My Food Diary, Just Saying

April 2, 2012

Baked fish, oven fried okra, and fresh strawberries.

I am trying to use up some frozen items so I can more or less start over when I buy, package in a more organized way, and know what I have. I basically know already but I just need to do this.  LOL 

I had a package of frozen okra that my daughter gave to me and was saving it for a day that I could truly enjoy it to the fullest.  Well, today was the day. I don’t get fresh/frozen okra often (even though I buy canned, which is good—but not quite the same as fried okra)  I watch what I eat, as usual.  I do have some medical problems that requires me to be careful of a few things and of course, the food conflicts each other.  What helps one thing is not good for another!  This is one reason I enjoy the Nuwave Oven.  I don’t have to fry things and to be honest, I don’t usually even add the small amount of oil Nuwave recipes say to use. Any thing I do in Nuwave Oven can be done in conventional oven but the timing may be different.

1 fish fillet

Black pepper

Small amount of Italian Dressing, smeared on fish

Couple of squirts of Creole mustard, smeared on fish

Place fish in drip pan,  on 1 inch rack in Nuwave Oven

Add 4 inch rack on top of that.  Prepare okra.

1 package frozen okra, thawed

1 egg

1/2-3/4 cup water, depending on amount of okra you need to coat

Add thawed okra and allow to soak for 3 minutes

Prepare a container with amount of cornmeal you need to coat the okra

Add black pepper

Add okra, coat with cornmeal mixture

Place coated okra in 8 or 9 inch cake pan

1/2 cup mixed onion, bell pepper, seasoning I used mixture that was frozen and thawed.

Place on 4 inch rack in Nuwave oven.

Bake 10 minutes, stir okra and flip fish

Bake for 10 additional minutes.

Add fresh strawberries to plate with fish and okra.

It was delicious.

I do a food diary so I can keep up with what I really did eat and how I prepared it.  If this food diary helps anyone else struggling with the healthy foods issues, I’m glad.  I do simple and easy foods that will certainly never make it to Gourmet cooking magazines but that is not why I do this anyway.  LOL

March 19, 2012 
My Leftovers Meal
Yeah, I know.  A lot of macaroni and starch!  One good thing, One side with the macaroni did include the turnips, apple, green bean mixture.  The other side with the macaroni has english peas and was cooked in chicken broth.  I sprinkled both with parmesan & Romano Cheese. I also had one of the Salmon patties I did last night.  The peaches were the last serving of those.  Actually, all-in-all, this wasn’t a bad meal.  Maybe now I can move on to other things.
I’ve spoken to the doctor and we have a little better understanding of “watching” what is high in potassium and what is high in cholesterol—without going crazy.  I typically cook many of the things I’ve had but wasn’t having to be so afraid until this past two weeks.  I’ve stopped buying bananas and will strictly limit oranges and orange juice though I do use orange juice in cooking sometimes.  It just won’t be often or of much quantity. Until the potassium gets down, I’ll limit how often I eat mustard greens, etc. I’ll get canned greens and leach them before using.  It shouldn’t take long to be at least normal with the potassium.
I really love all of my appliances and find that using them really saves time, energy, and helps with needing oil and grease.  Today I simply just warmed over my plate of food in the microwave. I don’t know how women even lived before all these great appliances, though I liked the “old ways” concerning family time, family togetherness, and values that are so rapidly going away. 
Thanks for taking time to read through my moaning and groaning about trying to fix healthy, decent meals. I also hope along the way that perhaps senior citizens, single folks, or special diet people can find a couple of useful things via this blog. Don’t expect to find me in “Food Beautiful”, lol or any of that type stuff.  I’m into healthy, inexpensive, time-saving, down home cooking.  I don’t use recipes much and when I do, it’s not one with rows of ingredients to try to keep up with.  LOL

March 19, 2012 

My Leftovers Meal

Yeah, I know.  A lot of macaroni and starch!  One good thing, One side with the macaroni did include the turnips, apple, green bean mixture.  The other side with the macaroni has english peas and was cooked in chicken broth.  I sprinkled both with parmesan & Romano Cheese. I also had one of the Salmon patties I did last night.  The peaches were the last serving of those.  Actually, all-in-all, this wasn’t a bad meal.  Maybe now I can move on to other things.

I’ve spoken to the doctor and we have a little better understanding of “watching” what is high in potassium and what is high in cholesterol—without going crazy.  I typically cook many of the things I’ve had but wasn’t having to be so afraid until this past two weeks.  I’ve stopped buying bananas and will strictly limit oranges and orange juice though I do use orange juice in cooking sometimes.  It just won’t be often or of much quantity. Until the potassium gets down, I’ll limit how often I eat mustard greens, etc. I’ll get canned greens and leach them before using.  It shouldn’t take long to be at least normal with the potassium.

I really love all of my appliances and find that using them really saves time, energy, and helps with needing oil and grease.  Today I simply just warmed over my plate of food in the microwave. I don’t know how women even lived before all these great appliances, though I liked the “old ways” concerning family time, family togetherness, and values that are so rapidly going away. 

Thanks for taking time to read through my moaning and groaning about trying to fix healthy, decent meals. I also hope along the way that perhaps senior citizens, single folks, or special diet people can find a couple of useful things via this blog. Don’t expect to find me in “Food Beautiful”, lol or any of that type stuff.  I’m into healthy, inexpensive, time-saving, down home cooking.  I don’t use recipes much and when I do, it’s not one with rows of ingredients to try to keep up with.  LOL

3-15-2012 Macaroni and Veggie Plate

I’m watching my diet.  Need low potassium, low cholesterol food.

I cooked the macaroni in slow cooker

1 cup macaroni

2 cups water

Cooked veggies together in rice cooker (inserted rack)

1 large turnip

1 medium apple

1 can drained and leached green beans

I scrubbed turnip and apple with a brush.  I drained the green beans, soaked them in water, changed water after soaking several times.  This is leaching.  It helps remove potassium and sodium from foods. I left peel on apples even though I removed the peel as I ate.  Gosh, I wanted some color from some where and grew up thinking you were better off eating the peel.  Well, that’s still true except when you have too much potassium in your body as I do. It’s amazing the good things to lower cholesterol—RAISES the potassium!  Very disappointed in this. I enjoyed the meal though.  :)