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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 17, 2012

Chicken, green beans, fruit salad

(LEFTOVERS)

This week I baked 4 chicken breast in a package that I forgot to bag individually.  Therefore, I have leftover chicken and leftover fruit salad.  I added green beans that were not leftovers. I don’t really like frozen, cooked foods—except for a few things.  So, I try to cook in small quantities so there are not a huge amount of leftovers.  Freezing leftovers works fine for a lot of people.  That’s great but it’s not for everyone.

I placed the chicken breast on plate, added green beans, cooked for about 1 1/2 minute to 2 minutes. Removed from microwave and added cold leftover fruit salad. Quick, easy, healthy—and no waste!  

Thanks for reading my blog.  It’s not fancy but kept for medical reasons.If any of the things I do can help another person that even better.

April 17, 2012

Chicken, green beans, fruit salad

(LEFTOVERS)

This week I baked 4 chicken breast in a package that I forgot to bag individually. Therefore, I have leftover chicken and leftover fruit salad. I added green beans that were not leftovers. I don’t really like frozen, cooked foods—except for a few things. So, I try to cook in small quantities so there are not a huge amount of leftovers. Freezing leftovers works fine for a lot of people. That’s great but it’s not for everyone.

I placed the chicken breast on plate, added green beans, cooked for about 1 1/2 minute to 2 minutes. Removed from microwave and added cold leftover fruit salad. Quick, easy, healthy—and no waste!

Thanks for reading my blog. It’s not fancy but kept for medical reasons.If any of the things I do can help another person that even better.

March 28, 2012

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Grilled Chicken Breasts, Spaghetti cooked in sauce, Green Beans, and Radishes

1 small portion dry spaghetti, break in half

Water to cover spaghetti, in slow cooker

Turn on high for about 1 hour

Add chopped celery, green onion, and any other things like bell pepper if you like,

Add 1 can tomato sauce

Add Black pepper and Italian seasoning

Cook about 30 minutes.

2 frozen chicken breast on drip pan, on 1 inch rack, in Nuwave Oven

Add seasonings of choice

Cook 10 minutes per side, flip chicken breast halfway through cooking time and add more seasonings to flipped side.

Heat green beans on plate in microwave.

Slice 1 radish to garnish green beans.

Add 1 chicken breast and serving of spaghetti

Sprinkle spaghetti with  Parmesan & Romano Cheese

Serve and enjoy!

I know some people do not like the idea of cooking spaghetti in the sauce and prefer sauce in different container to spoon over the spaghetti.  I just prefer the less mess and cleanup and the taste is fine with me.  This was meatless sauce since I served a piece of chicken breast for the meat.  I’ll use the other chicken breast for another meal.

I want to eat healthy, don’t want big mess, and don’t want to be in kitchen all day hovering over stuff.  I must say, it was delicious—to me! LOL

March 24, 2012
My daughter cooked for friends and I was invited.  I wasn’t hungry when the meal was ready so I did a bring home plate which I ate a couple of days later.  It certainly was good.  I didn’t cook this so I can’t tell you how it was cooked.  
I do know it had veggies, roast beef, and garlic bread and it was delicious!

March 24, 2012

My daughter cooked for friends and I was invited.  I wasn’t hungry when the meal was ready so I did a bring home plate which I ate a couple of days later.  It certainly was good.  I didn’t cook this so I can’t tell you how it was cooked. 

I do know it had veggies, roast beef, and garlic bread and it was delicious!

03-16-2012 

Grilled Turkey Patties, Mandarins, and Leftover Casserole

1 pkg ground turkey meat (make 4 patties) I got the 19.2 oz. pkg of lean, all natural, manually processed, no artificial ingredients

Sprinkle patties with:

pepper

oregano

Italian seasoning

Bake in drain pan that comes with Nuwave oven for about 8 minutes (or on pan in conventional oven just so the pan has holes and something under it to catch drippings)

Flip turkey burgers,sprinkle more black pepper, oregano, and Italian seasonings

Add slice of tomato on top of each burger

Bake for about 5-6 minutes

I heated the turnip, apple, green bean, and macaroni dish I had yesterday on plate I was going to eat on tonight (heated in microwave for 2 minutes)

Add burger with tomato and half of the small can of mandarins (drained) to the plate of heated leftovers and enjoy.

It’s not easy to find low potassium low cholesterol things to eat. What is good for one is not good for the other.  LOL  I did enjoy this meal though. Turkey is not considered red meat and is low in potassium and low cholesterol.  (Thank God) I ate one patty tonight and will use the other three for three more meals! (Probably a Taco Soup or veggie soup of some kind, in slow cooker with one of them).

Thanks for viewing my dilemma with this cooking experience.  I only hope I can help anyone else that might be dealing with the issue of having too much potassium and high cholesterol—and myself, too.

I use Nuwave oven, rice cooker, slow cooker, and microwave a lot.  Anything I do in Nuwave can be done in conventional oven but you will need to adjust time.

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.  :)

Slow Cooker Easy Chicken Soup

For my food diary today. Easy, healthy, slow cooker soup.

I placed two FROZEN chicken sausages in the Nuwave oven. Cooked 5 minutes on each side (turn over midway of the 10 minute cooking time)

In slow cooker:

1 can green beans, drained

1 can chicken noodle soup

Two links of cooked chicken sausage

Seasonings

Turn slow cooker on high.  Since the chicken sausage is cooked, I actually just let it all heat thoroughly. The time is not crucial.  I was busy so I knew I wouldn’t have to be hovering over it. 

Simple, economic, and healthy. 

One photo of soup heating in the slow cooker and the other when served in the cup. I prefer simple, uncomplicated meals.  If I want something that takes all day to cook, I eat at a restaurant. This type meal is good for people with health problems and aren’t able to cook all day.

I am keeping more or less a journal of some of the things I prepare.  Some will be repeats or a variation, depending on the ingredients I have on hand. I love BellPeppers baked.  Last time I did those, I did not use meat.  Today, I used ground turkey.
I cooked the rice in the rice cooker. Before I turned on the rice cooker,   I added chopped celery, chopped onion, even a little chopped bellpepper, chopped green onion (in addition to yellow onion), I also used one-half apple juice for the liquid and the other half was water. 
I put about 1/4 pound of FROZEN ground turkey in a drip pan.  Placed drip pan on one inch rack in the Nuwave Oven.  I placed an aluminum pan beneath the rack and added about one-half cup water to the aluminum pan.  I baked the ground turkey for about ten minutes, turned it and baked it for about five more minutes.  This was baking as the rice cooked in the rice cooker.
When the rice mixture and ground turkey were cooked, I added the ground turkey to the rice mixture.  I cut the bellpeppers in half, stuffed with the rice/ground turkey mixture, added ground black pepper and more chopped green onions. The stuffed peppers were in a cake pan.  I placed the green beans in center of the pan and let that cook with the peppers.  Baked the stuffed peppers for about ten minutes on one in rack, in the Nuwave Oven.
Opened a can of mixed fruit cocktail, drained.  I did not eat bread with this. 
Delicious, healthy, quick, and simple.  The ingredients are added according to availability.  There is no set amount of anything except the rice.  Say 1 cup rice and 2 cups liquid. 
I like simplicity and uncomplicated meals. Save the complicated stuff for the professionals—when you go out to eat!

I am keeping more or less a journal of some of the things I prepare.  Some will be repeats or a variation, depending on the ingredients I have on hand. I love BellPeppers baked.  Last time I did those, I did not use meat.  Today, I used ground turkey.

I cooked the rice in the rice cooker. Before I turned on the rice cooker,   I added chopped celery, chopped onion, even a little chopped bellpepper, chopped green onion (in addition to yellow onion), I also used one-half apple juice for the liquid and the other half was water.

I put about 1/4 pound of FROZEN ground turkey in a drip pan.  Placed drip pan on one inch rack in the Nuwave Oven.  I placed an aluminum pan beneath the rack and added about one-half cup water to the aluminum pan.  I baked the ground turkey for about ten minutes, turned it and baked it for about five more minutes.  This was baking as the rice cooked in the rice cooker.

When the rice mixture and ground turkey were cooked, I added the ground turkey to the rice mixture.  I cut the bellpeppers in half, stuffed with the rice/ground turkey mixture, added ground black pepper and more chopped green onions. The stuffed peppers were in a cake pan.  I placed the green beans in center of the pan and let that cook with the peppers.  Baked the stuffed peppers for about ten minutes on one in rack, in the Nuwave Oven.

Opened a can of mixed fruit cocktail, drained.  I did not eat bread with this.

Delicious, healthy, quick, and simple.  The ingredients are added according to availability.  There is no set amount of anything except the rice.  Say 1 cup rice and 2 cups liquid.

I like simplicity and uncomplicated meals. Save the complicated stuff for the professionals—when you go out to eat!