Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tonight's dinner: Roasted Veggies and Pasta in Red Pepper Sauce

Okay, I'm guilty as charged. I make the red pepper sauce too much. Or rather, I seem to feature dishes with it too often. I make other things, I swear!
Tonight, I was trying to figure out what to do with some veggies - a bag full of perfectly ripe cherry tomatoes from a friend's garden and an eggplant from my own. After thinking of making a pizza and deciding that I was to lazy to either drive to the grocery store or make one from scratch, I decided to check my favorite food blogs first for inspiration. Fat free vegan had the perfect inspiration.
Using the basic guide there, I roasted the vegetables I had in my apartment. On a whim, I made the red pepper sauce using raw cashews instead of pine nuts (I was out).
I used half an exceptionally large yellow onion, a tiny ichiban eggplant from my garden, 2/3 of a farmer's market ichiban eggplant which was as long as my forearm, a zucchini, and the bag of tomatoes.
I didn't use any oil at all.
This not using oil thing is turning out great! I am always afraid to not use it, but I did not miss the oil one bit in this dish. In fact, I would say that eggplant's even better without oil!
If I make this again (which I almost certainly will), I'll probably leave off the zucchini. While it was okay, I felt it took away from the other veggies, which really shined.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Raspberry Peach Smoothie

Another bad eating habit I have is skipping breakfast. I've been skipping breakfast since late high school, and at 24 years old, it's pretty ingrained in my habits. I'm not a big cereal person, so I decided I need to start coming up with other way to eat breakfast. Of course, there's always fruit, or banana with a tablespoon of PB spread on it, but I wanted something that could easily fill me up for an extended time. Smoothies are my solution.

This is stupidly simple to make.
1/2 cup unsweetened frozen raspberries
1 peach (typically ~8 slices if you're using frozen)
1 cup vanilla soy milk (or other vanilla flavored non-dairy milk of your choice)
And just blend it all together and serve.

This is a thicker smoothie - it requires a spoon. When plugged into Recipe Builder, this comes back as 5 points, but when I asked my leader about it, she said to count it as just the soy milk (2 points) unless I'm making several a day or find I'm not losing weight while still keeping to my points.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Sauteed Spinach, and a Welcome Addition to the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! Between being caught up in school, work, fostering dogs, hosting family and friends, and life in general, the blog fell to the wayside. I've mostly been cooking things from other blogs lately, and while I'm thinking about turning this into more of a food diary, I haven't quite yet.
M and I joined Weight Watchers 3 weeks ago from tomorrow. I suspect tomorrow's weigh in won't be the best (I tried not to appear to diet around the teenagers I was hosting), but as of last Saturday, I'd lost 7 pounds. As such, what we've been eating has changed. Tonight is only the second pasta night we've had since we started. Most of what I used to cook is pasta. Additionally, I'm trying to cut out oil entirely - I used far too much.
So tonight I decided to treat us to the roasted red pepper sauce on pasta, which comes to 12 points a serving without using oil (I have 2 servings pictured - I was hungry and had only had a few points worth of food). I replaced the oil with a touch of the juices drained from the canned red peppers. I also forgot to toast the pine nuts, but found it to be just as tasty. Additionally, I blended 1/2 cup capers with one bulb of roasted garlic, which I sprinkled over the top of the pasta when done. It was delicious, and didn't cost any points.

For the spinach, I just put the rest of the drained juices from those red peppers to work, adding more as needed.
I started by sauteeing one clove of garlic for about a minute.
Then I added the spinach and a touch more juice, and covered it.
Then I occasionally stirred, until the spinach was done (2-3 minutes).
That was 0 points.

A pretty yummy dinner. I am quite satisfied and full.