eMeals to the Rescue!

I hate making the grocery list every week. And deciding what to cook for dinner. So when I received an email offer from Groupon for 50% off the meal planning service emeals.com I jumped at it! Well, actually, I thought about it for a day-and-a-half and THEN jumped! Your menu depends on how many you’d like to cook for, if you have a special dietary needs, and which store you’ll be shopping at. Then every week you download 7 meal ideas complete with recipes and a grocery list! I even got a special menu for Father’s Day. Our 1st eMeal meal was tonight: Easy Stromboli. Pizza crust from the tube rolled out and topped with ham, mozzarella cheese & spinach, then rolled back up and baked for 35 minutes. Easy and good!


Ham-apalooza Day 2

(Post copied from “(Fill in the Blank) Fried Rice”)

The perfect dish for leftover ham? Ham Fried Rice, of course!

-Beat 2 eggs and scramble in a hot pan. Remove and set aside.
-In the same pan, add 1 T oil. Stir fry meats of choosing (approx 1 c. total) and 1/2 c peas for 1 minute.
-Add in 4 c. cooked rice and mix well. Add cooked eggs and 1/4 c. chopped green onion.
-Stir in 2 T soy sauce, combine well and serve.

Ham-apalooza Day 1

We hosted Easter dinner at our house and have ended up with quite a lot of leftover ham. I guess it’s better than the Thanksgiving I over-invited and we ended up with NO turkey leftovers. Better? Or worse.

Anyway! Yesterday we had ham sandwiches for lunch. Today it was minced ham & egg salad sandwiches. Tonight? Ham & swiss quiche served with a spinach salad on the side (No, I didn’t make the crust. But after eating this store bought one I wish I had). And you know it HAS to be good when your husband says, “did you take a picture yet?”

Mozzarella, Ham & Basil Panini

photo courtesy "Cooking Light"

My foodie friend, Jayne, gave me her latest issue of Cooking Light after she was done reading it. She gave it to me because we both are interested in pressure cooker recipes – which this had a whole section on. Neither of us have a pressure cookers but I’ve watched lots of infomercials about them. They intrigue and scare me. Anyway, in this issue was a recipe/tip section for healthy food in a hurry. The Mozzarella, Ham & Basil Panini was “Favorite 20-Minute Recipe #9. The picture in the magazine is MUCH better than the one I copied from their website. No, it’s not my picture. If someone has already gone through the trouble of taking a picture, why should I?

In any case, I digress. This panini was super good (and finally gave me the opportunity to use the Cuisinart Griddler I got for Christmas a few years ago as a panini press)! I also think it’s funny how the loaf of ciabatta bread I got is exactly the same size as as my panini press. I’m thinking it’s not just a coincidence. Yes, I did cut it into 6 wedges as the recipe suggested, but then ate 1 1/2 pieces so I guess it was cooking light, but not EATING light. Too bad. I had a crappy day.