Delicious Oven Baked Seasoned Steak Fries

By Jodee Weiland

When preparing a meal for several guests, it’s always nice to have an easy but tasty potato side dish to serve. Delicious Oven Baked Seasoned Steak Fries are both tasty and easy to prepare as well as healthy.

http://learnfromyesterday.comUsually I scrub the skins of the potatoes earlier, and then set them aside to dry whole. We all know that baking potatoes whole is easy, but it takes longer to bake them, and you can’t season them or anything, so they are just a baked potato. That’s fine, but if you want something a little different and delicious, this is definitely the dish for you!

I like my guests to feel that they are special enough for me to do something a little extra for them. That something can definitely be both healthy and taste delicious. Seasonings and a little extra virgin olive oil can make all the difference, and it’s not that difficult to do. Besides, with a baked potato, people tend to load them up with not so healthy choices, while these potatoes need no extra garnishes!

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6 to 8 baking potatoes (depending on the number of people and size of the potatoes)
Extra virgin olive oil
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Dried parsley flakes
Sea salt and black pepper to taste (for after baking)

These are the basic seasonings, but you can add any other seasonings you may like. Preheat your oven to 475 degrees. Prepare your baking sheets with parchment cooking paper. Cut the each potato in half and then cut the halves into ¼” to ½” slices to create your steak fries just before you are ready to cook. You may do this sooner and leave in cold water, but I prefer to do it just before baking.

Put the slices in a large bowl and pour some olive oil over the slices. Toss the slices until all of them are coated with some olive oil. They do not need to be drenched, but just coated. Once coated in olive oil, place the slices evenly on your baking sheets. Sprinkle them to taste with the garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley flakes. You may add any additional seasonings you may like, but if serving guests, I suggest you always ask about preferences as some people may not like or tolerate well certain seasonings. When done seasoning, place the baking sheets in the oven for about 20 minutes or until fork tender. Watch them carefully when baking so that you do not burn them.

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Once done, place your Delicious Oven Baked Seasoned Steak Fries in a dish and serve along with the rest of the meal. Your guests may add salt and pepper to their own taste, but they don’t really need it with the seasonings already used. I don’t usually put salt on the table, just a whole peppercorn grinder, and rarely does anyone request the salt. These steak fries are always a winner with those eating, but the best part is that they are full of great flavor and healthy. On top of that, they are really easy to put together and adaptable to the tastes of your guests as well. Try them, and enjoy!

Chicken Breasts with Sweet Peppers, Onions, and Garlic

By Jodee Weiland

For many years now, one of my favorite dishes is Chicken Breasts with Sweet Peppers, Onions, and Garlic. This simple dish is full of delicious flavor, but is really very simple to make.

http://learnfromyesterday.comPreparing the sweet peppers, onions, and garlic is just a matter of cleaning and cutting these three ingredients first. Then you simply sauté the prepared vegetables in extra virgin olive oil until the onions are translucent. Set aside this mixture and brown the boneless chicken breasts after seasoning them to taste. Once done, everything goes in a prepared baking dish and into the oven to bake.

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It doesn’t get much easier than that, but the end product is full of great flavor and gives you a moist delicious chicken breast meal to eat. One thing for sure, you have prepared a meal that will definitely please everyone. My family loves this meal, and it’s a meal that I found easy to prepare after working all day years ago.  It’s a meal that looks and tastes like something from a restaurant, but in fact, is homemade and healthy. Sometimes the easier meals are the best ones, if they have the delicious flavor that everyone expects from a meal well done!

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Chicken Breasts with Sweet Peppers, Onions, and Garlic

2 to 4 boneless chicken breasts without skin
2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 to 2 medium thinly sliced onions
3 to 6 garlic cloves chopped
6 to 8 mini sweet peppers cleaned and sliced
2 to 3 tablespoons white wine worcestshire sauce for chicken
Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray your baking dish lightly with olive oil.  Clean and cut the sweet peppers, onions, and garlic. In a skillet, add the olive oil and heat slightly. Then add the peppers, onions, and garlic to the skillet and sauté until the onions are translucent. Just before removing from the skillet, add the worcestshire sauce with white wine for chicken to the mixture and let heat slightly. Remove this mixture to a bowl, so you can now lightly brown the chicken breasts after seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Once browned, add the chicken breasts to your baking dish. Pour the mixture of peppers, onions, and garlic over the chicken breasts. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Then remove the cover and bake for 5 minutes longer, watching carefully, so you do not burn the vegetables.

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Once done, the Chicken Breasts with Sweet Peppers, Onions, and Garlic will be ready to serve. We like to have a side of broccoli with this dish and a crusty loaf of bread. This dish is great as is with a baked potato as well or even just a salad. The chicken breasts are moist and succulent. However you choose to serve it, you will be eating a healthy meal with delicious flavor coming from those fresh peppers, onions, and garlic. This simple recipe will delight your senses, so give it a try and enjoy!

Egg White Spinach Mushroom Omelet with Mozzarella

By Jodee Weiland

The great thing about an omelet is that you can have them for breakfast, but you can even have them for dinner or any other meal.

http://learnfromyesterday.comMost people prefer omelets for breakfast, but done right, an omelet can just as easily be any other meal. The main reason for that is the fact that they usually have vegetables with eggs or egg whites. They may also have meat in the omelet or a meat serving on the side for those who want it. Omelets vary according to personal preferences or tastes.  There are very few rules when making an omelet, if any, other than including eggs. But hey, who knows? There may be an egg-less omelet out there somewhere. These days, anything is possible!

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This Egg White Spinach Mushroom Omelet with Mozzarella is simple and healthy. It has egg whites, mushrooms, spinach, and shredded mozzarella cheese with a little olive oil. There’s nothing complicated here because it consists of four main ingredients. For extra flavor, you could add chopped onions that you would sauté with the mushrooms in olive oil slightly before adding the egg, but if you want it simple and quick, just add the four main ingredients with a little olive oil. Another thing you could do is to add cut up prosciutto or ham if you want. In fact, you could add any meat you prefer. For us, this omelet was delicious just as it is described here. I love to overload the vegetables, so be ready. It’s the New Year and once again, healthy habits are at the top of our list. We have them already, but we want to keep them so we can maintain good health throughout the coming year.

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Egg White Spinach Mushroom Omelet with Mozzarella

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (substitute butter if preferred)
6 egg whites
4 to 6 mushrooms sliced or 1 (4 ounce) can sliced mushrooms drained
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella part skim
2 cups fresh baby spinach
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

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In your omelet pan, lightly sauté the mushrooms for a few minutes or until ready. Pour the egg whites in over that and let this cook over a medium heat. When ready, sprinkle the shredded mozzarella over this. Finally, add the baby spinach to the top of the omelet. Cover and let cook until slightly wilted.  When ready, fold the omelet over to create a half circle. Either flip the half circle over to cook a minute or two longer or cut in half to flip and finish cooking.

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Once done, the Egg White Spinach Mushroom Omelet with Mozzarella is ready to serve. This delicious omelet is easy to make and has great flavor. Serve with freshly brewed coffee, sliced apples or some other fruit cut up, and a multigrain toast for a healthy meal. Omelets aren’t difficult to make. They really are just a matter of imagination and taste. So enjoy!

Aunt Rose’s Eye of Round Roast Italian Style

By Jodee Weiland

Aunt Rose, who taught me how to make eye of round roast Italian style, was my mother’s sister, and she lived in the house next to my parent’s home, the home I grew up in from the time I was two until I moved away to a place of my own.

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She was always more than just an aunt. She was more like another mother figure in my life because she lived next door to us, and she was very close to my sisters and me. Aunt Rose had no children of her own, but she treated us like we were her children and was always there for us. So way back when I first started cooking, I was at my Aunt Rose’s house, and she was cooking a beef roast that smelled so delicious I had to ask how she did it.

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When I asked her how she cooked her roast, she told me. Basically, Aunt Rose’s Eye of Round Roast Italian Style is the recipe she gave me that day without the measurements. What can I say? Italians just cook and put things in as they go. Who measures? At any rate, I took down her directions and have been cooking my beef roasts this way now for years, with a few small adaptations along the way,…also, another Italian trait, at least in my family. Over the years, I added the carrots and onions under my roast and the Worcestershire Sauce. I, also, learned to brown my roast before cooking it in the oven. These were my additions and have worked out well for me. Aunt Rose liked them enough to add them to her recipe after I told her what I had done. So here is Aunt Rose’s Eye of Round Roast Italian Style as it is today!

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Aunt Rose’s Eye of Round Roast Italian Style

2 pounds lean eye of round roast boneless
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon garlic clove chopped
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
5 large carrots peeled and cut in 1 inch pieces
2 yellow onions quartered
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

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Spray the baking dish you will use with olive oil.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. If your roast has excess fat, trim it off. Then season the roast lightly with black pepper and sea salt lightly. Heat the olive oil in a pan and brown the roast lightly on all sides on your stove top. Once done, layer the bottom of your baking dish with the carrots and onions. Put the browned roast on top of these vegetables and then add the basil, parsley, chopped garlic, onion powder, and black pepper. Lastly, drizzle the Worcestershire sauce over the roast. Cover the baking dish and cook in the oven for about one hour. Uncover after one hour and cook for ten minutes longer. Remove from oven and slice the roast. Put the roast back in the baking dish with juices and cook for another few minutes or until cooked to your taste, whichever that may be, rare to well done.

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Once done, Aunt Rose’s Eye of Round Roast Italian Style is delicious. Aromatic while cooking and full of flavor when done, serve with the carrots and onions under your roast. This is a meal all in one pot, but you can add a salad if you like or a loaf of bread. We like it with the carrots and onions and a glass of Merlot. If you try this meal, you will love it for sure.  It is definitely a crowd pleaser, so enjoy!

 

 

Ways to Workout at Home Easily and Stay Healthy!

By Jodee Weiland

Working out to stay healthy is a way of life for me, and it can be for you, too. There are so many Ways to Workout at Home Easily and Stay Healthy!

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That said, my one word of caution to any of you would be to consult with your doctor before starting any workout routine, especially if you have never worked out before or have had health problems. I’m not a fitness trainer or expert, but I know what works for me and what doesn’t because I have been working out at least three to five times a week for most of my adult life. Lately, I work out daily. With age comes certain advantages making that easier to do. For one thing the children are grown up and on their own. And for another thing, I’m now retired after years of teaching. Both factors make it easier to workout daily and feel great!

Nonetheless, even if you have children at home or work, you can still workout three to five times a week or even more, if you choose to do so. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to do so either. When my children were young, I used a number of ways to workout and be at home with them. Later when I returned to the work, I continued to workout at home on weekends and evenings. One inexpensive way I chose to workout was to use DVD’s or video tapes years ago. There are fitness experts by the dozens out there making work out DVD’s for you to be able to use in your own homes. You can choose DVD’s for walking workouts, yoga, dance, and more. Choose DVD’s anywhere from beginners to advanced levels of difficulty. You just have to decide which of these will work for you!

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One of my favorites, and definitely one that just about anyone can use, is the Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home series. Leslie Sansone has DVD’s for people at all levels of fitness, and she makes working out fun and easy using her four basic steps. I’ve used many of her tapes for years, even while I was travelling. It’s so easy to carry a DVD with you when you travel and play it on a lap top or hotel/condo DVD player. You can even use her walk boosters, from resistance bands to handheld weights and more, to intensify your workout. Order online or shop at stores, you will find such a wide variety of tapes, you’ll be able to change up your workout often. As Leslie says often on her tapes, you need to change it up a little so that the muscles will work harder, and she’s right!

Another way I change it up is to use my exercise mini trampoline (see my earlier post for more information), which I use just about every day because I love it so much. You can purchase one inexpensively at a sporting goods store, a warehouse store, or even a retail store, or you can pay more money for an expensive brand, if you really want to do so. Years ago, I was looking for an alternative to a treadmill and found a Rebounder Mini Trampoline. At first I thought it was some sort of toy, but on closer inspection, I realized it was an inexpensive, easy to use, and easy to store piece of workout equipment. At the time, the price was about twenty-five dollars and much easier to afford than a treadmill, so I thought to myself, “Why not?” I decided to give it a try, and that has been a decision I have never regretted to this day.

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I’ve replaced it several times over the years from wear and tear. My latest one cost me fifty dollars plus tax at a sporting goods store. I jog in place on my mini trampoline at least an hour a day, but more often than not I will jog longer or sometimes even more than once a day. This inexpensive piece of equipment works no matter what the weather is outside, and I can do it while I watch the news or whatever else is on the television. I love it, and even though I have a workout room in my home with a treadmill and an elliptical, as well as weight training equipment, plus more, I still use my mini jogger every day! I use the other equipment as well, but not as frequently because this is easier to fit in to my schedule no matter what’s going on during the day.

There are so many Ways to Workout at Home Easily and Stay Healthy! Whatever you decide to do to keep fit and healthy, you won’t regret the choice because in the long run you will feel and look better as a result. Keep in mind that it is important to eat well if you want to lose weight or maintain weight and stay healthy. Working out should never be an excuse for poor eating habits. I use a Mediterranean diet for the most part. It’s what I grew up with in my childhood home, and it’s delicious as well. It’s also a healthy way to eat according to most doctors, but that doesn’t mean you can eat unlimited amounts of pasta.

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When you eat, eat to live as the saying goes. Don’t live to eat! Moderation is a good rule of thumb. Sometimes we eat fast and feel overstuffed afterwards. That’s because when you eat, it takes time for your stomach to register fullness. Pace yourself and enjoy your meal while you enjoy those you’re sharing your meal with or that wonderful book you’re reading. Eat right and make eating healthy a habit and a way of life, not a diet. Be sure to check out some of my recipes. Once you do, find ways to workout that are right for you and stay healthy by eating right as well! Enjoy life!