What I Eat

Carrots with Honey Butter

Serves: 3

Ingredients:
3 carrots
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Directions:
Wash, peel, and cut carrots into coin shapes. Fill a saucepan with enough water to completely cover carrots. Bring water to a rolling boil. Cook carrots for 15 minutes or until desired tenderness. Drain. Microwave butter in a microwave safe dish for 30 seconds or until melted. Add honey and stir until well combined. Pour honey butter mixture over carrots and toss to coat. Serve with a good source of protein, such as: beef, pork, or chicken.

What I Eat

Beef Quesadillas

Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1 lb. lean ground beef (I buy 93% lean/7% fat.)
1 packet taco seasoning mix* and the ingredients to make it
8-10 inch organic tortillas that are not made with an enriched flour
1 cup canned traditional refried beans, divided
1 1/3 cup shredded Chihauhau cheese, divided
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

*I like to buy a popular restaurant brand of dry seasoning mix that starts with the first three letters of Chicago. If I buy one that makes a sauce, the tortillas get soggy. I also take 1 teaspoon of seasoning out of the packet before mixing it into the meat with 1/2 cup water so it is not too spicy.

Ingredients:
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, crumble ground beef while browning it until it’s no longer pink. Follow the directions on the packet to add the seasoning mix. Spread 1/4 cup refried beans on 4 tortillas. Top refried beans with approximately 1/2 cup seasoned meat. Put 1/3 cup cheese over the meat and beans and top with a tortilla. Brush the top of the tortilla and the bottom of an electric skillet with butter. Set electric skillet to 300 degrees. Being careful not to burn the quesadilla, cook and flip it until both sides are golden brown. Before cooking another quesadilla, carefully wipe out the hot skillet with a clean paper towel and brush the bottom of the skillet with butter again. When the quesadilla has cooled enough to handle, cut with a pizza cutter. Have with a glass of water.

What I Eat

Chopped Steak

Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef (I buy 93% lean/7% fat.)
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

Directions:
Mix meat and spices together. Divide meat mixture equally and form into four thin patties. Put patties on a broiler pan and broil on high for approximately 15 minutes, flipping occasionally. When meat is well done, top each patty with 1/8 cup cheese. Continue broiling for 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Have with a glass of water.

Suggested Sides and Dessert:
corn on the cob (see my Flank Steak with Corn, Caesar Salad, and Watermelon recipe)
green beans (see my Chicken, Orangetti Squash, Beans, and Berries recipe)
garlic mashed potatoes and cooked carrots (see my Roast, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Cooked Carrots recipe)
sliced strawberries or my recipe for Berry Pie

What I Eat

Shells with White Cheddar Cheese and Ham

Serves: 3

Ingredients:
1-6 oz. box organic shells and white cheddar macaroni and cheese and the ingredients to make it
1/2 cup cooked diced ham (I like to use a fully cooked hickory smoked ham steak. According to the package directions, it can be heated up in the microwave in a covered dish with 1/4 cup water for 4 minutes.)

Directions:
Make shells and white cheddar cheese macaroni and cheese according to the package directions. Add ham and stir until well combined. Have with a glass of water.