Showing posts from July, 2009

Recipe: Apple Cider Brine for Pork

If you haven't tried brining your meat, then I urge you to give it a try. I was a skeptic too until last fall, when we brined a turkey for Thanksgiving. What a huge difference! This is insanely flavorful and juicy. It also works well in the oven. You'll never try to swallow another dry pork chop, honey. Trust me.

Lena Austinhttp://www.LenaAustin.com

Impossible Easy Mac and Cheese Pie

This is definitely NOT low carb! However, because it's not out of a box, it's better for you. Besides, it keeps the kids happy.

Impossible Ham and Cheddar Pie

Okay, so it's not perfectly low carb. Still, this lightweight quiche is plenty meaty. Because it's not a heavy meal, and the "ham" can be Spam, this is a great shelf special to have around for when the girls drop by and stay for lunch!

Herbed Cheese Stuffed Salmon


Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin


Crock Cooker Swiss Steak


Asian Round Steak

>>> Who wants to fire up the oven in this heat? Not me! I used an electric skillet for this recipe and avoided fainting from the heat prostration. I've said it a million times-- Go join and get the Low Carb/Body Clutter menus. Talk about easy!

25 Minute Pork Diane

Been awhile since I posted a recipe, hasn't it? This one is surprisingly easy and good! I used one of those unseasoned pork loins and cut it into chops myself. This is easier than trying to find the correct thickness at a price you can afford. However, I had a huge problem finding the worcestershire sauce for chicken. I finally gave up and used regular worcestershire sauce. It came out fine.

The Sisterhood of the Sliding Pants

(Reprised and expanded from a post on I look like a commercial! You know the ones where the person holds out their too-baggy clothes to show the "gap" between waistband and belly? That's me! My formerly-favorite jeans slid off my hips and hit the floor in a puddle recently. My daughter laughed and said, "Guess we're breaking out the sewing machine, huh Mom?" My wedding ring now resides around my neck on a silver chain after I almost lost it down the kitchen sink while doing dishes. I feel so naked! But the biggest triumph happened this morning. I have a pair of leather jeans that were my "goal" jeans for the past ten years. Ten years! The friggin' things cost $200 in 1997, and I was going to wear them "someday." Today was that day. After rummaging through my closet to find jeans that fit, my eyes fell on the leather jeans. The demon of low self-esteem sat on one shoulder, telling me I was nowhere near thin enough, bu…

Sorry for the Silence, Froggers

I'm on a massive deadline for my publisher. Believe it or not, I have a stack of recipes to scan and post that's over two inches tall! Please be patient. Good eats will come to thos who wait. LOL!

Lena's Cheap Recipe of the Day: Grilled Skirt Steak from Good Eats

Okay, I'm cheap. I freely admit that. Flank Steak and Skirt Steak are cheap cuts compared to Sirloins and T-bones in my grocery stores. However, without a marinade and some correct cutting, I could use the meat for rubber bands around here. So, this variation of a marinade sould do the trick nicely. I don't have a blender, but I figure my food processor will do. I've been marinating in zip-top bags for years. Don't forget to get all the air out of the bag before sealing and mush-mush-mush! A bonus for me: I don't have to heat up my kitchen and make my a/c labor anymore than it already has to. Skirt Steak from Alton Brown
Ingredients1/2 cup olive oil1/3 cup soy sauce 4 scallions, washed and cut in 1/2 2 large cloves garlic 1/4 cup lime juice 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar or Mexican brown sugar 2 pounds inside skirt steak, cut into 3 equal pieces Special equipment: blow dryer DirectionsHeat charcoal, preferably…

For Dieters: Recipe-- Pudding Whip

Yes, it's strange to think about. Trust me. It's good! I do recommend taking your time with whipping the pudding. Get it very thick, but not set. (A spoon drawn through the mix leaves an impression, but it's still not solid.) Beat with an electric mixer until mixture is fluffy and thick, about double in volume. (If you chill the beaters, this works well) I just throw the beaters in the fridge before starting the recipe. This trick is also great for just using with molds without the recipe below. You end up with a frothy, lightweight dessert you can add a few berries to, and top with Cool Whip Free for a spectacular warm weather dessert. I happen to own a pile of molds (I'm a collector) so for me, this is a fast trick to make plain old Jello look special. Non-dieters: If you happen to have a graham cracker crust pie shell, you can also pour the whipped Jello into the shell and let it chill that way.
Lena Austinhttp://www.LenaAustin.com

Lena's Best Diet Dessert-- Ice Cream Substitute

This is so versatile, you can make it many ways. Just use diet Jello and Splenda instead. It can be molded (or not) and you can add fruit if your diet allows. Mine allows berries, so we can dress this up a bit. It sounds weird, but I swear, it's cool and refreshing.

Lena Austin

From Anne Kane: Low fat onion dip

I'm on a low fat diet, seems high blood-pressure is not a good thing. So, I've been collecting new recipes and this one is really good. (I love onions!)
Everyone likes onion dip. But are you watching your weight? Then, try this low fat onion dip recipe. It's a different flavor from the packaged variety that most of us are used to, but I love the freshness of it and the little bit of bite the fresh onions add to it. It's all taste with less calories. You'll never even know it's a low fat recipe! Don't stop with just the ingredients listed below, get creative and add a variety of different onions to spice up the flavor. What you'll need:
- 1 cup low fat cottage cheese
- 1/4 cup scallions (finely chopped)
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice This is just one of many easy appetizer recipes. All you need to do is combine the cottage cheese and lemon juice and blend it in a blender or food processor. Then, add the scallions and stir. Put the dip in a bowl and refrigerate fo…