Monthly Archives: March 2012

Lightened Swedish Meatballs

This was delicious! I’ve been craving swedish meatballs forever, and was even contemplating a trip to IKEA for a fix, but I really wanted something healthier. I found this recipe on Gina’s WW recipes and it’s a winner. Though, I did add some dill to the meatballs (I LOVE dill and had a bunch of it in the fridge already) and a pinch of cayenne to the sauce for a little heat. I served this up with some pappardelle from Trader Joe’s, but some whole grain egg noodles would also be great.

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Reuben Sandwich

I made corned beef for the first time this weekend in honor of both St. Patrick’s Day and of my Irish boyfriend. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the end result (Italian girl), but, to be fair, I think it’s because I overcooked it and it was a little dry. But, I was SO happy when the leftovers turned out to be fantastic in this sandwich. More than fantastic — comfort food at its crispy, buttery finest.

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Buffalo Chicken Tacos and a Great Loss

It’s been a rough 24 hours for our little family. Last night, our little baby Pickle suddenly passed away. Pickle, our 5-year old calico kitty with giant double paws that looked like oven mitts, a ridiculous love of dairy (especially laughing cow cheese), and even more ridiculous fear of heights. Pickle, buddy to “little brother” Bert and lap-sitter on anyone who walked through our doors.

She was a pretty special cat and kept me company through a lot of good and bad times, so we’re really mourning this loss in our family. Our other sweet cat, Bert, was loyally by her side as she was failing, and he is noticeably upset today — not knowing quite what to do with himself.

Pickle is the little baby on the right in this pic. Bert is in the bag, per usual. Check out those ample paws!

She and Brian adored each other. I used to joke that they were dating and used to lovingly call her a little slut — she owned it.

He’s pretty devastated.

What does all of this pity party have to do with Buffalo Chicken Tacos? Well, nothing, really, except for the fact that this is what I made for dinner tonight and for a moment, both Brian and I were happy, enjoying our yummy meal, and not thinking about the sad thing that has so quickly changed our lives. Make this next time you need a distraction – it works.

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Shrimp Tacos with Greek Yogurt Sauce

It is expected to be nearly 65 degrees tomorrow in Boston. 65! In March! In honor of this lovely turn of events, I wanted to break out some lighter fare. I’m a little obsessed with tacos in general, and a shrimp taco just seemed like a delicious idea to me.  Lucky for me that I had pinned this recipe a while back after I had fully seduced by Dani’s photography on Clean and Delicious. I opted to add a few different seasonings and chose purple cabbage since I’m in love with its color. Overall, these tacos are simple to prepare and very easy to eat (too many). Yum!

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Lighter Chicken PIccata

I don’t think I’ve ever talked about workouts on this blog before (except maybe for a passing thought about needing to get to the gym after a particularly decadent post), but I wanted to mention that I’m currently in the middle of week four of the exercise portion of Jamie Eason’s Livefit 12-week Trainer and absolutely LOVING it. The first phase (month) of this program is straight up strength training and I’ve been trying to track my nutrition pretty closely as well to see where I’m at. I find that I consume way less protein than my body needs, especially while trying to build serious muscle, so I’ve been looking for more protein-dense meals lately. Lean chicken breast is a given, so I have been enjoying trying some ‘basic’ / classic chicken recipes lately. Chicken piccata sounded particularly appealing since I heart capers (and garlic and lemon and wine…). This meal is a relatively easy weeknight dinner with great, fresh flavors. Enjoy!

P.S.: If you want to hear more about Livefit, let me know and maybe I’ll do a post covering it!

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