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!