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Stir fry with Rice

Stir fry is a quick and easy meal that fills up even the hungriest carnivore.

Choose your meat: beef, chicken, pork or shrimp
I like to buy mine already cut for stir fry to make it easier.
Cook meat half way with chopped onion and desired seasonings (seasoned salt, garlic salt, etc.)
Then add your choice of: carrots broccoli mushrooms bell peppers squash I season everything with garlic salt and seasoning blend or sometimes terriaki or soy sauce too. After everything is added, I cook on low-medium heat with lid on to let the veggies steam. Stir occasionally to allow moisture to get around all ingredients. It is ready once the vegetables are vibrant in color and look moist. Serve hot with rice.

Swiss Chard anyone?

For the past few weeks I have been getting most of my produce from an organization that buys in bulk to divide between a large number of people within several communities. The name of this organization is Bountiful Baskets. It has been fun because I get a mixture of fruits and veggies, not knowing beforehand what will be in the basket when I pick it up on Saturday morning. This past Saturday, in my basket I found two large bunches of Swiss Chard. I had never seen it before, so I was glad it had a tag on it so I knew what it was. With a few ideas from my sister-in-law, I was able to prepare it as part of dinner. Thanks to bacon and onions, we all liked it.

So, here is what I did:
Cut up raw bacon in 1-2 inch pieces and cook it fully in large skillet.

- chopped yellow onion (about 1/4 cup or to taste)
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- chopped stems of chard (1 inch pieces)
- salt, seasonings of your choice (not much because the bacon gives it flavor and salt)
Saute on medium heat for about 2 …

Shaved Ice

Shaved Ice is a wonderful, inexpensive and cold treat to enjoy in an endless variety of flavors.
This is a great treat idea for parties for old and young.

No real instructions are needed to explain the process, just shave the ice and smother it in the syrup of your choice. Or, go to Bahama Bucks and let them make it for you.

Ultimate Salsa

Chop up and combined these fresh ingredients:
tomatoes cilantro yellow or white onion avocado
Add your choice of: black beans corn diced mango or pineapple minced garlic Serve fresh with chips or in tacos or burritos.

BBQ Ribs

BBQ ribs with Asian style Salad is a major favorite and naturally dairy-free.

Delicious, Tender Ribs:
Put raw beef ribs in oven pan (I use a 9X13 cake pan lined with aluminum foil).
Cover in RibRub seasonings or seasoned salt and cover with aluminum foil.
Bake in oven at 270 degrees for 4 - 4.5 hours.
Remove from oven and smear tons of your favorite barbeque sauce all over.
Finish by putting on the barbeque for 5-10 minutes or broiling on high in the oven for 4 minutes (without covering with aluminum foil).
They are ready once the barbeque sauce is bubbling and carmelized.

Gluten free meal idea without the chowmein noodles on the salad.

Tomato Basil Fettucini

Tonight I made a new dish that was great for the day before grocery shopping day. In other words, we don't have any fresh meat or vegetables in the house, so I turned to pantry and freezer foods.

Cooked Tomato Basil Fettucini (I bought mine from Fresh and Easy)
Frozen shrimp
Frozen brussel sprouts

Add a tablespoon of olive oil, garlic salt and garlic herb seasonings to the shrimp and brussel sprouts and cook (heat through) together on stovetop.
Add italian seasoned bread crumbs and a little olive oil to the cooked pasta.

Peanut Butter Balls

Yummy, that's all that needs to be said.

Warm for 10 seconds in the microwave:
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup non-dairy margarine

2-2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Mix with blender until combined and add powdered sugar as needed to achieve consistency to roll into balls. I roll them into balls about the size of a quarter. Put them in the freezer for about 25 minutes to get firm. OPTIONAL: Dip in melted dark chocolate.
Store airtight either in the freezer or fridge.
Makes about 2 dozen balls.

Arborio Rice Dish

I combined the following ingredients for a tasty and healthy non-dairy meal last night. My husband and I both liked it.

cooked Arborio rice (or any rice would work)
Smoked sausage cut up small and browned in 1 tsp of olive oil
Frozen shelled Edamame (without pods)
Seasonings to taste

I served it hot with a cooked yam and it was delicious!

Yes, that is non-dairy margarine on the yam. :)