BSI – Capers!

Wow – thanks for all your positive feedback on the new look here at BDL! 😀  I loved reading all your comments!

I was busy at work right off the bat, and I usually eat breakfast at my desk.  Before I knew it, it was 10:45!  Luckily I snacked on some watermelon to tide me over.  Breakfast was scrambled egg beaters with 1/3 cup canned diced potatoes, baby spinach and habanero cheese.  On the side was an everything bagel thin with 1 tablespoon garden veggie cream cheese.  Breakfast comes in at: 384 calories, 50 carbs, 24 protein, 10.2 fat and 4.5 fiber.

I wanted to make a soup using my leftover sea bass from the night before.  I made it yesterday morning while blogging, and swear to God, it was all I could do not to eat this for breakfast!

Spicy Thai Fish Soup Recipe (printer friendly version here)

Makes 1 serving (without noodles)  (403 calories, 16 fat, 37 carbs, 24 protein, 2.7 fiber)

Ingredients

3 ounces tilapia, cooked and shredded
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup coconut milk
1/2 jalapeno pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili paste
1 cup baby spinach
1 cup bean sprouts
2 tablespoons cilantro

Directions

  1. Put broth, water, coconut milk, sliced jalapeno, chili paste and (optional sriracha!) and simmer for 15 minutes. Add fish and heat a few minutes until fish is heated through.

I used these noodles in my soup – I left that out of the recipe because I realize these might be hard to find.  I got them at our local Japanese grocery store – 7 “bundles” of noodles are only 50 calories!

they are called "yam noodles" - maybe they are tofu noodles?

I just added them to the soup when I reheated it for lunch

My bowl – I put the spinach and bean sprouts on the bottom, then poured the fish broth overtop, then garnished with a teaspoon of red chile paste, cilantro and lime, which I squeezed over the top – this is the perfect amount of flavorful heat! It never got too spicy!

with the noodles = 453 calires, 16 fat, 37 carbs, 24 protein, 2.7 fiber

The perfect bite!

I snacked on some almonds I picked up on my way home:

161 calories, 6.1 carbs, 5.9 protein, 13.8 fat and 3.4 fiber

I actually had taco burgers on the menu using Trader Joe’s guacamole, but the more I thought about it, it didn’t really go with my side dish.  Tony sent me a bunch of recipes using capers, which is the BSI Secret Ingredient this week.  For some reason, I thought capers were hard as rocks, but these were soft and I was able to chop them easily.

I decided on a lemon caper sauce to toss in red potatoes.  After the first taste though, the combination of the briney capers and acidity of the lemon juice was way too bright.  So I added some plain Greek yogurt.

close, but the yogurt made it on the tart side

I still had some of this leftover from my soup and added it to balance out the tartness:

closer - but I finally decided I needed to add some spice to balance all the flavors - red chile paste was added - perfect!

while not the most appealing looking potatoes - the flavor combination works amazingly well - best word to describe it? TANGY!

Spicy Red Potatoes with Lemon Caper Sauce Recipe (printer friendly version here)

Makes 6 servings (101 calories, 4.5 fat, 14. Carbs, 1.5 fiber and 2.1 protein)

Ingredients

1 pound red potatoes, sliced
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon caper juice
2 tablespoons capers, chopped
2 tablespoons parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon chili paste
1 tablespoon plain yogurt

Directions

  1. Boil potatoes until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain and cut into quarters.
  2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together and toss with potatoes – serve warm.

I ended up making Tony a Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy – I did not make him eat my spicy potatoes – I tossed his red potatoes in a pat of butter, parsley and Parmesan cheese.

I still had burgers on the brain!  I had forgotten that I had printed out a recipe for Belmont sauce.  I had never heard of it, but holy shit, is this stuff good!  Thanks foodelmundo!! If you have not checked out this blog – go, right now! 😀

Belmont Sauce Recipe (printer friendly version here)

Makes 6 servings (75 calories, 6.0 fat , 5.7 carbs, .2 fiber and .8 protein)

I stole this recipe – credit goes to http://www.foodoelmundo.com!

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup catsup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon worchestershire sauce
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar

Directions

Melt butter and stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer until reduced by 25% or until nicely thickened. Serve over Salisbury steak burgers.

The flavor of this sauce is so complex - love it! Dinner comes in at 476 calories, 41 carbs, 31 protein, 22 fat and 7.7 fiber

We had a gorgeous night too!

And I came home to a beautifully cut lawn – thanks Tony!

Our dog Ed loves being outside – I just wish he’d once look at the camera!

Stats for Tuesday:

  • 1423 calories, 113 carbs, 97 protein, 70 fat and 18.3 fiber
  • no exercise (worked through lunch) 😦

Who watched Biggest Loser last night??  I was right, I cried! 😀

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31 thoughts on “BSI – Capers!

  1. I didn’t watch until this morning Biz, as usual while on the treadmill. I started crying so hard I had to stop the treadmill briefly! I’m a sap in my old age 🙂

    I’ll bet that caper sauce tastes good on those potates, probably adds a sort of dillish pickley taste (uh, those might not be real words).

  2. ooohhh…I love capers! I make my own version of a caper chicken dish (adopted from a LivingWell cookbook) and love it!

    I haven’t kept up on Biggest Loser…I just can’t seem to find enough time in the day to watch tv. I am, however, obsessed with reading blogs and consider that my evening pass-time! HA!

  3. Wow – all this food looks amazing today. Maybe I’m hungry but my mouth is watering right now…especially after seeing those noodles.

  4. My Mouth started to water when I saw the capers! lol I love vinegar stuff! Honestly I am drooling over all of the food…Must go eat breakfast! 🙂

  5. I will have to try that sauce, sounds right up my alley! I watched BL I was so impressed with Daris’ marathon time, Koli on the otherhand clearly went out way to fast and what was up with him not trying at home, I hope he gets voted off 😛 that was just too cheesy and cheap for words. It was sweet that Mike and Ashley did it together.

  6. I shed a tear as well last night. I thought if Daris caved that soon after being home, he’s got WAY more issues to work out!
    I still don’t know who I want to vote for. I think people will vote for Daris because they feel sorry for him. I thought it was weird that Koli couldn’t even work out at home the whole time, but he wants to win, so I don’t know!

    I’m glad Ashley and Michael are in it!

  7. I liked seeing the former contestants during the marathon – young Mike looks great! Sione – oh man, he’s gained back almost all of his weight. Koli – I really don’t like him and hope he’s done. Daris is such a sweet kid. He did great with that marathon and you could tell he’s really been training for it. I hope he makes the finale. Ashley and Michael are so supportive of each other – I really don’t have a favorite to win, except that I hope it’s not Koli. Next week should be amazing!

  8. Ed is too cute and your yard is beautiful! The breakfast sounds great – I want to find habanero cheese. I am also loving the soup and the potatoes. What a load of tasty food!

  9. I missed your new look yesterday! It’s great! Very chic, but same excellent content! All your food is right up my alley today!

  10. My cat never looks at the camera either. I think he thinks the flash will steal his soul.

    Those noodles look fun!

  11. foododelmundo

    That noodle dish looks and sounds truly AMAZING – I LOVE Asian cuisine!
    So glad you enjoyed that burger-we’ve got a month full of new burgers coming in June; HAPPY!!! and by the way – it’s not stealing when you give credit sister. So thank you for that AND the plug!
    I remember you were a fan of the NC Bbq suace last summer too. We just had a big shin-dig and I made 2 quarts of the stuff, YUM!
    ~Mary

  12. gosh your yard is gorgeous! i’m in love with those little noodle bundles, i’m going to look for them next time i’m at the store.

  13. I love the foods its look like yummy!hmmm.I love this post.Thanks

  14. my dog never looks at the camera either!

  15. fitandfortysomething

    oh i love your new look and i love your doggie-looks like my pepsi! gosh all of your food looks divine maybe you could cook for me one day? happy wednesday!

  16. Looks like it was a beautiful day – don’t you love those days? Unfortunately yesterday was rainy for me, but today turned out beautiful. I’m so much more inspired on beautiful days!

  17. Luck you had a gorgeous day! Here in NYc i’ts been gross and rainy. Love seeing your eats- delicious recipes!

    xo

    Jocelyn

  18. thehealthyjunky

    What a beautiful back yard 🙂 My dogs would be in heaven in your yard! I just watched the Biggest Loser tonight. That show is soo emotional! They are such an inspiration to many!

  19. oh my word. the steak and potatoes and salisbery steak burgers would be my favorite! i love how u have the printer-friendly versions of the recipes too, just noticed that! thats so clever and convenient; thank you ❤

  20. You would think that by now I know NOT to look at your blog when I’m hungry cause it just makes me even hungrier! You have a great backyard. (oh by the way I like the new look here!)

  21. I love how the noodles are in neat little yarn like packages, and they stay together in the soup!

  22. I’ve never had those noodles before-I’ll keep my eye out for them!

  23. Love the mushroom steak! I watched BL but only got a little misty eyed 🙂 Who’s the people going to let compete? Darius or Koli?

  24. I’ve never cooked w/ capers, or ever bought them even I don’t think! Usually I just get them on things out at restaurants as sort of a garnish!

    The sauce looks great! I love worchestershire and think it’s often forgotten! I always add a little glug to the mix when I’m making burgers or meatloaf!

    Thanks for sharing with Friday Firsts this week! 🙂

  25. Thanks for taking part in my BSI. The roundup is now posted!

  26. […] she lives in Chicago and makes the best food, and is an awesome photographer.  I’ve made her Belmont Sauce for burgers before and hopefully this weekend will make her Reuben […]

  27. […] BSI – Capers.   Eew.  Briny balls of snot.  But I was able to transform them into spicy red potatoes with a lemon caper sauce – delicious! […]

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