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Monday, January 04, 2016

I probably need to rethink how we eat... tho I don't have to eat all carbs.
This is a family meal and I'm the one who needs to lose weight.
So, this is the plan for now:

1) Sloppy Joes, Cole Slaw, Tater Tots, homemade Applesauce
If buns expensive, then make a casserole using canned biscuits that are on sale.
Shredded cabbage, carrot, pineapple bits, spoonful of mayo or miracle whip.
2) Chicken Noodle Soup, Tomato Slices w/ Mozzarella & seasoning, Avocado Slices
Start with a good chicken stock. Add equal amount of water.
Cook whole chicken breast in another pan or used canned meat.
Chicken can be a little pink in the middle when you slice it
to add to simmering soup pot.
Add vegetables of choice. I like carrot, celery. But use what you have.
When veg are almost cooked, add noodles and fresh herbs (parley?
Simmer about 10 minutes and serve.
Rice can be substituted for noodles if desired, but needs 20 minutes simmering.
3) Beef Stroganoff, Peas, local Cara-Cara Orange Wedges on a base Green Salad
Brown meat, onion, celery, mushrooms.
Add 2 T. butter, and 2 T. flour (make roue), add salt & pepper to taste.
Add 1 to 2 cups of milk or beef stock/broth and gently stir till it thickens.
Add a big dollop of sour cream, and a swig of good red wine from open bottle
Simmer a bit to meld flavors.
Add cooked rotini pasta, and it's ready to serve.
5) Big Greek Salad, Gyro
Olives, Feta, tomato, marinated cucumber slices, on bed of romaine
May have some snow peas from garden to add.
Seasoned meat - 1/2 t. fennel seed, 1 t. cumin, 1 t. coriander, 1/2 t. smoked paprika,
2 cloves garlic minced, 1 t. salt
6) Pan Grilled Chicken Breast, Rice, 1/2 yam, peas

7) Beans & Wiennies, Biscuits, Carrot & Celery, Apple or Pears w/ cheese slices

8) 'Fried' Chicken Cutlets, Mash Potatoes, Green Beans or Spinach Salad
Spinach, bacon, hard boiled egg, diced tomato
I just brown chicken in skillet,
put on a dry rub, add a little 1/2 cup or full cup of water, place lid on pan, simmer hour.
9) Spaghetti, big bowl of broccoli or cauliflower
Sauce does best with 2 hours... brown meat in t. olive oil,
Add onions, celery (optional), and bell peppers if desired.
Add can of tomatoes. Add Spaghetti Sauce.
Add a can of water. Simmer for at least an hour, adding water
as needed.
Meanwhile, have pot of water on stove, which allows it to come
to room temperature and so use less fuel later to boil water for pasta.
If you care to serve broccoli, then put in steamer over pot of water for pasta.
I prefer to start broccoli about 45 min to hour before eating. When done,
remove from stove and set aside. It does not have to be piping hot to serve,
and over or under cooked broccoli is not appetizing. About 15 or 20 minutes
before eating, put pasta into BOILING water. When it comes back to boil, reduce heat
to a simmer. It usually takes about 10 minutes at this point. Test it for doneness.
Drain when done, and return pasta to pot to keep warm until serving time. If desired,
you can sprinkle with olive oil, sea salt, or parmesan.
10) Split Pea Soup, garlic bread or corn bread, apples or wardolf salad
ham hock, chicken stock,
red pepper flakes, bay leaf, all spice, pepper, (salt before serving if bland)
carrot & onion.
1/2 diced apple per person (put / rinse in lemon water to prevent browning),
celery, walnuts, craisins, miracle whip (use less than you think you'll need)
(make salad in morning or day before)
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    good to remember it's not 'all or nothing'. Small changes we practice make a big difference over time. Planning meals helps a lot.
    2030 days ago
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