Tags: Baked beans, Baked Potato, Buffalo New York, Canola, Del Monte Foods, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!, Olive oil, Sea salt
About 33 degrees this morning but it’s been dropping ever since. Went to the store early to pick up a few items and then had to take my Dad to the Doctor, he has a lot of heavy congestion. Not good for a person that’s 92. They took some x-rays and waiting for the results tomorrow to see exactly what it is. For dinner tonight I prepared a Wild Idea Buffalo Terres Major Fillet w/ Sauteed Mushrooms, Green Beans, and Baked Potato.
This is always the tenderest cut of Buffalo Steak I can find, and one of the most delicious cuts also! I pan fried it in Canola Oil about 4 minutes per side, which gives you a perfect medium rare! The steak is so tender with just an incredible flavor. As with all the Wild Idea Buffalo cuts it has a slight sweet taste and so tender a knife isn’t really needed!
For a side dish I made some Sauteed Mushrooms. I’ve been using Green Giant Sliced Mushrooms. Really like these, nice taste and keeps so good in a jar. I sautéed them in Extra Virgin olive Oil and a pat of I Can’t Believe It’s not Butter and seasoned with Sea Salt, Ground Roasted Cumin, Parsley Flakes, and Dried Thyme. I also heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans and had a Baked Potato. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt.
Wild Idea Buffalo 8 oz. Terres Major Fillet
The second most tender cut on the animal. This treasured cut is found in the chuck shoulder.
Tags: Bell pepper, Canola, Costco, Fat, Fish, French Bread, Kroger, Sea salt, Simply Potatoes, Sliced Carrots, Walleye
Well their saying we could get our first measurable snow fall of the season! Yes, they said that magic four letter word “Snow”! Myself I enjoy it and go on as normal but with a lot of the people in this area it puts them in panic mode! A friend of mine that works at Kroger already called me earlier and said that panic has already set in. There’s been lines all day at the check-outs, he said that people were buying items like they were going to be stranded for weeks! This area is so funny! Anyway I prepared Fried Walleye w/ Steakhouse Seasoned Diced Potatoes, Sliced Carrots, and French Bread.
I had a couple of Walleye Fillets in the freezer that I laid in the fridge to thaw overnight. I had purchased them from Costco a couple of weeks back. We had some already and they were incredible! I rinsed them off in cold water and patted dry with paper towel. Seasoned them with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper. Put them in a Hefty Plastic Bag and added some Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs, sealed the bag and shook till all fillets were well coated. I then fried them in Canola Oil on medium heat, about 3 to 4 minutes per side till golden brown! I love Walleye, as I do most Fish. Along with Crappie their my favorite Fresh Water Fish to eat.
For one side dish I prepared some of Simply Potatoes Steakhouse Seasoned Diced Potatoes. These are a perfect Potato Dish for any Seafood. They come Seasoned, just heat in a skillet about 10-12 minutes until heated through. I also heated up a can of Walmart Brand Sliced Carrots along with a slice of Pillsbury Rustic French Bread. For dessert later tonight a bowl of Del Monte No Sugar Added Peach Chunks.
We peel and dice fresh potatoes and add just enough delicate onion, red bell pepper and garlic to make our Simply Potatoes Steakhouse Seasoned Diced Potatoes. They make the perfect side dish to go from skillet to table. We’ve already done all the washing, peeling, dicing and spicing so you don’t have to.
Simply Potatoes – Steakhouse Seasoned Diced Potatoes
Calories 80 Sodium 350 mg
Total Fat 0 g Potassium 0 mg
Saturated 0 g Total Carbs 19 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 2 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 1 g
Trans 0 g Protein 2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Tags: Baked Potato, Buffalo New York, Chocolate pudding, Doctor, Green Bean, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!, Kroger, Sea salt
Not quite as cold today, high in the 40′s. No rain but cloudy and dreary out. Not a whole lot going on today, a bit of laundry and watching Football. I had bought some Honey Crisp Apples from Kroger the other day and they were possibly some of the largest and juicy Honey Crisps I had ever had! Good crop coming in so far. Have to fast after 10:00 pm tonight, Doctor’s appointment in the morning and they’ll be doing blood work, checking Cholesterol and Sugar. So for dinner I wanted a filling and healthy dinner so tonight I prepared 5 oz. Buffalo Sirloin and Sauteed Mushrooms w/ Baked Potato and Green Beans.
I used my favorite brand of Buffalo, Wild Idea Buffalo 5 oz. Petite Top Sirloin Steak. I seasoned it with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper and pan fried it, in Canola Oil. Fried it about 4 minutes per side, to a medium rare. The taste of Wild Buffalo Steaks are just incredible! The meat has a sweet taste to it and cooks up so easy. I topped it with some Sauteed Baby Bella Mushrooms.
For a side I had a Baked Potato that I seasoned with Sea Salt, Ground Black Pepper, and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. i also heated up a small can of Del Monte Cut green Beans and had a slice of Klosterman Wheat Bread. For dessert later a Jello Sugarless Double Chocolate Pudding topped with a dab of Cool Whip Free.
Wild Idea Buffalo 5 oz. Petite Top Sirloin Steak
Famous for their flavor, these juicy steaks are perfect for the grill. The small size makes for a great meal for one. 5 oz.
Tags: Cheese, Dietary Reference Intake, Macaroni, macaroni cheese, Saturated fat, Sea salt, Trans fat, Zatarain
House cleaning yesterday and Car and Shed cleaning today. Had the Car cleaned inside and out at a local hand car wash and then came home and cleaned and straightened up the outdoor shed. It’s that time of year with the temperatures at or below freezing that the shed turns into an extra freezer and refrigerator, just in time for all the leftovers from Holiday Dinners. For dinner tonight I prepared Seasoned Fried Haddock w/ Macaroni and Cheese, Yellow Wax and Green Beans, and Whole Grain Bread.
I had a Haddock Fillet in the freezer that I let thaw in the fridge overnight. To prepare it I rinsed the fillet in cold water and patted dry with a paper towel. Then sliced the fillet into four pieces. I then seasoned it with just a bit of Sea Salt and put the pieces in a Hefty Zip Plastic Bag where I then added Zatarain’s Lemon Pepper Breading Mix. Shook until all the pieces were well coated. I then pan fried them in Canola Oil, frying them about 3 minutes per side until golden brown. Haddock and Zatarain’s is a perfect combo, delicious every time!
I had been craving some more Macaroni and Cheese since the last time I had some. So for a side I heated up an individual cup of Bob Evan’s Macaroni and Cheese. Just microwave for 1 1/2 minutes and you have your Mac and Cheese, and quite good Mac and Cheese I might add. I also had bought a package of Kroger Private Selection Harvest Whole Yellow Wax and Green Beans, it was on sale and thought I would give it a try. It comes in a microwavable bag but I prepared by the other cooking option, boiling in water for 5-6 minutes. They were easy to prepare and not too bad for a frozen bean, I’ll use it again sometime. I also had a slice of Klosterman Wheat Bread. For dessert later tonight some Pringles Fat Free Potato Chips with Hidden Valley Smoked Bacon Ranch Dip.
* Farm-fresh goodness
* Made with real cheddar cheese
* Ready to heat and eat
* 2 single servings
Serving Size 170 G
Servings Per Container 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10 G 16
Saturated Fat 5 G
Trans Fat 0 G
Cholesterol 25 Mg 8
Sodium 810 Mg 34
Total Carbohydrate 22 G 7
Dietary Fiber 1 G
Sugars 3 G
Protein 10 G
Tags: Black pepper, Canola, Cast-iron cookware, cook, Deviled egg, Kroger, Sea salt, Tilapia
Today’s Menu: Blackened Tilapia Fish Sandwich w/ Deviled Eggs and Baked Fries
Well we survived our first snowfall of the Winter/Fall, all less than a 1/4″ of it! A friend of mine called me last night when he got off work at a local Kroger. We were both laughing at people in this area and how they panic when the 4 letter word “SNOW” is mentioned! He said when he left at 9:00 last night the checkout were lined up with people and their panic buying, I tell you this are is nuts when they mention that 4 letter word! It is cold out though. When I went out and got the morning paper it 19 degrees with a stiff cold wind and it didn’t warm up much at all. For dinner tonight I warmed it up on the inside preparing a Blackened Tilapia Fish Sandwich w/ Deviled Eggs and Baked Fries.
I had the Tilapia in the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge overnight. To prepare it I rinsed the fillet off in water and patted dry with a paper towel. I seasoned it with a bit of Sea Salt. Then I melted a tablespoon of Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter down and rubbed the fillet down with it, covering both sides. I then covered both sides, with Zatarain’s Blackening Seasoning. I added Canola Oil to my Cast Iron Skillet and preheated it until the Oil was almost ready to start smoking and I added the Tilapia. Just a word of warning have your window open and overhead stove fan a working, it will smoke! I cooked the fillet for 3 minutes each side and it was fork tender and ready. As usual anything that you use Zatarain’s on it’s going to be good and this was no exception! I love the smokey and heated flavor the seasoning provides. The fillet just melted in my mouth. I served it on an Aunt Millie’s Deli Style Whole Grain Mini Sub Bun. I topped it with some Hidden Valley Spicy Chipotle Pepper Sandwich Spread & Dip. If you haven’t tried this Spread, and you like some added heat this is your Spread! It’s not that over powering heat but it is Spicy. It’s a creamy and thick Spread so if you like Spicy give it a try.
For a side dish, I had posted about Deviled Eggs earlier and that got me wanting some! So I went to Deviled Egg expert, my Mom! I love her Deviled Eggs, rich and creamy with just an incredible taste. I also baked some Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding.
Hidden Valley Spicy Chipotle Pepper Sandwich Spread & Dip
Spice up your ordinary sandwich with Hidden Valley™ Sandwich Spread & Dip in Spicy Chipotle Pepper.
Serving Size 1 tbsp (15 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories from Fat 13
Total Fat 1.5g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 85mg 4%
Carbohydrates 1.0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%
Tags: Asparagus, Black pepper, Blackening, Cast-iron cookware, Garlic Powder, Garlic Salt, Kroger, Sea salt
A couple of friends of mine had been in their Florida home for a week or so and they came home yesterday and brought me some Fresh Gulf Coast Grouper! Now this beats any old T- Shirt! How fresh is it you ask? It was caught Sunday Afternoon and dropped off to me Monday about 6:00 pm, that’s fresh. I froze 5 fillets and kept one out for dinner tonight. Went to the local Kroger and picked up some Gourmet Red Potatoes and fresh Asparagus to go with the Grouper. For dinner tonight, Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Grouper w/ Roasted Red Potatoes and Asparagus.
I started by rinsing the fillet off with water and patted dry with a paper towel. Melted a tablespoons of Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter down and rubbed the fillet down with the butter. Then seasoned it with a bit of Sea Salt and then with Zatarain’s Blackened Seasoning, rubbing the Blackened Seasoning on both sides of the fillet until it was well covered. Heated up a Cast Iron Skillet and fried the fillet. Always have your overhead stove fan on when Blackening, it will create the smoke! I fried it about 4 minutes per side. After the smoke cleared the Grouper came out perfect! Gulf Coast Grouper by itself is delicious but Blackening it just brings that much more flavor. I’ve said it before, “I could live on Fish”.
For one side dish I prepared Roasted Red Potatoes. I quartered and seasoned the Red Potatoes with Dill, Sea Salt, Ground Black Pepper, and Garlic Powder. I used a Cast Iron Skillet that I heated up on medium and added a tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I added the Red Potatoes and fried them for about 7 minutes and then put them in the oven, that was already at 400 degrees, and roasted them for about another 20 minutes until they were fork tender. Excellent way to prepare Red Potatoes! I also made some Quick Skillet Asparagus. Just heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add Canola Oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add the Asparagus to pan; cooked about 3 minutes until the Asparagus was crisp-tender and browned, stirring frequently. To season the Asparagus I added Sea Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Garlic Salt, and Crumbled Turkey Bacon. Delicious meal all centering around the Florida Gulf Coast Grouper, a big thank you to Jim and Linda for the Grouper, and paired with the Red Potatoes and fresh Asparagus. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.
Zatarain’s Blackened Seasoning
This spicy seasoning blend is rubbed on the outside of fish (or chicken, steak or other meats) for blackening. Also great as a seasoning rub for the grill or broiler.
SALT, PAPRIKA, CAYENNE PEPPER, BLACK PEPPER, WHITE PEPPER, CHILI POWDER, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, ONION, GARLIC, SPICES.
Serving Size: 1/4 tsp. (.71g)
Servings Per Container: about 120
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Tags: Bison, Bison Sirloin Steak, Black pepper, Great Range, Margaret Holmes, Phaseolus vulgaris, Rocky Mountain Natural Meats, Sea salt, Walmart
A day of errands today. The Bank, Post Office, Meijer, and Walmart. Got a couple of Gift Cards for the family, buying some early Christmas Gifts. The storm they were warning everyone about for 2 days barely affected our area, and it didn’t come in till about 10 pm last night. For dinner tonight; Bison Sirloin and Sauteed Mushrooms w/ Baked Potato and Seasoned Pinto Beans.
Still running low on the Wild Idea Buffalo Steaks so I used a Great Range Bison Sirloin. I seasoned it with McCormick Grinder Sea salt and Black Peppercorn. No new grill yet so I 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 inside, love Bison or Buffalo! Topped it with some Sauteed Baby Bella Mushrooms. Steak and Mushrooms are always the perfect pairing.
For a side I had a Baked Potato that I seasoned with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper, topped with some I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Then I also heated up a can of Margaret Holmes Seasoned Pinto Beans. First time I tried these, I picked a can up while at Walmart earlier. And as all Margaret Holmes Products they were delicious! Nicely seasoned and full of flavor. For dessert/snack later tonight a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Jolly Time Pop Corn.
* Great taste since 1838
Pinto Beans, Water, Monosodium Glutamate, Salt, Dehydrated Onion, Sugar, Spices, Natural Flavors, Natural Smoke Flavor, Calcium Disodium Edta (to Preserve Color) And Chicken Fat. May Contain Allergens: Wheat (Wheat Gluten), Soybeans (Hydrolyzed Soy Protein) & Peanuts.
Seasoned Pinto Beans (Margaret Holmes)
Per 1/2 cup – Calories: 120kcal | Fat: 0.50g | Carbs: 26.00g | Protein: 10.00g
About Great Range Brand Bison
and Rocky Mountain Natural Meats
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.
Tags: Bay Shrimp, Casserole, Cayenne pepper, Fillet, Garlic Powder, haddock, macaroni cheese, Onion Powder, Sea salt, zatarain's
A cloudy and dreary day out today, a bit warmer but damp. It looks like it’s going to be a stormy Trick or Treat Night tomorrow also they say. Growing up in the neighborhood, in Hamilton, we always looked forward to Halloween Night and all the Candy! Back then we would fill up 2 huge Trick or Treat Bags easily during the course of the night, as all the houses were close together so it was easy to canvas a couple of neighborhoods. For dinner tonight, Lemon – Pepper Fried Haddock w/ Baked Bay Scallops and Mac and Cheese.
It was Seafood tonight with some Mac and Cheese thrown in. I had bought a Haddock Fillet at Kroger the day before along with the Bay Scallops. I still buy Seafood from Kroger it’s one item that’s reasonably priced, and very good quality. To prepare the Haddock I started by rinsing the Fillet off with cold water and patted it dry with a paper towel. I then sliced the Fillet into smaller pieces. To season I added a couple of shakes of Sea Salt and then rolled the Fillets in Zatarain’s Lemon Pepper Breading Mix. I pan fried them in Canola Oil about 3 1/2 minutes per side until golden brown. I could live on Fish and Seafood!
Then for my Bay Scallops. Rinsed them off and patted them dry and then I combined the following; ½ cup Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs, 1 Tsp. Onion Powder, 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder, ½ Tsp. Paprika, 1/2 Tsp. Parsley (dried), ¼ Tsp. Cayenne Pepper, ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated, and Dash Sea Salt. Then I melted 2 Tbsp. Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter. Preheated the oven to 400 degrees F and poured the melted butter into a 2-quart casserole dish. Make sure the scallops and butter are evenly placed in the bottom of the dish. Mix all the remaining ingredients well and sprinkle over the scallops. Bake until the scallops are firm, which will take about 20 minutes, careful not overcook the Scallops. These are nothing but delicious! The seasoning along with the Bread Crumbs gives them excellent flavor and a nice brown crust. I also heated up some Bob Evan’s Macaroni and Cheese. Just microwave and their ready. A mini Seafood Fest tonight for dinner! For dessert later a Del Monte No Sugar Added Peach Chunks Cup.
Baked Bay Scallops:
2 Tbsp. Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter, melted
1 ½ pounds Bay Scallops, rinsed and drained
½ cup Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs
1 Tsp. Onion Powder
1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
½ Tsp. Paprika
1/2 Tsp. Parsley, dried
¼ Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
¼ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
Dash Sea Salt
Total prep and cook time: 45 minutes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F or 200 degrees C. Pour the melted butter into a 2-quart casserole dish. Make sure the scallops and butter are evenly placed in the bottom of the dish. Mix all the remaining ingredients well and sprinkle over the scallops. Bake until the scallops are firm, which will take about 20 minutes.
Tags: Black pepper, cook, Home, Mashed potato, Peach Preserves, Pork, Pork Tenderloin, Roasting, Sea salt
Today’s Menu: Peach Pork Tenderloin w/ Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus Tips
Down right cold around here! In the 20′s early and then in the 30′s but with one cold wind. Cloudy all day so it was a good day to stay in and be a couch potato. After a delicious Breakfast and a light Lunch it was time for dinner! I made what I had planned on making yesterday, until I was distracted by a beautiful Whole Roaster Chicken, a Peach Pork Tenderloin. Dinner tonight; Peach Pork Tenderloin w/ Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus Tips.
I came across the The Peach Pork Tenderloin recipe in an issue of Diabetes Forecast Magazine. I love Pork Tenderloin recipes and this one was no exception. A great spice seasoning mix of – 2 tsp. Ground Cumin, 1 tsp. Dried Thyme Leaves, 1 tsp. Dried Sage, 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. Sea Salt, and 1/4 tsp. Ground Black Pepper. Then what really set taste buds going, 1/2 cup No Sugar Added Peach Preserves! What a great glaze this provided with for the Pork. It provided just the right amount of flavor, nothing over powering. This is one fantastic Pork Tenderloin dish, a keeper recipe! The Pork came out with that nice Peach Glaze and was moist and flavorful on the inside. Just season, baste, and bake (on 450 degrees). Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes or until the Pork reached 160 degrees by a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the Tenderloin. Easy to prepare, very little clean-up, and a delicious Pork Tenderloin with an incredible flavor.
For a side to go with the Pork I heated up my favorite Mashed Potatoes, Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes. Just microwave for a total of 6 minutes, and done. I also heated up a can of Del Monte Asparagus Cuts and Tips. Very good for canned Asparagus. I also had a slice of Klosterman Wheat Bread. For dessert later a Jello Sugarless Chocolate Pudding.
Peach Pork Tenderloin
2 tsp. Ground Cumin
1 tsp. Dried Thyme Leaves
1 tsp. Dried Sage
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
1/4 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
2 Pork Tenderloins (1 lb. each)
1/2 cup No Sugar Added Peach Preserves
1) Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with Pam Cooking Spray; set aside
2) In a small bowl, combine all the spices. Rub the spice mixture over the tenderloins. Brush the tenderloins with the Peach Preserves.
3) Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of one tenderloin.
4) Roast the Pork for about 25 minutes or until the thermometer registers 160 degrees.
5) Remove the Pork from the oven and place on a platter. Let stand 10 minutes before carving.
Makes: 8 servings Serving Size: 3 oz.
Per Serving: Calories 125, Fat 3 g (Sat. Fat 1 g), Carbohydrate 4 g (Fiber 2 g, Sugars 0 g), Cholesterol 60 mg, Sodium 100 mg, Potassium 370 mg, Protein 22 g,