with guacamole, light sour cream, and hot sauce.  

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Apple Glazed Crockpot Pork Roast

This is probably one of the most flavorful roasts I have ever made, or tasted!  I am one of those people that needs applesauce with my pork, and these apples were perfect!  I paired the pork with roasted sweet potatoes and sauteed fresh green beans.  It was a great combination of fresh foods.  I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!
4 lb pork loin roast
salt and pepper
6 apples, cored and quartered
1/3 cup apple juice
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp ground ginger

Trim roast well, then rub roast with salt and pepper.  Brown roast under broiler to remove excess fat; drain well.  Place apple quarters in bottom of 4-6 quart crockpot.  Place roast on top of apples.  Combine apple juice, brown sugar, and ginger.  Spoon over top surface of roast.  Cover slow cooker and cook on low 10-12 hours, until done.  Slice to serve.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Spaghetti Aglio, Olio, e Peperoncino

After going straight from work to the gym, sometimes I just don't have the energy or time to cook a large meal.  Last night was a perfect example, and this was the easiest recipe I could get my hands on.  If you are looking for a new website to look for recipes and such, be sure to check out yumsugar.  With New Year's resolutions all over the place, I am continuing to work on eating healthy, and this recipe allows it.  I hope you enjoy this light pasta!

7 ounces of spaghetti
2 large or 3 small garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons of chili pepper flakes (I added a little more)
1/4 to 1/3 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Cook spaghetti according to the directions on the package, until it is al dente.  Strain pasta and place in a large serving dish.  Add minced garlic, chili pepper flakes, olive oil, salt, and pepper, and mix together well.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing

Thank goodness for Pinterest!  I know most of you are on it, but I figured I would still post the recipe for you.  It is a nice way to serve mixed fruit, rather than just doing a fruit salad on it's own with no additional flavors.  The citrus mixed with sweet honey is so good!  This is definitely a good one to bring to a barbecue with friends and family!
1 pint strawberries
1 pint blueberries
1 bunch grapes (red, green, or both)
1/4 cup honey
Juice from 2 limes (about 2-3 tablespoons)

Rinse strawberries, blueberries, and grapes.  Gently pat dry the fruit.  Hull strawberries and cut each in half; cut into quarters if large.  Remove stems from blueberries, if any.  Remove grapes from stems.  Gently combine strawberries, blueberries, and grapes in a large bowl and set aside.  In a small bowl, whisk together honey and lime juice.  Pour over fruit and mix.  Refrigerate until served.