I would like to share some very easy things you can do to change your everyday meals into awesome meals. When I was younger I loved making fancy recipes and baked goods. And my family loved to eat it. But I really hated the Ho Hum day to day, bargain basement cooking. Thank God I never found Hamburger Helper! Even when I was in Nursing School I would drive home and cook dinner for my family. It was about a 1/2 hr drive, but they would get a meat, a starch, a green and yellow vegetable without fail. Then I would turn around and go back to school. In my heart, I knew my children and husband deserved fresh cooked healthy meals. Over the years I have learned a lot without really realizing it. So I would like to to share an example of how to take a simple recipe and make it your own. We have lots of great meat around here and it is very easy to make great food from that. But what if you just have some canned meat like salmon or mackeral and you want to make a good meal. Well here are some ideas. I found this website (that promotes canned salmon) with a whole bunch of recipes. So I will use one I have made a couple of times. Here is the link for seafood recipes: http://www.alaskaseafood.org/canned/recipes/recipes.html
Here is the starting recipe:
SPANISH SALMON BAKE
1 can (14.75 oz.) or 2 cans (7.5 oz. each) traditional pack Alaska Salmon OR 2 cans or pouches (6 to 7.1 oz. each) skinless, boneless salmon
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil (I use coconut oil)
1/2 cup diced yellow onion (I use a small whole onion)
¼ cup diced red bell pepper (Or 3 jalepenos)
2 cloves fresh minced garlic
1 can (2.5 oz.) sliced black olives, drained (or a big can)
1 cup frozen diced potatoes (better yet a fresh potato)
½ cup diced tomato (or a can of rotel tomatoes YUM)
8 large eggs, beaten well ( I will add a whole bunch of chopped spinach next time)
1 teaspoon dried oregano (or any spice you like – be creative)
2 Tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro (OR A WHOLE BUNCH MORE OR AN HERB YOU LIKE)
1 teaspoon salt (to taste this was fine)
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 cup white cheese, shredded or crumbled (OR more of whatever cheese you like and more if you like)
Preheat oven to 400°F. Drain and flake salmon. Heat oil in frying pan ( I DIDN’T SAY IN THE PODCAST but I use A CAST IRON PAN, but what else would I use?) over medium heat. Stir in onion, bell pepper, garlic, olives and potatoes. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, until garlic is brown and potatoes are slightly cooked. Remove from heat; evenly spoon potato mixture into spray-coated 9×13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle on salmon and tomatoes. Blend eggs, oregano, cilantro, salt and pepper; pour over salmon. Bake 10 minutes; sprinkle on cheese. Continue baking 10 to 15 minutes, until cooked through.
Makes 6 to 8 Servings.
Nutrients per serving: 302 calories, 19g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 57% calories from fat, 284mg cholesterol, 24g protein, 9g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 928mg sodium, 284mg calcium and 1.1g omega-3 fatty acids.
FIGS FRUITING NOW AND HOW TO MAKE NEW PLANTS
MUSCADINE AND SCUPPERNONG
Our muscadines are starting to fruit. The grapes just finished their fruiting. I know 2 varieties we have are Dixieland and Supreme. We have another unknown variety that was mislabeled from the nursery, I’ll go into detail about that.
You have your housing and feed worked out and are ready to breed here are some tips. Small breed rabbits can be bred at 5 months, medium size bred at 6 months and large at 8 months. The good news is there is no cycle for the female. So you can breed any time. The male will go sterile in extreme heat however. Bring the doe to the buck and don’t blink. It all happens quickly and is rather comical. Nuff said! Put her back in 8-10 hrs later in case she didn’t “catch”. You can weigh the doe at mating time and again in 2 weeks. If she gained a pound she is most likely pregnant. After 10 days you can actually palpate and feet the little ones. On the 27th day put the nest box in. Gestation is 28-34 days. A wire mesh box is fine. In winter just line it with cardboard. And provide straw or wood shavings. Use more in winter and less in summer. The doe will build her nest with straw and fur she pulls from her body. Don’t bother the doe for a couple of weeks as she may get scared and kill the young.
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