What To Cook In October

October 31, 2016 at 9:26 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Greens The fall is the best time to buy greens from a grocery market or farmers’ market. Some leafy greens cook very quickly. Spinach is the best example. But others, like kale, are more hear…

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Healthy Harvest Turkey Lasagna and Baked French Bread

October 31, 2016 at 4:56 PM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products, Lasagna, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Healthy Harvest Turkey Lasagna and Baked French Bread

 

 
For Breakfast this morning I fried up a couple of Jennie – O Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links, some Simply Potatoes Healthy Harvest Turkey Lasagna 015Shredded Hash Browns, toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin, and had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Healthy way to start the day! It’s a little cooler out today, a high of 65 degrees and partly sunny. Got the cart out and did some yard work today. Trimmed some bushes around the house, trimmed the vines around the driveway, replaced some mulch in the flower beds, and repaired the shed door. Feels good to be outside getting things done. For Dinner tonight a family favorite, Healthy Harvest Turkey Lasagna and Baked French Bread.

 

 
As usual I’m using Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast, which I had in the freezer so I sat it in the fridge to Healthy Harvest Turkey Lasagna and Baked French Bread 002thaw overnight. I use the recipe that’s on back of the Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Lasagna Box as a guide. Making changes to some of the ingredients to reduce calories and carbs. I used the following; 1lb Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast, 3 cups (26 oz jar) Ragu Pasta Sauce, Sliced Mushrooms (optional), 1 cup Water, 1 3/4 cups (15 oz container) Kroger Part Skim Milk Ricotta Cheese, 2 cups (8 oz) or more Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (divided), 1/2 cup grated Kraft Parmesan Cheese, 1/2 cup chopped fresh Parsley, 1/2 tsp Sea Salt, 1/4 tsp ground Black Pepper, and 6 pieces Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Lasagna, uncooked. Cutting calories and carbs by using Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast and the Kroger Part Skim Milk Ricotta Cheese, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta, and Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Cheese.

 

 

Ready for the oven!

Ready for the oven!

Then to prepare it, Heat oven to 350°F. In a skillet, over medium-high heat, brown Turkey; season to taste and drain of excess fat. Add the Pasta Sauce, Mushrooms, and Water; simmer about 10 minutes. Pour about 1 cup Sauce on bottom of a 13×9 foil pan. Arrange 3 UNCOOKED pasta pieces lengthwise over sauce; cover with 1 cup sauce. Spread one-half Ricotta Cheese and Mozzarella Cheese over Sauce. Repeat layers of RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST LASAGNA, Sauce and Ricotta Cheese, Mozzarella. Top with layer of RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST LASAGNA and remaining Sauce; sprinkle with Mozzarella Cheese. Cover with foil. Bake 45 minutes. Remove foil; bake additional 10 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

 

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                                    …and done!

The Lasagna comes out perfect, love this recipe! Everything tasted so fresh and as usual the Jennie -O Turkey was the star bringing everything together to make one delicious dish! Plenty of leftovers for another meal or to freeze for later use. I’ve frozen this several times and it always comes out great after reheating. I left the original recipe at the bottom of the post. With just a few changes I saved on calories, carbs, and fat grams. The original recipe is at the end of the post. I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury French Bread. I really don’t need Bread to go with Lasagna but Mom and Dad wanted some. For dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar, really like these for dessert.

 

 
Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Lasagna

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef
3 cups (26 oz jar) spaghetti sauce
1 small container of baby bella mushrooms, slicedHealthy Harvest Turkey Lasagna and Baked French Bread 002
1 1/2 cups water
1 3/4 cups (15 oz container) ricotta or small curd cottage cheese
2 cups (8 oz) shredded mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese, divided
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
9 pieces RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST LASAGNA, uncooked

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F. In 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, brown meat; drain. Add spaghetti sauce, mushrooms, and water; simmer about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, one-half mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs, parsley, salt and pepper. 5. Pour about 1 cup sauce on bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish. Arrange 3 UNCOOKED pasta pieces lengthwise over sauce; cover with 1 cup sauce. Spread one-half cheese filling over sauce. Repeat layers of RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST LASAGNA, sauce and cheese filling. Top with layer of RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST LASAGNA and remaining sauce; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil. Bake 45 minutes. Remove foil; bake additional 10 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 277.3
Total Fat: 9.7 g
Cholesterol: 75.8 mg
Sodium: 519.1 mg
Total Carbs: 25.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.3 g
Protein: 23.9 g

 

 

 

 

 

Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
Our leanest ground turkey, all natural, 99 percent fat-free with no gluten.Jennie O Extra Lean Ground
Product Features:
99% fat-free
Gluten Free
All Natural
The Biggest Loser® Product
20-oz (1.25 lbs) or 40-oz package (2.5 lbs)

 

Cooking Instructions:
STOVETOP METHOD:
* Spray skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
* Preheat skillet over medium-high heat.
* Add ground turkey to hot skillet.
* Stir to crumble, approximately 14 to 16 minutes.
* Always cook to well-done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer.

 

Nutritional Information
Serving Size 112 g Total Carbohydrates 0 g
Calories 120 Dietary Fiber 0 g
Calories From Fat 15 Sugars 0 g
Total Fat 1.5 g Protein 26 g
Saturated Fat .5 g Vitamin A 0%
Trans Fat .0 g Vitamin C 0%
Cholesterol 55 mg Iron 4%
Sodium 70 mg Calcium 0%

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Sweet Potato Nachos

October 31, 2016 at 1:08 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Those of you sweeties paying attention may notice a trend going on here of Tex-Mex with a twist.  Now if you have a problem with this, I am not sorry what so ever.  I love it.  It is…

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“Street Meat” Grilled Lamb Kebabs

October 31, 2016 at 5:58 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Easy “Street Meat” Grilled Lamb Kebabs with Chinese and Middle-Eastern flavors. Reminiscent of the market street kebabs we ate in North-Western China.

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One of America’s Favorites – Refried Beans

October 31, 2016 at 5:19 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Refried beans (Spanish: frijoles refritos) is a dish of cooked and mashed beans and is a traditional staple of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, although each cuisine has a different approach when making the dish. Refried beans are also popular in many other Latin American countries.

 
The name is a direct calque of Spanish frijoles refritos, refritos meaning “well-fried”, and not “fried again” as might be assumed from the use of re- in English. The prefix re- could be used as an intensifier in Latin, as evident in e.g. resplendent, a meaning that has been inherited by Spanish alongside the more common meaning indicating repetition.

In this dish, after being boiled and then mashed into a paste, the beans are sometimes then fried or baked, though usually neither, thus making the term “refried” even more misleading.

 
In northern Mexico and in American Tex-Mex cuisine, refried beans are usually prepared with pinto beans, but many other varieties of bean are used in other parts of Mexico, such as black or red (kidney) beans. The raw beans can be cooked when dry or soaked overnight, then stewed, drained of most of the remaining liquid, and converted into a paste with a masher (such as a potato masher), or pressed through a fine mesh sieve (to remove the skins). Some of the drained liquid, or chicken or vegetable stock, is added if the consistency is too dry. The paste is then baked or fried, usually with onion and garlic in a small amount of lard, vegetable oil, bacon drippings or butter and seasoned to taste with salt and spices. Lard is generally used more often in Mexico, and it has a large effect on flavor. Epazote is a common herb used to add a special and unique flavor. It is also a carminative, which means it reduces the gas associated with beans.

 

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In a home meal, refried beans typically serve as the side dish accompanying a larger meal, or rolled in a tortilla to form a bean burrito.

In the US, refried beans are most commonly made from pinto beans. They are served as a side dish with most Tex-Mex restaurant meals. They also have become very popular as a dip for corn tortilla chips. Refried beans are also a primary ingredient in many tostada, chimichanga, and pupusa recipes. In addition, they are a typical ingredient in layered dips, such as 7 layer dip or in nachos.

 

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Shepherd’s Pie

October 31, 2016 at 5:18 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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For the “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week it’s Shepherd’s Pie. A classic dish gone Meatless! I found several versions of this online but I’m going with the one on the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site is just loaded with delicious and healthy recipe ideas. Be sure to check the CooksRecipies site out!ttp://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

 

Shepherd’s Pie

This delicious classic requires 30 to 40 minutes of hands-on time, plus about an equal amount of baking. So, while it may not qualify as a quick dish to make when you come home from work, it’s a comforting weekend meal. It’s substantial and filling, though my family rarely leaves leftovers.

Recipe Ingredients:

4 large or 6 medium potatoes
1 tablespoon nonhydrogenated margarineCooksrecipes 2
1/2 cup low-fat milk, rice milk, or soy milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
1/2 medium head cauliflower, finely chopped
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 cup cooked fresh or frozen corn kernels, thawed
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon minced fresh dill (optional)
Seasoned salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Wheat germ

Cooking Directions:

1 – Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C).
2 – Peel and dice the potatoes. Place in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and transfer to a small mixing bowl.
3 – Stir the margarine into the potatoes until melted, then add the milk and mash until fluffy.
4 – Set aside until needed.
5 – While the potatoes are cooking, heat the oil in a skillet. Add the onion and carrots and sauté over medium heat until the onion is golden. Add the cauliflower and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook until the cauliflower is just tender, about 5 minutes.
6 – Add the peas, corn kernels, parsley, and optional dill. Cook until the mixture is well heated through, then stir in 1/2 cup of the mashed potatoes. Season with seasoned salt and ground black pepper.
7 – Lightly oil a shallow 2-quart round or rectangular casserole dish. Sprinkle the bottom with a generous layer of wheat germ, then pour in the vegetable mixture and pat in evenly. Spread the mashed potatoes over the top and pat down lightly.
8 – Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the potatoes begin to turn golden and slightly crusty. Let stand for 5 minutes, then cut into squares or wedges to serve.
Makes 6 servings.

Variations:

* To make this dish even more substantial, add 8 ounces of well-drained, finely diced tofu (or baked tofu) or 1 cup cooked or canned beans of your choice.
* Other vegetables can be substituted for the ones listed above. Try broccoli instead of cauliflower; zucchini or green beans in place of the corn and/or peas; and a half cup or so of sliced mushrooms is a welcome addition if everyone present likes them.
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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 31, 2016 at 5:16 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Chill the Chicken….

 

After flouring chicken, chill for 1 hour. The coating adheres better during frying.

October 31st is National Caramel Apple Day!

October 31, 2016 at 5:12 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Here are today’s five things to know about the caramel apple: Candy Apples were first introduced in Arabian cuisine. The reason was that fruit was candied to preserve it. Americans have over the ye…

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Easy Naan Recipe

October 30, 2016 at 10:13 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Easy Naan Recipe – Fluffy, crusty, irresistible Indian Naan Bread made in the oven. This naan bread recipe is so simple, it’s perfect for new bread bakers.

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3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Johnny Cakes

October 30, 2016 at 4:44 PM | Posted in Bush's, Jennie-O Turkey Products, turkey chili | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: 3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Johnny Cakes

 

 
For Breakfast on this Sunday Morning I prepared Skillet Potatoes and Ham for Breakfast. I used 1 package of Simply Ham, Diced Potato, Egg, Hash 002Potatoes Steakhouse Seasoned Diced Potatoes and a package of Meijer Diced Ham to prepare it. Just cook the Potatoes according to the package instructions and with about 5 minutes of cooking time left add the Diced Ham. I topped everything with a Sunny Side Egg and a sprinkle of Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar. I am a Potato Freak! Diced, scalloped, baked, or fried it makes no difference I love Potatoes! After Breakfast I did a load of laundry for Mom. Mom went on to Church and I stayed here with Dad. Someone has to be here with him all the time anymore. So anyway with the laundry started I cleaned the house, ran the vacuum and dusted. Then on outside and got the leaf blower out and cleaned the deck and driveway of leaves. Had everything done so it was time to sit back and watch some NFL Football the rest of the afternoon. For Dinner tonight a favorite of mine, 3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Johnny Cakes.

 

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I’m ready for some Chili! With the Fall weather in full swing its hard to beat a bowl of homemade Chili! You can use Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast or Wild Idea Ground Buffalo. Either version turns out great! I had none left of the last batch in the freezer so it was time for a new batch!

 

 

 
To make this I’m using Jennie -O Lean Ground Turkey. The 3 Beans I use are 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Black3 Bean Turkey Chili w Johnny Cakes 001 Beans), 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans ( Kidney Beans), 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Great Northern Beans) drained and rinsed, Then I mix in 1 Red Onion (medium Chopped or Minced), 1 Jalapeno Pepper (Seeded and Chopped), and 3 Cloves Minced Garlic. For my spices I use 1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix, 2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste (2 cans), 1/2 Tsp Ground Cocoa Chili Blend (McCormick), 1/2 Tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (McCormick), 2 Tbs. Ground Roasted Cumin (McCormick), 2 tbsp Ground Cinnamon (McCormick), 1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves (McCormick), and 5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste (I usually add a lot more dashes!). What’s good about this recipe you can use your own favorite Spices and make your own tweaks to it and it turns out delicious!

 

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First thing I do is get the Crock Pot out and put in a Glad Crock Pot Liner. The Liners are incredible, just line your Crock Pot with one and spray it with Pam Cooking Spray. Now you are set to go. It makes for one easy clean up, just remove it when done and give the inside of your Crock Pot a quick wipe down and your clean up is done! On with the recipe.

 

 

 
I started by opening all 3 cans of Bush Beans into a large bowl and stirred until mixed. I then added the Beans to the 3 Bean Turkey Chili w Johnny Cakes 005Crock Pot. To prepare the Turkey, I start I started by browning the Jennie -O Ground Turkey. Using a large skillet sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Preheat the skillet on medium heat. When heated I add the Ground Turkey and all the seasonings and Tomato Paste, stirring often. When the Turkey has browned I add from the skillet to the Crock Pot. Throw in a 1/2 cup of Water, stirred twice, and put the lid on the Crock Pot and set on low for 5-6 hours.

 

 

 

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Then sit back and enjoy the aroma that usually starts after an hour or so of simmering! I love a thick Chili and this one works! The Jennie – O Ground Turkey combined with all those Beans and spices is a perfect match. Served it topped with some fresh Shredded Dutch Gouda Cheese and a couple of shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Also a side of Johnny Cakes, recipe below. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

To prepare the Johnny Cakes (I love these…) all you’ll need is: Pam w/ Olive Oil Non – Stick Spray, 1/4 cup Extra 3 Bean Turkey Chili w Johnny Cakes 004Virgin Olive Oil, 1 3/4 cups Low Fat Buttermilk, and 2 cups Martha White Self Rising Enriched White Corn Meal Mix. Just mix all your ingredients in a large bowl. Spray your Pam on a Flat Top Griddle or large Skillet and preheat on medium low, I use the Flat Top Griddle. When the Griddle is heated add your batter. You can make the Cakes any size you want from half-dollar size to regular pancake size cakes. After the bottom side turns golden brown flip over and let the other side get golden brown.

 

 

 
3 Bean Turkey Chili
Ingredients
1 lb. package Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste3 Bean Turkey Chili w Johnny Cakes 001
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Red Beans)
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans ( Kidney Beans)
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Great Northern Beans), drained and rinsed
1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix
1/2 Red Onion (medium), Chopped or Minced
1 Jalapeno Pepper, Unseeded and Chopped
4 Cloves Minced Garlic
1/2 Tsp Ground Cocoa Chili Blend (McCormick)
1/2 Tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (McCormick)
2 Tbs. Ground Roasted Cumin
2 Tsps Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves
5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.
1/2 Cup of Water
Shredded Cheese, I use Grated Dutch Gouda or Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar Cheese (Topping)
Oyster Crackers
Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.

Directions:
*Brown Turkey in large saucepan on medium-high heat 10 min. or until no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Add all remaining spices and ingredients except 1 can of the tomato paste and water.
*ADD to slow cooker and add in the remaining 1 can of tomato paste and 1/2 cup of water.
*COVER with lid. Cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours (or on LOW 5 to 6 hours).

*Serve in bowl or mug with cheese and oyster crackers, A Tablespoon of fat-free sour cream, Chopped Onions, or serve with some home made cornbread.

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