Monday, January 21, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013


While I was going through Sunday's coupons I started the rice for supper.
Turned out perfect, it has to be cold for fried rice.

banana 0 pts. (105 cal)
2 hard boiled eggs 4 pts. (155 cal)

orange 0 pts. (81 cal)
30 g. walnuts to snack on all day 1pt. (200 cal)

Amy's organic bean and rice burrito, my favorite (310 cal)
Lettuce 0 pts.

So good

Steak and Broccoli stir-fry 8 pts. (206 cal)
Ham Fried Rice 8 pts. (359 cal)

from DVO'S cook'n

unseasoned meat tenderizer (optional)
1/2 pound boneless beef top round steak or round steak
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons sherry
1 1/2 cups beef bouillon
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 red onion cut in wedges
2 cloves garlic minced
1 cup carrot thin, diagonally sliced
1 cup broccoli peeled and thinly sliced stems
1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups broccoli florets
white rice hot cooked

If desired, use tenderizer on steak according to label directions. With a large sharp knife, slice meat across the grain in very thin strips 3 to 4 inches long. In a small bowl, sprinkle meat with 2 tablespoons of the cornstarch and sherry. Mix well set aside.

In a small bowl, mix bouillon, soy sauce, remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and sugar until sugar is dissolved set aside.

In a 10-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Stir-fry onion and garlic 1 minute or until onion is limp. Add carrots and broccoli stems. Stir-fry 1 minute longer. Transfer vegetables to a bowl.

Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in skillet. Stir-fry steak until no longer pink. Stir bouillon mixture and pour over steak. Stirring, bring to a boil. Add broccoli florets and reserved vegetables. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 3 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Serve with rice.

from DVO'S Cook'n

1 tablespoon butter
1/4 C onions , chopped
1/4 C green peppers , chopped
1 cup diced ham
2 tablespoons soy sauce
4 cups cooked rice
2 eggs, beaten

In large skillet melt butter. Saute onion and green pepper until soft. Add remaining ingredients except egg. Cook over low heat 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in egg and cook 2 to 3 minutes longer.

My oldest son started the brine yesterday from
Didn't have a container big enough for a 20 lbs.bird so we wrapped it in a large trash bag and turned it 3 times.
Around 4:00 pm he started the coals and soaked the chips.
He finally put the Turkey in at 5:00
8:00 pm finally done at 170* in the thigh
Look at that beautiful smoke ring. It was so tender and good.
Great job Timmy!
Oops didn't count the points, o well it was so late it shouldn't count right?


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Lodge - Seasoned Cast Iron

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After breakfast I seasoned my new cast iron 12" pan. I looked at the web site and fell in love with the blue panini press, I waaaaaant it.
Breakfast 1 orange 0 pts 81 calories

Snack: 3 chocolate covered cherries 4-ww pts. 225-cals.
1/2 Big Hunk 3-ww pts. 115-cals.

lunch: Macaroni salad 1 cup 7 pts. 275 calories

my new 12 in" cast iron after seasoning, was able to use it tonight.
Apply a very thin, even coating of MELTED solid vegetable
shortening (or cooking oil of your choice) to the cookware inside and out. Too much oil will result in a sticky finish.
* Place aluminum foil on the bottom rack of the oven to catch any drips.
* Set oven temperature to 350 – 400 degrees F.
* Place cookware upside down on the top rack of the oven to prevent pooling.
* Bake the cookware for at least one hour. After the hour, turn the oven off and let the cookware cool in the oven.
* Store the cookware uncovered, in a dry place when cooled.
* Repeat as necessary.

Busy mom Lasagna 19 pts. yikes 681 calories.
Country Quick & Easy (Busy Mom Lasagna) from Gooseberry Patch. Usually you can get it free from amazon onto your kindle.
And a simple salad with Marie's asiago peppercorn dressing 2 T 5 pts 162 calories
I thought I was buying blue cheese but grabbed the wrong bottle, it better be good. It wasn't bad but I want my blue cheese.

Garlic Parm Breadsticks 5 pts. 132 calories
It took hours to prepare but it was very good.
One of my boy's does not like ricotta cheese so this was a good choice for him.

 Dinner is from the DVO's Cook'n 5 day meal plan.
and Country Quick & Easy (Busy Mom Lasagna) from Gooseberry Patch. Usually you can get it free from amazon onto your kindle.

Total pts today=43 way over but used my weekly extra points. weekly extra left is 29
Total calories=1672 which isn't bad according myfitnesspal. My goal is 1600 calories.