“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Spring Vegetable Ragout

April 16, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Spring Vegetable Ragout MONDAY

This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Spring Vegetable Ragout. Fiddleheads, Squash, Carrots, and Peas are just some of the ingredients that make up this week’s Recipe. It’s from the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of Recipes for all tastes and cuisines. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Spring Vegetable Ragout
A spring vegetable and wild mushroom stew with fiddleheads.

Recipe Ingredients:
1/2 pound fiddleheads cleaned, procedure follows
1/2 pound baby pattypan squash, trimmed
1/2 pound baby carrots, trimmed
3/4 cup shelled fresh peas
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
1/2 pound pearl onions, blanched in boiling water for 1 minute, peeled, and trimmed
2 thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf
1 cup vegetable broth
1/4 pound fresh morels washed well, patted dry, and trimmed
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh mint leaves
1 large garlic clove, minced
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:
1 – In a kettle of boiling salted water boil the fiddleheads for 4 minutes, or until they are crisp-tender, transfer them with a slotted spoon to a bowl of ice and cold water to stop the cooking, and transfer them to paper towels to drain. In the kettle boil the squash and the carrots for 3 minutes, or until they are crisp-tender, transfer the vegetables with the slotted spoon to the bowl of ice and cold water to stop the cooking, and transfer them to paper towels to drain. In the kettle boil the peas for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they are just tender, and drain them.

2 – In a large heavy skillet combine 2 tablespoons of the butter, the onions, the thyme, the bay leaf, 1/4 cup of the broth, and salt and ground black pepper, to taste, and simmer the mixture, covered, for 5 minutes. Add the morels, halved lengthwise or sliced crosswise, and 1/2 cup of the remaining broth and simmer the mixture, covered, for 10 minutes, or until the morels are tender. Add the fiddleheads, the squash, the carrots, and the remaining 1/4 cup broth and simmer the mixture, covered, for 1 minute. Add the peas, the parsley, the mint, and the garlic, simmer the ragout, covered, for 1 minute, and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, cut into bits, stirring until the butter is just melted. Discard the bay leaf and season the ragout with salt and pepper.
Makes 4 servings.

To Clean Fresh-Picked Fiddleheads: Snap off the crisp, bright green fiddlehead tops from ostrich ferns, leaving about 2 inches of stem attached. Rub off the dry brown casings by hand or put the fiddleheads in a wire salad basket and whirl the basket outdoors to remove the casings. Let the fiddleheads soak in a sink half full of cold water, changing the water several times to remove any grit or casing particles, and drain them. The fiddleheads keep, covered and chilled, for 1 week.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/spring_vegetable_ragout_recipe.html

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“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Savory Navy Bean Casserole

April 9, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Savory Navy Bean Casserole. Navy Beans, Tomato Puree, Cheddar Cheese, ans Mozzarella Cheese make up this week’s recipe. It’s from the Cooks Recipes website which has a huge selection of recipes for all tastes and Cuisines. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Savory Navy Bean Casserole
A Mediterranean-style baked navy bean, tomato and cheese casserole.

Recipe Ingredients:
2 (15-ounce) cans navy beans, drained and rinsed.
1 (10-ounce) can tomato purée, no salt added
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella
2 tablespoons dried oregano

Cooking Directions:
1 – Lightly spray an 11×7 1/2-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
2 – Mix cooked beans with tomato purée, and pour into dish.
3 – Combine cheeses and oregano, and spread on top of beans.
4 – Bake uncovered at 275°F (135°C) for 1 hour.
Makes 4 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/savory_navy_bean_casserole.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Cheesy Polenta Casserole MONDAY

April 2, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Cheesy Polenta Casserole. Another delicious Meatless Recipe from the CooksRecipes website. Just the sound of this makes the mouth water. This is just one of many delicious and healthy recipes that you can find at the Cooks website, check it out today! Enjoy and Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Cheesy Polenta Casserole
Recipe Ingredients:
1 (16-ounce) tube refrigerated prepared polenta, original flavor
1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce
1 cup TVP (Texturized Vegetable Protein)
1 cup chopped fresh basil – divided use
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions:
1 – Remove polenta from packaging and cut it into 1/4-inch slices. Place half of the slices onto the bottom of a 9×9-inch casserole dish.
2 – In a medium, heat-proof bowl, rehydrate TVP with water according to package directions.
3 – Mix the TVP with marinara sauce and spread half of it over polenta slices in casserole dish. Top with half of the chopped basil and half of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Make another layer with remaining polenta, marinara, and cheeses.
4 – Bake in 350°F (175°C) oven for 30 minutes or until cheeses are browned. Remove casserole from oven and top with fresh basil.
Makes 6 servings.

https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/cheesy_polenta_casserole_recipe.html

Soup Special of the Day…………Hearty Chicken Soup

April 1, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is – Hearty Chicken Soup. It’s Comfort Food Heaven with this week recipe of Hearty Chicken Soup. Chicken, Vegetables, Noodles, and Spices join to make one delicious Soup! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes for all tastes, diets, and cuisines. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Hearty Chicken Soup
This hot and hearty chicken noodle soup will help take the chill off a cold winter’s day.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 medium yellow onions, cut into medium dice
1 whole chicken, about 4 pounds, breast removed and split; remaining chicken cut into 2-inch pieces
Kosher salt
2 bay leaves
1 large carrot, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 celery stalk, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cups (3 ounces) egg noodles
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup minced freshly parsley leaves

Cooking Directions:
1 – Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large soup kettle. Add half of chopped onions and all chicken pieces (reserve breast). Sauté until chicken is no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until chicken releases its juices, about 20 minutes. Increase heat to high; add 2 quarts water (already boiling if you are in a hurry) along with the whole chicken breast, 1 teaspoon salt, and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer, then cover, reduce heat to low and barely simmer until chicken breast is cooked and broth is rich and flavorful, 20 minutes longer.
2 – Remove chicken breast from kettle; set aside. When cool enough to handle, remove skin from breast, then remove meat from bones and shred into bite-size pieces; discard skin and bones. Strain broth into a large bowl and discard any remaining chicken pieces and bones. Skim fat from broth and reserve 2 tablespoons. (Broth and meat can be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days.)
3 – Return soup kettle to medium-high heat. Add reserved chicken fat. Add remaining onion, along with carrot and celery. Sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add thyme, broth and shredded chicken. Simmer until vegetables are tender and flavors meld, 10 to 15 minutes. Add noodles and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning, adding salt, and pepper, stir in parsley and serve.
Makes 4 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/hearty-chicken-soup-recipe.html

Soup Special of the Day………Santa Fe Chicken Soup

March 25, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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I’ve got a good one for this week’s Soup Special of the Day, Santa Fe Chicken Soup. This one just sounds like a Comfort Food Classic! Made using Chicken Broth, Chicken Breast, Pinto Beans, Mexican Style Corn, Tomatoes, and Rice. The recipe comes from the National Chicken Council and I came across the recipe on the CooksRecipes website (https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html). At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines so check it out today. Enjoy and Healthy in 2018!

Santa Fe Chicken Soup

Recipe Ingredients:
1 (49-ounce) can chicken broth
1 (10-ounce) package seasoned or unseasoned cooked chicken breast
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (11-ounce) can Mexican-style corn, undrained
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with mild green chiles, undrained
1/2 cup quick cooking rice
2 to 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1 lime, thinly sliced

Cooking Directions:
In a large saucepan combine chicken broth, chicken, beans, corn and tomatoes with chiles. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Add rice, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 10 minutes until rice is tender. Stir in cilantro.
Spoon soup into bowls and garnish each serving with a slice of lime.
Makes 6 servings.

https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/santa_fe_chicken_soup_recipe.html

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Jamaican Curried Rice TUESDAY

March 20, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is a Jamaican Curried Rice. Add flavor to your next Meal with this week’s recipe – Jamaican Curried Rice. Using rice with black beans, red bell pepper, onions and pineapple. Lime juice and curry. This should go good with any dish but especially your Seafood Dishes! You can find this recipe at the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection recipes to please all tastes! So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Jamaican Curried Rice
This zesty flavored rice dish combines cooked rice with black beans, red bell pepper, onions and pineapple. Lime juice and curry get your attention and add that great island taste.

Recipe Ingredients:
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup sliced green onions
2 tablespoons curry powder
3 cups hot cooked rice
1/4 cup Equal® Spoonful*
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup salted cashews

Cooking Directions:
1 – Heat oil in medium skillet. Cook and stir bell pepper and onions 2 to 3 minutes. Add curry powder; stir 30 seconds.
2 – Combine cooked rice, Equal®, lime juice and salt in medium-size bowl. Stir in cooked vegetable mixture, pineapple and black beans. Rice may be served warm or at room temperature. Sprinkle with cashews just before serving.
Makes 8 servings.

*May substitute 6 packets Equal sweetener

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): calories 196, protein 6 g, carbohydrate 31 g, fat 3 g, cholesterol 0 mg, sodium 474 mg.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/jamaican_curried_rice_recipe.html

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Grilled Asian Steak Salad

March 13, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is a Grilled Asian Steak Salad. This recipe uses Flank Steak and Splenda® Granular replaces the Sugar used in the Asian-style dressing. The recipe comes from one of my favorite recipe websites, the CooksRecipes (https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html) The Cooks site a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

Grilled Asian Steak Salad
Grilled beef steak, assorted veggies and salad greens are tossed with a flavorful Asian-style dressing.

Recipe Ingredients:
Dressing:
1/8 cup soy sauce, lite
1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Splenda® Granular
1/8 cup lemon juice, fresh
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon olive oil, extra virgin
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco® Sauce*

Salad:
7 cups romaine lettuce, chopped, rinsed
3/4 cup snow peas, cut in thirds
1/2 red pepper, medium, sliced thin
1/2 yellow pepper, medium, sliced thin
1 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 1/2 cup baby carrots, sliced
8 ounce flank steak, trimmed, grilled and chilled

Cooking Directions:
For Dressing: Whisk together ingredients. Set dressing aside.
For Salad: Toss salad ingredients in large bowl. Slice grilled flank steak and add to salad.
Pour dressing over salad and toss. Serve cold.
Makes 6 servings.

Nutrients Per Serving: Serving Size 8-ounces Calories 160, Carbohydrates 11 g, Protein 15 g, Dietary Fiber 3 g, Total Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 20 mg, Sodium 250 mg.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/grilled_asian_steak_salad_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Mushroom Wellington

March 5, 2018 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Mushroom Wellington. I found this recipe on several sites but I’m went with the one from the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site usually has the healthier version of most recipes. Plus at the Cooks site (https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html) you’ll find a huge selection of recipes for all cuisines and tastes. With this week’s recipe of Mushroom Wellington you’ll never miss the meat! So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

Mushroom Wellington

Recipe Ingredients:
6 portabella mushrooms, stalks trimmed and cleaned
3 onions, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
3.5 ounces baby spinach
4 sprigs thyme
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, partially thawed
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C).
2 – Place a large frying pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. When the pan has come up to heat add the onion and reduce heat to low. Season with salt and ground black pepper and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. When caramelized, remove the onions from the pan and set aside.
3 – Return the pan to the heat and add the baby spinach and cook until wilted. Remove the baby spinach from the pan and set aside.
4 – Return the pan to the heat again and increase heat to medium. Add the butter and when the butter has melted and started to froth add the mushrooms, top side down, season with salt and ground black pepper, and cook for 5 minutes or until golden, before turning over. Once both sides have been browned remove from the heat and brush both sides of the mushrooms with the Dijon mustard.
5 – Place a sheet of baking paper on the baking tray and then place the puff pastry sheet on top. Spread the caramelized onions over the middle third of the pastry, making sure to leave 1-inch at the edges. Top with half the baby spinach and then the mushrooms. Top the mushrooms with the remaining baby spinach.
6 – Very carefully roll the pastry over the top of the mushroom mixture until you have a log. Tuck the edges under the pastry, ensuring the seam is facing the bottom.
7 – Cut 2 holes in the middle of the pastry to allow steam to escape and very lightly coat with the egg wash. Then place the pastry in the freezer for 10 minutes before repeating with another layer of egg wash and freezing the pastry for 10 minutes.
8 – Place the pastry back on the baking sheet and tray and place in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden.
Makes 4 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/mushroom_wellington_recipe.html

Baby Spinach ‘n Bacon Salad

February 11, 2018 at 6:41 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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From the CooksRecipes website – Baby Spinach ‘n Bacon Salad. The perfect Diabetic Friendly Side Dish for your next Dinner. Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener replaces the Sugar needed for the recipe. The Dish is 80 calories and 6 net carbs. Again it’s from the CooksRecipes website which is stocked full of Delicious and Healthy recipes of all Cuisines! So be sure to check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Baby Spinach ‘n Bacon Salad
Baby spinach leaves are wilted in a warm bacon vinaigrette dressing. Perfect for any time of year.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 (7-ounce) bag baby spinach greens*
1/2 cup fat free salad croutons

Dressing:
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
5 slices turkey bacon
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 garlic cloves, minced

Cooking Directions:
1 – Place spinach greens in a large mixing bowl. Remove any undesirable leaves or large stems. Add croutons. Set aside.
2 – Make dressing. Blend together vinegar, water, mustard and Splenda® Granulated Sweetener in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
3 – Finely slice bacon into small strips. Place in a medium saucepan and fry over medium-high heat until crispy (approximately 3 to 4 minutes).
4 – Add onion and garlic and cook over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes.
5 – Add vinegar mixture and simmer 1 to 2 minutes. Pour over spinach and croutons. Toss well. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 (1 cup) servings.

Tip: Regular fresh spinach may be used in place of baby spinach but will result in a less delicate salad.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 80; Calories from Fat: 35; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium: 620mg; Total Carbs: 8g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 5g.

https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/baby_spinach_’n_bacon_salad_recipe.html

Soup Special of the Day……….Chicken and Mushroom Soup

February 4, 2018 at 6:23 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is – Chicken and Mushroom Soup. Shredded Chicken, Mushrooms, Sherry, and Sesame Oil help make up this week’s recipe. It’s from one of my favorite recipe sites, CooksRecipes (https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html). The Cooks site has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, or cuisines! So check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

Chicken and Mushroom Soup
A generous amount of sesame oil imparts an intense note of nutty flavor to this sherried chicken and mushroom soup.

Recipe Ingredients:
2 (8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sliced mushroom
4 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons sherry
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Cooking Directions:
1 – In a saucepan bring chicken broth to a rolling boil. Add the chicken and sliced mushrooms. When the soup returns to a boil and the ingredients float to the top, remove saucepan from heat.
2 – Add sesame oil, sherry, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle chopped parsley on top of the individual servings.
Makes 3 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/chicken_and_mushroom_soup_recipe.html

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