Appetizer of the Week – Black Bean-Avocado Salsa with Home-Baked Tortilla Chips

January 28, 2023 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, Appetizers, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is – Black Bean-Avocado Salsa with Home-Baked Tortilla Chips. This includes recipes for the Tortilla Chips and the Black Bean-Avocado Salsa. To make the Home Baked Tortilla Chips you’ll be needing Soft Corn Tortillas, Canola Oil, Garlic Powder, Ground Black Pepper, and Salt. To make the Black Bean-Avocado Salsa you’ll be using Avocados, Tomatillo, Jalapeno Chili Pepper, Cilantro Leaves, Red Onion, Black Beans, Canola Oil, Lime Juice, Cider Vinegar, and Salt. The recipe comes from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2023! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Black Bean-Avocado Salsa with Home-Baked Tortilla Chips
Enjoy this tasty heart healthy snack for your next celebration!

Recipe Ingredients:
Tortilla Chips:
6 (6-inch) soft corn tortillas
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

Black Bean-Avocado Salsa:
1/2 ripe medium avocado, peeled, seeded and diced
1 medium tomatillo, papery skin removed, rinsed and diced
1 large jalapeno chili pepper, finely chopped (seeded, if desired)
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/2 of a (15-ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained*
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
2 – For Tortilla Chips: Stack tortillas and cut into eight equal triangles (48 wedges total). Put triangles in single layer on two baking sheets. Drizzle triangles with canola oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and black pepper. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes or until chips are light brown and beginning to crisp. Remove from oven, place baking sheets on cooling racks, sprinkle evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and cool completely (about 10 minutes). As chips cool, they will become crisper. Store in airtight container up to 24 hours for peak flavor and texture.
3 – For Black Bean-Avocado Salsa: Combine avocado, tomatillo, jalapeno, cilantro, red onion, black beans, canola oil, lime juice, vinegar and salt in medium bowl. Serve with tortilla chips.
Makes 6 (1/3 cup) servings.

*Note: The leftover black beans may be stored in an airtight container in the freezer up to one month for later use.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories 130; Total Fat 10g; Saturated Fat 1g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 200mg; Carbohydrates 9g; Fiber 2g; Protein 2g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/black_bean-avocado_salsa_with_home-baked_tortilla_chips_recipe.html

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Mini Calzones

January 28, 2023 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Appetizers, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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From the CooksRecipes website it’s Mini Calzones. To make this recipe you’ll be needing Ground Beef, Yellow Onion, Mushrooms, Garlic Clove, Canola Oil, Dried Italian Seasoning, Ground Black Pepper, Pizza Dough, Shredded Reduced-Fat Mozzarella Cheese, and Reduced Sodium Marinara Sauce. There’s 210 calories and 26 net carbs per serving. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2023! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Mini Calzones
Calzones, a pizza pie “turnover”, come in miniature versions in this recipe, making for a quick and delicious meal or snack any time of day. They also make wonderful leftovers! Recipe developed by Alison Lewis.

Recipe Ingredients:
8 ounces lean ground beef
1/2 small yellow onion, diced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 clove garlic, minced
4 teaspoons canola oil – divided use
1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
14 ounce prepared pizza dough
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
1 cup reduced-sodium marinara sauce, warmed

Cooking Directions:
1 – In large non-stick skillet, brown beef over medium heat until beef crumbles; drain and set aside. In separate large skillet, sauté onion, mushrooms and garlic in 1 tablespoon canola oil over medium heat 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in Italian seasoning and pepper. Add to ground beef and set aside.
2 – Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
3 – Divide dough into eight pieces. Roll each dough piece into 3-inch diameter. Spoon beef mixture equally over half of each piece, leaving 1/2-inch border. Top equally with cheese.
4 – Fold dough over filling until edges almost meet. Bring bottom edges over top edges and crimp dough with fingers to form rim. Prick tops of calzones with fork to allow steam to escape. Place on large baking sheet lightly greased and floured. Brush each calzone with canola oil, if desired.
5 – Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve with warm marinara sauce.
Makes 8 servings.

Tip: You can make these one day ahead of time and heat before serving the next day. Lightly brush calzones with canola oil before placing in the oven for a nice golden color and crisp texture. These calzones will keep in the refrigerator as leftovers.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe; 1 mini calzone): Calories: 210 ; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 1.5g; Cholesterol: 20mg; Sodium: 450mg; Carbohydrates: 27g; Fiber: 1g; Protein: 12g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/sandwich/mini_calzones.html

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

January 19, 2023 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly | Leave a comment
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From the CooksRecipes website is a recipe for Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. To make these Cookies you’ll be needing All Purpose Flour, Baking Soda, Butter, Peanut Butter, Splenda Sugar Blend, Splenda Brown Sugar Blend, Vanilla Extract, Large Egg, and NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Morsels. There’s 120 calories and 11 carbs per serving. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2023! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut butter and chocolate morsels are blended into cookie dough to create these delicious cookies.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup Splenda® Sugar Blend
1/2 cup packed Splenda® Brown Sugar Blend
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 1/3 cups NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Morsels

Cooking Directions:
1 – Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C).
2 – Combine flour and baking soda in small bowl. Set aside.
3 – Beat butter, peanut butter, Splenda® Sugar Blend, Splenda® Brown Sugar Blend and vanilla extract in large bowl until creamy. Beat in egg. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels.
4 – Drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Press down slightly with bottom of glass dipped in Splenda® Sugar Blend.
5 – Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are set but centers are still soft. Cool on baking sheets for 4 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes 36 cookies.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 cookie): Calories 120 | Calories from Fat 70 | Fat 8g (sat 4.0g) | Cholesterol 20mg | Sodium 105mg | Carbohydrates 11g | Fiber 0g | Sugars 8g | Protein 2g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/old_fashioned_peanut_butter_chocolate_chip_cookies_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Arroz con Huevos

January 16, 2023 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 Arroz con Huevos. To make the Dish you’ll be needing Water, Rice, Onion, Garlic, Salt, Green Pepper, Taco Sauce, Tomato, Eggs, and Shredded Cheddar Cheese. Perfect for Breakfast or Brunch. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2023! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Arroz con Huevos

This hearty and satisfying dish, Mexican-style rice topped with poached eggs and garnished with shredded cheddar cheese, can be served anytime of the day.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 cup water
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons bottled taco sauce or salsa
1/2 cup chopped tomato
4 large eggs
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cooking Directions:

1 – In medium saucepan stir together water, rice, onion, garlic and salt, if desired. Cover. Over high heat, bring to boiling. Reduce heat to keep water simmering. About 10 minutes before rice is done (check rice package for total cooking time needed), stir in green pepper and taco sauce. Re-cover and cook until rice is tender, about 10 minutes longer. Stir in tomato. Remove from heat, cover and keep warm while poaching eggs.
2 – In saucepan or deep omelet pan, bring 2 to 3 inches of water to boiling. Reduce heat to keep water gently simmering. Break cold eggs, 1 at a time, into custard cup or saucer or break several into bowl. Holding dish close to water’s surface, slip eggs, 1 by 1 into water. Cook until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, about 3 to 5 minutes. With slotted spoon, lift out eggs. Drain in spoon or on paper towels and trim any rough edges, if desired.
3 – To serve, spoon 1/4 of the reserved rice mixture onto each of 4 plates. Top each with 1 of the poached eggs, sprinkle each egg with 1 tablespoon of the cheese.

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

Diabetic Side Dish of the Week – Fruit Baked Apples

January 15, 2023 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, diabetes, Diabetic Side Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Side Dish of the Week is Fruit Baked Apples. These are made using Equal Spoonful, Cornstarch, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Nutmeg, Apple Cider, Dried Fruit Mix, Butter, and Tart Baking Apples. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2023! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Fruit Baked Apples
A great cold weather dessert, spiced dried fruit mixture fills fresh apples that are baked in an apple cider sauce. The apples fill the house with tempting aromas as they bake.

Recipe Ingredients:
1/2 cup Equal® Spoonful*
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Pinch ground cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg
2 cups apple cider or juice
1 (6-ounce) package dried mixed fruit, chopped
1 tablespoon stick butter or margarine
8 tart baking apples

Cooking Directions:
1 – Combine Equal®, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg in medium saucepan. Stir in cider and dried fruit. Heat to boiling.
2 – Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes or until fruit is tender and cider mixture is reduced to about 1 cup. Stir in butter until melted.
3 – Remove cores from apples, cutting into but not through bottoms. Peel 1-inch around tops. Place apples in greased baking pan. Fill centers with fruit. Spoon remaining cider mixture over apples.
4 – Bake, uncovered, in preheated 350°F (175°C) oven about 45 minutes or until apples are tender when pierced with a fork.
Makes 8 servings.

*May substitute 12 packets Equal sweetener.

Nutrition information per serving (1 apple): calories 176, protein 1 g, carbohydrate 42 g, fat 2 g, cholesterol 0 mg, sodium 22 mg.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/fruit-baked-apples-diabetic-recipe.html

Appetizer of the Week – Sirloin Satay

January 14, 2023 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, Appetizers, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is a Sirloin Satay. To make this week’s Appetizer you’ll be needing 1 pound Certified Angus Beef Sirloin Steak and Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce. There’s 79 calories per serving. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2023! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Sirloin Satay
This sizzling beef dish makes a tantalizing hors d’œuvre. Or, increase the portions and serve as simple entrée for a light dinner.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 pound Certified Angus Beef® sirloin steak, sliced across the grain into 1/4-inch strips
1/4 cup Lea & Perrins® Worcestershire Sauce

Cooking Directions:
1 – Marinade steak strips in Worcestershire Sauce for 30 minutes.
2 – Thread strips onto skewers.
3 – Grill about 1 minute per side or until desired doneness.
Makes 8 appetizer servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): 79 Calories; 3g Fat; 1g Saturated Fat; 37mg Cholesterol; 0g Carbohydrate; 0g Dietary Fiber; 13g Protein; 47mg Sodium; 8% daily value Iron (based on 2,000 calorie diet).
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/sirloin_satay_recipe.html

Southwestern Chicken Salad Sliders

January 14, 2023 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Appetizers, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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Here’s another Delicious and Healthy Appetizer, Southwestern Chicken Salad Sliders. To make this recipe you’ll be needing a Rotisserie Chicken, Green Onions, Frozen Corn, Cherry Tomatoes, Avocados, Sour Cream, Mayonnaise, Garlic Salt, and Bakery Rolls. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2023! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Southwestern Chicken Salad Sliders
These bite sized sandwiches are fun and easy to make, and are a definite crowd pleaser.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 precooked rotisserie chicken, deboned and coarsely chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 Hass Avocados
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
12 bakery rolls, for sandwiches

Cooking Directions:
1 – In a large bowl, combine chicken, green onions, corn, sour cream, mayonnaise and garlic salt. Mix thoroughly.
2 – Cube 1 1/2 avocados, slice remaining 1/2 of avocado. Gently fold avocados into the chicken mixture, and season with salt and pepper.
3 – Chill in the refrigerator 1 hour
4 – To Serve: Slice dinner rolls in half. Fill with chicken salad and top with avocado slices.
Makes 12 sliders.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/sandwich/southwestern_chicken_salad_sliders_recipe.html

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Tasty Teriyaki Chicken

January 10, 2023 at 6:02 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 – Tasty Teriyaki Chicken. Splenda Sweetener replaces the Sugar in the Recipe. To make this week’s recipe you’ll need Cornstarch, Cold Water, Splenda, Soy Sauce, Cider Vinegar, Garlic, Ground Ginger, Ground Black Pepper, and Boneless Chicken Breasts Halves. The Dish is only 140 calories and 3 carbs per serving. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2023! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Tasty Teriyaki Chicken
A much requested reduced calorie chicken recipe, that’s easy to double for a large group.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon cold water
1/2 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
12 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Cooking Directions:

1 – In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the cornstarch, cold water, Splenda® Granulated Sweetener, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger and ground black pepper. Let simmer, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens and bubbles.
2 – Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
3 – Place chicken pieces in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Brush chicken with the sauce. Turn pieces over, and brush again.
4 – Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Turn pieces over, and bake for another 30 minutes, until no longer pink and juices run clear. Brush with sauce every 10 minutes during cooking.
Makes 12 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/12 of recipe): Calories 140 | Calories from Fat 25 | Fat 3.0g (sat 1.0g) | Cholesterol 65mg | Sodium 660mg | Carbohydrates 3g | Fiber 0g | Sugars 1g | Protein 25g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/tasty_teriyaki_chicken_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Black Bean Lasagna

January 9, 2023 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 a Black Bean Lasagna. Made with Black Beans, Onion, Green Sweet Pepper, Low Fat Cottage Cheese, Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, and the Seasonings. Take your Lasagna where it’s never been with this week’s recipe! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2023! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Black Bean Lasagna
Here’s a crowd pleaser! Serve with a big green salad, tortilla chips and your family’s favorite beverage.

Recipe Ingredients:
9 lasagna noodles (8 ounces)
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green sweet pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (15-ounce) cans low-sodium tomato sauce or tomato sauce with seasonings
1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
1 (12-ounce) container low-fat cottage cheese
1 8-ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
1/4 cup light dairy sour cream
Tomato slices (optional)
Fresh cilantro leaves (optional)

Cooking Directions:
1 – Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Mash one can of the beans; set aside.
2 – Lightly coat a large skillet with cooking spray; add onion, green sweet pepper, and garlic. Cook and stir over medium heat until tender but not brown. Add mashed beans, un-mashed beans, tomato sauce, and snipped cilantro; heat through.
3 – In a large bowl combine cottage cheese, cream cheese, and sour cream; set aside. Spray a 3-quart rectangular baking dish with nonstick coating. Arrange three of the noodles in the dish. Top with one-third of the bean mixture. Spread with one-third of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers twice, ending with bean mixture. Reserve the remaining cheese mixture.
4 – Bake, covered, in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until heated through. Dollop with reserved cheese mixture. Let stand for 10 minutes. Garnish with tomato slices and cilantro, if desired.
Makes 8 servings.

Make-Ahead Tip: Refrigerate unbaked casserole, covered, up to 1 day, and bake as directed. Or, freeze up to 1 month; thaw frozen casserole in refrigerator overnight, and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until heated through.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): calories: 340, total fat: 8g, saturated fat: 5g, cholesterol: 25mg, sodium: 589mg, carbohydrate: 49g, fiber: 8g, protein: 21g, vitamin A: 21%, vitamin C: 31%, iron: 21%.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/black_bean_lasagna_recipe.html

 

Appetizer of the Week – Guacasalsa

January 7, 2023 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, Appetizers, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is Guacasalsa. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Avocado, Diced Tomatoes, Shrimp Sauce, Diced Onion, ORTEGA® Diced Jalapeños, and Fresh Cilantro. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2023! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Guacasalsa
Great as a dip or spooned over grilled fish or chicken.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 large avocado, peeled , pitted and chopped
1 1/4 cups (1 large) diced tomato
1/3 cup bottled shrimp sauce
3 teaspoons diced onion
2 tablespoons ORTEGA® Diced Jalapeños
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

Cooking Directions:
1 – Combine avocado, tomato, shrimp sauce, onion, jalapeños, cilantro and salt in medium bowl. Cover; refrigerate for 1 hour.
2 – Serve over grilled fish or with tortilla chips.
Makes about 2 cups.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/guacasaisa_recipe.html

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