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Broccoli and Steak Stri Fry - 3My favorite diet to follow is The Fat Smash Diet, however I know many others who prefer the Weight Watchers Diet.

Do whatever works the best for you.

All that matters, is that you eat healthy and stay in  motion, so you not only look great, but also feel energized and confident about yourself.

Your body will reward you now, and especially in your “Golden Years”, so you can continue to enjoy life rather than spending time and money in medical facilities.

I found a recipe for a delicious looking dish, Weight Watchers Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry.

It was pretty quick and easy to prepare, and quite delicious.

Best of all, it’s ONLY 5 points per serving.

This recipe yields at least 4-5 servings.

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry – Weight Watchers Recipe

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry – Weight Watchers Recipe

Serve as is, or with a small serving of Brown Rice...count your points...

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lbs. Sirloin beef
  • 2 1/2 Tbs. Cornstarch, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. Canola oil
  • 1 cup Chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 5 cups Broccoli florets, fresh
  • 1 Tbs. Ginger root, minced
  • 4 garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. Red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Soy sauce, low-sodium

Instructions

  1. Rinse the Sirloin beef, and trim off all fat, and membranes.
  2. Slice, against grain, into thin strips (2 millimeters thick).
  3. Spread out on a cutting board.
  4. Mix 2 Tbs. cornstarch with 1/4 tsp.of salt; sprinkle over the meat to coat evenly.
  5. Heat 2 tsp. canola oil in a deep frying pan, add the meat in one layer.
  6. Cook 2 minutes on each side.
  7. Transfer to a bowl, and set aside for now.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of broth into pan, to deglaze it.
  9. Add broccoli florets to the pan, cover it and cook 2 minutes, stirring at least twice.
  10. Uncover, add ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes.
  11. Cook 1 minute.
  12. In a separate cup, mix remaining 1/2 Tbs.cornstarch, with 1 Tbs. water, to dissolve, then add 1/2 cup of broth and soy sauce. Pour over broccoli.
  13. Simmer for 1 minute, to thicken slightly.
  14. Gently fold in beef.
  15. Serve hot.
http://suburbangrandma.com/saving-money/beef-and-broccoli-stir-fry-weight-watchers-recipe/

Eastern European Meatballs - servingMost of us here in the US are used to preparing meatballs in tomato sauce, however Eastern Europeans customized this dish to their own taste and ingredients.

I already shared a post on Meatballs with Mushroom Sauce, but today I will post my recipe for Meatballs with Cabbage.

If you like Cabbage Rolls (Holubtsi – in Ukrainian, or Golabki – in Polish), you will enjoy this dish.

The taste resembles Cabbage Rolls, but this recipe is much simpler to prepare.

Ukrainian Meatballs with Cabbage – Eastern European Recipe

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ukrainian Meatballs with Cabbage – Eastern European Recipe

Ingredients

    Meatballs:
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground meat (I prefer meatloaf mix – pork/beef/veal)
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbs. Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbs. olive or canola oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Cabbage and Veggies:
  • 1 white cabbage, medium size, cored and chopped
  • 1 Leek, cleaned well and chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 large carrot, shredded on large eye shredder
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple, cored, peeled and shredded
  • 2 Tbs. olive or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water mixed with 1 chicken or beef bullion (or use broth)
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 Tbs. Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tbs. Dill weed
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

    Meatballs:
  1. In a medium size bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, egg, milk, seasoning, salt, pepper and Parmesan Cheese. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a saucepan, and saute the onions, until translucent.
  3. Add the chopped garlic, and saute for 1 minute longer.
  4. Add onion to the seasoned mixture.
  5. Mix in the meat, to incorporate all ingredients into uniform paste.
  6. From 1.5 inch size meatballs, and place on a cookie sheet lined with aluminium foil, greased with cooking spray.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake 10 minutes on each side, turning once.
  8. Remove from oven, and transfer meatballs into a medium pot. Set aside for now.
  9. Cabbage and Veggies:
  10. Heat 2 Tbs. of oil in a 6 quarts pot, and saute the onions until translucent.
  11. Add carrots and leeks and saute 2 minutes longer.
  12. Add minced garlic and saute 1 minute.
  13. Add chopped cabbage, water/bullion or broth, apple,and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, mixing gently, but frequently.
  14. Add meatballs and bay leaf.
  15. Cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  16. Mix tomato paste with 1 Tbs. of water, and fold into cabbage/meatball mixture.
  17. Season to taste with salt, pepper and dill.

Notes

Serve hot, with pasta, mashed potatoes, or even a fresh piece of rye bread....aahh just like in Europe. Tastes even better the next day, as flavors have time to blend together. The meatballs can be made ahead, or even previously frozen. These meatballs freeze very well.

http://suburbangrandma.com/saving-money/ukrainian-meatballs-with-cabbage-eastern-european-recipe/

Mahi Mahi in veggies -  serving sizeI am not a big fan of seafood, but this Mahi Mahi recipe was a special treat for me, prepared by a friend for a special occasion.

She assured me that I will not even taste the fish, and she was right.

Mahi Mahi is already a mild tasting fish, but the veggie vinaigrette seasons it further, masking the fish taste even more.

Mahi Mahi pieces

 

 

 

 

 

This dish may be served hot as a meal, or at room temperature as an appetizer.  For best results, serve it the next day, so all the flavors have time to absorb and marry.

Mahi Mahi in Veggie Casserole – European Recipe

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Mahi Mahi in Veggie Casserole – European Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Mahi Mahi fish fillets (fully deboned)
  • 6 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 3 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 Allspice peppercorns
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice, or vinegar
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Cut each fish filet into 3 sections, top to bottom, to form small rectangles.
  2. Dry off by a paper towel, and season each with salt and pepper.Set aside for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, using a large eye shredder, shred the carrots and celery.
  4. Add to sauce pan, add 1/2 cup of water, and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes,gently stirring.
  5. Cut each onion in half, then cut into rings. Also clean and chop Leeks.
  6. Saute onions and leeks in 1 Tbs of canola oil for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add chopped garlic, and saute another minute.
  7. Set aside.
  8. Season carrots/celery mixture with salt, pepper, and paprika. Mix in the tomato paste with the 1/2 cup of water, add to pan, and simmer 5 minutes longer. Season with lemon juice and sugar, to create slightly sweet-and-sour taste.
  9. Mix in the sauteed onions, add bay leaves and allspice. Set aside.
  10. Dip fish fillets in flour, until well coated on all sides.
  11. Heat 1 Tbs. of canola oil on medium heat, and fry fish on all sides to a golden color.
  12. Remove from frying pan onto paper towel to drain off any excess oil.
  13. Remove and discard the bay leaves and Allspice peppercorns from vegetable mixture
  14. Spread 1/2 half of the veggie vinaigrette on the bottom of a casserole dish, then lay side by side the fried fish fillets over the veggies. Cover the fish with remaining veggies.
  15. Cover and heat in the oven at 325 degrees F for 15 minutes, so the fish may absorb the veggie flavors and moisture.
http://suburbangrandma.com/recipes/mahi-mahi-in-veggie-casserole-european-recipe/

Enjoy!

 

Ukrainian-Meatballs-Eastern Europeans like their meatballs served with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, and a side dish of well seasoned sautéed cabbage.

You might think this is a strange combination, but it’s just a matter of acquiring a taste for it, and loving it.

Meatballs and cabbage stew is another interesting dish you might think is different, yet very tasty.

Today I will share my recipe for the Ukrainian Meatballs with Mushrooms.

This recipe yields 4-6 servings.

Meatballs Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground meat (I prefer meatloaf mix – pork/beef/veal)
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbs. Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbs. olive or canola oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Mushroom Gravy Ingredients:

  • 10 oz white mushrooms, rinsed and sliced (trim off the stem ends)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbs. Canola or Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Half and Half
  • 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbs. Dill weed, fresh or dried
  • 1/2 tsp. Maggi Seasoning, optional

 Meatballs Directions:

  1. In a medium size bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, egg, milk, seasoning, salt, pepper and Parmesan Cheese.  Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a saucepan, and saute the onions, until translucent.
  3. Add the chopped garlic, and saute for 1 minute longer.
  4. Add onion to the seasoned mixture.
  5. Mix in the meat, to incorporate all ingredients into uniform paste.
  6. From 1.5 inch size meatballs, and place on a cookie sheet lined with aluminium foil, greased with cooking spray.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Bake 10 minutes on each side,  turning once.
  8. Remove from oven, and transfer meatballs into a medium pot.  Set aside for now.

Mushroom Gravy Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a saucepan
  2. Saute onions until golden.
  3. Add the chopped garlic, and saute a minute longer.
  4. Add sliced mushrooms, and saute until they begin to release their juices (5 minutes), stirring often.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. In a small cup or bowl, combine the cream with flour, to form a smooth mixture.
  7. Mix the cream/flour mixture with the mushrooms.  Bring to boil.
  8. Pour mushroom gravy over meatballs,  and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  9. Season with Dill Weed, and Maggi seasoning.
  10. Serve hot, over mashed potatoes, or your favorite pasta.

Enjoy!

 

 

Birthday Party AppetizersWhether you are cooking at home, dining out, or ordering take out, there are almost always some leftovers to deal with after the fact.

There is nothing wrong with having leftovers.   After all, you spent time and money on this food, so you deserve to enjoy it to the last morsel.

Some prepared dishes are not suitable for later use as a leftover…they lose their taste and texture, so it is best to just part with them right there and then.

Numerous others, on the other hand, are still great for at least one or two meals, or even to be frozen for that rainy day when you have no time or desire to cook.

Some people do not like leftovers, and never keep them.  However, if you are like me, you don’t mind them, and feel that you get your money’s worth if you use them.

Most Europeans don’t believe in leftovers….maybe because they hardly ever have any.

They serve their meals already preportioned per plate, and make just enough to feed the crowd they accounted for.  The portions are large enough to satisfy the consumer, so there is no need, or room, for seconds.  Therefore, there are no leftovers.  Any remaining food on each plate, which hardly ever happens, is discarded.  It is almost impolite to ask for a “Doggie Bag”.

Here in the USA we have no problem asking the waiter/waitress to pack up our leftovers to take home with us.

It is very important to keep track of your leftover food in your fridge, which is one of my pet peeves.  I almost feel like I am a fridge police, whether it is at home or at work.

There is nothing worse than seeing “old” food sitting in the fridge way past its safe consumable time.

My personal time line for using up leftovers in up to 3 days…4 being the absolute max.

Now I will share my best way of using up leftovers, and keeping your fridge fresh, and ready for restocking.

Since most of us work full-time, and don’t have much time for cooking during the week, we prepare extra food on weekend, to hold us over for couple of days.  Then by mid-week, it’s time for some take out.  By Thursday we have leftovers to use, or lose.

I consider Thursday  a “Leftover Smorgasbord Dinner Day”.  We pull out all the leftovers from the past few days, and add something new if needed, and call it a day.

Everyone is to create their own plate of food from the smorgasbord spread available.  We also use disposable dishes and utensils that day, to save time on clean up effort.  Whatever food is remaining after this dinner, gets discarded for good.

This is the BEST way to free your fridge of leftover food, and to prevent any food from hiding in there for too long.

Since we have no dishes to wash on this day, we devote our time to cleaning up the fridge, and getting it ready for fresh food from Friday or Saturday shopping.

It works very well every time, and it also is fun, economical, and stress free.

I suggest you try it too, and share your comments.

Have fun!

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