Thursday, April 23, 2020

Simple and Filling! Styled Baked Potato

     I love potatoes, they are very versatile and can be a meal or added to meals. This delicious plate is very simple to duplicate here are the steps:

     1) Get a medium to large potato, rinse under water. Now you have a choice, if you have a microwave button that has potato poke some holes in it wrap it in wax paper and cook.
If you like a stove top method, put potato in a pot, fill with water until water covers it, turn to high when water boils turn to medium high heat, cover pot with lid and keep an eye on it for 20-30 minutes. Poke it with a fork if it goes in easy it’s done if not cook longer and possibly add more water if it has gotten below half empty, and keep an eye on it! Or if you like the oven, turn on medium high around 300 degrees Fahrenheit, poke holes  in the potato, place on baking dish, cover with foil and cook for 20-30 minutes, tests for softness by using a toothpick to push in potato and use oven mitts to prevent burn when putting in and pulling the potato out the oven. If not done continue cooking checking in every 5 minutes. Remember to cut everything off when done.

     2) I used the stove top to cook, so when potato is done, remove pot from the stove, then drain the hot water off it. Allow it to cool 15 minutes. Place the potato in a bowl and take the skin off, be careful it will still be somewhat hot!

3) What do you like on your baked potato? This is your moment to be creative, this can be a individual family project to decorate your potato. I chose to slice Cherry Tomatoes in halves, sprinkle Himalayan Pink Salt, Black Ground Pepper, Onion Powder and Dried Oregano! Also a drizzle of Canola Oil.

4) That’s it time to eat!

     I cook with the intent to keep it simple and filling! So don’t make cooking difficult enjoy it and on to the next blog post.

Later, Crystal

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Use Up Those Can Goods, I’m talking Tuna!

      During this Coronavirus time I know many
people were stocking up on numerous things
and canned goods were one of them. This is simple and filling.
Literally get a plate, open a can of tuna, I like StarKist, drain the water off it.
Dump it on the plate and get your favorite seasonings, mix it in.
Get a large helping of an already made side dish, I had potato salad, add that to the other side
of the plate then I added some black pepper to the potato salad because that’s just what I do.
Guess what? It’s time to eat!

     On to the next blog post.... later, Crystal
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Simple and Filling Nachos made My Way

     Nachos are such a great filling meal that you can really take on a challenge of how many ways can you create this dish (which I do!) . One way I create nachos is using lentils as my protein instead of traditional hamburger! Let me explain:

     I first rinse and soak the lentils overnight, soaking overnight is optional because lentils really don’t take long to cook in general. Then when I am ready to cook them I drain off the water replace with new water and add Himalayan Pink Salt, Onion Powder, Black Pepper and since this is all done in a big glass bowl I cover it with a sheet of wax paper. I let it sit for 10 minutes for seasonings to seep in, then.....

     I put it in the microwave! Oh yes that’s what I said, the microwave on 9 minutes regular heat temperature. Halfway through I stir it up, then continue cooking it. When it’s done it should have soaked up the water and have a dense consistency. 

     So if you choose to cook on the stove bring a pot of water to boil, put in rinsed lentils and seasonings and turn to medium high heat, cook until water has almost evaporated, stirring it periodically. Then remove from the stove and add more seasoning if necessary after tasting it. It also should have a dense consistency.

     You are set to get your favorite tortilla chips or the store brand because I have found you should not sleep on cheap, and actually prefer the store brands. I will share what my current favorite store brand tortilla chips are in another post. Grab also that mild, medium or hot salsa.

     Do you eat in a plate or a bowl? I prefer a bowl that has a half inch to an inch rise so as things get messy I am able to scoop to the wall, nevertheless, grab your plate or bowl and the first layer is tortilla chips then those great seasoned lentils, topped with salsa! Let’s eat!

     Cooking does not have to be difficult so let’s not make it! Now on to the next blog...

Later, Crystal

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Homemade Microwave Meal-Gluten Free Elbow pasta with Broccoli and Onions

     This is another great simple and filling meal that can be ready in about 10 minutes! As I mentioned before I am looking at microwave meals from scratch as a quick healthy option using items I already would of used for the stove top. This is the details for Gluten Free Elbow Pasta with Broccoli and Onions.

1) I used Ronzoni Gluten Free Elbow Pasta because it was on sale at Kroger. I got a handful to put in the glass bowl this probably measured a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of pasta.

2) Cover pasta with water until it reaches a 1/4 of an inch above all the pasta. 

3) Then take frozen broccoli, I got the Kroger brand, a handful amount and rinse under water. Then add to pasta. 

4) I usually precut onions regularly so I took a 1/4 cup of onions raw and put them in pasta and broccoli. 4a) Add seasonings. I used Himalayan Pink Salt, Black Ground Pepper and Oregano, 2-3 shakes each, go according to your taste.

5) Put in the microwave on medium high to high depending upon power of your microwave, and set for 6 minutes. It will be HOT so use a oven mitt or towel to help pull it out, stir around briefly then test pasta if to your liking, eat! If not soft enough add a little more warm water if water has went under pasta level, then put back in microwave for 3 minutes at same temperature. 

6) Time to eat! Take out pasta dish with a oven mitt or towel, stir, plate it up and ENJOY!

This can vary in time but ultimately it is still quicker than the stove top way and that’s what I was going for! So on to my next meal project and on to the next blog post. 

Later, Crystal 

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