Monday, August 8, 2011

Suzie Homemaker

Every Sunday I sit down with my computer, my cookbook of the hour, and a yellow legal pad armed to make our menu for the week.

I have absolutely no method of selecting my recipes, and I range from flipping through the cookbook, looking at my recent pins on pinterest, searching other peoples' pins, looking through blogs, and doing random internet searches. I wish I had a more methodical approach. It would take much less time.

Since I'm headed to Chicago on Thursday morning I only had to make dinner for part of the week, and for whatever reason, I decided to go all out today. Not only did I prepare a serious Sunday dinner, but I also made muffins to freeze to eat for breakfast this week.

The muffins are, of course, from Gina's Skinny Recipes. They are Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins, and they are sensational. Plus, they're only 5 points+ each (here's why that matters)!

They're so low in points because instead of oil, tons of butter, and eggs, you use egg whites, unsweetened apple sauce, and bananas. You can definitely taste the bananas, so don't try it if you don't like them.

After I took those from the oven, I immediately cranked up the heat to roast this engagement chicken. I saw it first on Ina's show (you know I love Ina), but the story is so cute! It's a Glamour Magazine recipe, and apparently it has been credited for leading to 60 engagements! Anyone looking to get engaged? Try the chicken!

What I loved most about it was the strong lemon flavor. I mean, you stick two whole lemons inside and pour 1/2 cup of lemon juice over the whole chicken. Here are just a few of the lemons I used to get that much.

I made a side of green beans, but I also made mashed cauliflower. I'm telling you, it's heavenly, and not only it taste. It looks like clouds and melts in your mouth. It's so low calorie, too. After steaming a head of cauliflower, you puree it in a food processor for several minutes, add salt, a little bit of oil, pepper, and herbs. Bake it for a few minutes, and it's insane (it's also gluten free). Those aren't lumps in the picture. There was no lump in site. It's so much better than mashed potatoes, and it's so much better for you. Just take my word for it; make them--the photo doesn't do them justice.

For the rest of the week, I decided on Sockeye Salmon with roasted vegetables on top and homemade black bean burgers with baked potato chips and homemade avocado ranch dip. We'll have leftovers on Wednesday, and then I'm off!

What are you eating this week? For my gluten free readers, what is nutritional yeast? I've found it in several recipes lately, and I'm realizing it can't be active dry yeast. Where do I get it?

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Catherine said...

i love cauliflower mash! omg, it's like my favorite! so true they are way better than mashed potatoes!

Katie said...

Wow-- these all look fantastic! I'm definitely gonna have to try the cauliflower!

sarah nicole said...

That cauliflower looks amazing!

If you can't find nutritional yeast at Whole Foods, try another health food store. It's really pretty tasty. Vegan use it in place of cheese, in a lot of recipes, and you can also just sprinkle it on things like a condiment. : )



Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Your muffins look delicious!! I love baking with applesauce it gives desserts and really yummy consistency

Emily said...

Holy cow you really are suzy homemaker w/cooking!

All of these look great and I love the idea of freezing the muffins for breakfast! I think that's hilarious about the chicken and engagements..I'll have to read that and figure out why that is.

Meghan said...

I hope you have a safe trip to Chicago! You will love it!!!

Amber said...

Yummmmm-O! :) I would so make a menu if Nate and I lived together, but I feel like it's pointless when it's just me here. It seems like it'd be fun! I may have to try that chicken on him ;) Also, I love cauliflower, but only raw - I don't like it steamed. You think I'd still like it mashed?
Why are you heading to Chicago? I am jealous ;)

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Can you come cook for me, because everything looks amazing! Yum!

Nicole Marie said...

that chicken looks so good!!

Nicole Marie said...

that chicken looks so good!!

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