Saturday, February 26, 2011

Loaded Potato Soup from Cooking Light

Sorry about not having a picture today. I promise it looks scrumptious!

Loaded Potato Soup

 1 1/2 lbs Red Potatoes
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup onion
1 1/4 cups fat free, lower sodium chicken broth
3 Tbs all purpose flour
2 cups 1% milk (I didn't have any so I used 1 cup fat free and 1 cup half n half)
1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 black pepper
3 bacon slices (or if you like to live dangerously like me, you can use 10)
1/3 cup shredded cheese
4 tsp thinly sliced green onions

1. Pierce potatoes with a fork. Microwave on HIGH 13 minutes or until tender. Cut in half; cool slightly.
2. While potatoes cook, heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; saute 3 minutes.Add broth. Combine flour and 1/2 cup milk; Add to pan with 1 1/2 cups milk. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream, salt and pepper.
3. Arrange bacon on a paper towel on a microwave safe plate. Cover with a paper towel; Microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes. Crumble bacon.
4. Discard potato skins. (I just did the best I could, there were still some in mine and it was fine) Stick cooked potatoes into soup mixture and mash with a potato masher (ingenious, I know) Top with cheese, bacon crumbles and green onions. This Yields 4 servings, 1 1/4 cup serving.

We had just enough for 2 adults and 3 small kids (2 of which are picky and don't want to eat much) So double the recipe if you have more than 2 adults or kids who actually eat.

 Here's the nutrition info, if you're into that sort of thing:  Calories 325;Fat 11g; Protein 13g; Carbs 44g;    Fiber 3g

Friday, February 25, 2011

Breakfast for Dinner: Bacon Pancakes

Laziness. Plain and simple. Thats what has been wrong with me. Where have I been? I have definitely been cooking. Every day- in fact, more than usual because I'm trying to eat healthier so that equals not eating out. I have just been too lazy to pull out my camera, and then when I finally do, uh oh, the battery is dying so I only get one or two good pictures. Whatever. You don't want my excuses. You want food.


  Heres that laziness coming out again. I'm just gonna link this post to Monica over at (great blog btw). I came across this recipe a while back and I finally made it the other night when my kids and I weren't feeling good (cough, fever, yucky but still hungry), I hadn't been to the grocery store in decades (felt like), and I just wanted something no fuss and fancy at the same time. This is where the bacon comes in!

  I only had 3 slices of bacon left in my fridge and no desire to venture out to the store, so we made a new rule in our house: Only parents get to eat bacon. Seems fair. We bring it (the bacon) home after all! So I made my family regular pancakes but again, I wanted mine to be a little fancy shmancy. Since one of my great loves is dipping bacon in syrup (which totally grosses my husband out btw) I decided to crumble up my 1 1/2 strips of bacon, lay it in a skillet about the size I wanted my pancake, and poured the batter over the bacon. What resulted was truly beautiful. Okay it wasn't beautiful but who cares about looks when we're talking bacon and syrup?

Fancy is THAT easy.

I bet you wish you'd known that earlier so you could have impressed your future mother in law. Hahaha easier said than done, I know.

Sorry I couldn't wait to eat before I started taking pictures. Hey, I was starving! And I barely know some of you! Besides,  this way you can eat vicariously through me. good!

(Notice only the top one has bacon, again I only had 1 1/2 slices and a 1/2 slice mysteriously disappeared....Do all your pancakes and it will be thrice delicious)

Bacon Pancakes

Do you need the recipe? Really? Just click on pancakes and then crumble bacon in them.

You're welcome. Now wipe all that syrup off your face.