Wednesday, February 23, 2011

4 Miles, 5 Recipes, Recipe Upgrade, Label Maker?

Your comments made me smile! I really do love seeing my house come together - so fun! I don't know about you, but my Tuesday was MUCH better than my Monday. In a nutshell:
  • Work, work through lunch, blah.
  • 4 mile walk after work with Stacy
  • Home to cook 5 recipes - it only took me 1.5 hours in total (including cooking all and cleaning) because I had slowcooked 2 pounds beef in taco seasoning; and slowcooked 3 pounds chicken in salt, pepper and chicken stock. Having all of the meat done already was SWEET.
  • After dinner I just got in bed, watched a little bit of Spy Kids (love that cute little movie!), and called it a night!
One of the recipes I made was my Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas. I switched it up, mixing Cabot 75% reduced fat cheese in with fat-free cheese, shredding the chicken, removing some oil, and topping with fresh cilantro.... Check out the difference:

NEW

OLD
The new one even has less calories, fewer carbs, less fat grams and MORE protein!

NEW Nutritional Information: 437 calories, 47 carbs, 8 fat grams and 40 protein grams.
OLD Nutritional Information: 461 calories, 51 carbs, 9 fat grams and 39 protein grams.

Not entirely significant, but still worth it to me. I basically removed the oil and instead softened the tortillas with the towel-in-microwave way. Then, to make it look more appealing and to add flavor, I mixed fat-free cheese with Cabot 75% reduced fat, which made it melt better, taste better and again, it bettered the nutritional values - WOO!

Q: Do you ever give older recipes a makeover? I'm going to go back and do this for several of my 475 - 500 calorie meals. I'll make sure to leave up the old ones though (if I think the calories are worth it!). :)

Q: I'm in the market for a label maker. I just want one that prints a few different fonts/font sizes on clear ribbon. Do you have a label maker you can recommend?

16 comments:

Erica said...

Wow! You were a cooking queen :) Glad things came together well. The new recipes definitely looks yummy. I love trying to re-do recipes to up their nutritional content. I do this with baked goods a lot!

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

I do try to look back at old recipes and make them healthier when I can. It can be kind of fun re-inventing them.

Buckhead Belle said...

This looks delicious! I just love your recipes!

Val said...

You are amazing!!! I really have to cook like this!! I always revamp old recipes. Have a great day!!

Biz said...

I absolutely love Cabot 75% reduced fat cheese - let me see if I can find my contact there - they have done two giveaways on my blog - all I had to do was ask! :D

Biz said...

And when you find a label maker you love, let me know - pretty sure my neat freak daughter would love it!

Lindsey said...

I want to come eat at your house!!!!

Kacy said...

That looks terrific!

Tyler said...

Oh Kelly how you are a cooking inspiration! I would like to join Lindsey and come over to eat!

I love Cabot but I can't justify paying $4.49 for that tiny block of cheese. It was like $2.50 cheaper in NY. What the hell?!?

lee said...

They look prettier the new way too!

Melissa said...

The new enchiladas look better too! Yeah! I don't repeat recipes too often but when I do, sometimes I change things up. Usually when I make a new recipe, I make notes afterward on what I liked/didn't like and what to change for next time.
I have a label maker by Brother that I like. I bought it on Amazon.

Gabriela said...

I've been meaning to go back in my old recipes and test them again!! I think it's a great idea as bloggers become better cooks. The more you learn, the better your recipes are, so why not apply that new knowledge to old posts too, right?

Petra said...

You´re a walking cook book. Maybe you should publish one!

I love to play around with spices, or adding some cheese (low fat of course!) or adding a little bit of peanutbutter etc.

Danielle said...

Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada sounds yummy! I am going to make these.

Anne Marie said...

Yummy! I revamp recipes on occassion but not nearly enough!

Gabriela said...

I've been meaning to go back in my old recipes and test them again!! I think it's a great idea as bloggers become better cooks. The more you learn, the better your recipes are, so why not apply that new knowledge to old posts too, right?