Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sneaky Butternut Squash

Recipe under review: Sweet Cinnamon Fritter Fries from Hungry Girl's Email Newsletter
First impression: sneaking  veggies (or is  it a fruit?) into French Toast?
Verdict: this one is a keeper

So this recipe sounded simple enough.  Cut up some squash, roll it around in some egg and a Fiber One breadcrumb mixture.  Put in the oven and bake!  Hungry Girl uses Fiber One for breadcrumbs often, so I kind of already knew the trick to them (it's to pulverize them to dust, which I didn't have time to do that morning)

Anywho, the description of this recipe says these can be breakfast, dessert, snacks whatever.  So I determined a nice breakfast French Toast Sticks swap would be how I would test them.   I waited for a day when I worked a later shift and got to it!

I just used a regular egg, since I didn't have any egg beaters on hand, and I pulverized some F1 as much as possible before deciding I didn't feel like taking any more time on them.  My butternut squash was also leftovers, so I had the hard part done already.

the setup
Then it was just a quick dip dip and go!  I filled up a whole (smallish) cookie sheet with little sweet fritter fries!

after dipping
Then it's as simple as sticking them in the oven and letting them bake.  (No my fry shapes weren't perfect, but I didn't care a ton, they all still came out great!) I pulled them out when done and plated them up with some sugar free syrup!

mmm breakfast!
It was nice to have a nice warm meal all ready to go before a long day of work.  And they were fun little dipper sticks.  They were soft and gooey and sweet and cinnamony.  The syrup with them definitely makes it seem like a great breakfast treat.  But I wouldn't write off the idea of putting them with some vanilla ice cream for dessert either!  YUM!  Definitely something I want to keep for future reference, these things were a great French Toast swap!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Chicken and Apples? ...and Onions? YES!

Recipe under review: Sweet Apple & Chicken Stir-Fry from Hungry Girl's 300 Under 300
First impression: apples, yum
Verdict: easy and delicious!  

I was instantly intrigued when I saw this recipe.  I absolutely love apples and was looking for a way to spice up my stir-fry life.  The only thing that worried me was the amount of onion in this recipe.  I don't typically like onion but everything else sounded so good I decided to go for it!

So I quickly chopped up some leftover frozen chicken breast, whipped out my apple corer, and sliced an onion into decent sized chunks (I did not want another butternut squash fiasco, I was keeping things BIG)
the precooked pieces
So I put the chicken chunks in a skillet and started browning, a few minutes later it was time to add the fruits/veggies and vinegar.  The smell of the vinegar was a little overwhelming and made me a bit nervous but I just kept on going.  Stirring every minute or so letting all the flavors mix and everything finish cooking.

cooking and steaming!
So that was all there was too it, easy peasy!  I plated up half the pan (it says it makes two servings) and dug right in!

So first of all, I was full before I could finish it, so I'd say it's more than two servings, maybe not quite three though.  I dunno.  But the apples were nice and soft and sweet while the onions added a nice crunch.  The chicken had great flavor and it all just went together so nicely.  Normally I like stir-fries over brown rice, but I wasn't even missing it when I dug in.

Overall, not the prettiest dish to serve but a GREAT recipe if you like things a little sweeter.  Easy and fast for sure.  If you have a bigger appetite I think it would be easily paired with brown rice or rice noodles or something.  And I'm not afraid of onions anymore!  Woohoo!  Definitely a success!  

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Yummy Puffed Cereal

Product under review: Berry Blossoms cereal from Kashi
First impression: please be filling!
Verdict: great building block!

I go through phases of absolute cereal addiction, so when a new interesting flavor pops up I get excited.  I got even more excited when I read the stats... 100 calories per serving!  That's when I get nervous, will this light and fluffy cereal fill me up at only 100 calories a pop?  Well, I'd like to say yes!

what to look for on shelves

I feel like it's almost an adult Captain Crunch (without the ripped up roof of mouth pain!)  It's light and fluffy and yet berry sweet without being over the top.  A serving size is pretty legit, but since I eat first thing in the morning and am never sure when I'll have a break at work I kinda like to make sure I'm eating a big breakfast.

a close up of a single serving, pretty right?

I paired this tasty stuff with some Fiber One Original and fresh blueberries.  I added a splash of skim milk and some ground cinnamon and it was simply delicious!  The F1 helped to keep me full while the BB helped keep everything sweet and tasty.  And I just always love fresh blueberries in my cereal and sneaking in a serving of fruits right off the bat when I wake up!     

my finished creation, yum!