Recipes, Food Tips, Healthy Eating & More

Posted by Debbra Williams, Alumna Mentor @debbraw, Feb 22, 2019

Some of the members of the Gratitude Discussion Group were interested in having a place to share recipes and food ideas. I’m hoping that we can use this thread as a place to have that kind of discussion. I’d love to hear your ideas for quick meals, comfort food, healthy snacks, and more.

Personally, I’ve just been through a bad reaction to one of my medications that left me with a very queasy stomach. I would love to hear ideas – or recipes – that might be used when you need to get something on your stomach, but don’t want to overdo it.

Hopefully, this thread will even be a place where we can share recipes for special treats and yummy rewards. It doesn’t always have to be healthy!

I’d love to hear from members who have been part of other discussions AND from new members who have good ideas, recipes and food tips to share. I’m excited to see who might start us off here with an awesome food suggestion!

@imallears

@artist01
Never force yourself to eat anything you have tried and don’t like even if it is good for you. I tried the ones in tomato sauce and hated them….I like them either in olive oil, water or there was a Mediterranean one with black olives that was good and I am not an olive lover. I accidentally bought a lot of canned anchovies at Costco but haven’t tasted them yet. Honestly I could eat the entire can of sardines in one sitting with a few crackers, tomatoes and cheese for lunch. It’s nice to love something that is actually good for you….balances out the not so good things.

Made braised red cabbage this morning…the aroma is wonderful….could eat that anytime. I know there are a lot of recipes but my favorite uses the sugar and white wine vinegar and a little butter. Eat it cold or room temperature with some goat cheese.

FL Mary

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@imallears, I've tried the canned anchovies but found the ones I bought way too salty.

As for cabbage, it has become a more frequent purchase on my grocery list and use it in many ways, both raw and cooked. Soups, sautees, slaws, are easy but I've not tried your braised recipe. Think I'll give it a try!

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@jakedduck1

@imallears
“please don’t say “yuck” to other people’s food preferences”
Okay okay I got it but that's not to say I'll remember it. I suppose my other descriptive terms are henceforth prohibited.
Jake

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Oh, go ahead and whine away, @jakedduck1. You give us all more reasons to try our best to direct you to the good and wholesome foods you disparage! Also your whines are nearly always "smile worthy" to boot!

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@artist01, Not familiar with "Chicken Haddy" but used canned tuna with undiluted crm of mushroom soup on toast for an easy lunch. Stopped using the canned mushroom soup because of the added salt. Converting to a simple white sauce was easy but I've never used the salmon. Good idea. Now I make homemade fresh mushroom soup as a stand alone meal with croutons and a side of leafy salad.

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@fiesty76

@imallears, I've tried the canned anchovies but found the ones I bought way too salty.

As for cabbage, it has become a more frequent purchase on my grocery list and use it in many ways, both raw and cooked. Soups, sautees, slaws, are easy but I've not tried your braised recipe. Think I'll give it a try!

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@fiesty76
That’s good to know about the anchovies….will let you know when I try them and may have to rinse some of the salt off. Hope you like the braised red cabbage recipe….lovely sweetness to it. As for the snake, I only had it once…it was already smoked ((I think) and cut up so there was nothing visually upsetting about it. I have had smoked eel several times and it tasted like steakish tidbits.
Tasted raw conch once…good grief..I would have to be marooned on an island with no fire to eat that again. Fried is okay but nothing I would choose again. I never did like Bluefish so I add that to my list of don’t likes..swordfish is the other one and I wouldn’t go near tilapia…junk fish.

FL Mary

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@lioness

@imallets Jake did try my 72% chocolate now I,ll have the sauerkraut and onion sandwich he said it wasn't bad

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Oh, @lioness, are you letting our @jakedduck1 lead you astray? Sauerkraut and onion sandwiches?? Really??? LOL

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@lioness

@jakedduck1 Just had the sandwich It was surprisingly good I,ll put that on my menu Of course I had Mayo on it also but good😊

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Whew, @lioness, I must say you are braver than I!! Did you add mostly mayo???? Smiles

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@jakedduck1

@lioness Would I mislead you?
I use sandwich spread and put some hot sweet pickles on it.
Time for some dark chocolate now.
Jake

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Hmmmm, @jakedduck1, Yes! you would and do try to mislead us all but we still adore you for it! Smiles

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@gingerw

It's National Pie Day!! 3/14 for 3.14159. Succinctly, pi—which is written as the Greek letter for p, or π—is the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle.

For sake of argument, what is your favorite healthy pie, but all comers are acceptable, today. As for me, my mother's homemade tamale. For the desert side, strawberry rhubarb.
Ginger

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Thanks, @gingerw, for alerting us all to National Pie Day! I didn't know to celebrate on the 14th but am making up for lost time now.

After challenging myself for days? weeks? to thoroughly clean inside of refrigerator before making another grocery visit, Friday, I made myself do the outrageous clean out. I was out of milk, bread and veggies so Saturday, I took self to early morning shopping.

In addition to the "necessaries", I managed to come home with frozen drumsticks, Klondike mint patties, and not one but two pies: Dutch apple pie and Key Lime….not saying they are my ultimate favorites because pecan, turtle, chocolate and coconut rank high as well, but oh, my goodness, what is not to like about any dessert pie????

When moving back to TX from MN, I made a lasting friendship with our Lutheran pastor and wife by serving them rhubarb pie on their first visit. Until those 2 yrs in Duluth, I'd never seen or tasted rhubarb. It is rare to find it available in our locale.

As for "healthy" pies, chicken pot pie, shepperd's and homemade chili/frito pies are pretty standard choices at my house.

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@jakedduck1

@gingerw
Healthy pie? Are you kidding? Who in their right mind ever thinks of healthy pie?
I thought and thought and thought and thought about what my favorite healthy pie and I suppose it would have to be shepherds pie since that’s the only somewhat healthy pie that I can think of. Although I don’t imagine the crust is very healthy.
If you grow your own rhubarb and want it for a pie grow it in the dark, I was just reading about that. I don’t know if that’s the kind they sell in stores or not
i’ll be fine whoever would’ve imagined such a thing. I only thought of it because my mom made it. They really should change the name from pie though. I’m hungry for a Keylime pie right now But I’ll try to control myself and not get one.
Take care,
Jake

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So, @jakedduck1, I'll eat a slice of Key lime in your honor and then a second for being "such an understanding friend"! Smiles

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@imallears

@fiesty76
That’s good to know about the anchovies….will let you know when I try them and may have to rinse some of the salt off. Hope you like the braised red cabbage recipe….lovely sweetness to it. As for the snake, I only had it once…it was already smoked ((I think) and cut up so there was nothing visually upsetting about it. I have had smoked eel several times and it tasted like steakish tidbits.
Tasted raw conch once…good grief..I would have to be marooned on an island with no fire to eat that again. Fried is okay but nothing I would choose again. I never did like Bluefish so I add that to my list of don’t likes..swordfish is the other one and I wouldn’t go near tilapia…junk fish.

FL Mary

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@imallears, I've never tasted conch in any form but am with you on steering clear of tilapia.

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@artist01

@gingerw My specialty was making pecan pies for Christmas dinner. My husband loved mincemeat pie.
One year, when my family was grown up, it was my job to make 3 pecan pies to bring to my eldest son and daughter-in-law's family Christmas dinner. I bought all the ingredients for the pies and was so proud when they turned out beautifully, brought them to the dinner, with the whole family waiting in anticipation when it came time to dessert time. To my great embarrassment, people were having a very hard time chewing their first bite.
Turned out I had bought PECANS by mistake! You all know how hard they are to bite down on! Oh, Granny. Nobody asks me to bring anything to our dinners anymore.

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@artist01, I am the only one in my clan who likes mincemeat. Later wondered if it is the rum? that is added??? Smiles
Like you, pecan pies are my most favorite and the one most requested by family.

At my daughter's one holiday, she'd bought some pecans at her grocers for my "special" pie. They were hard as rocks, tiny and almost bitter! From that experience, wherever she's lived, I annually send her fresh pecans bought from my area.

While our state is a big pecan producer, I have to rely on "store bought" walnuts and wonder if they too are far different from locally harvested fresh???

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@imallears

@jakedduck1
Sliced or shredded red sautéed in a little butter on top of the stove in a sturdy ovenproof pot, adding sugar until it dissolves and then the white wine vinegar. Then you put the pot with cover into a 325 oven for 2-2.5 hours. That’s braising baby.

FL Mary

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My mouth is watering at the thought, @imallears! Definitely gonna' give braised cabbage a try and thanks, FL Mary, for the recipe!!!

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