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Christmas Kitteh December 23, 2012

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Every now and then Sparky the cat gives me a gem of a picture.

All credit to my high school fencing bud James C. Foy for the verbiage, and Stacie Ashe Otis for pointing out that Sparky The Cat looks kind of pissed off…..

 

EMEALS Review: Roasted Balsamic Chicken with Dijon Green Beans December 22, 2012

Filed under: Dinner,EMEALS reviews — Low Carb Jabberwockey @ 9:38 pm
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Recall that I purchased one year’s worth of “Low Carb” recipes and shopping lists from EMEALS on a Groupon.  A pretty good deal, for $2.00 a month and darned convenient that the Hubs can do all the shopping.

However, one thing I have found is that EMEAL’s interpretation of low carb is different than mine.

I come from the low carb camp that you should refrain from using sugar (or any “real” sweetners for that matter).  The recipe called for Honey, but since it was only 1 Tbsp, I guess I was able to live with it for a day.  The rest of the ingredients were olive oil, grape tomatoes (I used cherry), chicken breast pounded flat, salt, pepper, and Balsamic vinaigrette salad spritzer.  Huh ?? Salad spritzer.  I went with it, although I would have preferred to use real Balsamic.

The beans called for butter, parsley, dijon, and lemon rind.

Overall this meal gets a thumbs down.  The chicken was not terrifically flavorful and the lemon rind in the beans was not a great flavor.  More importantly the family AND myself just didn’t care for it.

 

EMEALS Review: Chicken Piccata with Texas Caviar

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EMEALS Review: Chicken Piccata with Texas Caviar

This EMEALS dish was quite tasty, and unbelievably, the leftovers the next day were even better. The two adult dinner guests (both former vegetarians) actually loved it, as well as the family.

The chicken breasts were coated in cornstarch up front….typically I would have browned the meat first and added the thickener at the end.  I think this prevented the meat from getting a nice brown crust.

The butter, olive oil, broth, lemon juice, parsley and capers gave it a pretty good flavor, but I felt there was a little something missing so added some white wine which did the trick.

The Texas Caviar was very tasty, except the 1 Tbsp. of hot sauce (Tabasco) was a little too much for me and the kiddo.  Everyone else loved the spicy-ness.  Ingredients were very interesting….Cilantro, red wine vinegar, olive oil,  hot sauce, garlic, black eyed peas, red onion, tomato, bell pepper.

Picture shows the Piccata topped with a small amount of the Texas Caviar which toned down the heat for me.   Overall, Thumbs up from me, our guests, and the fam !

 

Delicious Lunch

Filed under: Dinner,EMEALS reviews,Lunch — Low Carb Jabberwockey @ 8:41 pm
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Leftover Cabbage Roll Patties

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This patty was delicious, and was a quick and easy prep, since I had a little leftover meat from my EMEALS cabbage roll escapades.   Recall that the cabbage rolls got a “thumbs up” from both me and the fam.

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Total prep and cook time was 5 minutes.

 

Emeals Review: Baked Cabbage Rolls with Mashed Cauliflower December 8, 2012

Filed under: Dinner,EMEALS reviews,Side Dishes — Low Carb Jabberwockey @ 11:38 pm
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Baked Cabbage Rolls with Mashed Cauliflower

This dish was downright tasty, although the prep time was a little more than what I prefer for a weeknight meal.

Filling consisted of ground beef, onion, egg, tomato paste, Worcestershire, and lemon juice.  The labor intensive part was steaming the 12 cabbage leaves and rolling up the beef in the leaves.  You may recall that I work from home so was able to prep this on my lunch hour and pop it back into the fridge to cook later.  Since the rolls take an hour to cook, I would not recommend the dish for an after work prep/bake.

To cook, I added 1 cup of water on the bottom, and a can of tomato sauce over the top.  I embellished a little and topped with a little bit of grated Parmesan cheese and dried basil, covered with foil and baked for an hour.

The side dish was nice and easy….the recipe called for frozen cauliflower (which I don’t usually buy,  but was very convenient) and butter.  I had about an ounce of cream cheese, so went ahead and threw that in since I thought it would make it a little creamier.

I generally am not a fan of cauliflower mash because I have not been able to get the proper texture, but my Mom-In-Law sent us a Vita mixer for Christmas this year and WOW, the texture of the mash turned out PERFECT.  Looks like I will be making this side dish more often !

Rating for this dish is THUMBS UP, even though the dish was a little more labor intensive to prep than I prefer.

 

Emeals Review: Zesty Salmon, Rice and Peas

Filed under: Dinner,EMEALS reviews,Side Dishes — Low Carb Jabberwockey @ 10:49 pm
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Zesty Salmon with Rice and Peas

One word, “YUM” !  This was fast, easy, and scrumptious — The Family loved it as well.  I typically don’t add “sauces” to salmon, since I don’t want to mask the flavor of the fish itself – but this turned out great.  Recipe called for Chili Sauce (which in my opinion tasted just like ketchup), green onions, orange marmalade (substituted no sugar apricot preserves), and soy sauce.

So, Chili sauce.  My interpretation would have sent me down the international food aisle, and I would have purchased some of that sweet/spicy Asian style sauce.  My husband did the shopping, and he went down the condiments aisle, and purchased “Heinz Chili Sauce” which kinda tasted exactly like ketchup.  Probably could have just used ketchup had we known.

Peas and Rice.  YUP.  Not at all low carb….this has been a recurring theme on this low carb emeals plan. Yes, the rice was brown which is a little healthier, but it was instant.   I think that in general I am seeing about 2 meals each week that probably should not be on the low carb plan.  Don’t get me wrong, the rice and peas tasted awesome.

So, I am willing to overlook the hi-carb side dish because the salmon tasted so darned good.  Thumbs up for this one.

 

Emeals Review: Shake and Bake Chicken

Filed under: Dinner,EMEALS reviews,Lunch — Low Carb Jabberwockey @ 10:13 pm
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Shake and Bake Chicken

This emeals dish was what I would call “unremarkable”.  You wonder what I mean by that ?

It simply tasted like chicken breast with flour breading. Not bad, but not good either.  The family and our 13 year old dinner guest all thought it was “okay”.

My only alteration to the recipe was to add about a half teaspoon of paprika to the flour.  And let’s talk about flour…..  Why not shredded parm some other “breading”?   This is a low carb plan after all !

Side dish was blue cheese salad.  Can’t really go wrong there.

Overall rating….I say thumbs down because the chicken was unremarkable, AND I don’t like that a low carb recipe called for flour.

 

Emeals review: Bacon and Egg Casserole

Filed under: Breakfast,Dinner,EMEALS reviews,Lunch — Low Carb Jabberwockey @ 9:42 pm
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Bacon and Egg Casserole

I thought this was pretty good, however my family is just not thrilled with the quiche for dinner concept yet.  Looking like they better get used to it since emeals seems to have one egg based dinner dish each week!  The side dish was just spinach salad, which just doesn’t cut it for my better half from a “filling up” perspective.

I had a butternut squash leftover from my husband’s summer garden,  so peeled, diced, and roasted with some garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil for an additional side.

Substitutions and alterations….You know I always do this !  We generally don’t eat bacon, so I substituted beef, in place of the pork bacon.  The recipe also called for 1/4 cup of onion, and I used the entire thing since I hate stinky leftover onion smell in the fridge.

Prep:  Nice and Easy !  Thumbs up from me….Thumbs down from the Family….

 

EMEALS.com review: Baked chicken enchiladas with Southwest veggies December 1, 2012

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EMEALS.com review:  Baked chicken enchiladas with Southwest veggies

When I first glanced at this recipe, I was a little surprised that it called for several high carb ingredients (remember, I purchased the LOW CARB eating plan from emeals.com recently).

So, not trusting their net carb count I went ahead and entered the recipe into fatsecret.com, and was surprised that I came up at 14 net carbs which is one less than their calculation.  However, I did make three tweaks to the recipe by substituting Green Taco Sauce for Enchilada sauce, using the whole can of tomatoes, and throwing in one extra tortilla (mine were the small ones).

But, more significantly, I reduced their serving size.  They said it serves 6, but I cut it into 9 pieces and was satisfied with just one piece.

This was absolutely DELISH.

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Baked Chicken Enchiladas

1 lb. cooked chicken breast
1 fifteen ounce can tomatoes, drained
3/4 cup mild green taco sauce
1/2 cup salsa
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup frozen corn (thawed)
14 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
5 low carb tortillas, cut into quarters
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

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Spray a 9 x 9 inch casserole dish.  Mix chicken, tomatoes, taco sauce, salsa, and cream cheese. In a seperate bowl mix the corn and beans. Layer 7 tortilla slices on bottom of pan, followed by half of the chicken mixture, then half of the corn/beans.  Layer 6 more tortilla slices, the rest of the chickens, then the rest of the beans.  Top with the rest of the tortillas, and the cheese.

Bake 30 minutes at 375 F.

Serve with steamed veggies.

 

EMEALS review: Baked Tilapia with Dill and Veggie trio

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EMEALS review:  Baked Tilapia with Dill and Veggie trio

I absolutely LOVED this dish – but again deviated pretty heavily from the original.  Prep time was about 5 minutes, cook time was about 10 minutes. A perfect weeknight meal for you all you working parents.

I altered the emeals recipe, because quite honestly, it sounded like the fish was going to turn out to be very bland and tasteless.

Original recipe called for just salt, pepper and dill on the fish, not even a spritz of any oil. I was supposed to top the fish with a sour cream and capers mixture (which I didn’t do).  After my modifications, I really don’t think the fish needed the topping.

So, here are my “tweaks”.

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Baked Tilapia with Dill

1.5 lb Tilapia
2 large lemons
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp Kosher salt
1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
1 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Juice one lemon, add the olive oil, salt, pepper, dill and garlic powder, and gave it a good whisk to blend.

Spray the baking sheet lightly with oil, lay the fish out so they are not touching.  Spread the lemon juice/olive oil mixture.  Cook at 400 F for 10 minutes.

Slice the second lemon and use as garnish when serving.  In the meantime, prep the side dish

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Veggie Trio

8 oz. sliced mushrooms
1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
12 oz. bag broccoli/cauliflower florets
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Sautee mushrooms in the olive oil.  Steam the broccoli/cauliflower or cook in microwave.  Combine and add salt/pepper taste.

 

 
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