Chicken and veggies, easy peasy dinner


Yes, I am a fan of one dish wonders; so easy!

2 large chicken breasts

2 tablespoons of oil

2 large carrots and 2 stocks of celery, cut into spears

1/2 onion, course chopped

Italian seasoning

Salt and Pepper, lemon juice

Put all the items in a glass bakeware dish, bake at 350 degree Farenheit for 90 minutes. Serves 3-4 people.

Egyptian Food, next door–meeting the neighbor


Meeting new people can be tricky, especially in this technology based world but when a neighbor introduces themselves and ask where they can easily get internet service, a connection is made! My new neighbor is from Alexandria, Egypt and she invited me over for a wonderful, homemade Egyptian meal, which was a new, spiced delight for me!

While I can’t even begin to spell the names of the dishes, they were fabulous!

Tiki Masala made easy


Not quite a one pot wonder but still every easy to make.

1 Jar of Tiki Masala Sauce

2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded or chunked

1 cup of rice (cooked with 2 cups of water and 1 tblspoon of curry powerder)

1 small bag of shredded carrots

1 red bell pepper sliced into smaller strips

Cook the rice with the curry added

Cook the chicken breast and when about 90% done, add in the bell peppper and carrots, sauted until al dente, add the jar of tiki sauce, simmer until all hot, put mixture over rice, Serves 4 to 6

Making a meal for my family


Spending an evening with my parents is always fun as we live very far apart. While on vacation and staying at my parent’s home, I took the liberty of cooking a meal for them–after running errands with my mom and having gone to the fields to check water with my brother (he’s a farmer with irrigated fielda) a hot, easy meal was in order.

One of the errands was going to the grocery store (in the next town over) so picking up ingredients was a breeze. Of course, I also chose items that were on sale or had the “club price” with a member’s card (the free one’s you get when you sign up at many “big” stores.).

Ingredients:

1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (I used a combo of both)

1 Jar of Madras Korma Curry Indian simmering sauce

1 can of coconut milk

1/2 -3/4 pound of chopped up raw veggies, I used red bell pepper, some cauliflower florets and stems, shredded carrots and a half chopped red onion and sliced mushrooms.

Line a glass baking dish with the chicken (after spraying it with some oil), dump the jar of sauce, can of coconut milk, and veggies all in it give it a light stire and bake for 90 minutes on 350 degrees, covered with aluminium foil.

It’s easy, Indian/Nepal inspired dish and there was more than plenty for 4 people to have 2 whole meals off it.

It can be eaten as it or served over white rice or with Naan.

Homemade Madras Curry, using jarred sauce

Garden Veggies shared, Smothered Eggplant


A friend gardens and shared her extra produce with me (which is awesome as I live in an apartment, sans garden).

This is a rendition of eggplant parmesan, made with stewed, simmered chunked and seasoned roma tomatoes, layed a piece of steamed tilapia filets, and egg washed and battered sliced eggplant, topped with parmesan cheese and steamed with a side of steamed fresh green beans (and a limed glaze)

Ginger Vegetable Curry, Spicy Tuna Salad from Scratch, Homemade is always better!


1 frozen Tuna Fillet

2 carrots, pealed and sliced thin (or peeled thin)

1 large tomatoe, diced

3 TBLSP olive oil, split in half

2 TBLSP curry powder

1 TBLSP Dried Parsley

1 TBLSP diced freshed ginger

Slowly simmer the tuna fillet (from frozen) in half the oil, add salt and pepper

Mixe all the other ingredients in a sauce pan, simmer lightly and then add 2 cups of cold water and stew for 45 minutes on low head

Remove Tuna from skilltet, add the flour to make “roux” until browned and thick. Add the vegetable mix and simmer together, making it all thick. Put the tuna on a bed of mixed spring mix and top with tuna and a scoop of the curry vegetables. Serves 2-4, depending on how cut the tuna steak

(I easily found Curry powder in the International food and spice aisle at the local Ingles Market)

Turkey Chili–one pot to feed a small crew


The ingredients were all already in my house (I grocery shop only twice a month) and are all affordably priced from my local Aldi’s grocery store (except the spice jars, which I got at the local Dollar Tree or at Aldi’s)

1 pound ground turkey, frozen

1 small can of tomato sauce

1 large can of crushed tomatoes

1 can each of chili beans, great nothern beans, black beans (don’t drain)

1 tablespoon each of cumin, chili powder, parsley

Salt and Pepper

2 small purple onions, chopped up

2 jalepenos, chopped up

1 medium green bell pepper, small chunked chopped

Brown the turkey in the pot, add all the fresh vegetables to simmer while the meat finishes to cook.

Add all the spices and canned goods, simmer for 45 minutes to let it all “melt” together.

Can be topped with sour cream, shredded cheddar or my favorite, served with homemade cinnamon rolls

Tuna Steak, New Potatoes, Veggies-A Meal for 2


Again, I chose to shop at Aldi’s and found a great price on Tuna Steaks.

I didn’t include the cost of the spices/seasoning as I already had a can of Tony’s in the cupboard.

1 Tuna Steak

1 Can of green beans (Aldi Brand)

1 can of new potatoes (whole, Aldi Brand)

1 large carrot, peeled and cut into short sticks

1 table spoon of olive oil

Sprinkles of Tony’s.

Simmer Tuna Steak and carrot sticks (same skillet) on low/medium heat, slowly until cooked through.

Warm up green beans and new potatoes in same skillet, season with salt and paper.

Put New potatoes and green beans on the bottom of two bowls, cut tuna steak in half and put half in each bowl, top with sautéed carrot sticks, serve hot.

Feeds Two and is a artisan meal.

One Pot Chicken “Stew”


Yes, another one pot wonder meal to the rescue (and at an affordable price, too!)

I enjoy one pot meals because they are easy to make, affordable, and can simmer without being slaved over. I use easy to find, inexpensive ingredients too so we can all save our pennies for travel, adventures and other hobbies.

2 chicken breasts (2 cans of chunked chicken breast also work, whichever is found on sale)

2 bell peppers (or raw poblanos)

2 cans of red kidney beans (75 cents each at my local Aldi’s)

2 cans of tomatoes (I used the pre seasoned ones with oregano and basil)

2 toes of garlic, salt and pepper

Cook the chicken in a deep pan/skillet, until done, cut into chunks

Chop up garlic and peppers

Open cans of beans and tomatoes, don’t drain, add everything to the chicken pan

Simmer for 30 minutes

Can be served over rice, too, if prefered

Beef Tips & Rice- Veggies-A one pan complete meal


Yes, I am a giant fan of “one pot wonders”, not because I am lazy, I simply like to be efficient with my time and efforts (and honestly, who wants to slave over a hot stove/oven all the time?)

Ingredients:

1 pound of Beef tips/stew meat (the butcher’s discount stuff works great!)

1 medium onion chopped

2 large carrots, chopped chunky

Mixed bell peppers, poblanos, etc. (whatever you have for raw veggies that need to be used up)

1 Cup of white rice, 2 Cups of water

Seasonings/spices of your choice (I had a packet of taco seasoning, so I used that)

Simmer/cook the beef tips/stew meat until cooked thru, add in the chopped veggies, simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Add the rise and water and simmer on medium heat until mixture starts to bubble, turn down to low heat and let finish cooking until rice is soft and all items are al dente.

Serves 4-6.

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