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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Easy Stroganoff ~ Using Ground Beef!

Ground beef is so simple to use and makes any dish easy to prepare. For this recipe, take ground beef and using your favorite meatball recipe you can create a quick and delicious stroganoff.  When it comes to my favorite meatball recipe, I like to use bread crumbs combined with a small amount of heavy cream along with dried herbs.

In a covered skillet, melt in 3 tbs of olive oil and coconut oil. Slice mushrooms and chop onions to add the skillet. Cook until the edges are browned. Now, pour in 1/2 cup of beef or even chicken stock. Drop in your meatballs and simmer until meatballs are completely cooked. Add 1/3 cup of heavy cream and sprinkle in dried herbs: rosemary, mint and oregano. Turn heat to low or warm.

Boil wide egg noodles or you can use fettuccine noodles if you have. Once they are tender, remove and drain. Lay the cooked noodles out in a large serving platter and pour out our meatball sauce. Garnish with fresh green parsley.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Potoatoes~ What a Wonder..full Food!

Sharing the good news... if you believed that potatoes equal pounds and are no better than candy, it's time to wake up and taste the produce. The truth is that one medium baked potato has only 161 calories, plus 4 g of filling fiber. And, a chilled, cooked potato is packed with resistant starch, a fibrous substance that could help you lose weight. 
Potatoes are a good source of vitamin C and potassium. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates but they're low in sugar, fat and sodium, and they'll stay that way if you use healthful cooking methods and recipes. 

Since potatoes are high in potassium, they work in opposition to sodium to help regulate blood pressure and fluid balance. It's also essential for normal muscle and nerve function. Vitamin C is needed for normal immune system function, blood clotting and strong connective tissue and blood vessel walls.

Frugal, simple and good for you Potatoes...

So, boil em, bake em, grill em, roast em and enjoy em!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Zucchini is Versatile!

.... roasted, baked, grilled, pan fried, deep fried, and even stewed

Cut fresh washed young zucchini into julienne spears and pan fry/saute in butter and olive oil or lightly coat with an egg wash and bread crumbs for a quick deep fry. Using the same preparation, bake along with potatoes and dried fruits. Its just that simple!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Because Its Greek!

If you love fish but are tired of sauteing, grilling, baking or pan frying, then try Greek Fish. It is simple and delicious; just take your favorite fish, cut the raw flesh into chunks, chop raw onion, grate raw carrots, add some olive oil and your preferred herbs/seasonings; simmer it all on the stove til the fish is white and firm and the carrot gratings tender, the onion translucent.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Romantic Dinner and You Didn't even Have to Cook!

If you don't have any idea what to cook for dinner, then just don't cook. Why not make it simple serving toasted French or Italian bread spread with fresh cream butter and or topped with a slice or two of brie, maybe grilled marinated asparagus spears or zucchini (available at some delis) as a green side along with a bowl of assorted olives and a glass of wine've got dinner.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Buckweat Groats ~ Rice Alternative!

If you are tired of rice, then try groats - Buckwheat!

I was first introduced to buckwheat on the steppes of Eastern Europe where it is often cultivated. The fields are like a bride's bouquet when in bloom and afire when its the harvest.

Buckwheat is energizing and nutritious, buckwheat is available throughout the year and can be served as an alternative to rice or made into porridge. While many people think that buckwheat is a cereal grain, it is actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel making it a suitable substitute for grains for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein gluten.

Diets that contain buckwheat have been linked to lowered risk of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure. The Yi people of China consume a diet high in buckwheat (100 grams per day, about 3.5 ounces). When researchers tested blood lipids of 805 Yi Chinese, they found that buckwheat intake was associated with lower total serum cholesterol, lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL, the form linked to cardiovascular disease), and a high ratio of HDL (health-promoting cholesterol) to total cholesterol.

Buckwheat's beneficial effects are due in part to its rich supply of flavonoids, particularly rutin. Flavonoids are phytonutrients that protect against disease by extending the action of vitamin C and acting as antioxidants.

Buckwheat's lipid-lowering activity is largely due to rutin and other flavonoid compounds. These compounds help maintain blood flow, keep platelets from clotting excessively (platelets are compounds in blood that, when triggered, clump together, thus preventing excessive blood loss, and protect LDL from free radical oxidation into potentially harmful cholesterol oxides. All these actions help to protect against heart disease.

*Prepare in the same way as you would rice. Buckwheat groats also come as 'boil in' bag option for a quick meal.

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