Thursday, August 23, 2012

Skinny and Speedy Cuban Moros (Rice and Beans)

Moros is a typical Cuban side dish of rice and beans cooked together. Usually it is cooked with pork belly chunks and can take awhile to cook. This is a lighter, vegetarian version that is cooked up in less than 20 minutes. I love eating Moros with any meal, but most versions that are available at restaurants are so greasy and heavy, it makes it hard to really enjoy. I've taken matters into my own hands and made this lovely side dish figure-friendly and easy enough to serve any night of the week. Not only is this a complete protein (yeah Veggies!) but it is a great side dish for any meal. 

If you decide to eat this as a main dish, this will serve 2. I usually will end up eating this as a main meal or lunch because it's really filling and really hits the rice/beans craving right on the nose. If you decide to make a larger batch, you'll have to adjust the cook time. Next day lunch anyone? 

Skinny and Speedy Cuban Moros

Cook Time: < 20 minutes
Prep Time: < 5 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 1 cup cooked black beans (or canned - rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup dry white rice
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced or smashed 
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2 cup vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh cilantro, minced
  • fresh lime juice

In a rice cooker - place all of the ingredients in and stir well. Turn on and let cook until done. 

Remove the bay leaf (and garlic if smashed) and serve hot.

On the stoveHeat a medium/large pot over high heat. Add all of the ingredients in and stir well.

Allow it to come to a boil, then cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Let the rice cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed.

Remove the bay leaf (and garlic if smashed) and serve hot. 

Nutritional Info for 1/4 of the recipe:
Calories: 180 ; Fat: 1.5g ; Carbohydrate: 32.5g ; Fiber: 4g ; Sugar: 0g ; Protein: 6g 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Tex-Mex Meatloaf

Meatloaf - one of my husband's favorite dishes to eat. He doesn't care how I flavor it, as long as it is meaty, tasty and sliced thick. I don't blame him. I enjoy a good piece of meatloaf, I just don't like how greasy some of them can be. I try to make mine as lean as possible and bring some moisture to the loaf by having plenty of veggies. I also have a special loaf pan that has small holes in the bottom, to allow the excess fat to drip into another loaf pan. It's perfect for reducing the saturated fat in the meat. This version of meatloaf is very flavorful and slightly spicy. No need for gravy or anything extra - it's perfect as is. 

The jalapeno is optional, if you aren't fond of spicy foods. The spices that are in the meatloaf help keep the flavors on par, so the jalapeno isn't missed if you choose to omit it. I served this dish with some mashed potatoes (skinny) and simple steamed green beans. Very filled and diet-friendly. 

Tex-Mex Meatloaf

Cook Time: 50 minutes @ 350F
Prep Time: < 5 minutes
Serves: 6 (cut into 6 slices)


  • oil spray
  • 1 lb grass-fed lean ground beef
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1/2 medium bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (seeds and ribs removed, if you like)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1.5 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground chili powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350F. Prep a loaf pan with some olive oil spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients by hand. Make sure to not over mix.

Place the meatloaf mixture into the loaf pan and spread evenly.

Transfer the loaf pan to the oven and bake for about 50 minutes or until the meatloaf is completely cooked through. 

Allow the meatloaf to set for about 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving. 

Nutritional Info per serving:
Calories: 250 ; Fat: 15g ; Carbohydrate: 9g ; Fiber: 1.5g ; Sugar: 0 ; Protein: 15.5g

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Another LOVELY award :)

Thank you so much to Ellen @ Ellen B Cookery for this awesome award! She's a great friend and one of my recent Guest Bloggers. She is always cooking up something delicious and inspiring me, so check her out!!

The rules are:
  1. Link back whoever nominated you.
  2. Write 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers
11 Random Facts about Laurie:
  1. I love word games (scrabble, crosswords, etc.)
  2. I wish I could speak German & French fluently - I'm currently very basic in both. 
  3. I have the hots for Robert  Downey Jr.
  4. One of my favorite movies is "P.S. I Love You" - sob fest!
  5. My adorable pup is named Scooters 
  6. I'm a Capricorn 
  7. I have "Call me Maybe" stuck in my head, on repeat (Ahhh!!!! Kill me!)
  8. I'm always early or on time - I get anxious if I even think I may be late going somewhere. 
  9. I love earth tones
  10. Part of my vacations are planned around the food/restaurants visited. I love to try local favorites. 
  11. One of my most cherished possessions is a wooden sculpture of a woman's body. It is absolute gorgeous.