Thursday, March 20, 2014

Black Bean and Olive Balls with a Dash of Basil

I have a balls story.


Not the delicious, black bean and olive ball sort of story that you may expect from a food blog, but more the sort of balls-that-boys-have story. And just so we're not too distracted with olive ball pictues while I'm recanting boy balls stories, here are some black bean and olive patties, too, that are equally delicious as their ball counterparts.



Angie's Balls Story
On occasion, I work in acute care as a physical therapist.  This past weekend, one of my patients, who was quite sick, managed to get out of bed, walk to the door, and sit back in the bedside chair.  Yay for him... so many health benefits.  At the end of our treatment session, however, he calmly says to me "Can you grab my testicles?"


Excuse me?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Creamy Ethiopian Lentils

138.4

That's my starting weight.  I just signed up to loose 10% of my weight in 2 weeks... JOKING... 10% of my weight in 6 months time... that is 14 pounds by July 1st, by my calculations.  That's gonna be hard... this is what my daughter thinks about that...


(Don't you love that photo... she knows how to celebrate and enjoy life!  And no, I'm not biased) But losing that weight is not as hard as these mothers are suffering due to their teenage sons. My friend made this ad.  Hilarious.


Back to 138.4.  If I eat more of this delicious dish, I should be on track to meeting my target weight loss goal.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Game Day Chili

January 1st is just around the corner, and that means football!

And what goes better with football than a hearty, beef chili??  Hello!



And probably the best part of the football for me, are the funny commercials... like this one...


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole



"I knew it was time to find a level of acceptance for the strangest of American Thanksgiving traditions, sweet potato casseroles with toasted marshmallows. I could never get my head around this dish — so sweet! so weird on a plate with turkey and gravy!" Deb - from Smitten Kitchen


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Nice Horseradish Chicken with Sauteed Garlic Spinach

I'm going to go on a tangent today.  I think you might get a giggle, if you read along. 


Nice.



I was thinking about what makes somebody nice.  This is a "nice" man.



Sunday, December 15, 2013

Best-Ever Homemade Rosemary Christmas Rolls

Hello home-made bread.  Who doesn't love it?  And if you google "best homemade dinner rolls" this recipe comes up.  Not my page, but THIS page.


And because it is coming to be Christmas, and we all need a laugh, if you haven't read this slightly rude auto-correct stuff, go have a giggle!  It has nothing to do with Christmas, but I had tears streaming down my face when I read it.  My funniest one is to Mom about her shaved pork... soooooo funny.  I digress.

Back to Best-Ever Homemade Christmas rolls...



For once in my life, I felt a creative flair coming on, and I turned the best homemade dinner rolls in to Rosemary Christmas Rolls in a wreath sort of thing... and well, this is what I ended up with.  What do you think?


And who wouldn't love it on Christmas Day looking like a wreath, in delightful little rolls, smothered with rosemary and butter?


And better yet, you can make the dough ahead of time and keep it in fridge until you are ready to cook them... perfect for a hectic Christmas day menu.  However, if you are anything like me, and have a slightly crazy schedule, and accidentally left the dough sitting out for almost 2 days before I got to cooking it, guess what you end up with... even better... slightly sour doughy, beery, delicious Rosemary Christmas rolls.  

Enjoy!







Sunday, December 8, 2013

Smokey BBQ salmon

How about a little smokey flavor to go with this cool, smokey weather?


This recipe is SOOOO easy, and so healthy and SOOO delicious.  My normal "go to" fish dish is also delicious and healthy, but I just had a craving for salmon today.  Craving, craving, craving, yum, yum, yum, and thankfully I'm not pregnant!


And when you are trying to beat the New Year's Resolutions rush by a month and loose the 1000 pounds that you have put on from NOWHERE, (ok, 10 pounds, but still 10 pounds is not coming off me no matter what I seem to do) then a healthy fish dinner is very helpful. 


A healthy fish dinner with 2-3 glasses of wine, and then chocolate for dessert, and a warm milky decaf coffee hasn't really helped the 10 pounds this week, but it was yummy.  Hope you enjoy!