Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe – Roasted Italian Chicken

September 8, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Sunday's Chicken Dinner | 2 Comments
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This week’s Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe is – Roasted Italian Chicken. You’ll be preparing a Whole Broiler-Fryer Chicken with a rub of Herbs and Spices. Then roasted at 375°F until done. The entire family will be wanting seconds of this week’s dish! It’s from the CooksRecipes website where you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines. So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Roasted Italian Chicken
Roasted Italian ChickenRoasted chicken tastes better if something flavorful, such as an herb, is placed under its skin. The under-the-skin rub method used in this recipe contributes a lot of flavor while working like a marinade.

Recipe Ingredients:
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon snipped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons snipped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 ( 3 to 3 1/2-pound) whole broiler-fryer chicken

Cooking Directions:
1 – In a small bowl whisk together vinegar, oil, oregano, basil, lemon juice, thyme, salt, pepper, and garlic. Set aside.
2 – Rinse inside of chicken; pat dry with paper towels. Tie legs to tail. Twist wing tips under back. Slip your fingers between the skin and the breast and leg meat of the chicken, forming a pocket. Spoon herb mixture into pocket. Place chicken, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. If desired, insert an oven-going meat thermometer into center of an inside thigh muscle, making sure it doesn’t touch bone.
3 – Roast in a 375°F (190°C) oven for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until drumsticks move easily in their sockets and chicken is no longer pink (180°F / 85°C). Remove chicken from oven. Cover with foil and let stand for 10 minutes before carving.
Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): calories: 266, total fat: 17g, saturated fat: 4g, cholesterol: 79mg, sodium: 268mg, carbohydrate: 2g, fiber: 0g, protein: 25g
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/chicken/roasted_italian_chicken_recipe.html

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Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe – Chicken Legs with Glazed Eggplant, Zucchini and Apricots SUNDAY

August 18, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in chicken, CooksRecipes, Sunday's Chicken Dinner | Leave a comment
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This week’s Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe is – Chicken Legs with Glazed Eggplant, Zucchini and Apricots. Made using Whole Chicken Leg Quarters along with Rosemary, Balsamic Vinegar, Honey, Eggplant, Zucchini, and Apricots. Grab your skewers and fire that grill up for this week’s recipe! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website where you’ll find a huge selection of recipes that will please every one’s tastes, diets, and cuisines so check it out today. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Chicken Legs with Glazed Eggplant, Zucchini and Apricots

Recipe Ingredients:
4 whole chicken leg quarters
2 teaspoons salt – divided use
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper – divided use
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 small eggplant, sliced into 1/2 to 3/4-inch slices
2 small zucchini, sliced into 1/2 to 3/4-inch slices
8 dried apricots
8 wooden or metal skewers

Cooking Directions:
1 – In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic and olive oil. Crush into a paste by pressing the garlic to the sides and bottom of the bowl with the back of a spoon.
2 – Place chicken legs in baking dish and rub all over with garlic rosemary paste, rubbing over and under skin. Allow chicken to marinate for 30 minutes.
3 – While chicken is marinating, combine balsamic vinegar, honey, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce by half, about 15 to 20 minutes. If using wooden skewers, soak skewers in water to prevent burning while cooking.
4 – Place vegetables and apricots in a large bowl. Pour balsamic glaze over; toss to coat well. String vegetables and apricots onto skewers, alternating between eggplant, zucchini and apricots. Reserve any remaining glaze in bowl.
5 – Preheat broiler or prepare grill by heating on high, covered for about 10 minutes. Adjust grill heat to medium high after preheating.
6 – Over medium high heat, sear or broil chicken on lightly oiled rack. Turn over once until well browned, cooking for a total of 6 to 8 minutes. Continue to cook chicken, moving and turning to avoid burning. Grill or broil chicken, until it reaches an internal temperature of 170°F (76.6°C), about another 20 to 25 minutes.
7 – When chicken is halfway done, place vegetable skewers on grill or under broiler. Grill, turning often, until vegetables are tender and browned but not falling off of skewers, about 15 to 20 minutes.
8 – To Serve: Place chicken on a platter, arrange skewers (or remove vegetables from skewers if preferred) next to chicken. Drizzle warm vegetables with remaining honey balsamic glaze.
Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 340; Total Fat: 9g; Cholesterol: 70mg; Total Carbs: 38g; Protein: 30g; Sodium: 960mg.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/chicken/chicken_legs_with_glazed_eggplant_zucchini_and_apricots_recipe.html

Meanwhile back at the SayersBrook Bison Ranch…… Duck Breast with Balsamic Vinegar and Cherry Reduction

November 11, 2017 at 6:27 AM | Posted in SayersBrook Ranch | 2 Comments
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This week from the SayersBrook Bison Ranch website (http://www.sayersbrook.com/) it’s a recipe for Duck Breast with Balsamic Vinegar and Cherry Reduction. Made using SayersBrook Duck Magret, that you can purchase at the SayersBrook site. Duck is just one of the SayersBrook products you’ll be able to choose from. They also have selections of Bison, Elk, Wild Boar, Ostrich, Rabbit, and more! Now more on the recipe for Duck Breast with Balsamic Vinegar and Cherry Reduction. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.sayersbrook.com/

 

Duck Breast with Balsamic Vinegar and Cherry Reduction

Although higher in fat than other domestic birds, duck is a good source of protein and iron. Duck is meaty with a dark meat. So, if you love chicken thighs over white meat, then you’ll love duck.
Duck Breast with Balsamic Vinegar and Cherry Reduction


This simple preparation enhances the duck without obliterating the natural flavor. Does not require a long marination. Perfect for a special meal. Preparation time does not include marinating time

Ingredients

* 4 duck breast halves
* 5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar*
* salt and pepper, to taste
* extra balsamic vinegar, for drizzling (optional)
* for cherry reduction please see ‘notes’

Instructions

1 – Using a sharp knife, score the duck skin (fat) with diagonal parallel slashes 1/2 inch apart to make a diamond pattern, being careful not to pierce through to the flesh.
2 – Pour the balsamic vinegar into a shallow dish just wide enough to fit the breasts in one layer.
3 – Add the duck, flesh (not fat) side down; cover and leave to marinate for 20 minutes at room temperature (can be marinated up to 2 hours refrigerated but remove for last twenty minutes at room temperature).
Notes

Cherry Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

1 – Add 4 oz. of black cherry fruit spread, sweetened only with fruit juice.
2 – Pour chicken broth and most of the vinegar into a saucepan over med-low heat.
3 – Add fruit spread and reduce for about half an hour, or until it’s reduced by about 2/3. When duck is sliced, add the extra juices to your sauce.
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“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Potato Gnocchi with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

April 24, 2017 at 5:28 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Potato Gnocchi with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella. The name alone sounds like nothing but “delicious”. Fresh made Gnocchi topped with Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has a large selection of recipes of all cuisines and tastes. Enjoy and eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

 

Potato Gnocchi with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

This is Italian comfort food—homemade potato gnocchi served with a tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. Recipe created by Chef Thomas Catherall, C.M.C.

 

 

Recipe Ingredients:

Gnocchi:*
2 pounds russet baking potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 to 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Sauce:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
10 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced (or 1 1/2 [28 ounces each] cans Italian plum tomatoes, drained and chopped)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
Large pinch crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup dry red wine
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 to 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut in 1/4-inch cubes
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

 

Cooking Directions:

1 – For Gnocchi: Place the potatoes in a saucepan and add water just to the level of the potatoes. Salt the water. Bring to a boil and cook until very soft, 25 minutes. Drain well; let stand in the colander for 10 minutes.
2 – Spread the flour on your work surface. With a potato ricer or food mill fit with a medium disk, rice the warm potatoes evenly over the entire top of the the flour. Toss together lightly with your fingers to distribute the potatoes and flour evenly. Make a well in the center and add the egg. Knead to form a ball. Knead 1 minute to gather up all of the bits of flour and potato on the work surface. Cover with an inverted bowl and let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
3 – Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces. On a floured surface, roll each piece into a 1/2-inch-thick rope, approximately 12 inches long. Working with one rope at a time (keeping the others covered with towel), with floured hands, cut through the dough with the curved edge of a fork, every 1/2 inch. On the back edge of the fork, roll each piece forward and back, making fork indentations and shell shapes. Toss with the flour. Place on a floured baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.
4 – Heat salted water in large Dutch oven.
5 – For Sauce: Heat the olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomatoes, oregano, crushed red pepper, balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, wine, sugar, salt, and pepper. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until the liquid begins to evaporate and the sauce thickens slightly. Remove from the heat. Puree in a blender or food processor. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and red wine vinegar. Return to skillet.
6 – To complete the recipe, bring salted water to a boil. Cook about half of the gnocchi until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon. Repeat with the remaining gnocchi.
7 – Add the cooked gnocchi to the sauce. Heat thoroughly. Toss in the mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with grated cheese; serve immediately.
Makes 8 servings.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/potato_gnocchi_with_tomatoes_and_fresh_mozzarella_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 17, 2013 at 8:43 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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If you eat pimientos, make sure to cover them in vinegar before storing them in the fridge. They’ll last much longer.

32 No-Cook Recipes to Beat the Heat

August 17, 2013 at 9:06 AM | Posted in cooking, Eating Well | Leave a comment
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As August heats up beat the heat with these 32 No-Cook Recipes from the Eating Well web site. The link is at the end of the post, Enjoy!

 

Eating Well

 

32 No-Cook Recipes to Beat the Heat
When the temperature is hot and the humidity is high, the last thing you want to do is heat up your kitchen. Using handy pre-cooked convenience foods and relying heavily on fresh produce, these easy no-cook recipes for healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners, appetizers will keep your house cool and satisfy your need for healthy, delicious. and quick with these appetite for the taste of summer.

 

Italian Vegetable Hoagies
This delightfully easy, and somewhat messy, sandwich packs a punch with sweet balsamic vinegar, artichoke hearts, red onion, provolone cheese and zesty pepperoncini. We love it for dinner as well as lunch. If you’re packing the hoagies to take along, keep the ingredients separate and assemble right before eating to avoid soggy bread. Serve with tomato and cucumber salad….

 
Creamy Avocado & White Bean Wrap
White beans mashed with ripe avocado and blended with sharp Cheddar and onion makes an incredibly rich, flavorful filling for this wrap. The tangy, spicy slaw adds crunch. A pinch (or more) of ground chipotle pepper and an extra dash of cider vinegar can be used in place of the canned chipotles in adobo sauce. Serve with tortilla chips, salsa and Tecate beer….

 
Get these and 30 other No-Cook Recipes to Beat the Heat by clicking the link below.

 

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/no_cook_recipes?sssdmh=dm17.683883&utm_source=EWTWNL&esrc=nwewtw080613

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

March 19, 2013 at 9:19 AM | Posted in vegetables | 1 Comment
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To make sure beets keep their red color through the entire cooking process, cook them whole with at least two inches of stem still attached, add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water.

Chicken Tenders w/ Rice, Sweet Peppers, Mushrooms, and Garlic Bread

March 8, 2013 at 6:13 PM | Posted in chicken, low calorie, low carb, mushrooms, vegetables | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Chicken Tenders w/ Rice, Sweet Peppers, Mushrooms, and Garlic Bread

 
Beautiful day out today, about 45 degrees and sunny! tried another new one for dinner tonight, ChickenTenders w/ Rice, Sweet Chicken and Sweet Peppers 003Peppers, Mushrooms, and Garlic Bread. New recipe and some new ingredients.

 

 

 

Chicken Tenders w/ Rice, Sweet Peppers, Mushrooms, and Garlic Bread tonight for dinner. As I said I tried a couple of new ingredients to prepare dinner tonight. The Chicken Tenders were Weight Watchers Chicken Tenders. I purchased them at Walmart and haven’t seen them elsewhere yet. They come frozen and preweighed at 2 oz. Each tender is 99% fat-free and only 60 calories and 0 carbs. You can bake them or prepare them by stove top, which is how I made them. To prepare them I seasoned the chicken with sea salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heated 1 tablespoons of the oil. Then sautéed the chicken over medium-high heat, turning once, until gold on both sides, about 8 minutes total. Transferred the Chicken to a plate.

 

Now to prepare the rest of meal I needed 1 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2 cups thinly sliced mixed Red, Yellow, Orange and/or Green Bell Peppers, Small Package of Baby Bella Sliced Mushrooms, 1 large garlic cloves, finely chopped, 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, 1 tablespoons high-quality Balsamic Vinegar, and 1 Serving of Rice A Roni (Chicken Flavor).

 

Using the same skillet as the Chicken was fried in add the remaining 1 tablespoons of oil to the skillet and reduce the heat to medium. Cook the bell peppers, stirring often, until just softened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute, Stir in about half of the basil and the vinegar. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the sliced mushrooms. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes. Stir in the remaining basil and season with salt and pepper. As this was finishing I prepared the Rice A Roni, microwaved for 3 1/2 minutes and served. I also baked some Walmart Bakery Garlic Knot Bread. This makes one delicious chicken dish! The sweet peppers and Balsamic Vinegar are a great pairing with the chicken. For dessert/snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Jolly Time Pop Corn.

 

 
Chicken Tenders w/ Rice, Sweet Peppers, MushroomsChicken and Sweet Peppers 001

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

3 skinless, boneless Chicken Tenders
Sea Salt and freshly Ground Pepper
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cups thinly sliced mixed Red, Yellow, Orange and/or Green Bell Peppers
Small Package of Baby Bella Sliced Mushrooms
1 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoons high-quality Balsamic Vinegar
1 Serving of favorite Rice
Directions:
Cook the rice according to package instructions.

Season the chicken with sea salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoons of the oil. Saute the chicken over medium-high heat, turning once, until gold on both sides, about 8 minutes total. Transfer the Chicken to a plate.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoons of oil to the skillet and reduce the heat to medium. Cook the bell peppers, stirring often, until just softened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute, Stir in about half of the basil and the vinegar. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the sliced mushrooms. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes. Stir in the remaining basil and season with salt and pepper.

Serve over bed of rice or have rice as side dish and favorite bread.

 
Pero Family Farms® Mini Sweet Peppers available in convenient 2lb. bags, 8oz. bags or 1 pint clamshells are a wonderfully sweet and delicious pepper.

This bite-sized pepper is sweet to the taste. Great for grilling, salads, stir fry or as a snack stuffed with your favorite condiments once you’ve tried them you can’t stop eating ‘em! Pero Family Farms® Mini Sweet Peppers are the sweet to eat anytime treat!

 

http://perofamilyfarms.com/mini-sweet-peppers

 

 

 

Weight Watcher Chicken Tenders

NEW! Chicken Tenders
1 PointsPlus® value per tender
These tenders make a quick great tasting meal or fun appetizer. They are 99% fat free with only 60 calories per 2 ounce tender. Try in your next salad or dip in your favorite sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1.0 tender (57 g)
Servings Per Container 15
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.5 g 1%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 30 mg 10%
Sodium 90 mg 4%
Potassium — —
Total Carbohydrate 0 g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0 g 0%
Sugars 0 g
Protein 12 g

 
http://www.weightwatchers.com/shop/categoryshowcase.aspx?pageid=1332861

Grilled Flank Steak, Portobello and Green Bean Salad

September 5, 2011 at 5:16 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, flat iron steak, Food, low calorie, low carb, salad, vegetables | Leave a comment
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I seen this on an episode of Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger and gave it try for dinner tonight. I used a Flat Iron Steak and used a cast iron grill pan to prepare the Steak and Mushrooms. The recipe called for a 1/2 a Red Onion, I only used a 1/4 Red Onion and not a huge Tomato fan so I omitted the Tomatoes. The recipe and directions are at the bottom of the post. Everything turned out delicious! The Balsamic Vinegar along with the other dressing ingredients make a fantastic dressing and provides a real kick to the Steak and Green Beans. Plus it’s only 410 calories and 25 carbs!

Grilled Flank Steak, Portobello and Green Bean Salad
Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger
Ingredients

* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
* 2 tablespoons orange juice
* 1 tablespoon minced garlic
* 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
* 1 1/4 pound flank steak, trimmed of all visible fat
* 4 large portobello mushroom caps (about 3/4 to 1 pound), wiped clean with a paper towel
* 1 tablespoon water
* 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
* 3/4 pound green beans, trimmed
* 1 (5-ounce) bag baby spinach leaves (5 cups baby spinach, lightly packed)
* 4 vine-ripened tomatoes (1 pound), each sliced into 8 wedges
* 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

Make marinade:
Directions

Combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, orange juice, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, chili flakes, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk. Place steak and mushrooms in a glass baking dish or sealable plastic bag and pour marinade on top. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 or up to 4 hours.

Make dressing:

Combine remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, 3 tablespoons vinegar, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, water, mustard, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Whisk until incorporated.

Place green beans in a steamer basket over a few inches of boiling water and steam until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Allow to cool in the refrigerator, or to cool quickly, drain and plunge in a bowl of ice water for 2 minutes. Drain and reserve.

Spray a grill or grill pan with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Remove steak and mushrooms from marinade, and discard marinade. Grill steak until medium-rare and mushrooms until cooked through but still juicy, about 4 to 5 minutes per side for both steak and mushrooms. Remove to a cutting board and let rest about 10 minutes. Cut steak across the grain into 1/4-inch slices; cut mushrooms into 1/4-inch slices.

To assemble salad, toss steak slices, mushroom slices, spinach leaves, tomatoes, green beans and onions with dressing. Divide among 4 plates.

Note for Nutrition Analysis: 1/2 the marinade remains after marinating so subtract 1 TBS olive oil, 1 1/2 TBS Balsamic, 1 TBS orange juice and 1 teaspoon garlic from analysis

Per Serving:

Calories 410; Total Fat 19 g; (Sat Fat 4.5 g, Mono Fat 10 g, Poly Fat 2 g) ; Protein 37 g; Carb 25 g; Fiber 8 g; Cholesterol 45 mg; Sodium 330 mg

Top 20 Power Foods for Diabetes

June 21, 2011 at 8:59 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, fruits, low calorie, low carb | Leave a comment
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I had been showing  articles from Diabetic Living On Line on 15 Foods that were bad for Diabetes and now I’ll be showing articles on the Top 20 Power Foods for Diabetes and some healthy recipes along with it. All from: http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

By Lori Brookhart-Schervish; Contributing writer Marsha McCulloch, RD; Reviewed by Connie Crawley, RD, LD, 2009

Including these extra-healthy power foods in your diet will help you meet your nutritional needs as well as lower your risk of diabetes complications such as heart disease. Of course, the foods on this list shouldn’t be the only foods you eat, but incorporating some or all into your diabetes meal plan will help improve your overall health.

Are These Power Foods in Your Diet?

If you already follow a healthful meal plan filled with whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, and lean protein, congratulations! You’re on your way to a long, healthy life and are taking a major step in controlling your weight and blood glucose levels. Plus, you’re probably already eating a bunch of the foods on this list.

For those who are taking the baby-steps approach to eating better, this list is even more helpful. Not only are these power foods high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, they’re also familiar and easy to find. That means you don’t have to hunt down any exotic ingredients or shop at specialty grocery stores to find foods that will help you get on track with a healthful meal plan.

#11 Melon

A dessert straight from nature, melons come in many varieties including watermelon, cantaloupe, muskmelon, honeydew, casaba, crenshaw, Persian, and pepino.

While all provide good nutrients, watermelon is high in vitamins C and B6 and is a good source of the antioxidant lycopene, which may help protect against cancer, says nutritionist Jeannette Jordan. Lycopene is commonly associated with tomatoes and tomato juice, but watermelon is another optimal source. Watermelon is also high in beta-carotene, which the body uses to make vitamin A.

Honeydew is high in vitamin C and a good source of potassium, which can help improve or maintain blood pressure, according to the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide Online. Check with a health-care professional before increasing potassium intake if you have kidney complications or kidney disease.

Cantaloupe is also high in potassium and the antioxidant beta-carotene, and it’s a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and folate. The American Heart Association recommends getting enough folate and other B vitamins in your diet to help lower homocysteine levels, which may help decrease the risk of heart disease.

Tips for choosing the best melon:

Watermelon should be firm and without bruising or dents. Store whole melons at room temperature for up to 10 days. One serving is 1 slice or 1-1/4 cups cubed.

Honeydew should feel heavy, have a slight scent, and not have bruising or softness. One serving is 1 slice or 1 cup cubed.

Cantaloupe should have well-defined netting, feel heavy, and have a strong smell. Store cantaloupes away from other foods to avoid crossing flavors. One serving is 1/3 of a melon or 1 cup cubed.

Marinated Melon
A splash of white balsamic vinegar in berry-flavor sparkling water gives low-fat, low-calorie melon balls a company-special twist.
CARB GRAMS PER SERVING: 11

1/2     cup calorie-free sparkling water with berry flavor
3     tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
4     cups assorted melon balls
Fresh lemon verbena (optional)

1. In a medium bowl, combine sparkling water and white balsamic vinegar; add melon balls. Toss gently to coat. Cover and chill for 2 to 4 hours or until ready to serve.

2. Divide melon mixture among six dessert glasses or bowls. If desired, garnish with lemon verbena. Makes 6 servings

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

* Calories47
* Total Fat (g)0
* Saturated Fat (g)0
* Cholesterol (mg)0
* Sodium (mg)16
* Carbohydrate (g)11
* Fiber (g)1
* Protein (g)1
* Vitamin A (DV%)0
* Vitamin C (DV%)0
* Calcium (DV%)0
* Iron (DV%)0
Diabetic Exchanges
* Fruit (d.e.).5

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

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