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I love Asian foods, but I find that I don’t think to make them too often. In the last few weeks, I’ve been trying dishes from PrepDish so it’s thank to her that I have this picture of Chicken and Broccoli to share with you today. The original recipe called for beef, not chicken, but since I already had chicken in the freezer, I decided to use it instead.
You’ll need to check out PrepDish on our own to get the exact recipe, but I feel comfortable telling you more aobut her recipe and what adaptions I made. Honestly, it’s straightforward enough that you probably can use it for inspiration, even without the exact recipe. Originally, it’s beef and broccoli with a sauce made from freshly grated ginger, sesame oil, tamari and garlic. As I noted, I used chicken instead. Plus, I added in some thinly sliced onions and a few slices of red, yellow and green peppers, as well, when I stir fried the broccoli.
It’s a great recipe that can easily be prepped and cooked on any weeknight in less than an hour. This was served over quinoa that I made on Sunday and reheated.
Here, I found a recipe for Dark Chocolate Whole Wheat Brownies and I was happy that I had all the ingredients on hand to make them. I used maple syrup as the sweetener and I made them with dark chocolate cocoa powder, as Lisa recommended. They are very good, a little on the dry side. I’m not sure what could be added to make them a bit moister, or if I baked them too long? Anyway, they are tasty, none-the-less and something I would definitely make again. (I did sprinkle them with a little powdered sugar, which is not real food, BTW.)
I was recently looking for a quick, easy snack and I recalled seeing someone making parmesan crisps. I thought they did it in a frying pan, but some internet sleuthing showed that it could also be done in the oven.
Just shred some parmesan cheese (avoid pre-shredded if you want a 1-ingredient snack) and put in small “piles” on a cookie sheet. I lined mine with parchment paper to make it easy to clean up. Each pile should be a couple tablespoons of cheese.
Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 6 minutes, until melted and starting to harden a little.
I sprinkled different spices on each of mine, such as freshly ground black pepper, a dash of cayenne pepper and some thyme. I know this means it’s no longer 1-ingredient but it was fun to see how they affected the flavor. All three were good.
Enjoy these as a snack alone or with a side of crackers or veggies.
Here’s how I made my Sunday somewhat productive — you can see I had three pots simmering on the stove and one additional dish waiting to go in the oven, all at the same time. So, what’s cookin’?
Quinoa – a huge batch in the large pot on the left. I cooked it to use in some side dishes later in the week
Baked apples – in the white casserole, they’re just waiting to pop into the oven once it’s preheated. The apples were topped with a mixture of dates, almonds, dried berries and coconut oil, all sprinkled with some cinnamon. (I tried a new variety of apples that were on sale this week — Cameo. They are great for eating)
Steel cut oats – in the smaller pot in back on the right. I like to make up a medium size batch on Sunday, then reheat a serving each morning, with some frozen fruit mixed in. It’s my new “easy” breakfast since I am trying to limit myself on bananas (my former “go to” breakfast)
Homemade spaghetti sauce — in the big soup pot on the right — a mixture of Italian venison sausage, onions, peppers, garlic, crushed tomatoes (home canned) and Italian seasoning. (We had this Sunday evening over whole wheat spaghetti and it was very good)
Here’s what was for dinner tonight — shrimp, garlic and white beans mixed with a few red pepper flakes and a few chunks of goat cheese served over zucchini pasta. It’s really just shaved zucchini but it makes a nice way to add a veggie to your meal with minimal effort.
I learned at from this video at PrepDish.
It’s been so long since I snapped this picture of our recent pork chop dinner, that I’m struggling to recall the details. Let’s just say you can use it for inspiration for one of your next dinners and be good with that bit of info.
The pork chop was pan seared, then finished in the oven. It’s served with roasted asparagus and roasted sweet potatoes. Both of veggies also were done in the oven.
This is a great example of a very simple to prepare meal and one that could easily be done after work on a weekday.
Last Saturday, TM and I went to Minnesota to watch my oldest nephew play hockey. We brought our snowmobiles along and went trail riding for a few hours after the game. We were both tired of eating in restaurants, so on the way home, we stopped at the grocery store and picked up a thin pizza crust. This crust was definitely not real food but in this case, I think the entire meal was probably better for us than the quick meal we might have gotten at a small town café instead.
When we got home, I pretty much cleaned out the refrigerator to top the pizza crust. Here’s what I added:
- Cooked chicken thighs that had been seasoned with smoked paprika
- Slightly cooked spinach greens
- Thinly sliced onions that I carmelized before adding to the pizza
- Sprinkle of cayenne pepper over the top of the entire pizza
- Half the pizza got some thinly sliced smoked gouda cheese
- The other half of the pizza got some crumbled goat cheese
The pizza turned out delicious and in think we both liked the simple flavors and no sauce. We also both agreed that for this particular topping combination, the goat cheese side tasted a little better than the side with gouda.
Two of my friends at work and I are trying out a new idea this week. Rather than each of us bringing lunch every day, we are each taking one day and bringing lunch for all three of us. It simplifies the lunch process and adds a bit of a surprise element, as well.
It’s my day to bring lunch today, and here’s the real food lunch that I brought.
It looks like a great lunch to me, and I hope my friends agree.
I’ve been using a sample meal plan from Prep Dish this week and having a blast with it. It made grocery shopping so easy and helped keep me from buying one of every vegetable in the store. The meals have been very good. We are not necessarily gluten-free, but the meal plan is geared that way. It is a “real food” menu plan that is healthy and I’m debating signing up for a month to see if I like it on a regular basis.
The plan includes four meals, a salad, a breakfast and a dessert. The dessert was peanut butter cookies. I gotta admit I was skeptical of them, since they were gluten free, but I was surprised. With only three ingredients (well, four, since I added the optional dark chocolate chips), they are simple to make and taste very good. Mine got a little over baked, but I’ll know better for next time.
You just mix medjool dates, egg and natural peanut butter together in the food processor, then mix in the chocolate chips and make into cookies. You bake them and that’s it! Check out her recipe here and enjoy!
Last night (Sunday), I prepped breakfast for the week, instead of making lunches like I usually do. This was super easy. I cooked four servings of steel cut oats (yum!) in a kettle on the stove. While the oatmeal was boiling, I diced an apple into small pieces. When the oatmeal had about 3 minutes left, I added the apples to the oatmeal, along with a dash of cinnamon, a grate or two of fresh nutmeg and about a tablespoon of maple syrup.
Once the oatmeal was done, I just let it cool a few minutes before transferring it to four single serving containers. I chose larger containers so there is room to add a little milk after I warm up the oatmeal.
It’s delicious when warmed up and a super easy breakfast before work.