Bagels from Heaven!

These were not made from scratch, but tasted just as good.Bagel4

Price Chopper used to have my favorite Asiago Cheese bagels. HyVee happened to have this from their bakery.

This is truly a treat from heaven!

My breakfast during the work week is very boring: Cottage cheese & diced peaches, a Banana or Raisin Date & Walnut Oatmeal. These are my low calorie favorites. But to get that extra fruit, I also drink Orange Juice with my breakfast.

It was a blessing to finally reach my lowest weight in 10 years. I kept a weight & food diary to track the 40 pounds lost so far.Bagel7

My diet has changed so much, which makes sense because Old Age + Less Exercise = Weight Gain.

My favorite breakfast used to be a Bacon, Egg & Cheese sandwich, a Sausage, Egg & Cheese Sandwich or a Spam & Egg & Cheese Sandwich.

Trust me, I have two packages of the Spam slices in my fridge, just for the right moment.

Everything in moderation can make big changes.Bagel1

Back in the day, I could eat a Church’s Chicken (or Popeye’s) 3 piece meal with the sides and biscuit.

Now, that simply would not digest and would just add on pounds.

Making an “All in One Bowl” meal and staying away from Bread (sandwich) carbs, has been very helpful.

Also, adding vegetables to every meal bowl. For example, I love making Chili or Rotel. This week, I added diced Mirepoix with Broccoli to the Beef Rotel. So only one bowl with everything in it.

Bagel2But since this is a Holiday 3-day weekend, I can go crazy a little bit.

My chicken is unthawed for General’s Tso’s Chicken. At first I was going to fry it, but now I am going to bake it instead and add the General’s Tso’ sauce. For my Buffalo Chicken Wings last week, I also baked them instead of frying them.

Little changes can make big (or small) results.

Bake those Bagels for 10 minutes in a pre-heated 350 degree oven. Then slap on some cream cheese and Everything Bagel Seasoning and you have Bagels from Heaven!Bagel7

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Fritters da Diet with a “Smooth” Surprise

Fritter da Diet 065When I first started making Digger Fritters (Potatoes with Bacon and Polish Sausage), I used the Bacon Ends & Pieces that came in a box. Back in the day, that box of bacon was very cheap. However, it had a lot of fat and calories. At first, I baked the polish sausage separately to eat on the side with the potatoes and bacon. Then later I started dicing the polish sausage to fry and mix with the potatoes and bacon.

Now I use thick bacon when I make my regular Fritters. I melt cheese on top, a dollop of sour cream, and sometimes a fried Bacon Ends - Don't use this!egg. It still has a lot of calories, but it sure does taste good.

I used to make it every weekend because my family loved it. Now, I only make a few times a year.

I wanted to see if I could cut the calories by substituting Turnips for potatoes and Turkey Bacon, instead of the thick bacon. Parsnips can also be used instead of potatoes.

Fritter da Diet 006Some other changes to make would be to use a different cheese topping. Mozzarella and Feta have fewer calories than Cheddar Cheese. You can also use Yogurt, instead of Sour Cream. For Fritters Deluxe, I top it with an over-easy egg. You can also poach the egg or only use the egg whites.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Turnips, 3
  2. Turkey Bacon, Hickory Smoked, recommended: Applegate Naturals, 3 slicesFritter da Diet 016
  3. Smoked Sausage (with Chicken, Pork & Beef), recommended: Morrell, 7 oz.
  4. Hot Jalapeno & Habanero Jack Shredded Cheese, recommended: Great Value, 8 oz.
  5. Garlic & Herb Butter, recommended: Kerrygold, ½ stick
  6. Butter, Unsalted, Sweet Cream, recommended: Great Value, ½ stick and 1 teaspoon
  7. Black Truffle Oil, recommended: Roland, ½ teaspoon
  8. Truffle Zest, recommended: Sabatino, ¼ teaspoon
  9. Porcini Mushroom Rub, recommended: Manitou, ½ teaspoonFritter da Diet 031
  10. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, ¼ teaspoon
  11. Chicago Steak Seasoning, recommended: Weber, ¼ teaspoon
  12. Liquid Smoke, Mesquite, recommended: Wrights’, ½ cap
  13. Chicken Bouillon Cube, recommended: Knorr, 1
  14. Chopped Onions, frozen, recommended: Pictsweet, ¼ cup
  15. Chopped Green Bell Peppers, frozen, recommended: Great Value, ¼ cup
  16. Parsley Flakes, recommended: Spice World, ½ teaspoon
  17. Water, enough to fill pan of TurnipsFritter da Diet 032

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut off the Turnip top and bottom, then dice. Try to make the cuts the same size as the diced Smoked Sausage.
  2. Add Truffle Oil, Truffle Zest, Porcini Mushroom Rub and 1 teaspoon of Butter to pot and cook on low for 2 minutes.
  3. Add diced Turnips, Bouillon Cube and Water to the same pot and boil for 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Drain the Turnips and move to colander. Season with Granulated Garlic and Chicago Steak Seasoning.Fritter da Diet 037
  5. Add ½ of Kerrygold and Unsalted Butter to a skillet and melt. Add the diced Turnips and turn until they are brown. Can take about 20 to 30 minutes, turning as needed.
  6. Dice the Polish Sausage.
  7. Fry the Bacon slices. Remove the slices and brown the diced Polish Sausage. Remove the Polish Sausage and add the Chopped Onions and Green Bell Peppers. Cook for a few minutes. Cut the Bacon into pieces.
  8. Drain excess melted Butter from the Turnip Skillet. Add the Bacon pieces, diced Polish Sausage, Chopped Onions and Green Bell Peppers. Mix together and cook on low for 10 minutes.Fritter da Diet 039
  9. Top with Shredded Cheese and cook on low an additional 5 to 10 minutes to allow the cheese to melt.
  10. You can fry or “poach” an Egg to top this. Add a dollop of Daisy sour cream and sprinkle Parsley Flakes for presentation.

Today is Shampoo Day! So I get to apply “topical” biotin on the bad spots and drink “liquid” biotin with my orange juice. Also, this week, I will take Hair & Vitamin pills as well as Biotin pills. I still use the “old school” Sulfur 8 on my braid parts, because it makes my scalp tingle.Fritter da Diet 040

Aldi messed up my grocery order and sent 8 bananas instead of 2. What to do? I thought about baking Banana Bread, but I am very short on flour. I did think ahead to order Strawberry yogurt, do why take advantage of the extra bananas and use them in a Smoothie with the orange juice?

I got this idea yesterday and ordered an Oyster Smoothie Blender from Amazon. It arrived today, so it must have been in their warehouse.

NO COOTIES ALLOWED!Fritter da Diet 042

I take special care with any incoming packages. Back in early February, I ordered 3 things from Amazon and when they arrived, I noticed they were from China. This was when we first found out about COVID. So I sent that shit back, ASAP! And used gloves and took special care in handling the packages.

Now I wear special “cootie” gloves and bleach wipes for all incoming packages. Better safe than sorry.

Fritters da Diet 004My dishwasher, washer and dryer installers did not wear masks during the install, but I did. I am not playing!

Shout out to my favorite cousin, Tony! He fixed my old dishwasher and it lasted awhile, but had to be replaced. The new Dishwasher is fantastic.

The dishes are finally being cleaned, for real this time. No fooling around!

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Jilligan’s Isle BBQ Pork Ribs

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Just sit right back,
And you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip,

My “riff” on a different ending:

Ginger and Marjoram,

Here on Jilligan’s Isle,

I’m Grillin, Chillin and Smoking!Kung Pao Pork Chops 002

I am so proud of my Grilling/Smoking section in my Dining Room. I have yet to use my George Foreman grill. First there was a raccoon on the deck, then neighbor’s dogs got into my backyard and then there was rain, so I missed out last summer.

But during the cooler months, I am glad that I have a new Cast Iron Grill Pan, to get some great grill marks, as well as my countertop Smoker.

BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 052I like trying different wood chips for different flavors. So far, I only have Pecan and Hickory. I also purchased a variety pack with (Oak, Apple, Cherry, Pecan, Maple, Bourbon, Hickory, Mesquite), but I did not realize it was sawdust for a smoking gun or dome. Maybe I’ll buy that one day too.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pork Country Ribs, Bone-In, 3 lbs.
  2. Teriyaki Seasoning Mix, recommended: Kikkoman, 1 ½ oz.BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 011
  3. Ginger root, fresh, ¼ lb., 1 inch root (peeled and diced)
  4. Marjoram, recommended: Delish, ¼ cup
  5. Red onions, diced, ¼ cup
  6. Green Onions, diced, ¼ cup
  7. Crushed Pineapple, recommended: That’s Smart, 20 oz.
  8. Soy Sauce, recommended: Great Value, 2 teaspoons
  9. Fish Sauce, recommended: Thai Kitchen, ½ teaspoon
  10. Liquid Smoke, Mesquite, recommended: Wrights, 1 cap
  11. Barbecue Sauce, recommended : Korean Style BBQ Great Value, 9 oz. (or use your favorite brand)
  12. BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 034Barbecue Sauce, recommended: Stubbs, ¼ to ½ cup, per your preference (or use your favorite brand)
  13. Stir Fry Oil, recommended: Tsang, 2 to 3 teaspoons
  14. Slow Cooker Liner, recommended: Reynolds Kitchen, 1

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Create a Wet Rub with the Soy Sauce, Fish Sauce and Liquid Smoke.
  2. Add the Pork Ribs to a gallon storage bag with the Web Rub, Ginger, Marjoram, Teriyaki Seasoning Mix and Crushed Pineapple.BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 048
  3. Marinade 30 minutes or overnight.
  4. Strain off the Pineapple, rinse and drain to prepare for cook time.
  5. Preheat a skillet and add the Stir Fry Oil, then cook the Pork Ribs for 2-3 minutes per side. I used a “grill” skillet to get grill marks on them.
  6. Next, you can use a Slow Cooker to slowly cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. At this point, you can add enough Barbecue sauce to your preference. Or, you can use a covered skillet with the Barbecue sauce to smother them for 25 to 30 minutes on low.BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 055

Tuesday = Spa Day!

I have a weekly ritual on Tuesday night, where I un-braid my “Connect Braids” braids, while watching Sunny Anderson, Cooking for Real on Food Network Go. I don’t know how to “French” braid, but I do know how to make “simple” braids and connect them to each other.

Then Wednesday is Shampoo day. I’m so glad that my hair is BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 059finally growing back. It is really a miracle after abusing my hair when I was younger with perms, hair extensions, dying it, etc. Now, I take Hair & Nail vitamins, Biotin pills, apply topical Biotin on the bad spots and drink liquid Biotin (mixed in with my orange juice).

Looking forward to binge watching Cooking for Real, enjoying my BBQ Pork Rib dinner!

 

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TACO PIZZA NACHO MASHUP

Taco Pizza Nacho Mashup 044My refrigerator and deep freezer has been called a “Food Museum” so I finally got around to cleaning out my fridge. I started by throwing out the old condiments. Some dated back to 2016. Pickle juice spilled on one shelf and dried up, so I had to use a knife to remove it.

On the next trash day, I can get around to cleaning out the deep freezer. In the fridge freezer, I found frozen food, dating back to 2017. Once I had a clear picture of the remaining, fresh foods, I could start planning my dinner menus for 1 to 4 weeks.

I am trying to get away with eating a Bacon, Egg & Cheese; Sausage, Egg & Cheese or Spam Egg & Cheese for breakfast. So now I eat Cottage Cheese with fruit, or Oatmeal with Orange juice. I am going to get away Taco Pizza Nacho Mashup 018from a “Bread-based” breakfast and go for a Taco Mix up, using Corn Tortillas, Scrambled Eggs, Pepper Jack Cheese and Chorizo (veggie) crumbles: Burrito style. Not every day, but just to get out of the rut of eating Cottage Cheese or Oatmeal every day. That can get boring.

I like to mix up other food meals. After cleaning the fridge, I knew that I had a Pizza leftover from making Naan Puttanesca Pizza. I froze the remaining one. So what to do with it?

I thought about making Taco Style Beef Macaroni & Cheese or Frito Taco Pie. But I wanted something different and came up with a plan to concoct a Taco Pizza.

Ground ChuckI love how food is so diverse, that it only needs a “vehicle” to bring the meal together. Instead of using a pizza crust, I have also made a Pizza Quiche with a pie crust as the vehicle. Or, for a smaller Thanksgiving meal, I have used the Stove Top Stuffing as the vehicle for an all-in-one dinner that uses a Turkey Breast, Oysters, Cream of Celery Soup and dried Cranberries. Come to tBeef Chorizohink of it, the next time I do that, I need to make it into a Shepard’s Pie and add Mashed Potatoes on top.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Ground Chuck, 1 lb.
  2. Beef Chorizo, recommended Cacique, 9 oz.Doritos Salsa Verde
  3. Pizza Crust, recommended Stonefire Artisan Thin Crust Pizza
  4. Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, recommended Ro*Tel, 10 oz.
  5. Taco Seasoning, recommended Williams, 1.25 oz.
  6. Shredded Cheese, recommended Queso Quesadilla, 8 oz
  7. Taco Chips, recommended Doritos Salsa Verde, 5 to 7 chips per slice
  8. Olives- Sliced, Green & Black mixed, ¼ cup
  9. Jalapeno peppers, diced or sliced
  10. Sour Cream, recommended Daisy, 1 dollop
  11. Cooking Spray

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cheese QuesoPre-heat oven to 350, I also pre-heat the skillet and grill pan for 2 minutes before using
  2. Blend ground chuck and chorizo, then brown in pan
  3. Drain (Chorizo tastes great, but is very greasy)
  4. Mix Taco seasoning, Diced Tomatoes and Olives then add to beef
  5. Spray pan and heat Naan Pizza Crust for a few minutes on each side in a grill pan or skillet
  6. Move the pizza crust to a pizza pan and apply 4 ounces of cheese on bottom layer
  7. Add Beef Mixture on Top and bake for 15 minutes, then rest for 15 minutes
  8. Cut into 4 slices
  9. Crumble 5 to 7 Dorito chips on each sliceTaco Pizza Nacho Mashup 023
  10. Cover with 1 ounce of cheese and Jalapeno peppers on each slice (one at a time, as this will be 4 days of pizza for me). Only add the Doritos on the day you eat it, so the chips won’t get soggy.
  11. Put in Toaster Oven or Microwave to melt cheese for a few minutes
  12. Do a dollop of Daisy and then chow down on your Taco Pizza Nacho Mashup!

Recommended pairing: ♪Margarita Cha, Cha Cha♫! Daily’s Frozen Margarita Cocktail , 10 oz and Pepe Lopez Tequila 50 ml

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