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Archive for July, 2013

postheadericon Home Made Taco’s by MexicanSamurai100

Check out this simple, easy meal from the Mexican Samurai on Youtube.  Talk about easy peasy!

(Prep time about an hour in total!)

What you need:

2 medium sized bowls and 1 large one

Medium cooking pot Sharp knife (mind your fingers!)

Cutting board (Unless you don’t mind your counter getting chopped to pieces!)

Spoon

Frying pan or microwave

Tortilla’s from your local store pre made

1-2 chicken breasts

1 onion white or red

1 bunch of cilantro

1 tomato

1 crushed chili in can

Lime juice about a tsp *Optional

Tapatio sauce

Salt and pepper to taste (use less salt if you are on sodium restricted diet)

How to do it:

  1. In medium cooking pot, add water until about half way to the top.  Add a little salt if you like.  Place the chicken in the pot of water and boil.  It won’t look pretty just yet so don’t worry about it.  It will taste divine when it’s done.  It is cooked when the meat is white.
  2. Now take your tomato and cut it up into small pieces and throw it into a bowl.  Add the drained, crushed chilli’s to the tomato’s and then add as much Tapatio sauce as your little heart desires or as much as you mouth can handle.
  3. Chop up an onion and throw it into a bowl.  Chop up the Cilantro and throw that in the bowl with onions.
  4. Warm up the Tortilla shells in lightly oiled frying pan.
  5. Place the warm Tortilla shell on a plate and add the Chicken, Onion/Cilantro mixture, Tomato, Chilli Peppers and Tapatio sauce in a somewhat straight line.  Careful!  This could get messy!  Got a bib handy?
  6. Eat and enjoy
Thanks to MexianSamurai100 for this great video!  Follow him on Youtube!  I do!

Difficulty level: 2/10 = YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

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postheadericon Egg salad sandwich

Egg Salad Sandwich
Egg Salad Sandwich

What you need:

Stove

Pot with water enough to cover egs

Bowl

Fork

Knife or spatula

Ingredients:

Eggs (depending on how many you want to feed.  1 egg = 2 sandwiches)

Mayonnaise (homemade recipe to be added soon) or Miracle Whip

Green onion (depending on how many you want to fee.  2 stalks green onion = 2 sandwiches)

Celery (optional)

Pinch of Salt for boiling the eggs

Pinch of Salt for adding to egg mixture (Omit if on sodium restricted diet.)

Pinch Pepper

Pinch Paprika (optional)

Bread

Butter or Margarine (optional)

Optional toppings:  Tomato/Lettuce/Bean Sprouts etc.

How to make it:

  • Place eggs in a pot, depending on how many eggs you are cooking, and cover with cool water.  Add a pinch of salt and put on stove to boil.  Hard boiled eggs for this recipe take about 10 minutes once they are boiling.  May be shorter time depending on your stove.
  • Once eggs are cooked, drain the hot water and replace with cool water.  Allow eggs to cool a little so you can peel them.  A simple way to peel is just to tap cooked egg on counter and then peel or use a knife to cut through shell and then peel.
  • Cut up your green onion and celery (optional) into small pieces.
  • Place eggs in bowl with green onion and celery and chop up the egg into small pieces.
  • Add your mayonnaise, salt, pepper and paprika (optional) to egg mixture and mix together until the mayonnaise, vegetables and seasonings are mashed together.
  • Put your bread on plate and add butter or margarine, if preferred.
  • Scoop a generous amount of the egg salad mixture onto your bread and put together.
  • Enjoy!  Yes you did it!  Now go brag about it to all your friends.
Sodium restricted diets:  Use less salt
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postheadericon Chocolate Cake (diabetic) (microwave)

Alrighty here’s another awesome tasting diabetic recipe.  Have a ton of fun making this whether you are diabetic or just trying to cut down on your sugar.  This one is done in the microwave so you know it’s got to be super easy!

What you need:

Microwave Oven

Mixing bowls x 2

Small microwave safe bowl

Cup shaped coffee filter

Paper towel

Knife

Ingredients:

1/4 soy flour

1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 large egg

1 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tbsp sugar substitute

1/ tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp vanilla

1 pinch of salt

Frosting:

3 tbsp sour cream

2 tbsp sugar substitute

1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 large strawberry

How to make it:

  1. Bowl 1 sift soy flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda.
  2. Add egg, sugar substitute, oil and vanilla in bowl 1.  Mix until combined.
  3. Line a small microwave safe bowl with a cup shaped coffee filter (not cone).
  4. Pour batter into bowl and microwave on high for approximately 1 minute or until there are no visible wet spots.
  5. Remove cake from filter and set on paper towel to cool.
  6. Combine the frosting ingredients in bowl 2 or rinse out and reuse bowl 1.
  7. Cut cooled cake across creating two layers.
  8. Frost bottom layer and replace top layer.
  9. Frost top layer and decorate with fresh strawberry slices.
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postheadericon Corine’s Mexican Corn

Mexicorn is a way of cooking corn with onions, garlic and anaheim chilies.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time:  10 minutes

What you need:

  • Stove
  • Canned corn niblets or for those more advanced, corn on cob *
  • Red onion for colour and taste or yellow for sweetness
  • Clove of garlic cut into tiny pieces
  • Anaheim chili’s or your favorite depending on how spicy you like it
  • Cutting board to save your counter
  • Sharp knife to cut with
  • Can opener
  • Large spoon
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Fry or saute pan

How to do it:

  • Open canned corn or for those more advanced:  If you have corn on the cob:  Boil in some lightly salted and sugared water until done.  Remove from heat.  When cooled, stand the corn on the thicker end and use the sharp knife to cut off the kernels in a downward motion.: Garlic and chili’s *Helpful hint:  Chili’s are spicy so wear plastic gloves to prevent accidental contact with chili’s and prevent touching your eyes as it will burn.  Also, remove the seeds and any lining in peppers to reduce hot level.
  • Chop up in smaller pieces also known as dicing
  • First you saute in butter diced onions garlic and chilis, then add corn and saute a little longer. Add salt to taste
  • Serve and enjoy!

Thanks for the simple easy recipe Corine L!

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postheadericon Chocolate cake brownies (diabetic)

Hey there!  Whether you want to reduce your overall sugar intake or you are on a sugar restricted diet, you will enjoy this awesome recipe!

What you need:

Oven

8 inch square cake pan

Measuring cups/spoons

Large mixing bowl

Smaller mixing bowl

Spatula or spoon

Electric mixer or whisk or a fork if you have neither

Ingredients:

2/3 cup Sugar resplacement (Splenda, etc.)

2/3 cup all purpose flour

1/3 cocoa

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup margarine or butter

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (Watch for upcoming home made recipe)

1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1 tsp oil or butter/margarine to grease pans or spray

How to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease cake pan.
  3. Mix sugar replacement, flour, cocoa baking powder and salt.  Set aside.
  4. Beat together margarine/butter, eggs and vanilla for about 1 minute.
  5. Add applesauce and beat until blended.
  6. Add flour mixture and nuts until well mixed.
  7. Spread evenly in a greased 8 inch square cake pan.
  8. Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes or until toothpick or fork come out clean.
  9. Cool on rack when done.
  10. Store in container and refrigerate or freeze.
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postheadericon Mouth watering gravy

Hate making gravy?  Well get ready to learn an easy way to make it and not have any of those annoying lumps.

Here are two basic ways of making gravy from roast drippings, one using corn starch, the other using flour. In each case, you start with the roast drippings. You may have much more drippings than you need for the amount of gravy you want to make. You can follow this guideline – for each cup of gravy you would like to make, start with a tablespoon of drippings. So, if you want to make 2 cups of gravy, drain all but 2 tablespoons of fat and drippings from the roasting pan (set aside for future use). These instructions will be for the end result of 2 cups of gravy, but you can easily divide or multiply to adjust for how much gravy you want to make.

How to Make Gravy

  • Cook time: 10 minutes

METHOD

Making Gravy with Corn Starch

1 Remove the roast from the pan. Place pan on stove on medium high heat. Pour off all but 2 Tbsp of the drippings in the pan.

2 Dissolve 2 Tbsp of corn starch in the minimum amount of water needed to make a thin paste – about 1/4 cup. Pour into pan with drippings and use a wire whisk or spatula (as pictured) to blend into the drippings

3 Stir with a wire whisk until the gravy begins to thicken. As it thickens, slowly add water, stock, milk, or cream, or some combination to the pan. Alternate stirring and adding liquid, maintaining the consistency you want, for several minutes (about 5). You will probably add about 2 cups of liquid all together. Taking into consideration the evaporation that is occurring while you are cooking, you will end up with about 2 cups of gravy. Season with salt .


Making Gravy with Flour

1 Remove the roast from the pan. Place pan on stove on medium high heat. Pour off all but 2 Tbsp of the drippings in the pan.

2 Into the 2 tablespoons of drippings in the pan stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of flour. Stir with a wire whisk until the flour has thickened and the gravy is smooth. Continue to cook slowly to brown the flour, and stir constantly.

3 Slowly add back some of the previously removed drippings (remove some of the fat beforehand if there is a lot of fat). In addition, add either water, milk, stock, or cream to the gravy, enough to make 2 cups. Season the gravy with salt and pepper and herbs.

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postheadericon Adam’s Fry Bread

Adam H has teased me with his fry bread for  many months on Facebook.  He has agreed to let me post his super, secret, yummy fry bread recipe so we can all enjoy it.  Check out his picture of his own fry bread.  When you make these you can eat them with butter, peanut butter, jam or your favorite spread.  From start to finish this will take you about 15-20 minutes per batch.  Thanks Adam H from Facebook for sharing this awesome recipe.
What you need:
  • Large bowl
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Shortening (Butter, margarine, oil)
  • Oil for frying
  • Stove
  • Fork to turn
  • Large spoon to mix
Optional:
  • Sprinkle of sugar to mix (avoid if diabetic and use sugar replacement)
  • Butter/Margarine/Jam/Peanut Butter or your favorite spread.
How to make it:
Place the dough into the heated oil and follow instructions.
  • Put in a hot frying pan with about an inch of hot oil. Brown then turn.  Takes about 15 minutes to make an entire batch.
  • Place on paper towel to absorb any extra oil.
  • Now the fun part!  Add your favorite topping from plain butter or margarine, peanut butter, jam or make it into a yummy sandwich by adding your favorite meat.   You could even make it a fiesta and add your taco or burrito meat and toppings instead of the regular shell.

Thanks Adam H. xxx

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postheadericon Adam’s Tamale Casserole

What you need:

  • 2 big cans tamales (Sodium restricted diets check label for 15% salt or less)
  • 2 cans chili with meat and w/beans or not (Sodium restricted diets check label for 15% salt or less. Vegetarian? Use meatless chili.)
  • 4 big handfuls or scoops Onions and whatever you can fit into deep pan (The scoops manage how juicy or firm the casserole turns out. Four big hand fulls for me so 5 small ones. ~ Adam H)
  • Can opener
  • Deep pan suitable for baking
  • Large spoons
  • Knife/Cutting board to break up the tamales
  • Oven

How to do it:

  • Oven set at 350° – Turn on oven BEFORE you mix all ingredients so it is ready when you are
  • Open all cans.
  • Break up tamales add chili and other stuff. (Using your hands or a knife on the cutting board.)
  • Mix up in the deep pan
  • Cook 30 minutes in a preheated 350° oven…enjoy!

Thanks for another great recipe Adam H! You can find Adam’s fanatabulous Fry Bread recipe here which would go awesome with this casserole!

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postheadericon French Toast and Scrambled eggs

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Okay to start off making French toast, first take your two pieces of bread and insert in toaster…lower them into the baskets and then whisper the following french words as you watch them cook…Je suis tres jolie!  Voila!  French toast!

If only it were that easy but it is pretty darn close.  This is a yummy easy recipe for two  Not diabetic friendly!  Let me see if I can find one for those who are diabetic and I will post in the future.  You could make these for a diabetic person but should leave off the sweet stuff.

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What you need:

A medium sized mixing bowl

A fork or whisk

A spatula

A frying pan

2 eggs for the french toast

4 eggs for scrambled eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp butter or margarine to coat pan

1 tsp butter to add to scambled eggs if you want to live dangerously

1 tsp milk for scrambled eggs

1 tsp Maple or other flavored syrup to add to toast mixture (Optional)

4 slices of bread

Salt

Pepper

Optional:  Powdered Sugar

How to make it:

  • Crack two eggs into a medium sized bowl and use a fork or wire whisk to mix up the eggs.  While whisking, add the 1/2 tsp vanilla and salt and pepper to what you like.  You could even omit the salt if you like.

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  • Turn your skillet or stove to medium heat and add the 1 tsp of butter or margarine or use your favorite cooking spray

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  • When completely mixed and foamy, add each slice of bread to the mixture, turning to coat both sides.  When fully coated on both sides, place in heated pan or skillet.  Let cook and work on the scrambled eggs.

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  • Crack the remaining four eggs into a medium sized bowl, add salt and pepper as desired, add the milk and the extra butter or margarine if you are using it.  For those lactose intolerant, omit the milk.  Using a fork or wire whisk, mix the mixture until fluffy and full of bubbles.

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  • Check your french toast by gently lifting with spatula to see if the cooked side has a nice golden to brown colour.  If it does, it’s time to flip it.  If it does not, your heat may not be high enough so just turn it up a little.
  • Add your egg mixture into a frying pan or skillet and let cook for a minute or so.  When the eggs start forming into a nice golden pile of eggs, flip them over and using your spatula, chop it up to prevent it from becoming an omelette.  When eggs are fluffy and cooked lift them up and plate them.  Add your cooked French toast.

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  • Add the syrup to the french toast along with a naughty slap of butter or margarine if you like.

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  • Optional:  Add some powered sugar to toast after they are plated.
  • Enjoy!
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postheadericon Yummy Cereal bars

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I got this idea from the Golden Grahams and Rice Crispy squares you can buy commercially.  I figured that I would try to make them and save some money.  These are not only great for school, work but also for those special family gatherings  This is simple and easy to do with photo’s to help you a long the way.  Happy cooking!

(Not suitable for diabetics.)

What you need:

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Bowl (1 large for cereal mixture and smaller bowls if you prefer to prepare your ingredients ahead like I did)

Mixing spoon (preferably one that is non stick but if you don’t have that, just grease up a large spoon to mix and set)

Knife

1 medium sized kitchen pot

Cup of very hot water

Cutting board

Cake pan

Stove

5 1/2 cups of your favorite cereal

5 1/2 cups marshmallows

1 cup marshmallows

1 cup flavored chip to mix in cereal(chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter)

3 cups of flavored chip for coating (chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter)

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 cup butter to add to melting chocolate for coating

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Optional:

1 cup of your favorite nuts

1 cup of favorite dried fruit

How to do it:

  1. Gather all ingredients and equipment needed.
  2. Pour cereal into large bowl and crush with hands as needed into smaller pieces (Except rice crispies or other small cereal.)

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  1. Using knife, chop up the 1 cup of marshmallows (save the 5 1/2 cups for later) and nuts/dried fruit if added.

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  1. Turn on stove to medium heat.  Add the following to the pot :  1/2 cup margarine/butter and 5 1/2 cups marshmallows.   Melt while stirring constantly until a nice smooth consistency.  Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.  When everything is melted together, remove from heat and immediately pour into cereal mixture.  Mix with your hand if it’s not too hot but you may want to start off using a spoon first.

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  1. Grease the cake pan on all sides and or add wax paper to prevent sticking.
  2. Add mixture to the pan, squishing down into the entire pan.  Should be about a 1/2″ to 1″ thick depending on which size of pan you use.

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  1. Add 1 cup of butter to pot and melt on medium heat.  Add the 3 cups flavored chips and melt together.  When completely melted, pour over the cereal mixture in pan and spread to even amount.

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  1. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chocolate is hard.

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  1. Remove from refrigerator and cut into your choice of bar.
  2. Place bars in a container to keep fresh.

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  1. Eat and enjoy!
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