Healthy Picadillo and Spinach Salad
Posted 25 February 2007 - 11:51 PM
This spicy dish of ground meat cooked with tomatoes, garlic, and onions is popular in many Latin countries. It's lightened up by using extra-lean ground beef mixed with black beans. Serve with warm low-fat flour tortillas or rice.
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 pound extra-lean ground beef (96% fat free)
1 can (15 to 19 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes with tomato puree
1/4 cup dark seedless raisins
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped pimiento-stuffed olives (salad olives)
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
In nonstick 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat until hot. Add onion and cook six to eight minutes or until tender and golden, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook one minute, stirring. Stir in ground beef, breaking up meat with side of spoon; cook five minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
Stir in beans, tomatoes with their puree, raisins, olives, tomato paste, vinegar, cumin, salt, and pepper; heat to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer eight to ten minutes or until slightly thickened.
Recipe makes six servings. Serving size 1 cup.
Nutrition information per serving:
Saturated Fat 2g
Spinach salad with raspberries and pecans with onions
If you don't want the spinach or fresh raspberries or onions, then you can use any type of lettuce with a Raspberry Vinaigrette and a few Pecan halves. If really watching the calorie intake, you can try Nakano's seasoned rice vinegars with your salad. It offers a lot of flavoring and seasonings with something like 12 calories per serving.
Posted 26 February 2007 - 12:42 AM
Posted 26 February 2007 - 06:49 AM
The salad looks great and I am missing growing my own raspberries. I used to have a couple of raspberry bushes at my old house and it was great to just go out and pick a few to drop in my cereal or in smoothies.
Posted 26 February 2007 - 02:55 PM
Serve with warm low-fat flour tortillas or rice.
Around here, this is a popular Cuban dish. Go to any decent cuban restaurant for this. My parents have made it also. Typically made with ground beef & pork (half and half).
Traditionally, this is served with black beans and white rice. The black beans are cooked into a kind of thick 'soup', and poured over the rice. You can also get the black beans and white rice mixed together, which is called (in spanish) 'blacks and whites'. Never seen it put on tortillas. Its a little too liquidy for that, really.
I've also never seen tomato chunks in any picadillo or raisans. Its tomato-based, and has green olives in it, and usually a bay leaf.
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