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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

meal ideas~ two from the past

For the life of me folks, I just couldn't think of any meal ideas to post today. Not sure why, just could not. So, my tried and true when all else fails trick, I went back into past postings for some inspiration and did find a couple that we really like and have often. Sorry, I do not have nutritional information on these two, just know they are healthy and, of course, diabetic friendly.

Green Bean & Shallot Ravioli
This is supposed to be a side-dish, however, it made a terrific complete meal for Steve and I. I broiled some whole wheat (Orowheat)  Sandwich Thins with a smidge of butter and garlic powder.  You could use any vegetable you desire, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts (which I would roast first). Use your imagination and let your taste buds applaud.


Course salt and ground pepper
8   oz green beans, trimmed
12   oz fresh 3 cheese ravioli
2   tbls olive oil
2   shallots, thinly sliced into rings
2   tbls sliced almonds – toasted
Juice of half of lemon (optional)

1.  Steam beans either in microwave for 4 to 5 minutes or on top of stove. Rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Cut in half or 4 inch pieces, set aside.

2.  Cook ravioli per package directions. Drain, set aside.

3.  Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat; add shallots and cook until brown and crispy (this is critical that you brown the shallots to a crispy texture) Add almonds, beans, and ravioli, toss making sure you slightly brown the raviolis. 


5 spice SeaBass with Grilled Bok Choy and Lemon Orzo
This meal is so simple that it really doesn’t have a recipe. Steve one day just put some things together and ended up with a huge meal favorite. I love the look and taste of this dish; it is elegant enough for guests.

1 seabass fillet or steak per person
2 baby bok choy per person
rice wine
Chinese 5 spice
1 c. orzo – uncooked
Zest of 1 Lemon
1 tbls olive oil

Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon rice wine on each fillet, then sprinkle fish, about a teaspoon per side, with some Chinese 5 spice; gently rubbing onto fillet; let sit for a few minutes.

Meanwhile; cut baby bok choy in half and sprinkle with a small amount rice wine. Mince/chop fresh garlic and sprinkle onto the cut side of the bok choy.

Grill fish and bok choy (cut side up so not to lose garlic bits) until cooked and serve with some Lemon Orzo. Orzo is a rice shaped pasta and cooks very quickly.

Lemon Orzo- cook per package directions, drain and stir in the zest of one lemon with olive oil.

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