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I tried 4 new recipes this weekend.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Inspired by "Julie & Julia", I've joined the team "Cooking Through a Cookbook". Instead of deciding on one book to cook through, I've chosen by favorite cookbook series EatingWell. I figured there would be plenty of recipes to choose from, given that there is also a website & I already subscribe to the magazine. My favorite book in the series is "EatingWell Serves Two". Me & my fiancé have cooked through at least half that book in the past 3 years, plus recipes from a few of the other books. I was quite adventurous this weekend & made 4 recipes from "EatingWell 500 Calorie Dinners". If you don't have the book, see the website.

Saturday's Dinner Menu:
Claire's Mixed Green Salad with Feta Vinaigrette
Penne in Spicy Tomato Sauce

This was a quick dinner and didn't require any ingredients I didn't already have. The salad was delicious. We improvised & used grape tomatoes instead of cherry because they were cheaper. :) We also used a reduced fat feta. A little went a long way with the vinaigrette. Very tasty! The penne was also good, but it wasn't as saucy as I like. The leftovers on Sunday really reflected how dry it was. I should have reserved 1/8 cup of the pasta water to add back in. Maybe add some bell pepper in to up my veggie count. Now I know for next time. I still enjoyed it though...so much that I forgot to take a photo.


Sunday's Dinner Menu:
Goat Cheese & Tomato Dressing
Black Bean Soup

This was a great combo. The dressing called for maple syrup, which sounded really weird to me, but I decided to give it a shot anyway. This dressing was simple to make. I have a faux Magic Bullet blender so I just put the ingredients in & it was ready. We already had some greens, so the fresh dressing was perfect. The soup was pretty easy to make, but slightly bland. I felt that it needed more salt, but didn't want to get trapped in salt shaker mode. I just added a teaspoon more lime juice to my bowl & that kicked it up. My fiancé used a little Tabasco in his. I've added a pic of Sunday's dinner below.



All in all, this was a great recipe weekend. My sodium stayed in line because I wasn't using prepared salad dressings, so that was a bonus. I would make all four of these recipes again with the slight modifications I mentioned. These recipes were also great because the serving sizes left us with some leftovers for lunch. I can't wait to have some more of the goat cheese & tomato dressing on my salad tomorrow!
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  • JCBRUCE80
    Looks great! One of my favorite things about this challenge is that it has dragged me out of my comfort zone a little bit so that I'm trying new things. I've never tried goat cheese before. It's always made me a little leery. But the salad looks great. I love black bean soup. And it's easy to spice up with very little sodium using some chili powder and cayenne pepper, and as you found, lime juice.
    3574 days ago
  • SPARKLING-REET
    @ SusieQ- None of these recipes contain meat. I'm not a vegetarian, but I tend to be pulled toward recipes that are. These books have vegetarian chapters so it makes it easy to find meatless recipes...and tasty ones, at that!
    3580 days ago
  • KEMGRIA
    emoticon Congratulations on making so many recipes this weekend!! They all sound really tasty and easy to make, which is awesome! I'm definitely a more-sauce-the-better person with pasta so i know what you mean, especially with leftovers needing even more! The black bean soup sounds so yummy!! I'm sorry to hear it was a little bland, but sounds like a great fix to put in some lime juice! Congrats again on cooking 4 new recipes this weekend!! emoticon
    3580 days ago
  • ICEMONKEY
    Great blog post!! So glad for you to share your recipes that you cooked. Looks like a very tasty & gourmet weekend! emoticon That's always nice to be able to cook up a quick dinner that you don't have to shop for. I think with lots of these recipes you realize those 1 or 2 things you would change to really kick the recipe up a notch (maybe some of these you will make again and will remember what that was!)

    That picture looks amazing. Very professional & great presentation skills (now I'm hungry). The Greens with Goat Cheese & Tomato Dressing looks especially yummy and something I would expect at a fancy restaurant. emoticon Well the Black Bean Soup was missing something... it's a bit challenging to reduce sodium yet maintain taste. Great job at reducing your sodium level & awesome job at cooking 4 new recipes in a few days!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3581 days ago
  • IRISHGIRLDNA
    Wow, everything sounds fantastic. I've never cooked before. Well not before I joined Spark People that is! I'm soooo into cooking now. Thanks for your blog, sounds like fun and I'm going to check out "Cooking Through a Cookbook".
    3581 days ago
  • SUSIE85251
    Sounds like there might be some good vegetarian recipes for me to look into. How many of the recipes contain meat? Just wondering?
    3581 days ago
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