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

 Chicken Gumbo, Rice, and Crackers  01-15-2013
I combined a light roux (water and browned flour) with the BAKED chicken breast and BAKED chicken sausage in the slow cooker. Turned on high for about 2 hours. I don’t make roux with oil and I don’t make it as dark as most Southern people do.
I baked the FROZEN chicken breast, FROZEN chicken sausage,  chopped celery, and chopped onion in the Nuwave oven. I placed everything in one drip pan and placed on bottom rack in Nuwave. Baked at 350 for 10 minutes, turned everything over and continued to bake for 10 to 15 minutes more. Then, added all to slow cooker.
I placed a cup of rice with 2 cups water in rice cooker. Done in about 20 minutes. 
Very informal with whole wheat crackers on the side.  Delicious on a cold Louisiana day.
 I cook light compared to the really great cooks. I also cook easy! If this blog encourages someone that may not be cooking often or is eating very little—then that is great. You will never see my meals in Food Beautiful (LOL) that’s not my intent. I realize my choice of food or cooking methods are not for everyone. LOL

 Chicken Gumbo, Rice, and Crackers  01-15-2013

I combined a light roux (water and browned flour) with the BAKED chicken breast and BAKED chicken sausage in the slow cooker. Turned on high for about 2 hours. I don’t make roux with oil and I don’t make it as dark as most Southern people do.

I baked the FROZEN chicken breast, FROZEN chicken sausage,  chopped celery, and chopped onion in the Nuwave oven. I placed everything in one drip pan and placed on bottom rack in Nuwave. Baked at 350 for 10 minutes, turned everything over and continued to bake for 10 to 15 minutes more. Then, added all to slow cooker.

I placed a cup of rice with 2 cups water in rice cooker. Done in about 20 minutes.

Very informal with whole wheat crackers on the side.  Delicious on a cold Louisiana day.

I cook light compared to the really great cooks. I also cook easy! If this blog encourages someone that may not be cooking often or is eating very little—then that is great. You will never see my meals in Food Beautiful (LOL) that’s not my intent. I realize my choice of food or cooking methods are not for everyone. LOL

My Food Diary July 8, 2012

I placed 1 small (FROZEN) steak in drip pan. Added sliced sweet potatoes and sliced onion. Baked in Nuwave Oven 10 minutes, turned all over and baked another 10 minutes.I did the rice in a rice cooker. The rice and the steak and potatoes all cooked about the same length of time.  Meanwhile I prepared lettuce, tomato,and other salad ingredients. Served on a colorful plate.  LOL I try to eat healthy AND try to make it as easy, simple, fast, and uncomplicated as possible. Yes, the steak was frozen when I started and no, I did not thaw it out first. Bottom photo shows food on drip pan in the Nuwave oven. I cook it all together.

*My methods of cooking or food choices may not be suitable for everyone. However, I’m eating healthier than I did. I added no oil or salt to anything in  this meal.

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 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. :)

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.  :)

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.

Whew! Getting Started With My Blog!

03-05-2012

I’ve decided to do a diary of sorts of things I prepare and eat.  I can look back and know about how healthy I really have been eating, or not.  LOL

I will not provide recipes that are long and complicated.  I have medical conditions that require that I eat healthy but not spend all day cooking a long, drawn out meal.  I think senior citizens, the elderly (or whatever the preferred name for those over 50 is these days), people with health problems, or those who are single or a couple will be more interested in the simple, usually not beautiful, uncomplicated, but healthy things I put on here. 

I live in Louisiana.  It gets mighty hot down here in the summer.  Heating up the kitchen and raising the temperature doesn’t work for me! So I use my appliances a LOT.

I like using the NuWave or Rapid Wave oven.  I like being able to quickly put frozen stuff in there and it be done really fast, compared with conventional ovens.  I also think it helps save energy since I’m not using a full, big oven and saving time since I’m not stirring and looking over things all day.  I also use a toaster oven, slow cooker, rice cooker, and pop up toaster.  I love my appliances. LOL They, are time savers and step savers to me. Just saying.

I’ve looked at a lot of things on Pinterest before I realized I could have a blog about it.  So, I’m going to give it a try.

There are so many wonderful ideas, beautifully crafted items, and home decorating tips on Pinterest.  Not to mention the vast number of recipes that are so tempting to try. 

I may get the courage to post some of my results after trying some of the “how-to” instructions.  That should be interesting.  LOL

You may follow me on twitter @lilme2day .  Look forward to “meeting” you on here and exchanging ideas. 

Blessings!