Recipe of the Week: Almost Swedish Meatballs

almost-swedish-meatballsMy Grandma B came to the United States from Sweden when she was about 15 years old. The meals she cooked were an interesting mix of New and Old Country. Unfortunately, her recipes live on only in my culinary memory. I hope these meatballs would have made her proud.

Ingredients:

2 slices soft whole wheat bread, torn into small pieces
scant 2/3 cup 2% milk
1- 1 1/3 lb ground beef
1 egg
2 t onion minced
1/4 t mace
1/4 t pepper
1/8 t allspice
2 T butter
2 T flour
1 can condensed cream of celery soup, or one recipe cream of celery soup
1 cup white wine, divided use
1 cup undiluted evaporated milk
2 T chopped fresh parsley
12 oz uncooked medium wide egg noodles

For the directions, click here.



Knit to Knot

washcloth-close-upI love phrases and find them so evocative of imagery and activity.

“Knit to Knot”, words I used in a social media discussion, sparked an interesting idea for further reducing my post dinner calories.

It’s easy to merrily eat and drink while reading a book or doing an extreme Sudoku. It’s even easier to inhale calories while on social media or watching TV.

But one cannot knit while simultaneously creating a crumbly edible mess. Read More


Cashew Chicken with Extra Vegetables

cashew-chickenIngredients:

1 T soy sauce, low sodium
1 T Chinese rice wine
1/4 t sesame oil
1 t cornstarch
1 pound chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut into 1 inch chunks
2 T peanut oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 yellow onion, sliced into 1 inch pieces
1 large green bell pepper, sliced into 1 inch pieces
8 oz baby bok choy, sliced on diagonal
8 oz sliced water chestnuts
1/4 cup soy sauce, low sodium
2 T Chinese rice wine
2 T oyster sauce
2 t sesame oil
2 t sweet chili sauce
2 t cornstarch
1 cup roasted cashews Read More


Noticing Without Judgment

flowering cactus“I cannot believe I over-cooked the turkey! And those green beans! I forgot to reheat them in the oven and had to use the microwave so they lost their slightly crispy bite. OMG, those rolls are not quite done…”

That sort of self-critical talk is not a particularly mindful way to cook or enjoy a meal. Fortunately before I said those words out loud, I remembered to pause and breathe.

Breathe and cook for peaceful deliciousness.

Breathe and eat to prevent digestive and emotional upsets.

When you cook and eat in a non-judgmental way, culinary perfection can still happen, but if it doesn’t – it’s ok. Read More



Szechuan Noodles

Szechuan noodlesThis fantastic recipe is from our sister site CC Palate – where every recipe is created by you, but calorie counted by me.

Ingredients:

8 oz vermicelli, broken in half
3 T rice vinegar
3 T soy sauce
2 T vegetable oil, canola oil, sunflower oil (do not use olive oil)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 to 2 t minced fresh ginger
1 t dark sesame oil
1/2 t red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
1/2 cup cilantro chopped

Garnish: 1 or 2 green onions, sliced Read More


Cajun Green Beans and Brown Rice

Green Beans Brown Rice 1Ingredients:

2 T olive oil
1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped
1 banana pepper, deveined, and chopped
1/4 cup celery, chopped – or a pinch of ground celery seed
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups green beans, sliced on the diagonal
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1/4 t paprika
1/4 t oregano
1/4 t thyme
1/8 t ground black pepper
1/8 t ground white pepper
1/8 t cumin
Pinch of salt
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Garnish: 2 green onions, sliced, hot red pepper flakes Read More



Scalloped Jarlsberg Potatoes

Scalloped Jarlsberg potatoesIngredients:

2 T butter, unsalted
1/2 cup onion, grated or very finely chopped
2 T flour
1/4 t white pepper
1/8 t dried rosemary
2 C milk, whole is best, but you can use 2%. Do not use skim milk.
8 oz Jarlsberg cheese, grated
3 lbs red potatoes, skin on, less than perfect bits discarded, the remaining potato cut into 1/4 inch slices
paprika Read More