Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 23, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Keeping mushrooms fresh…..

The secret to mushroom storage is that they stay fresh longer if you take them out of their container. Wrap them in paper towels placed in open plastic bags (paper bags are even better) and keep them in the fridge.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 19, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Making it taste good without meat…..

Combine sage, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, celery seed, allspice, and black pepper to make your own “poultry” seasoning. Blend chili powder, paprika, oregano, cumin, coriander, mustard powder, brown sugar, salt, and pepper to create your own spice rub for seitan steaks. Ingredients like tomato paste, nutritional yeast, soy sauce, and miso are rich in umami and can help create a depth of flavor in your vegetable dishes.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 16, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Herbs and Spices…..

The difference between an herb and a spice is that the herb comes from the leaf of the plant, while the spice comes from its roots, seeds, berry, bark or bulb.

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Mushroom Ragout with Herbed Ricotta and Pappardelle

September 12, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Mushroom Ragout with Herbed Ricotta and Pappardelle. The recipe comes from the EatingWell Website, where they have countless Meatless Recipes! Some of the Ingredients you’ll be needing are Mushrooms, Garlic, Onions, Tomato Paste, White Wine, Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese, Herbs, Spices, and Whole Wheat Pappardelle Pasta. Find this 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 2022! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Mushroom Ragout with Herbed Ricotta and Pappardelle
This mushroom ragout is topped with dollops of ricotta, which cut through the acidity of the tomato-based sauce for a balanced flavor and creamy texture.

Ingredients
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound mixed mushrooms, such as maitake, shiitake, oyster and/or cremini, trimmed and halved
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, grated, divided
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon tomato paste
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
¼ cup dry white wine
1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
¼ cup chopped fresh herbs, such as tarragon and/or parsley, plus more for garnish
8 ounces pappardelle pasta, preferably whole-wheat

Directions
Step 1
Put a large pot of water on to boil.

Step 2
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring once, until browned, about 4 minutes. Add onion, two-thirds of the garlic and thyme; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Add tomato paste, salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in wine and tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Step 3
Meanwhile, combine ricotta, herbs, the remaining garlic and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl.

Step 4
Cook pasta in the boiling water according to package directions. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer the pasta directly to the skillet, allowing some of the pasta-cooking water to drip into the pan. Cook, stirring, until the pasta is coated with the sauce, about 1 minute. Serve the pasta topped with the ricotta mixture and more herbs, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
Per Serving: 432 calories; fat 15g; cholesterol 40mg; sodium 503mg; carbohydrates 56g; dietary fiber 5g; protein 16g; sugars 8g; niacin equivalents 4mg; saturated fat 3g; vitamin a iu 731IU; potassium 623mg.
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/7896353/mushroom-ragout-with-herbed-ricotta-pappardelle/

Diabetic Side Dish of the Week – White and Black Beans with Onions and Peppers

September 11, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Side Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Side Dish of the Week is White and Black Beans with Onions and Peppers. Some of the ingredients you’ll be needing are Red Onions, Garlic, Bell Peppers, Equal® Spoonful, Spices, Herbs, Can of Great Northern Beans, and Can of Black Beans. 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 2022! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

White and Black Beans with Onions and Peppers
The recipe’s name tells you the ingredients, but not the fact that there are only 4 grams of fat per serving in this satisfying salad. It can be made up to 1 day before serving to allow flavors to blend.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 cup finely chopped red onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 tablespoons minced parsley
2 tablespoons Equal® Spoonful*
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 (15-ounce) can great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
Red and green bell pepper rings

Cooking Directions:
1 – Cook and stir onions and garlic in oil in medium skillet until crisp-tender. Remove from heat and cool.
2 – Stir in vinegar, chopped peppers, parsley, Equal®, salt and pepper.
3 – Pour onion mixture over combined beans in serving bowl; mix well. Garnish with pepper rings.
Makes 8 servings.

*May substitute 3 packets Equal sweetener
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): calories 174, protein 9 g, carbohydrate 27 g, fat 4 g, cholesterol 0 mg, sodium 78 mg.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/white_%26_black_beans_with_onions_%26_peppers_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 26, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Herb Gardens…..

Grow a few different herbs on a sunny windowsill during the winter and you’ll have fresh herbs all season long! Then move the herb plants outside in Spring after the last frost, let them enjoy the summer, and then move them inside in the fall.

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Santa Fe Grilled Vegetable Salad

August 22, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Santa Fe Grilled Vegetable Salad. Some of the ingredients you’ll be needing are Baby Eggplants, Squash, Zucchini, Bell Peppers, Onion, Spices, Herbs, and more. One delicious sounding Salad! 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 2022! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Santa Fe Grilled Vegetable Salad
Who says barbecue foods can’t be healthy? Make the most of your next cookout with this salad, chock-full of veggies. A quick turn on the grill and splashes brings out their best flavors!

Ingredients
2 baby eggplants (about 6 ounces each), cut in half lengthwise
1 medium yellow summer squash, cut in half lengthwise
1 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise
1 medium green bell pepper, quartered
1 medium red bell pepper, quartered
1 small onion, peeled and cut in half
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Nonstick cooking spray
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Directions
Yield: 8 servings
Serving size: 1 cup salad

1. Combine all ingredients except nonstick cooking spray and cilantro in large bowl; toss to coat.

2. Spray cold grid of grill with nonstick cooking spray. Prepare coals for direct grilling. Place vegetables on grill, 2 to 3 inches from hot coals; reserve marinade. Grill 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until tender and lightly charred; cool 10 minutes. (Or, place vegetables on rack of broiler pan coated with nonstick cooking spray; reserve marinade. Broil 2 to 3 inches from heat 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until tender; cool 10 minutes.)

3. Remove peel from eggplant, if desired. Slice vegetables into bite-size pieces; return to marinade. Stir in cilantro; toss to coat. Garnish as desired.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 63 calories, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 1 mg, Sodium: 70 mg, Fiber: 1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/salads/santa-fe-grilled-vegetable-salad/

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 7, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Growing an Herb Garden…..

Proper drainage – When gardening with herbs, avoid planting in wet, soggy soil with poor percolation. Too much water inhibits proper growth and creates ideal conditions for fungal diseases. Amend the soil with compost and organic material to help improve drainage. Enjoy the Garden!

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 15, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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How to Store Herbs So They Stay Fresher, Longer…..

Rinse off your herbs as soon as you get home from the market or store. Don’t wait until three minutes before starting dinner. Not only will they be ready to use whenever you need to add brightness and a finishing garnish, but giving the whole bundle a proper wash rehydrates the tender leaves so they stay fresher longer.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 12, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Health Hints…..

Use herbs, vinegar, tomatoes, onions and non-tropical vegetable oils instead of salt or high-sodium seasonings, especially if you have high blood pressure. Live and Eat Healthy!

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