Thursday, January 1, 2009

Chili Fries

These chili fries are pretty healthy. The fries are oven baked and the chili has lots of fiber and not much fat. The fries take about 30 minutes to cook in the oven, so I cook the chili while the fries are cooking.

Oven Baked Fries
5 small potatoes
3 Tbs Olive Oil
Seasoning Salt

First cut potatoes and lay them on a cookie sheet.

Next add some Olive Oil and seasonings.

Bake at 400 F for 15 minutes and then stir. Return to the oven and bake until fries are tender, about 15 minutes.

Quick Chili
1/3 lb ground burger (beef, turkey, whatever you like)
1 12 oz can "chili ready" tomatoes
1 12 oz can pinto beans
2/3 cup tomato sauce
Taco seasoning

Brown the hamburger.

Drain fat and add 1/2 an onion.

Cook until onions are tender.
Add drained pinto beans and chili ready tomatoes.

Add some tomato sauce and stir in taco seasonings to taste. Bring to boil and then pour over oven fries. Top with cheese, sour cream and your favorite salsa.

Yum Yum!

Caramel Corn

Candy Cane Caramel Corn

Candy Carmel Corn
5 qt air popped popcorn
1 cup butter
1/2 cup Karo syrup
2 cups sugar
1 Tbs molasses
3/4 tsp salt
Bring to a boil and let boil without stirring for three minutes.
Add 1 tsp soda and stir together until foamy. Pour over popped popcorn and bake at 200 F for 1 hour stirring twice while baking. After cool add melted chocolate and crushed candy bits. Store in airtight container.

Heath Chocolate Caramel Corn

Sunday, November 16, 2008

chicken salad wrap

I got this idea from a friend. They used grapes, but apples are also great. This is a quick and easy lunch or snack. I first cook some chicken in olive oil. Meanwhile cut some apples or grapes and place in a bowl. Add a little mayo and salt and pepper to taste. Put in a wrap, pita or make a sandwich. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A few things I have sewn

I have been looking at some of the sewing creations on the Burda website, and decided to post some of my own on this site. I created a profile and posted the items on this site. I decided I should also let my blogging buddies see some of my creations. I'm still working on the shirt that I posted about on my previous post. Well these are all very simple fun items that I have around my home.
Child's Blocks
Corner Toy Storage

Toy Storage

Knife Edge Pillow With Cording

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Best Sewing Website Ever

I have been looking around the web for some fun sewing websites, and I found the perfect one! It has hundreds of sewing patterns, and not just those dumb craft patterns. It has some cute adult and kid clothes. I'm going to try and make this shirt:

Here's another cute pic that someone made with the pattern:

The website is here. So stinkin cute!!! Have fun looking around.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ham and Bean Soup

I made this for dinner in about 30 minutes. I love canned beans for this very reason. I didn't have celery so I used celery salt. Use celery if you have it on hand. I topped it with those great high fiber crackers.

Ham and Bean Soup

1/2 lb cubed ham

1 Onion

2 Carrots

2 stalks celery or 1/2 tsp celery salt

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

2 cans Great Northern Beans

2 cups water

olive oil

fresh herb and crackers (optional)

Brown ham with olive oil in stock pot. Meanwhile chop onion, celery, and carrot in food processor. Add vegetable mixture to stock pot and lightly cook for five minutes. Add beans, water, garlic powder, pepper, paprika and celery salt if you don't have celery. Add salt to taste. Top with any fresh herb you have on hand and crushed crackers. Yum Yum!

High Fiber Recipe!

I just started my diet today and here's a recipe that's high in fiber and low in carbs. I was wanting something with a little bite, but lots of fiber. The tuna salad is canned tuna, a little bit of mayo and Parmesan cheese, and mixed with lots of my favorite veggies. It has been pretty satisfying for me.

High Fiber Crackers

1 cup wheat bran

2/3 cup flax seed meal

1/3 cup wheat flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 egg

2 Tbs olive oil


Preheat to 350 Fahrenheit. Mix dry ingredients, add egg and olive oil. Add just enough milk for dough to form a ball. Place between parchment paper on cookie sheet. Roll out to 1/8 inch. Be sure not to make edges too thin. If edges are thin push them lightly back toward the center. Remove top layer of parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes, use pizza cutter to cut into crackers. Let cool.