Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Poolside Gourmet

My mom and I have decided to get together once a week and have dinner together. The caveat is that the meals must include new, healthy recipes. My dad is resistant to trying new things (especially "diet" food) and I enjoy cooking with someone else rather for everyone else once in a while, so we chose Thursdays as Dad has a standing social engagement and my family is relatively low need that evening as well.

Last week was the first time we managed to actually get together and it was quite fun. We selected a menu that required grilling so there were a couple of additional challenges. Nobody singed any eyebrows and the food was reasonably tasty, so the evening was considered a success

Portabella Mushroom Burgers: I love Portabella mushrooms and have had some fantastic ones at restaurants. Our version needs work. The garlic was WAY to strong. These will need to revisited with an adjusted recipe.

Creole Zucchini: Mom found this recipe in a bank newsletter. It originally called for 14 points worth of oil!! We eliminated the oil all together and it was fantastic--and only about 2 points per serving!! I ate the leftovers the next day for lunch. Next time, I would add a bit of olive oil though, just because I seldom get my healthy oils in. I would be willing to add point for that.

Grilled Peaches: Yummy, with a lot of potential. My dissatisfaction was more a result of my lack of experience grilling. I now know what I need to do differently. Our recipe called for a bit of honey and almonds which made it a very nice dessert.

The entire menu would have been 8 points.  Nice!  Not sure what this weeks menu includes yet--as hot as it is, it needs to be something very cooling!

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