Saturday, May 15, 2021

Lemon Rice Soup

This is my version of a diner classic.

This is perfect for a Michigan May, where the weather can't make up its mind what it wants to be.

1 - 2 lemons juiced
2 eggs beaten
8 c. low sodium chicken broth
Nonstick cooking spray
2 - 3 each: carrots, celery chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed, chopped
2 - 3 c. cooked chicken chopped
2 c. rice
1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. each: oregano, dried parsley.

Rinse, cut ends from, chop celery and carrot, set aside.

Peel, rinse chop onion, set aside.

Peel, chop garlic, set aside.

Chop cooked chicken into a clean bowl, set aside.

 Cut lemon in half, set aside.

Preheat stove to medium high heat.

Lower heat to medium, spray nonstick spray in pan. 

Add onion, carrots, celery, salt, pepper, dried parsley, dried oregano, garlic to pan and saute for a few minutes.

Add chicken broth to pot and cook for 15 -  20 min.

Add uncooked rice and cook for 10 minures more.

While soup is cooking, squeeze lemon juice into beaten eggs.

Ladle some of the broth into egg mixture.

Lower heat to medium low.

While adding eggs slowly to broth, stir and cook soup for a few minutes more.

Serves 4.










Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Watermelon Salsa

This is refreshing alternative to tomato salsa.

It's perfect for Cinco de Mayo,  summer or anytime.

2 c. watermelon
1c. chopped bell pepper
1 c. chopped onions
1/4 tsp. each: pepper, salt
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. lime juice (to taste)
2 tsp. cilantro (chopped)

Cut lime in half, set aside.

Seed, chop watermelon and place into a clean bowl.

Seed, rinse, chop peppers, place into bowl.

Peel, rinse, chop onions, garlic, add to bowl.

Add salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, cilantro to salsa. 

Squeeze some of the lime over salsa. Toss to mix.

Let chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Makes 8 servings.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Citrus Shrimp

 This is a special post.

My dads birthday is today. He made this for dinner one night for us.

I've used precooked shrimp for this.

1 lb. precooked shrimp
1/8 c. orange juice
2  - 3 T. butter
1/4 tsp. each: salt & pepper

Preheat skillet to medium high heat.

Lower heat to medium and add butter and juice to pan.

Place shrimp in pan, cook shrimp for 3 - 4 minutes or until shrimp is done. 

Serves 4. 




Thursday, April 22, 2021

Hot Ham And Cheese

This is perfect for lunch or anytime.

I've used sliced part skim Mozzarella and cheddar cheese, but you can use what cheeses you like.

8 slices bread
3 T. butter 
4 slices each: lean cooked ham, cheddar, Mozzarella cheese
Nonstick cooking spray

Place 8 slices of bread on a clean cookie sheet and butter one side of the bread.

Arrange ham, cheese on buttered side of 4 slices of bread. 

Lay buttered side down of bread on top of ham.

Preheat skillet to medium-high heat.
 
Lower heat to medium low and spray nonstick cooking spray in pan.

Place sandwich in pan to cook on 1 side for 5 min. 

Flip sandwich over and cook on other side for a few minutes more or til done.

Repeat cooking process with remaining sandwiches.

Serves 4.


Friday, April 16, 2021

Southwest Pot Roast

This is perfect for an early April dinner or a get together.

4 lb. beef roast 
1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1/2 tsp. each: dried parsley, granulated garlic
1/4 - 1/3 c. water
1/8 c. olive oil
1 large onion peeled and quartered
4 medium potatoes quarted
30 baby carrots
juice of 1 lime
Non stick cooking spray
Pinch red pepper flakes 
2 - 3 drops each: worchestershire sauce, hot sauce

Remove roast from refrigerator, let it set out for a few minutes.

Preheat slower cooker to medium high heat. 

Spray bottom of pan with cooking spray.

Increase temperature of cooker to high heat.

Place roast in a roasting pan, and sear on 1 side for a 5 - 10 min.

Turn roast over and sear on other side for a few minutes more.

While roast is searing, rinse and quarter potatoes.

Peel, rinse, quarter onions, rinse baby carrots.

Lower heat to 350° F.

Cut lime in half. 

Through a sieve squeeze some lime over roast. 

Pour some of the oil, sprinkle  worchestershire, hot sauce on 1 side of roast.

Sprinkle half of the seasonings over roast.

Turn roast over. 

Pour remainder of the lime, oil over other side of roast. 

Repeat prior process with seasonings, hot sauce and worchestershire sauce 

Pour water in bottom of pan.

Add carrots, potatoes, onions to pan. 

Place pan in oven and cook for 2 -3 hrs. approx or until desired doneness. 

Remove roast from oven and cover with the foil to keep warm. Let rest for a few minutes before carving.

Serves 6 - 8.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Monte Crisco

This my version of the french classic, it's perfect for lunch or anytime.

It's also a great way to use any holiday ham leftovers.

8 slices bread
1 - 2 eggs 
2 - 3 T. butter 
4 slices each: cooked ham, swiss cheese
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper 
Nonstick cooking spray

Crack eggs into a clean bowl.

Add salt and pepper and stir with a clean fork to mix, set aside.

Place 8 slices of bread on a clean cookie sheet and butter one side of the bread.

Arrange ham, chese on buttered side of 4 slices of bread. 

Lay buttered side down of bread on top of ham.

Preheat skillet to medium-high heat.
 
Lower heat to medium low and spray nonstick cooking spray in pan.

Dip the sandwich in the egg mixture to coat.

Place sandwich in pan to cook on 1 side for 5 min. 

Flip sandwich over and cook on other side for a few minutes more or til done.

Repeat cooking process with remaining sandwiches.

Serves 4.









Thursday, April 1, 2021

Broasted Aspargus

Need a side dish for your Easter meal, try this.

1 - 2 bunches fresh aspargus
1/8 - 1/4 c. olive oil
1/2 - 1 tsp. lemon juice
1 clove garlic crushed, chopped
Nonstick cooking spray
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Spray cooking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Remove rubber band from asparagus bunches.

Rinse asparagus through a colander under running cold water.

Peel, rinse, cut and chop garlic clove.

Cut lemon in half with a clean knife.

 Place asparagus on a clean workboard and cut ends from asparagus.

In a clean small jar combine oil, garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes.

Squeeze some lemon juice through a seive into jar. Put lid on jar and shake to mix.

Arrange asparagus on baking sheet.

Remove lid from jar and pour over asparagus.

Flip aspargus over to coat both sides and place pan in oven to cook for 15 - 30 min.  

Keep on eye on aspargus to make sure they don't burn.

Sreves 4 - 6.






Thursday, March 25, 2021

Tuna Salad

This is perfect for a light lenten lunch or anytime.

15 oz. (2 cans) tuna (packed in water)
1/3 c. each: chopped celery, chopped onion
1/4 - 1/3 c. light mayo (to taste)
1/8 tsp. each: black pepper, salt
Pinch: granulated garlic
1 - 2 dill pickle spears chopped

Open cans of tuna and drain tuna through sieve.

With a clean fork, remove  dill pickle spears from pickle jar, chop and set aside.

Peel, rinse and chop onions.

Rinse and chop celery.

Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl. 

Mix well to coat mixture with mayo. 

Serve with crackers or with toasted bread as a sandwich.

Serves 4-6.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Gaelic Steak

Have a safe St. Patricks Day all!

This is perfect for St. Patrick's Day or anytime.

2  - 3 T. each: oil, butter
1 onion chopped
1 clove garlic crushed, chopped
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1/2 c. each:  heavy cream, sliced mushrooms
1/4 c. (4 T.)  whiskey

Place steaks into a dish.

Prick steaks with fork into both sides of them.

Season steak with salt, pepper and pour 2 T. of whiskey over them.

Cover steaks with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to marinate steaks.

Peel onion and garlic. Smash garlic and chop both garlic and onion.

Preheat pan over medium high heat, lower heat to medium, add butter and oil.

Add steaks and cook on 1 side for 6 - 10 min.

Flip steaks over and cook on other side for 6 - 10 min more.

Remove steaks from pan and transfer steaks to a clean dish. 

Lower heat to medium low, add rest of butter, oil, garlic, onions, mushrooms and cook for 5 - 6 min.
 
Lower heat to medium low, add cream and whiskey very carefully and cook for for a few minutes.

Return steaks to pan and cook steaks for another 3 - 5 min or until steaks are warm.

To serve:

Place steak on a clean serving dish, spoon sauce over steak.

Serves 4 - 6.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Strawberry Banana Yogurt

2 - 3 c. reduced fat greek yogurt
1/8 1 tsp. sweetner (optional)
1 banana peeled and chopped 
1 drop vanilla extract (optional)

Rinse berries through a strainer under running cold water.

Rinse strawberries, remove stem and cut into 3rds.

Peel banana and chop.

In a bowl place yogurt, desired amount of sweetener, strawberries , banana, vanilla extract. Stir to mix.

Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Serves 4.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Spring Break Paloma

Spring break begins soon.

It's considered a rite of passage for many college & high school students.

One destination for spring breakers is Mexico.

If you can't get away for spring break this year, you can still enjoy this Mexican cocktail.

I've used bottled grapefruit juice, but you can use fresh grapefruit juice if desired.

4 - 6 oz. tequila 
4 c. prepared grapefruit juice
1 oz. triple sec
1 liter bottle (32 oz. approx.) club soda 
Ice
1 T. (enough to coat rims of glasses) Salt
Orange food coloring

In the bottom of a clean pitcher, place ice. 

Combine grapefruit juice, tequila and triple sec over the ice.

Pour club soda into pitcher.

Stir to mix with a wooden spoon and place into refrigerator until ready to serve.

Just before serving:

Pour salt into a small clean bowl.

Add one to two drops of food coloring, stir to mix.

Sprinkle salt onto a clean plate.

Wet the rims of 4 clean glasses with a clean napkin.

Place glasses rim side down on plate with the salt to coat.

Place glasses in freezer to chill for a few minutes.

Remove glasses from freezer and pour cocktail into glasses.

Serves 4.


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Patty Melt

This is perfect for lunch or anytime.

I used swiss cheese but you can use what cheese you like.

1 lb. lean ground beef
8 slices each: bread
4 slices each: swiss cheese
1/8 - 1/4 c. butter
Non stick cooking spray
1 onion sliced
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1 T. oil

Remove meat from refrigerator and shape meat into patties. 

Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of hamburger, set aside for a few minutes.

Remove stick of butter from refrigerator and let it set out for a few minutes to soften.

Remove cheese from refrigerator.

Peel, rinse, slice onions, set aside on a plate.

Preheat grill pan to medium to high heat.

Lower heat to medium and spray pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Add hamburger patties and cook on 1 side for 5 - 8 min.

Turn hamburger over and cook on other side for 5 - 8 min. more.

Remove patties from pan, lower heat and add oil. 

Add onions, grill onions for a few minutes.

While hamburgers, onions are cooking, toast bread slices. 

Remove bread from toasters and butter both sides of bread, set aside.

Place the buttered side up of 4 slices of bread on a clean work area or cutting board.

When onions are done, remove onions.

Place bread slices in pan, top bread with burgers.

Layer cheese, onions on the burger and grill on 1 side for a few minutes or until cheese is melted.

Top burgers with with remaining bread slices.

 Flip over and cook on other side for 3 - 5 min more or until brown. 

Makes 4 servings.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

6 Ingredient Naan

This is perfect for lunch or anytime.

1 1/4 c. flour
1 c. plain lowfat yogurt
1 tsp. baking powder
pinch each: salt, pepper
1 - 2 T. oil 

Combine 1 c. of the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, yogurt together in a medium bowl and mix.

Knead dough and divide into 6 balls. 

Sprinkle some flour onto your workspace and rolling pin.

Roll out 1 dough ball, and brush both sides of rolled out dough with oil.

 Repeat process with remaining dough balls.

Preheat skillet to medium high heat, reduce heat to medium low.

 Add oil sparingly to coat bottom of pan. 

Place flatbread in skillet and fry on 1 side for 1 - 3 minutes. 

Flip bread on other side and cook for 1 - 3 min more.

Makes 6 flatbreads.

 

Friday, February 12, 2021

Shrimp Stir Fry

Happy Lunar New Year!

This is perfect for the New Year or anytime.

I've used pre-cooked shrimp.

You can also use fresh shrimp, make sure they are peeled, deveined, rinsed.

1 - 1  1/2 lb thawed shrimp
Pinch red pepper flakes
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1/8 tsp. sliced fresh ginger 
3 T. olive oil
1 T. low sodium soy sauce
1 each chopped: bell pepper, onion 
1/8 c. sliced green onions
3/4 c. each: snow peas, water chestnuts, sliced carrots, sliced mushrooms
1/4 - 1/3 c. cold water
1 tsp. corn starch
1 clove garlic, peeled, crushed, chopped
2 T. sake, divided

Slice fresh ginger.

Peel, rinse, crush and chop garlic.

Peel, devein, rinse shrimp if needed.

If you're using pre-cooked cooked, omit step.

In a bowl combine shrimp, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic, soy sauce, 1 T. sake, 1 T. oil., ginger.

Toss mixture to coat shrimp 

Cover shrimp, place in refrigerator to marinate for a few hrs.

Peel, rinse, chop onion.

Rinse, seed, chop pepper.

Rinse, cut ends off, chop carrots and green onions.

Rinse, snip ends off snow peas and cut in half.

Rinse, slice mushrooms.

Open can of water chestnuts, drain cut water chestnuts in half.

Place vegetables in a clean bowl.

Preheat skillet to medium high heat.

Lower heat to medium, add oil.

Add vegetables and cook for 6 - 10 min. 

Add shimp into skillet and cook for a few of minutes more.

In a cup combine water, cornstarch, rest of sake. 

Stir with a fork to mix.

Push vegetables and meat to the side of pan, pour water mixture in center of skillet. 

Stir to coat and let cook for a few minutes.

Remove skillet from heat and sprinkle green onions over shrimp before serving.

Serves 4 - 6.











Friday, February 5, 2021

Hoagie Pizzas

Football fans are you ready for Sunday's big game this is perfect for watching a game, company or anytime.

4 hoagie rolls
1/2 - 3/4 c. each: pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, chopped bell pepper, chopped onion, sliced halved pepperoni, chopped mushrooms, chopped tomatoes
1/8 - 1/4 c each: chopped olives, chopped anchovies, chopped ham, olive oil
Non stick cooking spray
1 - 2 cloves crushed, chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. each: basil, parsley, oregano
1/8 tsp each: salt, pepper, lemon juice
pinch red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Rinse, peel, seed, chop vegetables and garlic.

Slice pepperoni. 

Chop ham, anchovies and olives. 

Spray cooking spray on 2 baking sheets.

Split hoagie rolls in 1/2, place open side up on baking sheet.


In a measuring cup, mix together oil, juice, salt, pepper, herbs with a clean fork. 

With a pastry brush, spread oil mixture on top of the pizza.

Place open side of hoagie rolls down on baking sheet and broil for 2 - 5 minutes. 

Remove pan from oven and turn rolls over.

With a clean spoon, spread tomato sauce over rolls.

Put whatever toppings you want on your pizza. 

When finished, place pizzas in oven to cook for 10 - 15 min. or until done. 

Keep an eye on them so that they don't burn. 

Serves 8.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Cauliflower Soup

This is perfect for winter or anytime.

1 bunch cleaned, finely chopped cauliflower 
1/4 tsp. dried or fresh parsley
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper
6 c. low sodium chicken broth
4 T. flour
1/2 stick unsalted butter 
1 onion chopped
1/3 c. reduced fat
 sour cream

Rinse, cut ends and break apart cauliflower florets. 

Peel, rinse, chop onions.

Bring a pan to boil, add cauliflower .

Boil cauliflower in water approx. 2- 5 min., remove pan from heat. 

Drain water from cauliflower, set aside.

Make a roux by melting butter over medium heat.

Add the chopped onion in the melted butter.

Add flour, stir until thickened. 

Add chicken broth 1/2 c. at a time, stirring constantly.  

Finely chop and add cauliflower. 

Add the salt, pepper and parsley, stir.

Cook over medium heat until soup is heated through on medium about 20 - 30 min.

Add sour cream and cook for 5  - 7 min. more or until done.

Makes 4  - 6 servings.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Cafe Cortado

A cortado is equal parts milk to coffee.

This is great for winter mornings or anytime.

2 - 3 c. espresso or strong coffee
1/8 - 1 tsp. sugar (optional)
1/2 - 1 1/2 c. milk

Brew coffee to desired strength according to coffee makers instructions.

Sweeten brewed coffee to taste, if desired. 

In a microwave safe measuring cup, pour milk.

Microwave on high for  30 - 45 seconds.

Make sure the milk doesn't boil over in the microwave. 

Remove milk from microwave and pour over coffee.

Serves 4.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Hot Toddy

Happy National Hot Toddy Day!

This is perfect for winter or anytime.

I've used decaffeinated tea, but you can use regular tea instead.

2  - 3 c. cold water
1 large tea bag
1 - 1 1/2 oz. whiskey
1 tsp. honey

Turn on the kitchen faucet to cold and let run for 30 seconds - 1 minute.

Fill kettle with cold water, place tea kettle and place on stove.

Turn stove burner on to high, bring water to a boil.

When water begins to boil turn off stove, place tea bag in kettle.

Steep tea for a few minutes to desired strength.

In the bottom of a clean coffee mug pour whiskey. Top off whiskey with tea and sweeten with honey to taste, stir with a clean spoon.

Serves 1.


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Caprese Salad

This is great as a quick salad or anytime.

I've use balsamic vinegar but if you don't have that you can use red wine vinegar instead.

You can also adjust the amount of oil used.

Enjoy!

2 roma tomatoes sliced
1/4 c. fresh basil
1/8 - 1/4 c. olive oil
1/2 - 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed chopped
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt & pepper
1 c. mozarella sliced 

Rinse and slice tomatoes, set aside.

Rinse and remove stems from basil, set aside.

Remove mozzarella from package, slice and set aside.

Peel, rinse, crush, chop garlic.

In a clean cup combine: oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic, mix with a clean fork.

Arrange tomato slices, mozzarella slices, basil onto 4 clean plates and drizzle oil mixture over the slices with a clean spoon.

Serves 4.

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