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9/9/09 8:58 P

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I prefer simply food too. I often use a simple casserole outline.

It goes like this:

1. Any kind of cooked meat. Examples: canned meat or fish. (Only one can.); or 1 lb. or less fresh meat or fish. Browned or heated in microwave; scrambled or hard-boiled eggs work also.

2. Any veggie I have on hand, canned or fresh. I use one can or 2-3 pieces fresh veggies.

3. Cooked rice, couscous, or pasta. Enough for 2-4 people.

4. Sauce. I often use condenced soup, mayo, tomato sauce, gravy, mustard, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, alfredo sauce, or salsa. Any type of sauce that you like will work.

5. I also like to add beans, lentils, or dried peas. My favorite are kidney beans because they are a pretty color. Dried beans need to be soaked and pre-cooked. Use 1/2 - 3/4 cup. Or, just use a can of beans. Rinse the canned beans before adding them.

I take my five ingredients and combine them in a 2-3 quart casserole. I often add 1 tablespoon of a seasoning like Mrs. Dash, Italian seasoning, poultry seasoning, or seafood seasoning. Though it still tastes good even when I forget to do that. If my casserole dish is in the washer, I use any old baking dish on hand.

If you want, you can top this mixture with bread crumbs, crushed tortilla chips, crushed crackers, or cheese. Or any thing like that.

I then put it in the oven at 350 degrees F. for about 30 mins. or til the sauce starts to bubble. Or I just heat it in the microwave for 10-15 minutes.

It's no fuss. Is fairly quick to put together. Always has what I like in it. Can be adapted to any cuisine, special diet, or food preferences. Doesn't take a lot of planning. Leftovers are easy to reheat, or can be used to make the next casserole.

How healthy it is depends on the food choices you make.

I have also discovered that this dish can make foods that I don't generally like taste good. And it is a great way of trying out new foods. I just combine the new food with things I already like.

Patience. Balance. Moderation.

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9/9/09 5:28 P

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Most of our dinnertime meals don't consist of a starch (bread, rice, potato, pasta) at all. Usually we have a piece of lean meat with some sauce and a veggie. Yesterday was herb crusted porkloin (plain boneless porkchop sold in the big long hunk, then we cut it down into smaller roasts at home) and frozen veggie medly. Cooked like this:

Tonight will be panko (big bread crumbs) coated Swai (mild white fish) cooked in the oven with oven roasted asparagus.

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9/9/09 5:17 P

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Ok, I need food ideas.

They need to be basic, nothing fancy, and kid friendly. I'm really a plain eatter, I don't like cooked veggies (I will eat most of the raw) and don't like a lot of stuff on my food. I'm REALLY REALLY picky.

I just know I can't go on eatting boxed mac and cheese, and microwave meals, and packaged food. I want to eat at home more (we eat out ALOT!)

Anyhow, looking for basic healthy meal ideas, there are usually only two of us at a meal, sometimes 3.

Thanks in advance, and I will be cross posting this, so sorry if you see this multiple times!

Crystal B

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