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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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Homemade Microwave Meal- Asian Noodles

     I believe I am on to something! Lately I have been seeing if stove top meals are better than microwave meals. My research seems to point to differences like how much time food is cooked, what the food is, and how powerful the microwave is plays a big roll in the tastiness of the meal. So my short answer is if you got the time and are feeding more than yourself  the stove is better. If you just want to eat quick and your cooking for yourself, the microwave is key. I am simple and filling meals all day but a simpler and still filling meal .... where is it? One is right hear! This is my #tastytuesday Homemade Microwave Meal- Asian Noodles.  The first in this series is on my Instagram @clynnsart follow over there for more meal ideas.

Preparation time: 2 minutes , Cook time: 7 minutes
Items needed: A Taste of Thai  Vermicelli Rice Noodles Angel Hair, Kroger Frozen Onion,Carrot, Celery Mix, Himalayan Pink Salt, Black Ground Pepper and Onion Powder, Water and Wax Paper.

1) Get a microwave safe bowl and break off a handful of the noodles, add water to the bowl until the noodles are covered or almost covered.
2) Then cut open and add the frozen vegetables after rinsing, about a handful or a cup full. It really depends on the amount of vegetables you want. They too should be under or almost under the water.
3) Add the seasonings, 3 shakes of  salt, 2 shakes of pepper and 2 shakes of onion powder. Then cover with wax paper. ( All seasonings are optional use what you like )
4) Put in the microwave for 6 minutes on medium high or high depending on your microwave.
5) At the half way point of 3 minutes stir up the soup. Replace the wax paper Then start back up.
6) When it’s done stir again, cover back up and start microwave for 1 more minute.
7) The food is done! The bowl will be very hot so be careful removing it from the microwave. Allow to cool for a minute , stir it, taste it and add what seasoning you may need to complete your meal!
8) Time to eat!!!

As with anything new you have to adjust as needed, and all cooking is at your own risk!
If you try this recipe, comment below let me know how you tweaked it to your tastebuds, and now.... on to the next blog post,

Later, Crystal

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

New Snack Alert

     This is a new snack alert! At least for me this is new. Dollar Tree store usually has a variety of chip snacks, on this shopping day I found these Pop Corners Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn snack and I loaded up the cart! They have a good balance of  salty and sweet and for $1.00 they are a deal. That’s why I say don’t sleep on cheap! 

     What new snacks have you found lately? Comment below. Until the next blog post! 

Later, Crystal 

#snack #popcorners #sweetandsalty 

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Simple and Filling! Crispy and Tender Brussels Sprouts

     Sometimes I just feel like I need a little crisp in my life, and on this day I chose to enjoy some Brussels Sprouts with a crisp and tender taste. This is what I did:

1) I took one bag of frozen Brussels Sprouts washed them, then cut in halves set to the side.
2) Got out a medium pan, turned stove eye to medium heat, poured 3 tablespoons of Canola Oil (use what works for you)
3) I poured the cut halves of the Brussels Sprouts in the pan, turning the flat side to the pan floor. This will allow the inside to heat quicker and brown faster.
4) I add Himalayan Pink Salt and Black Pepper, then listen for the crackling sounds then I pick up individual ones to checks for desired color this varies in time but usually between 2-4 minutes.
5) All get flipped and cooked for another 1-2 minutes softly stirring as the Brussels Sprouts are now beginning to stick that’s fine with me it adds to the flavor.
6) Check for desired color, crispness and tenderness, then turn heat off, remove from the stove eye to stop cooking process completely. 
7)Time to plate! Most importantly it’s time to eat!

     I ate some as a snack, then ate the rest as part of a meal, they turned out great! The video is on Instagram @clynnsart and YouTube at C.LynnsArt of Cooking, check them out and Happy Eating! 

On to the next blog post, 
Later, Crystal 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

On Those Blah Blah Days This Is What I Choose

     If your on my Instagram @clynnsart you know I usually post on #tastytuesday but yesterday I woke up just Blah Blah! So I chose applesauce, which is definitely a childhood favorite, green tea, which is almost an every day staple and a spoonful of cashew butter? Literally I asked why are my tastebuds trippin, but I have learned to listen to my body so I did! Then even at lunch, I still was not really hungry so I chose something simple (post on IG as well) . The point of this post is for dinner my appetite was back I cooked a balanced meal and the Blah Blah was gone! I do feel it’s important to listen to your bodies needs as long as it’s not putting you in danger, here and there my body will need a break from digesting heavier foods or food in general and when the later happens then I juice all day. Do you listen to your body regularly or just when it’s convenient? Comment! 

Until the next post, Crystal

Friday, January 24, 2020

Vegetarian Breakfast Tacos Simple and Filling!

     Do you roll or fall out of the bed HUNGRY? I do, at the very least 4-5 times a week. When this happens I am not in the mood for any thing time consuming besides, I am a simple eater, so I make sure to keep certain items stocked that I know can go with multiple items like my gluten free tortillas, eggs and salsa! All three together or separate can add dimension to many meals. I share this on my Instagram @clynnsart and on my YouTube channel C.Lynns Art of Cooking, plus of course here on my blog.

     This breakfast meal I prepared in all of about 15 minutes, it would of been quicker if I had my green tea first! Here are the steps:

2 gluten free Tortillas
2 brown cage free Eggs
Small hand full of Swiss Cheese
4 teaspoons of Salsa
3 tablespoons of Canola Oil
Himalayan Pink Salt and Pepper

1) Rinse off eggs in water break open in a bowl, with a spoon I remove long white stings that are connected to the egg (personal preference) then add 2 dashes of Himalayan Pink Salt and 1 dash of ground Pepper. Stir till blended with a fork.
2) Get medium skillet (I prefer stainless steel but non stick works) add 2 tablespoons of Canola Oil turn stove to medium heat. Tilt skillet back and forth to allow oil to spread across, then add eggs. Let sit.
3) Take out Swiss Cheese bag, 2 gluten free Tortillas and Salsa set them to the side.
4) Go back to eggs they should be settling in to thickness, turn stove to medium low, go around edges of eggs to release any sticking to sides of the skillet with a spatula, then fold it in half. I like my eggs done no juices running out so you decide how done you want your eggs because at this point you may want to proceed to cut the half in half and place on a plate. My eggs will need another minute.
5) Depending on your skillet your simple omelette halves should of slid out leaving much of nothing, so then get some paper towel wipe it out, place back on stove eye, put 1 tablespoon of Canola Oil in skillet spread it around add the gluten free Tortillas, add Swiss Cheese and put the eggs on them.
6) Turn stove eye off, get your plate, take your Breakfast Tacos out and put 2 teaspoons of Salsa on each and ENJOY!    What meal will I discuss next? Come back and read, now on to the next blog post, Always Crystal.

Friday, January 10, 2020

I Like to be Untraditional with My Favorite Fish!

     Many times when fried fish is served at restaurants it tends to be cod, white fish, bass, catfish and some others but why not Salmon? Oh yes! I said Salmon! I feel at this time in my life Salmon is my favorite fish to eat when I do eat fish( sorry catfish, out with the old in with the new). I feel Salmon is not fried because it tends to be soft and can fall apart easily, but I have found a way! I mean really, I had to I was getting tired of it sautéed in the skillet. So what’s the key to a great fried salmon that does not fall apart? Buy the Salmon fillets with the skin. Now this may not be a huge deal for you but I don’t like the skin on any fish so I would normally buy skinless fillets. Only buy accident did the wrong one get picked up, and at first I was like what am I going to do take the skin off every time I cook this? No, that’s not keeping it simple which I am all about. So first time when I sautéed it like normal I did skin side down first, letting it get crispy then flipped it to finish cooking. Then I was able to just peel the skin off, it was great! Then I wanted some fried food, but I only had Salmon, so using my Bob’s Red Mill Stone Ground Garbanzo Bean Gluten Free Flour, seasonings and water the top picture was created. That fish held up amazingly well! Then days later I wanted to try it in tacos, so the second picture was created.

     What did I learn from this experience with my Favorite Fish Salmon? Living in the box makes you square. Trying new things can be rewarding. Just because it’s not talked about or advertised does not mean it is a bad idea and lastly you can miss out on great moments when you don’t switch things up! Who knew cooking this, then writing about it would give me a psychological feeling. If you cook this let me know in the comments, happy cooking and on to the next blog post,

Always Crystal

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Simple and Filling Gluten Free Pasta Meal...Why Gluten Free?

     Gluten Free Pasta has definitely gotten popular in the passing years but why do I choose it first if possible? I really like pasta of all sorts but the feeling did not seem mutual, it was like thinking someone is your friend but every time you leave there presence you just don’t feel right! Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about, anyway, years went by of cutting different seasonings out and  foods but still felt yucky 2-3 times a week (Pasta Nights). Long story short I do not have a gluten allergy but a sensitivity to it, so I can eat it here and there but I barely try that anymore. Also my favorite grocery store Aldi has a decent selection of gluten free pasta and other food so it works. 
The video of this meal is on my YouTube C.LynnsArt of Cooking and my IG @clynnsart here are the details of what I do there are directions on the box:

Cook time about 20-30 minutes 

1) Get Medium pot, fill half way with water turn on high to get it boiling.
2)Get a medium to large strainer pour some pasta in it rinse it under water 20 seconds this seems to take some of the starchiness out then dump it in the water that should be coming to a boil by now.
3)Turn down pot to medium high and stir pasta and add 2 tablespoons of oil and a shake of salt. This kind of pasta can get sticky so stirring it here and there helps.
4) Take out frozen spinach about a hand full, wash it with water and put it in the pot with the pasta turn heat to medium, drain half the water off then add Himalayan Pink Salt, Black Ground Pepper and Oregano about 2 seconds of each.
5)Test a piece of pasta is it to your liking, this pasta from what I have noticed will disintegrate if cooked to long and it is not the best reheated the next day but a few hours later is usually fine.
6)Spinach when wilted is done now drain the water off. If stickiness has occurred add new water and drain again, put back on stove turn heat to low medium add pasta sauce the brand in the video is also from Aldi. Stir all together, taste test add more seasoning if needed.
7) In less then 2 minutes sauce should be hot, turn off heat, remove from that eye so it can stop cooking. Get plates you are ready to eat! 

   Cooking new items are always risky so start with a small portion to practice then move up to serving a dinner party! Comment below if you are team Gluten Free, now on to the next blog post.

Later, Crystal 

Friday, January 3, 2020

Salmon is on the Menu for this One Skillet Lunch / Dinner Meal

    Salmon when cooked just the way you like can make you feel like your kitchen is a fine dining establishment! At least to me! So that means just like with most of my meals I need my Onions and some kind of colorfulness which in this meal is broccoli. All of this is done in one skillet here are the details:

Prep: (3hours - 20 minutes depends on how thick, frozen your Salmon are)

1) Take out Salmon the day before if you can leave in fridge, I usually don’t but it makes it quicker to start cooking. I usually take my  Salmon out 1/2 hour before I plan on cooking it, it comes individually wrapped so I keep them (2) in wrapping, put in pot of cold water and let sit for 15 minutes then flip it, remove any ice chunks in water that formed add more water let sit till it is soft to touch. That’s usually another 15 minutes.
2) While waiting for fish to thaw, I wash and cut 1 onion, now I have been prepping onions like this every few days and keeping them in a storage container since I eat them almost daily, so this step depends on the day.
3) Get out frozen broccoli, take half of the bag (about 2 good handfuls) and wash under water.
4) Pull out seasonings, Himalayan Pink salt and ground black pepper.

Cooking:(20-40 minutes if no mistakes, distractions, fish is actually thawed thoroughly)

1) Take Salmon, take it out of the water, take out plastic wrapping, use water to wash it, put it on a plate and pat dry softly with paper towels. Add seasonings, Himalayan Pink salt and ground black pepper to both sides about 2 seconds worth. Set to the side, wash hands.
2)Take large skillet coat with oil (1/4-1/2 cup of oil depending on size) turn on medium - medium high heat.
3)Watch the pan, count 30 seconds, do you see a slight waviness to the oil? Yes then lay both pieces of Salmon in, it should give a sizzling sound. If no waviness, proceed anyway and turn heat slightly higher after sizzling starts getting rapid turn heat back down to original position.
4) When whiteness has come through Salmon (kinda looks like white fluff) and edges are slightly brown it is time to flip it to the other side, slide them to one side of the skillet and if sticking add a few tablespoons of oil to pan.
5) Now add onions to skillet and seasonings, turn skillet down to low medium heat cook 1 minute stirring onions in there spot.
6)Add broccoli on top onions, stir together and flip Salmon back to original side and cover skillet for 1 1/2-2 minutes if pan looks dry add 2-3 tablespoons of water where it’s dry.
7) Salmon should be browned vegetables sautéed so meal is done time to plate and eat! Enjoy! On to the next blog post, later Crystal

Don’t be Scared of Brussels Sprouts, here’s Why!

   Video is on YouTube: C.LynnsArt of Cooking:  Have you noticed Brussels Sprouts can tend to get a bad wrap for whatever reason? At one time I even stayed away because of the hype. Then I said let’s see what they are really about these mini cabbage look a likes! I came to find out like most vegetables they just NEED seasoning and don’t let them get mushy unless you like that. So for those on Instagram that wanted to know the answer to my question of why did I sauté the onions with the Brussels Sprouts and not alone like most of my videos? They get more flavor being cooked with the onions, oil and seasonings then adding them at the end. Also I cut them in half to allow flavor to soak in better as well. Then because I do not like my tomatoes over cooked, they get put in at just about the end of the Brussels Sprouts and onions being done just to warm through. Here are the details:

1)With frozen Brussels Sprouts take out a bowl full wash under water, cut in halves.
2)Wash and cut a half of an onion or more depending on your liking.
3) Wash and dice up some tomatoes however many you want. (10-15 or less minutes prep if your not steady with a knife or talking on phone at the same time)

Cooking:(20-30 minutes or less depends on how frozen veggies are, how brown do you want it)
1) Put your skillet on medium heat, pour about 1/4 cup of oil you need enough to coat the skillet
2) Put in Brussels Sprouts and onions try to lay Brussels Sprouts on flat cut side
3) Shake Pink Himalayan  Salt ( that’s my everyday salt use your salt) and black pepper all over about 2 seconds of each worth.
4) Watch for browning then stir and flip everything around then season some more, if vegetables are sticking to skillet add more oil (about 2 tablespoons) and slightly lower the heat.
5) When onions are golden and Brussels Sprouts have some browning and not cold inside ( so take a fork get a big one slice it in half is it cold, warm, or hot?) now throw in your tomatoes add more seasoning and stir all together.
6) Let the tomatoes slightly soften then cut off heat cover with top.
7) Meal will continue to cook so I eat this right away and I have the plates on the counter ready to serve otherwise mushy vegetables will begin and I do not like that! Also remove from its place so it can stop heating as quick if you don’t plan on eating within 10-15 minutes.

May sound like a lot but it’s not preparation is key along with confidence and keeping an eye on it so it does not burn! Happy cooking, on to the next blog post.

Later, Crystal

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Trying not to Waste Food leads to Creativity on this Lunch Plate.

     Trying not to be wasteful can be hard but I do strive to do it. I used to have a freezer full of baggies of leftovers that at the end of the day, month and year most of the time did not get eaten. Do you or have you found yourself in the freezer bag cycle? Well I can say at this point I am free from that sad wasteful cycle! How did I do it? I cook smaller meals. 2) If the meals for the day do not get eaten by bedtime they go in the refrigerator not the freezer. 3) Within 2-3 days a mixed plate is made of all leftovers to be eaten or leftovers are added to new meal for the day. Now there are times 1-2 times a month a small portion of food has got overlooked or it is just not desirable anymore and is wasted that is usually around the 5-6 day mark.

     This is what one of my mixed plates can look like. That morning I had boiled eggs for breakfast, by lunch I wanted some fries, as I had cut them out of my life for a while and have been working them back in. Then wondering what protein to add I had the egg from breakfast still left and added it to the plate. For those on Instagram I left you wandering what were those seasonings I used so here is the layout...

     Hand slice fries, rinse under water pat dry put in preheated oil usually on medium to medium high depending on stove or fryer used. 2)When golden brown to your liking turn off stove or fryer, take out put on paper towel to drain excess oil off then transfer to plate. 3) Time to season! Get Himalayan  Pink Salt, Black Ground Pepper, Onion Powder and the plot twist.... Dried OREGANO! WHAT!?  Then Ketchup of course. 4) Peel and slice egg and EAT!  Now for a first timer using oregano this way I would recommend putting the ketchup all over the top of the fries so the different taste does not catch you off guard ( I am laughing thinking of one of my early times getting caught off guard). If you try this tag me @clynnsart now on to the next blog post.

Later, Crystal

Green Juice Healthy but Tasty?

     I am starting my Day 2 raw breakfast with a homemade green juice! When I make these I know that I am doing something that is going to benefit my body, but when I taste it... I tend to have second thoughts. Does this happen to you? Then I think ok just add some more fruit but I don’t want to increase my sugar levels so what to do? On the days I know my taste buds will fight me to get this down I add cinnamon to the juice while it is blending! I have noticed this cuts the green taste down and I like cinnamon anyway, but for today I felt like roughing it out so that’s what I am doing while writing this! 

   This green juice has: 1 1/2 cups of water 
                                     Hand full of washed frozen in the bag spinach 
                                     A little less than half an apple peeled and cored
                                     1 slice of lemon just the flesh not the peel

I feel greener already! Let me know what you have in your green juices and if you post on Instagram tag me @clynnsart now on to the next blog post.
Later, Crystal