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I have a new ‘Favorite Product’ now. It is a box of Near East’s Quinoa Blend. It includes quinoa, brown rice and a packet of seasoning. It’s a favorite because it is sooooo easy and quick – 20 minutes total time. I found this at a local grocery store. Visit the website www.neareast.com
Oils and Spices
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
cayenne pepper to taste
Strip the kale leaves by holding the stem in one hand, gripping the bottom of the leafy part in the other, and pulling hands away from each other to strip the stem. Tear the leafy part into small pieces and toss well with the oil, vinegar and spices. Spread in one layer on a baking sheet and bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Serves two.
Seems that every time I get into weight loss mode, a canker sore errupts inside my lower lip. Ouch! As much as I hate having a sore, I celebrate that it means I am losing weight. Can anyone else testify that this happens to them also? Seems the medical community is at a loss for the reason we get canker sores.
For me, the best way to lose weight is to go on a steady diet of of vegetable soup. Having never made any soup before I was 0, I now find it quite easy. I simply look in the fridge for vegetables on hand and add them to a stock (low sodium!) and season until I have something I like. Sometimes I will add rice, pasta or noodles to keep Fred happy and satiated.
I found this recipe in The Meatless Gourmet and have made it twice now with excellent results. I like serving it on crackers with cream cheese (makes the fat-free cheese tolerable) or cook it with acorn squash. 2 tablespoons = approx. 72 calories
1 cup dried apricots, cut into quarters
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
Spices and Oils
1/8 tsp salt
1/16 tsp cayenne pepper
Add apricots to medium sauce pan and pour the boiling water over. Let steep for 30 minutes. Add the remainder of ingredients and simmer for 1-1/4 hours, stirring occassionally. Cool then refrigerate. Serve cold.
I’ve made this three times lately to use up some tomatoes plus wanting something tasty to eat. It’s very easy – not quite as easy as opening a can but so, so much better tasting.
1 thick slice of onion
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
4 plum tomatoes, chopped
1-2 T sour cream
2 cups broth
splash of balsamic vinegar
Oils and Spices
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried basil
Saute the onion and garlic until lightly browned. Add the tomatoes, broth, basil, vinegar, and sugar. Simmer for 30 minutes to blend flavors. Add salt and season more to taste if necessary. Add sour cream and blend the mixture.
This is my favorite non-alcoholic drink for parties now. It’s easy as long as you are organized enough to prepare it a day before. I served it at brunch and it was perfect for that.
1 thumb ginger, sliced
1 cup fresh lemon juice
9 cups water
sprigs of mint for garnish
1 cup sugar
Boil 2 cups of water. Add ginger and chill.
Boil 1 cup of water. Add sugar and disolve.
Add 6 cups of water to the sugar water. Add lemon juice and chill.
Just before serving, combine the ginger water, strained, with the sugar and lemon water.
Garnish with mint.
I love this recipe! It’s easy and so tasty. You might want to call it a quiche or a casserole – doesn’t matter, just try it.
2 cups chopped zucchini
1 cup chopped tomatoes
½ cup chopped onion
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1-1/2 cup milk
1 T chopped fresh basil (I’ve also used dried basil)
¾ cup Bisquick
Spices and Oils
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
Add the first three ingredients to a greased pie plate or small baking dish. Mix the Bisquick with the milk, eggs, cheese, salt, pepper, and basil in a bowl. Pour this mixture over the vegetables and bake at 350-375 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, when a knife comes out clean.