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

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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

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Eggplant “Steak” with Blue Cheese Cream

January 29, 2018 at 6:08 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | 2 Comments
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Eggplant “Steak” with Blue Cheese Cream. Eggplant, Mushrooms, and a Blue Cheese Cream. You won’t miss the Meat in this dish! You can find this recipe on many sites and blogs, I found this one on one of my favorite recipe site’s, the CooksRecipes website (https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html) The Cooks site has a large collection of recipes for all tastes and cuisines. Check it out today! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

 

Eggplant “Steak” with Blue Cheese Cream
Eggplant ‘steak’ is topped with a savory portabella mushroom ‘paste’ and cap, and served with a tangy blue cheese cream.

Recipe Ingredients:
8 slices (1/2 inch thick, 4 inches wide) eggplant, peeled
4 portabella mushrooms, stems removed and reserved
6 tablespoons basil oil
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 teaspoons finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, mashed and chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup heavy cream
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Nutmeg to taste

Polenta, flavored with marjoram for accompaniment

Wisconsin Blue Cheese Cream:
1 cup vegetable stock
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup (2 ounces) blue cheese, crumbled

Cooking Directions:
1 – Lightly brush eggplant slices and mushroom caps with basil oil; season with salt and pepper. Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F (205°C) for 20 minutes, turning over at halfway point; set aside to cool.
2 – Meanwhile, in a sauté pan, heat remaining basil oil. Add onions and garlic; cook until translucent.
3 – Chop the reserved mushroom stems; add to pan with 1 tablespoon chopped mushrooms. Cook for 10 minutes over medium heat, or until no moisture remains.
4 – Add cream; reduce mixture to a light mushroom paste, or until a creamy mushroom mixture remains. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
5 – To assemble, layer four (4-inch) molds, first with 1 slice eggplant then with 1/2 inch of mushroom mixture. Repeat layer; top each mold with 1 mushroom cap.
6 – Reheat in oven.
7 – Serve with marjoram-flavored polenta; pour Wisconsin Blue Cheese Cream around each plate.
8 – For Wisconsin Blue Cheese Cream: Bring stock to a boil; reduce to 1/2 cup. Add cream; reduce to a total volume of 1 cup. Add blue cheese; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 4 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/eggplant_steak_with_blue_cheese_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Three Cheese Manicotti

January 22, 2018 at 6:28 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Three Cheese Manicotti. You can find many versions of this at various websites, I’m using the one on the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has such a great selection of recipes to please all tastes, cuisines, or diets. Check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Three Cheese Manicotti
This recipe calls for purchased marinara sauce, but you can use about 1 3/4 cups homemade marinara or even leftover spaghetti sauce (should you conveniently happen to have some on hand). Whatever sauce is used, this pasta dish is easy enough to prepare for a weeknight supper, yet impressive enough to serve company.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 (12-ounce) package manicotti pasta shells (or 14 manicotti shells)
2 (15-ounce) cartons ricotta cheese
4 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated – divided use
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese – divided use
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley or 1 tablespoon dried parsley leaves
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (26-ounce) jar marinara sauce

Cooking Directions:
1 – Grease a 10 x 15-inch sided baking pan, such as a jelly roll pan; set aside.
2 – Cook manicotti pasta shells according to package directions; drain and set aside.
3 – In large bowl combine the ricotta cheese, 3 cups mozzarella cheese, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, beaten eggs, parsley, salt and pepper, mixing well. Divide mixture into 14 balls*.
4 – Carefully split a manicotti shell open. Shape a cheese ball to fit the shell; close shell and lay seam-side down into prepared baking pan (do not crowd the manicotti, allow some space between); repeat procedure with remaining shells and cheese balls.
5 – Pour marinara sauce evenly over shells, spreading as needed to completely cover the shells with sauce so they won’t dry out while baking. Top with remaining 1 1/2 cups mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
Bake uncovered at 350°F (175°C) for 30 to 35 minutes or until bubbly and cheese filling is set.
6 – Makes 14 manicotti.

*An easy way to divide the ricotta cheese mixture evenly is to form a “log” using plastic wrap, then divide the log into 14 sections.

Variation: 3 Cheese & Spinach Manicotti – For filling, combine 1 (15-ounce) carton, 2 cups shredded mozzarella, 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, 1 large egg, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and and 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach that has been thawed and squeezed dry; proceed as instructed above for filling manicotti; topping with the marinara sauce, then 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/14 of recipe): 362.3 calories; 39% calories from fat; 16.0g total fat; 82.5mg cholesterol; 847.3mg sodium; 370.9mg potassium; 28.8g carbohydrates; 0.8g fiber; 5.5g sugar; 28.0g net carbs; 25.0g protein.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/three-cheese-manicotti-recipe.html

Soup Special of the Day……………………Wintergold Stew

January 21, 2018 at 6:26 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is – Wintergold Stew. Onions, Celery, Bell Peppers, and Rutabagas are just some of the ingredients that goes in this week’s recipe. It’s from the CooksRecipes website. The Cook’s site has huge selection of recipes to please everyone. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Wintergold Stew
Full of good-for-you vegetables, this delicious, hearty stew will satisfy and warm you up from the inside out.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, diced
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups water
2 cups diced peeled butternut squash
2 cups diced peeled rutabaga
3 teaspoons crushed dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups chopped kale
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Cooking Directions:
1 – Heat oil in a large saucepan oil. Add the onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic, and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add water, squash, rutabaga, oregano, paprika and salt; bring to a simmer. Cook for 40 to 45 minutes over medium-low heat until the rutabaga is tender, stirring occasionally.
2 – Stir in the kale and cook for about 10 minutes more.
3 – To thicken, mash the squash and rutabaga against the side of the pan with the back of a spoon. Stir in the parsley and let stew stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
4 – Ladle into bowls and serve hot.
Makes 6 servings.

Tip: Other winter squash, such as red kuri, buttercup, or Hubbard, may be substituted for the butternut squash.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/wintergold_stew_recipe.html

Sweet Potato Casserole

January 18, 2018 at 6:38 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly | Leave a comment
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Came across a Diabetic Friendly Recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole. Instead of Sugar it calls for Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener. It’s 190 calories per serving. I found this recipe at the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has a huge selection of Recipes for all tastes and cuisines. Check it out today! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Sweet Potato Casserole
A diabetic-friendly side dish to serve with turkey or ham during the holiday season.

Recipe Ingredients:
4 medium sweet potatoes
3/4 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 extra large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup panko crumbs*
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons maple syrup

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking dish.
2 – Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet; bake for 1 hour or until done. Cool to touch. Peel and mash. Reduce oven to 350°F (175°C).
3 – Combine sweet potatoes and next 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Spoon into baking dish.
4 – Combine panko and remaining ingredients; sprinkle crumb mixture over top of casserole. Bake for 1 hour or until casserole is thoroughly heated.
Makes 14 (1/2 cup) servings.

*Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb that is sold in some supermarkets and in Asian food markets. They are delicate crisp crumbs that add a light crisp texture to foods.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/14 of recipe; 1/2 cup): Calories: 190; Calories from Fat: 70; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 30mg; Sodium: 95mg; Total Carbs: 29g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 10g; Protein: 4g.

https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/sweet_potato_casserole_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Linguine with Walnut Lemon Cream Sauce

January 8, 2018 at 6:17 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Linguine with Walnut Lemon Cream Sauce. My neighbor sent me this recipe and it’s web link, to the CooksRecipes website. Anything topped with Walnuts has to be good! As I said you can find this dish at the CooksRecipes website. Check the site out and their huge selection of recipes., one of the best! So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Linguine with Walnut Lemon Cream Sauce
This speedy main meal is ready in less than 30 minutes. Zesty lemon and crunchy walnuts make this pasta scrumptious! Garnish with extra grated lemon peel and walnut halves.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 pound linguine uncooked
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
1/3 cup chopped, toasted California Walnuts
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Cooking Directions:
1 – In small saucepan, stir together whipping cream and lemon peel; simmer until cream is reduced by one-third, about 15 minutes.
2 – Cook pasta according to package directions.
3 – Meanwhile, in large skillet, melt butter; sauté mushrooms. Drain pasta and combine with cream, mushrooms, walnuts and cheese; toss lightly. Add salt and ground black pepper; sprinkle with parsley.
Makes 4 servings.

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

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Oriental Chicken and Spinach Salad

January 2, 2018 at 6:35 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 – Oriental Chicken and Spinach Salad. Spinach, Chicken, Mandarin Oranges, Almonds, and Oriental Dressing make up this delicious and Diabetic Friendly Recipe. Included is the recipe for the Oriental Dressing. Another Delicious and Healthy Recipe from the CooksRecipes website (http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html). The Cooks site has a huge selection of recipes for all cuisines and tastes. So check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

Oriental Chicken and Spinach Salad
An easy to make Oriental dressing adds flavor appeal to a colorful blend of spinach, chicken, mandarin oranges and almonds.

Recipe Ingredients:
Dressing:
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons Equal® Spoonful*
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
3/4 teaspoon grated ginger root

Salad:
1 (6-ounce) bag baby spinach leaves
2 cups cooked cubed chicken breast
1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup toasted slivered almond

Cooking Directions:
For Dressing: Whisk all ingredients until combined. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour to allow flavors to blend.
For Salad: Gently toss all ingredients in large salad bowl. Add dressing and toss to combine.
Makes 6 servings.

*May substitute 2 1/4 packets Equal sweetener.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): calories 227, protein 16 g, carbohydrate 9 g, fat 15 g, cholesterol 36 mg, sodium 179 mg.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/oriental_chicken_and_spinach_salad_recipe.html

Soup Special of the Day…….Bacon, Potato and Bell Pepper Chowder

December 31, 2017 at 6:24 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 – Bacon, Potato and Bell Pepper Chowder. Bacon, Red Potatoes, and Bell Pepper make up this healthy Chowder! It’s from the CooksRecipes website which has a fantastic selection of recipes to please any taste. Enjoy and Healthy in 2018! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Bacon, Potato and Bell Pepper Chowder
Hot and hearty creamy bacon, potato and bell pepper chowder.

Recipe Ingredients:
4 slices of lean bacon, chopped coarse
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup bell pepper, finely chopped
1 jalapeño, minced fine (optional)
1/2 pound small red potatoes, unpeeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes.
2 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Cooking Directions:
1 – In a saucepan cook the bacon over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp and transfer it with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain.
2 – Discard all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat, and in the remaining fat, cook the onion, bell pepper, jalapeño, and potatoes over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion and bell peppers are softened.
3 – Add the milk, the cream, and the Worcestershire sauce, bring the liquid to a simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
4 – Season the chowder with salt and pepper, divide it between 2 heated soup bowls, and sprinkle with bacon.

Makes 2 servings.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/bacon-potato-and-bell-pepper-chowder-recipe.html

“Meatless Monday’ Recipe of the Week – Crêpes with Wild Mushrooms, Asparagus and Brie

December 25, 2017 at 7:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday’ Recipe of the Week is – Crêpes with Wild Mushrooms, Asparagus and Brie. The always delicious Brie along with Crêpes, Steamed Asparagus, Wild Mushrooms, and more make up these Diabetic Friendly Crêpes. Another fantastic recipe from one of my favorite recipe sites, CooksRecipes. Enjoy and eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Crêpes with Wild Mushrooms, Asparagus and Brie
Wedges of Brie cheese are tucked around tender, folded crêpes and topped with steamed asparagus and a garlicky wild mushroom and tarragon sauce.

Recipe Ingredients:
8 (8-inch) crêpes (see recipe for Basic Crêpes)
2 (8-ounce) wheels Wisconsin Brie cheese, sliced into 1/2 inch wedges
1 pound fresh asparagus
2 tablespoons butter – divided use
1 pound sliced wild mushrooms: mixture of crimini, shiitake and portobello
1 medium sweet onion, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh garlic
1 (14.5-ounce) can vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 tablespoon snipped fresh tarragon

Cooking Directions:
1 – Fold Crêpes into quarters. Tuck wedges of Brie between folds. Place on cookie sheet; bake at 375°F (190°C) for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
2 – Meanwhile, steam asparagus.
3 – In skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat; add mushrooms, onion and garlic. Sauté until mushrooms are browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add vegetable broth, pepper and salt. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes to develop flavors. Whisk in remaining 1 tablespoon butter, parsley and tarragon.
4 – To serve, place 2 crêpes on individual plates. Arrange asparagus spears on plate; spoon mushroom mixture over crêpes.

Makes 6 servings.

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/crepes_with_wild_mushrooms_asparagus_and_brie_recipe.html

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