By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com
I cook most of the meals at home and enjoy cooking several times per week. The primary challenge lies in cooking food that tastes good AND is healthy. I forego this requirement on the weekends, but most of the items that follow are low in calories, but have great flavor. Read on and maybe you will get some ideas for your own experiments. Enjoy!
I use my griddle to cook the sea-bass, and season it with salt and pepper. The potatoes are made by cooking two russet potatoes, mashing them, and incorporating buttermilk and Parmesan cheese. I use a little amount of butter for texture and season with salt and pepper. The marinara sauce is homemade as I blend San Mateo tomatoes (24 oz can,) and cook with scallions, garlic, red pepper, salt, pepper, and a small amount of olive oil. Fresh basil is incorporated at the end, and the fish is topped with a fresh slice of lemon. The asparagus is something I frequently make, which is fresh asparagus, trimmed, topped with olive oil, salt and pepper, and baked in the oven at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.
Pork loin, when trimmed properly, has the same amount of calories as chicken, and sometimes is lower in calories (depending on the chicken you buy.) In this dish the pork loin is trimmed, sliced thinly, and pounded into cutlets. I season it with salt and pepper, and cook on my griddle until lightly browned and cooked through. The angel hair pasta, whole grain, is cooked al dente, and tossed with sliced Kalamata olives, roasted garlic, scallions, pappadew peppers, and olive oil. The salad uses butter lettuce, and is tossed with homemade vinaigrette, with sliced grape tomatoes, and topped with sliced radishes. The pork cutlet, once cooked, is cut in half, and topped with cubes of low-fat Feta cheese.
As mentioned above, pork loin, can have fewer calories than chicken in some instances. Even when it does not have fewer, it can be very close in caloric content and just as healthy for you as chicken. Not to mention, it has more flavor and mixes things up a bit. For this dish I grilled pork loin, sliced it, and served it over butter lettuce. The lettuce was drizzled with a vinagrette, and topped with roasted garlic, pappadew peppers, low-fat Feta cheese, and kalamata olives. The entire dish was tasty but low in fat and calories.
I have a few other dishes to share and can post the recipes for these if anyone wants them. Just send me an email.