Category Archives: Simple Eating

Simple Eating – Smoothie

I picked out an Instant Pot Ace blender for my Mother’s Day gift, which I got early. My son, who is obviously schooling from home right now, is taking a Principals of Food class for school. This means he has assignments to make food. He had to make a microwave breakfast sandwich, and there was a “bonus” smoothie he could make. So, naturally, we made one because I had this awesome new blending toy. And, we’ve pretty much had a smoothie every day since. We’re now addicted to smoothies. I don’t feel bad about it either. They’re healthy and delicious, and they’re a great source of vitamin C, protein, and a zinc boost for the immune system (with spinach, fruit, and greek yogurt)! Below is the simplest form of the recipe I’ve been using to make these vitamin and fiber packed treats.

 

Smoothie

By Rebecca Besser

 

1 single portion yogurt (6-8 onces)

1 cup juice

1 cup ice

1 cup frozen fruit

Optional:

1 small handful of raw spinach

1 banana broken into three or four chunks

 

Instructions:

Put all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth.

Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Yield: 2 large servings, or 3 to 4 small ones.

Warning: If you add too much ice or frozen fruit, the smoothie gets too thick and doesn’t blend well. You want a slightly thick consistency, but you also want it runny enough to suck through a straw with ease (if you’re using a straw).

 

Mixed Berry Banana Smoothie

 

Note: I use greek yogurt because it’s thicker and has more protein than regular yogurt. I’ve also been using apple juice, but plan to experiment a little with some other varieties.

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser 2020

Simple Eating – Ranch Tuna

Another lovely lady shared this recipe with me on Facebook when I asked for simple, easy recipes using limited ingredients.

Ranch Tuna

by Elisa Fisher

 

– 1 can tuna, drained

– 1/2 block of cream cheese, softened

– 1 packet of dry ranch seasoning

Mix well.

Serve with crackers, or butter some bread and put some of the tuna mix inside, and grill it like a grilled cheese. You can even add some lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and/or extra cheese.

 

Copyright © Elisha Fisher 2020

Simple Eating – Stir Fry Sauce

We’ve been eating a lot of stir fry and rice lately. I went online to look up how to make my own sauce and found some simple and easy recipes. I modified what I found and since it’s easy to make and delicious, I’m sharing it with you!

 

Bec’s Stir Fry Sauce

by Rebecca Besser

 

1/4 cup water

3 Tbsp soy sauce

2 Tbsp corn starch

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 Tbsp honey

 

Mix well and add to stir fry during the last minute of cooking. Stir well. The longer you cook it the thicker it gets.

*Enough for 1 pound of meat and 3-4 cups veggies.

*The honey makes the sauce less salty. Can be left out if desired.

Note: You don’t need a wok to make stir fry. Just half-cook your meat in a large skillet and then add in fresh or frozen vegetables (usually three to four different vegetables) and cook until  vegetables are warmed through. Add sauce (recipe above), stir in, cook for a couple minutes, and serve over rice.

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser 2020

Simple Eating – Great Depression Cooking

When I asked for easy recipes with simple ingredients on Facebook to share with you, someone shared this link with me. I haven’t gotten to explore this YouTube channel as much as I’d like, but you might find it worth checking out. During The  Great Depression things were much tighter than they are now and people survived it. There are so many things we can learn from the past…we shouldn’t lose that knowledge.

Great Depression Cooking by Carla

Simple Eating – Cherry Dump Cake

Ursula Raphael is a book reviewer that I meet online. She quickly became one of my favorite ladies in this world. You can find her reviews here: Astradaemon’s Lair. And you can find a quick and super easy recipe for cake she shared with me below. No eggs, butter, or milk required (scarce ingredients right now)!

 

Cherry Dump Cake

by Ursula Raphael

 

Ingredients:

1 box of cherry cake mix

1 can of Cherry Dr. Pepper

 

Instructions:

Mix and bake as instructed on the box.

 

It doesn’t get much simpler than that! Enjoy your cake.

 

Copyright © Ursula Raphael 2020

Simple Eating – Fresh Salsa

This is a recipe that can be changed every which way to accommodate any preferred taste, but it’s also great straight forward. I’ve used it for chili, chips and salsa, tacos, and even lettuce wraps. You can put it on almost anything for any meal to add flavor with fresh veggies! It’s also cheap and easy to make. I guarantee you’ll make it time and again.

 

Fresh Salsa

by Rebecca Besser

 

Ingredients:

3 large tomatoes

1 medium to large onion

2 jalapenos

1 tsp salt

 

Instructions:

Dice tomatoes. Finely dice onions and jalapeno peppers (remove veins (the pith) and seeds if you don’t want the heat from the jalapenos).

Add salt to taste (you don’t have to use it all–add in half and see if it’s enough, and add additional if/as needed).

Mix well until combined.

It should look like this:

 

Optional ingredients:

You can add a can of drained corn, black beans, and/or black eyed peas.

You can add lime juice if you want more acid.

You can add a tablespoon or two into smashed avocados, lime juice, and cilantro (if you like it) and wham you have guacamole!

You can use different peppers–poblano peppers or even bell peppers–instead of jalapenos.

You can use frozen or canned jalapenos if that’s what you have.

 

Best if eaten within a week.

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser 2020

Simple Eating – Build A Mountain

Kim Curley is a a wonderful woman and one of my closest friends. She was also one of the first to step up to share recipes when I expressed my idea for this section of my blog on Facebook.

Build A Mountain

By Kim Curley

 

Ingredients:

Canned Tuna mixed with mayonnaise (like you’re making tuna salad, except don’t add pickle relish or anything else to the mix)

Mashed potatoes

Lettuce

Instructions:

Make sure your canned tuna and mayo are pre-mixed first and set aside. You can even do this earlier and let it sit in the fridge.

Cook enough mashed potatoes according to instructions for the amount of people you’re feeding (2, 4, 6, etc.). Set aside.

Now, the building phase:

On plates or bowls, shred or tear your lettuce into bite size portions. Place mashed potatoes on top of lettuce, followed by tuna mixture.

You’ve built your mountain!

If you want, you can stir the mixture all together, or you can eat it as layered.

Extras: add a little extra butter, salt and pepper to taste.

To really spice it up, if you’ve got a little Tabasco, a few drops-not a lot!-might make it taste better for some folks.

We’ve used this numerous times when we’re down to nothing in the pantry, as well as an inexpensive, but filling meal when the purse strings need to be tightened! Enjoy!

Copyright © Kim Curley 2020