Friday, October 23, 2009

Need Ideas for Dinner

Here are 3 recipes that I have made recently that my family likes (just thought I'd share)

Tex-Mex Meatloaf

Serves 6. If you follow Weight Watchers, then this is a Completely Filling Foods Recipe or 4 points per serving.

1 1/2 lbs hamb. (5 % fat or less)
1/2 c. FF salsa (divided)
1 egg white
1 tsp. chili pwd.
1 tsp. dried oregano
3/4 tsp. ground cumin (which I normally don't like-but I can't taste it in this recipe, so it's okay)
3/4 tsp. salt
1 C. shredded FF Cheddar Cheese (I only use the FF on my portion, because it is more expensive, everyone else gets regular cheese)

Preheat oven to 350. Combine hamb. 1/4 C. salsa, egg white and seasonings. Mix. Transfer half of the mixture to baking pan or muffin tins. Top with cheese (if using loaf pan-leave 1/2 inch border around edges without cheese). Spoon remaining hamb mixture over top. Spread top with remaining salsa. Bake muffin tins 30-35 min or loaf 65-70 min. Meat thermometer should read 160. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Cut loaf into 6 slices. My book says that you can also use pico de gallo instead of salsa, just make sure it is FF. I added this to my regular recipes (not just my Weight Watchers Recipes). Taken from Weight Watchers Pure Comfort Book. This is an unusual meatloaf recipe because you don't add oatmeal or any other fillers (but maybe you could-I don't know).

Balsalmic Vinegar Pork Chops
4 pork chops
S and P
2 T. EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
2/3 C. Balsamic Vinegar
2 tsp sugar

Season chops wtih S and P. Heat oil in pan over Med-high heat for 1 min. Cook chops for 5 minutes, turning half-way through. Remove chops, place on a clean plate. Turn down heat to Med. Cook Vinegar and sugar in same pan. Cook until slightly thickened (about 2 minutes). Return chops and any juices from chops into vinegar mixture. Cook 4 minutes, turning to coat with sauce. It smells really strong, but tastes very mild.

Jason’s Pork Chops (Jason found this one on the internet and made it for dinner the other night)
½ C. soy sauce
2 T. red wine vinegar
2 tsp. Honey
2 tsp. Garlic powder
4 pork chops

Make marinade. Marinade for 2-4 hours in the fridge. Preheat grill to high. Pam the grate on the grill. Grill for 5-8 minutes per side. (Jason only marinaded them for about 20 minutes). They were very moist and delicious. The website said you can do chicken also. Some readers thought it was too salty, but we didn’t think so. Some readers added fresh garlic.

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