Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mexican Pork and Beans

I love Guy Fieri. His food looks delicious, he has a great personality, and I envy the crap out of his job on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. I was watching Guy's Big Bite a few Sundays ago, and in the episode "Surf and Turf Tacos," he made Mexican pork and beans as a side dish. My mouth watered, so I decided that making his dish would be added to my to-do list. I finally got a chance last night and I loved it! Super easy, tons of flavor, and very filling.

Mexican Pork and Beans

Ingredients (serves 4):
4oz Mexican Chorizo (I actually used Portuguese Chourico which is very similar)
Canola Oil for greasing pan (about 2 Tbl)
½ cup water
1 clove garlic, minced
½ jalapeno, minced (I took the seeds and veins out so my dad could eat it)
1 Tbl Cumin
2 15.5oz cans black beans (keep the water from 1 can)
Juice of ½ a lime
½ C crumbled cotija cheese

Heat a medium sauce pan over medium heat and add the canola oil. Remove the casings from the chorizo and cut or crumble into smaller pieces. Add the chorizo and use a spoon to break into even smaller bites as it heats. Add the minced garlic and jalapeno. Allow the chorizo to cook and render for 4-5 minutes. When the oil is fragrant and red, add the cumin and black beans, including the liquid from 1 can. Add ½ cup of water, bring to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes. Add the lime juice and season with S+P to finish. Serve in a bowl and top with cotija cheese (my dad put shredded Mexican blend cheese on his...still.

The original recipe calls for  cilantro as an additional garnish but our house is a cilantro-free zone (my mom has that common issue where it tastes like soap to her). You can serve this as a side dish by itself, with chips, wrapped in a tortilla, or over a bed of rice. 

Nutritional Facts:
Calories: 467
Total fat: 25.9g
Cholesterol: 50mg
Sodium: 633mg
Carbohydrates: 37.2g
Fiber: 9.3g
Sugars: 1.7g
Protein: 21.4g

Enjoy :)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tilapia Burgers

Last night was my night to cook and I wanted to try something new. Originally I was going to make tuna burgers (since I had one from Naked Fish and was inspired to make it taste better), but the nice guy behind the seafood counter at the store said that there are currently problems with the tuna in Massachusetts. I settled for tilapia instead (since eating tilapia is good for the environment!). 

I looked at Food Network's website, as well as some random links that Google led me too, and picked some flavors and ingredients that I wanted to incorporate in my burgers. As an added bonus, for the first time, I actually took pictures of the process and the final result of my meal! My mom and I loved these, and even my dad, who does not like fish, said I did a great job!

Tilapia Burgers (makes 6)

Burger Ingredients (makes 6 burgers):
1 1/2 lbs tilapia, diced into very small pieces (you can use tuna, flounder, or cod)
1/4 cup scallions, diced
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp old bay seasoning
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbl low sodium soy sauce
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard 
1 egg, beaten in separate container
1/2 C plain bread crumbs
2 tbl olive oil (I use extra light)
6 whole wheat burger buns

Sriracha Mayo:
1/3 C light mayo
2 tbl Sriracha
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp garlic powder
Dice your fish and scallions, beat your egg in a separate container, and 
combine all of your burger ingredients (except for the oil and buns) into a large mixing bowl.

Mix it all up by hand until you get this nice mixture, just as if you were making meatballs.

Heat a large skillet to medium and add your oil. Form 6 evenly sized 
burger patties and cook 3 at a time for 4 minutes on each side.

While your burgers are cooking, mix together your ingredients to make
 the Sriracha mayo which will top all of your burgers.

Your patties should be a nice golden brown on each side when they are done. Spread a tablespoon of mayo on each burger top and assemble those burgers! Feel free to get creative with the toppings. Lettuce, tomato, or caramelized onions are just a few that would make this burger even more delicious!

Nutrition Facts for 1 burger (not including bun or toppings):
Calories: 246
Total fat: 9g
Cholesterol: 100.2mg
Sodium: 539.3mg
Carbohydrates: 9.5g
Fiber: 0.6g
Sugars: 1.7g
Protein: 32.4g

Enjoy :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Banana Nutella Toast

I'm not really a breakfast person. Well, what I should really say is I'm not really a going out for breakfast/brunch person. I grew up having my dad as the master of all breakfast foods, so when I go out to breakfast I am always disappointed.

Since I have about 10-12 minutes to make and eat breakfast every weekday morning, I usually rotate between cereal (I only eat Honey Bunches of Oats: Cinnamon Bunches), egg whites with jalapenos and hot sauce (never too early for spice), and a protein shake (chocolate peanut butter protein, water, ice, and half a banana).

I really try to stay away from donuts or anything overly sugared and overly sweet. However, when I do crave something that resembles this description, I have an easy, semi-healthy, go-to breakfast.

Cinnamon Sugar Banana Nutella Toast

2 Slices of multi-grain bread (or 1 multi-grain Arnold Sandwich Thin, as I prefer)
2 Tbl Nutella
1 Banana
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp sugar

Spread 1 tablespoon of Nutella on each slice of bread and place on top of the toaster oven, not inside (you want it warm and soft, not actually toasted). Slice a banana into 1/4 inch thick circular pieces (like in the picture) and place on a piece of tin foil. Sprinkle the bananas with the cinnamon followed by the sugar. Put the bananas in a toaster oven (with the bread still on top) and toast on medium or for about 4-5 minutes. If you do not have a toaster oven, you can take a regular toaster, turn it on it's side, and boom you have something very similar to a toaster oven! As soon as the time has passed, place the banana slices evenly on top of the toast. You can make it into a sandwich if you'd like, but I prefer to eat it open faced.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 425 (worth it)
Total fat: 12.4g
Sodium: 241g
Carbohydrates: 75.8g
Fiber: 10.3g
Sugars: 41.6g
Protein: 9.3g

Enjoy :)