Open-Faced Roast Beef Sandwich w/ Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Gravy, and Green Beans

March 23, 2017 at 4:53 PM | Posted in Bob Evan's, Hormel | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Open-Faced Roast Beef Sandwich w/ Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Gravy, and Green Beans

 

 

 


This morning for Breakfast I had a Poached egg, 2 Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Links, toasted Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin, and a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. A bit warmer out today and less windy, high of 57 degrees. Did a few things around the house then after Lunch went outside and got a few things out of storage from the shed. Pulled out some of the outdoor chairs and table and cleaned them up and also repaired a couple of the chairs. Back inside finished some laundry up for Mom. For Dinner tonight I prepared a Open-Faced Roast Beef Sandwich w/ Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Gravy, and Green Beans.

 

 

It’s very seldom that I have Beef but when I was at Walmart the other day this just looked good and I had not had this in quite some time, a package of Hormel Slow Simmered Beef Roast Au Jus. And made into a an Open Face Roast Beef sounded real good! It comes packaged in a sealed microwave container and easy to prepare. Start by removing it from the outer sleeve and place the tray in microwave, do not pierce or vent film. Heat on high for 4 minutes or until hot. the self-venting film expands as it heats, forming a bubble to lock in flavor and juiciness. Let it stand for 2 minutes. Peel back and serve. Can’t get much easier and it’s really delicious. Plenty of Beef with excellent flavor. All I added was a bit Sea Salt to it. I lightly toasted a slice of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread and served the Beef on top of the Toast. I also heated up a jar of Heinz Mushroom Gravy that I topped it with.

 

 

 

For a side I prepared my favorite Mashed Potatoes, Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes. Easy to fix and delicious. To prepare it just heat it up in the microwave for 6 minutes and it’s ready. Topped them with some of the Mushroom Gravy.

 

 

 

 

 

I also heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. I could have Beans every meal, love them! For Dessert later tonight I’ll be having a Weight Watcher’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

 

 

 

 

 

HORMEL® Slow Simmered Beef Roast Au Jus
Enjoy a fully cooked dinner any night of the week with our Slow Simmered Beef Roast. Best of all—it’s fast and easy so you can spend more time enjoying it with your family.

Simple Ideas
For a quick and easy meal, try it in a stir-fry, atop tacos or in sandwiches!

Microwave directions
1. Remove outer sleeve and place vacuum-sealed tray in microwave. Do not pierce or vent film.
2. Heat on high for 4 minutes or until hot. Self-venting film expands as it heats, forming a bubble to lock in flavor and juiciness.
3. Let stand for 2 minutes. Peel back film carefully, as contents will be hot.
Serve and enjoy!

IF FROZEN, DOUBLE COOKING TIME.
All microwaves vary. Times given are approximate.

Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 140.0g
Servings per Container: varies
Amount Per Serving
Calories:210.0
Total Fat:9.0g
Saturated Fat:4.0g
Cholesterol:75.0mg
Sodium:520.0mg
Total Carbs:4.0g
Fiber:0.0g
Sugars:4.0g
Protein:27.0g
Ingredients
ADDITIONAL QUALIFYING STATEMENT: Coated with Water, Seasoning (Dextrose, Salt, Modified Cornstarch, Caramel Color, Flavoring).
No Allergens present
http://www.hormel.com/Brands/Refrigerated-Entrees/Hormel-Refrige

Leftovers – Banquet Homestyle Bakes – Baked Lasagna and Baked French Bread

March 22, 2017 at 4:56 PM | Posted in Lasagna, leftovers | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Leftovers – Banquet Homestyle Bakes – Baked Lasagna and Baked French Bread

 

 

 
I had this for Breakfast yesterday and enjoyed it so much I’m having it again! I Scrambled 2 Eggs and toasted 2 Slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread, lightly buttered with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Cooler outside today, high of 41 and windy. It was house cleaning day today, inside and outside. After cleaning inside I went outside and trimmed the vines along the driveway. Got the leaf blower out and cleaned the deck and driveway off. Back inside I did a couple of loads of laundry for Mom. Had everything done and went to Walmart, needed some Bigelow Green Tea and few other things. For Dinner tonight its Leftovers. I reheated the Baked Lasagna and Baked French Bread.

 

 

 

 

I’m reheating the leftover Banquet Homestyle Bakes – Lasagna Complete Meal Kit. As it says, its a Complete Meal Kit. All I added was a 1/2 cup of Water, a little Sea Salt for taste, and some Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese. To prepare it is real easy and reheating it even easier. Below is yesterday’s post on how to prepare it. Enjoy!

 

 

To prepare it you can bake it in the oven or cook it in a skillet on the stove top. I’m baking mine. Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees F. Stir together both cans of sauce and 1/2 cup water in 8″ x 8″ baking dish. Stir in the pasta until well coated. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes, until pasta is tender. Carefully uncover. Stir until well blended. Let stand 5 minutes; sauce will thicken. Ready to serve!

 

 

 

 

Came out hot and delicious. Nothing fancy, just good and hearty Dinner. I also reheated the Pillsbury French Bread, perfect with Pasta Dishes. Another great item to have in the pantry! For Dessert later a bowl of Dole Sliced Peaches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banquet Homestyle Bakes – Lasagna Complete Meal Kit

For over 50 years, Banquet has been bringing American families a variety of good hearty food. Banquet Homestyle Bakes Lasagna comes complete with everything you need, so you can spend less time thinking about dinner and more time enjoying it.
* Contains four (4) 1-cup servings BANQUET Homestyle Bakes Lasagna
* Lasagna Sauce with Meat & Curly Pasta
* Complete meal kit – just add water
* 0 grams trans fat per serving
* Perfect to serve for dinner tonight

Directions
Just add water. Inside this box: 2 Cans of lasagna meat sauce. 1 Pouch curly pasta. All you need to add: 1/2 cup water. For food safety and quality: Ovens, stove top burners and skillets may vary. Adjust cooking times as needed. Product must be cooked thoroughly. Read and follow these cooking directions. Refrigerate or discard any unused portion.

Oven preparation: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Stir together both cans of sauce and 1/2 cup water in 8″ x 8″ baking dish. 2. Stir in pasta until well coated. 3. Cover with foil. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until pasta is tender. 4. Carefully uncover. Stir until well blended. Let stand 5 minutes; sauce will thicken.

Stove top preparation: 1. Stir together both cans of sauce and 1/2 cup water in 10-inch skillet. 2. Stir in pasta until well coated. Heat to boiling. 3. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes, or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. 4. Stir until well blended. Let stand 5 minutes; sauce will thicken. Alternate preparation: Baking dish size – 11 x 7-inch baking dish. Temperature – 425 degrees F. Baking time – 35-40 minutes. Baking dish size – 2-quart casserole dish. Temperature – 425 degrees F. Baking time – 35-40 minutes. Baking dish size – 13 x 9-inch baking dish (for 2 box prep). Temperature – 425 degrees F. Baking time -40-45 minutes. High altitude preparation (3500-6500ft). Cooking adjustments: Oven: reduced water by 1/4 cup for all baking dish sizes; no bake time adjustment. Stove Top: reduced water by 1/4 cup; simmer 15-20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size240g
Servings Per Container4.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories320 Calories
Calories From Fat90.0 Grams
% Daily Value
Total Fat10 g15.0
Saturated Fat4 G20
Trans Fat0 G
Cholesterol20 Mg7
Sodium640 Mg27
Potassium680 Mg19
Total Carbohydrate42 g14.0
Dietary Fiber4 G16
Sugars13 G
Protein13 g

Banquet Homestyle Bakes – Baked Lasagna and Baked French Bread

March 21, 2017 at 5:13 PM | Posted in Lasagna, pasta | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Banquet Homestyle Bakes – Baked Lasagna and Baked French Bread

 

 

 

For Breakfast on this second day of Spring I Scrambled 2 Eggs and toasted 2 Slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread, lightly buttered with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Mostly cloudy out today and it hit about 60 degrees. After Lunch I went over to see Dad and took him a big bowl of the 3 Bean Turkey Chili I made yesterday. We signed the Release papers today. He comes home Saturday Morning. I just hope he remains strong enough to remain here. Back home for Dinner tonight its Baked Lasagna and Baked French Bread.

 

 

 


I’m trying the Banquet Homestyle Bakes – Lasagna Complete Meal Kit. I have Banquet Pizza Pasta quite often, so I thought I would give this one a try. As it says, it’s a Complete Meal Kit. All I added was a 1/2 cup of Water, a little Sea Salt for taste, and some Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese. To prepare it is real easy.

 

 

 

 


To prepare it you can bake it in the oven or cook it in a skillet on the stove top. I’m baking mine. Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees F. Stir together both cans of sauce and 1/2 cup water in 8″ x 8″ baking dish. Stir in the pasta until well coated. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes, until pasta is tender. Carefully uncover. Stir until well blended. Let stand 5 minutes; sauce will thicken. Ready to serve!

 

 

 

 


Came out hot and delicious. Nothing fancy, just good and hearty Dinner. I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury French Bread, perfect with Pasta Dishes. For Dessert later a Weight Water’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banquet Homestyle Bakes – Lasagna Complete Meal Kit

For over 50 years, Banquet has been bringing American families a variety of good hearty food. Banquet Homestyle Bakes Lasagna comes complete with everything you need, so you can spend less time thinking about dinner and more time enjoying it.
* Contains four (4) 1-cup servings BANQUET Homestyle Bakes Lasagna
* Lasagna Sauce with Meat & Curly Pasta
* Complete meal kit – just add water
* 0 grams trans fat per serving
* Perfect to serve for dinner tonight

Directions
Just add water. Inside this box: 2 Cans of lasagna meat sauce. 1 Pouch curly pasta. All you need to add: 1/2 cup water. For food safety and quality: Ovens, stove top burners and skillets may vary. Adjust cooking times as needed. Product must be cooked thoroughly. Read and follow these cooking directions. Refrigerate or discard any unused portion.

Oven preparation: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Stir together both cans of sauce and 1/2 cup water in 8″ x 8″ baking dish. 2. Stir in pasta until well coated. 3. Cover with foil. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until pasta is tender. 4. Carefully uncover. Stir until well blended. Let stand 5 minutes; sauce will thicken.

Stove top preparation: 1. Stir together both cans of sauce and 1/2 cup water in 10-inch skillet. 2. Stir in pasta until well coated. Heat to boiling. 3. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes, or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. 4. Stir until well blended. Let stand 5 minutes; sauce will thicken. Alternate preparation: Baking dish size – 11 x 7-inch baking dish. Temperature – 425 degrees F. Baking time – 35-40 minutes. Baking dish size – 2-quart casserole dish. Temperature – 425 degrees F. Baking time – 35-40 minutes. Baking dish size – 13 x 9-inch baking dish (for 2 box prep). Temperature – 425 degrees F. Baking time -40-45 minutes. High altitude preparation (3500-6500ft). Cooking adjustments: Oven: reduced water by 1/4 cup for all baking dish sizes; no bake time adjustment. Stove Top: reduced water by 1/4 cup; simmer 15-20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size240g
Servings Per Container4.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories320 Calories
Calories From Fat90.0 Grams
% Daily Value
Total Fat10 g15.0
Saturated Fat4 G20
Trans Fat0 G
Cholesterol20 Mg7
Sodium640 Mg27
Potassium680 Mg19
Total Carbohydrate42 g14.0
Dietary Fiber4 G16
Sugars13 G
Protein13 g

3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Johnny Cakes

March 20, 2017 at 4:54 PM | Posted in Bush's, chili, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: 3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Johnny Cakes

 

 
For Breakfast this morning I had one of my favorites, Skillet Potatoes and Ham for Breakfast. I used 1 package of Simply Potatoes Steakhouse Seasoned Diced Potatoes and a package of Meijer Diced Ham to prepare it. Just cook the Potatoes according to the package instructions and with about 5 minutes of cooking time left add the Diced Ham. I topped it with a Sunnyside Up Fried Egg. Just love these skillet Meals! Also had the morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. It was house cleaning day today, vacuumed and dusted. I wanted everything looking good because I think they will be releasing Dad from rehab! He’s made great progress the past week and has regained a lot of his strength. Looking forward to his return. Tonight’s Dinner, 3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Johnny Cakes.

 

Rainy day outside today. Had a high of 62 degrees along with a couple of passing Thunderstorms. A good day to stay in and make some Chili!! I’m making my 3 Bean Turkey Chili for Dinner tonight! I prepared the Turkey and mixed the Beans last night. So this morning I already had the Crock Pot set up and ready along having the Turkey and Beans ready also. So its my 3 Bean Turkey Chili and I made some Johnny Cakes. For Dessert later a bowl of Del Monte No Sugar Added Diced Mangos. Below is the ingredients and cooking directions for the 3 Bean Turkey Chili and the Johnny Cakes.

 

 

To make this I’m using Jennie -O Lean Ground Turkey. The 3 Beans I use are 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Black Beans), 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans ( Kidney Beans), 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Great Northern Beans) drained and rinsed, Then I mix in 1 Red Onion (medium Chopped or Minced), 1 Jalapeno Pepper (Seeded and Chopped), and 3 Cloves Minced Garlic. For my spices I use 1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix, 2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste (2 cans), 1/2 Tsp Ground Cocoa Chili Blend (McCormick), 1/2 Tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (McCormick), 2 Tbs. Ground Roasted Cumin (McCormick), 2 tbsp Ground Cinnamon (McCormick), 1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves (McCormick), and 5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste (I usually add a lot more dashes!). What’s good about this recipe you can use your own favorite Spices and make your own tweaks to it and it turns out delicious.

 

 

 

First thing I do is get the Crock Pot out and put in a Glad Crock Pot Liner. The Liners are incredible, just line your Crock Pot with one and spray it with Pam Cooking Spray. Now you are set to go. It makes for one easy clean up, just remove it when done and give the inside of your Crock Pot a quick wipe down and your clean up is done! On with the recipe.

 

 

I prepared the Beans and Ground Turkey last night. I started by opening all 3 cans of Bush Beans into a large bowl and stirred until mixed. Then in the morning, I added the Beans to Crock Pot. To prepare the Turkey, I started by browning the Jennie -O Ground Turkey. Using a large skillet sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Preheat the skillet on medium heat. When heated I add the Ground Turkey and all the Seasonings and Tomato Paste, stirring often. When the Turkey has browned I put it in a large plastic container and on into the fridge after it had cooled a bit. Then this morning I added to the Crock Pot. Throw in a 1/2 cup of Water, stirred twice, and put the lid on the Crock Pot and set on low for 5-6 hours. The full recipe and list of ingredients is at the end of the post.

 

Then sit back and enjoy the aroma, that usually starts after an hour or so of simmering! I love a thick Chili and this one works! The Jennie – O Ground Turkey combined with all those Beans and Spices is a perfect match. Served it topped with some Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and a couple of shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Also a side of Johnny Cakes, recipe below.

 

 

 

 

To prepare the Johnny Cakes (I love these…) all you’ll need is: Pam w/ Olive Oil Non – Stick Spray, 1/4 cup Extra Light Virgin Olive Oil, 1 3/4 cups Low Fat Buttermilk, and 2 cups Martha White Self Rising Enriched White Corn Meal Mix. Just mix all your ingredients in a large bowl. Spray your Pam on a Flat Top Griddle or large Skillet and preheat on medium low, I use the Flat Top Griddle. When the Griddle is heated add your batter. You can make the Cakes any size you want from half-dollar size to regular pancake size cakes. After the bottom side turns golden brown flip over and let the other side get golden brown. The Cornbread works perfect with Chili! I had a Diet Peach Snapple to go with my Dinner.I forgot, did I tell you how much I love this Chili!

 

 
3 Bean Turkey Chili
Ingredients
1 lb. package Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Red Beans)
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans ( Kidney Beans)
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Great Northern Beans), drained and rinsed
1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix
1/2 Red Onion (medium), Chopped or Minced
1 Jalapeno Pepper, Unseeded and Chopped
4 Cloves Minced Garlic
1/2 Tsp Ground Cocoa Chili Blend (McCormick)
1/2 Tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (McCormick)
2 Tbs. Ground Roasted Cumin
2 Tsps Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves
5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.
1/2 Cup of Water
Shredded Cheese, I use Grated Dutch Gouda or Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar Cheese (Topping)
Oyster Crackers
Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.

Directions:
*Brown Turkey in large saucepan on medium-high heat 10 min. or until no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Add all remaining spices and ingredients except 1 can of the tomato paste and water.
*ADD to slow cooker and add in the remaining 1 can of tomato paste and 1/2 cup of water.
*COVER with lid. Cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours (or on LOW 5 to 6 hours).

*Serve in bowl or mug with cheese and oyster crackers, A Tablespoon of fat-free sour cream, Chopped Onions, or serve with some home made cornbread.

 

 

 

Johnny Cakes (My way)

Ingredients:

Pam w/ Olive Oil Non – Stick Spray
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 3/4 cups Buttermilk
2 cups Martha White Self Rising Enriched White Corn Meal Mix

Directions:

Just mix all your ingredients in a large bowl.
Spray your Pam on a Flat Griddle or large Skillet and preheat on medium low, I use the Flat Griddle.
When the Griddle is heated add your batter. You can make the Cakes any size you want from half-dollar size to regular pancake size cakes. After the bottom side turns golden brown flip over and let the other side get golden brown. Serve while warm and enjoy!

Chicken and Wild Mushroom Ravioli

March 19, 2017 at 5:01 PM | Posted in pasta, Perdue Chicken Products | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Chicken and Wild Mushroom Ravioli

 

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I prepared a Poached Egg and served it on a toasted Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin. Also had the morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. After Breakfast I went up to McDonald’s and picked up Breakfast for Mom. Another overcast day but not as windy out and a high of 51 degrees. Finished up some cleaning today, cleaned the oven and fridge. Still having problems with my thumb, wish this would hurry up and heal! For Dinner tonight I prepared a new item, Three Bridges Wild Mushroom Ravioli. Tonight its Chicken and Wild Mushroom Ravioli.

 

Chicken and Wild Mushroom Ravioli for Dinner. Had this a while back and really liked it. For the Chicken I used Perdue Perfect Portions Skinless and Boneless Chicken Breasts. I had them in the freezer so I let them thaw overnight in the fridge. I love the Perdue Perfect Portions Chicken Breasts. Always taste fresh and nice size. To prepare; removed them from the package and seasoned them with Sea Salt and Litehouse Freeze Dried Poultry Herb Blend, my favorite seasoning for Chicken. Then I sprinkled them with a light dusting of Flour. Cooked them in a medium size skillet that was sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray w/ Olive Oil and a tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil. Fried them on medium high heat for about 11 minutes, flipping it over 3 times. Removed from the heat and set aside.As the Chicken was cooking I sliced up some Mushrooms and Sauteed them in the skillet also. Removed from the heat and set aside. After they had cooled I sliced the Chicken Breasts up.

 

 

 

As the Chicken was finishing I prepared the Three Bridges Wild Mushroom Ravioli. First time preparing this and its very easy to prepare. Bring a large pot of water to a gentle boil. Add ravioli and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the pot from heat and strain the Ravioli.

 

 

 

Then tossed with Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmasen Cheese, 1 tablespoon of Light Olive Oil, and some Buitoni Marinara Sauce. To serve I made a bed of the Ravioli in a bowl and topped it with the sliced Chicken Breast, Sauteed Sliced Mushrooms, and a bit more of the remaining Sauce and a sprinkle of Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese. The Ravioli is very tender and an excellent Mushroom taste! The Chicken and sauce worked perfect with it. Another very good item I came across at Meijer. I’m always finding new products to try at Meijer. For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

Three Bridges Wild Mushroom Ravioli

THREE BRIDGES celebrates an era when food was made honest. When simple recipes made with familiar ingredients nourished our families and delighted our souls. When better ingredients meant never cooking with antibiotics, hormones, artificial flavors, or preservatives.
Find us in the refrigerated dairy or deli sections of your favorite grocery store.

VEGETARIAN – Wild Mushroom Ravioli
All of our vegetarian choices feature nutrient-dense ingredients and rBST-free cheeses. Eat clean and feel great—our filled pastas are made with superfood kale, high-fiber portobello mushroom, iron-rich spinach, and vitamin A-packed butternut squash.
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Creamy Potato Soup w/ Grilled Cheese Sandwich

March 18, 2017 at 5:04 PM | Posted in Bear Creek Products, Kraft Cheese | 3 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Creamy Potato Soup w/ Grilled Cheese Sandwich

 
Foggy morning out there today. So for Breakfast I made a packet of Pioneer Peppered White Gravy. I also toasted a couple of slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread, fried 2 Jennie – O Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links, and my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Outside it started of foggy and from there a cloudy and dreary day, a high in the 40’s with rain on and off with a little sleet. My thumb I burnt is a mess, burned it pretty good. I have to change the dressing twice a day. Hope it heals up good but I think it will be scared up. Stayed home all day and caught up on some house cleaning. Also did a load of laundry for Mom. Everything done, spent the rest of the day watching the NCAA March Madness Basketball. For Dinner tonight I’m having Creamy Potato Soup w/ Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

 

 

It’s a Comfort Food Dinner tonight, Creamy Potato Soup w/ Grilled Cheese Sandwich! I’m using one of my favorite new foods, Bear Creek Creamy Potato Soup Mix. I really love all the Bear Creek Products I’ve tried so far. So delicious and easy to prepare. I had made a package of this for Lunch the day before, this is how I got my thumb burned. I had a container of it in the fridge so I just reheated it on medium heat in a small sauce pan.

 

 

 


To prepare a package of it; In a 2 quart sauce pan bring 8 cups of water to a rolling boil. Whisk in the soup mix. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Salt and pepper to taste and serve! Perfect seasoning, thickened up just right, plenty of Diced Potato and a fantastic Potato flavor. The package makes 8 cups and very easy to prepare. I have several in my pantry now, trying a Minestrone Soup next.

 

 

 

To make my Grilled Cheese I’ll be using; Kraft Sliced Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Blue Bonnet Light Butter, and Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. I started by buttering the outside half of a slice of bread. Layered 2 slices of the Sharp Cheddar on top. Added my top half of the sliced bread, buttering the outside of the slice. I then got out a skillet, heated it up on medium heat and lightly coated it with a 1/2 pat of Butter. When the Butter was melted I added my sandwich. Grilled it on both sides until it was golden brown and the Cheese melted. A perfect meal for a dreary day! For Dessert later a bowl of Del Monte No Sugar Added Diced Mangos.

 

 


Bear Creek Creamy Potato Soup Mix
A favorite original Bear Creek® soup. Very creamy and delicious with a delicate blend of parsley, herbs and spices to give it a little kick.

Yields about 8 one-cup servings.
Try adding crumbled bacon, sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese for variety.
While they simmer on the stove, you can smell the hearty goodness of Bear Creek® soups. They’re quick and easy to make and come in 15 delicious varieties. These soups have a homemade taste that will satisfy every appetite.
http://www.bearcreekcountrykitchens.com/soups.php

Fried Walleye w/ Hash Browns and Cut Green Beans

March 17, 2017 at 4:49 PM | Posted in fish, Simply Potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Walleye w/ Hash Browns and Cut Green Beans

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I toasted a couple of slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread and Scrambled a couple of Eggs. Also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Outside we have rain showers, cloudy, and a high in the 40’s. I had planned to do some things around the house then go to see Dad but late yesterday I was making a pot of the Bear Creek Creamy Potato Soup and as I was ladling it out into a plastic container, the container started to turnover. I stopped it from turning over but the ladle was full and went on to my left thumb area. I burned my thumb pretty good. I went to the Emergency Care this morning to get it checked out. They said I did burn it pretty bad but I had done everything right to prevent infection and such. So spent most of the day relaxing with my left hand elevated. Anyway for Dinner tonight I prepared Fried Walleye w/ Hash Browns and Cut Green Beans.

 

I had purchased a of large Walleye Fillet at Kroger Wednesday. Cleaned it and sliced into 6 pieces. I froze 3 pieces and kept the other 3 out for my Dinner tonight. I love Walleye we had not had some in a while now, so couldn’t wait to have these. I rinsed them off in cold water and patted them dry with a paper towel. Seasoned it with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Pepper Medley. Put the fillets in a Hefty Plastic Bag and added some Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs, sealed the bag and shook till the fillet was well coated. I then fried it in Light Olive Oil on medium heat, about 3 to 4 minutes per side till golden brown! I love Walleye, as I do most Fish. Walleye is so meaty and has such a fresh flavor. Along with Crappie their my favorite Fresh Water Fish to eat.

 

 

Simply Potatoes Hash Browns

Then for one side I prepared some Simply Potatoes Hash Browns. Fried in Light Olive Oil and seasoned them with Sea Salt, Ground Pepper, and Parsley. I love Hash Browns, they make the perfect side for any Dish, especially Fish. I also heated up a small can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. For dessert later a small bowl of Del Monte No Sugar Added Diced Mangos, love Mangos!

 

 

 

 

 
Walleye Nutrition Facts
1 – 6 ounce serving
Calories 148 Calories from fat 17
% Daily Value 1
Total Fat 1.9g 3%
Sat. Fat 0.4g 2%
Cholesterol 137mg 46%
Sodium 81mg 3%
Total Carbs. 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 30.4g
Calcium 174.9mg
Potassium 618.5mg

 

 

Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns
Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns fry up perfectly to a crisp, golden brown because they’re made from quality potatoes. They’re always fresh, never frozen so you’ll never have to worry about freezer burn. Fresh, delicious potatoes mean you never have to sacrifice great homemade taste.

Ingredients:
Potatoes, Dextrose, Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate (Added to Maintain Color), Potassium Sorbate And Sodium Bisulfite (Added to Maintain Freshness).

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 78 G
Servings Per Container 7
Amount Per Serving
Calories 70
Calories From Fat 0
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0 G 0
Saturated Fat 0 G 0
Trans Fat 0 G
Cholesterol 0 Mg 0
Sodium 55 Mg 2
Total Carboydrate 16 G 5
Dietary Fiber <2 G 8
Sugars 0 G
Protein 1 G
http://www.simplypotatoes.com/products/productview.cfm?prid=34

Buffalo Cheese Burger w/ Baked Fries

March 16, 2017 at 5:08 PM | Posted in Alexia Potato Products, Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Buffalo Cheese Burger w/ Baked Fries

 

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin and topped it with Smucker’s Sugar Free Blackberry Jam. Also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. After Breakfast I headed out to Meijer to pick up a few items and then stopped at McDonald’s to pick up Breakfast for Mom. Back home had Lunch and then headed over to see Dad. He’s made great progress and as long as there are no setbacks he’ll be released next week! He’s been gone about 1 1/2 months, be good to have him back home. For Dinner tonight I prepared a Buffalo Cheese Burger w/ Baked Fries.

 

 

Been awhile since I’ve had one of my Buffalo Burgers! I used the Wild Idea Buffalo Buffalo Burger. I always have a couple of packages of them in the freezer so I grabbed one of the patties and let it thaw overnight in the fridge. To prepare it I seasoned it with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn. I then pan fried it, on medium heat, in Extra Light Virgin Olive Oil about 3 1/2 minutes per side. Buffalo gets done rather quickly due to it’s so lean. After I flipped it, I topped it with a slice of Kraft Sharp Cheddar Cheese and then served it on an Aunt Millie’s Reduced Calorie Whole Grain Bun. Lean and delicious, love these Buffalo Burgers!

 

Then for a side I baked some Alexia Organic Yukon Select Fries. Seasoned them with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn Medley. Baked them at 425 degrees for 16 minutes. They bake up beautifully and seasoned just right, excellent Shoestring Fry! Plus they are only 120 calories and 15 net carbs. For dessert later a bowl of Dole Sliced Peaches.

 

 

 

 

 


Wild Idea Buffalo 1/3-Lb Buffalo Burgers

Prepare for a whole new level of burger. Conveniently pre-made into one-third pound patties that are ever so grillable. Dinner ready. Each pack is 1 pound with 3 – 1/3 Lb patties.
http://buy.wildideabuffalo.com/collections/a-la-carte/products/3-1-3-lb-ready-made-buffalo-burgers-1-lb-pack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexia Organic Yukon Select Fries

Lightly seasoned with sea salt, these Julienne Fries make your everyday French fry wonder where it went wrong.

Ingredients: Organic Potatoes, Organic Canola Oil and/or Organic Sunflower Oil and/or Organic Safflower Oil, Sea Salt, Citric Acid.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 3 oz (84 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 120
Calories from Fat 36
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 200mg 8%
Potassium 310mg 9%
Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g

https://www.alexiafoods.com/products/fries/yukon-gold-julienne-fries

Leftovers – Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo

March 15, 2017 at 4:57 PM | Posted in leftovers, gumbo | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Leftovers – Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo

 

 

Had a a light Breakfast of a Toasted Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin lightly buttered with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter along with my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Another cold morning out there again, 16 degrees with a cold breeze a blowing! Partly sunny and 34 for the day. Stayed in all day and gave the house a good cleaning. Also cleaned the fridge and the oven. Then had to do some repair work on a wheelchair I keep out in the car. For Dinner tonight an always delicious dish, Leftovers! Tonight its Leftovers – Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo.

 

 

As always when I prepare Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo I have the leftovers in a day or two. And this batch is no exception, for Dinner tonight I reheated the leftover Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo. The dish reheats perfectly! It’s just as good the second time around, if not better! I also had a slice of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread, lightly buttered with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. For Dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar. I have left the original post from the other day that has the ingredients and instructions for the Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo. Enjoy!

 

What’s not to like with one of my favorite meals; Gumbo, Shrimp, and Smoked Turkey Sausage! To make it I used a box of Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix for the Gumbo base, 1 1/2 Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausages (sliced into bite size slices), a bag of Kroger Brand Jumbo Shrimp (that I precooked before adding to the Gumbo), and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.

 

 

 

The Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix uses Pasta instead of Rice. It’s very easy to prepare, takes about 25-30 minutes. To start; I just boil the stock that’s in the packet, add the sliced the Turkey Sausage to the stock along with a few shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and continued to cook for 10-15 minutes. Then I added the Shrimp and simmered another 2-3 minutes. And the Gumbo is ready to serve and It turns out fantastic! Nice flavor, incredible tasting stock, meaty Shrimp and Sausage, and plenty of Pasta, makes one easily prepared hearty and delicious dish. Plus enough leftovers for a couple of lunches too! I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury French Bread. For dessert later a Weight Watchers Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

 

 

 
Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix

Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix is an easy-to-prepare mix that has just the right blend of ingredients for a great-tasting, authentic New Orleans style meal. With Zatarain’s New Orleans style pasta dinners, you can enjoy the fun of pasta and the authentic flavor of New Orleans! Just add ground beef to complete this easy-to-prepare dinner your whole family will love.

Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix:
* A New Orleans tradition since 1889
* Add meat to make a complete meal
Ingredients
Enriched Pasta Product (Semolina (Wheat), Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Onion, Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Salt, Modified Corn Starch, Red & Green Bell Pepper, Spices (Including Red Pepper And Parsley), Sprouted Wheat Flour, Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Garlic, Caramel Color, Thiamine Hydrochloride, And Sulfiting

Agents.
Usage Tips
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Makes 5 (1-cup) servings.

YOU WILL NEED:
1 package Zatarain’s® Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix
1 tablespoon oil
1 pound andouille or other cooked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
2 3/4 cups water

DIRECTIONS:
1. HEAT oil in large skillet (12-inch) on medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook and stir 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
2. STIR in water and Pasta Dinner Mix. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
3. REMOVE from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Sauce will thicken upon standing. Stir before serving.

VARIATIONS
Chicken Gumbo: Prepare as directed, using 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, in place of the sausage. Cook and stir 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.

Shrimp Gumbo: Prepare as directed in Step 1, using 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, in place of the sausage. Cook and stir 3 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Remove shrimp from skillet. Continue as directed, stirring shrimp back into skillet after pasta is tender.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 32 G
Servings Per Container 5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 G 0
Saturated Fat 0 G
Trans Fat 0 G
Cholesterol 0 Mg 0
Sodium 570 Mg 24
Total Carbohydrate 23 G 8%
Dietary Fiber 2 G 8%
Sugars 1 G
Protein 4 G

https://www.mccormick.com/Zatarains/Products/Dinner-and-Side-Mixes/Pasta-Mixes/Jambalaya-Pasta-Dinner-Mix

Seasoned Haddock w/ Creamy Cheddar Pasta

March 14, 2017 at 5:04 PM | Posted in Bear Creek Products, fish, pasta | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Seasoned Haddock w/ Creamy Cheddar Pasta

 

 

To start this snowy morning off I toasted a couple of slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread, Scrambled a couple of Eggs, fried 2 Jennie – O Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links, and made the daily morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. It started snowing late yesterday but the ground was to warm and it didn’t stick, at first. Eventually though it started sticking. We’ve had snow flurries on and off most of the day. It was 16 degrees this morning and we had a high of only 31. What happened to our early Spring! The cold looks as though it’s killed all the early flowers that had come out. The cold is here for a few days they say. Sure be glad for warmer weather! Dad is doing better. They thought he had shingles but it turned out to be a rash from an anti biotic they had given him. Not sure when he’s coming home. So for Dinner tonight I prepared a Seasoned Haddock w/ Creamy Cheddar Pasta.

 

I had purchased 2 Haddock fillets from Kroger a while back. I had rinsed both fillets and cut into smaller pieces. I ended up with 3 bags, I had one the day I purchased them and froze the other 2. So I grabbed one of the plastic bags and laid it in the fridge overnight to thaw. So to prepare them I seasoned them 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. Shook off the excess and pan fried them in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, frying them about 3 minutes per side until golden brown. Haddock and Zatarain’s Lemon Pepper Mix, the perfect combo. The Zatarain’s Breading and Seasonings are my favorites. I love Haddock it cooks up so nicely and I love the flavor and how meaty it is.

 

 

To go with my Seasoned Haddock I prepared a new dish, Bear Creek Creamy Cheddar Pasta Mix. I had tried the Bear Creek Potato Soup Mix and Creamy Chicken Pasta, which both were excellent! To prepare it; Grabbed a 2 quart sauce pan, added 4 cups of water. Heated to a rolling boil. Whisked in the Pasta and Sauce Mix. Brought the mixture back to a rolling boil. Reduced the heat to a medium boil and cooked for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

 

 

 

Removed from the heat and let it sit for 8 minutes. The Sauce thickened up beautifully as it cooled. Another excellent product from Bear Creek. Really enjoy these all these Products! I seasoned the Pasta with just a little sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper. The Pasta and Haddock make a perfect pairing! For Dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Divine Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Bar.
 

 

 
Bear Creek Creamy Cheddar Pasta Mix

High in the heber valley of the wasatch mountains, bear creek country kitchen began with one goal in mind: deliver great hearty homestyle dishes that the whole family will enjoy. Using the same qualities that you find in our soups, bear creek now presents delicious pasta dishes with hearty pastas, quality cheeses and tasty vegetables, all in rich and flavorful sauces. Just add water and in minutes you can serve a delicious pasta dish that will satisfy every appetite in your family.

 

Hearty rotini pasta in a rich, creamy cheddar sauce. 4 one cup servings. Great taste! Just add water. Cooks in 12 minutes. High in the Heber Valley of the Wasatch Mountains, Bear Creek Country Kitchens began with one goal in mind: Deliver

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size1 CUP PREPARED
Servings Per Container 4.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 360 Calories
Calories From Fat 80 Calories
% Daily Value
Total Fat 9.0 g 14.0
Saturated Fat 3.5 g 18
Trans Fat 0.50 g
Cholesterol 5 mg2
Sodium 890 mg 37
Total Carbohydrate 49.0 g 16.0
Dietary Fiber 1.00 g 4.00
Sugars 5 g
Protein 9.0 g

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