What’s In Your Refrigerator??? Weekend Dishes Ideas Using Our Great Imagination!

img_4527What’s in our refrigerators is one of my favorite on going posts, because I hope it makes us think and use our imagination before we throughaway food!
Having been in several unplesant situations lately, food was the last thing on my mind, but here I am! Today I was hungry!
What did I have in my refrigerator and pantry? Let’s see the ingredients:

Angel hair pasta
Tomatoes from my garden
Basil from my garden
Sharp cheddar cheese In the refrigerator
Flowers clipped from my Halloween display

How to prepare:
Boil the pasta on high after you add salt and oil to the water. Boil it until it’s tender.
If there is still water left, drain it and place the drained pasta in a bowl.
Chopp the tomatoes, basil and grate the cheese and mix well with the pasta. Add salt to your taste!
I think this would be even tastier if some chopped onions are added, but this is a matter of taste.
I don’t know about you, but I think food seems tastier when it looks pretty. For that reason, I decorated my pasta bowl with the mums I had left from Halloween. Of course I did not eat the flowers. As the picture shows, I placed them in a vase. They are still fresh and beautiful and lovely to look at them every morning:)

If you have “leftover ideas” you tried and they were yummy, please share with us!
Using our imagination is a good brain exercise, so it is a win- win situation!
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Weekend Easy Meal: Portabella Mushroom and Cheese Delight!

This is a versatile meal and it may replace bread with a large portabella mushroom “hat.”

Ingredients

One large portabella mushroom “hat” (peel off the thin, outside skin and wash well)
One tomato (sliced round)
Cheese slices (I like cedar, but any will do)
1/2 large red or yellow pepper (cleaned and cut in slices)

Olive oil, garlic paste or minced, fresh basil leaves (chopped finely) salt and pepper

Preparation

Coat the mushroom “hat” in olive oil, garlic paste, salt and pepper.
Top with finely chopped basil leaves, layers of slices of cheese, tomatoes slices, another layer of cheese, the slice of red/yellow pepper and top everything with shredded cheese and chopped basil leaves.

Place on foil ( bend the foil to keep the juices in place when you bake)
Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted.
Note: All vegis used in this recipe could be eaten raw, so they are crisp, not mushy and overcooked if you bake them for less than 20 minutes, if the mushroom is large)
Serve warm.

Admission of guilt… I dip the juices left inside the foil, while the dish is baking, in a slice of whole wheat and flax seeds bread… so leaving out the bread is relative.

Please share with us your tips for yummy, healthy and versatile meals.
Wishing all a great Sunday!

Weekend Easy Dish

Weekend Easy Dish was started so we could use whatever leftover ingredients we have in our refrigerator and kitchen and turn them into an eatable dish. If I were to brag, I’d say delicious, but I’m modest.

Not all of us have the same left over ingredients in  the same given weekend, and this may or may not be useful to you right now. However, if the dish sounds good  you may buy the ingredients and make the dish, in which case, it will be a fresh, new dish.

What I had in my kitchen this weekend:

Basic ingredients: olive oil, salt, onions, garlic, two boxes of almost empty types of pastas, (about same in size) and grated parmesan cheese.

I garden, so I also had fresh basil leaves, which add extra flavor to any dish, unless it’s a dessert.

In my refrigerator, I had 1/2 a pack of bacon, which had to be used and  fresh green beans, which I kept avoiding to cook on their own, so they were at risk to spoil. If your heart doesn’t pound faster at the thought of eating fresh vegetables, this is a great way to incorporate ANY green vegi into a dish you might like.

Step one: 

Have all your ingredients in the same place and make sure you don’t miss the main one, as I did once, when I made sour cream cake, but I had no sour cream.

Step two:

In a large skillet, cook the bacon until almost crisp, but do not over cook.

In separate pot, cook the pasta 1/2 way. Make sure before you put the pasta in the boiling water, you added salt and little oil to the water, so pasta doesn’t stick together. Drain the pasta and set aside. You might wish to reserve  2 cups of the water in which you cooked the pasta, for use later.

Remove the cooked bacon from the skillet and  the drained pasta and  set both aside.

To recap: You have the cooked bacon and the cooked pasta set aside.

Step three:

Chop an onion and garlic to taste, add  it to the bacon drippings in the  large skillet, add a little salt, if you are not worried about your high blood pressure, and cook  until golden, on medium heat.

Add the green vegetable. Remember? The ones which were fresh in your refrigerator, but in danger to become garbage? Stir them in with all the other ingredients in the skillet, on medium heat. About 5 minutes.

Step four:

Add the cooked pasta  to all the other ingredients in the large skillet and stir well. This is when if the ingredients are too dry, you ADD the reserved water from cooking the pasta.

After I cooked everything on top of the stove,  and mixed them all together in the skillet, I put everything in a baking dish and bake it for about 15-20 minutes. It gives the dish extra flavor. Make sure you use a non-stick product , so the food doesn’t stick to the bottom of your baking dish.

Choices:

What’s nice in life is, God granted us free choices:

You have a choice of what to do with the bacon. My choice, was to chop most of it and stir it with the other ingredients, but I reserved a few NOT crisp slices of bacon, and I placed them on TOP of the dish, so when the dish bakes for the extra 15 minutes, extra flavor is added and the bacon on top becomes crisp.

You also have a choice about the parmesan cheese, or ANY other cheese for that matter:

You may stir it into the dish before you bake it, or stir in some and place some on top, as I did.

If you have fresh basil, chop it, stir some in the dish at the very end, so it maintains the flavor.

Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes, until it looks eatable to you.

Take out of the oven and garnish with more fresh parmesan and basil leaves before you serve.

The good news is that this dish could be eaten the following day, as the flavorful ingredients have a chance to combine with one another. In fact, I liked it better the following day, but this is just a personal taste.

What does this mean, that this dish is yummy the following day?

If you have guests for dinner, you may cook the day before and reheat the day of your party. Now, that is a definite advantage!

Enjoy! That’s how we eat our vegetables:)

Colds, Cough, Stuffy Nose– Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies for colds, cough, stuffy nose— it is the season and here there are a few old time natural remedies from Romania!

Several of my friends have lingering colds, stuffy noses and cough…

In an attempt to help them, I remembered that back home, in my native country of Romania, my grandmother was helping us by using natural products. Cough syrup… no, the pharmacy… no, antibiotics…no!

Before she would even think that far, if ever, these were a few of the natural remedies used from Biblical times: honey, garlic, basil, red wine (if you are an adult) , olive oil used in salads but also in small quantities (1 teaspoon full in the morning and one at night-MAXIMUM, said to help with overall health)

To write this post, I  also consulted some Romanian sites, to refresh my childhood memories: http://www.ziare.com/articole/tuse+remedii+naturiste and http://www.copilul.ro

What follows are a few Eastern European natural remedies that may help you. 

As always, please consult with your health care professional and be aware of certain personal allergies, you may have. 

A Common Cause of a Cough that Lingers may be…

The dry air in your home, or the air conditioning. To rule out this cause, take two hot steamy showers every day, or boil water, remove off the stove. Sat pan on table and put in the boiling water a few drops or leaves of mint or basil. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam no longer than 5 minutes. It is best to do the inhalations in the evening and not go out in the cold after you do them.

Also, use a humidifier. In addition, you may put a few drops of apple cider vinegar on a tissue and keep close to your nose. It helps with stuffy noses.

Drink at least eight glasses of water a day, to hydrate your body.

Garlic is a known natural remedy–  It is recommended to eat 2 garlic cloves a day.

I like it prepared as follows: Place the cloves in foil and bake at 350 F until the inside of the cloves is soft. The inside of the cloves could be easily squeezed out. Place the soft garlic paste on fresh bread and eat warm. Delicious!!!

Foods that help heal colds:

Chicken Soup!!! Yes, indeed, chicken soup (for the soul or not) has been shown to truly aid in the healing of colds. Drink it! Eat soft foods, that do not irritate your throat. Drink warm NOT HOT teas. Hot will irritate your throat.

Gargle with salt, warm water (a teaspoonful of salt to a glass of warm water) DO NOT SWALLOW.

Honey is a known remedy and it could be used on its own, or in various combinations:

Honey and lemon juice. Mix the two and drink a sip every time you cough. DO NOT eat or drink anything for 20 minutes.

Clean, peel the outside of an onion, cut in pieces and cover with honey. Leave overnight and eat the next day. It will help heal your cough and cold.

If you have a persistent cough, try grating horseradish, place it in a piece of clothe and apply to chest. REMOVE IF IT BURNS.

Personally, I prefer a compress with menthol. I apply a Vicks type menthol cream to the chest, I cover with a towel (yes, it gets messy, but it feels good) I cover with a warm bag of herbs or anything warm. Make sure it is NOT TOO HOT, TO PREVENT BURNING. The smell of menthol and the warmth will soothe you. Do not keep for more than ten minutes. Take a break and repeat if necessary.

This natural remedy I used myself when I suffered from lingering colds accompanied by cough and aches which would not go away: Brandy and honey, a few drops of lemon juice. Mix well and make sure you don’t get drunk, in which case… we all know the rest!

In conclusion, if you have a cold, cough, stuffy nose, try natural remedies first, but always remember our bodies are unique and what helps one, sometimes does not help another. Use your common sense and consult your health care professional and…1400793230155 your grandmother.