Cajun Buttermilk Chicken w/ Mashed Potatoes & White Peppered Gravy…

March 31, 2012 at 5:12 PM | Posted in chicken, dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, greenbeans, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, mushrooms, turkey bacon | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu:  Cajun Buttermilk Chicken w/ Mashed Potatoes & White Peppered Gravy and Green Beans

Well as they say on the Food Network “Winner, winner chicken dinner”. There’s a whole lot going on with this Chicken Breast! I marinated my Chicken For 4 hours in a Buttermilk, Egg Beater, Cajun Seasoning, and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. I mixed all the ingredients together in a Hefty Zip Lock Bag and added the Chicken making sure it well coated and let it marinate in the fridg. I removed the Chicken from the bag while shaking off the excess mixture. Then I dredged the marinated breast in a mixture of flour, sea salt and coarse black pepper. I pan fried my Chicken in Extra Virgin Olive Oil making sure it done through out. While my Chicken was frying I Sauteed my Baby Bella Mushrooms, fried the Turkey Bacon, and toasted my Bread. To assemble this piece of work take the toast and top it with the Chicken Breast then top the Chicken with a slice of Sargento Ultra Thin Swiss Cheese, Turkey Bacon, and the Sauteed Mushrooms. Everything blends to make one delicious Chicken Breast! I left the recipe at the bottom of the post.

For sides, like you need any with that chicken breast, I had Idahoan Mashed Potatoes that I topped with Pioneer White Peppered Gravy. The gravy was a last second idea, it was leftover from breakfast this morning. I also had some leftover Green Beans. I’ve been on a Green Bean binge lately. Seems that I can eat them with every meal! Everything together makes a fantastic Chicken Dinner! For a dessert/snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Jolly Time Pop Corn and sit back and enjoy the Final Four tonight, Go Buckeyes!

Cajun Buttermilk Chicken


*Recipe is for 4 servings

4 6-ounce boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts
3⁄4 cup Buttermilk
2 eggs, or Egg Beaters equivalent
1 tablespoon Cajun spice mix
5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce, or to taste
Sea Salt and Pepper, to taste
Flour, amount depending on size of the Chicken

4 slices Sargento Ultra Thin Swiss Cheese
4 Slices Turkey Bacon
Baby Bella Mushrooms
4 Slices Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread

*Mix together the buttermilk, eggs, hot sauce and spices until blended.

*Clean and trim chicken breasts. Place into marinade.

*Marinate for 4 hours.

*Dredge the marinated breast in a mixture of flour, salt and black pepper.

*You can bake, pan fry, or deep fry the chicken.

*As Chicken is frying toast the bread, sautee the mushrooms fry the Turkey Bacon

*Top the toast with the Chicken, Swiss Cheese, Bacon, and Mushrooms. Eat!


EARTH HOUR 8.30pm – SATURDAY 31st march 2012

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Earth Hour 2012
Dare the World to Save the Planet

We only have one planet.  You can help protect it. Participate in the world’s largest single campaign for the planet: Earth Hour. It starts by turning off your lights for an hour at 8:30 pm on March 31, 2012 in a collective display of commitment to a better future for the planet.  Think what can be achieved when we all come together for a common cause.

March 31, 2012 at 7:13 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays

Five Food Finds about Clams 

  • The Giant clam has a lifespan of over 100 years.
  • The clam has no head, no biting mouth parts and no arms or legs.
  • A clam two or three inches in diameter would probably be three to five years old.
  • It takes about 25 to 28 months for clam larvae to reach a market size clam.
  • Clams feed year-round, though they feed less in winter because they need less energy.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1814 John Lineback patented the cottonseed hulling machine.

1848 William Waldorf Astor was born. William Waldorf Astor was a cousin of John Jacob Astor IV, the great grandson of John Jacob Astor. He built the Waldorf section (1893) of what would become the Waldorf Astoria (1897). The Empire State Building (1929) now stands on the site of the former hotel.

1918 Daylight Savings Time went into effect in…

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Bison Burger and Leftovers

March 30, 2012 at 4:46 PM | Posted in bison, greenbeans, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, leftovers, low calorie, mushrooms, risotto | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Bison Burger and Leftovers

It was a Simple, healthy, and tasty dinner tonight. I had a Bison Ground Sirloin Burger that I seasoned with McCormick Steakhouse Seasoning and fried in Extra Virgin Olive Oil for about 7 minutes, flipping over once. I topped it with Sauteed Baby Bella Mushrooms. I seasoned those with Sea Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Ground Smoked Cumin, and Parsly. I also topped it with a slice of Smoked Gouda and served on a Healthy Life Whole Grain Bun.

For sides it was leftover Creamy Parmesan Risotto from the other night along with Green Beans. For a dessert/snack later Chip’ins along with Kroger Brand Organic Black Bean and Corn Salsa.

Cheese of the Week – Babybel

March 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM | Posted in cheese, Food | Leave a comment
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This cheese is the French version of the Dutch Edam cheese. It features a distinctive, red wax coating.

Country: France
Milk: cow milk
Texture: soft

Babybel is a brand of cheese sold internationally. The Bel Group introduced Babybel in 1952 and in 1977 Mini Babybel was launched in France. In 1979, Mini Babybel was launched in the U.S. under the Laughing Cow umbrella brand. As of 2011, Mini Babybel is eaten in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. As of March 2011, 75% of all Mini Babybel cheese is eaten outside of France.

The brand is marketed as a natural, convenient snack. Flavors distributed in the U.S. are created in Leitchfield, Kentucky, and at times in France.

Mini Babybel is known for its unique packaging which consists of a netted bag in which each piece is encased in wax . Numerous flavors of Mini Babybel are offered across the world. The original Mini Babybel, an Edam variety, is encased in red wax. Other varieties offered in Europe are available such as Mini Babybel Light (diet version of the Edam variety) in white wax with a light blue label, Emmental in yellow wax, Gouda in yellow wax with an orange wrapper, Goat in green wax and Cheddar in purple wax. The original is also available in Kosher and Halal variety in the UK, which come in nets of 5 with each cheese wheel weighing 22 grams – slightly more than the original varieties. Tesco and Sainsbury’s are the first major UK supermarkets to sell Kosher/Halal Mini Babybel ranges.

There are currently nine flavors offered in the US: Original, Sharp Original, Light, Bonbel, Cheddar, White Cheddar, Emmental Art, Swiss, and Gouda.

My favorite way to eat Babybel is with your favorite cracker and a few Apple slices.

March 30, 2012 at 7:00 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays

National Turkey Neck Soup Day

Turkey Neck Soup is pretty much what it says – a soup whose stock is made from turkey necks.  It is of course, a soup American in origin (the Turkey also being American).  It also derives from the culture of “Less Than Wealthy and Therefore Less Than Wasteful.”  The neck of the turkey is actually quite meaty.  It’s just tough meat.  Tough meat actually has a lot more flavour than tender meat; you just need to cook it longer to get it tender, which brings out even more of the flavour. Which makes it perfect for soup.

Five Food Finds about Turkey Neck Soup

  • The turkey is named “Tom”, because Ben Franklin always teased “Tom” Jefferson for not picking the turkey as the national bird
  • The turkey was never a staple for native Americans because they were seen as weak.  They were only eaten in…

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Baked Shrimp w/ Tofu Mac & Cheese

March 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM | Posted in baking, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, low calorie, low carb, shrimp, tofu | 6 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Baked Shrimp w/ Tofu Mac & Cheese and Whole Grain Bread

Shrimp with Mac & Cheese a great combo. Shrimp with Mac & Cheese under 400 calories a fantastic combo! I used Gorton’s Homestyle Shrimp. They come in breaded seasoning and baked at 425 degrees for 18 minutes. These are the best tasting boxed and frozen Shrimp I think I’ve ever had. Delicious and good size Shrimp.

Now for the Mac & Cheese, this is where it gets good! I used TOFU SHIRATAKI (Yam Noodle with Tofu) MACARONI SHAPE which is only 20 calories and 3 carbs! I added a half a serving of Velveeta 2% Cheese, 1 slice Sargento Ultra Thin Swiss Cheese, and 1/4 teaspoon Kraft Shredded Parmesan Cheese. Seasoned with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper. Mix it all together and microwave on high for 1 minute and 40 seconds. After the first minute stop it to stir and continue with 40 seconds, this time can vary according to your microwave. This came was the first time I tried this and it came out delicious! I’m starting to really like using Tofu as a noodle substitute. Huge difference in calories and carbs between the two also.  A thank you to Hungry Girl for the ideal. I left the recipe and the link to the Housefoods Tofu at the end of the post. I also had Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert later something new a Yoplait Chocolate Banana Smoothie. i seen these on Biggest Loser and they looked so good I had to try it out and glad I did! Easy to make and a nice thick and tasty Smoothie. Only 130 calories and 18 carbs! I’ll leave the write up and nutrition on the post below.

Cheesy Tofu Shirataki Mac

1 bag House Foods Tofu Shirataki Macaroni Shaped Noodle Substitute
1/2 Serving Velveeta 2% Cheese
1 slice Sargento Ultra Thin Swiss Cheese
1 tsp.Kraft Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Dash each Parsley, Sea Salt and Black Pepper, or more to taste

Use a strainer to rinse and drain noodles well. Pat dry. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave noodles for 1 minute.

*Drain excess liquid. Dry thoroughly with paper towels.

*Add cheese wedge and cheese slice, breaking both into pieces as you add them. Microwave for 1 minute. Stop and stir, mixing well, and continue microwaving for an additional 40 seconds.

*Add remaining ingredients and stir very well.


Yoplait Chocolate Banana Smoothie

March 29, 2012 at 5:43 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, fruits | Leave a comment
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Tried a new dessert tonight, YoplaitChocolate Banana Smoothie. I seen these on Biggest Loser and they looked so good I had to try it

Yoplait Chocolate Banana Smoothie

out and glad I did! Easy to make and a nice thick and tasty Smoothie. Only 130 calories and 18 carbs! I’ll leave the write up and nutrition on the  below.

Just add milk and blend for a delicious smoothie in minutes.
Yoplait® Frozen Smoothies are the perfect way to enjoy a refreshing, fruit smoothie any time of day. All you do is add milk and blend. They’re rich in nutrition with real fruit, live and active cultures, and calcium. Enjoy our five great tasting varieties.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 smoothie (8oz)

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 10
Calories 130

% Daily Values*
Total Fat 1g     2%
Saturated Fat 0g     0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol –
Sodium 30mg     1%
Total Carbohydrate 18g     6%
Dietary Fiber 2g     8%
Sugars 11g
Protein 3g  

March 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays

Did you know that Coca Cola comes from the use of coca and kola?  Originally intended as a patent medicine when it was invented in the late 19th century by (Doc) John Pemberton, Coca-Cola was bought out by businessman Asa Griggs Candler, whose marketing tactics led Coke to its dominance of the world soft-drink market throughout the 20th century.

Food Finds for Coca Cola

  • Coca Cola was first invented by a pharmacist name John Pemberton as a medicine to cure headaches.
  • Coca-Cola is called “Coca-Cola” because of the original ingredients used in the medicine, Coca leaves and Kola seeds. Wine was also added in place of sugar similar to the coke we drink today.
  • When Mentos is added to Coca-Cola, the carbon dioxide in the coke will be rapidly released, causing the coke in the bottle to burst out. Diet coke works the best.
  • Coca-Cola can be used to help cure…

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Baked Salmon w/ Creamy Parmesan Risotto, Green Beans, and…

March 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM | Posted in baking, diabetes, diabetes friendly, fish, greenbeans, low calorie, low carb, risotto, salmon | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Baked Salmon w/ Creamy Parmesan Risotto, Green Beans, and Whole Grain Bread

A beautiful day outside around here today and had a filling and healthy dinner tonight. I baked Salmon fillets that I seasoned with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt, McCormick Grinder Black Peppercorn, and Parsley. Baked them at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes. I topped them with a dab of Kraft Chipotle Mayo. For sides tonight we had Lundberg Low Fat Creamy Parmesan Risotto. Easy to make and only 140 calories and 27 carbs. I also had Green Beans and Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert later a serving of Breyer’s Carb Smart Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Del Monte No Sugar Added Sliced Peaches.

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