Thursday, October 21, 2010

Turkey Italian Spaghetti and composting tips

Italian Turkey Sausage Spaghetti

One package sweet lean Italian turkey sausage
One package angel hair pasta
One can of spaghetti sauce (my favorite is the four cheese but garlic is great as well!) Wheat or veggie is nice.

See how simple? Of course you do! Almost everyone I know can cook this meal without a recipe, what is great about it is how versatile it is. You can make it healthy by getting wheat or veggie noodles instead of the normal gluten loaded white. I also opted for a healthier sausage and was not disappointed by the taste or texture. It was even a easy win with the kids!

Cook all ingredients according to packaging

This is perfectly acceptable for the mid cooking stage - even if the sausage doesn't look as great as the normal high calorie cheese filled red meat varieties - never fear it looks great when its done!

Now on to composting tips and how to reduce waste in the kitchen.

Tips to reduce waste.
How to make your own compost bin - I am keeping this on file for next summer!

Things to compost:

  • Animal ( cow or horse) manure
  • Cardboard rolls
  • Clean paper
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Cotton rags
  • Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
  • Eggshells
  • Fireplace ashes
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Grass clippings
  • Hair and fur
  • Hay and straw
  • Houseplants
  • Leaves
  • Nut shells
  • Sawdust
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Tea bags
  • Wood chips
  • Wool rags
  • Yard trimmings
Things not to compost and why:

  • Black walnut tree leaves or twigs
    • Releases substances that might be harmful to plants
  • Coal or charcoal ash
    • Might contain substances harmful to plants
  • Dairy products (e.g., butter, milk, sour cream, yogurt) and eggs
    • Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
  • Diseased or insect-ridden plants
    • Diseases or insects might survive and be transferred back to other plants
  • Fats, grease, lard, or oils
    • Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
  • Meat or fish bones and scraps
    • Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
  • Pet wastes (e.g., dog or cat feces, soiled cat litter)
    • Might contain parasites, bacteria, germs, pathogens, and viruses harmful to humans
  • Yard trimmings treated with chemical pesticides
    • Might kill beneficial composting organisms
I have only been in my home for three weeks so I focusing on repairs and will start my compost pile hopefully next spring.
Never fear I have started a different type of compost project that I am blogging on another blog
To follow please click the link.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Meal Plan #1

Sorry I have not been posting, but right now my meals are frozen or turkey sandwiches. We are still unpacking and fixing up the house for our house guests for Thanksgiving.

Now for those that haven't heard on Thanksgiving day I will be serving 11 people!
We had to go out and buy extra dishes to handle the load and are begging chairs from dad and diane!

Menu (Subject to change)

3 Turkey breasts - cooked and then covered with Mango Chutney

Yams - cooked with light butter and cinnamon

Green beans with butter

Squash, Zucchini, peppers cooked with basil

Served with a side salad and side butter wheat rolls

Diane will be bringing somethings... maybe a sausage stuffing, cranberry relish and of course chairs!
We are trying to have a more friendly pcos as well as a frienludly diet for my other sister who is taking meds for blood clots - this is the type of flavor challenge that I love!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Addicted to Tea

Yes I know another product review, but hey I don't have a kitchen right now so cooking is a little hard.

Arizona green tea with ginseng and honey, even my BFF has the cover of this bottle memorized.
Why? Because if this one isn't in the store I don't buy.

Normally... which is where, of course the story starts.

This week my BFF saw my disappointment for my store being out of stock again and helped me decide to try the store knock off brand.


Alright the Arizona Tea group has created a delicate blend of the three flavors, its smooth, sweet, light and best of all the tea is tasty.
I can say this with all sincerity as I am a tea connoisseur, re ally I even have my favorite tea shipped to me as its only made one place in the world.

The big blue store chain that will remain nameless, although, most people can guess who, must not drink the item before selling it. They sell a Green tea with honey and ginseng, the tea tastes between old and burnt, and the ginseng is too heavy so it leaves a sharp after taste that they try to cover by adding to much honey.


I dumped the offending product down the drain and replaced it with two bottles of Arizona. Reaffirming that some things can be duplicated (mac and cheese, cleaners, and cheap frozen pizza), but not everything. Some products can not be replaced and are not worth the thirty cents you might save.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Tuna Fish over Rice

Tuna Fish Over Rice

1/4 C. Butter (can not be substituted)
1/4 C. Flour
2 C milk  (if using skim or whole read note at bottom)
1 can of Tuna
salt and pepper to taste
2 Cups cooked white rice

Melt butter, slowly add in flour. Add milk slowly, mixing it in well until nice and creamy. Once it thickens and bubbles add drained tuna stir and add in salt and pepper to taste.
Serve over cooked rice.
Can easily be doubled to serve 6-8 people.
Taste great with peas added in.

If using skim milk add in 1-2 extra tsp flour. If using whole milk subtract 1-2 tsp of flour.
This addition and subtraction is to keep the correct amount on thickness.