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A whole lotta cookin’ going on!

Posted Jan 09 2010 12:00am

One of my main goals for today was to get some cooking done for the week.  I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to make, so I headed to Starbucks to pour our some magazines – Cooking Light and WW.  I found some good ones, and then I decided to try two that Scale Warfare had recently mentioned: Taco Soup and Honey Roasted Chicken with Rosemary & Dijon.  I’ll let you go to those links for the recipe details.

Armed with a huge shopping list, I headed to Safeway.  My cart was full of healthy, whole foods (for the most part), and I couldn’t wait to get home, put things all away, and get to cooking. In addition to the two recipes above, I also bought the ingredients for the WW version of Beouf Bourguignon that was in the January magazine.  (I’ll post this recipe next week, once I make it).

Lots of groceries! Once I unloaded everything, I realized that 6:30 was a bit late to cook the dinners, because they both took at least an hour.  So, I had some of my 10-alarm turkey crockpot chili that I had in the fridge.

I got the chicken going first, since it was going to take about 1 hour and 45 minutes to cook. I have never cooked a roasted chicken before, so I was really impressed with myself that I was attempting it. Once that was going in the oven, I started on the Taco Soup – definitely the easier of the two recipes.  Within about 15 minutes, I had  two great recipes going:

Then, after an hour and 45 minutes, I had two delicious meals ready to go:

I tasted a spoonful of the soup, and it has a terrific, cool ranch/taco flavor.  I can’t wait to try it!  The soup is 3 points per 1 1/2 cup serving.  The chicken is 7 points for 1/4 of the chicken, including dark meat.

I know the chicken looks dark, but that’s the honey that burned while roasting.  Since the skin comes off anyway, it won’t tasted burned at all. It looks exactly like the one that Scale Warfare made, so I’m really proud that it turned out so well.

I bought a bunch of sides to cook along with the chicken and the soup, so lunches and dinners this week are going to be really easy. I really enjoy cooking big batches of meals all at once, because it saves time, saves cleanup, and makes me feel really organized all week long.

As a reward for myself for all of this cooking, I bought myself a beautiful purple calla lily.

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