Jambalaya with Cajun Style Smoked Sausage and Baked Italian Loaf Bread

November 10, 2020 at 7:19 PM | Posted in Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Jambalaya with Cajun Style Smoked Sausage and Baked Italian Bread

 

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I Poached an Egg and served it on a toasted Thomas Light English Muffin. I also heated up 2 Johnsonville Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links and a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Cloudy and 74 degrees out, with rain showers in the afternoon. After the night I had, I had no plans on doing too much. I had one of those long and sleepless nights while dealing with Phantom Pains, and they were bad! So I spent much of the afternoon catching up on some rest and sleep. For Dinner tonight I prepared Jambalaya with Cajun Style Smoked Sausage and Baked Italian Bread.

 

 

For the Sausage I used something new, Zatarain’s Cajun Style Smoked Sausage. I came across this at Meijer the other day and thought I would give it a try.

 

 

 

I used Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Jambalaya Mix (Reduced Sodium) for my base for the Jambalaya. I use Zatarain’s Products whenever I can, love the flavor and seasoning of all their products. To prepare it I just followed the easy instructions on the box. Mixed 2 1/2 cups of Water and 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and brought it to a boil. Added the Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix and my Cajun Style Smoked Sausage, I had sliced the Sausage into small bite size pieces before adding. Returned it to a boil, and then reduced the heat to low. Covered and simmered for about 25 minutes till most of the moisture had been absorbed. Removed it from the heat and let it rest for about 5 minutes before I served it.

 

The Zatarain’s Cajun Style Smoked Sausage and Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Jambalaya Mix make a perfect pairing! Love this Sausage, nice seasoning and delicious! I added a couple of shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to the mix also, nothing like a little heat to liven things up! This makes one delicious dish. I also baked a loaf of Meijer Italian Loaf Bread. For Dessert later a bowl of Breyers Carb Smart Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zatarain’s Cajun Style Smoked Sausage

Zatarain’s, the trusted brand for Cajun cooking since 1889, introduces a spicy Cajun-style smoked sausage. Made with 100% pork and seasoned with paprika, this fully cooked smoked sausage makes a quick and easy main dish. Or, add to any of Zatarain’s Rice Mixes for a fast and flavorful one-pot meal.
https://www.mccormick.com/zatarains/products/smoked-sausage/cajun-style-smoked-sausage

 

 

 

 

Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Jambalaya Mix (Reduced Sodium)

Reduced Sodium Jambalaya Mix
Authentic New Orleans flavor with 25% less sodium than the original.Zatarains Jambalaya Mix

* This Easy-to-Prepare Dinner Mix Has Just The Right Blend of Ingredients For A Great-Tasting, Authentic New Orleans Style Meal. Zatarain’s Has Been The Leader In Authentic New Orleans Style Food Since 1889. So When You Want Great Flavor, Jazz It Up With Zatarain’s!
* Zatarain’s, New Orleans, La 70114. Comments Or Questions? Call 1-877-837-3796 Or Visit Us Online At http://www.Zatarain.Com For Great Recipe Ideas and Product Information.
* A New Orleans Tradition Since 1889
* 25% Less Sodium Than Our Original Jambalaya Mix
* Add Meat to Make A Complete Meal
* Serves 6

Ingredients;
Enriched Long Grain Parboiled Rice (Iron Phosphate, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate and Folic Acid), Dehydrated Vegetables (Onion, Bell Pepper), Salt, Yeast Extract, Soy Sauce (100% Soybean), Dextrose, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Soybean Oil (Tbhq Added As A Preservative), Paprika, Potassium Chloride, Garlic, Spices, Monosodium Glutamate, Chili Powder, Caramel Color, Silicon Dioxide (Flow Agent).

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories: 130
Calories from Fat: 0
Total Fat: 0 0%
Saturated Fat: 0 0%
Cholesterol: 0mg 0%
Sodium: 360mg 15%
Total Carb: 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber: <1g 4%
Sugar: 0g
Protein: 3g
http://www.zatarains.com/Products/Reduced-Sodium/Reduced-Sodium-Jambalaya.aspx

White Lake Perch w/ Tater Tots

October 22, 2020 at 7:06 PM | Posted in fish, Ore - Ida, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: White Lake Perch w/ Tater Tots

 

 

For Breakfast I had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. 80 degrees and partly cloudy today. More like a Spring Day instead of a Fall Day out there. Did a few light chores around the house and then headed outside to enjoy the beautiful Fall day. Got the cart out for most of the afternoon. For Dinner tonight its White Lake Perch w/ Tater Tots.

 

I had purchased the White Lake Perch at Meijer and had a bag in the freezer. Sit it in the fridge overnight to thaw. To prepare the fillets; I first took a large skillet and sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray and then added a tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil to the pan and heated it medium heat. With the pan heating I got the fillets ready. I’ll be seasoning them with Morton’s Lite Salt and Zatarain’s Seasoned Fish-Fri Seafood Breading Mix. First Salted them and then put the Fillets in a plastic bag and added the Breading. Shook the bag until the Fillets were covered.

 

Then added a few of them to the preheated skillet. I fried them 3 minutes per side. They came out a golden brown! The Perch was delicious, just love fresh water fish as I do all Fish. Meijer is about the only store that carries the White Perch and they also will have Yellow Lake Perch from time to time.

 

I also baked some Ore Ida Tater Tots as I was cooking the Fish. Just baked at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes and done! The Tater Tots come out golden brown and delicious! I served them with a side of Hunt’s Ketchup. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Diet Peach Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calories in White Lake Perch, wild
Serving Size: 1 oz

Calories 25.7.
Total Fat 0.3 g.
Saturated Fat 0.1 g.
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g.
Cholesterol 25.5 mg.
Sodium 17.6 mg.
Potassium 76.2 mg.
Total Carbohydrate 0.0 g.

 

 

 

Zatarain’s Seasoned Fish-Fri Breading Mix

Zatarains Seasoned Fish Fri brings authentic New Orleans-style flavor to your kitchen! This fully seasoned, corn-based mix offers a light coating to seafood or veggies like okra and delivers more flavor than Zatarains Wonderful Fri mix with a blend of real lemon, red pepper, onion and garlic. Simply roll in mix and fry (or bake) to a light golden brown, and in no time you can enjoy the flavor and soul of The Big Easy! Fully seasoned seafood breading mix Delivers light, corn-based coating Real lemon added Perfect to jazz up fish or vegetables Can be prepared in a pan, fryer or oven.

DEEP FRYING DIRECTIONS
1. FILL deep fryer no more than 1/3 full with oil. Heat oil to 350°F on medium heat.
2. POUR Zatarain’s Seasoned Fish Fri onto plate or into plastic bag. Use 1/2 cup Fish Fri per 1 lb. fish. Roll or shake fish in Fish Fri until evenly coated. Discard any remaining Fish Fri mixture on plate or in plastic bag.
3. FRY fish, a few pieces at a time, in hot oil until light golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Note: For thicker coating, dip fish in 1/2 cup milk mixed with 1 lightly beaten egg, before rolling in Fish Fri.

PAN FRYING DIRECTIONS
1. POUR 1 inch of vegetable oil into large skillet. Heat oil to 350°F on medium heat.
2. COAT and fry fish as directed above.

BAKING DIRECTIONS
1. BRUSH 1 lb. fish fillets on both sides with oil. Pour Fish Fri onto plate. Roll fish in Fish Fri until evenly coated. Discard any remaining Fish Fri mixture on plate.
2. PLACE fish on shallow baking pan sprayed with no stick cooking spray. Spray top of fish with cooking spray.
3. BAKE in preheated 450ºF oven 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Product nutrition information
(Amount per serving)
Calories: 50
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 630mg
Sugar: 0g
Fat: 0g
Fiber: 0g
Carbohydrates: 12g
http://www.mccormick.com/zatarains/products/breadings-and-frying-mixes/breading-mixes/seasoned-fish-fri

 

 

 


Ore Ida Tater Tots
If it’s not Ore-Ida, it’s not Tater Tots.
With their crunchy outside and fluffy inside,Tater Tots® potatoes are as tasty as they are fun. We should know, we invented them! Try them in our Tater Tots Casserole and other yummy recipes.
SERVING SIZE 86g
CALORIES 130
FAT 8g
SODIUM 430mg
CARBS 13g
https://www.oreida.com/product/00013120012037

Leftovers – Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo

October 20, 2020 at 7:01 PM | Posted in Butterball Smoked Turkey Sausage, gumbo, Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products, leftovers, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Leftovers – Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo

 

 

 

For Breakfast I toasted a Thomas Light English Muffin that I topped with Smucker’s Sugar Free Blackberry Jam. Also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Still raining early this morning and stopped about 10:00 this morning. Cloudy and a high of 60 degrees out. After Lunch I spent most of the day helping Mom clean out her walk in closet. We pitched a lot of stuff. Later I took some clothes she no longer wanted to the Good Will Store. So for Dinner tonight I reheat the Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo leftover from last night’s Dinner. I never let these leftovers go to waste! I’ve left the original post from last night for the recipe description and recipe. Enjoy and Stay Safe!

 

Always one of my favorite meals tonight, Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo! To make it I used a box of Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix for the Gumbo base, 1 1/2 Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausages (sliced into bite size slices), a bag of Meijer Brand Jumbo Shrimp and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. I precooked the Sausage and Shrimp, according to the package instructions, before adding it to the Gumbo.

 

The Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix uses Pasta instead of Rice. It’s very easy to prepare, takes about 25-30 minutes. To start; I just boil the stock that’s in the packet, add the sliced Turkey Sausage to the stock along with a few shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and continued to cook for 10-15 minutes. Then I added the Shrimp and simmered another 2-3 minutes. And the Gumbo is ready to serve and It turns out fantastic! Nice flavor, incredible tasting stock, meaty Shrimp and Sausage, and plenty of Pasta, makes one easily prepared hearty and delicious dish. Plus enough leftovers for a couple of lunches too! Then for Dessert later I had a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 


Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix

Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix is an easy-to-prepare mix that has just the right blend of ingredients for a great-tasting, authentic New Orleans style meal. With Zatarain’s New Orleans style pasta dinners, you can enjoy the fun of pasta and the authentic flavor of New Orleans! Just add ground beef to complete this easy-to-prepare dinner your whole family will love.

Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix:
* A New Orleans tradition since 1889
* Add meat to make a complete meal

https://www.mccormick.com/Zatarains/Products/Dinner-and-Side-Mixes/Pasta-Mixes/Jambalaya-Pasta-Dinner-Mix

Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo

October 19, 2020 at 7:14 PM | Posted in Butterball Smoked Turkey Sausage, gumbo, seafood, shrimp, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo

 

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I prepared a Diced Potatoes and Ham Skillet for Breakfast. I used 1 package of Simply Potatoes Steakhouse Seasoned Diced Potatoes and a package of Meijer Diced Ham to prepare it. Just cook the Potatoes according to the package instructions and with about 5 minutes of cooking time left add the Diced Ham. I topped it with a sprinkle of Sargento Off the Block Sharp Cheddar Cheese and a Sunny Side Egg. I also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. 58 degrees and rain, a lot of rain! Not a lot to do today. Cleaned and straightened the pantry and both freezers. Not much else to do. So for Dinner tonight I prepared a personal favorite, Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo.

 

Nothing better than a bowl of Chili or Gumbo on a cold and rainy Fall Day! And Gumbo is always one of my favorite meals, Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo! To make it I used a box of Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix for the Gumbo base, 1 1/2 Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausages (sliced into bite size slices), a bag of Meijer Brand Jumbo Shrimp and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. I precooked the Sausage and Shrimp, according to the package instructions, before adding it to the Gumbo.

 

The Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix uses Pasta instead of Rice. It’s very easy to prepare, takes about 25-30 minutes. To start; I just boil the stock that’s in the packet, add the sliced Turkey Sausage to the stock along with a few shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and continued to cook for 10-15 minutes. Then I added the Shrimp and simmered another 2-3 minutes. And the Gumbo is ready to serve and It turns out fantastic! Nice flavor, incredible tasting stock, meaty Shrimp and Sausage, and plenty of Pasta, makes one easily prepared hearty and delicious dish. Plus enough leftovers for a couple of lunches too! Then for Dessert later I had a Del Monte Diced Peach Cup.

 

 

 


Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix

Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix is an easy-to-prepare mix that has just the right blend of ingredients for a great-tasting, authentic New Orleans style meal. With Zatarain’s New Orleans style pasta dinners, you can enjoy the fun of pasta and the authentic flavor of New Orleans! Just add ground beef to complete this easy-to-prepare dinner your whole family will love.

Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix:
* A New Orleans tradition since 1889
* Add meat to make a complete meal

https://www.mccormick.com/Zatarains/Products/Dinner-and-Side-Mixes/Pasta-Mixes/Jambalaya-Pasta-Dinner-Mix

Cajun Rainbow Trout w/ Hash Browns and Green Beans

October 5, 2020 at 6:54 PM | Posted in fish, green tea, greenbeans, Simply Potatoes, Zatarain's | 2 Comments

Today’s Menu: Cajun Rainbow Trout w/ Hash Browns and Green Beans

 

 

For Breakfast it was a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Chilly morning starting off 36 degrees. For the day it was sunny and 64 degrees out. Went to Kroger for Mom after my Tea. Stopped and picked up her Breakfast at Wendy’s. After Lunch I got the cart, rake, and leaf blower out. I raked and cleaned the back yard. Not much else going on. For Dinner tonight I prepared a Cajun Rainbow Trout w/ Hash Browns and Green Beans.

 

I had the Rainbow Trout Fillet, that I had purchased from Meijer, in the freezer. I’m glad I bought as much Rainbow Trout and Walleye as I could because it’s tough to find some now. So I laid the package of 1 fillet in the fridge overnight to thaw. To prepare it all I’ll need is; Rainbow Trout Fillet, 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 Teaspoon Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning, and 1 Teaspoon chopped Parsley Flakes. To prepare it I preheated the broiler. Patted the fillets dry and lightly brush both sides with oil. Sprinkled both sides evenly with Cajun seasoning. Placed skin side down on broiler rack and broil 4-6 inches from heat for 5 minutes or until the Trout flakes easily when I tested it with a fork. You can add a Lemon Wedge with it if you like. Excellent recipe, you have the fresh taste of the Trout along with all the flavor from the Creole Seasoning!

 

Then for one side I prepared some Simply Potatoes Hash Browns. Fried in Extra Light Olive Oil and seasoned them with Sea Salt, Ground Pepper, and Parsley. I love Hash Browns, they make the perfect side for any Dish! I also heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. I just love the trio of the Cajun Rainbow Trout, Hash Browns, and Green Beans, one of my favorites for sure! For Dessert/Snack later a Diet Peach Snapple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Trout
The rainbow trout is a trout and species of salmonid native to cold-water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America. – Wikipedia

Nutrition Facts
Rainbow trout
Amount Per 1 fillet (79 g)
Calories 111
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.9 g 7%
Saturated fat 1.1 g 5%
Polyunsaturated fat 1.2 g
Monounsaturated fat 1.6 g
Trans fat 0 g
Cholesterol 47 mg 15%
Sodium 40 mg 1%
Potassium 298 mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 0 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 16 g


Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning

There’s nothing quite like Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning. A blend of spices that could only come from New Orleans offers a deliciously different flavor than your standard salt and pepper. Shake it on pretty much anything from meats and seafood to soups, salads and eggs.
Ingredients
Salt, Dextrose, Spices (Including Red Pepper, Paprika), Garlic, Sugar, Onion, Disodium Inosinate And Guanylate (Flavor Enhancers), Extractives Of Paprika, And Natural Flavors.
http://www.mccormick.com/zatarains/products/spices-and-seasonings/spices-and-extracts/creole-seasoning

Fried White Lake Perch w/ Sliced New Potatoes and Cut Green Beams

September 17, 2020 at 7:16 PM | Posted in fish, greenbeans, Simply Potatoes, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried White Lake Perch w/ Sliced New Potatoes and Cut Green Beans

 

 

For Breakfast this beautiful morning I toasted a Thomas Light English Muffin that I topped with Smucker’s Sugar Free Blackberry Jam. Also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. 77 degrees and sunny out today. After Breakfast I got the cart out of the shed and repaired the skirting around the back of the shed. Then I went around the yard and flower beds and sprayed for weeds. The raked the backyard, the leaves are falling! Took a spin around the neighborhood and enjoyed this beautiful Early Fall Day! For Dinner tonight I prepared Fried White Lake Perch w/ Sliced New Potatoes and Cut Green Beans.

 

I had purchased the White Lake Perch at Meijer and had a bag in the freezer. Sit it in the fridge overnight to thaw. A couple of weeks ago had this same combination of the White Perch and Potato Puffs. It was so good I’m having it again! To prepare the fillets; I first took a large skillet and sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray and then added a tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil to the pan and heated it medium heat. With the pan heating I got the fillets ready. I’ll be seasoning them with Morton’s Lite Salt and Zatarain’s Seasoned Fish-Fri Seafood Breading Mix. First Salted them and then put the Fillets in a plastic bag and added the Breading. Shook the bag until the Fillets were covered.

 

Then added a few of them to the preheated skillet. I fried them 3 minutes per side. They came out a golden brown! The Perch was delicious, just love fresh water fish as I do all Fish. Meijer is about the only store that carries the White Perch and they also will have Yellow Lake Perch from time to time.

 

For one side I heated up a can of Del Monte Sliced New Potatoes. I use a lot of Del Monte Vegetable Products, always delicious and store a lot longer than fresh Vegetables. To prepare them I emptied the can into a small sauce pan. Heated it on medium heat until heated through.

 

 

Next I heated up a large can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. Just empty the can into a sauce pan and heat until heated through. Also baked up a couple of slices New York Bakery Texas Toast – Light. For Dessert I had a Jello Sugar Free Dark Cherry Jello.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calories in White Lake Perch, wild
Serving Size: 1 oz

Calories 25.7.
Total Fat 0.3 g.
Saturated Fat 0.1 g.
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g.
Cholesterol 25.5 mg.
Sodium 17.6 mg.
Potassium 76.2 mg.
Total Carbohydrate 0.0 g.

 

Zatarain’s Seasoned Fish-Fri Breading Mix

Zatarains Seasoned Fish Fri brings authentic New Orleans-style flavor to your kitchen! This fully seasoned, corn-based mix offers a light coating to seafood or veggies like okra and delivers more flavor than Zatarains Wonderful Fri mix with a blend of real lemon, red pepper, onion and garlic. Simply roll in mix and fry (or bake) to a light golden brown, and in no time you can enjoy the flavor and soul of The Big Easy! Fully seasoned seafood breading mix Delivers light, corn-based coating Real lemon added Perfect to jazz up fish or vegetables Can be prepared in a pan, fryer or oven.

DEEP FRYING DIRECTIONS
1. FILL deep fryer no more than 1/3 full with oil. Heat oil to 350°F on medium heat.
2. POUR Zatarain’s Seasoned Fish Fri onto plate or into plastic bag. Use 1/2 cup Fish Fri per 1 lb. fish. Roll or shake fish in Fish Fri until evenly coated. Discard any remaining Fish Fri mixture on plate or in plastic bag.
3. FRY fish, a few pieces at a time, in hot oil until light golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Note: For thicker coating, dip fish in 1/2 cup milk mixed with 1 lightly beaten egg, before rolling in Fish Fri.

PAN FRYING DIRECTIONS
1. POUR 1 inch of vegetable oil into large skillet. Heat oil to 350°F on medium heat.
2. COAT and fry fish as directed above.

BAKING DIRECTIONS
1. BRUSH 1 lb. fish fillets on both sides with oil. Pour Fish Fri onto plate. Roll fish in Fish Fri until evenly coated. Discard any remaining Fish Fri mixture on plate.
2. PLACE fish on shallow baking pan sprayed with no stick cooking spray. Spray top of fish with cooking spray.
3. BAKE in preheated 450ºF oven 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Product nutrition information
(Amount per serving)
Calories: 50
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 630mg
Sugar: 0g
Fat: 0g
Fiber: 0g
Carbohydrates: 12g
http://www.mccormick.com/zatarains/products/breadings-and-frying-mixes/breading-mixes/seasoned-fish-fri

Gumbo! Smoked Turkey Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo and Baked Garlic Loaf Bread

August 14, 2020 at 6:49 PM | Posted in Butterball Smoked Turkey Sausage, gumbo, seafood, shrimp, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Smoked Turkey Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo and Baked Garlic Loaf Bread

 

 

For Breakfast this Morning I toasted a Thomas Light English Muffin that I topped with Smucker’s Sugar Free Blackberry Jam. I also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. 85 degrees, humid and showers in the late afternoon. After Lunch I met a friend of mine and he showed me a couple of houses that he is flipping to sell. Good catching up with him, we’ve been friends since the 70’s! For Dinner tonight I prepared a Smoked Turkey Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo and Baked Garlic Bread.

I love Gumbo and Cajun Cuisine, I always look forward to this meal! So for Dinner tonight I’m preparing a Smoked Turkey Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo. Using the Zatrain’s Gumbo Mix, Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage, and a bag of Meijer Frozen Shrimp (Large Size). Add all together and I’ve one Delicious Meal coming!

 

To prepare it I got a large saucepan and sprayed it with Pam Non Stick Cooking Spray. Then added 6 cups of Water, bite sized sliced 1 1/2 Sausages of the Butterball Smoked Turkey Sausage, and the Gumbo Mix. Mixed until well blended together. I brought it to a boil; covered and simmered for 25 minutes.

Next as the Gumbo was cooking I got the Shrimp out of the fridge washed then and let then drain in a colander. Then with 15 minutes of cooking time left I added the Shrimp to the Gumbo, stirring again until well mixed. Continued for 15 minutes. Removed the pot from the heat and let it stand for 5 minutes before serving.

This made one excellent Gumbo Dish! The Mix itself was flavored perfect, spicy but not over powering. Then with the added Sausage and Shrimp, it just capped everything off! I added a few shakes of Frank’s Hot Sauce to the Dish also. Lots of delicious leftovers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I had baked a loaf of Garlic Bread and reheat a couple of slices to have with my Gumbo. Perfect Bread for Gumbo. For Dessert/Snack later a Coke Zero to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZATARAIN’S® GUMBO MIX WITH RICE
In New Orleans, there are as many different varieties of gumbo as there are people who make it. Zatarain’s Gumbo Mix with Rice is a flavorful foundation, making it easy to create classics like shrimp and okra or chicken and sausage gumbo – or to invent a new signature gumbo of your own!

Gumbo is the quintessential dish of New Orleans, a city of diverse influences that formed a new culture greater than the sum of its parts. Those same influences are reflected in every bowl of gumbo. The dish is a rich and flavorful melting pot, just like its hometown.

Gumbo can be prepared with your choice of 1 lb. of cooked chicken, smoked sausage or seafood, cut into bite-size pieces.

STOVE TOP DIRECTIONS
1. MIX 6 cups water and Gumbo Mix in 4-quart saucepan until well blended.
2. For Chicken or Sausage Gumbo: Stir in chicken or sausage. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 25 minutes or until rice is tender.
For Seafood Gumbo: Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in seafood. Cover and simmer 10 minutes longer or until rice is tender.

MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS
1. MIX 6 cups water and Gumbo Mix in 4-quart microwavable bowl until well blended.
2. For Chicken or Sausage Gumbo: Stir in chicken or sausage. Cover. Microwave on HIGH 30 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally.
For Seafood Gumbo: Cover. Microwave on HIGH 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in seafood. Cover. Microwave on HIGH 10 minutes longer or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally. Let stand in microwave 5 minutes.

80 CALORIES
0g TOTAL FAT
0mg CHOLESTEROL
750mg SODIUM
18g CARBOHYDRATES
<1g FIBER
0g SUGAR
2g PROTEIN
https://www.mccormick.com/zatarains/products/dinner-and-side-mixes/rice-mixes-and-side-dishes/gumbo-mix-with-rice

Cajun Rainbow Trout w/ Hash Browns and Green Beans

August 12, 2020 at 7:07 PM | Posted in fish, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cajun Rainbow Trout w/ Hash Browns and Green Beans

 

 

For Breakfast it was a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. 93 degrees, humid and partly sunny out there today. After Tea I had to follow Mom and she dropped her car off to get the oil changed and to check out a noise it’s been making. Hopefully nothing major! We stopped by Kroger afterward. Not a lot going on. For Dinner tonight I prepared a Cajun Rainbow Trout w/ Hash Browns and Green Beans.

I had the Rainbow Trout Fillet, that I had purchased from Meijer, in the freezer. I’m glad I bought as much Rainbow Trout and Walleye as I could because it’s tough to find some now. So I laid the package of 1 fillet in the fridge overnight to thaw. To prepare it all I’ll need is; Rainbow Trout Fillet, 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 Teaspoon Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning, and 1 Teaspoon chopped Parsley Flakes. To prepare it I preheated the broiler. Patted the fillets dry and lightly brush both sides with oil. Sprinkled both sides evenly with Cajun seasoning. Placed skin side down on broiler rack and broil 4-6 inches from heat for 5 minutes or until the Trout flakes easily when I tested it with a fork. You can add a Lemon Wedge with it if you like. Excellent recipe, you have the fresh taste of the Trout along with all the flavor from the Creole Seasoning!

Then for one side I prepared some Simply Potatoes Hash Browns. Fried in Extra Light Olive Oil and seasoned them with Sea Salt, Ground Pepper, and Parsley. I love Hash Browns, they make the perfect side for any Dish! I also heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. I just love the trio of the Cajun Rainbow Trout, Hash Browns, and Green Beans, one of my favorites for sure! For Dessert later a bowl of Breyer’s Carb Smart Chocolate Ice Cream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Trout
The rainbow trout is a trout and species of salmonid native to cold-water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America. – Wikipedia

Nutrition Facts
Rainbow trout
Amount Per 1 fillet (79 g)
Calories 111
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.9 g 7%
Saturated fat 1.1 g 5%
Polyunsaturated fat 1.2 g
Monounsaturated fat 1.6 g
Trans fat 0 g
Cholesterol 47 mg 15%
Sodium 40 mg 1%
Potassium 298 mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 0 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 16 g

 


Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning

There’s nothing quite like Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning. A blend of spices that could only come from New Orleans offers a deliciously different flavor than your standard salt and pepper. Shake it on pretty much anything from meats and seafood to soups, salads and eggs.
Ingredients
Salt, Dextrose, Spices (Including Red Pepper, Paprika), Garlic, Sugar, Onion, Disodium Inosinate And Guanylate (Flavor Enhancers), Extractives Of Paprika, And Natural Flavors.
http://www.mccormick.com/zatarains/products/spices-and-seasonings/spices-and-extracts/creole-seasoning

Catfish Nuggets w/ Fried Potatoes, Cut Green Beans, and Cast Iron Skillet Baked Cornbread

August 11, 2020 at 6:58 PM | Posted in fish, potatoes, Zatarain's | 5 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Catfish Nuggets w/ Fried Potatoes, Cut Green Beans, and Cast Iron Skillet Baked Cornbread

 

 

To start this Morning off I had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. 84 degrees, rain showers, and humid. outdoors today. My allergies and sinuses were a lot better today, thankfully! I was starting to get a little worried. Cleaned and straightened up the shed today. Then later Mom wanted to go to Walgreen’s so I took her up there and back home. For Dinner tonight its Catfish Nuggets w/ Fried Potatoes, Cut Green Beans, and Cast Iron Skillet Baked Cornbread.

I bought the Catfish Nuggets from Meijer. To prepare them I rinsed the Catfish Nuggets off in cold water and patted dry with a paper towel. Seasoned them with Sea Salt. Then put them in a Hefty Plastic Storage Bag and added Zatarain’s Crispy Southern Fish Fri Breading Mix, shook the bag until all the Nuggets were coated. Then pan fried them in a medium size skillet in Extra Light Olive Oil. Fried each side about 3 1/2 minutes, until a golden brown. The Zatarain’s Crispy Southern Fish Fri is perfect for the Catfish, great flavor and the Nuggets were good size and meaty.

For one side we had Fried Potatoes! I’ve loved these all my life! I bought a bag of Medium Size Red Potatoes, which we’ll be using. To prepare them; first wash the Whole Potatoes and dry with a paper towel. Next grab a Cast Iron Skillet and add 1 tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil and heat the Skillet on high.

With the skillet heated add the Potatoes. After adding the Potatoes add your Seasoning, we just used Salt and Pepper. Then fry until the Potatoes start to turn brown. Then flip them with a spatula and continue frying until done. I love these Potatoes and they are so easy to prepare.

 

 

 

I also heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. Then made a small Cast Iron Skillet of Cornbread, for Mom, using Martha White White Corn Meal. What a meal Catfish, Fried Potatoes, Green Beans, and Corn Bread. Then for Dessert/Snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Sticks with a Sprite Zero to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catfish
The most commonly eaten species in the United States are the channel catfish and the blue catfish, both of which are common in the wild and increasingly widely farmed. Farm-raised catfish became such a staple of the diet of the United States that on 25 June 1987, President Ronald Reagan established National Catfish Day to recognize “the value of farm-raised catfish.”

Catfish is eaten in a variety of ways. In Europe it is often cooked in similar ways to carp, but in the United States it is popularly crumbled with cornmeal and fried.… Wikipedia

Nutrition Facts
Catfish, breaded and fried
Amount Per 1 fillet (87 g)
Calories 199
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12 g 18%
Saturated fat 2.9 g 14%
Polyunsaturated fat 2.9 g
Monounsaturated fat 4.9 g
Cholesterol 62 mg 20%
Sodium 244 mg 10%
Potassium 296 mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 7 g 2%
Dietary fiber 0.6 g 2%
Protein 16 g 32%

Seasoned Striped Bass w/ Mac and Cheese

July 28, 2020 at 6:58 PM | Posted in fish, Mac and Cheese, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Seasoned Striped Bass w/ Mac and Cheese

 

 

 

For Breakfast I toasted a Thomas Light English Muffin that I topped with Smucker’s Sugar Free Blackberry Jam. I also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. 89 degrees and sunny out, low humidity. I spent some of the afternoon canning Green Beans that we had purchased at Jungle Jim’s yesterday. I love canning and stuff like this! It’s so interesting to learn a food preserving method that’s been around for so long. Later I got the leaf blower out and cleaned off the deck and driveway areas. For Dinner tonight Seasoned Striped Bass w/ Mac and Cheese.

 

While at Jungle Jim’s I came across fresh Striped Bass Fillets! I haven’t had this in many of a year. I’m not sure if any other place besides Jungle Jim’s huge and incredible Seafood Department would carry this or if ever have it available! To prepare the Bass I’ll need Salt, Ground Pepper, Zatarain’s Seasoned Fish Fri, Pam Non Stick Cooking Spray, and Extra Light Olive Oil. Before I seasoned I rinsed off the Bass and then cut the Bass in half.

 

To prepare it I seasoned the Bass. Next I lightly coat a frying pan with olive oil then placed the pan over a medium-high heat. Once the pan was hot placed the Fillets in the pan skin-side down. Cooked them for 3–4 minutes until the skin is nicely golden and crisp then carefully turn the fillets over to cook for 1 minute. And done!

 

This is so incredibly good! So fresh and flavorful. The Zatarain’s Breading is the best there is for all Fish and Seafood! Plus I have another Striped Bass Fillet in the freezer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

To go with my Bass I prepared a cup of Kraft 50% Whole Grain Mac and Cheese. They come in a microwavable plastic container. To prepare it just remove the lid, add water and stir, microwave for 3 1/2 minutes, and stir in the packet of cheese sauce. And you have your Mac and Cheese! Another nice item to have in the pantry. Easy to prepare, nothing like good old-fashioned Kraft Mac and Cheese! Container makes 1 serving. Love these Kraft Mac and Cheese! For Dessert/Snack a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Snyder’s Pretzels and a Diet Half and Half Diet Snapple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Striped Bass
The striped bass, also called Atlantic striped bass, striper, linesider, rock or rockfish, is an anadromous perciform fish of the family Moronidae found primarily along the Atlantic coast of North America. It has also been widely introduced into inland recreational fisheries across the United States.
Sstriped bass tastes absolutely delicious. The flesh is white and flaky with enough fat to make it seem almost buttery (even when no butter has been added) but not so much as to make it seem oily. Moreover, the primary flavor is sweet and briny, without a hint of fishiness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZATARAIN’S SEASONED FISH FRI
A light, corn-based coating for seafood or vegetables. Simply roll in mix and fry to a light golden brown. Bring the authentic flavor of New Orleans to your kitchen.
* Seafood breading made with cornmeal, spices, garlic, onion and real lemon
* Certified gluten free

 

 

 

 

 

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Dinner
Whole Grain Original Flavor 4-2.0 oz Micro Cups

Get ready to drown into a mighty pool of cheese and cream with Kraft Easy Mac Whole Grain Original Flavor Macaroni and Cheese Dinner; dipped in extravagant cheesy sauce. Crafted with care from USA for the people who are in love with extra cheese. Once you start eating, you will not be able to resist this thick and cheezy meal.

Love at First Healthy Bite It’s rich in taste with velvety cream and lip-licking cheese to appease your undying cravings for a cheesy – creamy bite. The pleasing fragrance in the air will magnetize you to your seat until you gobble up every last portion. So what are you waiting for? Grab a box and satisfy your cravings now!
https://www.kraftmacandcheese.com/product/00021000035861/kraft-macaroni-cheese-dinner-whole-grain-original-flavor-4-20-oz-microcups

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