Sunday, March 28, 2010

This Week's Healthy Recipe

Ok, this one was one of those OMG! recipes. I just couldn't believe how delicious it was. I know I've said before that it is hard to think of soup or stew as a meal but this is another exception to that rule. This is the type of thing I would rave about if I got it at a restaurant. This little gem is courtesy of Gina at If you haven't visited her blog and tried her recipes, do it!

Garlic Shrimp in Coconut Milk, Tomatoes and Cilantro

* 1 1/4 lbs jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
* 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
* 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
* 4 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
* 1/2 cup cilantro
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* kosher salt
* 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
* 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
* 14 oz can light coconut milk (50% less fat)*
* 1/2 lime, squeezed

In a medium pot, heat oil on low. Add red peppers and sauté until soft (about 4 minutes). Add scallion whites, 1/4 cup cilantro, red pepper flakes and garlic. Cook 1 minute.

Add tomatoes, coconut milk and salt to taste, cover and simmer on low about 10 minutes to let the flavors blend together and to thicken the sauce.

Add shrimp and cook 5 minutes. Add lime juice.

To serve, divide equally among 4 bowls and top with scallions and cilantro.

This recipe has 5.5 weight watchers points per serving.

Here's how it turned out in my kitchen.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Counting Down

I am doing a race in 3 weeks. It is a 10K which is probably my weakest distance. I find it too short of a race to be able to relax but too long to keep my focus at a really fast pace. I've never been particularly happy with my 10K PR (42:11) and I know I will not be able to run anywhere near that fast by this race. I'm not sure exactly how fast I'll be able to run. I did a 6 mile run tonight with the middle 4 miles around 7:30 pace. Last year I ran 7:35s at this race but I was 12 weeks pregnant and was taking it easy. Sadly, this year I'd be lucky to run 7:35s and that would not be taking it easy-it would be quite a challenge. It is really hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that I'm slower now after having Darwin than I was while I was approaching the second trimester!

I guess my goal in this race will be to beat my time from last year which was a 47:05. My long term goal is to up my mileage and get faster. This race is just a short term goal to keep me from getting bored along the way.

Friday, March 12, 2010

This Week's Healthy Recipe

I use to hate fish. I mean really hate it. I wouldn't eat it at all. Not even fried. For some reason, I came to my senses and now I love it. Lucky for me too because it is super healthy and quick and easy to make. This recipe is easy and has a yummy sauce and light breading that make it a real treat. If you are a fish hater like I use to be, give this a try.

Pan Fried Tilapia with White Wine and Capers

1/4 cup white wine, dry
1/4 cup tomato, seeded and chopped
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp capers, drained
1 medium garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 1/2 pounds raw tilapia, four 6-oz pieces
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 spray cooking spray
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp light butter
2 Tbsp parsley, chopped

Combine first 6 ingredients, stirring well with a whisk; set aside.

Sprinkle fillets with salt and pepper. Dredge fillets lightly in flour, and coat both sides of fillets with cooking spray.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fillets; cook 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; turn fillets, and cook 3 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Remove from pan.

Add wine mixture to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in butter until melted. Spoon wine mixture over fillets; sprinkle with parsley. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and 2 tablespoons sauce).

Here's how it turned out for me.

This is a weight watcher recipe and is 5 points per serving. I added a 1/2 cup of couscous for additional points. If you don't eat a lot of couscous, try it. You can make it in 5 minutes and it is a great side dish that comes in lots of great flavors. To make this recipe quick and easy, I made the sauce the night before.