Cumin Spiced Pork Chop w/ Harvest Apples and Roasted Asparagus

February 19, 2018 at 6:33 PM | Posted in Pork, pork chops, Stouffer's | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Cumin Spiced Pork Chop w/ Harvest Apples and Roasted Asparagus

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Dealing with Phantom Pains again overnight and into the morning. This has been happening way too often lately! Sure wish the Medical World would find a cure or something to ease the pain. 50 degrees out this morning but rain showers. Had a high of 70 degrees! But not a lot going on for me except catching up on some sleep. For Dinner tonight a Cumin Spiced Pork Chop w/ Harvest Apples and Roasted Asparagus.

 

 

 


I had picked a Pork Tenderloin Center Cut Pork Chop at Meijer and had it in the freezer. I laid the Chop in the fridge overnight to thaw. They have some of the finest Pork Chops you can find at Meijer.

 

 

 

 

 

So to prepare my Chop I’ll need; The Cumin Spiced Rub which consists of; 1 tbsp Roasted Cumin, 1 tsp Garlic Powder, 1 tsp Chili Powder, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika, 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper. I always have some of the Rub made up in a large Spice Jar I have To prepare it preheat oven to 400°. Combine all the ingredients; rub it all over the pork chop. Let stand 20 minutes. Start by heating the Extra Virgin Olive oil in a Cast Iron Skillet over medium-high heat. Add Chops to pan; cook 3 minutes, browning both sides. From the stove to the oven and bake at 400° for 15 minutes until the thermometer registered 150° (slightly pink), turning after 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Fantastic combo of Spices, which makes one incredible Crust on the Chop with the inside being tender and moist! Love this seasoning on Pork.

 

For a side dish. I prepared a package of Stouffer’s Harvest Apples, haven’t had this in a while. Easy to prepare; It comes in a microwavable tray. Microwave on high for 6 minutes, let cool and serve! Apples and Pork Chops are always go great together. This is a good one to have in the freezer!

 

 

 

 

I prepared Roasted Asparagus for one side. To prepare the Asparagus I just needed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cloves Roasted Asparagus Garlic (minced), Sea Salt, Freshly grated Black Pepper, Lemon Juice, and Shredded Parmesan Cheese. 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. (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. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Coke Zero to drink.

 

 

Pork Facts….
One serving of pork is 3 ounces, or about the size of a deck of cards, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. An image of the portion size is important because a thick pork chop can be twice that size and without realizing it you can eat double the calories. You’ll get 137 calories and 4 grams of fat from a 3-ounce pork chop. Pork is similar to chicken, with 3 ounces of chicken breast containing 140 calories and 3 grams of fat. A pork chop has 65 milligrams of cholesterol, compared to 72 grams in chicken breast, but they both have just 1 gram of saturated fat.

 

 

Stouffer’s Harvest Apples
Baked apples seasoned with cinnamon.

Ingredients
Apples, Sugar, 2% or Less of Soybean Oil, Bleached Wheat Flour, Modified Cornstarch, Ascorbic Acid (to Maintain Color), Cinnamon.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 2.00
Amount Per Serving:

Calories 190 | Calories from Fat 25 % Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.00g 4%
Saturated Fat 0.50g 2 %
Cholesterol 0.00mg 0 %
Sodium 5.00g 0 %
Total Carbohydrate 40.00g 13 %
Dietary Fiber 2.00g
Dietary Fiber Daily Value 0.08g
Sugars 33.00g
https://www.stouffers.com/our-dishes/classics/for-one/harvest-apples

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Walnut Crusted Baked Salmon w/ Red Potatoes/Asparagus and Baked Multi Grain Bread

January 26, 2018 at 5:47 PM | Posted in fish, salmon, seafood | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Walnut Crusted Baked Salmon w/ Red Potatoes/Asparagus and Baked Multi Grain Bread

 

 

For Breakfast I toasted a couple of Eggo Whole Grain Eggo’s and had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Not bad at all this morning at 33 degrees. For the day we had a high of 58 degrees and sunny! After Breakfast I went to Meijer and stopped and had the Car Washed. Back at home got a few things done in and around the house taken care of. For Dinner tonight, what i was planning to have last night. I prepared a Walnut Crusted Baked Salmon w/ Red Potatoes/Asparagus and Baked Multi Grain Bread.

 

 

 

I purchased the fresh Atlantic Salmon from the Kroger Seafood Department. I had it in the freezer and let it thaw overnight in the fridge. I’m going to prepare it using the Walnut Crusted Baked Salmon recipe. I haven’t had Salmon or used this recipe in a while. To make I’ll need; Salmon Fillets (4 ounces each), 4 teaspoons Dijon Mustard, 4 teaspoons Honey, 2 slices Whole Grain Bread (torn into pieces), 3 tablespoons finely chopped Walnuts, 2 teaspoons Extra Light Olive Oil, and 1/2 teaspoon Dried Thyme. To prepare it; Start by preheating the oven to 400°. Place the Salmon on a baking sheet coated with Pam cooking spray. Mix the Mustard and Honey; brush over the Salmon. Next I placed the Bread in a food processor; pulse until coarse crumbs form. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in Walnuts, Olive Oil and Thyme; press it onto the Salmon Fillet.

 


Bake 12-15 minutes or topping is lightly browned and fish just begins to flake easily with a fork. The Salmon came out perfect, moist and delicious. The Walnut Crust is perfect for the Salmon. The Walnuts, Honey, Dijon Mustard, Thyme, and fresh Bread Crumbs all combine perfectly. Love this recipe.

 

 

 

 

For a side I prepared a Red Potato and Cut Asparagus Skillet. I’ll need A bag of Petite Red Potatoes, a small bunch of Asparagus, Ground Garlic Salt, Dried Parsley, McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Grinder Peppercorn Medley, and Extra Light Olive Oil.

 

 

 

 

 

I grabbed a Cast Iron Skillet and sprayed it with a light coat of Pam Non Stick Cooking Spray and added a tablespoon of the Extra Light Olive Oil. Preheated the Skillet on medium heat. Next I quartered the Red Potatoes, putting them in a large bowl. Seasoned them with the Garlic salt, Dried Parsley, Grinder Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley, and 1 tablespoon of the Extra Light Olive Oil. Mixed them with the Seasoning until the Potatoes were Seasoned on all sides. I then added them to the preheated Cast Iron Skillet.

 

 

 

As the Potatoes were cooking I got the Asparagus ready. I kept the Asparagus bundled up and washed them off in cold water. Shook them dry and trimmed them. i cut the Spears into 3 pieces. Then lightly seasoned them with the McCormick Grinders of Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley. I then added them to the Skillet of Red Potatoes. Stirred until mixed with the Potatoes and continued cooking until done.

 

 

 

 

The Red Potato and Asparagus Skillet came out delicious. Good Seasoning and the two worked great with each other. I also baked a loaf of Multi Grain Bread. I tried a new kind that I picked up at the Meijer Bakery. For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walnut-Crusted Salmon

Ingredients:

4 salmon fillets (4 ounces each)
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
4 teaspoons honey
2 slices whole wheat bread, torn into pieces
3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°. Place salmon on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Mix mustard and honey; brush over salmon. Place bread in a food processor; pulse until coarse crumbs form. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in walnuts, oil and thyme; press onto salmon.
Bake 12-15 minutes or topping is lightly browned and fish just begins to flake easily with a fork. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts
1 fillet equals 295 calories, 17 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 243 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 22 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/walnut-crusted-salmon

Asparagus and Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts w/ Savory Herb Potatoes, Corn……

January 9, 2018 at 5:54 PM | Posted in chicken, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Asparagus and Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts w/ Savory Herb Potatoes, Fire – Roasted Corn Blend, and Baked Multi Grain Bread

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I had a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. Also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Outside we had a high around 44 degrees today! Mostly cloudy along with a light shower, beats below zero and snow! Most of the ice and snow melted but now we have more coming in Friday and Saturday. I took advantage of the warm-up and went to Meijer and Kroger, feels so good to get out! I purchased most of my items from Meijer and stopped Kroger for Mom but ended up buying some Seafood and tonight’s Dinner of Asparagus and Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts. So for Dinner tonight I prepared Asparagus and Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts w/ Savory Herb Potatoes, Fire – Roasted Corn Blend, and Baked Multi Grain Bread.

 

I know all the guys in the Kroger Meat Department and they told me I had to try the Asparagus and Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts. And they did look great so I bought 3 of them for our Dinner tonight. Nice looking Breasts, split and stuffed with Asparagus Spears and a slice of Cheddar Cheese. All I did was season them with some McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Grinder Peppercorn Medley, I also sprayed the tops with a light coat of the Pam Cooking Spray.

 

 

 

To prepare them I first preheated the oven on 350 degrees. Next I got a glass baking dish and sprayed it with Pam Non-Stick Cooking Spray. Lined the Chicken Breasts up in the dish and when the oven was ready I baked them. Baked them until they had an internal temperature of 165 degrees, about minutes.

 

 

 

 

They came out of the oven looking incredible! And what a Chicken Dish! The Chicken was moist and tender. Then the Stuffed Asparagus and Cheddar Cheese was a perfect stuffing. As I had said it was the first time I tried these and not the last, they make an excellent meal.

 

 

 

 

 


For one side dish I prepared the Little Potato Co. Savory Herb Potatoes. We love these! 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.

 

 

 

 

I also prepared a can of Del Monte Fire-Roasted Corn Blend. Just emptied the can into a small sauce pan and heated it on medium heat, stirring often until heated through. First time trying this also. The Corn was mixed with Onion, Garlic, and Sea Salt. Makes a very good Corn side dish. I also baked a loaf of LaBrea Multi Grain Bread Loaf. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Coke Zero to drink.

 

 

 

 

Del Monte Whole Kernel Fire-Roasted Corn Blend
Whole Kernel Fire-Roasted Corn Blend Perfectly Seasoned Our perfectly prepared Golden Super Sweet Corn is combined with smoky fire-roasted corn and seasoned with onion, garlic and a dash of sea salt for a simply delicious side dish.
Great served with ribs, BBQ chicken, skillet pork chops and pan-fried ham steaks. Non GMO-Corn and other ingredients used in this product are not genetically modified or bioengineered
* Product Features
* With natural sea salt
* Seasoned vegetables
* Picked fresh
* No preservatives
* Kosher
http://www.delmonte.com/products/vegetables/corn/fire-roasted-whole-kernel-corn-blend

 

 

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 – Crêpes with Wild Mushrooms, Asparagus and Brie

December 25, 2017 at 7:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday’ Recipe of the Week is – Crêpes with Wild Mushrooms, Asparagus and Brie. The always delicious Brie along with Crêpes, Steamed Asparagus, Wild Mushrooms, and more make up these Diabetic Friendly Crêpes. Another fantastic recipe from one of my favorite recipe sites, CooksRecipes. Enjoy and eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Crêpes with Wild Mushrooms, Asparagus and Brie
Wedges of Brie cheese are tucked around tender, folded crêpes and topped with steamed asparagus and a garlicky wild mushroom and tarragon sauce.

Recipe Ingredients:
8 (8-inch) crêpes (see recipe for Basic Crêpes)
2 (8-ounce) wheels Wisconsin Brie cheese, sliced into 1/2 inch wedges
1 pound fresh asparagus
2 tablespoons butter – divided use
1 pound sliced wild mushrooms: mixture of crimini, shiitake and portobello
1 medium sweet onion, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh garlic
1 (14.5-ounce) can vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 tablespoon snipped fresh tarragon

Cooking Directions:
1 – Fold Crêpes into quarters. Tuck wedges of Brie between folds. Place on cookie sheet; bake at 375°F (190°C) for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
2 – Meanwhile, steam asparagus.
3 – In skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat; add mushrooms, onion and garlic. Sauté until mushrooms are browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add vegetable broth, pepper and salt. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes to develop flavors. Whisk in remaining 1 tablespoon butter, parsley and tarragon.
4 – To serve, place 2 crêpes on individual plates. Arrange asparagus spears on plate; spoon mushroom mixture over crêpes.

Makes 6 servings.

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/crepes_with_wild_mushrooms_asparagus_and_brie_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day

December 7, 2017 at 6:45 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Eat your Asparagus……….

Not only is Asparagus a great side dish but its very healthy!
* Good Source of Vitamin K. Asparagus is high in vitamin K, which is the blood clotting vitamin.
* Contains Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant Properties.
* Serves as a Natural Diuretic.
* Nourishes the Digestive Tract.
* Good Source of Fiber.
* High in Vitamin B1 Thiamine.
* Helps Fight Cancer.

Crispy Pan Fried Tilapia w/ Sliced Potatoes and Asparagus Cuts and Tips

November 8, 2017 at 5:40 PM | Posted in fish, Simply Potatoes, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Crispy Pan Fried Tilapia w/ Sliced Potatoes and Asparagus Cuts and Tips

 

 

To start this 8th day of November off I prepared a Scrambled Egg and toasted 2 slices of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread that I lightly Buttered with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. I also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. About 30 degrees this morning. Had a high of 50 degrees and partly cloudy out. Spent most of the day house cleaning today. Later in the afternoon I went to Bank for Mom. For Dinner tonight I prepared Crispy Pan Fried Tilapia w/ Sliced Potatoes and Asparagus Cuts and Tips.

 

 

I purchased the Tilapia while Jungle Jim’s International Market the other day. I had already rinsed it in cold water and had it in plastic bag the freezer. I sat the bag in the fridge and let it thaw overnight. To prepare it I’ll need; the Tilapia, McCormick Grinder Sea salt and Peppercorn Medley, and Zatarain’s Crispy Southern Fish Fri. To start I heated Extra Light Olive Oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. When the skillet was ready I cooked the Tilapia in the hot Oil until Golden Brown, about 4 minutes per side. I had not had Tilapia in a while and it tasted great! Moist with excellent seasoning. Love hitting the Seafood Dept. at Jungle Jim’s. They have about anything, they even have tanks of live Tilapia and Trout!

 

For one side I prepared some Simply Potatoes Homestyle Sliced Potatoes , first time having these. Again Jungle Jim’s is the only place around here that I seen carries this product from Simply Potatoes. To prepare them; Heat 2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a skillet until hot. Add potatoes. Cover with lid. Cook 5–6 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Turn and cook an additional 4–5 minutes. According to the package instructions – During cooking, potatoes must reach a temperature of 165degrees F for 2 minutes. Wow what an easy way to have Fried Sliced potatoes! These came out so good and were so easy to prepare! You can use these for several different Potato Recipes including Scalloped Potatoes. I’ll have to buy more of these!

 

I also heated up a can of Del Monte Asparagus Cuts and Tips. Partially drained some of the can’s liquid. Then added the contents to a small sauce pan and cooked on medium high to a boil and then reduced the heat to simmer. Cooked about 7 minutes. Really enjoyed Dinner tonight! For Dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

 

 

 

Zatarain’s Crispy Southern Fish Fri

The secret of authentic Southern style fried fish is the crispy combination of cornmeal, corn flour, spices and lemon juice captured in this special Zatarain’s Frying Mix.

Amount Per Serving % Daily ValueZatarain’s Crispy Southeren Fish Fri
Calories: 60
Calories from Fat: 0
Total Fat: 0g 0%
Saturated Fat: 0g 0%
Cholesterol: 0mg 0%
Sodium: 630mg 26%
Total Carb: 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber: 0 0%
Sugar: 0g
Protein: 1g
Vitamin A: 2%

http://www.zatarains.com/Products/Breadings-and-Fry-Mixes/Crispy-Southern

 

Simply Potatoes Homestyle Slices

Description
New look, same great taste. We’ve added the logo of our sister company, Crystal Farms, to our package because we share one main goal: to provide outstanding quality at a great value. We’re committed to bringing you the very best from our table to yours.

Try all our delicious varieties: shredded has browns. Southwest style hash browns. Diced potatoes with onion. Homestyle slices. Red potato wedges. Rosemary & garlic red potato wedges. Traditional mashed potatoes. Country style mashed potatoes. Garlic mashed potatoes. Sour cream & chive mashed potatoes. Mashed sweet potatoes.

Why Buy?
Made from Fresh Potatoes
Instruction
1 – After opening, store in an airtight container and use within 3 days.
2 – Cook before serving. Keep refrigerated. For best quality and cooking results, do not freeze. Keep refrigerated.
3 – Simple Steps to Delicious Potatoes HEAT 2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a skillet until hot. ADD potatoes. Cover with lid. COOK 5–6 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Turn and cook an additional 4–5 minutes.Note: During cooking, potatoes must reach a temperature of 165degrees F for 2 minutes. Do not eat until fully cooked.

Walnut Crusted Baked Salmon w/ Roasted Asparagus and Roasted Butternut Squash

October 23, 2017 at 5:01 PM | Posted in fish | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Walnut Crusted Baked Salmon w/ Roasted Asparagus, Roasted Butternut Squash, and Baked Multi Grain Bread

 

 

Popped in a couple of Eggo Low Fat Nutri Grain Waffles in the toaster and made a cup of the Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for Breakfast this morning. I’ve loved Eggo Waffles since I was a kid. Well not a lot going on outside today, Rain and Thunderstorms on and off all day. So it was all indoor fun today. I cleaned the stove and refrigerator. Then hit the pantry, checked the expiration dates on everything and straightened it up. watched some TV the last half of the afternoon. The oven is going to get a work out tonight as I’m baking the whole meal. I’m having a Walnut Crusted Baked Salmon w/ Roasted Asparagus, Roasted Butternut Squash, and Baked Multi Grain Bread.

 

I purchased the fresh Atlantic Salmon from the Kroger Seafood Department. I’m going to prepare it using the Walnut Crusted Baked Salmon recipe. I haven’t had Salmon or used this recipe in a while. To make I’ll need; salmon fillets (4 ounces each), 4 teaspoons Dijon Mustard, 4 teaspoons Honey, 2 slices Whole Grain Bread (torn into pieces), 3 tablespoons finely chopped Walnuts, 2 teaspoons Extra Light Olive Oil, and 1/2 teaspoon Dried Thyme. To prepare it; Start by preheating the oven to 400°. Place the Salmon on a baking sheet coated with Pam cooking spray. Mix the Mustard and Honey; brush over the Salmon. Place the Bread in a food processor; pulse until coarse crumbs form. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in Walnuts, Olive Oil and Thyme; press it onto the Salmon Fillet.

 

Bake 12-15 minutes or topping is lightly browned and fish just begins to flake easily with a fork. The Salmon came out perfect, moist and delicious. The Walnut Crust is perfect for the Salmon. The Walnuts, Honey, Dijon Mustard, Thyme, and fresh Bread Crumbs all combine perfectly. Love this recipe.

 

 

 

 

I prepared Roasted Asparagus for one side. To prepare the Asparagus I just needed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cloves Roasted Asparagus Garlic (minced), Sea Salt, Freshly grated Black Pepper, Lemon Juice, and Shredded Parmesan Cheese. 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. (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.

 

Then for one side I prepared some Roasted Butternut Squash, easy recipe for some delicious Butternut Squash! And this too has quickly become a favorite. I purchased 1 small package of Diced Butternut Squash at Kroger. They sell packages of it that they dice up. This is a lot easier than peeling and seeding one yourself, especially if you don’t have a good knife to cut it. I’ll need; 1 package of Diced Butternut Squash, Crumbled Bacon Bits, 1 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Grinder Sea Salt, and 1 teaspoon McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley.

 

 

 

To prepare it; Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the Squash on a sheet pan and drizzle with the Olive Oil, Salt, and Peppercorn and toss well. Arrange the squash in one layer and roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until the Squash is tender, turning once with a spatula. And done, very easy to prepare. With the small amount of Seasoning and Olive Oil, it really brings out the flavor of Butternut Squash! For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn with a Coke Zero to drink.

 

 

 

Walnut-Crusted Salmon

Ingredients:

4 salmon fillets (4 ounces each)
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
4 teaspoons honey
2 slices whole wheat bread, torn into pieces
3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°. Place salmon on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Mix mustard and honey; brush over salmon. Place bread in a food processor; pulse until coarse crumbs form. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in walnuts, oil and thyme; press onto salmon.
Bake 12-15 minutes or topping is lightly browned and fish just begins to flake easily with a fork. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts
1 fillet equals 295 calories, 17 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 243 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 22 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/walnut-crusted-salmon

Pan-Fried Oysters Recipe w/ Roasted Baby Red Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus

September 25, 2017 at 4:55 PM | Posted in oysters, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Pan-Fried Oysters Recipe w/ Roasted Baby Red Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus

 

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I made some Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns, Heated up some Meijer Diced Ham, fried an Egg Sunnyside Up, and made a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I made a bed of the Hashbrowns in a bowl and sprinkled some Sargento Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Next I put the Diced Ham over top the Hash Browns then put the Sunnyside Up Egg on to top it off. Well my hearing is finally starting to coming back! The swelling in right ear is almost completely gone and no more soreness. Sure glad, I was starting to get worried. But hopefully the worst is over. I went to the doctor at 1:30 this afternoon and he said there a vast improvement and I should be fine. So for Dinner tonight I’m having Pan-Fried Oysters Recipe w/ Roasted Baby Red Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus.

 

 

 

I said a while back I was going to start having Oysters more often, and I have been. So anyway to prepare my Fried Oysters I’ll need; 12 large-medium Oysters (shucked), 1 tablespoon Flour, 1/4 cup Egg Beaters, 1 cup Shake and Bake Seasoned Panko Bread Crumbs, Sea Salt and Pepper (to taste), 2 to 3 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil. Hot sauce, Seafood Cocktail Sauce are all optional.

 

 

I used Hilton’s Fresh Farm Raised Pacific Willapoint Oysters. To prepare them; Place shucked oysters in a colander rinse in cold water and drain. Dredge drained oysters in the Flour, then Egg Beater’s, and then in Panko Crumbs seasoned with Sea Salt and Pepper (coating each oyster thoroughly). Set aside to dry at least 1/2 hour. An easy way to coat the oysters with the Panko Crumbs is to place the Crumbs in a resealable plastic bag, add egg-dipped oysters, seal bag, and then shake.

 

 

 

Next, heat Oil in a frying pan (I like to use my cast-iron frying pan) to 370 degrees F. or until quite hot. Fry oysters until golden brown on one side, then turn over each oysters carefully to brown the other side, approximately 1 to 2 minutes on each side Fry oyster until golden brown and edges are curled. Do not overcook or overcrowd in frying pan. Remove from frying pan and serve immediately. Serve with Lemons Wedges, Tartar Sauce, Cocktail Sauce and/or your favorite hot sauce. I served mine with some Tarter Sauce with a side of my favorite hot sauce Frank’s Hot Sauce. I don’t know why I don’t have these more often! They’re so delicious, golden brown, and with an incredible fresh flavor.

 

 

For one side I prepared some Roasted Baby Red Potatoes. Preheated the oven on 400 degrees. Next, I washed and scrubbed the Potatoes off. To prepare them I needed; 1 tablespoon Extra Light Olive Oil, Dried Rosemary, Dried Thyme, McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley. I start by heating up a Cast Iron Skillet on medium heat and as that’s heating up I cut the Baby Red Potatoes in half. Combined all ingredients in a large bowl and added the Potatoes. Toss to coat Potatoes and added them to the Skillet. Fry them about 4-5 minutes and transfer the Skillet to the oven, for about 15 – 20 minutes until they are fork tender. This is why I love using Cast Iron Skillets, from the stove to the oven, and then an easy clean up.

 

For another side I prepared some Roasted Asparagus. I love pairing Asparagus with Potatoes! To prepare it I’ll need; 1 bunch of Purple Asparagus (fibrous bases removed), 1 Tablespoon of Crumbled Bacon or Bacon Bits, Ground Garlic Salt, Sea Salt, Freshly Ground Black Pepper, and 1 tbsp Extra Light Olive Oil. To prepare it is easy; Preheat the oven to 400F. Place asparagus in a baking tray sheet. Add the bacon, garlic salt, salt, pepper, and olive oil and toss to coat. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool a couple of minutes and serve! Comes out tender and delicious!

 

 

 

I also baked a slice of New York Bakery Lite Texas Toast, It’s fewer calories, carbs, and fat than normal Texas Toast. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn with a Diet Peach Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

Pan-Fried Oysters Recipe:

Ingredients:

12 large-medium Oysters, shucked
1 tablespoon Flour
1 Eggs, beaten or 1/4 cup egg Beater’s
1 cup Shake and Bake Seasoned Panko Bread Crumbs
Sea Salt and Pepper, to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil
Lemon Wedges, optional
Hot sauce, optional
Seafood Cocktail Sauce, optional

Preparation:

Place shucked oysters in a colander to drain.

1 – Dip drained oysters in flour, then beaten eggs, shake off excess, and in panko crumbs seasoned with salt and pepper (coating each oyster thoroughly). Set aside to dry at least 1/2 hour. NOTE: An easy way to coat the oysters with the panko crumbs is to place the crumbs in a resealable plastic bag, add egg-dipped oysters, seal bag, and then shake.

2 – Heat canola oil in a frying pan (I like to use my cast-iron frying pan) to 370 degrees F. or until quite hot.

3 – Fry oysters until golden brown on one side, then turn over each oysters carefully to brown the other side, approximately 1 to 2 minutes on each side Fry oyster until golden brown and edges are curled. Do not overcook or overcrowd in frying pan. Remove from frying pan and serve immediately.

Serve with Lemons Wedges, Tartar Sauce, Cocktail Sauce and/or your favorite hot sauce.

Makes 2 servings.

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF OYSTERS
Oysters are naturally high in many essential vitamins and minerals including protein, iron, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, zinc, and vitamin C.

 

 

Hilton’s Fresh Farm Raised Pacific Willapoint Oysters

Product Details
Hilton’s oysters are plump, juicy and full of flavor making them superb for cooking purposes in stews, pan fried, casseroles and turkey stuffing during the Holidays plus many more recipes.

Features
Available year around
Low in fat, calories and cholesterol
Fast and easy to prepare
High in protein, iron, omega 3 fatty acids, zinc and vitamin C
All natural
Product of USA

Ingredients
Fresh Pacific Small Willapoint Oysters

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/

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

September 2, 2017 at 6:07 PM | Posted in chicken | 7 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%

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