Posts tagged ‘food’

May 22, 2010

Cheesy Does It!

This is a see-saw week in the Long Legs Household, both emotionally and dinner-wise. I have had a pretty bad case of the mean reds and hubby has been working evenings, so we didn’t plan dinner for this week.  Last night was a quickie meal, cheddar-apple grilled cheese.

Cheddar-Apple Grilled Cheese

(Makes 2 sandwiches)

4 slices of bread, any kind

enough sliced cheese to cover 2 slices of bread

1 granny smith apple, sliced

butter or margarine

1. Butter one side of each slice of bread

2. put cheese on 2 slices of bread, on the non-buttered side

3. put the slices of apple on top of the cheese

4. assemble the sandwiches, butter side out, and place on a hot sandwich press (or a hot frying pan)

(our sandwich press is called the Griddler.  enough said.)

5.  Cook the sandwich until the bread is toasted, and the cheese is melted.

6. Eat!


April 26, 2010

Have you ever seen a drunk Chicken?

One of my favourite ways to prepare chicken is to roast it.  Aside from the easiest way in the world, the slow cooker, my favourite way to roast a chicken is on the BBQ, with a recipe for Beer Can Chicken.  We use a recipe from Bob Blumer, and it turns out great every time.

The first year we were in our house, we bought a beer can chicken holder for our BBQ.  Ours looks exactly like this, except we bought ours from President’s Choice.  It has been incredibly useful for cooking our favourite kind of chicken. What you do is:

  1. turn on BBQ to medium-high, the chicken cooks on indirect heat, so turn 1 burner on, and leave one off.
  2. examine the chicken for any parts left inside, and rinse under cold water
  3. make a dry rub for the chicken, ours included seasoning salt, lemon pepper, garlic powder, black pepper, and rosemary
  4. crack open a beer, and pour about 1/2 the bottle into the can in the middle of the holder (and then drink the rest!)
  5. set chicken atop the holder, with the legs facing downward to form a tripod
  6. rub the chicken with the dry rub
  7. place chicken on BBQ, over burner that is not lit.  The BBQ will act like an oven to cook the chicken
  8. close lid and cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the temperature of the breast is 165 degrees F (180 degrees F in the thigh) and the thigh juices run clear.
  9. Eat!

This chicken is always cooked perfectly, fall-apart tender, and very moist and delicious because of the beer.  I recommend this recipe for anyone who loves chicken, you won’t be disappointed!

What’s your favourite way to eat/prepare chicken?

April 14, 2010

Food is Fuel

This is my new motto. When I think about how much I’d like some chips, or some fast food, I am asking myself why. Why do I want to eat this right now? Am I bored, am I seeking emotional comfort, or am I legitimately hungry. 9 out of 10 times, it’s the first two reasons. If I’m actually hungry, I will ask myself another question. Will this food fuel me for the morning/afternoon/my workout? If the answer is no, I try to seek out other options. Sometimes it’s simply stepping away from Wendy’s, and going to Subway instead, but there I know I can get whole wheat bread, and load up the veggies. Tina from Carrots N Cake posted a article about Moving Beyond Diet Foods this morning. She talks about what she has found best fuels her body, and I will be taking some of her substitutions into my own meal plans.

My main problem with fuel is breakfast. I eat a variety of breakfasts, but nothing keeps me full. I usually eat around 7am, and am hungry by 10. at 10 I have some fruit, but then have to dig into my lunch early. It feels like I’m playing catch up all day, and then I end up eating too much at dinner. Especially if I eat cereal/milk. I eat way too much of it to start with, and then I’m hungry by 9am. Not worth it! This morning I ate a biiiig bowl of strawberries, with about 1/2 cup of cereal, and a few chocolate chips, mixed with about 3/4 cup of greek yogurt. It kept me full until about 11, and I dealt with a hungry tummy until noon. When I tried oatmeal last week it did help me stay full, but I need to play with the portion size and toppings to find the best mix.

I’ve made it to 5 pm and I am absolutely starving. My lunch was a little weak, a pbj and an applesauce. I has a small bag of salt and vinegar chips at 3 too, which were basically eating very tangy air, for all they did to keep me full.

What are your suggestions for staying full? Everyone I talk to suggests something diffrent, so I’m interested in what you think!

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