Diabetic Dish of the Week – Chicken Caprese Panini

May 18, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is a Chicken Caprese Panini. To make this week’s dish you’ll be using Roasted Chicken, Bread, Oil, Tomato, Shredded Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese, and Basil. 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 2021! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Chicken Caprese Panini
Go Mediterranean with this Italian-inspired panini!

Ingredients

1/2 cup chopped leftover roasted chicken from Chopped Roasted Chicken Salad

4 bread slices

1/2 teaspoon oil

1/2 cup chopped tomato

1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Directions
Yield: 2 servings
Serving size: 1 sandwich

1 – Reserve 1/2 cup chopped leftover roasted chicken from Chopped Roasted Chicken Salad; set aside.

2 – Preheat indoor grill or panini press. Brush one side of each of four bread slices with 1/2 teaspoon oil. Set aside.

3 – Combine leftover chicken, 1/2 cup chopped tomato, 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil in medium bowl; mix well.

4 – Place two bread slices, oil side down, on grill or panini press. Top each with half of chicken mixture and another bread slice. Close grill and cook until brad is golden and cheese is melted.

Nutrition Information:
Carbohydrates: 22 g, Protein: 27 g, Fat: 11 g, Saturated Fat: 11 g, Cholesterol: 39 mg, Sodium: 354 mg, Fiber: 8 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/chicken-caprese-panini/

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 15, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Pass the butter…………….

Butter cannot handle high temperatures. To prevent it from burning or blackening when panfrying meat or vegetables, add a drizzle of oil so that your butter can heat up without burning.

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Turkey Teriyaki Stir-Fry

January 22, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is a Turkey Teriyaki Stir-Fry. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Oil, JENNIE-O® Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Low-Sodium Teriyaki Stir Fry Sauce, Bell Peppers, Green Onions, Pea Pods, Mushrooms, and Rice. The Stir – Fry is 250 calories and 17 net carbs per serving. You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Make the SWITCH in 2021!   https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Teriyaki Stir-Fry
Fill your home with the aroma of savory lean turkey breast stir-fried with red and yellow bell peppers, pea pods, mushrooms and a tangy teriyaki sauce. It’s an easy Turkey Teriyaki Stir-Fry recipe that goes from wok to table in less than 30 minutes!

Total Time – 30 Minutes
Serving Size – 4 servings

Ingredients
2 tablespoons oil, divided

12 ounces cubed JENNIE-O® Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

1/3 cup low-sodium teriyaki stir fry sauce, divided

1 each red and yellow bell pepper, cut into strips

6 green onions, cut diagonally

1 cup pea pods

10 mushrooms, sliced
rice, if desired

Directions
1) Heat 1 teaspoon oil in wok over medium heat. Add turkey and stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes or until meat is brown. Add 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce. Stir-fry to coat. Remove turkey from wok.

2) Add remaining oil to hot wok. Add red and yellow peppers, green onions, pea pods and mushrooms. Stir-fry until vegetables are tender-crisp. Stir in turkey and remaining teriyaki sauce. Heat thoroughly.

3) Serve with hot rice, if desired.

Nutrition
Calories – 250
Protein – 17g
Carbohydrates – 24g
Fiber – 7g
Sugars – 12g
Fat – 10g
Cholesterol – 25mg
Sodium – 890mg
Saturated Fat – 1g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/turkey-teriyaki-stir-fry/

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – BUFFALO BACON CAPRESE SALAD WITH SWEET BASIL VINAIGRETTE

April 8, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is a BUFFALO BACON CAPRESE SALAD WITH SWEET BASIL VINAIGRETTE. Now this is a Spring Dish, BUFFALO BACON CAPRESE SALAD WITH SWEET BASIL VINAIGRETTE. It’s made using Wild Idea Buffalo Bacon Strips, Oil, Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Basil Leaves, and Sweet Basil Vinaigrette. Also included is a recipe for the Sweet Basil Vinaigrette. Another good one from Wild Idea Buffalo! You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Bacon Strips along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

BUFFALO BACON CAPRESE SALAD WITH SWEET BASIL VINAIGRETTE
Fresh garden tomatoes and fresh mozzarella are a dynamo combination. Adding butter lettuce and buffalo bacon… make it even better!

Sweet Basil Vinaigrette Ingredients:

2 – cups basil leaves, packed
1 – cup rice vinegar
1/3 – cup sugar
1 – teaspoon salt
2 – teaspoons black pepper
¾ – cup olive oil

Salad Ingredients: (per salad)
2 – Buffalo Bacon strips
1 – tablespoon oil
1 – cup lettuce, washed dried and torn
8 – cherry tomatoes, halved (or tomato slices)
2 – ounces fresh mozzarella, torn or sliced
8 – small fresh basil leaves, whole and julienned
Sweet Basil Vinaigrette
2 – teaspoons balsamic glaze *try Gia Russo brand

Preparation:
1) Place all of the vinaigrette ingredients in blender, except olive oil and blend until incorporated. With the blender running slowly add the olive oil. Transfer to a jar or sealed container.
2) In a frying pan over medium high heat, heat oil. Add Buffalo Bacon and cook for two minutes each side, or to your desired crispiness. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel.
3) Toss lettuce with a tablespoon of vinaigrette and arrange on a plate.
4) Top with tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil leaves.
5) Add bacon to the plate, and pour an additional tablespoon or desired amount of the dressing over the whole salad.
6) Drizzle with the balsamic glaze.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/buffalo-bacon-caprese-salad-with-sweet-basil-vinaigrette-1

 

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Ingredients: 100% Grass-fed Buffalo, organic sea salt, maple syrup, brown sugar, veg stable [ celery powder, sea salt, silicon dioxide (anti-caking)]

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Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Chewy Chocolate Brownies

February 6, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dessert of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is Chewy Chocolate Brownies. Diabetic Friendly Chewy Chocolate Brownies! Made using All Purpose Flour, Cocoa, Salt, Egg Whites, Whole Egg, Sugar, Unsweetened Applesauce, Oil, Vanilla, and Chopped Walnuts. Plus these are only 11 calories and 16 net carbs per serving. 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 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Chewy Chocolate Brownies
Ingredients
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 25 minutes

Vegetable cooking spray
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 whole egg
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts or pecans

Directions
Yield: 12 brownies
Serving size: 1 brownie

* Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with vegetable cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, and salt. Mix well. In a separate large bowl, whisk together egg whites, egg, sugar, applesauce, oil, and vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture until just blended; do not overmix. Pour batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle walnuts on top. Bake for 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the brownies on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes. Cut into 12 rectangles.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 111 calories, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: <1 g, Sodium: 65 mg, Fiber: 1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/chewy-chocolate-brownies/

 


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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 11, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Oil not foil…………….

Wrapping a potato in foil won’t actually make it bake faster. Rubbing it lightly with vegetable oil, however will. Oil over foil!

Diabetic Dessert of the Week – NOT SO GUILTY BROWNIES

July 25, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dessert of the Week, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is – NOT SO GUILTY BROWNIES. Brownies, that’s all you have to say! Made using Flour, Sugar, Unsweetened Cocoa, Baking Powder, Salt, Oil, Chocolate Extract, and Eggs. Stir well and bake! Dessert without the Guilt. Only 80 calories per Brownie. You can find this recipe at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website where you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes! So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

NOT SO GUILTY BROWNIES

Recipe Yield: Servings: 24

Ingredients

Brownie Ingredients:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup oil
2 tsp chocolate extract or flavor
2 eggs

Frosting Ingredients:

3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 T unsweetened cocoa
1 T skim or 2% milk
1/2 tsp chocolate extract or flavor
1/8 tsp butter flavor

Directions

1 – Heat oven to 350F.
2 – Grease bottom only of 8-inch square pan.
3 – Combine all brownie ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Spread in greased pan.
4 – Bake at 350 F. for 13-18 minutes, or until top is dry and springs back when touched lightly in center.
5 – Cool for 15 minutes.
6 – Meanwhile, combine all frosting ingredients in a small bowl & mix well.
7 – Spread over top of slightly cooled brownies or cut brownies into squares and drizzle with frosting (as shown, adjust milk to get the right consistency).
8 – Cool completely.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 80
Fat: 3 grams
Sodium: 50 milligrams
Cholesterol: 18 milligrams
Carbohydrates: 13 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipe/not-so-guilty-brownies

One of America’s Favorites – Fried Chicken

May 27, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Fried Chicken – A chicken breast, wing, leg and thigh fried

Fried chicken (also referred to as Southern fried chicken for the variant in the United States) is a dish consisting of chicken pieces usually from broiler chickens which have been floured or battered and then pan-fried, deep fried, or pressure fried. The breading adds a crisp coating or crust to the exterior of the chicken. What separates fried chicken from other fried forms of chicken is that generally the chicken is cut at the joints, and the bones and skin are left intact. Crisp well-seasoned skin, rendered of excess fat, is a hallmark of well made fried chicken.

The first dish known to have been deep fried was fritters, which were popular in the European Middle Ages. However, it was the Scottish who were the first Europeans to deep fry their chicken in fat (though without seasoning). Meanwhile, a number of West African peoples had traditions of seasoned fried chicken (though battering and cooking the chicken in palm oil). Scottish frying techniques and West African seasoning techniques were combined by enslaved Africans and African-Americans in the American South.

When being cooked, fried chicken is often divided into smaller pieces. The chicken is then generally covered in a batter, often consisting of ingredients such as eggs or milk, and a thickener such as flour. This is used to create a crust on the exterior of the meat. In addition, seasoning is often added at this stage. Once the chicken is ready to be cooked, it is placed in a deep fryer, frying pan or pressure cooker (depending on the method used) and fried in lard or a type of oil.

Paschal’s fried chicken, Atlanta, Georgia

Fried chicken has been described as being “crunchy” and “juicy”, as well as “crispy”. In addition, the dish has also been called “spicy” and “salty”. Occasionally, fried chicken is also topped with a chili like paprika, or hot sauce to give it a spicy taste. This is especially common in fast food restaurants and chains such as KFC. The dish is traditionally served with mashed potato, gravy, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and biscuits.

The dish is renowned for being greasy, especially when coming from fast food outlets. It has even been reported that some of those who enjoy eating the food limit themselves to eating it only a certain number of times a year, to keep their fat intake reasonably low. Out of the various parts of the animal used in fried chicken, the wings generally tend to contain the most fat, with almost 40 grams (0.088 lb) of fat for every 100 grams (0.22 lb). However, the average whole fried chicken contains only around 12% fat, or 12 grams (0.026 lb) per every 100 grams (0.22 lb). As well as this, 100 grams (0.22 lb) grams of fried chicken generally contains around 240 calories of energy.

One of the main causes of the large amounts of fat which can be found in fried chicken is the oil which is used to cook it.

Generally, chickens are not fried whole; instead, the chicken is divided into its constituent pieces. The two white meat sections are the breast and the wing from the front of the chicken, while the dark meat sections are the thigh and leg or “drumstick” from the rear of the chicken. These pieces are usually subdivided into the wings, the breasts (the wishbone is often cut out first in home cooking), the legs, and the thighs. The ribs are sometimes left on the breast, but commercially they and the back are usually discarded. Chicken fingers, which are boneless pieces of chicken breast cut into long strips, are also commonly used.

To prepare the chicken pieces for frying, they may be coated in a batter of flour and liquid (and seasonings) mixed together. The batter can contain ingredients like eggs, milk, and leavening. Alternatively, they may be dredged in flour or a similar dry substance, to coat the meat and to develop a crust. Seasonings such as salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, or ranch dressing mix can be mixed in with the flour. Either process may be preceded by marination or by dipping in buttermilk, the acidity of which acts as a eat tenderizer. As the pieces of chicken cook, some of the moisture that exudes from the chicken is absorbed by the coating of flour and browns along with the flour, creating a flavorful crust. According to Nathan Bailey’s 1736 cookbook, Dictionarium Domesticum, for example, the chicken can be covered in a marinade that consists of the juice of two large fresh lemons, malt vinegar, bay leaves, salt, pepper, ground cloves, and green onions; it then must be settled in the marinade for three hours before being dipped in the batter that consists of all-purpose flour, white wine, three egg yolks and salt, and then slowly submerged in a deep pot of either oil, lard, or clarified butter over an open fire. It can then be topped with fresh, dried parsley dipped in the same frying oil.

Traditionally, lard is used to fry the chicken, but corn oil, peanut oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil are also frequently used (although clarified butter may be used as well like in colonial times. The flavor of olive oil is generally considered too strong to be used for traditional fried chicken, and its low smoke point makes it unsuitable for use. There are three main techniques for frying chickens: pan frying, deep frying and broasting.

Frying chicken upper wings in corn oil

Pan frying (or shallow frying) requires a frying pan of sturdy construction and a source of fat that does not fully immerse the chicken. The chicken pieces are prepared as above, then fried. Generally the fat is heated to a temperature hot enough to seal (without browning, at this point) the outside of the chicken pieces. Once the pieces have been added to the hot fat and sealed, the temperature is reduced. There is debate as to how often to turn the chicken pieces, with one camp arguing for often turning and even browning, and the other camp pushing for letting the pieces render skin side down and only turning when absolutely necessary. Once the chicken pieces are close to being done the temperature is raised and the pieces are browned to the desired color (some cooks add small amounts of butter at this point to enhance browning). The moisture from the chicken that sticks and browns on the bottom of the pan become the fonds required to make gravy.

Deep frying requires a deep fryer or other device in which the chicken pieces can be completely submerged in hot fat. The process of deep frying is basically placing food fully in oil and then cooking it at a very high temperature. The pieces are prepared as described above. The fat is heated in the deep fryer to the desired temperature. The pieces are added to the fat and a constant temperature is maintained throughout the cooking process.

Broasting uses a pressure cooker to accelerate the process. The moisture inside the chicken becomes steam and increases the pressure in the cooker, lowering the cooking temperature needed. The steam also cooks the chicken through, but still allows the pieces to be moist and tender while maintaining a crisp coating. Fat is heated in a pressure cooker. Chicken pieces are prepared as described above and then placed in the hot fat. The lid is placed on the pressure cooker, and the chicken pieces are thus fried under pressure.

The derivative phrases “country fried” and “chicken fried” often refer to other foods prepared in the manner of fried chicken. Usually, this means a boneless, tenderized piece of meat that has been floured or battered and cooked in any of the methods described. Chicken fried steak is a common dish of that variety. Such dishes are often served with gravy.

Fried chicken

Variants
* Barberton chicken, also known as Serbian Fried Chicken, is a version created by Serbian immigrants in Barberton, Ohio, that has been popularized throughout that state.
* Chicken Maryland, a form of pan-fried chicken, often marinated in buttermilk, served with cream gravy and native to the state of Maryland. The recipe spread beyond the United States to the haute cuisine of Auguste Escoffier and, after heavy modification, found a place in the cuisines of Britain and Australia. The dish is made when a pan of chicken pieces and fat, as for pan frying, is placed in the oven to cook, for a majority of the overall cooking time, basically “fried in the oven”.
* Popcorn chicken, also known as chicken bites or other similar terms, are small morsels of boneless chicken, battered and fried, resulting in small pieces that resemble popcorn.
* Chicken and waffles, a combination platter of foods traditionally served at breakfast and dinner in one meal, common to soul food restaurants in the American South and beyond.
* Hot chicken: common in the Nashville, Tennessee area, a pan-fried variant of fried chicken coated with lard and cayenne pepper paste.
* Fried chicken sandwiches: a bun, biscuit or doughnut which is filled with fried chicken and assorted toppings, popular in Washington, D.C.

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 4, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Grab the oil and paper towel………

Even on a clean grill, lean foods may stick when placed directly on the rack. Reduce sticking by oiling your hot grill rack with a vegetable oil-soaked paper towel: hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

April 15, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Fire up the grill………

Oil the Food, Not the Grate…….

Oil prevents food from sticking and it adds flavor and moisture, too. Lightly brushing or spraying the food with oil works better than brushing the grate.

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