Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Teriyaki Steak Wraps

Teriyaki Steak Wraps 
1 Tbsp butter
1 lb. beef steak, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
4 (8 inch) tortillas
1 cup finely shredded cabbage
sour cream and chives (optional)
In a skillet over medium coals on campfire or grill, melt butter. Add the cut up steak into the skillet and cook quickly until just browned, then remove to a plate and keep warm. Pour teriyaki into hot skillet and stir until slightly thickened. Add the cabbage and cook until just starting to soften. Put meat back in skillet and stir until just heated through, then remove from fire. Lay out the tortillas flat and divide the meat/cabbage mixture into the center of each tortilla. Fold up the sides then roll over the mixture to form wraps. Serve hot. Makes 4 wraps.

You can serve with sour cream flavored with chives or other toppings if you wish.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

What to take to the beach

Summertime means beach time in our family. We live in a state with lots of beautiful lakes so we spend lots of time cooling off at the beach on those hot summer days. Of course this entails packing enough good healthy, easily to tote foods, that will keep your family satisfied for the whole day.

I try (emphasis on try) to take wholesome foods that don’t have a lot of packaging to keep down on the garbage waste. I also try to take foods that aren’t in big bags, that little, sandy hands won’t be reaching into them and ruin the whole bag. There’s nothing worse than biting down on a grain or two of sand. Here are some ideas for feeding your family at the beach that are easy, healthy, satisfying and cooler friendly.

Oranges: They’re easy to peel and you can throw the peel in the grass for the deer or other animals to eat!

Apples:  Great choice for the beach. Again you can throw the core on the ground for the animals, but make sure you throw it out of the path where people walk.

Pickles and cheese: One of my kids’ favorite beach snacks. I put a few pickles in a sandwich bag and some slices of cheese in a separate baggie. This one you’ll want to make sure little hands are clean before they reach in and grab.

Prepared sandwiches: I used to take a loaf of bread, the lunch meat, cheese and all the fixings, but it’s much easier to make the sandwiches at home, pack them in a zippered baggie and tote them in the cooler. You will want to place them on top of the ice, for obvious reasons.

Individually wrapped snack cakes or cookies: Probably not on the top of the list as far as healthiness goes, but for some reason those little chocolate snack cakes taste so good at the beach. Take them out of the box before toting. If they won’t melt in the heat, carry them in a cloth bag as opposed to a plastic bag. (Side note: the cloth grocery bags they have now are GREAT for toting food to the beach!!!) If they will melt, say they have chocolate in or on them, then place them in zippered baggies before placing in the cooler. The plastic that is already on them won’t prevent melted ice from seeping through.
If you do decide to take chips, make up individual baggies for each person. This will help save little, sandy hands from ruining the whole bag!

Watermelon slices: These are cool, refreshing and delicious. But, how do you make them cooler ready for the beach? You can cut up 1/2 inch squares and place them in individual baggies. Or you can cut into regular triangles and place one slice in a baggie or plastic wrap.

If you decide to grill hamburgers on the beach, prepare your patties ahead of time. I’ve taken a chunk of hamburger meat to the beach; forgetting beaches usually don’t have hot water and soap to wash the raw, greasy meat off your hands. Know what I mean?

So, make your patties ahead of time, have your veggies sliced and ready in little baggies, as well as your cheese. As far as condiments go, I buy separate bottles specifically for the beach. That way if they get sandy, it’s not a big deal to toss out or try to salvage some before you toss the whole bottle.

Beach time is fun time and can be a great family bonding experience. Toting food doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking if you prepare in advance using the tips and suggestions above.

Monday, July 7, 2014

It's Hot outside! What to cook

What is worse than the dreaded question, “What’s for dinner mom”? In the summer, it’s the thought of turning on the stove or oven to make dinner. I thought it would be good to share some great summertime dinners, everyone in your family will love. Not only do they not require any cooking, but they are healthy and delicious as well.

In the summer many families enjoy some wonderful salads. Here are a few of favorites. Of course you can incorporate whatever ingredients your family prefers.

Not your traditional tossed salad: A traditional tossed salad is awesome and easy to make, but sometimes as a standalone meal, it may not fully satisfy those hungry appetites at dinner. To enhance a traditional tossed salad try adding some of the following ingredients for extra flavor and protein:

·         Chunks of cubed cheddar cheese
·         Slices of lunchmeat, like turkey, chicken breast or ham
·         Leftover chicken breast
·         Zucchini squash slices
·         Yellow squash slices
·         Crumble some leftover taco meat, tortilla chips and Catalina dressing for a taco salad

Chef’s salad: Basically a chef’s salad is an upgraded tossed salad. Just add hardboiled eggs, chunks of cheese and sliced ham, turkey, chicken breast and roast beef and voila, you have a chef’s salad. Hearty and yummy!

Spinach salad: Made with yummy spinach leaves or baby spinach leaves, a spinach salad is cool, refreshing and yummy! I like to add shredded cheese, slices of ham, turkey and roast beef, cucumbers, pickles, black olives and for added zest some jalapenos! I top mine with an Italian dressing or balsamic vinaigrette.

Sandwiches: Another great meal idea you can create without cooking is sandwiches. Yes, sandwiches for dinner. When it’s too hot to cook, some cool sandwiches are the ticket. Not only are they easy and heat free, but they are also less filling than a big huge dinner! Some great summer sandwiches are:

Chicken salad: I love chicken salad and love to have a batch made up for last minute, easy on the go meals. Serve some on a pita or flat bread, in a tortilla or in a croissant to change things up a bit.

Deli style sandwiches: I love to sink my teeth into a yummy, thick sandwich filled with all of the fixings of a deli. Pile on the meats, cheeses, and veggies! Some of my favorites are:
·         Ham
·         Turkey
·         Roast Beef
·         Chicken Breast
·         Corned Beef
·         Salami
·         Pepperoni
·         Bacon
·         Alfalfa or Bean Sprouts
·         Cucumbers
·         Pickles
·         Tomatoes
·         Romaine or leaf lettuce
·         Green Peppers

Serve on thick bread with brown mustard, if you like, and mayonnaise.

Dinner doesn’t always have to be a huge 3 or 4 course cooked or baked meal. A hearty salad or sandwich will satisfy your kids, hubby and guests, while keeping you cool at the same time.