Recipe RoundupSaturday, February 27, 2010
I’m doing some morning perusing in the food/nutrition blogosphere this morning. One thing I want to link up for all of my primal/paleo readers is Heather Lackey’s new blog, “InThe FoodMoment.” Her posts are straight-up and lacking in any B.S. She has an interesting story about getting smart on all things food.
That said, I am going to link up a few recipes that I have been making from her site and elsewhere.
- I am nibbling on this as I blog. Baked eggs on a muffin pan, wrapped in bacon. This is so simple and quick – especially since I almost always have cooked bacon in the fridge. I customize all recipes I find online, and for this one I just add a lot of spices – rosemary, tarragon, and whatever sounds good at the moment. I’ve also made them without the bacon wrap, and instead I layer small pieces of Canadian bacon on top.
- Heather’s roasted cauliflower has me hooked on the Big C. Only I melt butter and/or ghee, put it in a bowl, throw in many spices (key spice: red pepper flakes), and mix it up. I then throw in the veggies and toss until everything is covered in butter.
- For the cauliflower above, I have been making this cheese sauce. It’s not your standard cheese sauce, but it’s a healthy alternative. Again, I spice mine up. I have been trying to eat less nuts at night (I have been eating too many), and the cauliflower with cheese sauce is an excellent snack with my red wine. I’ll take a nicely-prepared veggie dish over chips/snacks/junk anytime.
- Roasted brussel sprouts with bacon and onion. Hat tip to Heather on that one.
- This is one of my favorite super-quick spinach recipes (scroll to bottom). I had this with four bacon-egg wraps this morning post-workout.
- Where I live, Whitefish is a regional favorite. I like this recipe, though I substitute Fage or Trader Joe’s Greek yogurt for the sour cream.
- Simple, fast acorn squash – I make this all the time and it costs between 50 cents – $1 per meal. And “poor” people who wear better clothes than I do claim they eat $6 fast food meals because it’s all they can afford ……. I am refraining from further comment.
- I’ll make this occasionally, real light on the breadcrumbs. Broccoli polonaise. I’ll use Panko breadcrumbs, too.
- I’m a slow cooker-a-holic, and here’s just one of my many favorite slow cooker recipes: cabbage and apples. Who needs dessert and junk when you can have real food like this at such a low cost? For the mustard I use Maille Dijon.
- A great substitute for nutritionally deficient and carb-loaded pasta is spaghetti squash. I like Nikoley’s recipe. I am mad over spaghetti made from squash. If you don’t have time, use a prepared sauce and customize it like I do. I’ll use Trader Joe’s organic marina sauce ($2 per jar) or Paul Newman’s sauce ($2 at Walmart, $4 in the grocery stores), and I’ll add chunks of fresh roma tomato, mushrooms, onions, and spices.
- The there’s Nikoley’s veggie mix: Green beans, carrots, yellow squash and a bit of sweet potato stir-fried in coconut oil, then finished with a couple of dashes of toasted sesame seed oil and whole seeds. I make this in the wok.
- I make butternut squash a hundred ways, but here’s a good recipe from RecipeGirl: with garlic, sage, and pine nuts.
I hope this inspires you to get a little creative and spend some time experimenting with foods that you can make very quickly … and yes, very cheaply. Let’s take an example – I pay about $1.50 for a huge spaghetti squash, $2 for a jar of sauce, and the cost of adding my garnishes to the sauce is maybe .50. That $4 will get me 3-4 meals that consist of a heaping plate of spaghetti, the sauce, and grated asaigo on top.
When I was traveling this summer and desperate to find a place in a rural area that had something besides McDonald’s or Taco Bell, I found an Arby’s (a next best solution) and paid $4 for one Roast Beef sandwich with red sauce on it. I was hungry one hour later.
That is exactly why lazy people are fat.