Oh my. It’s only Day 3 and I’m already starting to lose interest in my photo food journal. The first problem is that I have the attention span of a mouse on speed. The second problem is that my food is boring — at least in two out of three cases. I sense a challenge within a challenge coming. I gotta shake things up. Spice them up, if you will. But it will have to be next week, because this week’s meals are planned and the food is in the fridge. All dinner recipes, by the way, are brought to you by the January/February issue of Cooking Light. Brace yourself for the coming month. There is a lot of chicken and rice at dinnertime.
Today’s damage: I actually logged my food into Weight Watchers tonight. I racked up 37 points. Whoops. That’s 11 over my daily limit. Looks like I’ll need to get creative and cut back. Mercy.
- 3 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms
- 5 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casings removed (about 2 links)
- 1/2 cup chopped shallots
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
- 1/3 cup dry white wine
- 1 (6-ounce) package baby spinach
- 1/4 cup (1 ounce) shaved fresh Romano cheese
- 1. Bring broth and 1 cup water to a simmer in a small saucepan (do not boil); keep warm over low heat.
- 2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add salt and mushrooms to pan; cook for 8 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove mushrooms from pan, and set aside.
- 3. Add sausage to pan, and cook for 3 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add shallots and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium. Add rice; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine, and cook until liquid is nearly absorbed, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.
- 4. Stir in 1 cup broth mixture; cook for 2 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add remaining broth mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth mixture is absorbed before adding the next (about 30 minutes total). Remove pan from heat. Add mushrooms and spinach; stir until spinach wilts. Top evenly with cheese. Serve immediately.
Can we talk about feeding the mind for a minute? Work is seriously cutting into my reading time.
Thoughts or suggestions on anything I’m disgusting in my belly or my head?