Thursday, March 28, 2013

Whiskey Balsamic Steak


Hello again! It's so close to the weekend and I am pretty excited for Easter because we are heading to Houston this weekend to see my brother, my parents, and the Hub's lovely folks. It will be a great time with the families for sure! Also, yesterday my friends Mike and Monica were stopping in Dallas for a few hours on a bus road trip. It was so unexpected and so amazing to see them since I have not in almost a year! I just live when friends travel south to visit and we had the best time. So today I have for you another recipe. This was a very simple Pinterest find from Rebecca at Camp Wander Blog that I elaborated on a bit. It combines two things any man of the house would love, whiskey and steak! I hope you enjoy this simple recipe!













Balsamic And Whiskey Steak

   South Beach Diet Phase One

Ingredients

  • Steak of your choice (I used two 8 ounce fillets)
  • 1 ounce (1 shot glass full) of whiskey
  • 1 ounce (1 shot glass full) of balsamic vinigar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil for cooking
  • 1-2 packets of Sugar or Stevia for sauce


Directions

 Heat your oven to 375 degrees. Thoroughly salt and pepper your steak and rub the seasonings into the meat so they do not wash off when you marinate. Mix the whiskey and the vinegar in a shallow dish and marinate the steak for 30 minutes, flipping half way through. Heat an oven safe pan with the oil or your grill to medium high heat. Cook the steak for about 3-4 minutes on each side (front and back). Place the grilled steaks on a slightly oiled oven safe pan or if you cooked in a pan, use that, and place the steaks in the oven to finish cooking for about 6-8 minutes. Let the steaks rest outside the oven on a wood cutting board for about 5 minutes to finish cooking. While steaks are resting, put marinade into pan and add the Stevia or sugar to the pan. Let it reduce down to almost a syrup like consistency for a steak sauce. Serve and enjoy for a perfect medium rare! 


 


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lighter Wedge Salad


Hello again lovelies! I have another food post for you today (I know I know, but when you are on a diet you do cook a bunch) and it is a recipe I really hope you enjoy. It is a bit of a spin on a classic wedge salad, making it a little healthier but still super tasty. I have saved a few calories by using blue cheese crumbles and a sugar free vinaigrette dressing (South Beach Diet friendly) instead of the regular blue cheese dressing and turkey bacon instead of regular. Also, I added some pickles for crunch and vinegar taste, a trick I learned from a local restaurant that the Hubs and I love. I hope you enjoy this twist on a classic!














Lighter Wedge Salad

   South Beach Diet Phase One

Ingredients

  • 1 head of Iceberg Lettuce
  • 1/4 large red onion
  • 2 small whole Kosher Dill pickles
  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts
  • 4 slices of turkey bacon


Directions

Toast the walnuts in a dry pan over medium heat until they start to brown and remove them to cool. Cook turkey bacon according to directions until crispy. Remove from the pan and let it drain on paper towels and crisp up further. Chop the cucumber, onions, and pickles very tiny almost a dice creating kind of a relish. Wash and cut the lettuce into quarters. Crumble the bacon over the wedges, add the cheese, chopped veggies, and nuts and as much dressing as you desire. Enjoy!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Greek Yogurt Sauce

Hello all and happy Friday! I am so excited for the weekend because we are celebrating the marriage of our good friend's Sally and Grant! It is going to be such s fun wedding, I cannot wait!!! I hope your weekend is as lovely as I know ours will be. Today I gave another recipe to share with you that is healthy, delicious, and south beach diet friendly. I hope you enjoy!!














Greek Tzatziki Sauce

   South Beach Diet Phase One

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fat free or low fat Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 of an English cucumber (seedless)
  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • 1-3 lemons, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • salt and pepper to taste


Directions

Cut the cucumber lengthwise, remove some of the fleshy parts where the seeds would normally be by scooping it out with a spoon. Then, chop all the cucumbers into tiny pieces. Place into a bowl. Chop the dill and garlic an add to the bowl. Add the Greek yogurt, and as much lemon juice, salt, and pepper as you want. Mix and use as a dressing, veggie dip, or serve with pita chips and enjoy!


Shrimp Cucumber Bites



Hello everyone and happy Tasty Tuesday! Today I have for you a bit of an extension on my Greek yogurt sauce recipe, it is my shrimp and cucumber bites! This recipe uses the Tzatziki sauce to flavor the dish. This is another South Beach Diet Phase One creation and I kind of threw it together on a whim. The Hubs thought it was delicious and I hope you do too!


















Shrimp And Cucumber Bites

   South Beach Diet Phase One

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound of cooked and peeled shrimp
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 -1 cup of Tzatziki sauce, recipe here
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced
  • chopped chives for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste


Directions

Cut the shrimp into bite sized pieces, about three cuts per shrimp. Slice the cucumber into thin rounds and spread along a plate. Toss the cut shrimp with as much Tzatziki sauce as you desire. Top each cucumber slice with a teaspoon of the shrimp mixture. Once all the cucumbers are loaded with shrimp, sprinkle lemon juice, salt, pepper, and chives over top and serve. Eat and enjoy!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spicy Chicken And Avocado


Hello all! Happy mid week! Today I have for you the other half of my South Beach friendly dinner from Monday night. This is a recipe from the Weight Watchers Five Ingredient 15 Minute Cookbook that just happened to also fit the South Beach Phase One requirements. It is very fast, simple, and only uses a few ingredients, most we already had so it was very convenient to make. Eating right is sometimes hard, so simple recipes make it much easier to do. I hope you enjoy it!


















Seared Chicken With Avocado

   South Beach Diet Phase One

Ingredients

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 small jalapeno
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro 
  • the juice of 1 large or 2 small limes
  • 3/4 -1 pound of chicken breasts or chicken tenders
  •  blackening seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil or olive oil for cooking
  • salt and pepper to taste


Directions

Chop the cilantro, jalapeno, and avocado and place in a bowl. Mix in the lime juice, slat, and pepper. Heat a skillet over medium to medium high heat and add the oil. Season both sides of the chicken with the blackening spice (I used a healthy amount because me and the Hubs like spice). Sear the chicken in the pan, about 4-5 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Serve the avocado mixture on top of the chicken and enjoy!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cheesey Zucchini


Hello again and happy Tuesday! Today I have for you another Tasty Tuesday which just happens to be half of our dinner last night. Tomorrow or later in the week I will share with you the other half. The Hubs and I decided that we would join our good friends the Fusch's and get back on the South Beach Diet before swimsuit season. For those of you who do not know about this diet, you may want to research it because it is an extremely healthy diet and, for us, it is pretty easy to stick to. The first two weeks, or Phase One, is basically the jump start to the diet. You must cut out all carbs and sugars, including fruit, and focus on lean meats, low fat cheeses, and veggies. We try to mix up our recipes to add serious flavor to otherwise steamed veggies and plain meat.  This recipe is adapted and changed from one on pinterest I found from Kalyn written on he blog Kalyn's Kitchen, and she got the recipe from her sister Pam.  She found the recipe in Penzeys Back to School 2011 Catalog , where it was submitted by Karen Niessing. I hope you enjoy our cheesey zucchini bake, diet or not!





















Cheesey Zucchini Bake

   South Beach Diet Phase One

Ingredients

  • 4 large - 6 small zucchini and/or yellow squash
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated (reduced fat if on South Beach)
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella  cheese, grated (reduced fat if on South Beach)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated finely
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1 large or 2 small fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • a sprinkle of garlic powder and/or onion powder if desired
  • salt and pepper to taste


Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a baking dish, I used a lasagna pan, with a non stick cooking spray. Was your zucchini and remove the tips and ends. Cut once lengthwise and then chop into crescent moon shapes (see photos above). Place aside in a bowl. Then chop the garlic, chives, and basil and add all to the bowl. add your thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to the bowl. Grate all the cheese and add about half of each cheese to the bowl, leaving the rest of the cheese aside for later. Mix all ingredients in the bowl and pour onto the baking dish. Spread evenly and bake for 25-30 minutes. Then, remove the dish and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until the cheese in melted and the zucchini is cooked enough for your liking. Enjoy!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Daddy's Girl

I want to write a special post to my dad, I love you so much and have a great birthday!!!!