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Shrimp and Krab Etouffee?

So, after some time doing Mexican food...I decided to try another of my ancestral food types Cajun.  So, today I am trying for a Shrimp Etouffee.  Here is what it contains…



  Shrimp  
  Khan's Krab Crab

  Crushed Red Pepper  
  Cajun Seasoning Cayenne, Garlic, Black Pepper, & Salt Mix
  Citrus Garlic Herb  

  Green Onions Green Onions
  Mongo Mix Red & Green Bell Peppers, Onions
  Celery  
  Tomatoes Tomatoes
  Spinach Spinach

  Garlic Water Garlic Water
  Roasted Tomato Sauce Roasted Tomato Sauce
  Asian Chili Sauce Asian Chili Sauce

  Brown Rice Brown Rice

Nutritional Facts:

Calories: 417.83
Protein (g):21.58
Carbohydrates (g):62.77
Dietary Fiber (g):8.43
Total Fat (g):2.8
Saturated Fat (g):0
Cholesterol (mg):165
Sodium (mg):1562.18

 

IMG_2671So IMG_2672a couple of changes to the mix.  First, brown rice instead of white (but then again I prefer brown rice anyway).  Next, no bay leaves which we would normally use, and I thought about the Chili Garlic Sauce instead of the Roasted Tomato…perhaps next time.  I also want to try for a Jambalaya using some sausage.

Here is what it looked like today…I was curious how spicy it might be…I only added a half a spoon of Asian Chili, after all Etouffee isn’t really all that spicy.  Still, I would just have to see.

I handed by bowl over to the wonderful Grill Masters who took it and lovingly popped it down on the big steel wheel and cooked it up for me.  Finally it was delivered to my waiting hands and I got a taste of today’s deliciousness…

IMG_2673My first taste let me know that the Asian Chili was not required as it had plenty of heat to it.  Overall I would rate this one not a success as an attempt to make Etouffee…but it was good none the less.  Heck at just over 400 calories…its hard to argue with how good it was.

Now, what should I do for tomorrow.  Any suggestions?

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Seafood Bowl Today

David’s Cajun Seafood Bowl

Shrimp

Calamari

Cajun Seasoning                Cayenne, Garlic, Black Pepper, & Salt Mix

Granulated Garlic

Baby Corn

Broccoli

Mushrooms
Cabbage

Bean Sprouts
Jalapenos
Mongo Mix                          Red & Green Bell Peppers, Onions

Onions

Squash & Zucchini
Tomatoes

Red Curry Peanut Sauce
Garlic Water

Udon Noodles

Nutritional Facts:
Calories: 609.29
Protein (g):40.33
Carbohydrates (g):80.8
Dietary Fiber (g):7.99
Total Fat (g):10.83
Saturated Fat (g):0.5
Cholesterol (mg):427.8
Sodium (mg):1904.65

After a quick run through the line, I handed it over to the grill masters

IMG_2669They cooked it up quick and I was able to enjoy my bowl.

IMG_2670Now, I did put the red curry peanut sauce in there, as well as the Cajun spice, but I added a little Sriracha sauce…and my mouth was on FIRE!  Lucky for me the wonderful staff kept me well supplied with cooling water because this was H-O-T.  It was so good though, it was worth the burning lips.

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The weekend with the Genghis Healthy Kwest

Wow, this was a fun weekend with the #gghealthkwest.  First off Saturday morning was my Weight Watcher’s meeting and I was down 5.6 lbs!  Awesome!  Then I took my parents to Genghis for dinner that night (there isn’t one in Athens, GA…hint hint), and had lunch on Sunday there.  My fare for the weekend was actually the same a Fajita’s al la Mexican bowl.


Sliced beef

Chicken

Black Pepper

Granulated Garlic

Mushrooms
Cilantro

Jalapenos
Mongo Mix               Red & Green Bell Peppers, Onions

Onions
Tomatoes

Asian Chili Sauce
Garlic Water
Roasted Tomato Sauce

Flour Tortillas

IMG_2660Here is what it looked like prior to going to the grill masters.  Now, normally fajitas a la mexicana don’t have mushrooms, but I figured they were a good addition to the bowl and added some volume.  I also like Hongos y Calabacitas (Mushrooms and Squash) which is prepared and serves fajita style, so I could have added squash and zucchini as well.

IMG_2662The grill masters at The Forum location are really good.  They are fun to watch as they cook your food.  Mine is the one at the 9 o’clock position on the grill.

The bowl was so good, that I ate it again on Sunday for lunch.

IMG_2666This is what the tacos look like.  Chicken, sliced steak, the onions and peppers, and fire from those jalapenos.

On Saturday night, my Mom had the hearth healthy Khan Pao bowl, so I decided to give it a shot today.

imageStraight from the Genghis Grill Website, this medley of Pork, sprouts, broccoli, snap peas, and baby corn is highlighted by the fire of the Khan Pao sauce.  It was also very yummy.

IMG_2668Here you see it with its topping of snap peas and broccoli.  I was going to take a photo of the finished bowl, but it got eaten so fast that my buddy could get a photo with my phone.

So…that has been my Healthy Kwest for the first week.  The voting interface is now up and working on the Healthy Kwest site.  Please go and vote for me.  There are two ways you can do it.  First, you click on the Khantestant Spotlight in the menu up top and then scroll down until you see my Khantestant badge (it’s the 41st one).  Underneath is a Like Button.  If you have a Facebook account, you can click it and like me.

Also, right next to the spotlight is a Vote for Me button

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Healthy Kwest Noodle Day

Well, today I decided to change things up and experiment. I tried a different starch (Udon Noodles).



Chicken
Chicken

Granulated Garlic
Cajun Seasoning Cayenne, Garlic, Black Pepper, & Salt Mix

Cabbage
Broccoli
Mushrooms Mushrooms
Bean Sprouts Bean Sprouts
Onions Onions
Snap Peas Snap Peas
Squash & Zucchini Squash & Zucchini
Spinach Spinach
Tomatoes. Tomatoes
Water Chestnuts Water Chestnuts

Khan Pao Khan Pao
Garlic Water Garlic Water

Udon Noodles Udon Noodles

Nutritional Facts:

Calories: 559.84
Protein (g):60.12
Carbohydrate s (g):67.85
Dietary Fiber (g):5.59
Total Fat (g):3.01
Sat ted Fat (g):7
Cholesterol (mg):122.8
Sodium (mg):1877.3

Here is the finished bowl...note the Udon Noodles


And here I am tasting the bowl...it was really good. I love the plethora of veggies. My son loved the noodles so much, he ended up stealing a bunch of them (and my daughter stole a bunch more)



I still finished the whole bowl...though the noodles left some liquid at the bottom of the bowl. Still, I'm definitely going to add Udon Noodles to the rotation with brown rice and tortillas.



Not sure what I am going to try tomorrow...I'm thinking of trying out some of the standard recipes. My Mom had the Khan Pao and it looked really good...might give that a go.

-- Post From My iPad

Location:Genghis Grill San Antonio (The Forum)

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Another Day, Another Healthy Kwest Bowl

So, it's another day on the #gghealthkwest, and I am eating at the Sea World Genghis Grill.



Today, I am trying a bowl that was recommended to me by my wife yesterday. I call this Roberta's Orange Pineapple Beef bowl.


Marinated Steak Marinated Steak

Steakhouse Blend Salt & Pepper Mix

Bean Sprouts Bean Sprouts
Mandarin Oranges Mandarin Oranges
Pineapples Pineapples
Water Chestnuts Water Chestnuts
Bamboo shoots

Honey Soy Sauce Honey Soy Sauce
Ginger Citrus Sauce Ginger Citrus Sauce

Brown Rice Brown Rice

Nutritional Facts:

Calories: 634.72
Protein (g):41.6
Carbohydrates (g):80.14
Dietary Fiber (g):7.97
Total Fat (g):11.02
Saturated Fat (g):4
Cholesterol (mg):83
Sodium (mg):1042.32

Now, I am usually a savory and spicy guy and this one looks pretty sweet, but I am willing to give it a shot.



Here it is ready to go to the grill masters. Man the pineapple looks so good. I love grilled pineapple, though I usually grill the rings on my grill at a home. Never have done it this way.



And here is the finished product, the oranges have been cooked down to a nice glaze over everything. And the verdict...



It was sweet, but the steakhouse blend and the chili garlic sauce added a bit of heat that was unexpected and very good. I give this bowl two thumbs up and it will definitely have to add the oranges and the pineapples to future bowls.

So thanks to my loving wife for this wonderful recipe.

-- Post From My iPad

Location:Genghis Grill San Antonio (Sea World)

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Genghis Grill Health Kwest day 3–Attack of the Garlic Steak!

As I start day 3 of the #gghealthkwest, I decided to try to make up a bowl that was focused on BEEF.  One side effect of this is that this bowl is less that 50% of the sodium of yesterdays ham and sausage bowl.


  Sliced beef  
  Marinated Steak Marinated Steak

  Granulated Garlic  
  Steakhouse Blend Salt & Pepper Mix

  Broccoli  
  Mushrooms Mushrooms
  Bean Sprouts Bean Sprouts
  Mongo Mix Red & Green Bell Peppers, Onions
  Onions Onions
  Snap Peas Snap Peas
  Spinach Spinach
  Squash & Zucchini Squash & Zucchini
  Water Chestnuts Water Chestnuts
  Tomatoes Tomatoes

  Garlic Water Garlic Water
  Chili Garlic Sauce Chili Garlic Sauce

  Brown Rice Brown Rice

Nutritional Facts:

Calories: 632.18
Protein (g):56.46
Carbohydrates (g):60.11
Dietary Fiber (g):10.02
Total Fat (g):15.7
Saturated Fat (g):5.5
Cholesterol (mg):116.4
Sodium (mg):1023.24

Here is what it looked like ready to eat.
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And here I am enjoying this tasty creation
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So, the upshot is that the beef was a bit higher in calories, but much lower in sodium.  From a filling standpoint, both were very good and while I craved the ham and sausage yesterday, I wanted beef today and was easily able to accommodate it.
 
I wonder what I will want tomorrow?  Suggestions?
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Healthy Kwest Day 2 - a bit of variety

Today i decided to try something odd and since I LOVE Mexican food I wondered if I could do Mexican food at Genghis Grill...yeah, I know...but could I make it work?

The bowl is based on Ham and Sausage with cajun seasoning to spice it up. Then I added a ton of veggies that one might find in Mexican food (Mushrooms, cilantro, eggs, jalapeños, green onions, onions, pico de gallo, tomatoes, and some spinach for color). I topped it with some roasted tomato sauce and some Asian chili sauce for heat and instead of rice I chose tortillas to make them into tacos.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 496.5
Protein: 32.43
Carbohydrates: 36.24
Dietary Fiber: 5.03
Total Fat: 23.19
Saturated Fat: 8.9
Cholesterol: 261
Sodium: 2368.15



Here is my bowl with all it's ingredients ready to be cooked. Then the wonderful grill-masters at my Genghis Grill cooked it up for me



While I was waiting for my food to be cooked, I got to meet the team at The Forum Genghis Grill. What a wonderful crew and very supportive of my Kwest.



I am very blessed to have such a wonderful crew helping me out. I had to get back to work for a meeting, so I got this to go, and this is what it looked like when I got back to the office (and it was still steaming hot BTW)



And, boy did it make some great tacos...here is the first one


And after I scarfed that one down, I made the second one.


There was a bit left after my two tacos and it was just as tasty by itself. Between the asian chili and the jalapeños, it was muy caliente as we say in South Texas. And soon my bowl was gone...


I so cannot wait to try this again. It was filling and so tasty. One of the best things was that I was able to make up a dish that wasn't strictly asian in flavor profile. I think I might have to try for chicken fajitas next time.
Good luck to the rest of the Khantestants in their #gghealthkwest.

-- Post From My iPad
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It’s a Khantest, and I’m a Kompetitor

No, this isn’t my normal spelling challenged typing, but rather a new Khantest that I am part of.  Genghis Grill is running their Health Kwest (http://www.gghealthkwest.com/) and they selected one person from each store.  I am the proud representative of the Live Oak Genghis Grill (located in the Forum)

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Each day I will eat once at Genghis Grill and will be tracking my weight loss along with my healthy goal progress (exercise, etc.).  The contest (ahem Khantest) starts Monday February 7th and will run for 90 days.  I have to admit that I am really looking forward to it.  I will be posting a daily blog entry, as well as posts to the Genghis Grill Facebook wall with a photo of my meal and nutritional information.  I am excited about it and do plan to have a great time eating healthy food.  The best part of the Khantest so far has been that I really don’t have to modify my standard GG bowl to make it even healthier.

So, for day one I give you David’s Shrimp and Pork Curry Bowl

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Before, during, and after.

Calories 577.16
Protein (grams) 40.58
Carbohydrates (grams) 61.76
Dietary Fiber (grams) 8.84
Total Fat (grams) 14.16
Saturated Fat (grams) 3
Cholesterol (mg) 240
Sodium (mg) 1978.65

For my Weight Watcher friends…this is 13 Plus Points ™

Proteins

Shrimp & Pork

Spices

Garlic & Yellow Curry Salt

Veggies

Cabbage, Bean Sprouts, Mongo Peppers, Onions, Squash & Zucchini, Snap Peas, & Water Chestnuts

Sauces

Chili Garlic Sauce & Szechuan Sauce

Starch

Brown Rice

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