Source: Refrigerator Oatmeal
I have always been a fan of breakfast food any time of the day. Tonight I got home later than usual and had to scrounge for something quick and lite for dinner. This veggie omelette is made with one whole egg and two egg whites, so it is packed with protein for less calories. I don’t like to omit the yolks completely, since they are packed with vitamins and nutrients.
1/3 cup diced vegetables, such as onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, broccoli
1 t. butter
1 whole egg
2 egg whites
1 T. milk
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 slices deli cheese, such as Cooper Sharp Cheese (optional)
1. Saute veggies with butter in a non-stick pan on low to med heat until tender and caramelized.
2. Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper and add to the veggie mixture.
3. Cook on low to med heat until omelette is almost cooked through.
4. Using a large spatula, flip omelette over and add cheese if desired.
5. Cook for another minute, then fold omelette over itself and move to a serving dish.
Here is another instance where I would LOVE to take credit for this recipe, but I cannot. I stopped by a local orchard and picked up some fresh blueberries. Alongside of various produce items, there were recipes. I asked if it was okay to take a picture of the recipe, and the clerk told me I could just take one. They were printed and in tablet form so you could just tear one off and take it with you. I thought that was a very cool idea.
So, I will share this recipe with the disclaimer, “this is NOT a low-calorie or low-fat food”. That being said, it was oh-so-good!!! Here is the recipe.
Happy Independence Day!!! Have a fun and safe weekend!
Yummy Potato Salad
There are some very good prepared potato salads at delis and grocery stores, but generally I do not like the consistency of the potatoes. They can be under cooked or just flat-out mushy. With that in mind, I decided to try my hand at homemade potato salad. The result was so creamy and luscious, I may never eat store-bought potato salad again. And, I got husband approval!
Yummy Potato Salad
4 red potatoes, peeled and diced (add 1 t. salt to cooking water)
3 T. milk
1 T. vinegar
1/2 t. salt
ground black pepper to taste
1/8 t. dried dill weed
1 T. fresh parsley, chopped*
1/3 c. diced onion/ celery mix**
1. Boil potatoes in salted water until just tender. (Do not over cook or you will have mashed potatoes instead). Drain and rinse the cooked potatoes with cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain well.
2. Mix remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl.
3. Add cooked potatoes and gently toss.
4. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
Makes about 4 servings. You can double the recipe if you are having more guests.
*If you don’t have fresh parsley on hand, you can use dried parsley. I found a wonderful brand of freeze dried herbs made by Litehouse, which are very flavorful compared to other brands.
**Most grocery stores sell containers of pre-cut veggies in the produce section, but you can use about 1/4 onion diced and 1-2 ribs of celery diced instead.
The ultimate comfort food!
At least for me, noodles are pure comfort food. Add some Asian flavors and you cannot go wrong. This recipe was given to me by a coworker. The recipe calls for a pound of noodles, but I usually halve the recipe for just me and my husband.
This is an easy and quick recipe that is perfect for bringing to a casual picnic or party. It is intended to be served slightly cool or at room temperature, but is just as good served warm.
16 oz. angel hair pasta
1 1/3 c. shredded carrots
4 T. sesame seeds, toasted*
1/2 c. light soy sauce
1/3 c. olive oil
1 t. sesame seed oil
1 T. sugar
1 t. ground ginger
1 T. white wine vinegar
1/2 t. red pepper flakes
4 scallions, diced for garnish (optional)
1. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding the carrots to the water so they cook with the pasta. Do not over cook noodles. Drain and rinse with cold water.
2. In a mixing bowl, mix the soy sauce, olive oil, sesame oil, sugar, ginger, vinegar and pepper flakes.
3. Toss noodles in the dressing mixture and add toasted sesame seeds.
4. Sprinkle with diced scallions (green onion) for garnish.
5. Serve warm or chilled.
*To toast the sesame seeds, the recipe calls for baking at ~325 degrees for about 2-4 minutes. I prefer to put the seeds in a dry frying pan at low-med heat. You need to pay attention though, because they will burn quickly. Stir the seeds until they are a nice light brown and then transfer them to a paper plate until you are ready to use.
I wish I could say I made this from scratch, but that would only be a half truth. The cake is from a box with pudding in the recipe, very moist. The icing is adapted from a recipe in a, appropriately named, cupcake recipe book.
The recipe is for Creamy Chocolate frosting and is in “Betty Crocker: The Big Book of Cupcakes” ISBN 978-0-470-90672-9
This recipe came directly from a sticker on the squash, although I didn’t use all the ingredients they recommended. Their instructions were to preheat the oven to 400 degrees, cut the squash in half lengthwise. Remove seeds, then bake cut-side down in a shallow pan. Test with fork. Remove and sprinkle with salt and brown sugar, then bake until golden brown. They suggest that the squash can be mashed, drizzled with butter, honey or syrup. ~From Stauffer Huling Farms.
I personally think that the squash is sweet enough on its own and does not need any more sweeteners or calories. I kept it real simple.
2 T Olive oil
1 T Butter
Salt & Pepper to taste
The hardest part of this recipe, for me, is cutting the squash, as it is very hard-skinned. I used a large chef’s knife, but you need to be careful. I guess that is the mother in me talking… I put the Olive oil on the bottom of a large baking pan. For this recipe, I used the Pampered Chef stone pan. I then placed the squash cut side down in the pan.
I baked it at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes, and it seemed to be cooking a little too fast, so I turned the oven down to 360 degrees and baked it for about 15 minutes more. This is what it looked like when it was done.
I scooped out the squash from the skin, and placed it in a mixing bowl. I added the butter, salt, and pepper and lightly mashed it. My husband said it tasted like sweet potatoes. Go ahead and add the sweetener if you like, but I think it is good just the way nature made it.
Enjoy the great Fall weather! ~Nancy
This one is fast and easy. I needed a break after cooking all weekend.
pre-made pizza shells
pizza sauce (in the pasta section)
sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
I used a cookie sheet to prepare the pies for the oven. I layered the pies with sauce, oregano, garlic powder, and cheese.
I added the chopped mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes.
I baked them directly on the oven grates for a crispy crust, according to the package directions, which in this case, was 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Yum! ~Nancy
My Dad died in July of 2001, just 2 months before 9/11. Since he was a WWII veteran, having fought for his country, I was happy that he did not get to witness this atrocity.
As a young man, he was a Boy Scout Leader, and liked to hike and cook out, either on the mountain or by the river. (Life was way simpler then! No computers, handhelds, iPads, you get it.) He would make these potatoes for me and my sister and whatever friends we drug along with us.
I don’t have amounts of ingredients, you can make as much or as little as you like, and adjust spices to your own taste. I’m sure my Dad’s version was all butter, but I used only olive oil this time, and they were still yummy!
Potatoes, I prefer red because they are so creamy
Olive Oil or Canola Oil
I started by peeling the potatoes, quartering them, and slicing them very thin. I grated some baby carrots, so they would cook fast. I also grated the onion, (thank you, Racheal Ray) which turned out all brown and crunchy, adding a really nice flavor.
I mixed all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl, coating with olive oil, then adding the parsley, salt, and pepper. I then transferred the potato mixture to a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil, then sealed the foil into little pouches.
I cooked them at about 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, then turned off the flame when I started the other two to make my meat and veggies, which in this case were turkey burgers and grilled zucchini. Total cooking time was about 40 minutes. Enjoy!
When I say this dish is spicy, it is not necessarily hot. You can adjust the spice however you like. Tone it down or add more kick, whatever you prefer. The heat mainly comes from the hot sauce, which I made very mild.
1/2 lb. Ground chicken or turkey, browned
2 T. Olive oil or Canola Oil
1/2 White onion, diced
1/2 Bell pepper, diced
1 – 15.5 oz. can Pinto beans, with liquid
1 – 10 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles (Rotel, in canned tomato section)
1/2 cup water
1 t. Chile powder
1 t. Paprika
1/2 t. ground Cumin
1/2 t. Garlic powder
Dash Cayenne pepper OR 1/2 t. hot sauce, optional
1/4 c. shredded Mexican blend cheese
I start by sauteing the diced onion and bell pepper in about 1 T. oil. This usually takes about 10 minutes until it is nice and soft. At the same time, I brown the ground chicken in the other 1 T. of oil.
Next, I combine the sauteed vegetables and meat with the remaining ingredients, and add the spices.
Last, goes in the cheese. Bring to a boil, cover, and lower heat. Cook on very low for about 30 minutes.