Sunday, September 25, 2011

weekend review: secret recipe

 Figure 1. Saturday night's dinner: chicken kebabs with cumin-chili spice rub and red onion, herbed couscous, and roasted eggplant and zucchini.
For the herbed couscous (from Cooking Light): Combine 3/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan; boil. Stir in 1 cup uncooked couscous. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

For the roasted eggplant and zucchini: Toss sliced eggplant and zucchini lightly in olive oil and onion soup mix. Roast on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, turning once halfway through.

Figure 2.  Super-healthy fiber and protein packed treat for the week: Amanda's cinnamon raisin bran muffins.

Figure 3. In preparation: copycat Olive Garden minestrone.

Figure 4. Sunday night's dinner: copycat Olive Garden minestrone, cheesy bread, and steamed broccoli.

For the cheesy bread: Hope I invite you over for dinner one night and serve you this because I just can't bring myself to share this family specialty for all to see. I'm afraid this is one secret recipe that will have to remain secret for now...


  1. If that soup is anything like the one at olive garden, I am already ALL over it. I down those bowls like it's nobody's business.

  2. @Brittany. Yes! It is - go make this soup now. :)

  3. mmmmm Minestrone...I had some this weekend too! But, it was from Carraba's.. still pretty good!