Meals for the Week of January 30, 2012
Pecan Crusted Trout- I don’t know that I have ever listed a trout recipe here. I’m usually a shrimp, salmon or tilapia person, but I grew up eating trout. The crunchy, nutty crust is great. But you could use this on any fish for that matter.
Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onions- An easy pasta sauce. No garlic, no seasonings. The key is good tomatoes and the butter makes it rich. Don’t be too worried about the butter, if you’re only eating a 1 cup or even a little less than one cup of sauce, it’s under 200 calories. Have it over whole wheat pasta for good added fiber.
Pasta with Butternut Squash and Pecans- I like to take this up a notch with a little browned butter, because it tastes so good with the squash. However, the olive oil is healthier.
Low Fat Baked Ziti with Spinach- Comes together quickly on a weeknight or you can make it in advance.
Slow Cooker Rosemary Pot Roast- This recipe includes something I really try to avoid; canned cream soup. I’m not totally against them, I grew up with canned soup and various casseroles created from canned soup. I do like that this one lists the low fat and low sodium kind, which is a good option.
Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Crema- This is a recipe using baked, not fried fish and you can easily substitute shrimp if you prefer. Serve it with a creamy and tangy cilantro sauce.
Chicken Parmesan with Easy Marinara sauce- This is a low carb chicken parmesan as it’s not breaded like the traditional recipe, it’s just coated with some grated parmesan cheese. I also include a simple marinara sauce to use with it, but you can always use your favorite store bought sauce.
BBQ Beef Casserole- This is spicy and sweet with jalapenos and barbecue sauce, topped with a cornbread crust. But it’s very simple to throw together and you can control the heat by using more or less jalapenos. The recipe calls for a Jiffy brand cornbread mix, my suggestion is to use Marie Calendar’s low fat mix instead.
Parmesan Rosemary Chicken- The method used in this recipe is one of my favorite ways to cook; diced up chicken, cooked hot and fast in a pan, then you deglaze the pan and make a sauce (in this case a gravy). Very simple and delicious.