Lunch Meat of the Week – Ham

October 18, 2018 at 5:03 AM | Posted in Lunch Meat of the Week | Leave a comment
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Half ham

Ham is pork from a leg cut that has been preserved by wet or dry curing, with or without smoking. As a processed meat, the term “ham” includes both whole cuts of meat and ones that have been mechanically formed.

Ham is made around the world, including a number of highly coveted regional specialties, such as Westphalian ham and some varieties of Spanish jamón. In addition, numerous ham products have specific geographical naming protection, such as Prosciutto di Parma and Prosciutto Toscano in Europe, and Smithfield ham in the US.

The preserving of pork leg as ham has a long history, with Cato the Elder writing about the “salting of hams” in his De Agri Cultura tome around 160 BC.

There are claims that the Chinese were the first people to mention the production of cured ham. Larousse

Typical slice of ham

Gastronomique claims an origin from Gaul. It was certainly well established by the Roman period, as evidenced by an import trade from Gaul mentioned by Marcus Terentius Varro in his writings.

The modern word “ham” is derived from the Old English ham or hom meaning the hollow or bend of the knee, from a Germanic base where it meant “crooked”. It began to refer to the cut of pork derived from the hind leg of a pig around the 15th century.

Because of the preservation process, ham is a compound foodstuff or ingredient, being made up of the original meat, as well as the remnants of the preserving agent(s), such as salt, but it is still recognised as a food in its own right.

Hams aging in an atmospherically controlled storage room

Ham is produced by curing raw pork by salting, also known as dry curing, or brining, also known as wet curing. Additionally smoking may be employed. Besides salt, several ingredients may be used to obtain flavoring and preservation, from black pepper (e.g. Prosciutto Toscano) to saffron (e.g. the “Zafferano di San Gimignano”).

Ham is typically used in its sliced form, often as a filling for sandwiches and similar foods, such as in the ham sandwich and ham and cheese sandwich. Other variations include toasted sandwiches such as the croque-monsieur and the Cubano. It is also a popular topping for pizza in the United States.

Antipasto with ham and sausage

In the United Kingdom, a pork leg cut, either whole or sliced, that has been cured but requires additional cooking is known as gammon. Gammons were traditional cured before being cut from a side of pork along with bacon. When cooked, gammon is ham. Such roasts are a traditional part of British Christmas dinners.

 

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Healthy Fall Entertaining Recipes

October 17, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Fall Entertaining Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Fall Entertaining Recipes like; Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows, Slow-Cooker Sausage and Apple Stuffing, and Hungarian Goulash. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Fall Entertaining Recipes
Find healthy, delicious fall entertaining recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows
The genius hack in this recipe: topping sweet potatoes with marshmallows while they’re still piping hot from the slow cooker yields a baked marshmallow topping that’s typical with baked sweet potato casseroles…….

Slow-Cooker Sausage and Apple Stuffing
This sausage and apple stuffing is extra-moist and full of classic fall flavors. Using a slow cooker makes this side dish even easier and saves on oven space……….

Hungarian Goulash
Layer the vegetables, meat and tomato mixture in your slow cooker in the morning and let it cook it until dinner. All you’ll need to do is prepare the noodles and this beef stew will be ready to serve……………….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Fall Entertaining Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19825/seasonal/fall/entertaining/

Healthy Taco Recipes

October 16, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Taco Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Taco Recipes like; Taco Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie, Easy Vegetarian Taco Salad, and Slow-Cooked Pork Tacos with Chipotle Aioli. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Also don’t forget to subscribe to the EatingWell Magazine. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Taco Recipes
Find healthy, delicious taco recipes including beef, chicken, fish and pork tacos. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Taco Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
Revamp traditional Shepherd’s pie with this Tex-Mex take on the classic comfort food with taco seasoning, black beans and a little jalapeño. The flavor- and veggie-packed filling gets topped with cilantro-lime sweet potatoes for a satisfying and healthy dinner recipe……..

Easy Vegetarian Taco Salad
Taco salad doesn’t always have to contain beef—this 15-minute version uses tofu or black bean crumbles, which taste delicious and offer up a healthy dose of protein. This vegetarian meal is so tasty that even meat-only eaters won’t miss the beef………

Slow-Cooked Pork Tacos with Chipotle Aioli
Add a little spice to your pork tacos with a homemade chipotle aioli. Bonus: the shredded seasoned pork recipe makes enough for leftovers………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Taco Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19775/cuisines-regions/latin-american/mexican/tacos/

Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans

October 15, 2018 at 5:30 PM | Posted in Bob Evan's, greenbeans, Pork | 6 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans

 

 


To start my morning off I prepared a Poached Egg and served it on a toasted Healthy Life Multi Grain English Muffin. I also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. 35 degrees and rain this morning. Rained most of the day and a high of 55 degrees. Having a rough day with allergies today and with weather being bad it’s a good day just to relax and take it easy. For Dinner tonight I prepared Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans.

 

 

 


I’m using the Costco the always delicious Tuscan Seasoned Pork Loin Medallions. The package had 20 slices in it and have them in the Freezer. So Last night I grabbed a couple of packages out of the freezer and let them thaw overnight in the fridge.

 

 

 

 


To start I preheated the oven on 400 degrees. To prepare them I used a Cast Iron Skillet. Sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray and added 1 tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil and heated it on medium heat. I then lightly Salted the Pork with Sea Salt and a sprinkle of McCormick Dried Parsley. Added the Medallions to the skillet and cooked it for 2 minutes a side, as it just started to brown. Then from the stove to the oven, love Cast Iron Skillets! I then baked them to a medium rare, 145 degrees in the center of the medallions using a meat thermometer. Pork Tenderloin is one of my favorites. The Pork is so tender and flavorful. Seasoned just right and so moist.

 

To go with the Medallions I prepared some Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes. Just microwave for 6 minutes and serve, just as good as homemade, if not better.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Then I also heated up a large can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. Just empty the can into a sauce pan and heat until heated through. I also baked a loaf of RiverRoad Bake House Garlic Oval Loaf Bread. Then for Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn with a Diet Mango Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

Pork Facts….

One serving of pork is 3 ounces, or about the size of a deck of cards, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. An image of the portion size is important because a thick pork chop can be twice that size and without realizing it you can eat double the calories. You’ll get 137 calories and 4 grams of fat from a 3-ounce pork chop. Pork is similar to chicken, with 3 ounces of chicken breast containing 140 calories and 3 grams of fat. A pork chop has 65 milligrams of cholesterol, compared to 72 grams in chicken breast, but they both have just 1 gram of saturated fat.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 13, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Eating Healthy……….

Select lean cuts of beef and pork, especially cuts with “loin” or “round” in their name.

Diabetic Soup Recipes

October 7, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Diabetic Soup Recipes. Delicious and Hearty Diabetic Soup Recipes like; Italian Bread and Tomato Soup, Instant-Pot Potato Soup, and Italian Meatball Soup. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. Full of Healthy Cooking Tips, Ideas, and Recipes. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

 

Diabetic Soup Recipes
Find healthy, delicious diabetic soup recipes from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Italian Bread and Tomato Soup
Inspired by Tuscany’s legendary pappa al pomodoro, this soup is a great way to use stale bread. The traditional version doesn’t contain kale or a topping of squash and grape tomatoes, but why not?…..

Instant-Pot Potato Soup
Russet potatoes turn tender and soft in minutes in a pressure cooker, so you can make this comforting soup quickly on busy weeknights. Garnish with the classic potato soup fixings—bacon, scallions and melted Cheddar cheese…………….

Italian Meatball Soup
Vegetables and lean meatballs streamline a traditional Italian meatball soup to make it lighter while keeping all the great flavor. Save some of the meatball soup to make a delicious casserole for later……….

* Click the link below to get all the Diabetic Soup Recipes
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Healthy Asian Noodle Recipes

October 6, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Asian Noodle Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Asian Noodle Recipes like; Cabbage Lo Mein, Spicy Thai Noodles, and Black Bean Clams with Two Noodles. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Asian Noodle Recipes
Find healthy, delicious Asian noodle recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Cabbage Lo Mein
Jam-packed with a colorful medley of vegetables, this classic noodle dish relies on a bold sesame-soy sauce to tie all the flavors and textures together………

Spicy Thai Noodles
Sauces made with heavy creams are loaded with calories and saturated fat. This recipe uses a peanut sauce that has all the richness of a cream sauce but with heart-healthy fats instead. Be careful—if using a store-bought sauce, check the ingredients list for added sugars!……..

Black Bean Clams with Two Noodles
Zucchini noodles and shelf-stable stir-fry noodles combine for a hearty portion in this healthy stir-fry recipe. Chinese fermented black beans (they’re actually soybeans) lend a salty and savory backbone to this quick veggie-filled entree. They’re pungent, so a little goes a long way. Find them at Asian grocery stores, well-stocked supermarkets and online………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Asian Noodle Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19705/ingredients/pasta-noodle/noodle/asian/

Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans

September 26, 2018 at 5:26 PM | Posted in Bob Evan's, Pork, pork tenderloin | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans

 

 

To start my morning off I prepared a Poached Egg and served it on a slice of toasted Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread. I also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Morning showers then cloudy the rest of the day, high of 71 degrees. At 9:30 I had to be back at the Family Lawyer Office to sign the final papers on my Will. Afterward stopped by a house that a friend of mine remodeling and putting it back up for sale. He’s been flipping houses for 5 years now. Good catching up with him. Then stopped by Kroger on the way home to pick up a few items. For Dinner tonight I prepared Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans.

 

 

 


On my last visit to Costco I had bought another package of the always delicious Tuscan Seasoned Pork Loin Medallions. They cut it fresh for me and seasoned it as I shopped like last time. The package had 20 slices in it and have them in the Freezer. So Last night I grabbed a couple of packages out of the freezer and let them thaw overnight in the fridge.

 

 

 


To start I preheated the oven on 400 degrees. To prepare them I used a Cast Iron Skillet. Sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray and added 1 tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil and heated it on medium heat. I then lightly Salted the Pork with Sea Salt and a sprinkle of McCormick Dried Parsley. Added the Medallions to the skillet and cooked it for 2 minutes a side, as it just started to brown. Then from the stove to the oven, love Cast Iron Skillets! I then baked them to a medium rare, 145 degrees in the center of the medallions using a meat thermometer. Pork Tenderloin is one of my favorites. The Pork is so tender and flavorful. Seasoned just right and so moist.

 


To go with the Medallions I prepared some Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes. Just microwave for 6 minutes and serve, just as good as homemade, if not better.

 

 

 

 

 


Then I also heated up a large can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. Just empty the can into a sauce pan and heat until heated through. Then for Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

Pork Facts….


One serving of pork is 3 ounces, or about the size of a deck of cards, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. An image of the portion size is important because a thick pork chop can be twice that size and without realizing it you can eat double the calories. You’ll get 137 calories and 4 grams of fat from a 3-ounce pork chop. Pork is similar to chicken, with 3 ounces of chicken breast containing 140 calories and 3 grams of fat. A pork chop has 65 milligrams of cholesterol, compared to 72 grams in chicken breast, but they both have just 1 gram of saturated fat.

Healthy Pork Chop Recipes

September 25, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Pork Chop Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Pork Chop Recipes like; Bone-In Pork Chops with Grilled Peaches and Arugula, Sauteed Pork Chops with Apples, and Healthy Oven-Fried Pork Chops. Find these recipes and many more at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Pork Chop Recipes
Find healthy, delicious pork chop recipes including fried, grilled and breaded pork chops. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Bone-In Pork Chops with Grilled Peaches and Arugula
This easy grilling recipe sears both the pork and the peaches on the grill. When peaches are not in season, you can make this recipe with pears or apples instead…….

Sauteed Pork Chops with Apples
The Sugar and Spice Rub makes extra. So another time, use it to season pork tenderloin or lean burgers before broiling or grilling………..

Healthy Oven-Fried Pork Chops
These whole-wheat panko breadcrumb-coated pork chops get just as crispy as fried chops, but they’re healthier. Oven-frying saves you fat and calories while producing chops that are crispy on the outside, yet juicy inside. Serve with steamed broccoli and baked sweet potato for a satisfying weeknight dinner……….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Pork Chop Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19273/ingredients/meat-poultry/pork/chops/

Healthy Ham Recipes

September 20, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Ham Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Ham Recipes like; Mexican-Style Ham and Egg Breakfast and Fresh Ham with Red Pepper Glaze. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Ham Recipes
Find healthy, delicious ham recipes. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Mexican-Style Ham and Egg Breakfast
Packed with protein and lower in carbs, these ham and egg breakfast sandwiches with guacamole will keep you full all day………..

Fresh Ham with Red Pepper Glaze
For this fresh roast ham recipe, look for meat that hasn’t been cured or smoked. Many markets stock fresh hams, but you may need to special-order one to be sure. Ask your butcher to remove the skin and leave a layer of fat to self-baste the ham as it roasts…….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Ham Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19022/ingredients/meat-poultry/pork/ham/

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