Kitchen Hint of the Day!

February 16, 2018 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Crushing dried herbs before using them will boost their flavor, as will soaking them for a few seconds in hot water. This technique also works well with dried herbs that have lost their flavor.


Soup Special of the Day……………………Wintergold Stew

January 21, 2018 at 6:26 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is – Wintergold Stew. Onions, Celery, Bell Peppers, and Rutabagas are just some of the ingredients that goes in this week’s recipe. It’s from the CooksRecipes website. The Cook’s site has huge selection of recipes to please everyone. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

Wintergold Stew
Full of good-for-you vegetables, this delicious, hearty stew will satisfy and warm you up from the inside out.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, diced
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups water
2 cups diced peeled butternut squash
2 cups diced peeled rutabaga
3 teaspoons crushed dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups chopped kale
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Cooking Directions:
1 – Heat oil in a large saucepan oil. Add the onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic, and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add water, squash, rutabaga, oregano, paprika and salt; bring to a simmer. Cook for 40 to 45 minutes over medium-low heat until the rutabaga is tender, stirring occasionally.
2 – Stir in the kale and cook for about 10 minutes more.
3 – To thicken, mash the squash and rutabaga against the side of the pan with the back of a spoon. Stir in the parsley and let stew stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
4 – Ladle into bowls and serve hot.
Makes 6 servings.

Tip: Other winter squash, such as red kuri, buttercup, or Hubbard, may be substituted for the butternut squash.

Top 25 Power Foods for Diabetes

January 21, 2018 at 6:24 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its the – Top 25 Power Foods for Diabetes. Check out the fruits and vegetables you should be having to help manage your Diabetes. While at the site check out the endless Diabetic Friendly selection of recipes. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!


Top 25 Power Foods for Diabetes
The best foods for diabetes are most often whole foods that are not processed, such as fruits and vegetables. Including these extra-healthy power foods in your diet will help you meet your nutritional needs as well as lower your risk of diabetes complications such as heart disease. Of course, the foods on this list shouldn’t be the only foods you eat, but incorporating some or all into your diabetes meal plan will help improve your overall health.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away — specifically the cardiologist. A 2012 study at Ohio State University published in the Journal of Functional Foods found that eating just one apple a day for four weeks lowered LDL (bad) cholesterol by 40 percent. The professor leading the study explained that not all antioxidants are created equal, and that a particular type of antioxidant in apples had a profound effect on lowering LDLs, a contributor to heart disease. The study was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Apple Association, among other supporters…….

Based on taste alone, asparagus is a favorite food for many. But you’ll really love that it’s a nonstarchy vegetable with only 5 grams of carb, 20 calories, and almost 2 grams of dietary fiber per serving. It’s especially high in an antioxidant called glutathione, which plays a key role in easing the effects of aging and many diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer………

Avocados are known for their heart-healthy monounsaturated fat content. When substituting these fats for saturated fat, they can improve cholesterol levels, decreasing your risk of heart disease, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics…….

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Soup Special of the Day!…….Winter Harvest Chili with Cheese

January 14, 2018 at 6:10 AM | Posted in chili, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is Winter Harvest Chili with Cheese. Chili just seems to always taste better in the Fall and Winter Seasons. So this week’s recipe, Winter Harvest Chili with Cheese, is perfect for these cold and snowy Winter Days. Made with Onions, Leeks, Carrots, Celery, and more! You can find this recipe at the CooksRecipes website along with the many other delicious and healthy recipe! So check the Cooks site out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

Winter Harvest Chili with Cheese
A wholesome and flavorful vegetarian chili recipe.

Recipe Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups finely diced white onion
1 1/2 cups finely diced leek
3 cups finely diced carrot
1 cup finely diced celery
1 cup finely diced red pepper
1 cup finely diced mushroom
4 cloves chopped garlic
1 tablespoon hot chili powder, Mexican style
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
2 cinnamon sticks
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup raisins
2 cups chopped red tomato
1 1/2 cups green lentils
1 1/2 cups barley
3 cups vegetable stock
4 packages firm, well-drained premium tofu, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/2 cup Wisconsin cheese of your choice shredded: Pepato, White Cheddar, Smoked Gouda, Asiago or Monterey Jack with Salsa

Cooking Directions:
1 – Heat olive oil. Add all the vegetables and seasonings, including the cinnamon sticks. Cook lightly for five minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
2 – Add raisins, tomato, lentils, barley and stock. Simmer slowly until the lentils are cooked almost through. Remove cinnamon sticks.
3 – Serve sprinkled with cheese.

Makes 3 to 4 servings.

Peppercorn and Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Seasoned Pinto Beans

January 2, 2018 at 5:59 PM | Posted in pork tenderloin, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Peppercorn and Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Seasoned Pinto Beans




For Breakfast on this morning i toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin. I topped it with a Poached Egg and I also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Yesterday morning was cold and this morning its even colder! It’s a minus 8 degrees. It was sunny out today but only a high of 18 degrees. So with the cold weather outside I stayed indoors. Today was computer cleanup day. Cleaned off the desk and did some rearranging. Then I did some computer cleaning and maintenance. Ran all the scans, deleted old files, and up dated some passwords. Then I unhooked everything and cleaned the inside of the processor. For Dinner tonight I prepared a Peppercorn and Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Seasoned Pinto Beans.




I purchased the Pork Tenderloin at our local Kroger up the road. It’s a Smithfield Pork Tenderloin. Usually I use my Cumin Spiced Rub when having a Pork Tenderloin so I thought I would give the Peppercorn and Herb Rub a try. To prepare it I’ll need; the Pork Tenderloin, Extra Light Olive Oil, McCormick Grinder Sea Salt, McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley, Dried Parsley, and Dried Thyme.




To prepare it; preheat oven to 350°. Combine all the ingredients, except the Peppercorn, in a small bowl. Next rub a light coat of Extra Light Olive Oil all over the Pork. Then rub the combined ingredients on all sides of the Pork. I then got a plate, and got the McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley and ground the Peppercorn on to the plate. Took the Pork Tenderloin and rolled in the Peppercorn. I then let the Pork rest for 5 minutes. As that was resting I got a Cast Iron Skillet sprayed it with a light coat of Pam Non-Stick Cooking Spray and added a tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil. Heated the Skillet on medium high heat. Add the Pork to the skillet and cook 2 minutes per side. From the stove to the oven; Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until a thermometer registers 155° (slightly pink), turning after 7 minutes. Remove from the skillet into a platter or dish and let stand 10 minutes before slicing. That’s one excellent Pork Tenderloin! Moist, juicy, and love the seasoning. The Peppercorn Medley gives it great flavor and a nice crust. Served it with Horseradish Sauce and baked a loaf of La Brea Multi Grain Bread.


For one side I prepared Potatoes; the Little Potato Company Savory Herb Potatoes. I have these quite often and really enjoy them. The Potatoes come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good item to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up.





For another side I heated up a can of Margaret Holmes Seasoned Pinto Beans. I purchased a few of cans of this at a nearby Walmart, they carry a good selection of a lot of the Margaret Holmes Products. To prepare it just empty the contents into a medium saucepan. Cover it and bring it to a boil. Stir and reduce the heat to slow simmer and serve when ready. And I have delicious side dish! I love Beans of all kinds and these Seasoned Pinto Beans are delicious, love the Seasoning. I also baked a loaf of La Brea Multi Grain Bread. So easy to prepare and no clean up. For Dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Divine Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Bar.





A colorful combination of whole black, white, green, and pink peppercorns, whole allspice, and whole coriander.





Margaret Holmes Seasoned Pinto Beans

Pinto beans are a great source of fiber and amino acids. Our delicious Seasoned Pinto Beans are slow-simmered with our unique blend of down-home Southern spices to create a true delicacy. Just heat and serve!



Nutrition Facts
Serving Size141 g (0.5 cup)
Amount Per ServingCalories 120 Calories
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%

Our Best Pork and Ham Recipes

December 19, 2017 at 6:30 AM | Posted in diabetes, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its Our Best Pork and Ham Recipes. Pork and Ham Diabetic Friendly Recipes like; Mustard-Maple Pork Roast, Adobo Pork Chops, and Black-Eyed Peas and Ham. Find these and more all at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy!


Our Best Pork and Ham Recipes
These filling pork and ham recipes are high in protein and low in carbs, making them great additions to your diabetic diet.

Mustard-Maple Pork Roast
While it seems Sunday special, this roast is simple enough for an anyday meal…..

Adobo Pork Chops
Hot chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper all enhance the flavor of this lively citrus marinade for pork. Steam strips of zucchini and yellow summer squash to serve along with the succulent grilled chops……..

Black-Eyed Peas and Ham
Served on New Year’s Day down South, black-eyed peas are said to bring good health and good luck in the new year……

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 4, 2017 at 6:21 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Duck, Duck,………..

If your cooking Duck for the first time and not sure how to season it; A few herbs, zest of an orange or some star anise placed inside the cavity will give a good aroma and add to the flavor when cooking.

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Apple Brined Whole Turkey

December 1, 2017 at 6:22 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | 4 Comments
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is – Apple Brined Whole Turkey. Made with the JENNIE-O® All Natural Fresh Whole Turkey and Brined in a Apple Brine. You can find this recipe at the Jennie – O Turkey website along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH!

Apple Brined Whole Turkey


1 (12 to 18-pound) JENNIE-O® All Natural Fresh Whole Turkey
1 gallon cold water
4 cups apple cider
1¼ cups kosher salt
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 orange, cut in quarters
1 apple, cut in quarters
1 tablespoon whole allspice
6 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
4 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
2 sprigs fresh sage
2 dried bay leaves
2 teaspoons whole peppercorns


1) NOTE: Do not brine a turkey if the turkey has been enhanced with a solution.

2) Rinse the turkey in cool water.

3) In clean container large enough to hold the turkey, mix water, apple cider, salt, brown sugar, orange, apple, allspice, clove, cinnamon stick, thyme, sage, bay leaves and peppercorn; stirring to dissolve salt.

4) Submerge turkey in brine solution. Cover and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours.

5) Remove the turkey from brine. Rinse thoroughly under a slow stream of cold water. Pat skin and cavities dry.

6) Cook whole bird as specified on the package. Roast until timer pops up and turkey is fully-cooked, 180°F as measured by a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh. ALWAYS confirm doneness with a meat thermometer. Juices should run clear. Let stand tented with foil 20 minutes before carving.

Soup Special of the Day!……….Hearty Vegetable Soup

November 26, 2017 at 6:26 AM | Posted in Diabetic Gourmet Magazine, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is a Hearty Vegetable Soup. Zucchini, Carrots, Mushrooms, and Potatoes are just 4 of the ingredients that make this Hearty Classic! The recipe is from one of my favorite Diabetic Friendly sites, the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website ( The Diabetic Gourmet site has a huge selection of recipes, news, and Diabetic Care and Management tips. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy!


Hearty Vegetable Soup
A vegetable soup can make a particularly satisfying dinner. Using a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and spices makes a soup loaded with nutrients yet low in calories. In addition to containing powerful anti-cancer substances called phytochemicals, vegetables will help you reach the ideal goal of nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day……….

Makes 8 servings


2 medium zucchini, sliced thin
2 medium carrots, sliced 1/4 inch thick
10 mushrooms, sliced
2 ribs celery, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 can (15.5 oz.) corn, drained
1 russet potato, peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 lb. green beans cut in half diagonally
4 cups (1 qt.) reduced-sodium vegetable broth
3 cups canned crushed tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp. chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (or 2 tsp. dried)
1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano (or 2 tsp. dried)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 – In a heavy, large pot, place all ingredients except salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook, checking that contents remain at a simmer, until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
2 – With a slotted spoon, transfer 3 cups of vegetables to a blender or food processor. Add 1 cup cooking liquid. Puree until smooth, then return to the pot of soup.
3 – Stir to incorporate puree into the soup and season to taste with salt and pepper. Heat through and serve.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
119 calories,
less than 1 g. total fat,
0 g. saturated fat,
24 g. carbohydrate,
6 g. protein,
6 g. dietary fiber,
578 mg. sodium

Healthy Meat and Poultry Recipes

November 23, 2017 at 6:28 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Meat and Poultry Recipes. Delicious and Healthy recipes like; Hasselback Caprese Chicken, Beef Tenderloin with Cabernet-Mushroom Sauce, and Berbere-Rubbed Roast Turkey with Orange Aioli. Find these and much more all at the EatingWell website. Also don’t forget to subscribe to the EatingWell Magazine. I’ve had a subscription for years and have found so many delicious recipe and recipe ideas. Enjoy and Eat Healthy!


Healthy Meat and Poultry Recipes
Find healthy, delicious meat and poultry recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Hasselback Caprese Chicken
Using the hasselback technique (cutting crosswise slits every half-inch along the chicken breast) cooks the chicken faster and ensures you get a burst of flavorful gooey filling with each bite. This quick one-pan high-protein and veggie-packed dinner is easy to make and the whole family will love it……

Beef Tenderloin with Cabernet-Mushroom Sauce
For this classic roast beef recipe, cremini or white mushrooms are delicious in the sauce. But if you want to get fancy, mix in some wild mushrooms, such as oyster, maitake or porcini….

Berbere-Rubbed Roast Turkey with Orange Aioli
This Ethiopian-spice-rubbed turkey recipe has just the right amount of curry-like seasoning to make it exciting but still at home on a Thanksgiving table. There’s enough au jus left in the roasting pan for any traditionalists to drizzle over their turkey; use the citrus aioli for dipping or for turkey sandwiches the next day……….


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