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Monday, November 12, 2012

Sun. Nov 11th

Ginger, Almond & Cashew Granola Cereal for Breakfast!

Daily Tidbit:  I never would have imagined that Ginger in Cereal would be good, but actually it's awesome and I love it!  Just another of my fav Trader Joe's treats:  Ginger, Almond & Cashew Granola Cereal (pictured here).  Ginger can actually be enjoyed in all sorts of ways:  in Salads, Desserts, Drinks, Soups, Pastas...and used in recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert!  To get some new ideas of how to use Ginger, check this out: 


Ginger, Almond & Cashew Granola Cereal

Breakfast: Bowl of Ginger, Almond & Cashew Granola cereal
1 cup Ginger Granola cereal

1 cup Fat Free Milk
5 oz OJ
Regular Coffee, with a splash of Fat Free Milk & 1/2 tsp Plain Ground Cinnamon



Spicy African Peanut Stew with Quinoa

Lunch: Spicy African Peanut Stew
Spicy African Peanut Stew (recipe below) + 3 tbsp Quinoa & Cilantro
Diet Coke


Snack:   None needed, I think I was still full from all that food last night!


Cheeseburger Pie
My Cheeseburger Pie

Dinner: Cheeseburger Pie!
1 piece of Cheeseburger Pie (as pictured) and another little sliver 1/4 the size of the one in the pic (story & recipe below)



Dessert: 1 Winesap Apple (these are more Tart than I like and I cannot wait to get some more Sweet Gala's at the store this week!)



Spicy African Peanut Stew Recipe:
Found this super easy, filling and yummy slow cooker recipe while flipping through Peas & Thank You, by Sarah Matheny:
I made just a few changes, based on what was in the kitchen and personal preference:
-I used Low Sodium Chicken broth (instead of Vegetable Broth)
-I used canned Whole Italian Plum Tomatoes (which I broke up in the stew, instead of using Fire Roasted tomatoes)
-I did not use any sweetener (as opposed to the recipe which recommends Stevia; it totally did not need it!)

Cheeseburger Pie Story & Recipe:  
So I bought a box of Bisquick to make pancakes for the kids about a year ago and we saw this recipe on the box called "Cheeseburger Pie" that we decided to try.  I tweaked it just little bit to make it a little bit more healthy!

Brown 1 pound of Lean Ground Beef, drain fat or use paper towels to soak up extra fat
.  Add Salt to taste, 1/2 White Onion, finely chopped, and cook until soft.  Then add 1 cup of Peas and cook until hot.  Transfer to an oven safe, greased pie plate or casserole dish.  Top with 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese.  In a separate bowl mix 1/2 cup of Bisquick, 2 eggs and 1 cup of Fat Free Milk.  Pour mixture on top of Beef, Veggies & Cheese and put into oven at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 

Here is the official Bisquick recipe:

You can see my pic and their pic are a bit different!  We used less cheese and more veggies.  Using 93% lean Beef also makes a large impact on Saturated Fats and Calories for this dish (versus the 80% lean Beef they suggest using).  I love making yummy recipes like this more healthy for me and my family; that way we get the best of both worlds!


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