Sweet Pepper, Cilatro and Green Chile Shrimp Tacos

January 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM | Posted in cheese, Ortega, seafood, shrimp, spices and herbs | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Sweet Pepper, Cilantro and Green Chile Shrimp Tacos

 

 

 

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It hit 30 degrees today! Big improvement from where it’s been. A good friend of mine that lives outside the Phoenix, Arizona area called me last night, we were talking sports of course. He was telling me the weather there is near perfect, a high of 75 and sunny! Come on Spring Time!! For dinner tonight a new one, Sweet Pepper, Cilantro and Green Chile Shrimp Tacos.

 

 

 
I had picked up a packet of Ortega Cilantro and Green Chile Skillet Sauce and couldn’t wait to try it out, for some Shrimp Tacos. I used a bag of Kroger Seafood Jumbo Shrimp along with the packet of Ortega Cilantro and Green Chile Skillet Sauce, Delallo Tri-Color Ppperazzi Spicy Sweet Peppers, Chopped Jalapeno slices, fresh Shredded Dutch Gouda Cheese, and Ole Extreme Wellness High Fiber and Low Carb Tortilla Wraps.

 

 

 

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I heated up a tablespoon of Extra Virn Olive Oil in a medium size skillet over medium heat. I started by slicing the Sweet Peppers into strips and adding them to the skillet, stirring them and cooking until tender (about 4 minutes). Stirred in the Shrimp and sliced Jalapenos, stirred this until the Shrimp just started turning pink. Then added the Ortega Cilantro and Green Chile Skillet Sauce, cooking another 4 minutes till everything was heated through. What an aroma coming from the skillet! Heated up the Tortilla Wraps in the microwave for 20 seconds and added Shrimp Taco Mixture. I topped it some fresh grated Dutch Gouda, and served. Just an outstanding Wrap. I’ll have to buy some more packets of the Ortega Cilantro and Green Chile Skillet Sauce, it makes on delicious Taco! Had a nice heat to it but not overpowering. For dessert/snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Jolly Time Pop Corn.

 

 

 
Ortega Cilantro & Green Chile Skillet SauceOrtega Cilantro & Green Chile Skillet Sauce

 
New, Ortega® Skillet Sauces are made with perfect combinations of fresh ingredients to bring Mexican dishes to life. Simply stir in the Skillet Sauce while cooking, and in no time you’ll have a mouth-watering meal the whole family will enjoy. Look for our other delicious Skillet Sauce varieties including Taco and Fajita!

Product Detail
Enjoy Ortega’s delicious skillet sauce. Available in 3 great flavors in 7 oz stand up pouches.

Ingredients
TOMATILLOS, WATER, ONIONS, POBLANO PEPPERS, SUGAR, CILANTRO LEAVES, CORNSTARCH, AGAVE NECTAR, SALT, SERRANO PEPPERS, CANOLA OIL, KEY LIME JUICE, GREEN CHILES, ONION POWDER, GARLIC POWDER, EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL.
http://www.ortega.com/products/ortega-cilantro-green-chile-skillet-sauce_90187

Italian Chicken Mini Sub w/ Roasted Carrots with Parsnips and Herbs

January 29, 2014 at 6:14 PM | Posted in carrots, cheese, chicken, Perdue Chicken Products, vegetables | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Italian Chicken Mini Sub w/ Roasted Carrots with Parsnips and Herbs

 

 

 

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As bad as the weather has been here it looks as though it’s even worse down South. I hope it improves for them, because they’re really not prepared for it in the South. No more snow here again, 2 days in a row! Still with that wind chill it’s around zero, but the temperature climbed to 18 today. They say the weekend will hit the mid forties, hope their right. For dinner tonight it’s an Italian Chicken Mini Sub w/ Roasted Carrots with Parsnips and Herbs.

 

 

 
I used a Perdue Perfect Portions Italian Style Chicken Breast, which I love using. Their individually wrapped and you can keep them in the fridge or freeze them and just grab one when your ready to use it. I baked a couple of them, one for dinner and one for lunch tomorrow. i preheated the oven to 350 degrees and baked the breasts for about 24 minutes, flipping it over one time. They came out delicious! I served them on a Meijer Bakery Mini Deli Wheat Bun and topped with a thin slice of Murray’s Muenster Cheese and Ice Berg Lettuce.

 

 

 
I usually have Baked Ore Ida Fries with sandwiches but I picked up some great looking Carrots and Parsnips while at the store yesterday so it was Roasted Carrots with Parsnips and Herbs. I used a real easy and simple recipe for them. Besides the Carrots and Parsnip I needed; 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt (or to taste), 1 teaspoon Black Pepper (or to taste), 2 teaspoons Rosemary, 2 teaspoons Thyme, 2 teaspoons Sage, and 2 tablespoons Water. To prepare them I heated the oven to 350 degrees. Halve each parsnip crosswise where it becomes narrow. Diagonally cut the narrow portions into 3/4-inch thick slices. Quarter the wider portions and diagonally cut them into 3/4-inch thick slices. Then in a large bowl, tossed the parsnips and carrots with olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary,thyme, and sage. Spread mixture in a large shallow baking pan and pour in the water. Roast vegetables in lower third of oven until tender, about 30–35 minutes. These are too good! The vegetables with the added herbs make a perfect side dish. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.

 

 

 

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Roasted Carrots with Parsnips and Herbs Recipe

Ingredients:

4 Parsnips, peeled (see cutting directions below)
5 Carrots, peeled and cut diagonally into 3/4-inch thick slices
3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Sea Salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon Black Pepper, or to taste
2 teaspoons Rosemary
2 teaspoons Thyme
2 teaspoons Sage
2 tablespoons Water
Preparation:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Halve each parsnip crosswise where it becomes narrow. Diagonally cut the narrow portions into 3/4-inch thick slices. Quarter the wider portions and diagonally cut them into 3/4-inch thick slices.

In a large bowl, toss parsnips and carrots with oil, salt, pepper, rosemary,thyme, and sage. Spread mixture in a large shallow baking pan and pour in the water. Roast vegetables in lower third of oven until tender, about 30–35 minutes.

 

 

 

 
Perdue Perfect Portions Italian Style Chicken BreastsPERDUE CHICKEN Italian

PERDUE® PERFECT PORTIONS® Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, Italian Style (1.5 lbs.)
Fresh boneless, skinless individually wrapped chicken breast filets. Italian Style; made with all natural ingredients. Packed 5 filets per 1.50 lb. resealable zipper package. You can cook what you need; store what you don’t! Cooks in 10 minutes. Refrigerated.
Directions

Keep refrigerated. Please follow quick and easy cook times: Skillet: Lightly coat skillet with oil or cooking spray. Heat pan over medium-high heat, add breasts and brown 1 minute per side. Reduce heat to medium-low; Cover and cook 6 – 9 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 170 degrees F, turning frequently. Oven: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place breasts on foil-lined baking sheet and cook 17 – 21 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 170 degrees F. Grill: Spray grill with cooking spray. Preheat grill to medium-high. Grill breasts 3 – 4 minutes per side until internal temperature reaches 170 degrees F.

From Frozen: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place frozen breasts on foil-lined baking sheet and cook 22 – 26 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 170 degrees F. Safe Handling: This product was prepared from inspected and passed meat and/or poultry. Some food products may contain bacteria that could cause illness if the product is mishandled or cooked improperly. For your protection, follow these safe handling instructions. Keep refrigerated or frozen. Thaw in refrigerator or microwave. Keep raw meat and poultry separate from other foods. Wash working surfaces (including cutting boards), utensils, and hands after touching raw meat or poultry. Cook thoroughly. Keep hot foods hot. Refrigerate leftovers immediately or discard.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 fillet (136.0 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.5g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.g 0%
Trans Fat 0. 0g
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 360mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 2.0g 0%
Protein 26g

 
http://es.perdue.com/products/details.asp?id=452&title=PERDUE%AE%20PERFECT%20PORTIONS%AE%20Boneless,%20Skinless%20Chicken%20

Muenster and Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage Dogs w/ Baked Fries

January 25, 2014 at 6:35 PM | Posted in cheese, Jennie-O Turkey Products, Ore - Ida | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Muenster and Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage Dogs w/ Baked Fries

 

 

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Woke up to a another snow. Ended up with 4″ or more of new snow, with more on the way. From what I hear maybe another 1″ Sunday, 1″ to 2″ on Monday and then our coldest days of the year coming in for the next 3-4 days. A minus 10 predicted for Wednesday morning, not including the wind chill if any.Oh well thank goodness for the classic TV channels, AMC and TCM. For dinner Mom and Dad wanted Baked Chicken with all the sides, which I prepared for them, and for myself it was a Muenster and Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage Dogs w/ Baked Fries.

 

 

 
I prepared them the Perdue Whole Chicken Breast along with sides of; Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Sliced Carrots, and baked Pillsbury Rustic French Bread. For myself I just wanted something a bit lighter so I prepared a Muenster and Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage Dogs w/ Baked Fries.

 

 

 
I used Jennie -O Sweet Italian Turkey Sausages, is there anything else! I prepared a couple of them, I’ll have the other one for lunch tomorrow. To prepare them is very easy, I pan fried them in a medium size skillet that I sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Added the Sausages and cooked covered, turning occasionally, about 17 – 19 minutes. Always make sure you cook them to well-done, 165º F. as measured by a meat thermometer. Their just a delicious Sausage, excellent flavor and moist and juicy inside! I served them on an Aunt Millie’s Reduced Calorie Hot Dog Bun topped with French’s Spicy Brown Mustard with a slice of Murray’s Muenster Cheese wrapped around it! I love Muenster Cheese, especially Murray’s. It’s the perfect cheese for sandwiches, it melts just perfect and still has texture to it. Then for a side I baked up some Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries. For dessert later a Weight Watchers Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream Cone, while watching a full night of TV with TCM; Bonnie and Clyde, Jaws, and then Alien!

 

 

 

 

 

Jennie O Sweet Italian Turkey SausageJennie o Sweet Italian

Lean Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage
Lovers of sweet Italian sausage have found a perfect option.
Product Features:
Gluten Free
65% less fat than regular pork sausage

Cooking Instructions:
GRILL METHOD:
Spray grill rack with nonstick cooking spray.
Preheat grill over medium-high heat.
Place dinner sausages on grill rack 4 inches from heat source.
Grill approximately 16 to 18 minutes, turning occasionally.
Always cook to well done, 165 °F. as measured by a meat thermometer.

STOVETOP METHOD:
Spray skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
Preheat skillet over medium-high heat.
Place dinner sausage in hot skillet.
Cook covered, turning occasionally, 17 – 19 minutes.
Always cook to well-done, 165º F. as measured by a meat thermometer.
Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.
Learn how to safely handle turkey

Nutrition Facts
Jennie O – Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage Lean
Servings: 1
Calories 160 Sodium 670 mg
Total Fat 10 g Potassium 0 mg
Saturated 3 g Total Carbs 0 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 0 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 0 g
Trans 0 g Protein 17 g
Cholesterol 60 mg

 

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Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta

January 16, 2014 at 6:20 PM | Posted in cheese, chicken, Hamburger Helper, pasta | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta

 

 

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Winter has returned to West Chester, Ohio! The temps are back below freezing and it’s snowed about 2″ with more on the way. I received an email from an advertising firm that wants to use one of my posts for Ore Ida, sort of proud about that. I hear, here where I live, that they were going to announce the upcoming building of some major restaurants. it will be interesting to hear what’s coming. For dinner tonight it’s Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta.

 

 

 

This is the second time I believe that I’ve prepared the new Hamburger Helpers – Betty Crocker Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken – Chicken Helper. I’ve tried a few of them now but this is my favorite so far. This really turns out delicious! 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. As all the other ones this one is very easy to make, just follow the instructions on the box. To prepare it fist go ahead and make the Pasta, by direction. 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 couple of slices of Klosterman Wheat Bread and a Snapple Diet Peach Drink. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl frozen Yogurt.

 

 

 
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
Directions
For Pasta:
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
Serving Size:
Serving Per Container:
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%

Skyline Chili and Spaghetti – 3 Way w/ Chili and Cheese Coney

January 7, 2014 at 6:27 PM | Posted in cheese, chili, Hot Dogs, Skyline Chili, spaghetti | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Skyline Chili and Spaghetti – 3 Way w/ Chili and Cheese Coney

 

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Welcome back to the still frozen tundra of West Chester, Ohio! I’ll be glad when this deep freeze passes, they say one more day of below zero and by Thursday a balmy 25 degrees, you have to start somewhere! I got my Mom’s car repaired and now I think the weather has taken a toll on mine, it will be in the shop some time this week. For dinner a cold winter’s day classic, Skyline Chili and Spaghetti – 3 Way w/ Chili and Cheese Coney! What better way to heat it up a bit.

 

 

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I used Skyline 3 Way – Chili, Spaghetti. They sell it packaged for the microwave, a bit smaller size than what you get at a Skyline but just right for those still watching calories and carbs. It comes with Spaghetti topped with Skyline Chili. I added a few dashes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and Cheese to make it a 3 Way and used Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheese. The Chili Spaghetti is 270 calories and 20 carbs.

 

 

 
Then I also prepared an Oscar Mayer Extra Lean Turkey Franks, my new choice of Hot Dogs. Just boiled them for 5 minutes and they were ready. Opened a small can of Skyline Chili and heated it up, for topping for the Hot Dog. Served on a Aunt Millie’s Reduced Calorie Hot Dog Bun and topped with Skyline Chili, French’s Yellow Mustard and Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar. For a dessert/snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Jolly Time Pop Corn.

 

 

 

 

 

Skyline Chili Spaghetti
SKYLINE CHILI & SPAGHETTI 10 Ounce Microwavable Package

It’s a great new way to enjoy your Cincinnati favorite, Skyline Chili!
* Microwavable in 90 seconds!
* No refrigeration required. Store it on your shelf or in your desk!
* Totally portable, Just heat and eat!

 

 

 

 

Oscar Mayer Extra Lean Turkey FranksOscar Mayer Extra Lean Turkey Franks

These hardwood smoked, bun length turkey franks are 95% fat free and only 50 calories per serving. Enjoy this lean poultry option the next time you’re looking for a hot dog, but without all the fat and calories of a beef frank.
Ingredients: TURKEY INGREDIENTS (TURKEY, MECHANICALLY SEPARATED TURKEY), WATER, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, CORN SYRUP, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF DEXTROSE, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, FLAVOR, HYDROLYZED BEEF STOCK, SODIUM PHOSPHATES, SALT, SODIUM PROPIONATE, MUSTARD FLOUR, SODIUM DIACETATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, LEMON JUICE SOLIDS, SODIUM ASCORBATE, EXTRACTIVES OF PAPRIKA, SODIUM NITRITE.

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 50g Servings per Container about 8 Amount Per Serving
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 20
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.5g 4 % Saturated Fat 0.5g 3 % Trans Fat 0g 0 % Cholesterol 20mg 7 % Sodium 400mg 17 % Total Carbohydrate 4g 1 % Dietary Fiber 0g 0 % Sugars 1g Protein 5g

 
http://www.kraftbrands.com/oscarmayer/hot-dogs/extra-lean-franks.html

 

Skyline 3 Way – Chili, Spaghetti, Cheese w/ Hot Dog with Cheese and Mustard

December 24, 2013 at 6:27 PM | Posted in cheese, Hot Dogs, Oscar Mayer, Sargento's Cheese, Skyline Chili, spaghetti | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Skyline 3 Way – Chili, Spaghetti, Cheese and a Side of Oyster Crackers w/ Hot Dog with Cheese and Mustard

 

 

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Merry Christmas Eve everyone! It’s been an almost bitter cold day around here most of the day. This morning the wind chill had it around 9 degrees, far cry from our mid 50′s just a or so ago. Ran some errands for Mom, who is almost at full strength again. Then spent most of the afternoon baking some Pumpkin Walnut and Banana Walnut Bread. Baked 12 mini loaves and delivered them to several neighbors. Love Christmas time! For dinner tonight it was a Skyline Chili inspired dinner. I prepared a Skyline 3 Way – Chili, Spaghetti, Cheese w/ Hot Dog with Cheese and Mustard.

 

 

 

I used Skyline 3 Way – Chili, Spaghetti. They sell it packaged for the microwave, a bit smaller size than what you get at a Skyline but just right for those still watching calories and carbs. It comes with Spaghetti topped with Skyline Chili. I added a few dashes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and Cheese to make it a 3 Way and used Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheese. The Chili Spaghetti is 270 calories and 20 carbs.

 

 

 

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Then I also prepared an Oscar Mayer Extra Lean Turkey Franks, my new choice of Hot Dogs. Just boiled them for 5 minutes and they were ready. Served on a Aunt Millie’s Reduced Calorie Hot Dog Bun and topped with French’s Yellow Mustard and Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar. For a dessert/snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Jolly Time Pop Corn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Oscar Mayer Extra Lean Turkey FranksOscar Mayer Extra Lean Turkey Franks

These hardwood smoked, bun length turkey franks are 95% fat free and only 50 calories per serving. Enjoy this lean poultry option the next time you’re looking for a hot dog, but without all the fat and calories of a beef frank.
Ingredients: TURKEY INGREDIENTS (TURKEY, MECHANICALLY SEPARATED TURKEY), WATER, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, CORN SYRUP, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF DEXTROSE, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, FLAVOR, HYDROLYZED BEEF STOCK, SODIUM PHOSPHATES, SALT, SODIUM PROPIONATE, MUSTARD FLOUR, SODIUM DIACETATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, LEMON JUICE SOLIDS, SODIUM ASCORBATE, EXTRACTIVES OF PAPRIKA, SODIUM NITRITE.

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 50g Servings per Container about 8 Amount Per Serving
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 20
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.5g 4 % Saturated Fat 0.5g 3 % Trans Fat 0g 0 % Cholesterol 20mg 7 % Sodium 400mg 17 % Total Carbohydrate 4g 1 % Dietary Fiber 0g 0 % Sugars 1g Protein 5g

 
http://www.kraftbrands.com/oscarmayer/hot-dogs/extra-lean-franks.html

 

 

 

 

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SKYLINE CHILI & SPAGHETTI 10 Ounce Microwavable Package Cincinnati Style

It’s a great new way to enjoy your Cincinnati favorite, Skyline Chili!
* Microwavable in 90 seconds!
* No refridgeration required. Store it on your shelf or in your desk!
* Totally portable, Just heat and eat!

One of America’s Favorites – Cheese Sandwich

December 9, 2013 at 8:36 AM | Posted in cheese, One of America's Favorites | 4 Comments
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A grilled cheese sandwich with American cheese, served with tomato soup

A grilled cheese sandwich with American cheese, served with tomato soup

A cheese sandwich is a basic sandwich made generally with one or more varieties of cheese on any sort of bread. In addition to the cheese, it may also include condiments such as butter or mayonnaise. Cheese sandwiches can be uncooked, or heated so that the bread toasts and the cheese melts (a dish referred to as a grilled cheese sandwich, toasted cheese, cheese toastie or simply grilled cheese).
Cheese sandwiches with added meat (such as ham, bacon, turkey and other meats) are generally referred to by more specific names. If ham is included, for example, the result is a “ham and cheese sandwich”. Grilled cheese sandwiches are often served with soup in the United States.

Cooked bread and cheese is an ancient food, according to food historians, popular across the world in many cultures; evidence indicates that in the U.S., the modern version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s when inexpensive sliced bread and American cheese became easily available The cheese dream became popular during the Great Depression.
It was originally made as an open sandwich, but the top slice of bread became common by the 1960s. U.S. government cookbooks describe Navy cooks broiling “American cheese filling sandwiches” during World War II. Many versions of the grilled cheese sandwich can now be found on restaurant menus across the United States.

Uncooked cheese sandwiches simply require assembly of the cheese slices on the bread, along with any additions and condiments.
A grilled cheese sandwich is assembled and then heated until the bread crisps and the cheese melts, sometimes combined with an additional ingredient such as peppers, tomatoes or onions. Several different methods of heating the sandwich are used, depending on the region and personal preference. Common methods include being cooked on a griddle, grilled, fried in a pan or made in a panini grill or sandwich toaster (this method is more common in the United Kingdom where the sandwiches are normally called “toasted sandwiches” or “toasties”).
When making grilled cheese on an open griddle or pan, one side is cooked first, then the sandwich is flipped and cooked on the other side. The sandwich is finished when both sides are toasted and the cheese has melted. Butter, oil, or mayonnaise may first be spread on either the bread or the cooking surface in the case of butter and oil. An alternative technique is to toast or grill each half of the sandwich separately, then combine them. Another method sometimes referred as an “inside out” grilled cheese has an extra layer of cheese put on the outside of each side and cooked, causing the cheese to caramelize into a crispy outer layer.
When using butter best results are achieved at a medium heat. This prevents the milk solids in butter from burning and allows sufficient time for heat to thoroughly penetrate the sandwich and melt the cheese without burning the bread. A crispy golden-brown crust with a melted cheese center is a commonly preferred level of preparedness. Cooking times can vary depending on pan dimensions, ability to control the intensity of the heat source, bread type, cheese variety and overall thickness of pre-cooked sandwich.

A Grilled Cheese Basic Recipe and Web Links Grilled Cheese Recipes

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients:

4 slices white bread
3 tablespoons butter, divided
2 slices Cheddar cheese

Directions:

* Preheat skillet over medium heat. Generously butter one side of a slice of bread. Place bread butter-side-down onto skillet bottom and add 1 slice of cheese. Butter a second slice of bread on one side and place butter-side-up on top of sandwich. Grill until lightly browned and flip over; continue grilling until cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining 2 slices of bread, butter and slice of cheese.

10 Greatest Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/10-greatest-grilled-cheese-sandwiches-71411

50 Grilled Cheeses (Food Network)

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes-and-cooking/50-grilled-cheeses/index.html

Chili Dogs!

December 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM | Posted in cheese, chili, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, Hot Dogs, Oscar Mayer, Sargento's Cheese, turkey chili | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Chili Dogs

 

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It is one freezing cold day out there, maybe 20 degrees out. I guess we ended up with about 5, maybe 5 1/2 inches of snow. It is sunny out so that’s helping to clear the streets a bit. More Winter weather on the way for tomorrow though. Warm and snug on the inside and for dinner a huge favorite of mine, Chili Dogs!

 

 
I used Oscar Mayer Extra Lean Turkey Franks, my new choice of Hot Dogs. Just boiled them for 5 minutes and they were ready. I had planned on using some of the 3 Bean Buffalo Chili but I had none in the freezer left, I’ll be making a new batch this week to cure that problem! So instead I used Hormel Turkey Chili with Beans. Emptied the can into a small sauce pan and heated it up for about 10 minutes or so. I did add a few shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to the Chili as it was heating up.

 

 

 

Served everything on a Healthy Life Whole Grain Hot Dog Bun. Topped the Dog with French’s Yellow Mustard, Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and then the Chili and they were ready to go! Nothing better than a couple of Cincinnati Style Chili Dogs! For dessert later a Skinny Cow Truffle Ice Cream Bar.

 

 

 

 
Oscar Mayer Extra Lean Turkey FranksOscar Mayer Extra Lean Turkey Franks

These hardwood smoked, bun length turkey franks are 95% fat free and only 50 calories per serving. Enjoy this lean poultry option the next time you’re looking for a hot dog, but without all the fat and calories of a beef frank.
Ingredients: TURKEY INGREDIENTS (TURKEY, MECHANICALLY SEPARATED TURKEY), WATER, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, CORN SYRUP, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF DEXTROSE, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, FLAVOR, HYDROLYZED BEEF STOCK, SODIUM PHOSPHATES, SALT, SODIUM PROPIONATE, MUSTARD FLOUR, SODIUM DIACETATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, LEMON JUICE SOLIDS, SODIUM ASCORBATE, EXTRACTIVES OF PAPRIKA, SODIUM NITRITE.

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 50g Servings per Container about 8 Amount Per Serving
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 20
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.5g 4 % Saturated Fat 0.5g 3 % Trans Fat 0g 0 % Cholesterol 20mg 7 % Sodium 400mg 17 % Total Carbohydrate 4g 1 % Dietary Fiber 0g 0 % Sugars 1g Protein 5g

 
http://www.kraftbrands.com/oscarmayer/hot-dogs/extra-lean-franks.html

 

 

 

 

 

Hormel Turkey Chili with BeansHormel Turkey Chili w Beans

 

Hormel Chili, Turkey with Beans, 99% Fat Free Always easy and always delicious, Hormel® chili is made with carefully selected beef, red beans, tomatoes and a special combination of spices. Our choice ingredients are blended and simmered, resulting in a rich and hearty flavor—perfect for dips, baked potatoes, hamburgers, casseroles, nachos, hot dogs, French fries and so much more. Hormel® chili now comes in 10 varieties and sizes, including a less sodium variety. Whether you serve it in a bowl, on a hot dog, or as a topping for fries and nachos, choose the chili craved by chili lovers—Hormel® chili.

 

 

NUTRITION FACTS Serving size 1 cup

Value My Daily Value Calories 210 cal Total Fat 3 g Saturated Fat 1 g Trans Fat 0 g Cholesterol 45 mg Sodium 1200 mg Total Carbohydrate 28 g Dietary Fiber 6 g Sugars 6 g Protein 17 g

 

 

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Spaghetti and Meatballs

December 3, 2013 at 6:21 PM | Posted in cheese, Honeysuckle White Turkey Products, Larosa's Pasta Sauce, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta, spaghetti, Turkey meatballs | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Spaghetti and Meatballs

 

 

 

Another cloudy day but it’s in the low 50′s, not bad for December! Went to Walmart and picked up a few items that were on sale for Christmas Gifts and picked up a couple of items for tonight’s dinner. Tonight one of my favorites, Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Spaghetti LaRosa Sauce

 

 

I used Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Spaghetti, my favorite Pasta. Then for my Meatballs I used Honeysuckle White Turkey Meatballs. The Honeysuckle White Turkey Meatballs are the best I’ve found, fantastic taste and their 190 calories and 5 net carbs for 3 Meatballs.

 
I normally use Bella Vita Low Carb Pasta Sauce but here lately I’ve been using LaRosa’s Original Pasta Sauce. I added my Meatballs and Sauce to a Sauce Pan and then added a small jar of Green Giant Sliced Mushrooms and simmered on low until all was heated. I topped the Spaghetti and Meatballs with some fresh grated Murray’s Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.

 

 

 

 

 

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Spaghettironz (1)

Here’s something to absorb: One serving of RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST pasta has over 20% of your daily recommended fiber intake – but did you know that fiber is good for you in more ways than just digestion?

People with diets high in fiber have a lower risk for weight gain, obesity, development of insulin resistance and diabetes. Fiber also prevents constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulosis, but it also helps reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases like colon and breast cancer. Fiber may help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease. It can also help lower blood sugar to better manage diabetes.

Dietary fiber is the edible part of plants, primarily carbohydrates that are resistant to digestion and absorption in the small intestine. Fiber may be digested by fermentation in the large intestine. By eating high fiber foods you feel fuller, eat less, with fewer absorbed calories.

Fiber comes in two basic forms – soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, seeds, brown rice, oats and barley. It prevents or reduces the absorption of certain substances into the bloodstream. Insoluble fiber is found mainly in whole grains and on the outside of seeds, fruits, legumes, and other foods. It is like a sponge that swells within the intestine to promote more efficient elimination and alleviate some digestive disorders.

Fiber is found only in plant foods and passes through the digestive tract without being completely broken down. Being indigestible, fiber provides no nutrients to the body, which is why for many years it was removed from processed foods like white bread. But, nutritionists have since discovered that fiber performs valuable functions precisely because it is not digested, and it is essential to good health.

 

Whole Grain Spaghetti

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2oz (56g) Dry Uncooked
Servings per Container: About 7

Amount Per Serving

Calories 180 Calories from Fat 10

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 1g 2%

Saturated Fat 0g 0%

Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%

Dietary Fiber 6g 23%

Sugars <1g

Protein 7g

 

 

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich w/ Portobello Mushroom and Madeira Bisque

November 17, 2013 at 6:11 PM | Posted in cheese, mushrooms, Sargento's Cheese, soup | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Grilled Cheese Sandwich w/ Portobello Mushroom and Madeira Bisque

 

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Heavy rain on and off all day. We are on a tornado and high wind warning till about 9:00 tonight. Hope we avoid that weather! Well they finished my new ramp into the house. They did a great job, it looks fantastic. Paid for the new ramp and our Microwave goes out, when it rains it pours! Hopefully get a new one sometime tomorrow. Kept it simple for dinner tonight preparing a Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a Portobello Mushroom and Madeira Bisque.

 

 
A Grilled Cheese and a Soup (Bisque) just sounded good! For my Grilled Cheese I used Sargento Ultra Thin Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Klosterman Wheat Bread. Buttered the top and bottom of the Bread with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and put my Cheese in between the slices and Grilled it on a flat-top griddle. Made sure both sides were browned and then served it.

 

 

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For the Bisque or Soup I used a new one that I haven’t tried before, Campbell’s Slow Kettle Style Portobello Mushroom and Madeira Bisque. It comes in a microwavable container but since our microwave has died I went with heating it up in a sauce pan. Just heated it on medium heat until it started to simmer. Campbell’s has a winner with this one! Nice chunks of Mushrooms with excellent seasoning. Served it with a side of Oyster Crackers. Fantastic Comfort Food Dinner tonight! For dessert/snack later tonight some slices of Cracker Barrel 2% Sharp Cheddar Cheese on Ritz Whole Grain Crackers.

 

 

 

 

 

Campbell’s Slow Kettle Style Portobello Mushroom and Madeira BisqueCampbell's Portobello Mushroom Bisque

Discover the layers of extraordinary flavors of Campbell’s Slow Kettle Style Soups Portobello Mushroom & Madeira Bisque that will delight your senses. Every bite reveals another ingredient, another creative combination, another unique twist. Fill the house with the aroma of soup on the stove and enjoy this soup with a crusty loaf of bread and a glass of wine. Campbell?s passionate dedication to the art of cooking makes this soup worth savoring. Everything good takes time. Like slow-cooked soups with high-quality ingredients and delicious flavor combinations that deliver an experience you will want to slow down and savor.

Campbell’s Slow Kettle Style Soups Portobello Mushroom & Madeira Bisque:
* With shallots, thyme and sage
* Made with patience, not preservatives
* 250 calories per cup
Nutrition Facts*
Serving Size 1 cup
Servings per container about 2
Calories 250
Fat Calories 160
Total Fat 18g
Sat. Fat 9g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 40mg
Sodium 770mg
Total Carb. 16g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 6g
Protein 6g
Potassium 310mg

% Daily Values**
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 8%
Iron 4%

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