Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Fate of Good Food..

After a long and intensive workout yesterday, I was forced to do the worst of the worst - walk through the maze known as the supermarket aisles. My mission: to find foods that would replace the left over pizza slices in my refrigerator. I am a foodie and gourmet pizza from scratch, homemade cookies and ice cream are always on the top of my list - "my besties I call them"!!! Well, tis the day that my sisters and a few friends are putting on their game faces so they can literally "whoop" me at this Challenge.

I know good food deserves a fate more interesting than merely stock piling it in the refrigerator or the pantry, so I am going to share some great basic staples and a few fabulous dishes you can make with them.

Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Eggplant and Basil 
This dish uses thin cuts of lightly dredge chicken that pan fry in about 5 minutes. Sauté eggplant with flavor-packed sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil for a double-duty sauce and side.

Linguine with Tuna Puttanesca 
No time to hit the store like me?  Well, toss linguine with canned capers, olives, tomatoes and tuna/chicken for a quick and simple dinner. 

Spring Chicken Salad
Top crispy lettuce and chopped spring vegetables with shredded rotisserie chicken, red potatoes and an herb-yogurt vinaigrette for a quick, light dinner. This is by far my favorite...

Grilled Shrimp and Noodle Salad
With Spring in full bloom, you can savor the taste of any meat with a grill: Grill sweet-and-spicy shrimp, asparagus and mushrooms, then serve with rice noodles and fresh cilantro. You can also cook the marinated shrimp and vegetables inside on a grill pan.

Chile-Rubbed Pork Chops
Use chile powder (one of my favorite spices), cumin, cloves and oregano to add spice to boneless pork chops, and the grilled onions add smoky sweetness. Fry the pork chops (in canola or olive oil) for about about eight minutes, then serve with your favorite style of Mexican rice. Yummy!!

Tilapia with Green Beans
Tilapia is a very economical fish and is one of my favorites. Coat the tilapia fillets in a flour and herb mixture, then fry in butter until crispy. Serve the fish alongside sautee green beans and a few grape tomatoes. You can always substitute the flour mixture for a light dab of bread crumbs...

Strawberry Shortcake
For me strawberries are the quintessential fruit: sweet yet refreshingly delicious. Whipping up a strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberries, angel food cake, light whipped cream and sugar free jello is absolutely divine.

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  1. Well, I must say that talapia is my all time favorite fish and paired with green beans and rice it is absolutely to die for..

    Love this post...

  2. Instead of frying the tilapia, I have found that marinating it in lemon juice and herbs and a little pepper and then broiling it, makes it even better and less fattening. Don't forget to try whole grain pastas, they may take some getting used to, but are healthier...

  3. Hi Kiki!

    Greetings from Malaysia again! Just want to say thank you for dropping by my blog on my SITS day. You can read the aftermath of my whole day SITting episode

    at this link:

    Thank you again and hope to see you back here sometime! :D

    Warmest Regards,
    Jenny aka I'm a full-time mummy

    Btw, love your blog! Cute!


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