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Is there such a thing as “Rice Cheating”

So much rice, so little time!

I love rice. I love all kinds of rice too. I used to boil rice or make it in my rice maker, but NO MORE! Instant or semi-instant rice is a boon and a gift to rice lovers everywhere. As you can see, there are tons of options and rice is just as easy as a potato to use in sooo many different ways. This is NOT “rice cheating.”

I serve rice with anything too. Not just the traditional fish or shrimp or Chinese dishes, but as rice salad, a soup additive, or a main dish dressed up with some vegetarian chicken, onions, and mushrooms.

Spanish rice is an easy no brainer. Just make your rice and saute with your favorite salsa. I use Newman’s Own Mango Salsa. Add some warm tortillas, and what a dinner! If you are not a vegetarian, add some ground beef or Morning Star Farm Ground Beef Crumbles if you are.

Try different flavor ideas too. Curry, soy sauce, vegetables, and yes, even making your pasta salad recipe using rice instead of pasta!! Let me know how you like this, and I will also be sharing more recipes. Enjoy!

I LOVE those little roll up sandwiches!!

Whood a thunk it? Yet another use for tortillas!

Yes of all of the possibly hundreds of uses for tortillas, here are some more. This is one or those wrap, roll and slice ideas and I use it all of the time.

Spread room temp. cream cheese on a tortilla and lay thinly sliced ham to completely cover the tortilla. Sprinkle with fine grated swiss cheese. Roll up the tortilla very tightly tucking in edges as you go to make a neat roll. Wrap in plastic wrap and roll to make a tight package. Chill for several hours but not too long as the tortilla may dry. Remove from the fridge and slice into small rounds cleaning the knife every so often. These are yummy and can be served fancy on a plate with parsley or just put out on a paper plate at game time. This is also one of those recipes that can be done many different ways.

  1. Spread tortilla with butter and add scrambled eggs and shredded cheese. Follow the same procedure.
  2. Spread the tortilla with pot cheese and sprinkle with pineapple tidbits.
  3. For the kids, how about peanut butter and jelly spread and then sliced. This is a sure fire as they kiddos can help with the process.
  4. Use your imagination!

Great Days


Yes, I know that Thanksgiving is no longer politically correct, but can we not gather with loved ones and share a meal? Can we enjoy each other’s company and forgive and forget past wrongs, think about the future not the past, and just talk about anything good that we all feel? Don’t look back, you are not going that way!

Very Aptly Named Recipe

Pooh is easily tempted and so I am I!

Chocolate Temptation Cookies are very aptly named. Almost no one can resist them, myself included. I have adapted this recipe from one in the “In the Kitchen With Martha and Mary” cookbook. Hope you love it!

1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter 1 1/2 cups flour (May use whole wheat)

1/2 cup marg. Miniature peanut butter cups

1/2 cup brown sugar Mini chocolate chips if you are really

1 egg feeling decadent.

1/2 cup regular sugar

1/2 teaspoon each vanilla and salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

Cream together all ingredients down to the baking soda and flour. Add both and form into round balls. Place on a greased cookie sheet or in mini muffin cups. Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes. Just after you remove from the oven, push a little peanut butter cup down into each little cookie. Cool before removing . Enjoy!!

PS Add 1/2 a bag of mini chocolate chips if you dare!!

There are sooo many things to do with an empty pie shell. Think of it as a totally blank canvas and go from there. I think first of quiche. I make literally 10 different types of quiche with veggies, different types of cheeses, and leftovers.

Think also of fruit pies. The skies the limit on fruit pies with all different types of fruit, different toppings and so on. Think also of summer pies, I love the one you make with jello, cool whip and jello pudding. Yummy.

I am sure you could think of many more things to do with an empty pie crust. Also, one can do so much with imagination. Foods are such a pallet. Think about tastes you love and combine with other tastes you love. Also, think about all of the new fruits and veggies that are out there now.

Finally, I do not mean to be a nag, but also check out labels as you shop. We now know sooo much more about nutrition and health. Take advantage of all of this new knowledge.

We Are Back!

I have been on a vacation, but have been thinking of all of those of you who have been faithfully following this blog. We have been learning new things together, I hope, and gaining and growing in many ways. Participation has been wonderful and I hope it will continue to be so. Please write a comment, share a recipe or thought, and just be a part of “Skating Uphill.” My sort of life motto has always been that skating uphill is really hard work, but when you get to the top, the view is well worth it! I hope you agree.

Anyway, we are back and ready to go again. Join the group for recipes, stories to share, comments, life style tips, and on and on. Thanks to all and of course, I have been “Thinking of You!”

Just kidding

Ha Ha, just kidding. This is a recipe for no crust quiche. By omitting the crust, you do indeed change the texture and the flavor a bit, but boy do you save tons of calories. even the LITE crusts that you buy or your own crust made from marg not butter can have hundreds (Yes, Hundreds) of calories. Crust is yummy because it is flour and butter or lard.

No Crust Quiche

  1. Butter, marg, or oil to lightly grease the pan (I bake this in my big ceramic pie plate)
  2. 12 oz. of frozen broccoli thawed, broken apart and stemmed. If you use fresh broccoli make it into small pieces and use about 2 cups
  3. 8 oz. cheese You can use any kind you like. I like really sharp cheddar but you may also use, feta, milder cheddar, or just about anything except the soft cheeses. You can also make a combination of several different kinds of cheese if you like.
  4. 1 pint of cottage cheese (I like the small curd)
  5. 4 eggs
  6. 1/3 cp. flour
  7. S and P to taste.

Set oven to 350 and grease your pan. Par boil or cover with boiling water to lightly cook broccoli-Microwave for 40 seconds will do the same. Add everything but eggs, flour and salt and pepper. Wisk eggs, flour and s and p until there are no lumps. Mix all ingredients and spread in the dish. Bake for about 40-45 minutes until not sqishy to the touch in the center. This is good with a mixed green salad or, actually even though I hate to say it, French Fries!!

What A Shockaroo!

So here I am with my empty plate at the church potluck and I spy what I thought were those yummy spinach balls. I grab a few and pop one in my mouth before I even sit down. UGH!! It is full of sausage. Okay, so that is not a disaster for everybody, but I have not eaten meat for over 30 years and I love my vegetarian, plant based life. Just in case YOU might want a REAL spinach ball, I thought I would share the REAL recipe:

  1. Big (10 oz.) package of frozen chopped spinach, cooked. (Really drain it well)
  2. One cup of seasoned not chicken or pork etc. stuffing mix. Get the herb seasoned stuffing mix or make your own out of bread crumbs or Panko.
  3. 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese. I just use the kind in the plastic jar since this is cooked.
  4. 3 beaten eggs
  5. A bit of the green part of an onion fine chopped-or not. You may not like this.
  6. 4 Tablespoons marg. melted in the microwave
  7. Combine all ingredients making sure your spinach is nearly dry. Roll into the size of small meatballs. (Ha, Ha, No Meat!) Bake on an ungreased coolie sheet for about 10 minutes at 350.

PS You can freeze these for an appetizer or whatever but take them out and cook from frozen for about 20 minutes at the same 350. These are really easy and very healthy and yummy.

Have you tried this yet?

I don’t know if I should call this recipe panmuffins or muffincakes ala pan. Anyway, it is one of those recipes that is not what it is meant to be.

Just try this. I loved it.

Mix a package of any type of muffin mix. (Think Martha Washington in the packets) and mix it with the appropriate fruit-perhaps blueberry or chopped apple depending on your muffin mix choice. Add 2/3 cp. milk and one egg. Mix well and use it to make pancakes. This recipe has fewer calories than my Krustez mix or the Bisquick mix, and it is really yummy. I have even thought of adding a packet of the appropriate type of instant oatmeal. What do you think???

Old/Easy/Pastry Free Favorite

Refrigerator Yogurt Pie

  1. 2 8 oz. containers of any type of fruit yogurt
  2. 1 cup of fruit-chopped and drained and the same kind as your yogurt (I like blueberry)
  3. Whole container of lo-fat Cool Whip
  4. Prepared chocolate or graham cracker crust or four clear glass cups with perhaps a little of your chosen fruit on the bottom

Mix all ingredients and pour into your chosen method and scrape your bowl with a plastic spatula. Refrigerate for several hours until set enough to slice or spoon out without dripping. Serve for dessert with a nice cup of spice tea.