Thursday, April 23, 2009
**Notice there are a lot of ingredients in here that I say to have around the house**
Recipe from a friend from Torino, Italy.Enough sauce for about 10 oz pasta (little less than half the box) Double recipe for more. Serves 3-4
4 tablespoons olive oil
half onion chopped finely
1 carrot, peeled and chopped finely
1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 beef or chicken bouillon cube
1 red pepper
crumbled or dash of red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
handful of chopped fresh herbs or teaspoon of drive ( oregano and rosemary if dried)
1-1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
Heat oil in wide skillet. Add onion, carrot and celery. Cook vegetables until wilted, stirring frequently. Add tomatoes, garlic, bouillon, red pepper, salt, herbs and sugar. Bring to a boil then reduce to low. Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Heat your oven to 375 degrees. Take your hamburger and hot dog buns (or any almost stale bread without mold) and cut it up into squares. Spray some spray butter on the squares, and sprinkle salt, garlic salt, oregano and basil leaves on top. Bake the bread squares in the oven for 15 minutes and then you've got delicious croutons! This is a great way to make sure you aren't wasting any of your food.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
3 cans of tuna
a few squirts of low fat caesar
a few shakes of dill
one chopped onion
one sliced tomato
a few squirts of dijon
one package of couscous
one can of green peas (I like Lesueur)
- Mix the low fat caesar, dill, dijon and tuna in one bowl; we added a little bit of tobasco, too.
- Sautee the onions in a skillet.
- Once the onions are soft and a little brown, take them out of the skillet and mix them in the bowl with the tuna.
- Make patties with the tuna mixture and put them back in skillet and cook for as long as you want. The patties will totally fall apart, but they are really good!
- Take the tuna patties out of the skillet and put on your plate.
- Slice the tomato and put it on the hot skillet for about one minute. Place on top of the tuna.
- Make the couscous according to the package and serve as a side.
- Make the green peas according to the can and serve as a side.
Sooo yummy and it will cost you less than $10 to feed two people....PERFECT!
If you are like Ben and me, you will have a skinny cow ice cream right after dinner...
Peppers (I usually buy whichever color is the cheapest - those things are expensive!)
potatoes (both sweet and regular)
a few random frozen vegetables - your choice
canned peas and canned beans (we like black beans and ranch style beans)
Cream of Mushroom soup (you can get low fat, low sodium)
Cream of Chicken soup (same - it comes in the healthy version)
Buillon cubes and chicken broth (or vegetable broth for you vegetarians like my lovely sister)
whole wheat pasta
Italian Wedding Soup
1/2 cup of olive oil, 2 onions, 8 cloves of minced garlic, 1/2 cup of chopped fresh parsley (I often forget to pick this up at the store so I go without it), 2 10 oz packages of frozen spinach, 3 15 oz cans of cannelini beans, 4 bouillon cubes, 5 cups of water, 2 tsp of oregano, 1 tsp of basil
you can also add grated parmesan cheese on top when serving, but we leave that off
Heat the oil in a large pot. Lightly brown the onions, garlic, and parsley and saute for about five minutes. Add the spinach , beans, water, and boullion cubes, oregano, and basil and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes (I let it simmer for about 30 minutes).