Getting a band doesn't mean that tasty food is a thing of the past. It's easy to get into a food rut, so I am trying to be more conscious of being more well rounded in my food choices.
Several days ago, Stephanie at Electric Ladyband posted an interesting recipe for
I decided that I would give it a spin this weekend. Here are the results.
I did take Stephanie's advice and added 1 can of Corn and 1 can of Black Beans. It added a little extra nutrition, texture and just the right amount of bulk.
Since I had a wicked case of the "tights" this weekend I wanted my batch to be a smidgen more on the "soupy" side so I opted to use BOTH Cream of Chicken and Cream of Mushroom.
This recipe is VERY versatile especially if you are feeding bandsters and non-bandsters. (For non-bandsters pour over rice or, even better, over quinoa.) It can also be modified for mushies by a spin through the blender.
Garnish with a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream for just a little more protein.
Now, for my newest creation.
The Hubs and I have eaten A LOT of chicken lately-- seriously, it's a wonder we're not clucking by now.
So last night I decided that dinner had to be ANYTHING but chicken.
I thawed out some ground beef and mixed in some Dale's Marinade and Ranch Dressing Mix*.
*Side note: If you have never used Ranch Mix --- GET SOME!!! (Don't bother with the packets get the big jar pictured below) I love me some ranch dressing but dowsing everything I eat in Ranch can add lots of extra cals so I use the powder to give me Ranch dressing flavor without Ranch dressing calories. It's great for seasoning meats but I also add it to Cottage Cheese or Plain Greek Yogurt. Good Ranchy protein with less calories- win/win!!!!
Anywayse, I decided I wanted to add some veggie action to my beef so I thawed some frozen chopped spinach (squeeze out all the liquid) and mixed that in with the beef. I also sprinkled in some Parmesan cheese.
Form the beef into patties, and put them into a heated oven safe skillet for about 2 mins on each side (until the lightly browned) then transfer to the oven and bake for another 25-30 mins at 350 F degrees.
And voila!! Parmesan Spinach Burgers (I melted a little Gouda on top too!)
|These aren't as pretty bc they had been in the fridge overnight. They are much prettier straight from the oven.|
BTW, I am terrible at writing out recipes that I have made up so if you have any questions just leave them in the comments.