A Major (for me) Milestone – My 100th Post!

So as my husband and I are off to galavant around the city of Chicago for a fun-filled wedding weekend, I realized I couldn’t leave y’all hanging without a delicious recipe for your weekend.

And then I noticed something. Something I couldn’t just leave alone.

Y’all, this is my 100th post! As in the 100th recipe or random thought I’ve shared with you.

So obviously, I had to make it a special one.

Well, recently I’ve had a major craving for seafood. Probably because it’s feeling like summer and I love fish during the summer. It’s just light and refreshing. However, I was wanting something a little more “special” that I could whip up for a special date night.

Holy moly people, did I find one! This would be a great recipe to make for a dinner party because it’s tasty, all of the elements take less than 15 minutes each…and it looks preeeeety.

So we’re celebrating a special occasion this weekend, I think you should too!

Sauteed Grouper with Shrimp Sauce (Serves 2 / 8 WW points per serving)

Ingredients

12-14 pieces asparagus, raw

olive oil, salt and pepper for asparagus

For Fish:

2 grouper fillets, 4-5 oz. each

Lemon pepper and garlic salt for sprinkling

2 Tbsp. white whole wheat flour

1/2 Tbsp. butter

1/2 lemon

1 1/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire

Cajun seasoning

For Sauce:

1/2 Tbsp. butter

2 Tbsp. yellow onion, diced

4 oz. artichoke hearts, chopped

1 Tbsp. white whole wheat flour

1/3 cup fat-free half and half

2 1/2 Tbsp. vermouth

2 1/2 oz. cooked shrimp, cut into about 3 pieces per shrimp

Begin by roasting your asparagus. Spray with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes. Set aside.

Preheat broiler to low. Sprinkle grouper fillets with lemon pepper and garlic salt, just a dusting on each side. Dredge fish in flour and coat well. Saute in butter for 3 minutes per side. Sprinkle with lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and Cajun seasoning. Broil 5-7 minutes.

While the fish is cooking, go ahead and make your sauce. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and artichokes for 3 minutes until softened. Stir in flour, half and half, and vermouth and whisk until thickened. Add the shrimp and cook another 2-3 minutes until shrimp is heated through.

Step by Step

Add the cooked asparagus to your plate. Top with a fillet of fish, and pour sauce over top.

Plated

I wasn’t sure what the asparagus would add at first, but it really give the flavor a new level – definitely make sure you have some in each bite…

Sauteed Grouper with Shrimp Sauce

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

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Bistro Steak with Red Wine Sauce

If you haven’t noticed a theme the past few weeks from my blog – things have been crazy around here. At least, during the week. Hence the cheese fries and casseroles.

Nothing wrong with those foods, because, you know, they’re delicious. But sometimes it’s nice to have a special meal. You know, slow down the pace, sip on a glass of wine, not have to rush off anywhere or get the laundry folded?

I was grabbing some quick groceries at Target the other week and came across some “Laura’s Lean Beef” organic sirloin steaks. They were a pretty good price (about $6.00 – think what you’d pay at a restaurant!) and were vacuum sealed in their own juices so they looked super tender.

So I tested out this recipe and the verdict was: it’s pretty darn delicious! I’ve been known to scramble around a little when it’s time to eat, but this one is pretty simple with some prep work done ahead of time. I recommend an easy starch like rice or potatoes to soak up some of the delicious sauce…that’s just a necessity.

I must say, if time preparing a meal is not a luxury you have, but the time to savor one sounds like pure bliss – you should definitely give this one a try!

Bistro Steak with Red Wine Sauce (Serves 2 / 10 pts. per serving)

Ingredients

2 (6 oz.) sirloin steaks, trimmed of fat

1/2 Tbsp. canola oil

2 Tbsp. shallot, chopped

2 tsp. ground thyme

4 fl. oz. red wine

1/2 cup fat-free beef broth

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/2 Tbsp. dried parsley

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1 Tbsp. butter

Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle steaks with 1/4 tsp. salt and pepper. Cook steaks in oil for 4-5 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes.

Steak Collage

Saute shallots and thyme in remaining oil for 1 minute before adding wine. Cook 2-3 minutes until majority of liquid evaporates. Add beef broth and cook 5 minutes until liquid thickens and reduces by half. Whisk in remaining salt and pepper, and add butter and mustard.

Slice steak into strips across the grain and top with sauce. Sprinkle with parsley and serve…

Plated Steak

 

And don’t forget something to soak up all of that delicious sauce…

Bistro Steak

Hope y’all have a great weekend!