Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Weekend Food Plan

The cupboard and refrigerator have spoken. The items I have are Chicken Breast, Fish, lunch meats, croissant rolls, spaghetti, corn, carrots and Brussels sprouts.
This Weekend menu will be an easy one. We will be going Snow tubing on Sunday so we will be eating at the ski area. I was thinking about packing some sandwiches and soup. Have a thermos and cooler, not that I would need the cooler the temps will be cold for sure.
Friday evening;
Chicken Dijon
Potato cakes
Apple cranberry Cobbler.


Homemade buttermilk biscuit
grape jelly
sparkling grape juice

German Ham and Cheese pockets.

Baked fish with lemon pepper
spaghetti with Alfredo sauce
Brussels sprout and carrots


Almond scones (I will post this recipe next Tuesday)
Eggs or cereal for the family.

for the rest of the Snow day fun activities;(I will pack)
Turkey and ham sandwiches
Pretzel sticks
Savory chicken and Brown rice soup
Spiced Molasses cookies.
Flavored sport drink packages, to get them hydrated during the snow activities.

Now I must make the cookies. Off to the kitchen to cook......

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Weekend Kitchen Gadget-MovieTime

Every ones gathered around the big screen, Where's the Popcorn? This is a Popcorn maker Hubby got for Christmas. My family Loves popcorn, but you know how fattening the Microwave type can be. Not to mention all the chemicals in them. Even the healthier ones have some shelf preservatives in them! So, Popping your own can make sense. It can also save you money. The bagged popcorn kernels is a lot cheaper than the Microwave bags.

This is the Machine.....
What you do is....
Put a little vegetable or canola oil, about a teaspoon, in the well,
then put about 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels.
Plug it in.
In about 3 minutes you have healthier popcorn.

Now one can put their flavoring on the popcorn.
So you like butter, try putting some olive oil butter on it.
Now if you must have salt try Sea salt.
Now you have a healthier snack, preservative free.

The Popcorn machine is called EasyPop Popcorn maker by Cuisinart.
I have not received any compensation for Cuisinart, this is only my opinion on the product I bought myself.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Coffee Time- Meatloaf

It coffee time again, I'm having Black silk with french vanilla Creamer. Over the weekend I made Meatloaf. My daughter is not a fan of meatloaf, so I thought I would ask for your meatloaf recipes. Perhaps I could get her to look at them and fix one. this is how you enter your recipe, Link your recipe post to my MckLinky. Leave your name on "link title" , the name of the recipe in "your answer" and the recipe link in the "link URL". Think teenager You know how picky they are.

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Thank you for the link. I will get my daughter to pick one and will blog how it went next week.
My Meatloaf recipe.

El-Paso Roadhouse Meatloaf
1.5 pounds of lean 93% ground beef
1.5 cups three cheese bread, processed in processor til crumbs.
1/4 cup 2 Olive Roasted Garlic salsa, I used "Desert Pepper Trading Co."
2 eggs, beaten.
put all together and mix, I use clean hands, it give a better mix.
put in to a 4x8x2 loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit over for 50 minutes.
let set about 5 minutes before serving.

Monday, January 18, 2010

A Little Food Fun Music.

A song for today, ever hear those food song. Various songs promoting food. I see commercials all the time. A new one for "I can't believes it not Butter" have you seen it?That one cracks me up. Could you imagine being at the fast food place and hearing someone singing their order?
To lighten your day I found this Food song.

Fast Food Folk Song (at the Taco Bell Drive-Thru) - Free videos are just a click away

Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday's Weekend Food Plan

I was thinking of having a Friday post that will plan out the weekends meals. Our weekends tend to be a hodgepodge of things. Therefore each Friday I will look in my refrigerator, freezer, and pantry then decided on the meal plan.

This weekend;

Breakfast:Pancakes and sausage with sparkling grape juice
Lunch: Ham and cheese croissants with carrot-raisin salad
Dinner: (tomato soup for me.) Turkey Cutlets, Sweet potato fry's and Texas garlic toast


Breakfast: Cereal.
Lunch: At the church cafeteria or out with family.
Dinner: (Italian- style Wedding soup for me.) Meatloaf, Oreida Potatoes and mixed veggie.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Fast Healthy Breakfast.

On a crisp morning, one might want to stop at a popular fast food place and order a egg muffin. It is just as easy is make a healthier one at home.

Take one egg, fry it in a teaspoon of olive oil.
I use Sweet Capocollo for the meat , cook it a little in the same pan.
For the cheese I use a fat free cheddar, and melt it over the egg. (to do this, simply lay the cheese over the egg in the pan, remove the pan from the heat and let it sit while you toast the muffin)

The English Muffin is a double Fiber one from Thomas.
Place the egg creation on the toasted English muffin bottom half, top with the other half. Enjoy

I use no added salt only pepper, No butter at all,making this egg muffin healthier. I heard having an egg in the morning can help one lose weight.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Weekend Kitchen Gadget

I'm back with the weekend gadget, took the holiday week off. Today I will show you a gadget I use for melting chocolate. The kids love making chocolate covered nuts and pretzels. By using this gadget I can make sure the ingredients are healthier, using the good chocolate with no additives. Because the pots come out, it make the dipping process for the kids better. I can be melting more while they are dipping. Clean up is a breeze also. The pans inserts can go in the dishwasher.
It is called the Melting Pot.
All electric and has two heat settings, low and high

It came with two pot inserts.
Which is great for melting two different things.

If you would like more information and where to get this gadget, e-mail me and I will give you the details.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Coffee Time: Kids and School.

Good morning Friends. Have that coffee near by? I am having Folgers Black Silk with a little Tiramisu coffee-mate. Today's topic Kids and School.
I woke up this morning to Snow. School was delayed 2 hours(somehow I knew it would be). My teen knew about it before I did..not a surprise. She stated, woke up at 5:45 and checked her e-mail. Oh yes she is signed up for School's out. This program will let you know if school is out or delayed. I get the message on my Blackberry. Anyway, since school is delayed think I can get her up for some breakfast? Well if the smell of her favorite pancakes(Dee's buttermilk with chocolate chip)and Bacon wont do it, not sure what will. I prefer the delays to no school, How about you?

Monday, January 4, 2010

Around theTable- Cooking Meals.

So are you baked out? all that holiday baking and cooking has me tired out. I will be getting back to the normal cooking now. Oh yes there are other holidays coming up. However the December ones are so much more entailed. It last for about a whole month and one needs to cook something at least each day to stay on top of things. Glad that Month is over, had fun though.
Sunday I cooked Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken, Red skins Mashed Potatoes , and Brussels spouts.That was lunch, then for dinner, daughter wanted pizza. I used French bread dough and rolled it out, brushed olive oil on it, top it with pizza sauce, Sweet Capocorro and Mozzarella cheese. A little healthier and easier. I have a ham for today, haven't decided how to cook it yet, Hawaiian style, German or American version. We will have carrots with it and some sort of potato.
What on your table for today or this week?

Friday, January 1, 2010

Artichoke Bake Canape

While living in Viahingen Germany. A friend of ours, Chairman of American Red Cross, made a canape bake my hubby loved. for years I have made it during the New Year celebration. this year I will make it, however it will be healthier.

Healthier Artichoke Baked Canape

1 can (14oz) Artichoke Hearts, drained and chopped.
1 cup olive oil mayo
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon of Garlic powder

mix all ingredients together, put in a slightly greased 1 quart canape dish. bake at 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 minutes. Serve warm with crackers. I put it on a chaffing dish to keep warm.

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