Saturday, September 5, 2015

Sautéed asparagus and peas

Sautéed Asparagus and Peas
(Sadly, I can't remember where I found this recipe. If you know the source, please let me know!)

Serves 4


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup minced shallots
1 bunch thin asparagus spears, ends trimmed and cut into 1½-inch pieces on a diagonal*
1 cup thawed frozen or fresh peas
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon honey


1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, about 4-5 minutes.

2. Add asparagus, ¼ teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Continue cooking over medium-low heat, stirring frequently so the shallots don't burn, for about 5 minutes or until al dente. Add peas and honey and cook about one minute more until the peas are warmed through. Add more salt and pepper to taste (I usually add about 1/8 teaspoon more salt and a few twists of pepper) and serve.

Coconut Shrimp

This is from Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner blog

28 large shrimp (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/3 cup cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 large egg whites
1 1/2 cups flaked sweetened coconut
 Cooking spray

1 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup pineapple preserves
1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
Preheat oven to 400°.

To prepare shrimp, peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact. Rinse shrimp in cold water; drain on paper towels until dry.
Combine cornstarch, salt, and red pepper in a shallow dish; stir with a whisk. Place the egg whites in a medium bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium-high speed until frothy (about 2 minutes). Place coconut in a shallow dish.
Working with one shrimp at a time, dredge in cornstarch mixture. Dip in egg white; dredge in coconut, pressing gently with fingers. Place shrimp on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Repeat the procedure with remaining shrimp, cornstarch mixture, egg white, and coconut. Lightly coat shrimp with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until shrimp are done, turning after 10 minutes.
To prepare salsa, combine pineapple and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl; stir to combine.  4 servings (serving size: 7 shrimp and about 1/4 cup salsa). Sometimes I use a pineapple salsa from Costco instead of making my own.
CALORIES 397(26% from fat); FAT 11.4g (sat 8.4g,mono 0.7g,poly 1g); PROTEIN 29.9g; CHOLESTEROL 194mg; CALCIUM 80mg; SODIUM 753mg; FIBER 2.2g; IRON 3.9mg; CARBOHYDRATE 45g

from Cooking Light magazine 

Chicken Tamale Casserole

  • 1 cup (4 ounces) pre-shredded 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute (or 1 whole egg)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
  • (8.5-ounce) box corn muffin mix (such as Jiffy) 
  • (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
  • Cooking spray
  • (10-ounce) can red enchilada sauce (such as Old El Paso) (I sometimes use green)
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast 
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream 


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. 2. Combine 1/4 cup cheese and next 7 ingredients (through chiles) in a large bowl, stirring just until moist. Pour mixture into a 13 x 9–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  3. 3. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until set. Pierce entire surface liberally with a fork; pour enchilada sauce over top. Top with chicken; sprinkle with remaining 3/4 cup cheese. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until cheese melts. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes. Cut into 8 pieces; top each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream.