Orange Pecan Salad

2 oranges or a can of mandarin oranges

Leaf lettuce

Pecan halves

Peach yogurt

Mayonnaise

  1. Preheat oven to 300°
  2. Peel and cube oranges or drain can of mandarin oranges
  3. Toast 1/4 cup of pecan halves on a greased baking sheet for 5 minutes.
  4. Wash and chop up a few leaf lettuce leaves.
  5. Flip over the pecan halves and toast 5 more minutes.
  6. Combine 1/2 cup of peach yogurt and 3 Tbsp of mayonnaise.
  7. Toss together oranges, lettuce, and pecans. Drizzle with dressing immediately before eating.

Variations:

  • Can also use almonds, pistachios, or sunflower kernels instead of pecans
  • Grapefruit, kiwi, apples, or grapes instead of oranges
  • Orange yogurt instead of peach yogurt
  • Plain yogurt with marmalade instead of peach yogurt
  • Add chicken salad or grilled chicken on top to make it a complete meal!
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Green Beans Amandine

photo 1 (6)1 lb green beans (fresh or frozen)

Slivered almonds

Butter

Lemon juice

Seasoning salt

  1. Trim ends off green beans. Cut into 2″ pieces.
  2. Bring beans and 1/2 cup of water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes. Drain and set aside. Cook 1/4 cup of slivered almonds in 2 Tbsp of butter over low heat in a large skillet. Stir in 1 tsp of lemon juice and 1/4 tsp of seasoning salt. Add beans and heat through.

Green Eggs and Ham (Dinner for Two Week 22)

Breakfast: Green ‘n’ Gold Egg Bake, Yogurt with Toasted Quinoa, Almonds and Apricots

Lunch: Leftovers + banana, pear, orange, cherries

Dinner: Breaded Pork Chops, Spaghetti Carbonara, Easy and Elegant Ham, red potatoes, sauteed red peppers and red onion

Dessert: Yogurt Tartlet

Breaded Pork Chops

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine 1 cup of Italian-seasoned bread crumbs and 2 Tbsp of grated Parmesan cheese in a shallow dish (like a pie plate). Place 1/3 cup of ranch salad dressing in another shallow dish. Dip 6 pork chops in ranch dressing, then coat in the crumb mixture.

Place in an ungreased baking pan. Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a jar of red sauce in a small pot. Pour over pork chops and sprinkle with 2 Tbsp of grated Parmesan cheese to serve.

Green ‘n’ Gold Egg Bake

Thaw 2 packages of frozen spinach and squeeze dry. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of seasoned bread crumbs into a greased baking dish. Bake for 3-5 minutes. Combine spinach, 3 cups of cottage cheese, 1/4 cup of grated Romano cheese, 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, 3 eggs, and 3/4 cup of seasoned bread crumbs in a bowl. Spread over the baked crumbs. Beat 2 more eggs. Pour over spinach mixture.

Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Yogurt Tartlets

I’ve featured this recipe before on Week 21 in my Year as a Single College Student Series. You can view the recipe here:

https://theshortchef.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/week-21-special-week-5-recipes-for-50/

 I decorated mine with dates, nectarine, and peach slices this time.

Yogurt with Toasted Quinoa, Almonds, and Apricots

To toast the red quinoa, add 1 Tbsp to a medium saute pan and cook over medium/low heat about 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl to cool.

Add 1 Tbsp of sliced almonds to the saute pan, and toast over low heat, moving around the pan constantly. Almonds will toast in 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool.

Add 1 Tbsp of coconut chips to the saute pan, and toast over low heat, moving around the pan constantly. When coconut is toasted, transfer to a bowl to cool.

Add 6 oz of Greek yogurt to a small bowl. Top with toasted quinoa, almonds, 3 roughly chopped dried apricots and coconut chips. Drizzle with honey and a small sprinkle of sea salt. Flaky sea salt, like fleur de sel works best.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Cook a package of thin spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, dice 10 strips of bacon, and cook over medium heat in a skillet until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Add 1/3 cup of butter to the drippings. Heat until melted.

Drain spaghetti. Toss with 2 lightly beaten eggs and 3/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese. Add to the skillet. Cook and stir over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon.

Easy and Elegant Ham

Drain 2 cans of sliced pineapple, reserving the juice and setting aside. Place half of the pineapple in an ungreased slow cooker. Top with a 6 lb fully cooked boneless ham. Drain a jar of maraschino cherries well. Add cherries, remaining pineapple, and reserved pineapple juice on top of the ham. Spoon a jar of orange marmalade on top as well. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

Remove to a warm serving platter. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Serve pineapple and cherries with sliced ham.

SHOPPING LIST:

Parmesan cheese (at least 2.5 cups worth grated)

Romano cheese (1/4 cup worth)

Cottage cheese (24 oz)

Greek yogurt

Plain lowfat vanilla yogurt

Eggs

Italian-seasoned dry bread crumbs

Red chili pepper

Red onion

Bag of red potatoes

3 red peppers

Bananas

6 pears

Dates

Nectarine

Peach

6 oranges

Cherries

6 lb fully cooked boneless ham

6 pork chops

Bacon

2 pkgs of frozen chopped spinach

Jar of maraschino cherries (6 oz)

Jar of orange marmalade (12 oz)

Jar of red pasta sauce

Pkg of thin spaghetti (7 oz)

Red quinoa

Dried apricots

Coconut chips

Natural cane sugar

[Also needed: butter, sliced almonds, honey, sea salt, all-purpose flour, oats, salt, maple syrup, lemon juice, seasoned bread crumbs, ranch salad dressing]

Chow Mein (Dinner for Two Week 12)

Lunch: Pasta salad, Pear or Rhubarb, Peanut butter popcorn bars

Dinner: Chicken and broccoli chow mein or Turkey and stuffing pie, Cooler

 

Tricolor Pasta Salad                              I usually double this one and sometimes add chickpeas

Cook a package of tricolor spiral pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, place a package of frozen California-blend vegetables in a glass dish. Cover and microwave for 7-8 minutes. Drain. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water.

Combine the pasta, vegetables, and a drained can of sliced ripe olives in a bowl. [Add chickpeas if using them.] Combine 1 – 1 1/3 cups of Italian salad dressing and 1/4 – 1/2 tsp of garlic salt. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving. 

 

Turkey and Stuffing Pie

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If using raw turkey, cook 2 cups worth. If using deli, cube 2 cups worth. If using leftovers, shred 2 cups worth. Prepare 3 cups worth of stuffing (or use leftovers). Press stuffing onto the bottom and up the sides of a well-greased pie plate. Top with turkey and 1 cup of shredded Swiss cheese. Beat 3 eggs and 1/2 cup of milk. Pour over cheese. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving. 

 

Chicken and Broccoli Chow Mein

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook and cube 2 chicken breasts. Chop up broccoli. Combine a can of cream of chicken soup, a can of chicken with rice soup, and a can of evaporated milk in a bowl. Stir in chicken and broccoli. Transfer to a greased baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes. Stir. Sprinkle with chow mein noodles. Bake 5-10 minutes. 

 

Peanut Butter Popcorn Bars

Pop 3 bags of popcorn. Place in a large bowl. Set aside. Bring 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of light corn syrup to a boil in a pot over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. 

Stir in 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract. Mix well. Pour over popcorn and mix under well coated. Press into a buttered pan. Cool slightly before cutting. 

 

Sunny Citrus Cooler

Combine a can of pineapple juice, 2 cans of thawed orange juice concentrate, and 3/4 cup of lemonade concentrate in a pitcher. Add 6 cups of ginger ale or white soda and mix well. Serve over ice. Garnish with orange slices. Refrigerate leftovers. 

 

SHOPPING LIST:

Swiss cheese

Eggs

Orange

6 pears

Rhubarb

Broccoli

Brussel sprouts

Celery

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

Turkey (Leftovers, deli, or cook enough to get 2 cups worth)

2 pkgs of frozen California-blend vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots) [16 oz ea]

2 cans of frozen orange juice concentrate

Lemonade concentrate

Can of pineapple juice (46 oz)

Can of condensed cream of chicken soup

Can of condensed chicken with rice soup

Can of evaporated milk

Can of chow mein noodles

Can of chickpeas

2 cans of sliced ripe olives

Ginger ale or white soda

Light corn syrup

Popcorn

Stuffing

2 pkgs of tricolor spiral pasta (16 oz ea)

Whole-rolled oats

Chia seeds

Raw sliced almonds

Sunflower seeds

Garlic salt

[Also needed: sugar, vanilla, creamy peanut butter, milk, Italian salad dressing]

Week 45 – Bonus Recipe!

Shopping List:

Club crackers

Slivered almonds

1 1/4 lbs of fish fillets [Orange roughy, haddock, trout, and walleye all work well for this recipe]

Paprika

2 chicken breasts

Can of whole kernel corn

Salsa

4 oz cheddar cheese

8 flour tortillas

5 apples

1 red chili pepper

Fresh basil

Fresh dill

Fresh parsley

Semisweet chocolate chips

[Also needed: butter, sugar, vanilla extract, seasoning salt, pepper]

 

Breakfast: Mini frittatas

Lunch: Chicken wrap, an apple, and nutty crackers

Dinner: Fish and rice

 

Corny Chicken Wraps

Cook 2 chicken breasts and cut into cubes. Combine chicken, a seeded and diced red chili pepper, a can of drained whole kernel corn, and 1 cup of salsa in a pot. Cook until heated through. Sprinkle 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese over 8 flour tortillas. Place about 1/2 cup of chicken mixture down the center of 8 warmed tortillas. Roll up and secure with toothpicks.

 

Fast-Baked Fish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place 1 1/4 lbs of fish fillets in a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 tsp of seasoned salt, pepper, and paprika, if you want. Drizzle with 3 Tbsp of melted butter. Cover and bake for 15-20 minutes.

 

Nutty Cracker Delights

Preheat oven to 350 Place 42 club crackers in a single layer in a foil-lined baking pan. Melt 1/2 cup of butter in a pot over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup of sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Pour evenly over crackers. Sprinkle with 1 cup of slivered almonds.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Immediately remove from the pan, cutting between crackers if necessary, and cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container.

 

Mini Veggie Frittatas

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray 8 cups of a muffin tray with an oil mister or non-stick cooking spray. Whisk 4 eggs, 3/4 cup of egg whites, 1/2 cup of milk, 2 tsp of shredded fresh basil, 1 tsp of finely chopped fresh dill, 1 Tbsp of finely chopped fresh parsley, 1/2 cup of loosely packed shredded spinach, 1 tsp of smoked paprika, a dash of sea salt, and a dash of black pepper in a bowl until well combined. Mist a small frying pan with oil and set heat to medium. Lightly saute 1/2 cup of diced yellow onion and 3/4 cup of diced mixed bell peppers for about 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.

Divide the vegetable mixed evenly between the 8 muffin cups, followed by the egg mixture. Bake for 15 minutes. Shred 1/2 cup of low-fat mozzarella cheese. Remove pan from the oven and sprinkle cheese on top of each mini quiche. Place pan back in oven and cook for another 10 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and allow it to cool slightly. Slide the blade of a knife around each quiche to loosen them. Then carefully lift out of pan. Eat warm. (You can divide recipe in half or quarters if you prefer to eat the frittatas fresh every time)

 

 

Week 16 – Bonus Recipe!

Shopping List:

Pkg of dried apricots

Whole almonds

1 lb bacon

Plum or apple jelly

8 small red potatoes (not the nugget ones though)

Pkg of frozen broccoli cuts

1 150g slice of deli ham (Just ask the deli associate to cut you a ham steak about 1 cm thick. It doesn’t have to be exactly 150 g) OR kielbassa or smoked sausage

Envelope of herb and garlic soup mix (Try Lipton Recipe Secrets Savory Herb with Garlic soup mix)

Cauliflower

2 cans of cream of chicken soup

Can of cheddar cheese soup

Can of chicken broth (14 1/2 oz)

Green onions

Papaya

Ground ginger

[Buy a 1L of milk this week. Also need soy sauce]

 

Breakfast: Apple quinoa cake

Lunch: Soup, apricot/bacon wraps, and papaya

Dinner: Potatoes/Ham/Broccoli Skillet

 

Quinoa Apple Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small pot, combine 1 cup of quinoa with at least 2 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook for 10 minutes, or until quinoa is tender and the seeds’ “tails” (the little white part) are beginning to uncurl. Drain well and set aside.

Dip a pastry brush in 8 Tbsp of melted salted butter and use it to grease the inside of a loaf pan.

Put the remaining melted butter in a large bowl, and mix with 3/4 cup of packed brown sugar and 3/4 cup of raisins until evenly distributed.

Peel two apples and cut into 1 cm cubes. Add apples and cooked quinoa and stir to combine.

Whisk together 1 cup of flour, 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder, 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger and 1 tsp of nutmeg in a small bowl.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir to evenly combine.

Scrape the mixture into the loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes.

Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely before cutting to help cake maintain its shape.

 

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Break a medium head of cauliflower into florets and place in pot with 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in another pot, combine 2 cans of condensed cream of chicken soup, one can of condensed cheddar cheese soup, a 14 1/2 oz can of chicken broth, and 2 cups of milk and heat through. Drain the cauliflower and stir into soup.

 

Garlic Potatoes and Ham

Cut 8 small red potatoes into wedges. Cook in 1 Tbsp of vegetable oil for over medium-high heat for 10 minutes in a large skillet. Stir in a package of partially thawed broccoli cuts, 1 cup of cubed deli ham, and an envelope of herb with garlic soup mix. Reduce heat, cover, and cook for 25 minutes. Chop up some green onions and sprinkle on top.

 

Apricot Wraps

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Fold a dried apricot around a whole almond and repeat with as many apricots/almonds as you have. Cut 1 lb of sliced bacon into thirds. Wrap a strip around each apricot and secure with a toothpick. Place on two greased baking pans. Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes, turning once.

Combine 1/4 cup of plum or apple jelly and 2 Tbsp of soy sauce in a small pot. Cook and stir over low heat for 5 minutes. Remove apricots from the oven to paper towels to drain. Serve with sauce for dipping.

Week 13

Shopping List:

Saltine crackers (like the ones you put in soup)

Process American cheese slices (like Kraft singles)

Ketchup

Hot dogs

4 chicken breasts

Slivered almonds

Can of cream-style corn

Can of cream of potato soup

Can of minced clams

Bacon

3 endives

Cherries

Raisins

Maple sugar

Toaster pastry (Cuz, what the heck, treat yourself)

[Plus mustard and relish. Buy a half-liter of half-and-half cream this week. ]

 

Breakfast: Toaster pastry

Lunch: Soup, crackers, and cherries

Dinner: Chicken, rice, and endives

 

Hot Diggety Dogs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 20 saltine crackers on a lightly greased baking sheet. Top with 5 quartered slices of process American cheese and ketchup, mustard, and/or relish. Cut two hot dogs each into 10 slices. Place one slice on each cracker. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

 

Corny Clam Chowder

Combine a can of cream-style corn, a can of cream of potato soup, and 1 1/2 cups of half-and-half cream in a pot. Heat through. Stir in a can of drained minced clams. Heat through. Garnish with 6 strip of cooked and crumble bacon.

 

Almond Chicken

Cook 4 chicken breasts in 2 Tbsp of butter in a skillet, about 20 minutes. Transfer to serving plate and keep warm. Add 1/3 cup of slivered almonds and 3 Tbsp of butter to the skillet. Cook and stir just until almonds are lightly browned. Stir in 3 Tbsp of lemon juice. Heat through and then spoon over chicken.

 

Oatmeal Suggestions:

Try these combinations with your homemade instant oatmeal base…

– Dried fruit, nuts, and brown sugar (I like dried apples and almonds best)

– Raisins, cinnamon, and brown sugar

– Maple sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon