Fried Chicken Breasts w/ Black Beans with Rice and Roasted Asparagus

May 26, 2018 at 5:50 PM | Posted in chicken | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Chicken Breasts w/ Black Beans with Rice and Roasted Asparagus

 

 

For Breakfast I just had a a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Well my computer was going on and off on me but I replaced the modem and it seems to have fixed the problem. But one solved and another problem starts. We have been without water since around 4:00 yesterday afternoon. That finally came back on at Noon today. So later in the day I went with Mom and we put flowers on some of the family graves. We got back home just before a Thunderstorm moved in for the late afternoon. Lot of wind and rain with it. Hopefully everything is back to normal! For Dinner tonight I prepared Fried Chicken Breasts w/ Black Beans with Rice and Roasted Asparagus.

 

For my Chicken, I picked up a package of Simple Truth Skinless and Boneless Chicken Breasts (3). To prepare them I’ll be needing Flour, Paprika, Ground Cumin, Litehouse Poultry Herb Blend, Salt, and Pepper.

 

 

 

 

 

To prepare it I’m using a large skillet to fry the Chicken. I first sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray and then added a tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil to it, preheated on medium heat. As the skillet was heating I grabbed a pie pan and added a couple of tablespoons of Flour to it. Then I seasoned the Flour with the Paprika, Ground Cumin, and Litehouse Poultry Herb Blend. Took a fork and blended everything together. I then took the Chicken Breasts and rolled them in the Flour Mix, making sure both sides were fully Floured. Next I seasoned them with the Salt and Pepper. With the skillet heated, I added the Chicken to the skillet. I fried the Chicken until it was golden brown on one side and flipped it over and fried the other side the same way. Checked it with a meat thermometer and it was 165 degrees, perfect. The Chicken came out moist and tender with a nice crust. I served it with a side of Hidden Valley Ranch Buffalo Dressing.

 

For the Black Beans and Rice I used a new one, Lundberg Organic Whole Grain Black Beans and Rice. I’ve used several of the Lundberg Products and love them all! So to prepare these: In a medium saucepan combine 2 cups of water, rice, beans and seasoning packet, and 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Stir well and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Do not lift lid while cooking. Simmer for 28 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand covered for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork and serve. Another excellent Grain Side Dish from Lundberg! Rice excellent as always and the Black Beans were perfect with the Rice. Good side dish for Pork, Beef, and Buffalo as well.

 

For a second side dish I prepared Roasted Asparagus for one side. To prepare the Asparagus I just needed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cloves Roasted Asparagus Garlic (minced), Sea Salt, Freshly grated Black Pepper, Lemon Juice, and Shredded Parmesan Cheese. Rinse clean the asparagus. Break the tough ends off of the asparagus and discard. Lay the asparagus spears out in a single layer in a baking dish or a foil-covered roasting pan. Drizzle olive oil over the spears, roll the asparagus back and forth until they are all covered with a thin layer of olive oil. (Alternatively you can put the asparagus and oil in a plastic bag, and rub the bag so that the oil gets evenly distributed.) Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Rub over the asparagus so that they are evenly seasoned. Place pan in oven and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes, depending on how thick your asparagus spears are, until tender when pierced with a fork. Drizzle with a little fresh lemon juice and shredded Parm Cheese before serving. I had also baked a loaf of RiverRoad Bake House Multi Grain Oval Loaf Bread. This has became the family’s favorite Baked Bread. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Tostitos Multi Grain Scoops with Newman’s Own Black Bean and Corn Salsa. I love this Salsa and its been a while since I’ve I had some. I also had a Diet Green Tea Snapple to drink.

 

 

Lundberg Organic Whole Grain Black Beans and Rice

DESCRIPTION
Enjoy this popular combination inspired by the Cuban version of rice and beans. Made with whole grain organic brown rice and high-fiber black beans, it’s a deliciously smart way to serve up a healthful side dish. You’ll love the spicy blend and the amazing flavor.

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
Stove Top:

1 – In a medium saucepan combine 2 cups of water, rice, beans & seasoning packet, and 1 Tbsp. olive oil (optional). Stir well and bring to a boil.
2 – Cover and reduce heat to low. Do not lift lid while cooking. Simmer for 28 minutes.
3 – Remove from heat. Let stand covered for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork and serve.
4 – Soak up the compliments.

INGREDIENTS
Organic Parboiled Brown Rice, Organic Dehydrated Black Beans, Organic Spices (Paprika, Black Pepper, White Pepper, Cumin, Celery Seed, Cayenne), Sea Salt, Organic Dehydrated Vegetables (Tomato, Red Bell Pepper), Organic Dehydrated Onion, Organic Dehydrated Garlic, Organic Sugar, Organic Rice Concentrate.

NUTRITION FACTS
SIZE 6oz
Serving Size: 2oz. (56g – about 1/4 cup rice and 1 1/3 tbsp. seasoning mix) (1 cup prepared)

Servings Per Container: about 3

AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 210Calories from Fat 15
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 480mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 2g
Protein 6g
http://www.lundberg.com/product/organic-whole-grain-rice-black-beans/

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Healthy Latin American Recipes

May 26, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Latin American Recipes. You’ll find Delicious and Healthy Latin American Recipes like; Chicken Empanadas, Sautéed Shrimp with Mango Salsa and Coconut Cauliflower Rice, and Caldo Tlalpeño (Mexican Chicken Soup). Find these recipes and much more all at the EatingWell website. While these subscribe to one of my favorite Cooking and Recipe Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Latin American Recipes
Find healthy, delicious Latin American recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Chicken Empanadas
Empanadas usually are served hot and blistered from the deep fryer, but home cooks will be glad that these baked healthier handpies offer similar pleasures without a trip into a vat of bubbling oil. The simple dough, similar to pie crust, comes together in a jiffy in the food processor. For a fun tweak, make the recipe into mini empanadas with 3-inch, rather than 6-inch, rounds of dough…………

Sautéed Shrimp with Mango Salsa and Coconut Cauliflower Rice
Shrimp and rice get a tropical makeover in this healthy 400-calorie dinner. Instead of rice, we’ve combined riced cauliflower and coconut milk for light coconut rice topped with spicy shrimp and a juicy mango-avocado salsa to cool it all down. Squeeze on some fresh lime juice before digging in to take this easy meal to the next level……….

Caldo Tlalpeño (Mexican Chicken Soup)
Chipotle-laced broth and thick chunks of corn on the cob are featured in this healthy, smoky chicken soup recipe. The secret to the great flavor is cooking the vegetables in the broth that’s made from cooking the chicken. Serve the soup with warm corn tortillas…….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Latin American Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22826/cuisines-regions/latin-american/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 26, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Hot water……..

If you need to add more water to vegetables as they are cooking, make sure the added water is as hot as possible. Adding cold water to already cooking vegetables may affect their cell walls and cause them to toughen.

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Fiery Chipotle Turkey Burger

May 25, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is – Fiery Chipotle Turkey Burger. Add some heat to those Turkey Burgers! You’ll be using the JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Turkey Burger Patties along with some heat; Low-Fat Mayonnaise, Chipotle Chili in Adobo Sauce, Jalapeños, Jalapeño Jack Cheese, Onions, and Spicy Barbeque Sauce. It’s also topped with Lettuce and Tomato. You can find this Spicy Burger at the Jennie – O Turkey website. So Enjoy and Make the SWITCH! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

Mini Mexican Turkey Bacon Burgers
If you love a little heat, you’ll want to add this turkey burger to your weeknight dinner menu. Grilled jalapeño slices, fresh chipotle adobo sauce and jalapeño jack cheese top this lean burger at under 500 calories per serving.

INGREDIENTS
1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, finely chopped
2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
2 JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Turkey Burger Patties
2 jalapeños
2 hamburger buns, split and toasted
2 lettuce leaves
4 slices tomato
2 slices jalapeño jack cheese
2 tablespoons spicy barbeque sauce
½ cup fried onions
potato wedges and pickles, if desired

DIRECTIONS
1) In small bowl, combine chipotles, 1 tablespoon adobo sauce and mayonnaise; set aside in refrigerator.
2) Grill turkey patties as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Grill jalapenos until softened and grill marks appear; slice.
3) Spread mayonnaise mixture on both cut sides of buns. Top bottom halves of buns with lettuce, tomato, burger, cheese, sauce and fried onions. Replace bun tops. Serve with potato wedges and pickles, if desired.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 340
Protein 27g
Carbohydrates 19g
Fiber 4g
Sugars 7g
Fat 17g
Cholesterol 90mg
Sodium 340mg
Saturated Fat 5g

https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/746-fiery-chipotle-turkey-burger

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 25, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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A sticky solution…………

Before using a measuring cup for a sticky liquid like honey or molasses, coat the inside with vegetable oil or nonstick cooking spray. The liquid will pour out easily.

Healthy Taco Recipes

May 24, 2018 at 5:03 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its – Healthy Taco Recipes. It’s all about one of my favorite meals, the Taco! Delicious and Healthy Taco Recipes like; Quick Steak Carne Asada Tacos, Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Crema, and Huevos Rancheros Tacos. Find these fantastic recipes and more all the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Taco Recipes
Find healthy, delicious taco recipes including beef, chicken, fish and pork tacos. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Quick Steak Carne Asada Tacos
The key to making the easiest tacos ever? Using prepared carne asada. We make this healthy dinner with just three ingredients—thanks to the help of convenience items like frozen meals—and then freshen it up with sliced avocado………….

Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Crema
Avocado cuts some of the sour cream in our quick crema loaded with cilantro, for a healthier taco sauce that takes these shrimp tacos to the next level. Shrimp cook up super-fast, making them the ultimate taco filling for a fast weeknight dinner that’s also impressive and delicious enough for a weekend dinner party………..

Huevos Rancheros Tacos
When you combine these two Tex-Mex favorites, the delicious question becomes whether to enjoy them at breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner!…………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Taco Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19775/cuisines-regions/latin-american/mexican/tacos/

May 26-28, 2018 40th Annual Taste of Cincinnati USA – Cincinnati, Ohio

May 24, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Memorial Day weekend in downtown Cincinnati. Started in 1979, it is now the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival, featuring more than 40 fine restaurants serving up delicious and delectable menu items. Menu items are previewed and judged for prestigious Best of Taste Awards. This is also a music festival, with continuous live entertainment featuring local and national recording stars performing on multiple stages throughout the event. Attendance: 500,000.
http://www.tasteofcincinnati.com/

Taste of Cincinnati started as a one-day fest in Piatt Park, then known as Garfield Park, with approximately 5,000 attending the first event. The event expanded to two days in 1981, and in 1988 expanded to three days and moved to Central Parkway. Taste of Cincinnati was the brainchild of Karen Maier, vice president of marketing for Frisch’s Restaurants Inc. Maier cooked up the idea after reading about Taste of the Big Apple in the Nation’s Restaurant News, an industry trade publication.

In 2007, the event was moved to Fifth Street to spotlight the $42-million renovation of Fountain Square and its underground parking garage, and to bring the event closer to Downtown’s cluster of hotels, such as The Cincinnatian Hotel, the Garfield Suites Hotel, the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, the Millennium Hotel Cincinnati, The Terrace Hotel and the Westin Hotel Cincinnati.

Approximately 550,000 now attend the annual food extravaganza, making Taste one of the nation’s largest street festivals. Taste of Cincinnati features more than 50 restaurants and food trucks serving up delicious and delectable menu items. In the weeks leading up to Taste each year, menu items are previewed and judged for prestigious Best of Taste Awards.

Taste of Cincinnati is also a music festival, with continuous live entertainment featuring local and national recording stars performing on multiple stages throughout the event.
http://www.tasteofcincinnati.com/

Ohio Festivals May 24th-28th, 2018

May 24, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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There’s a lot of Festivals going on in Ohio this Memorial Day Weekend, including one of my favorites – the Annual Taste of Cincinnati! Have a great and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

May 24-27, 2018 Feast of the Flowering Moon – Chillicothe, Ohio
Started in 1984, the festival is held on Memorial Day Weekend and features Native American music, dancing, food, traders and exhibits, a mountain men encampment, arts & crafts with over 80 vendors and commercial exhibits. Continuous entertainment on main stage, games and contests for all. Attendance: 85,000.
http://feastofthefloweringmoon.org/

May 24-28, 2018 Moonshine Festival – New Straitsville, Ohio
Located in the rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio, events include a working Moonshine Still Display, local history museum, moonshine burgers, moonshine pie, moonshine doggies, carnival rides and games, flea market, talent show, parades, cruise-in and free entertainment.
http://www.ofea.org/festivals-and-events/festivals/moonshine-festival.html

May 24-28, 2018 Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival
Port Clinton, Ohio
The 38th annual festival will be held at picturesque Waterworks Park on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie in Port Clinton with an array of free live concerts, kids fishing derby, grand parade, educational programs and activities, carnival rides, and food vendors.
http://www.portclintonchamber.com/walleye-festival.htm

May 26-28, 2018 44th Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival – Utica, Ohio
There’s fun for the whole family, including contests for kids, ice cream eating contests, over 90 local artisans, pony rides, classic car show with more than 400 cars and live entertainment. Enjoy delicious food and of course, Velvet Ice Cream. Enjoy dozens of flavors of ice cream served almost any way you can think of. Tour bus and handicapped parking is available. Shuttle service is avalible from the parking lot to the festival entrance. Admission is $5 per car.
http://www.velveticecream.com/visit/festival

May 26-28, 2018 40th Annual Taste of Cincinnati USA – Cincinnati, Ohio
Memorial Day weekend in downtown Cincinnati. Started in 1979, it is now the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival, featuring more than 40 fine restaurants serving up delicious and delectable menu items. Menu items are previewed and judged for prestigious Best of Taste Awards. This is also a music festival, with continuous live entertainment featuring local and national recording stars performing on multiple stages throughout the event. Attendance: 500,000.
http://www.tasteofcincinnati.com/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 24, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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X-tra protein in the tacos………..

When making Tacos I sometimes add a can of rinsed black beans to the Ground Turkey and Taco mix as it’s cooking. The black beans gives it that extra protein and added flavor. Just be sure to drain and rinse the black beans to reduce the sodium content. Enjoy those Tacos!!

Healthy Chicken Pasta Recipes

May 23, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Chicken Pasta Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Chicken Pasta Recipes like; Buffalo Chicken Grain Bowl, One-Pot Greek Pasta, and Cacciatore-Style Chicken. Find these recipes and much more at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

 

Healthy Chicken Pasta Recipes
Find healthy, delicious chicken pasta recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Buffalo Chicken Grain Bowl
Get the flavors of spicy Buffalo chicken wings, without frying, in this nutritious couscous bowl loaded with protein and crisp veggies……….

One-Pot Greek Pasta
A little bit of Sunday meal prep goes a long way in this one-dish Mediterranean pasta recipe. The pasta is cooked ahead of time and stored in the fridge to use for meals all week, but any leftover cooked pasta you have on hand will do. Chicken sausage with feta is especially good in this recipe…………

Cacciatore-Style Chicken
Cacciatore is Italian for hunter. This slow-cooker chicken is prepared hunter-style—with onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, and herbs………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Chicken Pasta Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/17930/ingredients/meat-poultry/chicken/main-dish/chicken-pasta/

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