I find that double duty dinners are essential for this working mom of two young children. While I wish I could devote a whole day to cooking a whole week’s worth of meals over the weekend, this just isn’t going to happen any time soon. But, I find that having even just part of the meal prepped or cooked ahead of time is a huge time-saver. Sometimes this means making twice as much whole wheat pasta or quinoa as I need for one meal, other times it means roasting two pans of veggies instead of one.
This month’s Recipe ReDux theme is all about re-purposing leftovers.
Two for One:We’re all about cooking once and eating twice. In short, double dinners are better. Show us how you take a favorite recipe already on your blog – and ReDux the leftovers into a new dish. Or, whip up a new healthy recipe and give suggestions on how to make it a second meal. For example, slow cooker pot roast could become shredded beef tacos; or grilled chicken breasts might morph into chicken salad.
So, of course, I wanted to share one of my all-time favorite re-purposed dishes… Sticks & Slaw turned Fish Tacos.
A fish and chips-style meal is one of our go-to healthy comfort meals. We usually dredge the fish in egg whites and a little whole wheat panko and make our own cole slaw using bagged broccoli-carrot slaw. Brussels sprouts or baked sweet potato fries usually round out that meal.
While it’s not always easy to re-use leftover cooked fish, I found that leftover breaded fish and broccoli slaw–paired with some avocado and black beans–make fabulous fish tacos! This fish and chips-tacos combo is one of my favorite double duty meals.
Sticks & Slaw
Serve this fish & chips-style meal with baked sweet potato fries and a leafy green veggie. A tasty makeover of a comfort food fave.
1 lb. fish of choice (cod, salmon or other favorite fish), cut into strips and patted dry
2 egg whites, lightly whisked
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup whole wheat panko or dry bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
Olive oil, to grease pan
1.5 cups broccoli and carrot slaw
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1/2 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. plain non-fat Greek yogurt
Juice of 1/4 lemon
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place egg whites and flour in two separate shallow bowls. In third shallow bowl, mix panko and seasonings. Add a few drops of olive oil to shallow baking pan and distribute evenly on bottom of baking pan.
Dip each fish strip in egg whites, then flour. Dredge through panko mix. Place on baking pan in single layer. Bake for 10 minutes, or until cooked through and breading is crunchy.
While fish is cooking, mix all slaw ingredients in medium mixing bowl. Serve slaw with fish sticks. Makes 4 servings.
Fish & Slaw Tacos
If you have any breaded fish leftover, try these fish and slaw tacos. They make an easy and delicious lunch!
Leftover breaded fish, 2-3 ounces
Leftover broccoli and carrot slaw
1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 avocado, sliced or 2 Tbsp. guacamole
2 corn tortillas
Distribute the fish, slaw, black beans and avocado or guacamole evenly between the two tortillas. Serves 1. Enjoy!
PLEASE SHARE: What are your favorite double duty dinners? Please share. I’d love to hear from you!
And, please check out the recipes from my fellow Recipe ReDux’ers. You’re sure to find something mouth-watering below!
March is National Nutrition Month®, an initiative started by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics to bring attention to the importance to two facets of a healthy lifestyle: getting the right amounts of nutritious foods and daily exercise. This year’s theme, Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle, emphasizes those two facets perfectly.
The words “nutrition” and “healthy” are used a LOT… between healthcare professionals and patients, in media (sometimes accurately, many times not) and in everyday conversation. But when registered dietitian-nutritionists talk about “nutrition,” we’re typically focusing on eating patterns and foods that do the following:
The great news is that there’s no ONE “healthy” diet. In fact, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee identified three eating patterns (Healthy American-style, Healthy Mediterranean-style, Vegetarian) that help Americans meet these goals in their recently-released Scientific Report. This report serves as the foundation for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which will be released later this year.
My five favorite tips on this handout…
Again, these aren’t the only ways to keep your waist slim, your brain fit and your heart ticking, but they are easy ones to fit into most lifestyles. And, that’s what’s most important: Finding the healthy behaviors that fit into your lifestyle.
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Um, how you could not love this month’s Recipe ReDux challenge?
Favorite Chocolate Matches
Does your chocolate need a friend? This month’s posting will be after Valentine’s Day, so you may have a bit of extra chocolate around. What’s your favorite chocolate match? Be it traditional peanut butter or something more exotic like cayenne + chocolate. Show us your favorite healthy chocolate combo recipe.
I could pretty much eat chocolate–especially dark chocolate–with (or following) anything. For an afternoon snack, I sometimes grab a dark chocolate square with a few dried apricots or a small scoop of dark chocolate chips with pumpkin and sunflower seeds. So, naturally, my brain thought of these foods as my favorite chocolate pairings.
These Fruit & Pepita Chocolate Squares were inspired by this recipe in Nutrition Action (December 2014), but I made mine nut-free. You can use dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate bars or any leftover chocolate you prefer. They are tasty and elegant and super easy to make.
PLEASE SHARE: How do you use your favorite leftover chocolate? What is your favorite chocolate pairing? Please share. I’d love to hear from you.
And, don’t forget to check out recipes from fellow Recipe ReDux’ers below. You’re sure to find some seriously yummy recipes that will inspire you to get into the kitchen and mix up some chocolate goodies!
Last night, I led a food allergies and nutrition workshop for newly-diagnosed families. With the exception of two families, all of the other families (moms, actually) were not newly diagnosed. Like all of us, they were still trying to find their way with some aspect of feeding a food allergic child.
One thing that echoed in the room was the sentiment that many mothers are paralyzed with fear when it comes to introducing new foods and going out to eat. One of my children has food allergies, and I get it. I feel fear every time she eats something new, whether it’s at home, someone else’s house or at a restaurant. There are varying levels of fear, and usually I am silent about my fears and just study her face every few minutes to make sure she’s not showing any signs of a reaction. But, I also know these are the moments to teach her about her food allergies and how to manage them… wherever she chooses to eat.
Not surprisingly, a survey conducted by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) found that dining out in restaurants in the #1 aspect that negatively impacts the quality of life for food allergic families. And, 1 in 5 families surveyed reported not going out to eat at all.
Yes, it’s not easy to eat out in restaurants when food allergies are involved. But, eating out is a part of our culture and just a part of our lives. And, taking our food allergic children out to restaurants presents us the opportunity to be a role model for our children, not just in table manners and how to choose healthful foods but how to talk to restaurants managers and wait staff directly and openly about food allergies.
Here are some tips to help you navigate the world of dining out with food allergies:
It is our job to keep our children as safe as possible. And, it is also our job to help prepare our children to become self-sufficient adults who dine out safely, responsibly and confidently.
PLEASE SHARE: Does your child have food allergies? If so, how do you help keep your children safe and/or teach them how to order when dining out? Please share. I’d love to hear from you!
This month’s Recipe ReDux challenge is “Grab a Book & Cook.”
It’s the end of the year and we’ll take a moment to reflect: ReDux has been around for 42 months! To celebrate, we’re playing a little party game this month: Grab your nearest cookbook and ReDux the recipe on page 42 or 142. We can’t wait to see the books you’re cooking from these days–and how you make that recipe healthier.
I love cookbooks. You could even say I hoard cookbooks. And, I especially enjoy ones with mouth-watering photos.
A few years ago, I won a Vitamix (yes, everything you’ve heard about this blender is true), and I’ve been trying to use this magic little blender for more than just smoothies. So, I’ve had the Vitamix cookbook, Create: Inspiring recipes for every day of the week, on my counter for weeks. After reading this month’s theme, I picked up the cookbook and flipped to page 142: Kale and Basil Pesto.
Kismet? Probably not. But, I was nonetheless excited to see this recipe because–as an adult–I have grown to love pesto, and I have been craving it lately. Alas, prepared pesto contains pine nuts (a no-no in our house since my daughter’s tree nut allergy diagnosis earlier this year). And, I just haven’t had a chance to create my own sans nuts version.
This Nut-free Kale & Basil Pesto is delicious and mildly reminiscent of spring. Deep green, fresh and garlicky, this pesto imparts just the right creamy-to-crunchy ratio. To amp up the nutrition factor (and lower the calories), I added some white beans and used a little less olive oil and Parmesan cheese than the original cookbook recipe calls for. I ate a little right away, and froze most of it for later (see freezing tips below). Bon appetit!
Divide pesto evenly into ice cube tray. Drizzle a little olive oil on top of each compartment (to prevent browning). Cover tray with plastic wrap, pushing wrap down on top of each compartment. Place in freezer overnight. Remove pesto cubes from ice tray and place in freezer-safe baggie. Label and date baggie (pesto stays good in freezer for up to 6 months). Each compartment holds about 2 Tbsp.
PLEASE SHARE: How do you make your pesto more nutritious? If you make a nut-free pesto, what ingredients do you use? Please share. I’d love to hear from you.
And, don’t forget to check out recipes from fellow Recipe ReDux’ers below. You’re sure to find some seriously yummy recipes that will inspire you to get into the kitchen!