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This recipe is brought to you by me cleaning the kitchen to see what I have.

1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup
1 can of water (or milk if you have it)
2 stalks of wilted celery from the back of the veggie drawer
A handful of stale tater tots or hash browns
1 small package of smoked salmon (about $3 or $4 worth)

Optional - A few tablespoons of sour cream

Dump soup in non stick pot, add water.  Wash and chop celery, add to pot.  Dice salmon and add to pot.  Add  the potatoes, cover, and heat over lowest setting for an hour or so. (This works great in a crock pot, too.)  Stir and taste.  It's even better the next day, with Saltines crumbled on top.  Fresh ground pepper is nice, too.

You can also add diced carrots or frozen peas if you have them, and serve over buttermilk biscuits. 

Feeds two adults as a main dish, or four if you add a salad and dessert.
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My very, very picky daughter LOVE this recipe.  This reheats really well and makes awesome leftovers.  We ate it for a week and never complained. 

Spanish Chicken with Green Olives
It's good over rice, or with a side of crusty bread to soak up the tomato juice.

If your chicken is frozen, no worries.  Run hot water over it so you can get the wrapper off, and then throw it in the crock pot.  Just add a few extra hours to the cooking time, or make it overnight. 

Put chicken in crock pot with two cans of green beans, or 4 cups of frozen green beans.  Add a can of chopped tomatoes (not sauce) and some oregano and garlic.  On top of it all, add 1/4 cup of brine from the olives, and a couple dozen green olives sliced in half.  It's especially good if they have the pimentos inside.

Simmer for a few hours until the chicken slides off of the bone.  Best of all, only one pot to wash! ;-)

Try it with pot roast, too.

Diet Day 2

May. 26th, 2010 10:16 pm
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The second shot hurt a tiny bit. I may have hit a nerve. So far, I'm a tiny bit shaky from not having carbs, but that's to be expected in the first two to three days.

Lunch and dinner were NOM! Being an old hand at bento making really helps here.

For lunch, steamed swiss chard and thinly sliced steak (dry pan fried and cooked rare), mixed with the pan juices, a bit of water and a dash of soy sauce. It made a very lovely Japanese type soup. Cucumber salad on the side, made with cucumbers, lemon juice and some dill. Simple, fresh and easy.

Dinner was a salad of fresh spinach, strawberries and a dash of balsamic vinegar. On top of the salad was sliced, grilled chicken breast. I'm enjoying how "bright" the flavors taste, and the colors are so pretty!

For dessert I'm going to have an apple, and then go to bed before the late night munchies can get to me. I tend to binge eat on carbs and sugar after 11pm. I'm hoping to break the cycle. My sister swears that after a week or two I won't even WANT carbs and sugar. I'm finding that hard to believe, but I'm willing to give it a try.
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All measurements are approximate. 

If you have any leftover Coke that's gone flat this is a good way to get rid of it.  You'll need about 3 cups, or a can or so of of Coke or Dr. Pepper. 

Get a package of chicken thighs or legs.  White meat won't work for this, trust me.  Boneless and skinless pieces are the best.

In a dutch oven or a skillet with deep sides, pour in the soda, and then add the chicken pieces and turn to coat.  They should be about 3/4 covered, and not crowded in the pan. 

Add 1 tsp of powdered ginger
       1 tsp of garlic salt (or more)
       1 large splash of soy sauce, about 1/4 cup.

Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to about medium.  Turn the pieces occasionally. Watch the sauce to make sure it doesn't cook down too fast.  If it gets thick before the chicken is done, then add some water.

While this is cooking, steam some rice and prepare your veggie side dishes, set the table and get the dirty dishes caught up.  Poke the chicken every now and then.  When the chicken is fork tender, and the sauce is starting to look thick and syrupy, then it's time to take it off the heat.  Serve on top of the rice with extra sauce.

For a spicy General Tsao's Chicken, add some hot Chinese pepper sauce in the last 10 minutes of cooking, and add some salty roasted cashews.

January 2012



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