“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Red Onion and Parmesan Tartlets

April 5, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday, Vegetarian | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Red Onion and Parmesan Tartlets. To make this week’s recipe some of the ingredients you’ll be needing All Purpose Flour, Butter, Egg Yolk, Onion, Lemon Juice, Sour Cream, Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese, and more. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Red Onion and Parmesan Tartlets

Recipe Ingredients:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup butter
1 medium egg yolk
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoon butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 medium red onion
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon thyme
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese – divided use

Cooking Directions:
1 – In a large bowl sift together the flour and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and enough water to make a firm dough.
2 – Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 1 or 2 minutes Roll out and use to line four (4 or 5-inch) tartlet tins. Prick the bases with a fork and chill while preparing the filling.
3 – Melt the butter and oil in a medium sized non-stick pan and add the onions and lemon juice. Sauté for 15 minutes until soft and slightly caramelized. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
4 – Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C).
5 – Line each tartlet with parchment paper filled with baking beans. Bake 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes to dry out. Remove and cool slightly on a baking sheet.
6 – Increase the oven temperature to 450°F (230°C).
7 – Mix the onions, half the Parmesan, the sour cream and thyme leaves, season with salt and ground black pepper and divide evenly between the tartlet cups. Sprinkle over the remaining Parmesan.
8 – Bake for 5 to 10 minutes until golden. Garnish with thyme leaves and serve warm or cold with a crisp green salad.
Makes 4 servings.

Tips:

* Always have a batch of pastry made in advance and store in the freezer. Defrost overnight in the fridge and use as required in recipes.
* Add a little freshly grated nutmeg to the onion mixture; it tastes great.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/red_onion_and_parmesan_tartlets_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

March 18, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Making a good pie crust……..

Butter creates a sturdy, crisp pie crust. For this, it is important to keep all ingredients cold which will inhibit the development of gluten in the flour. Use butter right out of the refrigerator and add ice-cold water to make the dough.

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Baked Portabella with Cheddar-Garlic Mashed Potatoes

March 8, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Baked Portabella with Cheddar-Garlic Mashed Potatoes. To make this week’s Dish you’ll be needing Butter, Portabella Mushrooms, Salt, Black Pepper, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, and Chives. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Baked Portabella with Cheddar-Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Recipe Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter
24 (about 2.5-ounces each) Portabella mushrooms (stems reserved for other use)
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound 5 ounces shredded cheddar cheese – divided use
3 quarts well-seasoned hot garlic mashed potatoes
Thinly sliced chives, for garnish

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 500°F (260°C).
2 – Melt butter.
3 – Brush each portabella cap with butter; season well with salt and ground black pepper. Arrange on a baking sheet pan.
4 – Bake at 500°F (260°C) until mushrooms are tender, about 8 minutes; reserve.
5 – Stir 1 pound 2 ounces cheese into mashed potatoes until incorporated thoroughly.
6 – Fill each Portabella cap with 1/2 cup mashed potatoes; sprinkle top with 1/2 tablespoon reserved cheese.
7 – Heat mushrooms in 500°F (260°C) oven until heated through, about 5 minutes; sprinkle with chives.
Makes 24 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/baked_portabella_with_cheddar-garlic_mashed_potatoes_recipe.html

Sea Scallops and Pasta Roni – Butter and Garlic

March 7, 2021 at 7:06 PM | Posted in pasta, Pasta Roni, scallops, seafood | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Sea Scallops w/ Pasta Roni – Butter and Garlic and Baked Italian Loaf Bread

 

 

Just a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for Breakfast. After Tea I went and picked up Breakfast at Wendy’s for Mom. Well Mom and her other friends from Church all went to Church today. First time she and her 3 friends have been since last November! They were so glad to go and to see each other again. That is the longest Mom and ever not been to Church in her life, and she really missed going. So I was very glad she’s going back finally. I spent most of the afternoon cleaning and trying to get my Covid Vaccine scheduled. Everything is booked solid right now. I’ll keep trying. For Dinner tonight I’m preparing Sea Scallops w/ Pasta Roni – Butter and Garlic and Baked Italian Loaf Bread.

First time using Sea Scallops with the Pasta Roni, I’ve always used Shrimp. So for the Scallops part of the dish I used Meijer Sea Scallops. I had purchased these last week. I already had washed them and had them in the freezer. I sat the bag in the fridge overnight to thaw. I love Scallops and all Seafood. For the Scallops; I started by rinsing the Shrimp off in cold water and letting it dry in a colander. Using a medium size skillet, that I sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray, 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 1 pat of Blue Bonnet Light Butter, that I heated on medium heat. I seasoned the Scallops with Old Bay Seasoning and a sprinkle of Morton’s Lite Salt and added the Scallops to the skillet. Cooked them 2 minutes per side, turning the Scallops once. And as the Scallops was cooking I started to prepare the Pasta.

 

I’m having the Pasta Roni – Butter and Garlic. As all the Pasta Roni’s, it’s Delicious! It comes with the Pasta Special Seasonings Packet and I added; 1 1/3 cups of water, 2/3 cups of 2% milk, and 2 tablespoons of Blue Bonnet Light Butter. Then to prepare it; In a medium saucepan bring water, milk, margarine or butter to a boil. Then slowly stir in pasta and Special Seasonings. Separate pasta with a fork, if needed. Return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Boil uncovered, 4-5 min. or until pasta is just tender, stirring frequently. Sauce will be thin. Let stand 3-5 min. to thicken. There’s 2 servings per box, leftovers coming tomorrow. Nice seasoning and the Parmesan Sauce is very flavorful. I topped the Pasta with some Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese and the Shrimp. Too good, this makes one easily prepared and delicious Shrimp and Pasta Dish! For Dessert/Snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Snyder’s Pretzels with a Diet Trop A Rocka Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

Scallops………
Scallops are a great source of magnesium and potassium, which are both important for heart and brain health. They also promote blood vessel relaxation, help control blood pressure and enable better blood circulation.

Scallops are a naturally low carbohydrate food. A 100-gram serving of scallops provides just 137 calories and 6.3 grams of carbohydrates. Keep in mind, however, that serving size can vary. If scallops are added to a hearty rice dish with several different ingredients, for example, you’re likely to consume fewer of them.

The scallop size can also vary. According to government sources, an average serving size of scallops is about 3.5 ounces (100 grams), which can include 4 to 5 large scallops, 9 to 12 medium scallops or 15 to 20 small scallops.

 

 

 


PASTA RONI BUTTER and GARLIC FLAVOR
Angel hair pasta in a creamy butter and garlic sauce with other natural flavors
Everything’s better with buttery flavor. And garlic, did we mention garlic?

What You’ll Do
1 – In a medium saucepan bring water, milk and butter or margarine to a boil. Then slowly stir in pasta and Special Seasonings. Separate pasta with a fork, if needed. Return to a boil.
2 – Reduce heat to medium. Boil uncovered, 4-5 min. or until pasta is just tender, stirring frequently.
3 – Sauce will be thin. Let stand 3-5 min. to thicken.
https://www.ricearoni.com/products/Pasta_Roni/Butter_and_Garlic

Fast-Paced Turkey Frittata

March 5, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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I have a recipe for a Fast-Paced Turkey Frittata. To make this recipe you’ll be needing Egg Substitute, Plain Low Fat Yogurt, Water, Dill Weed, JENNIE-O® DELI FAVORITES® Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast, Zucchini, Carrots, and Butter. The Frittata is 70 calories and 3 carbs per serving. You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Stay Safe and Make the SWITCH in 2021! https://www.jennieo.com/

Fast-Paced Turkey Frittata
Egg-based recipes are the cornerstone of any good brunch, and this Fast-Paced Turkey Frittata takes the cake. Chock full of veggies and Hickory Smoked deli turkey, this gluten free recipe has 70 calories per serving!

Total Time – 30 Minutes
Serving Size – 4 Servings

Ingredients
1 ¼ – cup eggs substitute or 5 eggs
¼ – cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 – tablespoons water
¼ – teaspoon dried dill weed
4 – slices JENNIE-O® DELI FAVORITES® Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast, cut into 0.5-inch pieces
½ – cup shredded zucchini
¼ – cup shredded carrot
1 – tablespoon butter

Directions
1) In medium bowl, whisk eggs, yogurt, water and dill weed; set aside. In medium skillet over medium heat, cook turkey, zucchini and carrot in butter 2 to 3 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

2) Spread mixture evenly over bottom of skillet. Pour egg mixture into skillet. Reduce heat to medium. As eggs begin to set, run a spatula around the edge of the skillet, lifting egg mixture to allow uncooked portion to run underneath.

3) Cook 10 to 12 minutes or until eggs are set. Cut into 4 wedges.

Nutrition
Calories 70

Protein 8g

Carbohydrates 3g

Fiber 0g

Sugars 2g

Fat 3.5g

Cholesterol 20mg

Sodium 300mg

Saturated Fat 2g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/fast-paced-turkey-frittata/

Diabetic Dessert of the Week – CHOCOLATE PUDDING WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES

March 4, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dessert of the Week, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is CHOCOLATE PUDDING WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Corn Starch, Cocoa Powder, Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber, Skim Milk, Egg Substitute, Vanilla Extract, Butter, fresh Strawberries, and Fat Free Whipped Topping. The Pudding is 120 calories and 18 carbs per serving. You can find this Diabetic Friendly recipe and more all at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. You can also sign up to receive wonderful recipes, engaging articles, helpful and healthful tips, critically important news and more. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

CHOCOLATE PUDDING WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES

Ingredients

2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
6 packets Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber, divided
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1/4 cup egg substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons butter
2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup fat-free whipped topping

Directions

1 – Mix cornstarch, cocoa powder and 5 packets of Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber together in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
2 – Combine milk, egg substitute, and vanilla in a small sauce pot.
3 – Whisk in cocoa powder mixture until well blended. Add butter.
4 – Heat on medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Refrigerate until cool, about 30-40 minutes.
5 – Mix strawberries and remaining one packet of Splenda No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber. Stir well.
6 – Spoon pudding into individual serving cups or parfait dishes. Top each serving with berries and finish with 1 tablespoon of whipped topping.

Recipe Yield: Serves: 4“Serving Size: 1 cup pudding, 1/2 cup strawberries

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 120
Fat: 3.5 grams
Saturated Fat: 2 grams
Fiber: 4 grams
Sodium: 85 milligrams
Cholesterol: 0.5 milligrams
Protein: 6 grams
Carbohydrates: 22 grams
Sugars: 20 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/chocolate-pudding-with-fresh-strawberries

Healthy Scallop Recipes

February 24, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Scallop Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Scallop Recipes with recipes including Brown Butter Seared Scallops, Panko- and Parmesan-Crusted Baked Scallops, and Lemon Garlic Scallops. 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/

Brown Butter Seared Scallops
Get perfectly cooked scallops every time with this easy method. Sea scallops (the large ones) are sautéed in butter that turns deliciously nutty as it cooks, to make a super-fast, special dinner. A splash of lemon juice and fresh herbs finish the dish. Round out the menu with sautéed spinach and brown rice or orzo………….

Panko- and Parmesan-Crusted Baked Scallops
These easy baked scallops have a delightful balance of crunchy, golden-brown topping and tender, sweet scallops. They feel decadent like scallops should, thanks to the tasty lemon-butter sauce. Look for uniform scallops; if they’re particularly large, you might need to bake them for more than 10 minutes……………..

Lemon Garlic Scallops
Lemon brightens up sweet scallops in this simple, light dinner. Serve the scallops alongside sautéed spinach with a piece of toasted whole-grain bread to sop up the buttery sauce…………

Click the link below to get all the Healthy Scallop Recipes
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19182/ingredients/fish-seafood/shellfish/scallops/

Chicken and Dumplings and Cornbread

February 11, 2021 at 7:25 PM | Posted in chicken, Chicken and dumplings | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Chicken and Dumplings and Cornbread

 

 

For Breakfast on this cold and snowy Thursday morning I Scrambled a couple of Eggs that I topped with Ortega Smoky Chipotle Taco Sauce. I also toasted a couple of slices of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread and prepared a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Outside its 26 degrees, cloudy, windy, with a wind chill in the low teens. We have another 3-4 inches that came down late yesterday and early morning. So I spent a big part of the day salting and shoveling the driveway again. For Breakfast on this cold and snowy Thursday morning I Scrambled a couple of Eggs that I topped with Ortega Smoky Chipotle Taco Sauce. I also toasted a couple of slices of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread and prepared a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. So its a real Dinner treat tonight! My Mom is making her melt-in-your mouth Chicken and Dumplings and some Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread.

 

My Mom is making her Chicken and Dumplings for Dinner Tonight! I guess if you are snowed in Chicken and Dumplings are the way to go! She used Bisquick Heart Smart Mix for the Dumplings and Tyson Split Chicken Breasts for the Chicken. She first made the Dumplings using a recipe found on Bisquick Boxes. Made those and set them aside until ready to use. My Grandmother and Mom both have used this same recipe since it came out on the Bisquick boxes. Not the best Dinner for calories and carbs but having 1 time every 4 months or so doesn’t hurt.

 

For the Chicken. She boiled the Chicken Breasts in a pot until they were done adding more water to them twice. After the Chicken was cooked she removed them from the pot and roughly shredded it. Returned it to the pot of Broth or Stew and added the Dumplings, reducing the heat. Cooked the two together uncovered for 10 minutes and then another 12 minutes covered until they were done.

 

As I said these Dumplings just melt in your mouth! Just incredible flavor with the Chicken being moist and adding it’s flavor. Plus that incredible and thick broth that’s created while its all cooking is the thing that ties it all together! I can’t have these often, having Diabetes 2, but once in a while is just fine! It’s hard to resist these pillowy Dumplings of goodness!

 

As the Chicken and Dumplings were cooking I made Mom Cornbread, Mom loves Cornbread! I made a small Cast iron Skillet of Cornbread. As always I used Martha White Corn Meal Mix, something I think I could eat every meal. I like a nice fresh and hot slice with Butter on it. When I make this I just make it by the instructions on the package but I only use half the ingredients because I use a small cast iron skillet to make it. I use Egg Beaters and Extra Virgin Oil instead of Eggs and Vegetable Oil the recipe calls for. Bake at 450 degrees for about 25 minutes and you have some golden brown piping hot Cornbread! If you use a small cast iron skillet just cut the recipe in half and it comes out just right for the skillet size. What a dinner tonight! For Dessert later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Snyder’s Pretzels with a Diet Dr. Pepper to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Betty Crocker Bisquick Heart Smart Pancake and Baking Mix

Betty Crocker Bisquick Low Fat Pancake & Baking Mix Heart Smart 40.0 oz Box. Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. Bisquick Heart Smart is low in fat, low in saturated fat and naturally cholesterol free. Excellent Source of Calcium; Fat Free; Naturally Cholesterol Free; Kosher.

* Pancake mix makes fluffy, mouth-watering pancakes, waffles, and more
* Quick and easy breakfast; just add water and pour onto griddle
* Easy to personalize with fruits, nuts or chocolate chips
* Stock up your pantry with an easy and delicious breakfast option for everyone
* The Red Spoon is my promise of great taste, quality, and convenience; This is a product you and your family will enjoy, I guarantee it – Betty Crocker

Appetizer of the Week – Asiago Cheese Puffs

February 6, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, CooksRecipes | 4 Comments
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is Asiago Cheese Puffs. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Butter, Olive Oil, Salt, Cayenne Pepper, Water, Flour, Eggs, Wisconsin Asiago Cheese, Wisconsin Aged Parmesan Cheese, and Wisconsin Pepato Cheese. These sound delicious! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Asiago Cheese Puffs
Asiago Cheese PuffsServe these tasty, light-as-air cheese puffs as is, or stuff them with a savory filling of your choice.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cayenne pepper, to taste
1 cup water
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
1/2 cup Wisconsin Asiago Cheese, finely shredded
1/2 cup Wisconsin Aged Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/2 cup Wisconsin Pepato Cheese, shredded

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C).
2 – In small saucepan, combine the butter, oil, salt, cayenne pepper and water; bring to boil. Add the flour all at once; stir until the mixture forms a smooth ball. Cook over low heat, until the mixture is drier, but still smooth; place in a mixing bowl. Beat in eggs, one at a time; stir in cheeses.
3 – Drop tablespoonfuls of the batter onto greased baking sheets.
4 – Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned and firm. Serve immediately.
Makes 30 servings.

Variations:

For lighter puffs, use 2 whole eggs and 4 egg whites instead of 4 eggs.

Other hard and semi-hard cheeses can be substituted in this recipe.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/asiago_cheese_puffs_recipe.html

Cheese Straws

February 6, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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I also have a recipe for Cheese Straws. Delicious and so easy to make1 And to make these Cheese Straws you’ll be needing Aged Cheddar Cheese, Butter, All Purpose Flour, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic Powder, and Water. This recipe is also from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Cheese Straws
Serve these tasty cheese straws as an appetizer or as an accompaniment with soup or salad.

Recipe Ingredients:
4 cups (about 1 pound) grated aged cheddar cheese
1/4 pound (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 to 2 tablespoons water, if needed

Cooking Directions:
1 – Heat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2 – In a food processor, combine the cheese and the butter; process well. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until dough forms. Add water, if necessary. Cover the dough and chill in the refrigerator for one hour.
3 – On a clean countertop or cutting board, use your fingers to gently roll 1 tablespoon of dough into a rope. When it is 8 to 10 inches long, cut it in half and continue rolling each rope until it is 6 to 8 inches long. Twist both ropes together, and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.
4 – Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until set and starting to brown.
5 – Cool on a wire rack; serve with your choice of a dip.
Makes 64 cheese straws.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/cheese_straws_recipe.html

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