Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Berry-Peachy Cobbler

June 6, 2019 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 a Berry-Peachy Cobbler. Raspberries and Peaches make up this delicious and Diabetic Friendly Dessert. It’s from the Diabetes Self Management website. At the site you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more. So be sure to check it out soon! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Berry-Peachy Cobbler
Ingredients
4 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
1 1/4 pounds peaches, peeled and sliced or 1 package (16 ounces) frozen unsweetened sliced peaches, thawed and drained
2 cups fresh raspberries or 1 package (12 ounces) frozen unsweetened raspberries
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cold margarine, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray eight ramekins or 11×7-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; place ramekins in baking dish.

2 – Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons flour in large bowl. Add peaches, raspberries, and lemon peel; toss to coat. Divide fruit evenly among prepared ramekins. Bake 15 minutes or until fruit is bubbly around edges.

3 – Meanwhile, combine remaining 3/4 cup flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl. Cut in margarine with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk just until dry ingredients are moistened.

4 – Remove ramekins from oven; top fruit with equal dollops of topping. Sprinkle topping with remaining 2 teaspoons sugar. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until topping is lightly browned. Serve warm.

Yield: 8 servings.

Serving size: 1/8 of recipe.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 149 calories, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 1 mg, Sodium: 195 mg, Fiber: 3 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/berry-peachy-cobbler/

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Brown Sugar Strawberry Shortcakes

May 25, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | 1 Comment
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I came across a Delicious and Diabetic Friendly Dessert from the Diabetes Self Management, Brown Sugar Strawberry Shortcakes. Some of the ingredients you’ll need are; Strawberries, Sugar Substitute, Reduced Fat Baking Mix, Buttermilk, and more! You can find this recipe along with all the other Diabetic Friendly Recipes at the Diabetes Self Management website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Brown Sugar Strawberry Shortcakes
Ingredients
2 cups fresh sliced strawberries
1/4 cup sugar substitute,* divided
2 cups reduced-fat biscuit baking mix
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup low-fat (1%) buttermilk
2 teaspoons margarine or butter, melted
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons reduced-fat whipped topping

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

2 – In medium bowl toss strawberries and 2 tablespoons sugar substitute. Set aside.

3 – In another medium bowl combine baking mix, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar substitute, and baking powder. Pour buttermilk over dry ingredients and stir gently with spoon until dough comes together. Remove dough from bowl, place on lightly floured surface, and pat into a 3/4- to 1-inch-thick circle.

4 – Cut dough into 6 portions. Round each piece into a circle and place on baking sheet. Brush with melted margarine and sprinkle 1 teaspoon brown sugar over each shortcake. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to rack and let cool slightly.

5 – To assemble shortcakes: Split each shortcake in half. Place bottom half on dessert plates, cover with 1/3 cup berries, 1 tablespoon whipped topping and cake tops.

*This recipe was tested using sucralose-based sugar substitute.

Tip: Strawberries can be refrigerated, unwashed, for up to 3 days. Or, they may be frozen. To freeze strawberries, hull them and arrange them in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan. Place them in the freezer until they are frozen solid and then transfer them to storage containers. They will keep for up to 9 months.

Yield: 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 190 calories, Carbohydrates: 37 g, Protein: 4 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 1 mg, Sodium: 572 mg, Fiber: 1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/brown-sugar-strawberry-shortcakes/

One of America’s Favorites – Ranch Dressing

February 11, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Homemade ranch dressing

Ranch dressing is a type of salad dressing made of some combination of buttermilk, salt, garlic, onion, mustard, herbs (commonly chives, parsley, and dill), and spices (commonly black pepper, paprika, and ground mustard seed), mixed into a sauce based on mayonnaise, or another oil emulsion. Sour cream and yogurt are sometimes used in addition to or as a substitute for buttermilk and mayonnaise. Ranch dressing has been the best-selling salad dressing in the United States since 1992, when it overtook Italian dressing. It is also popular in the US as a dip and flavoring for chips and other foods. In 2017, forty percent of Americans named ranch as their favorite dressing.

In the early 1950s, Steve Henson developed what is now known as ranch dressing while working as a plumbing contractor for three years in the remote Alaskan bush. In 1954, he and his wife Gayle opened Hidden Valley Ranch, a dude ranch at the former Sweetwater Ranch on San Marcos Pass in Santa Barbara County, California, where they served it to customers. It became popular, and they began selling it in packages for customers to take home, both as a finished product and as packets of seasoning to be mixed with mayonnaise and buttermilk. As demand grew, they incorporated Hidden Valley Ranch Food Products, Inc., and opened a factory to manufacture it in larger volumes, which they first distributed to supermarkets in the Southwest, and eventually, nationwide. In October 1972, the Hidden Valley Ranch brand was bought by Clorox for $8 million.

Kraft Foods and General Foods responded with similar dry seasoning packets labeled as “ranch style”. As a result, they were both sued for trademark infringement by the Waples-Platter Companies, the Texas-based manufacturer of Ranch Style Beans (now part of ConAgra Foods), even though Waples-Platter had declined to enter the salad dressing market itself out of fear that the tendency of such products to spoil rapidly would damage its brand. The case was tried before federal judge Eldon Brooks Mahon in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1976. Judge Mahon ruled in favor of Waples-Platter in a lengthy opinion which described the various “ranch style” and “ranch” products then available, of which many had been created to compete against Hidden Valley Ranch. Judge Mahon specifically noted that Hidden Valley Ranch and Waples-Platter had no dispute with each other (though he also noted that Hidden Valley Ranch was simultaneously suing General Foods in a separate federal case in California). The only issue before the Texas federal district court was that Waples-Platter was disputing the right of other manufacturers to compete against Hidden Valley Ranch by using the label “ranch style”.

Meanwhile, Clorox reformulated the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing several times to make it more convenient for consumers. The first change was to include buttermilk flavoring in the seasoning, meaning much less expensive regular milk could be used to mix the dressing instead. In 1983, Clorox developed a more popular non-refrigerated bottled formulation. As of 2002, Clorox subsidiary Hidden Valley Ranch Manufacturing LLC produces ranch packets and bottled dressings at two large factories, in Reno, Nevada, and Wheeling, Illinois.

During the 1980s, ranch became a common snack food flavor, starting with Cool Ranch Doritos in 1987, and Hidden Valley Ranch Wavy Lay’s in 1994.

During the 1990s, Hidden Valley had three kid-oriented variations of ranch dressing: pizza, nacho cheese, and taco flavors.

A mixed salad with German “Würziges Ranch-Dressing”

Ranch dressing is common in the United States as a dipping sauce for broccoli, carrots and celery as well as a dip for chips and “bar foods” such as french fries and chicken wings. It is also a common dipping sauce for fried foods such as fried mushrooms, fried zucchini, fried pickles, jalapeno poppers, onion rings, chicken fingers, and hushpuppies. In addition, ranch dressing is used on pizza, pickles, baked potatoes, wraps, tacos, pretzels, and hamburgers.

In Germany, Kühne produces a product labeled as Würziges Ranch-Dressing (literally “spicy ranch dressing”). It is based on the common recipe but contains additional tomatoes, red bell peppers, and red pepper. Its color is not white but looks like cocktail sauce.

Ranch dressing is produced by many manufacturers, including Hidden Valley, Ken’s, Kraft, Litehouse, Marie’s, Newman’s Own, and Wish-Bone.

 

Fried Thin Sliced Chicken Breast Cutlets w/ Loaded Baked Potato Casserole and Seasoned Pinto Beans

December 8, 2017 at 6:02 PM | Posted in chicken, Idahoan Potato Products, Margaret Holmes Products | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Thin Sliced Chicken Breast Cutlets w/ Loaded Baked Potato Casserole and Seasoned Pinto Beans

 

 

For Breakfast I made my favorite – Hash Browns, Ham, and Egg. I made some Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns, Heated up some Kroger Diced Ham, fried an Egg Sunnyside Up, made a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I made a bed of the Hashbrowns in a bow and sprinkled some Sargento Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Next I put the Diced Ham over top the Hash Browns then put the Sunnyside Up Egg on to top it off. Out side it was 22 degrees this morning and for the day it was mostly sunny and 37 degrees. Went to Walmart after Breakfast. I needed to get some Christmas Candy Canes and Christmas Decorated Cupcakes for all the kids in the family. Then I dropped those off at my cousin’s house later on. Spent the rest of the day baking. I baked Mini Loaves of Pillsbury Pumpkin Cheesecake and Banana Quick Bread. Along with Mini Loaves of Pillsbury Sugar Free Chocolate Cake, also Sugar Free Chocolate Icing. And finally baked a pan of Pillsbury Sugar Free Chocolate Fudge Brownies. I kept the Brownies for here. I make Mini Loaves of Cakes for Christmas and pass them out to our neighbors. Love doing stuff like this! For Dinner tonight its Fried Thin Sliced Chicken Breast Cutlets w/ Loaded Baked Potato Casserole and Seasoned Pinto Beans.

 

I purchased a package of Simple Truth Chicken Breast Cutlets Thin Sliced at Kroger. I really love using all the Simple Truth items, especially their Chicken and Pork items. To prepare the Chicken Cutlets I’ll need; Morton’s Lite Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Litehouse Poultry Seasoning, Low Fat Buttermilk, Frank’s Hot Sauce, Flour, and Extra Light Olive Oil. Early this morning I poured a 1/2 of Low Fat Buttermilk into a plastic container. Then I added 5 or so shakes of the Frank’s Hot Sauce to the Buttermilk and mixed it together. Next I got my Chicken Cutlets out of the fridge and added the Chicken to the Buttermilk mixture. Sealed the container and put it in the fridge until ready to cook.

 

Okay, to prepare the Chicken I grabbed the container with the Chicken out of the fridge. I got a plate and I removed the Chicken from the Buttermilk mixture, shaking off the excess. Then seasoned them with Salt, Pepper, and Poultry Seasoning. Then rolled the Chicken in flour. I let the Chicken rest for 5 minutes. And as that was happening I got my skillet ready. Sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray, added a tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil, and heated it on medium heat. When the skillet was heated I fried the Chicken. Fried them for 9 minutes and flipped them over and continued to cook them for another 10 minutes. I checked the Chicken with a thermometer and got a 169 degree reading, done. This Chicken turned out great! The Buttermilk/Hot Sauce brine gave the Chicken a fantastic flavor, excellent dish!

 

For a side dish I prepared a box of Idahoan Loaded Baked Potato Homestyle Casserole. Being a Potato Lover like I am, I really enjoy all the Idahoan Potato Products. I’ve made the Loaded Potato many times. To prepare it; Preheat the oven to 450°F. Combined the Potatoes and Sauce mix in a 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Stir in 1 1/2 cups boiling Water, 3/4 cup 2% Milk, and 1 1/2 Tbsp. Blue Bonnet Light Butter with whisk. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and potatoes are tender. Remove from oven and let stand a few minutes before serving. The sauce will thicken slightly as it cools. Such an easy way to get a delicious Potato Casserole!

 

 

I also heated up the Margaret Holmes Seasoned Pinto Beans that I leftover from the night before. Just put the leftovers in a small sauce pan and reheated it on medium low heat until heated through. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Coke Zero to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Truth Chicken Breast Cutlets Thin Sliced
(4 6 Per Pack) (1 lb)
Nutrition Facts
Simple Truth – Chicken Breast Cutlets, Thinly Sliced
Servings: 4 oz.
Calories 120 Sodium 75 mg
Total Fat 1 g Potassium 0 mg
Saturated 0 g Total Carbs 0 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 0 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 0 g
Trans 0 g Protein 26 g
Cholesterol 65 mg

 

 

 

Idahoan Loaded Baked Homestyle Casserole

There’s no better way to start a savory Loaded Baked® homestyle casserole than with world-famous Idaho® potatoes, which is why you’ll taste only 100% grown-in-Idaho potatoes in this rich, cheesy, bacony side. For family meals or for special occasions, this cheesy, delicious dish is sure to please.

Oven Directions

Best for Golden Browning

1 – PREHEAT oven to 450°F. COMBINE potatoes and sauce mix in 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
2 – STIR in 1 1/2 cups boiling water, 3/4 cup milk, and 1 1/2 Tbsp. margarine or butter with whisk.
3 – BAKE uncovered for 25 minutes or until top is golden brown and potatoes are tender (sauce will thicken slightly when cooling).
4 – Remove from oven and let stand a few minutes before serving.
BAKING NOTES: To prepare 2 casseroles at once, double all ingredients, increase baking dish size accordingly, and bake about 30 min. To bake potatoes and roast meat at the same time, bake at 375°F for about 45 min; 350°F for about 50 min; or 325°F for about 60 min.

Stove Top Directions

1 – HEAT potatoes and sauce mix, 1 1/2 cups hot water, 3/4 cup milk, and 1 1/2 Tbsp. margarine or butter to boil in 2-quart saucepan over high heat, stirring occasionally. Watch carefully to avoid boil over.
2 – REDUCE HEAT, then COVER and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender and sauce reaches desired consistency (sauce will thicken slightly when cooling).
3 – Remove from heat and let stand a few minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving Unprepared Prepared
Calories 100 150
Calories from fat 10 50
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g* 2% 9%
Saturated Fat 0g 0% 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0% 2%
Sodium 640mg 27% 30%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7% 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4% 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
http://www.idahoan.com/products/retail/loaded-baked-homestyle-casserole/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 14, 2017 at 5:40 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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What, use Buttermilk?…………

 

 

Thank you to Kim K. for passing this hint along………

 

When cake mix calls for water use buttermilk instead. It will make the lightest and best cakes. Plus it will give it that homemade taste.

Raspberry-Almond Buttermilk Coffee Cake

October 6, 2017 at 5:06 AM | Posted in dessert, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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Passing along a Raspberry-Almond Buttermilk Coffee Cake from the Jennie – O Turkey recipe website. Didn’t know Jennie – O had Desserts recipes? Check the Jennie – O site out for all their delicious and healthy recipes. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

Raspberry-Almond Buttermilk Coffee Cake

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter, softened
2 large eggs, lightly beaten or 4 ounces egg substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups frozen raspberries, thawed
⅓ cup sliced almonds
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 350°F.
1) In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
2) In bowl of electric stand mixer, cream together sugar and butter, with paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition; add extracts
3) Gradually add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating until smooth. Spoon half batter into a lightly greased and floured 9-inch cake pan. Top evenly with 1 cup raspberries. Spoon remaining batter over raspberries and top with almonds, remaining 1 cup raspberries and turbinado sugar.
4) Bake 50 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories320
Protein6g
Carbohydrates44g
Fiber2g
Sugars23g
Fat14g
Cholesterol30mg
Sodium240mg
Saturated Fat8g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/1189-raspberry-almond-buttermilk-coffee-cake

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

February 26, 2017 at 6:32 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Love that Buttermilk…..

 
Buttermilk can be substituted for 2 percent or whole milk in most pastry or bread recipes. Buttermilk is less than 1 percent fat, almost equal to skim milk, but has a thicker consistency.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

February 3, 2017 at 6:16 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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Here’s a perfect Salad to go with that Turkey Ham Ciabatta Sandwich, Strawberry Spinach Salad with Buttermilk Dressing. Strawberries, Cream Cheese, Buttermilk, Spinach, and Red Onion make this Salad that goes great with any meal! You can find this recipe along with all the other Salad recipes at the Jennie – O website! Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2017! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

 

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Buttermilk Dressingstrawberry-spinach-salad-with-buttermilk-dressing

Creamy buttermilk dressing pairs well with juicy strawberries and crisp spinach.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups sliced strawberries, divided
4 ounces cream cheese, cut into small cubes and divided
⅓ cup buttermilk
6 cups fresh spinach
1 small red onion, cut into thin rings

 
DIRECTIONS

1) In blender container, combine ¾ cup strawberries, cream cheese and buttermilk; process until smooth.
2) In large salad bowl, toss together spinach, onion and remaining 1¼ cups strawberries. Serve with dressing.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATIONJennie O Make the Switch
PER SERVING
Calories70
Protein2g
Carbohydrates6g
Fiber1g
Sugars3g
Fat5g
Cholesterol15mg
Sodium70mg
Saturated Fat3g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/968-strawberry-spinach-salad-with-buttermilk-dressing

One of America’s Favorites – Buttermilk

January 30, 2017 at 6:33 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 4 Comments
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Buttermilk right compared to fresh milk left the thicker buttermilk leaves a more visible residue on the glass

Buttermilk refers to a number of dairy drinks. Originally, buttermilk was the liquid left behind after churning butter out of cream. This type of buttermilk is known as traditional buttermilk.

The term buttermilk also refers to a range of fermented milk drinks, common in warm climates (e.g., the Balkans, the Middle East, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Nicaragua and the Southern United States) where unrefrigerated fresh milk sours quickly, as well as in colder climates, such as Scandinavia, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic. This fermented dairy product known as cultured buttermilk is produced from cow’s milk and has a characteristically sour taste caused by lactic acid bacteria. This variant is made using one of two species of bacteria—either Lactococcus lactis or Lactobacillus bulgaricus, which creates more tartness.

The tartness of buttermilk is due to acid in the milk. The increased acidity is primarily due to lactic acid produced by lactic acid bacteria while fermenting lactose, the primary sugar in milk. As the bacteria produce lactic acid, the pH of the milk decreases and casein, the primary milk protein, precipitates, causing the curdling or clabbering of milk. This process makes buttermilk thicker than plain milk. While both traditional and cultured buttermilk contain lactic acid, traditional buttermilk tends to be less viscous, whereas cultured buttermilk is more viscous.

Buttermilk can be drunk straight, and it can also be used in cooking. Soda bread is a bread in which the acid in buttermilk reacts with the rising agent, sodium bicarbonate, to produce carbon dioxide which acts as the leavening agent. Buttermilk is also used in marination, especially of chicken and pork, whereby the lactic acid helps to tenderize, retain moisture, and allows added flavors to permeate throughout the meat.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 3, 2016 at 5:36 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 2 Comments
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In a hurry to make a recipe that calls for Buttermilk and you’re out…….

 

In a pinch you can use regular milk with lemon juice.

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