Recipes, Food Tips, Healthy Eating & More

Posted by Debbra, Volunteer Mentor @debbraw, Fri, Feb 22 7:21pm

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!

@jakeduck
I read the recipe and have never used tomato soup which is what I am thinking the “add water as needed “ means when they are referring to a gravy like tomato soup topping. I always used a good pasta sauce and would forget about the water …you really don’t want it too soupy. Why use a can of Whole tomatoes chopped when you can use a can of diced (seasoned) tomatoes?
Was never crazy about stuffed peppers but when I did make a couple I really seasoned up the chop meat more (or ground sausage or ground chicken) I guess you could always sprinkle some water over the peppers if it looks like it is getting too dry.
I like a red pepper stuffed…doesn’t have to be green…

Did not know you had lost your sense of smell…that maybe explains your aversion to certain foods…except candy which you really don’t have to smell.

Let us all know exactly what healthy junk is lol.

I made kale tonight sautéed in toasted sesame oil seasoned with a little garlic salt and tumeric and threw in some peanuts and golden raisins ….one of my favorite ways to eat kale…the bagged kind ….after all the woody stems are removed. Had that with my 20 minute chicken breast. And , of course, a Pinot Gris and coconut dark chocolate.

I’m full.

Regards from Hurricane Mary

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@imallears

@lioness
Hi,

Thanks,
I have my son, daughter in law and grandkids in Orlando closer to the East Coast and they will get some tropical storms so they’re watching it. They may decide to scoot on over to us with the doggies, about a 2 hour drive. All schools closed Tuesday in my area and closer to east coast on Wednesday. They’ve suspended tolls on some major roads. Storm is only moving about a mile an hour. We have a generator for both houses (my daughters and mine) which runs the fridges and some outlets. Also 2 window ac units for my smaller place which would run off the generator. Then we can have a hurricane party/sleepover .

Last hurricane 2 years ago we lost power for 3 1/2 days but spent 2 of them at a friends huge home who had generators that powered everything. Had at least a dozen friends staying with them plus all the animals , 2 large refrigerator freezers and tons of food. My kids in Orlando were out 2 weeks and spent part of that time in a hotel and then were able to borrow a portable AC.
But still a long time.

Been here 25 years and have been fortunate enough not to have any major damage but others a few miles from me don’t fare so well. Had hurricanes and blizzards in Long Island where we lived…price you pay for living near the water. Pray for the people in the Bahamas. If I had a choice between fires and storms, I would choose storms. Time to get some more trees trimmed. I have one that drops acorns on my roof and scares the crap out of me on a windy day lol.

Regards from FL Mary

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@imallers I know what you mean. We where in a hurricaine in Ocean City Md. we where right on the coast A tornado came within 1/2 Mile of our home destroyed a mobile home court. Here in Long Beach Ca. just read about a fault that is in the ocean of Long Beach that has been dormant but if it connects with the other fault in ocean it will become active .I live on the 4 th floor of a 6 floor building as they will have Tsunamis. So something everywhere . Back in Pa we had flood that's wiped out a mobile home park. Ivan came up into Pittsburg Remember Ivan it was from Alabama . Glad your save . Don't want to take any chances with Mother Nature. Linda

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@jakedduck1 That’s a good sounding recipe. I’ve actually never had stuffed peppers as a main course, just as a side dish, stuffed with a bread stuffing.
When it says add water as necessary you keep an eye on it occasionally as it bakes and if it starts to get too dry you add some more water. You don’t want to add too much because when it’s done you want that to be a gravy. Use a timer and set it for about every 10 minutes so you don’t walk away and let them burn — that would be a big cleanup which I am sure you don’t want.
To those of you who do have stuffed peppers with a meat stuffing, do you just serve the pepper or do you add side dishes? I have a hard time picturing a lone stuffed pepper in the middle of a plate being dinner!
JK

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@contentandwell

@jakedduck1 That’s a good sounding recipe. I’ve actually never had stuffed peppers as a main course, just as a side dish, stuffed with a bread stuffing.
When it says add water as necessary you keep an eye on it occasionally as it bakes and if it starts to get too dry you add some more water. You don’t want to add too much because when it’s done you want that to be a gravy. Use a timer and set it for about every 10 minutes so you don’t walk away and let them burn — that would be a big cleanup which I am sure you don’t want.
To those of you who do have stuffed peppers with a meat stuffing, do you just serve the pepper or do you add side dishes? I have a hard time picturing a lone stuffed pepper in the middle of a plate being dinner!
JK

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@contentandwell
In the past when I have had them, keeping in mind I’m not the kind of guy to have a Thanksgiving style meal (Unless someone else fixes it.) Like when my friend brings me food she always brings salad, main course, sides, bread, desert. Jeez, if I fix a meal I’m lucky to have just one of those things, in fact cereal works well. When I make Stuffed peppers I just have them alone since they have meat, rice and the veggie all in one. On a very rare occasion I might make a salad if I get a burst of ambition.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@contentandwell
In the past when I have had them, keeping in mind I’m not the kind of guy to have a Thanksgiving style meal (Unless someone else fixes it.) Like when my friend brings me food she always brings salad, main course, sides, bread, desert. Jeez, if I fix a meal I’m lucky to have just one of those things, in fact cereal works well. When I make Stuffed peppers I just have them alone since they have meat, rice and the veggie all in one. On a very rare occasion I might make a salad if I get a burst of ambition.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 I guess I’m just not used to having one thing on my plate with all of the meal components mixed together. The only casserole my mother ever made was a side dish -potatoes au gratin. I have made a shepherds pie type of dinner so I guess that’s similar, it just spreads out on the plate rather than standing upright.
JK

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@contentandwell

@jakedduck1 I guess I’m just not used to having one thing on my plate with all of the meal components mixed together. The only casserole my mother ever made was a side dish -potatoes au gratin. I have made a shepherds pie type of dinner so I guess that’s similar, it just spreads out on the plate rather than standing upright.
JK

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@contentandwell
I’d much prefer dinner served with the appetizer, main course, sides and desert but the problem is more cooking more mess longer clean up and you know my thoughts on those subjects.
Shepherds pie is good of course I’d use pre-made crust.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@contentandwell
I’d much prefer dinner served with the appetizer, main course, sides and desert but the problem is more cooking more mess longer clean up and you know my thoughts on those subjects.
Shepherds pie is good of course I’d use pre-made crust.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 Crust on shepherds pie? Not on my recipe. The meat is mixed with gravy or tomato soup, seasoned, and put in the dish then topped with mashed potatoes and cheese. I customized mine by using ground lamb, green beans, and nutmeg for the bottom. My husband loves it and my son always did too.
I avoid pastry crusts.
JK

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@contentandwell

@jakedduck1 Crust on shepherds pie? Not on my recipe. The meat is mixed with gravy or tomato soup, seasoned, and put in the dish then topped with mashed potatoes and cheese. I customized mine by using ground lamb, green beans, and nutmeg for the bottom. My husband loves it and my son always did too.
I avoid pastry crusts.
JK

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@contentandwell
Hi,
Crust on shepherds pie sounds like a pot pie. Mashed potatoes is a must, I agree . Leonard could always put prepared mashed potatoes on top instead of doing them himself. I’m half English….grew up on shepherds pie and you can make it healthy too.

FL Mary

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@imallears

@contentandwell
Hi,
Crust on shepherds pie sounds like a pot pie. Mashed potatoes is a must, I agree . Leonard could always put prepared mashed potatoes on top instead of doing them himself. I’m half English….grew up on shepherds pie and you can make it healthy too.

FL Mary

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@imallears I actually never heard of it until I was married! I made a recipe from a cookbook that was named something else and my step-son loved it and said it was like the “shepherds pie” they had at school. That recipe had ground beef and corn but after making it once I customized it.
JK

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@imallears

@contentandwell
Hi,
Crust on shepherds pie sounds like a pot pie. Mashed potatoes is a must, I agree . Leonard could always put prepared mashed potatoes on top instead of doing them himself. I’m half English….grew up on shepherds pie and you can make it healthy too.

FL Mary

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@imallears
Yep, I guess your right. Oh well, foods food (Well maybe not the kind you eat, but generally) what’s in a name.
Jake

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Freezing question……can those chopped onions that come in the plastic containers be froze? I suppose they need to be put in a different container. I read when plastic freezes it produces carcinogens, not sure if it’s true though.
Jake

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@jakeduck

Hi,
Put them in a zip loc bag. Those plastic containers aren’t meant to be frozen but are good as storage so you can wash and reuse if you want.
Recommend just patting them down with paper towel before you do or spreading them out on a towel to air dry briefly. If they are wet they will stick together when frozen…same goes for any veggie.

I freeze peppers and blueberries and strawberries. I found it good to dry and put on a baking pan and freeze for about an hour or two uncovered or until they are frozen. Then you can just dump the whole thing in a zip loc and they are individually frozen.

FL Mary

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@jakeduck1 I do the same you can save space in the freezer by stacking the plastic bags in the freezer It takes to much space with those plastic containers.

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@lioness

@jakeduck1 I do the same you can save space in the freezer by stacking the plastic bags in the freezer It takes to much space with those plastic containers.

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@lioness
Thanks Linda, I just wanted to make sure they wouldn’t go bad.
Jake

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@contentandwell

@jakedduck1 That’s a good sounding recipe. I’ve actually never had stuffed peppers as a main course, just as a side dish, stuffed with a bread stuffing.
When it says add water as necessary you keep an eye on it occasionally as it bakes and if it starts to get too dry you add some more water. You don’t want to add too much because when it’s done you want that to be a gravy. Use a timer and set it for about every 10 minutes so you don’t walk away and let them burn — that would be a big cleanup which I am sure you don’t want.
To those of you who do have stuffed peppers with a meat stuffing, do you just serve the pepper or do you add side dishes? I have a hard time picturing a lone stuffed pepper in the middle of a plate being dinner!
JK

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@contentandwell Stuffed Peppers are good served with a side of applesauce and cornbread.

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