Healthy, Quick and Easy Side Dish Recipes

April 11, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | 1 Comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy, Quick and Easy Side Dish Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy, Quick and Easy Side Dish Recipes including recipes for Loaded Cauliflower Casserole, Greek Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, and Spring Pea Salad with Strawberries. So 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!

Healthy, Quick and Easy Side Dish Recipes
Find healthy, quick and easy side dish recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
You’ll never want to eat roasted cauliflower any other way once you try this tasty recipe. Bacon, sour cream and sharp Cheddar cheese coat good-for-you cauliflower in deliciousness for an easy side that will make everyone actually want to eat their vegetables………………

Greek Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
A mixture of tomatoes, spinach, feta, olives and fresh oregano gives portobellos a Mediterranean vibe in this healthy stuffed mushroom recipe. Serve these along with chicken, fish or tofu as a super-satisfying side dish, or add a hearty salad and make them the centerpiece of a vegetarian dinner…………….

Spring Pea Salad with Strawberries
As delicious as it is beautiful, this spring pea salad recipe is a potluck or dinner party stunner. Assemble the salad and dress just before serving–or serve the dressing next to the salad for people to drizzle. The tangy champagne vinaigrette balances the grassy sweetness of the peas and fruity pop of the berries.

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

April 4, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Cooking Peas…………

When cooking shelled fresh peas, add a few washed pods to the water. They wiill improve the flavor and give the peas a richer green color.

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Smoky Fiesta Rice

March 15, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Smoky Fiesta Rice. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Vegetable Oil, Yellow Onions, Log Grained White Rice, Garlic, Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, Red Bell Peppers, Yellow Squash, Green Peas, Olives, Salt, Green Onions, and Cotija Cheese. 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!

Smoky Fiesta Rice
Recipe Ingredients:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2/3 cup yellow onions, 1/2-inch diceCooksrecipes 2
3/4 cup long grained white rice
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 1/3 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle peppers in adobo, puréed
3/4 cup red bell peppers, 1/2-inch dice
3/4 cup yellow squash, 1/2-inch dice
3/4 cup green peas, frozen
2/3 cup California Ripe Olives, sliced
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1/4 cup Cotija cheese, crumbled

Cooking Directions:
1 – Heat 1 teaspoon vegetable oil in a medium saucepot over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until translucent.
2 – Stir in rice and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes until just golden. Add garlic, cook for 1 minutes, then pour in water and chipotle purée. Bring to boil, then turn heat down to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes until rice is tender.
3 – In a separate sauté pan, heat remaining 2 teaspoons of oil over medium heat. Add peppers and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
4 – Stir in squash and continue cooking for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn heat down to low, stir in peas and olives and cook until heated through. Season with salt.
5 – Toss sautéed vegetables with cooked rice. Garnish with green onions and cotija cheese just before serving.
Makes 4 servings.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 263; Calories From Fat: 30; Total Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 9mg; Total Carbs: 39g; Protein: 7g; Sodium: 799mg.

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Quick Turkey Pot Pie

December 1, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Side Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is a Quick Turkey Pot Pie. Great recipe for those Thanksgiving Day Dinner Leftovers! Some of the ingredients you’ll be needing to make this week’s dish are Red Bell Pepper, Onion, Fat-Free Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth, Potato, Spices, Turkey Breast, Peas, Buttermilk and more! 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!

Quick Turkey Pot Pie
Looking for a way to use up that Thanksgiving turkey? You can’t go wrong with this quick and easy pot pie! Featuring turkey breast, potatoes, peas and bell peppers, it will give a new life to your leftovers!

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup cubed peeled potato
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups cubed cooked turkey breast (about 10 ounces)
1/3 cup frozen peas
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons cold reduced-fat stick margarine, cubed
3 to 5 tablespoons buttermilk

Yield: 5 servings
Serving size: 1 biscuit and 3/4 cup turkey mixture

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. For filling, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper, celery and onion; cook and stir 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in flour until blended. Stir in broth, potato, thyme, salt and black pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 8 to 10 minutes.

3. Stir in turkey and peas; simmer 5 to 7 minutes, or until potato is tender and peas are hot. Pour into 1- to 1 1/2-quart casserole dish.

4. For topping, combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in medium bowl. Cut in margarine with pastry blender or two knives until margarine is size of peas. Stir in buttermilk until dough forms. Place on floured surface; knead lightly. Pat out to about 1/2-inch thickness. Cut dough into 5 biscuits with 2- to 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter, rerolling dough as needed. Place biscuits on top of filling. Bake 12 to 14 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Tip: This fast and delicious recipe will please both adults and children. The recipe is quick because most ingredients are common pantry staples. The fresh (and frozen) vegetables make it a healthy version of an old favorite. You can substitute the vegetables in the recipe for other vegetables you may have on hand, such as broccoli, carrots or cauliflower.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 250 calories, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Protein: 18 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 38 mg, Sodium: 505 mg, Fiber: 3 g

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One of America’s Favorites – Booyah (stew)

January 13, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 4 Comments
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American-style booyah stew

Booyah (also spelled booya, bouja, boulyaw, or bouyou) is a thick stew, believed to have originated in Belgium, and made throughout the Upper Midwestern United States. Booyah can require up to two days and multiple cooks to prepare; it is cooked in specially designed “booyah kettles” and usually meant to serve hundreds or even thousands of people. The name can also refer to a social event surrounding the meal.

In cooking booyah, one makes a base or broth derived from meat bones, to which vegetables are added. Beef, chicken, and pork are popular varieties of meat for booyah (with all three often in the same kettle), with vegetables such as carrots, peas, onion, and potatoes also in the mix. A wide variety of seasonings are used, sometimes lowered into the kettle in a cheesecloth bag. Typical large-scale booyah kettles can hold more than 50 US gallons and are made from steel or cast iron to withstand direct heat and the hours (or days) of cooking.

The term “booyah” may be a variant of “bouillon”. It is thought to have derived from the French language words for “boil” (bouillir) and “broth” (bouillon). The spelling with an H has been attributed to phonetic spelling by Wallonian immigrants from Belgium. The Dictionary of American Regional English attributes the term to French Canadian immigrants; others attribute it to a derivation from the Provençal seafood dish bouillabaisse.

An article in the Green Bay Press-Gazette on October 29, 1976, speculating on the origin of the spelling and related fundraiser event, reads:

Booyah seasoned with peas, granulated vegetables and chicken

Lester (Rentmeester) relates recollections of his schoolteacher father, Andrew, probably the “pioneer” of the word “booyah” . “At the old Finger Road School where he taught, funds were always in short supply,” he recalls. “So my father hit on the idea of a community picnic to raise money for the school. He went around to parents and neighbors, gathering up beef and chickens for the traditional Belgian soup that would be the main dish at the benefit affair. And he also went down to the office of the old Green Bay Gazette, looking for publicity.” The writer handling the news of the benefit picnic, so the story goes, asked what would be served. “Bouillon—we will have bouillon,” came the reply, with the word pronounced properly in French. “The young reporter wrote it down as he heard it,” Rentmeester relates. “It came out ‘booyah’ in the paper. It was booyah the first time it was served at Holy Martyrs of Gorcum Church—an affair my father also originated–and that’s what people have called it ever since.”

A November 19, 2015, Press-Gazette article repeats Rentmeester’s claim but also suggests that the dish “could have erupted as a tradition in multiple places at once”. The article notes that there are several variations on the name “booyah” around the Upper Midwest that “appear to be attempts to phonetically manage the hard-to-spell word ‘bouillon’, and they all are pronounced roughly the same”.

Booyah is still made in northern and northeastern Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at county fairs, VFW gatherings, at booyah cooking contests, and in smaller amounts at private gatherings. In a 2018 article in the Post Crescent, Booyah was reportedly sold at church and other non-profit fundraisers for $20 (U.S. dollar) per gallon. The Green Bay Booyah baseball team was named after the stew.


Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 7, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Don’t forget the beans……….

Include beans and peas with your meals – Because of their high nutrient content, consuming beans and peas is recommended for everyone, vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Enjoy some vegetarian chili, three bean salad, or split pea soup. Make a hummus filled pita sandwich.

Healthy Snap Pea Recipes

April 14, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Snap Pea Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Snap Pea Recipes including recipes like; Creamy Salmon and Sugar Snap Cauliflower Gnocchi, Better Three-Bean Salad, and Beef-Vegetable Ragout. Find these recipes and more at EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One!

Healthy Snap Pea Recipes
Find healthy, delicious snap pea recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Creamy Salmon and Sugar Snap Cauliflower Gnocchi
Tender cauliflower gnocchi combine with a quick cream sauce, tender peas and flaky salmon for an unforgettable weeknight dinner. This one is so good you might make it for special occasions. If you don’t like smoked salmon, use fresh………..

Better Three-Bean Salad
Traditional three-bean salad gets a healthy, fresh spin with the addition of black soybeans, snap peas and a tarragon-infused dressing. Find black soybeans near other canned beans; they’re a sweeter, creamier relative of the green ones you’re probably familiar with………..

Beef-Vegetable Ragout
This recipe fits the bill for casual get-togethers, and it’s prepared in only 30 minutes. Spoon the mixture over pasta and serve with crusty bread or corn bread and wedges of melon………

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February 24, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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I came across a healthy St. Patty’s Day recipe, IRISH BEEF POT PIE. Using Flat Iron Steaks, Mushrooms, Peas, Carrots, Savory Gravy all with a flaky Pastry Dough. It’s from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website which has a great selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes for all Occasions and Holidays. So check it out toady! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One!


Tender Flat Iron Steaks are quickly cooked in a hot skillet before adding mushrooms, carrots and peas – and it’s tossed in a savory gravy. The Irish beef pot pie is topped off with flaky pastry dough for a truly satisfying meal. Flat iron steak is also called butlers’ steak or oyster blade steak.

Recipe Yield: 6


1-1/2 pounds beef Flat Iron Steaks
1 package (8 ounces) cremini mushrooms, sliced
1-1/2 cups frozen crinkle-cut carrots
1-1/2 cups frozen peas
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
1 teaspoon minced garlic, divided
Salt and Pepper
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 can (14 to 14-1/4 ounces) ready-to-serve beef broth
1 refrigerated pie crust (1/2 of a 15-ounce package)


1 – Heat oven to 425F.
2 – Cut beef steak lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/4-inch thick strips.
3 – Spray large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat until hot.
4 – Add mushrooms; cook and stir 3 minutes. Add carrots, peas, 1 teaspoon thyme and 1/2 teaspoon garlic; cook and stir an additional 3 to 4 minutes or until carrots and peas are defrosted. Remove from skillet; set aside.
5 – In same skillet, add 1/2 of beef; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon; set aside. Repeat with remaining beef.
6 – Dissolve cornstarch into beef broth; add to skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir about 1 minute or until sauce is slightly thickened and any browned bits on bottom of skillet are dissolved. Return vegetables and beef to pan; stir to combine.
7 – Place beef mixture in 2-inch deep, 9-inch pie plate or similar sized round baking dish. Unfold pie crust on flat surface, pressing out fold lines with fingers.
8 – Place crust over beef mixture allowing edges to drape over pie plate. Sprinkle remaining 1 teaspoon thyme and 1/2 teaspoon garlic evenly onto top of crust. Place pie plate on 15-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 1-inch jelly-roll pan.
9 – Bake in 425F oven 16 to 18 minutes or until crust is golden.
10 – Remove from oven to wire rack; let cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Calories: 402
Fat: 18 grams
Sodium: 490 milligrams
Cholesterol: 58 milligrams
Protein: 27 grams
Carbohydrates: 31 grams

It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday – SLOW COOKER POT ROAST SOUP

January 26, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine, It's Chili Soups or Stews Saturday | Leave a comment
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This week’s It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday recipe is – SLOW COOKER POT ROAST SOUP. Made using Beef Shoulder Roast Boneless, Onions, Tomatoes, Hash Browns, Broccoli Slaw, Peas, and Spices. Dinner is served! The recipe comes from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website which has a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes. So Check it out today. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One!


1 beef Shoulder Roast Boneless (2-1/2 pounds)
2 cups chopped onions
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with green peppers and onions, undrained
1 cup frozen hash brown potatoes (cubes)
1 cup beef broth
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups broccoli slaw
1/2 cup frozen peas


1) Cut beef roast into 12 equal pieces.
Place in 4-1/2 to 5-1/2-quart slow cooker. Add onions, tomatoes, potatoes, broth, garlic, thyme and pepper.
2) Cover and cook on HIGH 5 to 6 hours, or on LOW 8 to 9 hours, or until beef is fork-tender. (No stirring is necessary during cooking.)
Stir in broccoli slaw; continue cooking, covered, 30 minutes or until broccoli slaw is crisp-tender. Turn off slow cooker. Stir in peas; let stand, covered, 5 minutes.

Recipe Yield: Yield: 6 servings

Calories: 295
Fat: 8 grams
Saturated Fat: 2 grams
Fiber: 3.6 grams
Sodium: 493 milligrams
Cholesterol: 100 milligrams
Protein: 35 grams
Carbohydrates: 20 grams

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 20, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Pea Pods…………

Here’s a quick tip for Peas: When cooking shelled fresh peas, add a few washed pods to the water. They will improve the flavor and give the peas a richer green color.

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