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Posts Tagged ‘Food Network’

Sometimes I Cheat

Posted by terrepruitt on October 2, 2019

I would love to not rely on some processed foods. I am always amazed that as much as I love pasta and bread I do not make my own of either. And I hear that both can be really easy. I would love to be able to cook from scratch every night using high quality organic ingredients, but the reality is I don’t. I am thinking we are a lot alike in that we do what we can when we can with what we can. Sometimes – for me – it is just a matter of not having any ideas of what to cook. Sometimes I am just stumped. I can be stumped in the morning when I actually might think to take something out of the freezer. Then when it comes time to make dinner, I don’t have anything defrosted and I am still stumped. I know there are a lot of people who make homemade meals and then freeze them. Now that I think about it, I have done that, but I haven’t done it lately. So sometimes I “cheat”.  I always have something in the freezer I can use as a meal or an addition to the meal. Sometime is it like that old Food Network show Semi-Homemade. I add “something” to “something” that is frozen.

For some people it might seem odd to add something organic to something so processed, but, as I mentioned I do what I can. The other night my hubby brought home some Grassfed ground beef. Oh, that was so awesome because I was having one of those days when I didn’t know what to cook. I still didn’t know what to do with the beef, but at least we had defrosted meat and it was a start!

I decided to cook it up and add it to a frozen lasagna. Sometimes I cook more pasta to supplement the few noodles that are in the lasagna, but I decided not to this time. Here is what I did – working with what I had.

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1/2 of a small onion
olive oil
3/4 of a pound ground beef
handful of cherry tomatoes
1 small/single serving Stouffer’s Lasagna

Heat up the olive oil. Chop the onion. Cook the onion in the oil. Add the ground beef. Cut up the tomatoes. Cook the beef until done. Turn off the heat and add the tomatoes to the pan.

While the beef is cooking follow the cooking instructions on the box of lasagna.

When the lasagna is done, cut it in half. Put half on each plate. Divide up the meat and tomatoes onto each plate. Then use a fork and knife to mix the lasagna and meat on each plate.

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Since I don’t cook with tomato sauce often this is a treat for us. It was good. Sometimes you just need easy and good to get a meal on the table.

What do you do to get a meal quickly on the table?

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Chinese Dumpling Soup – Super Easy Soup

Posted by terrepruitt on November 12, 2011

I have been slowly learning a new Nia routine.  I worked on it this morning then right before dinner I decided to do a few of the katas that I are challenging me.  I knew that dinner would be easy because it is FINALLY soup weather in San Jose, California and I made Chinese Dumpling Soup last night and I was just going to add a little more broth.  Well, I ended up adding a little more than that.  After I first had this soup, which I first mentioned in my Ginger post, I wanted it again.  I made it once and I wanted to post about it then because it is so good.  But normally I only like to post recipes when I made adjustments so it can be more like my own and not like I am just copying someone else’s recipe, but I really haven’t made any adjustments to this soup.  It is so good.  This time I did add some mushrooms.  Ya know, have you ever had that soup at a Chinese food restaurant with paper-thin mushrooms in it?  That is what I was thinking of so I sliced some mushrooms and put them in the original cooking and them more tonight when I added more broth and more spinach.  This soup has so many flavors going on it is really a wonderful thing.  I am going to make it and eat it without the dumplings (pot stickers).  My hubby doesn’t want me to omit the pot stickers, but it is such good soup he will forgive me.  I know he will.

Chinese Dumpling Soup

Ingredients
8 cups water
8 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon low sodium chicken bouillon
2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar (although you can use sherry, which I am sure I will have to do one day)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar
sprinkle of salt
about 1 cup Julienne baby carrots
24 frozen Chinese dumplings
3 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced
4 cups bag baby spinach

Directions

Heat the eight cups water, stir in the 8 teaspoons of bouillon.  Add the ginger, soy, wine, vinegar, sesame oil, and sugar.  Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes.

Add the dumplings and cook for about 5 minutes.  You might want to adjust the heat up a bit since the frozen dumplings will bring the temperature of the liquid way down.

Add the carrots (I like them crunchy).  Turn the heat down a bit and cook for about two minutes.

Then add the spinach, sprinkle the salt in, and add the scallions.  Let the spinach wilt, about a minute.

Get your taste buds ready for some super yumminess and serve.

dance exercise, Nia teacher, Easy Soup, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia classes, Nia classes in the Bay AreaWell, now that I have typed it up, the directions on the site are a bit different than mine, I am sharing with you the way I do it.  But basically it is from the Food Network Cookbook and website.  I don’t like my carrots really cooked so I add them after the dumplings where the site and the book say to add them before and cook them longer.  The site also suggest cooking the soup without the pot stickers and just have them on the side.  That is what I am going to do.  If my hubby wants them in the soup he can put them in there.  The way I cook them added them to the soup would add ANOTHER layer of flavor and probably make it better anyway.

The soup is really, really, really easy and without the dumplings is has to be really low in fat.  With the spinach you are getting a good amount of greens.  YUM.  This soup is really good.  One of those foods that has you thinking about it.

Well, the recipe this book came from is from a book I bought for my friend and she has made a few recipes in it for me and they have been really good.  I would recommend this book to anyone that likes to use cookbooks.  What made me get it for her is that there were simple recipes in it (she has kids) and because it shows “additional uses” for some of the ingredients you might not know what to do with.  If you buy a can of tomato paste and use two teaspoons, it shows you other recipes in the book that also use tomato paste.  I thought that was so cool because I often end up with leftover ingredients.  As it turns out I love this book because it has this soup recipe in it and I love this soup.

I hope you will try it and enjoy it too.  If you do let me know what you think.

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