Bison Sirloin Steak & Sauteed Mushrooms w/ Baked Potato, Sugar Snap Peas,…

October 26, 2012 at 5:28 PM | Posted in beans, bison, mushrooms, potatoes | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Bison Sirloin Steak & Sauteed Mushrooms w/ Baked Potato, Sugar Snap Peas, and Whole Grain Bread

 

 
A cold and rainy day around here today so I warmed it up in the kitchen! I prepared a Bison Sirloin Steak & Sauteed Mushrooms w/ Baked Potato, Sugar Snap Peas, and Whole Grain Bread. I used Great Range Brand Bison Sirloin, sold by Kroger.Seasoned it with McCormick Grinder Steakhouse Seasoning and a couple of dashes of Sea Salt. Pan fried in Extra Virgin Olive Oil about 4 minutes per side. Came out just like I like them, medium rare (pink in the center) with a nice char on the outside. Served it with a side of Sauteed Baby Bella Mushrooms.

 

For sides I had a Baked Potato that I seasoned with Sea Salt and Black Pepper and topped with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. I also had some leftover Sugar Snap Peas that I reheated in the microwave and a couple of slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert a bowl of Blue Bunny Chocolate/Vanilla Swirl Frozen Yogurt.

Bison Sirloin & Sauteed Mushrooms w/ Baked Potato, Steamed Asparagus, …..

October 16, 2012 at 5:17 PM | Posted in bison, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, mushrooms, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Bison Sirloin & Sauteed Mushrooms w/ Baked Potato, Steamed Asparagus, and Whole Grain Bread

 
Staying with the Bison tonight for dinner. I had a Bison Burger last night and tonight Bison Sirloin & Sauteed Mushrooms w/ Baked Potato, Steamed Asparagus, and Whole Grain Bread. I used a Grand Range Bison Sirloin. I seasoned the Sirloin with McCormick Grinder Steakhouse Seasoning and skillet fried it in Extra Virgin Olive Oil about 3 1/2 minutes per side to medium rare. I’m hooked on Bison! Beef is good but it just doesn’t have the flavor Bison does. Now if more places would just start carrying it!

 

As side dishes I had a Baked Potato topped with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Steamed Asparagus, and Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. The Asparagus came in a microwavable Bag that you pierced and microwaved for 3 minutes. It came out perfect! Crisp and very fresh tasting. I purchased it from Kroger. For dessert, that’s a good question. No clue. Later!

Grilled Top Sirloin Steak w/ Baked Crouton Coated Mushroom Crisps and…

September 29, 2012 at 5:32 PM | Posted in BEEF, grilling, low calorie, low carb, mushrooms, potatoes | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Grilled Top Sirloin Steak w/ Baked Crouton Coated Mushroom Crisps and Baked Potato

 
Beautiful day outside about 70 degrees and Sunny! Which means it’s a beautiful day to fire the grill up. I grilled a Top Sirloin Steak, my last one I had in the freezer from Costco. I have a feeling I’ll be making a trip to Costco shortly! I put a light rub of Extra Virgin Olive Oil on it and then seasoned it with McCormick Grinder Sea salt and Black Peppercorn. The Olive Oil not only helps brown the Steak but keeps it from sticking to the grill also. I grilled it 4 minutes per side to medium rare. If you haven’t tried Costco’s Meats you have to give them a try. We’ve had their Pork Chops and Top Sirloin Steak and they’ve been unbelievable. This one was pink and moist in the center with a nice char and grill marks on the outside!

For side dishes I had Baked Crouton Coated Mushroom Crisps and a Baked Potato. The Mushrooms were a new one I tried, Crunchtables Crouton Coated Mushroom Crisps. They are easily prepared; they come frozen, just bake at 450 degrees for 11 minutes turning them over once after about 6 minutes.. The only thing wrong with these are they are too good! The Crouton Coating is a great pairing with Portabella Mushrooms. Their 140 calories and 19 carbs. I left the product description and web site link at the bottom of the post. I also had a Baked Potato that I seasoned with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn and topped with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Nothing like a Steak and Potato Dinner! For dessert later a bowl of Blue Bunny Chocolate/Vanilla Swirl Frozen Yogurt.
Crunchtables Crouton Coated Mushroom Crisps

Crouton Coated Mushroom Crisps
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We start with the classic flavor of fresh mushroom.
Every slice a little different…every slice delicious. Then we add a crispy crouton coating and quick cook them in transfat free oil to give them the crunch we all love! Finally, they’re quick frozen with no preservatives added.

Enjoy them right out of the oven, or dress them up with a Dijon Dipping Sauce.

Dijon Dipping Sauce

Dijon dipping sauce
1/4 Cup Mayo
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1 Tablespoon chopped Parsley

Combine Ingredients, Mix in a small bowl Makes 1/4 Cup

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Progresso Kitchen Favorites Classic Lasagna w/ Toasted Whole Grain Bread

September 25, 2012 at 5:58 PM | Posted in Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, pasta, Progresso | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Progresso Kitchen Favorites Classic Lasagna w/ Toasted Whole Grain Bread

 

 

I made this for the first time back in July and can’t wait to till we have it again, Progresso Kitchen Favorites Classic Lasagna. It was very easy to make as the dinner kit contained the Lasagna Pasta, Tomato Herb sauce, Ricotta Sauce Mix, and Grated Parmesan Cheese. I added 1 LB. Lean Ground Turkey, 1 Cup water, 2/3 Cup 2% Milk, 1 (8 oz.) Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (2 Cups), and I also added a bit more seasoning (McCormick Grinder Italian Herb). Basically you just layer your ingredients in a 8″ square baking dish and cover and bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes and bake an additional 10 minutes uncovered. The product description along with full instructions are at the bottom of the post.

Prepared by the instructions it was 390 calories but I cut that and the carb count down by using Honeysuckle White Extra Lean Ground Turkey instead of Beef and Sargento Reduced Fat 2% Mozzarella Cheese. The Lasagna came out delicious again! Everyone really loves this. I’ve got a quick and easy way to have Lasagna now. The flavor was excellent. The Sauce was thick and well seasoned and the same for the pasta, perfect. I had a side of Aunt Millie’s Whole Grain Bread that I buttered with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and then sprinkled Shredded Parmesan Cheese on it. Then I baked for 10 minutes until the the bread was toasted. For dessert later a bowl of Blue Bunny Natural Frozen Chocolate/Vanilla Swirl Yogurt.

 

Progresso Kitchen Favorites Classic Lasagna

Directions
Ready to bake in about 20 minutes. You Will Need: 1 lb lean ground beef; 1 cup water; 2/3 cup milk; 1 bag (8 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese (2 cups); nonstick cooking spray and foil. Sauce: Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Brown beef in 10-inch skillet, breaking up beef into small pieces; drain. Stir Tomato Herb Sauce and water into beef; heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, mix Ricotta Sauce Mix and milk in liquid measuring cup or small bowl, using whisk or fork. Layer: Spray 8-inch square glass baking dish with cooking spray. Layer lasagna: Spread about 2/3 cup beef sauce in dish. Layer with 2 uncooked Pasta sheets (side by side), 2/3 cup beef sauce (cover Pasta with sauce), 1/4 cup ricotta sauce and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Repeat layers twice, starting with Pasta. Add remaining Pasta, beef sauce and mozzarella. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese. Kitchen Tip: Substitute 1/4 cup dry red wine for 1/4 cup of the water.

Product Details
Add beef & cheese! Quality Foods. Quality ingredients included. Lasagna pasta; tomato herb sauce; ricotta sauce mix; grated parmesan cheese. Exchanges: 2 starch, 3-1/2 medium fat meat. Carbohydrate Choices: 2. Made with quality ingredients. Progresso Kitchen Favorites dinners combine high quality ingredients to create delicious meals that become family favorites!

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 0.167 pkg
Servings per container: 6
Before Preparation

Nutrient Qty %DV

Calories 390 – Prepared
Calories from Fat 10
Total Fat 1 g 2%
Cholesterol -5 mg 1%
Sodium 510 mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 23 g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2 g 8%
Sugars 6 g
Protein 4 g
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 6%
Iron 4%

Herb Crusted Pork Roast w/ Smashed Red Potatoes, Green Beans, and Whole Grain Bread

September 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, greenbeans, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, low calorie, low carb, pork roast, potatoes | 4 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Herb Crusted Pork Roast w/ Smashed Red Potatoes, Green Beans, and Whole Grain Bread


Coming back with the Herb Crusted Pork Roast for dinner tonight. This is my favorite recipe for a Pork Roast. The herb mixture makes a fantastic and flavorful crust for the roast while the roast comes out moist and tender.With Rosemary, Thyme, Basil, Garlic, and Sea Salt as your seasonings you know it’s got to be good! I left the full recipe at the end of the post. As good as the Pork is the leftovers are just as awesome the next day!

For sides I quartered 4 Red Potatoes seasoning them with Dill, Sea salt, Ground Black Pepper, and Extra virgin Olive Oil. I then boiled them in water until they were fork tender. Then serving them by partially fork smashing them reseasoning with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper, topped with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. I also heated up a single serving can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans along with two slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert later a bowl of Breyer’s Carb Smart Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Mango slices.

 

 

Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen, 2007

Ingredients
1 (4-pound) boneless pork loin, with fat left on

1 tablespoon salt

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon dried basil or 2 teaspoons fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon dried rosemary or 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
Directions
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.

Place the pork loin on a rack in a roasting pan. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. With your fingers, massage the mixture onto the pork loin, covering all of the meat and fat.

Roast the pork for 30 minutes, then reduce the heat to 425 degrees F and roast for an additional hour. Test for doneness using an instant-read thermometer. When the internal temperature reaches 155 degrees F, remove the roast from the oven. Allow it to sit for about 20 minutes before carving. It will continue to cook while it rests.

Chicken & Rice and Mushrooms w/ Boiled Carrots and Baked Cheesy Bread

September 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM | Posted in carrots, chicken, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, mushrooms, Sargento's Cheese | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Chicken & Rice and Mushrooms w/ Boiled Carrots and Baked Cheesy Bread

 
Happy Labor Day everyone! Not much going on today it’s been raining since late last night. I decided to go with Chicken & Rice and Mushrooms w/ Boiled Carrots and Baked Cheesy Bread. I fried a single Chicken Breast in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It was seasoned with a light coat of Flour, Parsley and McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn. I also added a half a seasoning pack of Swanson’s Chicken Flavor Booster. I then fried it about 4 1/2 minutes per side. Came out with a nice brown crust and the breast was flavorful, moist and tender.

Served it on a bed of Uncle Ben’s Roasted Chicken Ready Rice. Love this Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice. Just microwave for 90 seconds and you have your Rice. I added Sauteed Mushrooms to the Rice. I sautéed the Mushrooms in the skillet with fried chicken. Also prepared a side of Boiled Carrot Slices along with Baked Cheesy Bread. To make the bread I used 2 slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. I buttered both pieces with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and topped them with Sargento Shredded Artisan Mozzarella & Provolone Cheese. Then baked at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes. For dessert later a single serving cup of Jello Sugar Free Dark Cherry Jello.

Fried Walleye w/ Green Beans, Sliced Carrots, and…

August 30, 2012 at 5:16 PM | Posted in carrots, fish, greenbeans | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Walleye w/ Green Beans, Sliced Carrots, and Whole Grain Sliced Bread


Another one provided from my Meijer visit, Walleye. I had Fried Walleye w/ Green Beans, Sliced Carrots, and Whole Grain Sliced Bread. I washed the fillet off with water and patted dry with a paper towel. I seasoned it with Sea salt and Ground White Pepper. I then rolled the fillet in Italian Style Bread Crumbs. Fried on medium heat in Extra Virgin Olive Oil about 4 minutes per side. I love Walleye! It fries up or bakes beautifully and has a fresh and wild taste to it.

For sides I heated up an individual serving of Del Monte Cut Green Beans, lightly salted with a teaspoon of extra Virgin Olive Oil added to it. I also had boiled sliced Carrots along with a slice of Healthy Life Whole Grain Sliced Bread topped with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. It’s funny looking back when I growing up I would eat potatoes and apples but that was about it for vegetables and fruits. Now I can be happy making a meal of nothing but vegetables and try every fruit I can. For dessert later a special treat tonight, my Mom baked an Apple Pie! No one can do it any better than Mom. It melts in your mouth and she makes it with Splenda, too good!

Grilled Ham and Cheese w/ Tomato Soup

August 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM | Posted in Amy's Organic, cheese, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, Oscar Mayer | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Grilled Ham and Cheese w/ Tomato Soup

 

 

It was comfort food at for dinner tonight! Grilled Ham & Salame and Cheese and a bowl of Tomato Soup! For my sandwich I used Oscar Mayer Carver Board Ham and for the Cheese something new, Buffalo Monterey Jack! I ran across it at Kroger and it’s a Kroger Brand; Private Selection. It sounded good and tasted even better! It’s got a hint of the Buffalo Heat and coupled with the Monterey/Jack it’s fantastic. Topped it with some Kraft Reduced Fat Mayo w/ Olive Oil. I served it on Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. I buttered the outside of each slice of bread with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and grilled the sandwich browning both sides. I Love all the different types of Grilled Cheese and the different ways and toppings are endless. The ham, salame, and Buffalo Mont./Jack is a great trio!

 

For the soup I used Amy’s Organic Light in Sodium – Cream of Tomato Soup which has been my Tomato Soup of choice lately. Not only great tasting but it’s only 110 calories and 19 carbs! I left the Soup info and description at the end of the post. For dessert later a Jello Sugar free Chocolate Pudding topped with Cool Whip Free.

 

Amy’s Organic Light in Sodium – Cream of Tomato Soup

 

Responding to customer requests, our chefs have created a line of Light in Sodium soups with all the flavor and goodness of our regular soups, but containing 50% less sodium. Contains 340 mg of sodium compared to 690 mg in Amy’s regular cream of tomato soup. No GMOs – No bioengineered ingredients. All dairy ingredients are made with pasteurized, rBST hormone free milk. USDA organic. Certified organic by QAI. Ready serve. Gluten free. This Cream of Tomato Soup is made from organic sun-ripened tomatoes slowly simmered to bring out their natural sweetness. Amy’s dad says it’s the best reduced sodium tomato soup he’s ever eaten. We’re sure that you’ll agree.

Contains 340mg of sodium compared to 690mg in Amy’s regular Cream of Tomato soup.

Ingredients : 0g Trans Fat/No Added MSG/No Preservatives Organic tomato puree, filtered water, organic cream, organic evaporated cane juice, organic onions, sea salt, organic black pepper. Contains milk.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 cup
Servings Per Container: ~ 2
Serving Weight: 1 cup
Product UPC: 0-42272-00581-9
Calories: 110 Calories from Fat: 25
Total Fat: 2.5g
Saturated Fat: 1.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 10mg
Sodium: 340mg
Carbohydrates: 19g
Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 13g
Protein: 3g
Organic: 10%
Vitamin A: 20% • Vitamin C: 15%
Calcium: 4% • Iron: 10%

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Homestyle Shrimp and Gator Nuggets w/ Baked Potato

August 11, 2012 at 5:16 PM | Posted in potatoes, shrimp | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Homestyle Shrimp and Gator Nuggets w/ Baked Potato

 

Shrimp and Gator meat for dinner tonight! For the Shrimp I used Gorton’s Homestyle Shrimp. Easy to prepare just bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes and you have some hot and delicious Shrimp! It’s 240 calories and 19 carbs per serving. I left the product info at the end of the post.

I purchased the Gator on line from http://www.cajungrocer.com/ I purchased the Alligator Nuggets – BREADED 2 Pound bag. To prepare it I fried the Gator in Extra Virgin Olive Oil about 4 minutes per side. The breading is fantastic! It’s a thin breading and it fries up golden brown and the seasoning is perfect on it. It’s spicy with a hint of heat but not over powering. I used Heinz Cocktail Sauce for dipping for the Shrimp and Gator both.

For a side I had a baked Potato that I seasoned with Morton’s Salt Substitute and Ground Black Pepper then topped with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. For dessert later I’ll be trying a new smoothie, Sunrise Growers Pure Fruit Smoothies/Mango Citrus Blast. Just add the frozen pouch along with Fat Free Milk, and Fat Free Plain Yogurt to a blender and mix for 2 minutes. It’s 160 calories and 39 carbs.

 


Gorton’s Home Style Shrimp

Gorton’s Home Style Shrimp is made with plump, tender tail-on shrimp for a big shrimp taste. Gorton’s homestyle breading is made with fresh cracker meal and real buttermilk.
Gorton’s Home Style Shrimp:

Seasoned with classic herbs and spices
A natural source of omega-3

Gorton’s HomeStyle Shrimp
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 3 (99g)

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 130
Calories 240

% Daily Values*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 720mg 30%
Potassium 100mg
Total Carbohydrate 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 10g
Alligator Nuggets – BREADED

Our farm raised alligator nuggets (a.k.a. alligator bites) are breaded or pre battered. Best prepared by deep frying. Enjoy!

Cooking instructions: Fry at 350 for 5-7 minutes until golden brown.

Fried Alligator

Ingredients:

1/2 pound alligator meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Louisiana Fish Fry batter, for coating
Cooking oil, for frying Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Serving suggestions: remoulade, creole mustard, or cocktail sauce

Prepartion:

Fill a deep pot halfway full with oil. Heat to 360 degrees F. Coat the alligator meat with the fish batter. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes, until gator floats in oil. Remove and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve as an appetizer with remoulade sauce, mustard sauce, or cocktail sauce for dipping.

http://www.cajungrocer.com/alligator-nuggets-breaded-226.html

Bison Sirloin Steak & Sauteed Mushrooms w/ Baked Potato and Green Beans

July 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM | Posted in bison, diabetes, diabetes friendly, greenbeans, low calorie, low carb, mushrooms, potatoes | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Bison Sirloin Steak & Sauteed Mushrooms w/ Baked Potato and Green Beans

For dinner tonight my favorite steak, Bison Sirloin Steak. I was going to grill it outside but the heat and humidity is just too bad out, so I pan fried it. I seasoned it with McCormick Grinder Steakhouse Seasoning and fried it on medium in Extra Virgin Olive Oil about 4 minutes per side, medium rare. I topped it with some sauteed Baby Bella Mushrooms. I just love the taste of Bison Sirloin!

For sides tonight I had a Baked Potato that I seasoned with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper and topped with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. I also warmed up a single serving of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding topped with Cool Whip Free.

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