Spaghetti and Meatballs

November 30, 2014 at 6:18 PM | Posted in Honeysuckle White Turkey Products, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Spaghetti and Meatballs




Finally starting to feel better today! The soreness and cough have all but gone away and even woke up hungry! Made a Scrambled Egg, Turkey Sausage, Wheat Toast, and a hot cup of of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Now if I can just get Mom and dad healthy. Dad is still in the hospital, and Mom possibly should be. I would have to call in the SWAT to get her there though, very stubborn lady. She is some what better but still has an upset stomach. I did make Mom some soup for her lunch and soup and a Turkey Sandwich for dinner. For my dinner I prepared Spaghetti and Meatballs.


I used Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Spaghetti, my favorite Pasta. Cooks up great and an excellent tasting Pasta. Then for my Meatballs I used Honeysuckle White Turkey Meatballs. The Honeysuckle White Turkey Meatballs are good size, meaty, and have a fantastic taste and their 190 calories and 5 net carbs for 3 Meatballs. I almost always use Jennie -O when using Turkey but no store in this area sells Jennie – O Turkey Meatballs. I always prepare extra Meatballs so I can make a Meatball Subs with them. For my Pasta Sauce I used LaRosa’s Original Sauce. A local favorite and still one of the best Sauces I’ve had. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.






Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Spaghetti

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 diverticulitis, 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


Diabetic Sweet Potato Recipes

November 30, 2014 at 8:15 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | 1 Comment
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Diabetic Sweet Potato Recipes from the Diabetic Living On Line website.



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Diabetic Sweet Potato Recipes
Sweet potatoes are a healthy and tasty vegetable to add to your diet. These colorful spuds are loaded with vitamin A and potassium. Plus, they’re inexpensive, leaving your budget intact this holiday season.




Sweet Potato Pie
Put down the pumpkin — make sweet potato pie instead. This lovely pie features cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla flavors, plus a dollop of whipped dessert topping…..

Turkey and Sweet Potato Chowder
Canned soups can’t compare to this creamy chowder. Filled with corn and chunky sweet potatoes, one serving gives you 4 grams of fiber….

*Click the link below to have all the Diabetic Sweet Potato Recipes

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 30, 2014 at 8:13 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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To make your own celery flakes just cut and wash the leaves from the celery stalks; place them in the oven on low heat or in the hot sun until thoroughly dry. Crumble and store in an air-tight container.

Chunky Baked Potato with Cheddar and Bacon Bits Soup w/ Grilled Ham and Swiss

November 29, 2014 at 5:49 PM | Posted in Ham, soup | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Chunky Baked Potato with Cheddar and Bacon Bits Soup w/ Grilled Ham and Swiss Cheese Sandwich



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Still suffering from the side effects of the flu. This one had kicked my butt! I’m still real sore, feels like somebody beat my ribs and chest are with a ball bat. Mom is no better still, I’ve been trying to get her to eat more. Then dad is about the same in the hospital, no change in him either. My appetite is finally somewhat back and was ready for a hot meal. For dinner a simple but warming and hearty dinner, Chunky Baked Potato with Cheddar and Bacon Bits Soup w/ a Grilled Ham and Swiss Cheese Sandwich.




For my Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich I used Kroger Private Selection Wild Flower Honey Sliced Ham. I’ve been using this ham for a while now. It’s 70 calories and 2 carb per serving (3 Slices). For the Cheese I used 2 slices of Sargento Ultra Thin Swiss. My Cheese Brand of choice for about any dish or sandwich. The Swiss is only 40 calories a slice. For a topping spread I used Litehouse Lite Thousand Island Dressing and Dip (70 calories and 4 carbs per serving). Incredibly flavorful dressing and it’s the Lite version. I served it on a couple of slices of Klosterman Wheat Bread (70 calories and 13 net carbs). To prepare just layer you Ham and Cheese on the Bread and then Butter the top and bottom of sandwich, with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Then I grilled it on a flat top grill sheet till each side was toasted a golden Brown.





I also used my favorite Potato Soup, Campbell’s Chunky Baked Potato with Cheddar and Bacon Bits. Love this Soup, it’s nice and thick with some big chunks of Potato with just the right amount of Cheddar and Bacon Bits. Plus it can’t be much easier to prepare, just open the can and heat it up in a small sauce pan. Love the taste and it’s only 190 calories and 19 net carbs. A good meal for an Autumn Day or any Day for that matter. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl Frozen Greek Yogurt.



Campbell’s Chunky Soup – Baked Potato with Cheddar & Bacon BitsCampbells Chunky Baked Potato
Campbell’s Cheddar & Bacon Bits Chunky soup satisfies hunger with big chunks of real baked potatoes and crisp bacon bits in a creamy soup base with cheddar cheese. Campbell’s Chunky soup is the soup that eats like a meal. Eat it for lunch and this thick and hearty Campbell’s baked potato soup will fill you up and stick with you through the day. When hunger calls, answer with chunky Campbell’s canned soup. You can heat it on the stove or in a microwave. Either way, satisfaction is just minutes away.




Campbell’s Cheddar & Bacon Bits Chunky:

* Soup that eats like a meal

Water, Chicken Stock, Potatoes, Baked Potatoes, Cream, Vegetable Oil, Modified Food Starch, Cheddar Cheese, Pasteurized Process Cheddar Cheese.


Do not add water. Stove: Pour soup into medium saucepan. Heat slowly until hot, stirring occasionally. Microwave: Pour soup into medium microwave-safe bowl or 2 individual microwave-safe bowls. Cover; microwave on high for 3 1/2 minutes or until hot, stirring once during heating. Careful, keep covered 1 minute. Stir before serving. Promptly refrigerate any unused portion in separate container. Recommend use by date on can end. Store unopened can at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts*
Amount Per Serving (serving size) = 1 cup
Calories 190
Fat Calories 80
Total Fat 9g
Sat. Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 790mg
Total Carb. 23g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 3g
Protein 4g

% Daily Values**
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 4%
Iron 6%

Saturday’s Chili – Chile Chicken Chili

November 29, 2014 at 7:35 AM | Posted in Saturday's Chili | Leave a comment
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This Saturday’s Chili recipe comes from the All Recipes web site, Chile Chicken Chili. Just an endless selection of recipes on All Recipes. Made with Chicken, Cannellini Beans, and Salsa Verde. Enjoy!

Chile Chicken ChiliAll Recipes

1 rotisserie chicken, skinned and boned,
meat pulled into large chunks
2 (16 ounce) jars salsa verde (green
1 (28 ounce) can tomato puree
1 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans,
1 (16 ounce) package frozen sweet
white corn
1 (16 ounce) bag frozen bell pepper
1 white onion, chopped



1. Place chicken meat in the slow cooker; mix in salsa verde, tomato puree, vegetable broth, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Add cannellini beans, corn, bell pepper strips, and onion; stir well.
2. Cook on High, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours. Reduce heat to Low and simmer until serving time, at least 2 hours.



Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Calories: 370
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 7g
Cholesterol: 62mg
Sodium: 1173mg
Amount Per Serving
Total Carbs: 48.8g
Dietary Fiber: 9.2g
Protein: 28.9g

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 29, 2014 at 7:34 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Have you ever wondered how restaurants serve very tender, moist chicken breasts all the time? They submerge the breast in buttermilk for 3-4 hours under refrigeration before cooking.

November 29 is National Chocolates Day

November 29, 2014 at 7:31 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays

Here are today’s five thing to know about Chocolates:

  1. Chocolate comes from the Aztec word “xocolatl” which means “bitter water”.
  2. Switzerland is one of the top countries for chocolate consumption. The Swiss consume about 22 lbs of chocolate, per person, per year.
  3. Cocoa beans were used as currency by the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Perhaps this is where they saying “Money grows on trees” came from.
  4. Allowing chocolate to melt in your mouth produces the same or even stronger reactions as passionately kissing.
  5. Most cocoa comes from West Africa.


Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary


Today’s Food History

  • 1627 John Ray (Wray) was born. A leading 17th century English naturalist and botanist. He contributed to the advancement of taxonomy, and established the species as the basic unit of taxonomy.
  • 1968 The Who release ‘The Who Sell Out.’ One of my favorite Who albums, with commercials for some real and…

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Domino’s Pizza

November 28, 2014 at 6:16 PM | Posted in pizza | 4 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Domino’s Pizza




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I know Pizza, with all these leftovers. Pizza is about the only thing that sounded good. As Thanksgiving wore on the worse Mom, Dad, and Myself started to feel. This will teach me not to brag about not getting sick! Dad didn’t even have any of the Thanksgiving Dinner. About nightfall Mom and Dad were both getting worse. Then about 9:30 last night my Dad fell and he was so weak we couldn’t get him up so we to call an ambulance which took him on to the hospital. Me or Mom couldn’t even go with him because we were both feeling so bad, that and the local hospitals are telling people no visitation if you’re showing signs of the flu. So dad will be there 2 or 3 days before coming home. No injury from the fall but real weak from the flu. Mom is a little better and about the same. Which leads to tonight’s dinner Pizza.


Leftovers did not sound good in way. I wasn’t real hungry and Mom suggested a Pizza. So I ordered a Medium Hand Tossed Pizza with Cheese, Sauce, Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Black Olives, Green Olives. I still have no appetite and only had one slice, Mom ate well for the first time in a couple of days. No dessert tonight, back to bed for me.

Jennie – O Turkey – Recipe of the Week – Turkey Caesar Wraps

November 28, 2014 at 8:52 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 a Turkey Caesar Wraps. It’s made with JENNIE-O® DELI FAVORITES® Oven Roasted, Reduced Sodium Turkey Breast, or this would work with any leftover Turkey from the Big Meal. It’s only 300 calories per serving. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Turkey Caesar WrapsTurkey Caesar Wraps
4 tablespoons Caesar dressing
4 (8 to 10-inch) tortillas
12 leaves romaine lettuce
12 ounces chopped JENNIE-O® DELI FAVORITES® Oven Roasted, Reduced Sodium Turkey Breast, from the service deli
1 (7-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Spread dressing on one side of each tortilla. Place lettuce, turkey breast, red peppers and cheese on tortillas.

Tightly roll up to secure filling.



Nutritional Information
Calories 300 Fat 15g
Protein 23g Cholesterol 45mg
Carbohydrates 21g Sodium 900mg
Fiber 2g Saturated Fat 3g
Sugars 4g




DELI FAVORITES® Oven Roasted, Reduced Sodium Turkey Breast
DELI FAVORITES® Oven Roasted, Reduced Sodium Turkey Breast
The taste you want without the sodium. A wonderful alternative if you or your loved ones are on a sodium-reduced diet.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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A good way to prepare fish is also super quick and tasty. Wrap your fillets individually in foil, adding a bit of chopped onion, salt and pepper, a sprig of dill, and a drizzle of olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven, then unwrap for a tender, flavorful dinner.

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