As previously mentioned, one of my top three goals this year is to reach a healthier weight. My plan to fulfill that goal (thus far) has been to be more active and to eat better foods in more reasonable portions. (Basically, I'm counting calories, but I'm finding the best ways to use those calories so I can feel full and well.) In an attempt to do that, I'm trying lots of new recipes. Some are ones I found on Pinterest and pinned to a board months (or years) ago. Others are clipped from magazines or found online.
I've been lucky so far not to have any big misses, and today I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes to date. I'll include links to the original recipes and mention any modifications I made for full disclosure.
I made this recipe as described. Next time, I'd like to try adding some mushrooms or fresh basil. I bet shrimp would be pretty delicious too.
I used wheat bread crumbs and whole grain rice, because that's what I have in my pantry.
I used 4 cups of baby portabella mushrooms to make this dish, because they were what I could find in my local grocery store. (I didn't have the patience to run around, because, like I said, freezing outside.) I don't feel like I lost anything with this super beefy variety. I also skipped the tomato paste, because this was my only recipe at the time that called for it, and I didn't feel like wasting the rest. Again, I don't think this suffered.
I'm definitely adding this to my "cook it again, Laura" list.
I made this dish true to recipe, only I didn't serve with a bun to cut a few calories. Instead, I had some Green Giant broccoli and cheese tots. These tots have become one of my favorite things. Bonus: These salmon burgers freeze and reheat well.
Garlic Cauliflower MacI don't have a link to this one, because I created it myself. And, oh boy, it is delicious. Coming in at right about 200 calories and 12 grams of protein, this definitely fit the bill of being a healthy alternative to one of my favorite comfort foods. Luckily, I'm tracking my calories, so I actually wrote down the recipe and can share it with you.
7.5 cups frozen cauliflower
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1 cup almond milk
1 cup vegetable broth
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon Wildtree garlic and herb blend (you could go a smidge lighter)1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Defrost cauliflower. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour, stirring to create a roux. Add milk, broth, and all but 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese a bit at a time, stirring until you create a sauce. Add garlic and herb blend. Place cauliflower in a 13 x 9 baking dish and cover with sauce. Sprinkle remaining cheese and bread crumbs over top. Bake for 30 minutes, broiling for 2 minutes to brown the top layer.
So there you have it--my favorite dishes so far this year. Have you tried any new recipes lately?
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