Appetizer of the Week – Chunky Veggie Dip

February 13, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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Appetizer of the Week – Chunky Veggie Dip

This week’s Appetizer of the Week is Chunky Veggie Dip. Grab your favorite Tortilla Chips and dig in! To make this week’s recipe some of the ingredients you’ll be needing are Bell Peppers, Onion, Red Pepper Flakes, Shredded Reduced-Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Reduced-Fat Cream Cheese, Diced Pimientos, Baked Tortilla Chips and more! The Dip is 47 calories and 2 net carbs per serving. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Chunky Veggie Dip
Add some flair to your tortilla chips or crudités with this low-carb homemade dip. It’s chock-full of flavor, not fat or calories!

Ingredients
Nonstick cooking spray
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 tablespoons water
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup fat-free (skim) milk
3/4 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese
2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
1 jar (4 ounces) diced pimientos
3/4 teaspoon salt
Baked corn tortilla chips

Directions
Yield: 12 servings
Serving size: 1/4 cup dip

1. Coat slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Add red and green peppers, onion, celery, water and red pepper flakes. Cover; cook on low 3 hours, or until celery is tender.

2. Combine milk and cornstarch in small bowl, stirring until cornstarch dissolves. Add to pepper mixture with Cheddar cheese and cream cheese. Press down on cream cheese with rubber spatula until well blended. Stir in pimientos and salt. Cover; cook 15 minutes, or until thickened. Serve with tortilla chips, if desired.

Variation: Use soft corn tortillas instead of chips. Cut each tortilla into 6 wedges and bake in a single layer on a baking sheet at 350°F for 10 minutes. Cool completely before serving. Chips will firm as they cool.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 47 calories, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 9 mg, Sodium: 254 mg, Fiber: 1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/appetizer/chunky-veggie-dip/

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Baked Lime Chili Corn Tortilla Chips

February 10, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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I have a recipe for Baked Lime Chili Corn Tortilla Chips to pass along. Get your Keeper Recipe Book out, these will make the perfect Diabetic Friendly Snack! To make these Chips you’ll be needing Corn Tortillas, Lime Juice, Ground Cumin and Chili Powder. There’s only 78 calories and 14 net carbs per serving (10 Chips). The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Baked Lime Chili Corn Tortilla Chips
These delightfully crunchy chips aren’t your typical fried party fare. They take just 25 minutes to prepare and are perfect for pairing with salsa or guacamole. Set them out at kickoff and have a second helping ready for halftime!

Ingredients
Preparation time:
25 minutes
12 6-inch corn tortillas
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder

Directions
Yield: 10 servings
Serving size: 10 chips

1 – Preheat oven to 350°F. With clean scissors, cut each tortilla into 8 triangles and arrange in single layer on baking sheet. Pour lime juice into mister, and spray each wedge lightly. Combine cumin and chili powder in sprinkler, and sprinkle each wedge. Bake for about 7 minutes. Remove from oven and turn each wedge over. Remist with lime juice, and resprinkle with cumin and chili powder. Bake for an additional 8 minutes until the chips are crisp but not brown. Serve with salsa.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 78 calories, Carbohydrates: 16 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 1 g, Saturated Fat: 0 g, Sodium: 59 mg, Fiber: 2 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/snack/baked-lime-chili-corn-tortilla-chips/

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Cheese Straws

February 6, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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I also have a recipe for Cheese Straws. Delicious and so easy to make1 And to make these Cheese Straws you’ll be needing Aged Cheddar Cheese, Butter, All Purpose Flour, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic Powder, and Water. This recipe is also 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 2021! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Cheese Straws
Serve these tasty cheese straws as an appetizer or as an accompaniment with soup or salad.

Recipe Ingredients:
4 cups (about 1 pound) grated aged cheddar cheese
1/4 pound (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 to 2 tablespoons water, if needed

Cooking Directions:
1 – Heat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2 – In a food processor, combine the cheese and the butter; process well. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until dough forms. Add water, if necessary. Cover the dough and chill in the refrigerator for one hour.
3 – On a clean countertop or cutting board, use your fingers to gently roll 1 tablespoon of dough into a rope. When it is 8 to 10 inches long, cut it in half and continue rolling each rope until it is 6 to 8 inches long. Twist both ropes together, and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.
4 – Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until set and starting to brown.
5 – Cool on a wire rack; serve with your choice of a dip.
Makes 64 cheese straws.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/cheese_straws_recipe.html

Appetizer of the Week – Florida Blue Crab Nachos

January 30, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, Appetizers, CooksRecipes | 2 Comments
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is Florida Blue Crab Nachos. To make these Nachos you’ll be needing Crabmeat, Jack Cheese Blend, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Green Chilies, Green Onions, Ground Cumin, Cilantro, and Tortilla Chips. Not sure, but I think I could make a meal out of this one! 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 2021! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

Florida Blue Crab Nachos

Recipe Ingredients:
1/2 pound crabmeat, drained, shell pieces removed
1 1/2 cup Jack cheese blend, shredded
1 cup cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
2 medium-sized tomatoes, diced
1 small can diced green chilies, drained
1/2 cup green onions, diced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 bag tortilla chips

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat the oven to broil.
2 – On a large cookie sheet, evenly distribute the tortilla chips. Evenly distribute the rest of the ingredients except the cilantro, over the tortilla chips.
3 – Place the topped tortillas in the oven on a middle rack. Cook nachos under the broiler for 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese is completely melted. Make sure to keep a good eye on the nachos because they will burn under the broiler if not careful.
4 – Slide the cooked nachos off the cookie sheet and onto a similar sized platter. Garnish nachos with the fresh cilantro. Serve nachos immediately.
Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/12 of recipe): Calories: 130; Calories From Fat: 62; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 58mg; Total Carbs: 6g; Protein: 10g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/florida_blue_crab_nachos_recipe.html

Sweet BBQ Chicken Dip

January 9, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Appetizers, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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I also have a recipe for a Sweet BBQ Chicken Dip to pass along. To make this Delicious Appetizer you’ll be needing Cream Cheese, Shredded Chicken, Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce, Heinz Chili Sauce, Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar, Dijon Mustard, Red Pepper Flakes, Monterey Jack Cheese, Green Onions, and Assorted Crackers. Another Delicious Recipe 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 2021! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Sweet BBQ Chicken Dip
This delicious barbecue-flavored chicken dip is sure to get rave reviews at the party!

Recipe Ingredients:
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3 cups shredded chicken
3/4 cup Ocean Spray® Jellied Cranberry Sauce
3/4 cup Heinz® Chili Sauce
1 tablespoon Lea and Perrins® Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Heinz® Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
11/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup sliced green onions
Assorted salted crackers

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
2 – Spread cream cheese into bottom of 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
3 – Stir together chicken, cranberry sauce, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, mustard and red pepper flakes in medium bowl. Spoon mixture over cream cheese in baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese.
4 – Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with onions. Serve with crackers for dipping.
Makes 16 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/sweet_bbq_chicken_dip_recipe.html

California Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

January 2, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Appetizers, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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I have another Appetizer Recipe to pass along, California Avocado Tomatillo Salsa. This Salsa is made using California Avocados, Tomatillos, Green Onions, Cilantro, Jalapeño Pepper, Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Lime Juice, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Enjoy the Salsa. 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 2021! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

California Avocado Tomatillo Salsa
Recipe Ingredients:
1 ripe fresh California Avocado, seeded, peeled
4 tomatillos, husked, washed and very finely chopped
2 green onions, white and some green parts, thinly sliced
1/2 bunch cilantro
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño pepper, seeds optional
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Cooking Directions:
1 – Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
2 – Cover and chill at least 30 minutes.
Makes 4 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/sauce/calif_avocado_tomatillo_salsa_recipe.html

Appetizer of the Week – REUBEN BITES PARTY APPETIZER

December 26, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | 1 Comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is REUBEN BITES PARTY APPETIZER. To make this week’s recipe you’ll need Corned Beef that’s topped with Swiss cheese, Sauerkraut, and Thousand Island Dressing. Served on Rye Bread. Perfect family Appetizer, snack, or for your your next party! So you can find this Diabetic Friendly recipe and more all at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. You can also sign up to receive wonderful recipes, engaging articles, helpful and healthful tips, critically important news and more. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

REUBEN BITES PARTY APPETIZER
A short stack of corned beef is topped with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing. All the big tastes of a classic Reuben sandwich in an appetizer-sized portion. You can also use left-over corned beef from St. Patrick’s Day or even kick it up a notch by using pastrami. Perfect for a party – a real crowd pleaser.

Recipe Yield: 32

Ingredients

12 ounces thinly sliced deli Corned Beef
1/2 cup Thousand Island dressing, divided
8 slices rye, swirl rye or pumpernickel bread
4 slices Swiss cheese (about 3/4 ounce each)
1 cup drained sauerkraut

Directions

1 – Preheat oven to 425F.
2 – Spread 2 teaspoons dressing on each bread slice; cut slices into quarters.
3 – Place bread pieces in a single layer on 2 baking sheets.
4 – Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until bread is lightly toasted, rotating baking sheets half way through baking.
5 – Meanwhile, cut cheese slices into quarters; cut each quarter diagonally in half to form 32 triangles.
6 – Top bread pieces evenly with Corned Beef, cheese slices and sauerkraut.
7 – Heat appetizers in 425F oven 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
8 – Top evenly with remaining Thousand Island dressing.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 53
Fat: 2 grams
Saturated Fat: 1 grams
Fiber: .6 grams
Sodium: 236 milligrams
Cholesterol: 9 milligrams
Protein: 4 grams
Carbohydrates: 5 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipe/reuben-bites-party-appetizer

Firecracker Deviled Eggs

December 26, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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I’ve got another Appetizer Recipe to pass along, Firecracker Deviled Eggs. To make this recipe you’ll be needing Hard Boiled Eggs, Medium or Hot Salsa, Low Fat Sour Cream, Green Onions, Black Olives, and Lemon Juice. One Hot Egg! 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 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Firecracker Deviled Eggs
Gage the fiery heat of these Southwestern-style deviled eggs to your personal preference by choosing to use mild, medium or hot salsa.

Recipe Ingredients:
6 large hard-boiled eggs*
1/3 cup mild, medium or hot salsa
3 tablespoons low-fat sour cream
3 tablespoons green onions, minced
1 tablespoon black olives, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Optional Garnishes: Chopped or sliced green onions, red pepper strips, sliced ripe olives, and/or chopped fresh cilantro or parsley

Cooking Directions:
1 – Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and set whites aside.
2 – In small bowl, mash yolks with fork. Stir in remaining ingredients until well blended. Refill whites, using 1 heaping tablespoon yolk mixture for each egg half.
3 – Chill to blend flavors.
4 – Garnish as desired.
Makes 12 deviled egg halves.

*Place eggs in single layer in sauce pan. Add water to cover eggs at least 1-inch. Cover and bring to boiling. Turn off heat. Let eggs stand, covered, 15 minutes for large eggs. Immediately drain and run cold water over eggs until completely cooled.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/firecracker_deviled_eggs_recipe.html

CRANBERRY SHRIMP CEVICHE APPETIZER

November 26, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Appetizers, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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I have a recipe for a CRANBERRY SHRIMP CEVICHE APPETIZER to pass along. To make this recipe you’ll be needing Iodized Salt, Medium Shrimp, Cranberries, Red Onion, Parsley, Jalapeno, Lemon Juice Lime Juice, Ground Black Pepper, Oregano, Tortilla Chips, and Lime Wedges. The Ceviche is 103 calories and 12 net carbs per serving. So you can find this Diabetic Friendly recipe and more all at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. You can also sign up to receive wonderful recipes, engaging articles, helpful and healthful tips, critically important news and more. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

CRANBERRY SHRIMP CEVICHE APPETIZER
Serve something different this holiday season that pairs cranberries with shrimp. You can make it look dazzling by using martini glasses (or some other stemmed glassware), but you really can use any type of cup or plate. Great for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years parties.

Recipe Yield: 16

Ingredients

1-1/2 teaspoons iodized salt, divided
16 ounces medium raw shrimp, thawed
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 red onion, roughly chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1/2 jalapeno, roughly chopped
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper or ground black pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
16 ounces tortilla chips
2 limes cut into wedges

Directions

1 – Bring medium pot of water to a boil. Season with 1 teaspoon salt.
2 – Add shrimp and cook for 3 minutes. Immediately plunge cooked shrimp into ice water bath. Peel shrimp and place in flat dish.
3 – In food processor, combine cranberries, red onion, parsley and jalapeno. Pulse until finely chopped.
4 – Add cranberry mixture to shrimp.
5 – Add lemon juice, lime juice, remaining salt, crushed red pepper and oregano. Stir to combine ingredients thoroughly.
6 – Refrigerate for 1 hour.
7 -To assemble, spoon ceviche, about 4 to 5 shrimp each, into small clear cups or glasses.
8 – Garnish with tortilla chips and lime wedges.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 103
Fat: 1.4 grams
Saturated Fat: 0.3 grams
Fiber: 2.3 grams
Sodium: 231 milligrams
Cholesterol: 60 milligrams
Protein: 8 grams
Carbohydrates: 14 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipe/cranberry-shrimp-ceviche-appetizerSugars: 0.8 grams

One of America’s Favorites – Pimento Cheese

November 16, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Pimento cheese on crackers

In the cuisine of the Southern United States, pimento cheese is a spread or relish made with cheese, mayonnaise and pimentos. Elsewhere, different ingredients may be used. It is served on bread, crackers and vegetables, or in sandwiches.

Pimento cheese has been referred to as the “pâté of the south”, “Carolina caviar” and “the caviar of the South.”

The basic recipe has few ingredients: sharp cheddar cheese or processed cheese (such as Velveeta or American cheese), mayonnaise or salad dressing, and pimentos, blended to either a smooth or chunky paste. Regional ingredients include horseradish, cream cheese, salt and pepper, Louisiana-style hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, paprika, jalapeños, onions, garlic, and dill pickles.

Close-up view of a commercial pimento cheese

Pimento cheese can be served as a spread on crackers or celery, scooped onto corn chips or tortilla chips, mixed in with mashed yolks for deviled eggs, added to grits, or slathered over hamburgers or hotdogs.

A pimento cheese sandwich can be a quick and inexpensive lunch, or it can be served as a cocktail finger food (with crusts trimmed, garnished with watercress, and cut into triangles) or rolled up and cut into pinwheels. It is also a common snack in the Philippines, where it is referred to as cheese pimiento.

Pimento cheese sandwiches are a popular item at the Masters Tournament. Minor controversy ensued in 2013 when the Augusta National Golf Club switched food suppliers for the Masters and the new supplier was unable to duplicate the recipe used by the previous supplier, resulting in a sandwich with a markedly different taste.

 

 

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