Mmmm part 5: M is for Mealtime!! (FD warning stamp)

***Last chance to grab a snack before reading...Im serious...food IS discussed!***
well ok...you've been fairly warned...
M is for Mealtime.

What M list would be complete without one of the most necessary of items...FOOD!! OOps. MEALTIME!!! ~grinz~ As you can tell with any of the pictures you've seen of me, I love my mealtimes and rarely miss one. Im not big on veggies, even though they make up a good part of my eating modification right now, but I LOVE my pastas, sweets and meats. I love to cook, bake and eat, but hate the clean-up. Anyhow, the following pictures are my tribute to this special time of day (again, all within the theme):
Melons. Everytime a dr has attempted to put me on an eating modification, watermelon has been the one thing I was allowed as much as I wanted of. In season, it's so sweet that it easily takes place of popcicles and it's better for you too! Honeydews are my next favorite, I prefer them to the cantalopes any day of the week. None is as good as chocolate, but they all take care of a sweet tooth pretty well.Mangos! Ok, I wont pick a fresh one up in the store to eat but I have no problem reaching for it in the frozen food section. I may like cooking but I hate having to process fruits and veggies. I think that's one of the reasons I dont eat them as much as I should. If Im going to eat well, it needs to be handy and easy to throw together...then Im more likely to eat it. Ive discovered the frozen fruits section of the store. All I have to do is pour it into a bowl and let it thaw as I bike, then toss it with some sliced banana and voila...a nice fruit salad for dessert! Plus the mango is sweet enough where I dont even want chocolate afterwards.. *gasp!*
Mushrooms. Oh I hear some of you going "YUCK!" but I love me some sliced mushrooms. They go with nearly everything. Toss em on a salad or warm them up with a little bit of butter and they make a nice side dish. Batter and fry them up and they make an awesome appetizer with some light ranch dressing. Yummy!
Speaking of appetizers, how about those mozzarella sticks? Mozzarella's good melted on almost everything (and if you dont have that, a nice Provolone works as well). Mozzarella's most fun when it's all drippy and gooey but it can be almost as much fun as a cold string cheese that you can pull apart piece by piece.
Moving into the sidedishes there's mashed potatoes! Creamy, lumpy mashed potatoes. Not much beats a good, homemade mashed tater. I like to use a little chicken broth in mine to help cut down on the butter and of course skim milk. However, the best ones are made with real butter and full on cream! Ohhh and fattening but delicious...
....mac and cheese! Im not much on those little boxed with the powdered cheese (can ya say ew?) but Kraft Four Cheese Mac and Cheese dinner? Heck yeah, I could eat that nearly everyday! A close second in the boxed meal is the Velveeta and cheese. If I had my choice, it'd be the homemade kind...there's just something different about it. The closest I've found to homemade is the the Stouffer's brand.
Moseying into the main dishes, there's meatballs and spaghetti. These days I have to use the Smart Taste pasta, which is ~almost~ as good as the regular ol' white pastas...at least it's better than most of the wheat pastas out there. Another substitution I've had to make is to use ground poultry for the meatballs. My favorite meatballs are so fattening Im not allowed even one so why make them. I used to make them with 90% (or higher) lean beef but then I'd mix in a 16oz tube of Owens Italian sausage (Jimmy Dean's Sage works good too)....add a little onion, garlic and parmesan cheese (Romano works too). After it's mixed, I'd stick them in the oven at 350 for 20-30 minutes...then pop them in the sauce. It cooks a great deal of the grease out ...if you dont, then your sauce becomes an oily mess.
Manicotti. Take about filling but fattening! This is my favorite Italian meal second only to fettucini alfredo with chicken strips on it. Pasta cooked with a cheesy yummy filling....mmm. The only Italian meal I know how to cook with any major prep time (not to mention all those other cheeses...like ricotta) is lasagna. I'd love to learn how to make manicotti, raviolis, etc etc some day. I suspect I wouldnt have the patience for it though.
Heading into desserts we have muffins. Actually, muffins make a good breakfast item too...with a nice hot cuppa breakfast drink (tea, coffee, whatever). I love most kinds of muffins.... blueberry, cran-orange, lemon creme, cherry....but my absolute favorite muffins lately have been the cinnamon chip ones. Ohhh yummy. One of the hardest departments to walk by in the grocery store these days has been the bakery with the freshly baked breads and muffins. *sigh* Oh hell, it's ALWAYS been the hardest department to walk through!! Frozen foods arent as bad as it's just visual but the bakery department is not only visual but it grabs your olfactory gland's attention as well. Who can truly fight it when 2 of the 5 senses are under attack?
Another good dessert item that tastes great as a breakfast item is monkey bread. Im only guessing on this one as it looks much like the coffee cake that mom used to make twice a year when we were growing up. It was made on Christmas Eve, and we'd have a few of those yummy, warm, gooey, heavenly pieces while watching the Nutcracker. The next morning, it was warmed up a bit and served for breakfast. It was then made again for New Years Eve. Since it was time consuming to make, it was a treat item... especially once mom's hands developed arthritis.
Mint choclate chip icecream. The smooth, creamy taste of chocolate married with the cool taste of mint....it's a match made in heaven. A real pick me up for days when things just aint going right.
Of course, we can't leave M&Ms off the list (betcha thought I forgot, eh iggy?). That melt in your mouth but not in your hands chocolatey goodness. Unfortunely, like with Pringles, you cant eat just one! Well, at least I cant....we wont go into THAT again...that was another whole blog entry!
Microwave. Wait, what? That aint a food! Well it counts because I use it to prepare a good many of my meals...leftovers! I also use it to prepare my most favorite of nightly treats in the wintertime.......

Marshmallows and hot chocolate!! (see...I worked it in there Tori!). I cheat with my treat though as I use the powdered mix and make due with the little marshmallows they tuck in there. I dont dare put the real deal in the house as I'd not have any for my cocoa if I did. The one thing I dont cheat on is what I mix the mix with. I dont use water. I use




MILK, of course!! Only time I use water is if there is no milk in the house....and only if I MUST have the cocoa....

9 comments:

My Side of the Story! said...

Mmmm... That made my mouth moist!

Perhapes I'll go make some Mackerel or Mollusks with a little Margarine or maybe some Mince pie with Mutton.

No... I think I'll just go wo with some Meat on Melba Toast with some Marmalade a nice Milk Shake and a Mandarin orange!

LOL!

Love the list! ;)

AliceKay said...

This post made me hungry, even though I just finished supper a bit ago. I said YUCK to myself while reading some of those choices, tho. LOL

Milk does a body good! (unless you are lactose intolerant)

ChicagoLady said...

Where to start????

The beginning sounds good!

I prefer cantaloupe for my melons, then watermelon. And I don't usually buy the whole cantaloupe, I buy the pre-sliced cantaloupe, or the pre-cubed cantaloupe. It's easy and there's no cleanup.

I do love mangos. I didn't know there's a frozen fruit section at the store????

Won't even mention the fungus amungus.

Mozzarella sticks. I love 'em, but I try not to eat them, cause they're not good for me, lol.

Mashed taters, with melted butter, or even gravy on top, mmmmm.

Mac & Cheese, who doesn't love mac & cheese? I'll eat the powdered stuff, the velveeta shells & cheese, or the Kraft one. Although I've never been real big on the homemade stuff. My taste is not that refined I guess, lol.

That'sa spicy meataball! I love my aunt's meatballs. Well, she's Italian, she better know how to make them right, lol.

Can I just say I love all pasta and leave it at that? LOL

Muffins, those are yummy too!

OMG, you honestly think monkey bread is too time consuming? You can just sit there and make it while watching tv. It's so freakin' simple, even I, yes ME, can make it. If you want the directions for it, I can give it to you, it's SO simple.

Mint chocolate chip ice cream, one step away from heaven.

M&M's, if they aren't allowed in heaven, I'm not going, lol.

I'm getting a new microwave for Christmas. Mine is only about 19 years old, lmao.

Marshmallows in my hot cocoa, yummmmmm. I don't use milk, because when my sister and I would try to make it years ago, I had such a hard time getting the milk hot without it being too hot and scorching. Then it tastes yucky. So I stick to the powder and water version. Besides, I usually only drink it when I want to warm up quickly.

Milk, it does a body good. I keep meaning to drink more milk, but I just don't consistently have meals where I sit down and could enjoy a glass of milk. I really wish I'd continued my youthful daily ingestion of milk. Man I did love it as a kid.

Are we done yet? LOL

LadyStyx said...

LOL My Side!

Alice: I have a sensitivity to it. So long as I dont over-indulge Im fine...otherwise I take the Lactaid.

Chicago: The frozen fruits are in near the juice concentrates. You can get mixed berries (which I one eat because of the blackberries), strawberries, blueberries, peaches, raspberries and mangos. Havent checked to see if there's anything else I like yet. I like the precubed ones in the fresh section too. Like I said, if there's alotta work in it...well I aint likely to eat it. I wanna pour and go. If I gotta work, I may as well make something I *REALLY* like. As for the monkey bread...the coffee cake that I referenced with it takes hours to make because it's made with fresh typical sweet-dough...so there's ALOTTA kneading and rising involved. We never cheat by using premade dough. *shakes her finger in that no no way* Tradition ya know.

The Wife O Riley said...

Is my husband an idiot or what??!!!! I just read his comment, what a shmoo!

LOVE everything on this list!!

Tori_z said...

Great "Mealtime" list.

About the only thing I'd not have added is the Melon... Not so much I don't like it as I'm alergic.

Wait a minute... You have hot chocolate mixes with marshmallows already in them??? I gotta get me some of those! Maybe then more marshmallows will make it in to my hot chocolate? LOL!

Tori_z said...

P.S. I'm getting freaked out with our simularities... I have the same issue with milk (actually, any dairy product). If I over indulge I pay for it BIG time. I'm actually "meant to" stick to the lactos free products, but since I don't like them I'm not going to do it. I'd rather just watch what I have of it. It means I pay in two ways when I indulge in chocolates (the lactos issue and the extra lbs it gives me) but... *Shrugs*... It's worth it! ;)

Also... I'm the same with work involved in food preporation... If it's a lot of work I'm not going to eat it because I don't want to do the work. If I can just quickly put it together and shove it in the oven or something then I'm fine and will eat most things. Otherwise... Forget it! If it takes a lot of work then either someone else has to do it or I'm not having any.

Funny thing is though... I don't mind the work involved in baking cookies or cakes. ;)

Intense Guy said...

Ah a food break for me in this marathon commenting session...

I had a merry ol' time just reading everyone else's comments.

I found this for you to enjoy:

I Love Foods That Start With M!
©2005 by Marla Lewis

Muffins on the menu
Mounds of marmalade
Milk and maple syrup
On pancakes mama made!

I love foods that start with M!
Mm, mm, mm!
I love foods that start with M!
Mm, mm, mm!

Mushrooms on my meatloaf
Mashed potatoes, please!
Macaroni, minestrone
Mozzarella cheese!

I love foods that start with M!
Mm, mm, mm!
I love foods that start with M!
Mm, mm, mm!

Mango melon ice cream
Chocolate marble cake
Mallowmars and m&m’s
I’ve got a tummy ache!

I love foods that start with M!
Mm, mm, mm!
I love foods that start with M!
Mm, mm, mm!

(Mints! Macadamia nuts! Matzoh balls! Mustard! Meringue Marzipan Mayonnaise!)

LadyStyx said...

Marble cake and maple syrup!

I knew I was missing a couple!

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