It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday – Vegetable-Chicken Noodle Soup

October 12, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, It's Chili Soups or Stews Saturday | Leave a comment
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This week’s It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday Recipe is Vegetable-Chicken Noodle Soup. Made using Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, Celery, Leeks, Carrots, Turnips, Fat-Free Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth, Yolk-Free Wide Noodles, and Herbs and Spices. One Hearty Soup! The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you’ll also find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, and Diabetes Management Tips. You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine while at the site. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Make 2019 aHappy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Vegetable-Chicken Noodle Soup
Ingredients
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup thinly sliced leek (white part only)
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped turnip
6 cups fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 ounces uncooked yolk-free wide noodles
1 cup boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and diced

Directions
1 – Combine celery, leek, carrot, turnip, and 1/3 cup chicken broth in large saucepan. Cover; cook over medium heat 12 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.

2 – Stir in remaining 5 2/3 cups broth, parsley, thyme, rosemary, vinegar, and pepper; bring to a boil. Add noodles; cook until noodles are tender.

3 – Stir in chicken. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until heated through.

Yield: 6 servings.

Serving size: about 1 cup soup.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 98 calories, Carbohydrates: 12 g, Protein: 10 g, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 18 mg, Sodium: 73 mg, Fiber: 1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/soups-stews/vegetable-chicken-noodle-soup/

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Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes on a Budget

October 12, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes on a Budget. Delicious Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes on a Budget with recipes like; Italian Beans with Pesto, Green Chile Turkey Burgers, and Chili-Cheese Nachos. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Don’t forget to subscribe to the EatingWell Magazine also. Each issue full oh Healthy Cooking Tips and Recipes. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes on a Budget
Find healthy, delicious budget low-calorie dinner recipes from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Italian Beans with Pesto
Beans and bulgur wheat are flavored with prepared pesto sauce and vegetables, then rolled into a tortilla or served over greens for a hearty, healthy lunch or light supper…………

Green Chile Turkey Burgers
These healthy turkey burgers are flavored with the Southwestern triad of chiles verdes, cumin and cilantro. We serve them here on tortillas, but traditionalists can go for a bun……………..

Chili-Cheese Nachos
Make nachos a healthy dinner when you top them with an easy 30-minute chili. Serve this healthy recipe with sliced scallions, avocado, fresh tomatoes and sour cream, if desired……….

* Click the link below to get all theLow-Calorie Dinner Recipes on a Budget
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/20095/mealtimes/dinner/low-calorie/budget/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 30, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 4 Comments
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Grilling Vegetables……….

When grilling vegetables in aluminum foil on the grill, try placing a sprig of fresh herbs within each foil wrap. Majoram is the most popular choice, but almost any herb will do. It will give give your vegetables a fresh and wonderful taste. Fire that grill up!

3 Bean Turkey Chili

August 29, 2019 at 6:34 PM | Posted in beans, Bush's, chili, Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: 3 Bean Turkey Chili

 

For Breakfast this morning I had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Did a load of laundry and cleaned the house, dusted and vacuumed. 80 degrees and Sunny out today! I got the cart of the shed along with the rake and leaf blower. Raked the front and side yard. Then took the cart for a spin around the neighborhood. Signs of the Fall getting closer; more leaves to rake and a few trees turning color, Football starting up, growing my beard back, and a stronger yearning for Chili! So I grabbed the last container from the freezer of my 3 Bean Turkey Chili for Dinner tonight! New Batch coming soon though!

I had made a batch of my 3 Bean Turkey Chili and had it in the freezer. I’ve left the original post below with details of ingredients and directions. Enjoy, later!

 

To make my Chili I’m using Jennie -O Lean Ground Turkey. The 3 Beans I use are 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Black Beans), 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans ( Kidney Beans), 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Great Northern Beans) drained and rinsed, Then I mix in 1 Red Onion (medium Chopped or Minced), 1 Jalapeno Pepper (Seeded and Chopped), and 3 Cloves Minced Garlic. For my spices I use 1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix, 2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste (2 cans), 1/2 Tsp Ground Cocoa Chili Blend (McCormick), 1/2 Tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (McCormick), 2 Tbs. Ground Roasted Cumin (McCormick), 2 tbsp Ground Cinnamon (McCormick), 1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves (McCormick), and 5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste (I usually add a lot more dashes!). What’s good about this recipe you can use your own favorite Spices and make your own tweaks to it.

 

 

First thing I do is get the Crock Pot out and put in a Glad Crock Pot Liner. The Liners are incredible, just line your Crock Pot with one and spray it with Pam Cooking Spray. Now you are set to go. It makes for one easy clean up, just remove it when done and give the inside of your Crock Pot a quick wipe down and your clean up is done! On with the recipe.

 

 

 

 

I prepared the Beans and Ground Turkey last night. To prepare the Turkey, I started by browning the Jennie -O Ground Turkey. Using a large skillet sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Preheat the skillet on medium heat. When heated I add the Ground Turkey and all the Seasonings and Tomato Paste, stirring often. When the Turkey has browned I put it in a large plastic container and on into the fridge after it had cooled a bit. Next I opened all 3 cans of Bush Beans into a large bowl and stirred until mixed. Stored them in a bowl and in the fridge also.

 

 

 

Then this morning I added everything to the Crock Pot. I also added a 1/2 cup of Water, stirred twice, and put the lid on the Crock Pot and set on low for 5-6 hours. The full recipe and list of ingredients is at the end of the post. Then sit back and enjoy the aroma, that usually starts after an hour or so of simmering! I love a thick Chili and this one works! The Jennie – O Ground Turkey combined with all those Beans and Spices is a perfect match. Served it topped with some Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and a couple of shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.

 

 

 

I just love the aroma of the simmering Chili, that usually starts after an hour or so of simmering! I love a thick Chili and this one works! The Jennie – O Ground Turkey combined with all those Beans and Spices is a perfect match. Served it topped with some Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and a couple of shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. I’ll be using the Leftover Chili in a couple of different ways for the couple of days, can’t wait! Chili is even better after sitting in the fridge for a day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Bean Turkey Chili

Ingredients
1 lb. package Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Red Beans)
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans ( Kidney Beans)
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Great Northern Beans), drained and rinsed
1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix
1/2 Red Onion (medium), Chopped or Minced
1 Jalapeno Pepper, Unseeded and Chopped
4 Cloves Minced Garlic
1/2 Tsp Ground Cocoa Chili Blend (McCormick)
1/2 Tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (McCormick)
2 Tbs. Ground Roasted Cumin
2 Tsps Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves
5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.
1/2 Cup of Water
Shredded Cheese, I use Grated Dutch Gouda or Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar Cheese (Topping)
Oyster Crackers
Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.

Directions:
*Brown Turkey in large saucepan on medium-high heat 10 min. or until no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Add all remaining spices and ingredients except 1 can of the tomato paste and water.
*ADD to slow cooker and add in the remaining 1 can of tomato paste and 1/2 cup of water.
*COVER with lid. Cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours (or on LOW 5 to 6 hours).

*Serve in bowl or mug with cheese and oyster crackers, A Tablespoon of fat-free sour cream, Chopped Onions, or serve with some home made cornbread.

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – BUFFALO STEAK WITH BLISTERED TOMATO SAUCE

August 21, 2019 at 6:04 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is – BUFFALO STEAK WITH BLISTERED TOMATO SAUCE. Made using the always delicious Wild Idea Buffalo Hanging Tender Steak. Seasoned with Olive Oil, Garlic, Anchovy Fillets, White Wine, and Herbs. You can find this recipe or purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Hanging Tender Steak along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

BUFFALO STEAK WITH BLISTERED TOMATO SAUCE
Many food items can stand on their own, but sometimes you hit a trifecta, where the equal balance of each emulsifies with the other and creates a party in your mouth.
You are going to love this dish. Simple. Delicious. And… easy. Note: I used the Hanger Steak/ Hanging Tender for this recipe, but any of our premium steaks would work as well.
Ingredients:

1 – 1 lb. Wild Idea Hanging Tender

3 – tablespoons olive oil.

1 – teaspoon salt & pepper

12 – ounces cherry tomatoes, halved

1 – teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or ½ dry

½ – teaspoon fresh oregano or ¼ dry

2 – cloves garlic, chopped or 1½ tablespoons

2 – anchovy filets

1 – tablespoon capers

½ – cup white wine

salt and black pepper to taste

Squeeze of fresh lemon

Preparation:

1 – Using a filet knife remove sinew piece that runs down the center of the hanging tender. This will give you two long strips of meat , one will be smaller in size than the other. Or, you can leave whole.
2 – Rub the steak pieces with 1 tablespoon olive oil and a teaspoon of salt and pepper. Allow to rest while you prepare the Blistered Tomatoes.
3 – For the tomatoes, heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a pan over medium high heat, and add the halved tomatoes spreading them evenly over the pan. . Allow them to cook for about 7 minutes.
4 – Add the herbs and garlic and stir to incorporate.
5 – Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
6 – Remove the tomatoes form the heat while you prepare the steaks.
7 – Over a high heat, 500* grill – grill the prepped steaks for one and a half minutes on each side (smaller half of steak for just a minute on each side.
8 – Remove form the grill, cover and rest while finishing the tomatoes.
9 – Add the anchovies, breaking up with a spoon and add the capers and wine. Stir to incorporate and continue to cook until wine is reduced to half.
10 – Taste and season with salt & pepper and fresh squeeze of lemon before serving.
11 – Carve the steak into desired pieces and serve with Blistered Tomato Sauce and Risotto. So good!
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/buffalo-steak-with-blistered-toamto-sauce

 

 

 

 

Wild Idea Buffalo – HANGING TENDER STEAK 16 OZ.

Also known as the hanger steak, this is a coveted favorite of butchers. There is only one hanging tender steak per bison and it is cut from the primal plate. The deep rich flavor and delicate tenderness requires less cooking time. Roast whole or cut for medallions or kebabs.

https://wildideabuffalo.com/collections/steaks/products/hanging-tender-steaks

Healthy, Quick and Easy Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

August 6, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy, Quick and Easy Breakfast and Brunch Recipes . Healthy and Delicious Breakfast and Brunch recipes including recipes like; Triple-Grain Flapjacks, Banana-Stuffed French Toast, and Goat Cheese and Fresh Herb Omelet. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy, Quick and Easy Breakfast and Brunch Recipes
Find healthy, delicious quick and easy breakfast and brunch recipes including eggs, pancakes, muffins and pastries. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Triple-Grain Flapjacks
Cornmeal, rolled oats, and wheat flour are the trio of grains in these pancakes. Chopped dried cherries or cranberries are also good choices in place of the optional blueberries or currants……..

Banana-Stuffed French Toast
Making French toast for the family doesn’t have to mean lots of last-minute fuss—not if you make this mouthwatering health-minded baked version that’s stuffed with banana……….

Goat Cheese and Fresh Herb Omelet
The secret to this easy omelet recipe is choosing a really great goat cheese. Luckily most supermarkets have great chevre—Vermont Creamery and Laura Chenel are straightforward varieties you’re likely to find. If you’ve got access to funky local options, bust them out for this quick breakfast recipe. Aside from the goat cheese, eggs and herbs, you need just a few pantry ingredients and 20 minutes for one of the best omelets you can make……………….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy, Quick and Easy Breakfast and Brunch Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18642/cooking-methods-styles/quick-easy/breakfast/

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – OVEN-ROASTED FALAFEL

August 5, 2019 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 OVEN-ROASTED FALAFEL. Some of the the ingredients you’ll be using are; Chickpeas, Onion, Garlic Cloves, Herbs, Spices, Pita Bread, more! This recipe can be found at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website where you can find a huge selection of Delicious and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. Enjoy and make 2019 a Healthy One! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

OVEN-ROASTED FALAFEL

Ingredients

1 (19-oz/540 mL) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 small onion, chopped
2-4 garlic cloves, peeled
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (30 mL)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (30 mL)
1 tsp ground cumin (5 mL)
1/4 tsp salt (1 mL)
pinch dried chili flakes
1/4 cup whole wheat flour (plus extra, if needed) (60 mL)
1 tsp baking powder (5 mL)
canola oil for cooking
fresh pitas, tzatziki, chopped cucumber, tomatoes and red onion accompaniments

Directions

1 – Preheat oven to 425F (220C).
2 – Place chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, cumin, salt, and chili flakes in bowl of food processor and pulse until combined but still chunky.
3 – Add flour and baking powder and pulse until it turns into soft mixture that you can roll into balls without sticking to your hands. (Add another spoonful of flour if it seems too sticky.)
4 – Roll dough into meatball-sized balls and gently flatten each into little patty.
5 – Place patties on heavy-rimmed baking sheet, preferably one that’s dark in color. Brush each patty with canola oil, flip them over and brush other side.
6 – Roast for 15 minutes, then flip them over and roast for another 10 minutes, until crisp and golden on both sides.
7 – Serve warm, wrapped in pitas, with tzatziki, chopped cucumber, tomatoes and red onion.
NOTES:
Falafel, crispy vegetarian patties made of chickpeas, garlic, onion and spices make an easy, inexpensive dinner or unique party food – serve small falafel balls with tzatziki for dipping.

Recipe Yield: Yield: 20 falafel patties.Serving size: 3 falafels.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 180
Fat: 6 grams
Fiber: 6 grams
Sodium: 150 milligrams
Protein: 9 grams
Carbohydrates: 27 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipe/oven-roasted-falafel

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 2, 2019 at 6:09 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 2 Comments
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Cutting back on salt in your cooking……….

Start by selecting reduced-sodium or no-salt-added canned soups and vegetables. Always check the Nutrition Facts Label for sodium and choose products with lower sodium content. Then season foods with herbs, spices, garlic, onions, peppers and lemon or lime juice to add flavor.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 14, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Use those Herbs and Spices……………

Healthy meals do not have to be bland and boring. A simple way to incorporate more flavor into your dishes is to add dried spices or fresh herbs. They virtually have no calories, so seasoning your food properly maximizes flavor without adding more calories.

Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe – Chicken Cacciatore

June 30, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Sunday's Chicken Dinner | Leave a comment
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This week’s Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe is – Chicken Cacciatore. Chicken Breasts and Chicken Thighs are featured in this week’s recipe. Along with Red Bell Pepper Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Spices, Herbs, and White Wine it s one Comfort Food Sunday Meal! Keep the recipes coming! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One!

Chicken Cacciatore
Ingredients
2 cups All-Purpose Flour for coating
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
2 Chicken Breasts and 4 Chicken Thighs, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil
1 Onion, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can Diced Italian Tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon dried Oregano
1 teaspoon dried Rosemary, crushed
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh Basil Leaves
1/2 cup White Wine
2 cups fresh Mushrooms, quartered
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions
1 – Combine the flour, salt and pepper in a plastic bag. Shake the chicken pieces in flour until coated. Heat the oil in a large skillet (one that has a cover/lid). Fry the chicken pieces until they are browned on both sides. Remove from skillet.
2 – Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper to the skillet and saute until the onion is slightly browned. Return the chicken to the skillet and add the tomatoes, oregano, rosemary, basil, and wine. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes over medium low heat.
3 – Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 10 more minutes. Dinner is served!

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