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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cheap & Cheerful Suppers for the first week of July

bean burger patties, topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese
chicken, veggie, rice pilaf (I cooked brown rice in chicken stock that had small bits of chicken meat, and added garlic, carrots and onions in the last 20 minutes of cooking)
radish greens and onions, stir-fried in bacon fat
mini banana splits for dessert, with ice cream, banana halves, chocolate syrup, cherry preserves and chopped peanuts

leftover rice pilaf, topped with meatballs and marinara sauce
garden greens salad
French bread
banana boats

baked chicken, topped with mock pesto
sauteed mustard and radish greens, with onion, in bacon fat
cream cheese and chive mashed potatoes
ice cream with fresh raspberries

Saturday (4th of July)
potato chips
leafy green salad
creamy rhubarb gelatin salad

fried corn tortillas
homemade refried beans topped with cheese
carrot sticks and 1000 Island dressing/dip
ice cream with homemade Magic Shell topping

kale-cheddar quiche
brown rice (cooked in chicken stock)
carrot-raisin-peanut salad
preserved figs (made last September with green figs)

bean patties with teriyaki glaze
fried rice with garden veggies (I had to add cooked, broken spaghetti bits to the leftover rice, to make enough fried rice for the entire family)
grilled canned pineapple rings

BBQ chicken sandwiches (using extra hamburger buns from 4th of July, cooked chicken legs, bottled BBQ sauce, mixed with canned tomato liquid and spices)
assorted homemade pickles and carrot sticks
leftover potato chips
sauteed swiss chard (in bacon fat)
rhubarb crisp


  1. All the meals sound very yummy! Well balanced too.

  2. So much value is added with effort....which is why I think you can forgo expensive ingredients and still offer a diet that is so satiating. Our meals are pathetic...on the go and not very balanced. Don't know why I can't do better on that score. Lately, in fact, I'm not sure if we are eating enough vegetables and fruits!


    1. Hi YHF,
      You can boost the produce content of your meals pretty easily. Remember, beans count as a vegetable. You just don't want them to be your only vegetable, as you miss out on beta carotene and Vitamin K. You can add some chopped leafy greens, and shredded carrots to your bean patties, for an extra bit of veggies. If you cook with fresh herbs, start adding even more of the fresh herbs to what you're cooking. Our dinner tonight is an Italian pasta salad, with a pesto dressing. I've added copious amount of basil to the pesto, so it will count as one of our leafy greens for the day. Dessert can be fruit with whipped topping, chocolate syrup, with cheese, or just plain -- and that nets you another serving of fruits and veggies.

      Not all of our meals are stellar. I can feel it the next day, when I've had too much of the less nutritious food items. The potato chips last night, while they tasted good at the time, really left me feeling yucky today. And a day-after like that will usually put me into a healthier cooking mood. I may be over-sensitive to foods, however.

      Good luck!

    2. Thanks for the suggestion. Yesterday, we made a batch of bean burgers and added some green onions with the beans in the food processor. The greens helped by adding moisture that's needed to process the beans. I didn't particularly like the strong flavor though, so may try another green vegetable next time. I think I will add some shredded carrots and spinach next time.


  3. Replies
    1. Thank you, Carol!
      I hope you continue to heal well, after this latest surgery.

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    1. Hi live and learn,
      Thank you! Luckily, my family is easy to please!


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