Muenster Turkey Franks w/ Baked Fries

July 28, 2014 at 5:21 PM | Posted in Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, Jennie-O Turkey Products, Ore - Ida | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Muenster Turkey Franks w/ Baked Fries



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We avoided the heavy storms that hit in some areas around here last night, just a shower or two. One good thing is the storm moved out the heat and humidity. It was about 59 degrees this morning, with no HUmidity! Ran a few errands for myself and Mom and that was about it for the day. Did repair another down spout on the car port that had blown off from the storm Saturday Night. For dinner tonight I prepared a Muenster Turkey Frank w/ Baked Fries.


I used Jennie – O Bun Length Uncured Turkey Franks. My last package of my free samples of Jennie – O Turkey Franks. I love grilling but I’m a huge fan of boiling Franks and Dogs also. So I boiled these for dinner. These are some nice looking plump Turkey Franks, when boiled. Fantastic taste and as they say, they’re Bun Length. I served it on a Healthy Life Whole Grain Hot Dog Bun. I had been using Aunt Millie’s Reduced Calories Buns but they are getting tough to find in local stores, not sure why but Kroger no longer carries them. Anyway served it on the Healthy Life Whole Grain Bun and topped with a slice of Boar’s Head Muenster Cheese and French’s Yellow Mustard. One fine Frank, Thank you Jennie – O! For a side dish I baked up some Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries, served these with a side of Hunt’s Ketchup for dipping. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl Frozen Greek Yogurt.





Jennie – O Bun Length Uncured Turkey FranksJennie - O Bun Length Uncured Turkey Franks
Product Features:
* No Gluten
* 8 oz. Package
* All Natural
* No Preservative
* No Nitrate or Nitrites
* Lean


Nutritional Information
Serving Size 56 g Total Carbohydrates 2 g
Calories 80 Dietary Fiber 0 g
Calories From Fat 40 Sugars 1 g
Total Fat 4.0 g Protein 8 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g Vitamin A 0%
Trans Fat .0 g Vitamin C 0%
Cholesterol 45 mg Iron 4%
Sodium 410 mg Calcium 2%





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One of America’s Favorites – Cream of Wheat

July 28, 2014 at 7:20 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Cream of Wheat is a brand of farina, a type of breakfast porridge mix made from wheat semolina. It looks similar to grits, but is smoother in texture since it is made with ground wheat kernels instead of ground corn. It was first manufactured in the United States in 1893 by wheat millers in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The product made its debut at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Until January 2007, it was a Nabisco brand made by Kraft Foods. The brand and rights to market the cereal was acquired by B&G Foods.

In addition to its wheat-based products, the rice-based Cream of Rice is also produced as part of the product line, and is often a recommended early food for infants and toddlers and for people who can’t have wheat or gluten.

Cream of Wheat is made by boiling water, then pouring in the farina while stirring. As it is stirred, the farina starts to thicken, creating a mixture that thickens depending on the ratio of liquid to farina. Some choose to use milk instead of, or in addition to, water in order to give the food a creamier taste. Currently there are three available original mixes: 10-minute, 2 ½-minute, and 1-minute. Cream of Wheat is also sold in single-serving instant packets. These are prepared by mixing with hot water and allowing to set in a bowl (about two minutes).

It is common to customize the hot cereal with the addition of sugar, fruit, or nuts. As a result, several flavors are sold of the instant variety: Original, Apples ‘N’ Cinnamon, Maple Brown Sugar, Strawberries ‘N’ Cream, and Cinnamon Swirl.

In October 2012, Cream of Wheat added a new chocolate flavor to their instant line.

Their most recent addition to the varieties of instant Cream of Wheat Cereals is Bananas & Cream.

The original boxes of Cream of Wheat were handmade and lettered, and emblazoned with the image of an African-American chef produced by Emery Mapes. The character was named Rastus, and was developed by artist Edward V. Brewer. Rastus was included on all boxes and advertisements and continues to be used today with only very slight changes. A stereotypical African-American icon was fairly common for U.S. commercial brands at the time of the cereal’s creation; for other examples, see Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben. It has long been thought that a chef named Frank L. White was the model for the chef shown on the Cream of Wheat box. White, who died in 1938 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Leslie, Michigan, had claimed to be the model for the Cream of Wheat box. In June 2007, a headstone was erected for Mr. White. The headstone contains his name and an etching taken from the man depicted on the Cream of Wheat box.


“Meatless Monday” Recipe – Morning Star Farms Guiltless “Bacon” Omelet Recipe

July 28, 2014 at 5:57 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday, vegetables | Leave a comment
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Here’s a fantastic Meatless Monday Recipe Idea from Morning Star Farms, Guiltless “Bacon” Omelet Recipe. I’ve left the link to the recipe at the end of the post. While there check out all their recipes and healthy products!

Guiltless “Bacon” Omelet Recipe

Veggie bacon strips and fat-free cheddar cheese season these egg substitute omelets.


2 strips MorningStar Farms® Veggie Bacon Strips
1/2 cup refrigerated egg substitute
1/4 cup shredded fat-free Cheddar cheese

1. Prepare MORNINGSTAR FARMS Veggie Breakfast Bacon Strips per package directions.

2. In large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray cook egg substitute over medium heat until egg substitute begins to set on the bottom and edges. Using a spatula lift edges, allowing the uncooked portion to flow underneath. Continue cooking over medium heat until set.

3. Sprinkle with cheese. Place Breakfast Strips on top. Fold omelet in half, covering Breakfast Strips. Serve immediately.
Nutrition – 150 Calories, Total Fat 4.5 g, Total Carbs 3

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 28, 2014 at 5:50 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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* Thank you to Nannie W. for passing this hint along to me!



Baking soda isn’t as effective a deodorizer for the fridge as the baking soda company’s would like you to believe. Activated charcoal is much better at absorbing fridge and freezer odors.  Baking soda is an extremely effective cleaner, though. Use it with vinegar to deodorize drains and clean stove tops and sinks.

Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta

July 27, 2014 at 5:09 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta


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Wow, some major thunderstorms going on since about 10:00 last night. It put on quite a light show all night last night. Then more storms on and off all day. Started off the morning making a Turkey Sausage Pattie out of some Jennie – O Turkey Ground Breakfast Sausage. Served it on a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin. Not much going on with all the rain throughout the day. For dinner tonight Chicken Breasts and a box of Chicken Helper. I prepared Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta.


I really enjoy using the Hamburger Helpers/Chicken Helpers, easy to prepare, not too bad on calories and carbs, and makes a delicious dinner! I’ve tried a few of the Helpers now but this is my favorite by far. The Rotini and Cheese Sauce is excellent and the Seasoned Crumb Coating with Natural Bacon Flavor for the Chicken is one of the better Crumb Coatings I’ve had for Chicken. To prepare it first go ahead and make the Pasta, by the box directions. Then prepare your Chicken and you have one fine meal! The Chicken Helper box contains Rotini Pasta with Naturally Flavored Cheesy Sauce Mix & Seasoned Crumb Coating with Natural Bacon Flavor. I added the Chicken, Water, 2% Milk, Canola Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper. It all comes together for one easily made and delicious dinner. I also had a slice of Klosterman Wheat Bread. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Mousse.



Betty Crocker Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken – Chicken HelperChicken Helper


* Rotini pasta with naturally flavored cheesy sauce mix and seasoned crumb coating with natural bacon flavor
* Add chicken
* Pasta side dish included



For Pasta: 1 – You Will Need: 1-1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup milk, 2 tbsp butter. For Chicken You Will Need: 1 lb uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 tbsp milk, 2 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp vegetable oil. Success Tips: Start with completely thawed chicken. Adjust heat setting, cook times and amount of oil as needed. Pasta: 1 – Stir water, 1/2 cup milk, butter, sauce mix and pasta in 2-quart nonstick sauce pan. Heat just to boiling, stirring frequently. Reduce heat. Simmer uncovered about 17 minutes, stirring frequently, until pasta is tender. Meanwhile, continue with step 2.



Chicken: 2 – Cut each chicken breast into 3 to 5 slices, holding knife at an angle. (Slices should be about 1/2 inch thick). 3 – Coat, Place chicken in medium bowl. Add 1 tbsp milk to moisten. Add seasoned crumbs to coat chicken. 4 – Brown, Heat butter and oil in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until butter is melted. Carefully add chicken to hot butter and oil; cook 4 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. Reduce heat to medium-low. Turn chicken; cook 4 to 6 minutes longer or until golden brown and centers are no longer pink (165 degrees F). Serve with potatoes. Refrigerate leftovers. Add Your Own Twist: Stir 1/2 cup cooked broccoli or shredded cheddar cheese into the finished pasta. If you want a bit of crunch, top with 1/3 cup crushed garlic croutons!

nutrition information
1 cup prepared

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 390 Calories from Fat: 170 % Daily Value* Total Fat 19g 29% Saturated Fat 8g 40% Cholesterol 85mg 28% Sodium 690mg 29% Total Carbohydrate 30g 10% Dietary Fiber 7%

Eating Well On the Go

July 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Originally posted on Edibles and Travels:

As much as I love sugar, spice and all things nice, I often find myself in serious debates with the angel on my shoulder who constantly tells me that I need to eat more healthily. Most of the time I flick her off my shoulder and go hang with the devil on the other side who is my real friend and doesn’t judge my sugar addiction.

And as a serious foodie (serious because I am very serious about my food) who dines out a lot, it’s often hard to make healthy choices. Why would I actively choose to go for a garden salad when I could go for a the Pork Belly with copious amounts of crackling? Am I right? And then if I do somehow manage to eat a healthy main meal how could I ever say no to a dessert?

The struggle is real, my friends. It’s real. I’ve found that 

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Diabetic Living’s Favorite Summer Recipes

July 27, 2014 at 5:43 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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Some delicious and Diabetic Friendly Recipes from the Diabetic Living On Line website. It’s from the Diabetic Living On Line website.



Diabetic Living’s Favorite Summer RecipesDiabetic living logo
Enjoy our favorite summer recipes featuring no-cook dinners, grilled kabobs perfect for camp-outs, and low-calorie and low-carb versions of favorite meals such as Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Plus, don’t miss yummy desserts loaded with in-season fruits.



Asian-Style Brined Chicken Hindquarters with Sesame-Cilantro Pesto
Give dinner a flavorful, low-carb twist. Bursting with coriander, chili-garlic paste, orange peel, ginger, and cilantro, this Asian-inspired chicken dish will become grilling favorite…


Potato-Kale Salad
This low-carb potato salad features traditional flavors such as mayo, mustard, onion, and hard-cooked egg, but it gets a nutrition boost from calcium- and vitamin-A-rich kale….

Corn on the Cob Kabobs
Skip the butter and flavor this summertime staple with a delicious glaze featuring spicy mustard, cider vinegar, and honey. Cobs are wrapped with thin slices of zucchini for a fun side dish that has only 59 calories and 13 grams of carb per serving….



* Click the link below to see all the Diabetic Living’s Favorite Summer Recipes

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 27, 2014 at 5:37 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When preparing dishes like chicken or cooked meat salads, use chilled ingredients. Always make sure your chicken has been cooked and chilled before it gets mixed with other salad ingredients.

Bison Sirloin w/ Cut Green Beans & New Potatoes and Marinated Mushrooms

July 26, 2014 at 5:11 PM | Posted in bison, Great Range Bison | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Bison Sirloin w/ Cut Green Beans & New Potatoes and Marinated Mushrooms


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Started the day off with a Jennie – O Turkey Bacon, one Egg Sunny Side Up, and a couple of slices of Whole Grain Bread. So the day started off real good! Cloudy and Thunder storms on and off all day. Went to a few stores looking for some new bed items, not a lot of choices that I seen out there. Finally found some at a Meijer. For dinner tonight, Bison Sirloin w/ Cut Green Beans & New Potatoes and Marinated Mushrooms.


I used a Great Range Bison Sirloin. It’s sold here locally at Kroger. They’re not quite the sweet and wild flavor as Wild Idea Buffalo but still an excellent Bison Sirloin, and Ground Bison Sirloin also. I seasoned it with McCormick Grinder Sea salt and Black Peppercorn and pan fried it in Canola Oil, about 4 minutes per side. Medium rare with a nice char on the outside and a little pink and moist and tender inside, love that Bison!



For one side I heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans & New Potatoes, a great pairing of my two favorite Vegetables. Then I also had some Teriyaki Marinated Mushrooms. I love these, I buy them from our local Kroger Deli Olive Bar. The Teriyaki just packs the Mushrooms with flavor! I also had a couple of slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert/snack later some Ritz Whole Grain Crackers topped with President’s Spreadable Sharp Cheddar Cheese.



Great Range Bison


About Great Range Brand Bison
and Rocky Mountain Natural MeatsGreat Range Bison Sirloin

Great Range Brand Bison is produced and distributed by Rocky Mountain Natural Meats. Rocky Mountain Natural Meats started in 1986 as a small meat distributor devoted solely to bison. From the beginning, our focus was to provide high quality bison meat and great service to grocers, distributors and restaurants nationwide.
. An in-house grading system was developed to guarantee premium quality and consistency to the end-user – this became the Great Range Bison brand. Carcass characteristics such as fat color, fat cover, muscle color, ossification and weight are the major factors in determining if the product receives the Great Range Bison brand. By working closely with our producers and assisting them with ration formulation, our quality control begins at the source. Today, Rocky Mountain Natural Meats processes over 400 head of bison per week.

Daylily Fritters: an Edible Flowers Recipe for Summertime

July 26, 2014 at 11:24 AM | Posted in PBS | Leave a comment
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Well I’ve never tried Edible Flowers but here’s a good article all about Edible Flowers; Daylily Fritters: an Edible Flowers Recipe for Summertime. It’s on the PBS website, you can read the entire article along with the recipe by clicking the link at the bottom of the post.



Summer flowers are not only fragrant and beautiful to look at, but some of them are also delicious to eat. I’m a long-time fan of PBS3cooking with flowers. On my blog, I’ve shared recipes for lilac scones, dandelion marmalade, and rose coconut semifreddo. But I haven’t yet shared my love for one of summer’s most prolific and yummy flowers: daylilies.

Daylily flowers last only one day, hence their name. They bloom in the morning and wilt in the evening. But they are a prolific flower producer, often blooming for weeks on end. Daylilies are a popular staple in Asian cuisine and they are used both fresh and dried. Every part of the daylily plant is edible: you can pluck the young shoots, boil the tubers like potatoes, or spruce up your salads with its bright orange petals. But my very favorite part is the flower bud……

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