January 1, 2013 Happy New Year!
I thought I would cook more foods for this meal. Turns out I just was not hungry enough for all I planned so, I prepared less.
No photo of the salad, but I prepared an apple, kiwi, and raisin salad and ate that around Noon. . I just wasn’t hungry until around 3 PM.
I use appliances and can do the type meals I want in a relatively short time, so I’m quite flexible about making changes on the spur of the moment. I also don’t like having a lot, lot of leftovers. Don’t mind enough leftovers for one or two repeats, but that’s all. Yes, many people like to freeze leftovers and cook in large quantity for that purpose. That’s great if you enjoy doing that.
I steamed the cabbage with bell pepper and onion in the rice cooker for about 15-20 minutes. I bought a can of black eye peas this year instead of soaking peas and cooking. All I had to do was heat the amount of peas for this meal and I have enough left for one more meal this week. I baked the sweet potato in the microwave. The cornbread muffins were prepared a couple of days ago so I only had to heat those today. I do bake my cornbread muffins in a toaster oven.I usually prepare one 6 muffin pan batch, which last me about three meals.
I try to prepare easy, fast, economical meals with a budget in mind. My methods of cooking or choice of food are not suitable for everyone. However, I know some elderly people, folks with health problems, or someone cooking for 1 or 2 just simply won’t eat as well or often if they have to stand over a cookbook and stove all day.
I do this blog to keep up with what I eat, by choice. If I help anyone else or inspire them to cook or eat better—then that’s great. I make no claims that my way is anything but my way and my choice. I like using appliances that I set the timer and it shuts off if I get busy and forget to look the second I needed to. LOL I’m sure many of you know what I mean. I do admire the real cooks that enjoy the fancier, more difficult, and time consuming type labor of love that they manage to do. It’s just not what I do anymore.
After all the Holiday eating of more food than usual and richer foods (lol) I really enjoyed the simple meal today. Thanks for stopping by to read my blog.
My Food Diary August 2012
For a change, quick breakfast of cheese toast, egg, and sliced fruit.
Whole wheat bread with grated cheese, toasted in a toaster oven. Egg done on top of stove in a very small amount of butter. Added a few slices of fresh fruit that I had on hand.
April 30, 2012
My Food Diary, for medical purposes, my choice
Baked fish with veggies, corn and tomatoes, and baked apple slices
It hit me, I was starving for fish! I package the fish I buy in individual plastic bags (usually one piece of fish to a small bag) and then I package several individual bagged fillets into a large freezer bag. I don’t have to use more than the number of bags I need, they don’t stick to each other, and double wrapped—they are protected better while frozen.
Any of this below can be done in conventional oven. I prefer the Nuwave Oven since I can cook frozen fish and not have to have defrost time and then cooking time. I like healthy, easy, fast, and uncomplicated.
Place in drip pan that comes with Nuwave Oven and place a cake pan with some water below this to catch drippings.
1 large frozen fish fillet
Ground black pepper
A few onion slices
Bake for 10 or15 minutes.
Turn fish over (leave onion slices on bottom)
Add more black pepper, Italian seasoning, sliced onion, sliced bell pepper, and a couple of slices of tomato.
Placed sliced apple (cut in slices) around in pan and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake for 10 minutes or until done.
I opened a can of whole kernel corn and placed serving on plate along with diced tomatoes (I used canned for this) heat in microwave about 1 1/2 minutes. Add fish with veggies on top, and then add baked apples.
Easy (especially going from frozen to complete mean in about 30 minutes. Healthy, fast, not complicated at all, and DELICIOUS!
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
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
Simple Brunch For One
1 leftover, cooked chicken sausage, sliced
Desired amount of onion, green onion, sliced mushrooms
Cook chicken sausage, onion-mushroom mixture in skillet on stove-top
1 egg, added to 1 Tablespoon water
Pierce small hole in egg before cooking in the microwave in egg cooker. Microwave for 1 minute.
Toast 2 pieces of wheat bread in toaster, add small amount butter, if desired.
Store bought strawberry preserves.
Whew! Getting Started With My Blog!
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.