One of America’s Favorites – Tuna Casserole

January 17, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Tuna casserole just out of the oven

Tuna casserole is a casserole primarily made with pasta (or rice) and canned tuna, with canned peas and corn sometimes added. The dish is often topped with potato chips, corn flakes, bread crumbs or canned fried onions. Tuna casserole is a common dish in some parts of the United States, prepared using only nonperishable pantry ingredients.

Casseroles became popular in American households in the 1950s mainly because the ingredients were cheap and easy to find at the supermarket. A can of tuna, a can of vegetables, a can of soup, and a package of egg noodles becomes a prepared family dinner in around half an hour. Tuna casserole can also be frozen or refrigerated and then reheated to be eaten the next day. Tuna casserole is popular to take to potlucks. In small communities, it may be taken to the home of someone who is sick or going through bereavement as a gesture of kindness.

While there are countless variations on tuna casserole, historically it is made with egg noodles, chopped onion, shredded cheddar cheese, frozen green peas, canned and drained tuna, condensed cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup, sliced mushrooms and crushed potato chips. The cooked noodles, onion, cheese, peas, tuna, soup and mushrooms are mixed in a baking dish, with the potato chips and more cheese sprinkled on top, and then baked.

Also common in most parts of Australia this casserole is also called tuna mornay and served with a Mornay sauce (Béchamel with cheese added, or cheese sauce). Peas and corn are usually added. Additionally, wheat pasta is used rather than egg noodles.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 14, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Pasta Hints…..

Use a big enough pot. During cooking, pasta can expand in volume up to three times its original size. So you’ll want to be sure you leave plenty of room in your pot. Next, use plenty of water. Fill your pot with at least 2 quarts for each ½ pound of pasta. This will help prevent your pasta from sticking together during cooking.

Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs w/ Texas Toast

December 10, 2021 at 7:19 PM | Posted in Meijer Turkey Meatballs, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta, spaghetti | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs w/ Texas Toast

 

Just a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea to start the day. Cloudy, rain showers and a high of 57 degrees. After my Tea I went and picked up Breakfast for Mom from McDonald’s. Back home I did a load of laundry. Then I did some small chores around the house that needed done.. For Dinner tonight I prepared Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs w/ Texas Toast.

 

It’s Spaghetti and Meatballs tonight, one of our favorites! And you can always make it healthier by using Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs. For the Meatballs I’m using Meijer Turkey Meatballs. These Meatballs are 150 calories and 5 carbs per serving (6 Meatballs). For the Spaghetti I’ll be using Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Spaghetti.

 

I’ll be cooking the Meatballs in LaRosa’s Sauce, one of my favorites! The Sauce goes great on Pasta, Pizza, or as a Dipping sauce. I grabbed a small Sauce Pan, sprayed it Pam Non Stick Cooking Spray, added the sauce to it, and heated on medium low heat. As the sauce started to heat up I added the Turkey Meatballs, stirred until covered with the Sauce. Cooked them for 7 minutes and then reduced the heat to low until I was ready to use them.

 

As I said I’m using Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Spaghetti. It’s my favorite and I use all the Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pastas. The Spaghetti is 180 calories and 35 net carbs, which isn’t bad for Pasta. To prepare the Spaghetti; I cooked the Spaghetti as to the package instructions. I used a large Sauce Pan and filled it 1/2 way up with water. Turned the burner on high and brought the water to a rapid boil. Added the Spaghetti and stirred, returning it to the rapid boil. Cooked it uncovered, stirring it occasionally. Cooked it for a total of 8 minutes and done! Love this Pasta so tender and tasty. As the Spaghetti was cooking I baked the New York Bakery Garlic Bread Loaf. For Dessert/Snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Snyder’s Pretzels with a Diet Dr. Pepper to drink.

 

 

 

 

Meijer Turkey Meatballs 32 oz.
Product Description
Flame Broiled. Meat Used Is 100% Turkey. Fully Cooked. Keep Frozen.
Ingredients
TURKEY, WATER, ONIONS, MECHANICALLY SEPARATED TURKEY, TEXTURED SOY FLOUR, SEASONING (DEHYDRATED ONION, MALTODEXTRIN, SUGAR, SPICES, GARLIC POWDER, PARSLEY), BREAD CRUMBS (WHEAT FLOUR, SALT, AND YEAST), SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SALT, SODIUM PHOSPHATE. NATURAL FLAVOR.
https://www.meijer.com/shop/en/meat/prepared-meat/frozen/meijer-turkey-meatballs-32-oz/p/70882009416

Shrimp w/ Pasta Roni – Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs

December 6, 2021 at 7:16 PM | Posted in Pasta Roni, seafood, shrimp | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Shrimp w/ Pasta Roni – Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs

 

Just a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for Breakfast. I had to be at the Oncologist at 12:00 for my yearly check up. He said that everything looked great and the blood tests all came back clean. So another year Cancer Free! They fell behind at the Doctor’s Office and I was there for over 2 hours! Way too long for 20 minute examination. So many people with Cancer, It’s heartbreaking. Let’s just hope there is a cure all one day. For Dinner tonight a favorite of mine, Shrimp w/ Pasta Roni.

 

So for the Shrimp part of the dish I used Meijer Brand Frozen Jumbo Shrimp. This is my frozen Shrimp of choice, best I’ve found. I had them in the freezer so I let them thaw overnight in the fridge. I love Shrimp and all Seafood. For the Shrimp; I started by rinsing the Shrimp off in cold water and letting it dry in a colander. Using a medium size skillet, that I sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and a 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, that I heated on medium heat. I seasoned them with Old Bay Seasoning and a sprinkle of Morton’s Lite Salt and added the Shrimp to the skillet. Cooked them 2 minutes per side, turning the Shrimp once. And as the Shrimp was cooking I started to prepare the Pasta.

 

I love having Shrimp with the Pasta Roni – Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs. It comes with the Pasta Special Seasonings Packet and I added; 1 1/3 cups of water, 2/3 cups of 2% milk, and 2 tablespoons of Blue Bonnet Light Butter. Then to prepare it; In a medium saucepan bring water, milk, margarine or butter to a boil. Then slowly stir in pasta and Special Seasonings. Separate pasta with a fork, if needed. Return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Boil uncovered, 4-5 min. or until pasta is just tender, stirring frequently. Sauce will be thin. Let stand 3-5 min. to thicken. There’s 2 servings per box, leftovers coming tomorrow for Lunch. Nice seasoning, the Pasta is so tender, and the Parmesan Sauce is very flavorful. I topped the Pasta with some Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese and the Shrimp. Too good, this makes one easily prepared and delicious Shrimp and Pasta Dish! For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Cherry Jello.

 

 

 

 

 

Pasta Roni Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs

Our Pasta Roni Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs flavor blends delicate angel hair pasta in a creamy herb sauce with other natural flavors. This delicately flavored dish is the perfect complement to your family’s favorite Italian-inspired recipes.

What You’ll Do
1 – In a medium saucepan bring water, milk and butter or margarine to a boil. Then slowly stir in pasta and Special Seasonings. Separate pasta with a fork, if needed. Return to a boil.
2 – Reduce heat to medium. Boil uncovered, 4-5 min. or until pasta is just tender, stirring frequently.
3 – Sauce will be thin. Let stand 3-5 min. to thicken.
http://www.ricearoni.com/products/Pasta_Roni/Angel_Hair_Pasta_with_Herb

 

 

 

 

Shrimp Health Benefits……….
Shrimp may have a variety of health benefits. It is high in several vitamins and minerals, and is a rich source of protein. Eating shrimp may also promote heart and brain health due to its content of omega-3 fatty acids and the antioxidant astaxanthin ( 6

Ginger Noodle Salad

November 21, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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I have a recipe for a Ginger Noodle Salad. To make this Diabetic Friendly Recipe you’ll be needing Spaghetti, Ginger, Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener, Ketchup, Lite Soy Sauce, Chinese Chile Paste, Water, Lime Juice, and Sesame Oil. The Dish is 130 calories and 22 net carbs per serving. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Ginger Noodle Salad
Spicy Asian noodles are served on a bed of greens for an attractive side dish.

Recipe Ingredients:
4 ounces dry spaghetti or capellini

Dressing:
1 tablespoon minced ginger
3 tablespoons Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1 tablespoon ketchup
1/4 cup lite soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon Chinese chile paste (add more if you want it spicier)
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon sesame oil or vegetable oil

2 cups mixed salad greens

Cooking Directions:
1 – Cook pasta following package directions.
2 – Place ginger, Splenda® Granulated Sweetener, ketchup, soy sauce, chili paste, and water in a medium saucepan. Simmer on medium-low heat 1 minute.
3 – Remove from heat. Add lime juice and sesame oil. Mix well. Add noodles and stir well. Serve immediately for a warm salad. Chill 15 to 20 minutes for a cold salad.
4 – To serve: place noodles on top of greens. Garnish, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.

Serving Suggestion: Garnish with fresh basil or cilantro, carrots and snow peas.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 130; Calories from Fat: 15; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 590mg; Total Carbs: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 5g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/ginger_noodle_salad_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 15, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Add salt to boiling pasta water……

When you make pasta, salting boiling water will add flavor from the inside out. The rule is about 1-2 tablespoons for a large pot of water, stir it until it dissolves, and once boiling, add pasta. It sounds simple, and it is, but it will elevate the taste of your dish. Enjoy that pasta!

Shrimp w/ Pasta Roni – Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs

November 8, 2021 at 7:00 PM | Posted in pasta, Pasta Roni, seafood, shrimp | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Shrimp w/ Pasta Roni – Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs

 

 

For Breakfast I Poached an Egg and served it on a toasted Thomas Light English Muffin. I also heated up a couple of Johnsonville Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links and had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Another perfect Fall Day outside today! 67 degrees and sunny out. Spent the day outside working on the yard. I got my cart out and the yard tools. I had a guy till part of our backyard the other day. So I bought some grass seed and a couple of bales of hay. I first watered the area and then got the grass seed down. I then spread the hay over the area. Then I finished cleaning the shed and getting items stored for the upcoming Winter. It felt good to be out all day. For Dinner tonight a favorite of mine, Shrimp w/ Pasta Roni.

 

So for the Shrimp part of the dish I used Meijer Brand Frozen Jumbo Shrimp. This is my frozen Shrimp of choice, best I’ve found. I had them in the freezer so I let them thaw overnight in the fridge. I love Shrimp and all Seafood. For the Shrimp; I started by rinsing the Shrimp off in cold water and letting it dry in a colander. Using a medium size skillet, that I sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and a 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, that I heated on medium heat. I seasoned them with Old Bay Seasoning and a sprinkle of Morton’s Lite Salt and added the Shrimp to the skillet. Cooked them 2 minutes per side, turning the Shrimp once. And as the Shrimp was cooking I started to prepare the Pasta.

 

I love having Shrimp with the Pasta Roni – Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs. It comes with the Pasta Special Seasonings Packet and I added; 1 1/3 cups of water, 2/3 cups of 2% milk, and 2 tablespoons of Blue Bonnet Light Butter. Then to prepare it; In a medium saucepan bring water, milk, margarine or butter to a boil. Then slowly stir in pasta and Special Seasonings. Separate pasta with a fork, if needed. Return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Boil uncovered, 4-5 min. or until pasta is just tender, stirring frequently. Sauce will be thin. Let stand 3-5 min. to thicken. There’s 2 servings per box, leftovers coming tomorrow for Lunch. Nice seasoning, the Pasta is so tender, and the Parmesan Sauce is very flavorful. I topped the Pasta with some Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese and the Shrimp. Too good, this makes one easily prepared and delicious Shrimp and Pasta Dish! For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding topped with Cool Whip Free.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pasta Roni Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs

Our Pasta Roni Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs flavor blends delicate angel hair pasta in a creamy herb sauce with other natural flavors. This delicately flavored dish is the perfect complement to your family’s favorite Italian-inspired recipes.

What You’ll Do
1 – In a medium saucepan bring water, milk and butter or margarine to a boil. Then slowly stir in pasta and Special Seasonings. Separate pasta with a fork, if needed. Return to a boil.
2 – Reduce heat to medium. Boil uncovered, 4-5 min. or until pasta is just tender, stirring frequently.
3 – Sauce will be thin. Let stand 3-5 min. to thicken.
http://www.ricearoni.com/products/Pasta_Roni/Angel_Hair_Pasta_with_Herb

 

 

 

 


Shrimp Health Benefits……….
Shrimp may have a variety of health benefits. It is high in several vitamins and minerals, and is a rich source of protein. Eating shrimp may also promote heart and brain health due to its content of omega-3 fatty acids and the antioxidant astaxanthin ( 6 , 11 , 12 , 13 ).

Healthy Chorizo Sausage Recipes

November 3, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Chorizo Sausage Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Chorizo Sausage Recipes with recipes including Chorizo Migas, Empanadas with Chorizo and Potato, and Chickpea and Chorizo Fideos. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Chorizo Sausage Recipes
Find healthy, delicious chorizo sausage recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Chorizo Migas
Migas, scrambled eggs with strips of tortillas, is a tasty breakfast or quick dinner. Poblano peppers, onion and salsa on top ensure you get some veggies in your eggs……..

Empanadas with Chorizo and Potato
A staple in South American cuisine, homemade empanadas can be served as a main dish or a side. We keep this simple by focusing on the empanada filling and instead of making the dough from scratch, we achieve flaky empanadas with the help of refrigerated pie crust……

Chickpea and Chorizo Fideos
This quick, one-pot version of fideos, a toasted pasta recipe served in Spain, gets a smoky flavor from delicious chorizo. If you can’t find Spanish chorizo, pepperoni works well in its place. Serve with a green salad drizzled with sherry vinaigrette.

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Chorizo Sausage Recipes
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19052/ingredients/meat-poultry/sausage/chorizo/

Ground Turkey Recipes

October 30, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Ground Turkey Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Ground Turkey Recipes with recipes including Turkey and Vegetable Meatloaf, Italian-Style Turkey and Penne Skillet, and Turkey Enchilada Poblano Peppers. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Turkey and Vegetable Meatloaf
This healthy meatloaf recipe uses ground turkey–which has a higher percentage of healthy unsaturated fat compared to ground beef–and it’s loaded with colorful vegetables. You’ll also love this recipe because it makes two loaves. That means you can eat one the night you bake it and save the other for the next day to enjoy as sandwiches (hot or cold, your choice) or set atop a salad of vinaigrette-dressed mixed greens (your own homey version of a country pâté)……..

Italian-Style Turkey and Penne Skillet
This delicious one-skillet pasta meal-for-two is ready in just 35 minutes! Turkey–seasoned with a spicy Italian-seasoning blend–is served with tomato sauce and wilted spinach over multi-grain pasta……

Turkey Enchilada Poblano Peppers
In this healthy take on a turkey enchilada recipe, we stuff everything into a roasted poblano pepper shell rather than tortillas to pack an extra serving of veggies into this meal. If you can’t find poblano peppers, you can substitute green bell peppers instead…….

* Click the link below to get all the Ground Turkey Recipes
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19282/ingredients/meat-poultry/turkey/ground/

Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs w/ Texas Toast

October 29, 2021 at 7:19 PM | Posted in Meijer Turkey Meatballs, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta, spaghetti | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs w/ Texas Toast

 

Just a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea to start the day. Another rainy day out today. 58 degrees, cloudy, and rain all day. It’s been a very gloomy day out there today. Did a load of laundry and cleaned the house today, dusted and vacuumed. For Dinner tonight I prepared Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs w/ Texas Toast.

 

It’s Spaghetti and Meatballs tonight, one of our favorites! And you can always make it healthier by using Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs. For the Meatballs I’m using Meijer Turkey Meatballs. These Meatballs are 150 calories and 5 carbs per serving (6 Meatballs). For the Spaghetti I’ll be using Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Spaghetti.

 

I’ll be cooking the Meatballs in LaRosa’s Sauce, one of my favorites! The Sauce goes great on Pasta, Pizza, or as a Dipping sauce. I grabbed a small Sauce Pan, sprayed it Pam Non Stick Cooking Spray, added the sauce to it, and heated on medium low heat. As the sauce started to heat up I added the Turkey Meatballs, stirred until covered with the Sauce. Cooked them for 7 minutes and then reduced the heat to low until I was ready to use them.

 

As I said I’m using Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Spaghetti. It’s my favorite and I use all the Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pastas. The Spaghetti is 180 calories and 35 net carbs, which isn’t bad for Pasta. To prepare the Spaghetti; I cooked the Spaghetti as to the package instructions. I used a large Sauce Pan and filled it 1/2 way up with water. Turned the burner on high and brought the water to a rapid boil. Added the Spaghetti and stirred, returning it to the rapid boil. Cooked it uncovered, stirring it occasionally. Cooked it for a total of 8 minutes and done! Love this Pasta so tender and tasty. As the Spaghetti was cooking I baked the New York Bakery Garlic Bread Loaf. For Dessert/Snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Snyder’s Pretzels with a Diet Peach Snapple to drink. Take Care All!

 

 

 

 

 

Meijer Turkey Meatballs 32 oz.

Product Description
Flame Broiled. Meat Used Is 100% Turkey. Fully Cooked. Keep Frozen.
Ingredients
TURKEY, WATER, ONIONS, MECHANICALLY SEPARATED TURKEY, TEXTURED SOY FLOUR, SEASONING (DEHYDRATED ONION, MALTODEXTRIN, SUGAR, SPICES, GARLIC POWDER, PARSLEY), BREAD CRUMBS (WHEAT FLOUR, SALT, AND YEAST), SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SALT, SODIUM PHOSPHATE. NATURAL FLAVOR.
https://www.meijer.com/shop/en/meat/prepared-meat/frozen/meijer-turkey-meatballs-32-oz/p/70882009416

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