Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Oh My Good Gracious

My hubby is on the Weight Watchers Core Plan and has really impressed me with his "stick-to-it" attitude. Of course, men usually can drop weight easier than women, and my wonderful, sweet, loving husband is no exception. ::sigh::

To try and sway me over to the "dark-side-where-my-beloved-sugary-snacks-are-but-a-thing-of-the-past..." (i.e. the Core Plan), he made this meal for us a couple nights ago. Trust me when I say it was delicious. Oh my good gracious was it delicious:

Cajun Crab Cakes and Orange-Cilantro Black Bean Salad

Crab Cakes:

olive oil cooking spray
1 lb. lump crabmeat (we used canned)
2 T. uncooked quick oats
1/4 c. roasted red peppers, diced (from a water-packed jar)
2 T. fat-free mayonnaise
1 t. Cajun seasoning
1 t. Dijon mustard
3/4 c. uncooked quick oats
1 t. Cajun seasoning

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine crabmeat, 2 T. of oats, peppers, mayo, 1 t. of Cajun seasoning and mustard; mix gently to combine, being careful not to break up crabmeat lumps.

In a shallow dish, combine remaining 3/4 c. of oats and remaining tsp. of Cajun seasoning.

Shape crab mixture into 4 equal patties, about 1-inch thick each. Transfer crab cakes to oat mixture and turn to coat both sides. Transfer crab cakes to prepared baking sheet and coat surfaces with cooking spray.

Bake until crab cakes are firm to the touch and golden brown--about 15 minutes.



1/2 t. olive oil
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
2 med. garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 t. ground cumin
1 c. canned black beans, drained and rinsed
2 T. cilantro, fresh chopped
2 t. red wine vinegar
2 med. oranges, seeded, peeled and chopped into small pieces
1/8 t. table salt (or to taste)
1/8 t. black pepper (or to taste)

In a large skillet, warm oil over med-high heat. Add onion and saute 2 minutes. Add garlic and cumin and cook 1 minute more.

Stir in black beans and cook until just heated through. Transfer bean mixture to a medium-size bowl and stir in cilantro, vinegar and orange pieces. Season to taste and serve.

Yields about 3/4 c. per serving.


Alice Wills Gold said...

Tell your hubby that I need him to cook for me and my hubby...weight watchers works...I lost 25 lbs last year...unfortunately my hubby refused to join. He is regretting it now. I will tell him that there really is another man doing it in TN, maybe your man can change our lives...tell him thanks for the inspiration.

Mia said...

I need him to come cook for us as well. I like to cook well enough and I actually cook well enough, I just have no motivation at the end of the day to get in there and DO IT. Here is to a little more motivation!

MamaRazzi said...

OH MY GOSH! Thank you so much! I am going to make this for flour, milk, eggs...WOO HOO!! Thank you!! I am practically ready to jump in the car tonight to go get the ingredients! YIPEE!