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!

@artist01

@jakedduck1 Oh, Granny, Granny, Granny! I bought ALMONDS for my pecan pie! We just started Daylight Saving Time today. I think I need a nap. 💤 😴

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Laughing, @artist01, bet Almonds would be quite a surprise for those expecting pecans in their X-mas pie!!! Sounds like somehting I might do!

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@jakedduck1

@artist01
That senior moment was nothing compared to mine. I went in to take my meds but did other things and apparently I was still holding my pills. So when I got ready to take them they were nowhere to be found and I mean nowhere. I looked in every cupboard every drawer every room even though I hadn’t been in in any of those rooms. I turned my chair upside down. I looked everywhere, well except where they were of course. Later on I check to see what I was going to have for lunch and checked out the refrigerator and they weren’t in there which is a common place for me to put my keys if I don’t leave them in the outside lock all night. I keep my water and drink in a drawer in my refrigerator and when I got hirsty and opened that drawer guess what I found. Yep, there set my pills. A little cold but no worse for wear so I gobbled them down right then and there.
I’ve been having too many senior moments lately anymore and they’ll probably lock me up somewhere.
If I make it another 17 years to 85 I’ll probably be some kind of raving lunatic.
Jake

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@jakedduck1, Your story sounds all too familiar! But this actually happened years ago when I was "more with it most of the time"…smiles

Arrived at my school one morning to find that I'd driven 10 miles with my coffee mug still perched on the top of my car…incredible and even more so because there was still coffee in the mug. I try to remind myself of that extraordinary event these days as I go into panic mode searches almost daily.

Recently, I frantically searched the car, my purse and pockets before returning inside the store to look for my sunglasses. An employee stopped to ask if she could help and when I explained I'd lost my glasses, she smiled sweetly before saying, well, have you checked your head???? Sure enuf!!!

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@fiesty76

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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My cousin in Plano says rhubarb is occasionally available in the frozen foods section at Trader Joes. We found it in an HEB superstore in the Valley once too.
Sue

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@fiesty76

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

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@fiesty76 Actually on occasion I,ll have it especially if I bake a pork roast but I like my sauerkraut over mash potatoes yum

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@fiesty76

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

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@imallears I've eaten conch when traveling the Caribbean and quite tasty, wouldn't know how to prepare it. Tilapia is pretty bland so can take it or leave it.

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@marjou
Hi,
I did have conch fritters…fried….and they were good but the first time I ever tasted it was right out of the water…raw….I think Tilapia is a junk fish…don't even know what kind of fish it is most of the time or where it is from. But butter and garlic can make any fish palatable. Lots of garlic lol.

FL Mary

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@lioness

@fiesty76 Actually on occasion I,ll have it especially if I bake a pork roast but I like my sauerkraut over mash potatoes yum

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@ lioness
Yes, yum indeed I’ll try that. Sauerkraut is good on everything.
Jake

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@fiesty76

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

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@fiesty76
Have you ever tried it? I thought not.
Jake

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@lioness

@fiesty76 Actually on occasion I,ll have it especially if I bake a pork roast but I like my sauerkraut over mash potatoes yum

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we have a local pizza place making Rueben pizza. Corned beef, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing. it's so yummy!

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@hopeful33250

@imallears You said to check the brands to see the source. What sources should be avoided?

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@hopeful33250

Starting with sardines I would only buy from Portugal. Spain and Portugal care more about the quality of their seafood than any other country and they also produce canned muscles, squid, mackerel and clams. Our Publix sells many different brands from Portugal. If I see grilled octopus on a restaurant menu I ask where it is from and will only eat octopus from Spain. I usually only see this in Italian restaurants and high-end restaurants. I think any canned salmon that is labeled Wild is probably good. The word sustainability is not an easy word to decipher, it’s not black-and-white and can mean different things to different producers.
Fish notably scallops from Canada and down the Atlantic Coast is an another area that produces superior fish.
Our Publix sells fresh, previously frozen fish but I don’t know where it’s from. They also sell this fish frozen in one and 2 pound bags. I’ve only ever had their wild sockeye that was frozen.
Chile and Japan are other countries that produce good fish.

Costco sells Baramundi which is a sweet white mild fish from Australia. I always buy a big frozen bag there because of the price. You can find this in Whole Foods and sprouts.
It’s easier to trace the source of canned fish then it is fresh fish unless you happen to know a particular fish market. If you could understand what the codes and numbers mean on these cans you could probably trace back to its origins. We’re lucky to have a few good fresh seafood markets in my area and also a good number of ethnic food markets where you can find the most unusual products.

I do the same for a grass fed beef when I buy it. I look at the company that produces it and then research the company. Aldi supermarkets happens to have the best grass fed ribeye I have ever tasted. Even if you overcook it it’s still so tender. They also have organic chicken and chicken cutlets that are very tender.

I wind up going to several different stores when I shop and always buy my organic veggies at Sprouts. I like that you can buy one cucumber or one pepper instead of a package. So it’s not easy to know where your food comes from but you can research and if you come across something that is good then you know where to buy it. I wish supermarkets would stop using the term “natural” as it doesn’t really mean anything. It’s a crap shoot at times. But my family enjoys cooking, watching cooking shows and reading about the history of food…both son and daughter are excellent cooks and have given me a renewed interest in food.

So it is ribeye with onions and mushrooms , leftover red cabbage and spinach for dinner tonight….maybe some leftover cubed butternut squash…..red wine and too many Bark Thins.
Seems strange to be eating dinner at 6:30 or 7 when it’s still light out.

FL Mary

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@fiesty76

Ahh, @imallears, I'm with you on keeping and using canned salmon! But the greatest bonding is our shared delight is with sardines!! Poor,poor @jakedduck1 and @artist01 for not fully appreciating the satisfaction of both. Oh, well, just more for us, right?

One of my fond memories from childhood was returning home with my dad after doing the weekly grocery shopping and sharing a can of sardines and saltines with him. My mom Never joined in; in fact, she made herself scarce from the kitchen until our little treat was done. Thinking back, I wonder if she got her revenge on those Saturdays by serving the awful smelling turnips for dinner those nights????

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@fiesty76 😄. Revenge is sweet!
Your Mom had it right!

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@fiesty76

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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@fiesty My feelings are hurt. What about my almond pie? Snicker, snicker.

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