My mom and I were looking for a quick dinner on Jan 1st and with the leftover chicken and rice, I naturally thought of quesadillas (one of my favorite meals). We each personalized our quesadillas with whatever we could find in the fridge. Mine was spread with an onion/guyere dip, goat cheese and brie slices, sauteed mushrooms and chunks of the chili parmesan chicken. My mom made hers with the onion dip, goat cheese, thin apple slices and thin chicken slices. I only photographed my quesadilla but they were both good. The mushrooms were not quite the right flavor to compliment the other ingredients so if I made this again I’d replace them with onions, peppers, tomatoes, green onions or omit altogether. I’m not including a recipe here, I really just sauteed the mushrooms, then put everything on the tortilla inside a saute pan to crisp up the tortilla and melt the cheese. I love dishes that leave a lot of room for imagination: quesadillas, burritos, pizza, omelettes, “scrambles”, sandwiches, stir frys, etc. Its great to know you can just throw together the stuff you already have in your fridge and still have a pretty good meal.
Diet Soda Baked Apples October 25, 2009
Before departing on the trip to my lovely new home in Pensacola, I visited my sponsor family in Annapolis is say goodbye. They gave me some glass lock storage containers (which have been awesome for storing my leftover foods) and a wonderful appetizer serving dish which I haven’t been able to use yet. We’re planning to have a dinner party soon so I’ll finally get to break it out! On a side note, I found out that if you place one glass lock container inside the other… there is a pretty strong possibility that they will get stuck together! I was trying to conserve packing space and managed to get two of them stuck! We tried cold water on the inside one and hot water on the outside one with no luck. We tried brute force but didn’t want to crack the glass just to separate them. We tried soaking them in soapy water for days right side up and up side down. I was not present for the final separation but somehow my roommate was able to pry them apart! Thankfully, I still have a fully functional set of containers. The point of this explanation is that while I was visiting my sponsors they had just picked apples from an orchard and offered some to me. I grabbed a couple of HUGE cooking apples. I’m not sure what type they were. Its hard to tell when they don’t have a cute little grocery store sticker with the name right on it. I’ve been trying to figure out the perfect way to use them as I’m not a huge fan of apple pie. I was flipping through my Hungry Girl cookbook today (shocker… I know… you’d think I didn’t own any other books). I found a recipe for baked apples. It seemed super simple too, just some diet soda, cinnamon and splenda. So I baked them this morning and they were awesome!! Well worth the 45 minutes wait. Plus, the apples were so big we still have 3 pieces left. I had to cut them into pieces to fit in the pan, normally you would want to keep them hole and just choose smaller sized apples. Here’s the recipe, just in time for fall season, so you can cook these at home.
“Bestest Baked Apples”
4 medium Rome apples
1 can diet black cherry soda
1/2 no calorie sweetner packet
Dash of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Core apples. Place in a casserole dish. Pour the entire can of soda over apples. Sprinkle cinnamon and sweetener over apples. Place dish in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm, hot or cold. MAKES 4 SERVINGS.
PER SERVING: 72 calories, <0.5g fat, 10mg sodium, 19g carbs, 3g fiber, 14g sugars, 0g protein