January 22nd National Southern Food Day

January 22, 2020 at 3:19 PM | Posted in National Food Day | Leave a comment
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National Southern Food Day is celebrated all around the United States on January 22nd each year. Southern Cuisine is a historical regional cuisine form of states south of the Mason-Dixon Line and extends to Texas.

The influences of southern food come from African, English, Scottish, Irish, French and Native American cultures. Many items, like squash, tomatoes and corn (including grits), and the practice of barbequing, were influenced from the Native American Indian tribes such as the Seminoles, Caddo and Choctaw.

Some traditional dishes, such as fried chicken, came from the Scottish and many of the spices are of African influence. So today enjoy some fried chicken, barbeque, collards greens, black eye peas and all the other famous southern comfort food.

http://www.airculinaireworldwide.com/national-southern-food-day/

Recipes for Weight-Loss and Diet

January 22, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Recipes for Weight-Loss and Diet. Here’s some Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Weight-Loss and Diet. Find recipes like Lasagna Soup, Chicken and Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto, and Creamy Garlic Pasta with Shrimp and Vegetables. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Start your New Year off with Healthy, Delicious, and New Recipes by subscribing to the EatingWell Magazine, one of my favorites! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Recipes for Weight-Loss and Diet
Find healthy, delicious weight-loss and diet recipes including breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Healthier recipes with high fiber content and low in calories, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Lasagna Soup
This quick and healthy lasagna soup recipe has all the comforting flavors of classic lasagna with plenty of tomatoes, Italian turkey sausage and lasagna noodles broken into bite-size bits. A dollop of ricotta cheese mixed with mozzarella and Parmesan adds a creamy finishing touch. Serve the soup with a green salad and crusty bread to sop up what’s left in the bowl for an easy healthy dinner that’s ready in under 30 minutes………………………..

Chicken and Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto
This fragrant, Italian-flavored soup takes advantage of quick-cooking ingredients–boneless, skinless chicken breast, bagged baby spinach and canned beans. It features a simple homemade basil pesto swirled in at the end to add a fresh herb flavor. If you are very pressed for time, you can substitute 3 to 4 tablespoons of a store-bought basil pesto. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell………………………………

Creamy Garlic Pasta with Shrimp and Vegetables
Toss a garlicky, Middle Eastern-inspired yogurt sauce with pasta, shrimp, asparagus, peas and red bell pepper for a fresh, satisfying summer meal. Serve with: Slices of cucumber and tomato tossed with lemon juice and olive oil…………………………

* Click the link below to get all the Recipes for Weight-Loss and Diet
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18045/weight-loss-diet/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 22, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Storing Mushrooms……………………

Store mushrooms in original packaging or in a porous paper bag for prolonged shelf life. Some mushrooms may keep for up to one week in the refrigerator. Fresh mushrooms should never be frozen, but frozen sautéed mushrooms will keep for up to one month.

Cooking concentrates their woodsy flavor and aroma, making them a natural for a variety of recipes. Baked, sauteed, stuffed, in stews and sauces, atop pizza, or slathered on a steak, their rich taste is distinctive and comforting. Love those Mushrooms!

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Enlightened Tuna Noodle Casserole

January 21, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is Enlightened Tuna Noodle Casserole. Here’s a Diabetic Friendly Enlightened Tuna Noodle Casserole. Made using Elbow Macaroni, Onion, Celery, Red Bell Pepper, Whole Wheat Flour, Fat-Free Reduced-Sodium Vegetable Broth, Cottage Cheese, and Spices. You can find this recipe at the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetes Friendly Recipes, Diabetes Management Tips, Diabetic News, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine, one of my favorites. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Enlightened Tuna Noodle Casserole
Your family is sure to ask for seconds of this traditional comfort food!

Ingredients
4 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1 1/2 cups fat-free reduced-sodium vegetable broth, warmed
2 packages (3 ounces each) albacore tuna
1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese
1 teaspoon ground paprika
Fresh dill sprigs (optional)

Directions
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1/4 of casserole

1 -Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2 – Cook macaroni according to package directions, omitting salt. Drain; set aside.

3 – Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 3 minutes. Add celery and bell pepper; cook and stir 3 minutes. Sprinkle flour, thyme, and white pepper over vegetables; cook and stir 1 minute. Gradually stir in broth; cook and stir until thickened. Remove from heat.

4 – Stir macaroni, tuna, and cottage cheese into skillet until well combined and macaroni is evenly coated. Transfer to prepared dish; sprinkle with paprika.

5 – Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through. Garnish with dill sprigs.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 231 calories, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Protein: 15 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 10 mg, Sodium: 369 mg, Fiber: 3 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/enlightened-tuna-noodle-casserole/

 

 

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Healthy Low-Carb Recipes

January 21, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Low-Carb Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Low-Carb Recipes with recipes including Honey Walnut Shrimp, Loaded Cauliflower Bowls, and Instant Pot Brisket. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Low-Carb Recipes
Find healthy, delicious low-carb recipes including low-carb main dishes, salads, side dishes and desserts from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Honey Walnut Shrimp
We gave a healthy spin to this popular takeout favorite. Walnuts are given a brown sugar coating that pairs nicely with sweet and savory shrimp. Serve the shrimp with rice and steamed veggies to make it a full, healthy meal. This ultra-quick dinner recipe is sure to become a new weeknight favorite………………………….

Loaded Cauliflower Bowls
Enjoy these comforting roasted cauliflower bowls topped with cheese, bacon, scallions and sour cream on their own, or add grilled chicken or shrimp to make it a full meal………………………

Instant Pot Brisket
Your Instant Pot is the perfect appliance to turn to if you want tender, juicy beef brisket done quickly. Here, we cut the brisket in half so it can fit inside the pot. After it’s seared, it’s cooked with plenty of onions that add body once blended into the flavorful, rich sauce. If you are making this brisket for Passover, look for products (like ketchup) that are labeled “Kosher for Passover……………………………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Low-Carb Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18013/lifestyle-diets/low-carb/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 21, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When buying Cauliflower…………………….

Look for cauliflower that has a creamy white color with densely packed florets that are free of blemishes, browning or wet spots. The cauliflower head should feel heavy in your hand for its size. Give the leaves a good look. They should be fresh and vibrant, which is a sign that the cauliflower was recently harvested.

Baked Chicken Breast Strips w/ Baked Fries

January 20, 2020 at 6:38 PM | Posted in Ore - Ida, Pilgrim's Chicken | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Baked Chicken Breast Strips w/ Baked Fries

 

 

To start this morning off I prepared Poached Egg that I served on a toasted Thomas Light English Muffin. Also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Another cold morning to start, 14 degrees. For the day it was mostly sunny and 31 degrees. My back was feeling better but today I was having a lot of problems with it. Hope I didn’t pull a muscle or worse. Still taking it easy. So for Dinner tonight its Baked Chicken Breast Strips w/ Baked Fries.

 

 

 

I love the Pilgrim’s Southern Style Breast Strips, it’s always a great go to when you want that easy to prepare meal that still delicious! To prepare them; Preheat the oven to 350° F. Arrange frozen chicken breast strips in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes, to an internal temperature of 165° F as measured by use of a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the Chicken Strip . And Chicken is served! It’s some of the best frozen Chicken you can find! Excellent seasoned breading and very meaty, and easy to prepare. Served it with a side of Hidden Valley Ranch Buffalo Dressing and Litehouse Lite Blue Cheese Dressing/Dip.

 

To go with my Chicken I baked some Ore Ida Crinkle Cut Fries. Seasoned them with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley. Baked them at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. They bake up beautifully and seasoned just right. Served with a side of Hint’s Ketchup for dipping. For Dessert/Snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Snyder’s Mini Pretzels and a Coke Zero to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pilgrim’s Southern Style Breast Strips

Pilgrim’s Southern Style Breast Strips evoke memories of growing up in a sleepy southern town. The crickets chirping, the moss hanging from the trees, the air humid and everything moving slow in the heat. And your grandmother’s delicious home cooking brought the entire family around the table on the weekends.

Our Southern Style Breast Strips feature a juicy piece of chicken with a breading just right to deliver that southern flair. Our special blend of spices and seasonings with the whole muscle goodness of white breast meat will please kids and old-timers alike.

Ideal as:
* Appetizers
* Snacks
* Lunch or Dinner Entrées
* Crowd Pleasers

Cooking Instructions:
Oven: Preheat oven to 350° F. Arrange frozen chicken breast fritters in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes until no pink remains or an internal temperature of 165° F as measured by use of a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the chicken breast fritter.

Fryer: Heat oil to 350° F. Fry frozen chicken breast fritters for 6 minutes or an internal temperature of 165° F as measured by use of a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the chicken breast fritter.

Due to variations in equipment, heating times and/or temperature may require adjustment. DO NOT MICROWAVE.

Nutritional Guide
Serving Size: 4 oz. (112g)
Calories per Serving: 190

Servings per Container: About 8
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6 g 9 %
Cholesterol 40 mg 13 %
Sodium 940 mg 39 %
Total Carbs 17 g 6 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 4 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 17 g
http://www.pilgrims.com/products/productinfo.aspx?id=10

 

 

 


Litehouse – Lite Blue Cheese Dressing

Made with 48% fewer calories than regular blue cheese dressing, this version tastes as delicious as ever. The handcrafted blue cheese crumbles and fresh buttermilk together create a taste you can feel good about. You won’t even miss those calories! Great taste with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
https://www.litehousefoods.com/products/lite-blue-cheese-dressing

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ore Ida Golden Crinkles®

French fries with ridges.Ore Ida Golden Crinkles®
We’re proud to say that our Golden Crinkles® are America’s favorite fries!* What’s not to love? These oh-so-tasty crinkle cut fries are just plain fun, especially when they’re paired with a juicy hamburger or hot dog and dipped in Heinz® Ketchup

SERVING SIZE 84g
CALORIES 120
FAT 4 1/2g
SODIUM 290mg
CARBS 19g
https://www.oreida.com/Products/G/Golden-Crinkles#.Vfy2YN9Viko

National Cheese Lover’s Day

January 20, 2020 at 12:22 PM | Posted in cheese | 1 Comment
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January 20, 2020 is National Cheese Lover’s Day

Today is National Cheese Lover’s Day! Did you know that the average American consumes about 31 pounds of cheese each year? If you are a self-proclaimed cheese lover, indulge in your favorite type of cheese today!

Cheese is a very popular food across the world. There are more than 900 cheese types, classified by taste and texture. Here are the primary classifications and some examples: fresh cheese (ricotta); soft cheese (feta); semi-soft cheese (Fontina); semi-hard cheese (Gouda); hard cheese (Cheddar); double or triple crème cheese (Brillat-Savarin); blue cheese (Gorgonzola); washed rind cheese (Limburger); and bloomy rind cheese (Brie).

Visit your local grocery store and pick up your favorite kind of artisan cheese or cook a cheesy dish for dinner tonight in honor of National Cheese Lover’s Day!
https://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-cheese-lovers-day

One of America’s Favorites – Apple Dumpling

January 20, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 1 Comment
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An apple dumpling is a baked pastry-wrapped apple. To prepare apple dumplings, apples are peeled, cored and sometimes quartered and placed on a portion of dough. The hole from the core may be filled with cinnamon, butter and sugar and sometimes dried fruit such as raisins, sultanas, or currants. The dough is folded over the apples and sealed. Sometimes a spiced sauce is poured over the dumplings which are then baked until tender; the sugar and butter create a sweet sauce. Apple dumplings can be served hot, cold, or room temperature for breakfast, dessert, or as a main dish.

An apple dumpling served with vanilla ice cream

Boiled apple dumplings are among the earliest of fruit puddings. They were eaten “at all social levels”. In 1726 Nicholas Amhurst complained about apple dumplings at Oxford, saying “nothing can be expected from only rot-gut small beer, and heavy apple-dumplings, but stupidity, sleepiness, and indolence. “Two recipes for apple dumplings were published in Hannah Glasse’s 1747 cookbook. In 1749–1750, when botanist Pehr Kalm traveled from New Jersey to Quebec, he reported having apple dumplings at every meal. In 1754 English agriculturalist William Ellis called them one of the most common foods among farmers, along with bacon and pickled pork.

Apple dumplings are typically made by wrapping a pastry crust around a peeled, cored, and sometimes quartered apple, sometimes stuffing the hollow from the core with butter, sugar, sometimes dried fruits such as raisins, sultanas, or currants, and spices, sealing the pastry, and pouring a spiced sauce over the top before baking or, in the case of older recipes, boiling. The earliest recipes refer to boiling, as few homes had ovens, while many later recipes call for baking. Sauces typically call for sugar or brown sugar and butter boiled with water, sometimes with sliced lemons or spices such as cinnamon added for flavor.

Apple dumplings are served for breakfast or other meals, as sides, or as dessert. They are served hot, warm or at room temperature, sometimes with milk, cream, whipped cream, custard, or ice cream. Each dumpling is an individual serving.

Apple dumplings are a common food in the northeastern United States, especially around Pennsylvania, where they are considered a “cultural staple”. Food historians trace this type of apple dumpling back to Glasse’s book. A common recipe among the Pennsylvania Dutch, it is often eaten as a breakfast item or dessert. It is sometimes served with cream, whipped cream, or ice cream.

In the US, September 17 is National Apple Dumpling Day. Annual apple dumpling festivals are held in the towns of Atwood, Illinois, Stuart, Virginia, and Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania.

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 20, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Health Benefits of Chili Pepper………………

Health benefits of Chili pepper includes improves digestive health and metabolism, alleviates migraines, may reduce risks of cancer, fights fungal infections, colds, and the flu, provides joint pain relief, fights inflammation, supports cardiovascular health, may improve cognitive functions, may improve longevity, promotes red blood cell growth, improve ocular health and keeps your hair and skin healthy and more.

The most valuable characteristic of chili peppers is the compound capsaicin. Capsaicin is the primary compound in chili peppers that gives the peppers their distinct taste and a number of health benefits.

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