“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Four Cheese Mostaccioli Vegetable Lasagna

September 23, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | 2 Comments
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Four Cheese Mostaccioli Vegetable Lasagna. You’ll need the Four Cheese – Ricotta Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, and Provolone Cheese. For the Pasta its Mostaccioli along with all the other ingredients. You can find this recipe at the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes so be sure to check it out soon! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Four Cheese Mostaccioli Vegetable Lasagna
A wholesome, hearty and delicious four cheese mostaccioli pasta and vegetable casserole.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 (16-ounce) package frozen broccoli, cauliflower, and carrot blend
6 tablespoons butter
1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
2 cups (16 ounces) Wisconsin Ricotta cheese
1/2 cup (1 1/2 ounces) Wisconsin Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, minced, or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves, crumbled
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin Provolone cheese, shredded
3 cups mostaccioli, cooked according to package directions and drained*

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
2 – Thaw frozen vegetables and drain well. Chop coarsely. Set aside.
3 – Microwave butter in 1 1/2 quart bowl on high for 1 1/2 minutes or until melted.
4 – Stir in red pepper, onion, and garlic. Microwave 3 to 4 minutes or until pepper and onion are tender.
5 – Blend in flour, nutmeg and salt. Microwave 30 seconds.
6 – Stir in milk. Microwave 5 to 7 minutes or until mixture just boils and is thickened, stirring every 2 minutes.**
7 – In separate bowl, combine ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and basil.
8 – In an additional bowl, combine mozzarella and provolone cheese.
9 – Arrange half the mostaccioli in a single layer in bottom of 8 x 12 baking dish.
10 – Top with 1/2 of the white sauce mixture, all of the ricotta mixture, all of the vegetable mixture and 1/2 of the mozzarella mixture; press down lightly.
11 – Top with remaining mostaccioli in single layer, remaining white sauce, and remaining mozzarella cheese mixture.
12 – Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Makes 8 servings.

*1 1/2 cups dry, uncooked mostaccioli.

**Alternately, make the white sauce on the top of the stove: Melt butter in medium sauce pan. Stir in red pepper, onion and garlic. Sauté for 4 to 5 minutes. Blend flour, nutmeg and salt into the mixture and cook 2 minutes, stirring. Gradually add milk and cook, stirring, over low to medium heat, until the mixture is thick and comes to the boiling point. Remove from heat.

https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/four_cheese_mostaccioli_vegetable_lasagna_recipe.html

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 27, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Cutting Carbs……….

Replace rice with grated cauliflower! It cooks in a lot less time, has almost no carbs, and serves well to replace rice in 95% of recipes.

Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe – Golden Tuscan Chicken

May 12, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Sunday's Chicken Dinner | Leave a comment
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This week’s Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe is – Golden Tuscan Chicken. You’ll be using Boneless and Skinless Chicken Breasts along with Thyme, Oregano, Cauliflower, Prosciutto, Pine Nuts, Green Beans, Olives, and Seasoning. You can find this recipe at the CooksRecipes website along with all the other many delicious recipes! So check it out today. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Golden Tuscan Chicken

Recipe Ingredients:
4 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
1 tablespoon chopped oregano
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
12 ounces (4 cups) cauliflowerets, quartered and blanched
1 ounce sliced prosciutto, chopped
2 tablespoons pine nuts
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
6 ounces green beans, trimmed and blanched
1 cup olives, whole, pitted
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Cooking Directions:
1 – Season chicken breasts with 2 teaspoon of thyme and oregano and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
2 – Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Place chicken breasts in pan and brown for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip over and brown for 2 more minutes. Transfer chicken to a high sided baking sheet and cook in a 450°F (230°C) oven for 8 minutes or until cooked through.
3 – While chicken is roasting, heat remaining oil in sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add cauliflower and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until golden, stirring occasionally. Turn heat down to medium-low, add prosciutto, pine nuts and garlic and continue cooking for 1 to 2 minutes. Toss in green beans, olives, lemon juice and pepper. Cover and cook for 2 minutes until heated through.
4 – Place 5 to 6 ounces of vegetable mixture onto each serving plate. Top with chicken and serve hot.

Makes 4 servings.

https://www.cooksrecipes.com/chicken/golden_tuscan_chicken_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

May 6, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday, PBS | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings. I came across a few versions of this recipe but I went with the one on the PBS Recipe site! I love their recipes and huge selection to choose from so check it out today! Who needs Meat! You can find this recipe at the PBS website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.pbs.org/food/

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
Ingredients
1 cup water
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons hot sauce of choice (I used Frank’s red hot), divided
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
Handful of celery, trimmed and cleaned
Ranch dressing of choice (I used a store-bought vegan dressing)

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. To a measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the water and 2 tablespoons of wing sauce. Set aside.
2 – In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, onion powder, paprika, salt and freshly ground pepper. Pour the water mixture into the flour mixture and mix until combined.
3 – Add the cauliflower and toss until combined. Transfer to a baking sheet and place in the oven to bake until cooked, about 15 minutes. (I used an air-fryer and it only needed about 10 minutes). Add the cauliflower to a bowl and toss with the additional wing sauce. Serve with slices of celery and ranch dressing.
http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/vegan-buffalo-cauliflower-wings/

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Herb-Rubbed Beef Roast with Roasted Cauliflower

April 30, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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Oh I’ve got a good one to pass along for this week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week – Herb-Rubbed Beef Roast with Roasted Cauliflower. Perfect Dish for your Easter Dinner! It’s from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. Check out the Diabetic Gourmet site for a fantastic selection of Diabetic Friendly recipes, news, and tips. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

Herb-Rubbed Beef Roast with Roasted Cauliflower
In this flavorful dish, Top loin roast, which is considered a lean cut, gets a rub-down using a simple mixture of garlic and thyme. Serve with roasted cauliflower for a potato-free version of a meat and potatoes meal. This is a nice choice for a holiday dinner with family and friends.

Recipe Yield: 16 servings.

Ingredients

1 beef Top Loin Roast, Boneless (about 3 to 4 pounds)
4 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
2 heads (about 2-1/2 pounds each) cauliflower, separated into florets
6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Salt and pepper
2/3 cups dry Italian-seasoned bread crumbs

Directions

1 – Preheat oven to 325F.
2 – Press 2 teaspoons of garlic evenly onto all surfaces of beef roast. Press thyme evenly over roast.
3 – Place roast, fat-side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan.
4 – Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef, not resting in fat. Do not add water or cover.
5 – Roast on center rack in 325F oven 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours for medium rare; 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours for medium doneness.
6 – Meanwhile, toss remaining 2 teaspoons garlic, 4 tablespoons oil and cauliflower on rimmed baking sheet.
7 – Season with salt and pepper, as desired.
8 – Cover with aluminum foil; bake on lower rack 45 minutes.
9 – Combine bread crumbs and remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Remove foil; sprinkle bread crumbs evenly over cauliflower.
10 – Continue to bake, uncovered, 30 to 45 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown and cauliflower begins to brown.
11 – Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 135F for medium rare; 145F for medium.
12 – Transfer roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10-15F to reach 145F for medium rare; 160F for medium.)
13 – Carve roast into slices; season with salt and pepper, as desired. Serve with cauliflower.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 282
Fat: 13 grams
Unsaturated Fat: 7 grams
Saturated Fat: 3 grams
Fiber: 3.8 grams
Sodium: 254 milligrams
Cholesterol: 56 milligrams
Protein: 28 grams

https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipe/herb-rubbed-beef-roast-with-roasted-cauliflower

Bison Filet Mignon w/ Oven Roasted Cauliflower and Roasted Butternut Squash

January 17, 2019 at 6:33 PM | Posted in bison, Buffalo Gal | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Bison Filet Mignon w/ Oven Roasted Cauliflower and Roasted Butternut Squash

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I Scrambled a couple of Eggs and toasted a couple of slices of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread. Also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. We had a mix of snow, sleet, and rain today. Had a high of 37 degrees. Bitter cold weather moving in over the weekend they say. After Breakfast I did a load of laundry and later cleaned and straightened the Pantry. I hired a an Awning and Roof Company to put braces underneath the top of the Car Port Awning. There’s been 4 houses where the Car Ports have crumbled because of the heavy wet snows. Plus it’s very old so hopefully this will prevent it from collapsing. For Dinner tonight its a Bison Filet Mignon w/ Oven Roasted Cauliflower and Roasted Butternut Squash.

 

 

 


When having Buffalo (Bison) I usually have Wild Idea Buffalo but tonight I tried the Buffalo Gal Bison Filet Mignon Steak. I had a Gift Certificate for Buffalo Gal so I thought I would give it a try. I prepared it the same way as I do the Wild Idea Buffalo. Salt, Pepper, Extra Light Olive Oil, and in a Cast Iron Skillet.

 

 

 

 

 


To prepare it I preheated the oven to 400°. In a Cast Iron Skillet that I sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and added a tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil to, I heated it over medium high heat. When ready I added my Steaks to it. I cooked the Steaks 1 minute each side. I just wanted a light sear on both sides. Then I moved the Skillet on to the preheated Oven and Roasted it for about 4 minutes. Removed the Skillet from the Oven and placed the Steaks on a plate and let them rest for 5 minutes before cutting. Wow, what a juicy and tender Bison Steak! Excellent flavor, I will be having these again!

 

 

 

 

I had purchased a package of Cauliflower from Kroger the other day. We love Cauliflower, I just don’t prepare it near enough. To prepare it I’ll need; McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley, and Butter. Then to prepare it Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spread the cauliflower on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven, turning once with a spatula, until golden brown at the edges and cooked to desired tenderness, about 20 minutes or so. You can drizzle it with melted butter or a light coating of Wing Sauce before serving. Cauliflower is so delicious, even an easy recipe like this!

 


Then for one side I prepared some Roasted Butternut Squash, easy recipe for some delicious Butternut Squash! I purchased 1 small package of Diced Butternut Squash at Kroger. They sell packages of it that they dice up. This is a lot easier than peeling and seeding one yourself, especially if you don’t have a good knife to cut it. I’ll need; 1 package of Diced Butternut Squash, Walnut Pieces, Bacon Pieces, 1 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Grinder Sea Salt, and 1 teaspoon McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley.

 

 

 

 


To prepare it; Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the Squash on a sheet pan and drizzle with the Olive Oil, Salt, and Peppercorn and toss well. Arrange the squash in one layer and roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until the Squash is tender, turning once with a spatula. And done, very easy to prepare. With the small amount of Seasoning and Olive Oil, it really brings out the flavor of Butternut Squash! The Walnuts work perfect with the Squash. What a Meal! For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buffalo Gal Bison Filet Mignon Steaks
Our premium cut. . .so tender you can cut ’em with a fork. Receive 2 (7-9 oz.) steaks. (2 steaks per package, package is over 1 lb.)
Nutrition (6 oz.):
234 calories; 3.2 g fat; 105 mg cholesterol; 91.8 mg sodium

http://www.buffalogal.com/Bison-Filet-Mignon-Steaks-P37.aspx

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Butternut Squash Health Benefits………
Low in fat, butternut squash delivers an ample dose of dietary fiber, making it an exceptionally heart-friendly choice. It provides significant amounts of potassium, important for bone health, and vitamin B6, essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems.

Genius Cauliflower Swaps That Cut Carbs

January 16, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Genius Cauliflower Swaps That Cut Carbs. Here’s some great recipes for some Delicious and Healthy Cauliflower; Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Pizza, Sautéed Shrimp with Mango Salsa and Coconut Cauliflower Rice, and Cauliflower Rice-Stuffed Peppers. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Genius Cauliflower Swaps That Cut Carbs
Cauliflower is the ultimate carb replacer. It can mimic traditional starches, with fewer carbs and calories per serving. In these healthy recipes, cauliflower stands in for traditional starches like pizza crust, rice and potato-style dishes.

Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Pizza
Cauliflower rice, egg and shredded mozzarella combine to make an easy low-carb pizza crust. Top the gluten-free pizza with tangy Buffalo sauce, chicken and blue cheese for a flavorful dinner or game-day favorite. Fresh celery is added at the end for cool crunch…………….

Sautéed Shrimp with Mango Salsa and Coconut Cauliflower Rice
Shrimp and rice get a tropical makeover in this healthy 400-calorie dinner. Instead of rice, we’ve combined riced cauliflower and coconut milk for light coconut rice topped with spicy shrimp and a juicy mango-avocado salsa to cool it all down. Squeeze on some fresh lime juice before digging in to take this easy meal to the next level……..

Cauliflower Rice-Stuffed Peppers
Slash the calories and carbs of traditional stuffed peppers by swapping white rice for cauliflower “rice.” The riced cauliflower is hearty and won’t turn to mush during baking. Use an assortment of red, yellow, orange and green peppers to make an appealing presentation……

* Click the link below to get all the -Genius Cauliflower Swaps That Cut Carbs
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22552/ingredients/vegetables/cauliflower/carb-swaps/slideshow/genius-cauliflower-swaps-that-cut-carbs/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 16, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When buying Cauliflower…….

When purchasing cauliflower, look for a clean, creamy white, compact curd in which the bud clusters are not separated. Spotted or dull-colored cauliflower should be avoided, as well as those in which small flowers appear. Heads that are surrounded by many thick green leaves are better protected and will be fresher. As its size is not related to its quality, choose one that best suits your needs.

Healthy, Quick and Easy Soup Recipes

January 6, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy, Quick and Easy Soup Recipes. Delicious and Healthy, Quick and Easy Soup Recipes with recipes like; Cauliflower Soup, Ravioli and Vegetable Soup, and Chicken and White Bean Soup. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy, Quick and Easy Soup Recipes
Find quick and easy soup recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Cauliflower Soup
Leftover cauliflower from dinner? Blend it up into a creamy, flavorful soup to pack for lunch…..

Ravioli and Vegetable Soup
Fresh or frozen ravioli cook in minutes and turn this light vegetable soup into a main course. Look for whole-wheat or whole-grain ravioli in the refrigerated or frozen section of the supermarket. Tortellini can be used instead of ravioli as well………

Chicken and White Bean Soup
Once again, rotisserie chickens can really relieve the dinner-rush pressure-especially in this Italian-inspired soup that cries out for a piece of crusty bread and a glass of red wine……..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy, Quick and Easy Soup Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19331/cooking-methods-styles/quick-easy/soup/

Healthy New Year’s Appetizer Recipes

December 26, 2018 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy New Year’s Appetizer Recipes. Here’s some Delicious and Healthy New Year’s Appetizer Recipes; Sriracha-Buffalo Cauliflower Bites, Butternut Squash Queso Fundido, and Polynesian Glazed Wings. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. And if your looking for a good Cooking Magazine subscribe to try the EatingWell Magazine. Loaded with tips and healthy recipes every issue. Enjoy and Happy New Year! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy New Year’s Appetizer Recipes
Ring in the New Year with these lightened-up versions of your favorite party appetizer recipes.

Sriracha-Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
This recipe for spicy Buffalo cauliflower bites is a great vegetarian alternative to Buffalo wings. Roasted cauliflower stands in for chicken and provides more fiber and fewer calories. Serve this easy appetizer with carrot sticks, celery and your favorite ranch or blue cheese dressing……..

Butternut Squash Queso Fundido
This cheesy dip recipe is lightened up by subbing mashed butternut squash for some of the melted cheese. We also loaded it with chili-spiced caramelized onions. Serve this healthy makeover with tortilla chips or sliced jicama for dipping…….

Polynesian Glazed Wings
Serve these baked appetizer wings for a party. The prep is quick: buying frozen chicken wing drumettes saves you having to split the wings yourself………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy New Year’s Appetizer Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22577/holidays-occasions/more-holidays/new-years/appetizers/

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