Ideas from the mini-kitchen

It’s almost summer! Here’s what I’m eating.
 
Frozen Green Peas
 
I try to eat fresh produce first thing in the morning for no other reason than I felt better doing it as I tried (and failed) the Wahl’s Protocol Diet.
 
This has you start the day with a fresh kale smoothie (after the overnight “fast” you get from sleeping) to “feed your mitochondria.”  This is my compromise.
 
Right now on Mondays I make a big bowl with a bag of frozen peas, a cup of nuts or mom’s “trail mix” (has nuts, raisins and chocolate!), and whatever leftover salad dressing (I’m using honey-mustard at the moment).
 
I keep it in the fridge with a spoon and just eat a few spoonfuls first thing in the morning while I’m heating up water for tea or oatmeal. It usually lasts me the week.
 
Whole Wheat Tortillas
 
I find tortillas are an easy carb to keep instead of bread for sandwiches. They seem to  last longer in the fridge, I get some whole grains in my diet, and they are easy to handle while working at the computer.
 
I really became a fan when I started eating salad greens wrapped in them. I justify it as an alternative to croutons. See my post about it here:  My salad wraps.
 
Recently I’ve had them with a filling of plain cream cheese, a pinch of crystallized lemon (which i already have) and raisins.
 
Another time I had some leftover bacon that I stirred into peanut butter and spread into a warm tortilla. Yum!
 
Ramen Noodles
 
Finally, this week I had an a-ha moment. It never occurred to me to buy the cheap packages of Top Ramen I so relied upon in college and NOT use the flavor pack! Or to just mix them up into soup. They are so flavorful and salty I viewed them as a bit of a guilty pleasure.
 
Then I was reading this old blog entry when I got to the part about making stir fry and using ramen noodles. I realized this would solve a problem for me: a shelf stable way to have a quick rice alternative! (Exploding head emoji)
 
I always think of rice as a quick and easy base for a meal. But it is messy to fix in a microwave and I don’t have space for yet another electric device like a rice cooker. So I asked a caregiver to pick me up some ramen packages this week.
 
My first meal with them was noodles, frozen broccoli, frozen meatballs, and just a pinch of flavor pack. Genius!
 
Others
 
I’m still enjoying microwaved frozen spinach with peanut sauce (but I haven’t yet found a bottled favorite; suggestions welcome!) and microwaved sweet potatoes, skin and all, with peanut butter and cinnamon-sugar.
 
And my current refreshing favorite is yogurt with added-right-before-eating frozen blueberries. Stay cool, MSers!
 
Links used above
  • True Lemon – “True Citrus products are the easiest way to add real, fresh squeezed taste to your water and recipes without piling on the sugar and salt.”
  • A Slob Comes Clean – “Realistic home management strategies and a message of hope for the hopelessly messy.”
  • The Wahl’s Protocol – “A guide about how to treat autoimmune conditions using functional medicine and nutrient-rich foods, from a doctor, researcher, and sufferer of progressive multiple sclerosis.”
  • My salad wraps – My post about eating salad greens in a tortilla.
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