Monday, January 10, 2011

Menu Monday...Cooking Light and PW Edition

I am going to be doing things a little bit differently on Menu Monday over here. In the past, I've always posted my recipes before I had made them. We'd plan our meals, I'd post them, then I'd cook for the week. I've decided to switch the order around...from now on I think I'll be planning, cooking all week, and then posting on here. This way I can post pictures and any modifications made to the recipes.

Now that we've got that away, let's talk about the's what we ate last week:

My Meals:
I got the Cooking Light Cookbook, Fresh Food Fast, and so far it has yet to disappoint! It's been worth every penny.

This week we tried...

Taco Beans and Rice with my mom's green chili frittata...recipe at the end of this post
Thoughts on Taco Beans and Rice: very tasty if you don't make the mistake I did and use Trader Joe's taco seasoning. That stuff is SPICY and honestly ruined this meal for us. I'll be trying it again in a few months, but next time making my own taco seasoning. One modification I made..added cilantro and some lime jucie

We also tried Seared Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Dark Beer Reduction and Blue Cheese with baked sweet potatoes on the side.
These were extra yummy steaks. Recipe called for beef tenderloin steaks, I bought petite sirloin. Sometimes beef selections confuse me...big time! This substitute ended up working perfectly.

And J's Meals:

While I was digging Cooking Light all week, my dear husband was into some Pioneer Woman...makes for a balanced diet...kind of?

Only thing I'd change about this...I'd add sliced avocado on top

Monday Night Stir Fry

Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp served over Trader Joe's Basil Linguine
This was delicious. Only problem was we forgot crusty bread to go with it. It's a must to soak up all the garlicy butter goodness on your plate.

And the promised recipe from above...this is a great side for any Mexican meal!

Green Chile Frittata

7 whole Egg
½ cups 1% Milk
1 Tablespoon White Flour
1-½ cup Monterey Jack or Cheddar Cheese
2 cans Green Chiles

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Beat eggs in a bowl
3. Mix in other ingredients
4. Pour into a circular casserole dish (square pan would work too)
5. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until done in the center


  1. I've never used Cooking Light before until last week when I bought the January Magazine. I made three recipes from it last week and we loved all of them! Look up the cheesy meatloaf minis on their website. They were amazing! Maybe I'll have to check out the cookbook.

  2. I like your new version of Menu Monday! I made the switch to posting MM after the week of meals and it's so much easier and keeps me accountable to actually make the meals I plan. I also really struggle with beef selections or any meat for that matter. The Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp looks delicious!

  3. yeah, that's funny to throw some healthy eatng in with PW :-)

    let's see - the roasted vegetable pizza in the cooking light cookbook? pretty tasy and super easy! Also, Penne A La Betsy from PW and you can use chicken instead of shrimp too. YUM!

    Love the way you're shaking things up!

  4. Wow, everything looks amazing! I love when pictures accompany recepies! :)

    Most definitely going to try the shrimp dish soon...a Trader Joe's opened up somewhat near me, and I love trying out all of their interesting and unique product.

  5. Those tacos look amazing! I am gonna try them this week. Also, love all the pictures, makes me wanna eat everything!!

  6. My Cooking Light subscription FINALLY transferred to my Austin address (or someone in the neighborhood has been stealing 'em for the past four months...) and I am excited to try out some new recipes. It is a great source of inspiration, even if I don't go by the recipe exactly. :)

    I love your mom's green chile fritatta! We were overloaded with green chiles in Texas for awhile, and I'll have to bookmark this for when the season comes back around!

  7. YUM, this all looks delicious! I'm definitely adding that green chile frittata to my recipe binder, it looks fantastic!

  8. That frittata is just begging for some of my Hatch Freezer Stash - thanks for posting!

    Try McCormick's taco seasoning (like 54 cents a packet at any market) - my go-to taco seasoning! They have spicy and mild!

  9. The frittata sounds amazing! I'm definitely trying that soon.

  10. Wow--eating at your house looks like a fun time! I try to cook new things every week, but I don't usually fit in 5 recipes. =) Love your photos!

  11. I like the idea of doing it this way. I've thought about doing one this way myself of everything I cooked. But alas, I don't cook fancy things like you! :-) Mine would be boring!

  12. I have one of the Cooking Light cookbooks, and totally need to try more recipes from there. That Taco Beans and Rice one looks tastey. Your Menu Monday's have inspired me to try this out myself. I need to start cooking more, it's just so hard to do so for myself. I just need to try and figure out how to cut down the recipe.

  13. Oh my goodness you guys are too awesome. Your husband knows who PW is? Mine should as much as I talk about her, but if he ever cooked anything from her I may pass out. :) Everything looks delicious, thanks for the ideas! I also got that cookbook for Christmas but haven't even looked in it yet, I'm anxious to now!