Monthly Archives: October 2013

Xtra Meal For Hallowe’en

Jack o' Lantern Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers

Makes 6 servings

Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 60 minutes

Shopping List:

  • 6 bell peppers, any color
  • 450 gr or 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread, cubed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 120 ml or ½ cup chili sauce
  • 60 ml or ¼ cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 45 ml or 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 gr or ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ gr or ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

bell-peppersTO MAKE:

  1. Preheat oven to 175° C or 350° F.
  2. Grease an 20×20 cm or 8×8 inch baking dish.
  3. Lightly mix together the ground beef, egg, bread cubes, onion, tomato, garlic, chili sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  4. Wash the peppers, and cut jack-o’-lantern faces into the peppers with a sharp paring knife, making triangle eyes and noses, and pointy-teeth smiles.
  5. Slice off the tops of the peppers, and scoop out the seeds and cores.
  6. Stuff the peppers lightly with the beef stuffing, and place them into the prepared baking dish so they lean against each other.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until the peppers are tender and the stuffing is cooked through and juicy, about 1 hour.

Note: Make a vegetarian version by leaving out the beef and stuffing the bell peppers with seasoned black beans & rice layered with grated cheddar cheese.


Amount Per Serving Main recipe.
Calories: 266
Total Fat 11.3g
Cholesterol 83mg
Sodium 552mg
Total Carbohydrates 23.3g
Dietary Fiber 4.4g
Protein 18.6g

Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Lap-band [WLS] persons can eat only half a serving max !

PDF of this recipe: 20131031-Stuffed-Jack-O-Lantern-Bell-Peppers

La Cucina – Roloto

Tippin-Comfort-FoodLasagna Roll-Ups [Roloto Beef Lasagna]

Makes 6 servings

Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

Shopping List:

  • 6 [whole wheat] lasagna noodles
  • 450 gr or 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 800 gr or 1 [28 ounce] jar pasta sauce
  • 8 gr or 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ gr or ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ gr or ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ gr or ½ teaspoon dried chives
  • ¼ gr or ⅛ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 gr or 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 225 gr or 2 cups shredded yellow and white marbled Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 225 gr or 1 [8 ounce] package light cream cheese, softened

lasagna-noodlesTO MAKE:

  1. Preheat oven to 175° C or 350° F
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  3. Cook lasagna noodles in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  4. Drain and pat noodles dry with paper towels.
  5. Brown ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium heat, breaking the meat into crumbles as it cooks, about 10 minutes.
  6. Pour pasta sauce into beef mixture and stir garlic powder, basil, parsley, chives, oregano, and nutmeg into beef and sauce.
  7. Spread half of the beef sauce into a 2-quart casserole dish and sprinkle with 1 cup Cheddar cheese.
  8. Lay a lasagna noodle out onto a lightly floured work surface and spread with 2 tablespoons cream cheese.
  9. Spread 2 tablespoons ground beef sauce onto noodle; roll noodle and place with seam side down atop cheese in casserole dish.
  10. Repeat with remaining noodles.
  11. Sprinkle remaining beef sauce and 1 cup Cheddar cheese over noodle rolls.
  12. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese and sauce bubble, 10 to 15 minutes.

Note 1: You can use whole wheat noodles instead of white. You can add your favorite veggies to the sauce mix. Low-fat cheese works too, or whatever your favorite cheese is.

Note 2: Leftovers freeze easy.


Amount Per Serving
Calories: 575
Total Fat 30.2g
Cholesterol 115mg
Sodium 980mg
Total Carbohydrates 40.5g
Dietary Fiber 4.6g
Protein 34.6g

Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Lap-band [WLS] persons can eat only half a serving max !

PDF of this recipe: 20131031-Lasagna-Roll-Ups

Two Routes…

There are two routes I often take, but not last Monday during the gale/hurricane. Below the map of the turn in the North-Holland waterway, going north is towards Broek in Waterland and south towards Amsterdam centre.
Photo 1 correspondents with #1 and 2 with… yeah, you guessed it #2.

And the guy who wanted to move his new car was… too late. Insurance will pay for another new one.

In all some 100 trees came down in the northern part of the city, out of a total of 400 in Amsterdam. So loads of fire wood are now available for free, so bring your own saw! 😉

After Hell And Damnation Came…

Heavy DownpourSheets of rain!

Luckely it all turned out well, only two people died under a tree. Many got soaked while risking life and limb near the water edge, just to have a ‘Kodak Moment’ [stupid fools].

15 minutes ago a loud crack of thunder could be heard, and the heavens opened… enough rain to last a month. But that has gone down the drain too.

In the mean time I’ve almost finished ‘The Bones Of Odin’ by David Leadbeater on my Kindle. It was much better than seeing all the mayhem on TV.


And so life goes on.

Strong Gale…

HurricaneWe, in the coastal parts of the Netherlands, will see a southwesterly strong gale going over the country in the coming hours. Some gusts of wind will have hurricane force.

Next to that most trees still have their leaves, especially after all the nice balmy weather we had the last few weeks. They will be the first to suffer.

We have occasionally stormy weather, but winds like these are an exception to the rule. It’s best to stay indoors, and out-of-the-way of nearby trees or lose projectiles. So the summer chairs are stacked inside, small planters and other garden crap have a few days house arrest.

And I just noticed my battery of the insulin pump is empty and I forgot to get a few new ones. So early tomorrow I still have to go out to get hooked up again, I can do with a few hours without battery.

UPDATE: I found some batteries, so I don’t need to go out and get some.