Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What's for Dinner

 I've tried some new recipes recently - it is always nice to add some healthy variety to our weekly menu.

Beef Stroganoff with Zucchini Pasta - the other night, Hubby requested slow-cooker Beef Stroganoff for dinner. The recipe is ridiculously simple - season beef with salt and pepper, sear on all sides (optional step), and cook in a slow-cooker on high for 6 hours with Cream of Mushroom soup, chili flakes, garlic powder and onion powder. Serve with pasta (Hubby prefers farfalle/bow-tie pasta - though most people use egg noodles). This is a great comfort food - but it's carb-heavy. So I substituted zucchini pasta in my portion (recipe here). I've used spaghetti squash as pasta before - but I much preferred my zucchini noodles - way less effort - and very satisfying too.
Chicken and Shredded Cabbage Salad - This is the first recipe I've made from the Low-Fat No-Fat Thai & South-East Asian Cookbook (only $7 at Winners!). The components are simple: finely sliced Napa cabbage, mint, grated carrot and shredded chicken dressed with a lime, fish sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, chili and shallot dressing. I didn't need any specialty ingredients - I found everything at my grocery store - yet the dish had a very authentic Thai flavour to it. There was a lot of prep work with all the slicing and shredding, but it was worth the effort - the dish was super-tasty and very filling. I've bookmarked several more recipes in this book, and can't wait to try them out!


  1. Those both look so yummy! I'm going to try the stroganoff with zucchini noodles.

  2. Wow, great idea! I love beef and zucchini so I will definitely be borrowing this, thanks for the fab idea!

  3. Thanks Ilinda and Andi - the zucchini pasta was lovely - I overindulge when it comes to pasta - so it was nice to eat lots without feeling guilty LOL!

    And it hardly requires any extra effort - I just put it in the salted water I boiled for everyone else's pasta (after draining theirs out).

  4. These look soooo good! I will have to try them soon.


  5. Thanks Ashley - hope the recipes turn out yummy for you too.

  6. I really need to try that zucchini pasta idea out!! Great great great idea!!!


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