Monday, February 27, 2012

healthy jalapeno poppers

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I love jalapenos. I love jalapeno flavored anything (have you tried the jalapeno flavored pistachios? they are not for the faint of heart). I love jalapenos on nachos and on pizza. I love jalapenos in things like scones and cornbread. 

I have always had a fondness for jalapeno poppers and made many late night runs to the 24-Hour Jack In the Box drive-thru to satisfy a cheesy/spicy/crispy craving. Unfortunately, I no longer feel at liberty to enjoy deep fried anything, so I did some searching for a baked/healthy alternative for jalapeno poppers and found this Food Network recipe from Emeril. I modified the recipe very slightly, so I'll post my modifications below.

Fortunately jalapenos are really cheap (Trader Joe's sells a little box for $0.99), and they are good for you! I just read somewhere that jalapenos (and I assume other spicy foods) boost metabolism.

Baked Jalapeno Poppers
Yields 10 jalapeno halves
  • 5 fresh jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise, stems, seeds and membranes removed
  • 3 oz. light cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated light mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 t. ground cumin
  • 1/4 t. cayenne (use more or less to your taste)
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 T. almond milk
  • 4 t. Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute
  • 1/2 c. panko crumbs
  • 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside.

In a bowl, cream together the cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, cumin, and cayenne.

In a small bowl, beat together the egg white, milk, and 1 teaspoon of the 21 Seasoning Salute. In a third dish, combine the flour and remaining 1 teaspoon of 21 Seasoning Salute. Spread 1 tablespoon of the cheese mixture into the middle of each jalapeno half. One at a time, dip into the egg mixture, dredge in the flour, dip into the egg mixture again, then dredge in the panko crumbs, pressing to coat.

Place the coated peppers, cut side up, on the prepared baking sheet and bake until the filling is runny and the crust is golden, about 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven and serve immediately with cold beer.

NUTRITION FACTS: 
Each jalapeno half contains: Calories 75, Calories from Fat 32.2, fat 3.58g, Saturated Fat 1.55g, Cholesterol 10.5mg, Sodium 159.58mg, Total Carbohydrates 5.6g, Dietary Fiber .74g, Sugars 1g, Protein 5.52g

Thursday, February 23, 2012

cleaning out the garage

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Oh my!
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Complete chaos
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After the holidays, nothing really seemed to get put away quite properly this year.
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When organizing, taking everything out of the space is always my first step!


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Empty--basically the ultimate goal for our garage...
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Ahh...organized shelves..
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It's not quite done, but this was definitely a huge step forward!
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My car all loaded up for a run to Goodwill (which was open on Sunday!)
Cleaning out the garage has been on my to-do list basically since we put all of our Christmas decorations away on January 1st. Between pulling down, putting up and taking down all of our decorations for the holidays (beginning with Halloween) our garage became totally chaotic. And it had been driving me crazy...

Thankfully, The William Morris Project, I am committed to accomplishing one project in our home each week, and this week I finally tackled the garage. I am always amazed by how little time these projects which I continually put off actually end up taking. Including my run to Goodwill and back, I think this project took me about 2 hours from start to finish. It's not completely done--I still want to sell a few things on Craigslist, get all matching [clearly labeled] bins that actually fit on the shelves, get some recycling bins, and install some bike racks, but this is definitely a good start.

It felt so good to finally turn in our reyclables and donate that mountain of items to Goodwill. Does anyone else just feel amazingly accomplished when they get rid of stuff?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

the "junk" drawer

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Before
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The tools

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Everything out on the counter. I cannot even believe that all of this fit into that drawer!

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Ahh...much better...
I missed last week's William Morris Project post, but don't worry--I haven't fallen off the wagon. Yet. This week I organized the "junk" drawer in our kitchen. It is right below where I painted the chalkboard paint a few weeks ago--a very convenient place to put things that don't really have a place to go.

I've always considered myself a relatively organized person, but all of these projects are making me feel exactly the opposite. How do things get so out of control? Seriously, this project was bumped up on my priority list because we could no longer close the drawer without taking things out...

Now, only the things that get used in the kitchen are in the drawer. I put away, threw away, or added everything else to our brimming Goodwill boxes. Now we can actually find things in here. I hate wasting time looking for things!

I'm so glad that this project is finally out of the way--now I can start thinking about my next project!