What’s for Dinner

 I’ve tried some new recipes recently – it is always nice to add some healthy variety to our weekly menu.

Beef Stroganoff with Zucchini Pasta – the other night, Hubby requested slow-cooker Beef Stroganoff for dinner. The recipe is ridiculously simple – season beef with salt and pepper, sear on all sides (optional step), and cook in a slow-cooker on high for 6 hours with Cream of Mushroom soup, chili flakes, garlic powder and onion powder. Serve with pasta (Hubby prefers farfalle/bow-tie pasta – though most people use egg noodles). This is a great comfort food – but it’s carb-heavy. So I substituted zucchini pasta in my portion (recipe here). I’ve used spaghetti squash as pasta before – but I much preferred my zucchini noodles – way less effort – and very satisfying too.

Chicken and Shredded Cabbage Salad – This is the first recipe I’ve made from the Low-Fat No-Fat Thai & South-East Asian Cookbook (only $7 at Winners!). The components are simple: finely sliced Napa cabbage, mint, grated carrot and shredded chicken dressed with a lime, fish sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, chili and shallot dressing. I didn’t need any specialty ingredients – I found everything at my grocery store – yet the dish had a very authentic Thai flavour to it. There was a lot of prep work with all the slicing and shredding, but it was worth the effort – the dish was super-tasty and very filling. I’ve bookmarked several more recipes in this book, and can’t wait to try them out!


  1. Lindy May
    September 1, 2010 / 7:14 pm

    Those both look so yummy! I'm going to try the stroganoff with zucchini noodles.

  2. Anonymous
    September 1, 2010 / 11:43 pm

    Wow, great idea! I love beef and zucchini so I will definitely be borrowing this, thanks for the fab idea!

  3. Ella Pretty
    September 2, 2010 / 1:01 am

    Thanks Ilinda and Andi – the zucchini pasta was lovely – I overindulge when it comes to pasta – so it was nice to eat lots without feeling guilty LOL!And it hardly requires any extra effort – I just put it in the salted water I boiled for everyone else's pasta (after draining theirs out).

  4. Ashley
    September 10, 2010 / 1:41 am

    These look soooo good! I will have to try them soon.ashleybonthego.blogspot.com

  5. Ella Pretty
    September 10, 2010 / 2:54 am

    Thanks Ashley – hope the recipes turn out yummy for you too.

  6. Tali
    September 14, 2010 / 10:45 pm

    I really need to try that zucchini pasta idea out!! Great great great idea!!!

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