Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Jumping on the Recipe Bandwagon

After reading my friends' numerous posts regaling their cooking success, I had to jump on the bandwagon. Yesterday I headed to the grocery store to finally complete the ingredients needed for shrimp pad thai from Cooking Light. (That's not my picture but it did look like that.) Now, I don't even consider a recipe unless I have checked the Weight Watchers points first for DH and myself. This recipe? 7 points, not too bad. And I must say, DH and I did a great deal of lip-smacking over this one. It had a good kick to it thanks to crushed red pepper--and it does help if you can find the Asian rice noodles to go with it. It called for stick noodles (Banh Pho), and I'm not sure I got exactly what I needed, but I did find them in the Asian section of the grocery store and they tasted yummy. I'm sure you could substitute regular noodles. OK, I've just looked over what I wrote and have decided the word "noodles" makes me giggle like a little kid. Seriously, though, that and fish sauce were the two most exotic ingredients; the rest you can find in any grocery store. Delicious and fairly light--we definitely ate more than our 7 points' worth, I admit.

Since I was on a roll, I continued and made morning glory muffins, also from Cooking Light (3 points each but they're filling). We omitted the walnuts but they still tasted great, according to my (biased) sources. I still don't know why "morning glory" has to do with lots of wheat and bran, but it required me going to the local health store and buying a 1lb. bag of flax seed and borrowing my landlady's coffee grinder to produce 2 tablespoons of ground flax. Thus, if anyone has recipes that call for flax seed, let me know. Mushing the bananas inside the peels was the most fun part. Yes, I may grow older, but immaturity lasts forever. Makes life a lot more fun.


Leslie said...

I have a bag of flax seed, but thanks :) I use it whenever I make bread - it's super healthy. MWAH!

Sarah said...

I just bought some flax seed myself, but luckily I was able to scoop it out of a bin and not buy a whole pound :) Anyway, I'm adding mine to my morning smoothies for an extra health kick - maybe you could try that!