“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Asparagus Pasta

March 27, 2017 at 5:14 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Asparagus Pasta. There’s many versions of this recipe online but I’m going with this one off the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks website has a great selection of recipes to please all tastes. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

 

Asparagus Pasta
Sautéed mushrooms, green onions, garlic, olives, tomatoes and asparagus in a Marsala wine sauce, tossed with fusilli pasta, garnished with freshly grated Romano cheese.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped green onions
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup olive wedges
1 cup diced tomatoes
2 cups cooked asparagus, cut on diagonal
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup Marsala wine
Cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch and water)
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
16 ounces dry fusilli pasta, cooked according to package directions
Freshly grated Romano cheese

Cooking Directions:

1 – In a large skillet, over high heat, sauté the mushrooms, green onions, and garlic in the olive oil until tender. Add the olives and tomatoes. Heat thoroughly.
2 – Add cooked asparagus and dry spices, stirring constantly.
3 – Add Marsala wine to flash point, then add vegetable stock.
4 – Add cornstarch slurry to thicken.
5 – Pour over cooked pasta, mix, sprinkle with Romano cheese and serve hot.
* Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): 319 calories, 8.23 grams protein, 28.16 grams carbohydrate, 3.75 grams fiber, 18.3 grams fat, 5.59 milligrams cholesterol, 480 milligrams sodium.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/asparagus_pasta_recipe.html

Sweet ‘n Sour Slaw

March 26, 2017 at 5:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | 2 Comments
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Just wanted to pass along a perfect Slaw for the Spring Season, Sweet ‘n Sour Slaw. It’s from the CooksRecipes website which has a large selection of recipes for all tastes and cuisines. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

 

Sweet ‘n Sour Slaw

This snappy cabbage slaw has a sweet, tangy dressing flavored with mustard and celery seeds.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup cold water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
8 cups shredded cabbage
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 tablespoon chopped pimento pepper

Cooking Directions:

1 – In a jar with lid, combine Splenda® Granulated Sweetener, vinegar, water, salt, mustard seed and celery seed. Cover tightly and shake vigorously until sugar is dissolved. Chill dressing for several hours or overnight.
2 – In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage, celery, green peppers, pimento and dressing until evenly coated. Cover and chill until serving.
Makes 6 servings.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/sweet_%27n_sour_slaw_recipe.html

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Dried Cherry and Almond Scones

March 21, 2017 at 5:40 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is, Dried Cherry and Almond Scones. The recipe comes from the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has great selection of recipes to satisfy all tastes and cuisines. Check it out soon. Enjoy and Eat Healthy. http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

 

Dried Cherry and Almond Scones

Simple to make, these satisfying scones are flavored with dried cherries and almond extract. Like any baking powder biscuit, they taste best if served while still warm, but will also freeze well and can be reheated in the microwave.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 large egg
1 large egg white
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons granulated sugar (optional)

Cooking Directions:

1 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Spray a cookie sheet or jellyroll pan with baking spray and set aside.
2 – Mix the egg and egg white together in a large mixing bowl. Add canola oil, Splenda® Granulated Sweetener, buttermilk, almond extract and nonfat dry milk. Stir well. Add baking powder, baking soda and flour. Mix until just blended. Add dried cherries and stir until blended.
3 – Spoon 12 evenly sized mounds of batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Lightly sprinkle with sugar, if using.
4 – Bake in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
Makes 12 scones.

 

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/12 of recipe; 1 scone): 210; Calories from Fat: 70; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 20mg; Sodium: 130mg; Total Carbs: 31g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 15g; Protein: 5g.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/dried_cherry_and_almond_scones_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Chile and Cheese Enchilada Stack

March 20, 2017 at 6:26 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Chile and Cheese Enchilada Stack. It’s from one of my favorite recipe sites, CooksRecipes. The Cooks site has a fantastic selection of recipes for all tastes and cuisines. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Chile and Cheese Enchilada Stack

This simple recipe layers typical enchilada ingredients for an easy entrée with the same great flavor. The stack is cut into wedges and may be served with sour cream and warm refried beans.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 (10-ounce) cans enchilada sauce – divided use
3 cups shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese – divided use
1 (7-ounce) can diced green chiles
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warmed

Cooking Directions:

1 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Pour 1/4 cup enchilada sauce onto bottom of 9-inch pie plate.
2 – Combine 2 3/4 cups cheese, 1 3/4 cups enchilada sauce and chiles in medium bowl. Place one tortilla in prepared pie plate. Spread about 1/3 cup cheese mixture on tortilla; top with second tortilla. Repeat layers until all tortillas have been stacked, finishing with a tortilla on top. Spread remaining enchilada sauce over stack; sprinkle with remaining cheese.
3 – Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into wedges; serve with sour cream, if desired.
Makes 6 servings.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/chile_and_cheese_enchilada_stack_recipe.html

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Baked Salmon with Orange-Ginger Sauce

March 14, 2017 at 5:13 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week – Baked Salmon with Orange-Ginger Sauce. Salmon and vegetables equals a comfort food recipe! It’s from one of my favorite recipe sites the CooksRecipes website! Enjoy and Eat Healthy. http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

 

Baked Salmon with Orange-Ginger Sauce

Fresh salmon fillets are baked on a bed of vegetables and topped with a fragrant ginger citrus sauce.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger root
1 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
2 tablespoons fat-free half-and-half
1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 cups frozen stir fry vegetable blend
2 (4 ounce) salmon fillets

 

Cooking Directions:

1 – Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
2 – Make sauce. Peel ginger root and slice into 10 slices. Pour orange juice into a small saucepan. Add Splenda® Granulated Sweetener and ginger root. Bring to a rolling boil over medium high heat. Boil 10 to 12 minutes or until orange juice has reduced to approximately 2 tablespoons. Remove sauce from heat.
3 — Remove ginger slices using a fork and discard. Set sauce aside.
4 – Mix together the half-and-half, cornstarch and salt. Set aside. Whisk the softened butter, one Tbsp. at a time, into the 2 tablespoons of orange juice. Stir until melted. Add half and half mixture. Stir well. Place saucepan back on heat. Heat over medium- high heat until boiling.
5 – Remove sauce from heat and mix in a blender 15 to 20 seconds or until smooth and lighter in color. Set aside. Prepare salmon. Place vegetables in an 8×8 inch-baking pan. Place salmon fillets on top of the vegetables.
6 – Bake in preheated oven 10 to 15 minutes or until cooked through, but still tender.
7 – Place vegetables and salmon on serving plates. Pour sauce over salmon. Serve immediately. Serve with steamed rice, if desired.
Makes 2 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/2 of recipe): Calories: 440; Calories from Fat: 180; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 95mg; Sodium: 440mg; Total Carbs: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugars: 14g; Protein: 30g.

Exchanges per Serving: 4 Lean Meats, 3 Fats, 1 Vegetable, 1 Fruit.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/baked_salmon_with_orange-ginger_sauce_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Queso Tortilla Torte

March 13, 2017 at 5:22 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week s a Queso Tortilla Torte. It’s from one of my favorite recipe sites, CooksRecipes (http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html) You’ll find a fantastic selection of recipes at Cooks site. Enjoy and Eat Healthy!

 
Queso Tortilla Torte

Corn tortillas stacked and filled with a seasoned mixture of mild green chiles and green onions, refried beans and three types of cheese.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup green chiles, mild, diced, drained
3/4 cup green onions, chopped
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin*
24 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 1/2 cups shredded Wisconsin Cheddar cheese
3 cups shredded Wisconsin Monterey Jack Hot Pepper cheese
2 cups refried beans
3 cups shredded Wisconsin Monterey Jack cheese
3/4 cup tomatoes, diced
Suggested garnishes: sour cream, hot peppers, red or green taco sauce

Cooking Directions:

1 -Mix together the green chiles, green onions and cumin.
2 – Assemble 6 tortillas on sheet pans lined with silicone paper, as follows:
3 – First Layer: Corn tortilla, 1/4 cup (about 2 ounces) green chile mixture and 2 tablespoons Wisconsin cheddar cheese.
4 – Second Layer: Corn tortilla, 1/2 cup Wisconsin Hot Pepper cheese.
5 – Third Layer: Corn tortilla, 1/3 cup (about 3 ounces) refried beans and 1/4 cup Wisconsin Monterey Jack cheese.
6 – Fourth Layer: Corn tortilla, 1/4 cup Wisconsin Monterey Jack cheese, 2 tablespoons tomato and 2 tablespoons Wisconsin cheddar cheese.
7 – Bake in oven at 375°F (190°C) for 8 to 10 minutes. Let stand 2 minutes.
8 – Cut each torta in half; serve one half atop the other. Or cut into quarters; do not stack. Garnish as desired.
Makes 12 quesadillas.

Variations:

You may replace the Asadero with any of these Wisconsin cheeses: Wisconsin Monterey Jack, Queso Oaxaca, Queso Quesadilla, Muenster or Fontina.
Add cooked crumbled ground beef, pork or chorizo to potato mixture.
For spicier quesadilla, use 1 can mild and 1 can hot green chiles.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/queso_tortilla_torte_recipe.html

Soup Special of the Day!……Bean and Pasta Soup

March 12, 2017 at 5:38 AM | Posted in Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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For this week’s Soup Special of the Day – Bean and Pasta Soup. You can find this recipe on various sites but I went with the one on the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site (http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html) has a fantastic selection of recipes for all tastes and cuisines. Enjoy and Eat Healthy.

 

Bean and Pasta Soup

Warm up with this simmering sensation, each spoonful is filled with flavor.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
6 cups beef broth
1 (11.5-ounce) can vegetable juice
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1 1/2 cups chopped peeled onion
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1 1/2 cups grated carrot
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 (15-ounce) can navy beans, drained
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 clove large garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound small pasta, such as macaroni or rotini

Cooking Directions:

1 – Brown beef in a large stockpot, about 5 minutes; drain.
2 – Add beef broth and vegetable juice. Stir in whole tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, celery, carrot, kidney beans, navy beans, lemon juice, garlic, Italian seasoning and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
3 – Add pasta and simmer another 10 to 15 minutes or until pasta is almost tender. Serve hot.
Makes 12 servings.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/bean_and_pasta_soup_recipe.html

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Grilled Steak and Vegetable Salad

March 7, 2017 at 6:29 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Recipe of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is a Grilled Steak and Vegetable Salad. Salad and Steak together that makes one fine Dinner! It’s from one of my favorite recipe sites, CooksRecipes. The Cooks site has a fantastic selection of recipes for all cuisines and diets. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

 

Grilled Steak and Vegetable Salad

A delicious salad and entrée all in one complete dish. Steak and fresh corn on the cob, lightly grilled and tossed with an aromatic herb dressing creates a main course that’s a great change of pace.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds beef flank steak, fat trimmed, scored Cooksrecipes 2
1 medium sweet onion, cut into small wedges
6 medium Italian plum tomatoes, cut into wedges
4 ears corn, cooked, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium green pepper, sliced

Fresh Herb Vinaigrette:
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Equal® Spoonful™
3 tablespoons minced fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
3 tablespoons minced fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
3 tablespoons minced fresh or 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
3 tablespoons minced fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cooking Directions:

1 – Grill steak over medium-hot coals to desired degree of doneness, about 20 minutes for medium, turning steak halfway through cooking time.
2 – Slice steak, diagonally across grain, into scant 1/4-inch slices. Combine sliced meat and vegetables in shallow serving bowl. Pour dressing over and toss. Serve immediately or refrigerate several hours and serve chilled.
3 – For Fresh Herb Vinaigrette: Combine all ingredients in covered jar; shake to mix.
Makes 6 servings

Tip: If desired, steak can be broiled rather than grilled for the same amount of time.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe; 3-ounces meat with 2 tablespoons vinaigrette): 305 cal., 25 g pro., 18 g carbo., 16 g fat, 56 mg chol., 255 mg sodium.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/grilled-steak-and-vegetable-salad-diabetic-recipe.html

“Meatless Monday’ Recipe of the Week – Rustic Mushroom Tart

March 6, 2017 at 6:38 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday’ Recipe of the Week is a Rustic Mushroom Tart. It’s from the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has a fantastic selection of recipes to satisfy all tastes and cuisines. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

Rustic Mushroom Tart

This tart is stunning as an appetizer when sliced and served with wine, and is hearty enough as a full meal.

Recipe Ingredients:

Béchamel Sauce:
2 tablespoons unsalted butterCooksrecipes 2
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups milk, heated
Pinch of salt

Tart:
1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 onion, minced
8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
Salt and ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 refrigerated pie crust
1/4 cup prepared béchamel sauce
1 large egg, beaten

Cooking Directions:

1 – For Béchamel Sauce: Into a small sauce pan add butter and melt over medium heat. Add flour and salt, and stir with a wooden spoon. Cook for approximately two minutes, stirring constantly. Add heated milk and whisk to combine. Continue cooking until mixture has thickened.
2 – For Tart: Add olive oil to a medium sauté pan. Heat over medium-high. Add onion and sauté until softened. Add mushrooms. Season with salt and ground black pepper. Reduce heat to low and cook until mushrooms are tender. Add thyme. Set aside.
3 – Place pie crust onto a rimmed cookie sheet that has been lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Place 1/4 cup Béchamel sauce into center of pie crust. Top with mushrooms. Carefully fold pie crust so that it overlaps mushrooms but does not enclose.
4 – Brush top of pie crust with beaten egg.
5 – Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until crust is golden.
6 – Serve drizzled with the remaining béchamel sauce, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/rustic_mushroom_tart_recipe.html

Soup Special of the Day………..Bow Tie Sausage Soup

March 5, 2017 at 6:41 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 Bow Tie Sausage Soup. Italian Pork Sausage and Bow Tie Pasta combine to makes this week’s Soup Special. It’s from the CooksRecipes website. Visit the Cooks site for a fantastic supply of recipe ideas. Enjoy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

 

Bow Tie Sausage Soup

This delicious and easy-to-prepare soup is just as good the next day as leftovers.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound Italian pork sausageCooksrecipes 2
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
6 cups chicken broth
2 1/2 to 3 cups bow tie pasta
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

 

Cooking Directions:

1 – Combine sausage, onion and garlic in a heavy, large covered pot; cook until sausage is brown, breaking up sausage with wooden spoon. Drain off fat.
2 – Stir in chicken broth, uncooked pasta, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, basil and thyme. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 20 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
Makes 6 servings.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/bow_tie_sausage_soup_recipe.html

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