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Amazingly Healthy Rice

As you know, I try to pack nutrition into simple meals. Today was no exception.

I used the slow cooker to cook the chicken breast. Added frozen chicken breast, a couple slices of onion, and a little water. I just prefer adding a little water or broth.

Serving of canned beets, plain with nothing added, except black pepper. I wanted about 4 Ritz Crackers instead of bread, so I added those to the plate. LOL

For the rice:

In rice cooker, add

1 cup dry rice

1 1/4 to 1/2 cup orange juice

1 cup water

1/2 T. coconut oil

1 t. curry powder

Then add items below to a FOOD PROCESSOR

1/2 head cauliflower, washed

1/2 yellow squash, washed

1/4 onion

1/2 bunch kale, washed

Chop to consistency desired but I finely chopped the mixture

Add this to the rice cooker and cook WITH the rice, juice, water mixture. When done, add seasonings of your choice. Thank you for reading My Food Diary. I do this blog to keep up with what I eat, for medical purposes—my choice.

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I can tell you that this is delicious and packed with nutrition.

*My choice of food or method of preparation may not be suitable for everyone.

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Veggies and Microwave Cornbread Muffins

Photos: Meal, veggies in slow cooker, cornbread muffins when done, and cornbread muffins before baking.

I post this blog post to share (with anyone) EASY, FAST ways of cooking. Beginners, people with medical issues that makes traditional, from scratch cooking a chore they can’t handle anymore, elderly people that don’t want to stand in the kitchen all day, etc. I don’t expect my photos to be in “Food Beautiful” but do hope I can offer ideas to those seeking a healthier (not healthy when you don’t eat cause you don’t feel like cooking), easier, faster way of cooking. Yep, I show and tell the good, bad, and ugly—as a guide to my experiences. 

I was craving veggies. I had some fresh veggies on hand and decided to give it a try.

Slow cooker:   What i did (use amount of each—as YOU wish) sliced cabbage, pieces of carrot, one medium potato (quartered), 1/2 onion (sliced), some broccoli, and some frozen yellow squash. I cooked this combo 3-4 hours, on low. Since I started this so late I decided to wait to eat it the next day. Placed cooled veggie, cooked, mixture into a container and placed in the refrigerator.

Next day:  I placed the veggie mix into a rice cooker, added water, plugged in and let it heat about 20 minutes. I think I will cook this type veggie mix in the rice cooker to start with, next time. LOL

I also cooked 1 cup rice in a different rice cooker. That way the rice and the veggies were ready at the same time.

While rice and veggies were cooking, I mixed up ingredients for cornbread (according to recipe on corn meal package). I found out a couple of months ago (by trial and error) that I can bake corn bread muffins in 2 minutes in the microwave! I used 4 silicon muffin  cups that can be used in a microwave (they came with the NuWave oven). Filled with cornbread mixture, placed silicon cups on a plate, covered with a plastic, vented cover (cover is made to put over plates and is vented), and set microwave for 1 minute. I tested it after 1 minute, wasn’t done so I cooked 1 more minute (on normal setting) and it was done!

Placed rice in bowl, veggies and juice on top of that, and cut one cornbread muffin into 4 pieces, added to the top. LOL It was delicious and I think quite nutritious. * I realize my choice of food and/or cooking methods are not suitable for everyone.

A drawback: I found 2 drawbacks to the cornbread muffins. Even with the cover over them they were lopsided a little—as if air blew them that way. My microwave has the turntable that moves during the baking process so I don’t know if it was air blowing through the vented top or the revolving turntable that blew them uneven on top. 

The cornbread muffins done in a microwave are NOT for company. Breads done in microwave do not brown, though it’s done. But, for times the browning is not as important as the easy and fast—microwave is the way to go—in my opinion. Also, cornbread done in traditional oven or iron skillet usually cook “level” and not a little lopsided.

My Food Diary October 24, 2012
I combined fruits and veggies for topping. I placed pizza, topping side down on piece of aluminum foil and baked on bottom rack of Nuwave Oven for 5 minutes. Removed, flipped over the pizza, added the fruit, and baked an additional 5 minutes.
I started with a frozen, bought pizza and added additional food of my choice to that. I love that I can start with frozen and have a great pizza in 10 minutes. Fast, easy, and healthy!
*My choice of food or cooking methods may not be suitable for everyone.

My Food Diary October 24, 2012

I combined fruits and veggies for topping. I placed pizza, topping side down on piece of aluminum foil and baked on bottom rack of Nuwave Oven for 5 minutes. Removed, flipped over the pizza, added the fruit, and baked an additional 5 minutes.

I started with a frozen, bought pizza and added additional food of my choice to that. I love that I can start with frozen and have a great pizza in 10 minutes. Fast, easy, and healthy!

*My choice of food or cooking methods may not be suitable for everyone.

My Food Diary Blog Labor Day 2012

I didn’t have bar-b-que but I did have a great meal. Top photo shows completed meal and bottom photo shows baking the fish, potato cubes, and green beans in one pan—in a Nuwave Oven. The various things in this lunch can be cooked in a more conventional way, if desired. I just like the convenience of placing frozen fish and other ingredients into a pan and baking it all at once. It’s fast, easy, and healthy cooking.

I placed frozen fish and potato cubes in pan, seasoned (no salt), and baked 10 minutes. After that, I turned the fish and potatoes over, added green beans and onion slices. Baked all for 10 more minutes. Non-traditional Labor Day meal but it was just exactly what I wanted.

Have a happy day off and be safe.

September 3, 2012 (Labor Day)

My Food Diary August 09, 2012

Steak was frozen when I placed it in Rapid Air/Nuwave Oven. (Rapid Air is earlier version of Nuwave, I believe) I added potato pieces to the same container as the steak. Bake 10 minutes, turn everything over, add slices of bell pepper and onion. (see bottom photo)  Bake 10 minutes more.

When done, I added salad to the plate with small amount of salad dressing.

*My method or choice of food may not be suitable for everyone. I like easy, uncomplicated cooking.

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.

July 5, 2012 My Food Diary

I cooked peas, okra, and a couple of new potatoes in slow cooker (bottom photo).

Baked corn bread in toaster oven enough to “set” the bread. I finished in in the Nuwave Oven. The reason I didn’t do it from start to finish in the Nuwave is that it tends to blow the air and cause uneven top to baked things. Also, I had other items baking in the Nuwave so the use of the toast oven came in handy to start the bread.

I baked chicken breast, okra, and potatoes in the Nuwave Oven. Bake 10 minutes, turn items over, bake 10 minutes more.

After items were done, I added sliced tomato to the plate.

*My method of cooking or food choices may not be suitable for everyone. I am eating healthier than I did. LOL

My Food Diary June 27, 2012

Used Nuwave Oven to bake frozen fish with veggies. I baked (fish and veggies are all in one pan) for 10 minutes, turn all over, continue to bake 10 minutes more. Wash lettuce, cucumber, and tomatoes. Tear lettuce, slice or cut cucumber and tomatoes. Toss. Serve.

I keep a food blog for health reasons, my choice. What I prepare is easy, fast, and healthy. Well, at least I am eating healthier. *May not be suitable for everyone.