Monday, January 11, 2010

Menu Monday.

So one of my resolutions was to cook 3 times a week. Garth and I ate a lot of frozen meals and take-out and we wanted to start eating in to save money and our waistline. We thought we should start out with just 3 meals since some nights we have double date plans and some nights we work late and don't feel like cooking. This allowed for some flexibility and it worked for us this past week. I am not gonna lie, these recipes are super easy but you got to start somewhere, right?
Last Monday night I made black bean and cheese burritos (though Garth made his into a quesadilla) and Garth LOVED them! He didn't even realize they were fat-free!! The recipe is from Jillian Michael's book Making the Cut and was so easy and delish that I thought I would share the recipe:
Serves 4
1 (7-ounce) can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium fat-free black beans, drained and rinsed
4 (8-inch) La Tortilla Factory low-carb tortillas
Cooking Spray
1 cup low-sodium bottled salsa
1/2 cup (2-ounce) fat-free shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove one chile from can. Chop chile. Reserve remaining adobo sauce and chiles for another use. Combine sour cream and chile in a medium bowl; let stand for 10 minutes.
Place half of beans in food processor; process until finely chopped. Add chopped beans and remaining beans to sour cream mixture.
Spoon 1/2 cup bean mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up tortillas, place seam side down, in an 11 x 7 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread salsa over tortillas; sprinkle with cheese. Cover and bake for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
245 Calories
1.7g Fat
15.7g Protein
7.2g Fiber
Tuesday night I made breakfast sandwiches with egg whites, fat-free cheddar cheese, and Morning Star sauage on a Thomas' whole wheat english muffin. It was a hit - Super filling and only 262 calories.

Wednesday night we had sushi with some friends, but Thursday Garth made chicken with olive oil and salt and I made steamed veggies. I forgot to take a picture (oops), but it was yum!
One week down, 51 to go!

49 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Looks yummy! Happy you are cooking at home! I think it is GREAT!!! :-) ARe you enjoying it? I try to cook at home too, during the week for sure!! Saves $$!!

...::Mrs. Southern Bride::... said...

Those look so good! I think I'll try that burrito recipe!

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Looks yummy...definitely gonna try both recipes!

Marissa said...

Yum! I love chipotles! They add such a great kick to food! Go you for cooking!

Erin said...

yummmmmmm...i can't wait to try the black bean and cheese burritos. Thanks for sharing :)

Prissy Southern Prep said...

Way to go! Those burritos look delicious!

Shannon said...

Great job on the cooking front! I've learned that Weight Watchers recipes are great and easy too. Is this from a Jillian Michaels cookbook? I didn't know she had one.. pls share!

Blair @ Reasonably Swanky said...

Looks so yummy!! Last week I tried really hard to do better and not eat out and I suceeded! WHOO!! GO US!

Mrs. A said...

yay!! I think I'll try that burrito recipe sometime!!

Rebecca Jo said...

That breakfast sandwich looks YUMMY!!!! I'm sitting here starving anyways so now my stomach is officially growling!

Kassie said...

I love Mexican food! Anytime I can make it healthy works for me!

Autumn said...

Yum! Sounds wonderful. I've printed off that recipe, and we will be trying it soon! :)

Kristin @ the Waiting Game said...
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Britney Jean said...

way to go! cooking is way fun and so much better on the pocket and waistline. for real. :)

Kristin @ the Waiting Game said...

So I deleted my last comment because there was a typo and typos really bug me! I think I have issues LOL

I love any kind of Mexican recipe. If you and Garth are fans of fish, you should try fish tacos or fish taco salad. Just grill the fish (talapia is best and inexpensive)and throw it in a taco with your favorite taco sides! It's SO good and easy!

New England Girl said...

Everything sounds delicious! I can't wait to try the Jillian recipe. It looks so good... and I am such a fan of meals like this!

Ashley @ {Let Go, Laughing} said...

great job! looks good!

katie + bret said...

oooo both of those sound super yummy! I love me some egg sandwiches!
Good job lovey!

christi said...

looks delicious! there is something so comforting about cooking at home. we do it together and it's such a sweet time in our day.

Lauren Kelly said...

I’m proud of you girl… It’s amazing how much money you save by eating in more often. I’m trying to do more of that myself!!! :)

Perfectly Pleasant said...

Yum! The burrito looks really good, I might have to give it a try!

You've made one week -- you totally have the rest!

Jenny.Lee said...

Looks fantastic! I'll have to try this recipe!

Texan Couture said...

Delicious! Is Jillian's cookbook worth the buy? I'm always looking for more healty recipes.

Allyson said...

The burritos look delicious! Definitely going to try them.

Tara Gibson said...

yumm! look at you! I love those breakfast sandwhiches!

MissJody said...

I'm not kidding you!
I eat those sausages with the egg beaters every single morning!

I have since Oct 2007. I look forward to my breakfast every morning :)

Great job guys!!!!!!!!!!!!

That Fresh Feeling said...

All looks delcious. I am making my first pot roast today. Not so sure about it being healthy but we are going to workout after we eat. Keep sharing the recipes. thanks girl:-)

AmyT said...

Looks delish!!!!!!!!!!

Leesie said...

Yum! I left you a couple of little somethings on my blog. I hope you come take a peek.

Erica said...

YUM! I make one of these breakfast sandwiches every day!! I use a thin slice of low fat honey ham and a slice of Colby Cheese, SUPER YUM!

The Pink Tutu said...

Sounds delicious! Happy cooking!

Iva said...

that looks so yummy!

Liana said...

this is a great resolution, and the food looks delish girl :)

Annie said...

yum!! i love morning star farms foods! always delicious!!
if only i could get my fiance to eat low fat foods with me!

Kyla said...

Great Job!!! So funny, I've been taking pictures of our meals all weeek too. Haha

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

mmm, looks so good!

Kait said...

Yummy-- I NEED to try those tortillas!

Savvy Gal said...

Yummy! I am trying to eat at home more too.

Jen Caputo said...

wohoo! Congrats! Isn't cooking for yourself so satisfying!

Lil' Woman said...

Yumm those look good!

Lindsey said...

That looks fabulous! I think my husband would love it. It's definitely going on my list of things to try.

CJ said...

Yum yum yum! Should try the tortillas, they look good.

Carrie said...

those look good! I need to checkout her cookbook!

Brittany Ann said...

I'd kill for that breakfast sandwich!

Meagan said...

Sounds yummy!! You are doing awesome!

short southern momma said...

how yummy! My hubs would love them! I have to try this one out! Thanks! XOXO

Anne said...

Good job on the cooking! I have made burritos & quesidillas like that before -- yummy! Cooking at home is WAY cheaper -- we learned that the hard way.

God, My Savior Forever! said...

Good for you guys! I also try to make most our meals at home so we can save money and eat healthier. I used to cook alot more before I got pregnant but I am trying to get back into it. Great ideas! My hubby would love the bean burritos!

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

oh my gosh girl, you're making me hungry! I've gotten behind on my blog reading over hear but it's time to catch up!