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Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/8/2008 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I know salads. Anybody got any food plan ideas that are new and interesting? Other than grilled veggies I'm in a rut here.

I can offer this one. Fresh pickles

In the morning...Put about 1/4 cup cider vinegar in a small bowl. Add about 1 tsp. salt, 1 TBS oil, pepper and some artificial sweetener (your choice of products). None of these amounts are set in stone, just sort of guesstimate. Peel and slice a cucumber into the vinegar. I like to leave some of the skin on but it's up to you. Dice or slice about two tablespoons of sweet onion into the vinegar. Fill bowl with water to just cover cucumbers, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

You can keep adding new cucumbers to this for a few days. Might need a bit more vinegar and salt as you add more.

~Jeannie

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   Posted 5/8/2008 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
It is hard to get away from salads in the summer because we want "cool" food.  Anyway:  marinate any vegetable except corn and potatoes in varied combinations including beans.  I've used all kinds of cooked beans, raw green (and all colors) peppers, onions, mushrooms, celery, cukes, tomatoes, different lettuce and herbs (parsley, cilantro), cauliflower, broccoli, olives...  Varying the combos keeps it interesting and we don't get tired of the same ole food.  Olive oil and vinegar/lemon/lime juice as the marinade along with salt, pepper, paprika, tumeric, cinnamon, in any combo again creates such different tastes that you can have something unique every day of the week.  Your lightly grilled veggies like the peppers, mushrooms, onions, zucchini, asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower is yet another way to have them.  And I always put radishes and olives and cheese cubes or wedges on the table.  Don't forget the boiled eggs and egg salad or deviled eggs.  :)  What else can anyone think of?  C'mon! 

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/9/2008 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Cinnamon in the marinade? That's really a new one!

LanieG
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   Posted 5/9/2008 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Jeannie.  Yes, cinnamon.  Try combos of different spices like that and cumin, ginger and tumeric to get different flavors.  I don't mean heavy doses but just enough to give a taste of something different.  Those 4 go well all together or in pairs.  For other flavors, I just use oregano, basil (parsley, sage, rosemary .... - haha), dill together and the marinades take on a totally different taste.  Also, sometimes I use white wine with the olive oil and just a little lemon juice.  Now, I sprinkle True Lemon and True Lime for rich citrus flavor without all the liquid.  And, I put paprika on everything!  Finally, you can dress the marinated beans with hard boiled eggs.  Lots of possibilities.
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Phishbowl
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   Posted 5/9/2008 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
A much quicker version of your pickles, Jeannie...... Peeled & sliced cukes with plain ol' white vinegar, a bit of sweetener, some black pepper, and a bit of salt. Marinate, stirring a few times, and eat anywhere from 15-45 minutes (after an hour they loose their crunch). Been eating cukes that way since I was a kid (only real sugar was used at one time). Can't stand cider or malt vinegar in general, and hey, the white vinegar is a Canadian thing, eh :-) Love salt and vinegar on french fries or chips (when I have them).

Love marinades! I think I've purchased a few at the store in my 40 years but, I've always preferred to make my own. An astringent (vinegar, wine! Don't forget the wine!, citrus) with olive oil and some herbs or spices are my faves!

Don't forget your stir fry pan, too. I always found stir fries to be a great balance of veg to protein and fat. I use a non-stick pan and don't quite turn the heat up as much as a "real" restaurant would. Still using olive oil (not EVOO - too fragile for stir fries; save it for the salads, etc.), stir fry your mixed veg with some seasoning (MRS DASH is good) - whichever combination you like - for a few minutes. Remove from pan. I'll add a bit more oil to pan if protein (chicken, beef, pork, etc.), is not marinated and stir fry a few minutes till almost done. Re-add veg (whose residual oil will help de-glaze those protein flavours in the pan), and add sesame seeds, chopped nuts, or fine herbs if you like and maybe some extra seasoning (same as used in the marinade or rub), give it a mix and YUM! Dig in! For those who can have it, some (i.e. 1/4C-1/2C) rice or pasta added to a large stir fry can be enjoyed without overdoing it.

I love the splash of lemon or lime in water idea. Again, I have a thing for astringent tasting things and prefer a real squeeze of lemon or lime in water with no sweetener. It's refreshing if you don't overdo the citrus. I also like the brewed iced teas, there are so many kinds.

I've a recipe for Grilled Cinnamon Pork Tenderloin (actually from a diabetic diet book). Looks easy and sounds tasty. Might just give it a try now that it's BBQ season.

Tomato and cucumber with some green onion, garlic, EVOO, and Balsamic is pretty much a staple in our house. So refreshing we eat it every second night or so. Goes with anything, too.

On the salad thing... I love my greens to be varied with lots of different kinds of lettuces and greens. The mix of bitters and butters is so much more interesting than the boring, plain iceberg or romaine lettuce salads we see so often. Spring mixes, radicchio, endive, spinach, sprouts, etc...add some veggies, add some protein, drizzle with something tasty and dinner is served. I think I may have a thing for one-dish meals :-)

Cheers,
- Kris
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   Posted 5/16/2008 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Now, while this isn't strictly summer food, it's easy to prepare.  Ground beef and Zucchini Noodles.  Saute a pound of lean ground meat and set aside.  Saute a sliced up onion in the same pan until the onion is transparent and then put the beef back in.  Sprinkle: cinnamon, cumin, tumeric, garlic powder, salt and pepper over the meat mixture.  Taste and adjust the seasonings.  Stir in a can of diced tomatoes with the juice and 1/2 small can of tomato paste (or a partial can of diced tomatoes depending on your taste) and some water.  Stir and simmer until the entire mixture is rather thick.  You may also put some green beans in - makes it colorful.  Serve this on zucchini noodles.  (Noodles:  With a vegetable peeler, peel down a zucchini the whole length, round and round until there's nothing left.  These are the "noodles". Saute these until they're limp.  Done)  Since the rest of the family ate the beef mixture over rice, I took some of the mixture and stirred it into the noodles in the frying pan.  Everyone wanted to taste mine and decided next time to eat the noodles and forget the rice.  :-)  
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tutorgirl
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   Posted 5/16/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently joined Weight Watchers...not for the diet but for the support and the weekly weigh-in...and today they introduced a new cookbook called "Sizzle It." They are grill recipes and they include carb counts. Most of the recipes are pretty low carb and look yummy. And the book was $10 which now a days isn't bad. We're grilling salmon and veggie kabobs tomorrow. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I'm also going to fix some oven roasted red potatoes with olive oil, fresh rosemary, sea salt and fresh ground pepper for the rest of the family although I usually have a couple of bites. I love grilling in the summer with a charcoal grill. Yummy flavor!
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   Posted 5/17/2008 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Can't go wrong with grilled salmon and veggies!  We have a couple of "baskets" for the grill that we use for the vegetables.  Before putting the cut up peppers, zucchini, mushrooms and onions in the basket, we marinate them in olive oil and "whatever".  Some baskets are better than others for tossing the veggies while they're on the grill.  Also, we've added cooked shrimp to the basket.  Using the baskets is less time consuming than using skewers though not as eye-pleasing.  Two things we learned the hard way:  don't cut the veggies too small and don't put them in the basket with too much oil slathered on.  Guess what happens? 
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   Posted 5/17/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Slip-sliding awaaayyy.
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LanieG
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   Posted 5/17/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Right-o and the biggest fire flares from a grill in our neighborhood.  By the way, I also add some of the canned water chestnuts to salads as well as sauteed vegetables for extra crunch.  They're normally tasteless (to me anyway) but do well in any marinade or seasoning.  Add them last if you're cooking so they don't get soft.

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Pin Cushion
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   Posted 5/18/2008 12:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Smoked Turkey.
I love to snack on cold smoked turkey after I smoke a bird I strip it but most doesn't go on sandwhichs. I fill a baggie with bite size pieces and munch for days. And for the ppl out there that do not have a smoker look in the stores for the frozen smoked ones. They are almost as good as I make spending 10 + hours and they only take 1 1/2 to 2 hours in the oven. YUM!!!! gimmie that and the wal mart brand sugar free cherry flavored drink for my sweet tooth and I am in heaven.
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Marburg
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   Posted 5/19/2008 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
A variation on your cucumbers:  I put sliced cucumbers with skin into a mix of equal portions of cider vinegar and sushi vinegar, add 1 tsp salt, add some cinnamon if desired, cover and refrigerate.
Jeannie143 said...
Yeah, I know salads. Anybody got any food plan ideas that are new and interesting? Other than grilled veggies I'm in a rut here.

I can offer this one. Fresh pickles

In the morning...Put about 1/4 cup cider vinegar in a small bowl. Add about 1 tsp. salt, 1 TBS oil, pepper and some artificial sweetener (your choice of products). None of these amounts are set in stone, just sort of guesstimate. Peel and slice a cucumber into the vinegar. I like to leave some of the skin on but it's up to you. Dice or slice about two tablespoons of sweet onion into the vinegar. Fill bowl with water to just cover cucumbers, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

You can keep adding new cucumbers to this for a few days. Might need a bit more vinegar and salt as you add more.

~Jeannie
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