August 30, 2014

Experimenting in the Kitchen

I love one-pot meals.  You can make the mess and get it cleaned up ahead of time.  Then, all you have to do is throw it in the oven and only a few dishes after dinner.  The problem is, most of these great recipes contain pasta...or rice...or potatoes.  All the wonderful high-carb foods.  So, I have been playing around a bit this week. 

My first attempt was a quiche that had a rice crust.  That was pretty easy.  I just made some cauliflower rice, sauteed it with some garlic and onion and proceeded with the recipe as normal.  It turned out really good.  I think it helped that the recipe called for cooked rice.  One other time, I substituted the cauliflower rice where it called for dry rice.  That time, I doubled the amount and used less liquid because I figured rice usually doubles in volume as it absorbs the moisture.  That one wasn't too bad, but I really liked the quiche.


Then, yesterday, I wanted to try something to replace lasagna noodles.  There are a few options.  I have heard of using zucchini, which I did many years ago, and it was good, but watery.  I also made an eggplant lasagna, also many years ago (Weight Watchers recipes).  That was my first time to try eggplant, and it was pretty good.  So yesterday, I decided to try using cabbage.  I googled it and found several examples of people using it, so gave it a try.  I cooked it first, because I thought it might be watery like the zucchini.  It still did get a little watery, but once it sat for 15 minutes before cutting it, the pieces came out of the pan well.


 


This tasted really good, too.  So, two successes this week!

This morning, we were up and had to be out the door in about 20 minutes, so it ended up being a drive through and grabbing a coffee and bagel.  Not a good choice.  So my challenge for myself this week will be to get a few ideas and be prepared for those days when it is breakfast on the run...or set the alarm 1/2 hour earlier...now THERE'S a novel idea!  LOL

We are off to an end-of-summer party this evening at friends' house and hopefully a day at the pool at a local campground tomorrow, with the same friends (hoping that it doesn't rain).  We already have a taco salad made for that.  I just have to eat it without the corn chips, but with a dollop of sour cream, I don't really mind.  Monday is our grandson William's 9th birthday.  I can't believe how quickly he has grown; and, our daughter recently found out she is preganant!  Baby is due March 3.  It is still too early to know if I can start knitting pink or blue, but we are very excited!





Have a great long weekend!  :)