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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Parm green bean fries

Baked Parm Green Bean Fries

 Amazingly good. Remember use the powdered kind of Parmesan cheese. I had the grated and had to use the processor to make it easier. (1/2 C serving equals 2.1 carbs)
Today's lunch: Salad with 1/2 avo, cauliflower, and 2 tablespoons of homemade blue cheese dressing (soft blue cheese in a block, mayo, milk to thin). Slice of ham. total carbs for this meal 2.5 A very happy meal.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Busy Sunday Cook Day

Our new RV space is only 1.3 miles from work. Life is sweet going home for lunch. I still need to make sure we have things to eat at lunch. I find it hard to cook four servings so we can have leftovers, unless I use the crock pot.
This week I am cooking hubby's favorites. He has had a summer cold so he needs some schmoozing.
  • First on his list is fried chicken livers. I bread them in flour, onion and garlic powder, and salt and pepper. 
  •  Next is his all time favorite cucumbers in sweet/sour liquid. I slice the cucumbers real thing along with yellow onions. The liquid is pretty easy. For two English Cucumbers (less seeds) I combine white vinegar, sugar, and water in equal portions. This batch used 3/4 of each ingredient. I topped with salt and pepper. The more they cure the better they get. 
  • I made roasted pablano/tomato/jalapeno salsa. I will be making enchiladas Tuesday and need to put some zip in the filling. Besides I buy tortillas and grill them into chips. 

  • Blueberry/walnut muffins made with applesauce instead of butter. A great compliment to fruit in the morning.
  • After that I sauteed two buckets of mushrooms sliced in two tablespoons of butter. Just wash them off under the faucet and season with salt and pepper. I add them to hubby's omelet along with tomatoes, jalapeno, and sauteed onions and topped with salsa.
  • After mushrooms I sauteed 1 3/4 sliced onions in two tablespoons butter and salt and pepper. You need to be quick before you go blind. lol I guess you could put them in a food processor/slicer and save your burning eyes. I cook them until they are light brown using a non stick pan.

    Most recipes use onions and mushrooms and add a great flavor. You can top them on a burger or, like I do in hubby's omelet.                                                                                                                       
  • Tonight is Salmon Caesar Salad with home made Caesar Salad Dressing and croutons

Saturday, January 21, 2017

From Menus to Winging It

Many times I have posted the grocery buying success of making a weekly/monthly menu and a shopping list from that list. I  have changed my method to suit my lifestyle.

Now days I buy the basic things I use in my recipes, meats/fish and poultry, spices, and frozen veggies. Since it is winter, I find that a good supply of frozen veggies is an asset. I can make Asian dishes, soups, crock pot meals, and stews easily with an addition of some frozen veggie.

When I buy things at Aldi's I can't buy one jalapeno. Instead I get 6. I use what I need for my roasted pablano/jalapeno salsa and freeze the rest of the jalapeno's for future use. I just take the seeds out and slice them in a container. (I am trying not to use as many disposable plastic bags)

So to make it simple I buy cans of broth, dry or canned beans, t-sauce, tomatoes in a can, fruit, baking supplies, and nuts (freeze to keep fresh). Bulk meat, chicken (separated for freezing), seafood, and fish. Aldi has individual packets of frozen salmon, flounder, and other fish along with shrimp in various sizes. 

Hubby said I do better when I just throw a dinner together than make a specific recipe. It must be due to years of cooking. When I come home I thaw a couple packets of salmon in water in the sink. I put my rice cooker on (while I take a shower) then saute veggies either fresh or frozen and WALA dinner. The catch is to thaw other meats out before I come home from work. Fortunately, I come home for lunch so I can put something out at that time.

I didn't think this would work, but it does. I really don't want to spend to much time in the kitchen. We eat from whole foods so I just dream up a dish and go for it. Hubby is happy.

Always ask  yourself if you REALLY need an item. I don't buy chips I buy tortillas and bake them for chips.