Two Sisters, One Kitchen

Quick, healthy meals by a loving team. See what’s cooking in J & K's kitchen!

Garlicky Broiled Pork Chops January 31, 2013

Jamie says: I realized you don’t have to have a grill to make delicious pork chops. I made mine in the broiler and they were awesome!

Garlicky Broiled Pork Chops

Garlicky Broiled Pork Chops

I love garlic. It’s simple and true. It might have something to do with growing up on the cooking of my Italian-side of the family…

I love garlic

I love garlic

I saved the pan drippings and drizzled them on top for a homemade gravy.

Save the gravy

Save the gravy

Garlicky Broiled Pork Chops

Ingredients:

  • 2 pork chops (<1 lb center cut pork rib chops)
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • dash salt
  • dash freshly ground pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 10 leaves fresh basil

Directions:

  1. Set oven on broil. Place pork chops in a baking dish. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper. 
  2. Peel garlic and place in a garlic press over pork chops. Save extra pieces from garlic press and place on top of pork chops. Tear basil into pieces and add to pork chops.
  3. Broil for about 13 minutes, flip, and broil an additional 13 minutes or until cooked throughout. Allow to rest for 3 minutes. Drizzle pan drippings on top of plated pork for a gravy if desired.

Servings: 2

  • Nutrition note: Pork contains B vitamins that are important in metabolism.
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Dark Chocolate Prune Squares January 30, 2013

Jamie says: My new favorite treat is something so simple- Dark Chocolate Prune Squares. 

Dark Chocolate Prune Squares

Dark Chocolate Prune Squares

They are slightly bitter and sweet and absolutely delicious.

Dark deliciousnessv

Dark deliciousness

It’s a quick fix if you’re craving chocolate covered fruit (and it’s less messy than melting chocolate).

Quick fix for "chocolate-covered" fruit

Quick fix for “chocolate-covered” fruit

Prunes and dark chocoalte squares must be meant for each other because each prune fits so perfectly on top of the dark chocolate square.

Perfect portion

Perfect portion

Dark Chocolate Prune Squares

Ingredients:

  • 3 squares dark chocolate (Valor Chocolates, 70% cocoa, Chocolat Noir)
  • 3 prunes

Directions:

  1. Break chocolate (following the lines) into 3 squares and put on a plate.
  2. Place a prune on top of each piece of chocolate. Enjoy!

Servings: 1

  • Nutrition note: Satisfy that sweet tooth with a healthy dessert choice like dark chocolate. It has antioxidants, fiber, and iron (and is delicious). 
 

Curry Peanut Tofu with Green Onions and Sun Dried Tomatoes January 29, 2013

Jamie says: I had my first weekday off yesterday. It was a super productive. I had time for some afternoon cooking which was a treat. One dish I made was this Curry Peanut Tofu with Green Onions and Sun Dried Tomatoes.

Curry Peanut Tofu with Green Onions and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Curry Peanut Tofu with Green Onions and Sun Dried Tomatoes

I like adding peanuts to tofu to add a nice crunchy contrast to the soft, spongy tofu.

Peanuts add a nice crunch

Peanuts add a nice crunch

Once you try this, you’ll agree… tofu is tasty!

Tofu is tasty!

Tofu is tasty!

Curry Peanut Tofu with Green Onions and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1 block (14 oz drained) extra firm tofu (Nasoya)
  • 1/2 bell pepper, green
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil, divided
  • 4 green onions
  • 2 tsp curry
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup smoked sun dried tomatoes, julienne cut (California Sun Dry)
  • 1/2 cup cocktail peanuts, lightly salted (Planters)

Directions:

  1. Remove tofu from liquid and wrap in paper towels. Place on a clean counter and stack heavy pans on top. Allow to drain for 20-30 minutes. Slice into thirds lengthwise and then cut into cubes.
  2. Chop bell pepper and onion. Place a large non stick pan on medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp of canola oil followed by chopped pepper and onion. Allow to cook for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
  3. Chop green onions and add to pan along with curry, cumin, salt, cubed tofu and reserved canola oil. Cook an additional 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Stir in sun dried tomatoes and heat an additional minute. Remove from heat and add peanuts. Serve in a bowl. Enjoy!

Servings: 3

Serving suggestions: Serve with pita or over rice. Enjoy leftovers cold; just add the peanuts after you take it out of the refrigerator.

  • Nutrition note: This dish has protein power- with tofu and peanuts being the two forms of protein- to keep you satiated.
 

Three Bean Roll-Up January 28, 2013

Jamie says: I bought three of the six new Publix Deli salads (which were on sale last week and this week) and have been thoroughly enjoying experimenting with them in different recipes, such as this Three Bean Roll-Up…

Three Bean Roll-Up

Three Bean Roll-Up

I enjoyed mine as a pre-workout snack or mini meal (what I now like to call a snack).

Mini bites, major flavor

Mini bites, major flavor

These would also make a great (and simple) appetizer for the Super Bowl or a party.

Great party food!

Great party food!

I used herbs for color (and a hint of flavor).

Try using herbs to make the plate pretty

Try using herbs to make the plate pretty

Three Bean Roll-Up

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole wheat flatbread wrap (Flatout- Honey Wheat)
  • 1/2 cup three bean salsa- black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans (Publix Deli)
  • dash parsley, optional
  • dash ground paprika, optional

Directions:

  1. Place wrap flat on a plate. Use a spoon to scoop and spread three bean salsa on top of wrap. 
  2. Roll wrap, starting with one end and continuing until reaching the other, in a spiral. Use a knife to cut into 1 inch slices.
  3. Sprinkle parsley and paprika on plate, if desired. Enjoy!

Servings: 1

Serving suggestion: sprinkle parsley and paprika on the plate

  • Nutrition note: Make snacks count. Think of them as an opportunity to get some good-for-you nutrients in your body instead of just filling up. To help remind you of their potential benefit, try calling them mini meals.
 

Chilled Maple Oats with Slivered Almonds and Fruit Bursts January 23, 2013

Jamie says: I was back at K’s this weekend to celebrate my Dad’s 60th birthday. What a great time we all had together! I enjoyed a bowl of hot oatmeal my first morning there. The next morning, I looked in the fridge and found the leftover oats packed in a small container… I scooped them into a larger bowl and served them cold- and didn’t regret it one bit. This is the perfect “leftovers” recipe.

Chilled Maple Oats with Slivered Almonds and Fruit Bursts

Chilled Maple Oats with Slivered Almonds and Fruit Bursts

As Katy Perry would say, “you’re hot then your cold…”

It's cold "hot cereal"

It’s cold “hot cereal”

Chilled Maple Oats with Slivered Almonds and Fruit Bursts

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats, old fashioned (Quaker)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbps slivered almonds (Publix)
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (I used the one from my cousin Malerie’s wedding in New England!)
  • 1/4 cup fresh grapes
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 cup fat free milk with omega 3s (Smart Balance)

Directions:

  1. Bring water to a boil in a pot on high heat. Pour in oats and cinnamon. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most water is absorbed. Scoop into a small bowl. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until cold.*
  2. Pour refrigerated oats in a larger bowl. Top with slivered almonds and drizzle maple syrup on top. Surround oats with fresh grapes and blueberries. Finish by adding milk to bottom of bowl. Enjoy!

Servings: 1

*Note: a large pot of oats can be made and enjoyed and the refrigerated leftovers from the previous day can be used for step one.)

Nutrition note: Are there any benefits to enjoying oats cold? Actually, there are! Cold oatmeal contains more resistant starch. Resistant starch is a complex carbohydrate that may support the growth of good-for-you bacteria, according to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

 

Tropical Grapefruit Smoothie January 20, 2013

Jamie says: I woke up one morning and was not in the mood for breakfast. (That never happens by the way.) I still wanted to eat something to get me energized for the morning, and a smoothie all of a sudden sounded perfect…

Tropical Grapefruit Smoothie

Tropical Grapefruit Smoothie

And yes it was! It was refreshing and sweet…

Hello, natural sweetness!

Hello, natural sweetness!

…and tasted like tropical paradise in a cup (or should I say mug in this case)!

Tropical bliss

Tropical bliss

Tropical Grapefruit Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 small banana, organic
  • 1 cup 100% grapefruit juice, ruby red (Florida’s Natural)
  • 5 chunks frozen mango (Dole)
  • 5 chunks frozen pineapple (Publix)

Directions:

  1. Slice banana.
  2. Pour juice into a mini blender followed by frozen mango, frozen pineapple, and sliced banana. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Servings: 1

  • Nutrition note: Enjoy fruit for sweetness instead of dessert today. Although fruit and dessert both contain sugar, fruit, unlike most desserts, has other nutrients such as vitamin C and fiber, that play an important role in your health.
 

Mini Margarita Flatbread Pizzas January 17, 2013

Jamie says: I spent the day in the Aprons Test Kitchen yesterday at work. How cool is that- A day with the pro chefs!

I was talking to one of the chefs and she was telling me how she makes mini pizzas. I was inspired and came came home to make my own…

Mini Margarita Flatbread Pizzas

Mini Margarita Flatbread Pizzas

Mini food items are trendy! Mini desserts, mini meals, and mini pizzas!

Mini is fun!

Mini is fun!

Doesn’t that cheese look good? You would never know it was reduced fat!

Cheesy goodness!

Cheesy goodness!

Perfectly portioned for one- or make a few different ones and share.

Perfectly portioned

Perfectly portioned

Mini Margarita Flatbread Pizzas

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a small baking dish, toss cherry tomatoes with extra virgin olive oil, freshly ground pepper, and coarse sea salt. Roast for 45 minutes or until soft. 
  2. Place flatbread on a baking sheet and spoon roasted tomatoes on top. Use a cheese grater to grate cheese over pizza. Add fresh basil leaves on top. Bake for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle garlic salt on top. Enjoy!

Serves: 1

  • Nutrition note: What makes this delicious recipe healthier than regular pizza? The reduced fat cheese and low calorie, high fiber thin flatbread make these Mini Margarita Flatbread Pizzas filling without the additional saturated fat and calories.