It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday – Shrimp Bisque

June 1, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, It's Chili Soups or Stews Saturday | Leave a comment
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This week’s It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday is a recipe for Shrimp Bisque. This one uses one of my favorite foods, Shrimp! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website where you’ll find recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines. So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Shrimp Bisque
Shrimp bisque is great for a weekend get-together or to surprise a loved one.

Recipe Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter or margarine – divided use
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups water
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
1 teaspoon chicken soup base or bouillon
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1 (12-ounce) can NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
2 tablespoons dry white wine or water

Cooking Directions:
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shrimp, onion and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp turn pink. Remove from saucepan; set aside.
Melt remaining butter in same saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour. Gradually stir in water, ketchup, bouillon, bay leaf, seasoned salt and cayenne pepper. Boil, stirring occasionally; reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add shrimp mixture; cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Stir in evaporated milk and wine. Heat through; do not boil.
Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories: 340 Calories from Fat: 180 Total Fat: 20 g Saturated Fat: 13 g Cholesterol: 175 mg Sodium: 1260 mg Carbohydrates: 17 g Dietary Fiber: .5 g Sugars: 7 g Protein: 21 g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/shrimp_bisque_recipe.html

 

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It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday – Southern Sweet Potato Soup

May 4, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, It's Chili Soups or Stews Saturday | Leave a comment
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This week’s It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday is a recipe for Southern Sweet Potato Soup. Some of the ingredients you’ll need are; Sweet Potatoes, Onion, Celery, Peanut Butter, Whipping Cream Molasses, and more! You can find this recipe at the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Southern Sweet Potato Soup
This creamy spiced sweet potato soup, with a touch of peanut butter, is the perfect starter to a fall or winter holiday meal.

Recipe Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 medium onion, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1 large sweet potato, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 (1 1/4-inch) cinnamon stick
1 1/2 cups whipping cream*
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons molasses
Pinch of salt
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Suggested Garnishes: chopped dry-roasted peanuts, fresh thyme sprigs

Cooking Directions:
1 – Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; add onion and celery, and sauté 10 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, and sauté 1 minute.
2 – Stir in broth and next 3 ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until potato is tender. Remove and discard cinnamon stick. Process sweet potato mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth. (Caution! Hot liquids create steam which will blow the top off the blender! Be sure to securely hold blender lid down!)
3 – Return mixture to Dutch oven; stir in 1 1/2 cups whipping cream and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thoroughly heated.
4 – Beat 1/4 cup whipping cream, molasses, pinch of salt, and nutmeg until soft peaks form. Serve with soup, and garnish, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.

*1 1/2 cups half-and-half (light cream) may be substituted for 1 1/2 cups whipping cream.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/southern-sweet-potato-soup-recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

April 29, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Diabetes Self Management, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie. Shepherd’s Pie gone Vegetarian! Made using Onion, Mushrooms, Carrots, Celery, Green Peas, Spices and more! No Meat Needed for this Pie! You can find this recipe at the Diabetes Self Management website which has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, so check it out today! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie
Ingredients
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup sliced onion
1 package (16 ounces) mushrooms, quartered
1 1/4 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup frozen green peas
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup fat-free (skim) milk
1 tablespoon light margarine
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Fresh rosemary (optional)

Directions
1 – Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir 3 minutes or until just begins to soften. Add mushrooms; cook and stir 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add 1 teaspoon garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Add carrots, celery, and peas; cook and stir 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.

2 – Sprinkle flour over vegetables; cook and stir 2 minutes. Add broth, salt, and dried rosemary. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 30 to 35 minutes or until thickened.

3 – Meanwhile, place potatoes in medium saucepan. Add enough water to cover potatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender; drain.

4 – Beat potatoes, milk, margarine, remaining 1/4 teaspoon garlic, and pepper in medium bowl with electric mixer at low speed until smooth.

5 – Preheat broiler. Pour vegetable mixture into 2-quart casserole. Gently spread mashed potatoes over top. Broil 5 minutes or until light golden brown. Garnish with fresh rosemary.

Yield: 6 servings.

Serving size: 1/6 of recipe.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 160 calories, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Protein: 6 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 240 mg, Fiber: 5 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/vegetarian-shepherds-pie/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

February 4, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Save those wilted Greens………..

Soak wilted greens, carrots or celery in cold water for 20 minutes to bring the crunch back.

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Slow Cooker Turkey Pot Pie

February 1, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is – Slow Cooker Turkey Pot Pie. It’s always Comfort Food when the Slow Cooker comes out! It’s a dish that will warm the soul on these cold Winter Days! You’ll be using the JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Boneless Turkey Breast Tenderloins along with Carrots, Celery, Onion, Mushroom Soup, Chicken Broth, and Biscuits. You can find this recipe at the Jennie – O Turkey website along with all the other Delicious and Healthy recipes. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2018! https://www.jennieo.com/

Slow Cooker Turkey Pot Pie
For a nutritious meal that’s pure comfort, try slow cooker turkey tenderloin in a creamy mushroom and chicken broth. Topped with biscuits and veggies, it’s a fall favorite that takes only 15 minutes to prep. This easy weeknight meal saves great for leftovers!

INGREDIENTS
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (20-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Boneless Turkey Breast Tenderloins
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup chicken broth
1 (16-ounce) can refrigerated biscuits

DIRECTIONS
1) In slow cooker, place carrots, celery and onion. Top with turkey breast tenderloin. In medium bowl, stir together cream of mushroom soup and chicken broth. Pour mixture over turkey. Cover and cook on HIGH 1:45 hours or LOW 2:25 hours.
2) Meanwhile, cook biscuits according to package directions.
3) Shred turkey with 2 forks, stirring to combine. Top with biscuits and return to slow cooker. Cook, covered an additional 30 minutes or until mixture is hot. Always cook turkey to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 430
Protein 29g
Carbohydrates 44g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Fat 16g
Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 910mg
Saturated Fat 2.5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/1207-slow-cooker-turkey-pot-pie

Turkey Bacon and Potato Soup

February 1, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | 2 Comments
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I have another delicious and healthy Slow Cooker Recipe from Jennie – O Turkey to pass along, Turkey Bacon and Potato Soup. A kicked up version of Potato Soup using JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon along with Sour Cream. Plus you’ll use the Slow Cooker to make this, how easy is this! You can find this recipe on the Jennie – O website which is loaded with delicious and healthy recipes like this one! So Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2019! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Bacon and Potato Soup

This easy slow cooker recipe lets you enjoy thick and creamy potato soup, featuring crisp JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon, even on the busiest of weeknights. Simply prep it the night before, start in the morning, and return to a delicious, ready-to-eat dinner.

INGREDIENTS

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 medium potatoes, peeled, diced
1½ cups chopped cabbage
1 leek, diced
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, diced
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt, if desired
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon caraway seeds
1 bay leaf
½ cup sour cream
1 (12-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon
DIRECTIONS

1) In Slow Cooker combine broth, potatoes, cabbage, leek, onion, carrots and parsley. Stir in salt, pepper, caraway seeds and bay leaf. Cover; cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH 4 to 5 hours.
2) Remove and discard bay leaf. In small bowl, combine ¼ cup hot liquid from slow cooker with sour cream; mix. Add mixture to slow cooker; stir.
3) Cook turkey bacon as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Chop bacon. Top soup bowl with turkey bacon.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories250
Protein14g
Carbohydrates22g
Fiber3g
Sugars4g
Fat14g
Cholesterol45mg
Sodium580mg
Saturated Fat4g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/295-turkey-bacon-and-potato-soup

Soup Special of the Day…Slow Cooker Chicken and Noodles

December 23, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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It’s nothing but a Comfort Food for this week’s Soup Special of the Day, Slow Cooker Chicken and Noodles. As they say Chicken and Noodle Soup is good for the Soul, and one great soup! Made using Chicken Breast Halves, Onion, Celery, Dried Parsley, Roasted Ground Cumin, Sea Salt and Ground Pepper, and a package of Reames Frozen Egg Noodles. Warm up these cold Winter Days and Nights! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018 and the upcoming New Year!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Noodles

Ingredients
4 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves
6 cups Water
1 Onion, chopped
1 stalks Celery, chopped (optional)
Dried Parsley, Roasted Ground Cumin, Sea Salt and Ground Pepper to taste
1 (12 ounce) package Reames Frozen Egg Noodles

Directions
1 – Place chicken, water, onion, parsley, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste into a slow cooker. Add celery if desired. Set temperature to low and cook for 6 to 8 hours.
2 – When chicken is tender, remove from the slow cooker and tear or chop into bite-sized pieces. Set aside in a small bowl to keep warm. Turn the slow cooker up to high heat and stir in the frozen egg noodles. Cook until noodles are tender then return the chicken pieces to the broth. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Healthy Finger Food Recipes

December 16, 2018 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Finger Food Recipes. What’s a Holiday Meal without the Finger Foods! Delicious Healthy Finger Food Recipes like; PB and J Poppers, Mini Sausage Stuffing Tarts, and Buffalo-Chicken Celery Sticks. Find these Healthy and Delicious recipes and so much more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Finger Food Recipes
Find healthy, nutritious, finger food recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

PB and J Poppers
This sweet snack takes peanut butter and jelly to new heights and it’s perfect for serving at your kids’ next play date or party. Miniature sweetened rice cakes are topped with a peanut butter-cream cheese blend, sugar-free fruit preserves, and chocolate chips—the kids will love it!…………

Mini Sausage Stuffing Tarts
These bite-size tarts turn traditional holiday stuffing into a clever appetizer, with an easy homemade crust and a quick sausage-mushroom filling. Prep the crust and filling in advance, then bake just before serving…………..

Buffalo-Chicken Celery Sticks
These stuffed celery sticks, packed with zesty Buffalo chicken and tangy blue cheese, make a perfect low-carb game-day snack. The kick of flavor from tangy Buffalo sauce is tempered by creamy Neuchâtel (reduced-fat cream cheese), but you can cut back if the hot sauce is too much for sensitive palates. Drizzle a few drops on the sticks before serving for those who can handle the heat……….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Finger Food Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22813/holidays-occasions/occasions/parties-entertaining/appetizers/finger-food/

One of America’s Favorites – Stuffing

December 10, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Stuffing a turkey

Stuffing or filling is an edible substance or mixture, normally consisting primarily of small cut-up pieces of bread or a similar starch and served as a side dish or used to fill a cavity in another food item while cooking. Many foods may be stuffed, including eggs, poultry, seafood, mammals, and vegetables, but chickens and turkey are the most common. Stuffing serves the dual purpose of helping to keep the meat moist while also adding to the mix of flavors of both the stuffing and the thing it is stuffed in.

Poultry stuffing often consists of dried breadcrumbs, onion, celery, salt, pepper, and other spices and herbs, a popular herb being sage. Giblets are often used. Popular additions in the United Kingdom include dried fruits and nuts (notably apricots and flaked almonds), and chestnuts.

 

 

Stuffed turkey

It is not known when stuffings were first used. The earliest documentary evidence is the Roman cookbook, Apicius De Re Coquinaria, which contains recipes for stuffed chicken, dormouse, hare, and pig. Most of the stuffings described consist of vegetables, herbs and spices, nuts, and spelt (an old cereal), and frequently contain chopped liver, brains, and other organ meat.

Names for stuffing include “farce” (~1390), “stuffing” (1538), “forcemeat” (1688), and relatively more recently in the United States; “dressing” (1850).

 

 

In addition to stuffing the body cavity of animals, including birds, fish, and mammals, various cuts of meat may be stuffed after they have been deboned or a pouch has been cut into them. Popular recipes include stuffed chicken legs, stuffed pork chops, stuffed breast of veal, as well as the traditional holiday stuffed turkey or goose.

Many types of vegetables are also suitable for stuffing, after their seeds or flesh has been removed. Tomatoes, capsicums (sweet or hot peppers), vegetable marrows (e.g., zucchini) may be

Stuffed Parasol mushroom

prepared in this way. Cabbages and similar vegetables can also be stuffed or wrapped around a filling. They are usually blanched first, in order to make their leaves more pliable. Then, the interior may be replaced by stuffing, or small amounts of stuffing may be inserted between the individual leaves.

It is sometimes claimed that ancient Roman and medieval cooks stuffed animals with other animals. An anonymous Andalusian cookbook from the 13th century includes a recipe for a ram stuffed with small birds. A similar recipe for a camel stuffed with sheep stuffed with bustards stuffed with carp stuffed with eggs is mentioned in T.C. Boyle’s book Water Music.

British celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has championed the ten-bird roast, calling it “one of the most spectacular and delicious roasts you can lay before your loved ones at Yuletide”. A large turkey is stuffed with a goose, duck, mallard, guinea fowl, chicken, pheasant, partridge, pigeon, and woodcock. The roast feeds approximately 30 people and, as well as the ten birds, includes stuffing made from two pounds of sausage meat and half a pound of streaky bacon, along with sage, and port and red wine.

In the United States and eastern Canada, multi-bird dishes are sometimes served on special occasions.

 

Stuffed orange pepper

Almost anything can serve as a stuffing. Many popular Anglo-American stuffings contain bread or cereals, usually together with vegetables, herbs and spices, and eggs. Middle Eastern vegetable stuffings may be based on seasoned rice, on minced meat, or a combination thereof. Other stuffings may contain only vegetables and herbs. Some types of stuffing contain sausage meat, or forcemeat, while vegetarian stuffings sometimes contain tofu. Roast pork is often accompanied by sage and onion stuffing in England; roast poultry in a Christmas dinner may be stuffed with sweet chestnuts. Oysters are used in one traditional stuffing for Thanksgiving. These may also be combined with mashed potatoes, for a heavy stuffing. Fruits and dried fruits can be added to stuffing including apples, apricots, dried prunes, and raisins. In England, a stuffing is sometimes made of minced pork shoulder seasoned with various ingredients, sage, onion, bread, chestnuts, dried apricots, dried cranberries etc. The stuffing mixture may be cooked separately and served as a side dish. This may still be called stuffing or it may be called dressing.

 

 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) states that cooking animals with a body cavity filled with stuffing can present potential food safety issues. These can occur because when the meat reaches a safe temperature, the stuffing inside can still harbor bacteria (and if the meat is cooked until the stuffing reaches a safe temperature, the meat may be overcooked). For turkeys, for instance, the USDA recommends cooking stuffing/dressing separately from the bird and not buying pre-stuffed birds. (Stuffing is never recommended for turkeys to be fried, grilled, microwaved, or smoked).

 

Soup Special of the Day……….Garden Noodle Soup

December 9, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is a recipe for Garden Noodle Soup. Egg Noodles with a variety of Vegetables and Spices. It’s from the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes! Check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Garden Noodle Soup
Recipe Ingredients:
12 ounces medium or thin egg noodles, uncooked
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 (14.5-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, cut up and juice reserved
3 (14.5-ounce) cans low-sodium vegetable, chicken or beef broth
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 bay leaf
2 (12-ounce) cans white cannellini or great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups water
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:
1 – Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
2 – While noodles are cooking, heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onion, stirring until pale golden, about 5 minutes.
3 – Add garlic, carrots and celery and sauté until tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
4 – Add tomatoes and reserved juice, broth, water, oregano, basil, bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, about 30 minutes.
5 – Stir in the beans and cooked noodles.
6 – Remove bay leaf. Sprinkle some of the Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley on each serving of soup, or stir into saucepan prior to serving. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/garden_noodle_soup_recipe.htmlakes

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