Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Best Spice You Aren't Using... Yet!

Have you tried garam masala yet?  If so, you know what I'm talking about!  If not, you really need to check it out.  I couldn't find it in the stores in my town so I mixed up my own.  But then I found a small container and thought I'd go ahead and pick it up.  Mostly because, I am not going to kid you, buying all the ingredients to make my own was kind of expensive.  Unfortunately, the store-bought-already-mixed-version was not nearly as good as my own.  So I have the little container available if I need it for a quick sprinkle, but for the most part I am just going to continue to mix my own.  The wonderful flavor it adds to my now-favorite-meatloaf is out of this world.

Apparently, there are many variations on this recipe but this is the one I recommend (also known as the easiest!) if you want to mix up your own garam masala (and I think you do).

Garam Masala
Garam Masala

2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
3 tsp ground cumin
3 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves

Measure out ingredients and put in a small clean jar.  Close lid tightly and shake to mix.

Since my favorite recipe for meatloaf in a mug only calls for a teaspoon at a time, this lasts a while.  If you go to the meatloaf link, just scroll down the second recipe.  It's so quick and easy, you just won't believe it.  Basically, pumpkin, ground beef, and garam masala.  Oh and a little sea salt.  I often mix up a few individual ones at a time and then I have them to grab and take to work to cook in the microwave.  Yes!  You cook them in the microwave.  That's the other thing that makes them so awesome.  I can make them at work and have a really yummy hot lunch.  You know my co-workers are jealous on meatloaf day!

What are you waiting for?  Go get you some!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunny with a Side of Meatballs, and some other great recipes!

One thing I hear a lot is that it's expensive to eat healthy.  Well, not going to kid you... you're right.  Buying fresh produce, grass fed beef, and all that other good stuff can add up.  I am always looking for ways to economize.  And the best way I know is to not waste anything.  Which requires planning.  Although, today, it just kind of happened!

Meatballs alla Parmigiana ready to finish in the oven
I had planned meatballs alla parmigiana for dinner.  First, I had to make the marinara sauce.  There will be lots of sauce left over and this stuff is great to freeze.  There will likely be leftover meatballs too which can go into lunches or for a MustGo night.  Waste not #1 and #2.

Because the meatballs alla parmigiana only calls for 1-1/2 pounds of ground beef, that means I had a 1/2 pound to not waste. (We buy our beef once a year from a local farmer, and the ground beef comes in 1 pound packages.)  So, I used the left over half pound and made two of the pumpkin marsala meatloaf in a mug from this link. which I can have for my lunches later this week.  Waste not #3.

Then, because I opened pumpkin to make the meatloaf, I had pumpkin left over.  I searched around my Pinterest page and found two minute pumpkin pie.  I have made this before and it is delicious... as are all the recipes posted here today.  I didn't make the crust -- the recipe says you can do it either way.  I also tripled the recipe so I could have a few of these and use up the pumpkin.  I will share if someone wants one, or I will just eat them with lunch or supper later this week.  Waste not #4!

So for the price of some meat, onions, crushed tomatoes, some spices, and a can of pumpkin, I have dinner for the family tonight, and lots leftover for lunches, more suppers, or just to freeze!  I am not going to kid you about this either... It doesn't always work out this way.  But it did today, so thought I'd share these recipes with you too!

What are you eating today?  Whatever it is, Keep it Clean