Eating with Ellie


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.

It’s still not cool outside. We hear cooler temps are coming but….

I really don’t care for soup unless it is cooler outside. Somehow it’s just not comfort food.

But despite that I did make some soup for today –

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Broccoli-Cheddar Soup

I’ve been wanting to make this soup for ages.  I have always enjoyed it when I get it out but never think to  make it at home.  .

Broccoli, cheddar, chicken broth, onions, garlic, nutmeg – how can you possibly go wrong with that ingredient combo?  The nutmeg was a definitely plus in the flavor.  Just a hint of it in the background that didn’t overpower the broccoli and cheese.  Definitely going to enjoy this one more often.

Thanks, Ellie, for a healthy version of the soup. {320 calories. 170 mg cholesterol, 9 gms fat}   And the fact that it is ready in about 30 minutes.

I found the recipe on page 95 of Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix.  But it also on her website.

More Soups on Eating with Ellie.  Want to join us?  Just follow the themes on Eating with Ellie and leave your link on the site.

NOTE:  In our posts, we do not publish the recipes from Ellie Krieger’s books as those belong to her, we like to honor that and encourage you to buy her books to get the recipes. There are also many of her recipes at her site here.  We know you will enjoy using Ellie’s books again and again as we all do and that your money will be well spent.

Peggy came up with a fun theme for this week’s Eating with Ellie – Barnyard Fun!  The theme left it wide open for just about anything one would find in a barn or farm yard – beef, pork, chicken, duck, eggs.  So many different things we could choose from.  The first thing I thought of was eggs.  Because I used to have fun collecting the eggs when we lived on a farm for a couple of years.  I also loved to help bring the cows down to the barn for milking and feeding the chickens.  But since I didn’t feel like making something from beef or chickens {We are basically chickened out!} I went with eggs which turned into a quiche.

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A lovely  Broccoli Cheddar “Quiche in a Bag”

In a bag because after cooking some ingredients all of the ingredients are ‘squished’ together in a bag before pouring into an no-roll olive oil pie crust.  Ellie also makes it in a bag so it will be easy to freeze to make it later if you want. 

I made the crust and I made the quiche.  Neither one set my palate on fire!  The crust is a crumble crust much like a graham cracker crust and while I like the idea of that it was tasteless.  Water, flour, salt milk, olive oil.

The quiche contained broccoli and sharp cheddar cheese with some dry mustard, salt, and pepper.  I didn’t think it had much flavor either.  With a little more seasoning and maybe a touch of nutmeg it would have been much better.  It wasn’t bad, but it just lacked something.  Doesn’t mean I won’t make it again, just with something more…

The crust and the quiche are from Ellie’s you have it made.  Pages 33 and 35.

Want more barnyard pickin’s -> Barn Yard Fun

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Every January I am probably one of millions who resolve to lose weight and eat healthier.  Right?  This year I am simply NOT going to do it.  Not make the resolution that is.  I am simply going to do it.  Period.

And what better way to do it than cooking with Ellie Krieger?  Her recipes are tasty, filling, and healthy.  Like this version of AMBROSIA!!

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My grandmother would make ambrosia every Christmas.  Then my mother would make it.  Me – not so much.  Not that I didn’t love it.  I just forgot about it.  And then thumbing through Ellie’s  Comfort Food Fix one day I ran across this healthier version made with yogurt and just a tad of whipping cream. Only about 240 calories a serving rather than 400+. Ellie, you are my hero!

There is also coconut, fresh cherries, pineapple, mini marshmallows, and mandarin oranges.  {I used some fresh satsumas from our tree.} It was the perfect side to the ribs, black eyed peas, cornbread, and cabbage.

The recipe is on page 290 of Comfort Food Fix. You can also find the recipe HERE.

For more Celebrations -> Eating with Ellie.

We haven’t had CHOCOLATE as a theme all year for Eating with Ellie so I figured it was time.  My theme pick this week.

But after so. many. sweet. treats. this past month I thought maybe I should have waited a week or so before we used this theme.  Alas, not to be…

So I chose something simple to fulfill the Chocolate Theme –

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Grandma’s Chocolate Pudding.

This pudding had only 1/3 cup of sugar for four servings.  Unsweetened cocoa powder and a mere 1 ounce of dark chocolate gave a nice rich chocolate flavor.  We didn’t feel guilty about eating these at all. Super simple to put together I know I will make this often for our dessert.  Silky smooth and definitely sweet enough.  No guilt and lots of flavor.

The recipe is on page 274 of Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix.

NEED more chocolate? – Visit  Gotta have Chocolate!.

When I chose this week’s theme for Eating with Ellie I was thinking cheese, tomato sauce, sausage, mushrooms, cheese (yeah, more), and just about every other ingredient except what I ended up with.

Cheese, yes.  But no sauce?  Topped with spinach and an egg?  No, that never entered my mind.

Let’s see, on the other hand – a pizza I can eat for breakfast {Other than left over cold which I do love}?  Yeah, I can go with that.  On a whole wheat crust. Healthy AND fun!

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Loved this one.  A nice runny (Sorry, Kayte) on top of some lovely prosciutto with lots of Parmesan.  Yes, Please!

The only change – instead of using a store bought pizza crust I made my own.  You could use any of the whole wheat flour crust recipes you have.  And while the ones you buy are pre-baked.  You can bake yours as you make the pizza – one step!  (Which I did NOT do and my crust was WAY too crispy.)

Recipe is online – Egg, Ham, and Spinach Pizza

It looks like most of the Ellie Eaters picked an ‘out of the box’ (no pun intended) pizza. Check them out at Eating with Ellie.

Thank you, Gaye, for choosing pasta for this week’s Eating with Ellie theme. It is my all time comfort food. And then I made a shrimp pasta and it was the ultimate cool night dinner.

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White wine, lots of Parmesan along with asparagus and cherry tomatoes in this one.  And lots of good flavor.

My only complaint:  it was a little dry.  I added in the pasta water to make it saucy but  I may not have added enough {recipe calls for 1 cup}.  I was afraid it would be too wet.  I was wrong.  I would definitely make this again.  But with more pasta water added.

The recipe is on page 161 of Ellie’s The Food you Crave. You can also find it HERE.

For more Ellie Pastas visit Eating with Ellie.

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