What's for Dinner?


By: , SparkPeople Blogger

I love food. And I love to cook. No matter how exhausted I am, no matter how sick, how stressed, how busy, I cook dinner 95% of the time. I'm much more likely to skip a workout than skip making a nutritious meal. (That's not exactly a great habit, but hey, nobody's perfect!)

I'm starting a new blog entry series: What's for dinner?
I'll post about what I'm making (or what I've made for dinner), and I'll link to the recipe on SparkRecipes. I eat fish but no meat and most of my recipes are vegetarian/flexitarian, but I'll be sure to offer tips and recipes for meat eaters, too!

Last night was a Mexican-themed dish.

When you're cooking healthfully, sometimes you lose great textures, like crunchiness. I love Mexican food, but so much of it (in Ohio, where I live) is heavy and greasy.

I visited a new market near work and picked up a few items: 2 Haas avocados (don't fear avocados; their fat is heart-healthy!), a bunch of green onions, wonton wrappers, green chile-tomatillo salsa and low-fat plain yogurt.

I had a batch of baked sweet potato leftover from Monday night, a bunch of kale in the crisper and a can of black beans in the cupboard.
I whipped up kale, black bean and sweet potato "burritos." Here's my recipe. I used a smidge of canola oil spray on the top, then baked them at 400 for 15 minutes. They were crispy and delicious! We topped them with a bit of low-fat yogurt (so much better than sour cream) and a tablespoon of guacamole.

I did the math, and each burrito -- with a cup of salad greens topped with salsa -- was just 310 calories. I ate 1.5, and Fred ate two. We'll each be having the leftovers today for lunch.

Sounds good, doesn't it?

We're moving this weekend, so the rest of the week will be "clean out the fridge meals."

Tonight: Tofu marinated in miso, ginger and sesame with kale, broccoli, scallions, celery and carrots, with quinoa or brown rice.
What will you be having?

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    I think I will have to try this. I love Mexican and I love wonton wrappers. Might be a great combo. - 10/21/2008   8:12:25 AM
    This looks really good however my family wouldn't eat it. I am saving it to give it to my sister to make....maybe she'll invite me over when she makes it! - 10/12/2008   11:21:32 PM
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    I had a Mexican variation last night as well. Fresh corn tortillas, heated and softened in a cup of chopped tomato with its juice, seasonings, ff refried beans, 2% pepperjack cheese, light sour cream, onions and jalepenos. QUITE delicious!! - 9/26/2008   12:54:45 PM
    we've been doing 'Mystery Freezer Meals' for most of the week & coming up with some inventive ways to use our stock pile of Pantry items. - 9/25/2008   6:58:04 PM
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    We don't do Mexicans but this one looks interesting. Thanks for sharing. - 8/30/2008   4:49:08 PM
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    What is miso? - 8/29/2008   11:26:19 AM
    The link has been fixed! Thanks! - 8/21/2008   4:06:57 PM
    not coming up when I click either...I'm assuming if I go the the recipes section it will be there?

    I'm excited about this blog!!! Real people making real food from real grocery stores...what a concept!! - 8/20/2008   11:21:48 AM
  • 6
    This looks delicious. However, the link won't come up for me. Anyone else experience this? - 8/20/2008   11:04:31 AM
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    I'm going to pu wonton wrappers on my grocery list ... thanks for the great idea. - 8/16/2008   2:55:31 PM
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    This does sound very good and will check out the nutrition information on using wonton wrappers.
    My husband calls some of my inventions "concoctions" They are the best kind. - 8/16/2008   12:54:43 PM
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    I really like the wanton wrapper idea I will be using that in future it should make them crispier. - 8/16/2008   11:16:30 AM
    I never thought of making burritos with wonton wrappers....buch better choice. Thanks for that idea...JO - 8/16/2008   9:59:35 AM
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    Sounds good! My best meals are my 'inventions', too! - 8/16/2008   9:09:27 AM

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