February 13 is National ‘Italian Food’ Day

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Saturday’s Chili – Winter White Bean Chili

February 13, 2016 at 6:39 AM | Posted in chili, CooksRecipes, Saturday's Chili | Leave a comment
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This week’s Saturday’s Chili – Winter White Bean Chili. This one will heat up these cold Winter’s Days, made with Chicken, Bush’s Northern Beans, Onion, Zucchini, Spices, and more! It’s from the CooksRecipes website which has a great selection of healthy and delicious recipes of all cuisines and tastes! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html



Winter White Bean Chili

This nutritious, mildly spiced slow-cooked chili—featuring chicken, veggies, mild green chiles, brown rice and white beans—makes a hearty one-bowl-meal that is sure to please.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oilCooksrecipes 2
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 cup chopped carrots
1 pound chicken breasts, shredded, boneless, skinless
2 cups chopped zucchini
1/2 cup brown rice (not instant)
2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken stock
2 (4-ounce) cans mild green chiles, drained
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 (15.8-ounce) cans BUSH’S® Great Northern Beans, with liquid
1 tablespoon chopped oregano
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Salt and black pepper to taste
Shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, to taste
Green salsa verde, to taste

Cooking Directions:

1 – Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium sauté pan. Add onions, celery, and garlic. Cook until garlic is aromatic, approximately 5 minutes.
2 – Place carrots in bottom of slow cooker. Top with chicken, onions, celery and garlic mixture.
3 – Add zucchini, rice, chicken stock, chiles, cumin, and beans.
4 – Cook in 4-quart slow cooker on high setting for 4 hours or until vegetables and chicken are tender.
5 – Add oregano and parsley. Cook for 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve with desired amount of cheese and green salsa verde on top.
Makes 9 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/9 of recipe): Calories: 257 Total Fat: 6.2g Cholesterol: 31mg Sodium: 851mg Total Carbs: 29.8g Dietary Fiber: 7.4g Protein: 19.8g.


Healthy Casserole Recipes to Freeze

February 13, 2016 at 6:38 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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All these Healthy Casserole Recipes to Freeze can be found on the EatingWell website. At the EatingWell site you’ll find a huge selection of healthy and delicious recipes, Enjoy! http://www.eatingwell.com/


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For busy nights, plan ahead and make a freezable, healthy casserole recipe.
Make a healthy, hearty dinner with one of our freezer-friendly, easy casserole recipes. Our Classic Lasagna and Baked Mac & Cheese are family favorites you can make ahead and freeze for a healthy weeknight dinner. Our chicken casserole recipes, potato casserole recipes and more healthy casserole recipes are recipes for the freezer that make putting a healthy dinner on the table even easier.

Broccoli, Beef & Potato Hotdish
This easy casserole, full of ground beef, roasted broccoli and topped with hash browns, was inspired by the classic Minnesota Tater Tot hotdish. Roasting the broccoli before adding it to the casserole gives the whole dish a much more complex and exciting flavor, but it’s by no means necessary. If you want to keep it simple, skip roasting the broccoli (Step 2) and use 6 cups frozen broccoli, thawed, in its place (omit 1 tablespoon oil, as well)…….

Buffalo Chicken Casserole
We took the classic flavors of Buffalo wings—hot sauce, blue cheese, carrots and celery—and created a finger-licking-good casserole. Serve this dish during football season to a hungry crowd and it’s sure to be a hit. We don’t typically recommend ingredients by brand name, but in this case we make an exception for Frank’s RedHot Sauce. It has the perfect balance of spice and tang for this casserole. Texas Pete and Crystal hot sauces are suitable alternatives if you can’t find Frank’s…….

Classic Lasagna
Here’s an old-fashioned meat-and-cheese lasagna made lighter. Whole-wheat lasagna noodles taste great in this recipe, plus they help boost the fiber to 9 grams, which is more than a third of the recommended daily intake and especially good news for a healthy heart…..

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Kitchen Hints of the Day!

February 13, 2016 at 6:28 AM | Posted in Kraft Cheese | Leave a comment
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Venison Cooking Hints…..

* Venison fat tastes terrible. It’s tallowy. It coats the inside of your mouth. It’s better used in the candles on your dinner table than on your dinner plate. Trim away all the fat before you prepare it.

* Venison pairs well with a variety of spice combinations. If you’ve got a buck, rub it with some chile powder and cumin. Fennel and sage work well with a doe. Cilantro, cumin, and lime juice are great on a hot day.



* Berries also pair beautifully with venison; the brightness of the fruit enhances the earthy meat. A steak with cranberry sauce is lovely. Or try blueberry barbecue sauce on a burger.



* Serve your venison very hot or very cold. Venison that is lukewarm may impart a sligthly greasey taste.

Cooking the Italian Provinces – Rieti

February 12, 2016 at 6:13 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments


Gardens of Palazzo Vicentini. Gardens of Palazzo Vicentini.

The Province of Rieti  is located in the northeast section of the Lazio region in the heart of Italy and was established in 1927. The territory is mostly mountainous and there are two artificial lakes created during the Fascist period. There are several protected areas in the province. To the south lies the Parco regionale naturale dei Monti Lucretili and to the southeast is the Riserva regionale Montagne della Duchessa. Between the two areas is the Riserva naturale Monte Navegna e Monte Cervia. These areas support a diversity of wildlife, particularly birds such as herons and grebes. Numerous castles, fortresses and Franciscan sanctuaries can be found throughout the Rieti Province.

Mount Terminillo in summer. Mount Terminillo in summer.

Remains of the Roman Bridge (3rd century BC) Remains of the Roman Bridge (3rd century BC)

During the Roman Empire the province was a strategic point in the early Italian road network, that was known as the “salt” track and it…

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Black Bean Chicken with Rice Recipe w/ Baked Italian Loaf Bread

February 12, 2016 at 5:51 PM | Posted in beans, chicken, rice | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Black Bean Chicken with Rice Recipe w/ Baked Italian Loaf Bread


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I’ll start off by wishing my Mom a “Happy Birthday”, she turns 88 today! I just hope if I reach that age that I’m able to get around and do things as good as she does. Love you Mom!! I made Breakfast this morning for all of us. I prepared what is quickly becoming our favorite Breakfast dish, Ham and Diced Potato Skillet.





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I used Simply Potatoes Diced Steakhouse Potatoes and a package of Meijer Diced Ham. Using a Cast Iron Skillet I started by frying the Diced Potatoes. After about 9 minutes I then added the Diced Ham and stirred. In about 14 minutes it was ready! As the Potato/Ham was finishing I grabbed a small skillet and fried one Egg, Sunnyside Up. To serve made a bed of Potatoes and Ham and topped that with the Sunnyside Egg. Broke the Egg open and it just pulled the entire meal together! One hearty Breakfast and a favorite of Mom and Dad’s! After Breakfast I gave Mom her Birthday Presents and Birthday Cake. Afterwards I went to Meijer for a few items, I’m using Meijer more and more. For dinner tonight I tried a new recipe, Black Bean Chicken with Rice Recipe w/ Baked Italian Loaf Bread.



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I came across this recipe in an issue of Simply Delicious (Taste of Home). Black Beans, Chicken, Rice and throw in Corn and Salsa I was sold For the Chicken I used Perdue Perfect Portions Chicken Breasts. I use the Perdue Perfect Portions Chicken Breasts quite often. They come in a package of 5 breasts and 2 types; Italian Seasoned and Plain Breasts. Anyway I grabbed 2 of the Breasts out of the freezer and let them thaw overnight in the fridge. To season the Chicken I’ll need 2 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 3 teaspoons Chili Powder, 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin, 1 teaspoon Pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt. To make the dish I’ll need; the Perdue Perfect Portions Chicken Breasts, 1 can Bush’s Low Sodium Black Beans, Sliced Black Olives, 1 container of Uncle Ben’s Natural Whole Grain Brown Rice, 1 can Del Monte Summer Crisp Golden Sweet Corn, and Kroger Organic Medium Salsa.



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To prepare the dish In a small bowl, mix the seasonings; sprinkle over both sides of chicken. In a large nonstick skillet coated with Pam Cooking Spray, heat olive oil over medium heat. Brown the chicken on both sides. Add the beans, olives, corn and salsa to skillet; cook, covered, 10-15 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°. Remove chicken from pan; cut into slices. Serve with bean mixture and rice. Wow, INCREDIBLE! Another delicious recipe from Taste of Home! Just a fantastic combination of ingredients! Beans, Chicken, Olives, Rice, Corn, and the Salsa just seems to bring it altogether. Another one of those “Keeper Recipes”. Plus it’s a one pot meal, which I love, and easy cleanup. The original recipe and web link is at the end of the post.

I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury Italian Loaf Bread. For dessert later a bowl of Breyer’s Carb Smart Chocolate Ice Cream.

Black Bean Chicken with Rice Recipe

3 teaspoons chili powderTaste of Home
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup salsa
2 cups hot cooked brown rice

1 – In a small bowl, mix seasonings; sprinkle over both sides of chicken. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, heat oil over medium heat. Brown chicken on both sides.
2 – Add beans, corn and salsa to skillet; cook, covered, 10-15 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°. Remove chicken from pan; cut into slices. Serve with bean mixture and rice. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts
1 chicken breast half with 3/4 cup bean mixture and 1/2 cup rice equals 400 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 670 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 32 g protein.


Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Buffalo Turkey Skewers

February 12, 2016 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is Buffalo Turkey Skewers. It’s prepared using JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Boneless Turkey Breast Tenderloins, which is great to use in many dishes. As always you can find this recipe along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the Jennie – O website! http://www.jennieo.com/

Buffalo Turkey Skewers

1 cup buffalo wing hot sauceBuffalo Turkey Skewers
2 tablespoons barbeque sauce
¼ cup onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (20-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Boneless Turkey Breast Tenderloins, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 ounces blue cheese
¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise
¼ cup low-fat sour cream
1 – In large shallow dish, combine hot sauce, barbeque sauce, onion and garlic. Add turkey; stir to coat. Cover and chill 1 to 3 hours.

2 – Heat broiler or grill pan to medium-high. Thread turkey onto metal skewers. Discard marinade. Broil (or grill) turkey, turning occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.

3 – To make blue cheese sauce, in saucepan over medium heat, combine blue cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream. Stir until cheese is melted. Spoon into serving dish. Cover and refrigerate until cold. Serve with turkey skewers.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

Nutritional InformationJennie O Make the Switch
Calories 80 Fat 3g
Protein 10g Cholesterol 20mg
Carbohydrates 3g Sodium 560mg
Fiber 0g Saturated Fat 1.5g
Sugars 1g


Best Casserole Recipes

February 12, 2016 at 5:59 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website it’s Best Casserole Recipes. Warm up these cold Winter Days with a healthy and easily prepared Casserole Dish. Creamy Chicken Potpie, Skillet Tuna Noodle Casserole, and Individual Brussels Sprout & Potato Frittatas are just 3 of the delicious recipes you’ll find here. It’s all from the EatingWell website. http://www.eatingwell.com/



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Make one of our top-rated casserole recipes tonight for a delicious dinner.
For a healthy, comforting dinner, try one of our best casserole recipes. Many of our lightened-up casserole recipes can be made ahead and reheated for an easy weeknight dinner. From Chicken Potpie to Tuna Noodle Casserole, these popular casserole recipes are perfect for a healthy dinner to feed your whole family.



Creamy Chicken Potpie
An irresistible crisp (but easy) phyllo crust tops these homey individual chicken potpies. Make a double batch and freeze extras to have on hand anytime. Serve with a butterhead lettuce salad with red onion and white-wine vinaigrette……..

Skillet Tuna Noodle Casserole
Known as Tuna-Pea Wiggle to some, this family-friendly tuna noodle casserole tends to be made with canned soup and whole milk, which means high fat and sodium. We remedy this by making our own creamy mushroom sauce with nonfat milk thickened with a bit of flour. Look for whole-wheat egg noodles—they have more fiber than regular egg noodles (but this dish will work well and taste great with either)……..

Individual Brussels Sprout & Potato Frittatas
Brussels sprouts and preshredded potatoes make these oversized muffin-shaped frittatas hearty. They’re as good served warm for dinner as they are at room temperature for lunch. Pair with a mixed green salad with cherry tomatoes and buttermilk dressing……..



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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

February 12, 2016 at 5:58 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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A good one to remember when using skewers…..

When using foods with different cooking times (such as shrimp and beef), don’t combine them on the same skewer. Instead, make skewers of just shrimp or just beef, start cooking the beef first, and then combine them on a serving platter.

Cheesy Pasta Bake

February 11, 2016 at 9:26 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Frugal Hausfrau

Can a person have too many pasta recipes? Possibly, especially if you’re on a budget. It’s almost too easy to turn to pasta dishes, so when I do make one, I try to make it the best! You’ll love this warm and comforting dish loaded with fresh mozzarella, Italian sausage and for a healthier twist, ground chicken or turkey. Use ground beef if you’d rather, though.

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