Wednesday, December 24, 2008

On the Fly Menu for the Week

I didn't post my menu on Monday only because I wasn't sure what our week was going to be like this week. It pretty much kept changing, and every time I thought it was settled, it would change again. The only thing I have planned is what we are eating on Christmas Day, but even that was up in the air for a bit. *sigh* Any, all this to say, the only menu I really have this week - Christmas Day. Hubby and I are going to do a luau (we want a Tiki-style but I don't want to do fried stuff, so luau is a lot healthier and still fits with the tiki theme). We both like Tiki-style music and the podcasts that he downloads have Tiki-style Christmas music for us to listen to. I went with Cooking Light recipes this year, only because it was easier to calculate the points and such. I was unable to find the taro (I can sometimes find it at Kroger and I was hoping Whole Foods might have some), but although there were labels, all that was on the shelf was yuca. Granted, I only hit two stores - so I didn't search that many stores. I'm going to leave the recipe in my list, because I do want to try it at some point. I bought some Hawaiian Red Salt at Kroger quite a while ago when it was on clearance, so I'm using that on the Kahlua pork (I actually sprinkled it on while cooking instead of putting it on at the end). And I will probably use that as the salt for finishing for most of the meals too (it's red because of the clay there and is supposed to give some "flavor" too). We're going to have leftovers, but that's ok. :)

Last Sunday was a lot of fun. We went to a wine tasting (informal) at Mike's Mom's house (of Mike and Jennifer). A bunch of people had canceled the night before, so we only had 2 bottles of red and 2 bottles of white, but my liver was fine with that. :D Sandy (Mike's Mom) had a great dip that I hadn't had before. She called it Shepherd's Dip and had been making it for ages. It was a an equal amount of sour cream and mayo. Then what my family called chipped beef (we couldn't get chipped beef in our grocery store growing up so that was what we used for SOS) but is just that cheap packaged sliced lunch meat (Land of Frost or Carl Budding) that was diced. Then sliced black olives, sliced green onions (green and white parts) and seasoning salt were added. It was chilled overnight. A round loaf of bread was hollowed out and it was placed in the loaf with the innards used to dip into it. When I did an online search I found some dips like it, using Beau Monde Seasoning which McCormick's had stopped making for a while (it's a seasoning salt/celery salt- like combination) and no olives. But, I liked the olives in it - course we like olives in this house (I'm lookin' at you Mary! *wink*). I got to see a lot of people that we hadn't see since Mike and Jennifer got married. I also got to learn how to play Rummikub (I think that's how it's spelled). It's basically Rummy (the card game) with tiles. I enjoyed it, and it's been a long time since I've played Rummy (I haven't played it since college). Might have to think about buying the game although Jennifer's quite the shark at that game. ;)

Monday: FFY
Tuesday: Leftover Minestrone with Pasta (5 points) with Grilled cheese (Martin's Whole Wheat potato bread, part skim mozzarella cheese slices, pesto and tomato paste)
Wednesday: No idea - I'll figure it out in a bit I've got some mushrooms to use maybe a mushroom soup.
Thursday: Luau
Friday: Leftovers or Pizza night depending
Sat: Christmas Dinner at my sisters

Waimea Fried Rice

4 cups water
1 cup uncooked long-grain brown rice
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
3 tablespoons thinly sliced lemon grass or 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup diced celery
1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
4 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
1 cup chopped pineapple
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried mint
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan; add rice. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes. Remove from heat. Drain well; place rice in a shallow dish, and chill 30 minutes.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add lemon grass, garlic, and jalapeño; sauté 30 seconds. Add celery, bell pepper, and ginger; sauté 30 seconds. Add rice, and cook until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Stir in pineapple and remaining ingredients.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)
CALORIES 158 (19% from fat); FAT 3.4g (sat 0.5g,mono 1.3g,poly 1.3g); IRON 0.8mg; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 18mg; CARBOHYDRATE 29.3g; SODIUM 327mg; PROTEIN 3.1g; FIBER 1.9g

Cooking Light, MAY 1998

Tuna Poke
Be sure to use sushi-grade tuna for this fish salad because the fish is raw and isn't "cooked" with citrus juice, as in seviche.

1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons peanut oil
1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1/2 pound sushi-grade tuna, cut into (1/2-inch) cubes
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) diagonally cut slices peeled cucumber

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a medium glass bowl. Cover and chill 2 hours. Serve tuna mixture over cucumber.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1/4 cup tuna and 1/2 cup cucumber)

CALORIES 94 (28% from fat); FAT 2.9g (sat 0.5g,mono 1.1g,poly 0.9g); IRON 0.6mg; CHOLESTEROL 26mg; CALCIUM 19mg; CARBOHYDRATE 2.4g; SODIUM 157mg; PROTEIN 13.9g; FIBER 0.7g

Cooking Light, MARCH 2005

Like grits in the American South, poi is a bland side dish that you serve plain and let people season with salt or pepper. Look for taro in the produce department with other tubers, or order from

2 quarts plus 1 1/4 cups water, divided
1 1/2 pounds taro root, unpeeled

Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add taro; cook 40 minutes or until tender. Drain; cool 15 minutes. Peel; discard skin. Roughly chop taro. Place taro and 1 cup water in a blender; process until smooth. Add remaining 1/4 cup water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency.

Yield: 3 cups (serving size: 1/4 cup)

CALORIES 5 (0.0% from fat); FAT 0.0g (sat 0.0g,mono 0.0g,poly 0.0g); IRON 0.3mg; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 6mg; CARBOHYDRATE 1.1g; SODIUM 1mg; PROTEIN 0.4g; FIBER 0.2g

Cooking Light, MARCH 2005

Oven Kalua Pork
This more accessible version of the classic slow-roasted pig enjoyed at luaus is cooked as a roast in a regular oven. It is typical to stir any reserved meat juice into the shredded pork. If you do, we recommend that you skim the fat first. Place a heavy-duty plastic bag into a measuring cup; pour collected juices into the bag. Let stand 10 minutes or until fat rises to the top. Using kitchen shears, snip a small portion of one bottom corner of the bag, and pour the juices over shredded pork, stopping before you reach the fat layer.

4 1/4 pounds Boston Butt pork roast, trimmed
2 tablespoons Hickory Liquid Smoke
3/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 275°.

Rub pork with liquid smoke. Wrap pork tightly in foil; place on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 275° for 5 hours. Cool slightly. Remove pork from bone; discard bone. Shred meat with 2 forks. Combine shredded pork and salt in a large bowl, tossing well.

Yield: 16 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces)
CALORIES 234 (44% from fat); FAT 11.5g (sat 3.9g,mono 5.5g,poly 1.1g); IRON 1.8mg; CHOLESTEROL 108mg; CALCIUM 8mg; CARBOHYDRATE 0.0g; SODIUM 249mg; PROTEIN 30.5g; FIBER 0.0g

Cooking Light, MARCH 2005

Lomi Lomi Salmon
The popular luau dish is named for the Hawaiian words for rub, massage, or knead. Traditionally, the salt is rubbed onto the salmon, and the salmon, onions, and tomato are then massaged together with your hands. We opted for a tidier preparation. Soaking the diced white onion mellows the flavor by taming its sharp bite.

1/4 cup coarse sea salt
8 ounces salmon fillet
1/2 cup finely diced white onion
3 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
1 cup diced tomato
16 iceberg lettuce leaves

Place salt and fish in a large zip-top plastic bag; shake bag to coat fish evenly. Chill 8 hours or overnight.

Remove fish from bag; rinse well. Soak fish in ice water 2 hours, changing water every 30 minutes. Drain well. Pat fish dry with paper towels. Dice fish; place in a large bowl. Set aside.

Soak white onion in ice water 15 minutes. Drain well. Add diced onion, green onions, and diced tomato to fish; toss gently to combine. Spoon about 3 tablespoons fish mixture into each lettuce leaf.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 4 filled lettuce leaves)
CALORIES 113 (37% from fat); FAT 4.6g (sat 1.1g,mono 1.9g,poly 1.2g); IRON 0.6mg; CHOLESTEROL 29mg; CALCIUM 24mg; CARBOHYDRATE 5.1g; SODIUM 467mg; PROTEIN 13g; FIBER 0.9g
Cooking Light, MARCH 2005

Chicken Char Siu
Brought by Chinese immigrants to Hawaii, this dish is typically made with baby back ribs. Skinless, boneless chicken thighs are a tender and tasty substitute with less fat.

1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 18 strips
Cooking spray

Combine all ingredients except the cooking spray; marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours.

Preheat broiler.

Thread 1 chicken strip onto each of 18 (6-inch) skewers, reserving marinade. Place skewers on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; broil 6 minutes. Turn skewers over; baste with reserved marinade. Broil 6 minutes or until done.

Yield: 9 servings (serving size: 2 skewers)
CALORIES 108 (26% from fat); FAT 3.1g (sat 0.8g,mono 0.9g,poly 0.8g); IRON 0.9mg; CHOLESTEROL 63mg; CALCIUM 10mg; CARBOHYDRATE 4.1g; SODIUM 241mg; PROTEIN 15.2g; FIBER 0.1g
Cooking Light, MARCH 2005

Tropical Pineapple-Apple Crisp

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons chilled butter or stick margarine, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
7 cups sliced peeled Rome apple (about 3 pounds)
1 (8-ounce) can pineapple tidbits in juice, drained
1/3 cup diced dried tropical fruit (such as Mariani)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger

Preheat oven to 375°.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine the flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture is crumbly. Add nuts; toss well.

Combine the apple and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss well. Spoon apple mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish or 1 1/2-quart casserole. Sprinkle with the crumb mixture. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Yield: 9 servings
CALORIES 208 (31% from fat); FAT 7.2g (sat 3g,mono 3.4g,poly 0.3g); IRON 0.7mg; CHOLESTEROL 10mg; CALCIUM 14mg; CARBOHYDRATE 37.1g; SODIUM 46mg; PROTEIN 1.2g; FIBER 2.4g
Cooking Light, OCTOBER 2000

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