It’s Pancake Day!
The day is not over yet, at least in the Pacific time zone. Hurry! Go make your pancakes if you haven’t yet. Breakfast at midnight can be a fun experience. [Read more…]
Colorful swiss chard at the farmers market looks so beautiful! How can a food that looks that pretty be edible as well as nutritious? When I looked up this vegetable to learn about the nutrition, The World’s Healthiest Foods website suggests that only the white stems are good to eat. However, I stir fry the colored stems, too, and they are excellent cooked that way. I discovered other recipes of Swiss chard with a variety of ways to cook the stems as well as the leaves and colored stems such as these websites:
Now for my Swiss Chard & Eggs breakfast, it is a good nutritious way to start the day. I like the fact that when I cook the chard leaves on my griddle, they don’t sizzle down to a tiny bit like spinach does.
And then the yellow and white yummies are added to the Swiss chard and veggies…
Swiss Chard & Eggs Recipe
If you decide to try this recipe or another one with Swiss chard, tell me what you think. I’d love to hear from you.
If you have tried to lose weight and the scales say the same thing they always say or even creep up a little, don’t give up trying.
For months, I’ve been stuck on the same thing and really wanted to drop some pounds off. A couple months ago, I visited my daughter and her family. When I’m there, I like to cook for them and make special things for my little granddaughters. Well, I guess I indulged too much on the goodies (and I wasn’t even baking on that visit). My clothes started to fit uncomfortably. By the time I came back to my house where there are scales, I wouldn’t even weigh the first day or two. Finally, I weighed. Yep. I gained five pounds. That was it. I was determined to do something different to lose some weight.
My husband, Mr. Fun, has been on a no bread, lots of protein, low sodium eating plan. I decided to join him – except that occasionally I eat bread. How is it that some people don’t care one way or the other if they have bread or not? I’m not that person. I care. There are some kinds of bread that are too hard to pass up. For instance, we went to eat at a buffet where the server brings hot rolls to your table. Mr. Fun doesn’t even glance at it. Me? I glance at it every time I look up from my plate. We went to that buffet a few days ago, and sure enough, the hot rolls were set in front of us. I couldn’t stand it anymore, so I cut a very small piece off of the edge, put some butter on it, and enjoyed all three tiny bites. Then I pushed the basket of bread away from me.
Oh, yeah, we’re doing the eating-every-three-hour thing, too. I’ve been doing without extras that I allowed myself before. I eat tons of protein and low carbohydrates, drink a lot of water, stay away from bread (well, most of the time), and eat every three hours. Since I started cutting back on certain foods and eating less (about the beginning of April), I have noticed a difference.
A friend and I were discussing my new eating plan a few days ago. She asked, “What do you eat?” I sent her photos of some of the foods. Here are some of the foods I like:
Those are a few things I don’t get tired of having over and over. One is an egg breakfast. I could eat eggs any time of the day cooked any way – like yesterday. I had brunch with eggs and mini BBQ potatoes.
Earlier, I’d had a serving of Cottage Cheese Doubles. When I can, I fix an omelet or two fried eggs early. But this particular day I skipped out on the early-morning eggs. The brunch I had consisted of:
The brunch I had consisted of:
Those five items came up to about 18+ grams of protein. That is one example of how I’ve added protein to my diet. It does make a difference. I stepped on the scales yesterday and had lost 13 pounds since the beginning of April. It’s enough to inspire me to keep doing what I’m doing.
Slow Cooker Barbecued Mini Golden Potatoes
What about you? Which foods with protein do you enjoy? Hey, share your exciting recipes loaded with protein.
Pictures not looking like they should on your iPhone or home computer? Not a problem. When I get a chance to blog on steady ground, no bouncing, no “NO SERVICE”, I’ll remedy the situation. In the meantime, please come on board with me for a few moments to read about my OTR breakfast.
Breakfast began today with coffee purchased at a truck stop. The truck stop had a Dairy Queen which does not offer breakfast on their menu. Sorry, Dairy Queen, you didn’t make a sale off of us this morning. Perhaps you should consider adding breakfast.
Dairy Queen goes back to my childhood and has good hamburgers. I did get the corner of the Dairy Queen billboard on the scenic drive. Nevertheless, I prefer eating Powercrunch protein bars for my early morning meal.
The French Vanilla Creme is the best flavor in my opinion. One of these protein bars makes a perfect meal or snack when you’re eating a small meal every three hours and on a low carbohydrate, high protein diet.
My husband and I each have a “Philmor” cup. When we go to the truck stops, we can get refills for a great discount. These cups wear out occasionally and have to be replaced. Mine started leaking yesterday, and spilled coffee on my shirt more than once.
This morning my big red cup leaked again, reminding me to hold a napkin under the lid to catch any drips. Then I remembered my “No Talkie Before Coffee” cup I had bought at a Hobby Lobby in Houston. I left the cup at my daughter’s on a previous visit and remembered to bring it with me when going to see her Memorial Day weekend.
The decision was made to say bye-bye to my big red cup after pouring my coffee into my new “No Talkie” black and white cup. Now that I’ve had my coffee, I’m ready for conversation. For starters, blogging while riding in a big rig on a bumpy interstate highway is not the easiest way to blog. Don’t be alarmed – I’m the passenger, not driving and typing.
It’s your turn. Comments?
This morning I had eggs, bacon, and grits. It’s a Susannah Mushatt Jones type of breakfast. And since she lived to 116, it must be a good way to start out every day.
Do you like grits with butter, salt, and pepper or with sugar? If I’m going to eat a hot cereal, Cream of Wheat and sugar sounds better to me. However, I remember eating rice as cereal (with sugar and milk) when I was little. Then my family moved to the Gulf Coast where people eat rice for just about every meal except breakfast. They serve the rice with gravy. I got used to eating it that way and stopped having rice for breakfast.
My mother seldom cooked rice. She preferred cooking mashing potatoes or cooking them with a roast. She started cooking Irish and sweet potatoes along with carrots and onions with the roast. There usually was plenty for leftovers. Mother’s roast was the best, so good that mine doesn’t ever taste the same. But she had a huge pot to cook it in. The difference between her roast and mine could have been the seasonings, or maybe it was the pot. It could have been a combination of things. Or maybe it was just her touch. Whatever the case, she chose potatoes over rice.
Imagine eating eggs and bacon with mashed potatoes or rice. It doesn’t sound too appealing – unless you use hash brown potatoes. I enjoyed them with the grits. But then, I’m a southern gal.
Here’s the recipe I tried out today. Thinking about trying it? Let me know what you think.
Grits, Eggs, & Bacon
Breakfast began today with protein plus. A day that begins with protein makes me feel less hungry. Do you eat eggs and vegetables for breakfast, or do you opt for oatmeal and fruit? Which is best? Opinions vary about whether or not carbohydrates should be included in breakfast.
Friends joke about the eggs that I eat. You can browse this blog and see that I love to eat eggs. But they’re nutritious. It seems that I’m not the only one with this opinion. Ines Subashka, a certified personal trainer at inspiredfitstrong.com favors eating eggs early in the day – seven to eight eggs.
Ines Subashka recommends eating carbohydrates at night before you go to bed. This reminds me of the night comfort food for children – two cookies and milk before bedtime. Saving carbs for the evening snack sounds good. It’s like you are eating nutritious meals all day and saving dessert for last – not that it has to be a serving of cake or pie every night.
Try out this omelet topped with chili. You can use canned or your own Slow Cooker Hobo Chili recipe. I used my slow cooker chili recipe.
A Vegetable Omelet with Chili Recipe
If you followed my blog posts last month, you know about my 30 days of slow cooker meals (like the Hobo Chili). This month I will focus on nutritious food. April’s slow cooker meals were challenging, but staying nutritious-minded throughout the month of May might not be the easiest thing to do. The reason is because I like sweets and bread. So join me on this nutritious journey and find out how I’m keeping up with the challenge.
I have an aunt and a friend who are both tiny and eat like a bird. No, that’s not true. A bird eats more than they do – at least birds like Muggsy the Macaw that I blogged about awhile back. Muggsy’s owner, Larry, is a professional driver and takes the beautiful and smart bird with him on his trucking journeys. I was quite fascinated with Muggsy’s diet. He even eats a four-egg omelet every day, fresh vegetables, and carbs – a cookie.
What are your own experiences with nutrition?
Next time you grill hamburgers, save a couple for the next day’s breakfast or brunch. You might grill extra hamburgers because these breakfast muffins taste incredible, and they would be great to freeze for later. [Read more…]
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What is a food blogger to do when she gets up in the morning and the electricity goes off? Yes, that happened yesterday. That meant no cooking. First thought was that the lightbulb in the lamp beside me went out. I’ll fix that I thought, reaching over to turn another lamp on. I looked at the clock. It was off. Electric bill? Paid. That’s when I remembered reading somewhere that on a certain day the city would be working in the area, and the electricity would be off all day.
Since I couldn’t cook (although no cooking recipes sure come in handy) my favorite, eggs for protein, I decided on raisin bread because it tastes good even without being toasted. But not just raisin bread.
Raisin bread peanut butter and jelly sandwich. More technically, natural, raw, organic peanut butter (the kind that you get at supermarkets from a machine); homemade apple butter with a cinnamon flavor (purchased on a road trip in Kansas); and two slices of raisin bread. Delicious!
The protein from the raisin bread sandwich was just what I needed for a weed-pulling, yard-cleaning, three-hour workout. In the afternoon, I took my laptop to a pizza place and ate a salad and pizza – a treat I seldom allow myself to do.
Starting a food blog can be very challenging. When I began blogging about recipes at kitchenhospitality.blogspot.com, becoming a serious food blogger wasn’t the goal I had in mind. Then I met Nina Amir, chauffeured her around town for a weekend back and forth from her hotel to lunches and dinners and the writing conference she was teaching. Nina is the author of How to Blog a Book. Chauffering Nina meant that I got to attend the lunches and dinners with her but more than that. Besides attending the conference, I was able to spend quality time with her, ask her questions, and learn from her expertise.
This is a great tool to use to accomplish a goal to write a book. I changed my blog to kitchenhospitality.com, a wordpress.org site, and started my kitchen blog all over. Although I had the recipes from the first blog with the domain at blogspot.com, the new “.com” blog took on a new meaning. It was a new start, a new blog, a new beginning – and a lot of work.
You can blog all you want to, but if you don’t market what you write, you’ll be the only one reading your blog. I began a FaceBook page (“Kitchen Hospitality” was taken, so I use “Kitchen Southern Hospitality“), added a “Cooking with Angi” Twitter account, and started blogging more on kitchenhospitality.com. It takes a constant effort, consistent blogging, and connecting with other food bloggers.
Currently, I’ve joined with food blogger friend at PattyCakesPantry.com in a traffic-generating experiment in an effort to increase traffic to our blogs. We did the experiment for the month of February and have decided to extend it through March. This month, however, we will be writing posts related to topics of our most popular posts and information received through analytics.
If you’d like to follow the traffic-generating experiment, the results and posts about it are published at highdesertblogging.com. Got food-blogging ideas that have helped your blog’s traffic? I’d love it if you’d comment about them. Thanks so much for visiting kitchenhospitality.com!
Nutrition-minded moms (and grandmoms) plan protein-packed meals for their families. They know that a nutritious breakfast starts off the day better with a filled tummy. Why not begin the day with a breakfast sandwich?
When you feel full, the cravings don’t gnaw at you as much. A breakfast that includes plenty of protein helps fend off snack cravings. This Breakfast Sandwich – Sausage and Veggie meal will load you up on protein. Have it first thing in the morning or for brunch. It’s quick and easy. Pop the patties in the microwave, toast the bread, and your meal is ready for eating.
Live in a tiny place with limited cooking appliances? Try this fat breakfast sandwich filled with protein deluxe. All you need is a microwave and toaster (just a microwave will do).
If you know me well, you know that I love breakfast and post often about it at Kitchen Hospitality. The word “breakfast” means more to me than just the first meal of the day. It means that any kind of food that I like to eat for the first meal of the day can be eaten any time of the day or night. Pancakes, waffles, toast, French toast, eggs, sausage (getting hungry yet?), grits (yeah, you can’t take grits away from the Southern girl), Cream of Wheat, oatmeal, and the list goes on and on, are genuine good-for-all-day breakfast foods.
You would think that after years of eating breakfast, options would be limited. Not so. I’m amazed at how many new recipes can be created. A relative or friend will suggest that you try oatmeal a different way or Greek yogurt mixed with a homemade granola mix. People come up with new food combinations all the time. For instance, who ever heard of Greek yogurt when I grew up in the ’60’s? I didn’t even know what yogurt was when I was a kid.
When life’s surprises happen to you, causing you to suddenly have to become frugal in every way possible, you learn to deal with it. Ideas pop in your head just from looking at what is in the pantry. On-hand pantry foods generate many newly-created recipes all because payday is days away, and you’re running out of certain ingredients. So you get by with what you have and learn to substitute. It’s called living frugally and stretching the budget. Need encouragement in the frugal department? Read How I’ve Learned To Live Frugally at cozylittlehouse.com.
Grocery budgeting helps you do two things. Save money for other needs. Become creative in the kitchen. There are a few stories I could tell you about that. I’m sure you have some you could share, too. I’ll tell you about two.
Ever heard of Grandy’s, a restaurant that serves chicken, rolls, and cinnamon rolls? You walk in and are welcomed by a grandmotherly, friendly greeter. At least, that’s how it used to be. I haven’t been to any of Grandy’s restaurants for years.
When my husband and I were young and broke, we were helping out at a church in a city where there was a Grandy’s. Often, we were lean on groceries. Sometimes, we would go to Grandy’s and order the one- (or maybe it was two) piece meal that came with a roll and all-you-can-drink sweet tea.
The other story goes along with that same time frame when we were helping the church out. Most of the time, we ate at home which was a duplex. A particular time, all we had in the frig was a package of ham lunchmeat, cheese, and a package of flour tortillas. My hubby said he would fix dinner (not the way it usually was – now, he is the most fabulous griller ever). The duplex had a gas stove, so hubby chopped up the ham and cheese and cooked the tortillas on the burner. We ate in style that night – blackened (but not burnt) ham and cheese burritos! I’ll never forget that fun time, watching my husband cook and eating the tasty burritos.
On other occasions, we would go to Grandy’s just for a cinnamon roll and tea and, of course, share. Recently, we passed by a few in Texas and Oklahoma, and I reminisced about those extreme frugal days. In spite of those lean times, we actually had fun – not that it was fun being broke, which reminds me. I know, I know. I said two stories. I promise this next one is the last one. It’s amazing, though.
We didn’t know anyone in the city except the people at the church. No one knew about our state of finances. One day a lady from the church showed up at our door with several bags of groceries! My eyes still tear up at the memory. You don’t forget times like that.
You can purchase veggie and sausage patties in the freezer section at your supermarket. The package of veggie patties I buy contains 16 patties, and the package of pork sausage patties I like to use contains 14 patties. That amounts to approximately 14 breakfast sausage meals and 16 veggie meals, less of one or the other if you combine the sausage and veggie like I have in the recipe below. But if you stretch out the meals by only serving the patties individually, then you can have 30 meals.
One person could actually almost live on a package of veggie patties and a package of sausage patties for 30 days – sausage for breakfast and veggie for lunch or dinner. You’d probably lose weight on just that alone. Make it more frugal, and cut the patties in half (they’re huge). You see where I’m going with this, right? When you’re in a financial crunch, you can make it if you get a little creative. Go visit PattyCakesPantry.com for great ideas on stocking up on freezer food for the frugal family. Patty Cakes comes up with fun and delightful recipe creations.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Yield: 1 Serving
Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
Calories per serving: 540
Fat per serving: 27
Saturated fat per serving: 6.5
Carbs per serving: 52
Protein per serving: 26
Fiber per serving: 3
Sugar per serving: 16
Sodium per serving: 1040
Breakfast Sandwich - Sausage & Veggie
Jam nutritional values are not included in above amounts. Sparkspeople.com lists 20 calories and 0 for all other values, serving size 1 tablespoon, for their blueberry jam.
You can change up the Breakfast Sandwich – Sausage and Veggie recipe with these three options:
If you like nutritional sausage and veggies for breakfast, see Kitchen Hospitality’s recipe for a sausage and veggie breakfast spinach wrap.
Got an idea for a breakfast sandwich and like to share? I’d love to hear your idea if you have a moment to share in the comments section of this post.
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