It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another WIAW. What I Ate Wednesday is a fun weekly post/blog social event started over at Peas and Crayons. If you want to follow my eats everyday, become my friend on MyFitnessPal.
This week I tried lots of new recipes. In fact, I made 3 of them for a dinner I hosted for my sister and parents on Saturday night (recipe blog pots to follow). It all started when I saw this lobster salad recipe on Skinnytaste. I’ll get into the details of that meal later, it’s a good one. Ever since school started I’ve been in the mood to try new recipes. Summertime is always really laid back, and I go with the flow in terms of recipes. Now that school’s back in, I find myself craving the creative outlet that trying new recipes gives me. It’s strange, you’d think that I’d do more innovative cooking in the summer, when I have nothing but time on my hands, but I guess I like to keep it flexible, even with cooking.
First up is a delicious baked crab cake recipe from Skinnytaste. (Can you tell I love her site?) I tried the recipe out earlier in the week, because it was my first time making it, and I didn’t want to serve it to my parents and sister at Saturday’s dinner party without trying it first. I modified the recipe just slightly, and although mine don’t look half as appealing as hers, they tasted great.
The diner party was designed around Skinnytaste’s Chilled Lobster, Sweet Corn, and Tomato Salad. There’s quite a story behind making this dish, but I’ll save the details for the actual Bella Cooks blog post. One thing I will say is that this is one time that living on the West Coast puts me at a disadvantage. Lobster is expensive here – two lobster tails were $50! But my family is worth the splurge, and the salad tasted so fresh and healthy that it was well worth it.
I wanted to start off the dinner with a nice accompaniment, and my sister actually suggested an avocado salad. I searched, and found this Chilled Avocado Soup on EatBoutique. This was the surprise hit of the evening. Everyone raved about it, and I agree. I’ll absolutely make this again. I don’t like cilantro, so I substituted Italian parsley, and it was simply divine. And it only took about 15 minutes to put together!
Here’s a shot of the seafood feast. One of my FB friends said that this angle makes it look like you’re sitting with us at the table, so I thought I’d include it. My mom, who is an amazing cook in her own right, was incredibly impressed by my planning and execution, and I think she was really touched that I put in all this effort for my family.
The cooking bug has struck, because even after all that cooking on Saturday, I still made unique and interesting dinners for myself this week.
Monday’s dinner was my version of these Authentically Baja Fish Tacos that I found on Healthy Chic Eats. These were, by far, the best fish tacos I have ever eaten. I used Swai, and I loved the way it tasted. I changed thing up a bit, because I didn’t have bell peppers or jalepeno peppers on hand, so I used Sriracha instead.
The mango salsa had red onion, green onions, lots of spices, and lime juice. I wish this photo had turned out better, because the colors on the plate were so beautiful. I ended up making more of a taco salad, using shredded cabbage as the lettuce, topping it off with a scoop of guacamole and a dollop of nonfat Greek yogurt. So filling and so delish!
Finally, Tuesday night I made Skinnytaste’s Baked Chicken Milanese with Arugula and Tomatoes. I’ve never used lemon juice and olive oil instead of egg to add breading to chicken cutlets, but I will from now on. The citrus flavor of the lemon added so much to the chicken. I used chicken tenders instead of full chicken breasts, but it still made enough for lunch today and dinner at least two more times. If you have access to homegrown tomatoes, you HAVE to make this salad! It was fairly simple to put together and reminded me of my Nana’s kitchen, while still being super healthy and low calorie. The entire plate is only 250 very filling calories.
What was the best thing you’ve eaten today? This week?
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