Whole Grain Noodles Topped w/ Turkey Meatballs in a Brown Mushroom Gravy…

July 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products, mushrooms, noodle, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Whole Grain Noodles Topped w/ Turkey Meatballs in a Brown Mushroom Gravy and a Stuffed Peppadews AppetizerNoodles and Turkey Meatballs Gravy 006

I’m pretty sure to predict the weather they write down all the possibilities, put them in a hat, and pull one out for our forecast! They had predicted 2 1/2″ to 3″ of rain and a front to move through and move out all the humidity, wrong. We did get a couple of brief cloud bursts of rain but not close to the amount they said and it’s still humid! Never trust the weather report. Tried a couple of new dishes for dinner, one I wasn’t real sure on but it turned out to be a keeper of a recipe! I prepared some Whole Grain Noodles Topped w/ Turkey Meatballs in a Brown Mushroom Gravy and a Stuffed Peppadews Appetizer.




The Whole Grain Noodles Topped w/ Turkey Meatballs in a Brown Mushroom Gravy is loosely based on a Rachael Ray dish that I had seen earlier on TV. I did a few things to shorten the cooking and prep time and I also lightened it up, fewer calories and carbs. I used Ronzoni Health Harvest Whole Grain Noodles. I love Egg Noodles but I always try to stay with the Whole Wheat when possible. As I was boiling my Noodles I went ahead and started preparing the Meatballs and Gravy.




I found some Jennie – O Turkey Meatballs at Jungle Jim’s Market a while back and them frozen waiting to try them with a Meatball Noodles and Turkey Meatballs Gravy 007Dish. First time I’ve tried the Jennie – O Turkey Meatballs, I usually use Honeysuckle White Turkey Meatballs. These were 10 fewer calories per serving, they’re not quite as big as the Honeysuckle White’s though but every bit as good! I pan fried them in a 1/2 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and took them off the heat before they were quite done. Then in another skillet I heated up my Heinz Mushroom Gravy, I had added additional sliced baby Bella Mushrooms to the gravy. As the gravy was heating I added my Meatballs and let them simmer in the gravy until heated through. First time I had ever had Turkey Meatballs in a Mushroom Gravy and it was as they say “Off the Hook”! What a great combo. My Noodles were just finishing up as my Meatball/Gravy mix was. To serve I made a bed of the Noodles and topped it with the Meatballs/Gravy. I then topped it with some freshly grated Asiago Cheese and fresh chopped Parsley. What a hearty comfort food! A keeper recipe. Everything just seemed like a natural pairing and the Asiago Cheese was the perfect topper. I also baked a mini loaf of Kroger Bakery Harvest Grain Bread.


For an appetizer another new one with Peppadew Peppers, which I had never heard of until this morning when I was at Kroger doing Noodles and Turkey Meatballs Gravy 009some early morning shopping. They had these in the Deli/Cheese Shop already seeded and marinated. There was 6 whole ones and 2 small ones in the container. I stuffed 3 of them with fresh grated Havarti Cheese and the other 3 with Turkey Sausage and Havarti Cheese. After stuffing them I put them in a microwave plate and heated them for about 40 seconds. I love them! Wasn’t sure how they would turn out but they came out a winner. A good appetizer to have around. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.







Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Extra Wide Noodle Style PastaRonzoni Whole Grain Noodles
Whole Grain Wide Noodle

Whole Grain Wide Noodle from Ronzoni Healthy Harvest
Whole Grain Wide Noodles are short flat pasta strips made with eggs. Whole Grain Noodles come in wide or extra wide. Whole Grain Wide Noodles are best in soup, entrées, side dishes or oven bakes. Cream or cheese sauces, gravy, light tomato sauce or simple butter (or olive oil) tosses are complementary.
Durum whole wheat flour and semolina blend, wheat fiber, egg whites, thiamin mononitrate, niacin, riboflavin, iron (ferrous sulfate), folic acid.

Cooking directions. see perfect pasta guide for quantities and cook times. bring water to a rapid boil. to add flavor and reduce stickiness, add salt. add pasta and stir; return to rapid boil. cook uncovered, stirring occasionally. drain well. serve as desired. Perfect pasta guide. 1 portion, 1/4 bag of pasta, 2 quarts of water, 1 tsp of salt. 2 portions, 1/2 bag of pasta, 3 quarts of water, 2 tsp of salt. 4 portions, full bag of pasta, 5 quarts






Processed peppadew peppers

Processed peppadew peppers

This type of piquante pepper was first discovered in early 1993 and introduced to market later that same decade. The name is a portmanteaux of pepper and dew.
Although the pepper is sometimes described as a cross between a pepper and a tomato, this description is not botanically accurate, and refers only to the resemblance in color and size between peppadew and cherry tomatoes.
Applications have been made by the various owners of the brand to secure international breeders right by application to the UPOV.
In 2000 the South African mushroom producer, Denny Mushrooms, acquired the Peppadew brand and business. Denny has in turn since been acquired by AVI.

The fruit is processed for removal of the seeds and reduction of the heat of the pepper to more pleasant levels. It is then pickled and bottled. The flavor of the Peppadew fruit is sweet, with mild heat of around 1,177 on the Scoville scale.


Rachael Vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off

December 28, 2011 at 4:06 PM | Posted in baking, Food | Leave a comment
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Rachael Vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off

Two of Food Network’s most popular personalities, Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri, are going head-to-head in a new series premiering this winter, Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off. Both Rachael and Guy will serve as coaches and mentors to eight multi-talented celebrities — from an Olympic gold medalist to Grammy-winning artists to a Golden Globe-nominated actor — contestants who are all passionate about food and cooking.

Divided into Team Rachael and Team Guy, the contestants will face intense weekly challenges that are sure to have them working, fighting and laughing as they race against the clock to prepare elaborate meals for up to 150 guests. The winning and losing teams will be chosen by the guest diners and after six episodes, the last celebrity standing will win a cash donation to his or her favorite charity.

The show’s all-star line-up includes:

•    Summer Sanders: two-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer and national sportscaster
•    Lou Diamond Phillips: Golden Globe-nominated actor (Stand and Deliver, SGU Stargate Universe)
•    Aaron Carter: Multi-platinum-selling recording artist and actor (Popstar, Supercross)
•    Joey Fatone: Singer, actor, television personality and founding member of top-selling supergroup *NSync
•    Taylor Dayne: Chart-topping recording star and actress (Broadway’s Aida, television’s Nightman)
•    Coolio: Grammy-winning hip-hop artist
•    Cheech Marin: Grammy-winning comedian, screenwriter and actor (Judging Amy, Cars 2)
•    Alyssa Campanella: Winner, Miss USA 2011 and Runner-Up, Miss Teen USA 2007

“Rachael Vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off” premieres Sun., Jan 1 at 9PM ET on the Food Network.

Buttermilk Ranch Chicken w/ Diced potatoes, Green Beans and…

November 13, 2011 at 7:11 PM | Posted in chicken, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, greenbeans, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, low calorie, low carb, potatoes | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Buttermilk Ranch Chicken w/ Diced potatoes, Green Beans and Whole Grain Bread

I tried another Rachael Ray recipe for dinner tonight, Buttermilk Ranch Chicken. A real easy and delicious recipe to put together. The Chicken is marinated in a mixture of Buttermilk, Mayo, Dried Mustard, fresh Chives, Dried Dill, Salt andpepper. I used Lowfat Buttermilk and Kraft Reduced Mayonnaise. You can marnate it from 45 minutes to overnight, I marinated mine for 3 hours. They came out moist and flavorful. I left the recipe at the end of the post.

For sides I had Green Beans, Bob Evans Diced Seasoned Potatoes, and Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert a Yoplait 100 Calorie Delight Chocolate Eclair Parfait.

Buttermilk Ranch Chicken
By: Every Day With Rachael Ray Staff


1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. dried mustard
1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
1/2 tsp. dried dill
Salt and pepper
4 thin-cut chicken breast cutlets
2 tbsp. oil


Combine all ingredients up to oil; marinate 45 minutes (or overnight). In large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat; brown cutlets on both sides until cooked through, about 7 minutes.

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