Paella adventures

You all know I love to cook, I picked up a new paelo cookbook last week and decided the paella recipe sounded great. So here it is, I used chicken sausage instead of pork and supplemented with a whole gang of Thai chilies to spice it up. I loved it and it was the first time I’ve used saffron.

Don’t tell my son who hates cauliflower but there’s a whole head in this dish, ha, he had no clue. I just pulsed it as the recipe called for. Flavor was unbelievable. I can post the recipe if anyone is interested. This over 50 eating plan may be fun after all since my metabolism has decided it doesn’t want to work anymore.

Food changes and the gym will make it all ok

Mushroom meat balls yes

The meal tonight for our pescatarian expedition was mushroom meatballs. Let me just say yes, these are great. You would never know unless I told you that there is zero meat. Recipe below:

  1. 2 containers button mushrooms
  2. Diced onion 1
  3. Rosemary and basil (as much as you like)
  4. Diced pepper (any color)
  5. Garlic
  6. 1 cup quick oats
  7. 1 cup bread crumbs
  8. 2 eggs
  9. Parmesan cheese
  • I threw the first 4 ingredients in a food processor and pulsed it, threw it into a skillet with some olive oil and sautéed with garlic until the liquid evaporated. This is important.
  • Now simply mix with the last 5 ingredients roll into balls and bake at 400 until golden brown. Spray the baking dish so they don’t stick
  • Then I opened a jarred marinara and added some fresh tomatoes, cheese peppers n heated it up, add the cooked meatballs to the sauce and you have dinner
  • I love carrots so I poured some half and half in a pot with fresh rosemary and some butter reduced and they were delicious
  • I know my photos suck but man was it great
  • What the hell is a Pescatarian

    My husband came home a few days ago and said he had read an article about the Pescetarian diet. The first thing I said is what the hell and is this some made up shit? He suggested we should try it. I had never heard of this so of course I had to go research.

    Pesce, the Italian word for fish, is associated with people who add aquatic animals to a vegetarian diet. Pescetarians (sometimes called pesco-vegetarians) eat freshwater and saltwater fish and shellfish in addition to the fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, eggs, and dairy vegetarians typically consume.

    Presumed health benefits:

    There’s evidence that a dietary pattern like this favorably impacts chronic disease, a lower mortality rate among pescetarians, in addition to lower levels of blood cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as [decreased] risk of diabetes, blood pressure, and metabolic syndrome. The benefits are similar to Mediterranean diet, vegetarianism, and the benefits of eating fish.

    I have toyed with eliminating meat from our diet for years due to the fact I love animals, pork and beef have not been in our house for years but I have struggled with giving up chicken and I love fish. I am concerned about how to get enough protein.

    • I love to cook but the vegetarian recipes I have tried thus far are less than wonderful
    • If I could find a cook book that included Vegi and grain meals packed with flavor I would be on board, any suggestions?
    • I am a texture person so would need to figure out what to incorporate to not feel deprived or miss the little meat I do consume.

    I am off to the library (I love the library) what’s better than free reading (yes I’m frugal too) to find some cook books to give this whole Pesce thing a try. Stay tuned, I will post those items that are great and certainly tell you about the horrible things too.

    Vegi meals 

    In order to switch up our meal planning, I have starting adding one vegetarian meal a week. So far all of them have been great. These are red velvet waffles and oh man were they good. I simply used a boxed red velvet cake mix but added one egg, vanilla, and cocoa powder.  Be aware don’t overfill the waffle maker or you will have a lava flow out of the side. Yep I did this ha. Top with berries and whip cream before serving, delicious


    I also did a cauliflower and garbanzo bean curry and a vegi pot pie that was legit. This week is corn and potato soup. I’ll post the recipe if its good. Don’t want you trying something not taste tested…