Meatballs in Marinara Sauce on Bun w/ Baked Fries

November 2, 2013 at 5:28 PM | Posted in Aunt Millie's, Sargento's Cheese | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Meatballs in Marinara Sauce on Bun w/ Baked Fries


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A cool but sunny and beautiful Autumn Day out again. Got the 4 wheel mobility scooter out and helped with the yard work, raking leaves. Then took it out for a spin through the neighborhood and on down to the lake area. Then some College Football for the afternoon! For dinner, Meatballs in Marinara Sauce on Bun w/ Baked Fries.


A Meatball Sandwich on a cool Autumn Day just sounded right! I used Hormel Sandwich Makers Meatballs in Marinara Sauce. I came across this at Walmart yesterday and thought I would give it a try. It comes in a plastic microwavable container. To,prepare it just puncture the plastic film and microwave for 60 seconds. Let it cool for a minute or so and it’s ready! The Meatballs were good tasting and an excellent Marinara Sauce! There’s 2 servings per package, so I have my lunch for tomorrow. I served them on a Aunt Millie’s Reduced Calorie Whole Grain Hotdog Bun. Topped it with some Sargento Reduced fat Shredded Mozzarella Cheese. I also baked some Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries. For dessert/snack later some slices of Cracker Barrel 2% Sharp Cheddar on Ritz Whole Grain Crackers.


Hormel Sandwich Makers Meatballs in Marinara SauceHormel Sandwich Maker Meatball
Your start to a perfect sandwich and more, like family favorite spaghetti and meatballs! Look for them in the soup and pasta aisle.
Microwave Instructions:
Puncture plastic film in several spots on top of tray or peel film back on tray about 1/4-inch. Place tray in microwave. Heat on HIGH for 60 seconds or until hot. Let tray stand for 1 minute, if desired. The tray and its contents are hot after microwaving. Carefully remove film by peeling it back around the tray. Stir, serve with your favorite bread and enjoy!
Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 106g
Servings per Container: varies
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat:9g
Saturated Fat:4g
Total Carbs:9g
Ingredients: Cooked Italian Style Meatballs (Beef, Water, Textured Soy Protein Concentrate, Bread Crumbs [Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour {Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid}, Durum Flour, Leavening {Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate}], Romano Cheese [Pasteurized Sheep’s Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes], Salt, Flavorings, Dried Egg Whites, Spice, Parsley), Tomatoes (Water, Tomatoes, Tomato Paste), Water, Modified Cornstarch, Contains 2% or less of Parmesan Cheese (Parmesan Cheese [Pasteurized Part-Skim Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes], Powdered Cellulose to Prevent Caking, Sorbic Acid to Protect Flavor), Dehydrated Onions, Sugar, Flavoring, Salt, Spices, Olive Oil, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Yeast Extract, Oleoresin of Paprika.

Allergens: Milk ingredients present,Egg ingredients present,Soy ingredients present,Wheat ingredients present,Gluten present

5 key ingredients to have on hand

May 29, 2013 at 7:44 AM | Posted in cooking | 1 Comment
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5 key ingredients to have on hand
Dorothy Lane offers tasty advice.


The road to unhealthy eating is paved with good intentions.
Sure, we all want and intend to eat healthier, but the fast-paced world we live in often results in a trip to the closest fast-food restaurant, followed by in-car dining on the way to a Little League baseball game.

However, Dorothy Lane Market (Far Hills Avenue, Oakwood) corporate chef Carrie Walters gives her recommendations for five key ingredients to always have on hand to whip up a quick and healthy meal for the entire family.

1. Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) boneless, skinless chicken breasts: “Chicken breasts that are individually frozen give the family cook lots of option because they defrost quickly and can be recipe ready in minutes. Plus, there are so many options on how to use them for dinner. Julienned for a quick stir-fry, pounded cutlets that can be sautéed over high heat, kid friendly oven baked strips or even grilled chicken teriyaki — all easy and delicious!”

2. Marinara sauce: “Besides the obvious choice for just pouring over pasta, I use this as a base sauce for making a quick ciopinno (seafood stew), pantry friendly clam sauce or my own version of classics sauces like arrabiata (a red Italian sauce with a spicy kick) or vodka sauces. I also use this as a base for braciole (an Italian dish featuring thinly sliced meat), chicken Parmesan or meatball subs.”

3. Eggs: “When my kids were smaller we’d often do breakfast for dinner. Now it’s nice to use eggs as a base for a frittata (an open face omelet) using up whatever leftovers, cheese or veggies I happen to have on hand. I like to add a poached egg on top of a simple salad for a delicious lunch or a light simple dinner.”

4. Chicken stock: “I use this to make a quick soup with whenever I need to clean out my refrigerator. It can be used as a base for a quick pasta sauce with sauteed veggies and whatever protein you happen to have on hand. It makes simple rice dishes delicious and full of flavor. You can also make a simple sauce to complement chicken or pork.”

5. Pasta: “I have several shapes on hand in my pantry on any given day. Besides using pasta as the main course, smaller shapes make fun side dishes as well as pasta salad. You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make some dynamite pasta dishes — one of my favorites is grated pecorino Romano cheese, a little olive oil and black pepper! Simple, high quality ingredients can really make a pasta dinner that is easy and delicious.”

Parmesan Panko Potato Balls

November 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM | Posted in baking, potatoes | 1 Comment
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Came across this delicious sounding potato recipe on the web site, which is full of great potato recipes! I left the recipe and web links below. I’ll be making a couple of changes to the original recipe though by using whole wheat flour and Egg Beater’s replacing the regular flour and eggs. Looking forward to trying this soon! Check the web site out it’s great.


Parmesan Panko Potato Balls
2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Italian Herb Seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 lbs. very small yellow potatoes
Olive oil cooking spray
Warm marinara sauce or pesto

Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with foil. Stir together bread crumbs, cheese, herbs, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Place flour and eggs in 2 additional small bowls. Place potatoes on prepared baking sheet and spray liberally with olive oil spray. Roll each in flour, then egg, then bread crumb mixture, making sure to coat potatoes well with each step. Place back on baking sheet and spray again with olive oil spray. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned and tender when pierced with a fork, coating with olive oil spray twice during cooking. Serve with marinara sauce or pesto. Makes 8 appetizer servings.

Cal: 200 Chol: 50mg Sodium: 480mg
Fat: 4.5g Vitamin C 35% Potassium: 109mg
Carb: 29g Fiber: 2g Protein: 9g

Italian Pork and Potato Casserole w/ 9 Grain French Bread

September 16, 2012 at 5:38 PM | Posted in baking, diabetes, diabetes friendly, low calorie, low carb, pork chops, potatoes | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Italian Pork and Potato Casserole w/ 9 Grain French Bread


I saw this yesterday in the latest issue of Healthy Cooking (Taste of Home) and I knew I had my dinner for today, Italian Pork and Potato Casserole. Pork, Potatoes, Minced Garlic, Seasoning, Marinara Sauce, Shredded Smoked Gouda and Parmesan Cheese what’s not to like! It’s all baked into a Casserole, love these one pot meals. I added Sliced Black Olives, McCormick Grinder Italian Seasoning, and fresh Shredded Dutch Smoke Gouda to the original recipe. for my Marinara Sauce I used Newman’s Own Marinara. This is an excellent Italian dish! The Pork Chops and Potatoes are natural pairings but then with Seasoning and Marinara it just explodes with flavor! Then you have Parmesan Cheese and the creamy Dutch Smoked Gouda to top it off, tooo good! it’s an easy recipe to prepare and takes about 45 – 60 minutes baking time. The recipe says 40 – 45 but I baked for almost 60 minutes, till the pork was at 150 degrees. If you’re looking for a delicious and hearty Italian dish give this one a try. I left the recipe at the end of the post, the items I added are listed above. I also had a slice of Walmart/Marketside 9 Grain French Bread. For dessert/snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Jolly Time Pop Corn.
Italian Pork and Potato Casserole

Recipe from Healthy Cooking and Theresa Kreyche


6 Cups sliced Red Potatoes
3 Tbsp Water
1 Garlic Clove Minced
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper
6 Boneless Pork Loin Chops (6 oz. each)
1 Jar (24 oz.) Marinara Sauce
1/4 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese


1. Place potatoes and water in a microwave safe dish. Cover and microwave for 5 minutes or just until tender; drain.
2. Place Potatoes in a 13 – in. x 9 – in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with Garlic, Salt, and Pepper. Top with Pork Chops and Marinara Sauce. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 40 – 45 minutes or until a thermometer reads 145 degrees and Potatoes are tender.
3. Sprinkle with Cheese. Bake, uncovered, 3 – 5 minutes longer or until Cheese is melted.

Nutrition facts:

1 Pork Chop w/ 1 cup Potatoes and 1/2 cup Sauce equals 412 calories and 38 carbs.

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