What's for dinner tonight????

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Alyssa-Admin, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. Alyssa-Admin

    Alyssa-Admin Active Member

    Well, I am back on the low carb, high protein way of eating...so, tonight we are having home made burgers, stuffed potatoes and a really wickedly garlicky home made Caesar salad dressing.

    Anything good going on where you are?
  2. jkennedy

    jkennedy Member

    Mmmm, your dinner sounds tasty. I'm not sure what I'm having tonight, but last night I had a sear-roasted Artic char, sliced fennel and bell peppers, and a small sweet potato. I also had a spoonful of tahini.

    For the char, I coated it in coconut flour and sauteed it in coconut oil. I then finished it for a few minutes in the oven to get it completely cooked. I really like coconut flour and use it as much as I can to substitute for regular flour since I eat largely gluten free.
  3. Alyssa-Admin

    Alyssa-Admin Active Member

    Arctic Char! Man, I haven't had that for years. I remember my grandfather going way up north in Canada for some char....if I remember correctly it is almost like a cross between salmon and trout?

    I need to get me some coconut flour - pretty expensive here...although I did find some that was a bit less fine but a fraction of the price from the local Asian shop (I say 'local'...it's still in another town!).

    I have absolutely no idea what is for tonight...we are trying to go through the fridge and freezers to get rid of stuff. And then replenish with more healthier alternatives.

    I think that when you are in pain a lot and exhausted, (and can't think straight) it isn't the easiest to cook...but at least when you do, you know exactly what is in it (hopefully!).

    Meanwhile, I am still doing low carb - mostly protein shakes in the morning and afternoon...and then a bit of dinner. My biggest issue is actually a gastric lapband. I had 1 bite of the burger last night (no bun). And couldn't get it down. (Going to specialist to get some fill taken out...it is not good when things like chocolate and cookies go down, but anything that is protein, other than cheese...I am struggling).

    Thanks for sharing with me! Sounds very tasty and healthy.

    Hopefully some others will pipe up! I always find it a bit interesting in regards to what people with FM/CFS/ME eat, and whether diet and supplements are part of their regime or not.

    Have a good, pain free day! X
  4. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi all,

    Alyssa, Do you have a recipe for that

    "really wickedly garlicky home made Caesar salad dressing." ???

    I don't need exact measurements, just like a cup of this, a dollop of that, a couple garlic cloves, etc.

    I'd really appreciate it! I love salads, but the sodium in the store-bought bottles of salad dressing is very high!

    I have to eat low sodium (high blood pressure) and mostly gluten free (I have a sensitivity to gluten).

    It's interesting at my house, because my hubby Kevin has to eat low sodium (HBP), and low sugar (Type 2 diabetes).

    We mostly never go out to eat, or have take out. Our meals have to be home cooked, to meet our needs.

    JK, I had to look up Arctic Char. I never heard of that before. Is it a whitefish, or more of a salmon-y or tuna-y taste? I saw some recipes for it, looked good! I'm not sure that they sell it at our local market here in Pittsburgh (PA).

    Alyssa, good luck with the specialist appt! So that you can eat the proteins that you desire!

    Let us know how you are doing, please.

    My dinners have been kinda "boring" lately. Last week, I got some lean ground beef and some jalapeno peppers. Cleaned the peppers and browned the meat and peppers both in a frying pan. Added about 8 ounces of no-salt tomato sauce. And a box of wild rice (cooked separately). Stir, simmer with the lid on the pan. The flavors go together so well!

    Wild rice is my new gluten-free friend. LOL It is more moist than brown rice, and healthier than white rice. I love it!

    This week I was a bit "bad" -- chicken wings. With a dry rub of cajun/creole seasoning. Sprinkle over the wings, bake for 40 minutes covered. Flip the wings, more seasonings, cover and cook for about 20 more minutes. THEN, check if done. Remove to paper towels and cooling racks. THEN, of course, remove the skin, before eating.

    I also treat myself to some frozen veggies. I can get individual containers of yellow corn, broccoli, or cauliflower. I put one of those in the microwave, and that completes my meal.

    Kevin (my hubby) is another story! LOL But, I'll leave that to another post. :)

    Happy eating, y'all!

    Hugs, Diane
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  5. Alyssa-Admin

    Alyssa-Admin Active Member

    Frozen veg and fruits (for baking) have become my bestest friends....no muss, fuss, leftovers...and probably 'fresher' than what I can get at the supermarket. (When your green bean label says it's from Libya....). But I guess we have all become accustomed to eating all foods all year round, instead of sticking to what was available during the season.

    Right. Off my soapbox.

    In regards to the Caesar salad....I cheat - I use a good cup or so of mayonaise, lemon juice, garlic, (loads!), cayenne, worcestershire sauce, cracked black pepper, parmesan cheese and bacon (all in the dressing). Obviously, the bacon and cheese is high in sodium, so I would just leave those out. :)

    Tonight's dinner...probably some salad for me and chicken something for everyone else....not sure. I am trying to get rid of all the 'bad' food (carbs and sugar) out of the house, whilst attempting to low carb, but nobody else is.

  6. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Alyssa!

    I'm the "queen" of substitutions. I'd probably use sour cream (next to no sodium), lemon juice, loads of garlic, cayenne, a dash of worcestershire, cracked black pepper AND a couple teaspoons of parmesan cheese. I'd leave out the bacon (Kevin is a bacon-holic) so I wouldn't want the smell lingering in my house during cooking. I think I'll make the dressing this weekend, then I'll go on a salad eating frenzy! LOL

    I still have some leftover chicken that I baked, and frozen veggies, so no cooking for me tonight. Kevin will stop at the grocery tonight, he'll see what he wants. Sometimes he desires bison burgers or bison steaks. Sometimes some store-breaded cod (that's low in sodium, but not gluten free). I never know what he'll come home with!

    I smiled about your low carb "but nobody else is" comment. Same thing here. Hubby eats gluten all the time, gluten with sodium or low-sodium. I just sit around and smell the toast in the toaster, or the homemade pizza in the oven. LOL It kinda makes it difficult for those of us who "can't", but I stock up on things that I can eat. Even just some yogurt with some frozen fruit. :)

    Take care, and thanks for that recipe! Talk to you later,

    Hugs, Diane
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  7. Alyssa-Admin

    Alyssa-Admin Active Member

    Hi Diane! Wow! Bison burgers....yep. You live in the States all right!

    I made a salad putting chopped avocado on the bottom of the bowl and mixed it up with lemon juice and a garlic, pepper, salt mixture, tomatoes, cuke, parmesan...then I also made some tuna salad with lemon zest, lemon juice, mayo and onion.

    My husband and one of our roomies had what was out of the freezer - chicken kievs, rice, frozen veg. One thing about clearing out the stock in the kitchen....our grocery bill has been a lot lower!!!

    The dressing keeps for at least a week...(can't remember...did I say to add olive oil and whisk it up?).

    Dave (the husband) is a typical Brit. He *will* eat salad 'between May and September. His favourite 'veg' is baked beans though! Here, baked beans on toast, with cheese melted on top is a big thing...(I remember being on holiday in Goa, India and the food was FABULOUS!...We are talking Thai, French, Italian (the Italian restaurant had a wood fired oven in the courtyard with tables all around))...anyways...by day 10 we were both just wanting a bowl of soup or some toast and baked beans. Comfort food I guess!

  8. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi again Alyssa!

    I've already been thinking about how to "change" your dressing recipe! LOL

    My first thought was: Italian dressing -- no mayo or sour cream. No wor. sauce. Use Olive Oil, a (Maybe?) couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (or your favorite vinegar). Add all the other good stuff -- garlic, etc. Shake well, and put in the fridge, to "rest" and marinate the flavors. Then, when your salad is plated, add some sprinkles of parmesan, a crumbled slice of crispy bacon, maybe some hard boiled egg slices. Top with the dressing (give a good shake again before pouring), and voila! A salad! :)

    I was also wondering if your basic dressing could be turned into "French" dressing, with a bit of tomato paste, I have to look into that, maybe a bit of sweetener (agave, stevia?). I love this thread! :)

    I love all kinds of cuisines. I have some Indian frozen entrees on hand. And Thai. I can have Mexican -- if I substitute "corn" for "white flour".

    Alas, no bison/buffalo at the grocery last night. The meat is expensive, but sells out quickly. And takes forever to get re-stocked. :( So hubby got breaded cod at the store last night. He loves that too.

    I can't wait 'til the weekend, so I can experiment with things!

    Hugs, Diane
  9. Alyssa-Admin

    Alyssa-Admin Active Member

    We are in the process of making 'Wee Scottish Hedgehog Balls'. Butter, sugar, milk, boiled then oatmeal and coconut... To sell :)

    I could really love some good fish for dinner.... Think it's going to be an omelette and bacon though!
  10. kswebb

    kswebb Member

    Tonight I am making Fish Taco's for dinner. Marinade some Mahi Mahi then bake. Have some cabbage that I will cut up as well as some tomato, green onion. Serve on Corn Tortilla's. Easy week night dinner.
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  11. Alyssa-Admin

    Alyssa-Admin Active Member

    Wow, that sounds really good - do you fry the fish? I have only had a fish taco once - and I believe it was deep fried...
  12. kswebb

    kswebb Member

    Hi! No I bake the fish after it marinades for a bit. Only bakes for about 15-2o minutes. Until if flakes easily with a fork. I have a couple different recipes for them. This is the one I do in winter. The other we do in summer and do on the grill and it has a more elaborate cabbage slaw that is so yummy!
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  13. Alyssa-Admin

    Alyssa-Admin Active Member

    Mmm....what kind of marinade to you use? (I am guessing Mexican-esque)... :)
  14. kswebb

    kswebb Member

    The marinade is just Lime Juice (3 Tablespoons), Olive Oil (one Tablespoon), Ground Cumin (1 teaspoon) and fresh cilantro (2 Tablespoons). I have these kitchen shears and I just snip the Cilantro and guess at amount. I LOVE it so don't mind if that flavor is strong. I stir these ingredients together and put my fish filets in a zip loc bag and pour the marinade over and squish it around. They marinaded for only about 20 minutes last night while I cut the toppings u up (cabbage, toms, green onion). They baked for about 25 minutes - I prefer my fish a little more well done. They were yummy and I have left overs for lunch!
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  15. Alyssa-Admin

    Alyssa-Admin Active Member

    They sound yummy! My hubby hates cilantro... I think it's one of those things... You either love it or hate it!

    I had another burger with some Leerdammer cheese melted on and some more Caesar Salad. Finding it hard today... Really craving chocolate and our home is full of it. Just had a when protein shake instead... Not hungry. Just craving chocolate!