Chopped Italian Salad

February 11, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Diabetes Self Management, salad | Leave a comment
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I’m passing along a recipe for a Chopped Italian Salad. Made using Romaine Lettuce, Red Onion, Turkey Pepperoni, Black Olives, Chickpeas, Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing and Grated Parmesan Cheese. Nothing like a good Salad! The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Chopped Italian Salad
With just seven ingredients necessary, you can prepare this high-fiber salad in a jiffy!

Ingredients
10 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1/3 cup chopped red onion
20 slices turkey pepperoni, quartered
1 can (2 1/4 ounces) sliced black olives, rinsed and drained
1 can (about 15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup light balsamic vinaigrette dressing
1/3 cup shaved or grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
Yield: 6 servings

Serving size: 1 cup

1 – Combine lettuce, red onion, pepperoni, olives and chickpeas in large bowl. Toss with dressing; sprinkle with cheese.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 148 calories, Carbohydrates: 20 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 12 mg, Sodium: 618 mg, Fiber: 5 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/salads/chopped-italian-salad/

 

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Italian Pasta Salad with Rotisserie Chicken and Garlic Loaf Bread

February 7, 2020 at 6:44 PM | Posted in Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Italian Pasta Salad with Rotisserie Chicken and Garlic Loaf Bread

 

 

 

I just had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for Breakfast. It was a snowy morning around here today. It was windy and we had about 1/2 inch on the ground. By noon it had quit snowing and the sun came out. Still windy but most of the snow melted away, good thing there! I took Mom up to Kroger, she just needed a few things. Back home did laundry and cleaned the house. For Dinner tonight I prepared an Italian Pasta Salad with Rotisserie Chicken and Garlic Loaf Bread.

 

 

I prepared a Italian Pasta Salad, made about noon today. It always taste even better after chilled for a while. A Light and tasty dish that includes Ronzoni Garden Delight Tri Color Rotini Pasta, Black Olives, Kalamata Olives, Hormel Turkey Pepperoni, Anchovies, Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese, Kraft Zesty Italian Fat Free Dressing, McCormick Italian Seasoning. Prepared the Pasta according to the box and added all the ingredients and tossed until well mixed. Then refrigerated until ready to use.

 

 

Boiled the Pasta for 10 minutes and drained it. After it cooled I seasoned and added it with the Black Olives, Kalamata Olives, Hormel Turkey Pepperoni, Anchovies, Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese, Kraft Zesty Italian Fat Free Dressing, McCormick Italian Seasoning. I can’t wait to dig in!

 

 

 

 

While at Kroger I had Mom pick up a Kroger Rotisserie Whole Chicken. We love Rotisserie Chicken, delicious and easy to prepare. When it was time for Dinner I heated the oven on 325 degrees. Got a small baking pan and sprayed it with Pam Non Stick Cooking Spray. Took the Chicken out of the package and into the baking pan. Reheat it for 30 minutes and served.

 

 

 

 

To serve made a bed of the Pasta and topped it with Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese and some more of the Kraft Zesty Italian Fat Free Dressing. The Pasta Salad and Rotisserie Chicken are a perfect combination. The Kraft Italian Dressing provides some great flavor for the Pasta and the Rotisserie Chicken was seasoned perfectly! I also had a slice of the some Garlic Bread Loaf left over from last night’s Dinner. I enjoy simple and Delicious Meals so much! For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn with a Diet Peach Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronzoni Garden Delight Trio Italiano Pasta

Trio Italiano from Ronzoni Garden Delight
Trio Italiano is a combination of three shapes in one box: Rotini, Penne & Shells. With three shapes in three colors RONZONI GARDEN DELIGHT Trio Italiano is perfect for showcasing the vegetables in any meal, but is especially appealing in cold salads.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2oz (56g) Dry Uncooked Amount Per Serving
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value* Total Fat 1g 2% Saturated Fat 0g 0% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g Monounsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 20mg 1% Total Carbohydrate 40g 13% Dietary Fiber 2g 8% Sugars 3g Protein 8g
See more at: https://www.ronzoni.com/en-us/products/3378/TrioItaliano%C2%AE.aspx

 

 

 

Rotisserie Chicken Nutritional Benefits
With rotisserie chicken, you get a good amount of protein with lower amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol than you find in red meat. What’s more, the chicken contains robust amounts of niacin and phosphorus as well as smaller amounts of other minerals and vitamin B-12.

Grilled Pastrami and Swiss Sandwich w/ Italian Pasta Salad

April 4, 2019 at 6:25 PM | Posted in Boar's Head, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta | Leave a comment
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Dinner Tonight: Grilled Pastrami and Swiss Sandwich w/ Italian Pasta Salad

 

I just had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for Breakfast. I didn’t want anything too heavy I had to be at the Hospital for a EMG/Nerve test at 8:30 this morning. They want to make sure my Diabetes 2 isn’t creating any nerve damage. I also had blood work done. Beautiful day out today, mostly sunny and 65 degrees. Got the cart out and did some yard work and later took a spin in the cart around the neighborhood. So good to be able to get out again without having to bundle up! For Dinner tonight its a Grilled Pastrami and Swiss Sandwich w/ Italian Pasta Salad.

 

 

 

 

 

To make my Grilled Pastrami and Swiss Sandwich I’ll be using; French’s Spicy Brown Mustard, Boar’s Head Top Round Pastrami, Boar’s Head Swiss Cheese, Blue Bonnet Light Butter, and Klosterman Rye Bread to make my Sandwich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To prepare it I started by buttering the outside half of a slice of the Rye Bread. Next spread the Mayo on the bottom slice of Bread, next layered the Pastrami, spread the Brown Mustard, and added a slice of the Swiss. Added my top half of the sliced bread, buttering the outside of the slice. I then got out a large skillet, heated it up on medium heat and lightly coated it with a 1/2 pat of Butter. When the Butter was melted I added my sandwich. Grilled it on both sides until it was golden brown and the Swiss Cheese melted. Love these Grilled Sandwiches!

 

 

 

 

 

To go with my Grilled Sandwich I had prepared some Italian Pasta Salad, made about noon today. A Light and tasty dish that includes Ronzoni Smart Taste Rotini Pasta, Black Olives, Green Olives, Kalamata Olives, Hormel Turkey Pepperoni, Anchovy Paste, Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese, Kraft Zesty Italian Fat Free Dressing, McCormick Grinder Italian Seasoning, and topped with Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese. Boiled the Pasta according to the box and added all the ingredients and tossed until well mixed. Then refrigerated until ready to use. Really enjoyed the Dinner tonight of a Grilled Pastrami and Swiss Sandwich along with some Italian Pasta Salad. For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 


Boar’s Head Cap-Off Top Round Pastrami
This hand-trimmed top round is rich and smokey and is generously coated with spices, including black pepper, ginger, cloves and coriander, then patiently smoked. Boar’s Head Top Round Pastrami is bursting with classic New York.
https://boarshead.com/products/detail/205-cap-off-choice-top-round-pastrami

 

 

 

 

 


Boar’s Head Imported Switzerland Swiss Cheese
Made in Switzerland with Alpine milk under the watchful eye of Käse Meisters, this cheese has a nutty, slightly sweet flavor with earthy notes. Boar’s Head Imported Switzerland Swiss Cheese is aged more than 120 days to produce a bold taste, rich color and smooth texture.
https://boarshead.com/products/detail/985-pre-cut-gold-label-imported-swiss-cheese

Seven Layer Taco Dip

July 4, 2017 at 5:43 AM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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Thank you to one of our neighbors for passing this Seven Layer Taco Dip along. Enjoy and Happy 4th of July!

Seven Layer Taco Dip

Ingredients
1 (1 ounce) package Taco Seasoning Mix
1 (16 ounce) can Refried Beans
1 (8 ounce) package Philadelphia Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, softened
1 (16 ounce) container Daisy Light Sour Cream
1 (16 ounce) jar Salsa
1 large Tomato, chopped
1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
1 bunch chopped Green Onions
1 small head iceberg Lettuce, shredded
1 (6 ounce) can sliced Black Olives, drained
2 cups Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese

Directions
1-In a medium bowl, blend the taco seasoning mix and refried beans. Spread the mixture onto a large serving platter.
2 – Mix the sour cream and cream cheese in a medium bowl. Spread over the refried beans.
3 – Top the layers with salsa. Place a layer of tomato, green bell pepper, green onions and lettuce over the salsa, and top with Cheddar cheese. Garnish with black olives.

Pulled Chicken, Black Bean, and Corn Soft Tacos

April 7, 2017 at 4:58 PM | Posted in chicken, tacos | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Pulled Chicken, Black Bean, and Corn Soft Tacos

 

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I had something a little different, Grilled Cheese and Egg Spam Sandwich. Came across this recipe on Spam’s Facebook page. The Sandwich turned out fantastic! Very good combination of ingredients and easily prepared. Your using; 2 slices Turkey SPAM® , 2 slices Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread, 1 slice Sargento Ultra Thin Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and 1 large Egg. Mom even had one and loved it, so its Parent Approved! I also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. After Breakfast I headed over to the rehab center to see Dad. I went with him for his morning therapy. He did real good today, proud of him! Still up in the air whether or not he can back home, hope so! Back home did a few things around the house. Outside it’s mostly cloudy, windy, and a high of 53 degrees. For Dinner tonight I prepared Pulled Chicken, Black Bean, and Corn Soft Tacos.

 


I wanted something light and delicious so what better than some Soft Tacos, haven’t had any in a while and it sounded good. To make these I’ll need the following; Old El Paso Flour Tortillas, 1 Rotisserie Chicken (Pulled Chicken), various Spices (to season the Chicken), 1 can Bush’s Chili Beans (Black Beans in Mild Chili Sauce), 1 can Green Giant Steam Crisp Nibblets (Whole Kernel Sweet Corn, sliced Black Olives, chopped Lettuce, Daisy Light Sour Cream, and Old El Paso Taco Sauce (Smoky Chipotle). The makings of something good!

 

 

I had purchased the Rotisserie Whole Chicken from Kroger yesterday afternoon. After getting it home I pulled all the meat and stored it in a plastic container in the fridge until today when it was time to make the Tacos. I put the Chicken in a skillet and reheated it on medium heat. As the Chicken was heating I seasoned it with Ground Cumin, Dried Cilantro, Chili Seasoning, McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley.

 

 

 

 

As the Chicken was heating I got my other ingredients ready. I opened up a can of Early California Whole Large Black Olives (Reduced Salt) and sliced them up. Then I got 2 small sauce pans; 1 for the Chili Beans and 1 for the Corn. Heated both until heated through.

 

 

 

 

With all the ingredients heated and ready I got the Soft Tortillas ready. I wrapped the Tortillas in paper towels and microwaved them for 40 seconds. Now to make the Soft Tacos. I first layered in the Chicken, followed by the Taco Sauce, Chili Beans, Corn Kernels, Taco Sauce, Lettuce, and topped with a dab of Light Sour Cream. Loaded and ready to eat! Love these Soft Tacos. All the ingredients just come together to make one flavorful meal. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 
BUSH’S® BLACK BEANS IN A MILD CHILI SAUCE

MORE ZESTY THAN HOT

Like your chili zesty but with not too much kick? Add our Black Beans in a Mild Chili Sauce for the flavor you’re after. We slow cook tender black beans in a tangy Southwestern chili sauce flavored from mild chili peppers, sweet tomatoes and onion to add just enough (but not too much) kick to your favorite recipe.

NUTRITION
Serving Size: 1/2 cup (130g)
Calories 110
%DV*
Calories from Fat 10 -%
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g -%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 440mg 18%
Potassium 440mg 13%
Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Protein 6g -%
Sugars 1g -%
http://www.bushbeans.com/en_US/product/mild-black-chili-beans

 

 

 

 

Simple Grilled Cheese and Egg SPAM® Sandwich

This SPAM® sandwich recipe calls for eggs. But we’re not going to use all kinds of silly made-up egg words to describe it. Like, for example, we could say the taste is “eggscellent” or “eggstraordinary.” And that it’ll fill you with “eggscitement.” But that just feels too “eggspected” and there’s no “eggspletive” way we’re going to go there.
http://www.spam.com/recipes

 

Ingredients

2 slices SPAM® Single Classic
2 slices bread
1 slice cheese
1 large egg

 

1.In small skillet, fry SPAM® Singles over medium-high heat, turning once, about 15 mintues.
2.In separate small skillet, cook egg to desired doneness.
3.Spread 1 side of each slice bread with butter. Place in skillet, butter-side-down; top 1 slice with cheese. Cook until cheese starts to melt and bread is toasted. Top cheese with SPAM® and egg. Cover with top slice bread.
http://www.spam.com/recipes/simple-grilled-cheese-and-egg-spam-sandwich

 

Graveyard Dip

October 22, 2016 at 5:10 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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A perfectly Ghoulish Halloween Recipe, Graveyard Dip. There’s different versions of this but I’m going with the one on the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has a great selection for all Holidays, tastes, and cuisines so be sure to check them out. Enjoy and….BOO! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

 

Graveyard Dip

Dig into this spooky graveyard — if you dare! Venture into this Halloween appetizer and you’ll discover a tasty taco dip. Layers of refried beans, lettuce, and black olives mimic dirt and grass. Eerie shapes cut from tortilla shells complete the spooky Halloween landscape.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (16-ounce) can refried beans with green chilesCooksrecipes 2
1/4 cup bottled salsa
2/3 cup bottled ranch salad dressing
2 teaspoons taco seasoning
1 1/2 cups finely chopped cooked chicken
1 (7-ounce) pouch refrigerated guacamole
1/2 of a (2 1/4-ounce) can chopped pitted ripe olives, drained
Shredded lettuce

Tombstone Graveyard Characters:
10-inch flour tortillas (any flavor)

Cooking Directions:

1 – In a small bowl, combine refried beans and salsa. Spread refried bean mixture in a 2-quart rectangular dish. In a small bowl, combine ranch salad dressing and taco seasoning; stir in chicken.
2 – Spoon on top of the beans in an even layer. Spoon guacamole in small mounds on top of the chicken mixture. Carefully spread to an even layer.
3 – Cover and chill at least 30 minutes or up to 6 hours before serving. Just before serving, place Graveyard Characters into dip. Sprinkle the graves with chopped olives and shredded lettuce. Serve with tortilla chips.
4 – For Tortilla Graveyard Characters: Using cookie cutters or a knife, cut tortillas into gravestones, cats, owls, bats, fence rails, and a tree. Bake in a 350°F (175°C) oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until firm and crisp. Cool on rack.
Makes ? servings.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/holiday/graveyard_dip_recipe.html

Pulled Chicken, Black Bean, and Corn Soft Tacos

October 5, 2016 at 5:00 PM | Posted in chicken, Old El Paso Products, tacos | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Pulled Chicken, Black Bean, and Corn Soft Tacos

 

 

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For Breakfast this morning I got the Egg Poacher out and made a Poached Egg. I served it on a toasted Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. It’s another beautiful Fall Day out there, Sunny and 81 degrees. Finally got all the yard work done yesterday so today we gathered all the tables and chairs off the deck and driveway and stored them all in the shed. Our Fall Outside Cleaning is done! Took the cart out for a spin and picked up the mail. Tuckered out, rested up before Dinner. And for Dinner tonight I prepared Popcorn Shrimp w/ Mac and Cheese.

 

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I wanted something light and delicious so what better than some Soft Tacos. To make these I’ll need the following; Old El Paso Flour Tortillas, 1 Rotisserie Chicken (Pulled Chicken), various Spices (to season the Chicken), 1 can Bush’s Chili Beans (Black Beans in Mild Chili Sauce), 1 can Green Giant Steam Crisp Niblets (Whole Kernel Sweet Corn, sliced Black Olives, chopped Lettuce, Daisy Light Sour Cream, and Old El Paso Taco Sauce (Smoky Chipotle). The makings of something good!

 

 

Pulled Chicken, Black Bean, and Corn Soft Tacos 003
I had purchased the Rotisserie Whole Chicken from Kroger yesterday afternoon. After getting it home I pulled all the meat and stored it in a plastic container in the fridge until today when it was time to make the Tacos. I put the Chicken in a skillet and reheated it on medium heat. As the Chicken was heating I seasoned it with Ground Cumin, Dried Cilantro, Chili Seasoning, McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley.

 

 

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As the Chicken was heating I got my other ingredients ready. I opened up a can of Early California Whole Large Black Olives (Reduced Salt) and sliced them up. Then I got 2 small sauce pans; 1 for the Chili Beans and 1 for the Corn. Heated both until heated through.

 

 

 

 

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With all the ingredients heated and ready I got the Soft Tortillas ready. I wrapped the Tortillas in paper towels and microwaved them for 40 seconds. Now to make the Soft Tacos. I first layered in the Chicken, followed by the Taco Sauce, Chili Beans, Corn Kernels, Taco Sauce, Lettuce, and topped with a dab of Light Sour Cream. Loaded and ready to eat! Love these Soft Tacos. All the ingredients just come together to make one flavorful meal. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

BUSH’S® BLACK BEANS IN A MILD CHILI SAUCE

MORE ZESTY THAN HOT

Like your chili zesty but with not too much kick? Add our Black Beans in a Mild Chili Sauce for the flavor you’re after. We slow cook tender black beans in a tangy Southwestern chili sauce flavored from mild chili peppers, sweet tomatoes and onion to add just enough (but not too much) kick to your favorite recipe.

NUTRITION
Serving Size: 1/2 cup (130g)BUSH'S® BLACK BEANS IN A MILD CHILI SAUCE
Calories 110
%DV*
Calories from Fat 10 -%
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g -%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 440mg 18%
Potassium 440mg 13%
Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Protein 6g -%
Sugars 1g -%
http://www.bushbeans.com/en_US/product/mild-black-chili-beans

Pulled Chicken, Black Bean, and Corn Soft Tacos

May 12, 2016 at 4:47 PM | Posted in chicken, tacos | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Pulled Chicken, Black Bean, and Corn Soft Tacos

 
For Breakfast I made some hash Browns and a slice of Toast. I used Simply Potatoes Hash BroPulled Chicken, Black Bean, and Corn Soft Tacos 012wns and for the Toast I used Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. Did a few things around the house and then I was off to the hospital. My best friend was going to have surgery this morning. I went up to be with his sister and we waited together. He’s going to be fine as everything went well. It seems like I’ve been at this hospital way too much of late, 2 friends of mine and my dad all have been up here the last few weeks. So often that the Parking Valets know me by name. Back at home I laid down for a bit for a short nap and to relax a bit. For dinner tonight it’s Pulled Chicken, Black Bean, and Corn Soft Tacos.

 

 

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I wanted something light and delicious so what better than some Soft Tacos. To make these I’ll need the following; Old El Paso Flour Tortillas, 1 Rotisserie Chicken (Pulled Chicken), various Spices (to season the Chicken), 1 can Bush’s Chili Beans (Black Beans in Mild Chili Sauce), 1 can Green Giant Steam Crisp Niblets (Whole Kernel Sweet Corn, sliced Black Olives, chopped Lettuce, Daisy Light Sour Cream, and Old El Paso Taco Sauce (Smoky Chipotle). The makings of something good!

 

 

 

Pulled Chicken, Black Bean, and Corn Soft Tacos 003
I had purchased the Rotisserie Whole Chicken from Kroger yesterday afternoon. After getting it home I pulled all the meat and stored it in a plastic container in the fridge until today when it was time to make the Tacos. I put the Chicken in a skillet and reheated it on medium heat. As the Chicken was heating I seasoned it with Ground Cumin, Dried Cilantro, Chili Seasoning, McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley.

 

 

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As the Chicken was heating I got my other ingredients ready. I opened up a can of Early California Whole Large Black Olives (Reduced Salt) and sliced them up. Then I got 2 small sauce pans; 1 for the Chili Beans and 1 for the Corn. Heated both until heated through.

 

 

 

 
With all the ingredients heated and ready I got the Soft Tortillas ready. I wrapped the Tortillas in paper towels and Pulled Chicken, Black Bean, and Corn Soft Tacos 006microwaved them for 40 seconds. Now to make the Soft Tacos. I first layered in the Chicken, followed by the Taco Sauce, Chili Beans, Corn Kernels, Taco Sauce, Lettuce, and topped with a dab of Light Sour Cream. Loaded and ready to eat! Love these Soft Tacos. All the ingredients just come together to make one flavorful meal. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

BUSH’S® BLACK BEANS IN A MILD CHILI SAUCE

MORE ZESTY THAN HOT

Like your chili zesty but with not too much kick? Add our Black Beans in a Mild Chili Sauce for the flavor you’re after. We slow cook tender black beans in a tangy Southwestern chili sauce flavored from mild chili peppers, sweet tomatoes and onion to add just enough (but not too much) kick to your favorite recipe.

NUTRITION
Serving Size: 1/2 cup (130g)BUSH'S® BLACK BEANS IN A MILD CHILI SAUCE
Calories 110
%DV*
Calories from Fat 10 -%
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g -%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 440mg 18%
Potassium 440mg 13%
Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Protein 6g -%
Sugars 1g -%
http://www.bushbeans.com/en_US/product/mild-black-chili-beans

 

 

 

 

 

Broken Lasagna with Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage

June 28, 2015 at 4:52 PM | Posted in Butterball Smoked Turkey Sausage, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Broken Lasagna with Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage and Baked Bread

 

 

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What a beautiful day out there today! A bit windy but sunny out and not a cloud in the sky. Had some Simply Potatoes Hash Browns and a couple of Eckrich Smoked Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links for Breakfast. Add my morning Bigelow Decaf Green Tea and the Sunday Paper and I was set. Cleaned up around the house and did a load of laundry for Mom. All done inside and got the cart out and enjoyed this beautiful day. Got the rod and reel out and did a little fishing down at the community lake. Caught a few little ones, just nice to be outside! For dinner it was sort of odds and ends put together. I prepared Broken Lasagna with Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage and Baked Bread.

 

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To prepare tonight’s dinner I’ll need Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Lasagna, Black Olives, Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese, McCormick Grinder Italian Seasoning, Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage, and La Rosa’s Sauce. Sort of played dinner by ear tonight. Started searching the pantry and came across an open box of Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Lasagna, and I sort put the dinner together from there.

 
I preheated the oven to 400 degrees and when ready baked the remaing loaf of the Multi-Grain Batard Bread. I always try to use Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Pastas but it’s getting harder and harder to find their Broken Lasagna with Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage 003products. Kroger and Walmart no longer carry the products, so Meijer is the only place here locally that I can find it. So anyway I grabbed the box of Lasagna and broke up a few of the Noodles into smaller pieces. To prepare it; I took a medium size sauce pan and filled half way with water and added 1/2 tablespoon of Sea Salt to it and brought it a boil. Added the Broken Lasagna Noodles and stirred. Cooked them uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes drained them and set aside.

 
As the Pasta was cooking I grabbed a small sauce pan and added the La Rosa’s Sauce to it, letting it simmer on medium low heat. And as the Pasta and Sauce were cooking I cooked the Sausage on another burner. Used a medium size skillet and sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray and 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I’m using the Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage; that I sliced into bite size pieces. When the skillet was heated I added the Sausage, cooked them for about 10 minutes flipping the pieces over twice.

 

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The Pasta, Sauce, and Sausage all got done at the same time. I took the drained Pasta and put them into a large bowl. Seasoned with Sea Salt, Dried Parsley, and McCormick Grinder Italian Seasoning and tossed making sure it was mixed well. Then added a cup of the La Rosa’s Sauce mixing well until all the Pasta was covered. Finally added the Smoked Turkey Sausage and stirred. To serve it I topped it with some Sliced Black Olives and Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese. Ne fine meal for just throwing some items together! I’ll have to keep this Broken Lasagna Meal in mind to use again sometime. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage

14 oz. | Servings: 7

Try Butterball’s fully cooked Smoked Turkey Dinner Sausage. Now you and your family can enjoy the great taste of hardwood-smoked lean turkey sausage with less fat than pork or beef smoked sausage. Serve with your favorite side dish for a quick and easy meal solution that always tastes great.

Microwave:
Wrap individual sausages in paper towels and place on a microwave-safe plate.Butterbal Smoked Turkey Sausage
Microwave on High 3-1/4 minutes (1-1/2 minutes for one).
Let stand 2 minutes before serving.
**Microwave ovens vary. Cooking times are approximate.Always heat thoroughly.Grilling:Butterball Smoked Turkey Sausage
Grill at medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes, turning frequently.
Always heat thoroughly.

Skillet:
Cook in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, 10 – 12 minutes, turning frequently.
Always heat thoroughly.
Serving Size 2 oz. (51 g)
Servings Per Container 7

Amount Per Serving
Calories 100
Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 610mg25%
Total Carbohydrates 4g1%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 2%
Iron 2%
Calcium 2%

Ingredients: Poultry Ingredients (Mechanically Separated Chicken, Mechanically Separated Turkey), Water, Corn Syrup, Salt. Contains 2% or less of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Autolyzed yeast, Dextrose, Modified Food Starch, Sodium Diacetate, Sodium Nitrite, Sodium Phosphate, Flavorings, Potassium and Sodium Lactate.

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Garth’s Taco Pizza

June 25, 2015 at 5:05 PM | Posted in pizza, tacos | 10 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Garth’s Taco Pizza

 

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I lost my leg to Melanoma Cancer back in June of 2001, wow 14 years ago! I’ve always tried to be careful of falls, and never had one until last night. I was going from one room to the other and I was using my walker when the rubber tip on the bottom of one of the legs came off and threw my balance off. And I came crashing down. I ended up with a knot on the side of my head (with a headache), a cut on the palm of my hand, a cut on my elbow, and a deep cut on my knee. It could have worse though if my head would have hit on the corner of the TV stand. I was a bit shaken for a bit, but okay now. No fun falling!

 
Still a little sore this afternoon and my ankle is hurting a bit so I took it easy today. Had an Egg Beater’s Egg White Cheese Omelet and a couple of slices of Turkey Goetta for Breakfast. Didn’t do my full morning workout due to being a bit sore. Rested a lot today and that was about it. For dinner tonight a new recipe, Garth’s Taco Pizza.

 

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I saw this recipe prepared by Trisha Yearwood on her Food Network Show Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and had to try it! Her husband Garth Brooks is who came up with recipe idea, thus the name, Garth’s Taco Pizza. I love Tacos and I love Pizza, so what’s not to love by combining them! I’m using Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast in place of Ground Beef that the recipe calls for. When making Tacos I always use Turkey over Beef, a much healthier choice. So to make this I’ll need the following; One 13.8-ounce can premade pizza crust dough or a pre-formed round crust (Boboli 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Shell) , 1 pound Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast, 1 packet Old El Paso Taco Seasoning, One 16-ounce can Old El Paso Fat Free Refried Beans, 1/2 cup Picante Sauce, 3/4 cup sliced Green and Black Olives, 8 ounces Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Sea Salt, 1 cup finely Diced Hunt’s Low Sodium Diced Tomato’s, 12 ounces shredded Lettuce (about 1 large head), and 1/4 cup Daisy Light Sour Cream. By using the Jennie – o Extra Lean Ground Turkey, Old El Paso Fat Free Refried Beans, Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and the Daisy Light Sour Cream, 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Shell I reduced the calories, carbs, and fat in the dish. Cut them where you can!

 

Hot out of the oven!

Hot out of the oven!

So to prepare the Pizza I preheated the oven to 425 degrees F. Transfer the Pizza Shell on to the Pizza Pan. I then browned the Ground Turkey in a medium skillet over medium heat, about 10 minutes. Stirred in the Taco Seasoning. Set aside. In a medium bowl, mixed together the Refried Beans and Picante Sauce until combined. Spread the mixture onto the Crust. Scatter the Olives over the Crust, then top with the Cheese and the browned Turkey. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the crust is lightly browned. While the Pizza is baking, in a medium bowl toss the Diced Tomatoes, Lettuce and Sour Cream. Once the Pizza is out of the oven, top it with the cool Lettuce mixture. Slice into eight pieces and serve. Garth and Trisha have their self a winning recipe here! Tastes just like Tacos only in a Pizza form, less messy and fantastic flavor. I got me one of those ‘Keeper Recipes”. You can turn your Taco Night into Pizza Night and your Pizza Night into Taco Night with this recipe! For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

Garth’s Taco Pizza

Recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood
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Yield:6 to 8 servings

Ingredients
One 13.8-ounce can premade pizza crust dough or a pre-formed round crust, such as Papa Murphy’s
1 pound ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
One 16-ounce can refried beans
1/2 cup picante sauce (see Cook’s Note)
3/4 cup sliced green or black olives
8 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
Kosher salt
1 cup finely diced tomato (about 1 large or 30 grape tomatoes)
12 ounces shredded lettuce (about 1 large head)
1/4 cup sour cream
Directions
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Roll out the pizza dough and fit it onto a 15-inch pizza pan.

Brown the ground beef in a medium skillet over medium heat, about 10 minutes. Stir in the taco seasoning. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix together the refried beans and picante sauce until combined. Spread the mixture onto the crust. Scatter the olives over the crust, then top with the cheese and the browned beef. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the crust is lightly browned.

While the crust is baking, lightly salt the tomatoes, then, in a medium bowl, toss them with the lettuce and sour cream. Once the pizza is out of the oven, top it with the cool lettuce mixture. Slice into eight pieces and serve.

Garth likes extra-mild picante sauce. I’d use medium to hot.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/garths-

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