Monday, November 10, 2014

Corn and Butternut Squash Chowder

2 tablespoons Canola oil
1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch chunks (about 5 cups)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 box (10 ounces) frozen corn, thawed
1 1/2 teaspoons The Delicious Dietitian Thai spice blend 
Ground pepper
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) no sodium added vegetable broth
1/2 cup half and half cream

In a large heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high; add squash and onion. Cook until onion is soft, about 6 minutes. Add corn and spice blend; cook about 2 minutes. Season with pepper. Add broth and simmer until squash is tender, about 25 minutes. In a blender, blend half the soup until smooth. Return to pot and stir in cream; heat through over medium-low (do not boil).

Serve with a green salad and whole wheat crusty bread. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shrimp Piccata Pasta

Shrimp Piccata Pasta 

6 ounces whole wheat uncooked spaghetti
2 shallots, chopped
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 ounces capers, drained
3 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon The Delicious Dietitian Seafood Spice Blend

Cook spaghetti according to package directions, omitting salt and oil. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, sauté shallots in oil until tender. Add the shrimp, capers, lemon juice, and Seafood spice blend. Cook and stir for 6-8 minutes or until shrimp is cooked thoroughly. Drain spaghetti and toss with shrimp mixture. 

**Can substitute 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed, substitute ½ teaspoon Southern Spice Blend for Seafood Blend

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Southern Parmesan Chicken Bake

Parmesan Chicken Bake

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
½ cup olive oil mayonnaise
½ cup plain Greek Yogurt
½ cup fresh Parmesan cheese
1 ½ tsp. Southern spice blend
½ tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 9 x 13 glass pan with olive oil cooking spray. Lay the chicken inside the pan. 

Mix together the olive oil mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, Parmesan cheese, southern spice blend, pepper, and garlic powder.  Spread mixture evenly over each piece of chicken. 

Bake for 45 minutes. Great for leftovers!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

Berry and Watermelon Spinach Salad
3 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon The Delicious Dietitian Thai Spice Blend
Whisk the lime juice into the olive oil until emulsified. Add the Thai Spice Blend and whisk until combined. 
4 cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup fresh mint leaves, rough chopped plus extra for garnish
2 cups watermelon, deseeded and cut into 3/4″ chunks
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
Toss the spinach and mint together in a large serving bowl. A few minutes before serving, fold in the fruit and gently drizzle with the prepared dressing. Add a little bit of dressing at a time, and stop when you think you have enough–this salad is great with just a hint of dressing.
Garnish with a sprig or two of mint and serve.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Simply Southern Grilled Veggies

If you don’t like cooking vegetables or fish on the grill because you lose pieces through the grill grates, try a grill basket!  A grill basket makes cooking vegetables or fish on the grill a breeze!  You can flip all of the vegetable at one time, and tender fish stays in one piece.  Choose vegetables that you enjoy, and veggies that are in season.  Squash, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, carrots, asparagus, and broccoli cook wonderfully on the grill.  Fruit can also be grilled: pineapple, peaches and plums hold up well and develop a sweet and smoky flavor. Experiment to find your favorites.  Grilled vegetables are super tasty and full of flavor!  

8 (4-inch) portobello mushroom caps 
4 medium red bell peppers, quartered 
2 medium Vidalia or other sweet onions, each cut into 4 slices 
2 teaspoons Olive Oil
1 teaspoon The Delicious Dietitian Southern All Purpose Spice Blend
Prepare grill to medium-high heat.
Arrange mushrooms, gill sides up; bell pepper quarters; and onion slices on a baking sheet. Coat vegetables with olive oil. Sprinkle evenly with spice blend.  Place vegetable in a grill basket or place vegetables on grill rack; grill 5 minutes on each side or until tender.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Italian Asparagus and Tomatoes

Nothing says "spring is here" better than the tender green asparagus that are just coming in to season!  This delicious side dish pairs perfectly with chicken or fish, and looks special enough to serve to company.  

1 pound asparagus, trimmed 
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 
1 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon The Delicious Dietitian Italian Spice Blend 
3 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Cook asparagus in boiling water 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and garlic; cook 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar; cook 3 minutes. Stir in Italian Spice Blend. Arrange asparagus on a platter; top with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and pepper.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lightened Up Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie might be the ultimate easy comfort food, and if it's made the right way, you can have that hearty, filling meal without the guilt.  Blending the potatoes with cauliflower, using lean ground beef, and increasing the vegetables in this classic casserole cut the calories, carbs, fat, and sodium, from more traditional recipes.  

1 pound lean ground beef (or ground turkey breast) 
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped 
3 medium carrots, diced 
1/2 pound white mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup no sodium added beef broth
1 tablespoon The Delicious Dietitian Southern All Purpose Spice Blend
1 cup frozen peas
1 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
2/3 cup 1 percent or skim milk
2 tablespoons heart healthy spread

In a large skillet cook the meat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer the meat to a plate. Drain any fat remaining in the skillet.

Heat the oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and carrots and cook, covered, about 8 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high.  Add the mushrooms and cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are soft and their liquid has evaporated, about 8 minutes. Add the meat to the pan. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in the broth, add the Southern All Purpose Spice Blend, and bring to a simmer scraping any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in the peas. Pour the mixture into an 11X9 casserole dish. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Wash potatoes and cut into 2-inch pieces. Put the potatoes in a steamer basket, and steam for 10 minutes. Add the cauliflower to the basket and cook until the potatoes and cauliflower are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 15 minutes. Mash the vegetables with a potato masher until smooth. Combine the milk, butter, and a pinch of pepper and stir into the potato mixture.

Spread the potato mixture on top of the meat and bake until heated through, about 25 minutes.