Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Recipe for Yumminess

Today is smoke-free day 457, and time for Heads or Tails.
Today is HEADS - Recipe.

Anyone who has visited my blog for awhile, especially on Sundays for Weekly Winners when I often post food pictures, knows that this topic should be a breeze for me because I am all about the recipes. Some of you know that I'm not a toss it all together and wing it kind of girl because it rarely works out for me, but I do pretty OK with following a recipe (if you are curious about me and cooking without a clue because I quit smoking and needed a hobby - it's all part of my Make Believe Cooking Show that I did way back on another Heads or Tails Tuesday). All that said, I'm finding it near impossible to just pick out one or two recipes to share with all of y'all like I'd intended because there are just scads of them. I love to cook. I love to eat. I love all of you for reading, and you look so scrumptious today with that cute little grin.

So, instead of twisting my head to squeeze out a recipe or three, I'll share my public cookbooks of recipes mostly by others but that I've personally prepared and have also reviewed (almost all of them) that I keep over on Recipezaar. I've posted the link for my "I Made It Cookbook" in the past, but I've recently added a "Favorite Healthy-ish Recipes Cookbook" to help keep my ass from getting too big to fit through the drive through and not even wanting to because there is so much that is yummy that also happens to be healthy-ish.

If you wonder (skip this if you don't, I guess - it's not like I'll know) my definition of healthy-ish is that the recipes are either already healthy as written or can be made so, such as substituting chicken sausage for pork sausage or using skim milk instead of whole. What's healthy on my diet might not fit yours, but I hope there are at least some good ideas in there to inspire adaption to whatever makes your tummy and your tushy happy. I never feel deprived while I'm eating better because when I do my own cooking, I can adapt everything to meet my goals and still feel like I'm having whatever I want. I'm like a three year old mostly, so it prevents cranky pants tantrums this way.

Without further ado or blather, here are the links (the cookbooks also allow sorting six ways to Tuesday, which kind of gets me a little giddy):
I am constantly updating these as I try new recipes, and I am also taking suggestions. Anyone have a healthy-ish recipe to share with me? Looking for help with a good idea?


  1. i like your healthy-ish thinking. i've got the same. you can check out my healthy-ish recipes on http://wass4dinner.blogspot.com

    i off to 'inspect' yours....

  2. I know I should eat healthier-ish. But I eat too much on the go.

  3. ...okay, make that http://www.wass4dinner.blogspot.com/


  4. Healthyish is the bestest :) I try to substitute for healthier options whenever I can too :)

  5. Yum! I'm going to try the WW General Tso's chicken and the lentil rice recipes. I've been looking for more bean recipes - I read that if you substitute beans for meat once or twice a week you can save some $$.

    Although that will all be next week. This week hubby is away so we'll be eating eggs, pancakes and grilled cheese all week.

  6. I am SOOOOOOOOO bookmarking and using these recipes. THANK YOU!!

  7. Kevin and I have been eating much healthier lately since we're on the crusade to lose weight. We saw this recipe on Emeril and we've had it twice... we just love it!! We substituted linguine for whole wheat pasta and can't tell the difference. Oh and you can get Essence at the store in the spice aisle ;)

    Bayou Chicken Pasta
    1 pound linguine
    1/4 cup kosher salt
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
    2 tablespoons Essence
    1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
    1 tablespoon finely chopped habanero pepper
    1 tablespoon minced garlic
    1 1/2 cups heavy cream
    1 cup diced tomatoes
    1/2 cup reserved pasta cooking water
    1/2 cup chopped green onion tops
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

    Set a large 1-gallon stock pot of water to a boil and add the kosher salt. Place the linguine in the pot and stir until the water returns to a boil. Cook the pasta until tender, but with a bit of resistance (al dente), about 12 minutes.
    While the pasta cooks, prepare the sauce. Set a 12-inch saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and olive oil to the pan. Once the butter has melted, season the chicken with 1 tablespoon of the Essence and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and add the chicken to the pan. Sear the chicken until well browned on both sides, about 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the onions and habaneros to the pan and saute until the onions are softened and lightly caramelized, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic to the pan and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the cream, remaining 1 tablespoon of Essence, remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, and the chicken to the pan and bring to a boil. Cook the sauce until the cream is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, linguine and the reserved cooking water to the pan and cook, tossing to incorporate for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and add the green onions, Parmesan and parsley and toss to blend. Serve immediately.

  8. Bah! Healthy stuff! Hehe Thanks for sharing with us! You rock!

  9. Thanks for sharing your recipes Maggie. I've been looking through them and there are plenty I'm going to be trying.

    aahhh edamame - ymm yum!

  10. You substituted cooking for smoking? OMG.. I would put on so much weight if I did that. Probably because the first cookbook looks more appealing to me. :P

    How did you know I have a cute little grin on my face?

  11. Thanks! I'll be reading for quite some time - probably until it's too late to cook (that would suit me fine). I love reading recipes but hate to cook.

  12. Hehe. I am a "healthy" cook like that too. ;)
    Thanks for the links!

  13. Your blog has the uncanny knack of often bringing on a pain in my stomach which I associate with the idea in my mind that I AM STARVING!

    Thanks be that it is at least lunchtime. Top Ramen here I come.

  14. I'll go for the 'healthish' cookbook any ol' day. You did good.

    Thanks for stopping by for a visit today.

  15. Thanks for sharing the cookbooks … I try to think and eat healthily too ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

  16. Mmm, yum. I like the healthier-ish recipe box idea.

    My go-to place right now is the Weight Watchers site, which I am happy to look anything up on for anyone. I've tried several things off there and they are really good!

  17. oh i love this! love this! i am going through your healthy-ish cookbook and loving it! i am a healthy-ish person too because i don't believe at all in total deprivation and I, like you, believe that there's lots of yummy in healthy-ish and actually quite enjoy myself often. so thank you! might i share some of this in HFH?

  18. I love that you share all of your recipes with us. It's given me ideas quite a few times. I love to try out new recipes, but get bored with "throw it together really quick" kind of stuff. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Dammit woman! I just started thinking about sticky date pudding with lashings of cream for dessert... now I am feeling guilty.

    Looking forward to checking your cookbooks out. I am ALL about the recipes. It is just the motivation to actually cook that alludes me.

  20. I have blogrolled both of your recipe blogs on my recipe blog. Thank you! I always need recipes.

  21. "healty-ish"- I love that :)

    I peeked at a few of the recipes, and I may have to try some of those. I also have a healthy-ish meatloaf recipe. I use oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs, and mix it with diced carrots and onions, an egg, and tomato sauce. The topping is the not so healthy part, and it's a small mixture of ketchup, mustard and brown sugar.

  22. Oh wow, I love your custom posted recipe book! AllRecipes now allows you to have a book printed of all your favorite allRecipes recipes -- I have yet to do it, but I might yet. I even thought about printing a few and giving them as presents to various people who would appreciate it.

    Thanks for sharing!


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