Thursday, January 17, 2013

Fun Food That Easy & Enjoyable

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After a car accident, energy levels may decrease.  However, nutritional value is important. So lets look at ideas to keep eating fun, easy, and enjoyble.  You don't have to do a lot of work.  Mother nature has done most of it already.

Considering  millions of Americans not counting the number that globally go hungry daily, it’s nice to have options on what to eat.  The old saying, you are what you eat, could make some a bit nervous.  However, today’s  talk of good food, simple, easy recipes that make meals a pleasure… and not a chore.  Even holiday entertaining can be done with less stress and less work when expected or unexpected visitors arrive, or to keep readily available foods prepared for eating with little or no efforts.

Many times when injured or sick, it’s easier to eat at a restaurant or grab something to go rather than create a home cook meal.  Sometimes the will or energy is not there. 

Have you ever consider simple living and cooking provide greater satisfaction than extensive creations that are time consuming?  Let’s make that assumption.  Let’s keep it basic, simple, good tasting, along with quick  and easy to make.  Using natures design and our creativity.  There can be a lot of enjoyment in what you try.  Transform your mind and sometimes tastebuds.

If you have any food allergies or diet restrictions, make sure to talk with your doctor first.  We want this to be fun, interesting, and meets nutritional requirements.

Use a weekly shopping list.  Most are everyday items and easy to find.  The cost is relatively low, and can be incorporated into budgets with little effort. 

Are you, one that eats to live, or lives to eat? Today, it will not matter because the goal of the program is You! You finding a way to make your life more fulfilling.  Take what is useful and make the most of it in your life.   Taking care of oneself starts one action at a time.  Once you accomplish it, like making a delicious dish, relish in that moment, be content, and congratulate yourself for the achievement. 

Pick times of day where your energy is best.  In my opinion, this is a goodt time to prepare foods.  Some of us are snacker, while others are strickly meal eaters.  Prepare enough to carry over into the next meal in case you decide you are too tired to cook again.

Most of the food items shared today are common produce, meats, and starches…

Make sure to wash fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly.  Many may have pesticide residue that require rinsing off.  There are many cleaners today to help with this, but many people just use water.  I personally also give organic produce a good washing.

If you have a restrictive diet, make sure only to use those items, and check with any new items you add with your physicians.  Also test for allergic reactions if not part of your normal routine.

The appreciation of food goes unrealized until one has to reduce or go without.  Many of the 47%  would qualify for Food Service Assistance from State and Local Agencies.  Please apply if you need them.  It’s easy to get back up on your feet, when there is something inside the stomach!  Everybody needs help every now and then.  Plus, I really want you to try these recipes and then send me an email on how it goes!

Grocery List:


Apples   baked apple slices with lemon juice, and glaze


Lemon (sprinkle on apples so don’t turn brown)





Bell Peppers





Red Wine Vinegar

Basil Leaves
Black Pepper
Cinnamon Sticks
Colored sugar crystals red/green
Extra Virgin Oil
Garlic Powder
Liquid Smoke (use sparingly)
Olive Oil Mayonaise
Peppermint Leaves
Salt/Season Salt/




Yellow Corn Meal



Cool Whip (optional)





Tuna Fish



Brown Rice


Noodles – Wide Egg Noodles

Baked Apple Slices

2-3 Apples

1 lemon

4 tablespoons honey or glaze

Pre-heat over to 325

Squeeze juice from lemon and place in cup

Cut apples into ¼ “ slices

Lightly baste slices with lemon juice

Lightly baste slices with on top side

Bake in oven for 5-7 minutes until golden brown

Turn apple slices over

Lightly baste slices with honey on top side

Bake in oven for 5-7 minutes until golden brown

Serve warm or cool. 

For extra fun color whip cream  and use as dip.

Refrigerate leftovers.

Baked Potato

2-3 Potatoes

½ Cup Olive Oil Mayonnaise

¼ Cup Onions

¼ Cup Celery

Dash of Garlic Powder

Dash of Black Pepper

Pre-heat over to 350  (if baking)

Wash Potato thoroughly and dry

Lightly cover Potato Skin with Olive Oil Mayonnaise

Bake (approx. 45minutes ) or Microwave (approx.. 7 minutes) until done

While Potato is baking, in blender place ¼ cup onion, ¼ cup celery, and remaining Olive Oil Mayonnaise until almost smooth, ad a dash of garlic powder &pepper

Open baked potato and place 1-2 tablespoons of blended filling.

Serve hot.

Vegetable Platter

(Use whatever vegetables you have in the refrigerator or ones listed as suggestions)

1 Cucumber

1 Tomatoes

2 Stalks of Celery

1 Cup Cauliflower

1 Cup Asparagus

4 Eggs

6 Bread Slices

½ Stick of Butter

2 Teaspoons of Cumin

¼ cup Olive Oil Mayonnaise

Cover eggs in cold water sauce pan and bring to boil.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Cool and remove shell. 

Thoroughly wash vegetables and dry.  Cut vegetables and eggs into different shapes and sizes.  Try using Cookie Cutters with  designs.

Organize in tray and decorate with Basil Leaves.  Use Olive Oil Mayonnaise as dip (optional).

Melt butter and then add 2 teaspoons of Cumin. Toast bread and cut edges away, next cut into four squares from each bread slice. Lightly spread butter mixture over bread squares.  Place on tray.


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