Clean Eating: Seared Scallops Over Pea Pesto Linguini

This evening I tried a recipe from the latest Clean Eating magazine I got in the mail this past week. I don't often cook scallops because despite liking them, they are difficult to cook. I think the last time I cooked scallops was 1993 and it was an abismal failure. Tonight was not much different.


In spite of rinsing the scallops several times, there was still sand in the damn things. It was the same problem I'd had before. I really wish I knew the trick to desanding scallops because it would've been a pretty good meal if not for the grit. Then again, maybe I'll skip the scallops altogether and just stick to cooking fish, which I'm pretty good at!


Clean Eating: Ricotta and Spinach Frittata

So, the March 2011 issue of Clean Eating magazine arrived a couple weeks ago, and it's packed with tons of yummy-looking recipes! I decided to start with something different and make a breakfast, so I chose the Ricotta and Spinach Frittata.

I haven't cooked a breakfast on the weekend in a very long time, usually because so many recipes I find are complicated and I've never been very successful cooking eggs. However, this recipe was super easy and it turned out great! I just added some fresh fruit and coffee and it was a perfect Sunday brunch!

Clean Eating: Thai-Style Tofu and Noodles and the Garlic-Sizzled Kale Saute

This evening I cooked up a couple recipes from the Fall 2008 issue of Clean Eating magazine:  the Thai-Style Tofu and Noodles and the Garlic-Sizzled Kale Saute.

Tofu and kale 
I found some extra firm tofu that was already cut into cubes at the store which saved me some time, and had all the other ingredients at home already which saved me some money. It was actually really easy and fast to make and turned out delicious! I will definitely be making this again.

 The kale was pretty easy and inexpensive, too. However, I forgot to cut up the kale before cooking it and didn't have an extra pan after making the tofu, so I had to use a large pot instead, so while it turned out okay, it wasn't spectacular. Also, I'm not sure I really like the flavour of kale (I much prefer Swiss chard), so I probably won't make that one again.

Still, it was a pretty successful dinner, imho, and it was fun to be in the kitchen cooking something new, different, healthy and delicious!

Clean Eating: Balsamic-Glazed Cracked Pepper Salmon and Sweet & Sour Chard w/ Pineapple

While I'm not entirely thrilled that my 3-day weekend is coming to a close, I accomplished so much I can't help but feel satisfied and happy. I got my taxes done and mailed (and it wasn't as bad as I was expecting, thank GOD!), finally baked up that last tub of cookie dough I bought through a Christmastime fund-raiser a couple years ago (Chocolate Chunk and they are delicious!), bought groceries (most hated chore EVER!), and got a mani-pedi (and boy did that feel good!).

So what better way to celebrate my sucessful weekend than with a delicious clean and healthy meal? So I whipped up the Balsamic-Glazed Cracked Pepper Salmon and Sweet & Sour Chard w/ Pineapple from the Fall 2008 issue of Clean Eating magazine.

Salmon and chard 

Both recipies were super quick and easy to make and tasted fantastic! I baked the salmon instead of frying, and while it still tasted good, I think it affected the appearance of the salmon and the consistency of the glaze. Still, so long as it tastes good, I'm not too concerned about how it looks! (Frankly, I'm just thrilled my cooking skills have improved to the point that I'm not burning dinner and setting off the smoke detector all the time!)

Clean Eating: Split Pea Soup with Smoked Salmon

Split pea soup 2

Mom and I started 2011 with a delicious clean dinner from the newest Clean Eating magazine: Split Pea Soup with Smoked Salmon. This was probably one of the easiest and fastest meals I've made in a long time! I loved all the beautiful colours of this soup - the spring green of the celery and split peas, the bright orange of the carrot, and the pale pink of the smoked salmon - and the smell of the lemon and dill. Best of all, it tasted as good as it looked! And yes, I was very careful with my new camera when I took this picture:

Split pea soup 1

Clean Eating: Turkey Pot Pie


This delicious low fat version of one of my favourite meals is from the November/December 2010 issue of Clean Eating magazine. I remember as a child I would get to have a steamy chicken pot pie fresh from the oven as a special treat. It wasn't homemade like this one, but a frozen dinner - probably Banquet brand - that came in its own little tin and had creamy chicken and veggies inside surrounded by a flakey crust outside. Despite seeing the steam pouring out of it when I broke the crust with my fork, I was unable to wait for it to cool down, and more often than not, burned my tongue on that first bite. Oh, that takes me back!

The Clean Eating version uses turkey instead of chicken (I'm sure you could use chicken if you wanted, but it was one of those "What to do with your leftover Thanksgiving turkey" recipes) and has a brown rice and parmesean cheese "crust".  It was pretty easy to make though there was a lot of prep work with all the peeling and chopping of carrots and turnips and onions,  and cutting the turkey breast into bite-sized pieces, and my stove/oven just takes longer to cook foods. Still, the final product not only looks wonderful but tastes amazing as well!


Clean Eating: Spinach & Chicken Sausage Pizza



Tonight's dinner was a super yummy pizza with chicken sausage, spinach and tomatoes. The recipe is from the March/April 2009 issue of Cleam Eating magazine. I'm pretty sure I've made this before but I didn't remember until I started making it. It was very quick and easy and it turned out beautifully:

Clean Eating magazine has dozens of great recipes just like this one in every issue. It is by far one of my favourite magazines (with Lucky being a close second and Rubberstamp Madness third, in case you care), and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for healthy, easy, delicious food.


New Beginnings #23



To remind you of the way this works, here’s how to play:

First — post your list of New Years’ Resolutions in a post at your blog (or in the comments here, if you don’t have a blog).

Second — every week, on Wednesday, write a new post about how you’re doing with each of your goals … you’ll have to list them, again, each week, as people won’t remember what you’re working towards, otherwise. Be brief in your updates, as there may be several blogs to visit! ((come give a quick update here at Should Be Reading, if you don’t have a blog)).

Third — after you’ve written your update, come back to Should Be Reading, and share your link so that we –the other New Beginnings participants– can stop by your blog and encourage you!

Important! … It would be absolutely great if you could visit at least ONE other participant’s blog  on Wednesdays and leave a comment on their post to share some encouragement for their efforts! Show your support! That’s what this event is all about — standing by each other to finally reach our goals!

NOTE: Only two months left in the year! I can't believe it! I've narrowed my NB goals down again since there are only a few things that I even have time to attempt before 2011.
1. Health and Fitness
o   Get down to size 14. To heck with this one, I'm just going to try to maintain my current weight loss through the end of the year. 
o   Try three new recipes per month (one of which will be vegetarian). I made a really delicious vegetarian Black-Eyed Pea Stew this past weekend which I was very happy about! 
o   Hit the gym four days per week. I've been back on track with this since recovering from a head cold and feel better than I have in several months!

2. Writing

Write a(nother) complete novel during NaNoWriMo. Nanowrimo began on Monday and so far I'm getting at least one hour of writing time in per day!

3. Photography 
Skipping all the previous photo "goals". I will be participating in November's 26 Things Photographic Scavenger Hunt, but it will be a a bigger challenge than usual this time since I destroyed my camera over the weekend. grr!

4. Homefront
o   Organize stuff. My stuff is pretty well organized right now, but who knows how long that will last.  
o   Reduce clutter. Sold a few more things on eBay lately, but will probably not add anything more until the beginning of next year.   

5. Fun Stuff Deleted this one because I made it to the beach a couple times this year and gave up on the tattoo idea completely.


Clean Eating: Black-Eyed Pea Stew

This week's clean and healthy recipe comes from the March/April 2009 issue of Clean Eating magazine. Like last week's Salmon Corn Chowder, this is the first time I've tried this recipe and I'm wondering why?. It was super easy - just five ingredients! - and was a delicious vegetarian meal!

I've never had black-eyed peas or collard greens before and found both of them to be pretty darn tasty! The stew coulda used a little sprinklng of sea salt and fresh ground pepper - I totally forgot both of those things, and had used salt-free organic vegetable broth and diced tomatoes so there wasn't any salt in there at all! It was still pretty good, though and and the leftovers will make a yummy lunch tomorrow afternoon!


I'm really glad that one picture came out because right after that I tried to get a shot of the rest of the stew in the pot and totally dropped my camera in the stew! The camera still takes pictures, but the screen in the back is dead so I can't tell if I've turned off my flash or not, and can't tell if I'm on macro or not until I plug the card into a computer and check out the pics! Gah! I guess I'll be getting a shiny new toy for Christmas this year. Any suggestions on what my next camera should be? 

Clean Eating: Salmon Corn Chowder

For dinner tonight I made the Salmon Corn Chowder and Corn Bread from the 2009 September/October issue of Clean Eating magazine.


I don't know why I didn't make this a year ago, because it is delicious! And really quite easy, too! I was lucky that I had many of the ingredients on hand, so I just had to pick up the salmon and veggies. I believe it says it's 45 minutes total to make both items, but it actually took me an hour and a half. Still, that's not too bad for cooking and since it turned out so yummy, it was well worth it!