Beef, Mushrooms and Gravy

Today, I had a chuck roast out of the freezer, defrosted, and waiting for dinner.  Unfortunately, the weather started turning bad, so I was not able to make shish-la-bob and grill it. I had to whip up something “indoors”.

I used to make this all the time, but we stopped eating it when we started eating healthier.    BUT…. when I put this into the recipe maker on myfitnesspal, it did not come out to be all that evil.  At 211 calories (for about 5 oz), there is still room for having some rice and veggies with it and stay under my calorie, fat, sugar and sodium goals for the day. Continue reading


Home Made Dog Chow

Home Made Dog Chow

I have 2 little rat terriers — Ruby and Lily.    Prior to them coming to our home, we had 2 more named Daisy and Monkey (Dixie).    Daisy and Monkey got diabetes as a result of eating dried chicken treats.  Turns out they were coated with what equates to anti-freeze and it killed their pancreas, giving them diabetes.

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Home Made Rice-A-Roni

Home Made Rice-A-Roni


  • ¾ c White Rice (not minute rice (Basmati Rice)
  • ½ c  Angel Hair Pasta (broken into small pieces)  (Or you can use Orzo)
  • 2 Tbsp butter or Margarine

Melt butter in frying pan.  Add rice and stir over med heat until toasty brown.

Add the remaining ingredients to the browned rice and reduce heat to low/medium

  • 14oz. Broth (Chicken or Beef)  (or you can use bullion, but it’s salty)
  • 1 Tbsp Parsley
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Dry Dehydrated Onion (or fresh if you prefer)
  • ½ c shredded carrot (Optional)
  • ½ c finely chopped Celery (Optional)
  • Salt/Pepper to taste

Put on a lid and simmer until all liquid is absorbed (about 15-20 min).