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  • The Low Fat Chick 3:11 pm on April 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Spanish Tortilla 

    My recent obsession with potatoes continues and goes perfectly with my love for making brunch on the weekends. Last weekend I made Cocoa Strawberry Almond Pancakes, but this week I threw the sweet element aside and returned to my savory side. I originally made this recipe from a bare bones version I found in a European cookbook. I have since increased the ingredients and added salsa to my version, which is so yummy.  I love eating this for days because the left overs keep beautifully in the fridge.  Feel free to improvise with adding your own veggies and herbs to the potatoes and eggs, as this recipe welcomes variations.

    Ingredients

    6 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    1 3/4 lb russet potatoes, thinly sliced or waffled
    1 shallot, chopped
    1/2 tsp garlic salt
    1/2 tsp black pepper
    6 large eggs
    1 tsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
    1 Tbsp red bell pepper, diced
    3 Tbsp sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded
    1 roma tomato, diced
    1 cup salsa, medium or hot spicy

    Preparation

    Heat 5 Tbsp olive oil on medium heat in a frying pan. Add potatoes and cook, turning frequently for 10 minutes. Reduce heat if potatoes begin to stick to pan.

    Add shallot, salt, and pepper, and continue to cook for 10 more minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Continue to turn frequently.

    Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a large bowl with a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper. Add parsley, bell pepper, cheese, and tomato. Transfer the potatoes and shallots into the eggs and mix gently. Leave to stand for 10 minutes.

    Wipe out the frying pan with paper towels and heat 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Pour the eggs mixture in the pan and spread it out in an even layer.

    Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes, until the eggs are just set. Serve cut into 6 wedges with salsa on the side.

    Nutrition Facts

    Servings: 6
    Serving size: 1/6 of recipe (11.4 ounces).
    Calories 371.69

    % Daily Value
    Calories From Fat  176.62  48%
    Total Fat 19.91g  31%
    Saturated Fat  4.36g  22%

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    • Karen 4:50 pm on May 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I used to live in Miami where there many Spanish restaurants. This was always one of my favorite tapas. Your recipe sounds great.

      • The Low Fat Chick 7:11 pm on May 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. I love Miami!! That must have been awesome to live and eat there. I just can imagine all the amazing food.

        • Karen 7:47 pm on May 4, 2012 Permalink

          Some of the best food you can imagine.

    • Karista 11:31 am on May 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I love this recipe! Making mr hungry as I haven’t had breakfast yet. Can’t wait to make this. Happy Sunday!

      • The Low Fat Chick 8:11 pm on May 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Karista! If you like a bolder flavor you can use onions instead of shallots. Either way, I love the dish. Adding spicy salsa is the kicker. LOL! Happy Sunday and Mother’s day to you!

  • The Low Fat Chick 12:31 am on April 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Tarragon Egg Salad Sandwiches 

    Tarragon is one of my favorite herbs. I fell in love with it when I first added it to a steak dish and ever since I have embraced it in many ways.  My latest way is with eggs for a flavorful egg salad. This dish is healthy in the calories and fat but because of the eggs, it is a little higher in cholesterol. But, I always say eat in moderation, so I had this tasty sandwich on a day which I ate lighter foods like fish and veggies.  Just balance out your day if you have to be concerned about cholesterol. Otherwise, this dish rocks and is now a new favorite!

    Ingredients

    4 large hard-boiled eggs, roughly chopped
    2 Tbsp shallot, minced
    1/2 Tbsp tarragon, minced
    2 Tbsp celery stalks, finely chopped
    1 1/2 tsp champagne vinegar
    1 tsp whole grain mustard
    1/4 cup mayonnaise, reduced fat
    1 Tbsp lemon juice
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/2 cup Arugula
    8 sourdough bread (preferably wheat), thick slices

    Preparation

    Stir together, eggs, shallot, tarragon, celery, vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

    Place arugula on 4 pieces of bread. Spread egg salad on top of the arugula then top with remaining slices of bread.

    Nutrition Facts

    Servings: 4
    Serving size: 1/4 of recipe (5.6 ounces).
    Calories 330.08

    % Daily Value
    Calories From Fat  90.51  27%
    Total Fat 10.15g  16%
    Saturated Fat  2.67g  13%

     
  • The Low Fat Chick 7:24 pm on September 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Ginger Shallot Dressing 

    I love to eat at hibachi restaurants and one of my favorite moments is eating the salad with the ginger dressing. After researching, I came up with the following recipe. This is so yummy and has a bolder flavor than the restaurant version due to the subtle use of shallots. I cannot get enough of this dressing! Simply fabulous and is on my list of favorites.

    Ingredients

    2 medium carrots, peeled, ends trimmed and sliced
    2 inch piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
    2 shallots, peeled and sliced
    3 Tbs soy sauce
    1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
    1/4 cup water
    2 Tbs sugar
    3 Tbs vegetable oil
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 large head Iceberg lettuce, quartered and cored

    Preparation

    Combine the carrots, ginger, shallots, soy sauce, vinegar, water, sugar, and vegetable oil in a blender and puree until dressing becomes a slightly thick sauce. Season with the salt.

    Break the Iceberg wedges a bit to open them up and pour the dressing over top.

    Servings: 4
    Serving size: 1/4  of a recipe (17.7 ounces).

    Calories 324.59
    % Daily Value
    Calories From Fat (29%) 93.17
    Total Fat 11.3g 17%
    Saturated Fat 0.87g 4%

     
  • The Low Fat Chick 5:38 pm on October 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Tarragon Chicken Salad Pitas 

    I am always looking for ways to have awesome lunches. After seeing tarragon chicken sandwiches at a few places, I decided I wanted to create my own lighter version of a tarragon chicken pita.  This recipe is so yummy with tasty shallots complimenting fresh tarragon. You would never know the amount of fat is reduced! Definitely a top-notch lunch, which I will make many times over. Enjoy!

    Ingredients 

    1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    Salt, to taste
    Pepper, to taste
    2/3 cup reduced fat sour cream
    1/2 cup low fat mayonnaise
    1 tablespoon coarse grained mustard
    1 tablespoon tarragon, finely chopped
    1/2 tablespoon salt
    1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
    3/4 cups diced celery
    1 shallot, finely chopped
    3 whole wheat pitas, cut in half
    shredded lettuce, optional
    swiss cheese, optional

    Preparation  
    • Preheat oven to 350°F.
    • Arrange chicken in a glass baking dish large enough to hold it in a single layer. Rub chicken with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake the chicken for 35 to 40 minutes, until no longer pink in the center. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board until cool enough to handle, then cut into cubes.
    • Stir sour cream, mayonnaise, mustard, tarragon, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.  Add celery, shallot, and chicken; stir to coat. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.
    • Cut pitas in half. Open pockets and scoop 1/2 cup salad into each half. Top with lettuce and cheese.

    Servings: 6 (1/2 cup of salad in a pita half).
    Calories: About 380 per serving.

     
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