Monday, January 25, 2010

Old lady salad rocks!

I am so glad my husband loves what everyone else seems to think of as granny salad. It's so easy and yummy. Not too bad for you either. I make it all the time...

It's this easy:
Grate or finely chop up ~2 c green cabbage and throw in 1 diced apple & a handful of chopped nuts (almonds, pumpkiin seeds or walnuts are great). You can even add in 1/2 c seedless grapes cut in half add to this (or add them instead of the apple OR cabbage). Add ~ 1/3c low-fat mayo (just enough to cover/ coat things) and stir together. Let it sit about 15 minutes for the natural sugars to seep out of the fruit and there you go - simple easy delicious coleslaw/old lady salad.

Love it. I'm toying with replacing some mayo with fat free sour cream to see if it tastes the same to cut out some fat. I'll report on the results :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Glutenous Rice Balls

Mmmm...a while back at superstore I saw a package of Spring Home Glutinous Rice Balls with Red Bean Paste filling in the freezer section when I was getting paneer. I love glutinous rice treats and I love red bean paste...and when I read the ingredients there was nothing sinister: glutinous rice, red bean paste, oil, water and suger. I grabbed a package. I just had to know.

Then it took us months to get up the nerve to try them...cuz you had to boil them and stuff...and I had no idea what they'd be like.
A few nights ago we finally made them out of curiosity.


And super easy - boil water. Add balls. Boil a few minutes until they float...drain and eat!
190 calories for 3 so not really healthy, but I like them. A lot.
Definitely on my new easy dessert list - apparently they make peanut centred ones too. I'll have to track them down.
If you can find them try them out. They are delish!

Addition: I tried the peanut ones. They are even better!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Breakfasty Goodness

I am enamoured with corn meal right now. I am finding it far more versatile than rice. This morning I blended cornmeal cakes with something I have been doing for breakfast for while now. Mainly this happened because I have no bread and did not feel like going to Mac's (a convenience store here in Canada) to buy some.
I had 3 small tart tins and placed my cooked cornmeal inside to cool down and take shape. As the cornmeal boiled away I only added 1/2 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of butter to 1.5 cups of cornmeal/ Once cooked (and regular cornmeal is finer than polenta and cooks faster) I placed them into the tins to take shape.
I stewed two roma tomatoes and cooked them in a pan with garlic, (crushed) diced onion, herbs, ground pepper, diced green pepper and hot paprika. I also added a pinch of salt and brown sugar- small pinches each. Once cooked I cooked two eggs over easy. I spooned the tomato mixture over the 3 corn cakes, which were sitting beside each other in a triangle shape, and placed the eggs on top. I like runny yolks, so I punctured the yolks and let them run all over. Fanatasic. I'll be making that again this week. I had enough corn meal left over for other meals.