Soup Special of the Day…Acorn Squash Soup with Chicken and Red Pepper Meatballs

December 16, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Diabetes Self Management, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is a recipe for Acorn Squash Soup with Chicken and Red Pepper Meatballs. You’ll need Acorn Squash, Ground Lean Chicken or Turkey, Red Bell Pepper, Egg Substitute, Spices, and Reduced Sodium Vegetable Broth. There are several sites that have this recipe and I went with the one from one my favorite sites, the Diabetes Self Management. At the site you’ll find a fantastic selection of Diabetes Friendly Recipes along with Diabetes Management Tips so check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Acorn Squash Soup with Chicken and Red Pepper Meatballs

Ingredients
1 small to medium acorn squash (about 3/4 pound)
1/2 pound ground lean chicken or turkey
1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
3 tablespoons cholesterol-free egg substitute
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream (optional)
Ground red pepper (optional)

Directions
1 – Pierce squash skin with fork. Place in microwaveable dish; microwave on HIGH 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. Cool 10 minutes.

2 – Meanwhile, combine chicken, bell pepper, egg substitute, parsley, coriander, cinnamon, and black pepper in large bowl, mix lightly. Shape mixture into eight meatballs. Place meatballs in microwavable dish; microwave on HIGH 5 minutes or until cooked through. Set aside to cool.

3 – Remove and discard seeds from cooled squash. Scrape squash flesh from shell into large saucepan; mash squash with potato masher. Add broth and meatballs to saucepan; cook over medium-high heat 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add additional liquid if necessary.

4 – Garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream and ground red pepper.

Yield: 2 servings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 309 calories, Carbohydrates: 23 g, Protein: 31 g, Fat: 12 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 208 mg, Fiber: 4 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/soups-stews/acorn-squash-soup-with-chicken-and-red-pepper-meatballs/

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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/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 16, 2018 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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All about the Turnip….

Turnips are loaded with fiber and vitamins K, A, C, E, B1, B3, B5, B6, B2 and folate (one of the B vitamins), as well as minerals like manganese, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and copper. They are also a good source of phosphorus, omega-3 fatty acids and protein.

Leftovers – Shrimp w/ Pasta Roni – Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs

December 15, 2018 at 6:29 PM | Posted in leftovers, pasta, Pasta Roni, seafood, shrimp | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Leftovers – Shrimp w/ Pasta Roni – Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs

 

 

For Breakfast I Scrambled some Egg Beater’s Egg Whites and topped those with some Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Then I toasted a couple of slices of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread, lightly buttered with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. More rain today, heavy at times. High of 47 degrees. Cleaned the house today, dusted and vacuumed. Caught up on everything so I caught up on some shows I had recorded. For Dinner tonight Leftovers – Shrimp w/ Pasta Roni. I’ve left the original post from yesterday for the dish preparation and description.

 

 

 

 

So for the Shrimp part of the dish I used Meijer Brand Jumbo Shrimp. This is my frozen Shrimp of choice, best I’ve found. I had them in the freezer so I let them thaw overnight in the fridge. I love Shrimp and all Seafood. For the Shrimp; I started by rinsing the Shrimp off in cold water and letting it dry in a colander. Using a medium size skillet, that I sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and a 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, that I heated on medium heat. I seasoned them with Old Bay Seasoning and a sprinkle of Morton’s Lite Salt and added the Shrimp to the skillet. Cooked them 2 minutes per side, turning the Shrimp once. And as the Shrimp was cooking I started to prepare the Pasta.

 

 

 

 


I love having Shrimp with the Pasta Roni – Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs. It comes with the Pasta Special Seasonings Packet and I added; 1 1/3 cups of water, 2/3 cups of 2% milk, and 2 tablespoons of Blue Bonnet Light Butter. Then to prepare it; In a medium saucepan bring water, milk, margarine or butter to a boil. Then slowly stir in pasta and Special Seasonings. Separate pasta with a fork, if needed. Return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Boil uncovered, 4-5 min. or until pasta is just tender, stirring frequently. Sauce will be thin. Let stand 3-5 min. to thicken. There’s 2 servings per box. Nice seasoning and the Parmesan Sauce is very flavorful. I topped the Pasta with some Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese and the Shrimp. Too good, this makes one delicious Shrimp and Pasta Dish! For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 


Pasta Roni Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs

Our Pasta Roni Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs flavor blends delicate angel hair pasta in a creamy herb sauce with other natural flavors. This delicately flavored dish is the perfect complement to your family’s favorite Italian-inspired recipes.

What You’ll Do
1 – In a medium saucepan bring water, milk and butter or margarine to a boil. Then slowly stir in pasta and Special Seasonings. Separate pasta with a fork, if needed. Return to a boil.
2 – Reduce heat to medium. Boil uncovered, 4-5 min. or until pasta is just tender, stirring frequently.
3 – Sauce will be thin. Let stand 3-5 min. to thicken.
http://www.ricearoni.com/products/Pasta_Roni/Angel_Hair_Pasta_with_Herbs

It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday – Onion-Chicken Soup

December 15, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, 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 Onion-Chicken Soup. Onion, Chili Powder, Salsa, and Cooked Diced Chicken Breast are just some of the ingredients that make up this week’s recipe. It’s from one of my favorite sites and Magazines the Diabetes Self Management website. At the Diabetes website you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetes Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management, and so much more. So check it out today! Enjoy and Eta Healthy in 2018! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Onion-Chicken Soup

Ingredients
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons prepared salsa, medium-hot
3 cans (14 ounces each) fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
2/3 cup corn, drained (frozen or canned)
1 ripe tomato, finely chopped
4 ounces cooked diced chicken breast, boneless, skinless
Juice from 1 lime
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
12 baked tortilla chips, broken

Directions
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and add onions. Stir constantly until onions are transparent. Add garlic, chili powder, salsa, broth, corn, tomato, and chicken. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook 5 minutes. Add lime juice and cilantro and cook 2–3 minutes more. Ladle the soup into 4 soup bowls, and top with a sprinkling of broken tortilla chips.

Yield: 4 servings. Serving size: 1 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 205 calories, Carbohydrates: 20 g, Protein: 11 g, Fat: 9 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 19 mg, Sodium: 699 mg, Fiber: 4 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/soups-stews/onion-chicken-soup/

Must-Have Holiday Side Dishes for Diabetes

December 15, 2018 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Must-Have Holiday Side Dishes for Diabetes. Healthy and Delicious Must-Have Holiday Side Dishes for Diabetes with recipes like; Maple-Thyme Roasted Baby Carrots, Sweet Potato and Turnip Mash with Sage Butter, and Charred Green Beans with Mustard Vinaigrette and Hazelnuts. Find these recipes and so much more at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy for the Holidays! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Must-Have Holiday Side Dishes for Diabetes
These diabetes-friendly side dish recipes show you that eating healthy during the holidays can be delicious. With these colorful, full-of-flavor recipes, you’ll be sure to wow your guests (and keep your blood sugar level balanced).

Maple-Thyme Roasted Baby Carrots
Amp up any carrot side dish with this Maple-Thyme Roasted Baby Carrot recipe. Consider saving a portion of this recipe and adding it to our Arugula Salad with Carrots and Goat Cheese recipe………

Sweet Potato and Turnip Mash with Sage Butter
This sweet potato and turnip mash is fragrant with fresh sage…….

Charred Green Beans with Mustard Vinaigrette and Hazelnuts
Our go-to trick for this crunchy, mustardy vegan side dish: Use a grill basket–it lets you cook all the things that would ordinarily fall through the grill grates, no skewering required. Pick one up from the hardware store or order one online for less than $15……….

* Click the link below to get all the Must-Have Holiday Side Dishes for Diabetes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/23168/health-condition/diabetic/holidays-events/holiday-side-dishes/slideshow/must-have-holiday-side-dishes-for-diabetes/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 15, 2018 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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I love rice…….

To make whiter rice, add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the water before you cook the rice. The grains won’t stick together either.

Shrimp w/ Pasta Roni – Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs

December 14, 2018 at 6:22 PM | Posted in pasta, Pasta Roni, shrimp | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Shrimp w/ Pasta Roni – Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs

 

 

 

For Breakfast I toasted a Thomas Light 100% Multi Grain English Muffin that I lightly buttered with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and made a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Cloudy, rainy, and 52 degrees out today. Well today was clean and straighten the Kitchen day. Cleaned the counters, fridge, freezer, and stove. Then hit the canned good shelves and straightened those out, had to toss a few cans that were buried in the back that had expired. For Dinner tonight a favorite of mine,Shrimp w/ Pasta Roni.

 

 

 

 

For the Shrimp part of the dish I used Meijer Brand Jumbo Shrimp. This is my frozen Shrimp of choice, best I’ve found. I had them in the freezer so I let them thaw overnight in the fridge. I love Shrimp and all Seafood. For the Shrimp; I started by rinsing the Shrimp off in cold water and letting it dry in a colander. Using a medium size skillet, that I sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and a 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, that I heated on medium heat. I seasoned them with Old Bay Seasoning and a sprinkle of Morton’s Lite Salt and added the Shrimp to the skillet. Cooked them 2 minutes per side, turning the Shrimp once. And as the Shrimp was cooking I started to prepare the Pasta.

 

 

 

 


I love having Shrimp with the Pasta Roni – Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs. It comes with the Pasta Special Seasonings Packet and I added; 1 1/3 cups of water, 2/3 cups of 2% milk, and 2 tablespoons of Blue Bonnet Light Butter. Then to prepare it; In a medium saucepan bring water, milk, margarine or butter to a boil. Then slowly stir in pasta and Special Seasonings. Separate pasta with a fork, if needed. Return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Boil uncovered, 4-5 min. or until pasta is just tender, stirring frequently. Sauce will be thin. Let stand 3-5 min. to thicken. There’s 2 servings per box, leftovers coming tomorrow. Nice seasoning and the Parmesan Sauce is very flavorful. I topped the Pasta with some Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese and the Shrimp. Too good, this makes one delicious Shrimp and Pasta Dish! For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn with Diet Dr. Pepper to drink.

 

 

 

 

Pasta Roni Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs

Our Pasta Roni Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs flavor blends delicate angel hair pasta in a creamy herb sauce with other natural flavors. This delicately flavored dish is the perfect complement to your family’s favorite Italian-inspired recipes.

What You’ll Do
1 – In a medium saucepan bring water, milk and butter or margarine to a boil. Then slowly stir in pasta and Special Seasonings. Separate pasta with a fork, if needed. Return to a boil.
2 – Reduce heat to medium. Boil uncovered, 4-5 min. or until pasta is just tender, stirring frequently.
3 – Sauce will be thin. Let stand 3-5 min. to thicken.
http://www.ricearoni.com/products/Pasta_Roni/Angel_Hair_Pasta_with_Herbs

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Turkey Meatloaf Makeover

December 14, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | 1 Comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is – Turkey Meatloaf Makeover. Meatloaf made healthier. You’ll be using JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey along with White Onion, Carrot, Red Bell Pepper, Arugula, Cloves, Bread Crumbs, and Spices. Just another Healthy and Delicious Recipe from Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2018! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Meatloaf Makeover
This meatloaf recipe will leave you wondering why you didn’t switch to turkey sooner. It’s tender, it’s juicy and it has all the flavor you expect — but this one’s under 300 calories per serving.

INGREDIENTS
MEATLOAF
½ white onion, chopped
1 carrot, peeled, chopped
½ red bell pepper, chopped
½ cup arugula
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (16-ounce) packages JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey
1 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup plain unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup egg substitute or 1 egg
olive oil spray

GLAZE
½ cup ketchup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley

DIRECTIONS
1) Heat oven to 350°F. In food processor, combine onion, carrot, red bell pepper, arugula and garlic. Pulse to chopped.
2) In large bowl, combine ground turkey and onion mixture. Using hands, work ingredients in gently. In medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs, thyme, chili powder, pepper and salt. Mix well. In small bowl, combine almond milk and egg, whisk to combine. Sprinkle dry mixture over meat and gently mix in, add the wet mixture and continue to gently mix until just combined. Do not over mix.
3) Spray large foil or parchment lined baking sheet with olive oil spray and shape meat into a 6-inch by 11-inch x 1 ½-inch rectangle in the middle of the pan.
4) For glaze, in a small bowl mix together ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, cumin and honey and brush over meatloaf top and sides.
5) Bake 1 hour 30 minutes and until 165°F. as measured by
6) a meat thermometer in the center. Always cook to well-done. Let stand at room temperature 5 minutes before slicing. Sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 260
Protein 25g
Carbohydrates 18g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 6g
Fat 9g
Cholesterol 80mg
Sodium 510mg
Saturated Fat 2.5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/769-turkey-meatloaf-makeover

Hannah’s Meatloaf Sandwich

December 14, 2018 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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I have a second Jennie – O Turkey Meatloaf recipe I’m passing along to every one, Hannah’s Meatloaf Sandwich. Sometimes a Meatloaf Sandwich is tastier than the original Meatloaf! This one uses the JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey also. Some of the other ingredients you’ll need is; Red Bell Pepper, White Onion, Oats, and Spices. Then topped with some Chipotle Pepper Adobo Sauce and served on Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins. It’s only 270 calories and 26 net carbs per serving! You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. So Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2018! https://www.jennieo.com/

Hannah’s Meatloaf Sandwich
One bite of this meatloaf sandwich and you’ll wonder how you’ve managed to go this long without it. under 300 calories per serving.

INGREDIENTS
1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
½ green bell pepper, finely diced
1 cup finely diced white onion
¾ cup old fashioned oats, uncooked
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon onion powder
½ package dry onion soup mix
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup ketchup, divided
6 whole wheat sandwich thins
mustard, if desired
celery leaves, if desired

DIRECTIONS
1) Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, mix turkey, bell peppers, onion, oats, garlic, onion powder, onion soup mix, Worcestershire sauce, applesauce and ¼-cup ketchup. Mold into 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan.
2) Bake 1 hour 30 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Remove from oven and top with remaining ¼-cup ketchup. Turn oven temperature to broil. Broil meatloaf 3 to 4 minutes to glaze ketchup topping.
3) Slice and serve on whole wheat sandwich thins. Add mustard and celery leaves, if desired.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 270
Protein 18g
Carbohydrates 29g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 18g
Fat 8g
Cholesterol 55mg
Sodium 230mg
Saturated Fat 2g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/519-hannahs-meatloaf-sandwich

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