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Strange But Good~That’s A Weird Breakfast!

It’s been a few weeks since I joined in on Strange But Good hostessed by Laura at Sprint 2 The Table so I thought I’d join the party!  There are always so many crazy good food ideas there.  Be sure to check it out.

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I started out the week making a crock pot full of one of my favorite things…Lentils.  Everything was going smoothly.  After that I started on a pot of my Weight Watchers Veggie Soup.  In the midst of making the soup, I suddenly realized that I’d made a mistake with the lentils.  Usually, I put in a cup of dried lentils into my small crock pot with onion, garlic and seasoning.  As I was throwing scraps into the trash can I noticed the bag from the lentils…I had put in the Entire Bag!!

I ended up having to move the lentils from one crock pot to another, which in the end was almost too small.  I also ended up with a huge amount of cooked lentils.  I use a cup of them each time I eat the soup which is not usually a problem but I was left with double my usual stash.  I had to think of other ways to use them

Often on BCDC I talk about foods that are not attractive but tasty.  This dish certainly fits into that description.

Lentils in measuring cup


To my usual mixture of egg substitute and egg whites, I added a quarter cup of my cooked lentils.  I also added in some Mrs. Dash and crushed red pepper flakes.   Not pretty in the measuring cup.

Lentils in egg beaters


Not pretty when mixed in with the egg substitute.

Lentil omelette


Not really all that pretty as a finished omelette.  I added some shredded 2% cheese inside and on top.   Not photogenic, true.  But really, really good!  Almost more importantly, it was also extremely filling.  When I have a regular omelette, I start to feel hungry in a couple of hours.  This kept me satisfied almost until lunch time.  I eat pretty early so this was an accomplishment.  It also gave me a nice protein boost of 4.5 extra grams over the regular omelette.  I’m pretty excited that I tried this and I’ve tried it again since I first figured it out.  Sounds weird I know, but give it a try!

Be sure to check out all of the wonderful strangeness over at Sprint 2 The Table today.

Happy Friday!

Strange But Good~Extra Protein

It has been a VERY long time since I joined in on Strange But Good.  That’s the link up hostessed by Laura at Sprint 2 The Table.  This is where we share our strange obsessions with food and our unique ways of combining and preparing it.  I’m glad to be back.  I love being Strange with these crazy people!

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As a vegetarian, I’m constantly on the look out for ways to get extra protein into my meals.  I try things.  Sometimes they work, sometimes. they don’t.  Breakfast has recently been my guinea pig…strange for a vegetarian to use that analogy, but it works!

Yesterday, I had cooked up a batch of white beans in the crock pot.  I use them for a lot of things but never thought of using them for breakfast.

Egg beaters with beans


I use a mix of egg substitute and egg whites plus lots of Mrs. Dash.  Since I had the beans there and ready, I decided this morning I would add a quarter cup of the beans into the mixture.  No Idea how it would turn out.

Omelette with beans


Looks pretty much like a standard omelette.  I sprinkled a little dried basil on top to give it a little color and a little shredded 2% cheese inside.  The beans have a very mild flavor and the next time I might use a bit more spice.  I got 4 extra grams of protein so that was good.

The amazing thing is, it was Extremely Filling.  When I’m finished eating an omelette, I usually feel satisfied.  After this I felt Full.  Such a minor change and it made such a difference.  For me on Weight Watchers it only added one Point so I was pretty happy about this all around.

Be sure to stop by at Sprint 2 The Table to see what other strange things you’ll find.

Happy Friday!

Strange But Good~You Really Did That??

Good Morning! I’m excited to be back with the Strange But Good crew that gathers over at Laura’s Sprint 2 The Table.  I feel so at home with anything that includes the word Strange!

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I’m always finding food in my fridge that I forgot was in there.  Most of the time whatever I find is unrecognizable and only good as a science experiment.  Not so with dried things apparently.  I found a container of prunes that I forgot I had.  Now, I think most of you are probably turning your noses up right now, but don’t.  Spending so much time with my Grandmother, prunes or “pru-ins” as she called them, were a staple around the house. They’re good for you-lots of fiber and potassium.  I gave her recipe for prunes once before and if I could find the post I’d link it.  I’ll do some searching and link it up soon.

So there I was with prunes that I figured I should probably use up and breakfasts I needed to eat.

First one was prune overnight oats.

Prune overnight oats


I chopped up 4 or 5 prunes.  I mixed a 1/4 cup each of oats and oat bran, 1/3 a cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt, cinnamon and 1/2 cup of Almond Breeze unsweetened.  I recently found out that 1/2 cup of this counts for 0 Points on Weight Watchers.  I have to verify that with my WW leader but I’m pretty excited.  I love to save a point wherever possible!  I know that a lot of people like their OOIAJ cold, and I have eaten it that way, but when possible, I like to warm it.  I do 1 minute 30 seconds in the microwave.  This was really tasty and I could taste the prune-y goodness.  I’ll do this again when there’s no fresh fruit available.

My next adventure was a prune smoothie.

Prune smoothie


I had to think ahead a little bit for this one.  The night before I chopped up again about 4 or 5 prunes.  I poured 1/2 cup of Almond Breeze over them and put them in the fridge overnight to soften them.  Next morning, I added another 1/2 cup of the Almond Breeze, 1/3 cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt and 2 scoops of protein powder.  I whirred it up in the Magic Bullet.  It was delicious!  The soaking was a good idea and next time, I do need to blend it a little longer.  The prunes needed some more spinning time.  I had a lot of prune chunks sticking in my straw! Regardless, it was great and it made me think of my Gram.  I will be trying both of these again.

That’s Strange But Good for me for this week.  Be sure to check out the other strange people who hang out over at Sprint 2 The Table.  I always get great ideas there!

Happy Friday!!

Strange But Good~Starting the New Year Right

I have not played along with the Strange But Good gang over at Laura’s Sprint 2 The Table in a while.  I’ve really missed it and I’m glad to be back today.

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The old New Year traditions is to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring you wealth during the coming year.  I tried to convince Ralph that he needed to play along with this but he would Not.  I guess that all of the wealth that comes to me in the New Year will be mine.  I will however be a benevolent ruler…I’ll share with him.  Anything to get out of New Jersey!

Back to the task at hand.  I’ve had a half bag of black-eyed peas hanging around in my pantry for a while so I knew if I wanted this to happen, I needed to get soaking!  Because of our schedule, I soaked them Monday night.  I was so proud of myself for remembering!

Bright and early Tuesday morning I had my little black-eyed friends in their crock pot bath.

black eyed peas in the crock pot


I chopped an onion, added pre-chopped garlic and lots of Mrs. Dash.  Covered it all with veggie broth.  I started it on low because I knew we had a breakfast date and I wasn’t sure what time we’d be home.  We got home at about 2 pm and then I turned it to high. They cooked for a few hours more.

New Year’s Day we were going out to lunch so I knew this would be a dinner thing.  Sadly, I never checked my pantry.  Thought I had elbow macaroni.  I did find some tiny shell past that were spelt or something like that.  Someone had given it to me.  It was generally brown before and after cooking.

black eyed peas Finished


It’s difficult to see, but there ARE black-eyed peas in there.  I topped them with some red pepper flakes and shredded Romano cheese.  This was Very good.  There was plenty of juice left in the BEP’s after cooking to make a saucy thing with the cheese.  Very good.  It was a great way to start off the New Year.  Again, doesn’t look that appealing, but it tasted great.  In fact on this snowy day, if I can find some other kind of pasta in the pantry (I know there’s some hiding in there Somewhere!!)  I’ll have this for dinner today.

That’s it for Strange But Good for me today.  Hope you are all having a wonderful start to your New Year.  Mine is pretty good so far.  I’m keeping a positive attitude and running with the ball!

Be sure to check out some additional strangeness over at Laura’s Sprint 2 The Table!

Happy Friday!!

Strange But Good~It Started As Soup~December 13

Holy Cow! I’m writing this on Thursday in preparation for Friday’s Strange But Good and I just realized that tomorrow is Friday the 13th!  Yikes!  Not that I’m superstitous…just makes you think.

Anyway!  I love Strange But Good hostessed by the lovely Laura at Sprint 2 The Table.  I don’t participate as often as I’d like, but hey we do what we can. As I’ve said before, teaming up with the other Strange But Gooders makes  me feel not so strange. So Here Goes!

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I’m vegetarian…No news there.  My best friend Gail is also vegetarian.  She has a close personal relationship with WebMD.  Closer than she’d like.  She gets so many e-mails from them that if I were her, I’d be afraid they were stalking me.  She does find some really good and easy vegetarian recipes sometimes.  This one was one of the best and easiest.

Simply called Black Bean Soup it was so easy that in a hectic day when I planned all day to make it and then had many stumbling blocks, I still made it and it was done in short order. I had no cumin, tried Alice-she didn’t have any, tried Gail-she didn’t have any.  Resorted to going to the grocery store.  As I’m getting into the car, Ralph calls and says our Christmas cards are ready at the printer and I need to pick him up and we have to drive the 20 minutes to the printer.  We do, I come home and this soup sounded so easy I said what the heck, I’ll give it a try.

As with many things I seem to show on Strange But Good, it tastes better than it looks.  I feel the need to warn you of that.  This is not pretty food, but oh so tasty.

Prepared BB soup


See…as I said, it’s not pretty.  The recipe calls for putting it in the blender, but I’m not a fan of blended soups, I like texture.  I have an immersion blender, but I didn’t feel like getting it out and probably ending up covered in soup.  I got out my trusty potato masher and mashed away.  It worked very well.  Smashed things up just enough, thickened the soup.  Excellent.

But I felt it need to be a little more substantial to hold me for the evening so I quickly cooked up some quinoa.  Who can’t use a little added protein?

I put the soup over the quinoa and added some of my ever-present Romano cheese.  A little cheddar would have been more appropriate, but I work with what I’ve got.  Also didn’t add the sour cream or cilantro for the same reason.

BB soup over quinoa


Again, not pretty but so good.  The prep time says 30 minutes but I don’t think it even took that long.  You can have most of the ingredients in your pantry ready for when you want to make it.  Believe me, I will keep them on hand All The Time.  It could also be a good basis for other dishes.  I like that in a recipe.  Give this a try, it’s worth it!

Be sure to check out what the other strange people are sharing over at Sprint 2 The Table.  You never know what you’ll find!

Happy Friday!!

Strange But Good~Lentils and Sweet Potato

I haven’t had the chance to participate in Strange But Good lately and I’ve missed it! Sponsored by Laura at Sprint 2 The Table, Strange But Good is great fun and I feel I fit right in with the other strange eaters you’ll find there.  It’s nice to know I’m among friends!

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I am a great fan of quick and easy.  When I can’t have quick, I’ll take easy. Part of this is quick, both parts easy.  In spite of the crock pot time, I think this still qualifies for Couldn’t Be Quicker.

We had come home from an appointment and I had lots of projects to work on.  I started by making a crock pot of lentils.

Lentils in crock pot

I chop an onion, any size will do.  I add probably 2-3 teaspoons of chopped garlic from a jar.  I then add one cup of rinsed lentils.  I cover with water to about 2 inches above the lentils.  This is my small crock pot which is great for smaller portions.  I’ve been getting into doing that because of my fridge issues which doesn’t allow me to freeze if I make a big batch.  Not sure how long it took.  I was busy and just checked back periodically.  I’d say it was about 3 hours on high.  I did need to add a little water at one point.

Lentils finished


The finished product.  They smelled So good while they were cooking.  Smelled like I was really working hard, but…Not…This makes a lot of lentils.  I have plenty left for another meal or two.

I then scrubbed up a big sweet potato.  I microwaved it for 8 minutes which seems to be perfect if it’s a nice big tater.

Lentils and Sweet Potato


Not the prettiest picture ever but boy was it good.  After the photo, I actually cut the sweet potato into bite size pieces and added more lentils, about three-quarters of a cup total.  Topped of course with pecorino Romano cheese…my favorite.

I had been thinking about this for a while and I was really glad when it turned out being as tasty as I thought.  It was extremely filling too.   Also pretty cheap.  I don’t remember what the sweet potatoes cost.  I need to pay better attention. But the lentils cost $1.38 for the bag.  I cooked half the bag and only ate about a third of what I cooked.  That’s about 23 cents worth of lentils.  I think for the New Year (Yikes! Am I actually talking about plans for the New Year?! Oh, NO!!) I’m going to try to figure the cost of my meals.  Just because I need a project, right?!

Be sure to check out everything over at Sprint 2 The Table.  These Strange people work hard at being Strange and you’ll like what you find there.

Happy Friday!

Strange But Good~November 1

Good Grief!! It can’t be November already, can it?! Well, of course it can. I just have to face the fact.  The important fact to face today is that it’s time for Strange But Good-hostessed by the lovely Laura at Sprint 2 The Table.  For all of us who eat strange things, this is the place to be. Be sure to check out what everyone else is posting today.

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As I’ve said before, so many times my Strange But Good foods tend to go hand in hand with my own theme, Couldn’t Be Quicker.  They come up when I have neither the time or the ingredients to make anything else.  This seems to be the case this week.

What do you get when you combine a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles, a can of black beans and frozen, microwaved broccoli? A meal in 10 minutes or less.

Strange but Good broccoli, black beans tomatoes.


This is not the best photo because it was dark out AND I was hungry therefore too impatient to fuss with it anymore.  I thought of sautéing up an onion first and adding some garlic, but why bother.  Just added some garlic powder and Mrs. Dash.  Topped it with some Romano cheese and called it dinner.  I was really only expecting this to fill me up, I wasn’t expecting much else from it.  However, this was delicious.  Luckily, it’s easy to have all of the ingredients on hand so I’ll probably be doing it again.

Be sure to check out the other great Strange recipes over at Sprint 2 The Table.  Why not share some of your strange foods there.  It’s fun and you’ll get some surprisingly good ideas.

Happy Friday!

Strange But Good~October 25

One of the things I really missed while being away from blogging for a while was Strange But Good, hostessed by the lovely Laura at Sprint 2 The Table.  As I look at the dish I plan to share, I suppose it’s not that strange really…or am I just getting used to strange?  I suppose I’ll let you all be the judge.  I just want to be part of the SBG party!!

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Since we’ve been back in NJ there has been a lot of “Let’s go to the diner,” and “Let’s call for delivery.”  Not really a good idea either financially or in the area of health.  We’re still dealing with refrigerator issues so that’s not helping me to have good foods on hand.  I’m working around it and just have to focus and get both of us back on track.

I was on my own for dinner last night so I just dove in, using what I had on hand and it was delicious.

Strange but good dinner


On the bottom was bulgur that I had cooked (Ha Ha) the night before to add to a salad.  I sautéed onion and garlic.  I added pinto beans previously cooked in the crock pot and frozen (Ha Ha) green beans. I added several different flavors of Mrs. Dash.  I love Mrs. Dash and I’m getting into some of the more unique flavors along with the original.  Topped it all off with some pecorino romano cheese.  It was So good.  I forgot how much I enjoy dishes like this.  Quick and filling too!

I know that there are some people who would consider this odd, but hey, Strange But Good is why we’re here and this fills the bill.  Now that we’re back in NJ (however reluctantly) I’m going to try to do more cooking because it just makes sense.  Stand by for some experimentation.  That way I won’t be at a loss for things to post on Friday!

Be sure to check out the other folks posting their Strange But Good creations over at Sprint 2 The Table…you’ll like what you see!

Happy Friday!

Strange But Good~September 6

I didn’t get to play along with Strange But Good last week and I missed it.  Laura at Sprint 2 The Table is the Queen of Strange…in a good way of course and I love to be part of the Strangeness. So here goes!

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Much strangeness is going on around here in general.  I’ve been scurrying around trying to get ready for our big trip coming up next week (YIKES!!!) and feeling behind.  Then after Ralph’s doctor visit last week he was scheduled for heart catheterization on Tuesday.  He had it before 17 years ago and had stent placement at that time also.  Things have really changed.  The procedure is so much quicker and recovery is easier now as well.  The good news is that the tests that had concerned the doctor seemed to be false positives.  He did not need another stent and all is well.  We’re so grateful for that and grateful for his incredible team of cardiologists.  He’s resting for a few days.  I breathed a really big sigh of relief when it was all over and we had the doctor’s report.

Plumbing issues started on Monday but thank goodness we were able to get them taken care of on Wednesday.  Frustrating and annoying.  That’s all I can say.  But packing needs to get started and that’s going to be my focus today.  Laundry to do (two-step process because of the broken dryer…), suitcases to find, and on and on. It will get done!

But I think we’re supposed to be here for Strange But Good!  A few weeks ago my Weight Watcher leader, Mary Lou talked about a bean dip she’d heard about from another member.  Black Bean Dip from Wegmans.  Alice and I went on an adventure to find it which is another tale altogether!



A quarter cup of it counts as 0 Points!  Sounds good to me!  It’s very tasty and I can think of lots of ways to use it.  But considering fridge issues and trying to get rid of things before the trip, I didn’t have much left to work with.  I did have liquid egg substitute and liquid egg whites.  Mixed a half cup of each together which counts for 3 Points on WW. Cooked them up like an omelette and when it was cooked, put a piece of American cheese on top to melt.


Sprinkled a bit of Romano cheese on top and called it dinner.  The bean dip is only a little spicy and very flavorful. This was a great combination and very filling too.  In fact, I’ve had it several times since then.  It probably qualifies for Couldn’t Be Quicker because it doesn’t take more than about 10 minutes to put together.

That’s it for me for Strange But Good today.  I’ve got to get to those lists plus a lot of things that aren’t On the lists!! Be sure to check out the other Strange people over at Sprint 2 The Table.

Happy Friday!!

Strange But Good~August 16

I’m glad to be back and Attempting to get back on schedule.  Intended to get back to my projects on Thursday but forgot that I had scheduled my mammogram for the morning.  Throws my whole schedule off when I don’t get started early so I just poked around the rest of the day, much like what happened to Me when I went for the mammogram.  Someone MUST come up with a better way to administer that test…but let’s get to something more pleasant.

While on my Blog Break, I really missed participating in Strange But Good hostessed by the lovely Laura at Sprint 2 The Table. It’s a great deal of fun and I find so many good suggestions there.  My photos never seem to be as pretty as Laura’s but what the heck…it won’t stop me from trying…or joining in!

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In Maine there is a store called Reny’s where you truly can buy everything but the kitchen sink.  Amazing!  One of the things that Gail introduced me to last year was Raye’s Mustard purchased at Reny’s.  She had brought me a jar and I had never opened it.  While on my vacation, I got to experience it.  There are 25 different flavors.  I tried several while with Gail and realized when I came home that the one I had was one I hadn’t tasted!



Sounds interesting and it is!!  Sweet and tangy all at the same time.  It’s amazing how good and different mustards can be.  Raye’s certainly has learned the trick.

So…how do we get to strange but good?  Of course with Weight Watchers always on my mind and trying to make the most of my Points, while in Maine we made egg salad with one of the Raye’s mustards, I forget which one at the moment.  Knowing I had my jar in the cupboard here in New Jersey, it was one of my first thoughts when I got home.

I cooked up some eggs, chopped some celery and added some Brown Ginger…



So tasty it makes plain rice cakes taste good!



As always seems to be the case…Not Pretty, but Very Tasty!  I even have leftovers which I think will be lunch today!  I really wanted to eat it on a wonderful new pita that we also found in Maine but couldn’t find when I went shopping.  I’m on a mission this weekend to find them.  I’ll share that info when I find them.

That’s the Strange But Good portion for today. Be sure to check out the other strange folks over at Sprint 2 The Table.

I’m off to start working on my stash of stuff that’s stored at my sister Ele’s house.  I think there are quite a few treasures there that I can sell.  Or they could be donated.  Or they may just be trash…we’ll see what comes of it.  The really hard part will be when I get to the boxes with the majority of my books.  I am determined to weed them out, but I thought I already did, so this will be a tough one for me.  I know I won’t get to the books today, but that will probably come at some point next week.

Happy Friday!!  Wish me Luck!!