Weekend Edition

Not feeling much like cooking the past few days. Yesterday I opted for takeout pizza from my fav. pizza place – Napoli’s Flying Pizza, on Memorial Drive, along with an ear of corn (gotta have at least one/day, since I brought home a dozen ears from Indiana! )  🙂

Off to a local waterpark today, so for sure dinner will be something quick and probably take-out…

Friday Dinner – simple and easy

Friday’s dinner was simple and easy.  After being out of town, I didn’t feel like making anything much, and the electricity kept going out, so I didn’t want to put something on that would be ruined if the electricity went out again.

I ended up with 1) corn on the cob and 2) scrambled eggs with toast.  I know, an odd combination…

I’m Back!

Been gone for over a week, off to my hometown to visit family and attend my niece’s wedding.  We had a great time, but of course, I was not able to stay on my “eat only what I have in the house” plan.

I have done a pretty good job of cleaning out (i.e. eating from) my pantry, refridgerator, and freezer over the past couple of months, and so I will be buying more foods while still trying to eat as much of what I already have in the house as possible.  The biggest exception is fresh fruits and veggies.  They don’t stay fresh too long, and so I will be buying more of them.  BUT – If I have fruits and veggies in the house, I have to eat those first before I go off buying more.

So,keeping this in mind, on my last day in Indiana, I picked up a dozen ears of Indiana sweet corn (I swear there is no other corn as good as Indiana sweet corn!), and a seedless watermelon.  Yep, they traveled (by car) all the way back to Texas with me.  🙂

On the way home yesterday I stopped at a local fruit stand just north of Cleveland Texas and picked up a couple of things, all locally grown, and made.  I picked up some peaches, green beans, and roma tomatoes.  I also bought molasses, cucumber dill salad dressing, and tomato salad dressing.  All of these items were made by the owner of the fruit stand!

When I got home, I also discovered what i thought was a cucumber plant is actually a cantelope plant.  I had 3 fruits on the vine when I left.  One was eaten by the bugs, the other two are still good.  I picked one, and left the other on the vine to continue to grow.

So – what did I have for dinner last night?  Well, corn on the cob and tomatoes, of course.  I also had some leftover stuffed eggplant that I had for lunch while traveling yesterday.  For dessert – fresh peaches.

What’s for dinner tonight?  Corn on the cob, for sure!  Not certain about what else, though…

Broke down and had fast food…

Well, yesterday got away from me, come 10 p.m. at night I was really hungry, what is open at that time of night (didn’t feel like cooking either),  none other than McDonald’s drive-thru.  I don’t get food from McD’s very often, but last night was an exception…

Today I actually went grocery shopping for some things other than “staples”.  Bought deli meat, bread, mayo, and single serving chips.  Going on a trip, and wanted to take food with me and avoid eating at McD’s or other such establishments during my drive.  🙂

Catching up on the weeks dinners…

Well, Wednesday was another scorcher here in Houston.  Salad was on the menu for dinner, much like the salads on Monday and Tuesday.

Thursday I dropped by my neighbors and was invited to join them for dinner – Pizza was on the menu that night.  Thanks Mary and John!

Friday night I couldn’t decide what to do for dinner, my “willpower” for eating what I have in the house was slipping.  I called a friend to see what they were up to, but they weren’t up for doing anything.  That kept me on the straight and narrow.  I made pesto pasta with chopped roasted chicken, feta cheese, fresh tomatoes and parm./romano cheese.

Saturday night I had the urge for pizza (yes, again).  I ordered a pizza from Napoli’s Flying Pizza on Memorial Drive between Dairy Ashford and Eldridge Parkway.  It was yummy!

Sunday – tonight – I am back in the swing of things, making dinner at home with what I have in the house.  It was another scorcher today, and I didn’t feel like cooking anything, so salad it was.  Tonight’s salad was made with romaine lettuce, diced cucumber, fresh tomato, feta cheese and chilled roasted chicken.  Dressing was balsamic vinegar with lemon infused olive oil. With a glass of a nice white wine.  Dessert was a homemade no-bake “cheese cake” type of dessert made with marsicpone chesse, greek yogurt, lime juice, splenda and graham crackers.

Too Hot to Cook

And that means – SALADS!

Monday and Tuesday I had salads for dinner.

Monday’s salad included romaine lettuce, diced ham, pepperjack cheese, artichokes, and tomatoes. Salad dressing was balsamic vinegar and lemon olive oil.

Tuesday’s salad was similar, yet different – romaine lettuce, diced ham, feta cheese, artichokes, tomatoes, pepercini peppers, and salad dressing of balsamic vinegar and lemon olive oil.

Standup Freezer Inventory

Yep – I have a big standing freezer.  Surprisingly, I don’t really have that much in it (anymore – since starting this eat only what I have at home thing).

Still I have things in there that I need to use before they get freezer burned.

What’s in this freezer?? Well,

Watermelon (yep, I froze large slices then put them in foodsaver bags and sealed them.  These will make some really good frozen watermelon drinks! 🙂

Cantelope and Honeydew melon chunks.  These are in tupperware containers, so not sure how good they are.  Will have to check them out, they may end up in the compost bin…

Scallops – a large bag of large scallops…another one of those COSTCO buys.  I discovered I am not a big fan of scallops, but that said, a friend posted a recipe for grilled shrimp that I think will be great with scallops.  Going to give this one a try soon!

Various homemade soups that I froze.

Broccoli – need to use this before freezer burn sets in.

Lemon juice, and lemon peel.

Homemade pesto put into single serving containers.

Butternut squash cooked/mashed.

New: Artichoke Spinach Ravioli – I made quite a few today, froze the extras and put them in foodsaver bags as well.

Artichoke Spinach Cheese Ravioli Anyone?

Last week I practiced making homemade pasta dough and various noodles.  Today, I took it up a notch and made homemade Artichoke Spinach Cheese Ravioli.  I used a recipe for artichoke spinach dip and modified it for the stuffing.  I also need to do a better job of getting the air bubbles out of the ravioli.  All in all, they turned out pretty good.

One thing that I realized, you cannot boil ravioli like you do noodles (rapid boiling water), they need a gentle boil, otherwise they fall apart.  Oh, and I rolled the dough a little bit too thin (#2 thin) next time I will leave the dough a bit thicker (#3).  Also, with the seasonings in the ravioli and using diced ham as well, I would not salt the water, or if I do, just a little (I over-salted it today)..
I topped the ravioli with diced ham, homemade basil/walnut pesto sauce, and of course, parmesan romano cheese.

It’s All About the Grill

Today was triple digit heat in Houston.  Who wants to cook inside with kind of heat?  Refilled the propane grill tank, and away we go!

I also realized I needed to modify my rules (again).  Lettuce is now considered a “staple” so I can have salads as part of my well rounded dinners. With that, Tonight’s dinner started with a nice romaine lettuce salad with tomatoes and green onions, topped with the last of the vadelia onion poppyseed dressing.

 

 

I made roasted potatoes with onions and jalapeno peppers in an aluminum foil pouch.  I then grilled zucchini with garlic butter and veal cutlets that I brushed with olive oil and seasoned with a grilling spice mix for meat.

For dessert – fresh cherries (I couldn’t resist picking some up while at the store getting the lettuce… )

It’s “Fried”ay, a day early

Well, today’s theme turned out to be Fried Foods…

Fried green tomatoes, French fries, and refried black beans…

Good thing I 1) used grapeseed oil for the fried green tomatoes and 2) didn’t use much oil (grapeseed of course) at all in making the refried black beans.

The french fries were frozen leftovers from Five Guys Burgers.  If you haven’t tried this, you need to.  FGB always gives you a whole lot of french fries, so much that I can usually only eat maybe 1/2 of what they give me.  I hate throwing them away.  So I brown bag them home with me, put the brown bag of fries in a plastic bag, mark it, and put it in the freezer.  When I want to use them I just put them on a cookie sheet and pop them in a 450* (F) oven for about 15 minutes. (I like my FF crispy…)

Is it redundant to eat fried green tomatoes with ketchup??