Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 25, 2018 at 6:34 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Tacos please…….

Instead of making the usual Ground Beef Tacos change it up for the next Taco Night! Substitute the Ground Beef with Bison, Chicken, or Pork instead. Also try a Breakfast Taco for the Mornings, the ingredients are endless!

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Diabetic Dish of the Week – MEXICAN MEATBALL KABOBS

January 23, 2018 at 6:20 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is – MEXICAN MEATBALL KABOBS. Ground Beef, Bell Peppers, and seasoning go in to make this week’s recipe. It’s from one of my favorite recipe websites the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. At the site you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes along with Diabetic Management tips, Diabetic News, and more. So check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

MEXICAN MEATBALL KABOBS

Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray
3 pounds lean ground beef
2 cups quick oats
1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk
2 large eggs
1/2 cup ketchup
2 packets (1.25 ounces each) taco seasoning mix
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 large bell peppers (any color), cut into 60, 1-inch pieces
60 4-inch wooden skewers
Salsa and sour cream (optional)
Directions

1 – Preheat oven to 350F. Foil-line 3 baking sheets and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
2 – Combine ground beef, oats, evaporated milk, eggs, ketchup, taco seasoning and black pepper in large bowl until just mixed. Form mixture into 120, 1-inch meatballs. Place on prepared baking sheets.
3 – Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until no longer pink in center. Drain on paper towels, if needed.
4 – Thread two meatballs and one piece of pepper on each skewer. Place on large serving platter. Serve with salsa and sour cream.

Recipe Yield: Yield Makes 30 servings, 2 skewers each

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 110
Fat: 1.5 grams
Saturated Fat: 1.5 grams
Fiber: 1 grams
Sodium: 260 milligrams
Cholesterol: 40 milligrams
Protein: 11 grams
Carbohydrates: 8 grams
Sugars: 3 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/mexican-meatball-kabobs

One of America’s Favorites – Cheeseburger

December 25, 2017 at 7:03 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Cheeseburger

A cheeseburger is a hamburger topped with cheese. Traditionally, the slice of cheese is placed on top of the meat patty, but the burger can include many variations in structure, ingredients, and composition. The cheese is normally added to the cooking hamburger patty shortly before serving, which allows the cheese to melt. As with other hamburgers, a cheeseburger may include toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, or bacon.

In fast food restaurants, the cheese used is normally processed cheese, but other cheeses may be used instead, such as cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella, blue cheese, and pepper jack. Also, in rare cases, spinach and olives are added.

 

By the late nineteenth century, the opening of the vast grasslands of the Great Plains to cattle ranching had made it possible for every American to enjoy beef almost daily. Hamburger was one of the cheapest way for even the poorest of Americans to eat beef.

Adding cheese to hamburgers became popular in the late-1920s to mid-1930s, and there are several competing

A cheddar-stuffed cheeseburger

claims as to who created the first cheeseburger. Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have introduced the cheeseburger in 1926 at the age of 16 when he was working as a fry cook at his father’s Pasadena, California sandwich shop, “The Rite Spot”, and “experimentally dropped a slab of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger.”

An early example of the cheeseburger appearing on a menu is a 1928 menu for the Los Angeles restaurant O’Dell’s which listed a cheeseburger smothered with chili for 25 cents.

Other restaurants also claim to have invented the cheeseburger. For example, Kaelin’s Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, said it invented the cheeseburger in 1934. One year later, a trademark for the name “cheeseburger” was awarded to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, Colorado. According to Steak ‘n Shake archives, the restaurant’s founder, Gus Belt, applied for a trademark on the word in the 1930s. Another example of the hamburger invention. “The history of the hamburger appears to be divided into two aspects: the American-type hamburger, with which most people are familiar, and the idea of the hamburger from Hamburg, Germany. The essential difference is in the name and sandwich. Hamburgers may have been inspired in the German city with the profusion of beef from cows in the country terrain. Given the lack of refrigeration, the meat had to be cooked immediately, and the Hamburg beef patties became popular.

The largest cheeseburger ever made in the world weighed 2,014 pounds, “60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50 pounds of sliced onions, 40 pounds of pickles, and 40 pounds of cheese.” The record was broken by Minnesota’s Black Bear Casino breaking the previous Cheeseburger record 881 pounds.

In the United States, National Cheeseburger Day is celebrated annually on 18 September.

 

The ingredients used to create cheeseburgers follow similar patterns found in the regional variations of hamburgers. First start with the beef ground chuck would make the best tasting burger to make it even better and healthier use grass fed grass finish beef. Popular regional toppings include bacon, avocado or guacamole, sliced sautéed mushrooms or onions, cheese sauce and/or chili. Less common ingredients include egg, feta cheese, salsa, jalapeños, and other kinds of chili peppers, anchovies, slices of ham, mustard, gyros meat, or bologna, horseradish, sauerkraut, pastrami or teriyaki-seasoned beef, tartar sauce, french fries, onion rings, potato chips, a pat of butter, pineapple, and tofu.

A cheeseburger may have more than one hamburger patty and more than one slice of cheese. A stack of two patties is called a double cheeseburger; a triple cheeseburger has three, and a quadruple has four. Some cheeseburgers are prepared with the cheese enclosed within the ground beef, rather than on top. This is sometimes known as a Jucy Lucy.

 

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Chunky Pumpkin Chili

October 17, 2017 at 5:06 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is – Chunky Pumpkin Chili. The perfect Chili for this time of the year, Chunky Pumpkin Chili. Ground beef, kidney beans, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice make up this week’s dish. The recipe is from one of my recipe sites, CooksRecipes. The Cooks site has a huge selection of recipes of all cuisines and tastes. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

Chunky Pumpkin Chili
Ground beef and kidney beans are joined by pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice in this autumn take on chili.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
1 (46-ounce) can tomato juice
1 (28-ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
1/2 cup canned pumpkin purée
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 tablespoon Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener

Cooking Directions:

1 – In a large pot over medium heat, cook beef until brown; drain.
2 – Stir in onion and bell pepper and cook 5 minutes.
3 – Stir in beans, tomato juice, diced tomatoes and pumpkin purée. Season with pumpkin pie spice, chili powder and Splenda® Granulated Sweetener.
4 – Simmer 1 hour.
Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): Calories: 390; Calories from Fat: 150; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 70mg; Sodium: 1200mg; Total Carbs: 32g; Dietary Fiber: 10g; Sugars: 10g; Protein: 28g.

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/chunky_pumpkin_chili_recipe.html

Diabetic Dish of the Week – FOOTBALL SEASON SAUSAGE SANDWICHES

August 22, 2017 at 5:26 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 – FOOTBALL SEASON SAUSAGE SANDWICHES. Perfect Diabetic Friendly recipe for your tailgate parties or for home in front of the screen. You can find this recipe at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. At the Diabetic Gourmet site you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly recipes, Diabetic Tips, Diabetic latest news and more! So Enjoy and Eat Healthy! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

 

FOOTBALL SEASON SAUSAGE SANDWICHES

Ingredients

1 pound extra lean ground beef
1/2 lb ground turkey breast
1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup skim milk
1-1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
1 tsp fennel seed, crushed
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 large onion, halved, thinly sliced
1 large green bell pepper, seeded, thinly sliced
1 tbsp water
8 small Kaiser rolls

Directions

1 – In large bowl, combine ground beef, ground turkey, bread crumbs, milk, oregano, fennel, garlic powder and crushed red pepper. Mix well. Shape mixture into 8 patties, 1/2 inch thick.
2 – Spray large non-stick skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Heat over medium heat until hot. Add onion, bell pepper and water; cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove veggies from skillet and cover to keep warm.
3 – Wipe skillet clean and spray again with cooking spray. Heat over medium heat until hot. Add patties and cook for about 12 minutes or until there is no pink in the center. Serve patties and veggies on Kaiser rolls. Top with barbecue sauce if you want, and serve with a football game.

Recipe Yield: Servings: 8

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 290
Fat: 10 grams
Sodium: 320 miligrams
Cholesterol: 55 miligrams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/football-season-sausage-sandwiches

One of America’s Favorites – Natchitoches Meat Pie

July 24, 2017 at 5:40 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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The Natchitoches meat pie is a regional dish from northern Louisiana, United States. It is one of the official state foods of Louisiana.

Ingredients include ground beef, ground pork, onions, peppers, garlic, oil, and a pie shell. Natchitoches meat pies are often fried in peanut oil because of that oil’s high smoking temperature. A number of restaurants in the historic district in Natchitoches serve meat pies, and frozen pies are available from grocers in northern Louisiana.

It has a savory meat filling in a crescent-shaped, flaky wheat pastry turnover. It is similar to a Spanish picadillo beef empanada. Varieties are found throughout the colonies of the Spanish Empire. The Natchitoches meat pie is nearly identical to the traditional ground beef empanada of Argentina, Empanada de Carne.

 

Natchitoches meat pie with New Orleans beans and rice

The meat pie is found all throughout Louisiana, including southern Louisiana which tends to have a spicier version compared to its northern counterpart, but its origins are found to be from Northern Louisiana. Although found in Greater New Orleans today, The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book published in 1901 by The Times Picayune of New Orleans does not contain a recipe for a Natchitoches style meat pie in its list of over a thousand recipes. Natchitoches meat pies are found in other parts of Southern Louisiana as well as sold at food booths at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and seems to have spread south from Northern Louisiana.

The use of wheat flour as an ingredient is significant. Corn is grown locally. It is a staple of both Spanish and Native American food. Wheat is difficult to grow in this wet, warm climate. Mexican wheat flour could have been imported initially by annual supply convoy over El Camino Real de los Tejas (a portion later became The Old San Antonio Road) or sourced from Europe via the French port on the Red River at Natchitoches.

In the modern recipe, ground pork or pork sausage is blended into the ground beef for additional flavor. Onions, bell pepper and when used garlic and parsley provide aromatics. Ground black pepper and cayenne pepper are added to get attention without being uncomfortable. Flour is added to the browned meat and vegetable mixture to dry, thicken and loosely bind the filling. The meat filling can be used in other foods (e.g., tacos, tamales, enchiladas, stuffed bell pepper et al) but the wheat turnover crust is a defining element. The traditional size is approximately 4 ounces (by weight) on a 5″-6″ diameter pastry dough. The filling should be made the day before to allow the flavors of the ingredients to meld. Filling, dough and tools should be chilled before assembly. Warm filling will cause the dough to disintegrate.

 

In the first part of the 20th century, meat pies were sold from home kitchens or from carts by street vendors. By 1967, Natchitoches meat pies were produced in commercial kitchens. Now, they may be ordered online.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting aired a program January 20, 2007, describing how to make Natchitoches meat pies. It is available on DVD entitled “A Taste of Louisiana with Chef John Folse & Company: Our Food Heritage – The Spanish Shows”. An annual Meat Pie Festival, held in September, celebrates the Natchitoches meat pie. It includes pie making demonstrations, a meat pie cook-off, live music and more.

 

 

Soup Special of the Day!………Calypso Beef Soup

June 18, 2017 at 5:17 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is Calypso Beef Soup. Ground Beef, Sweet Potatoes, and Black-Eyed Peas are just 3 of the ingredients that you’ll be using. It’s from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine which has a large selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes. Check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://diabeticgourmet.com/

 

Calypso Beef Soup

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of fiber.

Ingredients

1-1/2 pounds 95% ground beef
1 cup diced peeled sweet potato
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups water or ready-to-serve beef broth
1 can (15-1/2 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed, drained
1 can (13-1/2 ounces) light unsweetened coconut milk
2 cups packed fresh baby spinach leaves
3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
Salt and ground black pepper
Directions

1 – Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add ground beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon. Pour off drippings in pan; add sweet potato, onion, bell pepper and curry powder. Cook 4 to 5 minutes or until onion and pepper are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour; cook and stir 1 minute.
2 – Stir in water, black-eyed peas and coconut milk; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 5 to 8 minutes or until sweet potato is tender. Stir in spinach and thyme. Cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Calories: 308
Protein: 30g
Sodium: 327 mg
Cholesterol: 76 mg
Fat: 11g
Saturated Fat: 6g
Dietary Fiber: 4g
Carbohydrates: 22g

http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/html/819.shtml

Soup Special of the Day!……Bean and Pasta Soup

March 12, 2017 at 5:38 AM | Posted in Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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For this week’s Soup Special of the Day – Bean and Pasta Soup. You can find this recipe on various sites but I went with the one on the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site (http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html) has a fantastic selection of recipes for all tastes and cuisines. Enjoy and Eat Healthy.

 

Bean and Pasta Soup

Warm up with this simmering sensation, each spoonful is filled with flavor.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
6 cups beef broth
1 (11.5-ounce) can vegetable juice
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1 1/2 cups chopped peeled onion
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1 1/2 cups grated carrot
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 (15-ounce) can navy beans, drained
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 clove large garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound small pasta, such as macaroni or rotini

Cooking Directions:

1 – Brown beef in a large stockpot, about 5 minutes; drain.
2 – Add beef broth and vegetable juice. Stir in whole tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, celery, carrot, kidney beans, navy beans, lemon juice, garlic, Italian seasoning and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
3 – Add pasta and simmer another 10 to 15 minutes or until pasta is almost tender. Serve hot.
Makes 12 servings.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/bean_and_pasta_soup_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 15, 2016 at 5:23 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Thank you to Sarah for passing this hint along…..

 

Section off your ground beef before freezing. Instead of defrosting and refreezing ground beef, divide it into individual portions inside of a freezer bag before you stick it in the freezer.

Latin Lettuce Wraps with Salsa

February 24, 2016 at 6:00 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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Lettuce Wraps with a Latin flare! From the CooksRecipes website it’s – Latin Lettuce Wraps with Salsa. The Cooks website is loaded with fantastic recipe ideas of all cuisines! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

Latin Lettuce Wraps with Salsa

Recipe Ingredients:

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8 plum tomatoes
Olive oil, to taste
2 poblano peppers
2 garlic cloves, unpeeled
1 white onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
Kosher salt, to taste

Lettuce Wraps:
1 pound Certified Angus Beef® ground beef
1 tablespoon adobo seasoning
2 cups cooked jasmine rice
2 limes, finely chopped zest; juice from one lime
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 heads Bibb lettuce, washed, separated and drained

Cooking Directions:

1 – For Roasted Tomato and Poblano Salsa: Coat tomatoes in olive oil and roast in 400°F (205°C) oven until skins begin to blacken; remove skins, core and seed.
2 – Dry-roast poblanos until skins begin to blacken, place in paper bag to cool and remove skins and seeds.
3 – Dry-roast garlic until skin loosens and browns; remove skin.
4 – Slice onion into 1/4 inch pieces and grill until soft and slightly browned.
5 – In food processor fitted with cutting blade, lightly chop tomatoes, onions and garlic.
6 – Chop roasted poblanos by hand and stir into tomato mixture. Add 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro and season with salt.
7 – For Latin Lettuce Wraps: Season ground beef with adobo seasoning; brown beef and drain.
8 – Season cooked rice with finely chopped zest of two limes, juice of one lime and 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro.
9 – Serve lettuce, rice, beef and salsa in separate dishes so guests can build their own wraps.
Makes 6 servings.

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/sandwich/latin_lettuce_wraps_with_salsa_recipe.html

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