Tags: Cheese, Cheese Grater, Cooking, Food, Kitchen Hints
Spray your cheese grater with nonstick spray, like Pam, before using it to make shredding and cleaning easier. I grate a lot of cheese and it does make the clean-up easier!
Tags: Chili Spud, Chives, Cooking, Dinner, Food, Hormel Turkey Chili, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!, Klosterman Wheat Bread, McCormick Grinders, Parsley, Potatoes, Sargento Cheese
Today’s Menu: Chili Spud and Grilled Cheese
It’s been pouring the rain since last night. Already Flood Warnings out for different areas around here. Not quite as humid out though. Just did some work on the computer, scans and deleting some old files and such. For dinner something a bit different, a Chili Spud and Grilled Cheese. A hearty but easily prepared meal.
For my Chili Spud I used a medium size Russet Potato with toppings and seasoning of; McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn, Dried Parsley, Chives, Hormel Turkey Chili with Beans, and Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese. I started by adding the Chili to a small sauce pan and heating on medium until it was completely heated. To prepare the Potato, I gave it a good wash and scrub and poked about a dozen holes in it all around the Potato. Then I microwaved it for 3 minutes and 15 seconds. With the Potato done I split it in the middle and seasoned it withe McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn. Topped it with Turkey Chili, sprinkled it with the Parsley and Chives, and topped it all with the Shredded Cheese! Now this one Awesome Potato!
Then for my Grilled Cheese I used Klosterman Wheat Bread and Sargento Ultra Thin Sharp Cheddar. I added a couple of pats of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter to a flat grill pan. As that melted took two slices of Klosterman Bread, added my Cheese between the slices and grilled it on the pan. Flipped over once and frying until both sides were golden brown and the Cheese was melted.Grilled Cheese is still and always will be one of the Classic Comfort Foods! Chili Spud and Grilled Cheese, very good dinner! For dessert later a Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl Frozen Yogurt.
Once you try Sargento Ultra Thin slices, you’ll see why they were given the Nielsen Breakthrough Award, naming them a top innovative food product in 2014.
Our delicious and perfectly aged Sharp Cheddar, sliced ultra thin to add just the right amount of bold flavor to your favorite cold cut sandwiches, warm Panini or veggie wraps.
Serving Size 1Slice (11g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45 From Fat 30
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3.5g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 10mg 4%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate %
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Tags: Baking, Chicken, Cooking, Dinner, Food, Ham, Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries, Pepper, Perdue Perfect Portions Chicken Breasts, Sage, Salt, Smoked Mozzarella, Smoked Mozzarella Chicken
Today’s Menu: Smoked Mozzarella Chicken Mini Sub w/ Baked Fries
Windy, rainy, and a little cooler out today around here. Only a high of around 60 degrees and only in the 50’s the next couple of days. Not much going on today, played around on the computer and being a slug. Dinner tonight it’s a Smoked Mozzarella Chicken Mini Sub w/ Baked Fries.
I originally came across the recipe for tonight’s dinner in an issue of Simply Delicious/Taste of Home Magazine and it looked and sounded too good not to try, Smoked Mozzarella Chicken with Pasta. Everything came out delicious, especially the Smoked Mozzarella Chicken. So I thought why noy not turn it into a Mini Sub, which I did tonight! Chickens always good but the added Ham and Smoked Mozzarella makes it one of those “Keeper Recipes”.
To prepare it I needed the following; 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 6 ounces each), sea salt and pepper (to taste), 1/3 cup Whole Grain bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 thin slices smoked deli ham, 2 slices smoked mozzarella cheese, and 1/2 teaspoon dried sage leaves. I only used half amounts of the original recipe, I only prepared 2 Chicken Breasts. I also made my own Bread Crumbs by putting 2 slices of Klosterman Wheat Bread in the food processor. I used Perdue Chicken Breasts. I like using these, they store in the freezer and are individually wrapped.
Got my Chicken Breasts and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Placed the bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. Rolled the Chicken in bread crumbs to coat both sides; shaking off excess. Then in a large skillet, heated oil over medium-high heat. Added Chicken; cooked 5 minutes. Turned and cooked 2 minutes longer. Topped with Ham and Mozzarella Cheese; sprinkled with Sage. Cook 2-3 minutes longer or until the thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°. Removed from heat. I served them on an Meijer Bakery Perfection Deli Mini Wheat Sub Buns. I love this Chicken recipe! Such a fantastic taste! I think I’ll have to try this sometime as an Italian Hogie, add a bit of Pasta sauce as a topping. I’ve left the original recipe that shows it with Pasta at the end of the post. Served the Sandwich with a side of Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries. I’m a Fry Freak and I know it! But I use Ore Ida Fries, which are 130 calories and 20 net carbs and Bake them. Then for dessert later a Chiquita Mini Banana and a couple of Apples slices.
Smoked Mozzarella Chicken with Pasta
8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 thin slices smoked deli ham
4 slices smoked mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried sage leaves
1/2 cup prepared pesto
Grated Parmesan cheese, optional
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet to 1/2-in. thickness; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. Dip chicken in bread crumbs to coat both sides; shake off excess.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes. Turn; cook 2 minutes longer. Top with ham and mozzarella cheese; sprinkle with sage. Cook 1-2 minutes longer or until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°. Remove from heat.
Add pesto to pasta and toss to coat. Serve chicken with pasta. If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 4 servings.
Tags: Breakfast, Colby Longhorn Cheese, Cooking, Eggs, Food, Jennie - O Turkey Ground Breakfast Sausage, jennie o turkey, Pillsbury Grand JR Biscuits, Scrambled eggs
Started it off right this morning with an Egg and Turkey Sausage Biscuit. Just needed; I Pillsbury Grand Jr. Biscuit, 1 Medium Scrambled Egg, 1 Jennie – O Ground Breakfast Sausage, and a half slice of Colby Longhorn Cheese. And 1 cup of fresh brewed Bigelow Decaf Green Tea along with the Morning Paper. How did your Morning go?
Tags: Breakfast, Cooking, Eggs, Food, Sandwich, Sargento Reduced Fat Cheese, Spam, Spam Lite
I tried Spam for the first time this morning! I know your probably thinking, “Wow he must have led a sheltered life”. You have to know I was a very, and I mean very picky eater up until about 5 or 6 years ago. I was so picky that when I was young my Mom took me to the doctor because I would hardly eat or try anything, besides Hot Dogs of course! The doctor told her then not to worry he’d never seen a growing boy who starved himself. Then I was diagnosed with Diabetes 2. When I found that out I started eating healthier and trying foods I would have never ate, and now Spam being one of them this morning.
I used Spam Light, which has less Fat, less Sodium, and fewer Calories than normal Spam. I see on the Spam web site that there is a Spam Turkey. I’ll have to see if I can find that one and try that one also. For Breakfast I prepared an Egg, Cheese, and Fried Spam Sandwich. I fried the egg Sunnyside Up and used a slice of Sargento Ultra Thin Colby Longhorn Cheese. Then for the Spam I sliced it and pan fried it in a 1/2 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. i fried it till both sides had browned, turning it over one time. It fried up very easy to a perfect golden brown. From there I made my sandwich, using Klosterman Wheat Bread. I toasted the bread and topped it with Spam, Cheese and cooked Egg. Makes one delicious Breakfast sandwich! I am now a Spam convert! Looking forward to trying the different Spam and Spam recipes! And yes I have Spammed!
Heavy on the flavor, light on the other stuff. This variety offers the sumptuousness of SPAM® Classic with 33% fewer calories, 50% less fat and 25% less sodium, which means you can enjoy the taste you love more often. It’s the perfect SPAM® variety for swimsuit season.
Pork with Ham, Mechanically Separated Chicken, Water, Salt, Modified Potato Starch, Sugar, Sodium Phosphates, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Ascorbate, Sodium Nitrite.
Serving Size: 2 oz (56g)
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 40 15%
Sodium 580mf 24%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g
Tags: Baking, Buffalo Cauliflower, Buffalo Wing Sauce, Cheese, Cooking, Dinner, Food, Hormel Turkey Pepperoni, Jennie O Turkey Breakfast Sausage, Pizza Bread
Today’s Menu: Pizza Bread w/ Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower
Well if you live in or around Cincinnati you know it’s Opening Day. For this area as it’s always been it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, and all the other Holiday tied into one day, Opening Day! It starts with 95th consecutive Findlay Market Parade that goes through the heart of Cincinnati and the party shifts on over to the Ball Park for the Red’s Opener. It’s the one day where kids can miss school for a day and you can call in sick to work, because they all know what you’re really doing! They might as well make it an official Holiday around here, which they’re trying to do I hear.
It’s a perfect day out today, sunny with a high close to 70 degrees! About time don’t you think. What a Winter we’ve had, along with the rest of the nation. Went to Walmart early and finally got a new gas grill, our other one finally died after 8 years. I haven’t got it together yet but can’t wait to fire it up! I’d like to try to buy a small smoker hopefully here shortly. For dinner tonight something a little different, Pizza Bread w/ Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower. A buddy of mine came over and watched the Red’s Game with me, so I whipped this up for us.
Started by preheating my oven to 400 degrees. I used a loaf of Goldminer California Sourdough Bread. I cut the loaf in half, lengthwise, and then cut halves into small slices. I think normally a French Bread Loaf is used but the Sourdough Loaf has fewer calories and carbs, plus it bakes just as well also. After cutting the bread, using a small basting brush, I spread a very light coat of Extra Virgin Olive Oil across the tops of each slice. Put them on a foil lined Cookie Sheet and baked them for about 4 minutes, just to lightly crust the tops. Removed them from the oven and assembled y Pizza Breads.
For toppings I used a small can of Sliced Black Olives, Hormel Turkey Pepperoni, Jennie – O Turkey Breakfast Sausage (crumbled), fresh grated Light Havarti Cheese, fresh grated Light Monterey Jack Cheese, and Ragu Homemade Style pizza Sauce. As always I try to cut calories, fat, and carbs where I can on ingredients. The Jennie – O Turkey Breakfast Sausage comes in a roll. So I sliced several pieces of and crumbled them and fried them in Canola oil until they were done. Drained what little grease there was and it was ready to be used as a topping. I had bought the Light Cheese from Kroger, it comes in blocks and I grate and shred them myself. After heating the bread I topped them with the Ragu Sauce, then the Turkey Pepperoni, Crumbled Turkey Sausage, sliced Black Olives, and a blend of the Havarti and Monterey Jack to top everything off. These looked good and tasted even better! The Bread was nice and crusty, the Ragu Sauce added great flavor and seasoning, and the blend of the two Cheese was perfect. Very good recipe for Pizza Bread
I made this for the first time a while back and love it for a side to go with any dish! To prepare it I needed; 1 head cauliflower (cut into florets), 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper to taste, 1/4 cup or more) hot sauce, and blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping. Then to make it is really easy I just tossed the cauliflower florets in the oil, salt and pepper, arranged in a single layer on a baking sheet and roasted in a preheated 400F oven until lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes. Then, the good part, toss the cauliflower in the hot sauce. Serve it warm with blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping and celery sticks on the side. It’s one delicious and healthy side dish! The Pizza Bread and Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower not my normal dinner but one delicious change! For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Double Chocolate Pudding.
Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 tablespoon oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup hot sauce
blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping (optional)
Toss the cauliflower florets in the oil, salt and pepper, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated 400F oven until lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes.
Toss cauliflower in the hot sauce and enjoy warm with blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping and celery sticks on the side.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 48, Fat 4g (Saturated 0.3g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 0, Sodium 400mg, Carbs 4g (Fiber 2g, Sugars 2g), Protein 1g
Tags: Cheese, Chili, Cincinnati chili, Cincinnati Style Chili, One of America's Favorites, Onions, Spaghetti
Cincinnati chili (or “Cincinnati-style chili”) is a regional style of chili con carne characterized by the use of seasonings such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice or chocolate. It is commonly served over spaghetti or as a hot dog sauce, and is normally of a thin, sauce-like consistency, unlike most chili con carne. While served in many regular restaurants, it is most often associated with several restaurant chains, such as Empress Chili, Skyline Chili, Gold Star Chili, Camp Washington Chili, Pleasant Ridge Chili, Blue Ash Chili, and Dixie Chili. Restaurant locations are found pervasively in greater Cincinnati with franchise locations also throughout Ohio and in Kentucky, Indiana, and Florida. Restaurants that feature Cincinnati chili are frequently called “chili parlors”.
According to the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cincinnatians consume more than two million pounds of chili each year, topped by 850,000 pounds of shredded cheddar cheese. Each September, the city celebrates “Chilifest” at Yeatman’s Cove on the Ohio River, with food and entertainment.
Cincinnati chili has earned the praise of national food critics Jane and Michael Stern, who raved “As connoisseurs of blue-plate food, we consider Cincinnati chili one of America’s quintessential meals.”
Ordering Cincinnati chili is based on this ingredient series: chili, spaghetti, grated cheddar cheese, diced onions, and kidney beans. The number before the “way” of the chili determines which ingredients are included in each chili order. Thus, customers can order a:
* Bowl: chili in a bowl
* Two-way: chili and spaghetti
* Three-way: chili, spaghetti, and cheese
* Four-way: chili, spaghetti, cheese, and onions
* Five-way: chili, spaghetti, cheese, onions, and beans
and optionally, the:
* Four-way bean: chili, spaghetti, cheese, and beans (beans substituted for the onions)
The preceding basic menu is entirely traditional. Some chili parlors have altered the traditional menu method, declaring on their menus that a Four-way is chili, spaghetti, cheese, and either onions or beans. Other parlors have added ingredients to the traditional mix. For example, Dixie Chili offers a “Six-way” with the addition of garlic and Blue Ash Chili offers their “Six-way” with the addition of fried jalapeno caps. Oyster crackers are usually served with Cincinnati chili, and a mild hot sauce is frequently used as an optional topping.
When served on a Coney style hot dog, dubbed the “Cheese Coney”, the chili is also topped with grated cheddar cheese. The default coney also includes mustard and a small amount of onion.
Cincinnati chili seems to have originated with one or more immigrant restaurateurs from Macedonia who were trying to broaden their customer base by moving beyond narrowly ethnic styles of cuisine. Tom and John Kiradjieff began serving the chili in 1922 at their hot dog stand, next to a burlesque theater called the Empress, after which their Empress chili parlor took its name. Tom Kiradjieff invented the style by modifying a traditional stew and serving it over hot dogs and spaghetti. The style has since been copied and modified by many other restaurant proprietors.
Empress was the main chili parlor in Cincinnati until 1949, when a former Empress employee and Greek immigrant, Nicholas Lambrinides, started another chili restaurant called Skyline Chili. Gold Star Chili came along in 1965, started by the four Daoud brothers who were originally from Jordan.
Tags: 3 Bean Buffalo Chili, Cooking, Dinner, Food, Oyster Crackers, Pasta, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest, Sargento Reduced Fat Cheese, Spaghetti, Wild Idea Buffalo
Today’s Menu: 3 Bean Buffalo Chili Spaghetti w/ Shredded Sharp Cheddar and Oyster Crackers
I started fasting last night at 10:00 till my doctor’s appointment at 10:00 this morning, nothing but water. Had a check-up and they took blood work to check my sugar, cholesterol, and such. I’ll get the results in 4 days or so. Another chilly day out there, sunny but breezy and only a high of 32 degrees. Warmer starting tomorrow but a lot rain coming with it. For dinner tonight another comfort food classic, 3 Bean Buffalo Chili w/ Shredded Sharp Cheddar and Oyster Crackers!
I had some of the delicious 3 Bean Buffalo Chili leftover so I heated that up for my Chili topping. The Chili contains; Wild Idea Buffalo’s Ground Buffalo which is the best tasting Ground Buffalo that I’ve found, the 3 Beans I use are 1 Can (15 oz.) Chili Beans, 1 Can (15 oz.) Kidney Beans (rinsed), and 1 Can (15 oz.) Great Northern Beans (rinsed). Then I mix in 1 White Onion (medium Chopped or Minced), 1 Jalapeno Pepper (Unseeded 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, 1 Tbs Ground Cocoa Chili Blend (McCormick), 1/2 Tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (McCormick), 1 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!). Throw in a 1/2 cup of Water and put the lid on the Crock Pot and set on low for 5-6 hours. Then you have yourself some good, comfort food Chili!
For the Pasta I used Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Spaghetti, my favorite Pasta. The best tasting Whole Wheat Pasta I’ve found, and tried a few of them. It’s 180 calories and 35 net carbs per serving. After boiling I served it up and topped it with the perfect topping, 3 Bean Buffalo Chili and Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese! This was too good! Served with a side of Skyline Chili Oyster Crackers. This is what’s called a 4 Way around this area; Spaghetti, Chili, Beans,and Cheese. You can add Chopped Onions to make it a 5 Way. Anyway you choose to make it it’s Delicious! For dessert later a Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl Frozen Yogurt.
2 lb. Ground Wild Idea Ground Buffalo
2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste
1 Can (15 oz.) Chili Beans
1 Can (15 oz.) Kidney Beans, rinsed
1 Can (15 oz.) Great Northern Beans, rinsed
1/2 Cup of Water
1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix
1 White Onion (medium), Chopped or Minced
1 Jalapeno Pepper, Unseeded and Chopped
3 Cloves Minced Garlic
1 Tbs Ground Cocoa Chili Blend (McCormick)
1/2 Tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (McCormick)
1 Tbs. Ground Roasted Cumin
2 Tsps Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves
5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.
Shredded Cheese, I used Grated Dutch Gouda (Topping)
*Brown Buffalo 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.
*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 the oyster crackers, A Tablespoon of fat-free sour cream, or serve with some home made cornbread.
We use the Top Round and the Sirloin Tip cuts and remove all visible fat, for this super lean meat. It is rich and dark in taste and color. Substitute for any of your favorite ground dishes.
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 diverticulosis, 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
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%
Tags: Cooking, Dinner, Food, Oyster Crackers, Sargento Reduced Fat Cheese, Skyline Chili Spaghetti
Today’s Menu; Skyline 3 Way – Chili, Spaghetti, Cheese w/ Side of Oyster Crackers
74 degrees and sunny yesterday and 30 degrees with blowing snow and a possible 1″-2″ of snow by later tonight! This weather is really getting old. Not feeling much better today, Sinus Infection. Keeping it short so I can lay back down and rest. Wanted something easy to prepare so for dinner its Skyline Chili and Spaghetti – 3 Way w/ Oyster Crackers.
I used my favorite, the Skyline 3 Way – Chili, Spaghetti. They sell it packaged for the microwave, a bit smaller size than what you get at a Skyline but just right for those still watching calories and carbs. It comes with Spaghetti topped with Skyline Chili. I added a few dashes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and Cheese to make it a 3 Way and used Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheese. The Chili Spaghetti is 270 calories and 20 net carbs. I also had a side of Skyline Oyster Crackers. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl Frozen Yogurt.
It’s a great new way to enjoy your Cincinnati favorite, Skyline Chili!
* Microwavable in 90 seconds!
* No refrigeration required. Store it on your shelf or in your desk!
* Totally portable, Just heat and eat!
Tags: Butterball Smoked Turkey Sausage, Cilantro, Cooking, Dinner, Dutch Gouda Cheese, Food, Garlic, Honey, Onions, Pillsbury, Spices, Spicy Asian Carrot Soup
Today’s Menu: Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage Sandwich w/ Spicy Asian Carrot Soup
Cloudy all day but no snow or rain, about 38 degrees out. A big thank you to one of my neighbors for finding Driveway Salt! It’s really hard to come by, even Highway Maintainance Departments are finding it hard to come by. And we’ll need it the way it sounds with heavy snow coming in Sunday and Monday. Hope they miss this forecast! For dinner something new, I prepared Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage Sandwich w/ Spicy Asian Carrot Soup.
To make the Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage Sandwich, I used Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage. I took one of the Sausages and cut it up into 3 equal pieces. Then I split those pieces in half, slicing them in the middle length wise. Using a medium size skillet, I sprayed it with Pam cooking Spray, added a tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and heated it on medium. When the skillet was heated up I added the Turkey Sausageskin down. I cooked it until the skin casing started to brown and then flipped it over and continued cooking for another 4 minutes. When browned and heated through I served it on an Aunt Millie’s Reduced Calorie Whole Grain Bun. On the bottom bun I laid a slice of Murray’s Dutch Gouda Cheese. Then the split Sausage and topped it all with Kraft Reduced Fat Mayo w/ Olive Oil. One delicious Sandwich!
Then to go with the Sandwich I made a pot of Spicy Asian Carrot Soup. First time I prepared this, and it won’t be the last! It turned out to be one thick and rich Soup. I had come across it in a Pillsbury Magazine and it looked and sounded like a winner. Among other ingredients it has Carrots, Yellow Onions, 1/2 and 1/2, Garlic, Ginger, Honey and Soy Sauce. Sound Good? You mix all but 2 of the ingredients in a Crock Pot and let them cook on low for 9 hours. When the Carrots and all the ingredients have heated and softened carefully ladle 4 1/2 cups soup mixture into blender. Cover; blend on low-speed until smooth. Transfer to large bowl. Repeat with remaining soup mixture. Return soup to slow cooker. Stir in 1/2 cup of the half-and-half. Increase heat setting to High. Cover; cook 15 to 20 minutes or until soup is hot. Ladle the soup into serving bowls. To garnish, drizzle about 1 tablespoon of the remaining half-and-half over top of each bowl; swirl gently with tip of knife. Sprinkle with cilantro. And you have one decadent hot bowl of Spicy Asian Carrot Soup! Plus it’s only 100 calories and 11 net carbs per serving. The full recipe along with its web link is at the bottom of the post. I really enjoyed this dinner. For dessert/snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Jolly Time Pop Corn.
Spicy Asian Carrot Soup
Looking for spicy Asian side dish? Then check out this slow-cooked carrot soup that’s sprinkled with cilantro.
4 – cups sliced carrots (3/4 to 1 inch thick; about 6 large)
1 – medium yellow onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
3 – cloves garlic, cut in half
1 – piece (1 inch) ginger root, peeled, sliced
2 – tablespoons rice vinegar
2 – tablespoons soy sauce
2 – teaspoons honey
1/4 – to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 – teaspoon salt
1/4 – teaspoon pepper
1 – carton (32 oz) vegetable broth
1 – cup half-and-half
Chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In slow cooker, place all ingredients except half-and-half and cilantro; stir well.
2 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 8 to 9 hours or until carrots are very tender.
3 Carefully ladle 4 1/2 cups soup mixture into blender. Cover; blend on low speed until smooth. Transfer to large bowl. Repeat with remaining soup mixture. Return soup to slow cooker. Stir in 1/2 cup of the half-and-half. Increase heat setting to High. Cover; cook 15 to 20 minutes or until soup is hot.
4 Ladle soup into serving bowls. To garnish, drizzle about 1 tablespoon of the remaining half-and-half over top of each bowl; swirl gently with tip of knife. Sprinkle with cilantro.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Serving Size: 1 Serving Calories 100 ( Calories from Fat 35), % Daily Value Total Fat 4g 4% (Saturated Fat 2 1/2g,2 1/2% Trans Fat 0g0% ), Cholesterol 15mg 15%; Sodium 1000 mg 1000%; Total Carbohydrate 13g 13% (Dietary Fiber 2g 2% Sugars 8g 8% ), Protein 2g 2% ; % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 210%; Vitamin C4 %; Calcium 6%; Iron 2%;
Exchanges:0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.