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Spinach Mushroom Risotto

Corey and I skipped our Wednesday morning BodyPump, with plans to try out the class at the gym closer to our new home on Thursday.  That’s exactly what we did!

Workout

We invited Corey’s younger brother, Drew, to come along with us for his first BodyPump experience.  I have to say, I was highly disappointed.  The class sucked.  The instructor was not in shape at all (which always bothers me for some reason), she made the strangest faces, and barely gave any instructions, which made it hard for us, as regulars, to follow along, so I can only imagine how Drew felt.

To make matters worse, the gym closest to our house is geared more towards an older crowd, so the instructor did not teach release 77- she pretty much made up her own, easier routine, which was utterly terrible.  What a fail!

After class, I really wanted to get in some cardio, since I felt that I barely got a respectable workout in.  The boys weren’t feelin’ it, but I was able to get in 10 minutes of running on the treadmill before they forced me out the door.

Breakfast

It was only 6:45AM when we left the gym, so Corey offered to treat Drew and I to breakfast at Einstein’s.  I ordered the same thing I had on Tuesday– the Mushroom, Asparagus and Swiss Thin- but without the tomato spread.

I also had an iced coffee with skim milk and Splenda.

Lunch

My sweet tooth was in overdrive yesterday.  By the time lunch rolled around, I was in no mood for veggies or a sandwich- I wanted something sweet!  I got creative, and decided to attempt making one of me and Corey’s favorite breakfasts at Powerhouse Cafe.  They have a phenomenal breakfast pita, with peanut butter, banana, strawberries, granola and honey, all instead a homemade whole wheat pita.

My finished pita included: one half spread with Lemon Chobani Greek Yogurt, the other half spread with peanut butter, topped with banana slices, a sprinkle of granola, and a drizzle of honey.

It was almost as delicious as the pita from Powerhouse Cafe, but I definitely missed the tanginess of that the strawberries give to it.  Next time!

Dinner

When Corey got home from work, I sent him out to the grill with some chicken breasts that had been marinating in Kraft Vidalia Onion Dressing overnight, along with some fresh asparagus.  While those were cooking, I got started on a veggie-ful risotto!

Risotto is one of my favorite side dishes, or meals, period.  A lot of people have the misconception that it is a really heavy, fattening dish, and that is understandable- its creamy texture would lead you to believe that it has tons of calories!  However, the creaminess actually comes from continuous stirring, and the slow addition of chicken broth or stock- the stirring helps release the starch in the rice, resulting in a creamy, rich dish, without all the fat.

Spinach Mushroom Risotto

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

1 cup Arborio rice

3 cloves garlic, chopped

4 1/2 cups no salt chicken stock (or broth)

8 oz. sliced mushrooms, roughly chopped

1 1/2 cups fresh spinach

1/2 cup white wine

1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon Smart Balance spread

1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Heat a skillet over medium heat, sprayed with non-stick spray or EVOO.  Add the onion and cook until translucent.

Add the mushrooms and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.

Remove from skillet and set aside.

Add the chicken stock or broth to a pot, place over medium heat, and keep warm (not boiling) while following the next steps.

Spray the skillet with nonstick spray, place over medium heat and add the rice to the skillet.  Move the rice around with your spatula and toast for one minute, being careful not to burn.

Add the white wine, stirring the rice until the wine is completely absorbed.

Add a ladle or measuring cup of warm chicken stock or broth (I did a 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup at a time) to the rice, stirring continuously until it is absorbed.

Repeat this step until you have added 4 1/2 cups to the rice.  This process should take approximately 20 minutes.  Remember to stir continuously.  You will know you are finished when the rice plumps, and when you taste it, it is not mushy, yet not crunchy.

At this point, lower the heat, add the fresh spinach and stir until wilted.

Add the cooked onion and mushrooms that were set aside.

Add the salt, Smart Balance and parmesan cheese, and stir.

Serve immediately!

This dinner was just fabulous.  We both agreed that grilled chicken is far superior to baked chicken.  We’re so happy to have a grill back in our lives!

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Fiesta Night! Recipe: Spinach and Mushroom Enchiladas

Mexican food is definitely one of my favorite things in the world.  I think I inherited that trait from my mom, who had me convinced at a young age that we were Spanish, thanks to her impressive second-language speaking skills.  Corey also loves Mexican food, so one of our weekend rituals is visiting different local Mexican restaurants.  During the week, however, if the craving comes upon us, I like have a repertoire of our favorite Mexican dishes handy.  This week, we decided to try making vegetarian enchiladas.  One ingredient that I really think makes Mexican food extra delicious is Queso Blanco.  I found a package of it at our grocery store, and decided to try it out.  It’s really just a salty white cheese, but it melts perfectly in the enchiladas and adds great flavor.  Ariba!

Spinach and Mushroom Enchiladas

Servings: 3

(two enchiladas per person)

Ingredients:

6 Whole Wheat Tortillas, 6-inches

1 package frozen spinach, microwaved and excess moisture squeezed out

8 oz. white mushrooms, sliced

6 oz. Queso Blanco, diced

2 cans Enchilada Sauce

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon Adobo

1 tablespoon EVOO

1/2 cup Mexican cheese, shredded (use Reduced Fat, if you can find it!)

salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Microwave frozen spinach according to package directions, then use a clean kitchen towel to squeeze out the moisture in the spinach.  Set aside.  In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon EVOO over medium heat.

Add sliced mushrooms to pan.  Cook until brown and juices release, about 5 minutes.

Add cooked spinach to the mushrooms.  Stir well, until spinach is distributed evenly with the mushrooms.

Season with chili powder, cumin, Adobo, and salt and pepper.

Add diced Queso Blanco to the mixture, and mix until well combined.  Pour about a 1/4 cup of the Enchilada sauce on the bottom of the baking pan you are using to bake the enchiladas.  To assemble enchiladas: Lay one tortilla on a flat service.  Spoon the spinach, mushroom and queso mixture down the middle of the tortilla.  Fold sides in towards the middle, then place enchilada seam-side down in the pan, on top of the sauce.  Continue until you have 6 enchiladas in the pan.  Pour remaining sauce on top, until each one is fully covered in sauce (you may not  need to use 2 full cans).  Sprinkle Mexican cheese on top of each one.  Bake in oven for about 20 minutes, until bubbly and cheese is melted.  Serve with salsa and Fat Free sour cream.

 

 

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