Kitchen Hint of the Day

February 16, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 1 Comment
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Choosing the best Broccoli………….

 

Choose broccoli heads with tight, green florets and firm stalks. The broccoli should feel heavy for its size. The cut ends of the stalks should be fresh and moist looking. Avoid broccoli with dried out or browning stem ends or yellowing florets.

 

Then to store that great looking Broccoli forgo the plastic bag and loosely wrap your broccoli in a damp paper towel before storing it in the refrigerator. This provides a healthy and moist (but breathable) environment for your broccoli. Make sure not to wash the broccoli beforehand, as too much moisture might encourage mold growth.

Appetizer of the Week – Mashed Potato Puffs

October 10, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is – Mashed Potato Puffs. To make this week’s Dish you’ll be needing Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli, Egg Whites, and Shredded Parmesan Cheese. There’s only 63 calories and 7 net carbs per serving. 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/

Mashed Potato Puffs
Low carb, fluffy, and the perfect accompaniment to meat or poultry!

Ingredients
1 cup prepared mashed potatoes
1/2 cup finely chopped broccoli or spinach
2 egg whites
4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

Directions
Yield: 18 puffs
Serving size: 3 puffs

1 – Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray 18 mini (1 3/4-inch) muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray.

2 – Combine mashed potatoes, broccoli, egg whites and 2 tablespoons cheese in large bowl; mix well. Spoon evenly into prepared muffin cups. Top evenly with remaining 2 tablespoons cheese.

3 – Bake 20 to 23 minutes or until golden brown. To remove from pan, gently run knife around outer edges and lift out with fork. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 63 calories, Carbohydrates: 8 g, Protein: 32 g, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 2 mg, Sodium: 99 mg, Fiber: 1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/snacks-appetizers/mashed-potato-puffs/

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Whole Wheat Penne Pasta with Summer Vegetables

September 1, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, pasta | Leave a comment
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I have another Delicious and Diabetic Friendly Recipe to pass along, Whole Wheat Penne Pasta with Summer Vegetables. To make this dish you’ll be needing Whole-Grain Pasta, Olive Oil, Garlic, Broccoli, Zucchini, Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Oregano, and Feta Cheese. 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/

Whole Wheat Penne Pasta with Summer Vegetables
Transport yourself to Italy with this high-fiber, Mediterranean-style dish! Taking only about 20 minutes to prepare, it packs a dense nutritional punch with its combination of whole-grain pasta, broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, oregano, and feta cheese. So tuck in a napkin and mangia!

Ingredients
6 ounces uncooked whole wheat penne pasta (about 2 cups)
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh broccoli
1 medium zucchini, chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)
1/2 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
8 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
3 ounces (about 1 cup) mushrooms, sliced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese

Directions
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 3/4 cups

1 – Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting any salt or fat. Drain and keep warm.

2 – Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, broccoli, zucchini and bell pepper. Cook and stir about 2 minutes or until vegetables just begin to soften.

3 – Add tomatoes, mushrooms, and oregano; mix well. Reduce heat to medium and cook and stir about 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender and tomatoes release their juices.

4 – Mix vegetables with pasta. Toss in feta cheese.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 264 calories, Carbohydrates: 41 g, Protein: 15 g, Fat: 7 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 8 mg, Sodium: 374 mg, Fiber: 7 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/whole-wheat-penne-pasta-with-summer-vegetables/

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Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Cheesy Turkey Pockets

July 17, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Cheesy Turkey Pockets. To make this week’s recipe you’ll need the following; Frozen Puff Pastry, JENNIE-O All Natural Turkey Sausage, Egg Substitute, Cheddar Cheese, Broccoli, and Chives. Good recipe for Breakfast, Brunch, or Lunch. The Dish is 260 calories and 10 net carbs. You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Cheesy Turkey Pockets
It takes only 30 minutes to whip up these flaky, savory puff pastry pockets. Filled with turkey sausage, broccoli, scrambled eggs and melted cheese, Cheesy Turkey Pockets are a great breakfast or brunch.

Total Time 30 Minutes
Serving Size 12 Servings

Ingredients
2 – (10-ounce) package frozen puff pastry shells

1 – (12-ounce) package JENNIE-O® All Natural* Turkey Sausage

½ – cup egg substitute or 2 eggs, beaten

¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

½ cup cooked and chopped broccoli

fresh chopped chives, if desired

Directions
1) Cook puff pastry shells according to package .

2) Heat oven to 350ºF. Spray large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble and cook in hot skillet approximately 15 to 17 minutes. Always cook to well-done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer.

3) In same skillet, pour eggs. Cook until softly scrambled; stir in ¼ cup cheese, reserve sausage and broccoli. Fill each puff pastry shell with turkey sausage mixture. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup cheese. Place on baking sheet.

4) Bake 10 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with fresh chives, if desired.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

Recipe Nutrition Information
Calories 260
Protein 14g
Carbohydrates 11g
Fiber 1g
Sugars 0g
Fat 18g
Cholesterol 130mg
Sodium 610mg
Saturated Fat 5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/cheesy-turkey-pockets/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 11, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Buying, and Storing Broccoli……………….

The broccoli should feel heavy for its size. The cut ends of the stalks should be fresh and moist looking. Avoid broccoli with dried out or browning stem ends or yellowing florets. To maximize the shelf life of raw broccoli, refrigerate in a plastic bag; do not wash until ready to use. Properly stored, broccoli will usually keep well for about 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

March 23, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Buying Broccoli……………………….

Choose broccoli heads with tight, green florets and firm stalks. The broccoli should feel heavy for its size. The cut ends of the stalks should be fresh and moist looking. Avoid broccoli with dried out or browning stem ends or yellowing florets.

Consume fresh broccoli as soon as you can as it will not keep long. To store, mist the unwashed heads, wrap loosely in damp paper towels, and refrigerate. Use within 2 to 3 days. Do not store broccoli in a sealed container or plastic bag.

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – BROCCOLI WITH ASIAN TOFU

December 9, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – BROCCOLI WITH ASIAN TOFU. Made using Tofu, Lite Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Brown Sugar, Ginger Root, Broccoli, Peanut Oil, Crushed Red Pepper, Garlic, and Sesame Seeds. Tofu done right! You can find this recipe along with all the other Diabetic Friendly Recipes at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. Check out soon to find Delicious and Healthy Diabetic Friendly Recipes. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

BROCCOLI WITH ASIAN TOFU
Ingredients

1 pkg (16 oz) firm tofu, drained
2 Tbsp lite soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil (optional)
1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp fresh ginger root, finely chopped or shredded (or 1 tsp ground ginger)
1 lb fresh broccoli, rinsed and cut into individual spears
1 Tbsp peanut oil or vegetable oil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
4 Tbsp garlic, peeled and thinly sliced (about 8 cloves)
1 Tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
Cooking spray

Directions

1 – Slice tofu into eight pieces. Place on a plate or flat surface covered with three paper towels. Top with four more paper towels. Top with another flat plate or cutting board. Press down evenly and gently to squeeze out moisture. Throw away paper towels. Replace with fresh paper towels and press again. (The more liquid you remove, the more sauce the tofu will absorb.)
2 – Place tofu in a bowl just big enough to hold all eight pieces lying on their widest side without overlapping.
In a small bowl, stir to thoroughly combine soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, and ginger into a marinade, and stir thoroughly. Pour over tofu. Carefully turn the tofu several times to coat well. 3 3 – Set aside.
4 РMeanwhile, heat a large nonstick saute pan coated with cooking spray. Add broccoli and saut̩ for about 5 minutes, until it turns bright green and becomes tender and crispy. Remove broccoli from pan and set aside.
5 – Heat a grill pan or flat saute pan over high heat. Drain tofu, reserving marinade. Place on grill pan to heat for about 3 minutes. Gently turn. Heat the second side for 3 minutes.
6 – At the same time, in the saute pan over medium-low heat, warm the peanut oil, crushed red pepper, and garlic until the garlic softens and begins to turn brown, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. 7 – Add broccoli and reserved marinade, and gently mix until well-coated.
8 – Place two slices of tofu on each plate with one-quarter of the broccoli and marinade mixture. Sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional).
NOTES:
Optional: Delicious served on top of brown rice or Asian-style noodles (soba or udon).

Recipe Yield: Yield: 4 servings “Serving size: 2 slices tofu, with broccoli and marinade mixture
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/broccoli-with-asian-tofu

Kitchen Hint of the Week!

December 1, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Healthy snacks……….

Many vegetables taste great with a dip or dressing. Try a low-fat salad dressing with raw broccoli, red and green peppers, celery sticks or cauliflower.

Diabetic Dish of the Week -Turkey Mornay Casserole

November 19, 2019 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 a Turkey Mornay Casserole. You can make this week’s recipe with fresh ingredients or it can be prepared with Thanksgiving Day Dinner Leftovers. Some of the ingredients you” be using are Onions, Celery, Button Mushrooms, Garbanzo Bean Flour, Mozzarella, Brown Rice, Shredded Turkey, Broccoli, and more! Perfect Casserole for the up coming Holidays! You can find this recipe at the Diabetes Self Management website. At the Diabetes Self Management site you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetes Friendly Recipes, Diabetes Management Tips, Diabetes News and so much more so be sure to check it out today. You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine, one of my favorites. I’ve left a link so you can subscribe at the end of the post. So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Turkey Mornay Casserole
Thanksgiving is about tradition. It’s a time to give thanks, a time for family, friends, and food. Let’s talk leftovers with this gluten-free casserole. Turkey and vegetables or just vegetables rock the dish! Take your pick.

Ingredients
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup diced onions
1/2 cup diced celery
1/8 + 1/2 tsp salt, divided
12 ounces sliced button or cremini mushrooms (approximately 5 cups)
6 tbsp soy-free buttery sticks, divided (4 tbsp + 2 tbsp)
1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
1 cup alternative milk, such as rice milk
1 cup vegetable broth
4 ounces mozzarella style shreds
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp white pepper
3 cups cooked brown rice
4 cups steamed broccoli, chopped
2 cups cooked turkey, shredded
1/2 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, celery and dash salt. Cook 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until soft, an additional 4-5 minutes. Set aside.

3. In a small saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons margarine over medium heat. Add flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

4. Add milk and broth. Whisk until smooth. Simmer 5 minutes, whisking.

5. Add cheeze. Cook an additional 5 minutes, whisking frequently.

6. Add nutmeg, pepper and salt to sauce. Set aside.

7. In a large bowl, combine rice, broccoli and turkey. Fold in the sauce and mushroom mixture.

8. Transfer mixture to a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with breadcrumbs. Cut the remaining 2 tablespoons cold margarine into small pieces. Sprinkle over the breadcrumbs.

9. Bake uncovered for approximately 25 minutes, until heated through and bubbling.

10. Place under broiler for a couple of minutes to brown crumbs.

Yield: Serves 6–8.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 741 calories, Carbohydrates: 94 grams, Protein: 32 grams, Fat: 26 grams, Saturated Fat: 11.7 grams, Cholesterol: 76 mg, Sodium: 470 mg, Fiber: 6.8 grams
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/turkey-mornay-casserole/

 

 

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“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – POTATO, BROCCOLI AND FENNEL SALAD

May 20, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Diabetic Gourmet Magazine, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – POTATO, BROCCOLI AND FENNEL SALAD. Idaho Potatoes, Broccoli, Ranch Salad Dressing, and Red Onions are some of the ingredients you’ll need to make this week’s recipe. It’s from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website which has a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly recipes to choose from so check it out today! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

POTATO, BROCCOLI AND FENNEL SALAD

Ingredients

8 large Idaho potatoes (about 4 pounds), well-scrubbed, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups chopped broccoli (about 1 bunch)
2 cups (16 ounces) favorite ranch salad dressing
3 cups chopped fennel (about one large bulb), with core and tops removed
1 large red onion, quartered and very thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup diced green olives with pimento (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Leaf lettuce, for garnish
Cherry tomatoes or sliced tomatoes, for garnish

Directions

1 – Fill large stockpot half full of water, add salt and bring to boiling over high heat. Add potatoes and bring back to boiling over high heat; reduce heat to medium and boil for three minutes.
2 – Add broccoli to potatoes and bring back to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to medium again, and cook until desired doneness (1-3 minutes). Potatoes and broccoli should both be firm. Drain well in colander.
3 – Transfer potatoes and broccoli to large mixing bowl, add ranch dressing and let cool. Stir in fennel, onions and olives, if using. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve on bed of leaf lettuce with ripe tomatoes as garnish.

Recipe Yield: Yield: 14 servings

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 280
Fat: 18 grams
Sodium: 480 milligrams
Cholesterol: 10 milligrams
Protein: 4 grams
Carbohydrates: 28 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/potato-broccoli-and-fennel-salad

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