Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 11, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Freeze…..

When making dough, freeze the butter and grate it into the dry ingredients. You’ll handle the cold dough less, resulting in more tender and flaky pie crusts, biscuits, or scones.

Healthy Baked Potato Recipes

January 9, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Baked Potato Recipes. Find Delicious and Healthy Baked Potato Recipes which include recipes like Marinara Meat Sauce Topped Baked Potato, Cheeseburger Stuffed Baked Potatoes, and Sour Cream andHerb Baked Potatoes. 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 2022! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Baked Potato Recipes
Find healthy, delicious baked potato recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Marinara Meat Sauce Topped Baked Potato
Break out of your pasta routine by subbing in a baked potato in this simple and satisfying dinner for one……

Cheeseburger Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Skip the bun and serve all of your favorite cheeseburger ingredients–beef, cheese, tomatoes, red onions and lettuce–with baked potatoes for a hearty and easy dinner recipe that kids and adults will love. Feel free to swap out the ground beef for ground turkey or tofu crumbles……

Sour Cream and Herb Baked Potatoes
Yogurt, sour cream and herbs are combined to make a perky topping for these healthy baked potatoes. Add some sliced tomatoes on the side to brighten up the plate and spoon some of the sauce over them too……

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Baked Potato Recipes
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19314/side-dishes/potato/baked-potato/

Healthy Cornbread Recipes

January 2, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Cornbread Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Cornbread Recipes with recipes including Creole Skillet Cornbread, Whole-Grain Cornbread, and Soup Beans with Cornbread and Kraut. 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 2022! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Cornbread Recipes
Find healthy, delicious cornbread recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Creole Skillet Cornbread
Baking cornbread in a cast-iron skillet results in the ideal crispy crust enclosing a tender crumb. In this recipe, tender corn kernels provide additional texture. As with many recipes, how much sugar you like in your cornbread may depend on how your grandmother made it, so add more or less sugar to taste. Read the author’s story behind this recipe: Skillet Diaries: A Cast-Iron Legacy…..

Whole-Grain Cornbread
Made with whole-grain cornmeal and white whole-wheat flour, this healthy cornbread recipe is quick enough for a weeknight and perfect to serve with chili or instead of dinner rolls. We like to make a few extra batches of the dry mix and store it in the freezer. To make a batch of cornbread, just measure out 2 cups of dry mix and combine with the liquid ingredients. If you don’t want to pull out your food processor, you can skip pureeing the corn in Step 2 and instead whisk an 8-ounce can of creamed corn with the egg, milk, oil and sugar before combining with the dry ingredients……

Soup Beans with Cornbread and Kraut
Cook up your own soup beans on the stovetop or in the slow cooker (see Tip). These brothy beans get a kick when served with fermented cabbage and black-pepper-spiced skillet cornbread……

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Cornbread Recipes
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18080/bread/quick-bread/cornbread/

Savory Turkey Bacon Risotto with Tomato Granita FRIDAY

December 31, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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For the 2nd Jennie – O Recipe here’s a Recipe for Savory Turkey Bacon Risotto with Tomato Granita. To make this recipe you’ll be needing Red Wine Vinegar, Olive Oil, Heirloom Tomatoes, Sweet Onion, Butter, JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon, Risotto Rice, Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth, and Parmesan Cheese. 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/

Savory Turkey Bacon Risotto with Tomato Granita
This Savory Turkey Bacon Risotto with Tomato Granita recipe is so hearty you can enjoy it as a side or an entrée. Enjoy a bed of risotto baked with turkey bacon, tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese for 260 calories per serving!

Total Time – 2 Hours 35 Minutes
Serving Size – 10 Servings

Ingredients
1 – tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 – teaspoons olive oil
8 – ounces seeded, peeled heirloom tomatoes
1 – small sweet onion, chopped
2 – tablespoons butter
10 – slices JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon, cooked according to package directions, chopped
2 – cups risotto rice
1 – heirloom tomato, diced
1 – quart reduced-sodium chicken broth, heated
4 – tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Directions
1) In blender or food processor, add vinegar, oil and 8 ounces tomato; process until smooth.
2) Place tomato mixture in 8-inch square baking dish; cover and freeze until firm, stirring twice during first 2 hours.
3) Remove from freezer; scrape entire mixture with fork until fluffy;
4) Heat oven to 375°F.
5) Mist 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
6) In skillet, cook onion and butter 3 to 4 minutes or until soft.
7) Add bacon and rice; mix. Add tomato and hot chicken broth; stir.
8) Spoon into baking dish. Cover and bake 30 minutes.
9) Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Remove from oven and stir in cheese.
10) Top with prepared granita.

Nutrition
Calories – 260
Protein – 9g
Carbohydrates – 43g
Fiber – 1g
Sugars – 4g
Fat – 7g
Cholesterol – 15mg
Sodium – 980mg
Saturated Fat – 2.5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/savory-turkey-bacon-risotto-with-tomato-granita/

Leftover Chicken and Dumplings

December 26, 2021 at 7:08 PM | Posted in chicken | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Leftover Chicken and Dumplings and Cornbread

 

For Breakfast on I toasted a Thomas Light English Muffin that I topped with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. I also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. 55 degrees and mostly cloudy out today. Got the cart and yard tools out of the shed and raked the yard and cleaned up around the yard and deck. Helped Mom put away our indoor Christmas Decorations. Back to normal! For Dinner tonight Leftover Chicken and Dumplings and Sides. I just couldn’t let these Leftovers go to waste! I’ve left the original post from yesterday below for directions and descriptions. Take Care All!

 

My Mom is made her Chicken and Dumplings for Dinner yesterday! 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 it a couple times a year isn’t too bad!

 

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!

 

 

We also opened up a quart jar of the Canned Green Beans. I love these Green Beans! And also sas 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 Jello Sugar Free Dark Cherry Jello Cup.

 

 

 

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

Christmas Dinner – Chicken and Dumplings

December 25, 2021 at 6:44 PM | Posted in chicken | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Christmas Dinner – Chicken and Dumplings and Cornbread

 

First off, a Merry Christmas to Everyone! For Breakfast on this Christmas Morning I prepared a Potatoes and Ham Breakfast Skillet. I used 1 package of Simply Potatoes Steakhouse Seasoned Diced Potatoes and a package of Meijer Diced Ham. Just cooked the Potatoes according to the package instructions and with about 5 minutes of cooking time left add the Diced Ham. I topped it with Sargento Off the Block Shredded Cheddar Cheese. I also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. A very Delicious way to kick-off Christmas! No White Christmas around here. It’s 66 degrees and rain. So not a thing going on today except cooking and relaxing. I gave Mom a hand in the Kitchen preparing Christmas Dinner. So for Dinner 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 Christmas Dinner! 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!

 

We also opened up a quart jar of the Canned Green Beans. I love these Green Beans! Also made some Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes and also 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 Peach Snapple to drink. Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

 

 

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 – Bacon and Cheese Log

December 18, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, Appetizers, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is a Bacon and Cheese Log. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Cream Cheese, Butter, Bacon, Green Onions, Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Spread, Pecans, and Parsley. 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

Bacon and Cheese Log
Cheese logs are always a party favorite, especially with bacon in the equation! Serve with lightly salted crackers.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
12 slices (about 1/2 pound) bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 (6 or 8-ounce) jar process Wisconsin Cheddar cheese spread
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
Snipped parsley

Cooking Directions:
1 – Beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add bacon and green onions, mixing until thoroughly blended.
2 – Shape into a log about 8-inches long, cover and refrigerate overnight.
3 – Coat log with cheese spread. Roll in pecans and garnish with snipped parsley. Chill.
4 – Serve with lightly salted crackers.
Makes 12 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/bacon_cheese_log_recipe.html

Make-Ahead Mashed Sweet Potatoes

December 10, 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 Make-Ahead Mashed Sweet Potatoes. It’s from the Jennie – O website, they have many Side Dishes and Dessert Recipes on their website along with all the Turkey Recipes. To make this recipe you’ll be needing Sweet Potatoes, Butter, Sugar, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Kosher Salt, and Vanilla Extract. 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/

Make-Ahead Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Make-Ahead Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a classic holiday side that can be prepared up to two days prior to your holiday meal. Six servings of sweet potatoes, mashed and baked with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and maple syrup.

Total Time – 2 Hours
Serving Size – 6 Servings

Ingredients
3 – pounds sweet potato
2 – tablespoons butter
1/3 – cup sugar
1/4 – cup maple syrup
1/2 – teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 – teaspoon nutmeg
1 – teaspoon kosher salt
1 – teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
1) Heat oven to 400°F.
2) Place sweet potatoes on baking sheet.
3) Bake 55 minutes or until tender.
4) Let stand 5 minutes; scoop pulp into large bowl.
5) Mash with potato masher or process through a ricer until smooth.
6) Stir butter, sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and vanilla into sweet potatoes.
7) Place in lightly greased, 2-quart baking dish.
8) Bake 30 minutes or until bubbly.
9) Bake and mash these potatoes up to two-days prior to Thanksgiving.)
10) Then, day-of, simply stir in seasonings and bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Nutrition
Calories – 300
Protein – 5g
Carbohydrates – 67g
Fiber – 8g
Sugars – 34g
Fat – 3g
Cholesterol – 5mg
Sodium – 430mg
Saturated Fat – 1.5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/make-ahead-mashed-sweet-potatoes/

Diabetic Dessert of the Week -Baked Pears

October 28, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dessert of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is Baked Pears. An easy to prepare, delicious, and Diabetic Friendly Pear Dessert Dish! Made using Bosc Pears, Sugar, Ground Cinnamon, Butter, Pear Juice, and Sugar-Free Gingersnap Cookies. Only 130 calories 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 2021! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Baked Pears
Why should apples have all the fun? Juicy Bosc pears, cinnamon, and gingersnap cookies make a divine combination in this delightful dessert! And requiring only six ingredients and a few steps, it’s perfect for even first-time chefs.

Ingredients
2 medium ripe Bosc pears, peeled, halved lengthwise and cored
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons butter
1/2 cup pear juice
3 sugar-free gingersnap cookies, crushed

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 375°F. Place pear halves, cut sides up, in glass baking dish; do not crowd. Combine sugar and cinnamon in small bowl; sprinkle over pears. Place 1/2 teaspoon butter in each pear cavity. Pour juice into dish.

2 – Bake pears 30 minutes, basting after 15 minutes. Sprinkle with crushed gingersnaps; bake 10 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 130 calories, Carbohydrates: 27 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 5 mg, Sodium: 15 mg, Fiber: 3 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/snack/baked-pears/

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Appetizer of the Week – Gorgonzola Bacon Polenta Bites

October 16, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, Appetizers, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is Gorgonzola Bacon Polenta Bites. To make these bites you’ll be needing Polenta, Butter, Sweet Onion, Chopped Walnuts, Dried Cherries, Brown Sugar, Spices, Bacon, and Sliced Wisconsin Creamy Gorgonzola Cheese. 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

Gorgonzola Bacon Polenta Bites
Slices of baked polenta are topped with a sweet onion, walnut and dried cherry compote, crisp bacon and a slice of gorgonzola cheese.

Recipe Ingredients:
24 (1/2-inch thick) slices of polenta from a prepared roll
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups sweet onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
8 slices bacon, cut into 2-inch long strips and cooked
6 ounces Wisconsin Creamy Gorgonzola cheese, sliced

Cooking Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
Arrange polenta slices on a baking sheet, and bake 5 to 7 minutes per side, until hot.
In a large skillet, heat butter over low heat. Add onion and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add walnuts, cherries, brown sugar, rosemary, salt and pepper and cook 8 to 10 minutes more, until onions are caramelized.
Top each polenta bite with a bacon slice, 1 tablespoon onion mixture and a slice of Wisconsin Gorgonzola cheese.
Serve immediately.
Makes 24 appetizer servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/gorgonzola_bacon_polenta_bites_recipe.html

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