Salad, when you have no lettuce

Does a salad need need to have lettuce?

When there is no lettuce in the house, I gather together what I have and will still make a salad bowl. Even when there has been so much travel, and I have only begun buying more vegetables.

Despite our travels the last weekend in May and the first weekend in June, I had bought cucumbers and tomatoes.

I am loving spiralized European cucumbers.  To make it company worthy, I chopped up a Roma tomato, and added some chopped pecans.  I topped it off with some Wishbone EVOO Caesar dressing.

With some crazy colors ftom my iPhone 8 Plus, here is a pic of what we didn’t eat.

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After not eating the fluorescent version above, these were the leftovers, that I happily ate the next day.

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I have learned to line the bowl of leftover salads with paper towels, which did take away the Caesar flavor of the dressing, but the pecans still had some snap.

Years ago, whilst in a new relationship, I remember the salad contests.  Who could put the most unusual ingredients in the salad bowl?

What is your favorite salad?

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What I have been eating for breakfast

Eggs.  Like them, hate them, they are a constant in our lives, as in, they are the same now as they were when I was born, and will probably be the same when I am gone.

I have inherited high cholesterol, and can have 4-5 eggs per week, one at a time.

One thing I love to make is a fried egg, over refried beans.  These are the refried bean I choose:

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I fry an egg and plop it on top.  Then, I start eating before rembering to snap a picture.

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For some reason a fried egg tastes more decadent to me.

What is your favorite way to eat an egg?

New Pizza crust

Hello to all!

I wandered around Costco’s bakery one day to see what I could find that I could eat.  Since I can eat wheat now, I wanted to see what they had that would help me stay low carb.

This is what I found!

So I defrosted one of the flatbreads,  put a bit of sauce down on it,  ground some Italian herbs over it,  and maybe a pinch of Basil,  and topped it with handfuls of shredded Mozzarella,  and some Parmesan  cheese.   I added my final topping,  some small tomatoes,  eaxmxh one cut in half.   I baked it in our toaster/oven/convection machine.

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So,  I may have over heated it a minute or two, but no complaints.   Having grown up with pita pizzas,  this seemed like a lot of food,  for 12 g carb as a base.

Jack Sprat

‘Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean.’

So said the nursery rhyme.  SpecialK’s nutritionist limited his intake of saturated fats and cholesterol.  My nutritionist limited my saturated fats and sugar intake.

I get the privilege of eating the remaining dairy, as I was told not to eat dairy free.

What are we eating?  I made chicken and white bean soup, and after SpecialK’s appointment, I made a mushroom bean soup.  The best part, they were tasty.  The worst part?  The puns.

One day at a time, just like every other part of life.

Which foods are part of your winter eats?

Chicken White Bean Soup, in the Instapot

I love to read other people’s recipes.  Then I make said recipe, using what I have and like.

I was alone here for the first weekend of January.  I decided to try this soup, and I am so glad I did!

I sliced up an onion (we only have sweet onions here).  I minced a garlic clove.  I set the Instant Pot for Saute, and added some light olive oil. I ‘dumped’ the onions and garlic in the Instant Pot.  I cooked them until the onions were golden brown.  I put the whole chicken breast in, and turned it to make sure both sides were well cooked.  I added 4 cups of water and 2 Tablespoons plus one teaspoon of Better Than Bouillon Chicken base, and added some dried basil and dried parsley.  A whole bag of Trader Joe’s Mushroom Medley joined the party.  Placing the cover on, I set to cook for 5 minutes, high pressure.

While that was heating, I drained and rinsed a can of white canellini beans.  When the chicken was cooked, I took the chicken out and put the beans in the pot.

Other people’s recipes called for shredding the chicken.  SpecialK doesn’t like shredded chicken so I cut the chicken into cubes.

The chicken was barely pink in the middle, so I tossed the cubes back in the pot.  Mingling in the piping hot broth cured the chicken of any pink-ness.

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I ladled up a bowl, and it was so good!  To confuse the issue, I added a spoonful of light sour cream.  Oh yeah, dinner was served.

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What’s your favorite soup?

For Kosher, use kosher chicken stock and leave out sour cream.

For vegetarian, use the Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Base, omit chicken and add another can of beans.

For all others, customize to your tastes!

Cranberry Beans, aka Shell Beans

I love cranberry beans!  I first found them at The Boys, in Delray Beach, FL.  Imagine my surprise finding them at Russo’s in Waltham, MA as shell beans!  I knew what I was looking at, and did some research to learn their alias’.

I am only sorry I bought less than a half pound!  At $.99/lb, I spent all of $.44.  This is just a small representation.

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Easy to shell, it was quick work for my bounty.

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I started by frying some shallots in olive oil, then added the beans and some stock.

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You probably noticed that the stripes disappeared once cooked.

I added some brown rice, and had a fabulous meal.

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All warmed together.

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So yummy!  Now to find a farm stand near me….

Does anyone of a Western MA farm stand I could get to?

 

 

Happy Holidays

I wish you a Merry Christmas!

Winter has arrived and along with it, the desire for warmth.

Gingerbread is a flavor of the season, and being low carb is no excuse.

I made this recipe, using a biscuit cutter because there are no actual children here. SpecialK does that care about the shape of the cookies.

This is the recipe I used.  Modern day gingerbread faces?  For the first time since eating low carb, I made cookies that were crisp.  SpecialK especially liked the thinner ones, maybe next time he will help roll them?

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Whatever you do to celebrate, I hope it’s a happy time.  May 2019 bring us all the best of ourselves.

 

Lettuce-less salad

I was playing in the kitchen again!  Cheryl gave me some green onions, and we discussed my desire for a bean salad.

1 Cucumber seeded, 2 tomatoes seeded, 2 green onions, sliced.  When I finished chopping, I realized my cannellini beans were oversized, so I cut them in half.  2 T each EVOO and white wine vinegar, 1/2 T apple cider vinegar.  Salt and pepper.

Sounds so easy, but it does take time to chop fresh veggies.  I am thinking to cook some brown rice to make a complete meal.

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What have you made lately?