3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Johnny Cakes

September 26, 2017 at 4:50 PM | Posted in beans, Bush's, chili, Jennie-O Turkey Products, spices and herbs | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: 3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Johnny Cakes

 

 

Feeling a little better today, hopefully I’ll be back to 100% soon! This has been one nasty ear infection. For Breakfast this morning I prepared a Poached Egg, 2 Jennie – O Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties, toasted a slice of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread, and a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Outside we had a high of 91 degrees and a bit humid out. But the temps are going to start to fall everyday a bit from here. By the weekend highs in the 60’s and low 70’s. After Lunch I got the Cart out of the shed and the leaf blower and trimmer and got some yard work done. Tonight’s Dinner, 3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Johnny Cakes.

 

I’m having my 3 Bean Turkey Chili for Dinner! I’m using my last container that I had in the freezer, so I’ll be making more soon! I sit the container in the fridge overnight to thaw. So today I’ll just empty the contents into a small sauce pan and let it slowly heat on medium low until heated through. The Chili freezes and reheats so easy and tastes like it’s made that day! I also made a small batch of Johnny Cakes which I love having with Chili. I topped my Chili with some fresh shredded Smoked Gouda and a splash or two of Frank’s Hot Sauce. This hit the spot! Below I’ve left the original post on the ingredients and instructions on how to make the 3 Bean Turkey Chili and the Johnny Cakes. Enjoy!

 

When I prepare my Chili I prepare the Ground Turkey and mix the Beans the night before. So the morning I’m making it everything is ready! I had the Crock Pot set up also. To make the Chili I’m using Jennie -O Lean Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast. The 3 Beans I use are 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Black 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 a 1/2 a 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.

 

The 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.

 

 

 

The Beans and Ground Turkey were prepared last night. I started by opening all 3 cans of Bush Beans into a large bowl and stirred until mixed. Then in the morning, I added the Beans to Crock Pot. To prepare the Turkey, 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 put it in a large plastic container and on into the fridge after it had cooled a bit. Then this morning I added everything 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.

 

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 Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and a couple of shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Also a side of Johnny Cakes, recipe below.

 

 

 

To prepare the Johnny Cakes (I love these…) all you’ll need is: Pam w/ Olive Oil Non – Stick Spray, 1/4 cup Extra Light Virgin 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. The Cornbread works perfect with Chili! For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Diet Dr. Pepper to drink.

 

 

 

3 Bean Turkey Chili
Ingredients
1 lb. package Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste
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.

 

Johnny Cakes (My way)

Ingredients:

Pam w/ Olive Oil Non – Stick Spray
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 3/4 cups Buttermilk
2 cups Martha White Self Rising Enriched White Corn Meal Mix

Directions:

Just mix all your ingredients in a large bowl.
Spray your Pam on a Flat Griddle or large Skillet and preheat on medium low, I use the Flat 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. Serve while warm and enjoy!

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3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Johnny Cakes

January 5, 2017 at 6:00 PM | Posted in beans, chili, Jennie-O Turkey Products, spices and herbs, turkey chili | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: 3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Johnny Cakes

 

 
For Breakfast this chilly morning I Scrambled some Egg Beater’s Egg Whites seasoning it with Lite Salt, Ground Black Pepper, and a dash of Ortega Smoky Chipotle Taco Sauce. I like using the Smoky Chipotle whenever I can, nice3 Bean Turkey Chili w Johnny Cakes 006 heat and a lot of flavor. Then I heated up a few slices of Boar’s Head Sweet Sliced Ham and toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin. Loaded the Egg Whites, Ham, and a slice of Sargento Reduced Calorie Swiss Cheese on to the English Muffin and I had a delicious Breakfast Sandwich! Also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Went out to get the morning papers and it was snowing pretty good out there. I salted the driveway, which is on a hill, last night before I went to bed. Which helped somewhat. Not long after Breakfast I got the Crock Pot ready and put my Chili on. Which is tonight’s Dinner, 3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Johnny Cakes.

 

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Picked a perfect day to make Chili, our first snow of the Winter is falling. They call for 2-3 inches, what better on a Winter’s Day than Chili! And I’m ready for some 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 (Black Beans), 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans ( Kidney Beans), 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Great Northern Beans) 3 Bean Turkey Chili w Johnny Cakes 001drained 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 the3 Bean Turkey Chili w Johnny Cakes 005 Crock Pot. To prepare the Turkey, 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. The full recipe and list of ingredients is at the end of the post.

 

 

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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 Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and a couple of shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Also a side of Johnny Cakes, recipe below.

 

 
To prepare the Johnny Cakes (I love these…) all you’ll need is: Pam w/ Olive Oil Non – Stick Spray, 1/4 cup Extra Light Virgin Olive Oil, 1 3/4 cups Low Fat Buttermilk, and 2 cups Martha White Self Rising Enriched White Corn 3 Bean Turkey Chili w Johnny Cakes 004Meal 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. The Cornbread works perfect with Chili! I had a Diet Dr. Pepper to go with my Dinner. For dessert later a slice of the Hill and Valley Sugar Free Angel Food Cake, purchased at Meijer, topped with Cool Whip Free. I forgot, Did I tell you how much I love this Chili!

 

 
3 Bean Turkey Chili
Ingredients
1 lb. package Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast3 Bean Turkey Chili w Johnny Cakes 001
2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste
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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Cumin Spiced Pork Loin Chop w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Italian Green Beans

August 27, 2016 at 5:00 PM | Posted in Bob Evan's, pork chops, spices and herbs | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cumin Spiced Pork Loin Chop w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Italian Green Beans

 

 

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For Breakfast this morning I Scrambled a couple of medium-sized Eggs, made some Simply Potatoes Hash Browns, fried a couple of Jennie – O Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links, and a slice of toasted Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. A full size Breakfast for a huge appetite this morning! This way more than I usually have for Breakfast. So after Breakfast I did a load of laundry. As that was going I swept and cleaned outside. I wanted to get that done before it was too humid to do anything! Heat index of about 100 degrees today and the humidity was real bad. Finished up laundry and did some house cleaning. Dusted and vacuumed then straightened up the pantry. Full day today! For Dinner tonight i prepared a Cumin Spiced Pork Loin Chop w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Italian Green Beans.

 

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I grabbed a Pork Chop from the freezer, that I had purchased from Meijer, and let it thaw overnight in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

 

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Then to prepare my Chop I’ll need; The Cumin Spiced Rub which consists of; 1 tbsp Roasted Cumin, 1 tsp Garlic Powder, 1 tsp Chili Powder, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika, 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper. To prepare it preheat oven to 400°. Combine all the ingredients; rub it all over the pork chop. Let stand 20 minutes. Start by heating the Extra Virgin Olive oil in a Cast Iron Skillet over medium-high heat. Add Chops to pan; cook 3 minutes, browning both sides. From the stove to the oven and bake at 400° for 15 minutes until the thermometer registered 150° (slightly pink), turning after 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Fantastic combo of Spices, which makes one incredible Crust on the Chop with the inside being tender and moist! Love this seasoning on Pork.

 

Mashed Potatoes
For one side dish I prepared my favorite Mashed Potatoes, Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes. Easy to fix and delicious. To prepare it just heat it up in the microwave for 6 minutes and it’s ready.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then I also heated up a can of Allens Cut Italian Green Beans. I also reheated a couple of Breadsticks leftover from last night’s Dinner. For Dessert later a bowl of Del Monte Sliced Peaches.

Baked Ginger Honey Glazed Salmon w/ Sugar Snap Peas and Sliced Carrots

August 26, 2016 at 4:53 PM | Posted in carrots, salmon, spices and herbs | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Baked Ginger Honey Glazed Salmon w/ Sugar Snap Peas and Sliced Carrots

 

 

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For breakfast I toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin and had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Did the morning workout and showered. Then off to Meijer, they had a few items that went on a 2 day sale starting today. Pork Tenderloin Roasts, Buy 1 get one free. Along with some other items, good sale! Hot and very, very humid out. Man I can’t stand this high humidity! Back home did a few chores around the house. For Dinner tonight I tried a new recipe, Ginger Honey Glazed Salmon. I prepared a Baked Ginger Honey Glazed Salmon w/ Sugar Snap Peas and Sliced Carrots.

 

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I came across this recipe, Ginger Honey Glazed Salmon, on an McCormick Recipe email and couldn’t wait to give it a try! I’ll need the following to make the dish; 1/4 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon McCormick® Ground Ginger, 1 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic Powder, 1 green onion (chopped), and 1 pound salmon fillets.

 

 

 

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I purchased the Salmon at Meijer Seafood Department earlier today. To prepare the salmon I first rinsed it off under cold water and patted dry with paper towel and set aside. Next mixed the orange juice, soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic powder and green onion in small bowl. Reserving 2 tablespoons of the marinade. Placed the salmon in large resealable plastic bag. Add remaining marinade; turn to coat well. Refrigerated for 30 minutes. Preheated the oven on 400 degrees. Removed the salmon from marinade. Discarded the remaining marinade.

 

 

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Baked the salmon for 11 minutes, until fish flakes easily with a fork, basting the fillet 1/2 way through the baking time with the reserved marinade. The salmon came out perfect, and what flavor! The orange juice, soy sauce, and honey combine for a perfect marinade. Then you get the taste of the ginger and garlic powder, outstanding! A for sure Keeper Recipe! I baked my salmon where the original recipe calls for grilling it. The original recipe and web link are at the end of the post.

 

 

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For one side dish I prepared some Sugar Snap Peas, I had picked these up at Kroger the day before.They come packaged fresh. To prepare them I heated 1/2 tablespoon of Extra Olive Oil in a medium saute pan over medium-high heat. Added the Sugar Snap Peas, tossing occasionally for 5 to 6 minutes, until the Sugar Snap Peas were crisp tender.

 

 

 

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Then for a second side I heated up a can of Del Monte Sliced Carrots. Another canned Vegetable that’s as good as fresh. Just empty the can into a small sauce pan and heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer until heated through. I also baked a can of Pillsbury Breadsticks. Still searching for a replacement for the Pillsbury Italian Loaf Bread in which Pillsbury no longer makes, why no clue it was their best! For dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Cookie and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

 

 

 

 

 

Ginger Honey Glazed Salmon

Marinate then brush salmon with a mixture of honey, ginger, soy sauce and orange juice to give it a flavorful glaze.

Ingredients

Serves: Makes 4 servings.McCormick Logo
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon McCormick® Ginger, Ground
1 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic Powder
1 green onion, chopped
1 pound salmon fillets

Directions

1 – Mix orange juice, soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic powder and green onion in small bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the marinade. Place salmon in large resealable plastic bag or glass dish. Add remaining marinade; turn to coat well.
2 – Refrigerate 30 minutes. Remove salmon from marinade. Discard any remaining marinade.
3 – Grill over medium-high heat 6 to 7 minutes per side or until fish flakes easily with a fork, basting occasionally with reserved marinade.

Nutrition information
(Amount per serving)
Calories: 186Cholesterol: 62mg
Sodium: 421mgProtein: 25g
Total Fat: 6gFiber: 0g
Carbohydrate: 8g

http://www.mccormick.com/recipes/main-dishes/ginger-honey-glazed-salmon#

Cumin Spiced Center Cut Pork Loin Chop w/ Mashed Potatoes and Golden Hominy

July 10, 2016 at 4:58 PM | Posted in Bob Evan's, pork chops, spices and herbs | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cumin Spiced Center Cut Pork Loin Chop w/ Mashed Potatoes and Golden Hominy

 

 

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I started the day off today the same way I did yesterday, by preparing a Breakfast Burrito! To make it I’ll need 1 medium size Egg, Jennie – O Turkey Ground Breakfast Sausage, Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Frank’s Hot Sauce, sliced Jalapeno Pepper, and Old El Paso Flour Soft Tortilla. Not a bad way to start my day! Sunny and 84 degrees out, and low humidity again! Got the cart out and did what yard work I could do around the house. Then I had purchased some new tire for my Hoveround that I had to put on with the help of the next door neighbor. For Dinner tonight its a Cumin Spiced Center Cut Pork Loin Chop w/ Mashed Potatoes and Golden Hominy.

 

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I picked up the Center Cut Pork Loin Chop at Meijer yesterday. It’s a nice size, bone-in chop. Meijer always has top quality meat and Seafood Department. So for my Chop I used my Cumin Spice Rub. Which consists of; 1 tbsp Roasted Cumin, 1 tsp Garlic Powder, 1 tsp Chili Powder, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika, 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper.

 

 

 

 

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To prepare it preheat oven to 400°. Combine all the ingredients; rub it all over the pork chop. Let stand 20 minutes. Start by heating the Extra Virgin Olive oil in a Cast Iron Skillet over medium-high heat. Add Chops to pan; cook 3 minutes, browning both sides. From the stove to the oven and bake at 400° for 15 minutes until the thermometer registered 150° (slightly pink), turning after 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Fantastic combo of Spices, which makes one incredible Crust on the Chop with the inside being tender and moist! Love this seasoning on Pork.

 

 

Mashed Potatoes
I served it with some Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes, which I just microwave and serve. Then I also heated up a can Kroger Brand Golden Hominy. For those that has never had or heard of Hominy; Hominy is a food made from kernels of corn which are soaked in an alkali solution of either lime or lye. The corrosive nature of the solution removes the hull and germ of the corn and causes the grain itself to puff up to about twice its normal size. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 
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Choose meat that’s pink with a small amount of marbling and white (not yellow) fat. Choose wrapped packages without any tears, holes or leaks. There should be little or no liquid in the bottom of the tray.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 19, 2016 at 5:03 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints, spices and herbs | Leave a comment
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Spice it up!….

 

Stock up on spices. One of the keys to cooking low-fat and not getting bored is to spice your food well. When you have finished your recipe, always taste it and adjust the spices to meet your taste.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

April 28, 2016 at 4:54 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints, spices and herbs | Leave a comment
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From the BBC Goodfood website (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/)…..

 
Natural healing

The everyday basic herbs in Thai cuisine have many health benefits, and they taste great too. Here are just a few examples of what some favorite Thai ingredients can do for you:
* Lime – Good source of potassium and vitamin C.
* Fresh chilies – Good source of vitamins A, C and K. Research continues into pain relief potential.
* Lemongrass – Very good source of iron and potassium and thought to be an effective alternative treatment for yeast infections.
* Coriander:- Good source of dietary fiber and packed with vitamins and minerals.
* Galangal (Thai ginger) – Aids with digestion and is often used to help treat the common cold.
* Turmeric – Used as an effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
* Kaffir lime – Promotes gum health and is good for digestion
* Garlic – Antioxidant, aids with digestion and research continues into effect on blood pressure and cholesterol

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/top-10-tips-healthy-thai-cooking

Ras el hanout

April 11, 2016 at 5:22 AM | Posted in spices and herbs | 2 Comments
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week was Crispy Carrot and Mint Fritters. And one of the Spices used in it was a Spice called Ras el hanout. I had never heard of this and was curious on what it was exactly. So according to WikipediA………

Ras el hanout in a bowl

Ras el hanout in a bowl

Ras el hanout is used in many savory dishes, sometimes rubbed on meat or fish, or stirred into couscous or rice. The mix is generally associated with Morocco, although neighboring North African countries use it as well.

There is no definitive composition of spices that makes up ras el hanout. Each shop, company, or family may have their own blend. The mixture usually consists of over a dozen spices, in different proportions, although some purists insist that it must contain exactly 12 items. Commonly used ingredients include cardamom, cumin, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, allspice, dry ginger, chili peppers, coriander seed, peppercorn, sweet and hot paprika, fenugreek, and dry turmeric. Some spices may be particular to the region, such as ash berries, chufa, grains of paradise, orris root, monk’s pepper, cubebs, dried rosebud, fennel seed or aniseed, galangal, long pepper. Ingredients may be toasted before being ground or pounded in a mortar and mixed together. Some preparations include salt or sugar, but that is generally not the accepted practice. Garlic, saffron, nuts or dry herbs are generally not included, as they are usually added to dishes individually, but some commercial preparations, particularly in Europe and North America, may contain them.

 

Cumin Spiced Boneless Pork Loin Roast w/ Mashed Potatoes, Cut Italian Beans,….

March 10, 2016 at 5:47 PM | Posted in beans, Bob Evan's, pork roast, spices and herbs | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Cumin Spiced Boneless Pork Loin Roast w/ Mashed Potatoes, Cut Italian Beans, and Baked Italian Loaf Bread

 

 
For Breakfast this morning I scrambled a couple of medium size Eggs and toasted a couple of slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread (lightly Buttered). Also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Outside a lot of rain. It started last night and continued on and off all day. So pretty much grounded inside for the day so I did some cleaning and ran scans and updates on the computer. Then I also shredded old bills and documents, there was a ton! So for dinner tonight it’s Cumin Spiced Boneless Pork Loin Roast w/ Mashed Potatoes, Cut Italian Beans, and Baked Italian Loaf Bread.   * Sorry about the lack of pictures, camera batteries were low *

 

 

 

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I’ve been using the Cumin Spice Rub for a while now, my favorite Rub for Pork. I had come across the recipe on-line, and use it all the time now. It gives the Pork a fantastic crust and great seasoning. I purchased the Pork Tenderloin Boneless Roast from Kroger yesterday. Using Butcher’s Twine I tied the Roast together. Then to prepare it I’ll need; 1 Pork Tenderloin Roast, 1 tbsp Roasted Cumin, 1 tsp Garlic Powder, 1 tsp Chili Powder, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika, 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper. To prepare it preheat oven to 400°. Combined all the ingredients; rub it all over the Pork. Let stand 20 minutes. To Roast it I used a mall Broiler Pan with a Wire Rack in it. Sprayed the Rack with Pam Cooking Spray and put the Pork on it. I baked it for about 70 minutes, until my thermometer registered 145°. Let it stand 10 minutes before slicing. Then got ready to enjoy one delicious Pork Tenderloin Roast! Fantastic combo of Spices, which made one incredible Crust on the Pork with the inside being so tender and moist!

 

 

 

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For one side I made some of my favorite Mashed Potatoes, Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes. Just microwave for 6 minutes and serve. Just as good as homemade, if not better. Then for another side dish I heated a can of Allens Cut Italian Green Beans. To prepare them just empty the can into a small sauce pan and simmer until heated. I love the taste of these, just season with a bit of Sea Salt and it’s ready! I could have Beans every day and never get tired of having them.

 

 

 

Italian Loaf Bread
Finally I baked a loaf of Pillsbury Italian Loaf Bread, family’s favorite baked bread. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Double Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

Allens Italian Cut Green Beans

Allens Italian Cut Green Beans contain fiber and are naturally free of cholesterol and saturated fats. Diets rich in vegetables such as Allens Italian Cut Green Beans may help lower the risk of heart disease, high cholesterol and some cancers.
Allens Italian Cut Green Beans:Allens Cut Italian Green Beans
* Heart healthy
* Heat and serve
* Cholesterol free
* Saturated fat-free
* Kosher

Ingredients: Italian Green Beans, Water, Salt.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 119 G
Servings Per Container 3.5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 30
Calories From Fat 0
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0 G 0
Saturated Fat 0 G 0
Trans Fat 0 G
Cholesterol 0 Mg 0
Sodium 300 Mg 12
Total Carbohydrate 5 G 2
Dietary Fiber 2 G 7
Sugars 1 G
Protein 1 G

Cumin Spiced Pork Chop w/ Cut Savory Green Beans with Mushrooms and White Potatoes

February 10, 2016 at 5:37 PM | Posted in Pork, potatoes, spices and herbs | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Cumin Spiced Pork Chop w/ Cut Savory Green Beans with Mushrooms and White Potatoes

 

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Cold Morning around here, around 9 degrees this morning when I ventured out to get the morning papers. With colder weather all week they say. For Breakfast I had 1 medium size Egg (Sunnyside Up), 2 Jennie – O Turkey Breakfast sausage Links, a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin, and a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. A healthy and delicious start of the day! Caught up on all the major housework and laundry so it gave me time to take care of some odd and end jobs around the house. Cleaned rearranged the spare room, replanted a couple of Mom’s plants, and cleaned and straightened some of the Kitchen shelves. For dinner tonight I prepared a Cumin Spiced Pork Chop w/ Cut Savory Green Beans with Mushrooms and Whole White Potatoes.

I’m using Pork Chops from the freezer that I had purchased from Costco. I got 1 of the Chops from the freezer and let it thaw overnight in the fridge. Then to prepare my Chop I’ll need; The which consists of 1 tbsp Roasted Cumin, 1 tsp Cumin Spiced Pork Chops w Golden Hominy and Harvest Apples 001Garlic Powder, 1 tsp Chili Powder, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika, 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper. To prepare it preheat oven to 400°. Combine all the ingredients; rub it all over the pork chop. Let stand 20 minutes. Start by heating the Extra Virgin Olive oil in a Cast Iron Skillet over medium-high heat. Add Chops to pan; cook 3 minutes, browning both sides. From the stove to the oven and bake at 400° for 20 minutes until the thermometer registered 150° (slightly pink), turning after 5 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Fantastic combo of Spices, which makes one incredible Crust on the Chop with the inside being tender and moist! Love this seasoning on Pork. Hard to beat these Costco Pork Chops, always top quality.

 

For 1 side I prepared a new one, Del Monte Cut Savory Green Beans With Mushrooms. First time I tried it, came across it at Meijer a while back and grabbed a can of it. To prepare just empty the contents into a small sauce pan and heat on medium until the liquid is boiled down and serve! I like this, good combo of the Cut Green Beans and Mushrooms. Makes a good side!

 

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Then for another side I heated up a can of Kroger Brand Whole White Potatoes. Another just heat and serve item. I also had a slice of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread topped with a little I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Had a Snapple Diet Peach Tea to drink. For dessert later a Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle Ice cream Bar.

 

 

 

 

 

Cut Savory Green Beans With Mushrooms

Del Monte Cut Savory Green Beans With Mushrooms

Garden quality Blue Lake® Green Beans are combined with hearty mushrooms, savory onion, and a dash of sea salt for a perfectly seasoned, simply delicious side dish.

Ingredients
Vegetables (Green Beans, Mushrooms), Water, Contains Less Than 2% of the Following: Sea Salt, Natural Flavors, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Onion Powder

http://www.delmonte.com/vegetables/seasoned/cut-savory-green-beans-with-mushrooms

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