I've been a little quiet this week but there has been a lot to sort through - first week after the holiday, started a 10 week weight loss challenge, and joined Weight Watchers. You're probably thinking, 'Oh boy, no more food blog for her!' Hell no! I'm eating pretty darn good while going under my allowed points each day.
Pretty impressive? Not really. Cooking light is pretty fun and easy once you get going. Just a little creativity, the right ingredients and I guarantee you will be able to whip together an extremely flavorful and satisfying meal while losing weight.
Are you struggling with coming up with ideas for low fat terrific meals? Send me your questions and I'll give you some ideas.
One of the keys to creating a meal that is satisfying is using plenty of spices.
Curried Pork and Mushrooms 1 1/2 cups of cooked pork cut into pieces 2 1/2 cups mushrooms - quartered 2 scallions - finely sliced 1/2 cup cilantro (optional) 2 cups chicken broth 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp honey 1/4 cup coconut milk 1 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp tumeric 1 tsp garam masala 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/2 tsp ground cayenne lime wedges
Heat a skillet on medium high heat. Brown the mushrooms for about 4 minutes. Add pork, salt, tumeric, garam masala, paprika, black pepper, and cayenne. Stir. Add the broth. Stir to incorporate the seasoning well in the broth. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the coconut milk, cilantro, and scallions reserving a little cilantro and scallions for a garnish. Serve with steamed rice and lime wedges
Food is so intriguing. I’ve always loved to cook whether it’s casual and simple or complicated and elegant. After living in the Midwestern United States all my life I find myself jumping between All-American foods and foods from other cultures. There is definitely a sense of comfort with cooking and enjoying food that I’ve grown up with.
I have a voracious curiosity to learn about all cultures, especially the Middle East/Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai foods. I’ve learned that a simple curry dish or an Asian dumpling can transform your mood and be just as much of a comfort food as the foods you’ve known you’re whole life.
It is fascinating to me how each culture has such a diversity of ingredients, and when used with different combinations and cooking techniques you can easily transform the same few ingredients into a multitude of dishes. The unfamiliar, the diverse ingredients and techniques, can be intimidating to many people. I’ve created this blog to chronicle and share my explorations in the kitchen so that hopefully you will want to start experimenting in your kitchen.