Sauteed Cauliflower with Lemon

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By Liz

This is a light and easy side dish that will go great with any meal.

Ingredients:

lemon-cauliflower-011 head of cauliflower, rinsed

1 – 2 small lemons rinsed and cut into ¼ size wedges

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

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Directions:

1. Rinse and core the head of cauliflower.

2. Rough cut cauliflower into large bite size chunks.

3. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium to high heat.

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4. Add cauliflower and saute until edges are slightly browned on all sides, stirring occasionally, about 15 to 20 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender (if cauliflower starts to stick to pan add ½ teaspoon of water to loosen it up).

5. Add lemon wedges and salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally to let the juices and oils release from the lemons.

6. Discard lemon wedges; serve hot with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Enjoy the printable recipe card below.

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Sauteed Cauliflower with Lemon
Serves 6
A light and easy side dish, bursting with flavor.
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75 calories
7 g
1 g
5 g
2 g
1 g
125 g
69 g
2 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
125g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 75
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 69mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
97%
Calcium
4%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 head of cauliflower, rinsed
  2. 1 – 2 small lemons rinsed and cut into ¼ size wedges
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Grated Parmesan cheese, optional
Instructions
  1. Rinse and core the head of cauliflower.
  2. Rough cut cauliflower into large bite size chunks.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium to high heat.
  4. Add cauliflower and saute until edges are slightly browned on all sides, stirring occasionally, about 15 to 20 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender (if cauliflower starts to stick to pan add ½ teaspoon of water to loosen it up).
  5. Add lemon wedges and salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally to let the juices and oils release from the lemons.
  6. Discard lemon wedges before serving.
Notes
  1. Serve hot with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
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Savory Green Onion and Garlic Quinoa

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By Liz

I have to admit, it took me awhile to get on board with the quinoa craze. Unfortunately when it first hit the scene many of the brands that were offering this healthy grain up to the masses had very crude or rustic packaging and every time I would look at a bag in the store, I would just immediately feel like millennial hippies were trying to pass off dirt as a food source.

The first time I tried it, I had followed the directions on the package.  I did not add anything to it, as I wanted to have a discernible base. To my surprise, I enjoyed the texture, it was very close to couscous and the even though, somewhat unappealing without flavoring, the quinoa was light and neutral enough that I knew it would easily take on the flavors of any other ingredients I would add, very similar to cooking rice.

On a side note, like rice, the grain expands, so if you have leftovers,  this grain can easily be frozen.

Here is my recipe for a savory quinoa, which can be served as a side dish as is or sprinkled with your favorite cheese, added to soup or used to make a lunch or dinner bowl by adding some veggies, beans, avocados, grilled chicken, etc…

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Green Onion and Garlic Quinoa

Ingredients:

1 cup Quinoa, rinsed and drained

1 ½ tsp. chicken base or 2 cups Chicken Broth

2 cups water (omit if using chicken broth)

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 stalks of green onion, thinly sliced

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

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Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan, add water, chicken base, garlic and onion.

2. Bring to a boil.

3. Add quinoa, salt and pepper.

4. Stir well to combine all ingredients, about 30 seconds.

5. Lower heat to simmer, cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.

6. Remove from heat and fluff with fork.

7. Serve warm.

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Enjoy the simple recipe card below.

Savory Green Onion & Garlic Quinoa
Serves 8
A healthy and nutritious side dish or base.
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82 calories
14 g
0 g
1 g
3 g
0 g
86 g
152 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
86g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 82
Calories from Fat 12
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
2%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 152mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
2%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  2. 1 ½ tsp. chicken base or 2 cups chicken broth
  3. 2 cups water (omit if using chicken broth)
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 2 stalks of green onion, thinly sliced
  6. ½ tsp. salt
  7. ½ tsp. pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, add water, chicken base, garlic and onion.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add quinoa, salt and pepper.
  4. Stir well to combine all ingredients, about 30 seconds.
  5. Lower heat to simmer, cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
  6. 6. Remove from heat and fluff with fork.
  7. . Serve warm.
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1g
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3g
carbs
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Easy 3 Ingredient Muffins

I am sorry to say, this recipe is not of my own creation and I cannot remember where I got it from, but give it a try if you want a very easy, healthy and delicious treat you can enjoy for breakfast, dessert or as a snack anytime of the day.

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Ingredients:

1 box cake mix (any flavor will do) I used chocolate for this batch

1 can pumpkin or 2 cups mashed cooked pumpkin

½ cup chips of your choice (chocolate, peanut butter, white, etc…)

Directions:

1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a medium size bowl, beat cake mix and pumpkin together with electric mixer until smooth, (mix will be really thick) fold in chips.

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3. Line muffin tins with paper muffin cups and lightly spray the inside of the liners with non-stick spray (otherwise the wrapper will stick to the muffin when you peel it off).

4. Spoon mix into liners about 3/4 of the way full.

5. Bake  for 45 to 50 minutes, muffins are done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Makes approximately 1 dozen muffins.

6. Enjoy warm and gooey or cooled completely.

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I have to admit that because of how thick the batter is with these muffins, they aren’t the prettiest thing to look at, but they taste great, they are lower in fat and calories than the average muffin, and are packed with veggies because of the pumpkin.

Enjoy the printable recipe card below.



Easy 3 Ingredient Muffins
Yields 12
So easy my sister can make it.
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240 calories
39 g
1 g
9 g
3 g
1 g
53 g
332 g
0 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
53g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240
Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
13%
Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 332mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 39g
13%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
6%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 box cake mix (any flavor will do) I used chocolate for this batch
  2. 1 can pumpkin or 2 cups mashed cooked pumpkin
  3. ½ cup chips of your choice (chocolate, peanut butter, white, etc…)
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium size bowl, beat cake mix and pumpkin together with electric mixer until smooth, (mix will be really thick) fold in chips.
  3. Line muffin tins with paper muffin cups and lightly spray the inside of the liners with non-stick spray (otherwise the wrapper will stick to the muffin when you peel it off).
  4. Spoon mix into liners about 3/4 of the way full.
  5. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, muffins are done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Makes approximately 1 dozen muffins.
  6. Enjoy warm and gooey or cooled completely.
Other great variations are
  1. Yellow cake mix with peanut butter chips
  2. Spice cake mix with butterscotch chips
  3. Chocolate cake mix with; chocolate, white chip, peanut butter or mint.
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fat
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protein
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50 Pound Weight Loss, 10 Minutes at a Time

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By Liz

No one needs to tell you how to save money, the equation is simple, spend less than you earn. The same common sense formula applies to weight loss, burn more calories than you consume. It is that simple. You have to eat in moderation and you have to exercise.

However, in today’s, quick and convenient world, many of us choose to find the fastest, easiest and in many cases costliest ways to achieve weight loss. Procedures such as; starvation diets, diet pills, meal replacement shakes,  bariatric surgery, gastric bypass surgery, cool sculpting, diet food subscriptions, and the list goes on and on and so do the prices.

weight-loss-04Unfortunately, many of the above named procedures are not always a success story.  For instance, when I worked in the white collar world, I knew of 2 rather large women who had both undergone the costly, surgical route.  While at first, they each seemed to be melting away in front of our eyes, as they had each approached their one year anniversary date of their procedures, their old lifestyle ways were back and so was the weight. They were once again, back to a sedentary lifestyle, in addition to poor eating habits.  Not only did each of these ladies gain the weight back they had lost, they had both gained extra to boot.

I too, like so many, struggle with my weight, I always have and I probably always will.  I never had the resources for any of the above methods of losing weight and I probably never will.

About a year ago, I had to undergo total knee replacement surgery.  No big shocker, at the time, I was overweight and according to my doctor, not by a little, but by about 50 pounds. He had explained to me that generally most patients get this operation done when they are in their 60’s and 70’s because this kind of procedure should really be done only once in one’s lifetime.  Due to me being only in my mid forties, this new knee was going to have to last me the rest of my life and for obvious reasons, the less weight it had to carry, the longer it was going to last me.  So, like it or not I had to lose weight.

I had put the surgery on hold for 3 months, because I wanted to lose at least 20 pounds before going under the knife and what they say is true; it DOES get harder to lose weight as you get older. I have never had an issue with the diet portion of my weight loss battles (except the will power segment at times).  I love to cook, and I have always been able to find or create lower calorie and lower fat food options without sacrificing flavor. Even with this knowledge, I am still aware, that whatever it is I eat, has to be in moderation and it has to be well balanced (you know what I am talking about; imagine the food pyramid image).

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My downfall would always come by way of exercise. I hate to exercise. I can’t say that enough, so I will say it again, I hate to exercise!  I would rather scrub toilet bowls with a toothbrush than exercise.  However, being an intelligent woman, I know I have to. To me, it is a necessary evil in maintaining my health.

When my orthopedist told me I needed to lose weight, I took it seriously and maybe, finally, this was the wakeup call I needed to lose weight and maintain my weight loss for the long haul.  In the past, all of my weight loss attempts had been for pure vanity reasons but now my longevity health was at risk.

Anyone with knee problems will tell you, when you place stress on that joint, no matter how much or how little… it hurts. You might be fine while engaging in the exercise, but afterwards is a pain filled nightmare.  I was limited in the kinds of exercises I could do; this made the whole process even harder.

Swimming is the best option for people with joint problems, however, not everyone has access to a pool and joining a health club gets very pricey. Instead, I invested in an elliptical machine. The motion on my knee was fluent without the shocking impact on the joint that I would have gotten from walking or using a treadmill. So once it was assembled, there it sat in my bedroom, waiting to be used. I can’t tell you how many times I really just looked at that thing and wanted it to just become a clothes hanger, but I knew I had to start using it.

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So one morning I decided it was time to start on this journey. I started off with no resistance setting at all.  I just needed to start moving.  I got on for 10 minutes.  The time went by rather quickly, considering it was so short, yes my knee was a sore afterwards, but it wasn’t horrible.  After lunch, I decided to do another 10 minutes, same feeling, same results, and then another set before dinner.  At the end of the day, I had done it; I had exercised for 30 minutes.  You can probably imagine that the next day, I was in pain! I did not use the elliptical that day, but the following day I did, I felt better and repeated the same 3; 10 minute interval way of exercising and kept up this method for months.

In the beginning, I was using my elliptical 3 times a week, 30 minutes a day in my 10 minute “exercise blasts”. After about 3 weeks of doing this, I noticed my body was starting to get used to the routine, and it didn’t hurt as much.  I decided to try to challenge myself.  I started doing my routine 4 times a week.  My eating habits were also improving and after about 6 weeks of eating well and some regular exercise, I got on the scale to see that I had lost 7 pounds.  I know, a lot of you are saying “that’s it!” But I tell you this, it was a true 7 pounds, it wasn’t water weight so I knew it wasn’t coming back after only a few days.



My surgery was scheduled almost 4 months to the day I originally gone to see my orthopedist, and by that time, I had managed to lose 25 pounds.  I was still only half way to my ultimate goal. The recovery was long and I won’t lie, physical therapy was hard and painful.  I think it was “tough love” on their behalf, because I was so young to have had this procedure, my therapy sessions were rigorous. During that time, physical therapy had replaced my use of the elliptical.  I was going to the therapists’, 3 times a week, for 3 months, plus I was doing some of the exercises they taught me at home. Oh and did I mention that my orthopedist wanted me to be walking at least 30 minutes a day? (Yeah…he was tough). So there I was, each night, my husband by my side and me clinging to my walker, taking a 30 minute walk in my neighborhood and re-learning how to walk.  You can imagine that in the beginning, I was moving at a snail’s pace, it would take me 30 minutes to go 4 houses up and 4 houses back, it did not seem as though I was gaining much ground.  Funny thing though, after a few weeks, I noticed I could go 8 houses up and back in 30 minutes.  I finally lost the walker and in another few weeks and I could make it all the way up the street and back in 30 minutes, and so on and so on, I just needed to stay at it and after some time, I was able to go farther and longer.

I am proud to say that 8 months after my surgery, I had reached my weight loss goal.  I had lost a total of 50 pounds with sheer diet, exercise and time; no magic formula, no weight loss surgery, no starving or depriving myself, no harsh workouts that push me into the ground,  just a plain old common sense approach.

weight-loss-08I am glad to say, that I don’t mind exercising so much anymore.  I just needed to find the right exercise for me, one that I enjoy and doesn’t feel like a chore to me.  I have since replaced my elliptical with a stationary bike (recommended by my orthopedist to ensure flexibility and mobility in my knee).  In addition to using this piece of home equipment, (still in 10 minute intervals…..hey, I’m not a fanatic!) I take regular daily walks with and without my dog, most of the time while listening to music, but sometimes, just to take in the sights, sounds and glory of nature and use it as the “me time” part of my day.

Most people that struggle with weight loss want instant results.  That is unrealistic. Think about it, you didn’t instantaneously gain the weight; it took time to put it on, so why would one think taking the weight off would be different?  I now know and understand the severity of maintaining my current weight and I am fully aware that my lifestyle must contain movement and moderation each and every day all in efforts for a long and healthy life.




Food Subscription Boxes

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By Liz

Talk about all things trendy.  If you haven’t seen or heard about food subscription boxes yet, then you must be living under a rock. This is not a new concept, I mean, take Omaha Steaks for instance…they have been around since 1917.  But nowadays you can get just about any kind of food, delivered to your door with easy step by step instructions, with little to no waste and without the hassle of visiting your grocery store to pick up the ingredients.

Types of boxes available are fruits, vegetables, and snacks, jerky, chocolate, bacon, cheese, full meals, seasonal, regional and the list goes on and on.

Sorry to say, I think this trend, is a waste of your hard earned money!

We as a society already spend so much money on food, whether going out to eat or at our local grocery store(s), so it seems to me that this kind of service is really irrelevant.  However, like most trends, these companies are trying to convince you, that you need their product to be hip, trendy, creative, and money savvy; but do you really need their help?

I decided to do some research on these companies, because many of my fellow, “frugal” bloggers have wonderful things to say about them, (although, I personally believe that if you are calling yourself a “frugal or money saving” blogger and promote or purchase these kinds of subscriptions…..you’ve missed the mark).

There are so many companies trying to cash in on this latest trend, it is overwhelming, so I decided to just concentrate on just produce boxes, but most of this information also applies to most of the other subscription boxes and this is what I have discovered:

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1. Many are locally based, so they might not deliver to your zip code, or you will be paying very high shipping costs for this convenience.

2. Your going to pay for this kind of convenience, anywhere from $11 to $110 (and these are prices for produce boxes).

3. Most offer both traditional or organic products.

4. You really don’t get what you pay for. If you were to do a price comparison, you would see that in most cases, you are paying double and in some cases, triple what it would cost you at the grocery store for the same or very similar products.

5. Packaging can sometimes be environmentally unfriendly. Some of the organic products being purchased, come packaged so as they are not bruised or damaged; all well and good, but many of the materials used for packaging, are not good for mother earth. (Ironic…..huh?)

6. Some of the produce subscription services are selling “recovered”, produce, meaning fruits and vegetables that are perfectly fine to eat, but would have otherwise been thrown away. It’s often discarded because of aesthetic imperfections or logistical inefficiencies. They don’t try to hide this; in fact, for some it is on the main page of their website.




So it has been pointed out to me is that these kinds of services  are helping local farmers and business owners  not to mention the convenience it brings to the consumer of not having to go the store to pick these items out for themselves.  My argument is this….you have to go to the grocery store anyway, right? So while you are there picking up the myriad of other items on your list, why aren’t you taking a few extra minutes to purchase fresh, traditional or organic produce from the same place you shop in the first place?

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It has also been argued that these kinds of services offer more natural choices, help many with diet restrictions due to health, and offer step by step instructions with just the right amount of ingredients to make a gourmet meal at home.  My argument for this is the following:  just about everyone owns or has access to a cookbook, (these resources also come with step by step instructions) or the internet, which offers an endless supply of recipes.  Natural and organic produce can be found not only at your local grocery store(s), but also at specialty stores and especially local farmer’s markets.

No matter how old I get, I am always looking for ways to save money, as much money as I can, because my dream is to retire with my husband somewhere close to the ocean and be able to travel, volunteer, relax, and really to just wake up on any given day and do whatever we want, when we want.  We don’t want to realize one day that we don’t have enough for our retirement, and we have to keep working until we are 75 or 80 years old, or that any one medical condition that myself or my husband might encounter down the road, will wipe us out financially.  So we are all about saving as many pennies as we can for as long as we can. My husband and I are both foodies, and we both enjoy cooking, but we also know that, throwing money away on the latest band wagon of what is hip and trendy today, will not help us achieve our goals for tomorrow.

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If you too are financially conscience, and not only want to eat healthy, but well; I suggest that rather than subscribe to one of these, trendy, overpriced and under stocked box services, you should take a little time each week, plan out a few meals, list your ingredients, purchase only what you need for these dishes and keep the money you have saved in your wallet.




Open Faced Portabella Salmon Burgers

 

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by Liz
This is one of my new favorites and is a quick and healthy lunch. As usual, the idea of this recipe came to me while looking around my fridge, thinking I really had to use up some of the stuff in there.

I use salmon burger patties for this recipe, but you could easily swap this out for a veggie, black bean or a regular beef burger….whatever your preference.

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Ingredients:

2 frozen salmon burger patties

2 large portabella mushroom caps

2 slices of cheese (I used Muenster and Pepper Jack)

Fresh Spinach leaves (optional)

Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven (I used my toaster oven) to 325 degrees.

2. Wipe mushrooms clean of debris or dirt (never rinse a mushroom, it will make it soggy).  With a spoon gently scrape off as much of the mushroom gills without digging into the meat of the mushroom, on the underside of the cap and level out any protruding stem pieces.

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3. Place cap topside down on your lined baking sheet and lightly spray the gill side up with an oil, non stick spray.  Lightly season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Bake portabellas until slightly soft about 7 to 10 minutes.  Set baking sheet aside and let cool momentarily.

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4. Meanwhile, in a non stick pan, over medium to high heat, cook the salmon patties thoroughly on each side, and season each side lightly with salt and pepper. Salmon patties should cook at least 6 to 7 minutes on each side to ensure proper doneness.

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5. Place 3 to 4 spinach leaves on each, cooled mushroom cap. Then slide a burger patty on to each portabella.  Top with cheese slices (any kind will do). Place back into the oven for another 3 minutes to melt the cheese.

6. Serve immediately and enjoy by itself, or with a side salad.

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This lunch is oddly satisfying, because of the protein of the burger patty and the “meatiness” taste and texture of the portabella.  This recipe is not only good for lunch, but makes for a really good dinner option as well.

Enjoy the printable recipe card below.



Open Faced Portabella Salmon Burgers
Serves 2
A healthy twist for a burger.
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359 calories
24 g
52 g
20 g
25 g
7 g
370 g
541 g
3 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
370g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359
Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g
31%
Saturated Fat 7g
37%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 52mg
17%
Sodium 541mg
23%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 5g
21%
Sugars 3g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A
325%
Vitamin C
80%
Calcium
39%
Iron
35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 frozen salmon burger patties
  2. 2 large portabella mushroom caps
  3. 2 slices of cheese (I used Muenster and Pepper Jack)
  4. Fresh Spinach leaves (optional)
  5. Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven (I used my toaster oven) to 325 degrees.
  2. Wipe mushrooms clean of debris or dirt (never rinse a mushroom, it will make it soggy). With a spoon gently scrape off as much of the mushroom gills without digging into the meat of the mushroom, on the underside of the cap and level out any protruding stem pieces.
  3. Place cap topside down on your lined baking sheet and lightly spray the gill side up with an oil, non stick spray. Lightly season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bake portabellas until slightly soft about 7 to 10 minutes. Set baking sheet aside and let cool momentarily.
  4. Meanwhile, in a non stick pan, over medium to high heat, cook the salmon patties thoroughly on each side, and season each side lightly with salt and pepper. Salmon patties should cook at least 6 to 7 minutes on each side to ensure proper doneness.
  5. Place 3 to 4 spinach leaves on each, cooled mushroom cap. Then slide a burger patty on to each portabella. Top with cheese slices (any kind will do). Place back into the oven for another 3 minutes to melt the cheese.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy by itself, or with a side salad.
Notes
  1. Can also be made with a beef, tofu, veggie or black bean burgers.
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The Best Ever Fresh Beans

by Liz

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I have to admit, before I moved to Texas, the only beans I had ever really known were baked beans.  However, since then, I had been introduced to this very delicious and very satisfying Texas staple.

Beans are not only great tasting, but they are very economical and versatile.

Here is my recipe for the best tasting beans; I used black beans for this recipe.

In a 5 quart slow cooker, add 1 pound of dried beans (pinto, red, black, navy…the possibilities are endless) fill slow cooker ¾ full of water and cover, (you want plenty of water to cover the beans as they will expand overnight).

Let soak overnight.

The next day, drain and rinse beans.

Add beans and fresh water back into the slow cooker, one again filling pot ¾ way with water, (the beans will expand a little more and some of this water will evaporate during cooking).

Add 1; 2” x 2” piece of salt pork and 4 to 5 large cloves of peeled garlic to slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours. (Beans will be fully cooked when they are soft and/or their outer skin starts to crack.)

Turn off slow cooker, remove and discard salt pork.

Add 1 Tablespoon of salt (do not add salt in the beginning of this process as this will toughen the beans) and 2 teaspoons of oregano, stir well, replace lid and let sit for about a half hour. (This lets the spices, permeate the beans).

Enjoy as is, or over rice with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, green onion, avocado, fresh tomato or whatever you prefer.