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Archive for April 30th, 2009

Before I get into this post, make sure (even if you skip the part about Salba) that you check out the blog recommended below. If you want to laugh hysterically, and you’re a woman, it’s a must see. 

Do you remember my post about SalbaCheck here as a reminder.

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I received a letter in reference to a great article “Salba the Seed of Wellness” An Ancient Grain that is Chasing Diabetes”. But don’t go away yet… just because you don’t have diabetes.  “Salba was referred to by the ancient Aztecs as the “Running Food” because it  was a main source of energy.  It is one of the highest whole food sources for dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids in addition to possessing a rich micronutrient content, high levels of calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and antioxidant capacity comparable to some berries.”

The products (see my post linked above) taste great and the grain is believed to offer cardio protective benefits by reducing the risk of heart disease.  It is currently being researched for its weight loss properties.   If you haven’t bothered to check out Salba, do it now. It’s a healthy choice for the whole family and they won’t even know it.

Thurday Night Activities

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It’s a cake night tonight.  This early Mother’s Day cake is a chocolate 9″ round, double layer with cannoli filling.  The cannoli filling is sandwiched between a thin layer of homemade fudge icing and frosted in chocolate.

Now about that post mentioned in the beginning.  It is from LifeJustKeepsGettingWeirder blog spot.  Click on it and see what all the laughing is about.  Then please COME ON BACK and let me know your thoughts.  Did we laugh at the same thing?

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Everyone is so excited about the recipe this week.  The pick was made by Amanda at Oddball Oven Mitt. Check out her site, although she may be in the middle of a big move so this weeks recipe might be a day or so late.  The other CEimB bloggers will help her out until she’s up and running. Their sites can be found by clicking…CEimB.

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On with the show

 

I made  a marinara sauce on Sunday and will use 32 oz of that as my base.  It varied very little from the recipe found on page 164 of “The Food You Crave”, only a few variations in spices.  In adding to it, I did the following:

  • 1/2 of a chipotle chile in adobe sauce, chopped fine.
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 chopped fresh tomato

I let the pre-made sauce (you can see that recipe here) and the additions above come to a boil, reduced to a simmer while everything else was prepared.

 The only change to the meatball recipe for Ted was to use Panko instead of whole wheat bread.  Although adding carrots to meatballs was a new one on me, it was worth a try even though the thought of having to grate more carrots was a little off putting. Is Ellie a little “grated carrot happy” or what?!  Anyway…since I had to get the food processor out to make “mince meat” out of my turkey-quorn (see below), the carrots were a breeze.  The food processor turned out to be really handy for grating the Parmesan cheese as well. 

As for Joanne’s meatballs, I cooked a “Quorn” Turkey Roast the other night so I ground that up and formed my own “turkey” balls.  Same mixture, no meat.  Added EggBeaters instead of real eggs, 1/2 a cup (equivalent of 2 eggs). Notice much difference?  The real turkey is on the left, the Quorn is on the right.

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In regards to the Spaghet…we didn’t have any. I gave it to my niece and nephew over Easter thinking Ted and I would never use it. Instead, I had this in the pantry…Spelt Udon Pasta.

dscn0797Spelt is considered an heirloom grain that is easier to digest than modern wheat.  You prepare it by adding it to boiling water for 8 – 10 minutes.  Drain, toss and serve.

The ingredients in this pasta are Stone Ground Organic Spelt Wheat, Eden Sea Salt.  That’s it. 

Wondering about the nutrition values: Per 1/2 cup serving.

  • Calories=200 
  • Total Fat=1g 
  • Sodium=75g 
  • Potassium = 45mg 
  • Carbohydrates = 39g
  • Fiber=2g
  • Protein=8g

Ted was outside still trying to win the war against the bamboo type stuff growing and blocking our view of the waterfall, so there was no cooking help for the Apple Crumbles cook tonight.  Even Shane said “I’m outta here” (sounded like… “WOOF”).

Ted did however come in just in time for clean up. Hurray!  

The result of the dinner:  Ted says “They’re not Grandma’s meat balls.”   Joanne says “The Quorn meatballs came out pretty tasty.”    We both thought that the spiciness of the sauce gave the dish the flavor it needed.  It was good but since we are not big on pasta, not sure this one will be made again.  I would add some olive oil to the turkey meatballs so they wouldn’t be quite so dry for Ted. 

Joanne's Quorn Balls with Spelt Pasta

Joanne's Quorn Balls with Spelt Pasta

 

Good job Amanda on a pick that is sure to be a hit with a lot of CEimB cooks.

 

Ted's Turkey Meatballs in Spicy Marinara Sauce

Ted's Turkey Meatballs in Spicy Marinara Sauce

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