Crispy Glazed Tofu

This is a quick and easy number. Get everything ready in advance. I served with rice and an Asian salad from Trader Joe’s.

  • 12 oz firm tofu, cut into small squats
  • 1″ piece of ginger, peeped and grated
  • 1/4 c soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Oil for cooking .

Combine all ingredients except oil and tofu in a bowl and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, add the oil and then the tofu. Cook a few minutes per side turning to brown on all side. Once brown on all side, add the sauce and cook for about 4 minutes until it starts to thicken, adding a little water of needed.

Serves 4.

Broccoli Soup

This soup is so good and healthy!

  • 1 quart reduced sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 5 c broccoli florets
  • 3 tbsp sour cream, plus optional more for garnish
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

In a stock pot, bring chicken broth, onions, carrots, garlic, and celery to a boil. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.

Add broccoli and pepper and cook, covered, 10 more minutes.

Add sour cream and puree soup with an immersion blender.

Adjust black pepper to taste and heat through over medium heat, stir in the cheddar cheese and serve.

Serves 4 – 6

Roasted Broccoli

I love the taste of roasted broccoli, tossed with a little cheese makes it perfect.

  • 1 lb broccoli, cut into florets
  • Onion salt
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon slices
  • 1/4 c grated pecorino

Preheat oven to 425.

Spray a sheet pan with olive oil. Place broccoli on pan and drizzle with a little olive oil. Sprinkle with onion salt.

Roast for 15 minutes. Flip over with a spatula and roast 15 minutes more.

Serve with cheese and lemon slice.

Serves 2 – 4.

Skinny Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

I love cauliflower and cheese so I made a few changes to the Skinny Girl recipe and it was delish! The béchamel took a bit of work and was well worth it. It’s about 15 hands on and 40 min total time.

  • 12 oz cauliflower florets
  • 12 oz pasta
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 2 c milk
  • 1 c low sodium veggie broth
  • 2 c grated lite cheese – I used TJs Mexi blend
  • 1/4 c panko
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 9×13 pan.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook cauliflower for 3 minutes, remove and drain. Add pasta to the water and cook according to package. Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium low heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the broth and Mik, whisking until flour/butter mixture dissolves. Increase heat to medium high, whisking until mixture comes to a boil. Continue to whisk for 7 – 8 minutes until smooth and thick.

Remove from heat and stir in cheese, until smooth. Add the pasta and cauliflower and stir to coat. Pour into prepared pan. Top with Parm and panko.

Bake for 18 minutes. Turn oven on the broil and cook until the panko is crispy.

Serves 8. 9 ww pp.

Sheet pan Chicken and Veggies

I’m loving sheet pan meals! So quick to whip up and easy clean up!

  • 16 asparagus, trimmed
  • 16 oz sweet potato, cut 3/8 inch thick on a mandolin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlicminced
  • Salt and pepper

CHICKEN:

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten + 2 tbsp water
  • 3/4 c Panko breadcrumbs
  • olive oil spray
  • 1/2 medium lemon, plus 4 lemon wedges for serving

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.  Lightly spray 2 rimmed sheet pan with nonstick spray.  

On the prepared pan, toss together the asparagus and potatoes with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper to taste.  Spread the vegetables out in a single layer. Bake until partially cooked, about 20 minutes. Stir and return to oven.

While the vegetables are cooking, season the chicken with the salt and pepper to taste.  Put the flour in a shallow plate and put the egg in a medium bowl.  Put the panko in another shallow plate.  Dredge each chicken cutlet lightly in the flour, then dip in the egg, shaking off the excess.  Dredge in the panko, lightly pressing to evenly coat.  Set aside on a plate.

Place the chicken on a sheet pan and spray the tops with olive oil spray.  Return to the oven and bake until the chicken is golden and the potatoes are cooked through, about 15 minutes.  Switch the oven to broil and broil until the top of the chicken is browned slightly, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and squeeze the lemon half over the vegetables.

Serves 4. 9 WW PP.

Canh – Vietnamese Shrimp Soup

  • After all the holiday indulging I wanted something healthy and light. This soup is perfect! You can pretty much add any veggie that you have on hand.
    • 1/2 onion, sliced thin
      1 tbsp oil
      1 lb mushrooms, sliced thin
      Salt
      1 tbsp fish sauce
      3 bunches baby bok choy, chopped
      8 oz spinach
      2 c shredded carrot
      2 tbsp grated ginger
      1 lb shrimp, sliced down the middle
      3 scallions sliced thin
      1/4 daikon radish, sliced thin
  • Warm oil in a medium pot over medium heat, add the onion to the pot and cook until soft. Stir in mushrooms and cook until they release their liquid and start to brown.  Stir in 6 cups of water. Then season the liquid with salt and fish sauce.

    Crank up the heat to bring things to a boil and vigorously cook for 3 to 5 minutes to develop a little flavor. Add the bok choy, spinach and carrot, cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add ginger and shrimp. As soon as the shrimp looks opaque and cooked through, slide the pot to a cool burner and let it rest, uncovered, for 5 to 10 minutes.

    Top with scallions and daikon.

    Serves 4 – 6.

    Arepas with Black Beans

    These take about 40 minutes so it’s great for a weeknight meal! Be sure to buy the precooked cornmeal for this recipe.

    • 1 c masarepa
    • 1 c warm water
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • Avocado oil
    • 1 poblano, diced
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 1 jalapeno, diced
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed
    • 1 c fire roasted tomatoes with chilies
    • 1/4 c cilantro, minced
    • 2 limes, quartered
    • 1/4 c cotija, crumbled

    Combine the

    Masarepa, water and salt and mix till smooth.

  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add poblano , jalapeño and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, cumin and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in beans and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, divide the dough into 4 balls and press into disks 4 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. Heat 1 1/2 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 of the arepas and cook, turning once, until golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes total. Repeat with the remaining 1 1/2 tbsp oil and dough.
  • Top arepas with beans, cilantro and cheese.
  • Serves 4. 12 WW PP.