Old recipes prompt a Homer Simpson moment: “Mmmm sausage”
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
- OR- Old recipes and a new way of eating
Having abandoned my old fast-food ways, I find myself cooking more and more, which is a good thing; however, I’ve discovered that some of the old recipes that I’ve known and loved for so many years seem to sodium disasters.
I’m watching my salt and when I think I’m digging out a relatively easy to make-over recipe, I still find the sodium count out of control.
Of course it won’t be so bad, because I’m going to make sure that I rinse those canned beans, the main culprit in my sodium disaster at the moment, but I’ve found myself switching out canned ingredients for fresh ones when I can.
I wonder how it will all taste in the end. Healthier for sure, but my chili will probably be a little bland compared to my usual chili.
I wonder though, just how much salt am I washing off when I rinse those kidney beans? I hope a lot of it.
That syrupy stuff in the can, it’s probably where most of the sodium is stored. I hope the beans don’t absorb it, but then again, they might and I might find myself out of luck in that department.
It wasn’t so long ago that I made another old recipe. It was an easy one – Spanish rice – pretty much the easiest thing a person can make.
I wanted a little protein, and so instead of swapping out the protein on the recipe for a different protein, I swapped it out for a lower-sodium version. The problem is, lower sodium or not, ham-like canned meat is not low sodium! At least not the variety I bought.
Anyway, that was a sodium disaster. I guess that’s where I’m bidding farewell to that particular variety of canned meat. It’s not like I ate that particular canned meat more than a few times in my life anyway, because we usually just left it out of the recipe. I had to want protein that day. Figures.
Next time I make that stuff, I think I’ll sub in some chicken or something like that.
That should take care of most of the problem.
But getting back to my chili, I’m torn. Minus the sodium, it’s not all that unhealthy if made with lean meat. But I just don’t know about those beans. They’re an unknown quantity. If only someone could tell me what the sodium content would be after I rinsed those beans.
Oh well. I’ll find out the day after I eat them and either my fingers are swollen like little water balloons or they will be fine. I’m hoping they’re fine.
At least the days I’m planning on having chili, I’m also having a good deal of potassium, more than I usually get, so maybe it will help me get a rid of that salt.
I hate to retire old family favorites when it comes to recipes, but I’m starting to think that maybe I should start weeding through those recipe cards.
Some can be made over just fine. Others don’t need making over, but then there are those that do need it and need it badly.
What’s a girl to do?
I love the food I grew up on.
Some of the recipes we ate often, others not so much, but we enjoyed them a lot when we had them.
Chiles rellenos for instance – mmmmm – yum!
The problem is that my chiles rellenos recipe is not so healthy like some of the other recipes I’ve seen for it. Mine for instance is not vegetarian. It’s got sausage in it.
I’ve had vegetarian chiles rellenos and frankly, it’s not my cup of tea.
It’s missing sausage.
Okay, so now I all of a sudden feel like Homer Simpson for some reason. Only my line isn’t “mmmm, donuts” or “mmmm beer.” It’s “mmmm sausage.”
Okay. I’ve got to get that out of my system!
Don’t worry, I’m not going to buy any sausage today.
I’ll skip that.
But I am salivating a little bit.
Uh. … I guess that’s bad. Oh well. I’m human. And I like sausage.
Of course that’s no mystery by now.
But that aside, maybe I should start a new collection of recipes. Some old, some new and some tweaked.
On one side of my family there’s been a tradition where the matriarch of the family would clip recipes and attach them to pages of a notebook. The notebook I have has my great grandmother’s name on the cover. There are really old recipes and other household tips from the local newspaper inside.
It’s kind of fascinating really.
I only discovered that this was something of a tradition only a couple of years ago.
I started my own notebook. I didn’t get very far yet, but maybe it’s time I pick up that notebook and continue adding to it.
I’ll be eating healthier food that way and I’ll be continuing a tradition.
I think that’s the thing to do.