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Shire Rations

I had fun with this hardcore hobbit attempt. In the game shire rations are made of marinated chicken cutlet, apple, and sharp cheese. The marinated chicken cutlet is made of chicken, green onion, and fine seasonings. This is really a double hardcore in one…and that sounds nasty hehe. Now I could see a hobbit being happy with just marinated chicken, some cut up apples and cheese BUT I think they would be much happier with my changes. I kept all the main ingredients like I usually do but changed it up. I approached this like an episode of ‘chopped’, on chopped just cutting up the ingredients and putting them on the plate just won’t fly…well they won’t here either. I fancied up the shire rations by making the apple portion an apple slaw, and the cheese portion a nice cheese sauce for the chicken. I served them on our camping plates though just to make them more ration like hehe. I think the hobbits would be pleased and would never leave their hole without these shire rations.

Apple Slaw:

  • 2 royal gala apples, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 4 tbl fat free plain yogurt
  • 2 tbl honey
  1. Combine, chill for 20 minutes and serve.

Marinated Chicken Cutlet:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 tbl steakhouse pepper spice
  1. Combine and marinate for atleast 4 hours.
  2. Grill the chicken until cooked using desired method.

Sharp Cheese Sauce:

  • 64 grams of light cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tbl flour
  • 2 tsp light cooking margarine
  • 2 tbl parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Melt the margarine in a saucepan over medium heat and combine with the flour.
  2. Whisk in the milk and the salt slowly to prevent lumps.
  3. When the milk is heated stir in the cheeses. Do not allow to boil!
  4. Heat and stir until thickened. Serve on the chicken.

The apple slaw serves two, each serving contains 163 calories, .5 grams of fat, and 3.8 grams of fibre. The Chicken makes two servings, each serving contains 142 calories, 1.3 grams of fat, and .4 grams of fibre. The cheese sauce serves four (I like to save the extra to have cheese fries when I feel naughty), each serving contains 85 calories, 2.9 grams of fat and .1 grams of fibre. All together, just to make it simple, a serving of shire ration contains 390 calories, 4.7 grams of fat, and 4.3 grams of fibre.

*phew* That is a load of info. Definitely a tasty meal. This was how I celebrated the end of my first challenge. Definitely decadent seeming but not really in the end. The beauty of this success was that each of these recipes can stand alone and be used for other things…bringing them together is what makes a hobbit happy though. I have a feeling I could actually bring it together when camping. I would definitely give it a try, a fun challenge! I have a feeling that chicken over a fire would be to die for.

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Lembas Bread I

When I started pondering the idea of lembas bread I came up with two different approaches, rather than trying to decide on just one I am going to be making both of them. This is obviously the first one hehe. This one is inspired by the game. In the game Lembas is made from barley flour, fresh cream, and clover honey. To me this sounds more like a bread style of loaf as opposed to what they show in the movie which was more like a shortbread cookie. I’m going to tackle that shortbread another time, I have ideas. So this is more of a bread style of lembas. Not being able to find any of the banana or tea leaves I would have loved to wrap these in I used corn husks instead. They made such cute packages!

  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup fat free plain yogurt (this is my cream substitute)
  • 3 tbl brown sugar
  • 3 tbl clover honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup lemon flavoured water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbl baking powder
  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add the yogurt, sugar, honey, vanilla and water gradually and combine until a ball of dough forms.
  4. Divide the dough into 10 balls.
  5. Flatten each ball to about 1/2″ thickness and a rounded rectangular shape. Place on a cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 12-17 minutes, they should be lightly golden. Wrap in leaves of choice and serve!

Makes 10 servings. Each serving contains 155 calories, 0.4 grams of fat, and 0.9 grams of fiber. This makes a lembas that is like a slightly sweet bread. This would be delicious with all sorts of berries picked from the woods as I imagine elves would want to liven it up…and maybe not tell the mortals that its more fun than eating it plain. Silly mortals, lembas is for elves!

Shahi Murgh Korma

Also known as royal chicken korma. A tasty chicken dish cooked in yogurt. So tasty, so creamy, so naughty if you order it in a restaurant. Oh how I love my korma! Thankfully, I can still have my korma and lose weight too. Again, no need to remind folks of how healthy the yogurt part is. Hurray for yogurt! Usually Shahi Murgh is done with whole chicken pieces but I opted for cubed chicken just for ease of cooking. I also loved how the house smelt after cooking this dish. All the aromatic herbs in this dish made the house smell like those delicious spice stores. Mmmmm.

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 cup plain fat free yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 8 cardamom pods
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 1/2 tbl raisins
  • 2 1/2 tbl blanched and slivered almonds
  • 3 tbl fat free yogurt (aside from the 1 cup)
  1. Combine the 1 cup of yogurt, pepper, cumin, cayenne, and garlic. Set aside.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Spray the pan, add cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon. Stir, once they are aromatic add the chicken. Brown and transfer to a bowl.
  4. Add the raisins and almonds and stir until the raisins begin to plump.
  5. Add the chicken and yogurt mix. Stir and simmer covered on low for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  6. Uncover, raise the heat to medium to reduce the sauce. Remove the whole cardamom and cloves.
  7. Stir in the 3 tbl of yogurt and serve.

Makes four servings. Each serving has 206 calories, 3.4 g of fat, and 2.5 grams of fiber. I recommend servings this on the turmeric rice I had posted yesterday. The two have such great flavours when served together. I had made this dish with the hopes of having leftovers to pack for my husband’s lunch but he liked it so much there were no leftovers to be found. Hehe, I guess that means it was very tasty!

Mango Lassi

My favourite thing to have when we go out for indian food. So refreshing, so tasty. They are really tasty anytime of day. Do I really even have to mention how good yogurt is for us? Watch tv, even Jamie Lee Curtis tells us so. Yet again, I dragged out my Lord of the Rings cup of awesome to have a mango lassi today. Been wanting one since this tasty indian restaurant commercial graced my tv screen the other day.  A well deserved treat for not running out and getting some chicken korma. Sadly, my mint that is currently growing is having issues so I had to keep my sprig farming to a minimum. No mint garnish for the picture.

  • 1 1/4 cup plain fat free yogurt
  • 4 tbl honey
  • 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and cut
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 4 sprigs of mint or more
  • 1 cup skim milk
  1. Place everything except the mint in the blender. Sometimes I like to add some to the blend but that is purely optional. I recommend chocolate mint if you can get your hands on it. Tasty! You usually have to raid the garden stores early to get your hands on one to grow.
  2. Serve with a sprig of mint for garnish.

Makes four servings. Each serving is 196 calories, .5 grams of fat, and 2 grams of fiber. A bit decadent for a drink I know but considering how thick and tasty it is you can chalk it up as one of those snack drinks. It’s certainly lower in fat and calories than most shakes you will pick up…and a whole lot better for you. Hurray for the mango lassi! I should make some curry to go with this sometime.