SparkPeople Cook Team Messageboard 4 monthly goals to keep your kitchen experience interesting SparkPeople Cook Team Messageboard May 31st 1# i appreciate the gratitude lists I read this month, thanks for participating <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> 2# no-contact home deliveries <em>483</em> <BR> <BR> 3# a good night's sleep last night <em>102</em> Sun, 31 May 2020 15:43:47 EST May 30th 1# a vacuumed house- <BR> <BR> 2# cleaned Hamster Nell's 50 gallon 'home' <BR> <BR> 3# perfumed soap &amp; fresh, clean clothes because the day is done Sat, 30 May 2020 16:29:20 EST May 29th I am very grateful for a beautiful summery day <BR> <BR> I am very grateful to live where I live <BR> <BR> I am very grateful to have been able to meet-up with my best friend today Fri, 29 May 2020 14:26:24 EST May 28th 1. getting through the day at work pretty well unscathed! <BR> <BR> 2. overcoming the urge to munch something crunchy after dinner <BR> <BR> 3. having plenty to read Thu, 28 May 2020 16:51:31 EST May 27 1# light rain and misty... very peaceful, beautiful <BR> <BR> 2# I get to stay at home today, no appointments to keep ~ no obligations ~ no demands ...I like my freedom, I can afford it.... I am grateful I can afford my retirement lifestyle at this time. <BR> <BR> 3# I didn't cut my hair during the shutdown, I'm going to keep going …. I'm grateful I kept the scissors in the sewing box. Wed, 27 May 2020 11:01:01 EST Internat onal/New Food or Recipe Goal Tried a new food and recipe tonight. <BR> Chicken Tikka Masala <BR> <img src=""> <BR> No one is sure of the origin but it is really good! <BR> <BR> Can't share the recipe as it was given to me by a Spark Friend @navywifeski, who tweaked and created it, but I'm sure if you would like the recipe and contact her she would be happy to share! <BR> <BR> This dish was so out of my realm but it looked really good so I ... Tue, 26 May 2020 22:06:57 EST May 26th 1. getting 4 hours admin work done in peace &amp; quiet at work today! <BR> <BR> 2. delicious juicy salads <BR> <BR> 3. a happy zoom meeting with Buddhist friends Tue, 26 May 2020 15:11:17 EST May 25th 1# laundry in the machines AT HOME! I am so grateful I don't have to leave home to do laundry <BR> <BR> 2# a work desk/in home office... even retirees have bookkeeping to tend to <BR> <BR> 3# novels, I would be lost without something to read Mon, 25 May 2020 13:28:07 EST May 24th 1# excellent weigh-in …. -3.4 lbs because I stayed within food plan guidelines <BR> <BR> 2# early to bed early to rise.... 5 am breakfast <BR> <BR> 3# having the whole day ahead of me &amp; the good health to enjoy it Sun, 24 May 2020 07:34:32 EST May 23rd 1. meeting my best friend and having a coffee and chat sitting on adjacent benches today <BR> <BR> 2. a link to a wonderful video interview a friend sent me - a different perspective on Covid 19 <BR> <BR> 3. knowing I have another two days off! Sat, 23 May 2020 15:02:19 EST May 22nd 1# holiday weekends! <BR> <BR> 2# clothes that fit <BR> <BR> 3# a little chat with neighbor (and we practiced social distancing) Fri, 22 May 2020 22:30:35 EST May 21st 1# unprocessed food! elegantly simple <BR> <BR> 2# surprise! stepped on scale to see how food plan looks there: down 3.2 lbs! this morning~ Sunday is regular weigh in day <BR> <BR> 3# I appreciate clothes that don't need ironing Thu, 21 May 2020 16:20:33 EST May 20th 1# started in on a new crochet blanket (Tunisian-simple stitch Entrelac) <BR> <BR> 2# popcorn <BR> <BR> 3# caught up on my sleep Wed, 20 May 2020 22:26:40 EST May 19th Today I'm Grateful for... <BR> <BR> Lots of exercise picking up tree limbs and moss from yesterday's rain storm <BR> <BR> Garbage/Recycling/Yard Waste still being picked up regularly... Yay for essential workers <BR> <BR> Staying safer at home... by choice Tue, 19 May 2020 22:23:12 EST May 18th 1# gave myself a manicure <BR> <BR> 2# turned leftovers into curry stew ~ I topped it with thick, chilled Greek Yogurt for protein and lemon juice <BR> <BR> 3# flowerbed got a new layer of mulch now that the dead bushes are pulled out. Mon, 18 May 2020 20:10:36 EST May 17th 1# Cajun spice <BR> <BR> 2# diet coke after dinner tonight ahhh- I'm done for the day <BR> <BR> 3# electronic scale with easy to see reading (don't need my glasses ) Sun, 17 May 2020 20:23:05 EST 16th May 1. Sunshine <BR> <BR> 2. not having to make chocolate rice-crispie cakes at work today! <BR> <BR> 3. ebooks on my phone - always something to read in my bag Sat, 16 May 2020 13:36:19 EST May 15th 1 - I got through the work day fairly smoothly <BR> <BR> 2 - I met a neighbour on the way home and we chatted, and exchanged phone numbers <BR> <BR> 3 - I have a new, gorgeously scented face cream that I'm enjoying Fri, 15 May 2020 15:35:41 EST May 14th 14th <BR> <BR> - grateful to get all my shopping done safely <BR> <BR> - grateful to have not one, but two telephone chats with buddies today <BR> <BR> - grateful to have the day off from work Thu, 14 May 2020 13:33:30 EST May 13th 1# clean sheets &amp; closet of freshly done laundry <BR> <BR> 2# my little hamster 'Nell' (the perfect indoor pet) <BR> <BR> 3# indoor potted house plants .. I have an orchid &amp; Christmas cactus Wed, 13 May 2020 13:03:49 EST May 12th 1# simple crispy oven baked potato breakfast- uncomplicated~ <BR> <BR> 2# the day-after following food plan~ I'm starting a new day right! ~ it's a good feeling, sticking with food plan <BR> <BR> 3# zoom &amp; skype both communication applications have kept me in real time with my peers Tue, 12 May 2020 11:36:54 EST May 11th 1# unexpected cat-nap 20 minutes <BR> <BR> 2# portability of a laptop <BR> <BR> 3# clearing my schedule, free time Mon, 11 May 2020 15:23:05 EST May 10th 1# cozy pjs &amp; fluffy robe watching a late night classic film (1940s - 1960s) with no commercials <BR> <BR> 2# bohemian style hair/head bands made of sheer stretchy fabric is comfortable <BR> <BR> 3# shorts that are knee length, thighs full covered (peddle pushers we used to call them in the 1970s) <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 May 2020 12:56:39 EST May 9th 1. crocheting~ I got my hooks &amp; yarn back out for several hours <BR> <BR> 2. chiming old fashion key-wind clock... I inherited my grandmother's mantel clock in 1988 ... it chimes out every quarter hour <BR> <BR> 3. my yard! the young man-mower is doing an excellent job at fertilizing &amp; weeding, mow &amp; trim schedule- it looks like an emerald <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 May 2020 12:50:56 EST May 8th 1# dumbbells.... just did 10 minutes worth with a set of 3 lbs weights <BR> <BR> 2# zoom meetings ….. pjs on the bottom, but business-like on top <BR> <BR> 3# song birds~ they sound wonderful <em>585</em> Fri, 8 May 2020 15:49:38 EST Around the World POLL <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> I'm not a fussy cook. That means I am happy with a few dry spices and herbs, basic vegetable whole grains and ordinary poultry fish or legumes. I'm curious, do you have an international meal you like~ Tacos or Lasagna or BBQ or Stir Fry maybe? Thu, 7 May 2020 11:16:34 EST May 7th #1 I have an excellent bed to wake up in <BR> #2 my prescription eye glasses are current <BR> #3 I love my walking sneakers (memory foam~ Skechers brand) Thu, 7 May 2020 09:47:19 EST May 6th 1. generic antihistamine loratadine because it's cheap &amp; works within 90 minutes *I only take it on the days I'm bothered on~ and it is non-drowsy single 10 mg dose works a full 24 hours. <BR> <BR> 2. bulk bags of skinless frozen fish~ I eat plenty of fish because the smelly work is already done for me. <BR> <BR> 3. irises ! beautiful flowers are in full bloom all over my neighborhood (went walking today after a spring cleaning in my garage) Wed, 6 May 2020 12:13:04 EST May 5th ~Happy Cinco de Mayo~ <BR> 1. appreciating well stocked freezer (loaded with veggies &amp; lean protein) <BR> 2. good tasting clean water from the tap <BR> 3. watching General Hospital (daytime series) in peace &amp; quiet <BR> Tue, 5 May 2020 12:16:31 EST May 4th 1. sunny walk, a nice 70 degrees ~beautiful weather~ <BR> 2. perfectly seasoned soup <BR> 3. skyping with my mom (France) Mon, 4 May 2020 13:04:55 EST May 3rd <BR> 1. Enough money to buy a new iron, ironing board cover and felt pad on-line - something I've needed for some time - I felt thrilled to be able to order these things <BR> <BR> 2. An exchange of grandson photos with one of my best friends - her little grandson sitting in a cut play tent; my grandson out walking with his mum &amp; dad. <BR> <BR> 3. Being able to sit on my doorstep for a coffee this morning, and just about see the sea through the gap between houses and roofs. Sun, 3 May 2020 04:27:00 EST May 2nd hot fresh black Columbian coffee first thing in the morning <BR> a hot shower <BR> a good novel <BR> Sat, 2 May 2020 14:27:09 EST Mushroom flatbreads I saw Karen mentioned flatbreads made with oats. I've made lovely flatbreads with chickpea flour too - very nice. This one was in my emails this morning - I haven't made it yet, but it sounds interesting. I'll post my photo when I make them. I love a flatbread with a curry etc. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-mushroom-flatbreads-various-toppings/ </link> <BR> <BR> To make the flatbreads; <BR> 1 large red onion sliced <BR> 1.5 tbsp olive oil <BR> 6 mushroo... Thu, 30 Apr 2020 05:45:37 EST Vegan Day Goal <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is my 100% plant-base Vegan meals day of month. I tick my vegan day box in sparkstreak COOK team goals. <BR> Today I'm all about nuts legumes grains vegetables fruit + reading those condiments, beverages labels too. <BR> <BR> no cheese yogurt milk meats eggs fish seafood fowl game poultry <BR> <BR> I had vegetable bouillon instead of chicken broth in vegan stew at brunch, ton... Wed, 29 Apr 2020 14:34:08 EST Turkey Stuffed Peppers Stuffed peppers is a dish common in many cuisines. It consists of hollowed or halved peppers filled with any of a variety of fillings, often including meat, vegetables, cheese, rice, or sauce. The dish is usually assembled by filling the cavities of the peppers and then cooking. <BR> <BR> North American stuffed pepper <BR> Stuffed peppers in American cuisine is a dish where bell peppers (often the green, yellow, orange, and red varieties) are typically filled with a stuffing such as ground ... Fri, 24 Apr 2020 20:15:13 EST Vegetable Saute Lunch today: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A mix of sweet potato (small), mushrooms, onions, red bell pepper, asparagus, and spinach. Plus a tablespoon (or two) of shredded parmesan cheese. Add a teaspoon of olive oil and a pat of butter to a skillet. Add the onion, peppers, diced sweet potato and saute until tender. Then add the asparagus and mushrooms, saute until tender. Add the spinach until wilted. Take off he... Wed, 1 Apr 2020 17:49:29 EST Sautéed Green Cabbage <img src=""> <BR> I have green cabbage in fridge... tonight I'll sauté shredded cabbage, and make a olive oil salad dressing with petite diced tomatoes instead of vinegar. Wed, 25 Mar 2020 16:14:21 EST German Potato Salad <img src=""> <BR> Potato salad is a dish made from boiled potatoes and a variety of other ingredients. It is generally considered a side dish, as it usually accompanies the main course. Potato salad is widely believed to have originated in Germany, from where it spread widely throughout Europe and later to European colonies. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 22 Mar 2020 15:41:46 EST Cauliflower Pizza Crust Pizza for Dinner I'll be making my Cauliflower Pizza Crust pizza with homemade spaghetti sauce, baby spinach, baby bella mushrooms, red onion slices and of course, mozzarella for dinner tonight while hubby eats Pizza Hut. <BR> I eat the whole thing! <em>4</em> <BR> Mmm, mmm, good! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Cauliflower Pizza Crust <BR> <BR> Nutritional Info <BR> Servings Per Recipe: 2 crusts <BR> Amount Per Serving <BR> Calories: 264.0 <BR> Total Fat: 8.6 g <BR> Cholesterol: 35.0 mg <BR> Sodium: 9... Fri, 20 Mar 2020 17:24:38 EST Spanish Rice <img src=""> <BR> Main ingredients: *White rice, tomatoes, garlic, onions, broth + virgin olive oil <BR> Serving temperature: Hot <BR> Place of origin: Mexico, Spain, and Iran <BR> Course: Side dish <BR> <BR> *I baked brown rice this afternoon <BR> (baked for full 75 minutes, nice and tender grains). <BR> <em>372</em> I'll brown onions &amp; garlic in olive oil first <BR> ... then add petite diced tomatoes pac... Tue, 17 Mar 2020 16:22:16 EST King Oyster Mushrooms in Marmite Sauce I'm being adventurous and trying a new vegetable and a new recipe. <BR> I picked up a couple of giant mushrooms and then googled a recipe - it looks easy and good! I'll let you know. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>shroom/ </link> Sat, 14 Mar 2020 14:45:42 EST Homemade chili So where exactly did chili originate? Consider the chili stands of Texas in the 1800s. The dish they sold was unique to Texas, and not Mexican in origin as some might believe. Rather, chili has its roots in the Canary Islands, which were under Spanish control in the 1700s, when the government of New Spain recruited people to migrate to what's now San Antonio, Texas. The women who settled there prepared dishes of stew made with meat, garlic, onions, cumin, and chili peppers — flavors similar t... Tue, 10 Mar 2020 23:59:42 EST typical soup or is it stew? <img src=""> <BR> for me a typical soup is 2 cups water, 1 frozen chicken fillet (boneless, skinless), 1 small bag 12 oz of frozen vegetable, 1 tablespoon oil, I like salt, black pepper, garlic, sage as basic soup spice. I add either a small whole potato or 2-3 tablespoons dry brown rice... bring to a boil, cover and turn down to slow boil/simmer for an hour. The vegetable will deconstruct creating a thick s... Sat, 7 Mar 2020 21:01:39 EST baked brown rice- <img src=""> <BR> <BR> preheat oven 375 F (190 C) <BR> glass casserole dish with a cover or use heavy foil to cover tight <BR> <BR> spray nonstick spray inside of casserole dish <BR> add 1 Tablespoon oil (15 ml) <BR> add 2 cups (473 ml) boiling water <BR> add 1 cup (180 g) medium or long grain dry brown rice <BR> <BR> bake covered for 65-75 minutes <BR> use a fork to fluff ~ good in fridge for a couple of d... Tue, 3 Mar 2020 20:28:44 EST non stick "stir fry" <img src=""> <BR> I stocked up on bags of small (4-serving size microwaveable 'steamer' veggies) frozen veggies. <BR> <BR> I bought long grain brown rice, nonstick spray, low sodium soy sauce, vegetable bouillon concentrate (Better Than Bouillon ~brand) <BR> <BR> I'm preparing 3 days worth of brown rice ahead of time- I dish out what I need and reheat it per meal. <BR> <BR> I spray a covered skillet add frozen... Tue, 3 Mar 2020 18:44:22 EST Caramelized Brussel Sprouts Ingredients <BR> 1 tablespoon olive oil <BR> 1 large clove garlic minced <BR> 20 small brussels sprouts sliced as thinly as possible <BR> 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt <BR> 2 tablespoons brown sugar I used dark brown, but light or dark should work <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, over medium high heat. <BR> Add the garlic and saute just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. <BR> Add the Brussels sprouts and stir gently to coat with oil. <BR> Continue sauteing until... Sun, 1 Mar 2020 18:06:53 EST Dressings Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe <BR> <BR> Slightly sweet, tangy balsamic vinaigrette. this is YUMMY I use it on my salads but it can be drizzled on roasted veggies...chicken wraps. It really is good. <BR> <BR> Prep &amp; Total Time: 5 minutes <BR> Servings: 20 Tablespoons <BR> Calories: 81 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 2 Tablespoons of honey <BR> 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard <BR> 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt <BR> 1/2 teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper finely ground <BR> 1 large clove of ... Sun, 1 Mar 2020 18:02:08 EST Snack/side dish Our grocery has been running their bags of chopped or sliced veggies for stir-fry for 99 cents. I pick some up every chance I get. They prep them there at the store in the deli area, but when they're marked down, one has to take them home and use them, because they won't last much longer. OK, so. I've steamed one to go under a supper, steamed another and put it in the freezer for sometime in the future, then brought home another one last night, and put it in our air fryer with some seasoning,... Wed, 26 Feb 2020 13:25:19 EST Stroganoff The origin of the dish is unclear, but it is most likely linked to a French chef—or a French-trained chef—working for the Stroganoff family. Although Russian in origin, the dish is strongly influenced by the French style of cooking—this is most obviously seen in the way the beef is cut, in either cubes or strips. <BR> <BR> This is my lighter, healthier version: <BR> <BR> Chicken Stroganoff <BR> <BR> 1 tbsp Olive Oil <BR> 1 small Onion, sliced <BR> 1 4oz can Mushrooms, sliced <BR> 4 fl oz ... Mon, 24 Feb 2020 23:16:44 EST Cabbage and Cashew Nut Stir-Fry This recipe sounds so simple, but it is one my absolute favourites; I love the different texture in it. <BR> <BR> This recipe is straight from the book: Rose Elliot "Cheap &amp; Easy (vegetarian cooking on a budget)" <BR> <BR> For one serving use 175-225 g (6-8 oz) prepared cabbage, and a quarter of the other ingredients. <BR> <BR> Serves 4 320 calories per serving <BR> <BR> 700g firm white cabbage <BR> 2 TB oil <BR> 1 tsp turmeric <BR> 2 TB desiccated coconut <BR> 25-50g raisins <BR> 1... Sun, 23 Feb 2020 06:28:45 EST white onion soup I just finished experimenting - and it tastes great! <BR> <em>286</em> makes 2 bowls <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> diced white onion (250g) about 1.75 cups worth <BR> nonstick spray &amp; add 1 Tb extra virgin olive oil …. <BR> sauté diced onion (translucent when done) <BR> <BR> add one can navy beans (3.5 servings) + 1 to 1.5 cans of water <BR> + 2 tsp vegetable bouillon* <BR> + 50 g brown instant ric... Sat, 22 Feb 2020 18:20:13 EST Today's cooking for tonight's supper. Has anyone here ever watched Jenny Can Cook on YouTube? I highly recommend it. She doesn't talk quite as much as I do, and she's way funnier. But, since you're here, here's what's cooking at the Redford manse for tonight. The plan is zoodles/noodles 'alfredo', some raw veggies to the side, and some homemade garlic knots, or a slice of homemade bread. Here's how it will happen: <BR> I don't bake with white flour ever, so it's always whole wheat. I don't use real cream or milk with fat in it, b... Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:46:27 EST Chocolate Chia Pudding These are SO easy to put together and very good either as a breakfast, or a dessert, or as breakfast-for-dinner - add berries for more deliciousness. <BR> <BR> I batch prepare about three at a time - using drinking glasses. They keep in the fridge. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> for each one: <BR> <BR> 3 TB chia seeds <BR> 1 TB cacao <BR> 1 cup milk (any kind - coconut is lovely) <BR> 1/4 tsp salt <BR> 1 TB... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 11:45:03 EST Great to find you here! I was so excited to find this - I've always enjoyed 10XPERB's recipe ideas! <BR> <BR> I'm practically vegan, but love to cook from scratch, but know I can do even better. I'm going to do that baked cabbage thing soon - I love cabbage and that's a cool, healthy recipe. <BR> <BR> I'm 65 yrs old, a healthy weight, but striving to cut out processed foods, and to minimize the carbs that put fat on the belly. Sun, 16 Feb 2020 15:03:28 EST skip it I just deleted my recipe because It didn't taste as good as I hoped - oops! <em>198</em> Sun, 16 Feb 2020 12:36:19 EST Breakfast for Dinner - Fancy Sundae Oats <img src=""> <BR> It was a race to get something in my belly tonight! I'm hungry and I'm not prepared. How about Breakfast for Dinner? Okay- I microwaved whole oats &amp; raisins. Raisins are nice and plump, oats are fully cooked. I don't use too much water, I like my oats a little on the stiff side. Now I stir in cool Greek Yogurt (twice as rich in protein than non-Greek yogurt). I sprinkle a little cinnamon... Thu, 13 Feb 2020 17:45:24 EST International Cuisine - European Baked Cabbage <img src=""> <BR> I live in the North American continent... my international cuisine tonight comes from the European continent... Both Irish and parts of Russia claim Baked Cabbage as their own. <BR> <BR> Baked Cabbage is considered *Irish if I add corned beef &amp; Rapeseed oil/canola -or Russian if I add sausage &amp; sunflower oil. <BR> <BR> <BR> I non-stick sprayed a heavy stainless steel covered pot &a... Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:02:31 EST