Seasoned Fried Haddock w/ Macaroni and Cheese, ….

November 26, 2013 at 6:14 PM | Posted in beans, Bob Evan's, fish, Zatarain's | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Seasoned Fried Haddock w/ Macaroni and Cheese, Yellow Wax and Green Beans, and Whole Grain Bread

 

 

 

House cleaning yesterday and Car and Shed cleaning today. Had the Car cleaned inside and out at a local hand car wash and then came home and cleaned and straightened up the outdoor shed. It’s that time of year with the temperatures at or below freezing that the shed turns into an extra freezer and refrigerator, just in time for all the leftovers from Holiday Dinners. For dinner tonight I prepared Seasoned Fried Haddock w/ Macaroni and Cheese, Yellow Wax and Green Beans, and Whole Grain Bread.

 

 

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I had a Haddock Fillet in the freezer that I let thaw in the fridge overnight. 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 then pan fried them in Canola Oil, frying them about 3 minutes per side until golden brown. Haddock and Zatarain’s is a perfect combo, delicious every time!

 

 

 

I had been craving some more Macaroni and Cheese since the last time I had some. So for a side I heated up an individual cup of Bob Evan’s Macaroni and Cheese. Just microwave for 1 1/2 minutes and you have your Mac and Cheese, and quite good Mac and Cheese I might add. I also had bought a package of Kroger Private Selection Harvest Whole Yellow Wax and Green Beans, it was on sale and thought I would give it a try. It comes in a microwavable bag but I prepared by the other cooking option, boiling in water for 5-6 minutes. They were easy to prepare and not too bad for a frozen bean, I’ll use it again sometime. I also had a slice of Klosterman Wheat Bread. For dessert later tonight some Pringles Fat Free Potato Chips with Hidden Valley Smoked Bacon Ranch Dip.

 

 

 

 

Bob Evans Macaroni & Cheese Tasteful Sides Singles:Bob evans Mac

* Farm-fresh goodness
* Made with real cheddar cheese
* Microwaveable
* Ready to heat and eat
* 2 single servings

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 170 G
Servings Per Container 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10 G 16
Saturated Fat 5 G
24
Trans Fat 0 G
Cholesterol 25 Mg 8
Sodium 810 Mg 34
Total Carbohydrate 22 G 7
Dietary Fiber 1 G
6
Sugars 3 G
Protein 10 G

Buffalo Chicken Nachos Grande and Baked Smokey BBQ Chicken Wings

November 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM | Posted in cheese, chicken, Nachos | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Buffalo Chicken Nachos Grande and Baked Smokey BBQ Chicken Wings

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Another morning in the teens this morning but it got in the 40’s and sunny today so that wasn’t bad. Mom and Dad meet friends for a Brunch and I didn’t have much of an appetite so for dinner tonight it was a couple of Chicken Appetizers, Buffalo Chicken Nachos Grande and Baked Smokey BBQ Chicken Wings.

 

 
I went to Walmart and picked up an Rottissierie Chicken to make the Nachos and also picked up a bag of the Tyson Smokey BBO Chicken Wings. Made these Buffalo Chicken Nachos Grande for the first time last week and was looking forward to make some more of them! These are some of the best Nachos I’ve made. The recipe calls for 4 cups shredded deli rotisserie chicken, 3/4 cup Buffalo wing sauce, 1 bag (18 oz) restaurant-style tortilla chips, 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (12 oz), 1/2 cup finely chopped celery, and 1 cup crumbled blue cheese (4 oz). Sort of sounds like Buffalo Wings. I used a Walmart Rotisserie Chicken, Kroger Brand Medium Wing Sauce, Mission Round Tortiia, Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Mozzarella, I was out of Celery so I didn’t add any, and Mayfield Crumbled Bleu Cheese. I think chopped Celery or maybe even chopped Green Onions would both work. Even add a Jalapeno Pepper on top for added heat.

 

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To prepare them just Heat your oven to 350°F. and in large bowl, toss chicken and 1/2 cup of the wing sauce to coat. Spray two large (14-inch) pizza pans with cooking spray. Arrange half of the tortilla chips on one pizza pan; top with 2 cups of the chicken and 1 1/2 cups of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat on second pizza pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top each pan with celery and blue cheese; drizzle with remaining 1/4 cup wing sauce. To serve; slide one pan of nachos off onto other pan to make one large mound of nachos. I only made 1 pan of them instead of two. This has quickly become a family favorite!

 

 

 

For the Wings I used Tyson Smoky BBQ Wings. Second time we’ve had the Smokey Bbq Wings, We had tried two other of the Tyson Wings which were both good. To prepare them I just followed the instructions on the bag. Preheated the oven to 450°F. Then lined a rimmed baking sheet with foil and sprayed with non-stick spray. Placed the frozen chicken wing sections on a pan in a single layer. Then baked the on upper rack for 35 – 38 minutes, until the juices ran clear when thickest part of the chicken temperature read 180°F. on an instant thermometer. After preparing the Tyson Wings several times I have found out to keep them from sticking spray both sides of the Wings with a light coat of Pam Spray. The Wings came out perfect! They crisped up nice and had and excellent Smokey BBQ flavor, and all are above normal size Wings! I had a side of Litehouse Lite Bleu Cheese Dressing and Dip for the Wings. Nice change of pace to have appetizers for dinner. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.

 

 

 

 

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Buffalo Chicken Nachos Grande

A mountain of nachos made with everyone’s favorite spicy Buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese!

Ingredients:
4 cups shredded deli rotisserie chicken
3/4 cup Buffalo wing sauce
1 bag (18 oz) restaurant-style tortilla chips
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (12 oz)
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup crumbled blue cheese (4 oz)
Directions:

1 Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, toss chicken and 1/2 cup of the wing sauce to coat.
2 Spray two large (14-inch) pizza pans with cooking spray. Arrange half of the tortilla chips on one pizza pan; top with 2 cups of the chicken and 1 1/2 cups of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat on second pizza pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top each pan with celery and blue cheese; drizzle with remaining 1/4 cup wing sauce.
3 To serve; slide one pan of nachos off onto other pan to make one large mound of nachos. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving Calories500 ( Calories from Fat250), % Daily Value Total Fat27g27% (Saturated Fat9g,9% Trans Fat0g0% ), Cholesterol85mg85%; Sodium1400mg1400%; Total Carbohydrate35g35% (Dietary Fiber1g1% Sugars1g1% ), Protein27g27% ; % Daily Value*: Vitamin A8%; Vitamin C0%; Calcium30%; Iron15%;
Exchanges:2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

 
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Tyson Smokey BBQ Wings
Tyson Smokey BBQ Seasoned Chicken Wings

 

Tyson® Individually Frozen Smokey BBQ Style 1st and 2nd joint Wings are perfect for game time or a fun family meal. These oven-bake wings pair perfectly with easy-to-prepare dip recipes on the back of the bag! Contains up to 21% seasoning solution.

UNCOOKED: FOR SAFETY, PRODUCT MUST BE COOKED TO AN INTERNAL TEMPERATURE OF 180°F AS MEASURED BY A THERMOMETER.
CONVENTIONAL OVEN

1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
3. Place frozen chicken wing sections on pan in a single layer.
4. Cook on upper rack for 35 – 38 minutes or until juices run clear when thickest part of the chicken is pierced and temperature on instant read thermometer reaches 180°F. For crisper wings: cook wing sections on a non-stick sprayed baking rack over a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet.

COOKING TIMES AND OVEN TEMPERATURES MAY VARY, ADJUST ACCORDINGLY.

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

 

 

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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

 

Fried Seasoned Haddock w/ Whole Grain Medley – Quinoa and Brown Rice and…

September 25, 2013 at 5:19 PM | Posted in fish, salad, Uncle Ben's Rice | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Seasoned Haddock w/ Whole Grain Medley – Quinoa and Brown Rice and Green Lettuce and Radish Salad

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Another beautiful day out, just a tad warmer. I wasn’t able to get out and enjoy much of it though I had a computer glitch that took a while to correct. For dinner tonight I prepared a Fried Seasoned Haddock w/ Whole Grain Medley – Quinoa and Brown Rice and Green Lettuce and Radish Salad.

 

 

I had purchased a couple of fillets of Haddock a couple of days ago and had already cleaned, cut them into smaller pieces, and froze them. I took one package out and let it thaw overnight in the fridge. To prepare them I seasoned them with some Sea Salt and put them in a sealable plastic bag along with some Zatarain’s Lemon Pepper Breading Mix. Shook until they were well coated on all sides. Removed from the bag, shook off the excess Breading Mix and pan fried them in Canola Oil. Fried them about 3 minutes per side till it had that Golden Brown Crust on both sides. As usual the Haddock was delicious! The Zatarain’s Breading Mix is hard to beat for any Fish or Seafood.

 

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To go with the Haddock I heated up some Uncle Ben‘s Whole Grain Medley Brown Rice and Quinoa with Garlic. The Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice is one of the best things that Uncle Ben’s done with Rice! It comes in a microwavable bag. Just microwave it according to the bag instructions and it’s hot and ready. The Quinoa and Brown Rice is my favorite. I also made another Salad using the Green Lettuce I had used the other night. With the Lettuce I added some sliced Radishes, fresh grated Parm Cheese, and topped with the Ken’s Steakhouse Light Options Sweet Vandalia Onion Dressing. Still suffer from upset stomach when eating green leaf vegetables but I love salads, so it’s worth the upset stomach! For dessert later a 100 Calorie Bag of Jolly Time Pop Corn.

 

 

 

 

 

UNCLE BEN’S® WHOLE GRAIN MEDLEY™ Brown Rice and Quinoa

The rice that’s always ready to enjoy. Our Roasted Garlic Medley combines whole grain brown rice with red and black quinoa. It is infused with the delicious taste and aroma of roasted garlic and it’s ready to enjoy in just 90 seconds. Plus, it delivers 100% whole grains and meets the full daily requirement of whole grains in just one serving! The microwaveable pouch also eliminates prep and cleanup.
Nutritional Claims & Product Benefits:

Meets the full daily requirement of whole grains‡
* Cholesterol Free
* 0g Trans Fat
* No Saturated Fat
* 100% Whole Grain
* Good Source of Folic Acid
COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
Squeeze pouch to separate rice.
Tear to vent.
Heat on HIGH for 90 seconds.
Cooking time for 2 pouches – 2 ½ minutes. Microwave times may vary. Take care when handling and opening the hot pouch. Refrigerate unused portion.

In the Skillet
Gently squeeze the sides of the pouch to break apart the rice, and pour contents into a skillet. Add 2 Tbsp. of water and heat.
Stir rice occasionally until heated thoroughly.
Serve immediately.

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 cup
Servings Per Container: 2

Calories 200
Calories from Fat 30
Amount Per Serving and/or % Daily Value*
Total Fat 3 g (5%)
Saturated Fat 0 g (0%)
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg (0%)
Sodium 560 mg (23%)
Potassium 150 mg (4%)
Total Carbohydrate 38 g (13%)
Dietary Fiber 3 g (12%)
Sugars 0 g
Protein 5 g
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 2%
Iron 4%
Thiamin 15%
Niacin 20%
Folate 15%

 

 

http://www.unclebens.com/Products/Ready-Whole-Grain-Medley/White-Rice#.UkMlIobOk20

Roasted Chicken w/ Stuffing, Garlic and Herb Hash Browns, and Corn on the Cob

September 18, 2013 at 5:58 PM | Posted in chicken, hash browns | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Roasted Chicken w/ Stuffing, Garlic and Herb Hash Browns, and Corn on the CobRoasted Chick Stuffing Hasf Brw 002

 

 

 

It was one of those nights and days, dealing with the painful Phantom Pains! Oh how I wish they would find a cure or the reasons these exist for amputees. But being an amputee I just have to deal with it but it’s so darn aggravating and painful. For dinner I went to the local Kroger and picked up a Savory Roasted Chicken. I prepared a Roasted Chicken w/ Stuffing, Garlic and Herb Hash Browns, and Corn on the Cob.

 

 

I had planned on Roasting a Chicken myself but with dealing with the Phantom Pains it was the easier, the better! t o prepare the Chicken I just reheated it in the oven on 325 degrees for 30 minutes. It’s hard to beat these for not only taste but convince also.

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For side dishes I prepared a box of Stove Top Lower Sodium Chicken Stuffing Mix. Stove Top has several different kinds but the Chicken is my favorite. I never was a Stuffing fan until this past year, and now I love it. I also prepared some of Simply Potatoes Garlic and Herb Hash Browns and boiled a couple of ears of Green Giant Mini Ears of Sweet Corn. If you like Sweet Corn and never tried the Green Giant frozen Ears of Corn give them a try! Every bit as good as fresh and some of the sweeter Corn I’ve ever had. For dessert/snack tonight a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Jolly Time Pop Corn and a night of the new Survivor Show.

 

 

 

 

 
Stove Top Stuffing Mix, Chicken, Low SodiumStove Top Low Sod Chicken
* 1 box, 3 meal ideas, 30 minutes
* One step
* With real chicken broth
* Cooks in 5 minutes
* 35% less sodium than regular stove top
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 0.17 box dry mix (28 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 110

Calories from Fat 9

Total Fat 1.0g 2%

Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 250mg 10%

Carbohydrates 22.0g 7%

Dietary Fiber 1.0g 4%

Sugars 2.0g

Protein 3.0g

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

Fried Pork Chop w/ Green Beans, Baked Potato, and Whole Grain Bread

September 11, 2013 at 5:26 PM | Posted in greenbeans, Pork, pork chops, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Pork Chop w/ Green Beans, Baked Potato, and Whole Grain BreadPork Chops Baked Potato 002

 

 

 
Went to the store at about 7:00 this morning. I wanted to get everything done before it started to heat up outside. As our weatherman said for the forecast for today, HHH. Hazy, Hot, and Humid! And that it was today. Still amazed at price difference between Walmart and Kroger on the so called “Inner aisles”, Pasta, Baked Goods , Crackers and such. So much money can be saved by just looking at the prices. For dinner tonight I prepared a Fried Pork Chop w/ Green Beans, Baked Potato, and Whole Grain Bread.

 

 

I grabbed a Pork Loin Chop out of the freezer before going to bed last night and let it thaw overnight in the fridge.I love baking chops but this one wasn’t that thick so I decided to pan fry it. I mixed some flour and seasoned it with Sea Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, and Hungarian Paprika and rolled the Chop in it till both sides were well coated. I fried it in Canola Oil about 3 minutes per side till it was a nice golden brown. Nothing like a good Chop every now and then!

 

 

For sides to go with the Chop I baked a Potato that I seasoned with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper and topped with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light. I also heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans and A couple of slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert later a Del Monte Diced Mango Cup.

 

 

 

 

 

* A little info about Pork from http://www.porkbeinspired.com/index.aspxPORKBE

Pork Nutritional Information
Today’s Pork Leaner Than Ever
A Study released in 2006 by the USDA reveals six common cuts of fresh pork are leaner today than they were fifteen years ago. A study released in 2006 by the USDA reveals six common cuts of fresh pork are leaner today than they were fifteen years ago – on average about 16 percent lower in total fat and 27 percent lower in saturated fat. What’s more, pork tenderloin is now as lean as skinless chicken breast. The study found a 3-ounce serving of pork tenderloin contains only 2.98 grams of fat, whereas a 3-ounce serving of skinless chicken breast contains 3.03 grams of fat.
MyPlate Food Guidance System
MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to eat healthfully using the familiar mealtime visual of a place setting. In June 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled MyPlate, the federal government’s primary food group symbol, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthy food choices consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times.

Lean pork is recognized as a nutritious choice in the Meat & Beans Group. In fact, the MyPyramid information identifies lean cuts of pork, such as chops and ham. Most Americans don’t realize that many pork cuts are as lean as skinless chicken – and a great source of high-quality protein. Protein provides a feeling of fullness at meals, which can help make you feel satisfied without overindulging at the dinner table. When shopping, make sure to look for lean sources of pork with the word “loin” in the name, such as pork tenderloin or loin chop.

 

Vitamins and Minerals in Pork
Daily Values are listed on food labels. They tell us how much of various nutrients we should consume each day. The following information is based on a 3-ounce serving of pork. As you can see, pork is an important source of many key nutrients.

Did you know that pork is an “excellent” source of thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, phosphorus and protein and a “good” source of zinc and potassium? These nutrients are important to our health. Read below to learn how these nutrients impact your health as well as the percent Daily Values are listed on food labels. They tell us how much of various nutrients we should consume each day. The following information is based on a 3-ounce serving of pork. As you can see, these key nutrients make pork a nutrient-dense food!

 

Nutrient % Daily Value (DV)* Why It’s Good For You
Iron 5% Getting enough iron is a problem for some women, especially women of child-bearing age. Heme iron (found in meat) is absorbed more readily than nonheme iron (found in plant-based foods). Thus, anyone who avoids meat without the help of their health professional may increase their risk of iron-deficiency anemia.
Magnesium 6% Important for the normal function of many enzymes (catalysts for the body’s chemical reactors), glucose and muscle action.
Phosphorous 20% Strengthens bones and generates energy in cells.
Potassium 11% This mineral, also known as an electrolyte, plays a major role in water balance and helps maintain normal blood pressure.
Zinc 14% A component of more than 70 enzymes, zinc is a key player in energy metabolism and the immune system.
Thiamin 54% Without this key vitamin, metabolism of carbohydrate, protein and fat would be significantly compromised. Animal protein is one of the best sources of this nutrient, and among the choices, pork is tops.
Riboflavin 19% Next to milk, there are few foods that have as much riboflavin per serving as pork. Riboflavin has an important role in the release of energy from foods.
Niacin 37% Important for the normal function of many enzymes in the body and involved in the metabolism of sugars and fatty acids.
Vitamin B12 8% Helps build red blood cells and metabolize carbohydrates and fats.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 37% Important for the normal function of enzymes and co-enzymes, which are needed to metabolize protein, carbohydrates and fats. Plus, it plays a critical role in the regulation of glycogen (stored carbohydrates) metabolism

Fat in Pork
Through changes in feeding and breeding techniques, pork producers have responded to consumer demand for leaner pork. Today’s common cuts of pork are 16% leaner and has 27% less saturated fat as compared to 1991. Many cuts of pork are as lean as skinless chicken.
Through changes in feeding and breeding techniques, pork producers have responded to consumer demand for leaner pork. Today’s pork has 16% less fat and 27% less saturated fat as compared to 1991. Many cuts of pork are now as lean as skinless chicken. The cuts below meet the guidelines for “lean” (less than 10 g fat, 4.5 g sat fat and 95 mg cholesterol). Pork tenderloin meets the guidelines for “extra lean” (less than 5 g fat, 2 grams of sat fat and 95 mg cholesterol).

The USDA has analyzed pork for trans-fatty acids. The results confirm that pork contains no artery-clogging trans-fat.

Trimmed pork tenderloin and skinless chicken breast have the same amount of total fat content. In addition, six cuts of pork in the chart have total fat content between the skinless chicken breast and skinless chicken thigh:

How much fat should I be eating?
For your good health, the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming 20-35% of calories as fat and less than 10% of calories as saturated fat by selecting foods that are lean or low-fat. The guidelines for cholesterol are no more than 300 milligrams per day. Pork easily fits into a balanced eating plan as suggested by the Dietary Guidelines. Lean pork not only provides a host of vitamins and minerals, but has fat and saturated fat levels equivalent to skinless chicken.
Fat Intake Guidelines
Calories Total Fat (20 – 35% of calORIES) Saturated Fat (10% of calORIES)
1,600 (many sedentary women) 36-62 grams 17 grams
2,200 (active women, many sedentary men) 49-86 grams 24 grams
2,800 (many active men, some very active women) 62-109 grams 31 grams
Can I cut fat and still keep great taste?

Preparing healthy meals that feature pork starts at the supermarket and ends at the table. The following checklist will help you achieve the results you want:

Get a lean start
* Use cuts with the words “loin” or “round” in their name for the leanest meats, such as pork tenderloin or loin chop.
*Cuts with minimal visible fat are the leanest.
Develop an eye for size

* Portion control is key to reaching and maintaining a healthful weight.
* Follow the MyPyramid guidelines and eat 5 to 7 ounces (for adults) from the meat group each day, depending on your calorie needs.
* A 3-ounce serving of trimmed, cooked meat is about the size of a deck of cards.
Skim and trim
Remove excess fat prior to cooking – it can cut total fat content per serving in half.
Skim fat from pan juices after pan-broiling.
Cook it light
* Use low-fat cooking methods, like grilling, broiling, stir-frying and pan-broiling to maximize flavor while keeping added fat to a minimum.
* Broil, grill or roast on a rack, so natural fat from meat drips away.
* Cook thin cuts of meat quickly, with little or no fat, by pan-broiling or “dry sautéing” in a non-stick skillet with a little juice or broth.
* Add stock, wine or fruit juice to the skillet after meat is removed; heat and stir; then use as a low-fat sauce or glaze.
* Stir-fry with vegetable cooking spray or a small amount of flavored oil.
* Marinate for flavor and juiciness, with juice, wine-flavored vinegar or fat-free dressing instead of oil-based marinades.
Spice for life
* Season meats with herbs and spices (other than salt) to boost flavor and cut back on fat and salt at the same time. Rub herbs and spices onto pork before grilling, broiling or roasting.
* Experiment with different seasonings to discover exciting new ways to enjoy healthful eating.
S-T-R-E-T-C-H flavorful, higher-fat ingredients
* Use favorite foods like sharp cheeses and herb-flavored oils to flavor your dishes, but cut the amount in half.
* Use low-fat cheeses or whipped or reduced-fat butter.
Lighten-up on the ladle
* To get the most benefit from the vegetables you’re eating, use less of a regular salad dressing, or use a fat-free variety or herb-flavored vinegar instead.
* Choose cream-based sauces and gravies less often than sauces made with skim milk or fat-free broth.

 

 

http://www.porkbeinspired.com/NutritionalInfo_NutritionalInformation.aspx

Sharp Cheddar Buffalo Burger w/ Baked Fries

September 9, 2013 at 5:12 PM | Posted in fruits, Ore - Ida, Sargento's Cheese, Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Sharp Cheddar Buffalo Burger w/ Baked FriesSharp Cheddar Buffalo Burger Fries 004

 

 

 

The last couple of days I’ve been a little nervous as I found a small knot, or lump, on my right arm in the armpit. And with my history of Melanoma it’s always a bit unnerving when something like this pops up. So my Oncologist got me right in this afternoon to check everything out. The news was good! The knot I was feeling is a result of the Cancer Clinical Trial I took a few years back. The knot was near where and injection site was when I received treatment for the trial. As they say better safe than sorry.

 

 

For dinner I prepared a Sharp Cheddar Buffalo Burger w/ Baked Fries. I used the Wild Idea Buffalo 1/4 Lb. Buffalo Burger, my favorite which Wil;d Idea Buffalo was featured on the Food Network last night! The Burgers come frozen in a package 4 and pre-made. So just thaw and fry it! I seasoned it with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper. I pan fried it in Canola Oil about 3 1/2 minutes per side. i served it on a Healthy Life Whole Grain Hamburger Bun and topped the Burger with a slice of Sargento Ultra Thin Sharp Cheddar.

 

 

To go with my Buffalo Burger I baked some Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries. I had a side of Hidden Valley Smoked Bacon Ranch Spread/Dip for my Fries. I really like these new dips that Hidden Vally has out. Then for dessert later a Del Monte Diced Mano in Light Syrup.

 

 

 

 

Hidden Valley™ Smoked Bacon Ranch Sandwich Spread & DipHidden Valley Baco ranch
Transform your sandwich from ordinary to craveable with Hidden Valley™ Sandwich Spread & Dip in Smoked Bacon Ranch.
Sandwich Spreads & Condiments
Surprise your sandwich lovers. The delicious taste of Hidden Valley® isn’t just for salads anymore. Now you can create craveable sandwiches with new Hidden Valley™ Sandwich Spreads & Dips. The mouthwatering possibilities are practically endless, so grab your favorite sandwich fixings and start spreading the yum.

 
http://www.hiddenvalley.com/products/sandwich-spreads-and-condiments/?gclid=CJ3pkKSurbkCFcE7OgodqBcAkQ

 

 

 

 

Del monte Diced Mangos in Light SyrupDel Monte Diced Mangos
These rich and luscious mangos are a healthy way to add a little sweetness to your day – fat-free, cholesterol free, and high in Vitamin C – that you can enjoy anywhere.
Sizes Available:
4 oz
INGREDIENTS: MANGO, WATER, SUGAR, NATURAL FLAVOR, ASCORBIC ACID (TO PRESERVE COLOR), CALCIUM CHLORIDE, CITRIC ACID.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 4oz (113g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value *
Potassium: 105mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates: 18g 6%
Fiber: 1g 4%
Sugars: 17g %
Protein: 0g %
Vitamin A: 4%
Vitamin C: 100%

 
http://www.delmonte.com/Products/detail.aspx?id=510&c=215.220.222.222.274

 

Hello Oscar, Goodbye Ball Park!

August 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM | Posted in Hot Dogs, Oscar Mayer, turkey chili | Leave a comment
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While at Walmart the other day I wanted to buy a package of Ball Park Smoked White Turkey Franks but they were out of stock on it, or they failed to restock it, so I picked up a package of Oscar Mayer Extra Lean Turkey Franks. And now the rest is history! Oscar Mayer’s are hands down the better Turkey Frank! When you prepare them their plumper and tastier and just an all-around better Frank. So Ball Park “your out of here!”

 

 

 

Oscar Mayer Extra Lean Turkey FranksOscar Mayer Extra Lean Turkey Franks

These hardwood smoked, bun length turkey franks are 95% fat free and only 50 calories per serving. Enjoy this lean poultry option the next time you’re looking for a hot dog, but without all the fat and calories of a beef frank.
Ingredients: TURKEY INGREDIENTS (TURKEY, MECHANICALLY SEPARATED TURKEY), WATER, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, CORN SYRUP, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF DEXTROSE, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, FLAVOR, HYDROLYZED BEEF STOCK, SODIUM PHOSPHATES, SALT, SODIUM PROPIONATE, MUSTARD FLOUR, SODIUM DIACETATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, LEMON JUICE SOLIDS, SODIUM ASCORBATE, EXTRACTIVES OF PAPRIKA, SODIUM NITRITE.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 50g Servings per Container about 8 Amount Per Serving
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 20
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.5g 4 % Saturated Fat 0.5g 3 % Trans Fat 0g 0 % Cholesterol 20mg 7 % Sodium 400mg 17 % Total Carbohydrate 4g 1 % Dietary Fiber 0g 0 % Sugars 1g Protein 5g

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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