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A sure sign of spring…

Fresh asparagus from the farmers’ market.

A sure sign of spring!!

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Garlicky Asparagus

This sounds good..think I’ll try it today.

Garlicky Asparagus (from Cooking Light)

Ingredients

1 pound asparagus spears, trimmed

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Steam asparagus 4 minutes or until crisp-tender.

While asparagus steams, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes or until fragrant, stirring frequently. Add asparagus, salt, and pepper; toss to combine.

Notes

Nutrition Information:

CALORIES: 57 ( from fat)

FAT: 3.4 g (sat: 0.5 g, mono: 2.5 g, poly: 0.4 g)

CARBOHYDRATE: 5.4 g

FIBER: 2.5 g

CALCIUM: 27 mg

CHOLESTEROL: 0.0 mg

IRON: 0.5 mg

PROTEIN: 2.5 g

SODIUM: 74 mg

April Spice

The spice of life…..

can be risky

and complicated

and even scary

    …and sublime

and hopeful

and stimulating

and even worth it

  … most of the thyme!

 

 

Crumbles

Using Lightlife Smart Ground Crumbles, I made this!  I sauteed some onions and mushrooms in water and then added in the crumbles and sauteed for a few minutes.  Then I just added some BBQ sauce — we use Weber’s because it has just a few ingredients and they sound like real stuff instead of chemicals and sugar; let that simmer for about 10 or 15 minutes.  I steamed the fresh green beans separately.

I don’t use the crumbles often due to the processed nature of the stuff, but for an occasional treat — I like it!

Easy Potatoes and Green Pepper

Cut up potatoes and pepper and some onion….sautéed in a splash of olive oil.  Seasoned with Garlic Pepper blend; dried basil and Mrs. Dash Seasoning.  Added in croutons made with oatmeal bread and a sprouted rye multigrain bread; these were sauteed in Earth Balance Soy Free Butter Spread, with some dried basil and some garlic powder sprinkled in.

I’m not gonna’ lie to ya’    —  this turned out to be a tasty dish.

I try not to include oil in my meals because I hear it’s not good for me but I also hear that it IS, so sometimes I throw a bit in here and there just because I can.  And if you say “sautéed” instead of fried, it’s easier to pretend it’s healthy. 

This could all be done with water, too….I’ve done that and I liked it! 

Your thoughts and feedback on the inclusion of oil are welcomed and encouraged!!

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Gallery

Shadows on the Cutting Board

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Choppin’ Broccoli

How about this?  Broccoli Salad

In water, sauté:

1/2 cup chopped onion; 1/4 cup raisins; after a couple of minutes add in a bunch of finely chopped broccoli (or however fine you like it).  Add in some salt and pepper.  Stir everything together.  Let it sauté until it is not-too-smooshy and not-too-crispy.

Options:  Sprinkle in some bacon bits that are real or fake and/or sprinkle on some shredded coconut.   It’s a basic recipe that you can enhance (or not) with curry or other spices and herbs.

This just shows that you can make stuff up and it can end up tasting really good!  I did …..and it did.

Chili on a Cool Day

Small batch:  serves two to four depending on appetite!

Got a new pan and I just had to put it to the test — thank you Wolfgang Puck and T J Maxx!

This is what I used:

1/4 teaspoon each:

–Turmeric       –Thyme    –Curry Powder

–Ground Cinnamon     –Ground Ginger

–Salt                –Black Pepper

1/2 teaspoon each:

—Garlic Powder      —Onion Powder

2 tablespoons:      —Chili Powder

Also:

–1 large clove of garlic – smashed and very finely chopped

–1/2 small onion     –1/2 green pepper           –1/2 orange pepper

–1/2 can of pinto beans

–1/2 of a box of rustic cut tomatoes (about 14 ounces or so)

–1/2 box of low sodium vegetable broth (about 16 ounces or so)

This is what I did:

Sautéd onions and peppers in a little vegetable broth

Added beans and tomato

Sprinkled in the spices

Added in the garlic clove

Simmered for about a 1/2 hour or so

I just tasted it because it seemed like the right thing to do before posting this….it was fun to experiment with spices I don’t usually use in chili……..but you never know………. I gotta say:  It is GOOD!

 

 

 

 

Vegetarian heading for Vegan

First photo is: 

Cucumber with Follow Your Heart Gouda cheese (non-dairy);

Next one:  add a few sauteed mushrooms & some green pepper(sauteed in water with garlic-pepper seasoning);

Third photo is a version with kinda’ fake bacon;

and then a kidney and pinto bean salad with chopped onion, celery, carrot and a Vegenaise & mustard dressing and a hard-cooked egg (so that one is not vegan — but I have made it without the egg and it is still so good). 

Buon Appetito!

An Inkling of Cautious Optimism

via Daily Prompt: Inkling

I had a bit of an inkling

           as to what is required

but less of an inkling

           now that I’ve retired

I look forward to exploring

           with a dollop of dread

while visions of happiness

           dance in my head

With an inkling of mortality

           and an inkling of life

Expecting the joyful might

           outrun the strife