Showing posts with label vegetables. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vegetables. Show all posts

Friday, August 2, 2013

Italian Omelet

Are you a stick by your menu household? Do you even make a menu? What to have for supper is sometimes a challenging question at my house? Since I know things come up, I try to keep my menu planning simple for the weekdays. I already plan a day with leftovers since I know there will be an extra flexible day to catch up on the menu when we didn't eat according to the menu. Every week, I take a poll of what to have for supper. A lot of times I receive the standard answer I don't care. Well, the night we are to have spaghetti then all of a sudden someone cares and wants something else. Well, I didn't have omelets on our menu.  I will admit my youngest daughter has been asking for omelets so I figured why not. The kids loved it. They added onions to their omelets. If you have picky people in your house, this is the perfect meal to adapt. I really like the flavors plus it's a quick meal.
Italian Omelets per one serving
3 cherry tomatoes, chopped
3 mushrooms chopped
10 spinach leaves, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded plus a little more for the topping
2 eggs 
1 egg white
1 tsp milk
1/8 tsp oregano
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 tsp butter

  1. In a small skillet, heat 1/2 tsp oil and 1/2 tsp butter over medium heat. 
  2. Saute the vegetables over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the remaining oil and butter over medium-low heat. Add more oil and butter if needed.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg white, and milk.
  5. Add the whisked egg mixture to the large skillet.
  6. Very gently, push up a corner of the egg and tilt the pan slight so the raw egg run into the corner of the pan.
  7. Once the majority of the egg has set, add the vegetables down the middle of the omelet.
  8. Sprinkle the 
  9. Gently, fold up one side of the omelet into the middle. Tilting the pan slightly. 
  10. Fold the other side of the omelet into the middle. Tilting the pan again will help.
  11. Carefully, tilt the pan and slide the omelet to the bottom of the pan.
  12. Gently turn the omelet over into the middle of the pan so it is flipped over.
  13. Allow to cook for one more minute before carefully sliding the omelet onto a plate.
  14. Sprinkle with additional cheese and the oregano.
Recipe by Jen of Sweet Morris.

One year ago.....................I made Shortbread Cookies.
Did you already know.......
-In Ancient Greek, oregano means Joy of the Mountain.
-Oregano belongs to the genus of the mint family.
-Mexican oregano is stronger in flavor than Mediterranean oregano.
(Oregano is my favorite herb.)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Steak Stir Fry

This summer I joined a Community Supported Agricultural (CSA). I prepaid for my produce for the summer and each week I pick up my share. Besides making us eat more vegetables, we also are trying new vegetables I normally would not purchase at the grocery store. The best thing is we normally eat a lot of salads (to counter the sweets) so we are just eating more salads. Since I had a lot of bok choy with spinach and broccoli this week, I decided to make a stir fry. 
Steak Stir Fry
2 tsp vegetable oil
8 oz. Strip Steak, cut into bite size pieces
1 green onion stalk, chopped including the white parts
1 Tbsp ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. bok choy, in bite size pieces
1 carrot, shredded
1 cup spinach, chopped in large pieces
1 cup broccoli, chopped into large pieces
1 Tbsp water
optional toppings: wonton noodles or toasted almonds

  1. Heat a large skillet or wok over medium high heat.
  2. Add the oil and then the steak for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the green onion, ginger, and garlic. Stir for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the bok choy, carrot, spinach, broccoli, and water. Stir well.
  5. Cover and allow to cook for about 2 minutes.
  6. Stir and cover. Allow to cook for 2 more minutes or until vegetables and steak are cooked to the desired taste.
  7. Serve over rice or pasta with additional toppings.
Recipe adapted from Steamy Kitchen.

One year ago...................................I made mini fruit crostatas.
Did you already know.....................
-CSA is a way for farmers to sell their produce directly to the consumers before the crops are harvested and the community shares some of the risk.
-There are thousands of CSA farms throughout America.
-Some CSA provide eggs, mushrooms, flowers, fruit, and other items.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Broccoli Cheese Soup

My husband is the first person to rally against vegetables. Maybe you have seen him in our front yard with a sign shouting "No more vegetables! No more vegetables!" So, it surprises me when he kept ordering broccoli soup in restaurants the past couple of weeks. I asked him if he would just want me to make some for him. He told me it would be nice. My oldest daughter told me this is the best broccoli soup she has ever had.
Broccoli Cheese Soup
2 lbs. broccoli
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp butter
1 shallot (about 1 Tbsp)
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
2 cups milk (I used skim milk)
4 oz. fontina cheese, grated
8 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
4 cups chicken broth

  1. Preheat oven to broil.
  2. Arrange the broccoli on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil.
  3. Season the broccoli with salt and pepper.
  4. Broil for 5 minutes and remove. 
  5. Turn the broccoli pieces over and broil for another 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn the broccoli. Set aside to cool.
  6. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
  7. Add the shallot and stir for about 1 minutes.
  8. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  9. Whisk in the the milk.
  10. Add the cheese and stir until melted.
  11. Stir in the chicken broth and turn down the heat to low. 
  12. Add the roasted broccoli pieces and stir. 
  13. Allow the soup to simmer for 10 minutes and serve.
Recipe adapted from Katy's Kitchen.

One year ago.....................I made Lemon Tassies.
Did you already know...................
-Broccoli belongs to the cabbage family.
-The word broccoli derives from the Latin word (brachium) and Italian word (braccio) that means arm.
-1 cup of broccoli has the same amount of Vitamin C as 1 orange.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Tomato Soup

The recent request from my son was tomato soup. He loves it. My youngest daughter prefers chicken noodle soup. So, I decided to try this soup since it contained tomatoes with additional vegetables. Since I was in a hurry that night to attend my daughter's concert, I skipped a couple of steps like puree it in the blender to get a smooth texture. I also forgot to add the heavy cream to make it creamy. I liked it just the way it came out. My son was happy. My anti-vegetable husband liked it. My youngest daughter still prefers her chicken noodle soup. Don't feel too bad for her since she has been eating clementines none stop it seems. All my children can't get enough of them. When they hug me, all I smell is clementines. I guess it is better than to smell like tomato soup or worst things. Since we have been eating a lot of cookies lately, I am trying to up the vegetables consumption and this soup is a great start.
Tomato Soup
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
3 slices of bacon, finely chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
5 Tbsp all purpose flour
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 (28 oz.) can roasted tomatoes, crushed
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1 Tbsp thyme
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a large pot, heat the butter over medium high heat.
  2. Add the bacon and cook for 1 minute or until crispy.
  3. Remove bacon and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Set aside.
  4. Lower the heat to medium. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic.
  5. Cook the vegetables covered for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and stir for 3 minutes.
  7. Add the broth and the tomatoes to the pan.
  8. Bring to a boil while whisking for a minute or two.
  9. Add the parsley, thyme, and bay leaf. 
  10. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  11. Remove from heat and allow to cool for several minutes before serving.
  12. Make sure to remove the bay leaf before ladling into bowls and top with the bacon pieces. 
Recipe adapted from Food Network.
*To save time during the week, chop all the vegetables the night before and store in a storage bag until needed the next day.*

One year ago............................I made Russian Tea Cakes.
Did you already know...............
-Tomatoes originated from South America.
-Early settlers and explorers believed tomatoes were poisonous.
-Tomatoes are in the Nightshade family and some Nightshade species are poisonous. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Happy Veteran's Day!

Both my parents were in the military. I remember growing up and my father wearing his uniform. My father had made it a career so we lived all over from Guam and Hawaii to Virginia. Since they served in the Navy, my father told me to join the Air Force. I'm glad I did for many reasons. To this day, I still keep in touch with several service members. I wanted to take a moment to Thank all my fellow Veterans out there and our military members who are still currently serving. It is a tough life. 
Thank you!
I normally do not post two soup recipes in a row but I am cold lately. My oldest daughter is even wearing a coat lately. When there is snow on the ground and it is February, I will have to remind her about her coat but not now. I guess she has to become immune to it once again. The best thing about soups are they normally can be a healthy alternative. I really like soups with lots of vegetables so this is a great pick. This is a great recipe to keep our Veteran's healthy!
Minestrone Soup
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1/2 lb. green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
2 (28 oz.) can fire roasted tomatoes
6 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 (15 oz) can low sodium kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup elbow pasta
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the celery and carrots. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the green beans, dried oregano and dried basil. Salt and Pepper to taste. Cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Add the fire roasted tomatoes and chicken broth. Bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Stir in the kidney beans and pasta. Cook for 10 minutes or until the pasta is cooked to the al dente or desired texture.
  9. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with fresh basil if desired.
 Recipe adapted from Ellie Krieger from Food Network.
(If I had planned it right, I should have served a recipe by Sunny Anderson since she is also an Air Force Veteran.)
Did you already know...
-The Veteran's Day National Ceremony is held every year on November 11th at Arlington National Ceremony and it commences with laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns at precisely at 11:00 am.
-There are over 23 million Veterans in the United States.
-"1.8 million veterans are women." according to History Channel.