Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What's For Dinner? Deliciousness!

Hey, so thanks for all the supportive comments yesterday! Sounds like most of us look to the treadmill as a necessary evil. I still don't quite understand all the people who only run on the treadmill though. For me, it's really a tool to stay fit and tide me over till I can get back outside!

I wanted to share a really good recipe with you all. It's no secret that I love sweet potatoes, just like many of you. Woody's mom pointed this recipe out to me after she saw it in a recent Penzey's catalog she had received and I knew instantly that I had to try it.

You've seen my Sweet Potato Quesadilla well, last week I made Sweet Potato burritos! I made a few changes, mostly in the quantities of ingredients, so I'm just going to link to the original recipe HERE so you can check it out and make any changes you want to make (if any).

Because I like to share, I made the following changes:
1. I didn't have coriander so I left that out
2. I used half a lime although I think the full lime would have been fine in the end
3. 1 cup of black beans rather than the whole can
4. I added chopped tomato and onion
5. Made 4 burritos rather than the 6
6. Added freshly shredded sharp cheddar

make sure the sweet potatoes are fully cooked before scooping out from the skins

I spread the mixture in the center and added a little cheese

I used toothpicks to keep the burritos closed while baking
We topped them with cherry salsa and they were really good! We'll definitely have these again.

Speaking of the cherry salsa... we had some left after this meal so I needed some chips so I could finish off the salsa! We were at Trader Joe's Sunday afternoon but instead of getting tortilla chips, I picked up a cheaper and healthier package of whole wheat pitas and baked them when we got home. I sprayed them with a little bit of olive oil spray and sprinkled a tiny bit of salt then baked on each side for 5 minutes. So easy and much healthier than most bagged chips.

Have you gotten the March issue of Runner's World yet? Mark Bittman's recipe for cauliflower mac & cheese sounds so good! I haven't had mac & cheese for years because it's so unhealthy but this is on our menu for next weekend. My one concern is that it requires making the sauce in a food processor and we have the smallest food processor available (what? we have less-than-no storage space!). I'll let you know how it goes!

I'm pretty proud of myself because unlike most of the time, I have meals planned out for each dinner through Friday, even though it's a busy week!

Have you tried a 'healthy' version of mac & cheese?
Do you think it's possible to use a blender to do the job of a food process?
Have you ever revamped Mexican food to make it healthier (and vegetarian friendly)?
Do you plan your meals at the start of each week?
Today's workout -
50min elliptical
3x10 cable pull twists
2x35sec plank on stability ball


gracekelle said...

I've had 4 sweet potatoes in my kitchen and not known what to do with them! I'll have to try this recipe out tonight. Thanks for sharing :)

Kiesha said...

Yum! I have a very similar recipe but without the sweet potatoes and I too am a BIG fan so I'll have to try your recipe. I also LOVED the pita chips. Kinda got a craving for some right now.

My RW mag just arrived today so I'll have to scan for the Mac & Cheese.

Rhubarb said...

I just made a light mac and cheese the other night: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/05/lighter-baked-macaroni-and-cheese.html

It has spinach in it! Unfortunately, my three year old wouldn't eat it, because it didn't look like the kind from the box. Thats a bad sign! Anyways, I liked it a lot, and so did my husband and one year old, so give it a try!

SueMac said...

Those burritos look soooo good! Hubs wouldn't eat them, tho.... dang it.

Run Jess Run said...

I'm excited to hear what your opinion is on the cauliflower mac and cheese. I showed that to my hubby and he was all excited about it.

...random question...I see that you were in the Spartan Marching Band. When were you in the band? I marched at Central and was in the band when we played MSU in '01.

Lisa said...

If any of you try the recipe, let me know how it turns out!

SueMac, I'm sorry your husband wouldn't eat it! Maybe you can make it for yourself and friends sometime! It's so good..

Jess, I was in the SMB from '99 through the '02 season, so we definitely were in the bands at the same time! How funny! I'm definitely glad I was in marching band in college, such a great family!

Julie D. said...

burritos looks great!! cherry salsa? I want some of that!!

Jessica Miller said...

I've used a blender instead of a food processor to make hummus, so I bet you can use it on your sauce. :)

What did you play in SMB? My roomie played trombone from '99 to '03.

Lisa said...

I'll post about the mac & cheese later this week. I'm eating leftovers now! ;)

Anonymous said...

I love cooking and running. I was excited to try the Cauliflower Mac & Cheese recipe, however it is rather disappointing. It smells like hot garbage, and eventually you begin thinking it tastes like it too.

Lisa said...

Anonymous, I'm sorry you had that experience with the mac & cheese recipe. My husband and I actually liked it and didn't think it resembled garbage at all. Maybe it was the type of cheese you used?

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