It's been cold and rainy this week, which has been making me crave warm, comfort foods. It was really cold this morning, so when I got home from the gym not only was I chilly, I was ravenous. I made a delicious bowl of Apple Cranberry Oatmeal with a side of scrambled egg whites that really hit the spot and kept me full. For lunch I went back to that fabulous Spinach Salad with balsamic chicken, almonds, cranberries and goat cheese, and for dinner I had the steak and potatoes dinner leftovers, and ended with a scrumptious bowl of Braised Red Cabbage.
Last weekend we had lunch at Houston's, and on the side of my veggie burger patty (the best veggie burger anywhere) I ordered the seasonal vegetable- Braised Red Cabbage with crumbled goat cheese. It was so delicious, so when the server cleared my plate I asked what the main ingredients were. She said balsamic vinaigrette and brown sugar. Perfect, I went to the web and found Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage at simplyrecipes.com which was very similar. With a few tweaks it was more WW friendly.
Since I've already posted the salad recipe, here's my oatmeal and braised red cabbage recipes.
Apple Cranberry Oatmeal
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup chunky apple sauce (no sugar added, I like the Trader Joe's brand best 1 pt)
1 tbsp. dried cranberries (1/2 pt)
2 tbsp. sugar free maple syrup (Maple Farms, 1/2 pt)
few shakes of cinnamon
Put dried oatmeal and water in microwave safe bowl and cook accordingly. Add in all other ingredients and stir- delicious!
Braised Red Cabbage
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. olive oil
6 tbsp. brown sugar
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
In bottom of large pan place oil and butter, and turn heat to medium high. When butter is melted, add cabbage and saute 5 minutes until it's slightly wilted. Then add brown sugar, toss to coat, followed by balsamic vinegar. Stir, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low, simmering for 30-35 minutes. Remove from heat and enjoy. I estimate 2 pts per 1/2 cup. To make it out of this world, top with 1 tbsp of crumbled goat cheese.
Have a great weekend and look for my Oscar party post!