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

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.

Macaroni, Salsa, and Spinach
1 cup uncooked macaroni (cook in about 2 cups or 2 1/2 cups water)
Cook macaroni in slow cooker or rice cooker (depending on time you have) or on stovetop
1 jar salsa
1 green onion, chopped 
Add green onion to top of macaroni/salsa
1 can spinach, heated
Quick, easy, no cholesterol, healthy! I’m avoiding high cholesterol foods so a lot of the goodies won’t do for me.

Macaroni, Salsa, and Spinach

1 cup uncooked macaroni (cook in about 2 cups or 2 1/2 cups water)

Cook macaroni in slow cooker or rice cooker (depending on time you have) or on stovetop

1 jar salsa

1 green onion, chopped

Add green onion to top of macaroni/salsa

1 can spinach, heated

Quick, easy, no cholesterol, healthy! I’m avoiding high cholesterol foods so a lot of the goodies won’t do for me.