Three Bean Turkey Chili!

January 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM | Posted in chili, Food, low calorie, low carb, slow cooker, turkey | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Three Bean Turkey Chili w/ Corn Bread Ears

It’s a cold and rainy day outside today but it’s warm and hearty here on the inside. Nothing is any easier than to fix dinner by using the crock pot. One my favorite crock pot recipes is Three Bean Turkey Chili! This is a fun recipe because you can make it as hot or as spicy as you want. Mine with all the ingredients comes out about medium hot. I could eat it a lot spicier but my parents are not fans of spicy or hot. I like my Chili hearty and thick but if you like yours a bit more thinner or with a soup you can add more water to this recipe to thin it out. I had a side of Cornbread Ears that I had baked.

Three Bean Turkey Chili

Ingredients

1 lb. Ground turkey
2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste
1 Can (15 oz.) Chili Beans, rinsed
1 Can (15 oz.) Kidney Beans, rinsed
1 Can (15 oz.) Great Northern Beans, rinsed
1/2 Cup of Water
1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix
1 Tbs Minced Garlic
1 Tbs Ground Cocoa Chili Blend (McCormick)
1/2 Tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (McCormick)
1 Tsp. Ground cumin
1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves
5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.
KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Oyster Crackers, Reduced Fat

*COOK turkey in large saucepan on medium-high heat 10 min. or until no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Add all remaining ingredients except 1 can of the tomato paste and the cheese and crackers.

*ADD to slow cooker and add in the remaining 1 can of tomato paste.

*COVER with lid. Cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours (or on LOW 5 to 6 hours).

*Serve in bowl or mug with cheese and the oyster crackers, A Tablespoon of fat free sour cream, or serve with some home made cornbread ears.

Honey & Spice Baked Chicken w/ Whole Grain Brown Rice, Asparagus Bits, and…

December 7, 2011 at 6:45 PM | Posted in baking, chicken, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, low calorie, low carb | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Honey & Spice Baked Chicken w/ Whole Grain Brown Rice, Asparagus Bits, and Whole Grain Bread

Tried a new recipe tonight for dinner. I ran across it in latest issue of Simple & Delicious / Taste of Home. It’s coated with a lot of my favorite Spices Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Smoked Cumin, Cayenne Pepper among other ingredients. Coat your Chicken Breasts, bake, and baste and you have some mouth watering Chicken! It came out flavorful and moist. Tasty and easy Chicken dish, I will have this again. I left the recipe at the bottom of the post, give it a try. For sides I had Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Brown Rice, Green Giant Asparagus Bits, and Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert later a slice of Pillsbury Nut Quick Bread with a scoop of Breyer’s Carb Smart Vanilla Ice Cream. I made several loaves of the Nut Quick Bread in mini foil pans and froze them. They come in handy for a quick dessert or snack.

Honey & Spice Baked Chicken

8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.
Ingredients

3 teaspoons garlic powder
3 teaspoons chili powder
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 boneless skinless chicken breasts (5 ounces each)
6 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons cider vinegar

Directions

Combine the first six ingredients; rub over chicken. Transfer to a
greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until juices run clear. Combine
honey and vinegar; baste over chicken during the last 10 minutes of
cooking. Save three chicken breast halves for Chicken Chimichangas
(recipe also in Recipe Finder) or save for another use.
Yield: 5 servings plus 3 cooked chicken breast halves.

Nutrition Facts: 1 chicken breast equals 210 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 522 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 29 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 starch.

Mahi Mahi w/ Au Gratin Potatoes, Brown Rice, and…

November 10, 2011 at 6:01 PM | Posted in baking, diabetes friendly, fish, Food, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, low calorie, low carb | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Mahi Mahi w/ Au Gratin Potatoes, Brown Rice, and Whole Grain Bread

I used the seasoning/marinade I used the other night for my Fish Tacos on my Mahi Mahi tonight. I’ll leave the recipe at the end of the post. This seasoning works really well with the Mahi Mahi also. After brushing both sides of the fillet with the seasoning I let it marinate for about 30 minutes before frying. Seasoned both sides of the fillet with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper. I used a half a tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil for frying and fried each side about 3 minutes per side. The fillets came out perfect! Flaky and moist with a whole lot of great flavor.

As sides I had Idahoan Au Gratin Potatoes, which have become my new favorite, Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Brown Rice, and Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert later Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding topped with a tablespoon of Cool Whip Free.

Fish Seasoning

Ingredients:

1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Smoked Cumin
1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 Teaspoon of Cilantro Flakes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Lime

Directions:
1) Prepare the fish. Mix the Chili Powder, Smoked Cumin, Cayenne Pepper, Cilantro, 1 tablespoon Olive Oil and the juice of 1 Lime in a small bowl. Arrange the fish fillets in a glass baking dish or plate. Brush fillets on both sides with spice mixture and season with Salt and Pepper. Let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Tilapia Tacos!

November 6, 2011 at 5:53 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, fish, Food, low calorie, low carb, tacos | 7 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Tilapia Tacos

I wanted Fish tacos so I found a couple of recipes on line and combined the two and they came out perfect. I used some of the delicious Tilapia that I have been buying from Walmart. The seasoning is perfect for Fish with a little bit of a kick but not overpowering. For the Salsa I used my favorite it’s a Kroger Store Brand Naturally Preferred Black Bean and Corn Organic Salsa. I also used  Murray’s Maple Smoked White Cheddar Cheese. If you’ve never tried Murray’s Cheese, and it’s available in your area, give it try. They have a wide variety and always great tasting. Anyway I assembled all the ingredients on to my Stand Up Tacos and enjoyed 2 very delicious Tacos! The recipe will make 4 tacos, I only made 2 Tacos and save the other piece of Fish for lunch tomorrow. I left the recipe below.

Tilapia Fish Tacos
Makes 4 tacos

Ingredients:

1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Smoked Cumin
1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 Teaspoon of Cilantro Flakes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Lime
2 6-Ounce Tilapia fillets (or Mahi Mahi or Haddock would work well)
Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper to taste
4 Old El Paso Stand ‘N Stuff Taco Shells or use a Soft Taco‘s

For toppings:
I used Mezzetta Deli Sliced Tamed Jalapeno Peppers, Mixed Salad from a Salad Bag, Murray’s Maple Smoked White Cheddar, Naturally Preferred Black Bean and Corn Organic Salsa (Kroger Brand)

Directions:
1) Prepare the fish. Mix the Chili Powder, Smoked Cumin, Cayenne Pepper, Cilantro, 1 tablespoon Olive Oil and the juice of 1 Lime in a small bowl. Arrange the fish fillets in a glass baking dish or plate. Brush fillets on both sides with spice mixture and season with Salt and Pepper. Let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.

2) Heat a large nonstick skillet over a medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil. Sauté the fillets until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and break into bite-sized chunks with a fork.

3) Assemble the tacos. Divide fish among four tortillas and add your favorite toppings and Enjoy!

Summertime Diabetic Recipes

August 2, 2011 at 12:37 PM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, grilling, low calorie, low carb | 2 Comments
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One diabetic recipe for the grill and a quick and easy diabetic dessert to go with it! From the http://www.delish.com/  web site which is full of great diabetic recipes!

Steak and Potato Kebabs with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

From EatingWell.com
Steak kebabs get a Southwestern spin with poblano peppers and a creamy sauce spiked with cilantro, chile powder, cumin, and vinegar. The potatoes are partially cooked in the microwave before putting them on the grill so they’re done at the same time as faster-cooking steak, peppers, and onions. Serve with green salad and Spanish rice.

Ingredients

* 1/2 cup(s) packed fresh cilantro leaves, minced
* 2 tablespoon(s) red-wine vinegar or cider vinegar
* 2 tablespoon(s) reduced-fat sour cream
* 1 clove(s) (small) garlic, minced
* 1 teaspoon(s) chile powder
* 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cumin
* 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt, divided
* 8  new or baby red potatoes
* 1 1/4 pound(s) strip steak, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
* 2  poblano peppers or 1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
* 1 teaspoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 large sweet onion, cut into 1-inch chunks

Directions

1. Combine cilantro, vinegar, sour cream, garlic, chile powder, cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Preheat grill to high.
3. Place potatoes in a microwave-safe container. Cover and microwave on High until just tender when pierced with a fork, 3 to 3 1/2 minutes.
4. Toss the potatoes, steak, and pepper pieces with oil and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Thread the potatoes, steak, peppers, and onion chunks onto 8 skewers. Grill, turning once or twice, until the steak reaches desired doneness, about 6 minutes for medium. Serve the kebabs with the reserved sauce.

Nutritional Information
(per serving)
Calories    271
Total Fat    9g
Saturated Fat    3g
Cholesterol    65mg
Sodium    368mg
Total Carbohydrate    17g
Dietary Fiber    2g
Sugars    —
Protein    30g

Chocolate-Banana Grahams

From EatingWell.com
A graham cracker smeared with Nutella and topped with banana and coconut is a light way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Ingredients

* 1  graham cracker, broken into 2 rectangles
* 1/2 teaspoon(s) Nutella or other chocolate-hazelnut spread, divided
* 2 slice(s) banana, about 2 inches long
* 1/2 teaspoon(s) sweetened shredded coconut, toasted if desired, divided

Directions

1. Spread each graham cracker piece with 1/4 teaspoon Nutella and top with a slice of banana and a sprinkling of coconut.

Nutritional Information
(per serving)
Calories    71
Total Fat    2g
Saturated Fat    —
Cholesterol    —
Sodium    46mg
Total Carbohydrate    13g

http://www.delish.com/

Watermelon Gazpacho

August 1, 2011 at 2:54 PM | Posted in Food, fruits | Leave a comment
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Watermelon Gazpacho

Ingredients:

* 6 cups seeded and cubed watermelon
* 1 1/2 cups chopped apples (I use Golden Delicious apples)
* 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
* 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
* 1 teaspoon dried basil
* 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste
* pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
* 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1. 1 In a blender, puree the watermelon; pour into a large mixing bowl.
2. 2 Stir in remaining ingredients.
3. 3 Refrigerate, covered at least 1 hour to blend flavors.
4. 4 This recipe serves four but can easily be doubled.

Watermelon Gazpacho

Serving Size: 1 (318 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Calories 106.6

Total Carbohydrate 26.8 g
8%

http://www.food.com/recipe/watermelon-gazpacho-100020

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