My Food Diary, Just Saying

I usually do the easy, quick, and simple meals. I do not always feel like even cooking much less spending a lot of time “watching over” stuff or messing up a lot of dishes to prepare meals—-to have to clean up later. 

I used to enjoy putting forth more effort to try something “different” and today—-I sort of tried that again. Well, I still think this is a good idea (for people with patience, time, and the desire) to just try something out of the routine. 

I knew this project would not work in a microwave since a microwave does not brown things. I have a Nuwave that cooks things much faster than a conventional oven and will brown it, too. So, I thought it would be worth a try.  I used 4 silicon muffin cups. I suggest that anyone that tries to do these spaghetti bird’s nest——do them in a 6 cup muffin pan instead of the smaller silicon cups and be prepared to either use toaster oven or conventional oven to bake them. I can’t tell you how long it will actually take since I didn’t do that. I did mine about 9-10 minutes in the Nuwave and just got tired of having to watch it every second to make sure it wasn’t getting over browned (well, I had no danger there LOL).  They were set enough to use but were not the browned color to help them really look like straw, etc. They just were not browning and I didn’t want to wait and keep on and on. LOL

Anyway, I post my food diary and I post the successful things and the not so successful trials and errors, such as this. 

*I realize my choice of food and/or method of preparation may not be suitable for everyone.

Thanks for taking time to read my blog.

06062014

I didn’t measure the orange juice or the frozen chocolate yogurt. Simply added to small blender container and blended until smooth. I used bottled orange juice for this smoothie. It had a nice taste and I thought the orange juice would also add a bit more nutrition.
*I realize my choices of foods and/or preparation methods may not be suitable for everyone.  Thank you for taking time to read my blog post.
05282014

I didn’t measure the orange juice or the frozen chocolate yogurt. Simply added to small blender container and blended until smooth. I used bottled orange juice for this smoothie. It had a nice taste and I thought the orange juice would also add a bit more nutrition.

*I realize my choices of foods and/or preparation methods may not be suitable for everyone.  Thank you for taking time to read my blog post.

05282014

Amazingly Healthy Rice

As you know, I try to pack nutrition into simple meals. Today was no exception.

I used the slow cooker to cook the chicken breast. Added frozen chicken breast, a couple slices of onion, and a little water. I just prefer adding a little water or broth.

Serving of canned beets, plain with nothing added, except black pepper. I wanted about 4 Ritz Crackers instead of bread, so I added those to the plate. LOL

For the rice:

In rice cooker, add

1 cup dry rice

1 1/4 to 1/2 cup orange juice

1 cup water

1/2 T. coconut oil

1 t. curry powder

Then add items below to a FOOD PROCESSOR

1/2 head cauliflower, washed

1/2 yellow squash, washed

1/4 onion

1/2 bunch kale, washed

Chop to consistency desired but I finely chopped the mixture

Add this to the rice cooker and cook WITH the rice, juice, water mixture. When done, add seasonings of your choice. Thank you for reading My Food Diary. I do this blog to keep up with what I eat, for medical purposes—my choice.

I see I can’t add this to Pinterest for some reason. I see changes to Tumbler that I am not liking. Or at least showing the photo I want to show on Pinterest.

I can tell you that this is delicious and packed with nutrition.

*My choice of food or method of preparation may not be suitable for everyone.

03172014

A special treat today. A cup of Mocha with freshly baked Blueberry Cupcakes. So nice to sit back, relax, and enjoy a special treat. 
Hope you all have a wonderful day today!
02142014

A special treat today. A cup of Mocha with freshly baked Blueberry Cupcakes. So nice to sit back, relax, and enjoy a special treat.

Hope you all have a wonderful day today!

02142014

My Food Diary Turns Two! Happy Birthday to me! LOL Time flies when you are having fun! I’ve enjoyed it a lot and hope I’ve given inspiration to other people for easy, fast, simple cooking—with nutrition in mind!

Thanks for your visits and support!

Time For Hot Dogs! I don’t eat a lot of processed meat, like hot dogs—-but every now and then——-well, I just want hot dogs! No, not in a bun.

I placed the cut up potatoes in a glass baking dish, spayed with non-stick spray. Added the FROZEN hot dogs, cooked 9 minutes on normal, in microwave.

I then placed hot dog serving, serving of potatoes, serving of green peas, and topped with diced tomatoes. Warmed in microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Added a few saltines.

Easy cooking and fast, too!

*Thanks for stopping by to view my blog. I realize my choice of foods or cooking methods are not suitable for everyone.

02072014

Various Snow Ice Creams

Recently we had two snow events within a week of each other down here in the South! Even better, it was “real snow”, the fluffy kind. We usually get the ice and icy, wet, heavy snow—-if there is any snow at all. So, I got busy making a sentimental treat, snow ice cream! Thoroughly enjoyed it, too!

The regular vanilla snow ice cream was made with regular low-fat milk, sugar to personal taste, a little vanilla, and snow. Mix well, adding more snow until consistency you desire. Eat!

The orange snow ice cream was made with canned evaporated milk, vanilla, orange juice, and snow. All by look and taste test to see when it’s right for you. Eat!

Chocolate snow ice cream, made with evaporated milk, vanilla, instant chocolate drink mix powder, and snow—-mixed until it’s right for you. Eat!

I use no recipe. My ancestors made snow ice cream this way and I thoroughly enjoyed the memories of eating snow ice cream with them and enjoying the wonderful treat, snow ice cream, that I don’t get the opportunity to eat often enough.

* I realize my methods of cooking or my choice of foods are not suitable for everyone. I share my personal food diary in case it gives someone else an idea to try using easy, fast, cheap, and usually healthy ways of doing things. Thanks for stopping by.

01292014

Happy New Year, 2014!
Well, I have my ups and downs health-wise and that’s a part of the reason I do this blog. I like to keep up with things I eat so I can refer back and see what I really did eat (not always what we remember)! LOL
I’ve been having a cycle of “just don’t feel like cooking” as most of us with medical problems have from time to time. So, my method of cooking is geared for that. Easy, quick, simple, but with nutrition in mind. 
I personally do not add salt nor do I use ham, bacon, etc. to cook. If you do, that’s fine. I 
I cooked the cabbage in a rice cooker. I just chopped it up and cooked as I would rice. I added about the same amount of water as used with cooking rice. I also added about 1/4 of sliced onion to the rice pot.
The black-eyed peas were canned. I certainly did not want to fool with soaking, cooking, peeking, stirring, or anything. So, I opened the can, drained them, added seasonings that I like——placed a help on the plate. 
For the “greens”, traditionally mustard or turnip greens are used. However, I wanted spinach. I used canned spinach, drained well—-added helping of that to plate.
I cooked a small piece of steak in the slow cooker, the day before. So, it was ready to be taken out of refrigerator and a serving placed on the plate.
I mixed up a half batch of cornbread batter the evening before, placed in container and sealed. Today, I used the silicon muffin cups, placed batter in a couple of the cups and baked for 2 minutes in the microwave. Before I baked them though, I grated just a little cheese on top and added some chopped green onion—to give it color. Cornbread baked in a microwave tastes great and the QUICKEST way, but——it doesn’t brown. I can live with that. LOL
After the bread had baked, I placed the filled plate of food in the microwave and heated for 2 minutes.
I thought it was a rather good, traditional New Year’s meal with actually very little effort.  So, even if you feel bad and just don’t feel like the traditional, long-way, long recipe cooking——this is a way to at least eat something! No need to think you can’t have a nice meal since you can’t be in the kitchen all day.
* I realize my choice of foods or methods of cooking are not suitable for everyone. I thank you for taking time to read my blog.
I wish you and your family and friends all have a great year ahead.
01012014

Happy New Year, 2014!

Well, I have my ups and downs health-wise and that’s a part of the reason I do this blog. I like to keep up with things I eat so I can refer back and see what I really did eat (not always what we remember)! LOL

I’ve been having a cycle of “just don’t feel like cooking” as most of us with medical problems have from time to time. So, my method of cooking is geared for that. Easy, quick, simple, but with nutrition in mind.

I personally do not add salt nor do I use ham, bacon, etc. to cook. If you do, that’s fine. I

I cooked the cabbage in a rice cooker. I just chopped it up and cooked as I would rice. I added about the same amount of water as used with cooking rice. I also added about 1/4 of sliced onion to the rice pot.

The black-eyed peas were canned. I certainly did not want to fool with soaking, cooking, peeking, stirring, or anything. So, I opened the can, drained them, added seasonings that I like——placed a help on the plate.

For the “greens”, traditionally mustard or turnip greens are used. However, I wanted spinach. I used canned spinach, drained well—-added helping of that to plate.

I cooked a small piece of steak in the slow cooker, the day before. So, it was ready to be taken out of refrigerator and a serving placed on the plate.

I mixed up a half batch of cornbread batter the evening before, placed in container and sealed. Today, I used the silicon muffin cups, placed batter in a couple of the cups and baked for 2 minutes in the microwave. Before I baked them though, I grated just a little cheese on top and added some chopped green onion—to give it color. Cornbread baked in a microwave tastes great and the QUICKEST way, but——it doesn’t brown. I can live with that. LOL

After the bread had baked, I placed the filled plate of food in the microwave and heated for 2 minutes.

I thought it was a rather good, traditional New Year’s meal with actually very little effort.  So, even if you feel bad and just don’t feel like the traditional, long-way, long recipe cooking——this is a way to at least eat something! No need to think you can’t have a nice meal since you can’t be in the kitchen all day.

* I realize my choice of foods or methods of cooking are not suitable for everyone. I thank you for taking time to read my blog.

I wish you and your family and friends all have a great year ahead.

01012014

Breakfast In a Bowl.

I cooked grits in microwave. Chopped a small amount of cheese and sprinkled around after grits were done. I placed one egg in very small amount of coconut oil (olive oil will do) and cooked until it was hard cooked. I actually prefer the runny yolk style but usually cook the yolk until well done, it may be safer that way.

Popped one slice of whole wheat bread into toaster. I ate it without any butter, oleo, or whatever.

Sprinkled with pepper and other seasonings. It’s ready to eat!!!! (I like a lot of pepper on mine)

* I realize my choice of foods and/or method of preparation may not be suitable for everyone. I have medical problems that I keep this food diary in order to help myself keep up with things I do eat. Perhaps if you have problems that make you not even want to cook or eat——my hope is that I sometimes offer suggestions that may encourage you that cooking can be simple, fast, easy, and nutritious without staying in the kitchen all day.

Have a Happy New Year!

12312013

Comfort drink! Virgin, Frothy Hot Chocolate!
I needed a bit of comfort food/drink today. This turned out perfect! 
*I realize my choice of food or drinks may not be suitable for everyone. Thanks for reading my blog posts. 
12242013

Comfort drink! Virgin, Frothy Hot Chocolate!

I needed a bit of comfort food/drink today. This turned out perfect!

*I realize my choice of food or drinks may not be suitable for everyone. Thanks for reading my blog posts.

12242013