My Food Diary, Just Saying

May 13, 2012, Mother’s Day

My Food Diary

**Click on photo that is too small to read and that makes it large and you can then read the info under the photo.

I did not make photos of the rice, cabbage, and mousse making.

I put 1 cup rice with 2 cups water into rice cooker and allow that to cook while meat was cooking. 

I have more than one rice cooker.  I cooked purple cabbage in steamer rack, inside the rice cooker pot. Add water to rice pot to just below the steamer level. Cook as you would rice. You might like to check it after 10 minutes to test for desired crispness and cook accordingly.

Now, the mousse! LOL  This was my first time to do a mousse this way, with powdered milk. I learned a couple of things that I want to try next time. Instead of putting water in mixer bowl and adding dry milk and then whipping with wire whip—I plan to add the non-fat dry milk to the water and make milk, keep in refrigerator until ready to use, then use regular attachment (not wire whip) that I would use to do a cake mix with.  I tried using the “how to make powdered milk” recipe I found. I’m not saying the recipe was bad—apparently I just had to “test” this.  I’ll let you know if it works a lot easier next time. That why I am not even giving recipe for this.  I did add chocolate syrup to it.  Believe it or not, it turned out ok enough for me to eat it and it looked pretty—but—after quite a frustrating series of trying to “fix” it.  LOL Whew!

Any way, the meal did turn out good.  I enjoyed it a lot.

Thank you for reading my blog about My Food Diary!

*I do this blog to keep up with my food intake, for medical reasons, my choice.  I am eating healthier than I did but I make no claims my way is your way. I like fast, easy, and healthy food, without needing to spend all day in the kitchen slaving over long recipes and watching things cook.  LOL

Some of my favorite things—in the kitchen. CLICK on smaller photos to enlarge the one you want to see. The writing will show up when you click it. :) This is the first time I’ve done the blog this way. LOL May 12, 2012 I frequently use certain items when I cook. I might refer to something that was popular but maybe not readily available right now—though I think anything I use still is available. You might be a young bride just starting out or a teenager looking around for a little help. Of course, I’m not listing every single thing I use but these items that are important to me. Over the past six years or so I went through a lot in life. I lost interest in cooking, you know real cooking. I was very concerned about my health. About seven months ago, I found a Rapid Air Oven (older version of what Nuwave Oven is now) and tried cooking with it. I loved it! This past holiday season, my daughter gave me the NuWave Oven set as a gift. She knew I LOVED the Rapid Air and wanted the Nuwave with all of the extras that came with the set. I appreciate her getting me the NuWave Oven set. I absolutely loved these cookers (Rapid Air and NuWave) I do not work for either company, do not represent them, or make a profit from them. I am just saying—the facts. LOL One thing I like about these oven is that I can cook frozen meat and not get lost in the thawing process. You know, you thaw and then something comes up unexpected and by the time you can cook again, etc, etc, etc. I like knowing I have time to cook it and wanting right then—what I am going to cook. My food can be cooked in a conventional oven but you have to defrost first. A microwave might work better for some of you. I just prefer the Nuwave and Rapid Air ovens **I did not add photos of a microwave or Kitchen Aid Mixer. I LOVE both of them for specific things and use them sometimes, too. Now, for medical reasons, my choice, I try to cook something in as healthy way as I can, with the least stress and worry that I can. I am not a fancy, gourmet cook but I know I am eating healthier. I am slack for a wee bit of time posting my blogs, which are supposed to be daily (LOL) but I often have leftovers and do not have to cook since I simply warm over what I had a day or two ago. I sometimes try to add one new thing to the leftovers meal—for a bit of variety. If I do that, I usually post that day. I appreciate your taking the time to visit my blog. You might run across something of interest along the way. Beginner, in a hurry, don’t like long drawn out recipes and things like that—well—that’s the way I do it. LOL I think most of these meals, etc.might appeal to senior citizens, too. Don’t have to mess up the whole house to cook and it’s better than not eating. *I make no claims that my way is the best way or the healthiest way. I’m just keeping up for myself and if I help someone along the way—that’s wonderful. Oh BY THE WAY, I HAD THIS FORMATTED INTO PARAGRAPHS AND FOR SOME REASON IT DOESN’T DO IT WHEN I SAVE IT. IT WORKED PERFECTLY IN PREVIOUS BLOGS. IT REALLY DISGUSTS ME WHEN I SPEND THE TIME I DO AND THEN SOMETHING DOESN’T WORK RIGHT. I DO HAVE HTML ENABLED..

May 4, 2012

My Food Diary

Oven Fried, Red Tomatoes and leftovers meal.

I used leftovers for everything in the meal except I did oven-fried red tomatoes. I won’t go over how I did the leftovers when first cooked.

2 medium-large red tomatoes
1 cup plain or self-rising flour (may need more than a cup)
2 eggs, beaten, in a bowl
1 cup ground whole wheat cereal (do in blender or food processor-until consistency you desire)
If you do not want to do the whole wheat cereal, breadcrumbs will work. I just think the cereal adds more nutrition.

Wash and slice tomatoes. Dip in flour, then egg, then in crumbs.Make sure both sides are coated.
I baked a 9 in. cake pan full of red tomato slices.
Bake in Rapid Air or NuWave Oven for about 10 minutes. Turn tomato slices over. Continue to bake about 5 more minutes (or until done).

A bit more involved with the dipping, etc.than I usually do but ever now and then it’s just nice to have the “works”! I just couldn’t stop eating those oven fried tomatoes!

*I keep this Food Diary for my personal health reasons. I’m eating healthier than I did. I make no health claims that my way of doing things is the way for anyone else to eat. I like simple, easy, healthy cooking.

May 9, 2012

My Food Diary

Baked Chicken, Steamed Broccoli and Zucchini Squash

1 FROZEN chicken breast (I like the NuWave Oven since I can take frozen food and bake it right away)
Ground Black Pepper, Italian Seasoning, and other seasonings if you like
Place chicken breast on drip pan (comes with Nuwave Oven) I insert this drip pan over a 9 in. cake pan with a little water in it to catch the drippings)

Bake in Nuwave Oven for about 10 minutes., Turn chicken over, add more pepper and seasonings, and also add a few veggies in the drip pan with the chicken, if desired. I added sliced zucchini squash, a piece of broccoli, and some chopped green onion.

Bake for 5-10 more minutes or until done. Meantime, see below:

Add broccoli, sliced zucchini, and sliced green onion to a steamer rack inside the rice cooker pot. Place water to just below the veggies in the pot you usually cook the rice in. Turn on the rice cooker and veggies should be done around the time the chicken breast is done.

Extremely easy, I consider it healthy, and easy clean-up. Delicious, too! (But, I’m not picky!) LOL
I did not like the broccoli done in the Nuwave. I’ll have to try another way to do it in Nuwave. But the broccoli in the rice cooker was fantastic!

*I make no health claims. I keep this food diary for personal health reasons. I eat healthier than I did—so—it’s healthy for me. Things I do in NuWave can be done in conventional oven. However, I prefer Nuwave since I can start with frozen meat and cook it without defrosting. It’s moist, done, and easier for ME!

May 1, 2012

My Food Diary, for medical reason, my choice
*Disclaimer: I eat healthier than I did before. I do not claim this is the way for another person to eat. However if you find any of the methods I use or the food I choose, you are welcome to use it yourself for share. Usually, when I cook, I show one or two servings.

Veggie Meal

3 large carrots, brushed, washed, and sliced
2 zucchini squash, brushed, washed, and sliced.
1 t. olive oil
1 t. balsamic dressing
Sprinkle of ground, black pepper
Combine all of above in bowl, stir to coat with the oil and dressing
After stirring, put in a 8 or 9” cake pan, on lower rack of NuWave Oven
Bake for 12 minutes (or until done), stirring once after first 6 minutes.

Meanwhile, Cut up cabbage (about 1/4-1/2 head). Place cabbage on a rack inside rice cooker container. Place rack inside the part you usually cook the rice in. Add water to just below the rack. Cook about 15 minutes or until done, as you like.

While veggies and cabbage are cooking:
Cut up lettuce
chop or slice bell pepper
chop or slice yellow onion
Cut or slice tomato
Sprinkle with ground black pepper
Pour small amount of honey mustard dressing over top of salad

Very easy, fast, uncomplicated (considering following long, long recipes), healthy (healthier than I use to do! LOL), and delicious. Enjoy!

April 30, 2012

My Food Diary, for medical purposes, my choice

Baked fish with veggies, corn and tomatoes, and baked apple slices

It hit me, I was starving for fish! I package the fish I buy in individual plastic bags (usually one piece of fish to a small bag) and then I package several individual bagged fillets into a large freezer bag. I don’t have to use more than the number of bags I need, they don’t stick to each other, and double wrapped—they are protected better while frozen.

Any of this below can be done in conventional oven. I prefer the Nuwave Oven since I can cook frozen fish and not have to have defrost time and then cooking time. I like healthy, easy, fast, and uncomplicated.

Place in drip pan that comes with Nuwave Oven and place a cake pan with some water below this to catch drippings.
1 large frozen fish fillet
Ground black pepper
Italian seasoning
A few onion slices
Bake for 10 or15 minutes.

Turn fish over (leave onion slices on bottom)
Add more black pepper, Italian seasoning, sliced onion, sliced bell pepper, and a couple of slices of tomato.
Placed sliced apple (cut in slices) around in pan and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Bake for 10 minutes or until done.

I opened a can of whole kernel corn and placed serving on plate along with diced tomatoes (I used canned for this) heat in microwave about 1 1/2 minutes. Add fish with veggies on top, and then add baked apples.

Easy (especially going from frozen to complete mean in about 30 minutes. Healthy, fast, not complicated at all, and DELICIOUS!

April 26, 2012

Ground Turkey,Rice, Veggie—Stuffed Bell Peppers, Carrot and Tiny Bit of cabbage Slaw, and Sliced Tomatoes.

I like to avoid as much fat as I can. I use drip pan with Nuwave oven to allow meat to cook but not have the fat, etc.

Ground Turkey, (I made two patties)
Black ground pepper or seasoning of your choice)
Place patties on drip pan, bake about 10 minutes, flip patties, bake for about 10 minutes more. Test for doneness. This was fresh ground turkey, not frozen as I frequently do.

While cooking Ground Turkey, cook rice in rice cooker
1 cup rice
2 cups water
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/4-1/2 onion, chopped (amount depends on your taste)
Small amount black ground pepper
Cook all of this in rice cooker together. I just put rice in, water, and put the chopped veggies on top of that and turned the cooker on. LOL

When rice is done and ground turkey patties are done, crumble patties into the rice mixture and stir.

2 bellpeppers, washed and cored
Stuff bellpeppers with cooked rice, veggie, and meat mixture. Bake on drip pan of Nuwave for about 15 minutes. When done, add to plate with sliced tomatoes, and carrot slaw. I added a small amount of prepared, low fat dressing to my serving of carrot salad.

2 large carrots
1/4 head cabbage (if desired)
Process with food processor.

I enjoyed this very much. It was actually fast, easy, and healthy. Thanks for your interest in my blog about “My Food Diary”—kept for medical reasons—my choice. :)

April 25, 2012

Baked Chicken With Onions, Green Beans, and Tomato Slices

Chicken can be baked in conventional oven or cooked in slow cooker. However, I often like to put chicken straight from freezer on drip pan so I can start baking, even unfrozen in the Nuwave Oven.

I’m continuing to empty freezer and found this chicken quarter. I usually now only buy chicken breasts but I wasn’t going to throw a chicken quarter away! LOL

Place chicken quarter (frozen) on drip pan that comes with the Nuwave oven. Place drip pan over a cake pan or something to catch the fat and drippings. I put a little water into the cake pan to help with moistness while cooking and to make cleaning the cake pan easier.

Bake for the frozen chicken quarter for about 15 minutes. I just sprinkle with a little black pepper and topped this with a couple of slices of onion.

After 15 minutes, flip chicken quarter over and top with two fresh slices of onion. Continue to bake for about 15 more minutes. Not bad to cook from frozen to fully cooked.

Place green beans on microwavable plate, cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Add baked chicken quarter to plate, and sliced tomato to complete the meal.

Very easy, quick, healthy, and filling.

April 15, 2012

Baked Chicken, Macaroni, and Mixed Veggies

I have to watch what I eat for medical reasons. Some of the things good for one thing is not good for another and I have to try to balance between the choices so that I try to do best for both things I have to watch out for. I try to cook healthy and have for a long time though I do this blog to keep track of what I DO eat but if I can help someone else by publishing this food diary, that’s great.

4 chicken breast (mine were frozen)
black pepper and Italian seasoning

1. Place the frozen chicken breast on drip pan that comes with Nuwave Oven, I place this on a cake pan, with water added. Drip pan fits this cake pan so that the food is not exposed to the water/drippings.(You can cook this in a conventional oven but would likely need to defrost chicken first)
2. Place these pans on 1 in. rack in Nuwave.
3. Sprinkle with black pepper and Italian Seasoning (or seasonings of your choice)
4. Bake for 15 minutes, turn chicken breasts over after that. Continue to bake for 15 minutes more, or until done.

Place in slow cooker, on high
1 cup dry macaroni
2 cups water
Cook in slow cooker, on high, until done. Mine was done in about 20 minutes.

1 can mixed veggies ( this time I used okra, tomatos, and corn mixture)
Place portion for your plate on microwave safe plate, heat about 1-1 1/2 minutes.

Add to plate with the veggie mixture: Serving of macaroni and baked chicken breast. Enjoy.

Later that evening, I mixed pineapple chunks, sliced peaches, and canned apricots to make a salad (dessert). I love honey mustard salad dressing—so—I added a little of that to the top of the individual salad of fruit. ** last photo is of salad.

I’m trying to use down things in my freezer. I think every package I take out reproduces! LOL You know how that goes. LOL I usually place one or two chicken breast to a small bag and add those filled bags to a large freezer bag. I was in a hurry, I suppose, when I brought these home and did not do this. So, I had to cook all four chicken at once this time. Guess we know what I’ll be having for a couple of days. LOL

*Any of these recipes can be done the conventional way, using stove top and oven. I simply prefer the Nuwave, slow cooker, and microwave to save time, it’s easier for me, and I simply like doing it that way. Please note third-to-last I’ve added 2 more photos since I posted this, of smoothie. Please take that into account) photo of the grease/chicken fat that collected in the water underneath the drip pan.This was skinless chicken breast, too. I was certainly surprised.

Mid-afternoon: 1 strawberry, cantaloupe, and strawberry yogurt smoothie.

I added frozen fruit, strawberry yogurt, and a little apple juice (can use water or milk) to blender container. Blended until smooth. (I had no recipe so I just added fruit, yogurt, and liquid until it seemed correct consistency to drink. LOL It was good.

April 09, 2012

Chicken in Orange Sauce, Triple Succotash, and Rice

I’ve been on a three day fast so there has been nothing to post. LOL Today I knew what I was wanting to have and believe me it tasted great. I did make a mistake in the photo. I should have put the rice in the center of the plate. I was in somewhat of a hurry so I didn’t. Oh, well, next time.

1 chicken quarter (mine was frozen)
3 oranges, (Squeeze for juice)
1/2 cup water
Black pepper
3 whole cloves
Cinnamon (I just sprinkled in the juice and on the chicken)
Place juice, whole cloves, and water in the small cake pan
Add chicken,
Sprinkle juice and chicken with cinnamon (I just looked and did not measure)

Place in Nuwave Oven (I placed fleshy part down)
Bake for 10-15 minutes
Turn chicken over, add more black pepper, cinnamon, and chopped green onions.
Bake addition 15 minutes, or until done.

Cook 1 cup rice with 2 cups water, in rice cooker (Cook rice while the chicken is baking. It takes around the same time to do rice in the rice cooker as it takes for chicken to bake)

Open can of Triple Succotash and drain, Place serving on plate. Place in microwave for about 1 minute or so to get it hot.

I’m trying to use everything out of the freezer. I declare, every time I get a package out of there, I think it multiplies.Not complaining but you know how that can be. If I wasn’t trying to use everything, it wold probably be bare. Ok, for the easy, simple instructions. I believe in healthy, easy, and simple!

I usually use only chicken breasts but I did find this chicken quarter and decided to use it.

I used Nuwave Oven. The recipe I saw did all of this in a skillet. I just like using the Nuwave and this chicken was frozen when I started baking it. One of the great wonders of using Nuwave! I used smaller cake pan to hold chicken since there was a sauce involved. Usually I just put the chicken in drip pan.

Add chicken and rice to plate with the Triple Succotash and enjoy. Believe me, I did enjoy it. Thank you for looking at my blog.