Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Recipe Review

I almost skipped out on making this....almost headed over to the Golden Arches, or the BK Lounge for a dastardly fast food dinner. But I didn't.  You see, my youngest and I are usually the only ones home for dinner and I really hate to cook if I know I'm going to have leftovers that no one will eat (especially with a new recipe).  This recipe was quite sketchy if I say so myself.  We absolutely love, love peanutty chicken that has the same base for the sauce but chickpeas with that peanutty sauce???  To be quite honest I wasn't sure myself and I'm an adventurous eater.  Of course, I was all like "It will be delicious", and my teenager was all like "Can I get wings?"  I think what sold him on giving this recipe a shot was my steadfast resolve that if he ate junky junk food he would have to use his own money. (while I was secretly thinking junky junk food would be SO much easier and taste better!)
Lo and behold though, it was good, surprisingly good.  This dish was super simple for weeknights too, as long as you have your veggies prepped prior....and if you had to chop your veggies it wouldn't really be too time consuming.  I'm just weeknight lazy but you, you could absolutely chop all the veggies in 3 minutes flat, I'm certain.  If you are looking for a veggie dish that has great flavors give it a try.  All of my amounts are based on the recipe, but freely interpreted my ME :o)

I made several additions, slight adaptations to account for our taste.

Instead of vegetable stock, I used chicken (was open in the frig)
For a salty flavor I added a bit of soy sauce (I didn't add any salt to recipe)
For balance, I added a squeeze of honey to the dish.
My fresh cilantro wasn't viable any longer so I used dried cilantro (I don't have any coriander)

Peanut butter chickpea curry - just a couple of spoonfuls of peanut butter adds so much flavour to this easy curry recipe!
My dish looked very similar to this but alas I didn't have any light to obtain a good one myself.
Thanks to amuse-your-bouche.com for sharing the recipe and picture!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 8/18/14





Seriously ya'll...I have got to get a handle on this eating thing!  I haven't cooked much at all for this entire last week or truthfully, this whole summer.  I could go on and on about the excuses/reasons why.....but really does it matter? I have to suck it up and figure it out.  School is starting again this week and I am so getting cooking organized.  I'm going to spend the weekend cleaning out my frig and freezer and then I'm chopping veggies, lettuce, and prepping meats for the week.  Since my vegetable intake has been lacking, I'm going to grill up some chicken breasts and add them to salads for my weekly lunches.  I think that since boosting my probiotic level is working on some level, I will continue my twice daily yogurt intake.  However, I'll be using the plain kind with some yummy fruity/berry topping I've made with a lot less sugar than those individual servings bought at the store.  I have lots of glass containers so I'm planning to portion everything on Sunday so I'll be able to throw one in my lunch box without any trouble or hmmm hmmm (clearing my throat) excuses.

Here I go again...........
That's my niece...but I think her face says it all.


MONDAY
Peanut butter chickpea curry - just a couple of spoonfuls of peanut butter adds so much flavour to this easy curry recipe!
(lots and lots of veggies)
Rice
(making extra rice for an easy coconut rice pudding)
To Do:  Put chicken in marinade

TUESDAY
Grilled Chicken Salad
Corn Muffins
To Do:  Nothing off tomorrow

WEDNESDAY
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
Homemade Tartar Sauce
Fresh Green Beans
To Do:  Make Burgers

THURSDAY
Spicy Burgers with Sharp Cheddar and Chunky Blue Cheese Aioli
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
Frozen Mixed Veggies
(Boy #2 Request)
To Do:  Nothing, tomorrow is Friday!

FRIDAY
YOYO


This post is linked to orgjunkie.com.







Sunday, August 3, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 8/4/14

In addition to being "kid free", I ate in restaurants for the entire past week!  Needless to say the pound(s) of hamburger tied around my waist live on.  I'm not going to be able to do much about that either because our family has a multitude of birthdays in the upcoming week.  My plan will be super healthy for breakfast and lunch and whoop it up for dinner...within reason, of course (bahaha).  I'm gonna pull forward a few things that I was going to make last week but for the most part I'm planning a new menu.  Vegetables and fruits are going to be center stage.  We need them for the nutrition and I don't want to waste all the things I've bought.

SATURDAY

(my newest creation....hopefully they'll like it)
Homemade Pizza (by me) for Taylor's Birthday
Salad
To Do:  Buy roll sausage, buy a rotisserie chicken x3, cheese, at Sam's when I'm buying tp.

SUNDAY
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Grilled Pork Chops
Rice
Green Beans
To Do:  Laundry etc, prepare for the week.

MONDAY
(using lots and lots of veggies)
Toast with Roasted Garlic Butter
To Do:  put chicken in the frig, for slow defrost

TUESDAY
Go Tabby, It's Your Birthday :)
No cooking!
To Do:  Nothing, it's my birthday

WEDNESDAY
Pearled Couscous
Steamed or Roasted Veggies
To Do:  Cut up lettuce and Tomato for sandwich night, get good bread and cold cuts.

THURSDAY
Turkey BLT Sandwiches
Potato Salad
To Do:  Nothing, no cook Friday is tomorrow! Yay!

FRIDAY
YOYO
However, I really want to eat...

Chicken Verde Mac & Cheese
so you never know.....I might be in the kitchen after all!

BREAKFASTS 
1.  Kind bars
2.  Cherries (on sale)
3.  Boiled Eggs
4.  Half of a Bagel

LUNCHES
1.  Wrap with chicken and veggies
2.  GreekYogurt--two times daily (need my probiotic fix)
3.  Popped chips--Aldi organic brand
4.  Simple meat with one slice cheese quesadilla (heated in the microwave)
5.  100 calorie pack of cheese crackers (like cheez-its)
6.  Fruit for snacks

**Trying to minimize the processed nature of what I eat....but I have a hard time not having crispy with my lunch.  Portion sizes will be key since I'll be eating pretty cruddy for dinners.

I'm not shooting to try too many new things this week because I'm hoping I'll be fairly good with my eating.  I certainly need to in order to untie the 5 pounds of hamburger that are currently inhabiting the area formerly know as my waist :D
This post is linked to orgjunkie.com

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 7/28/14



This seems like the longest month ever.  The heat, the rain, the lack of motivation????  Whatever, but I want Florida November weather...cool, but not too cool.  Waaaa....I'm whiny today.  I still love, love, love, the beach but I'm just not lovin' this sticky summer we're having.  I will climb down off of my soapbox now and suck it up.  I'll chalk this up to karma or maybe payback for my infrequent, random, less than stellar thoughts about our northern states. Yeh, I'm the one that's secretly laughing at snow covered parts of the country in mid March.  Yes, and I wonder what in the world would possess them to live there.  So this is what I get, sweaty, sticky summers.
On to food for the week.  I've been eating my normal lunches and cutting down portions in order to rid myself of the nagging 5-7 pounds I have accumulated since the dairy-free trial (Initially I lost a few pounds).  I've always been so regimented with my breakfast and lunches, and as a rule they tend to be on the healthy side.  When I deleted cheese as an option, I struggled with finding things that I wanted to eat for lunch that were similar in calories and fat.  After a while, I became less and less concerned with the portion size or content of my breakfast and lunch and.......it shows!  At 5'3", every extra pound is like taping a pound of ground beef right around my waist.  At least I still have time before I have put jeans back on...and I'm pretending that no one can tell when I'm wearing my bathing suit...bahahaha.
Have a great week and be happy not sweaty.


SATURDAY
Tasty Lentil Tacos Recipe
Lentil Tacos
Dairy Free Sour Cream
Honey Roasted Tomatoes
(my current obsession)
Chopped Lettuce
Roasted Corn on the Cob
To Do:  Take out dough and put in frig.


Green Salad


MONDAY

Burrito Bowl
(using leftover lentils and some black beans)
It's a Tex-Mex kinda week.
or
Greek Greens with Potato Salad
Greek Salad


TUESDAY

Jalapeno Chicken
(Finally a fixed grill)
Grilled Veggie
Rice or Noodles



WEDNESDAY

Pretzel Dogs
Roasted Potato Wedges
or

Cheesy Rice and Ham
or
Something grilled
or

Peanutty Chicken Pasta
Roasted Garlic Bread


THURSDAY
Leftovers
Mom's out for Girl's Night

FRIDAY
Oh yeh right, like I'm cooking on a Friday, lol

This post is linked to orgjunkie.com

***UPDATE:  I just found out that this week is camp for my Boy #2! No cooking at all for me.  I'll roll this menu right on to next week.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

So good...even 2 days in a row!



This spaghetti dinner was so yummy, even on the second day.  I mixed the noodles with the sauce (something I've never done before) and I've now decided that I will ALWAYS do that.  The noodles don't stick together and the sauce is absorbed and sucked up in to the pasta which makes it even yummier.  Not sure that's a word....hmmm.
The garlic bread was my attempt at frugality since I had bought a package of buns and didn't use them. Re-purpose folks....re-purpose!  We just so happened to eat last week's hamburgers without any buns and I remembered I had roasted garlic.  I used homemade roasted garlic butter, which boy #2 has stated is his new food obsession, to coat the buns. Then I sprinkled some Garlic Garlic and Onion Onion right on top and baked 'em till they were brown.
Pretty unconventionally, I served a sort of Asian slaw on the side.  It definitely hit the spot for me  on a trash television Sunday night.  Real Housewives, Amish people etc, etc....you know, mind candy :o)

I also made my Granny's Cobbler for dessert.  I used really ripe nectarines sliced but not peeled.  They were so sweet I didn't add any sugar at all.  Actually I like the fruit to be more tart than this turned out.  It seemed a little sweet but it looked beautiful.



Cobbler Recipe

Washed and sliced fruit. My favorite is blackberries marinated in a little sugar, apprx 2 pts
1 cup self rising flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup milk or almond milk
1 stick butter

Melt butter in a 8x11 or equivalent dish.  Mix the flour, sugar and milk.  Pour the batter over the melted butter then spread the fruit over the top.  Bake in a preheated oven (375) for 45-50 minutes or until brown.
Note:  Taste the fruit and sweeten to desired taste.  This is so simple to mix up and throw in the oven while eating dinner.  Ice cream puts this dish over the top.  Hope you enjoy.







Saturday, July 19, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 7/21/14

I'm successfully cooking and eating at home recently with only one restaurant meal this past week.  We ate at the new chicken restaurant in my town called PDQ,  It was quite a treat and offers a little something different than my other splurge/fast food chicken meal from Chick fil A.  PDQ's sauces are delicious too, if I say so myself (and I did) :o)
This week, I'm heading towards an eat from the pantry sort of week to use up some the odds and ends from the pantry and freezer.  I will be buying fresh veggies and fruits though to supplement.
Hope you have a fantastic week!

SATURDAY
Roasted Garlic-Mozzarella Burger
Roasted Garlic-Mozzarella Burgers
Leftover Rice and Veggies
SUNDAY
Jo Mama's World Famous Spaghetti. Photo by lazyme
Green Salad
or
(I'll post the recipe that I really use,this one is only a guide)

MONDAY
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Cobb Salad
Corn Muffins

TUESDAY
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Blackened Tilapia
Basmati Rice
Green Beans

WEDNESDAY
Mussels in Butter Sauce
Leftover Veggies and Rice
(I'm eating out for work)

THURSDAY
Oven Fajitas
Easy Avocado Salad

FRIDAY
YOYO

I'll probably roast some more tomatoes with this recipe...it's my current obsession.  Make a little toast with some ricotta, salt and pepper and I'd call it dinner every day if it was just me.  
This post is linked to orgjunkie.com



Monday, July 14, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 7/14/14



My weekend view
I'm so relaxed and wishing that I didn't have to be part of the working world any more.  Laying on the beach all day and reading romance/chick lit novels sounds like the life .  A fruity drink at my side wouldn't be too bad either.  Alas, I know that's not possible cause I'm "workin for a livin".  All this vacation hasn't been too good for my waistline either and I think it's time for a little self control and healthier eating.  That really boils down to decreasing my snacking and concentrating on wholesome foods without desserts.  Three meals a day, planned, will put me back on track in no time {I hope}.  Truthfully, I haven't really watched what I've eaten since well over a year ago.  I naturally ate when I was hungry and didn't when I wasn't.  While my dairy free experiment yielded some minimal improvements in my health I just have a hard time not eating or including any cheese in my diet. Truly, I think the restriction I imposed made me gorge (only on cheese) when my 30 days were up. I have traded cow's milk for almond and I never put cheese on my sandwiches anymore.  I use dairy free sour cream and truly love dairy free frosting.  So while I'm not dairy free...I'm decreasing my intake by making small changes or exchanges.

Okay, on to the meal plan for the week.
This post is linked to orgjunkie.com

SUNDAY

Chicken, Black Bean, Roasted Corn Quesadilla
Shredded Lettuce salad with Cilantro

MONDAY
Breakfast--Fresh Cherries
Lunch--Leftovers filling over green salad
Oven-Fried Pork Cutlets with Apple Slaw
Oven Fried Pork Cutlets/ Chops
Steamed Broccoli with Roasted Garlic
Noodles/Rice

TUESDAY
Loaded Slow-Cooker Baked Potatoes
Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
Topped with:
Turkey Bacon
Mushrooms
Broccoli
Roasted Garlic
Caramelized Onions
Green Salad

WEDNESDAY
Chicken Stir-Fry with Noodles Recipe
Chicken Stir Fry with Noodles
To Do:  Shop 

THURSDAY & FRIDAY
To be planned after shopping

Breakfasts-Kind bars and fresh fruit
Lunches-Tortilla filled with Boar's Head chicken lunch meat, cheese crackers, fruit, green salads