As part of my Fit@45 journey, I do a lot of cooking. My criteria is "low-cal, filling, healthy, AND EASY TO MAKE".
I'm not one of them there GOR-MET cooks... I don't use recipes, I have ZERO culinary training. My cooking philosophy is this: "what sounds good? Hmmm, I think I throw that together and see what it tastes like."
I've cooked a lot of things ONCE (can you guess why only once?) but I've been cooking long enough that I stumble on to some pretty tasty concoctions that are added to my list of favorites. Original? Groundbreaking? Some sort of cooking expert? No, no and heck no. I'm sure everything I cook is just something I've seen before and have it filed away in the ole brain matter. And I'm not afraid to try things. So with that disclaimer, I thought I'd occasionally show you some of my favorite creations.
I don't like COOKED spinach... cooked too much that is. I like it raw, and I found a way to cook it HOT but not overcook it which I think really changes the taste (to something I don't care for). It makes a great, filling meal... and like all my stuff, it's EASY.
Baby spinach, mushrooms, some onion, a tablespoon of bacon bits (real),
minced garlic, a little Mozzarella, salt and pepper.
And the olive oil spritzer. Get one... I use it almost every time a I cook.
Keeps you from using too much oil; just enough for taste and cooking.
Spritz the pan with olive oil; you don't need much; keeps the calories down.
Medium high heat.
Throw in everything except the cheese and spinach.
Garlic and onions to your preference;
just enough bacon bits for flavor, not bulk. Remember, low calorie...
Don't over cook things. Get it hot, the mushrooms should just
start changing shade and the onions getting soft; about 3-5 minutes.
Things continue to cook even after turning off the heat and taking
it out of the pan. Account for that and don't let it overcook.
Toss in the spinach, spritz with olive oil.
The spinach cooks fast. If you like stronger tasting spinach, cook longer.
If you like more of a fresh veggie taste (like me), cook less.
I cook for about 2-3 minutes knowing it will continue to cook until it cools.
Sprinkle the cheese on. Use very little.
It's for a dash of taste not bulk (or calories).
Eat it fresh out of the pan while hot. Healthy, delicious, easy fast
and low calorie. Perfect for "Fit @45".