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Weekly Recipe Round Up – 9.15.12 September 15, 2012

Filed under: Baking,Cooking,Meal Planning,Photo-Taking,Uncategorized — Angie S @ 5:31 pm

What’s New?

1)  Eggplant – I cut it into small pieces, tossed it in egg, and covered it with bread crumbs.  Then cooked it at 350 degrees in the oven for about 30 mins.  I added it to some pasta sauce and it was delicious with spaghetti.  I ended up cooking up Mike some sausage and ground beef pasta sauce instead, and it was missing some cayenne pepper and some red pepper flakes to heat it up a little.  I’ll add them to my grocery list…

2)  Chili garlic sauce and Soba noodles.  We made another stir-fry this week and used two new items.

Chili garlic sauce is a great addition to a stir-fry.  It adds delicious flavor and a little heat.  We have been eating stir-frys a lot lately since they are easy to make, full of veggies, and just tasty!

Another addition to our stir-fry was Soba noodles.  These Japanese noodles have a lot more protein than rice and the same consistency as spaghetti.  I liked them, but Mike wasn’t very impressed.  They were worth a try and I would eat them again.

3) Tofu- I’ve maybe had it once before, but never bought it at the grocery store to use at home.  So I bought some of the softer tofu and added it to a salad and a shake during the week.  I used quite a bit in both, and noticed that having shredded cheese and a little dressing covered the mild flavor in the salad.  I could taste it a lot in the shake, but I did use a lot, so maybe a little less next time to get some extra protein and not overdo it with the flavor..

Tacos- are an easy and tasty meal.  We fry our taco shells in a little vegetable oil on the stove, For filling we add ground beef, refried beans, lettuce, avocado, salsa, tomato, and a little sour cream.  The avocados have to be just ripe…I have definitely learned how to pick ’em.  I prefer the larger flour tacos over the corn, but we use both.  We were in a rush last night, so I’ll post a photo next time I make them.

Kitchen Canvas Art- I am working on some canvas art for my now bare yellow kitchen walls. I’ll be incorporating red, yellow, brown, black, and white into my designs.

Last but not least:  “Water”.  San Jose is very hot right now, so it is very important for us to drink a lot of water.

I’ve been filling up the container below and adding fruit like lemon or orange slices.  Putting water in this container earlier in the day gives me a set amount to drink and the fruit adds a nice refreshing flavor..

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!




Shake, Shake, Shake! October 2, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Angie S @ 5:55 pm

Happy Sunday!!

I don’t know about you, but I am always trying to find ways to keep myself full & eat healthy.  That’s why I like oatmeal shakes for breakfast and a fruit and veggie shake as an afternoon snack.  I Try to eat at least two shakes a day and do so most of the time 🙂

A year ago, we bought the Health Master Blender, and it was a complete waste of money  because it is a huge piece of junk.  Basically, the bottom of the blender leaks rust.  As you can imagine, I was concerned that these chemicals were contaminating my healthy food, and clean-up was no fun at all.  That kinda defeats the purpose of healthy eating!  So I bought a “Ninja” from Kohl’s and so far it’s great!

I have one of the those cups with the built in straw and it works perfect for my shakes!  Here are the shakes I’ve been making…

Breakfast Shake:

1/2 cup oatmeal (add a little water & heat for 30 secs in the microwave)

1/2 cup milk

1 cup ice

1/2 banana (substitute for strawberries or raspberries)

Optional:  dash of cinnamon, TSP honey or peanut butter, scoop of protein powder

Snack Shake:

1/2 cup water (substitute for OJ)

1 cup ice

1/2 cup fresh spinach

1 orange

4-5 strawberries (substitute for  raspberries or 1/2 banana)

a scoop of protein powder

Half of the fun of making shakes is that there are so many different combinations that you can make.  You can also change up the type of juice you use.  Be sure to substitute for something that is 100% juice.