I know, I know -- I kinda fell off the map. So much for those "resolution" recipes, right? Well, the bad news is that I failed one resolution already, and that's keeping up with this blog on a weekly basis. (I do plan to change that, starting today.) The good news is I have managed to stick to a consistent exercise routine (we meet again, Spinning!) and consequently lose seven pounds… woohoo! You and I know, however, that no amount of exercise will do the trick without a healthy meal plan, and for the last five weeks or so, this dish right here has been my go-to dinner (and lunch - gotta love leftovers!) at least three to four times a week. It's that good! And that easy, and that versatile so there's no room to get bored. This has definitely been a "resolution recipe" for me, and I hope it becomes one for you, too, no matter where you are in your journey. Let's get cooking!
Carpe Diem Crab Cakes
I had yet to find crab cakes like the ones I had in a tiny town in Maryland, an hour or two away from DC, until I made my own. To me, there's nothing like a good crab cake. And how do you know when it's good? When all you can taste is the sweetness of the crab with no fillers like breadcrumbs or mayonnaise to ruin the party. Why do I call these Carpe Diem crab cakes? A recent blog post I wrote for IMUSA has the answer.
Ropa Nueva Tacos
This weekend I boldly went where I had never gone before -- I opened my IMUSA pressure cooker, and I actually used it. I'll tell you where else I went that I had never gone before. I followed a recipe rather than making up my own. That's right... the chicken pictured above isn't my recipe, although serving it as a taco was my idea. Brilliant, right? It's George Duran's recipe for Shredded Chicken Ropa Nueva, his spin on the Cuban dish, Ropa Vieja. It being a "Fit Cook" approved dish, I wanted to share it here with you and tell you about my experience with the pressure cooker.
Crispy Chicken Tenders
Attention parents of small children: you'll love these as much as they will. They are juicy, golden, crispy and healthy, and no, I'm not even asking you to bake them. These are the chicken fingers yours kids should be eating. You know... the kind that are made with real chicken.
Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp
Bang Bang Shrimp is a crowd-pleaser, there's no doubt about that. But it's never a pleasure to feel yucky after devouring it. I found a way to make it light, easy and with all the BANG that you could want.
Every morning, I walk by the French bakery at my building and crave quiche. Creamy, cheesy, gooey quiche. And I always resist. Last Sunday, the craving inspired me to try making my own. Alas, I enjoyed creamy and cheesy goodness without any of the guilt.
The Fit Cook's Pho
I love when recipes come together by accident! I was sauteing some veggies for a frittata and made more than I needed. I put the leftovers in a big white bowl and suddenly imagined them in broth and noodles. Just a few minutes later, dinner was served.
Miso Hungry Mushrooms
Yum-O! Another fake out on take-out, ready in 10-15 minutes, tops! It's light, yet packed with flavor with just a handful of accessible ingredients.
Curried Soba Noodles
It's not hard to stay on track when you figure out the tiny tricks that make a really big difference. Curry dishes are usually rich and creamy - delicious, yes, but healthy, not so much! The reason for this is the coconut milk. Even when you go for the light version, 1/4 cup has 3 grams of saturated fat -- that's not the kind you want to be eating. I found a little way around it.
D.I.Y. Take Out: Spicy Crispy Beef
You can make this yourself in less time than it would take to have it delivered. Plus, less fat, less sodium, less sugar and no weird additives.
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I'M LUISANA - A PUBLIC RELATIONS PROFESSIONAL, WORLD TRAVELER, RECIPE DEVELOPER, AND RELENTLESS EATER. JOIN ME AS I DISCOVER THE KEY TO DELICIOUS LIVING, ONE HEALTHY RECIPE AT A TIME.
Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian, counselor, personal trainer, doctor, or any other healthcare related professional. I do not mind giving advice or suggestions, but please keep in mind that I have NOT been trained in these fields. If you ask me a question I will answer it to the best of my ability.