Diabetic Dish of the Week – Microwave Beef Casserole Stew

February 16, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is a Microwave Beef Casserole Stew. To make this week’s Dish you’ll be needing Ground Beef Stew Meat, Baby Red Potatoes, Mushrooms, Baby Carrots, Salt, Black Pepper, Dried Thyme, Flour, and Fat-Free Reduced-Sodium Beef Broth. The Stew is 133 calories and 7 net carbs per serving. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Microwave Beef Casserole Stew
Running short on time and looking for a quick and easy meal for dinner? This casserole can be prepared in a little over 30 minutes and doesn’t even require the oven!

Ingredients
Vegetable cooking spray
1 pound beef stew meat, cut into bite size pieces*
1 1/2 cups baby red or Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered (about 6)
1 package (8 ounces) sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup baby carrots
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon flour
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) fat-free reduced-sodium beef broth

Directions
Yield: 8 servings
Serving size: 1 cup stew

1. Lightly coat 8-inch square glass microwavable baking dish with cooking spray. Place beef in baking dish. Add potatoes, mushrooms and carrots; distribute evenly.

2. Stir together salt, pepper, thyme and flour in small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over stew mixture. Pour broth over meat and vegetables. Cover with 9-inch square of waxed paper; microwave on high for 30 minutes. (If microwave does not have turntable, turn baking dish three times.)

3. Remove dish from microwave and let stand, covered, 5 minutes before serving.

Serving suggestion: Serve with a leafy green salad and sliced tomatoes.

Variation: Add 1 can (8 ounces) no-salt-added, cut green beans, well drained.

*Note: Supermarkets carry packages of cut-up beef for stewing. However, it’s worth it to ask the butcher to cut up his or her best quality beef for stewing.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 133 calories, Carbohydrates: 8 g, Protein: 15 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 30 mg, Sodium: 79 mg, Fiber: 1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/microwave-beef-casserole-stew/

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“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Mushroom Sliders

October 5, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Mushroom Sliders. These Sliders are made using Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cremini Mushrooms, Onion, Dried Thyme, Salt, Pepper, Balsamic Vinegar, Mini Sandwich Buns, Roasted Red Peppers, Arugula, and Crumbled Goat Cheese. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Mushroom Sliders

Looking for the perfect game-day snack to kick off football season? These satisfying sliders, packed with fiber and fall flavor, are sure to score a touchdown with your taste buds!

Ingredients
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 package (8 ounces) sliced cremini mushrooms
1/2 cup sliced onion
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
6 mini sandwich buns (about 1 ounce each), toasted
12 strips (1/2 inch) jarred roasted red pepper, blotted dry
Arugula
3 teaspoons crumbled goat cheese

Directions
Yield: 3 servings
Serving size: 2 sliders

1. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onion; sprinkle with salt, if desired, thyme and black pepper. Cook 7 minutes, or until mushrooms are browned and onions are soft, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat if browning too quickly. Stir in vinegar.

2. Spoon mushroom mixture on bottoms of buns. Top each sandwich with two red pepper strips, arugula, 1/2 teaspoon goat cheese and tops of buns.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 273 calories, Carbohydrates: 38 g, Protein: 12 g, Fat: 7 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 2 mg, Sodium: 345 mg, Fiber: 6 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/appetizer/mushroom-sliders/

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Sunday’s Pork Roast Dinner Recipe – Bourbon-Glazed Fruit and Nut-Stuffed Pork Roast

May 31, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Sunday’s Pork Roast Dinner Recipe | Leave a comment
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This week’s Sunday’s Pork Roast Dinner Recipe is a Bourbon-Glazed Fruit and Nut-Stuffed Pork Roast. To make this week’s recipe some of the ingredients you’ll be needing are a Boneless Single Loin Pork Roast, Dried Thyme, Light Cream, Bourbon, Chicken Broth, Molasses, Dates, Apricots, Pecans, and more! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Bourbon-Glazed Fruit and Nut-Stuffed Pork Roast
Try your favorite stuffing rolled up in this jellyroll style pork loin. Be aware that the double-butter flied loin will cook more quickly than a solid loin. Serve with green salad tossed with vinaigrette, warm dinner rolls and steamed asparagus spears.

Recipe Ingredients:
Stuffing:
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pitted dates
1/4 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 tablespoon molasses
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Bourbon Glaze:
2/3 cup bourbon
2/3 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon molasses

Pork:
1 (2-pound) boneless single loin pork roast
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Pan Sauce:
1/4 cup light cream
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)
2 – For Stuffing: In a medium bowl, toss together all stuffing ingredients, set aside.
3 – For Bourbon Glaze: In a large saucepan, combine bourbon, broth and molasses; bring to a boil, remove from heat and set aside.
4 – For Pork: Butterfly (cut lengthwise almost all the way through) the pork loin. Lay open and pat flat. Starting the center of the opened loin, butterfly again on the left side. Butterfly again on the right hand side, lay open and pat flat. Evenly spread stuffing over loin. Roll the loin up, like a jelly roll, and tie securely at 2 to 3 inch intervals with kitchen twine; place in a shallow roasting pan, 4 – sprinkle with the tablespoon of thyme and pour bourbon mixture over. Roast 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until internal temperature, measured with a meat thermometer, is 150°F to 155°F (approximately 65°C), basting occasionally with bourbon glaze. Remove pork from pan, reserving the drippings; keep warm.
5 – For Pan Sauce: Add cream and 1/4 teaspoon salt to pan drippings. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened.
6 – To Serve: Slice pork, removing twine as necessary, and arrange on serving platter. Serve with pan sauce.
Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): Calories 280 calories Protein 27 grams Fat 10 grams Sodium 190 milligrams Cholesterol 70 milligrams Saturated Fat 3 grams Carbohydrates 17 grams.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/pork/bourbon-glazed_fruit_and_nut-stuffed_pork_roast_recipe.html

Herb and Spice of the Week – Thyme

June 4, 2015 at 5:12 AM | Posted in Herb and Spice of the Week | Leave a comment
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A bundle of thyme

A bundle of thyme

Thyme (/ˈtaɪm/) is an evergreen herb with culinary, medicinal and ornamental uses. Thyme is of the genus Thymus, most commonly Thymus vulgaris.

 

 

Thyme is best cultivated in a hot, sunny location with well-drained soil. It is generally planted in the spring, and thereafter grows as a perennial. It can be propagated by seed, cuttings, or by dividing rooted sections of the plant. It tolerates drought well. The plants can take deep freezes and are found growing wild on mountain highlands. Along the Riviera, it is found from sea level up to 800 m.

 
In some Levantine countries, and Assyrian, the condiment za’atar (Arabic for thyme) contains thyme as a vital ingredient. It is a common component of the bouquet garni, and of herbes de Provence.

Thyme is sold both fresh and dried. The fresh form is more flavorful, but also less convenient; storage life is rarely more than a week. While summer-seasonal, fresh greenhouse thyme is often available year round.

Fresh thyme is commonly sold in bunches of sprigs. A sprig is a single stem snipped from the plant. It is composed of a woody stem with paired leaf or flower clusters (“leaves”) spaced 1⁄2 to 1″ apart. A recipe may measure thyme by the bunch (or fraction thereof), or by the sprig, or by the tablespoon or teaspoon. Dried thyme is widely used in Armenia (called Urc) in teas.

Depending on how it is used in a dish, the whole sprig may be used (e.g. in a bouquet garni), or the leaves removed and the stems discarded. Usually when a recipe specifies “bunch” or “sprig”, it means the whole form; when it specifies spoons it means the leaves. It is perfectly acceptable to substitute dried for whole thyme.

Leaves may be removed from stems either by scraping with the back of a knife, or by pulling through the fingers or tines of a fork.

Thyme retains its flavor on drying better than many other herbs. Substitution is often more complicated than that because recipes can specify sprigs, and sprigs can vary in yield of leaves.

 
Oil of thyme, the essential oil of common thyme (Thymus vulgaris), contains 20–54% thymol. Thyme essential oil also contains a range of additional compounds, such as p-cymene, myrcene, borneol and linalool. Thymol, an antiseptic, is an active ingredient in various commercially produced mouthwashes such as Listerine. Before the advent of modern antibiotics, oil of thyme was used to medicate bandages. Thymol has also been shown to be effective against various fungi that commonly infect toenails. Thymol can also be found as the active ingredient in some all-natural, alcohol-free hand sanitizers.

A tea made by infusing the herb in water can be used for coughs and bronchitis.

One study by Leeds Metropolitan University found that thyme may be beneficial in treating acne.

 

 

 

Important species and cultivars:

Variegated lemon thyme

Variegated lemon thyme

* Thymus citriodorus — various lemon thymes, orange thymes, lime thyme.
* Thymus herba-barona (caraway thyme) is used both as a culinary herb and a ground cover, and has a very strong caraway scent due to the chemical carvone.
* Thymus praecox (mother of thyme, wild thyme), cultivated as an ornamental
* Thymus pseudolanuginosus (woolly thyme) is not a culinary herb, but is grown as a ground cover.
* Thymus serpyllum (wild thyme, creeping thyme) is an important nectar source plant for honeybees. All thyme species are nectar sources, but wild thyme covers large areas of droughty, rocky soils in southern Europe (Both Greece and Malta are especially famous for wild thyme honey) and North Africa, as well as in similar landscapes in the Berkshire and Catskill Mountains of the northeastern US. The lowest-growing of the widely used thyme, it is good for walkways.
* Thymus vulgaris (common thyme, English thyme, summer thyme, winter thyme, French thyme, or garden thyme) is a commonly used culinary herb. It also has medicinal uses. Common thyme is a Mediterranean perennial which is best suited to well-drained soils and full sun.

 

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