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Low Calorie Food and Drink

Is it time that you set yourself on a diet? Not just any diet but a whole new lifestyle change? If so, then perhaps you want to forget the Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers type pre-packaged foods and set yourself on a course for perpetual low calorie living? Is that what you want to do now?

One thing that you need to know is that if you are worried about calories you need to switch to eating whole wheat breads, low fat milks and power down the fruits and vegetables. In fact you can eat unlimited vegetables and not get fat. May I suggest that you have for a snack a vegetable dip plate with perhaps;

  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Beats
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Celery

And for the dip do not use salad dressing, but rather use Virgin Olive Oil, a couple of tablespoons and sprinkle on top some spices like basil and garlic and Italian Seasoning instead. It is quite tasty and actually better than a Thousand Islands or Blue Cheese dressing. It is better for you and tastes better too.

When considering a snack, blend up a fruit drink smoothie at home. Blenders are really inexpensive and you can get a killer blender for under $20.00 at Wal-Mart. There really is no excuse for you not to try these simple techniques and recipes to stay healthy, thin, happy and fit eating the low-calorie way.

Grandma Hystad’s Food And Drink Recipes

CONTENDS

GRANDMA’S OVEN FRIED CHICKEN

GRANDMA’S BEEF STEW AND DUMPLINGS

AUNT PAT’S BUTTER TARTS

GRANDMA’S FRENCH DRESSING

GRANDMA’S HOMEMADE MAYONNAISE

LIGHTSIDE

FOOD TIPS, INFORMATION

Grandma’s Beef-Stew & Dumplings

1 pound………………(500 g)…………………stew beef

3 tablespoons(45 ml)…………………flour

1 clove of garlic

salt and pepper to taste

1 medium size onion, chopped

3 carrots

1 turnip, diced

1 bay leaf

Cut meat into cubes. Roll in flour and brown in hot oil.
Add chopped onion and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Stir until onion is a golden brown. Add enough water to cover
the meat. Bring to a boil. Simmer gently for 1 ½ -2 hours.
Add rest of vegetables ½ hour before stew is served.

YIELD: serves 4-6

TIME: 15 minutes preparation, approx.2 hours to cook

Dumplings

2 cups………………………………..(500 ml)………………………all purpose flour

4 teaspoons…………………….(20 ml)……………………………baking powder

½ teaspoon…………………………(2,5 ml)……………………….salt

2 tablespoons…………………(30 ml)……………………………shortening

¾ cup…………………………………….(185 ml)…………………milk

Sift flour. Add baking powder and salt and sift again.
Cut in the shortening and add milk. Drop into simmering stew
gently, being careful to drop a piece of meat or vegetable so
that it will not be immersed. Cover the kettle.

Grandma’s Oven Fried Chicken

4 ounces……………..(125 ml)……………potato chips

½ cup ………………..(125 ml)……………butter

½ teaspoon ………….(2.5 )………………garlic powder

Melt butter. Brush chicken with butter. Crush potato chips
with rolling pin before opening bag. Mix garlic, salt and pepper with potato chips. Shake buttered chicken in potato chip mixture. Place on pan skin side up. Pour rest of mixture over chicken. Bake at 375 F, (190 C) for about 1 hour.

YIELD: Coating for 1 fryer

TIME: Preparation 10 minutes, cooking time approx. 1 hour.

AUNT PAT’S FAVOURITE BUTTER TARTS

1/3-cup ………………………(80 ml) …………………butter

1-cup………………………………(250 ml)…………………brown sugar

2 tablespoons…………(30 ml)……………………milk or cream

1/3 cup……………………….(80 ml)……………………currants

1 egg beaten well
1 teaspoon……………….(5 ml)………………………vanilla

Mix all ingredients together. Put in unbaked tart shells.
Bake at 450 F, (230 C), for 8 minutes. Turn down to 350 F,
(175 C), and cook until brown.

GRANDMA’S FRENCH DRESSING

1 teaspoon …………(5 ml)…………sugar

2 teaspoons………..(10 ml)………..salt

½ teaspoon………..(2.5 ml)…………pepper

½ teaspoon ……….(2.5 ml)…………paprika

1 ½ cup……………(375 ml)……….salad oil

½ cup………………(125 ml)……….vinegar

1 clove of garlic (if desired)

Put sugar, salt, pepper and paprika in jar. Add oil, vinegar
And garlic. Shake well. When dressing is thoroughly blended, pour over salad.

YIELD: approximately 2 cups (500 ml)

CALORIES: 92 per tablespoon (15 ml)

TIME: 10 minutes.

GRANDMA’S HOMEMADE MAYONNAISE

1 egg yolk

½ teaspoon …………(2.5 ml) …………salt

½ teaspoon…………(2.5 ml)………….dry mustard

¼ teaspoon …………(1.25 ml)…………paprika

dash cayenne

2 tablespoons ……..(30 ml)……………vinegar

1 cup ……………….(250 ml)…………..salad oil

Put egg yolk and seasoning in bowl and mix well. Add 1
Tablespoon (15.ml) vinegar and beat well. Gradually beat in oil until ¼ cup of mixture is used. Then add 1-2 tablespoons (15-30 ml) at a time.

As mixture thickens add remaining vinegar. If oil is added to
quickly, mayonnaise will curdle. To fix this add 1 more egg yoke and continue.
Store mayonnaise in covered jar and refrigerate.

YIELD: approximately 1 ¼ cup (310 ml).

CALORIES: 104 per tablespoon (15 ml).

Time: 15 minutes.

VARIATIONS

Creamy Mayonnaise

Whip ½ cup (125 ml) of evaporated milk.

Creamy Mayonnaise Sandwich Spread
Add 1 tablespoon cornstarch and cook until thick. This is
better than commercial mayonnaise.

LIGHTSIDE

A man walking on a side street in Vancouver stumbled across an
old lamp. He picked it up, rubbed it, and out popped a genie.
The genie said, “OK, You released me but I am old, getting tired
Of granting 3 wishes…..you can only get one wish!”

The man said, “I have always wanted to go to Hawaii, but I am to
scared to fly, and I get very seasick. Could you build me a
bridge to Hawaii so I can drive over there to visit?”
The genie laughed and said, “That’s impossible!! Think of the
logistics of that! The supports, concrete, steel!! No, think of another wish..”

So the man said, “I have been married and divorced four times.
My wives always said that I don’t care and that I am
insensitive. I wish that I could understand women, know how they feel
inside, and what they’re thinking when they give me the silent
treatment. Know why they’re crying, know what they really want when
they say “nothing”, know how to make them truly happy.”
The genie said, “Do you want that bridge to be two lanes or four?”

FOOD TIPS, INFORMATION

One of the best vegetables you can eat is a sweet potato. They are loaded with vitamin A, carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium and fibre. You can bake and then mix in crushed pineapple for sweetness.

Tomatoes are also packed with vitamin A, fibre.

Wild salmon is great for your health. Salmon that is caught wild has less PCB then farmed salmon. Salmon is high in heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Smoking or pickling salmon reduces the amount by about 75%.

Conventionally grown produce is coated with tiny amounts of pesticide residues. Apples, bell peppers, cucumbers, Peaches, pears could be trapped under a layer of wax. For safety, more so with children and older persons, you should scrub them in a highly diluted solution of liquid dish detergent, which removes most of the pesticides and wax. Or you could peel it, especially apples, peaches, and pears. Organic produce should still be washed to remove other contaminants.

Beans are inexpensive, low in fat, rich in protein, iron, folic and fibre.

Bananas contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium.

Take Note: The food and drug administration estimate that 1 in 20,000 eggs contain salmonella bacteria. Look for pasteurized eggs, which are flash-heated to destroy any bacteria. Persons with impaired immunity, pregnant women, infants, and older persons are at increased risk of severe complications. Other persons can decide for themselves whether the risk warrants giving up runny yolks or unpasteurised eggs, high risks persons should take those precautions.

POWER OUTAGES

“Power outages can occur at any time of the year and it often takes from a few hours to several days for electricity to be restored to residential areas,” said USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Richard Raymond. “Foods stored in freezers and refrigerators can become unsafe in just a few hours if bacteria begin to grow and if these foods are consumed, people can become very sick.”

Steps to follow to prepare for a possible weather emergency:

Store food on shelves that will be safely out of the way of contaminated water in case of flooding.

Have coolers on hand to keep refrigerator food cold if the power will be out for more than four hours. Purchase or make ice cubes and store in the freezer for use in the refrigerator or in a cooler. Freeze gel packs ahead of time for use in coolers.

Group food together in the freezer – this helps the food stay cold longer.

Steps to follow after the weather emergency:

Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.

The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the

temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full and the door remains closed.)

Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40° F or below.

Never taste a food to determine its safety!

Obtain dry or block ice to keep your refrigerator and freezer as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time. Fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic-foot full freezer for 2 days.

If the power has been out for several days, check the temperature of the freezer with an appliance thermometer or food thermometer. If the food still contains ice crystals or is at 40° F or below, the food is safe.

If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, check each package of food to determine its safety. If the food still contains ice crystals, the food is safe.

Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers and deli items after 4 hours without power.

Drink only bottled water if flooding has occurred.

Discard all food that came in contact with floodwaters including canned goods. Discard wooden cutting boards, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples and pacifiers.

Thoroughly wash all metal pans, ceramic dishes and utensils that came in contact with flood water with hot soapy water and sanitize by boiling them in clean water or by immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water.

When in Doubt, Throw it Out!

Fresh Fruit Punch

8 ounces apiece of orange juice, pineapple juice, and grapefruit
juice.

1 bottle ginger ale. Sugar to taste.

Combine the juices with the sugar. Stir until the sugar is
dissolved and refrigerate. Add the ginger ale plus chunks of ice before serving.

Food and Drink Books

The decision to learn how to cook and plan meals & menus can be an intimidating one. There are so many dishes and there is just so much to know. Plus, Food Writers make it seem so difficult. The important thing is to not feel overwhelmed. Focus on one category of cooking at a time. You can master specific dishes and build your confidence. At the beginning of your cooking studies, you will have many questions about food, cooking, and health in general. You can consult old cookbooks, Bestsellers, family, friends, and of course, the internet resources available to you.

o Is flavor more important than health concerns?
o Should organic foods be purchased, even if they cost more?
o What foods will please an entire family?
o Do I need to take a class or can I learn by trial and error?
o Is there a career for me in the culinary arts?
o How can Fish & Seafood be prepared safely?

The Basics of Cooking: Knowledge and Cooking Equipment

Before you even begin learning how to cook, you will have to make sure your kitchen is properly outfitted. Once you have the basic cooking equipment you can start collecting cookbooks that will increase your cooking knowledge. Eventually you will want to amass a large collection of Reference & Gastronomy cookbooks and Restaurant Cookbooks. Food & Travel Writing books are great reads. There are even cookbooks available that focus on a specific piece of kitchen equipment. When you purchase a cookbook that specific, like Slow Cooker (Pyramid Paperbacks) by Sara Lewis, you can be sure to make the most out of your kitchen device. A piece of kitchen equipment that sits unused in the back of the cupboard is just a waste of space.

o What are the basic kitchen tools needed to make most meals?
o If one is just starting out and trying to save money, what tools can he hold off on purchasing?
o Are fancy blenders and mixers really necessary?

Baking Delicious Treats

Few things are more delicious than a loaf of fresh bread pulled out of the oven. The smell of freshly-baked bread will bring your entire family into the kitchen, their mouths watering. Bread-making is not hard. There is some work involved, certainly, but if you follow the instructions and tips carefully you can certainly do it. When you master a few basic cooking skills, there will be no stopping you in the kitchen. You will, of course, need a basic manual to help you. Bake by Rachel Allen is an excellent text that can help you master some baking skills. Rachel Allen has some excellent cupcake recipes, especially. Baking is an almost entirely separate science from cooking and will raise its own queries.

o How do baking and cooking differ?
o Can I make substitutions in a recipe?
o Why do I need to mix wet and dry ingredients separately?
o What is the difference between cake flour, all purpose flour, and bread flour?

Baking can be a challenge but the treats you will learn to bake are worth the effort.

Barbecue: The Perfect Foods for Entertaining & Special Occasions

If you love to entertain, you should make mastering barbecue recipes a high priority. Everyone loves a backyard party in the summer. A plate of ribs, a few Drinks & Beverages, and a warm summer evening make for great memories. You will need some special equipment to barbecue successfully. A grill is a definite must have and a smoker is wonderful for imparting flavor into your cuts of meat. You will also want a set of basic grill tools, such as a grill spatula, brush, and tongs. For a complete list of barbecue tools, see Weber’s Way to Grill: The Step-By-Step Guide to Expert Grilling (Sunset Books) by Jamie Purviance. This cookbook is sponsored by a grilling company that has been around for generations. It will certainly help answer your general grilling questions such as:

o Are cheap grills suitable for casual barbecuing?
o How do I control the temperature on a grill?
o What foods grill well?
o Are there any Puddings & Desserts that can be grilled?

Books are not the only place to get answers about barbecuing or cooking in general. Ask your friends and neighbors for their advice as well. One of the great things about cooking is that it brings people together. Barbecue specifically appeals to individuals of both genders. Even people who do not grill out personally have favorite dishes they would love to share with you. Grilling can bring together an entire neighborhood for food and fun.

Making Quick & Easy Meals For You and Your Family

Cooking every night when you get home from work can be exhausting. Eating out for dinner every night, however, is both expensive and unhealthful. What you need to master then, are quick, healthy meals that you can throw together on a weekday night. Ainsley Harriott’s Low Fat Meals in Minutes by Ainsley Harriott is a great combination of quick and healthy. Diets & Healthy Eating do not have to suck up all your free time. You can also learn how to prepare healthy foods for baby quickly. Top 100 Baby Purees: 100 Quick and Easy Meals for a Healthy and Happy Baby.

Annabel Karmel is a great baby food manual for a new parent. Once you master some basic cooking techniques such as blanching and steaming vegetables, you can make healthy pureed dishes for your baby while you cook for yourself and the rest of your family. Healthy cooking, especially healthy Cooking for Babies & Children, raises a lot of questions.

o Does introducing an infant to a diverse array of foods prevent him from being a picky eater?
o What are easy, healthy meals that I can feed to an infant?
o Can I afford the fresh fruits and vegetables needed to be healthy?
o Are there healthy lunch options for taking to work?
o Are Vegetarian & Vegan meals more time consuming?

Food and Drinks Blender

Almost every kitchen has at least one blender.  There are many different makes and models out there to choose from, and now there are even multi colored blenders that are affordable.

Most blenders are versatile small appliances that you can fit into any budget.  Blenders can do the job of several other kitchen tools such as a food processor, a juicer and even a coffee maker. This is due to the fact that blenders are powerful enough to mash vegetables and fruits and turn it into thick purees like a food processor. They can make juices, cocktails and smoothies like an ordinary juicer, too.  Another popular feature of a blender is that you can buy coffee beans and enjoy freshly ground coffee.  These are just a few examples of the endless list of uses for a blender.

Is it time to buy a new blender?  Do you already have one, but have it hidden away somewhere, and rarely use it?  Have you noticed that blenders are now coming in shapes and sizes to ompliment any kitchen?  This article is going to show you why you should be using a blender, and why you might consider buying another one if you already own one.

Blenders are used to create healthy food and drinks for you and your family.  If you are on a specific diet plan or have turned vegetarian, you will be amazed  by the usefulness of this small appliance. Now is a great time to buy a new blender.  Here are some tips on how to find a good blender.

1. You can never go wrong by choosing the best brands.

One of the best blender brands in the market year after year is the Oster. The company has the honor in the apliance field of having the name “blenders” often called “osterizers”.  This is the same way that you often hear “tissues” called “Kleenex”.  The Oster brand blenders are the top of the line, and might be the most expensive.  However, it is known for being sturdy, and worth the money.  Especially  if you are going to make shakes and smoothies, or protein blended drinks often. These drinks necessitate crushing hard ice to give them that extra special taste and texture.

If you are going to be  crushing coffee beans, the Oster blender will not have any problem with multiple uses. You can also use the blender to chop nuts for garnishes or to add to cooking.   If you are going to use the blender for mainly making purees or juices, and not crushing a lot of ice, you can probably settle for the cheaper brands that are also well suited for this purpose. While a cheaper blender will crush ice, nuts, and coffee beans, remember not to overdo it just in case.  Pay attention to how hard your blender is having to work to complete these tasks.

2. Do not buy a used blender

If you can avoid buying a used blender, you should.  Used blenders can last a long time, but you never know how much wear and tear it has on it, or how it was stored and taken care of. Your blender will be a well used appliance so getting a new one gives you the advantage of being able to exchange it if you are not completely happy with it.  However, if you are sure that the second hand blender has not been used often, then it will probably be a good buy, and you can learn whether or not you want to upgrade to a new one in the near future.

If you are going to buy a used blender you should check the product and make sure that there are no cracks in the container and the stainless steel blades are in good shape.  Check the seals on the blender, too, so you know that it is not going to leak, and make sure there are no oil leaks or grease built up around the base.

3. Get a blender powerful enough to meet your needs.

The amount of power a blender has will vary by the model and the manufacturer.  Not all blenders are the same. You will want to know if the type of blender you are considering will be able to crush a lot of ice, if you want to make lots of drinks that need it.  Remember there are a lot of blender types available, and get your questions answered before you buy.

Making purees, or crushing cooked veggies, or most raw veggies, won’t need the same power requirements as a blender that you want to use for making peanut butter, or grinding a lot of coffee.

4. Pick the size of a blender that fits your kitchen.

There are different sizes of blenders now, and there are even different colors of the same model.  When you shop for a blender have an idea where you want to keep it.  Look for one that has the size that meets your storage needs.

To summarize, there are several blender choices available now including different sizes, power for a variety of purposes, and price ranges.  When you are ready to buy a new blender be aware of what you are going to want to use it for, and how often you plan on using it.  Blenders can and should be used daily to add to a healthy diet, and just making good food and beverages.