Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Lunch Box...for dinner...

Sooooo...NEW GRAIN alert today!  I always like switching up & trying new things...and today's 'new thing' is MILLET.  

What's millet, you ask?  

Well it's a teeny-tiny grain that apparently is packed full of niacin, thiamine, magnesium & manganese  (read about the other slew of health benefits here).  But BEST of all:  I was able to get a perfect 1/2 cup to sample from the bulk bins at Whole Foods for under 25 cents!J
So what did I DO with this 'great grain?'  Well..I made some Spiced Millet Pudding!  I boiled it in some cinnamon water, added some almond milk & half and half, a handful of criasins, some brown sugar & cardamon and made it into a creamy breakfast!  (ps- the $.25 1/2 cup made about 3 servings that I'll be able to just heat & eat for the next few days)
I liked the consistency a LOT better than quinoa (which I still just don't LOVE....but I keep trying to!), and it was bit more 'heartier' and probably quite a bit more filling than couscous.  Either way, an interesting way to sneak a new grain into your diet.  It always makes 'healthy eating' easier when you switch things up!

Our dinner last night was another SUPERRRRRRR quick number, as I had finally got around to trying Kristin's Maid Rites after eyeing them for so long... 
What are 'Maid Rites?'  Hell if any of us New Jersey-ians knowJ  But apparently it's a popular sandwich in the Midwest made of seasoned 'loose meat.'  Prior to yesterday, the closest I had come to these sandwiches was through old episodes of Rosanne.  Anyone else remember "The Lunch Box" years??
 Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sandra Bernhard as Nancy Bartlett and Roseanne Barr as Roseanne Connor - ROSEANNE was the simplest dinner ever as all you had to do was:
  1. Brown up 1 pound of ground beef (we used ground turkey) with a diced onion.
  2. Let the meat simmer for 30 minutes with:
    • 1/2 cup of water
    • 1/2 beef bouillon cube
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons steak sauce
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire  (not sure if that's 'official'...but it was a 'Scott addition" J)

Result?  A seasoned, salty, flavorful & yummy sandwich.  This one is going on the 'to be made again VERY soon' list.  We couldn't get enough!  So quick & easy.

Our side dish?  Well...that one was a little laziness on my partJ  It went in from Panko Sweet Potato Fries to Baked Sweet Potato 'chips' to "do you mind if we just have sweet potatoes??  I don't feel like dicing."  hahahahhahaaha... 
I guess my laziness produced the healthiest optionJ....minus my dollop of low-fat sour cream (my absolute kryptonite these last nine months!!)  Non-fat Fage as a sour cream swap will be resuming in the VERY near future!!

Alright, so that's all I got for you today.  I'm off to go heat up another serving of my millet puddingJ hahahhaa...Have a good LEAP YEAR DAY, everyone!!!

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