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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Protein: 59g; Carbohydrates: 17g
Monosaturated Fat: 4g; Polyunsaturated: 1g;
Saturated: 4g; Fiber: 10g
About This Recipe
This basis for this recipe comes from a blog reader, Mike Hulz, former (and most winning) men's basketball coach at Minot State University. Mike's original recipe made 5 servings. Here I have increased the servings to 8; and kicked up the protein by using more chicken and adding cottage cheese and black beans to the filling. I used one 17.5 oz. package of Large Whole Wheat Tortillas (by La Tortilla Factory). I also used one large can RoTel diced tomatoes and green chilies in place of regular diced tomatoes. The RoTel along with the pepper jack cheese provide plenty of heat, so I omitted the jalapeno pepper from Mike's original recipe. With 59 grams of protein, 10 whopping grams of fiber, and a mere 17 grams of carbs, this is a muscle-building, fat-burning powerhouse! Most of all, they'll be back for more. They're that good!
- 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
- 1 large Onion (diced)
- 3 Cloves Garlic (pressed)
- 2 teaspoons Cocoa Powder
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried Oregano (crushed)
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 28 oz. Can RoTel Diced tomaotes and Green Chilis
- 4 oz. Reduced Fat Pepper Jack Cheese (shredded)
- 4 oz. Reduced Fat Marble Jack Cheese (shredded)
- 1 Cup Low Fat Cottage Cheese
- 1 (15.25 oz) Can Black Beans (thoroughly rinsed and drained)
- 1 (3.8 oz) Can Sliced Pitted Black Olives
- 3 Lbs. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
- Ground Cumin, Garlic Salt, and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
Prepare and Grill Chicken
Sprinkle both sides of chicken breasts with garlic salt, ground cumin, and fresh ground pepper to taste.
Grill over medium high heat just until chicken is opaque throughout and juices run clear. Rest chicken breasts at least 15 minutes before dicing or shredding.
Prepare Sauce: Heat EVOO in medium saucepan set over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and saute until translucent. Add cocoa powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and RoTel. Simmer over low heat 15 minutes to infuse flavors.
Prepare Filling: Into a bowl, combine diced or shredded chicken, black beans, cottage cheese, pepper jack cheese, black olives, and about 1/3 of the sauce.
Assemble Burritos: Spray a 9x13 glass baking dish with cooking spray (for easy cleaning later). Spoon a small portion of the tomato mixture into the bottom of the baking dish to just cover the bottom. Divide the chicken mixture evenly among the 8 tortillas. Fold each tortilla together from each end, overlapping in the middle, making a square package to hold the chicken. Place each seam-side-down in the baking dish, pressing them together to fit.
Spoon the remaining tomato mixture over the top; top with Marble Jack Cheese.
Bake uncovered in a preheated 350 degree F. oven about 45-50 minutes until bubbly. Optionally serve with lowfat sour cream and your favorite fresh salsa from the deli.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Protein: 50g; Carbohydrates: 7g
Saturated Fat: 18g; Monosaturated Fat 24g;
About this recipe
Fresh Morel Mushrooms, a spring delicacy add depth and a nutty richness to most any beef dish. Last week, my friend Lauren Manninen (studying Forestry at Michigan Tech) brought me a bag filled with fresh morels. She and her friend were out in the woods near Escanaba, and came home with (I'm told) hundreds of morels. This recipe can be made with any type of fresh mushrooms (shiitake, crimini, button, etc--or a mixture of several types). We teamed this crowd-pleasing entree up with Garlic Smashed Rosemary-Scented Redskins and Easy Grilled Marinated Asparagus. You can read about the health benefits of Rosemary with grilled meats at another Beef Tenderloin Recipe HERE.
- 8 (8-oz) Beef Tenderloin Filets (preferably barrel cut filets)
- 1.5 - 2 teaspoons Fresh Rosemary Leaves (finely minced)
- 2 Large Cloves Garlic (pressed)
- 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
- 1/2 Pound Fresh Morel Mushrooms (chopped)
- 4 Shallots (finely minced)
- 1 Clove Garlic (pressed)
- 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
- Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to Taste
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves (crushed)
- 1 Tablespoon Cognac or Brandy
- 1 32-oz Carton Low Sodium Beef Stock
- 2 Cloves Garlic (smashed with the broad side of a chef's knife)
- 1/2 Pound Fresh Morel Mushrooms (sliced or quartered)
- 1 Shallot (finely minced)
- 1/2 Cup Dry White Wine
- 1/2 Cup Dry Red Wine
- 1 teaspoon Fresh Rosemary Leaves (finely minced)
- Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
- 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch (dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water)
- Infuse EVOO: Into a small dish, combine the EVOO and the 2 pressed garlic cloves. Set aside at room temperature for at least 1-hour (the longer the better) to allow the garlic to infuse the olive oil.
- Reduce Beef Stock: Into a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat add the beef stock, the two cloves of smashed garlic and a couple of grinds of fresh black pepper. Simmer uncovered until reduced to 1-1/2 cups (about 45 minutes). Remove and discard garlic cloves and set reduction aside. This can be done a day or more ahead (cover and refrigerate), or while preparing stuffing.
- Prepare Mushroom stuffing: Into a saute pan set over medium high heat, heat EVOO and add the pressed clove of garlic and shallots. Saute until aromatic and garlic and onion begins to soften. Add the chopped morels, salt, pepper, and thyme. Saute until the mushrooms give up most of their liquid. Add the cognac or brandy and saute until all liquid has evaporated. Remove stuffing to a bowl and set aside.
- Stuff and Prepare Filets: Using a small sharp knife, cut a 2-3 inch wide, by 2-3 inch deep slit into the side of each filet making a pocket. Stuff the filets with 2-3 teaspoons of the morel stuffing and secure opening with a toothpick. If you have leftover stuffing, it can be used in the demi glace. Brush both sides of the filets with HALF of the garlic infused EVOO from step 1 above. Include some of the garlic bits as well. Season both sides of steaks with salt and fresh ground pepper and the minced rosemary.
- Preheat BBQ grill to medium-high.
- Prepare Demi Glace: Into a medium saute pan set over medium-high heat, add the remaining infused EVOO and garlic bits from step 1 above, and heat until aromatic and garlic begins to sizzle. Add the sliced morels and shallot, season lightly with salt and fresh ground pepper and the teaspoon of minced rosemary leaves. Saute until the mushrooms begin to give up their liquid. Add both wines and reserved beef stock reduction. Boil and reduce 5 minutes. Stir in the cornstarch mixture, and whisk until sauce is rich and satiny. Reduce heat to ultra low and keep sauce hot until ready to plate.
- Grill filets over medium high heat (about 4 minutes per side for medium rare). Steaks are medium rare when you first begin to see a pearling of juices form on the surface of the steak. Remove steaks to a platter and tent with foil. Rest 5-7 minutes before plating. Serve with a generous ladle of the morel demi glace.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Protein: 44gCarbohydrates: 41g (all clean); Fiber: 10g!
Monosaturated Fat 8g; Saturated Fat 4g;
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
About This Recipe
This warm entree salad is an Italian taste treat--flavored with tomatoes, basil, and balsamic vinegar. It's not only high in protein and low in calories and fat, it packs 10 whopping grams of dietary fiber. Moreover, it has no starch, so it's a perfect quick and easy supper for anyone who is insulin resistant or diabetic. Best of all, the taste is fantastic!
- 4 Boneless Chicken Breast Halves
- Montreal Chicken Seasoning
- 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) divided
- 3 Cloves Garlic
- 2 Baskets Red Grape Tomatoes (or 1 Basket Red and 1 Basket Yellow)
- 1 (6 oz) Bag Baby Spinach Leaves
- 1 (6 oz) Can Medium Ripe Black Olives (halved)
- 1 (15.5 oz) Can Great Northern Beans (thoroughly rinsed and drained)
- 2 (1 oz) Packages Fresh Basil (minced)
- 1/2 Cup Minced Italian Parsley
- 4 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon each Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper (or to taste)
- 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese (shredded or grated)
- Sprinkle Montreal Chicken seasoning on both sides of chicken breasts.
- Add 1 Tablespoon EVOO to a medium saute pan set over medium heat. Add the chicken breasts and saute about 10 minutes, turning once, until internal temperature is 165 degrees F. Transfer to a platter and tent with foil.
- In the same pan, add the second tablespoon EVOO and the pressed garlic, stir until aromatic. Add the Tomatoes, Beans, Black Olives, and salt and pepper. Saute 4-5 minutes and add the Balsamic vinegar. Remove from heat and stir in minced basil and parsley.
- Divide spinach leaves among 4 dinner plates.
- Slice chicken breasts on the bias and top each spinach bed with 1/4 of the chicken.
- Ladle the hot tomato/balsamic mixture over the chicken and garnish generously with Parmesan cheese.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monosaturated Fat: 6.7g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5g; Saturated Fat: 1.4g
Carbohydrates: 21.6; Fiber: 3g; Protein 1.5g
About This Recipe
Holy Beta Carotene, Batman! This recipe is rich in beta carotene, with each serving containing 348% of the RDA of Vitamin A. Moreover, they are high in fiber, low in saturated fat, and contain a healthy portion of monosaturated and polyunsaturated fat. Most of all they are tasty and very easy to make in a conventional oven. Who says French Fries are bad for you?
- 2-3 Pounds Sweet Potatoes (peeled and cut into fries)
- 3-4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons Garlic Salt
- 3/4 to 1 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- Slice potatoes lengthwise into thick slices, and then slice each slice into strips. Cut the long strips in half crosswise.
- Place sweet potato strips into a large bowl, and drizzle with just enough EVOO to evenly, but liberally coat the fries.
- Season with half the garlic salt and pepper, toss, season with remaining garlic salt and pepper and toss again.
- Arrange fries IN A SINGLE LAYER on a baking sheet lined with either foil or a silicone baking mat. Do not lay them in more than a single layer, or they will steam in the oven instead of frying and you'll end up with mushy fries. Use two lined baking sheets if necessary.
- Roast fries in a preheated 375 degree F. oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, turning once halfway through roasting.