Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin w/ Slow Cooker Parmesan Potatoes and Green Beans

August 8, 2017 at 5:11 PM | Posted in Pork, pork tenderloin, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin w/ Slow Cooker Parmesan Potatoes and Green Beans

 

 

I had a Scrambled Egg and a toasted slice of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread. I topped the Egg with a sprinkle of Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheese. Also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I’m not sure but I may be coming down with a cold, a Summer cold (blah). Hopefully I’ll be up and feeling better by tomorrow. I went to Walgreen’s and picked up something to take in case it is a cold. After that a day of bed rest! For Dinner tonight I prepared a Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin w/ Slow Cooker Parmesan Potatoes and Green Beans.

 

 

I purchased the Simple Truth Pork Tenderloin from Kroger yesterday, a small one at just over 1 lb. To make the dish I’ll need; 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 pork Tenderloin, 1 tbsp Roasted Cumin, 1 tsp Garlic Powder, 1 tsp Cumin Spiced Chili Powder, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika, 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper. To prepare it preheat oven to 350°. Combine all the ingredients; rub it all over the pork. Let stand 20 minutes. Heat the oil in a Cast Iron Skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork to pan; cook 4 minutes, browning on all sides. From the stove to the oven; Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until a thermometer registers 155° (slightly pink), turning after 7 minutes. Remove from the skillet into a platter or dish and let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Then get ready to enjoy one delicious Pork Tenderloin! Fantastic combo of Spices, which makes one incredible Crust on the Pork with the inside being tender and moist! The other “White Meat” sure is good!

 

Tried a new Potato Recipe, Slow Cooker Parmesan Potatoes. Got the idea from several similar recipes. I’ll need; 1 pound Baby Gold Potatoes (halved), 1⁄4 cup Water, 2 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil, 2 tablespoons Blue Bonnet Light Butter, 1/2 teaspoon dried Oregano, 1/2 teaspoon dried Basil, 1/2 teaspoon dried Dill, Sea Salt and freshly Ground Black Pepper (to taste), 1/4 cup Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan, and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Parsley leaves.

 

 

 

To prepare them; Line your Slow Cooker or Crock Pot with a disposable plastic liner. Lightly coat the plastic liner with nonstick spray. Add water. Place potatoes, olive oil, butter, oregano, basil and dill into the slow cooker; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cover and cook on low heat for 4-5 hours, you can also cook them on high heat for 2-3 hours. When they are fork tender serve them immediately, sprinkle with Parmesan and garnished with parsley. These came out incredible, another one of those Keeper Recipes! Plus easy clean up using the slow cooker liners.

 

 

 

I also cooked some more of the fresh Green Beans. I love beans, but they are even better when fresh. I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury French Bread. For Dessert later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a can of Coke Zero to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SLOW COOKER PARMESAN POTATOES

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound Baby Gold Potatoes, halved
1⁄4 cup Water
2 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Blue Bonnet Light Butter
1/2 teaspoon dried Oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried Basil
1/2 teaspoon dried Dill
Sea Salt and freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
1/4 cup Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Parsley leaves

DIRECTIONS:
1 – Line your Slow Cooker or Crock Pot with a disposable plastic liner. Lightly coat the plastic liner with nonstick spray. Add water. Place potatoes, olive oil, butter, oregano, basil and dill into the slow cooker; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
2 – Cover and cook on low heat for 4-5 hours or high heat for 2-3 hours, or until tender.*
3 – Serve immediately, sprinkled with Parmesan and garnished with parsley, if desired.

Healthy 30-Minute Meals

August 6, 2017 at 5:24 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its Healthy 30-Minute Meals. Diabetic Friendly Meals made in 30 minutes or less. Delicious meals like; Open-Face Reubens, Cheesesteaks with Peppers and Onions, and Italian Meatball Rolls. Find these recipes and more all at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

Healthy 30-Minute Meals

Fast, delicious, and healthful? You really can have it all with these yummy meals that come together in 30 minutes or less!

 

Open-Face Reubens

Cut out calories and fat by whipping up a flavorful slaw to top this quick-fix classic. Ask for lower-sodium roast beef at your deli counter…..

 

Cheesesteaks with Peppers and Onions

Lean sirloin steak smothered in Monterey Jack cheese and topped with four types of veggies make this classic well worth the extra 4 minutes (34 minutes total) in cooking time……

 

Italian Meatball Rolls

Replace beef with lean, low-fat turkey and enjoy this all-time favorite any day of the week. Make it a 30-minute meal by using refrigerated Italian-style turkey meatballs……..

 

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy 30-Minute Meals
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/30-minute/healthy-30-minute-meals

Asian-Inspired Recipes

August 1, 2017 at 5:22 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its Asian-Inspired Recipes. Enjoy your favorite Asian recipes and still eat healthy with these Diabetic Friendly recipes! Delicious recipes like Kung Pao Chicken, Shrimp Fried Rice, and Sweet-and-Sour Pork. Find these and so many more all at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

Asian-Inspired Recipes
Enjoy your favorite Asian dishes, from Thai to Chinese to Vietnamese to Japanese, without needing a passport.

 

Kung Pao Chicken

This spicy Szechuan dish is made diabetes-friendly with homemade marinade, tons of veggies, and reduced-sodium soy sauce. Tip: When working with the chile peppers, be sure to wear plastic or rubber gloves to avoid direct contact with the volatile oils……

 

Shrimp Fried Rice

This veggie-laden shrimp fried rice boasts only 304 calories and 31 grams of carb per serving. Grated fresh ginger adds a pungent taste to this easy make-it-yourself dish…….

 

Sweet-and-Sour Pork

No longer off-limits, this Chinese favorite gets its diabetes-friendly great taste from pureed sweet peppers, pineapple juice, and fresh ginger. Serve over shredded napa cabbage for extra crunch…….

 

* Click the link below to get all the Asian-Inspired Recipes
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/asian/asian-inspired-recipes

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 1, 2017 at 5:21 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Did you know…….

 

A roast with the bone in will cook faster than a boneless roast – the bone carries the heat to the inside of the roast quicker.

One of America’s Favorites – White Hot

July 31, 2017 at 5:48 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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White Hot

The white hot is a variation on the hot dog found primarily in the Rochester, New York area, as well as other parts of Western New York and Central New York. It is composed of a combination of uncured and unsmoked pork, beef, and veal; the lack of smoking or curing allows the meat to retain a naturally white color. White hots usually contain mustard and other spices, and often include a dairy component such as nonfat dry milk.

 

 

 

The white hot, also commonly referred to as a coney, originated in the 1920s in Rochester’s German community as a “white and porky”. It was originally a cheaper alternative to high-price red hot dogs, made of the less desirable meat parts and various fillers; in contrast, modern versions are made from quality meats and are generally sold at higher prices than common hot dogs.

One of the best-known producers of the white hot is Zweigle’s. Although they were not the first to make white hots, they were the first to secure a contract at the Red Wing Stadium soon after Zweigle’s founder Robert Berl began making the dogs in 1925. The white hot has become the official hot dog of the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Rochester Americans and Rochester Rhinos and was the official hot dog of the Washington Nationals during the major league baseball team’s first season.

Another producer, Hofmann, produces white hots in the Syracuse, New York area under the name “Snappy Grillers”. A third company, Hartmann, is also known to produce white hots.

 

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 26, 2017 at 5:16 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Sage of an idea…….

 

To add a rich, intense flavor to chicken or pork roasts, tuck whole sage leaves just under the skin of the chicken or into small slits into the fat of pork before roasting.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 25, 2017 at 5:11 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 2 Comments
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Stir-Fry cuts…..

 

For even cooking, cut all the ingredients the same size. Because stir-fry is a quick a cooking method the whole time while you stir-frying you have to use the highest heat to quickly cook the food. So it’s important to keep the food at an equal size. For example, if you stir-fry pork or chicken with vegetables, try to cut them in equal size, like julienned, slice or cubes.

Healthy Make Ahead Dinner Recipes

July 23, 2017 at 5:27 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its – Healthy Make Ahead Dinner Recipes. Delicious and healthy recipes like Buffalo Chicken Casserole, Slow-Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew, and Quick Shrimp Enchilada Bake. Find these and more all at the EatingWell website and don’t forget about the EatingWell Magazine. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.eatingwell.com/

 

 

Healthy Make Ahead Dinner Recipes
Find healthy, delicious make ahead dinner recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

 

Buffalo Chicken Casserole
We took the classic flavors of Buffalo wings—hot sauce, blue cheese, carrots and celery—and created a finger-licking-good casserole. Serve this dish during football season to a hungry crowd and it’s sure to be a hit. We don’t typically recommend ingredients by brand name, but in this case we make an exception for Frank’s RedHot Sauce. It has the perfect balance of spice and tang for this casserole. Texas Pete and Crystal hot sauces are suitable alternatives if you can’t find Frank’s……..

 

Slow-Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew
Chicken thighs can take plenty of cooking without getting tough or drying out, which makes them perfect for the slow cooker. Here we braise them in Guinness stout along with hearty vegetables, with just the right amount of bacon for added savoriness……

 

Quick Shrimp Enchilada Bake
Shrimp enchiladas offer a taste of coastal Mexican cuisine but some versions contain so much cheese, butter and sour cream that they can pack a whopping 50 grams of fat per serving. Our version has vibrant flavor and only half the calories and 6 grams of fat per serving, plus we use precooked peeled shrimp so you can get the dish on your table fast enough for a weeknight supper. The addition of refried beans helps makes these enchiladas an excellent source of fiber as well…….

 

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Make Ahead Dinner Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18701/mealtimes/dinner/make-ahead/

Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes for Weight Loss

July 20, 2017 at 5:25 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website its Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes for Weight Loss. Delicious low calorie Dinners with recipes like; Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili, Inside-Out Lasagna, Sweet Potatoes with Warm Black Bean Salad, and more! Find these and all the other Delicious and Healthy recipes at the EatingWell website, plus don’t forget the EatingWell Magazine. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.eatingwell.com/

 

Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes for Weight Loss
Find healthy, delicious low-calorie dinner recipes for weight loss, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

 

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili
Make a double batch of this quick vegetarian chili, full of black beans and sweet potatoes, and eat it for lunch the next day or freeze the extras for another night. We love the smoky heat from the ground chipotle, but omit it if you prefer a mild chili. Serve with tortilla chips or cornbread and coleslaw……..

 

Inside-Out Lasagna
Here we take basic lasagna ingredients—ricotta cheese, pasta and tomatoes—and skip the layering and long baking time to make a super-quick and satisfying meal for the whole family. To cut down on prep time, look for presliced mushrooms. For meat lovers, brown some crumbled turkey sausage along with the onions and garlic. Serve with: Steamed broccoli and whole-grain baguette…….

 

Sweet Potatoes with Warm Black Bean Salad
For a satisfying last-minute supper, it’s hard to beat a sweet potato zapped in the microwave. The fragrant filling of beans and tomatoes adds protein. Be sure to eat the skin, which is full of fiber, as well……

 

* Click the link below to get all the Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes for Weight Loss
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18573/weight-loss-diet/dinner/

Cumin Spiced Pork Chop w/ Mashed Potatoes and Sliced Carrots

July 19, 2017 at 4:54 PM | Posted in Bob Evan's, Pork, pork chops | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cumin Spiced Pork Chop w/ Mashed Potatoes and Sliced Carrots

 

It’s Bacon and Eggs to start off this hot and very humid morning! I fried up a couple of slices of Jennie – O Turkey Bacon, 2 Eggs Scrambled, toasted 1 slice of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread, and a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Love a good Breakfast! Dad is back in the hospital, he has pneumonia in his right lung, here we go again!  Well we are in for a stretch of hot and humid days here. High in the 90’s with a very high humidity. They say the heat index for the next 5 days will be over 100 degrees. I don’t mind the heat but can’t stand that high humidity. So anything that needs to be done outside will get done early! So this morning after Breakfast I got leaf blower out and cleaned up on the deck and driveway areas. After Lunch I took Mom’s car over to the car Shop and the oil changed and then stopped and washed and the inside cleaned. The time I got back home it was 92 degrees already. I had everything done so I caught up on some shows I had recorded. For Dinner tonight I prepared a Cumin Spiced Pork Chop w/ Mashed Potatoes and Sliced Carrots.

 

I had picked up a large Center Cut Pork Chop from the Meijer Meat Department Counter and had it in the freezer. Sat it in the fridge and let it thaw overnight. I really love the Meijer selection and quality of all their meats, and all their products and produce.

 

 

 

 

To prepare my Chop I’ll need; The Cumin Spiced Rub which consists of; 1 tbsp Roasted Cumin, 1 tsp Garlic Powder, 1 tsp Chili Powder, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika, 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper. To prepare it preheat oven to 400°. Combine all the ingredients; rub it all over the pork chop. Let stand 20 minutes. I’ll be using a Cast Iron Skillet for the Chop. I love using Cast Iron Skillets, not only do the heat up evenly and retain that heat but you can also go from using it on the stove and right into the oven. So I start by heating the Extra Virgin Olive oil in the Cast Iron Skillet over medium-high heat. Add the Chop to pan; cook 3 minutes, browning both sides. From the stove to the oven and bake at 400° for 15 minutes until the thermometer registered 145° (slightly pink), turning after 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Fantastic combo of Spices, which gives a fantastic flavor and perfect browning to the Chop. The inside being so tender and moist! Love this seasoning on Pork. The Chop was huge, plenty leftovers for Breakfast and Lunch!

 

 

 

 

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 can of Del Monte Sliced carrots. These are so much easier to prepare than boiling fresh Carrots, and they taste just as fresh and good. I also baked a slice of the New York Bakery Light Texas Toast Bread. For Dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Divine Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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