Archive | February, 2016

Cantaloupe with Cottage Cheese

29 Feb

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I eat this  when I am really feeling fat.

It is light and low calorie.

One handful of arugula

Four heaping teaspoons low fat small curd cottage cheese

One teaspoon french salad dressing

Two cups chopped cantaloupe

Make everything look pretty and eat slowly.

I feel thinner all ready.

This can be used for any meal.

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Mongolian Beef

25 Feb

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This was one of my husbands favorite.

He would eat the entire portion and enjoy every mouthful.

I finally found out how to make it taste just like the take out.

The secret is to have everything diced, measured and ready to stir fry.

One pound of boneless strip steak, flank steak or tenderloin. This has to be sliced thin against the grain to make bite size thin pieces.

One teaspoon coconut oil

Two tablespoons cornstarch

One tablespoon soy sauce

Mix the soy sauce, oil and cornstarch together. This will be thick.

Place the meat in this and marinate for an hour

1/4 cup  coconut oil

One onion cut into large slices

1/2 red pepper cut into slices

Three diced scallions. Save the green tops for garnish.

3/4  teaspoon grated ginger. Only use fresh ginger.

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Two cloves diced garlic

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup water

One tablespoon brown sugar.

Two teaspoons cornstarch mixed with two teaspoons water

Heat the oil untill it is hot.

Place the meat in the pan , do not crowd the meat and do not move it until there is a crust on the bottom.

This only takes a couple of minutes.

Then turn over and sear the other side, about a minute.

Place in a bowl and cook the remaining meat.

Keep the oil in the pan and quickly sear the onions, pepper and scallions so they have a brown crust on the edges.

Keep the onions crunchy.

Place in another bowl

If there is not a tablespoon of oil left in the pan and enough to make one tablespoon.

Keep the heat on medium high and heat the oil.

Add the red pepper flakes, ginger and garlic.

Cook for almost a minute.

Add the soy sauce and water.

Bring to a low boil.

Add the sugar and lower the heat to a simmer until the sugar is melted.

Add the cornstarch and water and stir until it is combind and starts to thicken.

Take off the heat and add the beef

Coat the beef with the sauce.

Place in a platter and top with the seared onions and peppers

Garnish with the scallion tops

Serve with brown rice, steamed broccoli, pea pods or whatever other vegetables you like.

 

 

 

Breakfast Pancake Sandwich

23 Feb

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Stop and Shop had the pancake mix last summer as a limited edition.

This was my last box and I am waiting for them to stock it again so I can buy a ton.

In the meantime just use whatever pancake mix you like or even frozen pancakes.

Two tablespoons maple syrup

Two scrambled eggs

One link of crumbled cooked sausage

Mix the cooked sausage with the eggs and cook till the eggs are set.

Take the two pancakes and spread some of the syrup on one side of each pancake

Place the eggs and sausage on top then the second pancake

Serve with fresh fruit

This can be made with bacon, ham or cheese.

 

Baked Haddock

22 Feb

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This takes fifteen minutes start to finish.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

One half pound piece of fresh haddock.

One tablespoon lemon juice

One tablespoon bacon mayonnaise

Eight grape tomatoes

Salt and pepper

Place a sheet of foil on a baking sheet

Pour all the lemon juice over the fish

Season with salt and pepper

Spread the mayonnaise evenly over the fish

Place the tomatoes over the fish

Bake till the fish is flakey about 15 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.

Spoon the pan juices over the cooked fish.

Serve with rice, green beans and a good salad.

 

 

 

Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

15 Feb

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10 to 12 slices of good bread

4 tablespoons cream cheese

One can of  drained chopped artichokes about one cup maybe a little more. Just use the entire can.

Two cups tightly packed fresh spinach

4 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese

4 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese

4 tablespoons shredded american cheese

4 tablespoons provolone cheese

One large diced onion

One tablespoon butter

Salt and pepper to taste

Melt the butter and add the onions

Cook until the onions are caramelized.

This takes about ten to fifteen minutes.

Soften the cream cheese and mix it with the artichokes, spinach, all the cheeses, salt, pepper and onions

Spread about three  to four tablespoons on a slice of bread.

Cover with another slice of bread

Place a small amount of butter in a skillet.

Place the sandwich in the pan and place a small piece of butter on top .

Brown very slowly on medium low heat then flip over to brown the other side.

The cheese melts and everything else get hot.

I put a teaspoon on a triscuit cracker and baked it in the toaster oven till the cheese melted.

We ate a box of triscuits.

This is too good.

 

Lemon Curd

10 Feb

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For years I have been looking for a lemon curd that did not taste like eggs.

Found it…I am so happy.

It is from Pretty Simple Sweet.

3 large whole eggs

3/4 cup granulated sugar

One tablespoon lemon zest

1/2 cup lemon juice. Only use fresh not bottled.

1/4 cup unsalted butter cut into small cubes.

Take out your double boiler or use a heat proof bowl over simmering water.

Never let the water touch the bowl.

Combine the eggs, sugar, lemon zest and juice together in the bowl.

Place over the simmering water and whisk constantly until

the curd starts to thicken.

This should take about ten minutes.

It should coat the back of a spoon.

Immediately take off the heat and strain threw a fine sieve.

Whisk in the butter till it is melted.

You now have this beautiful, smooth lemon curd.

I put it in small jars and cover the top with plastic wrap till it is cool. Then I put the cap on the jar.

Refrigerate or freeze.

This recipe make 1 1/2 cups and is never enough.

I use it for cake filling, topping, spread and especially for my easy desert.

Place three or four wafer cookies on a pretty plate.

Put one dollop of lemon curd, one teaspoon of chocolate sauce and some berries plus a small scoop of sorbet on the plate with the cookies.

Mint leaves for garnish.

It looks so pretty.

This is also a wonderful hostess gift.

 

 

No Fail Egg Taco

9 Feb

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This takes five minutes and it makes the day start great.

One small soft taco shell

2 eggs

One teaspoon butter

One slice of any cheese you have

Two slices microwaved bacon till crisp

Place the taco shell on a plate

Heat the butter till melted in a non stick pan on medium heat

Beat the eggs with the milk

Pour into the pan and swirl the pan to evenly move the egg.

Wait till the egg is set then turn over and place the cheese on top

Place the taco shell on top and cook for another twenty sconds

Flip on to a plate

Place the bacon on top

Add whatever hot sauce you like

I added a slice of avacado

Fold over and enjoy

This is a great takeout breakfast.

Put $4.00 in your piggy bank.