Grain of the Week – Wheat

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Wheat

Wheat

Wheat (Triticum spp.) is a cereal grain, originally from the Levant region of the Near East and Ethiopian Highlands, but now cultivated worldwide. In 2010, world production of wheat was 651 million tons, making it the third most-produced cereal after maize (844 million tons) and rice (672 million tons). Wheat was the second most-produced cereal in 2009; world production in that year was 682 million tons, after maize (817 million tons), and with rice as a close third (679 million tons).

This grain is grown on more land area than any other commercial food. World trade in wheat is greater than for all other crops combined. Globally, wheat is the leading source of vegetable protein in human food, having a higher protein content than other major cereals, maize (corn) or rice. In terms of total production tonnages used for food, it is currently second to rice as the main human food crop and ahead of maize, after allowing for maize’s more extensive use in animal feeds. Along with this wheat can be used in cement

Wheat was a key factor enabling the emergence of city-based societies at the start of civilization because it was one of the first crops that could be easily cultivated on a large scale, and had the additional advantage of yielding a harvest that provides long-term storage of food. Wheat contributed to the emergence of city-states in the Fertile Crescent, including the Babylonian and Assyrian empires. Wheat grain is a staple food used to make flour for leavened, flat and steamed breads, biscuits, cookies, cakes, breakfast cereal, pasta, noodles, couscous and for fermentation to make beer, other alcoholic beverages, or biofuel.

Wheat is planted to a limited extent as a forage crop for livestock, and its straw can be used as a construction material for roofing thatch. The whole grain can be milled to leave just the endosperm for white flour. The by-products of this are bran and germ. The whole grain is a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals, and protein, while the refined grain is mostly starch.

 

 
Wheat is one of the first cereals known to have been domesticated, and wheat’s ability to self-pollinate greatly facilitated the selection of many distinct domesticated varieties. The archaeological record suggests that this first occurred in the regions known as the Fertile Crescent. Recent findings narrow the first domestication of wheat down to a small region of southeastern Turkey, and domesticated Einkorn wheat at Nevalı Çori, 40 mi (64 km) northwest of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey—has been dated to 9,000 BCE. However evidence for the exploitation of wild barley has been dated to 23,000 BCE and some say this is also true of pre-domesticated wheat.

 

 
Technological advances in soil preparation and seed placement at planting time, use of crop rotation and fertilizers to improve plant growth, and advances in harvesting methods have all combined to promote wheat as a viable crop. Agricultural cultivation using horse collar leveraged plows (at about 3000 BCE) was one of the first innovations that increased productivity. Much later, when the use of seed drills replaced broadcasting sowing of seed in the 18th century, another great increase in productivity occurred.

Yields of pure wheat per unit area increased as methods of crop rotation were applied to long cultivated land, and the use of fertilizers became widespread. Improved agricultural husbandry has more recently included threshing machines and reaping machines (the ‘combine harvester’), tractor-drawn cultivators and planters, and better varieties (see Green Revolution and Norin 10 wheat). Great expansion of wheat production occurred as new arable land was farmed in the Americas and Australia in the 19th and 20th centuries.

 

 

 

Wheat harvest on the Palouse, Idaho, United States

Wheat harvest on the Palouse, Idaho, United States

Major cultivated species of wheat
Hexaploid Species

Common wheat or Bread wheat (T. aestivum) – A hexaploid species that is the most widely cultivated in the world.
Spelt (T. spelta) – Another hexaploid species cultivated in limited quantities. Spelt is sometimes considered a subspecies of the closely related species common wheat (T. aestivum), in which case its botanical name is considered to be Triticum aestivum subsp. spelta.
Tetraploid Species

* Durum (T. durum) – The only tetraploid form of wheat widely used today, and the second most widely cultivated wheat.
* Emmer (T. dicoccum) – A tetraploid species, cultivated in ancient times but no longer in widespread use.
Diploid Species

* Einkorn (T. monococcum) – A diploid species with wild and cultivated variants. Domesticated at the same time as emmer wheat, but never reached the same importance.
Classes used in the United States:

* Durum – Very hard, translucent, light-colored grain used to make semolina flour for pasta & bulghur; high in protein, specifically, gluten protein.
* Hard Red Spring – Hard, brownish, high-protein wheat used for bread and hard baked goods. Bread Flour and high-gluten flours are commonly made from hard red spring wheat. It is primarily traded at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange.
* Hard Red Winter – Hard, brownish, mellow high-protein wheat used for bread, hard baked goods and as an adjunct in other flours to increase protein in pastry flour for pie crusts. Some brands of unbleached all-purpose flours are commonly made from hard red winter wheat alone. It is primarily traded on the Kansas City Board of Trade. One variety is known as “turkey red wheat”, and was brought to Kansas by Mennonite immigrants from Russia.[45]
* Soft Red Winter – Soft, low-protein wheat used for cakes, pie crusts, biscuits, and muffins. Cake flour, pastry flour, and some self-rising flours with baking powder and salt added, for example, are made from soft red winter wheat. It is primarily traded on the Chicago Board of Trade.
* Hard White – Hard, light-colored, opaque, chalky, medium-protein wheat planted in dry, temperate areas. Used for bread and brewing.
* Soft White – Soft, light-colored, very low protein wheat grown in temperate moist areas. Used for pie crusts and pastry. Pastry flour, for example, is sometimes made from soft white winter wheat.
Red wheats may need bleaching; therefore, white wheats usually command higher prices than red wheats on the commodities market.

 

 

 

Wheat is used in a wide variety of foods.

Wheat is used in a wide variety of foods.

Raw wheat can be ground into flour or, using hard durum wheat only, can be ground into semolina; germinated and dried creating malt; crushed or cut into cracked wheat; parboiled (or steamed), dried, crushed and de-branned into bulgur also known as groats. If the raw wheat is broken into parts at the mill, as is usually done, the outer husk or bran can be used several ways. Wheat is a major ingredient in such foods as bread, porridge, crackers, biscuits, Muesli, pancakes, pies, pastries, cakes, cookies, muffins, rolls, doughnuts, gravy, boza (a fermented beverage), and breakfast cereals (e.g., Wheatena, Cream of Wheat, Shredded Wheat, and Wheaties).

 
Nutrition

100 g (3.5 oz) of hard red winter wheat contain about 12.6 g (0.44 oz) of protein, 1.5 g (0.053 oz) of total fat, 71 g (2.5 oz) of carbohydrate (by difference), 12.2 g (0.43 oz) of dietary fiber, and 3.2 mg (0.00011 oz) of iron (17% of the daily requirement); the same weight of hard red spring wheat contains about 15.4 g (0.54 oz) of protein, 1.9 g (0.067 oz) of total fat, 68 g (2.4 oz) of carbohydrate (by difference), 12.2 g (0.43 oz) of dietary fiber, and 3.6 mg (0.00013 oz) of iron (20% of the daily requirement).

Much of the carbohydrate fraction of wheat is starch. Wheat starch is an important commercial product of wheat, but second in economic value to wheat gluten. The principal parts of wheat flour are gluten and starch. These can be separated in a kind of home experiment, by mixing flour and water to form a small ball of dough, and kneading it gently while rinsing it in a bowl of water. The starch falls out of the dough and sinks to the bottom of the bowl, leaving behind a ball of gluten.

In wheat, phenolic compounds are mainly found in the form of insoluble bound ferulic acid and be relevant to resistance to wheat fungal diseases. Alkylresorcinols are phenolic lipids present in high amounts in the bran layer (e.g. pericarp, testa and aleurone layers) of wheat and rye (0.1-0.3% of dry weight).

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Smoked Cajun Turkey, Rosemary Ham, and Swiss Grilled Sandwich w/ ….

December 30, 2013 at 6:12 PM | Posted in Ham, Jennie-O Turkey Products, Ore - Ida, Sargento's Cheese | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Smoked Cajun Turkey, Rosemary Ham, and Swiss Grilled Sandwich w/ Baked Fries

 

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Our nice weather left real quickly, snow flurries and a wind chill in the 20’s. Went to the grocery early and then spent most of the afternoon cleaning my Hoveround Chair and then catching up on laundry. For dinner tonight, Smoked Cajun Turkey, Rosemary Ham, and Swiss Grilled Sandwich w/ Baked Fries.

 

 

 

I picked up a Jennie – O Premium Portions Hickory Smoked Cajun Style Turkey Breast, try saying that five times real fast! I love these, great sliced, for sandwiches, and just the right size for 1 or 2 people (1.39 lbs). Plus it’s only it’s only 50 calories and 1 carb per serving! It comes already seasoned and precooked. Just serve cold or heated up. I heated up a few slices in the oven for the sandwich. So I had the Turkey and I also had a couple of slices of Kroger Private Selection Oven Roasted Rosemary Ham. Topped it with Sargento Ultra Thin Swiss Cheese and Hidden Valley Spicy Chipotle Spread. Served it on a couple of slices of Klosterman Wheat Bread and then grilled in a medium size skillet with a 1/2 Tbs of Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter.

 

 

 

Then for a side I baked some Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries, served with a side of Hunt’s Ketchup. For dessert later a Del Monte No Sugar Added Pech Chunk Cup.

 

 

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Jennie – O Premium Portions Hickory Smoked Cajun Style Turkey Breast

Ready to cut and serve, hot or cold.
Find this product in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.
Product Features:
* 99% fat free
* Gluten Free
* Great for salads, sandwiches and more
* Fully Cooked
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2 oz (56 g)
Servings Per Container: varies

Calories 50
Calories from Fat 5
Amount Per Serving and/or % Daily Value*
Total Fat .5 g (1%)
Saturated Fat 0 g (0%)
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 25 mg (8%)
Sodium 610 mg (25%)
Total Carbohydrate 1 g (0%)
Dietary Fiber 0 g (0%)
Sugars 1 g
Protein 12 g

 

 
http://www.jennieo.com/products/95-Oven-Roasted-Premium-Portion-Turkey-Breast

Spaghetti and Meatballs

December 3, 2013 at 6:21 PM | Posted in cheese, Honeysuckle White Turkey Products, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta, spaghetti, Turkey meatballs | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Spaghetti and Meatballs

 

 

 

Another cloudy day but it’s in the low 50’s, not bad for December! Went to Walmart and picked up a few items that were on sale for Christmas Gifts and picked up a couple of items for tonight’s dinner. Tonight one of my favorites, Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Spaghetti LaRosa Sauce

 

 

I used Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Spaghetti, my favorite Pasta. Then for my Meatballs I used Honeysuckle White Turkey Meatballs. The Honeysuckle White Turkey Meatballs are the best I’ve found, fantastic taste and their 190 calories and 5 net carbs for 3 Meatballs.

 
I normally use Bella Vita Low Carb Pasta Sauce but here lately I’ve been using LaRosa’s Original Pasta Sauce. I added my Meatballs and Sauce to a Sauce Pan and then added a small jar of Green Giant Sliced Mushrooms and simmered on low until all was heated. I topped the Spaghetti and Meatballs with some fresh grated Murray’s Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.

 

 

 

 

 

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Here’s something to absorb: One serving of RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST pasta has over 20% of your daily recommended fiber intake – but did you know that fiber is good for you in more ways than just digestion?

People with diets high in fiber have a lower risk for weight gain, obesity, development of insulin resistance and diabetes. Fiber also prevents constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulosis, but it also helps reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases like colon and breast cancer. Fiber may help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease. It can also help lower blood sugar to better manage diabetes.

Dietary fiber is the edible part of plants, primarily carbohydrates that are resistant to digestion and absorption in the small intestine. Fiber may be digested by fermentation in the large intestine. By eating high fiber foods you feel fuller, eat less, with fewer absorbed calories.

Fiber comes in two basic forms – soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, seeds, brown rice, oats and barley. It prevents or reduces the absorption of certain substances into the bloodstream. Insoluble fiber is found mainly in whole grains and on the outside of seeds, fruits, legumes, and other foods. It is like a sponge that swells within the intestine to promote more efficient elimination and alleviate some digestive disorders.

Fiber is found only in plant foods and passes through the digestive tract without being completely broken down. Being indigestible, fiber provides no nutrients to the body, which is why for many years it was removed from processed foods like white bread. But, nutritionists have since discovered that fiber performs valuable functions precisely because it is not digested, and it is essential to good health.

 

Whole Grain Spaghetti

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2oz (56g) Dry Uncooked
Servings per Container: About 7

Amount Per Serving

Calories 180 Calories from Fat 10

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 1g 2%

Saturated Fat 0g 0%

Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%

Dietary Fiber 6g 23%

Sugars <1g

Protein 7g

 

 

http://ronzonihealthyharvest.newworldpasta.com/pasta_nutrition.cfm?prodId=003340006502

Spaghetti and Meatballs

November 16, 2013 at 6:21 PM | Posted in cheese, Honeysuckle White Turkey Products, mushrooms, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Spaghetti and Meatballs

 

 
A little warmer out today, in the low 50’s. I’m having a new ramp entrance to our kitchen built. I had the old since 2001 when I lost my left leg. So it served it’s purpose but the wood is old and cracking, so it’s time for a new one. A couple of neighborhood guys that build sheds and decks are doing the work for me. Not much else happening besides, what else on Saturday, College Football! For dinner tonight its Spaghetti and Meatballs.

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I used Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Spaghetti. My favorite Pasta Ronzoni Healthy Harvest. Then for my Meatballs I used Honeysuckle White Turkey Meatballs. The Honeysuckle White Turkey Meatballs are the best I’ve found, fantastic taste and their 190 calories and 5 net carbs for 3 Meatballs.

 

 
I normally use Bella Vita Low Carb Pasta Sauce but was out of it so I’m using LaRosa’s Original Pasta Sauce. I added my Meatballs and Sauce to a Sauce Pan and then added some sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms and simmered on low until all was heated. I topped the Spaghetti and Meatballs with some fresh grated Murray’s Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.

 

 

 
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Here’s something to absorb: One serving of RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST pasta has over 20% of your daily recommended fiber intake – but did you know that fiber is good for you in more ways than just digestion?

People with diets high in fiber have a lower risk for weight gain, obesity, development of insulin resistance and diabetes. Fiber also prevents constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulosis, but it also helps reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases like colon and breast cancer. Fiber may help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease. It can also help lower blood sugar to better manage diabetes.

Dietary fiber is the edible part of plants, primarily carbohydrates that are resistant to digestion and absorption in the small intestine. Fiber may be digested by fermentation in the large intestine. By eating high fiber foods you feel fuller, eat less, with fewer absorbed calories.

Fiber comes in two basic forms – soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, seeds, brown rice, oats and barley. It prevents or reduces the absorption of certain substances into the bloodstream. Insoluble fiber is found mainly in whole grains and on the outside of seeds, fruits, legumes, and other foods. It is like a sponge that swells within the intestine to promote more efficient elimination and alleviate some digestive disorders.

Fiber is found only in plant foods and passes through the digestive tract without being completely broken down. Being indigestible, fiber provides no nutrients to the body, which is why for many years it was removed from processed foods like white bread. But, nutritionists have since discovered that fiber performs valuable functions precisely because it is not digested, and it is essential to good health.

 

Whole Grain Spaghetti

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2oz (56g) Dry Uncooked
Servings per Container: About 7

Amount Per Serving

Calories 180 Calories from Fat 10

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 1g 2%

Saturated Fat 0g 0%

Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%

Dietary Fiber 6g 23%

Sugars <1g

Protein 7g

 

 

http://ronzonihealthyharvest.newworldpasta.com/pasta_nutrition.cfm?prodId=003340006502

Top 25 Power Foods for Diabetes

November 15, 2013 at 9:06 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | 1 Comment
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Another good one from the Diabetic Living On Line web site. It’s all about the Power Foods for Diabetes.

 

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Top 25 Power Foods for Diabetes
Including these extra-healthy power foods in your diet will help you meet your nutritional needs as well as lower your risk of diabetes complications such as heart disease. Of course, the foods on this list shouldn’t be the only foods you eat, but incorporating some or all into your diabetes meal plan will help improve your overall health.

 
Are These Power Foods in Your Diet?
If you already follow a healthful meal plan filled with whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, and lean protein, congratulations! You’re on your way to a long, healthy life and are taking a major step in controlling your weight and blood sugar levels. Plus, you’re probably already eating a bunch of the foods on this list.

For those who are taking the baby-steps approach to eating better, this list is even more helpful. Not only are these power foods high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, they’re also familiar and easy to find. That means you don’t have to hunt down any exotic ingredients or shop at specialty grocery stores to find foods that will help you get on track with a healthful meal plan.

 

 
Apples
An apple a day keeps the doctor away — specifically the cardiologist. A 2012 study at Ohio State University published in the Journal of Functional Foods found that eating just one apple a day for four weeks lowered LDL (bad) cholesterol by 40 percent. The professor leading the study explained that not all antioxidants are created equal, and that a particular type of antioxidant in apples had a profound effect on lowering LDLs, a contributor to heart disease. The study was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Apple Association, among other supporters.

This crunchy fruit also appears to offer protection against diabetes. The Harvard School of Public Health examined the diets of 200,000 people and found that those who reported eating five or more apples a week had a 23 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with subjects who did not eat any apples.

More good news: A medium-size apple contains 3 grams of fiber, which includes both soluble and insoluble fiber. How ’bout them apples?

Do remember, however, that one small apple has about 15 grams of carb. Some of the large apples in the grocery store are equivalent to two servings of fruit…..

 

 

 
Asparagus
Based on taste alone, asparagus is a favorite food for many. But you’ll really love that it’s a nonstarchy vegetable with only 5 grams of carb, 20 calories, and almost 2 grams of dietary fiber per serving. It’s especially high in an antioxidant called glutathione, which plays a key role in easing the effects of aging and many diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

One example is the preliminary research reported in 2012 in the British Journal of Nutrition, which suggests that asparagus can help keep blood sugar levels in check and increase insulin production.

Another plus for asparagus is its folate content — a 1/2-cup serving, or about six 1/2-inch spears, provides 33 percent of the 400 micrograms of folate recommended daily. The American Heart Association advises eating foods containing folate and other B vitamins to help lower homocysteine levels, a risk factor for coronary heart disease……

 

 
* Click the link below to get all the Top 25 Power Foods for Diabetes 8

 

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/nutrition/top-25-power-foods-diabetes?sssdmh=dm17.701069&esrc=nwdlo110513

Spaghetti and Meatballs

October 6, 2013 at 5:19 PM | Posted in Bella Vita low Carb Pasta Sauce, cheese, Honeysuckle White Turkey Products, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta, spaghetti | 4 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Spaghetti and Meatballs

 

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Wow some heavy rains the past 24 hours! They say the heaviest rains have passed but still more on the way. A little cooler days coming in for next week. For dinner tonight I prepared some Spaghetti and Meatballs. Whole Wheat Spaghetti, Turkey Meatballs, and Low Carb Pasta Sauce.

 

 

I used Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs along with Honeysuckle White Turkey Meatballs. The Honeysuckle White Turkey Meatballs are the best I’ve found, fantastic taste and their 190 calories and 5 net carbs for 3 Meatballs. Topped everything with some fresh grated Parmesan Cheese, fresh grated Dutch Gouda and Bella Vita Low Carb Pasta Sauce (Meat Flavored). I was out of fresh Mushrooms so I added a jar of Pennsylvania Dutch Sliced Mushrooms to the Sauce as it simmered. For dessert later a Del Monte No Sugar Added Peach Chunks Cup.

 

 

 

 

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Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Spaghetti

Here’s something to absorb: One serving of RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST pasta has over 20% of your daily recommended fiber intake – but did you know that fiber is good for you in more ways than just digestion?

People with diets high in fiber have a lower risk for weight gain, obesity, development of insulin resistance and diabetes. Fiber also prevents constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulosis, but it also helps reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases like colon and breast cancer. Fiber may help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease. It can also help lower blood sugar to better manage diabetes.

Dietary fiber is the edible part of plants, primarily carbohydrates that are resistant to digestion and absorption in the small intestine. Fiber may be digested by fermentation in the large intestine. By eating high fiber foods you feel fuller, eat less, with fewer absorbed calories.

Fiber comes in two basic forms – soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, seeds, brown rice, oats and barley. It prevents or reduces the absorption of certain substances into the bloodstream. Insoluble fiber is found mainly in whole grains and on the outside of seeds, fruits, legumes, and other foods. It is like a sponge that swells within the intestine to promote more efficient elimination and alleviate some digestive disorders.

Fiber is found only in plant foods and passes through the digestive tract without being completely broken down. Being indigestible, fiber provides no nutrients to the body, which is why for many years it was removed from processed foods like white bread. But, nutritionists have since discovered that fiber performs valuable functions precisely because it is not digested, and it is essential to good health.

 

Whole Grain Spaghetti

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2oz (56g) Dry Uncooked
Servings per Container: About 7

Amount Per Serving

Calories 180 Calories from Fat 10

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 1g 2%

Saturated Fat 0g 0%

Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%

Dietary Fiber 6g 23%

Sugars <1g

Protein 7g

 

 

http://ronzonihealthyharvest.newworldpasta.com/pasta_nutrition.cfm?prodId=003340006502

 

 

 

Bella Vita

Bella Vita Low Carb Pasta Sauce

Bella Vita (Italian for “Beautiful Life”) is made from succulent, vine-ripened sweet plum tomatoes, and is simmered in extra virgin olive oil.

Bella Vita sauces have only 4g net carbs per serving, are cholesterol free and are OU Kosher Pareve. Now you can enjoy healthy, all natural, low carb pasta dishes with plenty of pleasure…and none of the guilt. Now that’s a beautiful life.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/2 cup (125g)

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 50Calories 70

% Daily Values*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 590mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g

 

Seasoned Fried Haddock w/ Diced New Potatoes and Sliced Carrots

October 4, 2013 at 5:36 PM | Posted in carrots, fish, potatoes, Zatarain's | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Seasoned Fried Haddock w/ Diced New Potatoes and Sliced Carrots

 

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Lets talk about Grapes, White Seedless Grapes! Beyond any shadow of a doubt this year’s supply of the White Seedless Grapes has been the best I’ve ever tasted, along with being the biggest and juiciest . All year the Grapes we’ve been buying at local stores has just been incredible. Really going to miss them when they run out this crop of them. For dinner tonight I prepared Seasoned Fried Haddock w/ Diced New Potatoes and Sliced Carrots.

 

 

I prepared some more of the excellent Haddock I’ve been buying from our local Kroger Seafood Department. To prepare it I rinsed the fillet in cold water and patted dry with a paper towel. Then sliced the fillet into four pieces. I then seasoned it with just a bit of Sea Salt and put the pieces in a Hefty Zip Plastic Bag where I then added Zatarain’s Lemon Pepper Breading Mix. Shook until all the pieces were well coated. I pan fried them in Canola Oil, frying them about 3 minutes per side until golden brown. Delicious! Haddock and Zatarain’s is a good combo!

 

 

For side dishes, as it is a lot of times, it was all Del Monte. I heated up a small can of Sliced Carrots and also some Del Monte Diced New Potatoes. I also had a slice of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert tonight a Mini Banana along with a couple of slices of a Honey Crisp Apple.

 

 

 

 

Zatarain’s Lemon Pepper Fish-FriZatarain's Seasoned Fish Fri   Lemon Pepper

The secret of authentic Southern Style fried fish is the crispy combination of corn flour, spices and lemon juice captured in this special Zatarain’s Frying Mix.
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 Tbsp.

Servings Per Container: Servings per container – 40
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories: 50

Calories from Fat: 0

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 1140mg 48%

Total Carb: 11g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

 

http://www.zatarains.com/Products/Breadings-and-Fry-Mixes/Lemon-Pepper-Fish-Fri.aspx

Sans Sucre Mousse Mix – Cheesecake

September 12, 2013 at 5:21 PM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly | Leave a comment
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For dessert tonight I tried a new one, Sans Sucre Mousse Cheesecake Dessert Cup. Something a little different and turned out real good! Only 80 calories and 7 carbs per serving.

 

 

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Smooth, rich, creamy…and no sugar added! We say “enjoy the guilt”…and you can, with our Cheesecake Mousse Mix, now sweetened with SPLENDA. Sans Sucre Mousse is also low-fat, low-cholesterol, and contains just 70 to 75 calories per serving. Each gourmet flavor is produced with the finest domestic and imported ingredients…quality that is apparent in every delicious spoonful. No cooking required; simply add skim milk, chill, and serve. It’s so easy, you’ll love using it to create luscious pies, tarts, parfaits…an array of gourmet desserts! Each 4 oz. box contains two pouches making 4 servings each…total 8 servings. Available in 8 tempting flavors.

 

 

Ingredients
Nonfat Dry Milk, Cream Cheese Solids, Modified Corn Starch, Maltodextrin, Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed and Soybean Oils, Calcium Caseinate, Propylene Glycol Esters of Fatty Acids, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Acetylated Monoglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Caseinate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Mono and Diglycerides, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sucralose (Splenda Brand), and Artificial Color (Fd&c Yellow No. 5 and No. 6).

 

 

Directions
One Envelope Yields: Four 1/2 cup servings. Pour 3/4 cup (6 fluid ounces) very cold skim milk into a mixing bowl. Add the contents of 1 envelope Sans Sucre Cheesecake Mousse. Using an electric mixer, blend on lowest speed until mix is blended. Slowly increase the mixer speed until highest speed is reached, whipping for a total of 5 minutes. Pour into 4 dessert dishes and refrigerate 2 hours before serving.

 

 
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/8 package (14 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 60

Calories from Fat 13

Total Fat 1.5g 2%

Saturated Fat 1.0g 5%

Cholesterol 5mg 2%

Sodium 80mg 3%

Carbohydrates 8.0g 3%

Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%

Sugars 4.0g

Protein 3.0g

Chili and Cheese Nachos!

August 17, 2013 at 5:26 PM | Posted in cheese, chili | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Chili and Cheese Nachos

 

Chili and Cheese Nachos 001
I sure wish food industry would start producing single serving amounts of various packaged and canned foods! I always try to save what I don’t use, either for leftovers or storing to use later, but you can only save so much before it starts piling up. I’ve emailed several manufactures like Del Monte and Dole for example but never a reply. Like everything else it’s all about the money and food like everything else is a business. Enough complaining, another nice day but its a little warmer and a little humid but it is August. I hear next week we’ll have the August days we dread, hot and humid! For dinner I went with something light and easy to prepare, Chili and Cheese Nachos.

 

 

I used Tostitos Multi Grain Scoops for my Chips. I love these with Salsa or just by their selves, and they bake and hold their shape real good. For my toppings I used 1 can of Mario Sliced Black Olives. Before I go any further a bit about these Olives, anyone that uses small cans of Sliced Black Olives know what a pain they can be opening sometimes. Not these, they come in a can with a pull tab! About time. For my other toppings I used Mezzetta Deli Sliced Tamed Jalapeno Peppers, Campbell’s Firehouse Chili with Beans, and a blend of Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar and Sargento Reduced Fat Mozzarella. I like using the Campbells Firehouse Chili with Beans for Nachos. It’s Meaty, the Beans, and has some good Spice with it and a little Heat.

 
To prepare I preheat the oven at 400 degrees and spray a glass baking dish with Pam and layer everything in. I start with a couple of tablespoons of Chili then I add my Scoops (Chips). I then add the Sliced Black Olives, Sliced Jalapeno Peppers (Love These), and then top everything the Cheese Blend. Then just pop it in the oven 10 minutes or so until the Cheese had started to melt and everything heated. Something I forgot to mention is I also heat my Chili up on low for about 20 minutes before I top my Chips with it. Serve it while it’s hot, it’s not bad cooled down either. Had an Ice Cold Diet Dr. Pepper also. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.

 

 

 

Campbell’s Firehouse – Hot & Spicy Beef & Bean Chilicampbells11

* Highly nutritious
* Spicy in taste
* Good source of protein
* Zero grams of trans fat per serving
* Made with all natural beef
Ingredients

Water, Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Kidney Beans, Beef, Seasoned Beef (Beef, Salt, Spice Extract), Red Peppers, Contains Less Than 2% of: Modified Food Starch, Spice, Green Peppers, Soy Protein Concentrate, Dehydrated Onions, Salt, Sugar, Paprika, Dehydrated Garlic, Chipotle Pepper, Caramel Color. Contains Traces of Wheat.

 

Nutrition Facts*
Amount Per Serving (serving size) = 1 cup (240 mL)
Calories 220
Fat Calories 50
Total Fat 6g
Sat. Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 870mg
Total Carb. 25g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 8g
Protein 16g

% Daily Values**
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 6%
Iron 15%

 
http://www.campbellsoup.com/Products/Chunky/Chili/111953

Mushroom Buffalo Burger w/ Baked Crinkle Fries

August 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM | Posted in bison, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, mushrooms, Ore - Ida | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Mushroom Buffalo Burger w/ Baked Crinkle FriesBison Burger 004

 

 
I was out getting the morning paper, about 6:45, and checked the outside thermometer and it was 47 degrees! August 14th and 47 this morning, Amazing and I love it! The day it was only 71 with a cool breeze. I had the 4 wheel Mobility Cart out all day. For dinner I prepared a Mushroom Buffalo Burger w/ Baked Crinkle Fries.

 

 

Tried to get the grill going but couldn’t get it fired up, this is the last Summer for this grill. I used Great Range Ground Bison. I seasoned it with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper and since the grill was down I pan fried it in Canola Oil, about 4 minutes per side. Came out just like I like them, medium rare with a nice char on the outside with a little pink and juicy in the middle! I served it on a Healthy Life Whole Grain Bun and topped the Burger with Sauteed Baby Bella Mushrooms.

 

 

For a side to go with that delicious Buffalo Burger I baked some Ore Ida Crinkle Fries. I also had a couple of Peppadews to add some of that delicious Peppadew flavor. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.

 

 

 

 
Great Range Ground BisonGreat Range Ground Bison

All natural (Minimally processed. No artificial ingredients). Raised without antibiotics, no added hormones (Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in bison). US inspected and passed by Department of Agriculture. Great Range Brand is proud to bring you the same premium natural bison products served in the nation’s finest restaurants. Enjoy the flavor of Great Range!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 4 oz
Servings Per Container: 4

Calories 190
Calories from Fat 100
Amount Per Serving and/or % Daily Value*
Total Fat 11 g (17%)
Saturated Fat 4 g (20%)
Cholesterol 60 mg (17%)
Sodium 60 mg (3%)
Total Carbohydrate 0 g (0%)
Dietary Fiber 0 g (0%)
Sugars 0 g
Protein 23 g

 

 

 
Healthy Life Original Wheat Sandwich BunsHealthy Life Original
80 Calories per Bun
Low Fat
99% Fat Free
0g Trans Fat
No Saturated Fat
No Cholesterol
Good Source of Fiber
Good Source of Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
No High Fructose Corn Syrup

 

http://www.healthylifebread.com/pages/original/wheat-sandwich-buns.php

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