Sunday, January 17, 2010

Cooking Club: January 2010

Theme: Figure Friendly Dishes

A very fitting theme for January after a very gluttonous December.

This one was fairly tough though. We had to strike a balance between healthy and nutritious food that was also flavorful and delicious. But, we did just that and all of the dishes we're really, really good. As one lady put it, "spices seemed to make-up for the fat" in each dish.
Host: Susan - Hominy Stew with Chicken and Chiles / Cranberry Spritzer Cocktail
Summer: Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
Sarah: Banana Chiffon Cake
Linda: Gazpacho and Wine
Jodi- Chipotle Shrimp Cups
Shauna- Peanut Chicken Soba Salad
Lori- Spicy Thai Chicken Wraps
Chris: Black Bean Veggie Burgers
Dana: Tomato, Watermelon and Basil Skewers
Loved these! You couldn't have just one. The chipotle, shrimp combo was really tasty. Jodi also made an avocado cream to go on top. Really good and a great appetizer for any party.

This was more of a soup than a stew. Really good flavors and very tasty with the lime squeezed on top. Everyone enjoyed this.
These yummy burgers were served on thin wheat buns with fresh avocado and tomato. Very good. They did fall apart just a bit, so make sure all of your ingredients all throughly drained and add some more bread crumbs to bind them.

Spicy Thai Chicken Wraps
These were my favorite! All of the flavors and spices worked so well together. The two dipping sauces that accompanied the wraps were so hot, but so addicting. This is my Aunt Lori's fabulous recipe, so if you would like a copy, please leave a note in the comments section.

This dish is loaded with fiber and protein and makes a great side dish. I added red bell pepper for color and texture. Very tasty.
Cranberry Spritzer
This skinny cocktail was very sip-able if you like your drinks slightly sweet. The lime juice and champagne are a nice balance for the cranberry juice.
It's hard to make a healthy dessert, especially a cake. This one was pretty close. I liked the banana flavor, but we all agreed that it lacked a little something, like a vanilla pudding center or maybe another chocolate layer. That kind of misses the point though.
Nice textures and flavors. Very fresh and light for a noodle salad. The Thai spices mixed with the crunchy peanuts were delicious.

We took one bite and we were immediately transported to summer. This was very refreshing and light. Great summer afternoon bbq dish.


Cranberry Spritzer
Mix 1 part cranberry juice cocktail to 2 parts limeade, then add a splash (or in our case a half bottle) of champagne. Float in some berries and slices of lime.

1 comment:

Sammy said...

Those Chipotle Shrimp Cups and Thai Lettuce Wraps look delicious as do all the food on here! Awesome blog, I'm following you now.

Oh and thanks for stopping by my blog today! :)


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