Monday, June 25, 2007

I cooked!

In my effort to not be such a poor meal planner I have been trying to cook large batches of things so that there is no excuse for eating six Dad's oatmeal cookies and a large glass of cold milk for lunch.

Joy asked everyone what they are making that qualifies as fresh and like many others grilled veggies are quick and easy right now. I usually add something acid like lemon juice or balsamic or red wine vinegar and some oil, sometimes olive oil and sometimes canola. I use basil, oregano, rosemary and parsley or whatever I fancy. Actually, if I am really strapped for time Kraft salad dressing - any of the vinaigrette's work well with veggies.

I made the pasta salad using the tri-coloured veggie pasta, carrots, broccoli, peppers, cucumber, tomatoes and feta cheese crumbled. I ate it for lunch all week and one dinner too with some grilled chicken. Yum.

The chili is actually made with ground turkey and sometimes I make it with ground chicken. I know chili is kind of more of a winter food, but when you eat it as I do with a big bowl of nachos for dipping and use lots of fresh veggies it really is fresh! It is also low-fat and loaded with protein and veggies, it doesn't get much better than that. Well, it could if my girls would eat it.

Here is the recipe more or less:

1 package of ground turkey or chicken
1 can of chick peas
1 can white kidney beans
1 can of corn (frozen works too)
1 can of tomato sauce
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 red pepper (any kind of pepper works)
1 sweet onion (I use Vidalia)
Chili spice (you can add extra garlic if you like)

*I brown the turkey/chicken and when it is almost done I add in the chopped pepper and onion.
*Once all sauteed I add all the cans bring it to a boil and simmer on low for about 45 minutes or so.
*Last I add a dollop of honey, the mixture of hot and sweet is really good.

My sister-in-law also adds in chopped carrots and even tofu, but I don't. You really can't go wrong it is all just a matter of taste.

I think I messed up the dates on my last two posts since they didn't show up on Google Reader for some reason. Sorry to anyone I have confused!


Beck said...

Yum - that sald looks amazing.

Alpha DogMa said...

That looks great. Sadly, the frozen (well once-frozen, now-cooked) fish finger I'm eating doesn't measure up.

Christine said...

That pasta salad sounds like

I am going to make an orzo salad with mint and chickpeas right now. one I make around here!

Haley-O said...

Omigosh! YUM! I love that pasta salad! Must make it! And, yeah, making LARGE servings is the best -- I give Josh leftovers for lunch. It's perfect. :)

NotSoSage said...

You're making me hungry.

I was at the library after work and bought some food from a truck that was SO BAD I actually threw it out. I hate throwing out food.

Oh, The Joys said...

Yum! Thank you!