Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Healthy Recipe Wednesday

This past Monday, we had some friends over for dinner. Me being the heath-conscious person that I am wanted to make a menu that would be full of flavor with half the calories. My husband was in charge of the meat, Tri Tip (not as healthy as the rest, but still very delicious) while I was in charge of the other menu items.

On the menu?

Roasted Potatoes

• 1 Bag of red potatoes (I grabbed the mini potato bag from the produce section)

• Wash and cut potatoes into quadrants

• Throw in a bag (you can use a gallon sized baggie or if you don’t have any in the cabinets, grab one of the plastic bags that you got from the produce section)

• Add about 1-2 Tblsp of extra virgin olive oil (this depends on how many potatoes you have) Typically I count 1..2..and I am done pouring.
• Add Rosemary-fresh is better, but if you don’t have it, grab the dried stuff
• Garlic! The more the better in my opinion.
• Kosher salt-just sprinkle enough to cover the potatoes, a little bit goes a long way.
• Pepper-same as salt

Preheat oven to 425, add all the ingredients in the bag and mix around using your hands. You can also shake the bag and massage the potatoes until it’s well mixed. Bake for 40 minutes or until tops are golden brown.

Sautéed Spinach
• 1 Bag of spinach (I didn’t have any fresh spinach because of the store I went to, however, I would recommend buying the fresh stuff)
• Minced Garlic-about 3 cloves
• Half of a lemon
• Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Heat the olive oil in a pan until it’s hot, add garlic and let the garlic brown a bit. Add spinach and sauté at medium heat. Add lemon at the end. This recipe takes about 5 minutes at most to cook, so make sure you save it for the very end. I started it up as my husband was cutting the me

Fudge Brownies with Mixed Berries
• I took the recipe from one of my favorite websites, Cooking Light (MyRecipes). Followed the recipe exactly what it said to do, however, I ended up baking the brownies longer. It all depends on your oven though, so test it with a knife….if it comes out clean, then you’re done.
• I grabbed whatever the store had on sale at the time, so it was blueberries and blackberries. I got this trick from my sister, so I can’t take full credit for it, but when the berries aren’t ripe, add a little bit of balsamic vinegar and a little honey. Mix together with the berries and let it sit in the fridge for a couple hours. Serve on top or on the side of the brownies and you got yourself a yummy dessert with half the calories!

Happy healthy meals!

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