I’m not sure what the weather is like in your part of the world, but here in Alabama we are at a standstill. Northerners, please don’t laugh at us, but we are at a standstill because we have about an inch of snow on the ground! Our schools are closed and roads are hazardous. It is a very good day here to stay home, work on pictures and cook a nice lunch.
I hope you enjoy this easy meal. I really don’t have a name for it. I’ll just call it Easy Snowy Day Lunch.
- Use enough ground beef or ground check to make 3 or 4 patties, or the amount you need.
- Hide a chunk of cheese inside each patty. I have used cheddar and monterey jack before. I guess most any type you enjoy would work. Today I used monterey jack.
- Place patties in a hot iron skillet on medium heat and brown slowly on one side. Then turn burner down to medium low and brown the other side. Be careful NOT to “squish” the patty down with a spatula.
- You can also add a little of your favorite steak sauce to the patty if you like. I usually just add salt and pepper.
- Cook until they reach the desired doneness. Some cheese may ooze out during cooking.
The green I paired this with was fresh green beans and brocolli.
Wash beans and brocolli. Break off the ends of the beans before you steam them. I didn’t have enough green beans, so I put what I had in the steamer and added brocolli to make enough green for 3 servings. Seam for 4-5 minutes–no more than 5 minutes. I added the green beans first, because they might need around 30 seconds longer to cook than brocolli. After steaming pour beans and brocolli into a bowl, dry with a paper towel and drizzle with olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.
A nice naval orange is a good side with this meal!
We had these with our supper (dinner for many of you) tonight. They are so so easy and delicious. We often eat them for dessert.
- Wash and peel a couple of big sweet potatoes. Cut in slices/chunks as shown.
- Heat an iron skillet over medium heat, add a couple Tablespoonfuls of coconut oil or olive oil.
- Add potaotes and drizzle honey on top. I may use 1/4 cup honey. Adjust this amount for the sweetness you like.
- Pour about 1/2 cup water over the honey.
- Cover and cook about 15 minutes or until potaotes are soft as you like and liquid is absorbed.
We had these potatoes with meatloaf (which was frozen earlier and baked a short while before starting the remainder of the meal), cornbread, beans (canned ones tonight), and roasted cabbage. I like the slight burned taste when I cook this cabbage under the broiler.
- Cut 1/2 cabbage head in small pieces. See photo. Toss with a couple tablespoonfuls of sesmae oil. You can also use olive oil, but I think the sesmae oil gives it a nice taste.
- Put cabbage in a single layer and put under the broiler. Broil about 5 minutes. Turn/toss the cabbage with a spatula and broil about 4 or 5 more minutes.
- Watch closely, however, I like a little charring around the edges. .
I hope many of you got to see some of the 14 episodes that I mentioned in the last post “Awakening from Alzheimer’s” before they went off at 12:00 midnight last night. All of the episodes were great, but Episode 6 explained why Alzheimer’s is often called type 3 diabetes. They were saying the brain runs on glucose, and in alzheimer’s patients there is an insulin deficiency/insulin resistance in the brain. Glucose needs insulin to get into cells of the body. In the brain insulin releases these glucose transporters that help glucose get in the brain. If you can’t get glucose into brain cells, the cells die.
Excessive sugar in the diet is the problem. In the eaarly 1800’s a person might have eaten 6 lbs. of sugar a year, but today with the average American diet, we eat over 130 lbs. a year. If your brain is not processing glucose well, coconut oil and MCT oil will help your brain produce an alternative fuel, ketones.
I could go on and on with the science details that I learned from these webinars because I find them so interesting, but suffice it to say our diets, along with lifestyle changes, are main criteria in overall health, and now they are finding out especially in neurological disorders. Sad to say, most medical doctors have very little training in nutrition.
I am not good with titles, so for want of a better one, this dish is peanut chicken. This is another quick throw-together for a busy church night.
I am taking culinary classes online, and the chef has been encouraging us to cook wihtout recipes. He is teaching methods of cooking and says that cooking is an art not a rigid set of directions. So here goes.
- Preheat a large saute pan on medium. Salt chicken lightly and pepper it generously. Put about 2 Tablespoons of sesame oil in the pan and saute chicken briefly until it looses its color and is tender. One could use olive oil, but the sesame oil gives it a different flavor. Chicken breast is not very flavorful on its own.
2. Remove chicken from pan and add 2 or 3 chopped garlic cloves. Cook about 1 minute or until fragrant.
3. Add some brocolli florets and green peppers and saute a couple of minutes. Add some spinach and continue cooking until spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes. Use whatever veggies you like. I just happened to have spinach that needed to be used before it went bad. Add chicken back to the pan. Cover and set aside while you prepare the peanuts.
4. Put a spoonful of coconut oil in a small preheated skillet, add raw peanuts (cashews would work here also) and cook a few minutes until peanuts are slightly brown, stirring constantly. Salt to taste.
5. Serve chicken mixture with peanuts on top. After I made this tonight, I had a suggestion that the peanuts be chopped slightly so that it would be easier to scoop them up with a fork. We thought the peanuts gave the chicken a nicer flavor and I loved the crunch!
Don’t wait until you see symptoms of Alzheimers before you act. Remember an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
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I want to be specific that this pesto is made from basil, after discovering that one can make pesto from so many different things. I had a bumper crop of basil in my raised bed this year and decided to use most of it to make pesto. This is a recipe a good friend shared with me five years ago.
I also dried some basil by hanging the stems upside down in the attic (see picture).
4 cups coarsely chopped sweet basil leaves
1 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup unsalted butter (optional)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
a dash of salt and pepper
Puree all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
Use immediately, freeze or put the pesto in a glass jar and put in the refrigerator. If you put in in the refrigerator, pour a thin layer of olive oil on top of the pesto in the jar and screw the lid on. This will keep for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.
This recipe makes about 1 1/2-2 cups.
Remember that net carbs = total grams of carbs minus grams of fiber. Eat your fruit instead of drinking it!
If you cooked ham for the weekend you probably had some left over. I did, and today I made HAM CORN CHOWDER. This dish is so simple and a very very tasty use of the ham.
Ham Corn Chowder
1 can cream of chicken
2 cups chopped ham
1 can whole kernel corn, drained (11 oz., no liquid)
8 oz. Sour cream
5 medium potatoes
2-2 ½ cups chicken broth
1 pat butter (optional)
- Peel and cube potatoes.
- Cover with chicken broth.
- Cook about 10 minutes or until potatoes are soft.
- Add other ingredients and simmer 5 to 10 minutes. Simple and Delicious!!!!