Gingerbread Cookies

December 8, 2013 at 10:34 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | 1 Comment
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Di Di sent me this one she had found on the Diabetic Living On Line web site. She’s made it twice so far for and her daughter, who both have Diabetes. I left the web link to Diabetic Living On Line recipe. Thanks Didi!

 

 
Gingerbread Cookies
These are Diabetic Friendly Gingerbread Cookies, from the Diabetic Living On Line web site which is full of healthy and Diabeic Friendly recipes.
Gingerbread CookiesDiabetic living logo

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter, softened. Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter
1/4 cup 50% to 70% vegetable oil spread
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup full-flavor molasses
1/4 cup refrigerated Egg Beater‘s
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour or whole wheat flour
Directions:

In a large bowl, combine butter and vegetable oil spread; beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and cloves. Beat until well mixed, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in molasses and egg. (Mixture will look curdled.) Add all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour, beating just until combined. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill the dough for 2 to 3 hours or until easy to handle.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper; set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough, half at a time, to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 2- to 3-inch gingerbread person cookie cutter, cut out shapes; reroll scraps as necessary. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 4 to 6 minutes or until edges are firm and centers are set. Cool on cookie sheets on wire racks for 1 minute. Transfer to wire racks; cool. Makes 36 (3-inch) cookies.
Tip

*Test Kitchen Tip: We do not recommend using brown sugar substitutes for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 36
PER SERVING: 73 cal., 2 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 3 mg chol., 73 mg sodium, 12 g carb. 1 g pro.

 
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/recipe/cookies/gingerbread-cookies

Healthy Casserole Recipes for the Holidays

November 29, 2013 at 10:53 AM | Posted in Eating Well | 2 Comments
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Some more Holiday cooking ideas from the Eating Well web site.

 
Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole and more healthy casserole recipes for the holidays.Eating Well
Casseroles are a healthy addition to your holiday dinner table and are great for making ahead before the big day. Our healthy recipes for gratins, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, stuffing and more easy holiday casserole recipes are delicious side dishes to complement your main course holiday meal. Try our Pear & Red Onion Gratin for festive casserole or Meringue-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole for a lightened-up version of this traditional casserole recipe for the holidays.

 

 

 

Pear & Red Onion Gratin
Bosc pears are strong-flavored and hold their shape when cooked, making them well suited for this savory side dish. It’s a terrific accompaniment for a glazed ham or grilled sausage or most any roasted meat or poultry…..

 

 

 

Meringue-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole
This lightened-up take on the classic Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole is spiked with crushed pineapple and toasted pecans. We top it with an airy, slightly sweet meringue. You can pipe the meringue to make it look fancy or simply spread it neatly with a rubber spatula….

 

 

 

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Casserole Recipes *

 

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/healthy_casserole_recipes_for_the_holidays?sssdmh=dm17.702805&utm_source=EWTWNL&esrc=nwewtw111213

Fried Walleye w/ Au Gratin Potato Casserole, Green Beans, and…

November 21, 2013 at 6:07 PM | Posted in fish, greenbeans, Idahoan Potato Products | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Walleye w/ Au Gratin Potato Casserole, Green Beans, and Whole Grain Bread.

 

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Long night and day, dealing with a sinus infection. Every time there’s a shift in the weather my sinuses let me know! High of only in the 20’s coming this weekend they say. Our new microwave came in, just waiting to have it installed above the stove. For dinner tonight I prepared Fried Walleye w/ Au Gratin Potato Casserole, Green Beans, and Whole Grain Bread

 

 

 

I had bought a couple of large Walleye Fillets while at Costco yesterday. I cut one up and froze it and cut the other one into smaller Fried Walleye 001Fillets and prepared them for dinner. After cutting it up into smaller Fillets I rinsed them off in cold water and patted dry with paper towel. Seasoned them with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper. Put them in a Hefty Plastic Bag and added some Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs, sealed the bag and shook till all fillets were well coated. I then fried them in Canola Oil on medium heat, about 3 to 4 minutes per side till golden brown! love Walleye, as I do most Fish. With Crappie their my favorite Fresh Water Fish to eat. Everyone agreed that was some of the freshest tasting Walleye I had ever purchased, so good job Costco!

 

 

 

Then for one side dish I baked a Idahoan Homestyle Au Gratin Potato Casserole. Hard to beat the Idahoan Potato Casseroles, easy to prepare and all come out delicious! I also heated up a can of Del Monte Low Sodium Cut Green Beans and a couple of slices of buttered Klosterman Wheat Bread. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Double Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

Idahoan Homestyle Au Gratin Potato CasseroleIdahoan Au Graten
There’s no better way to start a savory Au Gratin Homestyle Casserole than with world-famous Idaho® potatoes, which is why you’ll taste only 100% grown-in-Idaho potatoes in this rich & cheesy side. For family meals or for special occasions, this cheesy, delicious dish is sure to please.
Oven Directions
Best for Golden Browning
PREHEAT oven to 450°F. COMBINE potatoes and sauce mix in 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
STIR in 1 1/2 cups boiling water, 3/4 cup milk, and 1 1/2 Tbsp. margarine or butter with whisk.
BAKE uncovered for 25 minutes or until top is golden brown and potatoes are tender (sauce will thicken slightly when cooling).
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.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2/3 cup mix (29 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 110

Calories from Fat 13

Total Fat 1.5g 2%

Sodium 690mg 29%

Carbohydrates 20.0g 7%

Dietary Fiber 2.0g 8%

Sugars 2.0g

Protein 3.0g

 

http://idahoan.com/products/au-gratin-homestyle-casserole/

Pass it Along Recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole

November 21, 2013 at 9:40 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly | Leave a comment
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A Healthier Version of Sweet Potato Casserole, and just in time for the upcoming Holidays! Thank you to Jan and Carol for emailing this one to me. If you have one to pass along just email me!

 

Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

5 orange-fleshed Sweet Potatoes
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 cup Fat-Free Half-and-Half
1/2 cup Egg Beater‘s
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1/4 cup Blue bonnet Light Stick Butter
1/4 cup Honey
1/4 cup Chopped Pecans
1/3 cup Quick or Old-Fashioned Oats
3 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
Bake sweet potatoes 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until they begin to soften. Cool slightly, peel, and mash.
In a large bowl, mix the mashed sweet potatoes, salt, half-and-half, Egg Beater’s, vanilla extract, cinnamon and Splenda Granulated Sweetener. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
In a medium bowl, combine 1/4 cup butter, honey, chopped pecans, and oats. Mix in flour with a pastry blender or your fingers to create the consistency of course meal. Sprinkle over the sweet potato mixture.
Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until topping is crisp and lightly browned.

Makes 8 servings.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 18, 2013 at 8:53 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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If your soup or stew is too salty, use one of these methods to make it less so. If it won’t affect the taste, add a can of peeled tomatoes or a small amount of brown sugar. Alternatively, stir in a slice or two of raw apple or potato, let simmer for a few minutes, then discard the apple or potato.

What to do with – Leftover Sweet Potatoes

November 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM | Posted in leftovers | 4 Comments
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It’s the day after the Holiday Feast and you have leftover Sweet Potatoes, no problem! Use them for Baked Apples with Sweet Potato Stuffing. Problem Solved. Thank you to Connie for sending this one to me.

 

Baked Apples with Sweet Potato Stuffing
Ingredients:

6 baking Apples – peeled and cored
1/2 cup Cinnamon Red Hot Candies
1 cup Water
Leftover Sweet Potatoes, equal amount of 1 29 oz. Can of Sweet Potatoes
2 Table and 1 1/2 teaspoons packed Splenda Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Crushed Pineapple, drained
1/4 cup chopped Pecans
6 large Marshmallows
Directions:

* Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
* In a large pot over medium heat, combine the candies and water. Stir until candies are dissolved.
* Add the apples and baste frequently until apples begin to soften. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
* Mix together the sweet potatoes, brown sugar, pineapple and pecans.
* Stuff the cooled apples with the sweet potato mixture. Mound any remaining mixture on top of apples.
* Place in 4 quart casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes; place a marshmallow on each apple, return to oven and cook until marshmallows are golden brown.

What to do With – Leftover Sweet Potatoes

November 9, 2013 at 9:21 AM | Posted in leftovers | Leave a comment
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Lot of Sweet Potatoes leftover from your Holiday Dinner? Here’s a good idea on how to put them to use.

 

Leftover Sweet Potato Muffins
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups cooked Sweet Potatoes, from a casserole
1 (7 1/2 ounce) package Cornbread Mix, Martha White Brand
1/2 cup 2% Milk
1 egg or 1/4 cup Egg Beater’s
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

Directions:

1 – Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2 -Combine sweet potato casserole, egg, milk and cornbread mix.
3 – Let sit in bowl.
4 – Oil muffin pans and place in preheated oven for about 5 minutes.
5 – Remove muffin pan from oven and pour oil into batter.
6 – Stir in oil really well.
7 – Pour batter into muffin pan filling each one 1/2 of the way full.
8 – Bake for about 15-20 minutes.
9 – Let cool slightly, Enjoy!

Healthy Harvest Turkey Lasagna w/ Baked French Bread

November 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM | Posted in cheese, ground turkey, Jennie-O Turkey Products, pasta, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta, Sargento's Cheese, Whole wheat pasta | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Healthy Harvest Turkey Lasagna w/ Baked French Bread

 

lasagna
Been a sunny but very cool day today, high only in the 40’s. It’s that time of year though and it’s my favorite time of the year. Everyone had been wanting Lasagna so Lasagna it was! I usually have a box or two of the Progreso Kitchen Favorites Classic Lasagna, which is our favorite, but I was out so I went to the store and both Kroger and Walmart not only was out of it but no longer carried it! Not good, I love this Lasagna. I even checked on-line and it looks as though Progresso has dropped it. So it was Lasagna from scratch. For dinner, Healthy Harvest Turkey Lasagna w/ Baked French Bread.

 

 
I had only made Lasagna like this one other time and it’s been a while. I used the recipe that was on back of the Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Lasagna Box, Healthy Harvest Easy Lasagna. I made using the following; 1lb Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast, 3 cups (26 oz jar) Ragu Light Tomato and Basil Spaghetti Sauce, 1 small container of Baby Bella Mushrooms (sliced), 1 1/2 cups Water, 1 3/4 cups (15 oz container) Miceli’s Lite Ricotta Cheese, 2 cups (8 oz) Sargento Shredded Mozzarella/Provolone Cheese, divided, 1/2 cup grated Kraft Parmesan Cheese, 2 Eggs, 1/4 cup chopped fresh Parsley, 1/2 tsp Sea Salt, 1/4 tsp ground Black Pepper, and 9 pieces Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Lasagna, uncooked. Cutting calories and carbs by using Ground Turkey Breast and the Miceli’s Lite Ricotta Cheese.

* I failed to recharge my camera, so the pictures are of a previous Lasagna meal. *

 

 
Then to prepare it I just went by the instructions on the box which are: Heat oven to 350°F. In 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, brown meat; drain. Add spaghetti sauce, mushrooms, and water; simmer about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, one-half mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs, parsley, salt and pepper. 5. Pour about 1 cup sauce on bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish. Arrange 3 UNCOOKED pasta pieces lengthwise over sauce; cover with 1 cup sauce. Spread one-half cheese filling over sauce. Repeat layers of RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST LASAGNA, sauce and cheese filling. Top with layer of RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST LASAGNA and remaining sauce; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil. Bake 45 minutes. Remove foil; bake additional 10 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting. The Lasagna came out perfect! The Healthy Harvest Noodles are 5 Star! A keeper recipe. I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury Rustic French Bread. For dessert later a Del Monte No Sugar Added Mango Chunk Cup.

 

 

 

 
Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Easy Turkey Lasagna

Ingredients

1lb ground beef
3 cups (26 oz jar) spaghetti sauce
1 small container of baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 1/2 cups water
1 3/4 cups (15 oz container) ricotta or small curd cottage cheese
2 cups (8 oz) shredded mozzarella or Monteray Jack cheese, divided
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
9 pieces RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST LASAGNA, uncooked

 

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F. In 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, brown meat; drain. Add spaghetti sauce, mushrooms, and water; simmer about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, one-half mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs, parsley, salt and pepper. 5. Pour about 1 cup sauce on bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish. Arrange 3 UNCOOKED pasta pieces lengthwise over sauce; cover with 1 cup sauce. Spread one-half cheese filling over sauce. Repeat layers of RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST LASAGNA, sauce and cheese filling. Top with layer of RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST LASAGNA and remaining sauce; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil. Bake 45 minutes. Remove foil; bake additional 10 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

 

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 277.3
Total Fat: 9.7 g
Cholesterol: 75.8 mg
Sodium: 519.1 mg
Total Carbs: 25.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.3 g
Protein: 23.9 g

 

 

 

 

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Lasagna
Whole Grain Lasagna from Ronzoni Healthy Harvest
Whole Grain Lasagna are ripple-edged strips about 2-1/4-inches wide and 10-inches long. Almost exclusively used to make oven-baked entrées. Pasta is undercooked, then layered with tomato or cream sauces, cheese, meat (or seafood) or vegetables, then oven baked until pasta is done. Whole Grain Lasagna can also be cooked longer to make roll-ups; individual pieces are spread with cheese filling, rolled up, covered with sauce and oven baked.

 
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2oz (56g)
Servings per Container: About 6 Amount Per Serving
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 15
% Daily Value* Total Fat 1.5g 2% Saturated Fat 0g 0% Trans Fat 0 Polyunsaturated Fat 1g Monounsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 0mg 0% Total Carbohydrate 39g 13% Dietary Fiber 5g 20% Sugars 2g Protein 9g

 
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What to do With – Ham Leftovers

November 7, 2013 at 12:13 PM | Posted in Ham, leftovers, potatoes | 2 Comments
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It’s the day after one of the upcoming Holidays and you have a lot of Ham leftover. Here’s one idea, and a delicious one, to use that Ham!

 

Ham and Potatoes Casserole

 
INGREDIENTS:
2 cups Potatoes, cubed
2 cups Leftover Cooked Ham, cubed
1 (15.25 ounce) can Whole Kernel Corn,
drained
1/4 cup finely minced fresh Cilantro
1/4 cup Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter
1 tablespoon chopped Onions
1/3 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 3/4 cups 2% Milk
1/8 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
4 ounces Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar, (or more!)

 

 

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Bring a large pot of salted, sea Salt, water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and cool.
3. Combine potatoes, ham, corn and cilantro; set aside. In a saucepan saute onion in butter for 2 minutes, stir in flour until blended well. Gradually add milk and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and pour over the ham mixture. Stir to mix well.
4. Pour into greased 11×7 baking dish. Cover and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese and bake 5 to 10 minutes longer until cheese melts.

Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/ Parmesan and Herb Red Potatoes and Green Beans

November 3, 2013 at 6:36 PM | Posted in Crock Pot, greenbeans, Idahoan Potato Products, ribs | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/ Parmesan and Herb Red Potatoes and Green Beans

 

 
Not much going on at all today! Did come cleaning and that is it. For dinner tonight I prepared Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/ Parmesan and Herb Red Potatoes and Green Beans.

Crock Pot Ribs Nov 003

 
I purchased the Ribs from Kroger. They always have top quality Pork, too bad their Beef isn’t as good! Last night before I went to bed I cut the Ribs in half, so they’ll fit in the Crock Pot, and put each half in a Hefty Gallon Plastic Bag then covered the Ribs in JB’s Fat Boy Haug Waush BBQ Sauce to marinate all night in the fridge. Then this morning I got out the Crock Pot, lined it with a Reynold’s Crock Pot Plastic Liner, and sprayed that with Pam Non-Stick Spray. Got the Ribs out of the fridge, discarded the Hefty Bags, and put them in the Crock Pot where I let them cook and simmer, on low,e. for about 8 hours. Long up in the afternoon you can start smelling the aroma of the Ribs, intoxicating! After 8 hours their ready and now for the hard part of cooking them, getting them out whole without breaking them up! Their that tender, when eating them you need no knife, the bones just slide out. Tender, moist and just full of flavor! For all of us JB’s Fat Boy Sauces and Rubs can’t be beat. The Ribs are incredible! Plus I love using that Crock Pot, no mess and with the plastic liner in the Crock Pot no clean-up. Just wipe it down and store it for the next time.

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For one side dish I prepared Idahoan Premium Parmesan and Herb Red Potatoes. As all the Idahoan Potato Products the Parmesan and Herb Red Potatoes are easy to fix and a delicious Potato Dish. The box contains the Potatoes, Sauce, and Topping. I added 2 Tbsp. of Butter, 1/2 cup 2% Milk, and Water. Just mix all the ingredients, pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees, and bake uncovered for about 25 minutes. Let it set for 5 minutes before serving, that lets the Sauce thicken up. I also heated up some Del Monte Cut Green Beans and I baked a loaf of Pillsbury Simply French Bread for Mom and Dad, I passed on the Bread to save on the carbs and calories. One fine meal that everyone enjoyed! For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.

 

 

 

 

Idahoan Premium Parmesan and Herb Red PotatoesIdahoan Steakhouse-Parmesan-Herb
Idahoan Steakhouse Parmesan & Herb Red Potatoes start with world-famous Idaho® red potato slices in a premium cheese sauce, then finish with a real Parmesan cheese topping! These Steakhouse Parmesan & Herb potatoes will add premium restaurant quality flavor to any meal.
Oven Directions
1 – In 1 1/2 qt casserole dish, combine potatoes, contents of sauce pouch, 2 Tbsp butter, and 1 3/4 cups boiling water.
2 – Add 3/4 cup milk and stir to combine.
3 – Bake uncovered at 450°F for 20 minutes. Sprinkle Parmesan topping on top of potatoes and bake another 5 min.
4 – Let stand 5 minutes, then serve.
Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving Packaged Prepared
Calories 120 180
Calories from fat 25 70
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g* 5% 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10% 25%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 5mg 2% 7%
Sodium 540mg 23% 25%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7% 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4% 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 0% 4%
Vitamin C 4% 4%
Calcium 6% 10%
Iron 2% 2%

 
http://idahoan.com/products/steakhouse-parmesan-herb/

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