Healthy Greek Recipes

April 4, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine its Healthy Greek Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Greek Recipes with recipes including Greek Salad with Sardines, Greek Orzo Stuffed Peppers, and Greek Chicken and Vegetable Ragout. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Greek Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Greek recipes including Greek desserts, salads, soups, chicken, moussaka and pasta. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Greek Salad with Sardines
The fresh, tangy elements of a Greek salad–tomato, cucumber, feta, olives and lemony vinaigrette–pair well with rich-tasting sardines. Look for sardines with skin and bones (which are edible) as they have more than four times the amount of calcium as skinless, boneless sardines. If you’re lucky enough to have fresh sardines available in your supermarket, try them in place of the canned sardines. Lightly dredge them in salt-and-pepper-seasoned flour and sauté them in a little olive oil…………

Greek Orzo Stuffed Peppers
We steam brightly colored bell peppers in the microwave to save time and then stuff them with orzo, spinach and feta. This basic recipe will work with almost any filling–try substituting different types of cheese, herbs or beans. Serve with whole-wheat pita bread and cucumber salad…………….

Greek Chicken and Vegetable Ragout
Chicken thighs stay moist and succulent during slow cooking, infusing the accompanying vegetables with superb flavor. This easy braise has a luxurious finish of avgolémono, a versatile Greek sauce made with egg, lemon and fresh dill…………..

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Kitchen Hint of the Day! TUESDAY

January 19, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Freezing Bread Will Save You Money…………

If you do not eat bread that often and don’t want to throw away the leftover every time it goes bad, why not save it in the freezer? Freezing bread is super easy, it doesn’t affect the flavor, and the best thing is that you will have fresh bread available at any time. Plastic packaging, freezer bags, airtight containers or heavy-duty aluminum foil work really good to package bread before freezing. Cakes and home-baked goodies can also be frozen! P.S. Bread is only well preserved when stored in the freezer, not in the fridge. Now who doesn’t like to save money?

One of America’s Favorites – BLT

January 18, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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BLT sandwich on toast

A BLT is a type of sandwich, named for the initials of its primary ingredients, bacon, lettuce and tomato. It can be made with varying recipes according to personal preference. Simple variants include using different types of lettuce, toasting or not, or adding mayonnaise. More pronounced variants can include using turkey bacon or tofu in place of bacon, or removing the lettuce entirely.

Variations on the BLT date to the early 1900s, but it did not achieve widespread popularity until after World War II, when the ingredients became more readily available year-round. Referencing the sandwich by its initials rather than naming the ingredients in full did not become common until the 1970s. Until 2019 the BLT has been ranked as the second most popular sandwich in the US and as the UK’s favourite sandwich, and is frequently referenced or depicted in media and culture. In 2019 the BLT dropped rank and was voted the sixth most popular sandwich in the US, with grilled cheese taking the lead as the most popular sandwich in the US.

 

Although the ingredients of the BLT have existed for many years, there is little evidence of BLT sandwich recipes prior to 1900. The 1903 Good Housekeeping Everyday Cook Book, a recipe by a Dr. Evan Mee for a club sandwich included bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and a slice of turkey sandwiched between two slices of bread. While the 1929 book Seven Hundred Sandwiches does include a section on bacon sandwiches, the recipes often include pickles and none contain tomato.

A BLT sandwich preparation

The BLT became popular after World War II because of the rapid expansion of supermarkets, which allowed ingredients to be available year-round. The initials, representing “bacon, lettuce, tomato”, likely began in the U.S. restaurant industry as shorthand for the sandwich, but it is unclear when this transferred to the public consciousness. For example, a 1951 edition of the Saturday Evening Post makes reference to the sandwich, although it does not use its initials, describing a scene in which: “On the tray, invariably, are a bowl of soup, a toasted sandwich of bacon, lettuce and tomato, and a chocolate milk shake.”

A 1954 issue of Modern Hospital contains a meal suggestion that includes: “Bean Soup, Toasted Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich, Pickles, Jellied Banana Salad, Cream Dressing, and Pound Cake.” By 1958, Hellmann’s Mayonnaise advertised their product as “traditional on bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches,” suggesting that the combination had been around for some time. However, there are several references to a “B.L.T” in the early 1970s, including in one review of Bruce Jay Friedman’s play entitled Steambath titled: “A B.L.T. for God – hold the mayo.”. The abbreviation used in title references a line of dialogue in the play in which God yells, “Send up a bacon and lettuce and tomato sandwich, hold the mayo. You burn the toast, I’ll smite you down with my terrible swift sword.” The coexistence of the shortened version and the full name suggests this was a period of transition as the abbreviation was popularized.

 

While there are variations on the BLT, the essential ingredients are bacon, tomatoes and lettuce between two slices of bread, often toasted. The quantity and quality of the ingredients are matters of personal preference. The bacon can be well cooked or tender, but as it “carries” the other flavors, chefs recommend using higher quality meat; in particular, chef Edward Lee states “Your general supermarket bacon is not going to cut the mustard.”

Iceberg lettuce is a common choice because it does not add too much flavor while adding crunch. Food writer Ed Levine has suggested that BLT does not require lettuce at all, as it is “superfluous”, a suggestion that Jon Bonné, lifestyle editor at MSNBC, described as “shocking”. Michele Anna Jordan, author of The BLT Cookbook, believes the tomato is the key ingredient and recommends the use of the beefsteak tomato as it has more flesh and fewer seeds. Similarly, chef and food writer J. Kenji Lopez-Alt believes that a BLT is not a well-dressed bacon sandwich; it’s a tomato sandwich, seasoned with bacon. For that reason, he argues that the BLT is a seasonal sandwich since it best made with high-quality summer tomatoes.

The sandwich is sometimes served with dressings, like mayonnaise. The bread can be of any variety, white or wholemeal, toasted or not, depending on personal preference.

 

BLT with avocado

The sandwich has a high sodium and fat content, and has been specifically targeted by UK café chains in an effort to reduce salt and fat. Due to this, low-fat mayonnaise is a common substitute along with low salt bread and less fatty bacon. A more visible solution is to use turkey bacon in lieu of normal bacon. One of the variations on the BLT is the club sandwich, a two-layered sandwich in which one layer is a BLT. The other layer can be almost any sort of sliced meat, normally chicken or turkey.

The BLT has been deconstructed into a number of forms; for example, Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock created a BLT salad in The Gift of Southern Cooking by cutting the ingredients into 1 inch pieces and tossing in mayonnaise. This variation was described by The New York Times writer Julia Reed as “even more perfect than a BLT”.

Vegans and vegetarians may replace bacon with tempeh or tofu as meat analogue instead. Alternatively they can use mock bacon.

 

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 14, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Using Parchment Paper…………

Lining your baking pans with parchment paper is more reliable than greasing and allows you to transfer cookies, breads and cakes without them tearing or falling apart. On a greased sheet, cookie bottoms can over-brown, but on parchment they bake perfectly. Bake on!

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 15, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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How about that Celery………………….

Pop a celery stick into the bread bag if it starts to go bad. This is said to restore the freshness for a bit.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 7, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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No Food Processor, No problem……………………

Make your own dried breadcrumbs by grating stale bread on the coarse side of a grater, then spread the crumbs in a thin layer over a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes at 275 degrees, giving them a good shake halfway through. The golden, crispy crumbs will last in a sealed container for up to two weeks.

Garlic-Herb Parmesan Dipping Sticks

August 30, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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I’m passing along a recipe for Garlic-Herb Parmesan Dipping Sticks.Delicious and Diabetic Friendly Garlic-Herb Parmesan Dipping Sticks, perfect for any Meal! To make these you’ll be needing Refrigerated Pizza Dough, Light Garlic-and-Herb Spreadable Cheese, Shredded Italian Cheese Blend, Dried Oregano, and Marinara Sauce. This recipe is also 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/

Garlic-Herb Parmesan Dipping Sticks
These dipping sticks are perfect for pairing with marinara sauce or ranch dressing!

Ingredients
1 package (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza dough
3/4 cup light garlic-and-herb spreadable cheese
3/4 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Warm marinara sauce and/or reduced-fat ranch salad dressing (optional)

Directions
Yield: 12 servings
Serving size: 2 dipping sticks

1 – Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

2 – Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 12-inch square. Place prepared baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes.

3 – Spread garlic-and-herb spreadable cheese evenly over crust. Layer evenly with Italian cheese blend, Parmesan cheese, and oregano. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown.

4 – Slice lengthwise into 8 rows; slice opposite direction into 3 rows. Serve with marinara sauce or ranch for dipping, if desired.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 135 calories, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Protein: 6 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 11 mg, Sodium: 404 mg, Fiber: 1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/snack/garlic-herb-parmesan-dipping-sticks/

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 17, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Save that Rice………………………………

Rice can be stored in the fridge for a longer amount of time if you store a slice of toast on it. The toast will absorb excess moisture and keep the rice fluffy and fresh.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 19, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Use a celery stick…………………..

Put a celery stick into the bread bag if it starts to go bad. This is said to restore the freshness for a bit. Good to know in this hot and humid weather!

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 17, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Save the Bread scraps……………………….

Put bread ends or scraps into a big bag in the freezer to save for homemade croutons, stuffing, or breadcrumbs.

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