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Thursday

Pork Chile Verde With Cilantro Rice From Publix


Publix Recipe

Ingredients
10–12 tomatillos (1 lb), coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1/2 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
1 bunch fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped, divided
Zest/juice of 3 limes
1 pork tenderloin (about 1 lb)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
8 oz pre-diced fresh onions (1 1/2 cups)
1 (10-oz) bag frozen brown rice

Prep

  • Remove skin from tomatillos and rinse well; chop tomatillos (4 cups).
  • Chop garlic, bell pepper, 1/2 jalapeño pepper (1/2 teaspoon), and cilantro (1 cup).
  • Zest/grate lime peel (no white; 3 teaspoons); squeeze limes for juice (2 tablespoons).
  • Cut pork into bite-size pieces (wash hands).
Steps
  • Combine pork, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1 teaspoon oil.
  • Preheat large stock pot on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Place pork in pan; cook 2–3 minutes to brown.
  • Place remaining 1 teaspoon oil in pan, then add onions, tomatillos, and garlic; cook 3–4 minutes or until onions are softened.
  • Stir in lime zest and juice. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 60–65 minutes or until pork is tender.
  • Stir into pork: bell peppers, jalapeño peppers, and 1/2 cup cilantro. Cook 4–5 more minutes or until peppers are tender.
  • Prepare rice in microwave following package instructions. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup cilantro and remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. 
Serve pork over rice.
 

CALORIES (per 1/4 recipe) 340kcal; FAT 10g; CHOL 75mg; SODIUM 270mg; CARB 35g; FIBER 5g; PROTEIN 29g; VIT A 10%; VIT C 80%; CALC 6%; IRON 15%

How To Cut Cable Provider Monthly Bill

My current cable bill is $241.  We have all the bells and whistles: 450 channel package, sports package (for my hubby), highest internet speed and phone service.

I have been meaning to call and speak to someone in the Retention Department of my service provider for some time now and finally sat down to dedicate what I knew would take 30 - 45 minutes.  I explained to the customer service rep that I was considering cancelling my service and moving it to their competitor because I need to lower my bill.  (Truthfully, I did not want to leave their service -- they are so much better than the alternative.) I asked him what he could do for me price-wise without altering my package. 

The rep gave me a couple of options but I kept telling him I did not want to downgrade any of my services. I just want a lower price.  Gotta have my cake and eat too! He put me on hold a couple times to speak with his manager and the final result was that they would lower my phone bill to $180 plus tax if I would consider a 12 month contract.  I told him immediately, "Hey, I have no problem with this deal. I'll take it."  I will see approximately a $50 savings per month - $600 a year savings for just one phone call.

This is not the first time I have renegotiated my bills.  If I call and get someone that is not very friendly or service oriented or that does not really care if I leave their company, I just end the call and call back until I get someone that says what I want to hear.  I will mark my calendar for this time next year to call back, ask for the retention department, and renegotiate again.

Anyone can do this.  Everything is negotiable.

Wednesday

Willow House Closing Out Home Decor Division

Willow House has recently announced their home decor division is phasing out. Get your last chance items while supplies last.  Details here or go direct to Willow House.  I just purchased  item below for $13.20.  Retails for $40.  Such a good price I had to order three for future parties.  I think these would be great looking centerpieces.


One thing I love about Willow House is that they always demonstrate several ways to use the same item whether in your decor or for a party.  Check out some of their design ideas.

While I am sad to see the home decor division vanish, I am excited to take advantage of some of their awesome deals.  Keep watching as prices fall.  I am partnering with Lori Huffaker, Consultant with Willow House, this month.  If you happen to make a purchase, under hostess please select or type in my name, Lisa Newton.  I might just be able to get a few discounted items for helping Lori promote Willow House's home decor clearance.  Happy shopping!

Thursday

Green Rice Pilaf

Sounds yummy -- from Today Show

Herbs star in Bittman’s flavorful dishes

Tuesday

Cherry French Toast Casserole

Found this recipe on Hot Coupon World posted by by Queenofthehivemomof5.  Can't wait to try it - looks and sounds yummy.  And great timing - cherries are in season.
Cherry French Toast Casserole
Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 1 Hour & 15 minutes
Serves: 12
Ingredients:
  • 12 slices of day old bread 
  • 16 oz. of cream cheese (two 8 oz. packages)
  • 1 cup of thawed frozen sweet cherries
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Sugar to sprinkle on top (optional)
Directions:
  1. Cut bread into cubes. Place half of the bread cubes in a buttered 13 x 9 inch glass baking dish.
  2. Cut the cream cheese into 1 inch cubes and layer on top of bread cubes in dish.
  3. Top with thawed cherries (and juice) and then remaining bread cubes.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla extract till completely combined.
  5. Pour egg mixture over bread mixture.
  6. Press bread down into the liquid to make sure everything gets absorbed.
  7. Cover pan with aluminum foil and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes prior to baking. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  8. Bake casserole, covered, for 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle top with granulated sugar and bake until top is golden brown and mixture is set in the center, about 25-30 minutes.
Serve with syrup if desired along with bacon or sausage, coffee or juice.

You can substitute other fruits for the cherries as well as use fresh instead of frozen fruit.

Thanks Queen of the Hive!


Thursday

True Lemon Babaganoush

True Lemon Babaganoush




Ingredients


4 large eggplants – whole
5 packets True Lemon
4 tablespoons tahini
3 cloves garlic – peeled
½ teaspoon salt
parsley for garnish



Directions

  1. Don’t peel the eggplants or chop the stems. Pierce each side of the eggplants with a fork. Place in the oven and roast for about 45 minutes turning them over 2 or 3 times. The eggplants are done when the outer shell is blackened or charred, and the inside is soft.
  2. Let cool a little. Cut the eggplants open lengthwise and scoop out the pulp. Put the pulp in a mixing bowl and mash it into a puree with a fork or blender. Throw out the skin.
  3. Using mortar and pestle, crush the peeled garlic with the salt into a smooth paste.
  4. Add the True Lemon and the tahini alternately to the garlic mix, blending well.
  5. Add the tahini mixture to the eggplant puree and beat gently but thoroughly until the babaganoush has a smooth consistency.
  6. Pour onto a serving dish or platter.  Just before serving, garnish the baba ganoush with chopped parsley or parsley leaves. Serve chilled or at room temperature with olive oil, pita and radishes.

Adapted from Mediterranean Food Recipes.com

Friday

Ebates



Another check coming my way - small it may be - but the overall savings in a year is what counts. If you order online from any of the over 1,200 stores represented by Ebates then you might want to give this a try.

Don't say I don't have time because there is no time needed.  Sign up takes maybe 30 seconds. Next time when you are making an online purchase, instead of typing in the store name in your Google search, jump on over to Ebates and type the name in search and then click on the store link to enter the store site - order as usual and checkout.  That is all.  Commission from that purchase will automatically go in to your Ebates account and you will be mailed a check quarterly.  Don't forget to search the internet for coupon codes and free shipping codes for additional savings on your store site.

Ebates + Store Sale + Coupon Code = Great Savings (3 ways to save on one shopping trip)

Tuesday

PROSCIUTTO TOASTIES

Yummy.  A neighbor shared this recipe and it is delicious.  A big hit, not complicated and looks very nice.

1 loaf VERY THIN SLICED Pepperidge Farm sandwich bread
3/4 cup unsalted butter (11/2 sticks) -- softened
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons snipped chives or green onion tops
1 teaspoon snipped thyme leaves, or 1/8 teaspoon dried
6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto - Citterio fresco brand (Harris Teeter or Costco)

  • Cut crusts of bread; reserve for another use.
  • Combine butter and herbs.
  • Spread butter mixture on 1 side of each slice of bread.
  • Top with a single layer of prosciutto cut to fit; roll into a tight cylinder on the diagonal starting at one corner; secure with a wooden toothpick.
  • Place in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  • After completing all the roll ups, spread remaining butter mixture on tops. (May be made ahead to this point and refrigerated, covered, several hours or overnight.)
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven until nicely browned, 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Twist and remove toothpicks to serve warm or at room temperature.

NOTE: Separate Citterio slices and leave on separator paper; trim fat with scissors and cut in half crosswise to fit bread.

Serving Size:  24 pieces

Monday

Cash Back With Ebates and Big Crumbs

Shame on me for not posting in a while due to lack of time but these FREE savings programs deserve attention.  I just received my first check from Ebates and thought it was time to share the cash back savings with friends.


The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping and even CNN have discussed these savings programs so I thought it was time to give it a try.


I have known about programs like Ebates and Big Crumbs for a while and resisted -- thinking it would be a hassle but that is just not so. It only takes 15 seconds to sign up for the FREE programs such as these and seconds to search for a retailer.  The good thing is they don't want or need your personal information. This is not a gimmick, there are no points to redeem or rebate forms to fill out.  Just provide them with your email address as well as your mailing address in order for them to mail your check.


I got excited when I received my first check two days ago for $19.07. Not only did I save money with the cash back, I was also able to use coupons that I searched for on line at Retailmenot and also did a search for free shipping codes. I used a 20% off code on L.L. Bean and saved $35, got free shipping and earned $3.58 cash back into my Ebates account.


If you order items on-line or even airline tickets and are interested in keeping money in your pocket, then you really will be excited to use these programs.  I have mainly used Ebates and when Ebates does not represent my retailer of choice I go over to Big Crumbs.


How does a program like this work...


Sites such as Ebates and Big Crumbs provides its members with access to shopping at its featured retailers' websites via links to the retailer.  When the retail link is clicked, you are transferred to the chosen retail website.  The retailers, then pay a referral commission to either Big Crumbs or Ebates and they in turn pay members. Give it a try before your next on-line purchase...




  • Go to Ebates and sign up
  • Search your preferred retailer
  • Click on the link and you are taken to retail site of choice
  • Place your order and your account will be credited on Ebates
Get your family involved - I have also shared my password with my daughter and husband so that they can run their purchases through my account. I order a good bit from Ebay and if you do, make sure that you go through Ebates to make your bid offer and later back to Ebates for your final payment if you win the bid. It may sound time consuming but it really is just a matter of clicking on a link to get to your desired site. You will be surprised at how easy it works.


For extra earnings, check out the cash back referral program on each site and share with your friends via email,  facebook and twitter.  If you use one of my links here for Ebates you get a $5 sign up bonus and I will also get a $5 referral from Ebates. Big Crumbs offers a commission every time a referral makes a purchase.


Note:  You can shop at over 1000 stores including eBay, JCPenney, Macy's, Nordstrom, Overstock.com, Walmart, Kohl's and Home Depot. Plus you get additional savings with exclusive coupons, free shipping offers, and limited-time sales!  There are some really exciting deals going on between now and the end of the year.


I hope you give these programs a try.  Once you make your first order and start seeing your cash back add up, you will be forever hooked. It is time for all of us to become "smart shoppers."  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.




Wednesday

The 20 New Worst Foods in America | Eat This, Not That

Monday

Chicken Divan

6 boneless chicken breasts

1 T. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
2 med. heads of broccoli, cut into flowerets
(can use large frozen broccoli instead)
2 10oz. cans cream of chicken (can use cream of mushroom)
1/2 c. milk
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 c. low fat Hellman's mayonnaise
1 c. grated sharp cheese
  • Cook chicken in crock pot or water
  • Cook the broccoli until done, but firm
  • Combine soup, milk and lemon juice
  • Layer chicken, then broccoli in a casserole dish.  (for double recipe,
  • layer in 9 X 13 casserole)
  • Pour sauce over the top
  • Sprinkle grated cheese on top
  • Bake for 30-45 minutes or until heated throughout
1 recipe serves 6; double serves 12.  Leftovers freeze extremely well.

Thanks Rita for the recipe - will try this week.

Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast

Update: Sept 2010 - Since making the below post, I have had a chance to try out some of the recipes in the cookbook I ordered and everything I have prepared has been delicious and very healthy. I love this cookbook and I am so anxious to try all of the recipes. I do like to change things around a bit and maybe use cilantro instead of rosemary or a different type of cheese but this is a personal preference and I always improvise when I cook. I enjoyed the book so much that I have since ordered Cooking Light 280 recipes for Week Night Meals and am just as pleased.


Note: Some people will argue that many of the recipes have more than 5 ingredients, well if you count the salt and pepper - in some instances they do but no matter, it has made cooking so much easier for me and that fact does not bother me in the least.


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Post below made 8/11/10



A friend of mine recently gave me the heads up on a new book she ordered from Amazon -- Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast.  Her sister told her and says she loves it.  The book has five or less ingredients in many recipes.  Click here and scroll down until you get to reviews and check it out - most all are positive and some quite detailed.


I am great at switching out ingredients in my cooking. When it calls for something that is processed or a prepackaged food, I will do my best to substitute it with fresh ingredients.  I don't mind the few extra minutes it takes to slice an onion or peel a carrot if it means healthier whole ingredients.


I really don't need one more cook book but this book might just have everything I am looking for -- easy, quick and healthy!


Thanks Rita