Fat Tuesday came and mom and I were faced with a choice. To eat fat or "phat". I had just arrived back from a whirlwind Valentine's weekend with my honey Scott and his family. We had made donuts, homemade pizza (from the Abby's Makin Pizza blog) and eaten meatballs, and steak and shrimp dipped in butter. Needless to say I felt like I had just undergone a "Fat Weekend" without the 'ph'. When mom reminded me about Fat Tuesday, I suggested we have a "Phat" Tuesday instead. You know like rad, supercool, neato? Ooops, I'm showing my age aren't I? Anyway, lucky for me, mom didn't resist the idea and we chose healthy.
We have shifted our focus from fat to "phat" and had a great Tuesday night without any guilt on Wednesday morning. Whatever you do for lent remember to keep it real and keep your days "phat"! And as always, try a recipe and share with us how it went! We hope someone is out there reading this...
Skinny Mini Mexican Soup
1 medium zuchinni; chopped
4 cloves garlic; minced
1 cup baby carrots
1 cup frozen sweet corn
1 can black bans (14.5 oz); rinsed
1 can To-Tel diced tomatoes and green chilies (14.5 oz)
1 small can chopped green chilis (4 oz)
1 jar chipotle corn salsa (we love Mrs. Renfro's_
1 can low sodiom chicken broth (14.5 oz)
2 cups low sodium V-8 juice
1/2 tsp. red pepper
2 tsp. cumin and chili pepper
1/2 tsp. chicken rub
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cooked chicken breasts; chopped
Saute onion, zuchinni, and garlic for 3-5 minutes or onions are transluscent. Deglaze the pan with chick broth. Then pour all ingredients in the slow cooker saving the cilantro aside.
Cook for 6-8 hours.
Serve with green onions, cilantro, shredded cheddar cheese, avocado, and sour cream if desired. Serve along side tortilla chips or corn tortillas for a complete meal.
8 corn tortillas
2 tbsp olive oil
Preheat oven for 375 degrees. Slice corn tortillas into strips and toss in olive oil. Place in single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes or until crisp and brown.
Salt and pepper to taste
White Russian (or as we call it a Montana Iceberg)
1 shot vodka
1/2 shot coffee liquor
4 oz fat free cream
Pour all ingredients into an 8 oz glass that has been filled with ice. Stir with a straw and enjoy. It is a great er dinner drink on a cold winter's night. Nothing like a little Montana Iceberg in your glass!
Here is wishing you a "phat" day and life from our kitchen to yours!
~ "Too Lovely" Hot Messes in the kitchen