One of my goals for the new year was to try at least two new recipes each month. Given that I was in Australia for the first two weeks of the year and hardly cooked at all, I still managed to try THREE new recipes in January!
Here is a brief summary of my thoughts and whether or not I’ll be posting to the recipe section of this blog:
Bang Bang Shrimp
Original Recipe – Skinnytaste’s Bangin’ Good Shrimp
This recipe is described by Gina, author and cook of Skinnytaste, as, “stir fried shrimp mixed with a creamy sweet and spicy chili sauce served on a bed of shredded lettuce and purple cabbage topped with scallions. This is a bangin’ good slimmed down copycat recipe of Bonefish Grill’s very popular Bang Bang shrimp.”
Skinnytaste.com is one of my go-to recipe sites for healthier versions of comfort foods. This recipe for Bang Bang Shrimp was super simple to make and had some good flavors. I had all the ingredients in the house, except for purple cabbage which I went and bought, so I knew I didn’t have to spend a lot of money to make this dish. I also decided to serve this as a lettuce wrap instead of just serving on a bed of shredded lettuce.
Things I liked: Quick, few ingredients, healthy
Things I didn’t like: Too spicy, too much mayo, messy
OVERALL GRADE: B
This recipe was okay, but left a lot to be desired. I love lettuce wraps, but this just didn’t do it for me. Maybe it’s because I used tiny shrimp instead of jumbo prawns (they were fresh so I had to use them), so I’ll probably try this one more time with bigger shrimp to see if it makes a difference. I’ll also probably half the sauce.
Lasagna Roll Ups
Original Recipe – Dashing Dish’s Lasagna Roll Ups
This recipe is described by Katie, author and chef of Dashing Dish, as, “a wonderful way to enjoy lasagna, because each ‘roll-up’ is packed with protein (and veggies)! Since each serving only has one noodle, they are only 13 grams of whole grain carbohydrates per roll!”
As a loyal Weight Watcher, finding yummy, Point Plus friendly meals is important to me. I love food, so I don’t want to be forced to sacrifice flavor just to be within my daily PP allowance. One of my WW friends suggested I make this recipe because I had some ricotta left over in the fridge that I wanted to get rid of.
Things I Liked: Easy, few ingredients
Things I Didn’t Like: Nothing!
OVERALL GRADE: A+
This recipe was soo delicious!! I kept my serving size to one roll-up, although Rich loved it so much he wanted to eat three but kept himself at two. I was able to make 8 roll ups instead of 6 because our lasagna sheets were much smaller than the ones that Katie used. I also substituted ground chicken for beef because I didn’t have any ground chicken, but of course you can also use ground turkey or even tofu or any meat substitute. We ate roll ups three nights in a row, but didn’t get sick of it because they were so good. This is definitely going on the recipe list… SO STAY TUNED for an update to my recipe section. =)
Salisbury Steak and Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
I’ve never had salisbury steak, except for maybe one time as a frozen dinner, but I like to try new foods and saw this online a few weeks ago, so I decided to give it a go. It was convenient because I had all the ingredients in the house, and when I saw that the recipe made 8 patties, I knew I had to make it during a busy week for me and my husband. One big cook-up on Sunday = less cooking during the week! We also have a soft spot for mashed potato, but don’t eat it very often, so this was a good suggested combination from Skinny Taste. =)
Things I Liked: Big portion, high yields
Things I Didn’t Like: Somewhat time consuming
OVERALL GRADE: A
Mmmm, so yummy. It kind of reminded us of a hamburger but with gravy. The mushroom sauce added a nice touch to the dish. I added a good sized serving of spaghetti squash underneath everything to add an extra serving or two of veggies. The only thing I’d do differently next time is cook a little more sauce; a lot of it gets soaked up while the patties are simmering, so there wasn’t quite enough to go on top. The flavors actually developed a little more after a day, so leftovers for the next couple days were possibly better than when they were fresh off the stove. This recipe is a keeper and will be added to the list. =)