Steffie’s Pantry

Must Haves in the Kitchen

Always have on hand, your favorite Pasta & Sauce, Frozen(steamable) bag vegetables, Rice, Potatoes, and Salad fixins. If you have all that, you’ll never be unprepared for the unexpected. You can cook anything, and quick.

I will cover  Buying & Freezing in bulk, later.

Starches and Sweeteners

  • Flour, Alternative Flour for Gluten Free including:  Bob’s Redmill GF pancake Mix
  • Corn Starch, Potato Starch, Rice Flour, Corn Meal (GF)
  • Sugar, Brown Sugar, Sugar Alternates like Honey, Agave, Truvia & Splenda
  • Orange Marmalade, Other Jams, preferably non sugar added

Herbs, Spices & Condiments

  • Sea Salt Grinder, Pepper Mill, Spices: Tarragon, Rosemary, Basil, Vegetable Flakes, Go to Steffie’s Spice Rack
  • Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Vanilla
  • Capers, Mustards, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, Marsala Wine
  • Raisins, Dried Cranberries, Nuts
  • Olive Oil, Vegetable Oil for Cooking
  • Premium Balsamic Vinegar, Red Wine Vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar

Fridge

  • Butter or butter sub like Benecol or Brummel & Brown’s spread, Eggs, Egg Beaters,
  • Soft Cheese, Hard Cheeses
  • Lettuce, Cukes

Freezer

  • Boneless Chicken Breast, portioned 1lb= 4 portions
  • Ground Turkey or Chicken, 1/4 lb per person
  • Beef, Pork-Ground, Portioned Steaks, Roasts
  • BUY Whole Chickens, Turkeys, Poultry by Occasion, Whole Hams etc

The Cupboard

  • Breadcrumbs or GF Breadcrumbs
  • Canned Beets
  • Rice, Quinoa (GF), Potato Flakes
  • Olives, Pickles, Canned Kitchen Ready Tomatoes-Diced & Crushed
  • Prepared Pasta Sauce
  • Pasta: Wheat, Regular of Gluten Free
  • Canned Pineapple
  • Tuna, and preferred alternates such as Tiny Shrimp, & Crabmeat

 

 

 

 

Recent Posts

Haddock Piccata Poached in Parmesan Broth

I had been struggling for ways to make fish more interesting. Calories vs Flavor. I went to dinner out, opted for a haddock piccata over linguini. I Told them omit the pasta, and I had a side of veg. A hearty sized bowl of Haddock poached in a lemon Parmesan broth swimming with capers and quartered mushrooms arrived at my table. It was better than terrific, it was perfect.  By taste alone I adapted in to my Weight Watcher regimen. It came out perfect!  The trick is, taste along the way. If the broth isn’t lemony enough. add more lemon, if too lemony add more broth.

Image result for fish in clear broth capersThe ingredients per serving

  • 4-6 ounces of Haddock, Cod or your favorite white fish
  • 1 tablespoon of capers, liquid can be included
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice fresh or bottled
  • 1 1/2 cups of Chicken, or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup of mushrooms quartered or sliced
  • 1/2 cup of cooked pasta, 1 cup gently cooked  zoodles, or spaghetti squash
  • options to add, to simmering broth, are garlic, onions, 1/4 cup of shredded carrots, 1/4 cup of broccoli slaw.

In a  1 quart pan, simmer, do not boil broth, add lemon juice and mushrooms until cooked, add capers, lemon juice.

Taste the broth if it is too lemony add more broth or add more lemon for a more lemon.

Add Fish to the simmering broth and cover for 3 minutes.  After 3 minutes If fish is firm and flaky it is ready to serve.  If not done, cover a minute at a time for your preferred texture. Gently lift haddock out of the pot into a bowl over pasta or cooked veggies, Stir Parmesan into broth until dissolved, pour your broth over fish and enjoy.  7 weight watcher points if served without pasta.

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