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Chicken Italiano and Cheese crusted Bread

Dinner was again inspired from Italian sandwiches offered at work. Chicken Parm, Pizziola, and Meatball pepperoni. I started with fresh Chicken Breast baked in Balsamic vinegar for 20 min. 350 F. Cooked Rice was heated in vegetable water from the fridge.

After 20 min; to the Chicken breast I added fresh Tomato slices with Parmesan cheese and cranked the oven up to 400 F for 15 min. When I retrieved the Chicken from the oven I added the juice from the Chicken pan to the Rice. To finish the rice I chopped up Fresh Basil from Market and also added Fresh Thyme. 

Ten minutes before the Dinner was to be served I took a half moon of Cheese crusted bread opened up the center and placed it in the oven. When I pulled the bread from the oven I opened the loaf and added margarine inside.

 The Wife enjoyed every last bite and 11:30 pm pancakes will not be necessary tonight.

 
 

Chef Michael Fleshner's Son Blogs about his dinner at BAMA

Aaron’s Lazy Saturday Alfredo Tuna Casserole Dinner

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Hello readers, today since I have done absolutely nothing but play games on my tablet and lay around the house. I'm going to write a post about the dinner I created for myself out of the food that was in my pantry. As you can see by the picture it was a tuna and noodles dish and It was a delicious dish. If you don't like tuna or noodles I'm sorry you can make it with chicken(because tuna is the chicken of the sea so it's the same thing just on land, I guess). Anyways I'm going to teach you how I made this dish in a few simple steps, all you need is Pasta Roni Alfredo noodles box ( more so for the contents inside ), two cans on tuna, garlic powder, onion powder, water and butter. If you don't have any of this at your home you can buy it at Wal-Mart!! or your local grocery store ( I bought mine at Bruno's )

INSTRUCTIONS!
Now remember measuring is essential. so grab a glass ( any size will do ), a pan ( bigger the better ) and a spoon ( one you could use for your cereal in the morning).

0.Look at box.( don't read it just look at the pictures )
1.Fill up the glass to where ever you think is the correct amount and pour it into the pan.
2.Turn the stove on to the hottest it will go put the pan with the water in it on the stove and watch it( don't lose eye contact with the water in the pan continue to watch it the whole time)
3.Whilst watching the water in the pan reach for the garlic and onion powder and put both in and stir.
4.Next grab the butter and the spoon put the butter and take a random amount out of the container and stir it into the water.
5.Now that you have a wonderful smelling boiling broth pour the noodles into the water and stir.
6.Continue stirring
7.Not pour both cans of tuna ( or chicken ) into the concoction of carefully measured ingredients.
8.Now completely forget that you have Alfredo sauce right next to you and continue stirring your food until it looks edible.
9.Look to the right(....or left depending on where all the wrappers are. )
10.See the Alfredo ( curse under your breath ) grab it and put it in your food and stir once again.
11.smile to yourself or give yourself a pat on the back for not burning body( because you decided to make food shirtless )
12.Turn off the stove take the pan off of the stove and place it on a cooler eye*.
13.dish out the food and put some shredded cheese you find in the fridge on top of your food for a cheesy factor.
14.Enjoy.

*eye on the stove.

Some Nutrition Facts.
Lots of
31 Grams Protein.
44 Grams Carbohydrates.
A&C&D&E vitamins.
*other healthy stuff.

From the picture about you will notice this meal must be served with a coke ( off brand ) and a Fruit-Roll-up ( so that you can feel like a kid when you finish eating all of your food ) to get the official recipe name of "Aaron's Lazy Saturday Alfredo Tuna(or Chicken) Casserole Dinner". Otherwise you are not allowed to use the awesome name I came up with.

Smash Potatoes Yesterdays lunch ; Todays soup

In the past couple of days I repeated the smashed Potatoes meal I learned from Elvis when he fed 6 hungry children at Market last week.Elvis had fed his Grand and Teen kids a meal using microwaved Red skin potatoes , Bacon , Shredded cheese, Tony Sachere seasoning and sour cream.

I converted the meal at my house into large diced potatoes baked in the oven. I fried up maple flavored Bacon and used Enchilada soup seasoning. This was the second time this week I created this meal. So tonight I took the left overs and added them to heated milk with more bacon added more Enchilada soup base and chopped Fresh Basil. The Wife ate her bowl  straight from the soup pot . I added Wheat crackers and more cheese to my bowl. 

We have had our third rainy Saturday market here in SE Texas since the middle of February. Soup was soo goood. When The Wife had all her tummy could handle I finished her bowl also. I purposely gave her a half gallon of soup. Before I started the soup at 4 pm her comment was," All I have eaten today is toast" Now with tummies full we can enjoy the rest of the evening.

 

 
 

Salmon Salad inspired by Jordan "Live Beyond Organic"

I started reading a book authored by a gentlemen who now sees his life mission as being a modern day Joseph son of Jacob and Rebecca from the beloved Bible. The title of his book is Live Beyond Organic by Jordan S. Rubin. I have read the why of his story; Surviving the symptoms of Chron's disease and how he has arrived at offering food based on Biblical principal.

My farmer market ingredients that I have available in my fridge and suggestions made from the intro to Mr. Rubin's book have inspired the following salad.

Salmon Salad

I started with Fresh Leaf lettuce and Spinach,( torn not cut with a knife) enough to fill a bowl. I then added Monterey shredded cheese, Fresh sliced Bell peppers and roasted purple Onion centers. Tossed it all in the bowl before adding diced Beets that were boiled in chicken stock. After boiling the cubed Beets I poured off the liquid for drinking after the juice cooled. I seasoned the cooked Beets with Cider Vinegar and Brown Sugar. And finally to top off the Salad creation I placed a serving of canned de-boned Salmon mixed with Southwest sauce and chopped roasted purple Onions. As a garnish I cored out a Yellow tomato filled it with Avocado and SamM Salsa.{diced tomato, purple Onion and Balsamic vinegar}

The only items that would not meet Mr. Rubin's approval would be the canned Salmon and Southwest sauce. Biblical Joseph would have Salmon caught in the wild. And Southwestern US inspired sauces would have been non-existent. The salad has been very satisfying and soon I want to learn about dairy kefir.I will start by speaking with Chef Michael Fleshner and Elvis tomorrow at Conroe's Market

 

 
 

SamM Salsa Poulet

Poulet The definition:
Noun1.poulet - the flesh of a chicken used for foodpoulet - the flesh of a chicken used for food.

Breast of Chicken has been marinating in Balsamic vinegar and Diet Coke for a few days waiting for the evening when The wife and I will be enjoying dinner together. At 5 pm the marinaded Poulet with SamM salsa went in a 350 F oven.

The marinade was poured in a 1 qt pot; brought to a boil and vermicelle was added. {(Vermicelli  "little worms") is a traditional type of Italian pasta round in section that is thicker than spaghetti.} When finished I added Marinara infused with Southwest sauce. And a pan of sauteed Bacon, Fresh sliced Bell peppers and Red Onions. 

In a bowl the Vermicelli & vegetables were at the bottom and then Chicken breast (poulet) out of the oven at 5:45pm and placed on top. And I finished off the meal with Parmesan Bread triangles cut from a bread round, heated in the oven with SamM salsa and Balsamic vinegar poured over the top.

We are featuring Italian cusine at work this month. This meal was created in my head as I created Italian sandwiches at work.

 
 

Potatoes, potatoes a drawer full of Potatoes

While at market I observed Chef Michael Fleshner and Elvis from Peas Farms making lunch for 6 children / grand kids. Elvis had a microwave plugged in to the city provided electricity. And the two of them were trying to out do each other with what they had available.

They had 3 varieties of Potatoes

1) Baby reds 2) Red skins and 3) Jumbo Russets

One child started with a  plain Russet. It was soon determined that what this child needed was more flavor. Margarine and Bacon crumbles were added. Most of the rest of the group wanted the works on 4 min. microwaved Baby Reds. The Works included a) Margarine, b) Shredded sharp cheddar c) Bacon crumbles d) Tony Chachere's Cajun seasoning. Out of 6 recipients there were some slight deviations.

Elvis declared his version of Red Skins Potatoes that included sour cream the Best. Now with the contest over I headed home with a great dinner idea. And The Wife and I were declared the winners. Our version:

Baked in a 400 F oven for one hour ; 1 large Russet potato and 8 Baby Reds rubbed with Canola oil. After baking; The Russet potato was split open and the Baby Reds were smashed in a bowl. Margarine was added first, then Enchilada soup seasoning was sprinkled on. Real bacon sliced from a frozen slab was pan fried and added. And finally cubes of Monterey Cheddar were placed on top and returned to the oven for 5 min. till melted. I have a bottom fridge drawer filled with several varieties of Potato. What glorious meals I will continue to share with The Wife this week.

 

 
 

Botano; Date night has arrived

Came home early from work in anticipation of Date nite. I asked as I bounced in the door, " Are we ready for Botanos ? " Her reply was " I have had Raisin Cinnamon toast and Coffee" I took that as a hint it was time for dinner at 3:30p this afternoon. I was excited. The adrenalin took over.

I talked about making Botano's at work. Every one had different ingredients and a different name for their version of Botanos. The similarities were as follows 1) Everyone used chips for the base 2) Meat and Beans were next, 3) topped with excessive amounts of Cheese.

Here is my version that I served with Bean n Cheese Burritos and Rice Pilaf :

I began with Regular Doritos topped with Ground Chuck mixed with SamM salsa (Fresh Red & green Tomatoes, Purple Onions, Green Bell Peppers, Balsamic vinegar, & Agave) and Chicken gravy.The next layer was sliced Fresh spinach. Next I mixed in SamM salsa with re-fried Beans. And the final layer was Fresh sliced Purple onions, Green peppers and an excessive amount of Monterey Cheddar cheese, All this baked at 400 F for 20 minutes.

As I plated up for Date nite I was thrilled with the colors on the plate. Red, Green, Yellow, Brown. Their were 2 ingredients added to my plate because The wife will not eat Jalapenos or Avocado. And dinner with The Wife for the first time this week, PRICELESS!! I have already had a second portion of Botanos. Looking forward to Conroe Farmer's Market tomorrow. 

 

 

 

 


 
 

Grilled Cheese that brought a tear to my eyes.

I am waiting for a an evening when The wife will be home long enough after work to enjoy a Botano meal with me. So tonight I have decided on Grilled Cheese. A Vegan's delight. Today at work a customer counting Weight Watcher points came in for a Veggie Patti sandwich. We could not provide them with one so they settled for a baked Chicken breast sandwich. Only 2 additional WW points.

As I thought about my dinner tonight I decided I had to go with a simple Grilled Cheese. That went Gourmet; as often happens when I create deliciousness for myself. I began with a hot skillet and 2 slices of wheat bread. 3 slices of processed cheese. After the sandwich was grilled and the cheese melted, I added marinated sweet Bell peppers, SamM Salsa { Red and Green Tomato, Red Onion, Bell peppers, Balsamic vinegar,& Agave} And topped off my creation with an over easy egg.

Engulfed the runny egg side of the sandwich. Licked my hand. Sopped up the egg yolk and salsa off the plate with the rest of the sandwich. And shed a tear as I experienced the elation of an awesome dinner.

The Wife made Friday nite, date nite for the Botano.

 

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Taco - Botano Night coming soon

Awesome Salsa is marinating. It will be used to flavor multiple dishes as the week progresses. Tomorrow night will be Taco or Botano night. Ground beef seasoned with chili spices and vinegar on top of Doritos. Avocado, onion, tomatoes, peppers will all find their way into the dish. Melted cheese, creamed sauces, the options are endless. Burritos, pepper'd Rice & Beans will be a side dishes and we will all be speaking Espanol by evening end. 

I have heard about a Herb called  epazote to help reduce the gasous effects of beans. I have read this article and will ask Elvis and Chef Michael about it soon.

 

How do you make beans less gassy?

I'm cooking a pot of pinto beans but would like to do without the gas, any secrets?

Beans can cause gas because of complex sugars, called oligosaccharides, which are difficult for humans to digest. Some simple steps can minimize the gas-producing effects of beans:
----Purchase the most recent crop of dry beans. The fresher the bean, the fewer gastrointestinal problems you are likely to experience.
----When soaking the beans, change the water 2 to 3 times. The complex sugars are released into the soaking water. Always discard the soaking water before cooking your beans.
----In Mexico, they use an herb called epazote to reduce gas. This herb is cooked with the beans & is often found in health food stores.
----Commercial natural enzyme products, such as Beano, break down the complex sugars in beans making them easier to digest. This product is added to beans right before they are eaten & is available in many drug stores.

 

 
 

Garlic Cumin Pepper Chicken and forgetfulness

What a Market today. Jewelry, Scentsy , Restored furniture, African/American accessories and my favorite Peas Farm produce and Chef Michael Fleshner to answer questions.

I hope I do not forget any items in my Market basket. I brought home Fresh spinach, Cherry, Red n Green tomatoes, Yellow n Green Bell peppers, Snap Peas, Red Onions, Beets, Baby Red and Baking potatoes. I believe that completes my bounty of Vegetables.

I did forget Cabbage, Green n Red and Baby Carrots that I turned into a Maple flavored slaw. 2 cups of shredded vegetables mixed with 1/2 cup Salad dressing and 1/2 cup Maple syrup. Along with this slaw I served Spaghetti noodles boiled in tomato water. Chicken Breast Baked on top of Fresh spinach with slices of Yellow peppers and Garlic Cumin sauce over the Chicken.

I have so many other wonderful vegetables to create with this week I am looking forward to dinner with The Wife Mon.- Friday evening. Chef Michael gave me insight into a vegetable recipe called Harvard Beets. I will let you know how it turns out.

Sundays I work too many hours right now. The Wife fends for herself @ church. Lunch with friends after service. A meal with family group in the evening. You all know the routine.

 

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Strawberries ! Strawberries !! Strawberries !!! We Have'M in South Texas

 Here is chef Michael Fleshner's post to Facebook this afternoon:

 Strawberries ! Strawberries !! Strawberries !!! for those of you who came to Market today. Everybody was excited about the early berries. Especially our visitors from Missouri. It will be a month or so before they will see the wonderful fruit. Next week though; Will we have enough to go around ? Come out and see.  

 

 

And though I saw the wonderful berries, I did not pick any up. I was visiting with Marli the Baker from Creekside Creations and bought a dozen of her Cinnamon Rolls. I also received an education about Gluten free items. Gluten I have learned is in all Wheat Grain. Some folks are allergic to gluten. You can create flour out of many dried nuts and seeds. Marli uses Almond Flour for her purposes. You get the best results from a mix of 3-4 different flours. There are special grinders you can buy for in your home that will pulverize dry foods to a flour. Vitamixers are too powerful. It turns out Marli's Mom is allergic to Gluten, hence Marli has become an expert on the subject.

Chef Michael added that many of Marli's Gluten free items have a better flavor than those made with Wheat flour. Chef Michael wants everyone to know that the greens at market are some of the best he has recently cooked with. And he was excited to also show me the Yellow squash and Zucchini. I can attest to the wonderful Spinach as you have read in some of my recent blogs.


 
 

Safety when Cutting and Storing Cantaloupe

 

 Chef Michael Fleshner asked if I would share this on my blog. It is interesting reading. Demonstrating that because melons are grown on the ground. And due to the porous nature of the Cantaloupe's outer rind we should use caution when we cut and store this fruit.

 

 

Potentially Hazardous Food: Cut Melons

cut melonsIt’s not new information that cut melons are on the FDA’s list of potentially hazardous food  (PHF). What might be new information is the reason why melons are considered a PHF. Since melons grow on the ground, their rinds are more likely to come in contact with pathogenic bacteria from the soil, water, or manure. Melons also have an external texture that is favorable to bacteria. The porous rind of cantaloupes, watermelon, and honeydew allows bacteria to pass through the surface when cutting. In the case of cantaloupes, the unique texture of the rind enables bacteria to stick easily and remain alive even after harvesting.

Once they reach a food facility, melons can pose a serious risk of foodborne illness if not properly washed and refrigerated. The FDA recommends the following steps to keep fresh melon safe for customers:

  • Inspect melon rinds for cracks or other damage prior to preparation; avoid use if damage is found.
  • Wash melons under cool running water, removing surface dirt. Scrub rind with a clean produce brush.
  •  Wash hands properly before cutting melons.
  •  Ensure food contact surfaces are sanitized before use.
  • Most importantly, ensure cut melons are refrigerated at 40F or below once cut.

Follow these guidelines to ensure that cut melons never become a source of foodborne illness for your customers.

 
 

Super Bowl Texas style

The Wife voted for staying home and altering our Southwestern Roasted Bell Pepper Quesadillas. Sliced Seasoned Chicken breast and Guacamole were added to the Football game day fare

We started with buttered tortillas spread with Roasted bell pepper puree and Tomato / Onion puree. The sliced Chicken was tossed in dry Cheese Enchilada soup mix. We also used sliced Red Onions, Guacamole and shredded Mexican cheese to make perfect Quesadillas.

As a side we stuffed potato skins with Guacamole, Roasted Bell peppers/ Onions ,tossed in Southwestern sauce, and topped with Shredded Mexican cheese. Doritos and Corn tortillas were available for dipping in the Guacamole and Pepper puree.

I originally thought we were watching the game until the Madonna concert. We snuggled up for the concert and watched the game until the end. I thought about that today and realized The wife wanted to see all the unique commercials. And during the college season we watched every University of Alabama game because Chef Michael's son was in the replay booth operating the equipment. So we had already been in the habit of enjoying football games together.

 

 
 

Southwestern Roasted Bell pepper Quesadillas

After being inspired by an episode of ABC's 'The Chew' and finding a good deal on Green Bell peppers , Red Onions, Spinach and Balsamic vinegar. I knew what The Wife and I were doing for dinner. The celebs on 'The Chew' were demonstrating Superbowl menu ideas.

I asked The Wife's opinion of the stuffed potato skins. "No Go", she exclaimed. That helped direct my thoughts towards  Build your own Quesadillas  With the fresh produce in hand I needed to add tortillas, Mexican blend cheese and southwest sauce while roaming the grocery store aisles.

Upon arriving home I went to work creating all the parts for a successful Build your Own meal. First I roasted diced Bell peppers with diced Red onions in a 500 F oven until black, I cooled the peppers with cold Southwest sauce. Added 3 cups to the food processor and turned it into a spread.  I saved the rest as  marinated peppers and onions.The baby Spinach was tossed in Balsamic vinegar.

Now for assembling my Quesadillas:

I buttered my tortillas on one side and placed pepper spread on the other. I brought out of the fridge the Tomato spread from earlier this week and spread some of that on also. I then added Balsamic flavored Spinach and topped it off with Mexican cheese blend. I then folded it over and browned it in a med hot skillet. The Bacon Green Bean Potato dish was served as an accompaniment.

I did not see The Wife's version as I was concentrating on my own. I simply remember her remark halfway through dinner. This is awesome honey are we having these again on Sunday. "If we stay home, Sure !" I said. "Unless we go to the family group Superbowl party" " Then maybe on Monday"

 

 

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Tomato and Green Peppers sauce

The Tomato and green Pepper ends were piling up in the fridge. Three - 1 quart containers were waiting to turn into something. I decided on the way home I would need to create something and throwing away the product was not an option.

In the fridge I located 2 cups of Turkey broth and 2 0z. of Baby Carrots. I chopped up the carrots and added them to boiling broth. Next I started chopping up Green pepper ends making sure none were on the verge of spoiling. With the Peppers returning to a boil it was time to start adding in chopped Tomato ends. This created more juice. With a third of the Tomato ends in the pot I had a brainstorm for thickening the sauce that I was creating.

I started filling my food processor with Tomato ends. And taking juice from the boiling pot, pouring it in with the tomatoes in the processor. Grinding up the other 2/3 of tomatoes and pouring it back into the simmering sauce. Now for the seasonings, Oregano, Meat first chicken base, Southwest sauce, and left over sweet Marinara sauce from the fridge. I now have 1 gallon of a Wife approved Tomato sauce that I will turn into various meals the rest of this week.

Also I saved back 2 cups of processed tomatoes, seasoned with chili and cumin so we have something to dip chips in for the Superbowl.Tim Tebow's team did not make it to the Superbowl so the Wife and I may only watch it for the halftime show.

 


 
 

Green Beans, Okra, Bakers, Braided Herbed Bread R Good Eats

Each item listed was featured in a dish when I returned home this afternoon from Conroe's Saturday am Market. Okra was my favorite vegetable to create with because the result was Chicken Sausage Gumbo;

I started by sauteing bulk Breakfast sausage, adding in chopped up pieces of Bell pepper and Tomato ends. Covered with water and meat first Chicken base. Brought to a boil and added in 1/2 inch Okra, Celery and cubed Chicken breast. Seasoned with ground Black pepper, and Gumbo File. When I retrieved a chunk of Chicken and it was cooked I shared my creation with the Wife.  The braided herbed bread was sliced, buttered and used for dipping into the Gumbo. This dish will probably be taken to family group bible study tomorrow night.

 

 

The other dish on the agenda tonight was Fresh Green beans cleaned and sauteed in maple Bacon with Turkey stock added after sauteing was done. The Bake potatoes were peeled 1/2 inch diced and boiled with Salt and Black pepper. All this was then tossed together for one of the Wife's favorite meals. You could hear the umm and ahh's along with other Lip smacking noises as she polished two bowls.. Mission Accomplished !!

 

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The fridge had to be cleaned

Yes, it was fridge cleaning day. Spilled sauces, leaky fruit, jigggled drinks. It was time. All drawers and shelves were removed and warm soapy water went into action. With all this happening it meant tonight was another fridge clean-out  meal.

Rice from Saturday was combined with  Thursday's Polish sausage. Fresh Baby spinach from Sunday was placed in the bottom of the casserole dish. Then came the rice and sausage. SamM salsa from Saturday was placed on top. Sweet tea from Sunday was poured in and all of this was placed in a 300 F. oven. When the Wife called to say she was on her way home, the oven was cranked up to 425 F. the casserole was topped off with  Wednesday's Parmesan cheese. And Thursday's Apple Strudel bread with Brown sugar and Blue agave was toasted in the oven.

"Oh Boy the house smells great" , she said as she walked in the door. "And you made the great Bread again" " Of the 5 pieces how many can I have ?" I said nothing and gave her three. It was good to have her home excited about the dinner I created from last weekend's left overs. From a now sparkling fridge.

 

 

 
 

The last of the Champagne BBQ was served tonight

The last of the Champagne BBQ sauce was used tonight. And quite the mouth watering meal. I brought the Fresh Green beans to the living room to prep and the Wife took over. That left me with handling other important details of the meal.

I started with Large bake potatoes oiled in a 420 F oven; turning over one time after 30 min. of baking. The Chicken breasts that had been marinating for two days were placed in the oven.The maple flavored bacon was diced up small and placed in a hot pan, half of a diced white onion was added. When the Wife said the beans were ready, in they went. And the cooked juices from the half cooked Chicken breast were then added. Meat first Chicken base was added to taste. And the half cooked Chicken Breasts were sliced thin and returned to the 420 F oven.

The Baked potatoes were the critical part of this meal. The Chicken slices were pulled from the oven to rest, The Green Beans were left on the stove top sitting in the bacon and Chicken stock. When the Potatoes were soft to the touch we were ready. All this took 90 minutes and what an awesome meal it turned out to be.

 

 
 

An aspiring new Baker comes to Market

A talented young aspiring Baker found her way to Conroe's Farmer's market today. Ready to make her mark, in her corner of the world. Gluten free breads. Brownies, Muffins, and cookies. I was sold on the large loaves of bread and Peanut butter cookies. 

Peas Farm produce was offering several varites of Greens, Potatoes, Tomatoes and Winter squash. Cassava root was also available and I understand it is tricky to prepare. 

Good Eats 2 Go  was ready with Hot Chocolate , Baked potato soup, Sausage, and Chicken Salad sandwiches.

 A great day for eating and enjoying the outdoors in downtown Conroe TX.

When I returned home the Wife and i broke into our White loaf of bread. And what a pleasant surprise. Bologna was readily available, Mayonaise on the bread first, Baby spinach leaves then SamM Salsa (Diced tomato,White onions, & Apple cider vinegar). Bologna was last. After I realized how wonderful the bread was I decided not to use any more processed Bologna. And I made 2 more sandwiches during the course of the evening with the veggies only. Sharing this experience with you causes the juices to flow and I may make another veggie sandwich before retiring tonight. 

 

 

 

 
 

Fancy Dinner and a dose of Suze Orman

The Wife taped America's Money Class w/ Suze Orman As I was finishing an exciting meal of Chicken Teriyaki, class was in session. Where ever we are in life most of us can learn how to better manage our self esteem. Suze does not want our money problems to define who we are and be honest with everyone. Especially those closest to us.

This dinner cost me next to nothing. I am allowed to bring home a 6" inch sandwich or salad from work each day. So here is what I did to make an affordable exciting meal for the Wife and I tonight. It started last night when I brought home Sweet Tea, BBQ Lays chips and a Baby spinach salad with a handful of sliced Red onions, sliced Tomatoes, Green bell peppers, 5 oz. of marinated, cooked Teriyaki Chicken, 2 oz. of Teriyaki marinade and Sweet onion sauce. Tonight I repeated every thing switching out the sauces for Grated Parmesan. On the way home at the grocery store I bought a Fresh Pineapple and Grandpa's Apple Strudel bread. Baby carrots were waiting at home in the fridge.

Now for the assembly: First pre-heat the oven to 350 F. Start cooking the rice in boiling Sweet Tea. Slice the Apple strudel bread, lay in a baking dish top with brown sugar and place orange sections on each slice. Finish with Tablespoon of soft margarine and place in oven.

Heat oil in the saute pan. Place two quartered, peeled pineapple rings in the hot oil and brown. Add the sliced Red Onions, Bell peppers, and sliced Baby carrots. Mix in Baby spinach, Diced tomato, Chicken and Teryaki marinade.Crush the BBQ Lays and add in. Place in the oven.

When the rice is satisfactory it is time to plate up. Rice in the bottom of a bowl with grated Parmesan . Chicken and vegetables next and top off the dinner with the heated Apple Strudel Bread. The Modified bread slices received rave reviews from the Wife.

And the only costs I incurred in all this was 6 baby carrots, 1/2 a loaf of Apple strudel bread, Two slices of fresh Pineapple, 8 oz. rice. 4 Tbsp. Brown sugar and margarine. And one sectioned Orange. Fancy dinner on a Budget while listening to Suze Orman's Money Class.


 
 
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