Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
We got the Sicilian, which is a thin crust meat pizza. They are about 13 ounces each, so we made a salad of romaine lettuce, peanuts and cranberries to go with it.
We thought it was a good pizza and with the coupon, they are a good value for an upscale frozen pizza. Adding a salad helped make it into a pleasant, easy and quick midweek meal.
We will buy these again with the coupon, but only when they are on sale because there are other pizzas that we like better.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
My wife diced one small onion and chopped three medium cloves garlic. While she made a salad of romaine lettuce and various veggies, I lovingly sauteed the onions and garlic in EVOO. After a couple of minutes, I added some of a local brand of chorizo and cooked the mixture until the chorizo was done. I finished the sauce by adding one 14 1/2 oz can of diced tomatoes and one 14 1/2 once can of tomatoes with chilies. By serving it with the lovely salad made by my lovely wife, we had a very satisfying mid-week meal with some great leftovers for lunch.
The chorizo and chilies add some intriguing flavors with a bit of heat. My wife and I were quite pleased with this dinner and I am sure we will make it again. And not only was it tasty, but it was a very quick meal that was easy to put together.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
- 2 Parts Craisins (dried cranberries)
- 2 Parts roasted peanuts
- 1 Part plain M&M's
I tried some of it and I really liked it and my wife and the rest of clan thought it was delicious and satisfying. The peanuts add a bit of a salty flavor and a nice dose of protein and other nutrients. The dried cranberries are a wonderful, slightly tart fruit and they provide vitamin C and fiber.
Also, this is economical because it was homemade and we bought the dried cranberries on sale. (They are on sale again this month).
If you like the idea of a healthy, fun and satisfying snack, this is a great way to put that three pound bag of Craisins to work.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Many of us spend money on snacks out of the vending machines at our place of work. Recently Costco had a 30 pack of Baked Lays for $2.50 off. The price in my local store is normally 10.89 so the final price is 8.39, which is 28 cents for each bag.
I looked in the vending machine we have at work and most snacks are 75 cents each which means bringing your own saves nearly 47 cents, which is a pretty huge savings. And even without the coupon, you would be saving about 39 cents each. If you buy a bag a day at work, this will save you about $100 a year, which is decent money.
And there is also a calorie savings too. I compared these to the regular Lays products at Costco and the baked products were about 10 calories less for most of them. However, the portion size for the baked products is larger than the fried products, so you get to eat more.
The boxes come with four varities:
- Regular Baked Lays Potato Chips
- Baked Barbecue Lays Potato Chips
- Baked Cheddar Cheese Ruffles
- Baked Cheetos
As I said, the box holds 30 bags, so it saves some space that way.
I admit that you need to do more than just buy these snacks to get rich and thin, but they certainly will help you reach those goals.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
or in this case, a lost dinner.
Chicken 'Pot Pie' with Garam Marsala
The dinner wasn’t a disaster, but storage ended up causing it to be wasted. I made a variation on chicken pot pie seasoned with garam masala inspired by Jeffery Saad. Start with a stock pot that has two small onions chopped, one carrot chopped, one stalk celery chopped and four cloves of garlic grated into it and softened in EVOO over medium heat. Add about six cups chicken stock and about half a rotisserie chicken chopped into bite size pieces. The whole pot is seasoned with salt, pepper and about a teaspoon and a half of garam masala. This all cooked together and about two cups of quinoa is added and left to simmer until cooked. The quinoa took the place that potatoes would be in a regular chicken pot pie.
The dish tasted fantastic, but was too hot to put in the refrigerator right away, so I set it outside to cool down. Unfortunately, the dish fell off the ledge later in the evening and crashed on the cement and we lost the rest of the beautiful dinner and a fine Corning Ware dish as well.
This is a dish we will be making again and hopefully I can take a picture of it and it will be around for Mike to eat as well. I will be more careful about using the 'Minnesota refrigerator' in the future.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
First, I cooked up one small yellow onion with three medium cloves of pressed garlic. After they were nicely cooked, I added 1/2 cup white wine, the juice and fat in the bottom of the rotisserie chicken package, a 1/4 cup capers, a rinsed and drained can of cannellini beans and a bunch of artichoke hearts that had been chopped up. Then I juiced one large lemon and added the juice, plus the zest from the same lemon.
After the flavors had melded a bit I added about half the chicken chopped and let it all come to temperature. The finished product was served over jasmine rice.
This recipe from Robin Miller did provide some inspiration, so I do want to give her some credit. I liked the idea of the artichokes hearts in a piccata recipe, but then I made it my own by:
- Using fresh onion and garlic cooked in EVOO
- Eliminating the step of cooking the chicken by using a rotisserie chicken
- Cutting out some of the ingredients from the chicken breading since I used cooked chicken
- Adding the juices and fat from the chicken instead of broth
- Changing from brown to white rice
- Substituting cannellini beans and using more of them
- Cooking the beans in the sauce instead of with the rice
- Not caring about any measurement except for the wine and capers