Fall Dinner With Friends

October 16, 2017 at 4:54 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Inviting friends over for dinner does not have to be a scary experience. With a little planning and the right kinds of recipes, it can be very manageable. On a recent evening, I entertained six of …

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Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage and Baked Whole Grain Penne Rigate

October 16, 2017 at 4:44 PM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products, pasta, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage and Baked Whole Grain Penne Rigate

 

 

For Breakfast I Poached an Egg and served it on a toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin. Also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. A big change in our Morning weather, 38 degrees out! Had a high of 60 degrees and mostly cloudy. After Breakfast I went to Kroger for a few items and stopped by the Post Office and mailed a couple of letters and stopped by the Bank before heading home. Back at home I had to repair the Wheel Chair I keep in the trunk of my car, replaced some bolts and screws. Then got the sweeper out and cleaned the rotating brush on it. For Dinner tonight its Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage and Baked Whole Grain Penne Rigate, I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury French Bread.

 

I had been wanting some type of a Comfort Food Pasta Bake. Sort of a cool Fall day out so what better than to have a Comfort Food Pasta Bake! I prepared a Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage and Baked Whole Grain Penne Rigate. I’m using 2 of my favorites, Jennie – O Turkey and Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta. I’ll be using Jennie – O Lean Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage along with Ronzoni Healthy Harvest 100% Whole Grain Penne Rigate. I’ll also be needing; 1 jar La Rosa Sauce, 16 ounces fresh Mozzarella (sliced), ¼ cup Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese, and sliced Mushrooms. I’ll also be baking a loaf of Pillsbury French Bread.

 

To start I preheated the oven to 350 degrees F, to bake the Bread. After the Bread was done I raised the temperature to 375 degrees F, to bake my dish.

 

 

 

 

Next I cooked the Pasta according to package directions. Boiling Water for 9 minutes. Drain; set aside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the Pasta was cooking I got out the Jennie – O Lean Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage and removed the casing on the Sausage. Then in a large skillet I sauteed the Sausage and the sliced Mushrooms. Cooked it until the Sausage is no longer pink. Drain and return to skillet.

 

 

 

 

Added the cooked Pasta, La Rosa Sauce, and Parmesan Cheese to skillet and stir to combine. Next I poured half of the Pasta mixture into a 13×9-inch baking dish coated with Pam Cooking Spray. Layer half of the Mozzarella slices on top. Then bake at 375 degrees F, uncovered, for about 40 minutes or until heated through and Mozzarella is melted. Let cool and chow down!

 

 

 

 

Well the wait for my Comfort Food Pasta Bake was well worth it! The Turkey, Mushrooms, Sauce, and Pasta was just so good. Then the fresh slices of Mozzarella sealed the deal! I love that fresh Mozzarella! Also had the baked French Bread. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and an Ice-Cold Coke Zero to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

1 lb. dry Healthy Harvest 100% Whole Grain Penne Rigatoni Pasta
3 cups (or 1 large jar) La Rosa Sauce
16 ounces fresh Mozzarella, sliced
1 lb. Jennie – O Sweet Italian Sausage, casings removed
¼ cup Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese
6 ounces sliced Mushrooms

Instructions
1 – Cook the Pasta according to package directions. Boiling Water for 9 minutes. Drain; set aside
2 – Meanwhile, in a large skillet sauté the Sausage and Mushrooms until Sausage is no longer pink. Drain and return to skillet.
3 – Add the cooked Pasta, LaRosa Sauce, and Parmesan Cheese to skillet and stir to combine.
4 – Pour half of the Pasta mixture into a 13×9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer half of the Mozzarella slices on top.
5 – Add another layer of Pasta and a final layer of Mozzarella.
6 – Bake at 375 degrees F, uncovered, for about 30-40 minutes or until warmed through and cheese is melted.

 

 

 

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest 100% Whole Grain Penne Rigate


When it comes to nutrition, why settle for less than 100%? Ronzoni Healthy Harvest pasta is 100% all natural and made from a single ingredient, 100% whole wheat. With an excellent source of fiber and 56g of whole grains per serving, it is an important part of a heart healthy* diet. Its delicious flavor is the perfect complement to your favorite pasta recipes. When it comes to keeping your family happy and eating healthy why settle for less than 100%?
Ronzoni® Healthy Harvest® 100% Whole Grain Penne Rigate
* 100% whole grain linguine,
* NON GMO Project Verified
* All natural
* Excellent source of fiber, A low fat
* Sodium free
* Cholesterol free food
* Kosher
Ingredients:
Ingredients: Durum Whole Wheat Flour. Contains Wheat. Manufactured In A Facility That Uses Eggs.
Directions:
* Instructions: 1. bring 4 quarts of water to a rapid boil. 2. add pasta And stir; return to rapid boil. 3. cook uncovered, stirring occasionally for 7 to 9 minutes. 4. drain well.
Safe Handling Instructions: Contains: Wheat.Manufactured in a facility that uses egg ingredients.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size56 G
Servings Per Container6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180
Calories From Fat 15 Calories
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1.5 G2
Saturated Fat 0 G0
Trans Fat 0 G
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 G
Monounsaturated Fat 0 G
Cholesterol 0 Mg 0
Sodium 0 Mg 0
Potassium 240 Mg 7
Total Carbohydrate 39 G 13
Dietary Fiber 5 G 20
Sugars 2 G
Protein 9 G
https://www.ronzoni.com/en-us/products/3455/WholeGrainPenneRigate.aspx

 

 

 

Jennie – O Lean Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage

Lovers of sweet Italian sausage have found a perfect option.

* GLUTEN FREE
* 65% LESS FAT THAN REGULAR PORK SAUSAGE

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

STOVETOP SKILLET:

Spray skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat skillet over medium-high heat. Place dinner sausage in hot skillet. Cook uncovered, turning occasionally, 17-19 minutes. Always cook to well-done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

NUTRITION INFORMATION
Serving Size 109 g
Calories 160
Calories From Fat 90
Total Fat 10.0 g
Saturated Fat 2.5 g
Trans Fat.0 g
Cholesterol 60 mg
Sodium6 70 mg
Total Carbohydrates 0 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 17 g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Iron 8%
Calcium 2%
https://www.jennieo.com/products/76-lean-sweet-italian-turkey-sausage

Asiago and Spinach Artichoke Dip – The Chunky Chef

October 16, 2017 at 10:20 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This classic baked spinach artichoke dip gets an upgrade with the addition of buttery asiago cheese! Make it for a party and watch everyone grab seconds!

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October 16th is National Liqueur Day!

October 16, 2017 at 10:16 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

National Liqueur Day

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One of America’s Favorites – Sloppy Joe

October 16, 2017 at 5:46 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A homemade sloppy joe with coleslaw

A Sloppy Joe is a sandwich consisting of ground beef, onions, tomato sauce or ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and other seasonings, served on a hamburger bun. The dish originated in the United States during the early 20th century.

 

 

 

Early 20th century American cookbooks offer plenty of sloppy joe type recipes, though they go by different titles: Toasted Deviled Hamburgers, Chopped Meat Sandwiches, Hamburg a la Creole, Beef Mironton, and Minced Beef Spanish Style.

 

Marilyn Brown, Director of the Consumer Test Kitchen at H.J. Heinz in Pittsburgh, says their research at the Carnegie Library suggests that the sloppy joe’s origins lie with the “loose meat sandwiches” sold in Sioux City, Iowa in the 1930’s and were the creation of a cook named Joe.

References to sloppy joes as sandwiches begin by the 1940s. One example is a 1944 Coshocton Tribune ad under the heading “Good Things to Eat” says “Sloppy Joes’ – 10c – Originated in Cuba – You’ll ask for more – The Hamburg Shop” and elsewhere on the same page, “Hap is introducing that new sandwich at The Hamburg Shop – Sloppy Joes – 10c.”

The term sloppy joe’s had an earlier definition of any cheap restaurant or lunch counter serving cheap food quickly or of a type of casual clothing.

Food companies began producing packaged sloppy joe sauce, such as Manwich, by the 1960s.

 

 

Sloppy Joe meat being prepared

Several variations of the sloppy joe exist in North America. In Quebec, Canada, sandwiches of stewed ground beef such as pain à la viande and pain fourré gumbo are usually served on hot dog buns. A similar sandwich, the “dynamite”, exists in the area around Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and is distinguished by the use of onions, bell peppers, and sometimes celery.

Stewed meat sandwiches are common in several other culinary traditions as well. The rou jia mo, from China’s Shaanxi Province, consists of stewed pork, beef, or lamb on a steamed bun. Keema pav of Indian cuisine uses a pav bread roll filled with keema, a minced, stewed, curried meat.

Ground turkey or textured vegetable protein may be used as a substitute for ground beef.

A sloppy joe differs from a traditional loose meat or tavern sandwich due largely to its tomato-based sauce.

In some stores in northern New Jersey, an unrelated sandwich made with a combination of deli meat, such as turkey, roast beef or especially ham, with coleslaw, Russian dressing and Swiss cheese on three slices of rye bread is also known as a sloppy joe.

 

 

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

October 16, 2017 at 5:44 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Vegetarian Sloppy Joes. Add your own favorite spices and herbs. For added heat you can add a Dash hot sauce or tabasco sauce. Enjoy and Eat Healthy!

 

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Ingredients
1/4 cup extra light olive oil
1/2 cup minced onion
2 (8 ounce) packages tempeh
1/2 cup minced green bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 tablespoon vegetarian low-sodium Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
Dash hot sauce or tabasco sauce (optional)
1-2 tsp chili powder, plus more to taste
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 pinch ground black pepper
whole-grain hamburger buns

Directions
1 – Heat oil in a deep, 10-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the onion in the oil until translucent. Crumble the tempeh into the skillet; cook and stir until golden brown. Add the green pepper and garlic; cook another 2 to 3 minutes.
2 – Stir in the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, honey, molasses, Dash hot sauce or tabasco sauce (optional), chili powder, cayenne pepper, celery seed, cumin, salt, coriander, thyme, oregano, paprika, and black pepper; stir. Simmer another 10 to 15 minutes. Spoon hot onto whole-grain hamburger buns to serve. Enjoy!

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 16, 2017 at 5:44 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Thicken up that Stew…….

 

To thicken stews and casseroles quickly, stir in a few spoonfuls of fresh, white bread crumbs.

October 16th is World Food Day!

October 16, 2017 at 5:43 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Celebrate World Food Day

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Bacon and Cheese Buffalo Burger

October 15, 2017 at 5:17 PM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Bacon and Cheese Buffalo Burger w/ Baked Fries

 

 

To start my morning off I had Steak and Egg again! I had 1 of the SayersBrook 4 oz. Bison Filet Mignon left in the freezer, I laid it in the fridge overnight to thaw. I fried it like last time. I just seasoned it with some McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley. I then grabbed a small skillet, sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray, and added a 1/2 tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil. Heated it on medium heat. Fried the first side 3 minutes and flipped it over and cooked it another 2 minutes. And like last time it came out a perfect medium rare! It was so tender and juicy. That was my last one, I’m going to have to order more of these! Then I also fried up a Sunny Side Egg and toasted a couple of slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. Sure tough to beat a Steak and Egg Breakfast! Also, as usual, my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea.

 

Rain and 73 degrees out. Mom went to Church and I stayed home keeping an eye on Dad. After Breakfast I did a couple of loads of laundry for Mom. Then I started cleaning the house, ran the vacuum and dusted. Caught up on everything so I stretched out and watched a few shows I had recorded. For Dinner tonight I prepared a Bacon and Cheese Buffalo Burger w/ Baked Fries.

 

 

 

I can only go so long without having a Wild Idea Buffalo Burger! I just love these Buffalo Burgers! I made this one combining my two favorites, Wild idea Buffalo and Jennie – O Turkey! I used Jennie – O Turkey Bacon for my Burger topping. Heated up a medium size skillet on medium high heat and fried the Bacon until it was crisp. Removed it from the skillet to a Paper Towel lined plate, and set aside. Always remember when frying Bacon use Bacon Math. Just decide how many slices you’ll need and double it. Because, at least when I fry Bacon, you end up eating as much as you fix as you’re preparing it! For the Buffalo Burger I used my favorite Buffalo, the Wild Idea Buffalo 1/3-Lb Buffalo Burgers as usual. Just love these Buffalo Burgers; meaty, juicy and just flat out delicious! Preheated up a small skillet that I sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray, seasoned my Burger with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley. I then pan fried it, in Extra Light Olive Oil, about 3 1/2 minutes per side, after flipping the Burger I added my slice of Cheese, Kraft Deluxe Sharp Cheddar with about 1 minute of cooking time left. Topped it with the Turkey Bacon and served it on a Aunt Millie’s Reduced Calorie Hamburger Bun. Love a good Burger and love these Wild Idea Buffalo Burgers, and topped with the Jennie – O Turkey Bacon it just adds to the goodness!

 

 

To go with my Burger I baked some Alexia Organic Yukon Select Fries. Seasoned them with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley. Baked them at 425 degrees for 16 minutes. They bake up beautifully and seasoned just right, excellent Fry! Plus they are only 120 calories and 15 net carbs. For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Idea Buffalo 1/3-Lb Buffalo Burgers

Prepare for a whole new level of burger. Conveniently pre-made into one-third pound patties that are ever so grillable. Dinner ready. Each pack is 1 pound with 3 – 1/3 Lb patties.
http://buy.wildideabuffalo.com/collections/a-la-carte/products/3-1-3-lb-ready-made-buffalo-burgers-1-lb-pack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexia Organic Yukon Select Fries

Lightly seasoned with sea salt, these Julienne Fries make your everyday French fry wonder where it went wrong.

Ingredients: Organic Potatoes, Organic Canola Oil and/or Organic Sunflower Oil and/or Organic Safflower Oil, Sea Salt, Citric Acid.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 3 oz (84 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 120
Calories from Fat 36
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 200mg 8%
Potassium 310mg 9%
Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
https://www.alexiafoods.com/products/fries/yukon-gold-julienne-fri

Black Tea Chili and Corn Bread Recipe by Janet Sanchez

October 15, 2017 at 4:24 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Elevate chili to a whole new level. Gourmet chili powders and other special ingredients are the way. Kukicha, a twig tea from Japan, gets to be the star of this recipe. (You can substitute Houjicha…

Source: Black Tea Chili and Corn Bread Recipe by Janet Sanchez

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