Tuesday, December 28, 2010
One is on how to make Refried Beans and one on how I make Beef Enchiladas.
*TIP* on the beef enchiladas I added a little flax seed and Wheat germ to the beef to make it a tiny bit healthier, I also used leftover steak as the beef, I just processed it in a food processor!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
2 cups chopped turkey (chicken)
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped green olives
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup Miracle Whip
1/3 cup Helmans Mayo
Cayenne to taste
Mix everything in bowl and serve with crackers
My turkey was a honey brined turkey, so it had a sweet note to it that played well with the almonds.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
We ate at Chunky's were my friends Boyfriend attempted to eat the Four Horseman Burger, he failed! But it was hilarious. In the video they talk about the Island burger, that is what I had, it had pineapple on it. It was Great!
Sunday morning for Breakfast we had to go try the Cinnamon roll. Here is a pic of ours.
I got back into town late Sunday night and had to leave for a business trip monday morning to Odessa, Tx. We ate and drank at many different places. One of my rules is to eat at places that are not back home.
We ate at a hibachi grill, I had the Calamari Steaks, they were scrumptious, they gave us so much food that we could not eat it all. Here is a pic of the chef preparing our food.
So, when you are traveling, ask locals where to eat, use the internet to see reviews and most of all, Have Fun!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
2 C Flour
1/2 C Sugar
1/2 t cream of tartar
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1 stick of butter
1/4 C dried Blueberries
1/2 C Sr Cream
1 large egg
2 T grape juice
First you need to rehydrate the Blueberries, place the blueberries in a bowl with the grape juice and microwave for about 45 seconds, set aside...turn oven on to 365
Sift together all of the dry ingredients...mix in the butter until the mixture looks like cornmeal, mix in everything else including the blueberries....pat out until about 3/4 inch think and cut into 8 slices, place on baking sheet and bake at 365 degrees until lightly golden brown.
TIP* Make them look great, sprinkle with a little sugar just before baking.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
1 8 oz package cream cheese (softened)
2 tablespoons bread & Butter jalepenos (finely chopped)
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 tablesspoons onion (finely chopped)
S&P to taste
(i also added a pinch of garlic powder)
Mix everything in a bowl well, let set in fridge for at least 1 hour before serving on toast, crackers, or veggies...
she liked it..I liked it..
Thursday, July 29, 2010
2 examples today...one worked and one didnt!
Today I wanted potato salad but I didnt want to wait 30 minutes to cook a single potato..so I put it in the microwave for 3 minutes...blended it with other potato salad ingredients and it worked perfectly....
Then later a neighbor brought over a whole mess of squash....so I started thinking...could I fry these like potato chips...I tried...didnt work well enough...I ruined a squash but I learned that if I want to try this again...I will have to cut the squash and put them in a food dehydrator for a few hours to remove excess moisture before frying them....
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
8 pounds is 3% of my body weight!
A small glass of orange juice with extra pulp
Cup of Black Coffee with one package Truvia
Slice of White Toast with 1 TBSP crunchy peanut butter spread on top.
2.5 ounce package of Tuna packed in water with some mustard and 1/2 cup shredded lettuce mixed in
Slice of White Toast
Glass of water
Small container of fruit yogurt
Piece of LEAN meat about the size of a deck of playing cards (I had STEAK!)
1 Cup of steamed Green Beans (I seasoned mine with garlic and soy sauce)
1 Cup Steamed Carrots (I made a glaze for mine...*recipe below)
*The glaze for my carrots...2 teaspoons honey, 1/4 cup water, 1 teaspoon soy sauce....cook in pan with a small amount of cornstarch to thicken it. Toss in cooked carrots.
cup of black coffee with Truvia
One scrambled egg placed on top of a slice of toast (I added picante and a jalapeno)
One Tuna Steak (about 6 ounces) with Vinaigrette...Recipe Below*
Slice of Toast with 1 teaspoon Olive Oil and sprinkle of garlic powder
Glass of Water
2 hot dogs without the bun (I dipped mine in 1 TBSP ketchup)
1 steamed artichoke
1/2 cup steamed carrots
2 tablespoons Olive Oil, 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice..1 teaspoon whole mustard. S&P to taste
small glass of Orange Juice with extra pulp
Piece of Toast
Piece of Toast with Egg Scramble* recipe below
2.5 ounce package of Tuna in water (I used mustard)
2 cups steamed okra
1 cup Cantaloupe
teaspoon chopped jalapeno...one egg...picante sauce...slice of American Cheese....Scramble everything in a pan and top on your toast.
A few Tips...You can have all of the mustard that you want..I used it to moisten the tuna. Instead of carrots ONE day...substitute Broccoli or cauliflower...use 5 crackers instead of toast.
If you find yourself getting hungry throughout the day...have a cracker and a glass of water....have a piece of sugar free hard candy....I was only hungry the first day... I took my lunch to work most of the time...to keep the apple from turning brown I used a Tablespoon of Orange Juice in the container. Drink as much water as you want...I also used vitamin water when I started to get tired of the blandness of regular water.
please consult your DR before starting any diet. print this off and let them look at the menu!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Old Fashioned Grilled Cheese
2 slices white bread
2 slices American Cheese
Assemble the sandwich with the cheese in the middle, slather butter on the top and bottom of the bread. Place in pan on the stove and brown the bread...that's it! Yum.
New Version Grilled Cheese
2 slices of Wheat Bread
1 slice of American Cheese
1 slice of Muenster Cheese
Prepare the sandwich just as before...but in the pan pour 1 tsp of olive oil, heat.....sprinkle top of buttered sandwich with just a touch of cayenne, garlic powder and S&P. Grill till golden!
Somehow now that I am older, a half of Avacado and a few olives make it on the plate with the grilled Sandwich and PotatoSalad. I also put the slightest hint of drizzle of honey on the potato salad now. My mouth is watering just thinking of this......Thank God for Mothers!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
1 c. Mayo
1 large avacado
1/8 t cumin
S&P to taste
Put everything into a food processor and blend until smooth
Roasted Red Pepper Mayo
1 c. Mayo
1/4 c. roasted red peppers
1 t fresh parsley
S&P to taste
1 c. Mayo
2 t grill seasoning
2 t Worcester (spelling?) Sauce
S&P to taste
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Cumin is the second most popular spice in the world after black pepperCumin seeds are used as a spice for their distinctive aroma, popular in Indian, Pakistani, North African, Middle Eastern, Sri Lankan, Cuban, Northern Mexican cuisines, and the Western Chinese cuisines of Sichuan and Xinjiang. Cumin can be found in some Dutch cheeses such as Leyden cheese, and in some traditional breads from France. It is commonly used in traditional Brazilian cuisine. Cumin can be an ingredient in (often Texan or Mexican-style) Chili powder, and is found in achiote blends, adobos, sofrito, garam masala, curry powder, and bahaarat.I took the above directly from wikipedia.org....please visit wikipedia if you want to learn more about cumin and other spices.
Cumin can be used ground or as whole seeds, as it draws out their natural sweetnesses. It is traditionally added to chili, curries, and other Middle-Eastern, Indian, Cuban and Tex-Mex foods. Cumin has also been used on meat in addition to other common seasonings. Though used infrequently in Mexican dishes, the spice is common in Tex-Mex cuisine. It is extensively used in the cuisines of the Indian subcontinent. Cumin was also used heavily in ancient Roman cuisine. Cumin is typically used in Mediterranean cooking from Spanish, Italian and Middle Eastern cuisine. It helps to add an earthy and warming feeling to cooking making it a staple in certain stews and soups.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I decided to make myself a little drink/cocktail
I was going to just have a glass of grape juice when I noticed something else in my fridge.
I saw a bottle of Grape Raspberry Zero Vitamin Water....and some Fresh Cherries...and a bottle of Vanilla Rum
I filled a short glass with crushed ice...filled it nearly to the top with the vitamin water, added two crushed cherries...and MAYBE a teaspoon of the rum...VOILA! Done.
It is refreshing (it is already 85 degrees here) and maybe actually good for you.
I called it a Psuedo-Cocktail because there is only about a teaspoon of Rum in it. This would also be great with a little mint muddled into it! Yum....
Friday, May 14, 2010
I am doing a popular shake routine and have lost 6 pounds in 6 days! I am learning a lot about food that I thought I would share with you.
The very first thing I reminded myself is that people eat with their eyes first. So I bought some smaller plates. (the square white ones that you see in every food magazine) If the food looks like a larger portion compared to the size of the plate, I tend to feel more full when I finish my plate. Thus, I am eating less.
Snack throughout the day. I am eating or having a shake 6 times a day! Yeah 6 TIMES a day. I am never hungry though out the day now. I bought those little 100 calorie snack packs and they are a perfect little snack to fend off hunger pains.
The plan I am on requires me to eat a meal that is 500 calories. I can fit a lot of food in for under 500 calories. I can have a salad, soup, and sandwich....or a salad and a serving of a casserole etc.... The key is that I usually always have a small salad and I try to have at least a tiny portion of dessert!
I am having cravings though...I want my beloved Taco Bueno....I will be checking their website for nutritional ratings later today to see if I make something on their menu a meal!
I am also saving lots of money from my diet, visit my Finance Blog to read how. www.ABuckADayBlog.com
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Here is a simple dip that I have tried (and enjoyed) on pizza, saltines, chicken wings, and veggies.
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup sr cream
1-2 Tbsp crumbled blue cheese
1-2 Tbsp crumbled gorganzola cheese
1/3 cup frozen peas
In a small pan put your frozen peas and let them cook for a few minutes, just to let them heat through......now combine everything and eat!
TIP...I smash a few of the peas with a fork before I mix them in! Yummy!
Monday, May 3, 2010
The first meal was at SeaWorld where I had a the fried fish sandwich and my friends had the fajitas. They loved the fajitas and the fish sandwich was alright. Nothing to write home about, but I hungry.
Dinner that night was at the Hard Rock Cafe. OMG the triple premium margarita there is to die for! I had 2 before the appetizer got there! We had Chips and Salsa as an appetizer and they sucked. The chips were stale and the salsa was nasty. My friends and I each ordered a different hamburger. One friend had the Red, White, and Blue Burger...She loved it but it was too big or her to finish. My other friend had the SOB burger, she also loved it, it was spicey and she was unable to finish it. I had the Granny Smith and Onion Burger....OMG it was AMAZING! I would rate it a 9! It was Great..... Hard Rock was worth the 3 hour drive alone!
The next morning we decided to eat breakfast at the hotel (long story) but since it was a hot breakfast we thought it would be perfect. We all ordered the Sausage El Burrito. They were horrible, The eggs in the burrito had the mouth texture of plastic, the burrito only had two pieces of sausage the size of marbles in it, and the tortilla was old. YUCK! The bottled orange juice was the best part of the meal. My two friends both were a little queasy on the ride home from those burritos.
Friday, April 9, 2010
2 Whole Boiled Eggs
1 TBSP Sour Cream
2 TBSP Mayo
2 pieces of Crusty Toasted Bread
2 TSP relish
2 TBSP chopped onion
S & P
In a Food Processor add everything except the bread and pulse till smooth. Smear onto your toast and enjoy. SUPER SIMPLE and yummy!
TIP Change it up even more, I put cayenne pepper and cumin on mine, gave it a kick and a little smokey flavor.
TIP Lighten it up a bit, remove the yolks from the eggs, use light mayo and sour cream.
TIP Want a lighter onion flavor, use chives instead of the onion !
Friday, April 2, 2010
2 Pineapple Upside Down Cake mixes
1 Can of Cream of Coconut
1 Can of Minced Pineapple
1/4 cup Chopped Strawberries
1/4 cup Granola
Cream of TarTar
Prepare the two cake mixes per the directions on the box BUT reserve 2 of the egg whites for the frosting. Add 3 tablespoons of the Cream of Coconut. Drain the Pineapple and add it to the cake mix. Keep the juice. Add the Granola and the Strawberries to the mix. Bake at 350 until cake is done. Let cake come to Room temperature. Remove from cake pan and put on cookie sheet. Now smother the cake with the rest of the Cream of Coconut and the rum. The Cake will absorb ALL of the liquid.
In a saucepan on medium heat add the pineapple juice that you reserved, add an EQUAL amount of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Let reduce for a few minutes. While sugar/juice mixture is dissolving/reducing beat eggwhites with 1/2 teaspoon Cream of TarTar until you get hard peaks. Add the HOT Sugar/Juice mixture to the eggwhites while they are beating! Quickly apply to your cake before the egg whites set.
This cake will need to be kept refrigerated if you dont think it will be eaten in a day. I decorated mine by sprinkling extra granola on top.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I recently took a trip to vegas with some guest and we ate at some great and not-so great places.
The first day
We arrived at our hotel (Luxor) and ate at Nathan's Fast Food Restaurant. Me and one of my guest had The Philly Cheese Steak with Fries and my other guest had Chicken Strips and Fries.
I would rate the Philly Cheese Steak and Fries as a 6 and the Chicken Strips were really dry so I would rate them as a 4. Both were about $10 each.
Later we had dinner at the Pyramid Cafe inside the Luxor. I ordered the Chicken Parmesian, one guest ordered and Hamburger and Fries, and one ordered the daily special, a Chicken Fried Steak.
My Chicken Parmesian was great, even though the said that the sauce was made of Roasted Red Peppers, I could not taste the peppers, just tomatoes. I would rate it a 7.
The Hamburger had a stale bun but the meat was wonderful. I would also rate it at a 7.
The Chicken Fried Steak was the weak point for us. I was breaded with bread crumbs instead of flour, but the mashed potatoes that it came with were outstanding. We would rate it a 6.
We decided to go downtown to see what was going on. We decided to try the Breakfast Buffet at The Golden Nugget. It was wonderful, my favorite was the French Toast. It seemed to be made of potatoe bread and topped with macerated strawberries. I rate the french toast as a 8.
For Dinner we decided to go to the Seafood Buffet at The Rio. OMG, this was by far my favorite spot for food of the whole trip. I had great lobster, fresh oysters, sushi (my personal fave), and all of the other seafood you can think of. It was a little pricey at $40 per person. IMHO it is still well worth it! I rate the entire buffet as a 8.
We were leaving this day so we decided to eat the MORE Buffet at the Luxor. It was wonderful! One thing we all got on our plate was Beef Strogenoff. It was tender and savory, I would rate it as a 7.
The best part of the whole buffet was the dessert bar. I went crazy. All the desserts were in tiny little 'shooter' bowls. I grabbed a strawberry whipped tart, taramisou, chocolate mousse, and caramel flan. All were wonderful! I would rate the dessert bar a 9 EASY!.
OMG = Oh My Gosh
IMHO = In My Honest Opinion
At the airport on the way home I stopped at Starbucks and had a Java Chip Frap with Whipped Cream, It hit the spot and was wonderful. I rate it a 6.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
1 tablespoon Bacon Bits
3 tablespoons chopped onions
1/2 cup mayo
1 cup Sour Cream
1 tablespoon olive oil
In a saucepan add butter and onions, when onions begin to turn translucent add the bacon bits, let bacon bits soak up most of the butter (about 1 minute) mix everything together and let stand in fridge for 1 hour for best results. Serve with Chips or your favorite veggies. Yum!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
1/2 c Mayonnaise
2 TBSP Sweet Pickle Relish
2 TBSP Finely Chopped Onion (I prefer red onion)
1 TBSP Fresh Lemon Juice
Salt & Pepper to taste.
Combine all ingredients in bowl and serve alongside your fish dish.
Use this as a dip for veggies, just add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a teaspoon of soy sauce.
Some people like to add a teaspoon of fresh finely chopped Dill to the Tarted Sauce when serving with fish. I sometimes use Parsley.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
This is a great little trick for using leftover mashed potatoes or baked potatoes.
In a bowl make sure that your potatoes are mashed very well (I used approx 2 cups of leftover potatoes) add 1 egg and mix well. Add any type of seasonings you prefer. I added approx 1/4 cup flour to the mixture to tighten it up to a dough. Yours may take more/less flour due to the moisture in your potatoes and the egg. In salted boiling water add teaspoon size dumpling to the water and wait 30 seconds after they float. Remove them and pat dry on a paper towel. You can sauce them with Pesto or Alfredo Sauce and Serve.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
1 cup dried bowtie pasta
1 cup fresh spinach chopped finely
2 tablespoons roasted bell peppers chopped finely (from a jar)
2 teaspoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh chopped garlic
2 teaspoons lemon juice
S and P to taste
Cook your pasta according to directions on package and set aside. In a small skillet add olive oil and saute your spinach and garlic for about 3 minutes. Add the lemon juice and S&P. Wait about 1 minute so the lemon juice can begin to concentrate. Add the bell peppers and butter and continue sauteing for about another 2 minutes. Pour over your cooked pasta and taste for seasoning before putting in container to take to work. Viola, simple and great tasting and HEALTHY!