Posts tagged ‘tapas’
Monday again… how does the weekend manage to fly by so fast?? After an exhausting morning participating in Spin for Survival yesterday, an all-day spinning event to raise money for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (my team raised over $5,000!!) I needed a good ol’ relaxation night in. The fiance and I decided to do something reminiscent of college – a wine & apps night!
Someone was cheating at Scrabble… “qet” is not a word!!! Although oddly “qat” is. Oh well, I somehow still lost. Hope everyone else had a great weekend!!
Yayy I was able to get my run in after work Friday!! I did about 5 miles total (took a break in the middle because I had to stop in and feed my kitten) and it felt great. I had never stopped and started running like that and I must say, it really makes it seem like you actually did less miles than you really did. Sort of tricks your body…
So Friday night we decided to do something I haven’t done in a while…. tapas night! I love tapas because it allows you to get a ton of different flavors so that you don’t have to fill up on only one flavor at time. We decided on a few different dishes: Spicy thai-BBQ chicken bites, homemade hummus, cut veggies, sweet potato rounds, baked tofu and some generous glasses of Pinot Grigio . I love tapas night.
I was trying to get down all the cooking times so that everything would be ready at the same time – I definitely need a little work on that, but it’s sloooowly coming together. Unfortunately I burned the baked tofu a little, but I still ate it. The bf kind of avoided it though… oh well. I just did a little wheat-free tamari sauce, honey, salt and pepper on the tofu – at 400 degrees for about 35-40 minutes.
The chicken was cooked at 400 for about 10-15 minutes after soaking in a marinade made of Tabasco sauce, BBG sauce and “Thai Kitchen” red Thai chili sauce. I stuck these on toothpicks for dipping into BBQ sauce. (sorry, the pics a little blurry)
Next up was some Baked Sweet Potato Rounds… I tossed these with a bit of EVOO, salt and pepper, placed them in a glass baking pan, and baked them at 400 for about 40 minutes. They came out excellent – some were soft, some were crunchy… all were full of flavor.
The homemade hummus was definitely nontraditional, but was still big in flavor. I used 1 cup (canned, rinsed and drained) garbanzo beans, 1/4 c. plain nonfat yogurt (Stonyfield), 1/2 a lemon (squeezed), 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tsp tahini, and some fresh black pepper to taste. I served this up with some blanched broccoli, lettuce, and bell peppers. I might get more excited about veggies than the average bear, but I looooved this!
Sorry guys… I forgot to take pics of the tofu. They were a bit blackened though, so it was nothing too impressive. I topped off the meal a few hours later with a cup of frozen grapes. If you haven’t had these before you are totally missing out… my favorite dessert by far! I could eat these by the pound.