February 7, 2011

Eating out of freezer – Week one continues

February 2, 2011

5:00 pm – Toronto was supposed to be hit by a huge city crippling snow storm today, and although it did snow, it wasn’t as bad as anyone thought. But, I decided to take the local transit today and leave my car safely in the driveway.

I love the TTC (Toronto Transit) – I know I may be the voice of the minority, and it might have more to do with the fact that I only use it about once a week, but even though it took at least three times longer to get where I was going if I had been driving my car, I had an interesting time working through my Sudoko. In all honesty, it isn’t really working one – it’s more like trying to work one. After my hour and fifteen minute trip I was foiled yet again! And I was so close this time – right down to the last set of nine squares and then three lines were wrong which means that the whole thing was wrong.  I must be a moron. Anyway the time flew by and I didn’t have to deal with the new competitive sport called Driving in the Snow in Toronto.

But it did take most of the day to get all of the stuff I had to do done.

And what’s for dinner?

I checked my freezer and there was a mystery container that looks a lot like chili. I have some of the homemade bread leftover, and fixings for a spinach salad so the Mystery Chili is going into the microwave to thaw.

6:30 pm – Yes, it was chili. It was a recipe that I was working on for an article I wrote for a magazine and it was really great, spicy and vegetarian to boot. After three nights of chicken it was great to have something different. And eating beans at least three times a week can help lower your cholesterol.  We haven’t had any fatty fish yet this week so I am going to make spicy Salmon Cakes with a Stir Fry on Thursday.

Beans (the dried kind), lentils, and split dried peas are all in the Legume family. And all of the members are a treasure chest of vitamins, minerals, fibre, protein, and antioxidants plus they’re diabetic friendly. Their low glycemic index helps keep insulin levels riding on a nice even keel, no crazy wind storms to topple your pancreas.

February 3, 2011

I really love salmon. I must because I have ten cans in the pantry.  They were on sale for $1.99 a can, it was a bargain!

We eat salmon sandwiches for lunch often but I have a recipe from Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health and don’t forget the chocolate! that I wrote with Liz Pearson RD, so tonight we are having Spicy Salmon Cakes.

Spicy Salmon Cakes

This recipe is a great way to add canned salmon a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids to your diet.

1 ½ cups (375 mL) Post Cereal Spoon Size Shredded Wheat + Bran

2 – 7.5 oz. (213 g) tins sockeye salmon, well drained

2 Tbsp. (30 mL) low fat mayonnaise

2 Tbsp. (30 mL) low fat plain yogurt

1 Tbsp. (15 mL) Dijon mustard

½ tsp. (2 mL) Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp. (10 mL) chili garlic sauce

½ onion, minced

½ red pepper, minced

¼ cup (50 mL) finely chopped cilantro

1 Tbsp. (15 mL) lime juice

1.      Preheat the oven to 425° F. (220° C).

2.      In a food processor, pulse the Shredded Wheat until fine. Measure out ½ cup (125 mL) to be use as the coating and set aside.

3.      Put the salmon in the food processor and pulse several times.

4.      Add the mayonnaise, yogurt, Worcestershire, garlic chili sauce, onion, and red pepper. Pulse until well combined.

5.      Add the cilantro and the lime juice and pulse till combined.

6.      Using a ¼ cup (60 mL) ice cream scoop with a release button scoop out 8 salmon scoops and place into reserved crumbs.

7.      Press the salmon gently into the crumbs, slightly flattening them into ¾ inch thick.

8.      Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve.

Makes – 8 – 3-inch (8 cm) cakes

Serves – 4 – 2 cakes per serving

Each 2 cakes contains

280 Calories, 13 g Total Fat, 2 g Sat Fat, 0 g Trans Fat, 265 mg Sodium, 20 g Carbs, 3 g Fibre, 21 g Protein

I served these with stir fried veggies that I had in the freezer. Great easy dinner.

February 4, 2011

5:30 pm – It’s been a really hectic day and I just got home. It’s just me tonight. What to make for serves one?

5:35 pm – I am so glad that I have hard cooked eggs in the fridge. I am going to make spinach and egg salad with olives, avocado, and celery with a creamy dressing using low fat mayo and some apple cider vinegar, oh and maybe a glass of wine….

February 5, 2011

I have to create some recipes for an article I am writing for a magazine – so it is experiment night! There is always a really long lead time (the time between an article being due and the time it appears in a magazine) so I am making picnic foods in the February for an article that will come out in June. Tonight is oven fried chicken and potato salad.

February 6, 2011

Super Bowl Sunday. We are going to friends house for the yearly Super Bowl party complete with chili and Caesar salad. I love not having to cook tonight!

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