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Saturday, May 19, 2012

A Few Things - This and That for Quick Meals

Just thought I'd stop in and try to put a post together. I think this is the longest I've been away without saying anything. I just hate using the excuse that I am so busy at work and then trying to keep the house running, meals on the table, lunches made, chores to be done and just about drop into bed each night. I have to keep moving when I get home from work to get anything done. Otherwise once I sit down, boy it's hard to get back up!!
So to relax a little I enjoy walking the beach and collecting sea shells...here are a few I've picked up off the beach lately. We were collecting some things for Maranda's Marine Biology project

This is my husbands busy time at work...people need their jet skis when the weather is this good!! The pro racers need their race skis ready for the up coming race season! So often my daughter and I will eat earlier and he will have to warm his dinner up when he gets home.

To squeeze some greens into a one dish meal, I often add spinach to it, like soups and here in my lasagna.

Nice and cheesy and you can't even tell it has some healthy spinach!
Lasagna is a good meal for him to warm up...and plenty left for lunch or to freeze for later.
A walk along the bay front is relaxing, I always enjoy the way the sun plays off the boats and water.
Yes! Just as good the next day!!
Just throwing some ideas out there. Scrambled eggs made with verde sauce, queso blanco, flowering chives, wrapped up in a fresh tortilla.
Was good for breakfast or lunch!
So here I had an idea how to use sweet soy sauce,. My mom used to make meatloaf for us when we were growing up and she would use ketchup and brown sugar for the topping while baking. It was a little too sweet for me. Well I make my meat loaf different because I don't use ground beef usually ground pork or ground turkey sometime add in some ground chicken. Anyway I just love the flavor of this thick medium sweet soy sauce that I have, so I thought it would work great for a topping instead..
Not quite, as it still tasted good, the sauce wasn't quite thick enough and ran off to caramelize on the baking dish.
Course I love scraping good caramelized dripping off the bottom of a pan. It did give it good flavor, but I have to figure out what I need to do to make a good sauce thick enough to stay on top. Maybe add it a little while after baking some.
Sitting at a outside table at a restaurant enjoying a view like this makes any food taste good. It is worth the price. 
An easy way to make leftovers tasty. Tortillas do come in handy for this. A little chicken, cilantro, fresh squeeze of lime, Mexican cheese, fresh spinach, and tomatoes if you like!
None of these really have recipes so I didn't post any, but I just wanted to share some ideas for things you can throw together for the busy weeks that sometimes sneak up on you! I really admire those who can plan out their weekly menu. I just am not one of them. I like to see what looks good in the store, and use up what I have in the pantry and fridge.
I had some purple potatoes, and sweet potatoes are always easy to find, along with any white potato, and onion. Saute in some good olive oil, rosemary and thyme or your favorite herbs, salt and pepper. Confetti potato hash was a hit!!
The purple potatoes look prettier on the inside than they look before they are cut.
Hope this helped you with some quick supper ideas. I am just happy that I was able to get it out there. I have been off line all day, and off and on throughout the past week. It is so strange that it will do this. I think it is our splitter, even though we replaced it. So our phone and Internet will go down, but not cable TV. We will jiggle the connector, hit the reset button, sometimes it works and some time it doesn't work. We've replace the cable coming to the house, upgraded to an expensive splitter and this will still happen...off and on, no rhyme or reason! Sheesh! Talk about frustrating!! So this brings us to our last relaxing photo...
... of course I couldn't leave you all without a beautiful Florida sunset!