What to do with leftovers? Personally, I hate leftovers. If I have eaten it the night before, I don’t want it on my plate for the next couple of weeks. My honey-man is the complete opposite. He could eat the same dish three nights in a row.
I work from home and have staff that often need a quick snack fix. Blimpy Girl is there for them. Today’s snack was warm applesauce with low-fat vanilla wafers.
I cut the tortilla into quarters for finger plating. Each quarter is in the neighborhood of 50 calories and that’s with the extra dressing.
This is one of my “Meals on the Fly” dishes. Took less than 10 minutes from start to finish. Grab the Recipe
Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, turkey and Thousand Island dressing. The perfect sandwich combo for a quick lunch. Tip: You’ve gotta eat this one hot!
The wine guy and I do plenty of entertaining and it’s usually at least 12 people plus. I try to have at least 18 sets of white dinnerware on hand at all times. This means salad plates, dinner plates, bowls, serving dishes…. you get where I’m going with this.
Finally, this weekend, I made time to organize my storage space. Heck, I’ve got another 12 dinner and salad plates arriving this week from my Kohl’s (30% off) sale purchase. Oh, and new dinner napkins, too (24 of them in two different colors/styles). I’m fairly certain that somewhere in this blog I’ve mentioned my compulsive nature….in case you haven’t noticed.
Knowing what dishes I have on hand and table linens is critical. In the past, I have spent considerable time trying to hunt down dishes and table setting items in some forgotten cupboard, the attic, or cubby hole. That all came to a halt this weekend. I CLEANED OUT CUPBOARDS! I now know exactly where every item is located and have become so anal that I actually take pictures and log entertaining items. This means service ware, linens and table flower arrangements and displays are now categorized with a location.
I can hear you muttering under your breath, “Way too much time on her hands.” Quite the opposite. I don’t have time to be searching for things. Nothing irritates me more than spending 15 minutes looking for something I know I have “somewhere”.
Are you thinking, “I don’t entertain enough to have things organized.” I say, “Really!”. I don’t care if you entertain for a party of four or 24, you need to have your ducks in a row. Coordinate your place settings by season or color theme. Know where you have table decor and candles. Why buy things you already have?
Looking for a great and inexpensive place to buy table linens? One of my favorites is LinenTableCloth.com. Great place to purchase table clothes in a variety of sizes.
Here in Michigan the temps have started to chill down and it’s officially “soup” weather. One of my favorite Autumn/Winter foods is home made soup. This weekend my honey man and I emptied one of our freezers of all the frozen veggies we had stock piled and decided to make soup.
It was my call and I elected vegetable beef soup. Big hearty chunks of beef were stewed in the stock broth along with corn, green beans, cauliflower, onion, carrots, zucchini, and summer squash. I like to use a “Roasted Beef Base” from Gordon’s food service to add flavor to the soup stock.
My grand kids do not eat this kind of soup…too many veggies for them. However, this was a rare occasion when my oldest grand son (8 years old) decided to give it a taste. His verdict: “Wow, that is really, really good NeeNee!” If you add enough flavor and oohhh and ahhh about a dish enough, it might strike a chord with kids and they will be singing praises.
A hearty bowl of this homemade goodness (1 1/2 cup) packs about 200 nutrient filled calories. Add a slice of hard crusted bread for dipping and you’re under 300 calories.
This was my weekend find. A $4 fresh flower arrangement from a local farm. You could buy the arrangement in a Mason jar for $6 or just the flowers for $4.
Occasionally Blimpy Girl splurges on extra calories. Weekends tend to be those times that I go on a Blimpy Girl Binge. It’s a time when the wine guy opens up a “really good” bottle of vino and I indulge. I’m am getting better about feeling “guilt-free” when partaking in these sinfully high-calorie, high fat meals. I didn’t feel too bad about this one. Come on, sitting on the back deck on a gorgeous Fall day with my man and sipping wine and knocking off fried calamari that was to die for…. guilt really wasn’t an issue.
One of the simplest meals you can prepare is with wine, bread, cheese, and in this case, fried calamari. Yes, yes, I know… fried! Ain’t suppose to happen in the Blimpy Girl meal plan, but baking this calamari just wasn’t an option for me. So I battered it up in Panko bread crumbs and flour and pan fried in 25% peanut oil to 75% canola oil. Grab the Recipe
When I say that this calamari was the best that either my husband or I have had at any restaurant, it’s gospel. Tender with just enough crunch and full of flavor. No dipping sauce was needed. The 2004 Brunello was perfect with the Cotswold & a triple cream cheese from France (St. Andre). Toasted baquette slices and roasted red peppers completed this binge meal.
We won’t talk calories here, just know it is was a binge meal and today I’m back on track. Grilled salmon and vegetable soup du jour. I’ll also be grilling up some of the leftover bass my grandson caught this summer while vacationing in Traverse City.
As my honey-man “wine geek” would say, “Nothing that a little red wine won’t fix.” And, that’s exactly what we did. We had a glass of Cabernet from Chile (Reserva, no less). At our house, we write the rules for wine drinking. Rule #1: There are no rules.
I am going to be hosting a tapas dinner in October and this will be on the menu for one of the small plates. I will substitute this instead of a salad dish. Grab the Recipe
I recently posted a recipe for Mock Guack dip. This is today’s lunch using some of the leftover guacomole dip.
I plated 12 all-nautral scoopable Tostito chips. Each chip is filled with low-fat cheddar cheese, a portion of guacomole and a diced roasted red pepper.
Melt for a minute or so in the microwave and serve. The entire plated chips as shown is in the neighborhood of 270 calories. Very filling, very EZ, and a great way to use up some of that Mock Guack dip.
These tarties can also be filled with crab meat, tuna, figs, artichokes and even pudding. This is probably one of the quickest appetizers you can make on the fly. Grab the Recipe