6 Meat Substitutes Even You Might Like!

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At this time of year, people are making big changes in their life.  Or at least resolutions to change.  Lets lose some weight.  Change  a relationship.  A lot of people have decided to become vegetarians/vegans.  For a lot of people who are use to a meat based diet, they are at a loss as to where to start.  And there is the question of what to eat instead of meat.  Here is an article I posted last year that might help you make the transition easier.
Hope this helps!
Some times I miss the meat meals  we use to eat.  A great cheese burger.  Pulled pork.  Chicken wings.  Do you ever feel like that?  Well The Cheat Sheet has some substitutes that might satisfy you.

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Healthy Picnic Food Ideas For A Labor Day Picnic!

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With Labor Day coming up in the next week, I thought that I would find something to post for you labor day picnic.  Here is something that I posted a year ago.  These dishes are easy to make and delicious!






As a vegetarian, when you go to picnics, it’s hard to leave it feeling like you had a decent.  It’s even harder living in Texas, where BBQ is ubiquitous.  The only vegetable dishes are …

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Recipe: Pesto Fillets

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From Molly The Blogger!

Quorn is the best vegetarian product to replicate chicken or veal.  I have used it to make a wonderful piccatta dish.  Pot pie.  I have had friends eat these dishes without knowing that this was Quorn.  They could tell the difference.  The texture is perfect.  And the cutlet will pick up the flavors of other ingredients!

I saw this recipe and the word fillet in the title.  I thought it was for a fish type dish.  We call the Quorn cutlets where I am from.  Fish are fillets.

This looks super simple.  The ingredients are a perfect combination.  A must try!





I’ve had this recipe tucked away for a while now and I feel the world deserves to know about! I’m a vegetarian, and I picked this up from the Quorn cook book, so now I’m going to …

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give me a samwich. — the sugarapple

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From The Sugar Apple Blog!


This is an absolutely fabulous site for vegetarians.  I went on to their site looking for sandwiches and found a whole lot more!  They have articles about fashion.  Vacations.  And all kinds of wonderful recipes for vegetarians/vegans like me.  Go check it out!





its our 5favs meatless samwiches (yes, misspelled on purpose ) because sometimes that’s all you need to hit the spot. which ones will you try? open faced tomato sandwiches w/creamy cucumber spread via southern living ultimate veggie sandwich via I am food blog cranberry chickpea salad sandwich via the whole serving vegan sweet potato falafel sandwich […]

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Paneer tikka — Chefinlove

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“When you have the best and tastiest ingredients, you can cook very simply and the food will be extraordinary because it tastes like what it is .” – Alice Water Indian cottage cheese is called paneer and chunks are termed as tikka. Paneer tikka is the vegetarians alternative to chicken tikka or fish […]

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I love paneer.  Much more so than cottage cheese.  This recipe combines the creaminess of the paneer with the spiciness of a tandouri sauce.  For those of us who are from the states, capsacium are peppers.  Kasturi methi is an herb that kind of taste like celery leaves and fennel.  I haven’t seen it where I shop.  What I do is crush celery seeds and fennel together.  I love that taste!





More ideas for Superbowl Sunday!

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True to being Irish, I am a potato nut.  I love potatoes is almost every form.  That is except for badly prepared mashed potatoes.  Did you know that some people actually make them where they are stringy and act like elastic bands?  Ugh.  Well this recipe for Smoked potatoes looks wonderful.  They use a smoker, but I bet you can get the same effect using a little liquid smoke and grilling them over hot charcoal!

By Chef Adam Cole of Maple Block Meat Co.

Smoked Potatoes
Serves 4 people

2 pounds small potatoes—German Butterballs, fingerlings, or mixed Pee Wees
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons kosher salt
3 tablespoons barbecue dry rub (optional)
Preferred sauce (It’s pretty difficult to find a sauce that doesn’t work well with smoked, salty potatoes)

Get your smoker up to temp—shoot for a temperature between 225-250ºF.

Wash potatoes well in cold water to remove dirt. Do not peel.

Dry potatoes completely using paper towels. They are a lot more absorbent than a cotton kitchen towel.

Coat potatoes with a thin layer of vegetable oil. Get your hands in there and mix it around. It is important to coat them evenly.  

In a large mixing bowl, dust potatoes with an even layer of kosher salt or your favorite BBQ rub (I prefer something on the less sweet side for this particular recipe). If you use rub, you do not need as much salt. Roll the potatoes around gently in the bowl and continue to add seasoning gradually and in small amounts, to your desired salt intake needs.  

Transfer potatoes onto a sheet tray in one flat layer. Avoid overcrowding the pan so the potatoes cook evenly.

Smoke potatoes. Time will vary here depending on the size of potato. Check them after 1 hour, then check for doneness every 20 minutes.  

To check the doneness, pinch a potato with your finger. If it’s soft and collapses easily, they are done. If you need to, finish in a conventional oven at 350ºF, just check on them often.

Serve with the sauce of your choice. At Maple Block Meat Co, we serve them with whipped crème fraiche, espelette pepper powder, and shaved chives. They are just as delicious dipped in ketchup, queso, or Alabama white.

Here is the source of this recipe.

And from Cookie and Kate some more ideas for your Superbowl!  I love the recipe for grapefruit margaritas.  Especially, since I have all kinds of grapefruit in my backyard!




Our Thanksgiving Breakfast

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Sorry that I am so late posting about our weekend.  I learned a valuable lesson this weekend.  Don’t ever upgrade you Computer OSX if you think you are going to need to use your computer.  Apple put out a new upgrade to the Mac. OSX.  I had the bright idea to upgrade the system on Wednesday, see as how Jim would be home. 


I am definitely not a tech person.  So I need someone here to help if things go wrong.  That is definitely Jim!  Needless to say, everything went fine with the upgrade.  The problem is that there were so many changes, that I had to spend a couple of days figuring everything out!  I think I have it now!


We  had a wonderful holiday.  Our breakfast was perfect.  I actually didn’t know what we were going to have until the last minute.  We decided not to have an elaborate Thanksgiving.  It was just going to be Jim and I this year.  We thought we would just go with the flow.  Read the rest of this entry »

3 Great Sandwiches For Turkey Leftovers

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Turkey Leftovers
A Turkey Shooter!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving yesterday!  It was just Jim and myself, but we had the perfect Thanksgiving for us.  More on that later.


Right now, I was thinking about how everyone is looking at the turkey and wondering what the heck they were going to do with it?  I don’t have that problem.  We had  our Apple Cider Glazed Tofurky last week.  It was good and small enough that it is gone now!  And we are not tired of it.  LOL!


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Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cheese Soup – Only 4 Ingredients!

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From Whats For Dinner Moms!


I have been hoarding this recipe until the right time.  This weekend will be the perfect time.  Hurricane Patricia is hitting Mexico today.  We live in Galveston, which seems miles away.  It isn’t .  They are predicting that we are going to get about 14 inches of rain over the next couple of days.  I think we’ll say home.


When we lived in Illinois, cheese soup was something we would always get at our neighborhood German restaurant.  Talk about the ultimate comfort food.  We will be stuck in our house for the weekend.  What better than a crock pot with soup simmering in it?


I am going to use cheddar and a cream sauce.  And I have a bottle of flat beer that I will put in too!


Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cheese Soup – Only 4 Ingredients!




3 Halloween Treats Especially For Adults!

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Adult Halloween TreatsWe think of Halloween as a kids holiday.  Nothing could be further than the truth!  It’s the time for adults to really cut loose and have some fun!  There have been many Halloweens that I dressed up for.  I myself have been know to go out trick or treating by myself.  I even have gone to weddings on Halloween.  My husband’s college friend and his fiancee, purposefully set their wedding date for Halloween.  Trust me.  It was appropriate!

Here are 3 treats from Martha Stewart that every adult will like.  Make them to take a party or just invite friends to show up dressed as their favorite Halloween nightmare! Read the rest of this entry »