Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Something new to me....Light Salade aux Lardons

I have the hardest time with salads as a main meal. Goodness knows, I know that there are things named as a "salad" that have more calories than a lot of things I eat as a main meal. It's just that I never believe that a salad can satisfy. Of course, I can't really say that the salad I tried tonight is just a salad. I consider it ham and eggs on greens.

Of course, the recipe I made is a little classier than that. Light Salade aux Lardons comes from Eating Well Healthy in a Hurry. Eating Well is the second source I would go for a new recipe. (Cooking Light is first, of course). I have this cookbook, as well as their Serves Two cookbook, out from the library, trying to figure out if I want to add to my too large recipe collection. I think I will pick up both, because I think both are gorgeous.

This recipe was fairly simple. The timing could be done well enough that I could see getting this done in 15 minutes. It's all a matter of prep, which I almost got right. Anyway, the recipe is basically crisping up some Canadian bacon, tossing with some greens in a simple dressing, and topping with a poached egg.

Now, I will admit I've never poached an egg. I'm just not that much of an egg person. This first try was not totally successful. I think I overcooked a bit, and the egg white did not hold together when it went in to the pan, which meant I lost half of it. When I make an egg tomorrow night for the leftovers, I will try doing some vinegar in the water, as I heard that keeps the white together.

I also like the fact that I got to try Canadian bacon for the first time. I've been reading up on the Core plan at Weight Watchers a lot (I'm on Flex, and might be looking for a change), and they talk a lot about this meat. I like the flavor and nice browning it got in the pan, and I definitely like the flavor.

I like this salad. I could see eating it as a breakfast on the weekend even, or a light dinner. I think the dressing could definitely be switched up, and this isn't a recipe that I would get excited over, but it does give me an option to use up eggs. Ya never know - I might turn into an egg person!

And as a note - I halved the recipe, and used red lettuce instead of frisee. The original recipe can also be found at EatingWell.com

* Exported from MasterCook *

Light Salade aux Lardons

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Serving Size : 2 Preparation Time :0:00
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Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil -- divided
4 ounces canadian bacon -- cut in 1/2" cubes
1 head frisee lettuce -- torn
1/2 large shallot -- minced
1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 eggs

Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon; cook, stirring, until brown and crisp, about 8 minutes.

Use a slotted spoon to transfer bacon to a large bowl. Add lettuce to bowl. Add shallot to skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring until softened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in remaining tablespoon oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour mixture onto lettuce; toss to coat.

Meanwhile, bring about 1 inch of water to a boil in a medium skillet. Crack each egg into a small bowl and slip them one at a time into the boiling water, taking care not to break the yolks. Reduce heat to low. Cover the pan and poach eggs until the yolks are just set, 4 to 5 minutes.

Divide salad among 2 plates. Top each serving with a poached egg. Grind pepper over top and serve immediately.

"EW Healthy in a Hurry"
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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 262 Calories; 19g Fat (66.2% calories from fat); 18g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 240mg Cholesterol; 1021mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

Nutr. Assoc. : 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Light Salade aux Lardons

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Trying to steal the crown...King Arthur's Best Chip Cookies

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have a friend that sits in the cube next to me that brings in baked goods every Monday. When she was out last week, I upped the ante as her replacement, and brought in baked goods twice (applesauce cake on Monday, "Deep Dish Brownie Pizza" on Friday). I was almost crowned the new baking queen - but I didn't bake this past Monday. I want that crown, though - so I solicited requests, and was asked for oatmeal chocolate chip.

To find the recipe, I went to King Arthur, which I consider one of the top recipe sources. Their books are incredible; I love their baking book, and am trying to love their whole grain baking book, although for some reason I am slow to warm to it. It does make me want to buy spelt flour, however. Like I need another kind of flour - I already have 4.

Anyway, instead of working from their books, I decided to be high-tech, and take a recipe from their website. The recipe I decided to try was King Arthur Flour's Favorite Chip Cookies. With a name like that, it has to be great, right?

Well, I'm not sure these will be MY favorite chip cookies. They are less of an oatmeal cookie, and more of a chocolate chip with oatmeal in it. That should be expected, though, from the fact that the oats are ground up in it. They aren't overly sweet, which can be good, but they are somewhat bland. That might be due to no salt in the recipe.

The good thing about these is that they came out to be the perfect cookie shape - almost round. I had halved the batch, and worked with a tablespoon instead of the teaspoon they wanted (teaspoon cookies are too small!). I ended up with 27 cookies, which fitted perfectly on two sheet pans.

I was such a nut last night. I got everything mixed up, and then realized I hadn't preheated the oven! DUH! But that gave me a good opportunity to clean up and load the dishwasher while it heated, which was nice. Wouldn't want that to happen again - especially if I was making muffins!

It's funny - now that I've made these, I'm craving a soft oatmeal raisin cookie. What I might do for my next baking is experiment with finding a good soft oatmeal cookie, and using the new dark chocolate raisinettes in them. That would be fun.