Ok, That is IT, the Spiralizer is my FAVE!

This is a great gadget, I just got done making my own chips, with a potato that hadn’t been used and I didn’t want to waste it!, and they be lip smakin’ good, just oil, plus some seasoned oil, potatoes, and salt after.  I had a spice mix so I added that to the last batch of chips, give them a little different flavor.

The spiralizer gets the potato really thin, takes no time at all to fry, you would be amazed at how many chips a potato makes…..we are paying thru the #$%^ at the store!

So I don’t have to feel bad to eat my potato plate of chips, all though I won’t, because it is a LOT of chips.

I have all sorts of ideas floating thru my mind, lets see what I do next!

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Daily Harvest …..daily good

So as you know we are trying to eat better, so while smoothies are good, most places add yogurt, ice cream ect….that while taste yummy , defeat the purpose.  So we found Daily Harvest, they have smoothies (like a lot) ice cream (yes Ice Cream) but it is harder to make, and I am not a fan of the one with cauliflower in it, Chai parfait (bleck…but only my opionion) and soups.

I like the different varieties of flavors, benefits, and that they come frozen so you can use them when you want to, and scheduling is super easy.  They come with fruits and veggies, you add the liquid.

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Green Chef – es good

So my mom and I are trying to eat healthier, mostly a plant based diet, so the Green Chef has a great vegetarian option with organic produce.

The dishes were easy enough even I could cook them, all though I still screw up some, ’cause Betty Crocker I ain’t!

It was nice because most of the time, if there was an ingredient we didn’t like ….say onions, peppers, ect….we could skip them.

Luckily my mom has a neighbor who likes spicy stuff like that so we could give it to him so the stuff didn’t go to waste.

Most of the dishes made 2 to 4 small servings, so it was perfect for us.

While it not “cheap” per plate, you would spend more getting all the ingredients , and yes you would have some left over, but how much of it would be wasted before you could us it all?

So this plan or any of the food plans are good for 1 / 2 people, more then that, not sure the price works as well.

Kitchen Mashup fruits and veggies

So I have carrots that are going to go bad if I don’t use them, corn from the bbq from a few days ago, bananas I froze before they went bad, raisins in the cupboard, some spaghetti sauce in a bottle, tomatoes from my plant , YEP, cherry tomatoes baby! and pineapple coconut water my husband still hasn’t drank, because ewwww, I won’t drink it! And some plain cooked spaghetti, and dried tomato basil pouch barely used.

Sooo, I cut up the carrots, PEEL ON people, in the coconut pineapple water so they will be on the sweet side.

I then look up on the internet what to do with left over cooked carrots and it says to make a puree.  But just carrot puree doesn’t really sound good, soooo…..after the carrots are cooked I put them in a pan, and add some slice up frozen banana (this is why you never throw stuff out, just freeze it until you figure out what to do with it :), and add it to the pan, let that cook for a while, mash them up and add a small amount of brown sugar, pat of butter (yes A Pat, I brought it home from dinner out somewhere :), and cook it some more.  I then blend it up, put it back in than to thicken and add the small amount of raisins from the cupboard into it.  It is damn yummy people, like a carrot cake !  Sometimes I even amaze me 🙂

Then I take the spaghetti sauce, throw it in a pan, I throw in my cherry tomatoes, I cut the corn off the cob and add that to the pan, then I throw in the spaghetti, then I add some of the dried tomato pesto, and BOOM, nice bowl of veggie pasta baby!

Yea, stupid dog woke me up early, so I figured I should clean out the fridge and  you know how I hate to waste food.

don’t fall for “convenience”

in real speak that is “paying more for less” great example “baby carrots”  just buy a bunch of regular carrots.  Cut and chop them yourself…KEEP the peel…..it is where most of the good stuff is.  Buying prepped carrots hurts your bottom line and your health.

Just take a few minutes to wash them before eating if you don’t go organic

Organic Authority” magazine reports that carrots contain a high degree of phytonutrients, many of which are found in the skin or immediately beneath it. Consuming phytonutrients leads to a number of health benefits, including lessening your risk of cancer and boosting your immune response.

Get Crunching For Your Health

The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database doesn’t break down the nutritional value of peeled versus unpeeled carrots, but notes that raw carrots are a healthy item. One cup of chopped carrots has just 52 calories, less than a gram of fat and 3.6 grams of dietary fiber. Carrots are also a valuable source of calcium, potassium and a number of vitamins. They also provide beta carotene, which improves eye and skin health while improving your immune system.

Kitchen Mash-up Apple Butter

how can that be a mash-up you ask….you will see….

Hmmm, some apples and pears that are going to go bad, oh whatever can I do?

Let’s cut them up (peel and all) and put them in a pan with some butter,

Oh Look!  I found a packet of spices for Mulled Cider.(which I won’t use) ..lets steep that in some water then add it to the fruit in the pan….

lets add some butter, cinnamon and vanilla….let it simmer for a while then cool

put in in the blender and BOYAH….apple butter, the pear was put in for pectin so no sugar was added, all natural baby!

That is how you don’t throw away…waste food…and the blender will chop of the peels and since the peels have lots of vitamins it is better for you!

 

Chipotle…enough with the onions….

I love Chipotle, me and my husband eat there quite often, we have never gotten ill!

But my one complaint is the Onions, in everything, I don’t understand it.  I get it for the veggies, it is after all peppers and onions.  But come on, in the Tomatoes, why if you add onions isn’t it basically salsa?  I would like tomatoes on my bowl, but I can’t, and the same with corn…WHY, you can get the onions in everything else, leave the tomatoes and corn alone.

I would have a much bigger and more filling bowl if I could add tomatoes and corn, but alas….they have onions in them…makes me sad….and I can’t be the only one!

Healthify your food…

as you know, I HATE to waste food, it is basically wasting money, so I end up eating stuff that has been in the house for a while that isn’t getting eaten.

Now, this is a problem, since I am also trying to eat healthy and the stuff left isn’t always the best for me.

So as my son says I “healthify” my food, for example, the other day, I decided to use up the package of UDON noodles that had been in the fridge for a while.

I looked at the package and …..sigh….this is a very unhealthy food, lots of carbs and salt, hmm what to do, throw it away, nope…Healthify it.

So first off I Doubled the amount of water is called for, second I only used HALF of the seasoning packet, and I added napa cabbage and baby bok choi to make it a noodle and veggie soup and then there was enough to make TWO servings out of it.

You can do this any high carb/salt noodle package, I would have added mushrooms but I was out 😦  and you can add meat if you want to.

doggie bag kitchen mashups

Restaurant doggie bags can be people mashups:)

We went to our Greek restaurant and had lemon potatoes, hummus and pita bread left over.

I BBQ’d the other night and had corn on the cob and a yam, yep a yam, I also bought a sweet potato, haven’t cooked it yet.  Wanted to see what the difference was between them.  A yam is a sweeter version of a potato but not as sweet as a sweet potato, so far, that is what i have learned.  The reason for this seeming diversion will be clear in a few moments.

We went to a Persian restaurant and had hummus, rice pilaf, fava bean type hummus, cheese things, and pita bread left over.

Kitchen Mashup 1 – cut corn off cob, heated it with the rice pilaf, heated up a few lemon potatoes, had some hummus and bread, and a salad.

Kitchen mashup 2 – at the cheese things for a snack 🙂

Kitchen mashup 3 – if you don’t know what to do with some things, throw them in  pot and make soup …..so, fava bean hummus stuff, 1/2 left over yam, corn off the cob (last one from bbq,  lemon potatoes, veggie broth and water….

and I still have more leftovers…… gonna get quite a few meals, nice way to stretch your food budget