Food


That was the question we were asking ourselves when Kayte came up with this week’s theme – Your Hearts Desire.Tuesday was Valentine’s Day.  The day for lovers.  The day for flowers.  The day for Chocolate!!  Well not for Kayte!! 

 I thought long and hard and decided it wasn’t a food that was my Heart’s Desire.  It was The Man in my life.  HE is my heart’s desire.  We’ve been married 43+ years.  We’ve had hard times and great times.  I almost lost him once.  Do. Not. Want. To. Do. That. Again!  So because of him it was easy to choose a recipe for this week.  Why?  Because his favorite small sweet treat is Peanut Butter Cookies.  And since I deny him almost nothing when it comes to food that is what I made. 

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These were good.  Very good.  It is the first time I have made PB cookies with natural PB.  I usually use the name brand stuff.  You know the ones –  with lots of sugar.  Sugar we don’t need.  And while the recipe did call for 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup regular {for which I subbed in 1/4 cup Splenda and a dash of Stevia}  they didn’t need the extra sugar in the PB.  Don’t get me wrong, we love PB and eat it with jelly on sandwiches.  Or melted over ice cream or chocolate cake.  Or out of the jar!!! But we know the extra sugar is bad for us.

Make these cookies.  They will be your faves.  Crunchy! Full of PB flavor (DUH!).  Trust me on this one.

The recipe is on page 260 of Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix.  130 calories in 2 cookies.  2 gm fat.  14 gm cholesterol and 14 mg of fiber.

What, or who, is the Heart’s Desire for the rest of the EwE Group? Visit Eating with Ellie and see.

This week’s theme for Wednesdays with Donna Hay is RICE! While here are lots of types of rice – white, brown, parboiled, wild (although it’s not really a rice), Arborio, even Black or Forbidden rice – we usually only use one or two of these regularly.  With all the rice choices it was not easy to find a recipe.

I finally settled on a rice pudding.  It was easy peasy since it used left over rice.  In my case, basmati.  The ramekins have 2 TBL of rice to which a simple custard is added.  Vanilla and cinnamon give it the flavor.

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20 minutes in the oven and you have a quick, comforting dessert.  And while it was still hot I sprinkled a little turbinado sugar over the top to melt.

I adapted this recipe for use in an Instant Pot.  The ramekins are  stacked in the pot and then cooked  on porridge for only 9 minutes.  I used quick release.

I have been a little intimidated by my new Instant Pot so haven’t used it much.  I’m trying to remedy that in small steps.

Donna’s recipe is on page 138 in new food fast

For more rice visit Rice is Nice on Wednesdays with Donna Hay.

The Man has been asking for something sweet.  The cheese cake is gone as are all the cookies.  So this morning I made some nice muffins from eating to beat high blood pressure my cookbook for February’s Cookbook Countdown.

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These came out well.  We both liked them.  They were fairly sweet and moist.  The crumble topping just added to the flavor and the apples just seemed to melt into the muffin.

    1 2/3 cup AP flour {I subbed in 1/2 with whole wheat}
    3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup oatmeal + 1 tsp cinnamon
    2 TBL margarine
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp apple pie spice
    salt to taste
    1 1/4 cups unsweet applesauce
    1/4 cup veggie oil
    1/2 cup fat-free egg substitute
    1 large apple peeled and diced

375 Degree oven.

Mix together the crumble topping: 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 /2 cup oatmeal/cinnamon mix, and margarine. Set aside.

Mix together the rest of the flour with the baking soda, salt, oatmeal, and apple pie spice in a medium bowl.

In another bowl stir the applesauce, oil, remaining brown sugar, and egg sub together.  Add the liquid ingredients to the dry and mix just to combine.  Add in the diced apple.

Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full and sprinkle the crumb mixture over the top.

Bake about 20 minutes or until done.

The recipe said 12 muffins but I ended up with 14.

Each muffin: 220 calories. 7 gm fat. 35 gm carb

The recipe is on page 33.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 14 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2)

Peggy picked our theme for Eating with Ellie this week – STUFFED!!  That meant we could make anything that was filled or stuffed with something else.  Ellie has quite a few recipes that fit this category but I have had one in mind for quite a while.

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These are Ellie’s Turkey Sausage-Stuffed Pizza Pockets

and they are tasty.  The filling is turkey Italian sausage browned and mixed with spinach or arugula, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese.  The filling was so good I easily could have eaten it with a spoon.

I couldn’t find Italian turkey sausage so I used regular and added some Italian seasoning. That worked well.  I also made my own Whole Wheat Pizza dough because I couldn’t find that either.  Ellie said we could use any marinara sauce so I used some that I had made last summer.  

I liked these and plan to freeze the ones that are left.  They are from Ellie’s latest book – You Have it Made. {page 223}  Most of the recipes in the book are made for freezing and doing ahead.  Good plan for these.  

We all stuffed something this week.  Check out what the others made -> Stuff It!

We’d love to have you join in with Eating with Ellie.  We don’t include the recipes.  We’d rather you bought Ellie’s books.  There are some recipes on line.  This pizza pocket one is there on Ellie’s website.

The theme for this week’s I Heart Cooking Clubs is also STUFFED!!  so I am going to kill two meals with one plate!!

This week’s theme – chosen by Kayte – is ONIONS!!  I love cooking with onions.  So much flavor and so many things you can do with them.  Usually onions are NOT the major ingredient unless you are making Onion Soup or Onion Rings but in this recipe they are the star of the show.

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Caramelized Onion and Potato Stacks

The onions are browned first in a skillet and then layered in a muffin tin with slices of potatoes.  Drizzled with melted butter and moistened with chicken broth {I used Veggie}  the onions caramelize and add their flavor to the potatoes.  The recipe called for thyme sprigs but the Man doesn’t care for it so….. {and really neither do I}  Super simple!!

I made 1/2 of the recipe in large muffin cups and they were done in about an hour.  While the recipe didn’t call for salt and pepper I did add some before I cooked the potatoes.

These are a good alternative to your everyday potatoes and made a great side.

The recipe is on Donna’s Website.   

More onions -> Onions! Any way you slice ’em!

Another tasty recipe from Eat to Beat High Blood Pressure.  I am finding so many good recipes from this book.  Healthy and tasty.

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Sauteed Chicken with Caramelized Onions

The onions are cut into wedges and then caramelized in margarine olive oil a little sugar and salt and pepper. This takes a while – longer than the 8 minutes mentioned in the recipe.  The onions come out sweet and soft and brown.  

While the onions are caramelized the skinless, boneless chicken breasts are seasoned and then browned in margarine olive oil until well browned on both sides.  I cooked mine longer than 6 minutes per side so they would be nice and DONE!  

Rosemary and thyme are added to the onions.  Then the chickens are put into the skillet and allowed to cook until the chicken is completely done. I added more than the 1/3 cup chicken broth so I would have ‘sauce’ because I was serving the chicken and noodles over some brown rice/quinoa pasta.

I didn’t use the margarine.  I figured the olive oil was healthier.  There is just something about oleo/margarine that just doesn’t look right.  

We really liked this combination.  The onions and chicken were delicious.  

Without the pasta a serving (1 breast with 1/4 of the onions) was only 240 calories, 19 carbs, and 6 gm fat.  And it had lots of good nutrients to help lower blood pressure: potassium, calcium magnesium, and vitamin C.

The recipe is on page 84.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 14 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

The Man’s Favorite soup is Potato Soup.  And I make a darn good one.  Not the healthiest in the world, but good.  But I needed a healthier version.  I found this one in my cookbook pick for Cookbook Countdown #14 (February) – Eat to Beat High Blood Pressure. [Simple delicious recipes for a long healthy life] 

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This was pretty good.  Not as rich as I usually make, but still good.  No cream cheese.  No bacon.  No carrots.  Just plain onions. leeks, and potatoes.

    1 Tbl olive oil
    8 ounces leeks, white part only, thickly sliced
    2 cans reduced sodium chicken broth {You could use veggie broth}
    1 pound potatoes, peeled and diced
    salt to taste
    1/2 tsp ground white pepper
    1/3 cup low-fat sour cream
    chopped chives

In a large saucepan heat the oil and add  the onions and leeks and 3/4 cup of the broth.  Cook until soft.

Add in the potatoes and stir well.  Then add about 1/2  of the remaining broth, cover and simmer until potatoes are soft. about 15 – 20 minutes.  Blend this mix using a mixer, blender or immersion blender.

Add the rest of the broth to the pan and add in the potato/onion puree.Simmer 1 – 2 minutes and season with salt and pepper.

Remove from the heat and add in the sour cream. Serve in bowls with chopped chives if desired.

I did the miss the cheese and bacon in this soup but it was healthier and that is what we need right now.

Recipe is from eat to beat high blood pressure page 227.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 14 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

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