Tomatoes


Howdy, Y’all.  Long time no see.  I’m dusting off the blog which has not been used for almost a year.  No reason, just couldn’t get it together.  But thanks to Kayte I am up and running again.

Why am I thanking Kayte?  Last October I did my first Whole30.  It wasn’t the first time I was aware of it.  It was the first time I realized I really needed to do it.  My Triglycerides were over the roof, my weight was not where I wanted it and I was, simply, running out of clothes.  I also want to live long and see my grandchildren grow up.  All very positive motivations.  Somehow I managed to convince Kayte to do it with me and then Leslie jointed in and we encouraged each other ant kept us all going.  You have to know that Kayte lives in Indiana and Leslie lives in California so our communication was nightly texts of how we felt and what we ate and “You Rock!” types of texts.  The three of us managed to finish the W30 and were quite proud of ourselves.  Since that time I have done it one more time and Kayte, as well.  So there is the story.

Now, Kayte and I are cooking through Whole30 Fast and Easy together.  Bothe of us have already made some of the recipes.  Spanish Chicken and Cauliflower Skillet (YUM), Indian Beef and Bell Pepper Stir-Fry (good), Skillet Butter Chicken (needed more garam masala), Red Curry Shrimp Skillet (tasty), Veggie Hash with Eggs  ( I used sweet potatoes rather than parsnips), Sheet Pan Shrimp with Sesame Broccoli (ok), Thai Chicken Sweet-Potato-Noodle Bowls (meh), Chicken Tikka Masala (meh), Creamy Curried Butternut Squash-Shrimp Soup (WHOA!!), and Sweet and Spicy Vegetable-Pork Stew (meh).

But for this first Whole Thirty 30 Thursday we made the Spicy Red Pepper Chicken Skillet which as delicious.

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Chicken thighs sauteed in a mix of garlic, tomatoes, bell peppers and onion.  Delicious!  I only made 2 servings but I  wish I had made 4.  The next time I make it I will use boneless thighs.  It will be easier to cook and easier to eat.

You can visit Kayte’s post and see how she liked it.  (Spoiler alert:  She did!)

While we will not be posting the actual recipes from the book (we encourage you to honor the author and to buy the book so that you can own the recipes yourselves), we will share our photos and  ingredients and comments on each. If you would like to join in, just leave the link to your post so we can come and read all about it.  Even if you aren’t eating Whole 30ish, the recipes and food are wonderful and fit into any meal plan.

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This week Kayte wants us to be SAUCY!!  Cook anything with a sauce.  Easy enough.

I went with Ellie’s salmon in aromatic tomato sauce with swiss chard spinach.  I am not a fan of chard so subbing spinach was easy.

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And totally delicious.  A nice sauce made with diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, roasted red peppers, and whole red chili peppers.  I don’t like REALLY hot food.  Spicy, yes, but not tongue burning so I left out the chili peppers.  But since I did that I used Ro-tel diced tomatoes with green peppers.  Plenty hot and plenty spicy.  And lots of flavor with the coriander and cumin.

Ellie suggested  eating this over couscous but since I am trying to stay pretty compliant with Whole30 program.  It was perfect just by itself.

The recipe is from Ellie’s So Easy (page 195}.  You can also find it HERE if you want to try it.

For more Saucy dishes -> Sauce it Up.

We don’t publish the recipes.  Please buy Ellie’s books and cook along with us.  The weekly themes are on the right of Eating with Ellie.  We publish every Thursday.

The Whole30 is over and now we are reintroducing some of the foods we weren’t able to eat on the program.  Dairy.  Grains. Legumes. Gluten.  But the other days are compliant so we aren’t done with the ‘special’ foods yet.

The Pesto Shrimp with Cherry Tomatoes was on my menu today.

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The pesto is made with spinach, basil, walnuts, and garlic.  It was good, but I did miss the Parmesan cheese I usually have in it.  Mixed with the shrimp and some tomatoes {I didn’t have cherry ones so I cut up some regular ones I had canned last summer.}

So very good.  And quick.

It appears that Shrimp has become my go-to meal when I want something quick.  I always have it in the freezer.  It is easy and quick to fix.

The recipe is from  The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom (pg 359). Want to try it?  I found the recipe on the Whole30 blog.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 15 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

Yesterday was the last day of our Whole30.  WooHoo!!  We did it!!  That doesn’t mean we are quitting completely.  We have the reintroduction over the next ten days or so.  Slowly but surely getting back to ‘normal’ eating.  But recipes like this one will always be in the menu rotation.

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The list of ingredients is long but it is simple to make.  You an have a healthy dinner on the table in an hour.  Capers, tomatoes, chicken, onions, bell peppers, and shrooms.

The one thing about Whole30 is that what may seem like a lot of food for two is healthy and filling.  Just because it says two people doesn’t mean you HAVE to eat all of it.  This recipe used a pound of drumsticks and 1/2 pound of boneless thighs. That’s a lot of food. But… it’s all good for you!

The recipe is on page 334 of  The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom.  It is also on the Whole 30 blog.

Try it.  It is delicious.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 15 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

It’s time for LUNCH.  Do you want a sandwich, some soup, or a salad?  YES!!  But I cannot have all three so I will simply settle for one – SOUP!  BTW – my theme this week.

Most of you know I am not a big fan of soup in warm weather, 83 here today,  but I can’t have bread (not Whole30 compliant) and I’ve had enough salads for a while.  So soup it is.

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Ellie’s Creamy Tomato Soup – without cream.  Actually there wasn’t any cream in the recipe to start with so it is totally Whole 30 compliant.  {Today is Day 30  WooHoo!!}

What is in the soup is tomatoes, celery, garlic, onion, thyme, and cashews.  Cashews?  YEP!  They add some great flavor, puree easily,  and add to the creaminess of the soup. 

This was pretty good.  Not being a thyme fan  I’m wondering now how it will taste with Basil instead.  LOVE tomato/basil soup!

The recipe is from Ellie’s you have it made page 127.  I also found it on Food Matters.

More Lunch?  Click on over to Eating with Ellie!

Brunswick Stew supposedly originated in either Virginia or Georgia.  And according to one food historian – Germany.  Wherever it came from really doesn’t matter.  What matter is how it tastes.

It is basically a thick tomato based veggie stew.  It is full of different veggies – lima or butter beans, corn, okra, and anything else you can find.  Sometimes potatoes, sometimes not.  Possum, squirrel, or rabbit.  But these days it is usually chicken.  Which is what I used in this one from the Low-Fat, low-Cholesterol Cookbook.

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Since this is basically a VEGGIE stew it is already low fat, low cholesterol.  What makes it even more healthy is NOT using butter, brisket, pork, BBQ sauce (in some), and salt free tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce.

    veggie oil spray
    1 tsp olive oil
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts with all visible fat removed
    1 1/2 cups frozen or fresh lima beans
    2 cups fresh or frozen corn
    5 cups fat free, low sodium chicken broth
    1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
    6-oz can not salt added tomato paste
    3 Tble lemon juice
    1 Tbl low sodium Worcestershire sauce.

Heat a large pot over medium-high heat.  Remove from heat and spray the pot with veggie oil.  Then swirl the oil in the bottom of the pot.  Add the chicken and brown slightly.  Add the onions and brown along with browning the chicken more.  Add in the remainder of the ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and  simmer for about 1 hour.

{The original recipe called for just throwing the raw chicken chunks into the pot and then adding the other ingredients.  This just didn’t seem right to me so I browned it some first.}

Since it it was a stew I served it over some Rice Flour Pasta.

We liked the taste of this.  The Worcestershire sauce added a little kick.  The next time I would add in the okra.  It would NOT add to the cholesterol or fat count.  And maybe a little garlic.  Ditto.

Original Recipe from Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cooking from the American Heart Association.  Page 131.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 13 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

 

I will admit that I am NOT a big fan of legumes.  Peanuts, yes, but legumes also include alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, lentils, lupins, mesquite, carob, soybeans, and tamarind. Some of these aren’t really for human consumption. But I am not a big fan of the beans or peas. I have just learned to like lentils. I had the choice of two different recipes to fit this week’s theme from Gaye – Lovely Legumes – Peanut Butter Cookies or this pilaf.

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This Garden Lentil Pilaf includes shallots, spinach, grape tomatoes,  {I used a small tomato from the garden} basil, mint, parsley, and green lentils {although I used yellow because that is what I keep.}  Seasoned with a little salt, pepper, and lemon juice it was good.  I wasn’t sure if I would like it, cause I am not a big veggie eater, but I did.  And I will make it again.

The recipe is from Ellie’s So Easy (page 186).  You can also find it HERE!

What else did the Eaters make to go with Lovely Legumes.  Check it out!

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