Lemon – Pepper Fried Haddock w/ Baked Bay Scallops and Mac and Cheese

October 30, 2013 at 5:22 PM | Posted in Bob Evan's, fish, Sea Salt, seafood | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Lemon – Pepper Fried Haddock w/ Baked Bay Scallops and Mac and Cheese



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A cloudy and dreary day out today, a bit warmer but damp. It looks like it’s going to be a stormy Trick or Treat Night tomorrow also they say. Growing up in the neighborhood, in Hamilton, we always looked forward to Halloween Night and all the Candy! Back then we would fill up 2 huge Trick or Treat Bags easily during the course of the night, as all the houses were close together so it was easy to canvas a couple of neighborhoods. For dinner tonight, Lemon – Pepper Fried Haddock w/ Baked Bay Scallops and Mac and Cheese.


It was Seafood tonight with some Mac and Cheese thrown in. I had bought a Haddock Fillet at Kroger the day before along with the Bay Scallops. I still buy Seafood from Kroger it’s one item that’s reasonably priced, and very good quality. To prepare the Haddock I started by rinsing the Fillet off with cold water and patted it dry with a paper towel. I then sliced the Fillet into smaller pieces. To season I added a couple of shakes of Sea Salt and then rolled the Fillets in Zatarain’s Lemon Pepper Breading Mix. I pan fried them in Canola Oil about 3 1/2 minutes per side until golden brown. I could live on Fish and Seafood!


Then for my Bay Scallops. Rinsed them off and patted them dry and then I combined the following; ½ cup Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs, 1 Tsp. Onion Powder, 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder, ½ Tsp. Paprika, 1/2 Tsp. Parsley (dried), ¼ Tsp. Cayenne Pepper, ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated, and Dash Sea Salt. Then I melted 2 Tbsp. Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter. Preheated the oven to 400 degrees F and poured the melted butter into a 2-quart casserole dish. Make sure the scallops and butter are evenly placed in the bottom of the dish. Mix all the remaining ingredients well and sprinkle over the scallops. Bake until the scallops are firm, which will take about 20 minutes, careful not overcook the Scallops. These are nothing but delicious! The seasoning along with the Bread Crumbs gives them excellent flavor and a nice brown crust. I also heated up some Bob Evan’s Macaroni and Cheese. Just microwave and their ready. A mini Seafood Fest tonight for dinner! For dessert later a Del Monte No Sugar Added Peach Chunks Cup.


Baked Bay Scallops:


2 Tbsp. Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter, melted
1 ½ pounds Bay Scallops, rinsed and drained
½ cup Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs
1 Tsp. Onion Powder
1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
½ Tsp. Paprika
1/2 Tsp. Parsley, dried
¼ Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
¼ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
Dash Sea Salt


Total prep and cook time: 45 minutes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F or 200 degrees C. Pour the melted butter into a 2-quart casserole dish. Make sure the scallops and butter are evenly placed in the bottom of the dish. Mix all the remaining ingredients well and sprinkle over the scallops. Bake until the scallops are firm, which will take about 20 minutes.

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – Buffalo Kielbasa Au gratin Casserole

October 23, 2013 at 8:27 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is Buffalo Kielbasa Au gratin Casserole! Another great Buffalo dish from Jill O’Brien of Wild Idea Buffalo.


Wild Idea Buffalo Buffalo Kielbasa Au gratin Casserole


Buffalo Kielbasa Au gratin Casserole (serves 6 to 8). A perfect casserole for family diners or easy entertaining.


Buffalo Kielbasa Au gratin Casserole (serves 6 to 8)


Ingredients: Kielbasa Au Gratin Casserole

1 – rope Buffalo Kielbasa, sliced
3 to 4 lbs. potatoes, par-boiled and chopped
¼ cup olive oil
1 small cabbage, sliced thin
1 onion, sliced thin
2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
2 cups white cheddar cheese, finely grated
¼ cup vinegar
1 tablespoon coarse mustard
3 teaspoons salt
3 teaspoon black pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1 pint heavy cream
2 teaspoons caraway
2 cups dark rye crackers crushed




1.) Preheat oven to 475* Rack positioned on middle rack.
2.) Place chopped potatoes in a bowl. Mix vinegar, mustard, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper together in separate bowl until incorporated and pour over potatoes. Toss.
3.) Pour oil in bottom of heavy casserole pan and spread to cover. Spoon potatoes in pan and place in hot oven.
4.) Allow potatoes to brown, turning as needed.
5.) Remove from oven. Turn oven temperature down to 375*
6.) Toss sliced cabbage, onions and apples all together. Place mixture on top of potatoes and cover with grated cheese.
7.) Top with sliced Buffalo Kielbasa.
8.) Whip cream into beaten eggs with remaining salt and pepper. Pour over casserole.
9.) Cover casserole and bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Remove casserole and continue to bake for 15 minutes.
10.) Remove casserole from oven and turn oven to broil. Top casserole with crushed rye crackers and bake until crackers start to brown, about 7 minutes.
11.) Remove from oven and allow too rest for 5 minutes.

Use a large spoon to dish up portions. Serve with crusty bread and additional mustard to pass.






14 oz. Uncured Smoked KielbasaWild Idea Buffalo Uncured Smoked Kielbasa

Our 100% Buffalo Kielbasa Sausage is and old world favorite, just like you would pick up at the neighborhood butcher. Lightly smoked and made from our 100% lean grass-fed buffalo, with no added nitrites; making it better for you, without compromising the taste. Great alone or use in your favorite casserole. 14 oz. rope.

Ingredients: Buffalo, Organic Spices:[Black Pepper, Coriander, Garlic Powder, Pure Cane Sugar, Salt] & Veg Stable {celery powder, sea salt, silicon dioxide (anti caking)}, water.
Encased in a natural pork casing.


21 Fall Casseroles Made Healthy

October 17, 2013 at 8:37 AM | Posted in Eating Well | 2 Comments
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Fall is in full swing and from the Eating Well web site its 21 Fall Casseroles Made Healthy! I’ve left the link at the bottom of the page. While there check out all the tips and recipes to eat healthier.

Eating Well
21 Fall Casseroles Made Healthy
Warm and gooey casseroles are an ultimate fall comfort food. But classic recipes are often loaded with high-fat, high-sodium ingredients like cream-of-something soups. Our healthy casseroles are packed with yummy vegetables and lean protein. Don’t miss our Creamy Hamburger Noodle Casserole or Quinoa & Butternut Squash Casserole and more!
From Shepherd’s Pie to Baked Mac and Cheese, easy casserole recipes for fall.
Casseroles are the perfect option for a healthy dinner you can make-ahead or serve the next day as leftovers. Our healthy casserole recipes for fall, including mac and cheese recipes, chicken casserole recipes, gratin recipes and more fall casseroles, are satisfying dinners full of lean proteins, hearty vegetables and flavorful sauces.


Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pies
These mini vegetarian shepherd’s pies feature lentils, carrot and corn, crowned with a velvety mashed potato topping. The recipe can also be made in a broiler-safe casserole dish. Serve with a spinach salad with oranges, walnuts and red-wine vinaigrette…..

Baked Mac & Cheese
Mac & cheese can be a true comfort on a gloomy day, and our healthy update takes advantage of extra-sharp Cheddar balanced with creamy low-fat cottage cheese and tucks a layer of spinach into the middle, which may help picky eaters down their vegetables. Whole-wheat pasta adds robust flavor and extra fiber…..

* See all 21 Healthy Fall recipes by clicking the link below



Delicious Cranberry Applesauce Muffins

October 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes | 2 Comments
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This pass along recipe is thanks to Deb in Rhode Island, thanks Deb!


Delicious Cranberry Applesauce Muffins

1 1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 large eggs, beaten or 1/2 cup Egg Beater’s
2 cups cake flour
1/4 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans



Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a muffin pan, or use paper liners.
In a small bowl, mix together applesauce, oil, and eggs. In a large bowl, combine cake flour, SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in egg mixture. Stir until just moistened, and then fold in cranberries. Spoon batter into muffin cups, 2/3 full. Sprinkle nuts over the top of batter.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 2 minutes before removing.
Makes 12 muffins.

Top 50 Recipes for Fall

October 10, 2013 at 1:03 PM | Posted in Eating Well | 1 Comment
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50 healthy Fall recipes from the Eating Well web site!Eating Well


Try one of our top 50 fall recipes to celebrate the best flavors of the season.

When the weather turns cooler, creamy casseroles, baked chicken dishes and warm apple desserts hit the spot. Our top 50 recipes for fall, including lighter comfort foods recipes, hearty stew recipes, apple pie recipes and more healthy fall recipes are delicious meals featuring in-season fruits and vegetables as well as lean protein. Try our Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Cream Sauce for a lighter creamy chicken recipe or Baked Mac & Cheese for a crowd-pleasing, kid-friendly fall casserole recipe. Enjoy our top 50 recipes for fall throughout the season!

Hungarian Beef Goulash
This streamlined goulash skips the step of browning the beef, and instead coats it in a spice crust to give it a rich mahogany hue. This saucy dish is a natural served over whole-wheat egg noodles. Or, for something different, try prepared potato gnocchi or spaetzle…..



Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Cream Sauce
The secret to a good cream sauce is always the same: not too much cream or it can be overpowering, masking the more delicate flavors. Here it contains a bountiful amount of mushrooms and is served over chicken breasts…….



* Click the the link below to get all 50 recipes

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – Buffalo Cacciatore with Polenta

September 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM | Posted in bison, Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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Buffalo gone Italian! Wild Idea’s Jill O’Brien has another delicious sounding recipe, Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – Buffalo Cacciatore with Polenta. I’m adding this one to my list of “Must Make Dishes“.



Buffalo Cacciatore with PolentaWild Idea Buffalo Buffalo Cacciatore with Polenta
By: Jill O’Brien



This recipe was inspired by my friend Maria’s grandmother, Gelsomina. I have stayed true to Gelsomina’s seasonings, and have substituted only those ingredients that I felt she would have approved of (wine instead of water and fresh tomatoes for tomato paste), and of course buffalo in place of chicken.



* 1 – 3 lb. buffalo roast cut into steaks or 3 lb. Stew Meat
* 2 – Tbl. olive oil
* 1 – Tbl. Italian seasoning
* 1 – tsp. paprika
* ¼ – tsp. allspice
* ¼ – tsp. cinnamon
* 1 – tsp. salt
* 1 – tsp. black pepper
* 1 – onion, diced
* 3 – cloves garlic, chopped
* 2 – cups white wine
* 4 – ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped, plus juice
* 2 – Tbl. ketchup (or tomato paste)
1 – Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
2 – Rinse meat and blot dry.
3 – Mix all dry spices together and rub into meat.
4 – Over medium high heat, heat oil in heavy sauté pan and brown meat. You may need to do this in two batches.
5 – Place browned meat in heavy casserole dish.
6 – Add onion and garlic to sauté pan and sauté for 4 minutes.
7 – Deglaze pan with wine, and add tomatoes and ketchup or paste. Bring to a boil.
8 – Pour tomato sauce over meat and cover casserole dish. Place in hot oven and braise for 1.5 hours. Check for tenderness and continue braising if needed.
9 -Prepare polenta as directed.
10 –Spoon polenta on serving platter and top with Buffalo Cacciatore.






Wild idea Buffalo Stew Meat – 2 LbWild Idea Buffalo Stew Meat
Flavorful, healthy and incredibly easily. Pre-cut from our buffalo roasts, the ready to use stew meat is super convenient! Great for soups, stews, or stroganoff. 2 lb. Package (Also available in 1 lb. pack)


Healthy Tuna Casserole

August 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM | Posted in diabetes friendly | Leave a comment
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Healthy Tuna Casserole


4 cups dry whole wheat penne pasta
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 (6 ounce) cans solid white tuna, water packed, well drained (can use 3 cans)
2 (10 ounce) cans fat free cream of celery soup or 2 (10 ounce) cans cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1 cup 1% low-fat milk
1 (10 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, well drained
1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash seasoning mix
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper (or to taste)
1 cup grated reduced-fat cheddar cheese (or to taste)



1 Set oven to 350 degrees F.
2 Grease an 11 x 7 or 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray (or use a casserole dish large enough to hold the mixture).
3 Boil the pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente; drain then transfer to a large bowl.
4 Add in onion and tuna; toss to combine.
5 In a saucepan heat soup with milk until smooth.
6 Stir in mushrooms mayonnaise, Mrs Dash seasoning, garlic powder and black pepper until combined; pour into the bowl and toss to combine.
7 Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.
8 Bake for about 30 minutes.
9 Remove from oven then sprinkle with cheddar cheese, return to oven for 2-4 minutes to melt the cheese.


Amount Per Serving% Daily ValueCalories 83.1 Calories from Fat 2631% Total Fat 2.9 g4% Saturated Fat 0.4 g2% Cholesterol 11.0 mg3% Sodium 150.8 mg6% Total Carbohydrate 3.1 g1% Dietary Fiber 0.4 g1% Sugars 0.8 g3% Protein 10.9 g21%

Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Tilapia w/ Scalloped Potato Casserole, Sugar Snap Peas..

July 27, 2013 at 5:11 PM | Posted in Ball Park Smoked Turkey Franks, fish, Idahoan Potato Products, tilapia | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Tilapia w/ Scalloped Potato Casserole, Sugar Snap Peas, and Whole Grain BreadCast Iron Skillet Blackened Tilapia 008


After a night and morning of heavy rains, the sun finally came out late afternoon. It’s no wonder the crops are doing so well, this is the first Summer in quite sometime we’ve had enough rain. Usually by now our lawns are brown and crops are struggling but this year everything is green! For dinner I prepared a Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Tilapia w/ Scalloped Potato Casserole, Sugar Snap Peas, and Whole Grain Bread.



Nothing better to cook in than a well seasoned Cast Iron Skillet. My Mom has three of them and all are older than me. i had the Tilapia frozen so I let it thaw overnight in the fridge. Rinsed the fillets off in water and patted dry with a paper towel. I seasoned them with a bit of Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper. Then i melted a tablespoon of Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter down and rubbed the two fillets down with it, covering both sides. I then covered them, both sides, with Zatarain’s Blackening Seasoning. I added Canola Oil to my Cast Iron Skillet and preheated it until the Oil was almost ready to start smoking and I added the Tilapia. Just a word of warning have your window open and overhead stove fan a working, it will smoke! I cooked the fillets for 3 minutes each side and it was fork tender and ready. As usual anything that you use Zatarain’s on it’s going to be good and this was no exception! I love the smokey and heated flavor the seasoning provides. The fillet just melted in my mouth. I could live on Fish and Seafood alone.


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To go with my Blackened Tilapia I prepared a box of Idahoan Scalloped Potato Casserole. Another easy to prepare and delicious dish. A breeze to make just mix the ingredients and bake at 450 degrees for 25 minutes and you have some delicious Scalloped Potatoes. Plus their only 160 calories and 20 carbs. I also heated up a bag og of Walmart Marketside Sugar Snap Peas and a couple of slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.






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

Baking Instructions

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.





Baked Pollock

July 9, 2013 at 9:54 AM | Posted in baking, fish | Leave a comment
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Baked Pollock



16 oz Pollock fillets
½ c. mushrooms, sliced
2 lg. scallions, chopped
1 t. sea salt
½ t. pepper
2 T white wine
2 t. lemon juice
¼ c. grated low fat cheddar cheese
¼ c. dry Italian style bread crumbs
2 T Blue Bonnet Light, melted




Prepare a baking dish with non-fat cooking spray. Sprinkle mushrooms and green onions over the bottom of the dish. Place the fish in a single layer over the mushrooms and scallions. Season the fish with salt and pepper and sprinkle wine and lemon juice over all. Top with grated cheese and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Pour melted butter evenly over the topping.
Cover and bake at 400° for 7 minutes. Uncover and bake another 5 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

Baked Orange Roughy

June 25, 2013 at 11:04 AM | Posted in baking, fish | 2 Comments
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1/4 cup Progresso Italian seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
1 pound orange roughy fillets
1/4 cup butter, melted, Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Coat a medium baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a shallow bowl, mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Romano cheese, garlic powder, and salt.
3. Brush both sides of orange roughy fillets with butter, and dredge in the bread crumb mixture. Arrange fillets in a single layer in the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle with parsley.
4. Bake in preheated oven 10 to 15 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

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