Sunday, November 25, 2007

Post Thanksgiving Eats

The Fiance and I were over all the heavy food we had been consuming this weekend. So it was time to consult my two favorite websites for recipes: and

We didn't want to have anything that contained leftovers nor did we want anything heavy on the tummy. Thus we had the following tasty dishes for lunch and dinner. I have to admit, I was plesantly surprised they both turned out well. Both were new recipes for me to try!

For lunch, we had Panzanella, which is an Italian bread salad. We used the Barefoot Contessa's recipe, which consisted cubed bread, tomatoes, yellow peppers, red peppers, basil, cucumbers and a tasty homemade vinegrette. A link to the recipe I used can be found here. This was the perfect lighter lunch. I especially loved all the veggies!

For dinner, we had Fish Tacos! This recipe is courtesy of the Food Network, more specifically EPCOT Catering. There is a show called Behind the Bash that shows you what goes on behind throwing a big party. These mahi tacos were served at a Disney Anniversary Party. I substituted Tilapia for the Mahi as Mahi isn't easily found this time of year. Also I added cheese, corn, avocado and romaine lettuce as toppers for the tacos. These were a big hit with the fiance and I'll definitely be making this one again.

We are trying to balance out the heavy holiday meals with ones like these. Any suggestions on some sucessfull lighter recipes would be appreciated!!


Andie said...

hmmm I like to make homemade chicken noodle soup - saute up some onions, garlic, celery and carrots in some extra virgin olive oil... then add some leftover rotisserie chicken (or turkey) and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes and then add half a package of fresh three cheese tortellini. YUM!

or you could do a vegetarian version and just heat up the stock, add the whole package of tortellini and at the end, add some baby spinach to it.

Another favorite of mine is roasted vegetables over whole wheat pasta. I just pick out some good veggies - cherry tomatoes, asparagus, green beans, red peppers and sometimes zucchini and/or yellow squash, along with garlic and onions and roast all of it in a big sheet pan in the oven at 400 degrees with some olive oil, salt and pepper for about 20-20 minutes. Boil some whole wheat pasta, and then combine the veggies with the pasta and top it all with a little parmesan cheese. (if you smoosh the tomatoes a little bit, they make a light sauce as well) VERY healthy and filling. :)

I could go on and on. LOL If you want more, let me know!!! :)

Lesli said...

Hmm, I have no recipes (I don't really cook) but this post made me hungry!!