Healthy Vegetable Soup Recipes

November 17, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Vegetable Soup Recipes. Here’s some Delicious and Healthy Vegetable Soup Recipes with recipes including Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup with Rotisserie Chicken, Cream of Turkey and Wild Rice Soup, and Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. 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! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Vegetable Soup Recipes
Find healthy, delicious vegetable soup recipes including chicken vegetable, minestrone and pea soup. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup with Rotisserie Chicken
This rich-tasting but better-for-you creamy chicken soup has a delicious chicken pot pie feel to it. We call for rotisserie chicken to streamline your prep time–look for a nice big one with lots of breast meat on it. Pair this comforting and easy soup recipe with a green salad, or, if you’re really hungry, a grilled cheese sandwich……

Cream of Turkey and Wild Rice Soup
Got leftover cooked chicken or turkey? Cook up a pot of soup! This recipe is a healthier twist on a classic creamy turkey and wild rice soup that hails from Minnesota. Serve with a crisp romaine salad and whole-grain bread……

Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Layering apple slices into grilled cheese sandwiches adds a little crunch to a favorite soup dipper. And creamy butternut squash soup with ginger, cumin and turmeric is a nice change of pace from grilled cheese’s usual tomato soup partner. Serve the duo for a comforting and easy weeknight dinner for the family. The soup keeps well in the fridge, so save leftovers for lunch or dinner later in the week.

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Vegetable Soup Recipes
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18219/soup/vegetable/

One of America’s Favorites – Stuffing

November 15, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 1 Comment
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Stuffing a turkey

Stuffing, filling, or dressing is an edible mixture, often composed of herbs and a starch such as bread, used to fill a cavity in the preparation of another food item. Many foods may be stuffed, including poultry, seafood, and vegetables. As a cooking technique stuffing helps retain moisture, while the mixture itself serves to augment and absorb flavors during its preparation.

Poultry stuffing often consists of breadcrumbs, onion, celery, spices, and herbs such as sage, combined with the giblets. Additions in the United Kingdom include dried fruits and nuts (such as apricots and flaked almonds), and chestnuts.

It is not known when stuffings were first used. The earliest documentary evidence is the Roman cookbook, Apicius De Re Coquinaria, which contains recipes for stuffed chicken, dormouse, hare, and pig. Most of the stuffings described consist of vegetables, herbs and spices, nuts, and spelt (an old cereal), and frequently contain chopped liver, brains, and other organ meat.

Names for stuffing include “farce” (~1390), “stuffing” (1538), “forcemeat” (1688), and relatively more recently in the United States; “dressing” (1850).

In addition to stuffing the body cavity of animals, including birds, fish, and mammals, various cuts of meat may be stuffed after they have been deboned or a pouch has been cut into them. Recipes include stuffed chicken legs, stuffed pork chops, stuffed breast of veal, as well as the traditional holiday stuffed turkey or goose.

Stuffed turkey

Many types of vegetables are also suitable for stuffing, after their seeds or flesh has been removed. Tomatoes, capsicums (sweet or hot peppers), vegetable marrows (e.g., zucchini) may be prepared in this way. Cabbages and similar vegetables can also be stuffed or wrapped around a filling. They are usually blanched first, in order to make their leaves more pliable. Then, the interior may be replaced by stuffing, or small amounts of stuffing may be inserted between the individual leaves.

Purportedly ancient Roman, or else Medieval, cooks developed engastration recipes, stuffing animals with other animals. An anonymous Andalusian cookbook from the 13th century includes a recipe for a ram stuffed with small birds. A similar recipe for a camel stuffed with sheep stuffed with bustards stuffed with carp stuffed with eggs is mentioned in T.C. Boyle’s book Water Music. Multi-bird-stuffed dishes such as the turducken or gooducken are contemporary variations.

Almost anything can serve as a stuffing. Many Anglo-American stuffings contain bread or cereals, usually together with vegetables, herbs and spices, and eggs. Middle Eastern

Stuffed orange pepper

vegetable stuffings may be based on seasoned rice, on minced meat, or a combination thereof. Other stuffings may contain only vegetables and herbs. Some types of stuffing contain sausage meat, or forcemeat, while vegetarian stuffings sometimes contain tofu. Roast pork is often accompanied by sage and onion stuffing in England; roast poultry in a Christmas dinner may be stuffed with sweet chestnuts. Oysters are used in one traditional stuffing for Thanksgiving. These may also be combined with mashed potatoes, for a heavy stuffing. Fruits and dried fruits can be added to stuffing including apples, apricots, dried prunes, and raisins. In England, a stuffing is sometimes made of minced pork shoulder seasoned with various ingredients, sage, onion, bread, chestnuts, dried apricots, dried cranberries etc. The stuffing mixture may be cooked separately and served as a side dish. This may still be called stuffing or it may be called dressing.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) states that cooking animals with a body cavity filled with stuffing can present potential food safety issues. These can occur because when the meat reaches a safe temperature, the stuffing inside can still harbor bacteria (and if the meat is cooked until the stuffing reaches a safe temperature, the meat may be overcooked). For turkeys, for instance, the USDA recommends cooking stuffing separately from the bird and not buying pre-stuffed birds.

Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo

November 13, 2021 at 7:12 PM | Posted in Butterball Smoked Turkey Sausage, rice, seafood, shrimp, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo

 

 

For Breakfast I made Pancakes and Sausage Patties. I used a package of Pioneer Buttermilk Pancake Mix for our Pancakes. We used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and Log Cabin Sugar Free Maple Syrup for toppings. I also fried up a couple of Bob Evan’s Sausage Patties for Mom. I love pancakes! I also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I saw a few Snow Flurries blowing around outside early this morning, I’m not ready for this! Cloudy, very windy with a high of 41 degrees. Stayed inside most of the day, my Sinuses were bad today. It always acts up when there’s a huge change in the weather. Did a few things around the house and later watched some College Football. For Dinner tonight I prepared a personal favorite, Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo.

 

Gumbo is always one of my favorite meals, the Rice, Spices, Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage makes the perfect Gumbo! Plus the leftovers are just as good if not better! To make it I used a box of Zatarain’s Gumbo Dinner Mix for the Gumbo base, 1 1/2 Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausages (sliced into bite size slices), a bag of Meijer Brand Jumbo Shrimp and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. I precooked the Sausage and Shrimp, according to the package instructions, before adding it to the Gumbo.

 

It’s very easy to prepare, it takes about 25-30 minutes. To start; I just boil the stock that’s in the packet, add the sliced Turkey Sausage to the stock along with a few shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and continued to cook for 10-15 minutes. Then I added the Shrimp and simmered for another 2-3 minutes. And the Gumbo is ready to serve and It turns out fantastic! Nice flavor, incredible tasting stock, meaty Shrimp and Sausage, and plenty of Rice, makes one easily prepared hearty and delicious dish. Plus enough leftovers for a couple of lunches too, I took a small bowl over to my neighbor also, she always enjoys that. Then for Dessert/Snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Snyder’s Pretzels with a Diet Dr. Pepper to drink.

 

 

 


Zatarain’s Gumbo Mix
Zatarain’s Gumbo Mix is a flavorful foundation of long grain rice in a rich, seasoned roux with red and green bell peppers. Just add one pound of cooked chicken, smoked sausage or seafood, cut into bite size pieces and dinner is ready in just 30 minutes.
Gumbo can be prepared with your choice of 1 lb. of cooked chicken, smoked sausage or seafood, cut into bite-size pieces.

STOVE TOP DIRECTIONS
1. MIX 6 cups water and Gumbo Mix in 4-quart saucepan until well blended.
2. For Chicken or Sausage Gumbo: Stir in chicken or sausage. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 25 minutes or until rice is tender.
For Seafood Gumbo: Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in seafood. Cover and simmer 10 minutes longer or until rice is tender.
https://www.mccormick.com/zatarains/products/dinner-and-side-mixes/rice-mixes-and-side-dishes/gumbo-mix-with-rice

Healthy Trail Mix Recipes

November 13, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Trail Mix Recipes. Here’s some Delicious and Healthy Trail Mix Recipes with recipes including Trail Mix Balls, Rice Cracker Trail Mix, and Trail Mix Hot Cereal. 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! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Trail Mix Recipes

Find healthy, delicious trail mix recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Trail Mix Balls
This easy, on-the-go snack with crisp rice cereal, rolled oats, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, and more can be refrigerated for when you want it……

Rice Cracker Trail Mix
This trail mix combines healthy nuts and dried fruits with crispy rice crackers. Crystallized ginger provides an unexpected bite. Look for crystallized ginger with the spices at your supermarket……

Trail Mix Hot Cereal
Adding trail mix to hot breakfast cereal is a great way to incorporate more fiber, protein and healthy fat into your diet……

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Trail Mix Recipes
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18694/mealtimes/snacks/nuts-seeds/trail-mix/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 31, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Using frozen Vegetables………

Frozen vegetables are an excellent option when you’re short on time, on a budget, or you just prefer the convenience. Generally speaking, the freezing process won’t disturb a vegetable’s nutrient content, so long as you take care with your cooking method.

Dirty Rice and Shrimp

October 30, 2021 at 7:13 PM | Posted in rice, seafood, shrimp, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Dirty Rice and Shrimp

 

For Breakfast this morning I prepared some Simply Potatoes Southwest Style Shredded Hash Browns, love these they have some good spices. Then I also prepared 2 Johnsonville Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links and had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. More rain outside! 56 degrees, cloudy, and passing showers for today. We need some dry weather!  Cleaned and straightened up the pantry and both freezers. That took almost the whole afternoon. For Dinner tonight I prepared Dirty Rice and Shrimp.

 

For the Shrimp I’m using a Kroger 10 oz. bag of Wild Caught Shrimp. It comes frozen and I had it in the freezer. I sat it in the fridge overnight to thaw. Before adding the Shrimp to the Dirty Rice I washed the Shrimp off in cold water in a colander then sat it in the fridge until ready to use.

 

For the Rice, as always, I’m using a box of Zatarain’s Dirty Rice To prepare the Dirty Rice; Stirred in 2 1/2 cups of Water and the Rice Mix into the saucepan until it was well blended. Brought it to a boil. Reduced the heat to low and covered. Simmered for 25 minutes until the Rice was tender. With about 5 minutes of cooking time left I added the Shrimp. I stirred that in until it was well mixed and finished cooking time.

 

What a great looking Dish! The Dirty Rice cooked up perfect as all Zatarain’s Products. The Shrimp worked perfectly with the Dirty Rice and fantastic Cajun Seasoning. Enjoyed every bite of it! I have plenty of leftovers for either Lunch or Dinner tomorrow. For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding. Stay Safe everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZATARAIN’S DIRTY RICE
Zatarain’s makes enjoying this classic South Louisiana rice dish quick and easy. Just brown ground beef and add Zatarain’s Dirty Rice Mix, and then let simmer. The prep is quick. The results are delicious.

About the product
* Dirty Rice mix features long grain white rice with onions, bell peppers with Cajun seasonings
* One-pot/one-skillet
* Gluten free, no artificial flavors, no MSG added*, no colors from artificial sources
* Ready to enjoy as a side dish or one pot meal (just add meat!)
* PREP TIP: Can be made on the stove top or in the microwave
* 8 oz box
* Zero grams of fat and cholesterol per serving; not too spicy
* Add ground beef for a complete meal
PREPARATION
1 – Brown ground beef in 3-quart saucepan. Drain fat. Stir water and Rice Mix into saucepan until well blended. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover.
2 – Simmer 25 minutes or until rice is tender.
3 – Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with fork before serving.

NUTRITION INFORMATION (PER SERVING)
CALORIES 130
TOTAL FAT 0.5g
CHOLESTEROL 0mg
SODIUM 500mg
CARBOHYDRATES 28g
FIBER 1g
SUGAR 0g
PROTEIN 3g
https://www.mccormick.com/zatarains/recipes/main-dishes/zatarains-dirty-rice

 

 


Shrimp Health Benefits……….
Shrimp may have a variety of health benefits. It is high in several vitamins and minerals, and is a rich source of protein. Eating shrimp may also promote heart and brain health due to its content of omega-3 fatty acids and the antioxidant astaxanthin ( 6 , 11 , 12 , 13 ).

Healthy Fall Crockpot and Slow Cooker Recipes

October 26, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Fall Crockpot and Slow Cooker Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Fall Crockpot and Slow Cooker Recipes with recipes including Slow-Cooker Beef Stew, Southwestern Sweet Potato Stew, and Slow-Cooker Jambalaya. 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! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Fall Crockpot and Slow Cooker Recipes
Find healthy, delicious fall crockpot and slow-cooker recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Slow-Cooker Beef Stew
Load the crock pot and go with this stew recipe that’s prepped in the morning and simmers all day so you’ll come home to a Sunday-worthy dinner (and your house smelling downright heavenly). Tender beef, melt-in-your-mouth potatoes and carrots in a rich broth–this could be the best and easiest beef stew you’ve ever made……..

Southwestern Sweet Potato Stew
This hearty Southwestern-inspired stew may take a while in your slow cooker, but it’s so worth it! Full of sweet potatoes, black beans, and hominy, it will satisfy your tastebuds and keep you full for hours……..

Slow-Cooker Jambalaya
This hearty jambalaya is bursting with chicken, smoked turkey sausage, and shrimp. It takes just 25 minutes to prep in the morning and then your slow cooker will work its magic and deliver a tasty meal at the end of the day………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Fall Crockpot and Slow Cooker Recipes
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19823/seasonal/fall/crockpot-slow-cooker/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 24, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Love that Brown Rice…..

Rice loses a lot of water soluble nutrients if you rinse it many times before cooking and draining excess water after cooking. Wash your rice with minimum water and cook in just sufficient amounts so that all water is absorbed and no nutrients with excess water get discarded.

Kitchen Hint of the Day! WEDNESDAY

October 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 1 Comment
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Stock up on healthy items for the pantry…….

Unsalted canned beans and tomatoes, precooked unseasoned brown rice, and unsalted chicken stock are the hardworking items of a healthy kitchen. They allow a healthy meal to happen when you have almost no time to cook. Use fresh ingredients to perk them up: a little citrus, perhaps, or some herbs.

Healthy Rice Side Dish Recipes

October 17, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Rice Side Dish Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Rice Side Dish Recipes with recipes including Wild Rice Pilaf, Slow-Cooker Cheesy Rice with Broccoli, and Black Sticky Rice. 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! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Rice Side Dish Recipes
Find healthy, delicious side dish with rice recipes including rice and beans, Spanish rice, fried rice, and risotto. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Wild Rice Pilaf
This healthy rice pilaf combines wild rice with brown rice for a nutty, delicious side dish that pairs perfectly with roasted salmon, chicken or pork. Bonus: Nutrient-rich wild rice has a higher protein content than many other whole grains…..

Slow-Cooker Cheesy Rice with Broccoli
This dish is sure to be a kid favorite that adults will crave, too. Broccoli and cheese is a classic pairing for a reason, and when served with rice and umami-rich mushrooms, the combo is even more comforting. Garnish with shaved Parmesan and additional kosher salt and black pepper, if desired……

Black Sticky Rice
Black sticky rice, a delicious whole-grain alternative to white rice, is purplish black in color and has a chewy texture. This recipe gives you a simple method for how to make black sticky rice. Look for it in natural-foods stores in the bulk department or with other whole-grain rice……

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Rice Side Dish Recipes
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19388/side-dishes/rice/

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