Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Valentines Day - Breakfast and Dinner

With Valentines Day just one day away I thought I would post my selections for breakfast and dinner. Both include chocolate and are from the show - Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger (Cooking healthy food can be quick, easy, but most of all, delicious. Nutritionist and author Ellie Krieger has created fast and simple healthy recipes for the real world). The first is Chocolate and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast and the second is Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Rosemary, Chocolate and Wine Sauce. Yummmmm...
Nutritional info is included at the bottom of each recipe. _

Episode: Chocolate Surprises _

Chocolate and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups nonfat milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
8 slices of whole-wheat sandwich bread, crusts removed
1 (8-ounce) container strawberries, hulled and sliced
4 teaspoons bittersweet chocolate chips
Cooking spray
2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla. Set aside.
Place 1 tablespoon of ricotta in the center of 4 of the pieces of bread and spread around slightly. Top with about 6 slices of strawberries and a teaspoon of chocolate chips. Cover each with another piece of bread to make a "sandwich".
Spray a large nonstick skillet or griddle with cooking spray and preheat. Carefully dip each of the "sandwiches" into the egg mixture until completely moistened. Then place on the skillet and cook over a medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, until the outside is golden brown and the center is warm and chocolate is melted.
Transfer to serving places. Top with remaining strawberries and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
Per Serving : Calories 270; Total Fat 8 g; (Sat Fat 3 g, Mono Fat 2 g, Poly Fat 0 g) ; Protein 15 g; Carb 38 g; Fiber 5 g; Cholesterol 170 mg; Sodium 390 mg
Note: *7 slices of whole wheat bread analyzed here since crust was removed.


Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Rosemary, Chocolate and Wine Sauce _

1 (2-pound) beef tenderloin roast
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped shallots
1 small carrot, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
2 cups dry red wine
2 cups low-sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 tablespoon unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Season the meat with the salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium-high heat until good and hot, then add the meat and sear until well browned on all sides, about 10 minutes total.
Transfer the meat to a rack set on a baking sheet. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 140 degrees F for medium-rare, about 30 minutes, or to your desired degree of doneness. Remove it from the oven, cover with aluminum foil, and let rest until the sauce is nearly done before slicing.
While the meat cooks, make the sauce. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, carrot and celery and cook, stirring a few times, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the wine and broth and stir in the tomato paste. Add the bay leaf and thyme and bring to a boil. Simmer until the liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 40 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a small saucepan. Stir in the cocoa and rosemary and season with salt and pepper. Serve on the side with the sliced tenderloin.
Serving size 3 slices of meat and about 1 1/2 tablespoons of sauce Per Serving: Calories 280; Total Fat 9g (Sat Fat 3g, Mono Fat 4g, Poly Fat 0g); Protein 31g; Carb 7g; Fiber 1g; Cholesterol 82mg; Sodium 375mg


Suzanne said...

I'm definitely making the beef tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe. Unfortunately the french toast is a no-no since the farmer has diabetes.

brad said...

That French toast could be good :-) Thanks, maybe I'll try that.

The beef, um, I don't do meat.

love.boxes said...

Wow! Those both look delicious! I'll have to try them. Thanks! said...

Those recipes look amazing, they are making me drool.

brad said...

I made the French toast this morning. My wife thought it was great and our picky daughter liked it :-)

I found that the bread soaked up a lot of the milk and egg mixture, so the recipe only made 3 sandwiches, which was fine for the 3 of us.

Thanks for posting it.

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