Merry Christmas and a food update

Merry Christmas everyone!

I wanted to check in with what I’ve been doing with my meals during my no spend month. I used some great old and new recipes. I kept a log of every meal on one of the forums I went to, but I’ll give you some highlights here πŸ™‚ I plan do get some cheese, sour cream, butter, and lettuce and try again next month.

Mexican Style Quinoa Bake

Mexican Style Quinoa Bake

1 cup quinoa
1.5 cups water
2 tsp oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 -2 garlic clove
1 lb extra lean ground beef
1 tsp coriander
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp oregano
4 dashes hot sauce
1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, rinsed
28 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 cup red salsa
3/4 cup cheese

In a large skillet, dry roast the quinoa until it starts to crackle. Boil the water in a small saucepan and add the quinoa when finished. Turn heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Heat oil in the skillet and saute onions and garlic for a few minutes until starting to soften. Add beef, spices, and hot sauce and brown.

Layer quinoa, beef mixture, corn, tomatoes, salsa, and black beans in order in a large casserole dish. Top with cheese and bake at 450 for 20 minutes.

Makes eight 303 calorie servings.


Pinto Beans and Rice (Crockpot)

2 cups pinto beans
1/3 cup salsa
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons each salt, chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon each cumin, oregano, pepper
3 bay leaves
1 cup dry rice

Rinse beans and put in crock pot. Cover with 2 inches water. Add all but rice and allow to cook 4 hours on high. Cook rice according to package directions and stir into bean mixture before serving.


(Bread Machine started) Rustic Italian Bread

I made half a loaf because the comments were that this made one very large loaf…so I ended up with a too small loaf…lol…oh well.

1 cup warm water
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
cornmeal, for baking sheet
1 egg white, slightly beaten

Add flour, oil, salt, sugar, yeast and water to your bread machine according to its instructions. Set on dough setting. When done, roll out and form into loaf. Put in loaf pan and let rise 30 more minutes. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

The only good thing about shoveling today is that the cookies will be cool by the time I come back in.



So many carbs…so little time Caramelized Pear Oven Pancake for breakfast this morning

Recipe from:

Baked Walleye

Preheat oven to 350. At a low temperature, melt 1 Tablespoon butter per serving in a small frying pan. Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice and salt/pepper to taste. Dip fish into mixture and place in small shallow baking dish. Saute onions and mushrooms (I used dry shiitake and onions, and rehydrated them first) in remaining mixture, and pour over fish. Bake 20 minutes and serve over rice (or with baked potatoes).

mile high biscuits

mile high biscuits

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 egg, beaten (I used powdered)
1 1/8 cups milk (I used powdered)

Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Cut in shortening until crumbly. Add egg and milk and mix until dough forms a ball. Spread on flowered surface and knead only a dozen times. Roll out to about 3/4 inch and cut with floured biscuit cutter. Place on lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 475 for 12 minutes.

snow ice cream

When life gives you snow…make ice cream πŸ˜€

2 cups freshly fallen snow
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk

Mix vanilla and sugar with snow. Stir in milk until desired consistency. Serve immediately (or put outside or in freezer 10 minutes or so to set a little harder) Makes 1 serving.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Nancy Davis says:

    Your meals look delicious and your dishes are so pretty! What kind of shortening do you use in your biscuits? Merry Christmas! Nancy

  2. Edna says:

    I am convicted that I will do this for January (and further, if possible). I love the quinoa recipe and will try it this weekend. Thanks for the impetus to try this.

  3. Tracey says:

    Beautiful post, and thanks for all the recipes, will be trying a few of them!

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