Ramblings of an amateur enthusiast

A collection of recipes from all over the place jumbled together in one place

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Leek, Chickpea and Orzo Gratin with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

1 c. whole wheat orzo
2 tsp olive oil
3 leeks, cleaned and sliced, white and light green parts only
1 15oz can of garbanzo/chickpeas, rinsed
1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 c. shredded fontina cheese


Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 2 quart baking dish with nonstick spray.

Cook the orzo according to package directions, omitting the salt if desired.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the orzo, chickpeas, thyme, salt and pepper.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the cheese. Bake until heated through, about 15 minutes.

Serves:  4
Serving:  1 heaping cup

Calories:  408
Fat:  8.4g
Carbs: 67g
Protein:  16.2

Brussels Sprouts:
1 package of brussels sprouts (about 20 sprouts)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 375

Chop ends off of sprouts, cut in half and toss with olive oil and salt and pepper.

Spread out on a cookie sheet sprayed with pam.

Roast in oven for about 20-25 minutes or until done.

Serves:  5
Serving:  about 4 sprouts each

Calories:  80
Fat:  4.1
Carbs:  7.5
Protein:  2.5

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sweet Chile Stir-Fry (done two ways)

Super fast and easy- I made this quick dinner last night and recreated it a little differently tonight.

Half bag of Trader Joe's Stir-fry frozen vegetables (or any similar brand)
One bag of Trader Joe's frozen confetti rice (again- or similar brand)
3 Tablespoons of Trader Joe's Sweet Chile Sauce
One bag of Gardein Beefless tips


Throw veggies in a saute pan or wok sprayed with Pam.  Add the sweet chile sauce and beefless tips.  Cook about 8-10 minutes.  Meanwhile microwave rice for about 3 minutes.  

Throw all ingredients in a bowl and mix.  Serve and enjoy!

Serves:  2

Calories:  520
Fat:    13.8
Carbs:  69
Protein:  30.5

Made again the second night by substituting the beefless tips for 1/2 cup of unsalted cashews instead: 

Calories:  503
Fat:  21.5
Carbs:  67
Protein:  13g