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Veggie Up: Day 3 Lunch

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Just finished my (late) lunch and took a picture. Figured I'd add it in while it was still fresh on my tongue. Delicious taco salad made from arugula, carrots, Lighten Up! Italian dressing, Greek yogurt, and leftover peppers/chicken tacos. YUM!!

One thing I'll add is that when I was serving this up, I was reminded of one of my very best kitchen purchases -- the ceramic frying pan. These are the new versions of the non-stick pans and I have to tell you, it's so awesome, even my husband (nickname: Stampy) treats it like a precious gem. Mostly, we're worried about scratching or denting the coating so we just treat it with care. And most importantly, when I saute things, I don't even need to use any oil. I do because I feel like it helps brown things up but the non stick capacity of these pans are awesome! I definitely recommend checking them out if you want to try using less grease to fry things.

Bon Appetit!
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    Oh, the other thing that we're really careful about is the temperature we use the pan to cook with. Generally speaking, I never put the stove temperature above the medium mark. One of our elements gets WAY hotter than the others, so I keep it even lower when I'm using the pan in that location. By "medium" I mean halfway. So, on the element where the highest number is 8, I don't put it much past a 4. I think this is important because any surface in any pan can burn. The problem with these non stick surfaces is that if you burn them, I think they'll stop working. Just another FYI to help your pans last. :D
    1360 days ago
    Thanks for your posts, everyone! I'm pretty sure the brand of frying pan I have is Bialetti. When I bought it, I was a little reluctant because some of the Amazon reviews are not very favorable. That's why we decided to only buy one instead of a set. I know people complained about all kinds of things -- scratches, the surface wearing off, and so on -- but I haven't experienced any of that. That said, we're VERY careful with our pan.

    We only use silicone, wood, and plastic tools with the pan. I have some "liners" that are really just thin pieces of fabric; we put them in the pan before stacking the other pans on top of it. I also don't put it in the dishwasher and haven't used anything abrasive on it at all. The red paint on the bottom has a couple of very small scratches/dings in it but that's just normal wear and tear I think. We have only had it for a few months but use it nearly every time we need a pan. I just fried an egg in it this weekend with ZERO oil or anything. It all just slides out! When the pan cools, I wipe it out and off with a soapy dishrag and rinse. It really is great but I agree -- I'm still not clear which of the brands are better than the others.

    I'm going to take a very close look at it tonight to see if I can detect any wear on the surface of the pan. If anyone else knows of a brand that they really like, please let me know and I'll spread the word!
    1360 days ago
    Which brand of ceramic frying pan do you have? I understand there are some that are very good, and some knock offs that don't work at all. emoticon
    1363 days ago
    A ceramic frying pan? I will have to take a look at those!
    1363 days ago
    Great plate, great shot...and looks like a great lunch, too! With all that, success is sure!

    BTW, I agree about the pans - got one as a Christmas gift and have used it nearly every day since!

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    :) Gail

    1364 days ago
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