Spicy Texas Pecans

August 23, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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Thought I would pass along a perfect snack along off the CooksRecipes website (https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html), Spicy Texas Pecans. Made using the anyway you have them, Pecans. You’ll also need; Butter, Splenda Sweetner, Paprika, Chilie Powder, Ground Cumin, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Salt. A treat you can enjoy anytime! Again, it’s off the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes that will please all tastes, diets, and cuisines so check it out today! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Spicy Texas Pecans
This easy-to-make snack is a fun and flavorful take on a classic favorite.

Recipe Ingredients:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cups pecan halves
1/4 cup Splenda® Sugar Blend
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons pure chile powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 pinch salt

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
2 – Melt the butter in a large skillet over high heat.
3 – Add pecans and sauté until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
4 – Add the Splenda® Sugar Blend for Baking and cook until caramelized, about 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly.
5 – Stir in the paprika, chili powder and cumin. Add the vinegar and cook until all the liquid has evaporated; season with salt(optional).
6 – Spread the pecans on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven until crisp, about 3 minutes.
Makes 16 (3 tablespoon) servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/16 of recipe; 3 tablespoons): Calories 170 | Calories from Fat 150 | Fat 16g (sat 2.0g) | Cholesterol 5mg | Sodium 30mg | Carbohydrates 7g | Fiber 2g | Sugars 4g | Protein 2g.


November 21, 2017 at 6:21 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is – WALNUT-STUFFED TURKEY BREAST WITH CIDER GRAVY. The recipe is from the Diabetic Gourmet website. The Diabetic Gourmet site has a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly recipes for all meals and occasions. You’ll also find Diabetes Management tips and News. It’s another one of my favorite sites! Enjoy and eat Healthy! https://diabeticgourmet.com/




1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and quartered
3/4 lb. large shallots, quartered
3 cups fat-free, reduced sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup apple cider
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. flour
Salt and ground black pepper
1 cup roasted walnuts
1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. ground sage
2 tsp. canola oil, divided
1/2 tsp. salt
Freshly ground black pepper
6-7 lb. whole turkey breast


1 – Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
In food processor, pulse roasted nuts with thyme and sage until coarsely ground. Add 1 teaspoon oil, 1 tablespoon water, 1/2 teaspoon salt and generous pinch of pepper. Whirl to a grainy paste.
2 – Using hands, separate skin from turkey breast, taking care not to tear. Lift skin and push half of walnut paste under skin on each side of breast. Pull skin back into place and spread nut mixture in an even layer by smoothing the skin, using gentle pressure. Coat skin with remaining 1 teaspoon of oil.
3 – Place breast upside-down on rack in roasting pan. Place apple and as many shallots as fit into cavity. Push three short bamboo skewers across opening to hold the filling in cavity, and turn breast right side up. Add broth and remaining shallots to pan.
4 – Roast breast for 30 minutes. If breast is browned, tent loosely with foil. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue roasting until instant-read thermometer inserted almost to the bone registers 160 degrees, about 60 minutes. To re-crisp skin, remove foil for last 20 minutes. Transfer turkey to platter. Strain pan juices into measuring cup, discarding solids. Skim off as much fat as possible.
5 – Set roasting pan on stove over medium-high heat. Pour in cider and vinegar, and boil, scraping up brown bits sticking to pan with wooden spoon. When liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup, off heat, whisk in flour. Return pan to heat, and stir until boiling gravy thickens, about 5 minutes. Pour into a sauceboat.
6 – Remove turkey skin. Lift off walnut mixture, and set aside. Slice breast, arranging meat on a warmed platter. Set walnut stuffing beside it. Add apples and shallots from cavity, if desired. Serve, passing gravy separately.

Recipe Yield: Makes 10 servings.

Calories: 300
Fat: 9 grams
Saturated Fat: 1 grams
Fiber: 1 grams
Sodium: 200 milligrams
Protein: 44 grams
Carbohydrates: 11 grams

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Tasty Teriyaki Chicken

November 7, 2017 at 6:26 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. It’s only 140 calories and 3 carbs per serving! You can find this recipe at the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://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.


“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Pickled Eggplant in Olive Oil

October 5, 2015 at 4:54 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | 1 Comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Pickled Eggplant in Olive Oil. It’s off one of my favorite recipe websites, the PBS/Recipe. Fantastic selection of all kinds of recipes! http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/



Pickled Eggplant in Olive Oil

This traditional Italian recipe features hot red pepper, garlic, and olive oil.
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4 to 5 medium-small eggplants (about 2 pounds in total)
2 Tbsp salt
3 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley (you can use 1 Tbsp dry if you don’t have fresh)
2 Tbsp fresh chopped basil (you can use 1 Tbsp dry if you don’t have fresh)
1/4 cup chopped sweet or hot red pepper (or 1 tsp hot pepper flakes)
3 to 4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup apple cider vinegar (white vinegar is fine)
2 cups water
1 to 2 cups of extra-virgin olive oil

1 – Peel the eggplants, cut off the ends, and slice lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices. Cut these slices across, lengthwise again, to obtain long strips the size of skinny fries. Cut them in half if they’re too long.
2 – Place the slices in a colander with a bowl underneath the catch the liquid. Sprinkle with the salt and mix with your hands, giving your eggplant slices a little massage so they are evenly covered in salt. Allow them to sit for 3 to 4 hours, mixing and squeezing the liquid out with your hands every hour or so. You can also place a weight on top to help get the liquid out (a plate topped with a big bag of flour works well).
3 – After 3 to 4 hours, rinse the slices well with tap water and drain. Squeeze as much liquid out of the eggplant slices as you can, using your hands. Place the squeezed eggplant aside.
4 – Bring the vinegar and water to a boil. Place the eggplant slices in the boiling mixture and boil for about 2 1/2 minutes. Do not leave in the boiling water longer than 3 minutes or the eggplant will be mushy. It should still have some bite to it. After about 2 1/2 minutes, remove the eggplant from the liquid and drain. Once they are cool enough to handle, squeeze out any excess liquid with your hands again (you can also leave the slices to dry for a few minutes on a clean towel, wrapping them in the towel to press some of the liquid out). They don’t have to be fully dry but they shouldn’t be dripping wet.
5 – Stuff the eggplant into clean jars, alternating in layers with the chopped parsley and basil, chopped red pepper, and minced garlic. Press down so that everything is well packed. Pour olive oil into the jar until all the ingredients are covered. Press down with a spoon to remove any air bubbles in the jar. Add extra olive if needed, leaving about 3/4 inch of space at the top. Wipe the rims and close the jars. Keep in the fridge for up to 1 week, or freeze.
6 – Serve on fresh toasted bread or add to any sandwiches. Pickled eggplant is great in pasta salads.

Note: Pickled eggplant in oil should not be stored at room temperature due to the risk of botulism when garlic and vegetables are added to oil. Storing in the fridge for up to one week or freezing is recommended.


Summer Sweet Pickles

May 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM | Posted in cooking | Leave a comment
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Summer Sweet Pickles
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/8 cup salt
1 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
2 pounds cucumbers
2 sweet onions



1. In a small saucepan at medium-high heat, combine cider vinegar, salt, sugar, tumeric and mustard seed. Bring to a boil and let cook for 5 more minutes.
2. Meanwhile, slice cucumbers and onion. Loosely pack the vegetables in a 1-quart canning jar or other similarly sized container. Pour hot liquid over the vegetables in the container. Refrigerate for 24 hours and enjoy! Keep refrigerated.
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Calories: 141
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 0.3g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 1750mg
Amount Per Serving
Total Carbs: 33.5g
Dietary Fiber: 1.8g
Protein: 1.3g

Baked Glazed Pork Chop in Apple Cider Honey Mustard Sauce w/…

February 7, 2013 at 6:38 PM | Posted in baking, beans, Bob Evan's, cheese, JB's Fatboy Sauces and Rub, low calorie, low carb, pork chops | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Baked Glazed Pork Chop in Apple Cider Honey Mustard Sauce w/ Cayenne and White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes and Sugar Snap Peas


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An extra tasty dinner tonight, Baked and Glazed Pork Chop in Apple Cider Honey Mustard Sauce w/ Cayenne and White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes and Sugar Snap Peas. I was at Jungle Jim’s Market last week and came across the JB’s Fatboy Apple Cider Honey Mustard Sauce. First time I’ve ever seen this Sauce from JB’s Fat Boy and it looked too good to pass up. Apple Cider Honey Mustard Sauce, it just sounds like it was meant for Pork!

First I preheated the oven to 400 degrees. I then rolled my Chops in flour that was seasoned with Sea Salt and Black Pepper. I placed the Chops in a small broiler pan with a wire rack and baked until the temperature of the Chops reached 165 degrees. I turned the Chops over after 15 minutes of baking and with a small basting brush basted on the Apple Cider Honey Mustard Sauce. Continued baking until done. The Chops came out moist and full of great flavor. The Apple Cider Honey Mustard Sauce is a perfect Glaze or Dipping Sauce for Pork! Love this Sauce like the rest of the JB’s Fat Boy sauces. The Apple Cider Honey Mustard Sauce is a great combo, you can taste the Mustard and the Apple Cider and then there’s a sneaky hint of heat to it. Great Sauce! I think it would go well for Chicken also, I’ll find out soon.

For sides to go with my pork Chops i prepared Cayenne and White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes, Sugar Snap Peas, and Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread. First time making the Cayenne and White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes. The recipe came from the Simply Potatoes web site but I’m not really a fan of their Mashed Potatoes, love their other Potato products, so I used Bob Evans “Down on the Farm” Mashed Potatoes. I microwaved the Mashed Potatoes for a total of 5 minutes and when done added a 1/ teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper and 1/2 cup of freshly shredded Murray’s Light White Cheddar. Stirred until well mixed and served. I love Potatoes and this Potato recipe is fantastic!! The Cayenne and white Cheddar really lights the Mashed Potatoes up! You have to give this one a try. I left the original recipe and web link at the end of the post. I also had Walmart Marketside Sugar Snap Peas and Whole Grain Bread. For dessert later some Breyers Carb Smart Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Smucker’s Sugarless Hot Fudge Topping.



JB’s Fatboy Apple Cider Honey Mustard Saucejbs fat boy apple cider honey mustard

Product Details
JB’s Fat Boy uses the finest quality, all natural ingredients to create products that will enhance the taste of each prepared meat product, so that each meal will be a pleasured, memorable experience.

Give the crowd something to buzz about when you add Apple Cider Honey Mustard Sauce to all your meat products. Serve directly as a condiment or coat on grilled meats during the last few minutes of cooking time. Also works great as a ‘Dip’ for any meat or chicken strips. 12 oz.

Ingredients: Brown Sugar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Vinegar, Apple Puree, Mustard, Honey, Habanero Pepper, Salt, Natural Smoke Flavor, Onion, Garlic, Spices, Filtered Water
2 Tbsp

50 Calories
40mg Sodium
12g Carbohydrates

Cayenne and White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Cheesy, peppery mashed potatoes pair well with roasted chicken for a great weeknight meal. An easy 5-minute mashed potato recipe.

1 package (24 ounces) Simply Potatoes® Traditional Mashed Potatoes
1/2 cup Crystal Farms® Wisconsin White Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1. Peel film at corner of Simply Potatoes package to vent and heat on high for 3 minutes in microwave.

2. Completely remove film and stir.

3. Microwave on high for 1 additional minute.

4. Stir cayenne pepper and white cheddar into cooked mashed potatoes and mix well.


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