No posts the rest of the week. I'll be away from computers and in the middle of the BIG APPLE.
I'll have some photos and food stories when I return!
ENJOY LIFE. You only get one.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Today was a wonderful day of relaxing, surfing the net, watching movies with Natalie, and listening to the rain. Natalie and I ran a few errands then went to the Fitness Center for cardio and strength training – for me, not Nattie.
On the way home we dropped by Harris Teeter to pick up some fresh ground turkey burgers for supper. These patties are already patted out using lean ground turkey.
One long weekend many moons ago….
My bride and I ventured a few hours south for a relaxing getaway to Savannah, Georgia. Savannah is the one of, if not the first, city to be laid out and planned with streets in a grid. Savannah is an old, historic city with many sites for a history buff (me). The city’s River-Walk district has boutiques and stores for a shop-a-holic (my bride). It also has some wonderful eateries for both of our tastes!
We stayed in the historic district of downtown Savannah, and each morning we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the hotel restaurant. As is our custom, we asked the wait staff what was their signature dish. Their unanimous response was the Savannah omelet. This became my favorite all time omelet.
This morning, Good Friday, is the beginning of SPRING BREAK for Natalie and I. To celebrate a Savannah omelet was to be made – for me!
These days many of my favorites have been “slimmed down” to benefit my health and this dish has been as well. Eggs are wonderful, but they do have quite a bit of cholesterol that I don’t need. So to cut it back, I use 1 whole egg and two egg whites. This takes the cholesterol from 655mg’s to 213mg’s for the eggs.
1 whole fresh egg
2 egg whites, fresh
3oz shrimp (appx 5 medium)
¼ cup red onion, chopped
¼ cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
¼ cup reduced fat cheddar cheese
½ Roma tomato, seeded and diced (topping)
1 green onion, sliced (topping) * - I didn’t have any this morning L
S & P to taste
Sautee onions and mushrooms in a small pan sprayed with non-stick spray and set to the side.
Lightly whip the egg and egg whites. ( I sometimes add a teaspoon of water, but not today)
Coat a medium frying pan with non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium low heat. When pan is hot add egg mixture.
Lift edges and turn to allow all liquid to gain contact with pan to cook. As the egg firms, add the onions, mushrooms, shrimp and cheese through the middle section of the eggs.
After a few moments, fold one side of the omelet over the shrimp and cheese. Then flip over from the bottom of the shrimp and cheese to finish the fold. Let sit a minute, then flip entire omelet one turn and wait a minute.
Plate omelet and top with chopped tomatoes and sliced green onion.
This heart healthy breakfast comes in at 300 calories, 10 carbs, and 12g fat.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
After feasting for the birthday bash yesterday, it was back to the lighter side tonight. The old adage, “If it tastes good spit it out- it’s bad for you”, isn’t always true.
Tonight’s fare consisted of great taste, lots of color, and various textures. This is what is needed for a satisfying meal. We had Sausage Heroes for dinner with a garden salad on the side.
Chicken sausage, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, and a loaf of whole wheat French bread cut into thirds is all it takes to make this sandwich. I topped it off with French’s Horseradish mustard. Yum!
This meal comes in at 600 calories including salad and dressing.
Sorry, no blog report last night. I had my birthday party – I’m 21 and 324 months! J
My bride, who thinks candy Hot Tamales will incinerate the box, LOVES this concoction. The horseradish burn is unlike a hot pepper burn. The difference is that the horseradish heat lends to sweetness and will be gone before you can get your hand around a beverage you think you need to quench the heat. GONE. No more burn! Try that with a hot pepper.
So, what side dish goes with four pounds of boiled shrimp? Well here in South Carolina it can only be stewed tomatoes and rice. We also added a side salad for roughage.
Stewed tomatoes are easy. A can of diced tomatoes, a Tbsp of distilled white vinegar, a tsp of Spenda, and S & P to taste, then let simmer for 30 minutes or so while you cook the rice.
My birthday cake was Angel food cake topped with fresh picked strawberries from a local farm. The strawberries are blended with Splenda and allowed to set for a few hours. (Overnight is best) Then served up and topped with Light Whipped topping!
It was a happy day!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
There are certain foods that when you see them, smell them, taste them, or even talk about them they will transport you through time to a special place. Tonight’s supper was one of them. This meal transported me back in time to my mother’s dinner table.
I can picture her in the kitchen. There she is talking on the phone while she prepares the family meal. You remember the kitchen phone. It had a cord about 9 feet long and was twisted and kinked from where you always had to reach the extra 10th foot. Yes, it was MOUNTED to the wall with a CORD attached to it, for all you young whippersnappers!!
She was always on the phone to her sisters, or her friends Mildred and Carolyn. I can hear her now, “Mmm. Uh huh… Yep…. Mmm hmm… Uh huh…” She was as good a listener as she was a talker! She was a chief multi-tasker long before the phrase was coined.
This casserole was one of her favorites, therefore it was made often! She called it “Missouri Dish”. I’m not sure of the entire story of how she came about the recipe, but I do know it was when dad was stationed there during the early years of their many years together.
My brother and I both learned how to make Missouri Dish from our mother – in her kitchen, with her corning ware casserole dishes. Tonight, I will use that same casserole dish to make her favorite casserole.
The only exception to her recipe and mine tonight is that I will be using lean ground turkey. I don’t think she’ll mind. J
1½ lbs of potatoes sliced
1.3 lbs 93% fat free ground turkey
2 medium onions (peeled and sliced thin)
1 egg white
2 Tbsp ketchup
½ cup of oats
1 14.5oz can of tomato sauce
Salt & pepper to taste
In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, ketchup, egg whites, oats, pepper and salt to taste. Mix thoroughly with hands – the way mom did.
*-(veggies such as grated carrots, zucchini, bell pepper, or such could be blended here)
Coat a large corning ware dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Layer potatoes evenly in the bottom of the dish. Next add the onions in the same manner.
Cook these in microwave for about 4 minutes to soften. (I’m sure mom would have instead of parboiling!!)
Add about 3-4 Tbsp of tomato sauce on top of onion layers.
Finally, take the turkey mixture and pat into a large patty shape to place on top of the onions.
Punch, pat, push the meat to cover the entire casserole as evenly as possible.
Cover with remaining tomato sauce.
Bake covered for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Uncover after 40 minutes and cook for 20 minutes more. (Always verify meat doneness with a meat thermometer.)
I like to cover it with a little ketchup. It reminds me of home....
Try it and make a memory for your family.
Serving Size: Makes 5 equal servings
Calories: 335.6, Total Fat: 8.6 g, Cholesterol: 80.0 mg, Sodium: 612.3 mg, Total Carbs: 42.9 g, Dietary Fiber: 5.5 g, Protein: 28.5 g
Monday, April 18, 2011
I love a good stir fry, and it all starts with the onions!! I believe a man would chew his right arm off to get to a pot of simmering onions on the stove after a single day.
Tonight, I’m still cleaning out the fridge and pantry since we leave for NYC on Easter Sunday. The boys will not cook, so it will go to waste if I don’t clean it out this week!
I sliced three onions and two sweet peppers (one red, one green). I also took the four remaining Member’s Mark chicken sausages (Mozzarella & Roasted Garlic) and sliced them into rounds.
Start by slow cooking the onions over medium heat with a little olive oil, then reduce the heat to simmer. Stirring every 5 minutes or so until nice and caramelized. Then, add the peppers, and sausage. I also added about a cup of remaining snow peas, and half a cup of mushrooms. (Who knew cleaning could taste so good?)
A little more olive oil is added to keep the mix moist, but not soaked. Salt and pepper to taste and stir every so often.
I prepared a tossed salad with romaine hearts, carrot pieces, red onions, tomato, green onion, croutons, pep porcini, and my favorite salad dressing – Kraft Light Catalina.
All served up this meal is less than 500 calories!