Tuesday, March 11, 2008

another 100 calorie snack, soups and leftovers!

The other day, my crystal was reflecting a very large rainbow on my kitchen table, so I snapped this pic.. I love cherry tomatoes and find myself photographing them. In New England, we wait a long time for the delicious spring/summer produce that a lot of the country has access to, so something as simple as a delicious cherry tomato can make my day!
Less than a 100 calorie snack! The serving size for this snack is two roll ups and comes in at 95 calories, 1 gram fat 16 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams fiber and 5 grams protein. It is ridiculously simple, just 2 T fat free refried black beans (I used homemade) topped with cherry tomatoes and your favorite salsa. I used my habanero sauce. Roll up and enjoy! Next time, I would probably add 1/8 of an avocado to this snack for an extra 35 calories.
I think I would enjoy them even more with my rawco filling for a completely raw 100 calorie snack. The benefit of collard leaves is that you can make them ahead of time and they won't get soggy, so your snack will still be delicious hours later!

I am in love with collards still. I like to quick steam them and keep them whole for a variety of uses; wraps, stir fries or whatever. I even like them on sandwiches when they're lighting blanched. To do this, I just put several T of water in the bottom of a 12 inch skillet and place the whole leaves on top, turned once after 3 minutes cooked for 2 mins more. I'm sure you'll be seeing the fruits of this labor in the next post.

I made this fabulous tomato/quinoa soup very loosely based on the VCON Tomato/White Bean/Rice soup. I used soybeans and an eggplant and quinoa. For spices, I used dried marjoram, bay leaf, crushed red pepper and fresh rosemary, thyme and basil. I didn't roast the garlic, rather I very slowly brought it up to temperature in 1 T olive oil and water.

I have a bunch of recipes brewing in my head, so as soon as the leftovers are gone, I'll be cooking some more. Cooking for 1 (mostly) means tons of leftovers!

16 comments:

  1. haha, that looks like what I eat for lunch!! I love using collards, swiss chard, spinach, kale, and/or other leafy greens as a wrap, and filling it with MORE vegetable goodness :0)

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  2. The collard wrap looks so light and fresh, it makes me yearn for spring even more!

    I love cherry tomatoes too, but unfortunately I never get any because my dogs eat them off my tomato plants each year before I can get to a single one!

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  3. That is a beautiful photo. And I love the wrap idea. I don't eat enough collard greens, I guess I tend to stick to chard or kale (equally as nutritious I think).

    Sometimes I feel like I'm cooking for one... my husband eats like a bird. I end up giving lots of food away (epspecially desserts).

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  4. That collard roll would be perfect for a pre-workout snack. I'll try that. I'm always looking for small things to eat before I go to the gym after work. Something that will give me energy, but not spoil my dinner. Thanks!

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  5. I lov collard wraps (or swiss chard or kale wraps). So your snack looks great to me. And the first picture is beautiful as well. I'm always impressed by your beautiful photography.

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  6. good girl. that roll up looks refreshing too!

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  7. Sarah C.1:36 PM

    Another gorgeous 100-cal snack I can't wait to try!

    I have a question about it - is the collard leaf raw or steamed? It looks raw, but I am trying to imagine what it's like to eat a raw collard leaf - doable? I can't wait to hear.

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  8. Thank you so much! I found your blog a couple of days ago and have added you to my blogrole - I LOVE looking at all the yummy things you make. I wish I had half the patience and imagination to put together such tasty treats!

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  9. Sarah, the 100 calorie collard snack is raw.. and they work really well, especially when you let them sit for a while.. (I make them and pack them in my lunchbox and they are great several hours later)..
    I am amazing at how good the raw collards are in wraps!

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  10. Those wraps look so good & fresh & springy! A great idea, and really beautiful pics, too!

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  11. I heart your 100-calorie snacks.

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  12. Wow - your collard wrap looks really fresh. I've only eaten collard greens cooked to death -- do they have a bitter taste when they're just steamed?

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  13. Looks amazing, if only I could convince myself I like raw collard greens! I might have to go with cabbage or kale, but right up my ally!

    I've been having fun catching up here this morning, wedding planning and work are eating up my life right now. Love your profile pic lady, you look totally gorgeous.

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  14. That's a lovely pic of the cherry tomato. Your photography is phenomenal....

    I love your 100-calorie snack--greens make great wrappers for yummy snacks like that!!

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  15. Even though I love veggies..... and I am studying holistic nutrition.... there is something about food wrapped in a green leaf that totally turns me off. I think I will have to actually try it so I can change my opinion!

    Love the tomato photo, btw.

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  16. oh! i just got some collards to make some wraps! yours look awesome!

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