We're delighted to share our Aunt Nettie with you. She's agreed to answer any questions you might ask about vegetarian food, its preparation, and even clean-up tips. But we have to prepare you. She just might want to come right over to your house and help you fix dinner.
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Dear Aunt Nettie,
My husband is a total sandwich nut and is used to grabbing fast food burgers on his lunch hour. I've started packing his lunch and I'm always trying to come up with healthy sandwich fillings, but it's a challenge and I'm running out of ideas. Can you help with any suggestions at all?
Howdy there, Nancy,
Well, darlin', bless yer heart fer tryin' to keep yer husband in the pink. Oh, my, I jes realized ya jes might not a'heard that expression--it jes means feelin' good.
I'm on yer side 100%. With all them unhealthy "ready to eat" foods out there in the grocery store, we women folk have to work a tad harder ta keep our sweethearts healthy. It's the real fixin's we make from scratch that does the trick.
Now I do have a l'il ole recipe up my sleeve that's right up yer alley. First, ya start by havin' some cooked brown rice on hand. I hope yer man likes peas--most of 'em do--'cause I made up some mighty fine tastin' patties that makes a fine tastin' fillin' fer a sandwich. All's ya do is spread some mayonnaise on yer whole wheat bread an' add some tomaters, lettuce, an' a slice o' onion if that's to yer likin'.
If y'all don't want mayonnaise, you might could use the recipe fer Creamy Ranch Dressin' instead.
Hope yer honey enjoys his deeelicious lunch this week.
Yer ever lovin' Aunt Nettie
Enriched with a blend of Far East spices, these patties send out waves of flavor that bring dining pleasure from the first bite to the last. Keep some cooked brown rice on hand and you'll be able to whip them up on short notice. Alternatively, you can prepare the patties, and freeze them when expecting guests for an informal lunch.
PECAN PEA LUNCH PATTIES
Yield: 9 two-inch patties
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup raw pecans
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/4 cup diced onions
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5-Spice powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed in mortar and pestle
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Suggestion: Serve with a topping of Creamy Ranch Dressing.
Aunt Nettie grew up on the farm. She did not eat out of a can or reach into the freezer. There was no microwave to pop her food into. Everything she made was from scratch. All the food she ate was natural, without pesticides. It was grown right there on the family farm, and she had to cook to survive. At eighty-three years young she still leaps and bounds around the kitchen and can shake, rattle, and roll those pots and pans with the best of them.
Nowadays, Aunt Nettie just shakes her head and complains, "Nobody cooks anymore. They have no idea about puttin' a meal together." She's on a mission. She wants to help those younguns eat better so they can grow up healthy like her own eight kids.