Spaghetti and Meatballs

October 6, 2013 at 5:19 PM | Posted in Bella Vita low Carb Pasta Sauce, cheese, Honeysuckle White Turkey Products, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta, spaghetti | 4 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Spaghetti and Meatballs

 

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Wow some heavy rains the past 24 hours! They say the heaviest rains have passed but still more on the way. A little cooler days coming in for next week. For dinner tonight I prepared some Spaghetti and Meatballs. Whole Wheat Spaghetti, Turkey Meatballs, and Low Carb Pasta Sauce.

 

 

I used Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs along with Honeysuckle White Turkey Meatballs. The Honeysuckle White Turkey Meatballs are the best I’ve found, fantastic taste and their 190 calories and 5 net carbs for 3 Meatballs. Topped everything with some fresh grated Parmesan Cheese, fresh grated Dutch Gouda and Bella Vita Low Carb Pasta Sauce (Meat Flavored). I was out of fresh Mushrooms so I added a jar of Pennsylvania Dutch Sliced Mushrooms to the Sauce as it simmered. For dessert later a Del Monte No Sugar Added Peach Chunks Cup.

 

 

 

 

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Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Spaghetti

Here’s something to absorb: One serving of RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST pasta has over 20% of your daily recommended fiber intake – but did you know that fiber is good for you in more ways than just digestion?

People with diets high in fiber have a lower risk for weight gain, obesity, development of insulin resistance and diabetes. Fiber also prevents constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulosis, but it also helps reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases like colon and breast cancer. Fiber may help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease. It can also help lower blood sugar to better manage diabetes.

Dietary fiber is the edible part of plants, primarily carbohydrates that are resistant to digestion and absorption in the small intestine. Fiber may be digested by fermentation in the large intestine. By eating high fiber foods you feel fuller, eat less, with fewer absorbed calories.

Fiber comes in two basic forms – soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, seeds, brown rice, oats and barley. It prevents or reduces the absorption of certain substances into the bloodstream. Insoluble fiber is found mainly in whole grains and on the outside of seeds, fruits, legumes, and other foods. It is like a sponge that swells within the intestine to promote more efficient elimination and alleviate some digestive disorders.

Fiber is found only in plant foods and passes through the digestive tract without being completely broken down. Being indigestible, fiber provides no nutrients to the body, which is why for many years it was removed from processed foods like white bread. But, nutritionists have since discovered that fiber performs valuable functions precisely because it is not digested, and it is essential to good health.

 

Whole Grain Spaghetti

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2oz (56g) Dry Uncooked
Servings per Container: About 7

Amount Per Serving

Calories 180 Calories from Fat 10

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 1g 2%

Saturated Fat 0g 0%

Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%

Dietary Fiber 6g 23%

Sugars <1g

Protein 7g

 

 

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Bella Vita

Bella Vita Low Carb Pasta Sauce

Bella Vita (Italian for “Beautiful Life”) is made from succulent, vine-ripened sweet plum tomatoes, and is simmered in extra virgin olive oil.

Bella Vita sauces have only 4g net carbs per serving, are cholesterol free and are OU Kosher Pareve. Now you can enjoy healthy, all natural, low carb pasta dishes with plenty of pleasure…and none of the guilt. Now that’s a beautiful life.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/2 cup (125g)

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 50Calories 70

% Daily Values*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 590mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g

 

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Seasoned Fried Haddock w/ Diced New Potatoes and Sliced Carrots

October 4, 2013 at 5:36 PM | Posted in carrots, fish, potatoes, Zatarain's | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Seasoned Fried Haddock w/ Diced New Potatoes and Sliced Carrots

 

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Lets talk about Grapes, White Seedless Grapes! Beyond any shadow of a doubt this year’s supply of the White Seedless Grapes has been the best I’ve ever tasted, along with being the biggest and juiciest . All year the Grapes we’ve been buying at local stores has just been incredible. Really going to miss them when they run out this crop of them. For dinner tonight I prepared Seasoned Fried Haddock w/ Diced New Potatoes and Sliced Carrots.

 

 

I prepared some more of the excellent Haddock I’ve been buying from our local Kroger Seafood Department. To prepare it I rinsed the fillet in cold water and patted dry with a paper towel. Then sliced the fillet into four pieces. I then seasoned it with just a bit of Sea Salt and put the pieces in a Hefty Zip Plastic Bag where I then added Zatarain’s Lemon Pepper Breading Mix. Shook until all the pieces were well coated. I pan fried them in Canola Oil, frying them about 3 minutes per side until golden brown. Delicious! Haddock and Zatarain’s is a good combo!

 

 

For side dishes, as it is a lot of times, it was all Del Monte. I heated up a small can of Sliced Carrots and also some Del Monte Diced New Potatoes. I also had a slice of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert tonight a Mini Banana along with a couple of slices of a Honey Crisp Apple.

 

 

 

 

Zatarain’s Lemon Pepper Fish-FriZatarain's Seasoned Fish Fri   Lemon Pepper

The secret of authentic Southern Style fried fish is the crispy combination of corn flour, spices and lemon juice captured in this special Zatarain’s Frying Mix.
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 Tbsp.

Servings Per Container: Servings per container – 40
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories: 50

Calories from Fat: 0

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 1140mg 48%

Total Carb: 11g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

 

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Black Bean and Turkey Flatbread Wraps

October 2, 2013 at 5:28 PM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products, Joseph's Pita Bread, Old El Paso Products, Sargento's Cheese | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Black Bean and Turkey Flatbread Wraps

 

 

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It’s been one rough 24 hour period for me as the Phantom Pains kicked in last night around 8:00 and have continued through out today. I had a bout with these earlier in the week, so it’s unusual for them to start again so close together. Just hoping they ease up before I go to bed, if not it makes for one long and uneasy night! On to dinner, I had Tacos the other night with a lot of the ingredients leftover. So tonight I gathered up all the leftovers and prepared Black Bean and Turkey Flatbread Wraps.

 

 

I used the remainder Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast, I had this leftover from the other night. I fried it in Canola Oil and seasoned it with Sea Salt, Ground Roasted Cumin, Cilantro Flakes, and 1 package of Old El Paso Low Sodium Taco Seasoning. As I added the Taco Seasoning Mix I also added a 1/2 can of the Bush’s Low Sodium Black Beans that were leftover, I drained and rinsed them before I added them. As usual Black Beans with Ground Turkey make the perfect pairing. Mixed well until everything was coated and then simmered another 5 minutes until heated through.

 

 

For my other toppings I used 1 small can of Mario Sliced Black Olives, Sargento 4 Cheese Mexican Shredded Reduced Fat Cheese, Dole Shredded Lettuce, Old El Paso Taco Sauce, and a teaspoon of Daisy Reduced Fat Sour Cream to top everything off. Served everything on a Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran, and Whole Wheat Pita Bread. This my favorite Pita Bread, this stuff is great! It stays fresh, you can freeze it, and it’s only 50 calories and 4 net carbs for one kind and only 60 calories and 4 net carbs for a bit bigger size. After adding all my toppings I just folded them half, like a soft taco. Really enjoyed these! For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.

 

 

 

Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran, and Whole Wheat Pita BreadJosephs Pita Bread
Flax Variety Pack Now enjoy some of Joseph’s most popular products together in one package! The Flax Variety Pack allows you to enjoy three packages of our Flax Pita Bread, Mini Flax Pita Bread, and Flax Lavash.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 pita (28.3g)

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 10 Calories 50

% Daily Values*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 0g
Protein 5g

 

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Black Bean and Turkey Tacos

September 29, 2013 at 5:14 PM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products, Old El Paso Products, Ortega, Sargento's Cheese, tacos | 3 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Black Bean and Turkey Tacos

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Rainy day around here today. We needed some rain though it was getting a little dry around here. Not much going on, just bummed around doing odds and ends till football started up in the afternoon. For dinner I prepared Black Bean and Turkey Tacos.

 

 

I used Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast, I had this leftover from the other night when I made Stuffed Peppers. I fried it in Canola Oil and seasoned it with Sea Salt, Ground Roasted Cumin, Cilantro Flakes, and 1 package of Old El Paso Low Sodium Taco Seasoning. As I added the Taco Seasoning Mix I also added 1 can of Bush’s Low Sodium Black Beans, I drained and rinsed them before I added them. Black Beans with Ground Turkey is a perfect pairing for Tacos. Mixed well until everything was coated and then simmered another 5 minutes until heated through.

 

 

For my other toppings I used 1 small can of Mario Sliced Black Olives, 1 small diced Tomato, Sargento 4 Cheese Mexican Shredded Reduced Fat Cheese, Dole Shredded Lettuce, Old El Paso Taco Sauce, and all in a Ortega Whole Grain Corn Taco Shells. I love these Tacos! The crunch of the shells and all the different flavors and spices make a perfect Taco. For dessert later a Jello Sugarless Double Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 
Ortega Whole Grain Corn Taco ShellsOrtega Shells

 

Excellent Source of Fiber and 16 grams of Whole Grains per serving. Each package contains 10 Taco Shells, total net weight of 4.9 oz.

Product Detail
Ortega Whole Grain Taco Shells are rich with flavor and texture and offer the fiber and complex carbohydrates your body needs. Our unique recipe combines whole kernel corn with whole grains for a delicious way to nourish and satisfy your body and the entire family. Plus, only Ortega Taco Shells are carefully placed in a proprietary freshness pack to cushion and protect them from breaking. Each freshness pack is then vacuum sealed to keep the shells fresh and crisp. Taste the Difference!

Ingredients
Whole Yellow Kernal Corn, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Maltodextrin, Corn Bran, Water, Salt, Hydrated Lime.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 shells

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 50Calories 110

% Daily Values*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g

 

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Cheddar Turkey Burger w/ Baked Fries

September 17, 2013 at 5:24 PM | Posted in Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, Jennie-O Turkey Products, Ore - Ida | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cheddar Turkey Burger w/ Baked FriesCheddar Turkey Burger Fries 002

 

 

 

The streak of beautiful days continue, another perfect day out. Went and saw a friend who recently had surgery, a hip replacement like I had a few years back. Then got up on some errands. For dinner tonight a Cheddar Turkey Burger w/ Baked Fries.

 

 

I used Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast, 120 calories, 1.5 g of Fat, and 0 carbs. I shaped up 1 patty and seasoned it with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper and pan fried it in Canola Oil about 4 1/2 minutes per side. Served it on a Healthy Life Hamburger Bun and topped it with a slice of Sargento Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese.

 

 

For a side I baked some Ore Ida Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper Country Style Fries. Then for dessert later a Jello Sugarless Double Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey BreastJennie O Extra Lean Ground

 

Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
Our leanest ground turkey, all natural, 99 percent fat free with no gluten.
Product Features:
99% fat free
Gluten Free
All Natural
The Biggest Loser® Product
20-oz (1.25 lbs) or 40-oz package (2.5 lbs)

Cooking Instructions:
STOVETOP METHOD:
* Spray skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
* Preheat skillet over medium-high heat.
* Add ground turkey to hot skillet.
* Stir to crumble, approximately 14 to 16 minutes.
* Always cook to well-done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer.

 

Nutritional Information
Serving Size 112 g Total Carbohydrates 0 g
Calories 120 Dietary Fiber 0 g
Calories From Fat 15 Sugars 0 g
Total Fat 1.5 g Protein 26 g
Saturated Fat .5 g Vitamin A 0%
Trans Fat .0 g Vitamin C 0%
Cholesterol 55 mg Iron 4%
Sodium 70 mg Calcium 0%

 

 

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Roasted Sun-Dried Tomato Turkey Breast w/ Boiled Rosemary New Potatoes and Green Beans

September 15, 2013 at 5:39 PM | Posted in greenbeans, Jennie-O Turkey Products, leftovers, low calorie, low carb, potatoes, Sea Salt, spices and herbs | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Roasted Sun-Dried Tomato Turkey Breast w/ Boiled Rosemary New Potatoes and Green BeansJen O Turk Breast New Pot 007

 

 

 

It’s been another Fall like day around here today, about 39 degrees early this morning and 70 during the day. I went to Kroger early this morning, because it’s a lot closer than other stores, and noticed quite a few increases on prices! Just watch what you buy there. For dinner a new Jennie – O Turkey product, Sun-Dried Tomato Premium Portion Turkey Breast. For dinner tonight I prepared Roasted Sun-Dried Tomato Turkey Breast w/ Boiled Rosemary New Potatoes and Green Beans.

 

 
I had purchased the Jennie – O Turkey Sun-Dried Tomato Premium Portion Turkey Breast a couple of weeks ago at Walmart and had it in the freezer. I let it set in the fridge overnight to thaw. It comes already preseasoned in Sun-Dried Tomato, Chili Pepper, Garlic, and Onion. I added some Sea Salt and Ground White Pepper. To prepare I preheated the oven on 350 degrees and roasted it in a small roasting pan on a wire rack. It’s already precooked so I just more less reheated it for about 12 minutes, till it was heated through. Came out perfect! Nicely seasoned and very moist, nice to have these in the freezer for last minute dinner ideas.

 

 

For sides I boiled some New Potatoes. I boiled them in water that I seasoned with a Bay Leaf and Sea Salt, until they were fork tender. I also reheated some fresh Green Beans that my Mom had prepared the night before. For dessert later fresh sliced Peaches.

 

 

 
Jennie – O Sun-Dried Tomato Premium Portion Turkey BreastJennie o sun dried tomato turkey breast
Ready to cut and serve, hot or cold.
Product Features:
Gluten Free
Preseasoned
Nutritional Information
Serving Size 56 g Total Carbohydrates 1 g
Calories 50 Dietary Fiber 0 g
Calories From Fat 10 Sugars 1 g
Total Fat 1.0 g Protein 12 g
Saturated Fat .0 g Vitamin A 0%
Trans Fat .0 g Vitamin C 0%
Cholesterol 25 mg Iron 2%
Sodium 480 mg Calcium 0%
Our products are labeled in compliance with government regulations. It is always necessary to read the labels on the products to determine if the food product meets your required needs regardless of how the product is represented on this site.

 
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Sans Sucre Mousse Mix – Cheesecake

September 12, 2013 at 5:21 PM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly | Leave a comment
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For dessert tonight I tried a new one, Sans Sucre Mousse Cheesecake Dessert Cup. Something a little different and turned out real good! Only 80 calories and 7 carbs per serving.

 

 

Sans Sucre Mousse Mix – CheesecakeSans Sucre Mousse Mix - Cheesecake

 

Smooth, rich, creamy…and no sugar added! We say “enjoy the guilt”…and you can, with our Cheesecake Mousse Mix, now sweetened with SPLENDA. Sans Sucre Mousse is also low-fat, low-cholesterol, and contains just 70 to 75 calories per serving. Each gourmet flavor is produced with the finest domestic and imported ingredients…quality that is apparent in every delicious spoonful. No cooking required; simply add skim milk, chill, and serve. It’s so easy, you’ll love using it to create luscious pies, tarts, parfaits…an array of gourmet desserts! Each 4 oz. box contains two pouches making 4 servings each…total 8 servings. Available in 8 tempting flavors.

 

 

Ingredients
Nonfat Dry Milk, Cream Cheese Solids, Modified Corn Starch, Maltodextrin, Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed and Soybean Oils, Calcium Caseinate, Propylene Glycol Esters of Fatty Acids, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Acetylated Monoglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Caseinate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Mono and Diglycerides, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sucralose (Splenda Brand), and Artificial Color (Fd&c Yellow No. 5 and No. 6).

 

 

Directions
One Envelope Yields: Four 1/2 cup servings. Pour 3/4 cup (6 fluid ounces) very cold skim milk into a mixing bowl. Add the contents of 1 envelope Sans Sucre Cheesecake Mousse. Using an electric mixer, blend on lowest speed until mix is blended. Slowly increase the mixer speed until highest speed is reached, whipping for a total of 5 minutes. Pour into 4 dessert dishes and refrigerate 2 hours before serving.

 

 
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/8 package (14 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 60

Calories from Fat 13

Total Fat 1.5g 2%

Saturated Fat 1.0g 5%

Cholesterol 5mg 2%

Sodium 80mg 3%

Carbohydrates 8.0g 3%

Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%

Sugars 4.0g

Protein 3.0g

Fried Pork Chop w/ Green Beans, Baked Potato, and Whole Grain Bread

September 11, 2013 at 5:26 PM | Posted in greenbeans, Pork, pork chops, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Pork Chop w/ Green Beans, Baked Potato, and Whole Grain BreadPork Chops Baked Potato 002

 

 

 
Went to the store at about 7:00 this morning. I wanted to get everything done before it started to heat up outside. As our weatherman said for the forecast for today, HHH. Hazy, Hot, and Humid! And that it was today. Still amazed at price difference between Walmart and Kroger on the so called “Inner aisles”, Pasta, Baked Goods , Crackers and such. So much money can be saved by just looking at the prices. For dinner tonight I prepared a Fried Pork Chop w/ Green Beans, Baked Potato, and Whole Grain Bread.

 

 

I grabbed a Pork Loin Chop out of the freezer before going to bed last night and let it thaw overnight in the fridge.I love baking chops but this one wasn’t that thick so I decided to pan fry it. I mixed some flour and seasoned it with Sea Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, and Hungarian Paprika and rolled the Chop in it till both sides were well coated. I fried it in Canola Oil about 3 minutes per side till it was a nice golden brown. Nothing like a good Chop every now and then!

 

 

For sides to go with the Chop I baked a Potato that I seasoned with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper and topped with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light. I also heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans and A couple of slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert later a Del Monte Diced Mango Cup.

 

 

 

 

 

* A little info about Pork from http://www.porkbeinspired.com/index.aspxPORKBE

Pork Nutritional Information
Today’s Pork Leaner Than Ever
A Study released in 2006 by the USDA reveals six common cuts of fresh pork are leaner today than they were fifteen years ago. A study released in 2006 by the USDA reveals six common cuts of fresh pork are leaner today than they were fifteen years ago – on average about 16 percent lower in total fat and 27 percent lower in saturated fat. What’s more, pork tenderloin is now as lean as skinless chicken breast. The study found a 3-ounce serving of pork tenderloin contains only 2.98 grams of fat, whereas a 3-ounce serving of skinless chicken breast contains 3.03 grams of fat.
MyPlate Food Guidance System
MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to eat healthfully using the familiar mealtime visual of a place setting. In June 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled MyPlate, the federal government’s primary food group symbol, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthy food choices consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times.

Lean pork is recognized as a nutritious choice in the Meat & Beans Group. In fact, the MyPyramid information identifies lean cuts of pork, such as chops and ham. Most Americans don’t realize that many pork cuts are as lean as skinless chicken – and a great source of high-quality protein. Protein provides a feeling of fullness at meals, which can help make you feel satisfied without overindulging at the dinner table. When shopping, make sure to look for lean sources of pork with the word “loin” in the name, such as pork tenderloin or loin chop.

 

Vitamins and Minerals in Pork
Daily Values are listed on food labels. They tell us how much of various nutrients we should consume each day. The following information is based on a 3-ounce serving of pork. As you can see, pork is an important source of many key nutrients.

Did you know that pork is an “excellent” source of thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, phosphorus and protein and a “good” source of zinc and potassium? These nutrients are important to our health. Read below to learn how these nutrients impact your health as well as the percent Daily Values are listed on food labels. They tell us how much of various nutrients we should consume each day. The following information is based on a 3-ounce serving of pork. As you can see, these key nutrients make pork a nutrient-dense food!

 

Nutrient % Daily Value (DV)* Why It’s Good For You
Iron 5% Getting enough iron is a problem for some women, especially women of child-bearing age. Heme iron (found in meat) is absorbed more readily than nonheme iron (found in plant-based foods). Thus, anyone who avoids meat without the help of their health professional may increase their risk of iron-deficiency anemia.
Magnesium 6% Important for the normal function of many enzymes (catalysts for the body’s chemical reactors), glucose and muscle action.
Phosphorous 20% Strengthens bones and generates energy in cells.
Potassium 11% This mineral, also known as an electrolyte, plays a major role in water balance and helps maintain normal blood pressure.
Zinc 14% A component of more than 70 enzymes, zinc is a key player in energy metabolism and the immune system.
Thiamin 54% Without this key vitamin, metabolism of carbohydrate, protein and fat would be significantly compromised. Animal protein is one of the best sources of this nutrient, and among the choices, pork is tops.
Riboflavin 19% Next to milk, there are few foods that have as much riboflavin per serving as pork. Riboflavin has an important role in the release of energy from foods.
Niacin 37% Important for the normal function of many enzymes in the body and involved in the metabolism of sugars and fatty acids.
Vitamin B12 8% Helps build red blood cells and metabolize carbohydrates and fats.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 37% Important for the normal function of enzymes and co-enzymes, which are needed to metabolize protein, carbohydrates and fats. Plus, it plays a critical role in the regulation of glycogen (stored carbohydrates) metabolism

Fat in Pork
Through changes in feeding and breeding techniques, pork producers have responded to consumer demand for leaner pork. Today’s common cuts of pork are 16% leaner and has 27% less saturated fat as compared to 1991. Many cuts of pork are as lean as skinless chicken.
Through changes in feeding and breeding techniques, pork producers have responded to consumer demand for leaner pork. Today’s pork has 16% less fat and 27% less saturated fat as compared to 1991. Many cuts of pork are now as lean as skinless chicken. The cuts below meet the guidelines for “lean” (less than 10 g fat, 4.5 g sat fat and 95 mg cholesterol). Pork tenderloin meets the guidelines for “extra lean” (less than 5 g fat, 2 grams of sat fat and 95 mg cholesterol).

The USDA has analyzed pork for trans-fatty acids. The results confirm that pork contains no artery-clogging trans-fat.

Trimmed pork tenderloin and skinless chicken breast have the same amount of total fat content. In addition, six cuts of pork in the chart have total fat content between the skinless chicken breast and skinless chicken thigh:

How much fat should I be eating?
For your good health, the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming 20-35% of calories as fat and less than 10% of calories as saturated fat by selecting foods that are lean or low-fat. The guidelines for cholesterol are no more than 300 milligrams per day. Pork easily fits into a balanced eating plan as suggested by the Dietary Guidelines. Lean pork not only provides a host of vitamins and minerals, but has fat and saturated fat levels equivalent to skinless chicken.
Fat Intake Guidelines
Calories Total Fat (20 – 35% of calORIES) Saturated Fat (10% of calORIES)
1,600 (many sedentary women) 36-62 grams 17 grams
2,200 (active women, many sedentary men) 49-86 grams 24 grams
2,800 (many active men, some very active women) 62-109 grams 31 grams
Can I cut fat and still keep great taste?

Preparing healthy meals that feature pork starts at the supermarket and ends at the table. The following checklist will help you achieve the results you want:

Get a lean start
* Use cuts with the words “loin” or “round” in their name for the leanest meats, such as pork tenderloin or loin chop.
*Cuts with minimal visible fat are the leanest.
Develop an eye for size

* Portion control is key to reaching and maintaining a healthful weight.
* Follow the MyPyramid guidelines and eat 5 to 7 ounces (for adults) from the meat group each day, depending on your calorie needs.
* A 3-ounce serving of trimmed, cooked meat is about the size of a deck of cards.
Skim and trim
Remove excess fat prior to cooking – it can cut total fat content per serving in half.
Skim fat from pan juices after pan-broiling.
Cook it light
* Use low-fat cooking methods, like grilling, broiling, stir-frying and pan-broiling to maximize flavor while keeping added fat to a minimum.
* Broil, grill or roast on a rack, so natural fat from meat drips away.
* Cook thin cuts of meat quickly, with little or no fat, by pan-broiling or “dry sautéing” in a non-stick skillet with a little juice or broth.
* Add stock, wine or fruit juice to the skillet after meat is removed; heat and stir; then use as a low-fat sauce or glaze.
* Stir-fry with vegetable cooking spray or a small amount of flavored oil.
* Marinate for flavor and juiciness, with juice, wine-flavored vinegar or fat-free dressing instead of oil-based marinades.
Spice for life
* Season meats with herbs and spices (other than salt) to boost flavor and cut back on fat and salt at the same time. Rub herbs and spices onto pork before grilling, broiling or roasting.
* Experiment with different seasonings to discover exciting new ways to enjoy healthful eating.
S-T-R-E-T-C-H flavorful, higher-fat ingredients
* Use favorite foods like sharp cheeses and herb-flavored oils to flavor your dishes, but cut the amount in half.
* Use low-fat cheeses or whipped or reduced-fat butter.
Lighten-up on the ladle
* To get the most benefit from the vegetables you’re eating, use less of a regular salad dressing, or use a fat-free variety or herb-flavored vinegar instead.
* Choose cream-based sauces and gravies less often than sauces made with skim milk or fat-free broth.

 

 

http://www.porkbeinspired.com/NutritionalInfo_NutritionalInformation.aspx

Black Bean and Turkey Tacos

September 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM | Posted in cheese, Jennie-O Turkey Products, Old El Paso Products, Ortega, tacos | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Black Bean and Turkey TacosTurkey Tacos and Cheesecake 007

 

 

Another perfect day outside, hope our streak continues! Moving sort of slow earlier today, stayed up late watching the Cincinnati Reds and Cardinals play a 16 inning ball game last night. Managed to go to the store and picked up a few items to make a Cheesecake for dessert tonight. For dinner it’s one of my favorites, Black Bean and Turkey Tacos.

 

 

I used the leftover Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast from last night when I made a Turkey Burger. I fried it in Canola Oil and seasoned it with Sea Salt, Ground Roasted Cumin, Cilantro Flakes, and 1 package of Old El Paso Low Sodium Taco Seasoning. As I added the Taco Seasoning Mix I also added 1 can of Bush’s Low Sodium Black Beans, I drained and rinsed them before I added them. I love pairing the Black Beans with Ground Turkey. Mixed well until everything was coated and then simmered another 5 minutes until heated through.

 

 

For my other toppings I used 1 can Green Giant Steam Crisp Super Sweet Yellow and White Whole Kernel Corn, 1 small can of Mario Sliced Black Olives, 1 small diced Tomato, Sargento 4 Cheese Mexican Shredded Reduced Fat Cheese, a bag of Dole Shredded Lettuce, and all in a Ortega Whole Grain Corn Taco Shells. I love these Tacos! The crunch of the shells and all the different flavors and spices make a perfect Taco. For dessert later Cheesecake. See the Cheesecake posting for the recipe for the Cheesecake and Blackberry Sauce Topping.

 

 

 
Ortega Whole Grain Corn Taco ShellsOrtega Shells

 

Excellent Source of Fiber and 16 grams of Whole Grains per serving. Each package contains 10 Taco Shells, total net weight of 4.9 oz.

Product Detail
Ortega Whole Grain Taco Shells are rich with flavor and texture and offer the fiber and complex carbohydrates your body needs. Our unique recipe combines whole kernel corn with whole grains for a delicious way to nourish and satisfy your body and the entire family. Plus, only Ortega Taco Shells are carefully placed in a proprietary freshness pack to cushion and protect them from breaking. Each freshness pack is then vacuum sealed to keep the shells fresh and crisp. Taste the Difference!

Ingredients
Whole Yellow Kernal Corn, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Maltodextrin, Corn Bran, Water, Salt, Hydrated Lime.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 shells

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 50Calories 110

% Daily Values*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g

 

http://www.ortega.com/products/ortega-whole-grain-taco-shells-10ct_17103

Turkey Bacon and Sharp Cheddar Cheese Turkey Burger w/ Baked Fries

September 4, 2013 at 5:18 PM | Posted in Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, Jennie-O Turkey Products, Ore - Ida, Sargento's Cheese | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Turkey Bacon and Sharp Cheddar Cheese Turkey Burger w/ Baked FriesBreakfast  Turkey Burger Fries 010

 

 

 

It’s been another one of those beautiful Summer days out again! This morning it was around 47 degrees and then we had a high of about 80 degrees with a slight cool breeze. Spent as much time as I could outside in the sun, just too nice out. For dinner tonight I prepared a Turkey Bacon and Sharp Cheddar Cheese Turkey Burger w/ Baked Fries.

 

 

I used Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast for my Burger, 120 calories and 0 carbs. I seasoned it with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper and pan fried it in Canola Oil, fried about 4 1/2 minutes per side. Came out moist and juicy! Served it on a Healthy Life Whole Grain Hamburger Bun and topped it with a slice of Jennie – O Turkey Bacon (30 calories and 0 carbs) and a slice of Sargento Ultra Thin Sharp Cheddar Cheese. To go with the burger I baked some Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries, had a side of Hunt’s Ketchup to dip the fries. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.

 

 

 

 

 

Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey BreastJennie O Extra Lean Ground

 

Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
Our leanest ground turkey, all natural, 99 percent fat free with no gluten.
Product Features:
99% fat free
Gluten Free
All Natural
The Biggest Loser® Product
20-oz (1.25 lbs) or 40-oz package (2.5 lbs)

Cooking Instructions:
STOVETOP METHOD:
* Spray skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
* Preheat skillet over medium-high heat.
* Add ground turkey to hot skillet.
* Stir to crumble, approximately 14 to 16 minutes.
* Always cook to well-done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer.

 

Nutritional Information
Serving Size 112 g Total Carbohydrates 0 g
Calories 120 Dietary Fiber 0 g
Calories From Fat 15 Sugars 0 g
Total Fat 1.5 g Protein 26 g
Saturated Fat .5 g Vitamin A 0%
Trans Fat .0 g Vitamin C 0%
Cholesterol 55 mg Iron 4%
Sodium 70 mg Calcium 0%

 

 

– See more at: http://www.jennieo.com/products/3-Extra-Lean-Ground-Turkey-Breast#sthash.JhJa9l2O.dpuf

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