My Food Diary, Just Saying

I think I’m craving starches today! LOL Macaroni, sweet potato, and irish potato all in one meal.  Maybe its the cold weather. 

I breaded the frozen chicken breast wit a cereal crumb mixture that I make at home. Placed frozen chicken breast, sliced sweet potato, sliced irsh potato, one whole tomato, and sliced onion on a drip pan. Placed all in Nuwave (or Rapid Air) oven. Bake at 350 15 minutes turn all over and continue to bake 10 more minutes.

Placed one cup macaroni with two cups water in rice cooker. I cooked the macaroni for about 20 minutes in the rice cooker.

Simple, easy, and healthy cooking for a cold day. My daughter made the Chocolate Chip Cake. I certainly enjoyed the two pieces she sent to me—though I didn’t eat both at the same time.  LOL I love that cake she makes! 

I keep this food diary for my own record but if I encourage other people to at least try to cook and eat something, especially when they don’t feel well or feel like standing over a stove stirring something—then I’m glad I helped. *My food choices or method of cooking may not be suitable for everyone. Thanks for reading my blog.

01-23-2013

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.

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

March 18, 2012

Salmon patty, Macaroni with English Peas, and Sliced Peaches

Cook 1 cup macaroni with 2 cups liquid in slow cooker (about 20 min. on high)

Add 1/2 can English peas during last half of cooking period

Mix

1 can salmon, drained

1/2 can english peas, drained

1/4 cup chopped celery

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 or 2 green onions

1/4 chopped bell pepper

1 egg, beaten

Mix thoroughly and form into patties

In bowl, combine

flour and crushed whole wheat cereal

Dip patties and cover both sides with flour/cereal mixture

Place on drip rack in Nuwave Oven (can be done in conventional oven)

Bake 8 minutes, flip patties over and bake about 5-6 more minutes.

Open canned of sliced peaches, drain, add about 1/2 cup to plate with your patty and macaroni.  See Photos.  Enjoy!  I know this should be healthy.  Added no oil except a small bit of spray olive oil to coat drip pan.

Thank you for taking time to read my food diary! Simplicity but nutritious is the way I do it.  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.