Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Turkey Salad - quick and single serving







Today, I was hungry for something cold and would fill me up. I had made a turkey breast this weekend, and before I served it I took about 1/3 of the breast and put it up. I am a pushover for a nice salad.

I am also in love with these, different colored sweet peppers. You can eat them raw, stuff them, cut them in half, use as scoops. They are very crispy and crunchy and refreshing.

So I began my hunt in my fridge to create a single portion of turkey salad. But as I finished it actually with the veggies, made enough for two . Next time I make it I think I will create a larger size. My problem is with kids, is one day they like it and gobble it all up, and then the next you make enough and they don't touch it.. go figure...

Turkey Salad

1/3 turkey breast (3oz maybe)
1/4 diced carrots
1/4 diced celery (today I had no celery so I subbed for sugar snap peas)
1/4 cup diced onion (real small)
1/4 of crushed pineapple (drain a bit)
1tbs of light mayonnaise

Instructions

 1) Cut the turkey very small, it makes it more, spreads it out into a bit for every bite.
2) Mix everything together.
3) Salt and Pepper to taste.

Eat how you would like it.

I actually cut my sweet peppers open in half and scooped it on top of them. I ate 4 peppers which gave me 8 filled scoops and I was truly full. It was a very filling dish, cold and refreshing. I would say one of my lighter dishes.




The best part is that I still have half for tomorrow, unless I share with my husband. Hmmmmm, gotta think about that.

I am taking simple stuff you have in a fridge, pantry and stuff leftover and making a completely different meal and taste.
It really is just that simple


Fried Rice (Homestyle) in 5 minutes







Fried Rice is one way to actually stretch a meal. Maybe use up something you have left over. I actually plan ahead for making it.
I always make an extra pork chop, or an extra chicken breast. That is all the protein you need, and I can feed 6 people. With this recipe however only feed 2 and was very quick and simple to make.

I keep Uncle Ben's 90 second rice on hand. I used the chicken flavored one, that way I wouldn't have to do any spices, except a bit of soy sauce.

It was perfect for this dish.

Fried Rice for 2 in 5 minutes

1/4 cup of diced carrots
1/4 cup of frozen peas
1/4 cup of diced onions
1/4 cup of diced (small) of pork chop
1tsp of garlic powder
1 bag of Uncle Ben's 90 Roasted Chicken
1tsp of olive oil
1tsp of soy sauce

Instructions:



1) Take a medium size saute pan. Dump in the carrots, peas (you can buy these frozen in a bag and just throw in a handful frozen), onion, and the diced pork chop (or protein you like)

2) Saute until the onion are tender, while you are waiting, make the Uncle Beans (follow instructions on bag).



3) Pour in ready rice into sautee pan, a pinch of garlic powder and a splash of soy to your liking and mix around.

**At this point, if you would like the fried egg in it. Pull ingredients to one side and pour in a scrambled egg. Mix the egg a bit to cook through and then cut up and mix back in with the ingredients.

Mine is usually so good, I forget about the egg, sometimes I even forget about the protein.
This can serve 2 medium portions or 1 large portion.
I confess, I ate it all myself. It just was so good. Next time I make shrimp I am going to hold back a few for a good fried rice.

I hope that you enjoy the things I share. If you notice alot of it, is taking left overs or making leftovers into other things.
Stretching that grocery food dollar. Seems like it is the only way to keep a family feed, and feed healthy.
If we had gone out to Chinese it would have cost us, 50 plus dollars. By making the rice, and if I made a simple broccoli and chicken to go with it, I could feed my family of 6 for less than ten dollars. That to me is a no brainer.
Don't get me wrong, I love take out. I adore Wendy's but who has that kind of money to throw down on food, that is not nutritious for your family.

If you try anything of mine, holler, I love feedback.
Have a nice day, and do something nice for yourself..
It really is just that simple.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Wednesday Food Save Ripe Bananas


Wednesday Food Save..

In this day, groceries are getting to be very costly. Fruit is outrageous, and it really never lasts very long.

I once a week, check on my produce and make sure that it is either eaten, or made into something to be eaten, or cut up and frozen for something.
Bananas are one of those fruits, that I don't mind cutting and freezing, cause at the point where they are black, they are the sweetest. I cut them freeze and use them in all kinds of stuff.

A favorite is a banana bread, you know great that tastes on a cold winter afternoon with hot chocolate.

A lot of us have a yonana maker. Love mine, frozen bananas in and other fruit and a ice cream out. Forget the chemicals, calories, just healthy eating.

After I cut up three I bag them in a regular quart bag. I will do a few baggies, and then put into a freezer gallon. That way I can take a portion out at a time.


So my friends get in that kitchen take a minute and decide on what is needing attention and save it.. save you money.

It really is just that simple.

Green Tea Simple







Green Tea...

Has such a rap as being a wonder tea for losing weight, speeding up metabolism and such. I actually like the taste of it.
I used to buy it pre-made by the Arizona Tea Company. After awhile of splurging and buying a gallon. I started to wonder how that it stays good for more than a week if kept in fridge. HMMMMM....
So I bought a big box of green tea bags and I make two quarts at a time. Fresh, mine only really lasts about 3 maybe 4 days. It is usually gone before that.
It so much cheaper to buy the bags..I use 5 in a small pitcher, pour in about a quart of boiling water. Put a top on and leave for about 1/2 hour. Then I make it in a 2 quart pitcher. Pouring plain water to fill up the container. Add your sweetener of choice. If you use sugar, I would put it in the tea while it is steeping hot. I use sweetener and it is small and dissolves quickly.
I also sometimes, but in small bits of candied ginger in it while it is steeping. Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory.

I have a Keurig and I used it for the hot water. I actually have a small quart pitcher for my Keurig, in which I steep the water.


So for less than oh, a dollar I now have 2 quart  of refreshing tea.
Isn't it a really pretty color.

I wanted to share with you another simple way to keep from throwing those dollars out the window.

I also do this with regular tea too. If you feel adventurous, use 2 tzso passion tea bags, 3 green tea bags. fill a quart with boiling water and steep. Then in a 2 quart pitcher, add 2 cups of real lemon aide, 2 cups of water, then the tea steeping...chill and yummy...

Life is really just this simple...so enjoy