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Udon

10 Nov

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I love udon noodles but it kills me to spend ten dollars for one order.

The next best thing is to try to make them at home.

I tried Sanukiya Udon Japanese Style Noodles.

Not bad.

I bought this at the grocery store.

Followed the directions on the back of the package.

1 3/4 cups boiling water

One package of the noodles

One package of the seasoning mix.

Then I added broccoli, sliced onions, red pepper, pea pods, 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and one teaspoon soy sauce.

Boil the water

Add the noodles and cook for 2 minutes

Take off the heat and add everything else

Let this stand for 2 more minutes.

Thats it!

It satisfied my urge for Udon for three dollars.

The sodium is a little high and so is the carb count.

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Fast Apple Sauce

7 Nov

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I have a apple tree but I refuse to spray it with pesticides.

As a result, my apples are not perfect like the ones in the picture but they are delicious.

Since I have to watch my sugar I decided to make applesauce.

I am old so I love applesauce.

Peel, core and slice the apples

I normally would not peel the apples but they where not pretty.

12 apples

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 1/2 cups diet cranberry juice or unsweetened juice.

Put the apples, juice and cinnamon in a pot.

Bring to a boil.

Stir.

Lower the heat, cover the pot and cook till the apples are really mushy.

This should only take ten to fifteen minutes.

Stir with a spoon till everything is soft and the consistency you like.

I like it with a surprise chunk ever so often.

This is the perfect snack or side dish.

 

 

Vegetable Salad

2 Nov

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This is a salad I throw together whenever I need something really healthy on the table.

Two to three handfuls of spring mix

One sliced cucumber

!/2 sliced sweet onion

One diced avocado

One diced red pepper

One big handful of sugar snap peas.

One bag of cauliflower and broccoli mix

Olives

One handful grape tomatoes

You can add anything like sliced carrots, artichoke hearts or zucchini.

Use your favorite dressing. Of corse in moderation.

This is large enough for four people and I love the leftovers for lunch.

I do microwave the peas, broccoli and cauliflower for one minute.

 

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

31 Oct

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I found this recipe from the Shaws website.

It was similar to my Tortilla soup .

A lot of vegetables with a little zip.

2 tablespoons olive oil

One diced onion

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cloves diced garlic

One teaspoon cumin

3  diced, peeled sweet potatoes

32 ounces of chicken or vegetable broth

One minced chipotle pepper in adobe sauce

One can Rotelle

2 cups chopped uncooked spinach

One can of drained and rinsed black beans

One can of drained corn

Heat the oil.

Cook the onions till soft.

Add the salt.

Add the garlic and cumin for another minute.

Add the sweet potatoes and broth.

Bring to a boil and cook the potatoes till soft, about ten to 12 minutes.

Stir in the chipotle pepper, tomatoes, corn and black beans.

Stir in the spinach.

Garnish with shredded cheese, avocado and sour cream.

 

 

 

Clementine Jack O’ Lanterns

30 Oct

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I posted these clementines last year and they were such a hit I had to do it again.

This is one of the healthiest treats you can give out.

My grandchildren loved them.

All you need is a permanent black marker and a couple bags of the small clementines.

Have your kids use their imagination.

This only takes about 25 minutes and you are done.

Draw whatever face you like on each clementine.

Let it dry for a couple of minutes.

Put them in a bowl and watch them disappear.

Happy Halloween.

 

Nicks Peppers and Tomatoes

23 Aug

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My Dad was a great cook.

He used to dice everything by hand now I use the food processor.

This is an Italian relish, salsa or sauce. Take your pick.

Ten cloves garlic.

One teaspoon salt

Five red peppers and five green peppers

Two to three jalapeño depending on how spicy you like it.

I usually use two and it just has a kick but my kids like it hotter.

Two small cans of tomato sauce

One level teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Six tablespoons olive oil

Heat the oil in a large frying pan.

Take out your food processor

First process the garlic and salt

Wash and dry all the peppers.

Remove the stem. white pith and all the seeds and cut the pepper into chunks.

Put about three peppers in the processor at a time and process till diced.

Pour into the hot oil and keep the heat to medium.

Repeat with the remaining peppers.

I use the entire jalapeño except for the stem because the seeds have a lot of heat

Let all the peppers cook for about ten minutes till they soften up.

Add the tomato sauce, garlic powder and salt.

Let this all simmer till the tomato sauce starts to thicken.

You must stir often.

Adjust your salt.

Serve it with crackers as a salsa, mix it with your eggs and cheese or serve it with fish or meat.

I use it as my cheat snack with low calorie crackers.

This freezes great.

Italian Lima Beans

24 Jul

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I found a bag of lima beans in my closet.

Soak, Soak and soak more.

These beans were old so I was taking my chances on cooking them but I did.

One pound of dried lima beans

Rinse the beans

Add 10 cups of water

Let this soak in a pot overnight

Drain the water and rinse the beans again taking out any of the bad beans

Get another ten cups of water

Add the beans

Bring to a boil and then simmer for two hours with the cover on.

If the beans do not soften, add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.

Keep cooking the beans till the are soft then drain

If the beans do not soften discard them because they never will.

But I cooked mine forever and finally they softened.

Set the beans aside in the strainer.

In the same pot as you cooked the beans

Add 3 tablespoons olive oil

One large chopped onion

6 cloves chopped garlic

Sauté till the onions and garlic are soft.

Add

One can of Rotelle diced tomatoes

One 16 ounce can tomato sauce

8 basil leaves

Then add all the beans

Season now with your salt and pepper

Let everything simmer for another hour.

You can use this as a side vegetable or add rice to make a wonderful soup or side dish.

Beans, beans glorious beans.