preparing food

Food is a tool, and much like any other tool, it should be used to your advantage. Yes of course to satisfy your hunger, but also to explore new concepts, to challenge your creativity, to form disciplined eating habits and my favorite of all, to treat yourself. I have made the commitment to make Sunday a day for self indulgence and I welcome you to the idea of treating yourself in the kitchen.

Breakfast: Fish and Grits
Fish and grits

True to my southern upbringing, this Sunday’s breakfast of choice was a no-brainer. A succulent combination of salty, crispy fried fish complimented by a good helping of creamy, buttery grits.

– 2 fish filets (my fish of choice is always catfish)
– 1 cup vegetable oil
– Seasoned salt
– Black pepper
– ½ cup fish fry (I used Louisiana Fish Fry but cornmeal is also a great coating)
– 1 cup of cooked grits

1. Preheat oil in a medium sized saucepan to medium-high heat
2. LIGHTLY season fish with seasoned salt and pepper
3. Evenly coat seasoned fish in fish fry
4. Fry fish in sauce pan for 3-4 minutes per side
5. Remove from pan onto paper towels to drain
6. Enjoy along with a bowl of grits

Snack Time! Nachos with sausage (and cheese too)
If you suddenly look back and I’m not there, I’m probably in a corner licking the goodness off my fingers; that’s just me tho. For those who like a little more than chips and cheese, this is for us!!
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Ingredients

– Tortilla chips
– Nacho cheese
– 5 Lil’ Smokies (any variety you like, I bought the ones with cheese in them)

Directions

1. Cut sausage into smaller, bite-sized pieces
2. Layer chips, sausage and cheese onto a microwave safe plate
3. Nuke that puppy for about 30 seconds!
4. Consume entire plate without the “assistance of friends”

Dessert: Cereal bars
This is good for more reasons than I can think of! I mean you can have it for dessert, or a snack, skip the chocolate and have it for breakfast! Its portable, it takes 3 minutes to make, and it’s very versatile…I mean I could go on if you’d like.
cereal bars

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Ingredients

– 3 cups of cereal of choice (Cheerios for me!)
– 4 Tbsp. of butter
– ¼ cup brown sugar
– ¼ cup of honey
– ½ tsp of kosher salt
– Pinch of cinnamon
– Handful of roasted, chopped nuts

Directions

1. Line a square baking dish with wax paper
2. Mix butter, sugar, honey, salt and cinnamon in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Boil for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, then remove from heat and add in cereal and nuts.
3. Pour mixture into lined baking dish and press it down evenly with a rubber spatula.
4. Let cool for at least 15 minutes, remove from pan and cut into squares

Dinner: Beef stew and yellow Rice
This is a meal from the heart, for the soul so it will take a few minutes of prep, but just like many stews, you set it and kinda forget it. You will end of with enough to eat for a few days and to share or freeze for another time. Also, feel free to substitute frozen veggies for canned.

Ingredients

– 1 lb. of beef for stewing (It says it on the packaging)
– 1 Onion, chopped
– 4 Tbsp. of olive oil
– 1 can of corn
– 1 can of green beans
– 1 can of carrots
– 2 cups of red potatoes, cubed
– 1 can of tomato paste
– 4 cups of beef stock (or water)
– 4 Tbsp. Kosher salt
– 3 Tbsp. Black pepper
– A few dashes of hot sauce
– Cooked yellow rice

Directions
1. In a large stockpot, add oil and heat to medium-high
2. Add in beef and onions and cook for about 5 minutes or until onions are translucent, stirring occasionally.
3. Season with 1 Tbsp. each of salt and pepper
4. Stir in tomato paste
5. Slowly stir in beef stock, being sure to stir up any browned meat bits
6. Mix in canned veggies and potatoes
7. Season with remaining salt and pepper and hot sauce
8. Reduce heat to a low simmer (medium-low) and let cook for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and checking meat for tenderness
9. Add additional seasoning to taste and remove from heat
10. Enjoy over rice!