I keep meaning to post about some of the new foods and recipes I'm trying, but I never seem to take the time. Since I'm up at 2:30am and avoiding working on a paper, now seems like the PERFECT time to kill with a recipe post.
Last week I tried three new recipes and I'm definitely repeating two of the three!
First, the no-repeat recipe: Healthy Mousaka. I occasionally make a lasagna that uses thin sliced eggplant instead of noodles. I Iove that recipe - I've even had my hubs make it for me as a birthday meal at least once! This was like that recipe...but somehow unsatisfying. I think partly I don't like it being in such a big pan, and partly I don't like spending calories on the white sauce. Oh well, live and learn.
Second, a Spinach & Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf. OMG, I'm in love! I made some modifications (used the Italian seasoned turkey, forgot the eggs, steel-cut oats), so I made it a slightly different recipe. This is at the high end of my calorie ranges for a meal, but it fills me up with a ton of protein and fewer carbs. And on a higher cal day, I can add a side of veggies and just overwhelm myself with veggie goodness. It also holds up well in the fridge to take to lunch later in the week or have for a quick dinner.
Third, Beef & Broccoli. I loved this dish at a restaurant near where I grew up and every restaurant since then has RUINED it with a too sweet, too sticky sauce. I modified a recipe by removing the sugar and corn starch so that the sauce is more like a broth. And it is everything I ever wanted. I made the recipe without rice so that I can adjust that depending on my calorie needs for the day, but it's been great with a 1/2 c of white rice.
And, lucky you, you get a bonus! This is somewhat new for me (like in the last couple months), but is a modification of an epicurious recipe. It got me to try parsnips, which I'm now in love with.
Leek & Parsnip Soup with Lump Krab - I use the fake crab because it's not like I'm made of money. I never thought of myself as the kind of person that would like this crazy pureed-vegetable soup stuff, but with the Krab it's out freaking standing. Give it a shot if you find some parsnips. (Beware: Diakons look like parsnips to the untrained - aka, me - and are totally something different.)
Original Recipe: www.epicurious.com/recip