Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Eggs with Celery, Sundried Tomatoes , Onions and Garlic

Sundried Tomatoes are Like Garden Candy

Celery in Eggs? Why?  Why not? Celery is one of the most underrated vegetables out there. And organic celery has a much Earthier taste. Try adding it to more than tuna salad. Live on the Edge!!!
I love the vibrant flavors in sun dried tomatoes. When I can buy them in bulk I do because I like to cook with them in Sauces, pasta dishes, and vinaigrette's with Olive Oil and Garlic for bread and over calamari. Below the recipe and photos.. I posted some information about the health benefits I have read about regarding these vegetables. The war over the benefits of Eggs come and go.... so you make the call.

On to the food:

Today I:
sauteed in
  • Olive Oil:
  • Minced sun dried tomatoes 
  • celery
  • vidalia onion
  • Smashed Garlic
once the veggies are sauteed to heat through.
  • add in an Egg ( this can be done with Egg white). I let the egg cook for a bit before I mix it in.
and  a little cheddar Cheese ( if you like) with a pinch of pepper.
Once egg is cooked through, serve and enjoy.

 What Bobby Flay taught me... Take a clove of Garlic, and sprinkle coarse sea salt on it. Using the blade of a knife, smash the garlic dragging blade on the flat side as press down.

Going over several times you will eventually come to what is more like a Garlic Paste. This will melt into whatever you are blending it into. It's grate added to pasta, smeared on beef , pork or chicken, mixed in with a Shrimp sautee and especially great to make Garlic bread or garlic oil dip.

What the Web says about the benefits of :

Celery provides an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber.: and may help reduce Blood Pressure :
Onions are a very good source of vitamins B6 and C, chromium, biotin, and fiber.
Garlic provides an excellent source of vitamin B6.
Tomatoes provide an excellent source of vitamins C and K, carotenes (especially lycopene), and biotin.
Sundried Tomatoes are higher concentrated in Lycopene content (µg/ 100 gram food)  Tomatoes, sun-dried 40750.0 vs Tomatoes, red, ripe, raw,  average 2570.6 - 2575.0 make the call....

Saturday, May 21, 2011

WhatsForDinner: Low Fat Oatmeal Banana Bread

WhatsForDinner: Low Fat Oatmeal Banana Bread: "- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour - 1/2 cup packed brown sugar - 1/4 tsp salt - 1/2 tsp baking soda - 1/4 tsp baking powder - 1/2 tsp cin..."

Low Fat Oatmeal Banana Bread

- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp  salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tsp canola 
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 2 medium egg whites, beaten
- 3 large ripe bananas -
1 cup uncooked old fashioned oats
Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease and flour a loaf pan and set aside. In a smaller bowl, mash bananas with a potato masher or fork. Add oil and whole egg and mix thoroughly.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together dry ingredients. Mix into Batter.In a medium sized bowl, with an electric whisk, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.  Fold the egg whites into the batter. Pour batter into pan and bake until top of loaf is firm to touch, 45 to 50 minutes.
I used mini loaf pans and cupcakes baked 20 minutes.
I also used mini doughtnut pans and baked for 12 minutes.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

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WhatsForDinner: Leftover Onion Soup becomes Gravy for Meatloaf

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Leftover Onion Soup becomes Gravy for Meatloaf

Well the chill of yesterday is gone, so the thought of a hot mug of French Onion Soup has left the building. So what to do? easy one. I pureed the onion soup and strained it. Made a roux by sauteing a tablespoon of butter and a 2 tablespoons of flour and gradually adding the left over strained onion soup and a packet of Bouillon. It was a little to salty using the whole packet so I did add about a cup of water and a teaspoon of Gravy Master for a nice rich color. Cooking until it thickened.

My Meatloaf recipe or so to speak.

3 lbs grass fed ground beef 85/15.
1/2 cup bread crumbs (Check the label to make sure there is no Hydrogenated Oils and watch for excessive sodium)
2 eggs
1 tablespoon of grilling seasoning ( I used Emeril's)
1 packet Beef Bouillon
Mix well.

This were I woah up for a moment. I take about a tablespoon of the meatloaf mix and I microwave it for about a 45 seconds or until done. Then I taste it to make sure the seasoning is okay.
This time, I am right on the money and the Hubby agrees.
I made 3 meat loafs and topped them with a mix of 1/2 can of leftover tomato paste, 1/2 can water, a splash of vinegar and a 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Painted over the meat with sauce.
The other option.... Ketchup. Just a nice coating of Ketchup. ( We use Heinz Organic..Some Ketchups have High Fructose Corn Syrup, we choose to avoid that ingredient)

Baked at 350 for 45 minutes or until thermometer reads Beef done temperature.

Slice and serve with Onion Gravy.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Easy French Onion Soup in less than 30 minutes.

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 cups thinly vertically sliced Vadelia Onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 32 oz  low-sodium beef broth ( I didn't have Beef Broth so I used Chicken Broth and added 1 packet of Beef Bouillon)
  •  French bread, 1-2 slices per serving, toasted and  cut into 1-inch cubes
  • shredded Mozzarella cheese. ( I use the pre-shredded pizza blend mix with a variety of cheeses in it)
  • Sea Salt as needed.
In a Large pot, heat olive oil.  Saute onions in oil until tender. (About 10 minutes) Add pepper, wine, broth and heat to a boil. Taste and add Sea Salt if needed. ((( With Sea Salt be patient and allow time for it to melt and taste-taste-taste. If you don't wait, you may over salt your food))). (Learned this on Top Chef Masters)

Once soup is heated through and seasoned to taste, ladle the soup into large mugs or heavy bowls. Make sure they are oven-proof if you are going to broil the cheese.
Top with the toasted bread cubes, top with shredded cheese and place under broiler to melt and brown the cheese.

Yummy Enjoy!

if you don't like the bread in the soup, it can be served on the side too for dipping!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Deal Alert.. Buy One Get One Free. Iced Tea with No High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Click on Above Link.

Swiss Farms also has Milk that is RBST free...see their website for more information.

rBST (Recombinant Bovine Somatatropin) is a synthetic version of the naturally occurring hormone BST (Bovine Somatatropin) produced by cows. Some dairy farmers treat their cows with rBST to increase milk production.

Where to buy;
Giant Food Supermarkets
Acme Markets
Selected Wal-Marts
ShopRite Supermarkets (NJ and DE)
Many Independent Supermarkets

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mexican Rice

Adapted from
 Mexican Rice

12 ounces chopped tomatoes.( I used 2 cups of my homemade salsa you can also used canned dice tomatoes)
1 medium vadelia onion chopped
1 - 3 oz chillies.
1/4 olive oil
4  grated garlic cloves
2 cups chicken broth I use organic.
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, minced
1 lime
Jalepeno if you want heat... I opted no Heat .
( the original recipe called for 1 1/2 tsp salt. I didn't add any salt and it wasn't missed)

preheat oven to 350.

Process tomato, garlic and onion in processor or blender until pureed and thoroughly smooth. ( I use my handy stick blender).

Place rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water until water runs clear-
Heat oil in heavy bottomed ovensafe 12 inch straight sided sautee pan or Dutch oven with tight fitting lid over medium high heat about 2 minutes. (I used my cast iron Dutch oven. before I placed into the oven I  covered in foil before placing the lid on to insure a good seal ) Drop a few rice grains in and if they sizzle then it is ready. Add rice and fry stirring until rice is light golden and translucent, about 6-8 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium Stir in broth, pureed mixture,tomato paste. Increase heat to medium high, and bring to a boil.

Cover pan  in foil, place lid on top and transfer pan to oven to bake until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, 40-45  minutes.Stir well after 15 minutes.

Stir in cilantro and squeeze lime just before servicing.  If you like spice, you can also finely mince a jalepeno and add to the rice before baking or at the end before serving.

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WhatsForDinner: Mexi Mix

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Mexi Mix

Extending the left overs from last night's Mexi feast is easy and Yummy. This makes a great breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Grab what cha got from the fridge.

Mexican Rice
Flour torilla wraps
Low fat Sour Cream
Lime slices
Add in some
chopped peppers
Chopped Spinach

In a large skillet heat up Grapeseed oil, saute Spinach, peppers salsa until tender. Mix in rice heat through.

On a Plate place one tortilla place enough of the heated rice mix to cover 1/2 of the wrap. Top with cheese, sprinkle with celantro, a squeeze of the lime and foldwrap over.

in a clean pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil. ( grapeseed or light olive oil is what I prefer)
 Place the filled tortilla wrap in pan, light brown on one side, carefully turn over and brown other side.

Remove from pan. serve with a dollup of low-fat sour cream ( or greek yogurt) and a squeeze of lime.

hot sauce if you like it hot.
Yummy Goodness!

 Spinach, Yellow Peppers sauted in grapseed oil.
Add in salsa and heat.

Add leftover rice to Spinach mix, heat through.

Any type of cheese. I used some of my homemade mozzarella.