“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Herbed Bean and Sweet Potato Hash

May 14, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Herbed Bean and Sweet Potato Hash. A Herbed Bean and Sweet Potato Hash with an option of topping with or without an Egg. The dish is only 250 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving. You can find this recipe along with the many other delicious and healthy recipes at the CooksRecipes website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Herbed Bean and Sweet Potato Hash
This wholesome and colorful vegetarian hash can be served anytime of the day, with or without the egg topper.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
4 cups peeled cubed sweet potato (1/2-inch cubes)
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 (15-ounce) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed, drained (1 1/2 cups cooked)
1 (15-ounce) can small red beans, rinsed, drained (1 1/2 cups cooked)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Cooking Directions:
1 – Melt butter in a large skillet; add sweet potatoes, bell pepper, onion, garlic, and herbs. Cook, covered, over medium heat until vegetables are tender, 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2 – Mash beans coarsely; stir into vegetable mixture and cook until hot through, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper.
Makes 6 servings (about 1 cup each).

Tip: Top with one poached or sunny-side-up egg.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories 250; Fat 3g; % Calories from Fat 10; Potassium; 641mg; Calcium 67mg; Carbohydrate 48g; Folate 96mcg; Sodium 711mg; Protein 10g; Dietary Fiber 13g; Cholesterol 5mg.



Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 9, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 2 Comments
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Use the Grocery Store Salad Bar……..

You need sides or toppings for a dish or fresh ingredients for a recipe but you don’t need much – Try your Grocery Salad Bar. Most have sliced Olives, Mushrooms, Bacon, Chick Peas, Beans, Chopped Lettuce, and more. Why waste money buying a full can of something that you’ll end up not using. Think Salad Bar!

Cincy-Cinco 2018 May 5-6, 2018 Cincinnati, OH

May 4, 2018 at 10:09 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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About This Festival
Fountain Square 520 Vine St Cincinnati, OH

The family-friendly Cincy-Cinco in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a community-wide event that promotes Latino culture with a two-day celebration. Traditionally held the weekend before Cinco de Mayo, the event features traditional Mexican mariachi bands, salsa band, authentic cuisine from across the border, a llamas and alpacas petting zoo, unique Hispanic art and clothing, a children’s area and folkloric dance performances.


“Meatless Monday’ Recipe of the Week – Jamaican Beans and Rice

April 23, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday’ Recipe of the Week is – Jamaican Beans and Rice. You’ll never miss the Meat with this week’s recipe of Jamaican Beans and Rice. Red Beans, Black Beans, and Sweet Potatoes are just a few of the ingredients that make up this recipe. It’s from the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes and cuisines so check it out today! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Jamaican Beans and Rice
Sassy Jamaican-style beans and rice makes for a quick and easy weekday or weekend meal.

Recipe Ingredients:
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped red or green pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 jalapeño chile, veins and seeds discarded, minced
1 1/4 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 (14.5-ounce) can fat-free reduced-sodium vegetable broth
2 (15-ounce) cans red or black beans, rinsed, drained (3 cups cooked)
2 cups cubed peeled sweet potatoes (1/2-inch cubes)
3 tablespoons lime juice

Cooking Directions:
1 – Sauté onion, pepper, garlic, jalapeño, thyme, and allspice in oil in medium saucepan 3 to 4 minutes.
2 – Add vegetable broth, beans and sweet potatoes to saucepan; heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until sweet potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in lime juice. Serve over rice.
Makes 4 servings (about 1 cup each).

Tips: Frozen onion and green pepper, and prepared garlic can be used. Recipe can be prepared 1 to 2 days in advance; refrigerate, covered.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories 392; Fat 4g; % Calories from Fat 8; Carbohydrate 74g; Folate 210mcg; Sodium 547mg; Protein 18g; Dietary Fiber 7g; Cholesterol 0mg.


Healthy Bean Soup Recipes

April 19, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Bean Soup Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Bean Soup Recipes like; Southwestern Three-Bean and Barley Soup, Roasted Tomato and Vegetable Soup, and Vegetable Weight-Loss Soup. Find these and more at the EatingWell website. Don’t forget to subscribe to one my favorite Food Magazines – EatingWell Magazine. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Bean Soup Recipes
Find healthy, delicious bean soup recipes including black bean, lentil and white bean soup. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Southwestern Three-Bean and Barley Soup
Serve this zesty bean and barley soup garnished with chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime, if desired………

Roasted Tomato and Vegetable Soup
This veggie-packed side-dish vegetable soup can be made in the slow cooker. Just make a few tweaks (see Variation)……..

Vegetable Weight-Loss Soup
A big bowl of this veggie-packed minestrone will leave you satisfied for hours without consuming a lot of calories—plus it’s an easy way to boost your vegetable servings for the day. Top with a dollop of pesto before devouring this delicious skinny vegetable soup…..

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

April 19, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Pinto Beans………….

Here’s a little about on of my favorite Beans – Pinto beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other beans. … Pinto beans are also an excellent source of molybdenum, a very good source of folate, and a good source of protein, vitamin B1, and vitamin B6 as well as the minerals copper, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, manganese, and potassium.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

April 3, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Bean dish flavor hint…….

If you’re making beans as a side dish, add a small amount of brown sugar or molasses at the end of cooking for a delicious flavor.

One of America’s Favorites – Mission Burrito MONDAY

April 2, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Mission burrito

A Mission burrito (also known as a San Francisco burrito or a Mission-style burrito) is a type of burrito that first became popular during the 1960s in the Mission District of San Francisco, California. It is distinguished from other burritos by its large size and inclusion of extra rice and other ingredients. A key method to the burritos’ construction is to steam the wheat flour tortilla to increase its flexibility prior to adding the other ingredients, although that is not a requirement and burritos may be grilled instead. It has been referred to as one of three major styles of burritos in the United States, following the earlier, simple burrito consisting of beans, rice, and meat. It precedes the California burrito, which developed in the 1980s and contains cheese and potatoes.

Many taquerías in the Mission and greater San Francisco Bay Area specialize in Mission burritos. It is typically a large flour tortilla that is wrapped and folded around a variety of ingredients, served in a piece of aluminum foil. A food critic for the San Francisco Chronicle counted hundreds of taquerias in the Bay Area, and noted that the question of which taqueria makes the best burrito can “encourage fierce loyalty and ferocious debate”. New York-based writer Calvin Trillin said that the burrito in San Francisco “has been refined and embellished in much the same way that the pizza has been refined and embellished in Chicago.” Since its commercial availability began in the 1960s, the style has spread widely throughout the United States and Canada.

Though an authentic mission burrito is made in San Francisco’s Mission District at family owned Mexican restaurants called “taquerias”, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Panchero’s Mexican Grill, Freebirds World Burrito, Barberitos, and Taco del Mar are large national chains in North America that arguably offer versions of a San Francisco style burrito. Chipotle was started by a chef who directly acknowledges the inspiration of Mission taquerias. The New York City–based restaurant chain BurritoVille, which existed from 1992 to 2008, specialized in San Francisco–style burritos. Atlanta was home to one of the first San Francisco–style burrito restaurants on the East Coast, called Tortillas, from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s.

Some New York establishments advertise “Cal-Mex” or “San Francisco style” burritos. Two chains of Boston taquerias (Anna’s Taqueria and Boca Grande Taqueria) are directly modeled after a local Bay Area chain, and other burrito businesses also cite the influence of San Francisco burritos.

Burritos made in the San Francisco style can be found in other cities across the United States.

A small chain of establishments have been appearing in the UK under the name “Mission Burrito” selling Mission-style burritos in Oxford, Reading, and Bristol. M4 Burritos, with two Montreal locations, also claims to serve Mission-inspired fare.

Mission burrito as served wrapped in foil, with chips and salsa

The aluminum foil wrapping, which is present whether the customer is eating in the restaurant or taking out, acts as a structural support to ensure that the tortilla does not rupture.

Diners eating Mission burritos customarily forgo utensils entirely and eat the burrito with their hands, tearing the foil gradually down as they eat from above, but keeping the foil on the bottom to continue to support the structure of the uneaten portion. Adding salsa to the burrito before each subsequent bite is a popular practice.


Healthy Ham Recipes

March 31, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Ham Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Ham Recipes like; Ham and Jam Crispbreads, Fresh Ham with Red Pepper Glaze, and Classic White Bean and Ham Soup. While at the website you subscribe to the EatingWell Magazine. I’ve been subscribed for the 5 or more years and have found so many recipes and recipe ideas, I love it! So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Ham Recipes
Find healthy, delicious ham recipes. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Ham and Jam Crispbreads
Smørrebrød is the Danish name for open-face sandwiches served on rye. Eating fiber-rich rye crisps (or rye bread) at breakfast (instead of white bread) may help you feel satisfied longer and help keep blood sugar levels steady. This version features lingonberry jam (yes, the kind you find at IKEA), ham and chives……….

Fresh Ham with Red Pepper Glaze
For this fresh roast ham recipe, look for meat that hasn’t been cured or smoked. Many markets stock fresh hams, but you may need to special-order one to be sure. Ask your butcher to remove the skin and leave a layer of fat to self-baste the ham as it roasts…….

Classic White Bean and Ham Soup
This healthy ham and white bean soup recipe is ready in 30 minutes and makes enough for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow. Just a little bit of ham adds savory flavor and protein without adding too much sodium………..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Ham Recipes

The Cincinnati Chili Trail

March 22, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in chili | Leave a comment
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Those of you that live or have visited know how delicious the Chili is here in this area is. Cheese Coneys, Chili Spaghetti, Chili Sandwich, 3-Way, 4-Way, or 5-Way we have them all here. But if you have never had the pleasure of following The Cincinnati Chili Trail, here’s your guide. Enjoy and that Chili! The link to full article is at the bottom of the post.

The Cincinnati Chili Trail

A Cincinnati chili 4-way garnished with oyster crackers

A tour of treasured neighborhood chili joints is a delicious way to get to know the Queen City’s diverse enclaves.

If you’ve lived in Cincinnati for any amount of time, you’ve likely stumbled into the center of a debate between die-hard fans of Skyline and Gold Star: which local chili chain is the best? Both founded by immigrants — Skyline in 1949 by Greek transplant Nicholas Lambrinides and Gold Star in 1965 by the four Jordanian Daoud brothers — they used secret family recipes to create the city’s top feuding chili empires, spreading saucy meat and golden cheese across the Tristate.

But if partisan chili politics isn’t your thing, you can always take the road less traveled and try your tastebuds at a neighborhood parlor, which are just as steeped in tradition and their own unique recipes. Some, like iconic (and James Beard Award-winning) Camp Washington Chili or Food Network-featured Blue Ash Chili are already famous in their own right. Others? Others are more obscure and may not haven’t gotten the Guy Fieri stamp of approval, but are just as vital — and delicious — community institutions.

Starting with the godfather of chili parlors, Empress Chili, and working our way around the city from Northside to Newport, we tried to get a taste for the history and cuisine of several distinct neighborhood spots. We not only discovered the impact that Empress has had as the proverbial trunk of the local family tree of chili joints, but also that noodles slathered in meat sauce taste distinct at each destination.

We couldn’t visit every cherished chili parlor, but here are the fables and flavors behind those we did…….
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