Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 23, 2013 at 9:53 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Even if you want to prepare low-fat meals, you don’t always have to buy the leanest (and most expensive) ground beef. If you’re preparing hamburgers on a grill or in a broiler rack, most of the fat will be lost during the cooking process, so stick with the less-lean (and more affordable) varieties.

Make-Ahead Christmas Brunch Recipes

December 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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If your rushing around getting things done for Christmas here’s some time saving ideas from the Eating Well web site. The link to all of them is at the bottom of the post, Enjoy!

 

 

Healthy Christmas brunch recipes you can make ahead.Eating Well
Spend more time with friends and family and less time in the kitchen with these make-ahead Christmas brunch recipes. Healthy brunch recipes like Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole and Baked Apple-Cinnamon French Toast can be made the night before and just popped in the oven before your guests arrive. And don’t forget healthy baked goods like Cranberry Bundt Cake, Lemon-Raspberry Muffins and Greek Walnut Spice Cake, many of which can be made several days in advance.

 

 

 

Cranberry Bundt Cake
In this healthy cranberry-walnut Bundt cake recipe, Greek yogurt and shredded apple or pear keep the cake moist and are a healthy substitute for extra butter. If you want to use something other than allspice, try pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon in the filling. For a nut-free variation, omit the walnuts in the cake or use chopped dried cranberries in their place….

 

 

 

Cranberry-Pecan Cinnamon Rolls
This cranberry-pecan cinnamon roll recipe is a cinch to put together—there’s no kneading and no rolling of any dough. These rolls are baked in a muffin tin and are already perfectly portioned, making them great for a morning treat or as part of a brunch menu….

 

 

 

* Click the link below to get all the recipes and tips. *

 

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/make_ahead_christmas_brunch_recipes?sssdmh=dm17.711656&utm_source=EWTWNL&esrc=nwewtw121713c

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 22, 2013 at 8:27 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 1 Comment
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You may not think of CVS, Walgreens, and other drugstores as good places to buy food, but many of them carry weekly specials on staples and snacks such as soup, spaghetti sauce, and soda. It’s worth it to take a walk down the food aisle while you’re in the store, and always check the circular to see if anything you use is on special.

Wild Idea Buffalo – Buffalo Brats!

December 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM | Posted in brats, Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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I had ordered a Wild Idea Buffalo Holiday Package that included a 1 lb. package of Buffalo Brats. So today for lunch I prepared my first one. It was real easy to prepare; just put about a 1/2 ich of water in a medium skillet and heated on medium heat. As the water started to boil I added the Brat and put the lid on, Cooked for about 10 minutes and removed the lid and let it cook another 4 minutes. It’s one good Buffalo Brat! Seasoned just right and very tender. Just another one I’ll have to keep in stock in the freezer.

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Idea Buffalo Brats
Wild Idea Buffalo 1 lb. – Buffalo Brats
Backyards, ballparks, tailgating and outdoor gatherings demand a brat. Ours command an entirely new level of respect, delivering all the juiciness that signals fun, along with all the health benefits from our 100% grass-fed bison. Go ahead, take two. 4 Per Package / 1 lb.

Ingredients: Buffalo, Organic Spices:[Black Pepper, Celery Seed, Coriander, Garlic Powder, Marjoram, Onion Powder, Pure Cane Sugar, Sea Salt] Encased in a natural pork casing.

 

 

 

http://buy.wildideabuffalo.com/collections/a-la-carte/products/buffalo-brats

Vegetarian Breakfast Recipes & Brunch Recipes

December 21, 2013 at 10:48 AM | Posted in Eating Well | 2 Comments
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Something for all the Vegetarians and Vegetable lovers, Vegetarian Breakfast Recipes & Brunch Recipes. From the Eating Well web site, the link is at the bottom of the page.

 

 

Eating Well

Healthy recipes for a vegetarian breakfast to jump-start your day.
Our healthy breakfast recipes for muffins, waffles, energy bars, frittatas and smoothies are perfect for a weekend breakfast in bed or a quick breakfast to grab and go. Start your day off right with a healthy vegetarian breakfast recipe like Lemon-Cranberry Muffins for a sweet breakfast treat or Scrambled Egg Burritos for a zesty Southwestern brunch recipe.

 

 

 

Scrambled Egg Burritos
These zesty Southwestern egg burritos are always a hit whether you serve them for breakfast, brunch, lunch or a casual dinner. The homemade black bean salsa adds a special touch, but these are extra-quick if you use your favorite jarred salsa…..

 

 

 

Lemon-Cranberry Muffins
These lemony cranberry-studded muffins crunch lightly with cornmeal and are topped with a kiss of sugared lemon zest. They’re great warm from the oven, but also keep well for a few days and freeze beautifully….

 

 

 

* Click the link below to get them all! *

 

 

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/vegetarian_breakfast_recipes_brunch_recipes?sssdmh=dm17.711656&utm_source=EWTWNL&esrc=nwewtw121713c

Crock Pot 3 Bean Buffalo Chili w/ Johnny Cakes

December 20, 2013 at 6:48 PM | Posted in beans, chili, Crock Pot, Wild Idea Buffalo | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Crock Pot 3 Bean Buffalo Chili w/ Johnny Cakes

 

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Well with my Mom back home everything is getting back to normal! Went and bought a couple of Christmas Wreaths, for the door and outside lamp-post. Then finished up a few decorations on the inside and finished wrapping a few gifts. I wanted 3 Bean Buffalo Chili for dinner tonight but Mom and Dad wanted something different. So for me the 3 Bean Buffalo Chili and for Mom and Dad Breaded Cube Steak, Cream Style Corn, and Green Beans with New Potatoes. I also made some Johnny Cakes for everyone.

 

 

 

The Chili has Wild Idea Buffalo Lean Ground Buffalo, Dark Red Kidney Beans, Chili Beans, Great Northern White Beans, and ton of great Spices! Just put it in the Crock Pot, on low, for about 8 hours and you got you some mighty tasty Chili! The Wild Idea Ground Buffalo has such a unique flavor, an almost sweet taste to it. I left the full recipe at the bottom of the post. The longer the Chili simmers the more incredible aroma fills the kitchen! I say this every time I make a batch of this but I think this is my best batch ever!  As usual I made a Crock Pot full of the Chili so I can have it for dinner, maybe a Chili and Cheese Omelet, lunch, and plenty to freeze!

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As the Chili was heating up I made some Johnny Cakes. To prepare these all you’ll need is: Pam w/ Olive Oil Non – Stick Spray, 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 3/4 cups Buttermilk, and 2 cups Martha White Self Rising Enriched White Corn Meal Mix. Just mix all your ingredients in a large bowl. Spray your Pam on a Flat Top Griddle or large Skillet and preheat on medium low, I use the Flat Top Griddle. When the Griddle is heated add your batter. You can make the Cakes any size you want from half-dollar size to regular pancake size cakes. After the bottom side turns golden brown flip over and let the other side get golden brown. To serve I placed mine on a plate and topped it with my 3 Bean Buffalo Chili and Shredded Cheese. And now it’s Comfort Food Heaven! The Chili is a perfect pairing with Cornbread no matter how you prepare your Cornbread. At the bottom of the post I left a little history on the “Johnny Cakes”. There are various ways to fix Johnny Cakes, I make mine using the Martha White Corn Meal Mix. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Double Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 
Crock Pot 3 Bean Buffalo Chili

 

Ingredients

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2 lb. Ground Wild Idea Ground Buffalo
2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste
1 Can (15 oz.) Chili Beans
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 White Onion (medium), Chopped or Minced
1 Jalapeno Pepper, Unseeded and Chopped
3 Cloves Minced Garlic
1 Tbs Ground Cocoa Chili Blend (McCormick)
1/2 Tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (McCormick)
1 Tbs. Ground Roasted Cumin
2 Tsps Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves
5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.
Shredded Cheese, I used Grated Dutch Gouda (Topping)
Oyster Crackers
Directions:
*Brown Buffalo in large saucepan on medium-high heat 10 min. or until no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Add all remaining spices and 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.

 

 

 

 

Wild Idea Buffalo Ground Round 99 free
Wild Idea Buffalo
Ground Round, 99% Lean
We use the Top Round and the Sirloin Tip cuts and remove all visible fat, for this super lean meat. It is rich and dark in taste and color. Substitute for any of your favorite ground dishes.

 

 

http://wildideabuffalo.com/

Five Hearty Winter Soups and Salads

December 20, 2013 at 10:30 AM | Posted in Delish, soup | Leave a comment
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Something to warm you up on those Winter days, from the Delish web site. The link is at the bottom of the post.

Delish

 

Five Hearty Winter Soups and Salads
Try one of these hearty soups and salads for a delicious and flavorful winter meal. For more recipes like these, try some of our 31 days of soup recipes and our seven fresh and filling salads.

 

 

 

Mushroom Soup with Toasted Bread

Michael Bras purees this lush mushroom soup with bread toasted to a dark brown to thicken the texture and deepen its flavor…..

 

 

 

Roasted Squash Soup with Maple-Glazed Bananas

Chef Gavin Kaysen describes this soup as “autumn in a bowl.”…..

 

 

 

* Click the link below to get all Five Hearty Winter Soups and Salads *

 

http://www.delish.com/recipes/cooking-recipes/five-winter-soups-salads-recipes?src=nl&mag=del&list=nl_dhe_fot_non_121013_winter-soup-salads#slide-1

Outback Steakhouse Victoria’s Filet 6 oz w/ Baked Potato

December 19, 2013 at 6:18 PM | Posted in BEEF | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Outback Steakhouse Victoria’s Filet 6 oz w/ Baked Potato

 

 

 

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Outback Victoria 6 oz

What’s up everyone! Things are getting back to normal around here finally. Brought my Mom home from the Hospital and Dad’s over the flu and I’m back on-line again! Mom was lucky she could have easily broke a leg or hip when she slipped on the ice here at home. I heard about 4 people slipped on ice here in the neighborhood, one has a broken leg and one a fractured hip. She was at Mercy South Hospital in Fairfield, Ohio. Many, many thanks to Mercy, nothing but first class treatment and help! For dinner tonight the kitchen is closed and it was Outback Steakhouse to the rescue!

 

 

 

A Steak,Baked Potato, and House Salad sounded just right! I picked up by the Outback’s Curb Service. What a help and plus this service is, especially for those that disabled or handicapped. I ordered the Outback Victoria’s Filet 6 oz w/ Baked Potato and Side Salad. Ordered the Potatoes plain so I could use I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and no dressing and used Kraft Fat Free French Dressing. Had a Diet Half and Half Snapple to drink and I was set! For dessert later a Healthy Choice Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt.

 

 

Outback Steakhouse Victoria’s Filet 6 oz

 

 

http://www.outback.com/?gclid=CL6ZtNSMvbsCFetAMgodlmoASQ

Holiday Favorites Made Healthy

December 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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Make those Holiday Dishes healthier. Find out how from Diabetic Living On Line we site, the link to all of them is at the end of the post.

 

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Holiday Favorites Made Healthy
You don’t have to pass up your favorite holiday foods! We’ve slimmed down everything from mashed potatoes and gravy to turkey and green bean casserole. Our festive, diabetes-friendly holiday recipes prove that classic entrees and side dishes don’t have to be loaded with fat, calories, and carbs to be enjoyable. Now that’s something to be thankful for!

 

 

 

Fresh Green Bean Casserole
Nothing says the holidays like a steaming serving of green bean casserole. By relying on a slimmed-down white sauce, this creamy casserole keeps fat and sodium in check….

 

 

 

Herb-Roasted Turkey and Vegetables
This herb-infused twist on traditional turkey is a flavorful and healthful alternative to a higher-calorie holiday classic…..

 

 

* Click the link below to get all the Holiday Favorites Made Healthy *

 

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/holiday/holiday-favorites-made-healthy?sssdmh=dm17.709688&esrc=nwdlo121013

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 2 Comments
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Where do you keep your scouring pads? Believe it or not, you can keep them in a plastic bag in your freezer. That way, you don’t have to worry about them rusting, and they’ll last a lot longer

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