Sea Salt Herb Rubbed Tri-Tip Buffalo Steak and Marsala and Mushroom Sauce w/….

September 15, 2017 at 5:08 PM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Sea Salt Herb Rubbed Tri-Tip Buffalo Steak and Marsala and Mushroom Sauce w/ Roasted Asparagus and Baked Potato

 

 

To start the morning off I prepared some Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns, fried 2 Jennie – O Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links, toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin, and a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. The rain has moved on and its sunny and 80 degrees! Did a little house cleaning and the laundry. After Lunch I got the cart out of the shed and enjoyed the day. Mom called later in the day and wanted me to go pick up a few things for her at Kroger. For Dinner tonight I prepared a Sea Salt Herb Rubbed Tri-Tip Buffalo Steak and Marsala and Mushroom Sauce w/ Roasted Asparagus and Baked Potato.

 

For Dinner tonight I tried the Wild Idea Buffalo – Sea Salt Herb Rubbed Tri-Tip Buffalo Steak. it comes packaged as 2 – 4 oz. steaks per packaged. It’s already Seasoned with Organic: Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Lemon Juice, Black Pepper, Sage, Thyme, Rosemary, Garlic, and Onion Powder.

 

 

 

 

To prepare it I preheated the oven to 425°. In a Cast Iron Skillet that I sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and added a tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil to, I heated it over medium high heat. When ready I added my Steaks to it. I cooked the Steaks 1 minute each side. I just wanted a light sear on both sides. Then I moved the Skillet on to the preheated Oven and Roasted it for about 4 minutes. Removed the Skillet from the Oven and placed the Steaks on a plate and let them rest for 5 minutes before cutting. The Tri -Tip Steak was super tender and juicy. I had cooked to a medium rare and it came perfect! First time I tried the Sea Salt Herb Rubbed Tri-Tip Buffalo Steak and like all the other Wild Idea products it was delicious!

 

I topped the steak with a new product I came across at Kroger the other day, Fortun’s Marsala and Mushroom Sauce. First time trying this item also. It’s easily prepared, just heat in a sauce pan or microwave it. I prepared it in a small sauce pan. Good amount of Mushrooms and one tasty Sauce! Here’s another Item I’ll have to keep in stock! They have different varieties and looking forward to trying those also.

 

 

 

For one side I prepared some Roasted Asparagus. To prepare the Asparagus I needed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic (minced), Sea Salt, Freshly grated Black Peppercorn, Lemon Juice, and Shredded Parmesan Cheese. To prepare it; Rinse clean the asparagus. Break the tough ends off of the asparagus and discard. Lay the asparagus spears out in a single layer in a baking dish or a foil-covered roasting pan. Drizzle olive oil over the spears, roll the asparagus back and forth until they are all covered with a thin layer of olive oil. Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Rub over the asparagus so that they are evenly seasoned. Place pan in the preheated 400 degree oven and roast for approximately 8-10 minutes, depending on how thick your asparagus spears are, until lightly browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Drizzle with a little fresh lemon juice and shredded Parm Cheese before serving.

 

Then for another side I prepared a Baked Potato. Seasoned that with the McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley, and topped with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Really enjoyed this Dinner tonight! For Dessert/Snack later tonight a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn with a Diet Trop A Rocka Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Idea Buffalo – JILL’S SEA SALT HERB RUBBED TRI-TIP STEAKS

We’ve taken this coveted chef’s favorite, hand cut them into 4oz. petite steaks, rubbed them with olive oil, and seasoned them with Jill’s special sea salt herb rub to maximize flavor and tenderness. Simply remove the steaks from the package and grill over a high heat for 2 minutes each side for a perfect medium rare. A delightful and light, summer time meal for two! (2 – 4 oz. steaks per pkg.)

Ingredients: 100% Grass-fed Buffalo, Organic: olive oil, sea salt, lemon juice, black pepper, sage, thyme, rosemary, garlic & onion powder.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/collections/ranch-kitchen/products/sea-salt-tri-tip-steaks
https://wildideabuffalo.com/

 

 

Fortun’s Marsala and Mushroom Sauce

A rich Italian tradition made with real veal stock, fresh mushrooms, sautéed onions and Marsala and Madeira wines turns a casual entrée into a culinary event. Just add to your cooked chicken, beef or pork. A few tablespoons are all you need. It’s no surprise this sauce is our best seller!
Fresh mushrooms, sweet Marsala wine, Madeira wine, fresh onions, veal stock, chicken stock, tomato paste, olive oil, garlic, beef stock, plum puree and spices transport you to Italy!
http://www.fortunfoods.com/portfolio-items/marsala-mushroom-sauce/?portfolioCats=5
http://www.fortunfoods.com/

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Fried Chicken Breasts w/ Roasted Asparagus, Cut Green Beans, and Crescent Rolls

September 2, 2017 at 6:07 PM | Posted in chicken | 3 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Fried Chicken Breasts w/ Roasted Asparagus, Cut Green Beans, and Crescent Rolls

 

 

To start my Saturday morning off I prepared a packet of Pioneer Peppered White Gravy and I toasted 2 slices of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread. Also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. A cool morning outside, 58 degrees with a cool wind. Had a high of 66 degrees with rain and clouds. Dad is slowly recovering from the pneumonia, not feeling real good today though. So with the rain, there’s not a lot going on outside. Vacuumed and dusted the house. Then cleaned and straightened up the pantry. Everything done so I watched some College Football the rest of the afternoon. For Dinner tonight its Fried Chicken Breasts w/ Roasted Asparagus, Cut Green Beans, and Crescent Rolls.

 

 

 

I bought a package of 2 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts from Meijer the day before and had them in the fridge. To prepare them I’ll need; Flour, Litehouse Poultry Seasoning, Morton’s Lite Salt, and Ground Black Pepper.

 

 

 

 

I’m using a medium size skillet to fry the Chicken. I first sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray and then added a tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil to it, preheated on medium heat. As the skillet was heating I grabbed a pie pan and added a couple of tablespoons of flour to it. I then took the Chicken Breasts and rolled them in the flour, making sure both sides were fully floured. Next I seasoned them with the Poultry Seasoning and the Salt and Pepper. With the skillet heated, I added the Chicken to the skillet. I fried the Chicken until it was golden brown on one side and flipped it over and fried the other side the same way. Checked it with a meat thermometer and it was 165 degrees, perfect. The Chicken came out moist and tender with a nice crust. I served it with a side of Hidden Valley Ranch Buffalo Dressing.

 

Then for one side dish I prepared Roasted Asparagus. prepare the Asparagus I needed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic (minced), Sea Salt, Freshly grated Black Peppercorn, Lemon Juice, and Shredded Parmesan Cheese. To prepare it; Rinse clean the asparagus. Break the tough ends off of the asparagus and discard. Lay the asparagus spears out in a single layer in a baking dish or a foil-covered roasting pan. Drizzle olive oil over the spears, roll the asparagus back and forth until they are all covered with a thin layer of olive oil. Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Rub over the asparagus so that they are evenly seasoned. Place pan in the preheated 400 degree oven and roast for approximately 8-10 minutes, depending on how thick your asparagus spears are, until lightly browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Drizzle with a little fresh lemon juice and shredded Parm Cheese before serving.

 

Then 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. I also baked a small can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Diet Peach Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden asparagus
Asparagus, or garden asparagus, folk name sparrow grass, scientific name Asparagus officinalis, is a spring vegetable, a flowering perennial plant species in the genus Asparagus. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asparagus

Nutrition Facts
Asparagus
Amount Per 1 spear, medium (5-1/4″ to 7″ long) (16 g)
Calories 3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 0 mg 0%
Potassium 32 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0.6 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0.3 g 1%
Sugar 0.3 g
Protein 0.4 g 0%
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 0% Iron 1%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 0%

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Asparagus and Cracked Pepper Turkey Tart

August 1, 2017 at 5:23 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is a Asparagus and Cracked Pepper Turkey Tart. Made with the delicious JENNIE-O Cracked Pepper Turkey along with Swiss Cheese and Asparagus all topped on to a Puff Pastry. The recipe is off one of my favorite sites, the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://diabeticgourmet.com/

 

Asparagus and Cracked Pepper Turkey TartSavory turkey, crisp asparagus and melted cheese come together in this impressive side dish or appetizer.

Ingredients

1/2 (17.3-ounce) package frozen puff pastry (1 sheet), thawed
2 cups finely shredded Swiss cheese
1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
4 ounces JENNIE-O Cracked Pepper Turkey, thinly sliced and julienned
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

1 – Heat oven to 375F.
2 – Line baking sheet with parchment paper
3 – On clean, lightly floured surface, unfold puff pastry.
4 – Gently roll pastry into 16×10-inch rectangle.
5 – Transfer pastry to baking sheet.
6 – With paring knife, cut 1/2-inch border around outside edge of pastry sheet.
7 – Top pastry with cheese, asparagus and turkey.
8 – Lightly drizzle olive oil over toppings.
9 – Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until puff pastry is golden brown and asparagus is tender when pierced with tip of knife.
10 – Cool slightly. Cut into small squares to serve.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Calories: 110
Protein: 6g
Sodium: 135 mg
Cholesterol: 35 mg
Fat: 8g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 1g
Carbohydrates: 4g
http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/html/1329.shtml

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Blue Cheese and Portobello Mushroom Ragout

May 22, 2017 at 5:19 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Blue Cheese and Portobello Mushroom Ragout. Mushrooms and Blue Cheese, what a great pairing! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website which has a large selection of recipes of all cuisines. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

 

Blue Cheese and Portobello Mushroom Ragout

A savory mixture of sautéed shallots and sliced portobello mushrooms served over a bed of roasted vegetables and topped with crumbled blue cheese.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 teaspoons butter
3 shallots finely chopped
1/4 cup dry sherry (optional)
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried fennel
Dash of ground white pepper
1 cup (1 large) portobello mushroom, thinly sliced
1/4 to1/2 cup (1 to 2 ounces) blue cheese
2 cups grilled or roasted harvest vegetables* (red peppers, squash, asparagus, etc.)
Pasta (optional)
Freshly chopped parsley (optional)

Cooking Directions:

1 – Add butter to 12-inch non-stick skillet. Sauté shallots over low heat until transparent, approximately 10 to15 minutes.
2 – Add sherry, broth, salt, fennel and pepper. Simmer 2 to 3 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
3 – Add mushrooms. Cook until liquid is absorbed.
4 – Remove pan from heat. Crumble blue cheese over mixture and lightly toss.
5 – Spread mixture over vegetables with or without pasta. Garnish dish with chopped parsley, if desired.
Makes 2 servings.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/blue_cheese_and_portobello_mushroom_ragout_recipe.html

Chicken, Potatoes, Asparagus, and Baked French Bread

May 5, 2017 at 5:04 PM | Posted in chicken, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Chicken, Potatoes, Asparagus, and Baked French Bread

 

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin and lightly buttered it with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. And as every morning I also had the morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I spent a very restless night last night, fighting with Phantom Pains most of the night. When they finally stopped it dawn. So after doing a few things around the house I went back to bed to catch up on some much needed sleep! For Dinner tonight it’s Chicken, Potatoes, Asparagus, and Baked French Bread.

 

 

 

Yesterday I bought a Simple Truth Rotisserie Whole Roaster at the Kroger Deli. Love these Simple Truth Chickens, they are huge and delicious! I pulled all the meat and had them in a plastic container in the fridge. To reheat it I put the Chicken on a micro wave plate with a steamer lid and reheated it. I served it with some Hidden Valley Ranch Buffalo Dressing.

 

 

 

For one side I prepared a package of the Little Potato Company – Savory Herb. I always pick up at Meijer. I have these quite often and really enjoy them. The Potatoes come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good item to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up.

 

 

 

Then for another side I prepared some Roasted Asparagus. To prepare the Asparagus I just needed Extra Light Olive Oil, Garlic (minced), Sea Salt, Freshly grated Black Peppercorn, Lemon Juice, and Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese. To prepare it; Rinse clean the asparagus. Break the tough ends off of the asparagus and discard. Lay the asparagus spears out in a single layer in a baking dish or a foil-covered roasting pan. Drizzle olive oil over the spears, roll the asparagus back and forth until they are all covered with a thin layer of olive oil. Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Rub over the asparagus so that they are evenly seasoned. Place pan in the preheated 400 degree oven and roast for approximately 8-10 minutes, depending on how thick your asparagus spears are, until lightly browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Drizzle with a little fresh lemon juice and shredded Parm Cheese before serving. For Dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

 

 
the Little Potato Company – Savory Herb
HERBS AND SPICES, WITH A HINT OF BACON

Evoking all the cozy feelings of home-cooking, the Savory Herb flavor combines a fun mix of red and yellow Creamer potatoes with a comforting blend of savory herbs, earthy spices and just a hint of bacon flavor.

Simply pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and voila! – you have a nutritious taste of home. This is cozy dish on its own, or combine it with other ingredients to take your meal to a whole new level of down-home goodness.

You may also want to try our Garlic Parsley or Zesty Italian flavors.

*CALORIES PER SERVING 85
* GOOD SOURCE OF POTASSIUM
* SOURCE OF FIBER
* SOURCE OF VITAMIN C
* NATURALLY FAT-FREE

Microwave
In three easy steps, you have perfectly steamed and seasoned potatoes!

1. Simply remove the cardboard sleeve and seasoning pack. The plastic film stays on to aid in steaming the potatoes.
2. Place the convenience tray in the microwave. Cook on high for 5 minutes*.
3. Let the tray rest for 2 minutes then carefully remove plastic film and stir in seasoning pack. Caution – the contents will be very hot. If desired, add 1 tbsp. of butter or olive oil.

Serve and enjoy!
*Cooking times may vary.

Nutritional Information
Serving Size
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 85
Fat 0%
Saturated / Trans Fats 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 175 mg 7%
Potassium 510 mg 15%
Carbohydrate 20 g 7%
Fibre 2 g 8%
Sugars 2 g
Protein 2 g

http://www.littlepotatoes.com/en/products/savory-herb/

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Asparagus Pasta

March 27, 2017 at 5:14 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Asparagus Pasta. There’s many versions of this recipe online but I’m going with this one off the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks website has a great selection of recipes to please all tastes. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

 

Asparagus Pasta
Sautéed mushrooms, green onions, garlic, olives, tomatoes and asparagus in a Marsala wine sauce, tossed with fusilli pasta, garnished with freshly grated Romano cheese.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped green onions
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup olive wedges
1 cup diced tomatoes
2 cups cooked asparagus, cut on diagonal
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup Marsala wine
Cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch and water)
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
16 ounces dry fusilli pasta, cooked according to package directions
Freshly grated Romano cheese

Cooking Directions:

1 – In a large skillet, over high heat, sauté the mushrooms, green onions, and garlic in the olive oil until tender. Add the olives and tomatoes. Heat thoroughly.
2 – Add cooked asparagus and dry spices, stirring constantly.
3 – Add Marsala wine to flash point, then add vegetable stock.
4 – Add cornstarch slurry to thicken.
5 – Pour over cooked pasta, mix, sprinkle with Romano cheese and serve hot.
* Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): 319 calories, 8.23 grams protein, 28.16 grams carbohydrate, 3.75 grams fiber, 18.3 grams fat, 5.59 milligrams cholesterol, 480 milligrams sodium.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/asparagus_pasta_recipe.html

Healthy Fish and Seafood Recipes

December 30, 2016 at 6:18 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its Healthy Fish and Seafood Recipes. Delicious and Diabetic Friendly recipes that include; Fish and Chips-Style Cod, Scallop and Asparagus Alfredo, New England Clam Chowder, and more! Find them all at the Diabetic Living Online website (http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/) , which also has a very good magazine that you can subscribe to. I’ve been getting their magazine for about the past 6 years. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2017!

 

 

Healthy Fish and Seafood RecipesDiabetic living logo

Add more fish and seafood to your diabetes meal plan with these tasty and easy-to-make recipes. Bonus: Many of these healthful fish dishes contain omega-3s, which may reduce risk of heart disease and stroke.

 

 

Coconut- and Sweet-Potato-Crusted Shrimp with Honey-Papaya Dipping Sauce

Escape to the Pacific Islands without leaving your kitchen. This tropical salad is not only healthy — it improves digestive health with papaya and is full of heart-healthy antioxidants from the sweet potatoes — but it’s also incredibly tasty, with a sweet honey crunch in every bite…….

 
Fish and Chips-Style Cod

Enjoy every bite of this beer-battered fish without worrying about a carb overload. Each serving — two pieces of fish — has only 4 grams of carb.

TIP: Although it’s tempting to eat this recipe alongside calorie-laden potato chips or packaged fries, opt for a side of oven-baked potato wedges. That way you can control the amount of salt and oil used. Even healthier: Serve with your favorite crunchy veggie or atop salad greens…….

 
Scallop and Asparagus Alfredo

Take Alfredo pasta to the next level with this decadent dish that features scallops and asparagus in a reduced-fat cream sauce. Packed with vitamins, protein, and healthy fats, this diabetic pasta recipe for two is sure to become a favorite…….

 
* Click the link below to see all the Healthy Fish and Seafood Recipes
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/fish/healthy-fish-seafood-recipes

Pan Seared Oven Roasted Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast W/ Maple Bacon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash and Asparagus

October 29, 2016 at 4:53 PM | Posted in chicken | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Pan Seared Oven Roasted Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast W/ Maple Bacon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash and Asparagus

 

 
For Breakfast on this Fall morning I prepared 2 Jennie – O Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links, Scrambled 2 Eggs, pan-seared-oven-roasted-skinless-boneless-chicken-breast-w-maple-017toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin, ans a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Hearty Breakfast for a Hearty Appetite this morning! It feels more like a Spring Day than Fall, sunny and 79 degrees. After Breakfast I started a couple of loads of laundry for Mom. Then ran the vacuum and dusted. On outside, I got the leaf blower out along with the cart. Cleaned around the and deck, lots of leaves out there. Everything done and sat back the rest of the day and watched some College Football. For Dinner tonight its a Fall Comfort Food Dinner. I prepared Pan Seared Oven Roasted Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast W/ Maple Bacon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash and Asparagus.

 

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For Dinner I prepared some Pan Seared Oven Roasted Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast. I used Kroger – Simple Truth Skinless and Boneless Chicken Breasts. To make the dish I’ll need; 3 Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts, 1 tablespoon Light Olive Oil, Litehouse Poultry Herb Blend, and McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley.

 

 

 
To prepare them I started by preheating the oven on 400 degrees. Then heated a Cast Iron Skillet on medium high pan-seared-oven-roasted-skinless-boneless-chicken-breast-w-maple-008heat, adding a tablespoon of Light Olive Oil. I then removed the Chicken Breasts from its packaging and patted dry. Next I seasoned the Chicken with the Poultry Herb Blend and Grinder Sea Salt and the Peppercorn Medley. By now the Skillet has heated up, add the Chicken to the Skillet. Brown both sides for 3-4 minutes each. Get them to almost the color you want when eating. Transfer the Skillet to the oven, love these Cast Iron Skillets! Bake for 15-20 minutes until internal temperature of the Chicken is at 165 degrees. Remove from the oven when done and let cool for about 3 minutes and serve and enjoy! The Chicken came out perfect and seasoned just right. I really love using the Litehouse Poultry Herb Blend, it gives Chicken a great flavor.

 

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To go with the Chicken; For one side dish I prepared some Maple Bacon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash. The family loves this dish, it turned me into a huge fan of Butternut Squash. It does take a little time and effort to make this dish but the reward is truly one of my favorite side dishes! What takes so long is peeling and dicing the Butternut Squash. You either have to have one heavy-duty sharp knife or have the produce department where you purchase the Squash dice it up for you, which is what I did at the local Kroger.

 

 

 

To make it I’ll need; 6 pieces of Jennie – O Turkey Bacon, 5 cups peeled and cubed Butternut Squash, 1 cup Pecans,pan-seared-oven-roasted-skinless-boneless-chicken-breast-w-maple-006 roughly chopped, ¼ cup Maple Grove Farms Sugar Free Maple Syrup, 2-3 tablespoons Bacon Fat (rendered from cooking bacon), ½ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg, and ¼ teaspoon Sea Salt. I used Turkey Bacon instead of the regular Bacon, Sugar Free Maple Syrup, and added the dash of Nutmeg. Which varies from the other recipes I found, I always try to cut calories and carbs from all recipes. The combinations of the Squash, Pecans, Honey, and Spices make one delicious dish! The recipe is at the end of the post, this is one you’ll want to try!

 
For another side dish I prepared Roasted Asparagus. To prepare the Asparagus I needed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, pan-seared-oven-roasted-skinless-boneless-chicken-breast-w-maple-009Garlic (minced), Sea Salt, Freshly grated Black Peppercorn, Lemon Juice, and Shredded Parmesan Cheese. To prepare it; Rinse clean the asparagus. Break the tough ends off of the asparagus and discard. Lay the asparagus spears out in a single layer in a baking dish or a foil-covered roasting pan. Drizzle olive oil over the spears, roll the asparagus back and forth until they are all covered with a thin layer of olive oil. Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Rub over the asparagus so that they are evenly seasoned. Place pan in the preheated 400 degree oven and roast for approximately 8-10 minutes, depending on how thick your asparagus spears are, until lightly browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Drizzle with a little fresh lemon juice and shredded Parm Cheese before serving. I think this meal is what Fall is all about! Excellent Dinner tonight. For Dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

 

 
Maple Bacon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash
Ingredients:pan-seared-oven-roasted-skinless-boneless-chicken-breast-w-maple-003
6 pieces of Jennie – O Turkey Bacon
5 cups peeled and cubed Butternut Squash
1 cup Pecans, roughly chopped
1/4 cup Maple Grove Farms Sugar Free Maple Syrup
2-3 tablespoons Bacon Fat (rendered from cooking bacon)
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

 
Instructions:
1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2 – Place strips of bacon on a foil lined baking sheet
3 – Cook bacon for 20 minutes. Bacon should still be slightly soft (not crispy) when you pull it out of the oven. Remove from baking sheet to cool on a paper towel lined plate. Chop bacon into small pieces once cooled. Place the rendered bacon fat in a large bowl.
4 – Add the cubed butternut squash, pecans, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt to the large bowl with the bacon fat.
5 – Mix together to coat the squash well. Add pieces of bacon to the mixture and mix well.
6 – Add mixture to a 9×11 glass baking dish.
7 – Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees.
8 – Place dish in the oven to bake for 35-40 minutes (depending on size of cubed butternut squash) or until squash is soft.
Serve immediately.

Buffalo 10 oz. New York Strip Steak w/ Baked Potato and Cut Asparagus

September 6, 2016 at 4:53 PM | Posted in mushrooms, potatoes, Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Buffalo 10 oz. New York Strip Steak and Sauteed Mushrooms w/ Baked Potato and Cut Asparagus

 

 
Started my day off by Poaching an Egg and serving it on top of a toasted Healthy Life Whole Grain Muffin. Also had buffalo-10-oz-new-york-strip-steak-w-baked-potato-and-cut-aspar-009the morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Did a couple of loads of laundry for myself and Mom. Then after Lunch I headed up to the hospital for the afternoon to see Dad. Not been a good day for him, still sick to his stomach. They are having trouble finding the cause of it, all tests have come back negative. Hope turns it around soon. Back in the 90’s and a bit more humid out there today. For Dinner tonight a Buffalo 10 oz. New York Strip Steak and Sauteed Mushrooms w/ Baked Potato and Cut Asparagus.

 

 
I had ordered a couple of Wild Idea Buffalo 10 oz. New York Strip Steaks and had them in the freezer. So I grabbed one out of the freezer last night and let it thaw in the fridge overnight. What beautiful cuts of Buffalo these Steaks buffalo-10-oz-new-york-strip-steak-w-baked-potato-and-cut-aspar-005are, so lean and delicious. To prepare it all I’ll need is McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley, Dried Rosemary, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I started by preheating a Cast Iron Skillet on medium high. Then rubbed a very light coat of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil on both sides of the Steak then seasoned both sides with the Rosemary, Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley. Once the skillet is hot I added the Steak let it sear on the medium heat for about 6 minutes. Then turned it once and cooked for 7 more minutes. The Steak is a thick cut so I had to cook it longer than normal. Served it with some Sauteed Mushrooms.

 

 

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These Steaks are every bit as delicious as they look! The taste is so fresh and has that slight sweet Grass Fed Buffalo taste to it. Moist and tender and so delicious! You just can’t beat these Wild Idea Buffalo Steaks, Bison or Beef. The Steak was plenty big so I saved some it for my Breakfast in the morning, Steak and Eggs!

 

 

 

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For a side dish I baked a Russet Potato. I seasoned it with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley. Topped it with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.

 

 

 

 
Then I also prepared some Cut Asparagus with Bacon Bits. I had purchased the Asparagus at the local Kroger just the other day. I washed the Asparagus and trimmed off the stalk ends. I then cut the Asparagus into 3 pieces. Heated upbuffalo-10-oz-new-york-strip-steak-w-baked-potato-and-cut-aspar-008 a medium size skillet that I had sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray. I had placed the Asparagus pieces in a bowl and seasoned them with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley, Garlic Salt, Smoked Real Bacon Bits, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Mixed well. Then added the Asparagus to the preheated skillet. Cooked them for about 8 minutes. Removed from the heat and served. Sprinkled Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese and done. Excellent Dinner Tonight! For dessert later a bowl of Dole Sliced Peaches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Baked Cod and Tomato Pesto w/ Baked Stuffed Clams, Boiled Potatoes, and Asparagus

August 19, 2016 at 4:56 PM | Posted in fish, potatoes, seafood | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Baked Cod and Tomato Pesto w/ Baked Stuffed Clams, Boiled Potatoes, and Asparagus

 

 

 

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For Breakfast I had a Poached Egg served on a toasted Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin. Also had that morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. After Breakfast I got the leaf blower out from the shed and did some serious cleaning outside. Cleaned and swept around the wooden deck and driveway. High in the mid 80’s and still humid out. After lunch I went and had my car cleaned, inside and outside. Then stopped by the bank and dropped off a couple of letters at the Post Office, then back home. For Dinner tonight it was small Seafood Fest! I prepared Baked Cod and Tomato Pesto w/ Baked Stuffed Clams, Boiled Potatoes, and Asparagus.

 

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First to make the Tomato Pesto I’ll need; 1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes (halved), Extra Virgin Olive Oil for seasoning + 1/4 cup, Salt and Pepper (to taste), 1 Cup fresh Basil Leaves, 2 Tablespoons toasted Pine Nuts, and 1 Clove Garlic (minced).

 

 

 

 

 

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To prepare the Pesto; preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Toss the halved Tomatoes lightly with Olive Oil, and arrange on a rimmed foil lined baking sheet, and season with Salt. Roast the Tomatoes for about 2 hours, until shriveled. Let cool. Keep the oven and increase the heat to 400 degrees, for baking the Cod. Place the Tomatoes, Basil, Pine Nuts, and Garlic in a food processor; pulse to chop. Add 1/4 cup Olive Oil; pulse to combine well. Season with Salt and Pepper.

 

 

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To prepare the Cod I’ll need; 2-4 Cod Pieces (I used 2), Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper (to taste). Use a rimmed foil lined baking sheet. Brush the Cod Fillets with the Olive Oil, season well with salt and Pepper (to taste) and place the sheet in the oven. Bake until the Cod flakes with a fork, about 11 minutes. To serve spoon the Pesto over each Fillet. I Love this Pesto Sauce! Works perfect with Fish, the Tomatoes,Basil, and Pine Nuts work great together.

 

 

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For the Stuffed Clams; I purchased these at Seafood Department at Kroger. They are Matlaw Stuffed Clams (Brand). We had these a while back and couldn’t wait to have them again! For my Stuffed Clams I preheated the oven on 425 degrees. Lined a small baking sheet with foil and placed the Clams on it. I sprinkled some Sea Salt on them and a drizzle of Lemon Juice. When the oven was ready I baked the Clams until heated through, about 25 minutes. Meaty and seasoned just right and the Louisiana Remoulade Sauce is perfect to dip it in. And yes, these are Parent Approved. Mom and Dad love them! Plus they are only $1 per Clam.

 

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For 1 side I boiled some Baby Gold Potatoes. Picked these up at Meijer just yesterday. To prepare them I took a large pot and filled it half way with water and heated it on high. As the water started to boil I added Salt to the water. I then added the Potatoes and boiled them until fork tender. To serve, I put a few them on the plate and smashed them up a bit. Seasoned them with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley along with some I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.

 

 

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Then I also prepared Roasted Asparagus. To prepare the Asparagus I just needed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2 Garlic Cloves (minced), McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley, Lemon Juice, and Shredded Parmesan Cheese. Rinse clean the asparagus. Slice off the tough ends off of the asparagus and discard. Lay the asparagus spears out in a single layer in a baking dish or a foil-covered roasting pan. Drizzle olive oil over the spears, roll the asparagus back and forth until they are all covered with a thin layer of olive oil. (Alternatively you can put the asparagus and oil in a plastic bag, and rub the bag so that the oil gets evenly distributed.) Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Rub over the asparagus so that they are evenly seasoned. Place pan in oven and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes, depending on how thick your asparagus spears are, until tender when pierced with a fork. Drizzle with a little fresh lemon juice and shredded Parm Cheese before serving.

 

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So it was small Seafood Fest tonight with Cod, Clams, Potatoes, and Asparagus. For Dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar. These Bars have taken the place of the Frozen Yogurt I used to have all the time, since they no longer make it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ingredients
Ingredients Pesto Sauce
1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes, halved
Extra Virgin Olive Oil for seasoning + 1/4 cup
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1 Cup fresh Basil Leaves
2 Tablespoons toasted Pine Nuts
1 Clove Garlic, minced

Directions
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Toss the halved Tomatoes lightly with Olive Oil, and arrange on a rimmed foil lined baking sheet, and season with Salt. Roast the Tomatoes for about 2 hours, until shriveled. Let cool. Place the Tomatoes, Basil, Pine Nuts, and Garlic in a food processor; pulse to chop. Add 1/4 cup Olive Oil; pulse to combine well. Season with Salt and Pepper.

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