Thursday, March 29, 2012

Crab Cakes: Love 'em!

I purchased a can of crab meat a couple of weeks ago when it was on sale, not knowing what I was going to use it for.  After I did some research, I realized I could make crab cakes (and homemade aioli).  Naturally, I was up to the challenge and thought it would be fun to make something new in the middle of the week.  I made these super-tasty crab cakes by slightly adapting this recipe from Allrecipes (I basically made a third of the recipe with my 6 oz can of crab meat, reduced the proportion of crackers and skipped Old Bay and cayenne pepper since I didn't have any.  I also used regular mustard instead of dry and used a light mayo).  I made aioli, a recipe I found in the comments, with my only modification there being an extra garlic clove and otherwise dividing the recipe by a third (the aioli is not pictured).  I served these crab cakes with a baked potato and broccoli, although I'm sure serving them on bread with a side of salad is also a nice alternative.   These were really tasty and did not involve much prep work other than chopping up the green onions.  Bon appetit!

May post full adapted recipe at a later date...

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Colombian Fare: Yuca Frita (Fried Yuca)

I love yuca, whether it's fried or even boiled with just a little bit of butter and/or cheese.  This morning I had yuca frita for breakfast with a Colombian coffee.  Yuca is also often served as a side dish at Colombian restaurants.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fresh String Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad

So this past Sunday my husband and I went to visit my uncle and my parents.  Whenever I see my parents, they always buy me random stuff - it could be clothes or food or both.  This time my parents bought us, among other things, arepas, string beans, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, avocado, and a box of Great Grains cereal.  Since my mom suggested that I make some kind of salad with my vegetables I threw this little salad together.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Lemon Red Snapper with Herbed Butter

My husband and I went grocery-shopping on Sunday.  While there, he asked me if I could buy red snapper.  I'll be honest; I was not totally excited about making another new meal and the hefty price tag on the snapper made me hesitant to try making it for the first time.  Nevertheless, we bought it and I made it tonight.  Much to my surprise, it actually came out really well.  My husband said it was even better than the tilapia (high praise indeed).

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Orange Beef and Broccoli: Healthy Asian Fare

Ever since my husband bought me Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast: 250 Incredibly Flavorful 5-Ingredient 15-Minute Recipes, I have been dying to try making orange beef.  I love orange flavored foods and have wanted to doing something different and healthy with beef.  I LOVED it (and my husband ate it all even though he doesn't normally like orange chicken/beef).  I served it with jasmine rice.  I adapted this recipe based on what I had on hand (and I always use meat tenderizer on steak and season everything with Adobo).

Friday, March 2, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Asparagus with Blue Cheese and Oregano

So last Saturday I was looking through one of the new cookbooks that my husband bought me as part of my Valentine's Day gift and found a recipe for asparagus with feta and (fresh) oregano in my cookbook, Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast 250 Incredibly Flavorful 5-Ingredient 15-Minute Recipes.  On Sunday, I adapted this recipe using blue cheese and dried oregano and paired it with my turkey chili.  It was fast, easy and tasty, definitely the kind of veggie side dish that works perfectly for a weeknight dinner.