Diabetic Dish of the Week – Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry With Peanuts

July 19, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is a Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry With Peanuts. To make this week’s Dish you’ll be needing Fat Free Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth, Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce, Corn Starch, Salt, Ground Ginger, Garlic Powder, Nonstick Cooking Spray, Skinless Chicken Breast Halves, Broccoli Florets, Red Bell Pepper, and Unsalted Dry Roasted Peanuts. There’s 231 calories and 5 net carbs per serving. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry With Peanuts
Looking for a quick, easy, and nourishing meal for busy weeknights? This low-carb chicken stir-fry is ready before you can say “Dinnertime!”

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided

2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Nonstick cooking spray

1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 2 x 1/4-inch strips

1 cup small broccoli florets

1 cup red bell pepper strips

1/4 cup chopped unsalted dry-roasted peanuts

Directions
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 cup

1. Combine 1 cup chicken broth with soy sauce, cornstarch, salt, ginger, and garlic powder in small container. Stir until smooth; set aside.

2. Lightly coat large skillet with cooking spray; heat over high heat until hot. Add oil; tilt skillet to coat bottom of skillet. Add chicken; stir fry 2 minutes, or until no longer pink. Remove chicken from skillet.

3. Add remaining 1/2 cup chicken broth to skillet; bring to a boil. Add broccoli and bell pepper; return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 2 minutes, or until broccoli is crisp-tender.

4. Increase heat to high. Add chicken to skillet. Stir sauce and add to skillet. Bring to a boil; boiling 1 to 2 minutes, or until thickened. Stir in peanuts.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 231 calories, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Protein: 31 g, Fat: 8 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 69 mg, Sodium: 686 mg, Fiber: 2 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/chicken-and-broccoli-stir-fry-with-peanuts/

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CHOCOLATE PUDDING WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES

June 16, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Here’s a recipe for CHOCOLATE PUDDING WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES. To make this recipe you’ll be needing Corn Starch, Cocoa Powder, Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber, Skim Milk, Egg Substitute, Vanilla Extract, Butter, fresh Strawberries, and Fat Free Whipped Topping. The Pudding is 120 calories and 18 carbs per serving. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

CHOCOLATE PUDDING WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES

Ingredients

2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
6 packets Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber, divided
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1/4 cup egg substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons butter
2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup fat-free whipped topping

Directions

1 – Mix cornstarch, cocoa powder and 5 packets of Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber together in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
2 – Combine milk, egg substitute, and vanilla in a small sauce pot.
3 – Whisk in cocoa powder mixture until well blended. Add butter.
4 – Heat on medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Refrigerate until cool, about 30-40 minutes.
5 – Mix strawberries and remaining one packet of Splenda No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber. Stir well.
6 – Spoon pudding into individual serving cups or parfait dishes. Top each serving with berries and finish with 1 tablespoon of whipped topping.

Recipe Yield: Serves: 4“Serving Size: 1 cup pudding, 1/2 cup strawberries

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 120
Fat: 3.5 grams
Saturated Fat: 2 grams
Fiber: 4 grams
Sodium: 85 milligrams
Cholesterol: 0.5 milligrams
Protein: 6 grams
Carbohydrates: 22 grams
Sugars: 20 grams
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/chocolate_pudding_with_strawberries_recipe.html

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – Buffalo Wings

May 11, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is Buffalo Wings. Wings? Buffalo? These wings are healthier and are made with Buffalo Stir-Fry Strips! To make these Wings you’ll be needing Wild Idea Buffalo Stir Fry Strips, Frank’s Hot Sauce, Corn Starch, and Olive Oil. Also included is a recipe for Blue Cheese Dressing. You can find this recipe and purchase any of the Wild Idea Buffalo Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

Buffalo Wings
Buffalo Wings that taste like buffalo with a whole lot of heat! But, it’s nothing that veggies with homemade blue cheese dressing and a cold beer can’t balance. I had to do it!

Ingredients:

2 – 8 ounce packages Wild Idea Buffalo Stir Fry Strips (Note: I used one regular and one spicy.)
8 – ounces Franks Hot Sauce
¼ – cup corn starch
¼ cup olive oil

Preparation:
1 – Mix the stir Stir Fry Strips and 6 ounces of the hot sauce in a bowl. Marinate for 1 hour or longer if you want hotter results.
2 – Using your hands, take wing sized portions and form into an oval/wing type shape and place on a saran covered baking sheet. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until firm, but not frozen.
3 – Pre-heat the oven to 500° with rack in the middle of the oven.
4 – Sprinkle the corn starch on a plate and place the remaining hot sauce in a smallish bowl. Remove the buffalo wings from the freezer and give them a roll in the corn starch. After all is completed, dip them into the hot sauce.
5 – Place baking sheet in the oven to heat and heat the oil until hot in the microwave. Remove sheet pan from oven and put the hot oil on the pan. Place the dipped wings on the hot oiled baking sheet and place in the oven. (Note: You have to move quickly here, as keeping things hot is key in keeping wings together.) Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, open oven and carefully spoon some of the hot oil over the top of the wings. Bake for an addition 2 to 5 minutes (based on your oven and the heat that has escaped).
6 – Remove from the oven and allow them to rest for a few minutes. Using a spatula transfer them to a serving tray.
Accompany with carrots & celery and blue cheese dressing. For a meal, you may want to serve with some smashed new potatoes, dipped in hot sauce and oven roasted. So fun! So good!

Blue Cheese Dressing
What’s there not to love…

Ingredients:

½ – cup sour cream
½ – cup mayonnaise
2 – teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 – teaspoon lemon juice
2 – teaspoons cider or white vinegar
4 – ounces crumbled blue cheese
onion and garlic powder, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
Preparation: Mix first 5 ingredients together, then crumble in the blue cheese. Season with remaining spices to taste.

Photo Credit: Jill O’Brien
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/stick-it-stuff-it-or-wing-it

Diabetic Dessert of the Week – CHOCOLATE PUDDING WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES

March 4, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dessert of the Week, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is CHOCOLATE PUDDING WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Corn Starch, Cocoa Powder, Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber, Skim Milk, Egg Substitute, Vanilla Extract, Butter, fresh Strawberries, and Fat Free Whipped Topping. The Pudding is 120 calories and 18 carbs per serving. You can find this Diabetic Friendly recipe and more all at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. You can also sign up to receive wonderful recipes, engaging articles, helpful and healthful tips, critically important news and more. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

CHOCOLATE PUDDING WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES

Ingredients

2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
6 packets Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber, divided
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1/4 cup egg substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons butter
2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup fat-free whipped topping

Directions

1 – Mix cornstarch, cocoa powder and 5 packets of Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber together in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
2 – Combine milk, egg substitute, and vanilla in a small sauce pot.
3 – Whisk in cocoa powder mixture until well blended. Add butter.
4 – Heat on medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Refrigerate until cool, about 30-40 minutes.
5 – Mix strawberries and remaining one packet of Splenda No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber. Stir well.
6 – Spoon pudding into individual serving cups or parfait dishes. Top each serving with berries and finish with 1 tablespoon of whipped topping.

Recipe Yield: Serves: 4“Serving Size: 1 cup pudding, 1/2 cup strawberries

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 120
Fat: 3.5 grams
Saturated Fat: 2 grams
Fiber: 4 grams
Sodium: 85 milligrams
Cholesterol: 0.5 milligrams
Protein: 6 grams
Carbohydrates: 22 grams
Sugars: 20 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/chocolate-pudding-with-fresh-strawberries

Chocolate Pudding with Strawberries

August 6, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, dessert | Leave a comment
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Here’s another Diabetic Friendly Dessert, Chocolate Pudding with Strawberries. This Delicious and Healthy Dessert is made using Corn Starch, Cocoa Powder, Splenda Sweetener, Skim Milk, Vanilla Extract, Butter, Strawberries, and Fat Free Whipped Topping. This recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Chocolate Pudding with Strawberries
Smooth, creamy, and satisfying chocolate pudding layered with ripe strawberries and a dollop of whipped topping looks sensational and tastes magnificent.

Recipe Ingredients:
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
6 packets Splenda® No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber – divided use
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1/4 cup egg substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons butter
2 cups strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup fat-free whipped topping

Cooking Directions:
1 – Mix cornstarch, cocoa powder and 5 packets of Splenda® No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber together in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
2 – Combine milk, egg substitute, and vanilla in a small sauce pot.
3 – Whisk in cocoa powder mixture until well blended. Add butter.
4 – Heat on medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Refrigerate until cool, about 30 to 40 minutes.
5 – Mix strawberries and remaining one packet of Splenda® No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber. Stir well.
6 – Spoon pudding into individual serving cups or parfait dishes. Top each serving with berries and finish with 1 tablespoon of whipped topping.
Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories 120 | Calories from Fat 30 | Fat 3.5g (sat 2.0g) | Cholesterol 5mg | Sodium 85mg | Carbohydrates 22g | Fiber 4g | Sugars 20g | Protein 6g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/chocolate_pudding_with_strawberries_recipe.html

It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday – Pepper and Pineapple Pork Stew

October 5, 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 Pepper and Pineapple Pork Stew. Get the Sow Cooker out to make this week’s delicious recipe! You’ll need Pork Chops, Carrots, Chicken Broth, Teriyaki Sauce, Corn Starch, Pineapple Chunks, and Green Bell Peppers. The recipe is from one of my favorite recipe websites, the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines! So be sure to check it out. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Pepper and Pineapple Pork Stew
A tasty and colorful pork stew that slow cooks all day while you are out—working or playing. Serve with hot cooked brown rice and multigrain dinner rolls.

Recipe Ingredients:
4 boneless pork chops, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 carrots, sliced
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 (8-ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice, drained and juice reserved
1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces

Cooking Directions:
1 – Brown pork cubes in hot skillet.
2 – Mix pork, carrots, broth and teriyaki in 3 1/2-quart slow cooker; cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
3 – Mix cornstarch with reserved pineapple juice; stir into pork mixture. Stir in pineapple and green pepper. Cover and cook on high 15 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.

Makes 4 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/pepper_&_pineapple_pork_stew_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 23, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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This takes the cake………..

If you sprinkle a very thin layer of cornstarch on top of a cake before you ice it, the icing won’t run down the sides.

* Thank you Katie K. for passing this hint along!

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 25, 2017 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When making French Toast……….

 

For crispy French toast, add a touch of cornstarch to the egg mixture. Thank you to Bray for passing this hint along!

Condiment of the Week – Corn Syrup

February 25, 2016 at 6:04 AM | Posted in Condiment of the Week | Leave a comment
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Dark corn syrup in commercial packaging.

Dark corn syrup in commercial packaging.

Corn syrup is a food syrup which is made from the starch of maize (called corn in some countries) and contains varying amounts of maltose and higher oligosaccharides, depending on the grade. Corn syrup is used in foods to soften texture, add volume, prevent crystallization of sugar, and enhance flavor. Corn syrup is distinct from high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is manufactured from corn syrup by converting a large proportion of its glucose into fructose using the enzyme D-xylose isomerase, thus producing a sweeter compound due to higher levels of fructose.

The more general term glucose syrup is often used synonymously with corn syrup, since glucose syrup is in the United States most commonly made from corn starch. Technically, glucose syrup is any liquid starch hydrolysate of mono-, di-, and higher-saccharides and can be made from any source of starch; wheat, tapioca and potatoes are the most common other sources.

 
Historically, corn syrup was produced by combining corn starch with dilute hydrochloric acid, and then heating the mixture under pressure. The process was invented by Gottlieb Kirchhoff in 1812. Currently, corn syrup is obtained through a multi-step bioprocess. First, the enzyme α-amylase is added to a mixture of corn starch and water. α-amylase is secreted by various species of the bacterium Bacillus and the enzyme is isolated from the liquid in which the bacteria were grown. The enzyme breaks down the starch into oligosaccharides, which are then broken into glucose molecules by adding the enzyme glucoamylase, known also as “γ-amylase”. Glucoamylase is secreted by various species of the fungus Aspergillus; the enzyme is isolated from the liquid in which the fungus is grown. The glucose can then be transformed into fructose by passing the glucose through a column that is loaded with the enzyme D-xylose isomerase, an enzyme that is isolated from the growth medium of any of several bacteria.

Corn syrup is produced from number 2 yellow dent corn. When wet milled, about 2.3 litres of corn are required to yield an average of 947g of starch, to produce 1 kg of glucose or dextrose syrup. A bushel (25 kg) of corn will yield an average of 31.5 pounds (14.3 kg) of starch, which in turn will yield about 33.3 pounds (15.1 kg) of syrup. Thus, it takes about 2,300 litres of corn to produce a tonne of glucose syrup, or 60 bushels (1524 kg) of corn to produce one short ton.

The viscosity and sweetness of the syrup depends on the extent to which the hydrolysis reaction has been carried out. To distinguish different grades of syrup, they are rated according to their dextrose equivalent (DE). Most commercially available corn syrups are approximately 1/3 glucose by weight.

Two common commercial corn syrup products are light and dark corn syrup.

Light corn syrup is corn syrup seasoned with vanilla flavor and salt. Light corn syrup is clear and tastes moderately sweet.
Dark corn syrup is a combination of corn syrup and molasses (or Refiners’ syrup), caramel color and flavor, salt, and the preservative sodium benzoate. Dark corn syrup is a warm brown color and tastes much stronger than light corn syrup. Molasses in dark corn syrup enhances its flavor and color. This product is very useful in science experiments like the Seven layers density column.

 

 

Karo advertisement, 1917.

Karo advertisement, 1917.

Corn syrup’s major uses in commercially prepared foods are as a thickener, a sweetener and as a humectant – an ingredient that retains moisture and thus maintains a food’s freshness.

In the United States, cane sugar quotas raise the price of sugar; hence, domestically produced corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup are less costly alternatives that are often used in American-made processed and mass-produced foods, candies, soft drinks and fruit drinks.

Glucose syrup was the primary corn sweetener in the United States prior to the expanded use of high fructose corn syrup production. HFCS is a variant in which other enzymes are used to convert some of the glucose into fructose. The resulting syrup is sweeter and more soluble. Corn syrup is also available as a retail product.

If mixed with sugar, water and cream of tartar corn syrup can be used to make sugar glass.

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 6, 2015 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Thank you to Karen E. for passing this Hint along….

 

For crispy French toast, add a touch of cornstarch to the egg mixture. When done top with Butter and Maple Syrup and enjoy!

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