Diabetic Dish of the Week – Apple and Turkey Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

December 12, 2017 at 6:39 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is Apple and Turkey Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash. A big thank you to Carol H. for passing this recipe along to me to share! She substituted Pork sausage with Ground Jennie – O Turkey Sausage. Enjoy and Eat Healthy!

Apple and Turkey Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Ingredients
2 Acorn Squash, halved and seeded
2 large Gala Apples, cubed
1 cup Turkey Sausage (Jennie – O Turkey Sausage would work great)
1/2 Onion, diced
1/2 cup Raisins
1/2 teaspoon Litehouse Poultry Seasoning
1/8 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Ground Roasted Cumin
1/8 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon Ground Cloves
1/8 teaspoon Celery Seed
Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper to taste

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place acorn squash cut side down on a baking sheet.
2 – Bake in the preheated oven until soft and browned, about 30 minutes.
3 – Mix apples, turkey sausage, onion, raisins, poultry seasoning, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, celery seed, salt, and pepper together in a bowl. Spoon sausage mixture into the hollow of the acorn squash; place on the baking sheet.
4 – Bake in the preheated oven until sausage is cooked through and apples are soft, about 35 minutes.

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Healthy Latin American Recipes

December 12, 2017 at 6:37 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and the EatingWell Magazine its Healthy Latin American Recipes. Enjoy Diabetic Friendly Latin American Recipes like; Sautéed Shrimp with Mango Salsa and Coconut Cauliflower Rice, Cuban Cauliflower Rice Bowl, and Caldo Tlalpeño (Mexican Chicken Soup). Find these and many more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.eatingwell.com/

 

Healthy Latin American Recipes
Find healthy, delicious Latin American recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Sautéed Shrimp with Mango Salsa and Coconut Cauliflower Rice
Shrimp and rice gets a tropical makeover in this healthy 400-calorie dinner. Instead of rice, we’ve combined riced cauliflower and coconut milk for light coconut rice topped with spicy shrimp and a juicy mango-avocado salsa to cool it all down. Squeeze on some fresh lime juice before digging in to take this easy meal to the next level………

Cuban Cauliflower Rice Bowl
In this riff on a healthy grain bowl recipe we use cauliflower rice instead of another whole grain like brown rice to cut back on carbs and load up on veggie servings. A simple citrusy mojo sauce drizzled on top gives this easy lunch or dinner a Cuban flair…..

Caldo Tlalpeño (Mexican Chicken Soup)
Chipotle-laced broth and thick chunks of corn on the cob are featured in this healthy, smoky chicken soup recipe. The secret to the great flavor is cooking the vegetables in the broth that’s made from cooking the chicken. Serve the soup with warm corn tortillas………

 

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Latin American Recipes
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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 12, 2017 at 6:31 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Did you know that Raisins………..

Raisins pack more nutrition than their small size might indicate. When grapes are dehydrated to produce raisins, the nutrients become more concentrated, making a handful of raisins a snack rich in B vitamins, iron and potassium. Besides nutrients, raisins are also a good source of carbohydrates for energy.

BBQ Pulled Buffalo Chuck Roast Sandwich w/ Baked Fries

December 11, 2017 at 6:33 PM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: BBQ Pulled Buffalo Chuck Roast Sandwich w/ Baked Fries

 

So for Dinner tonight I prepared a BBQ Pulled Buffalo Chuck Roast Sandwich w/ Baked Fries. Wild Idea Buffalo Chuck Roast, this is so tender and incredibly flavorful. It comes already cooked and seasoned, so just heat and serve! Seasoned with, Organic Apple Cider, Organic Lime Juice, Onion Powder, Cumin, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Chili Powder, Paprika, Garlic Powder, Oregano, Cayenne Pepper. And that’s why it’s so flavorful! Delicious Pulled Buffalo that you just heat and serve. I served it on a Aunt Millie’s Reduced Calorie Whole Grain Hamburger Bun and topped it with some Jack Daniel’s Honey Smokehouse BBQ Sauce. What a sandwich, just incredible flavor! The Wild Idea Buffalo Pulled Buffalo Chuck Roast is so flavorful and tender.

 

 

 


For my Fries I’m using Alexia Organic Yukon Select Fries. Seasoned them with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn Medley. Baked them at 425 degrees for 16 minutes. They bake up beautifully and seasoned just right, excellent Shoestring Fry! Plus they are only 120 calories and 15 net carbs. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Diet Dr. Pepper to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Idea Buffalo – Pulled Buffalo Chuck Roast

1 LB. PULLED BUFFALO CHUCK ROAST

We rub our Pulled Buffalo Chuck Roast with our very own Wild Idea blend of Mexican seasonings and then slowly braise the meat until it’s fall apart tender. We have done all the work for you, so all you need to do is “heat and eat!” Use Wild Idea Pulled Buffalo Chuck Roast in all of your favorite Mexican dishes like tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas. Or you can add your favorite barbecue sauce for great tasting B.B.Q. sandwiches!
Ingredients: Buffalo, Organic Apple Cider, Organic Lime Juice, Onion Powder, Cumin, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Chili Powder, Paprika, Garlic Powder, Oregano, Cayenne Pepper

https://wildideabuffalo.com/products/pulled-buffalo-chuck-roast

One of America’s Favorites – Memphis-Style Barbecue

December 11, 2017 at 6:47 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Dry ribs slow cooking in a pit at Leonard’s BBQ

Memphis-style barbecue is one of the four predominant regional styles of barbecue in the United States, the other three being Carolina, Kansas City, and Texas. Like many southern varieties of barbecue, Memphis-style barbecue is mostly made using pork, usually ribs and shoulders, though many restaurants will still serve beef and chicken. Memphis-style barbecue is slow cooked in a pit and ribs can be prepared either “dry” or “wet”. “Dry” ribs are covered with a dry rub consisting of salt and various spices before cooking and are normally eaten without sauce. “Wet” ribs are brushed with sauce before, during, and after cooking.

Memphis-style barbecue has become well-known due to the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest held each May, which has been listed in Guinness World Records as the largest pork barbecue contest in the world. The event is regularly covered by national and international television networks such as The Food Network and the BBC and attracts over 100,000 visitors. Many of Memphis’ barbecue restaurants have become nationally known and can ship their products anywhere in the country overnight due to the proximity of FedEx’s Memphis Superhub.

 

Pulled pork nachos

After World War II, barbecue became a viable commercial venture in Memphis. Small restaurants, known as “joints”, began to open with a purpose-built pit for slow-cooking the meat. Many small neighborhood joints in low-income areas, such as Payne’s, Leonard’s and Interstate, have gained notoriety as they reflect the roots of Memphis barbecue. Many regional chains have also developed from Memphis, including Tops, Neely’s, and Corky’s. As Memphis-style barbecue became more popular across the country, restaurants such as Corky’s and Rendezvous began shipping orders overnight to customers.

 

 

Pork sandwiches at Payne’sBBQ, BBQ Sauce, Pork, Ribs, Notable establishments

Jim Neely’s Interstate Bar-B-Que
Interstate Bar-B-Que was founded in 1978 by Jim Neely in a rundown grocery store in the low-income neighborhood of South Memphis. Though never a restaurateur, Neely learned how to slow cook ribs in a pit and created a secret sauce based on various local family recipes. Interstate rose to prominence as one of the premier barbecue restaurants in the city, and was featured nationally on The Food Network and The Travel Channel. Neely’s brother and sister-in-law operate another location in Gardena, California. Interstate has been voted the #2 barbecue restaurant in America by People Magazine.

Neely’s
Jim Neely’s four nephews, brothers Gaelin, Tony, Mark and Patrick, founded Neely’s BBQ in Downtown Memphis in 1988, though it operates as a separate business from the other Neely’s and does not carry the Interstate name. In 2008, Pat Neely and his wife Gina debuted a cooking show on The Food Network called Down Home with the Neelys, which is a top ratings performer on the network. The couple has also released a cookbook eponymous with their first show. In 2012, the Neelys announced that they were permanently closing their Memphis-area restaurants.

Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous
Rendezvous was founded by Charlie Vergos in 1948 in a back alley of Downtown Memphis. Originally the basement of his diner, Vergos discovered a coal chute and turned it into a barbecue pit. Eventually, Vergos converted his diner to a barbecue restaurant and moved the entrance from the street to the alley. Rendezvous is one of the older and more storied barbecue joints in Memphis due to its more than sixty years of operation and “hole-in-the-wall” atmosphere. The Memphis City Council voted to name the alley where Rendezvous is located “Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous Alley”, though the address remains 52 South 2nd Street. One of Rendezvous’ signature dishes is a barbecue shrimp skillet which must be ordered a full day in advance.

Central BBQ

Central BBQ was founded in 2002 by partners Roger Sapp and Craig Blondis. Central BBQ has three locations in Memphis, with the most recent having opened in Downtown Memphis in 2012. Central BBQ also has a food truck that caters to local events. Though a newcomer to Memphis’ barbecue scene, Central BBQ has placed in the top 3 for barbecue categories in the Memphis Flyer’s annual “Best Of Memphis” contest, as voted for by Memphis residents, every year since its inception. In 2011, Central placed 1st for “Best Barbecue”, 2nd for “Best Ribs”, and 3rd for “Best Hot Wings.”

Germantown Commissary
Germantown Commissary was a traditional country store for decades until 1981, when a new owner bought it and turned it into a barbecue restaurant. Noted for pork ribs and shoulders, Germantown Commissary has a broader menu as well. It was featured on “Food Paradise” that airs on the Travel Channel.

 

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Baked Mushroom Parmesan

December 11, 2017 at 6:46 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Baked Mushroom Parmesan. Portabella Mushrooms, Tomato Pasta Sauce, Basil Leaves, Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, and Parmesan Cheese are the main ingredients in this dish. With these meaty Portabella Mushrooms you’ll never miss the “Meat”. It’s from one of my favorite sites, CooksRecipes. Be sure to check the Cooks site out for any recipe you are looking for. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

Baked Mushroom Parmesan

Recipe Ingredients:
4 large Portabella mushrooms
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup tomato pasta sauce – divided use
4 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup (1 ounce) freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions:
1 – Heat oven to broil, with top rack about 4-inch from broiler. Brush both sides of mushrooms with oil. Place mushrooms, gill side down, in a 9-inch baking dish. Broil for 4 minutes, remove and turn gill side up, broil 4 minutes
2 – Remove mushrooms from baking dish, drain excess liquid.
3 – Reduce oven temperature to 400°F (205°C).
4 – Spread 1/2 cup pasta sauce on bottom of baking dish, then place mushrooms, gill side up. Sprinkle with basil, red pepper flakes and the remainder of the pasta sauce. Top with mozzarella cheese and Parmesan.
5 – Bake 5 to 10 minutes, until the cheese begins to brown. Remove and serve.
Makes 4 servings.

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/baked_mushroom_parmesan_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 11, 2017 at 6:44 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Why I prefer Buffalo over Beef……….

There are many health benefits of eating buffalo. Rich in flavor, low in fat and high in protein, buffalo meat is an ideal substitute for beef in your favorite recipes. Bison meat is lower in calories and cholesterol than beef, pork, turkey, skinless chicken and even some fish!

Fried Oysters w/ Mac and Cheese

December 10, 2017 at 6:02 PM | Posted in potatoes, seafood | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Oysters w/ Mac and Cheese

 

 

For Breakfast on this Saturday Morning I prepared a Hash Brown Turkey Sausage Crumble Skillet with Toast and that morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. And as cold as it is out there this morning that hot cup of Tea tastes pretty good! On to the skillet. I picked up a bag of Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles while at Kroger yesterday. I’ve used these before but it’s been a while. I first started by preparing some Simply Potatoes. If I ever stop eating the Simply Potato Products their stock value will drop like a rock! Halfway through the cooking time I added a 1/4 cup of the Turkey Crumbles. Stirred them into the Hashbrowns and continued cooking until both were heated through and ready to serve. Served them with a sprinkle of Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Also had a toasted slice of Aunt Millie’s Light Wheat Bread, and a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Another cold start to the day at 20 degrees. Spent most of the day straightening up Mom’s Junk closet for her, it was a mess! Did a few other things around the house. For Dinner tonight I prepared Fried Oysters w/ Mac and Cheese

 


To prepare my Fried Oysters I’ll need; 1 can Hilton’s Fresh Farm Raised Pacific Willapoint Oysters, 1 tablespoon Flour, 1/4 cup Egg Beaters, 1 cup Shake and Bake Seasoned Panko Bread Crumbs, Sea Salt and Pepper (to taste), 2 to 3 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil. Hot sauce, Seafood Cocktail Sauce are all optional.

 

 

 

 

I used Hilton’s Fresh Farm Raised Pacific Willapoint Oysters, my favorite. To prepare them; Place shucked oysters in a colander rinse in cold water and drain. Dredge drained oysters in the Flour, then Egg Beater’s, and then in Panko Crumbs seasoned with Sea Salt and Pepper (coating each oyster thoroughly). Set aside to dry at least 1/2 hour. An easy way to coat the oysters with the Panko Crumbs is to place the Crumbs in a resealable plastic bag, add egg-dipped oysters, seal bag, and then shake.

 

 

Next, heat Oil in a frying pan (I like to use my cast-iron frying pan) to 370 degrees F. or until quite hot. Fry oysters until golden brown on one side, then turn over each oysters carefully to brown the other side, approximately 1 to 2 minutes on each side Fry oyster until golden brown and edges are curled. Do not overcook or overcrowd in frying pan. Remove from frying pan and serve immediately. Serve with Lemons Wedges, Tartar Sauce, Cocktail Sauce and/or your favorite hot sauce. I served mine with some Tarter Sauce with a side of my favorite hot sauce Frank’s Hot Sauce. I don’t know why I don’t have these more often! They’re so delicious, golden brown, and with an incredible fresh flavor.

 

 

To go with the Oysters I prepared a Stouffer’s Classic Mac and Cheese Mac Cup, one of my favorites. Just microwave and serve. A great tasting Mac and Cheese in a single serving cup! Tastes great, excellent Cheesy Mac. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Diet Peach Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

Pan-Fried Oysters Recipe:

Ingredients:

12 large-medium Oysters, shucked
1 tablespoon Flour
1 Eggs, beaten or 1/4 cup egg Beater’s
1 cup Shake and Bake Seasoned Panko Bread Crumbs
Sea Salt and Pepper, to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil
Lemon Wedges, optional
Hot sauce, optional
Seafood Cocktail Sauce, optional

Preparation:

Place shucked oysters in a colander to drain.

1 – Dip drained oysters in flour, then beaten eggs, shake off excess, and in panko crumbs seasoned with salt and pepper (coating each oyster thoroughly). Set aside to dry at least 1/2 hour. NOTE: An easy way to coat the oysters with the panko crumbs is to place the crumbs in a resealable plastic bag, add egg-dipped oysters, seal bag, and then shake.

2 – Heat canola oil in a frying pan (I like to use my cast-iron frying pan) to 370 degrees F. or until quite hot.

3 – Fry oysters until golden brown on one side, then turn over each oysters carefully to brown the other side, approximately 1 to 2 minutes on each side Fry oyster until golden brown and edges are curled. Do not overcook or overcrowd in frying pan. Remove from frying pan and serve immediately.

Serve with Lemons Wedges, Tartar Sauce, Cocktail Sauce and/or your favorite hot sauce.

Makes 2 servings.

 

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF OYSTERS
Oysters are naturally high in many essential vitamins and minerals including protein, iron, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, zinc, and vitamin C.

Hilton’s Fresh Farm Raised Pacific Willapoint Oysters

Product Details
Hilton’s oysters are plump, juicy and full of flavor making them superb for cooking purposes in stews, pan fried, casseroles and turkey stuffing during the Holidays plus many more recipes.

Features
Available year around
Low in fat, calories and cholesterol
Fast and easy to prepare
High in protein, iron, omega 3 fatty acids, zinc and vitamin C
All natural
Product of USA

Ingredients
Fresh Pacific Small Willapoint Oysters

 

 

Stouffer’s Classic Mac and Cheese Mac Cups

Freshly made pasta with 100% real cheddar cheese sauce

Stouffer’s Classic Mac and Cheese Mac Cups are just the right size of delicious Stouffer’s Mac and Cheese.

 

Soup Special of the Day………….Smoked Sausage Italian Bean Soup

December 10, 2017 at 6:26 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is Smoked Sausage Italian Bean Soup. Made with Smoked Link Sausage, Rotini Pasta, Cannellini Beans, and more! Comfort Food running wild! The recipe comes from one of my favorite recipe websites, CooksRecipes. Check the Cooks site out for any recipe you may be looking for. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Smoked Sausage Italian Bean Soup
A fast and tasty smoked sausage, tomato, white bean and pasta soup.

Recipe Ingredients:
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound smoked link sausage, sliced (such as kielbasa)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice, undrained
3 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons chicken base or bouillon granules
1 cup rotini pasta
1 (16-ounce) can cannellini or Great Northern white beans, drained and rinsed

Cooking Directions:
1 – In a kettle, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add sliced link sausage and chopped onion. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2 – Add tomatoes, water, and chicken base to kettle. Bring to a boil and then add the pasta and beans. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the pasta is tender, about 12 to 15 minutes.

Makes 8 servings.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/smoked_sausage_italian_bean_soup_recipe.html

Diabetic Dessert Recipes for the Modern Holiday

December 10, 2017 at 6:24 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its Diabetic Dessert Recipes for the Modern Holiday. Delicious and Diabetic Friendly recipes like; Frozen Espresso-Peppermint Bombe, Gingerbread-Pumpkin Yule Log, and Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes. Find these recipes and more at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

Diabetic Dessert Recipes for the Modern Holiday
Ready to start your own holiday traditions? Forget the cheesecake, pecan pie, and pumpkin bars. Bring a new dessert with flavor and flair — and a perfect fit for people with diabetes — to the table this year with one of these twists on conventional holiday dessert recipes.

Frozen Espresso-Peppermint Bombe
Looking for a diabetic dessert that has holiday party written all over it? Celebrate the season with peppermint and mocha flavors in this impressive bombe that takes dessert to new heights……….

Gingerbread-Pumpkin Yule Log
Gingerbread and pumpkin are holiday classics — and here, they’re rolled into one! Include the Yule log tradition without sabotaging your diabetic meal plan. Each slice only has 168 calories and 3 grams of fat……

Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes
These chocolaty morsels are the perfect way to end any savory meal for less than 20 grams of carb per serving………

* Click the link below to get al the – Diabetic Dessert Recipes for the Modern Holiday
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/holiday/diabetic-dessert-recipes-modern-holiday

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