Kitchen Hint of the Day!

April 5, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When buying ground beef…………

When buying ground beef, look for clear cellophane wrapping and be sure there are no tears in the packaging. Also always be sure to check the expiration date. The meat should be a bright red cherry color with the fat marbling uniformly mixed. If it is brown or gray on the outside, that means it has begun to spoil.

Appetizer of the Week – MINI MEATBALL APPETIZERS WITH APRICOT DIP

March 27, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, Appetizers, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is MINI MEATBALL APPETIZERS WITH APRICOT DIP. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Ground Beef, Seasoned Bread Crumbs, 1 Egg, Water, Salt, and Pepper. To make the Dip you’ll be needing Apricot Preserves, BBQ Sauce, and Dijon Style Mustard. You can find this Diabetic Friendly recipe and more all at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. You can also sign up to receive wonderful recipes, engaging articles, helpful and healthful tips, critically important news and more. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

MINI MEATBALL APPETIZERS WITH APRICOT DIP

Ingredients

1 pound Ground Beef (96% lean)
1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
2 egg whites or 1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Dip:

3/4 cup apricot preserves
3/4 cup barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard

Directions

1 – Heat oven to 400F. Combine Ground Beef, bread crumbs, egg whites, water, salt and pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into thirty-six 1-1/4-inch meatballs. Place on rack in broiler pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in 400F oven 15 to 17 minutes.
2 – Meanwhile, heat preserves, barbecue sauce and mustard in medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally or until sauce thickens slightly.
3 – Add cooked meatballs and continue to cook 2 to 3 minutes or until meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally. Serve or keep warm in slow cooker (see tip below).
4 -To keep meatballs warm, place in 2-1/2-quart slow cooker set on LOW. Keep covered to maintain heat. Meatballs can be held up to 2-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Recipe Yield: Yield: 36 mini meatballs, 1 per serving

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 45
Fat: 1 grams
Fiber: 0.1 grams
Sodium: 126 milligrams
Cholesterol: 7 milligrams
Protein: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 7 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/mini-meatball-appetizers-with-apricot-dip

GRILLED ONION BURGER

March 27, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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I have a recipe for a GRILLED ONION BURGER. Made using 95% Lean Ground Beef along with toppings of Sweet Onion, Salt and Pepper, Lettuce, and Tomato Slices all served on a Hamburger Buns (Split and Toasted). So you can find this Diabetic Friendly recipe and more all at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. You can also sign up to receive wonderful recipes, engaging articles, helpful and healthful tips, critically important news and more. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

GRILLED ONION BURGER
Here’s a healthier version of a classic burger topped with grilled onions and all the fixings. Recipe for Grilled Onion Burger from our Sandwiches recipe section.

Ingredients

1-1/2 pounds 95% lean ground beef
1 large sweet onion, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices
Vegetable oil
Salt and pepper
4 hamburger buns, split, toasted
Lettuce leaves
Tomato slices

Directions

1 – Lightly shape Ground Beef into four 3/4-inch thick patties. Brush onion slices with oil.
2 – Place patties and onion slices on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 11 to 15 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 13 to 14 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160F, turning occasionally. Grill onions, 10 to 12 minutes or until tender, brushing with oil and turning occasionally.
3 – Season burgers and onions with salt and pepper as desired.
4 – Line bottom of each bun with lettuce. Place burgers on top of lettuce. Top with tomatoes and grilled onions. Close bun.
NOTES:
Here’s a healthier version of a classic burger topped with grilled onions and all the fixings.

Recipe Yield: Makes 4 servings

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 368
Fat: 10 grams
Saturated Fat: 4 grams
Fiber: 2 grams
Sodium: 324 milligrams
Protein: 39 grams
Carbohydrates: 27 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/grilled-onion-burger

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 25, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When buying ground beef………………

When buying ground beef, look for clear cellophane wrapping and be sure there are no tears in the packaging. Also always be sure to check the expiration date. The meat should be a bright red cherry color with the fat marbling uniformly mixed. If it is brown or gray on the outside, that means it has begun to spoil.

Healthy Italian Recipes

December 23, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Italian Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Italian Recipes with recipes like Tuscan White Bean Soup, Winter Minestrone, and Ground Beef and Pasta Skillet. Now that’s Italian! Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Italian Recipes
Find healthy, delicious Italian recipes including Italian pasta, sauces, lasagna, meatballs, sausage and chicken. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Tuscan White Bean Soup
A pound of dried beans is the inexpensive foundation for this simple, hearty meal. Serve it with slices of whole-wheat bread or a side salad for a complete and satisfying lunch or dinner…………..

Winter Minestrone
This version of the Italian classic vegetable and bean soup is made in the slow cooker and mixes in flavorful sausage and squash. Use any variety of winter squash………………..

Ground Beef and Pasta Skillet
Sneak extra vegetables into your child’s day (and yours too!) with this easy one-skillet pasta recipe. Finely chop mushrooms to resemble the texture of ground beef and stir them into a classic meat sauce for an extra-healthy twist on a dinnertime favorite…………………..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Italian Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19746/cuisines-regions/european/italian/

Appetizer of the Week – Meatballs with Chipotle Chile Sauce with Queso Fresca Cheese

November 28, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is Meatballs with Chipotle Chile Sauce with Queso Fresca Cheese. To make the Meatballs you’ll be needing Ground Beef, Ground Pork, Grated Parmesan Cheese, Flat Leaf Parsley, White Onion, Garlic Cloves, Ground Cumin, Salt, White Bread, and Ground Pepper. Also included is a recipe for the Sauce. 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 your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Meatballs with Chipotle Chile Sauce with Queso Fresca Cheese
Meatballs are always a favorite at parties, but this recipe also makes a great entrée, as well.

Recipe Ingredients:
Meatballs:
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork
3/4 cup Wisconsin Cotija or Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, minced
1/2 large white onion, grated
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, or to taste
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, beaten
2 slices coarse white bread, crust removed and soaked in 2-3 tablespoons milk
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Sauce:
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (16-ounce) jar Chipotle chile salsa
1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
1 cup chicken broth
1 sprig mint (or pinch ground dried mint)
1 cup Wisconsin Queso Fresco Cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Cooking Directions:
1 – For Meatballs: With your hands, combine meatball ingredients in bowl. Refrigerate one hour.
2 – Shape meatballs in desired size, depending on use–main course or appetizer.
3 – For Sauce: Add cinnamon to chile salsa.
4 – Heat oil until quite hot (not smoking) in heavy, deep skillet. Add the salsa and “fry” until thick (it will splatter). Add broth. Bring to boil. Stir in mint. Add meatballs. Simmer 30 minutes, or until meatballs are done.
5 – Garnish each serving with crumbled Queso Fresco, cilantro and additional mint, if desired.
Makes 4 servings as a main course, 10 to 12 servings as appetizers.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/meatballs_in_chipotle_chile_sauce_with_queso_fresca_cheese_recipe.html

Quick ’n Healthy Taco Salad

November 24, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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I have another Diabetic Friendly Recipe to pass along, Quick ’n Healthy Taco Salad. There is a recipe for both the Dressing and Salad and to make the Dressing you’ll be needing Light Sour Cream, Low Fat Plain Yogurt, Cilantro, Lime Juice, and Garlic Salt. Then to make the Salad you’ll be needing Red Bell Peppers, Ground Beef, Chili Powder, Salsa, Romaine Lettuce, Green Onions, Reduced Fat Mexican Blend Cheese, Tomatoes, and Reduced Fat Tortilla Strips. 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/

Quick ’n Healthy Taco Salad
Toss those dull lettuce bowls and try a delicious Quick ’n Healthy Taco Salad. This recipe is courtesy of Eat More of What You Love: Over 200 Brand-New Recipes Low in Sugar, Fat, and Calories, by award-winning registered dietitian and New York Times best-selling cookbook author Marlene Koch.

Ingredients
Dressing
1/3 cup light sour cream
1/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1/2 cup chopped cilantro, loosely packed
2 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 lime)
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt

Salad
Cooking spray
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
3/4 pound lean ground beef
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 cup salsa
6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
2 green onions, sliced
3/4 cup reduced-fat Mexican blend cheese
2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
Reduced-fat tortilla strips, optional

Directions
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 salad (1/4 of recipe)

1. Combine all ingredients for dressing in a blender and blend until smooth.

2. Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add diced pepper and sauté 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the beef and chili powder to the pan and sauté 5 to 6 minutes, or until meat is well-browned. Stir in the salsa and cook for one minute to combine.

3. Place 1 1/2 cups chopped lettuce onto each of four plates. Top each salad with 3/4 cup of the meat mixture. Sprinkle on 1/4 of the green onions, 3 tablespoons cheese and 3 tablespoons of dressing. Garnish with tomato wedges and optional tortilla strips, if desired.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 280 calories, Carbohydrates: 11 g Sugars: 6 g, Protein: 27 g, Fat: 14 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, Cholesterol: 45 mg, Sodium: 460 mg, Fiber: 3 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/salads/quick-n-healthy-taco-salad/

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Diabetic Dish of the Week – ROTINI WITH GROUND BEEF AND SPINACH

November 3, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is Rotini with Ground Beef and Spinach. The Dish is made using Dreamfields Rotini, Olive Oil, Onion, Garlic, Ground Beef, No Salt Tomato Sauce, Oregano, Spinach Leaves, Basil, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt, and Shredded Parmesan Cheese. You can find this Diabetic Friendly recipe and more all at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. You can also sign up to receive wonderful recipes, engaging articles, helpful and healthful tips, critically important news and more. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

ROTINI WITH GROUND BEEF AND SPINACH
A 10-ounce package of frozen chopped spinach thawed and well-drained can be substituted for fresh spinach. Recipe for Rotini with Ground Beef and Spinach from our Main Courses recipe section.

Ingredients

1 box Dreamfields Rotini, Penne Rigate or Elbows
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 pound (90%) lean ground beef
1 can (8 ounces) no salt added tomato sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 package (10 ounces) spinach leaves, shredded
1/4 cup shredded fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Salt (optional)
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

1 – Cook pasta according to package directions.
2 – Meanwhile, heat oil in large heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beef; cook until no longer pink, stirring and breaking beef into pieces.
3 – Stir in tomato sauce and oregano. Continue cooking 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add spinach, basil and red pepper flakes; continue cooking 3 minutes. Season with salt, if desired.
4 – Drain pasta. Add to skillet; toss with beef mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
NOTES:
A 10-ounce package of frozen chopped spinach thawed and well-drained can be substituted for fresh spinach.
Recipe Yield: Makes 6 main dish servings.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 401
Calories from fat: 54
Fat: 11 grams
Saturated Fat: 4 grams
Fiber: 8 grams
Sodium: 178 milligrams
Cholesterol: 49 milligrams
Protein: 27 grams
Carbohydrates: 0 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/rotini-with-ground-beef-and-spinach

Spicy Italian Meatballs

September 19, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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I have another Delicious Meatball Appetizer to pass along, Spicy Italian Meatballs. Some of the ingredients you’ll be needing are Egg, Bread Crumbs, Bottled Pepperoncini Salad Peppers, Italian Seasoning, Ground Beef, Italian Sausage, Peppers, Spices and more! I love a good Meatball! 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 your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Spicy Italian Meatballs
Juicy meatballs are precisely what your next party needs. This slow cooker recipe for the saucy favorite features spicy Italian sausage and a tangy balsamic-tomato sauce.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped bottled pepperoncini salad peppers
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup finely chopped onion (1 medium)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
2 – In a large bowl combine egg, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup onion, pepperoncini peppers, Italian seasoning, and the 1 clove garlic; mix well. Add ground beef and sausage; mix gently until combined. Shape mixture into twenty-four 2-inch meatballs. Place meatballs in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes; drain well.
3 – Meanwhile, in a 4 to 5-quart slow cooker combine crushed tomatoes, 1/2 cup onion, the vinegar, 2 cloves garlic, oregano, and crushed red pepper. Add baked meatballs to slow cooker; stir gently to coat.
4 -Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 3 hours. Skim fat from sauce before serving.
Makes 24 meatballs.

Tip: Meatballs can be served on their own, over hot cooked pasta, or in buns for meatball sandwiches.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/24 of recipe): 133 cal., 9 g fat (3 g sat. fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 4 g monounsatured fat), 36 mg chol., 237 mg sodium, 5 g carb., 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 7 g pro.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/spicy_italian_meatballs_recipe.html

Diabetic Beef Recipes

June 23, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Diabetic Beef Recipes. Delicious, Healthy, Diabetic Beef Recipes. You’ll find recipes like Old-Fashioned Meatloaf, Chipotle Skirt Steak Tacos with Smoky Tomatillo Salsa, and Grilled Beef and Vegetable Kebabs. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Diabetic Beef Recipes
Find healthy, delicious diabetic beef recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Old-Fashioned Meatloaf
Mushrooms, garlic and oats sneak some extra nutrients into this hearty and easy meatloaf. Serve with sweet potatoes and your favorite green vegetables for a super-satisfying comfort food dinner………………………………..

Chipotle Skirt Steak Tacos with Smoky Tomatillo Salsa
Here’s a pro tip from chef Rick Bayless, who shared this skirt steak taco recipe: puree a can of chipotles in adobo sauce and keep it in your fridge. Adobo is a vinegary tomato sauce, so along with the chipotles (smoked jalapeños), it becomes an all-purpose marinade that’s spicy, smoky and salty, all in one. In this recipe you brush it on the steak before grilling but Bayless also does the same move on eggplant, chicken and fish. And having the sauce on hand means you’re ready to whip up this easy grilled dinner at a moment’s notice……………………..

Grilled Beef and Vegetable Kebabs
These easy grilled beef & vegetable kebabs are not only delicious–they’re economical too. Tri-tip is an inexpensive and flavorful cut of beef that takes beautifully to cooking over an open flame. Thread it onto skewers with colorful veggies and marinate for up to eight hours before cooking on the grill or over your campfire. Either way, it’s a healthy and tasty summer meal………………………

* Click the link below to get all the Diabetic Beef Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22999/health-condition/diabetic/dinner/meats/beef/

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