Tonight's the Oscar's, and I'm probably one of the very few people not watching it. I'm not a big Academy Award's fan (Red Carpet, yes... Award Show, ehhh, kinda lame in my opinion), and I could DESPERATELY use a break from my school work, so I thought I'd catch you up on some recent happenings in my life & a few recipes I've tried.
We can start with my simple version of Chicken Cordon Bleu:
2 4-oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 slices Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Brown Sugar Ham
1 Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese Wedge
4 Nilla Wafer cookies
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Butterfly each chicken breasts and pound until about 1/4" thick.
Spread 1/2 of Laughing Cow Cheese wedge on one side of each breast.
Cover cheese with 2 slices of ham. Roll up chicken into a pinwheel.
In a ziploc bag, crush up the Nilla Wafers until they have a breadcrumb-like consistency. Pour into bowl or plate. Spray chicken with non-stick spray and roll in cookies to coat.
Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Place chicken on sheet and bake for 35 minutes. Pretty easy, and each breast ends up clocking in at about 230 calories.
The swiss cheese, brown sugar ham, and Nilla cookies make the chicken pretty sweet-tasting. I was surprised at how moist and flavorful this recipe came out to be! I definitely suggest pairing it with some red grapes; the flavor combination was perfect!
**Note, some of the Nilla Wafers on the bottom of the chicken did get a little black during cooking, but they easily came off and didn't ruin the meal at all!
I also have had a few good meals outside the home lately; Eating out is always challenging for me because I find myself compulsively NEEDING to know the EXACT amount of calories in everything I eat (I'm sure many of you can relate to this). However, I realize that eating out is a vital part of "normal" eating, so I must challenge myself to do so. This week, my roommate and I went out for sushi. YUM! I ordered two California Rolls (typically I am more adventurous with my sushi rolls, but I was really just CRAVING a good ol' classic this time). Get a gander at all FIVE of the California Rolls that Mandy & I ordered:
I planned on eating both of the 8-piece rolls at the restaurant but found myself too full to finish the last six pieces of my second one. HOWEVER, I had counted both sushi rolls in my meal-plan for the day and new I needed the calories, so I boxed up the remaining sushi and took it home for a midnight snack... Drizzled with a little low-sodium soy sauce, the left-over sushi was just as good as it had been at the restaurant!
I also tried another new recipe for dinner today (with all of the extra time I had NOT watching the Oscars, I figured I had nothing better to do than play in the kitchen!)
On the menu: Cheeseburger Pie!
16 oz. 93% lean ground beef
1/2 cup Almond Breeze Original Almond Milk
1/2 cup Egg Beaters Southwestern Style
1/2 cup Trader Joe's Light Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 cup Bisquick Heart Balance Mix (dry mix only)
1/3 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup water
1 glove garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp taco seasoning
4 medium-size tomato slices
Spray a skillet with non-stick spray. Over medium heat, brown beef, onions, and garlic. Sprinkle on taco seasoning and parmesan. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer while doing the next steps:
In a bowl, add milk, water, and Egg Beaters to the Bisquick mix. Whisk well.
Spray a pan (pie pan, casserole dish, whatever-- I used a 9 inch pie pan, I believe) with non-stick spray. Remove beef from heat and drain any excess grease. Spread meat into pan and cover with shredded cheese. Pour liquid mixture over the top and spread evenly (I was worried that I had not made enough of this, but it all worked out during the cooking process). Place tomato slices on top and cook for about thirty minutes.
**It was kind of hard for me to tell when the "crust" was done, since the large amount of egg in it kept it pretty yellow, rather than browning. Once an inserted knife comes out clean, though, it's done! Keep in mind that this is actually not going to be a flaky crust, since using a Bisquick mix (I was expecting more of a pie-crust like texture for some reason).
Cut into six slices and serve. (Each slice is approximately 200 calories)
My thoughts on the Cheeseburger Pie? Ehh, not too shabby- definitely will try it again but make a few changes: The meat was kind of bland, so I ended up dipping it in ketchup (to give it more of a "cheeseburger" feel. Next time, I will definitely add more spices when browning the meat- maybe some green pepper or chiles, as well. I think I'll also add some reduced sugar ketchup to the skillet when cooking, and maybe use a little more shredded cheese and omit the Parmesan all-together, since I couldn't really detect it in the food. I also have a strange loooooove for bread & butter pickles and think it may be cool to add some of those, along with the tomatoes, to the top of the crust. Speaking of the crust, it was light and fluffy and yummy- not what I was expecting. If you want a pie crust, I suggest maybe using crescent rolls or even just a store-bought pie crust, but the calorie count would go up-- nothing wrong with the "crust" on this dish, though. It worked well for me!
On another note, I also made "Cheesecake Sandwiches" tonight! They're currently chilling in the fridge (of course, I had just one as a "taste test" earlier). Totally yummy! I'll save that recipe for another day though :)