Low-carb adventures: quick sweet beef stir-fry

A bowl of veggies, beef and egg noodles.

I was craving Chinese food one lunch-hour while I was on vacation. But Chinese can get expensive and I’ve been trying to cut back on MSG (which gives me migraines), sodium, and extra spending. 😉 So I raided my fridge and freezer to see what I could do. Before long, I had drummed up the fixings for a really quick stir-fry for lunch. Here’s what I did…

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Guinness Slowcooker Pot Roast

A dinner plate holds a baked potato, peas, Yorkshire puddings and two pieces of gravy-covered pot roast.I’ve always done my pot roasts in the oven, like my mom and grandma. But in talking to my mom on the phone yesterday, she and I both blurted out at the same time, “Why not do it in the crockpot??” It was a moment of shared brilliance, if you ask me.

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Chicken, veggies & rice foil-bundle dinners

The finished product: chicken, veggies, rice and gravy cooked in a foil packetA few nights ago, I was in the mood for a ‘one dish meal’. I didn’t want a lot of clean-up for my poor hubby (yes, I cook, he cleans) and yet I didn’t want a traditional casserole. Poking around the internet, I found quite a few recipe sites that had great suggestions for the ingredients that I had, but it was a series of sites suggesting an old campfire method of cooking food that intrigued me the  most.

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Using leftover marinaded & cooked chicken

A light green bowl filled with spiral pasta, chicken, sundried tomatoes and mushrooms, topped with chives.Hubby and I love pizza, but unfortunately get bored with order-in pies sometimes. So earlier this week, I had marinaded some chicken in extra virgin olive oil, thyme, pepper, garlic and orange juice, then cooked this up and used it as the main meat on individual pita pizzas. After making four of these little mini pies, I  still had a lot of extra chicken left over.

What on earth was I going to do with it?

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Experiments in soup-making: fake minestrone soup

A bowl of soup, showing sausage meatballs, vegetables and spiral pasta.I’m feeling a little lazy but I really want to share my latest creation. Normally, I would describe what I threw together in the pot to get to the final product and not post the actual recipes but I think this is going to change. For my friends on Facebook and Google+ who have already seen this recipe, I do apologize for the reposting/blatant plagiarizing of my own FB/G+ post. Hehe. I just think this soup is too good (if I do say so myself) to not post here. Not only that, but I think that based on next-day tasting, I’m going to make a couple of measurement adjustments as well.

It rained last night and had cooled off considerably outside (YAY!!). As such, I suddenly got in the mood for soup. I don’t know why, but rain and soup and things like hot chocolate go well together, imo. So, I started yanking things out of the fridge and cupboards to see what I could come up with.

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