Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 6, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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The Almighty Sesame Seeds………………

Sesame seeds have many potential health benefits and have been used in folk medicine for thousands of years. They may protect against heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. However, you may need to eat significant amounts — a small handful per day — to gain health benefits.

Appetizer of the Week – Potato Salad with Citrus Dressing

November 14, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is a Potato Salad with Citrus Dressing. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Sweet Potatoes, White Onions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sesame Seeds, Black Pepper, Parsley, Lemon Juice, and Lemon Peel. A new favorite Potato Salad? The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Potato Salad with Citrus Dressing
Sweet potatoes and lemon zest give this potato salad an extra kick of flavor!

Ingredients
Preparation time: 10–15 minutes
Cooking time: 25–30 minutes.
Chilling time: 2 hours

1 pound russet potatoes
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled
1 medium white onion
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel

Directions
Yield: 4 cups
Serving size: 3/4 cup

1 – Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut potatoes, sweet potatoes, and onion into bite-size pieces and place in a medium bowl. Pour 2 tablespoons of oil over the pieces and mix well. Spread pieces in a shallow baking pan and place in oven for about 25–30 minutes, until potatoes are fork-tender. Remove from oven and cool. Prepare dressing by whisking together 1 tablespoon oil with sesame seeds, pepper, parsley, lemon juice, and lemon peel in a small bowl. When vegetables cool, place them in a medium-size serving bowl, pour dressing over them, and gently mix. Chill for 2 hours for best flavor.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 220 calories, Carbohydrates: 33 g, Protein: 4 g, Fat: 8 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 48 mg, Fiber: 4 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/salads/potato-salad-with-citrus-dressing/

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Diabetic Side Dish of the Week – Spinach Salad with Strawberries

August 16, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dessert of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Side Dish of the Week is a Spinach Salad with Strawberries. Fantastic Light Summer Side Dish, Spinach Salad with Strawberries. It’s made using Canola Oil, Salad Vinegar, Sugar, Green Onion, Black Pepper, Tabasco Sauce, Sesame Seeds, Spinach, and Strawberries. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Spinach Salad with Strawberries
Looking for an easy make-ahead side dish to complement your backyard cookouts? Look no further than this light and summery salad! Packed with vitamin C but light in carbs, its delicate combination of strawberries and spinach paired with the slight kick of spicy dressing is sure to delight.

Ingredients
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Chilling time: at least 4 hours

1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons salad vinegar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
Dash of black pepper
Dash of Tabasco sauce
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 package (12 ounces) fresh washed spinach
1 pint strawberries, sliced

Directions
Yield: 8 cups
Serving size: 1 cup

1 – Combine oil, vinegar, sugar, onion, pepper, and Tabasco sauce in a tightly covered container. Shake until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate dressing at least 4 hours to blend flavors. Preheat oven to 350°F. Toast sesame seeds on a cookie sheet or pie plate for about 10 minutes, stirring once or twice until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. When ready to serve, tear spinach into bite-size pieces and place in a large salad bowl. Add toasted sesame seeds. Toss with chilled dressing. Gently stir in sliced strawberries.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 48 calories, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: <1 g, Sodium: 36 mg, Fiber: 2 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/salads/spinach-salad-with-strawberries/

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Diabetic Side Dish of the Week – SESAME SUGAR SNAP PEAS

July 12, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Side Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Side Dish of the Week is a recipe for SESAME SUGAR SNAP PEAS. To make this week’s dish you’ll be needing Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Sugar Snap Peas, Reduced Sodium Soy sauce, Sesame Oil, Red Pepper Flakes, Honey, and Sesame Seeds. The Dish is 90 calories and 8 net carbs per serving. The Recipe is from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

SESAME SUGAR SNAP PEAS
Ingredients

2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 lb. sugar snap peas, trimmed
1 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp. sesame seed oil (can use toasted sesame seed oil)
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes or to taste
1 tsp. honey
1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

Directions

1 – Place oven rack in highest position and preheat broiler.
2 – In mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil and garlic. Add snap peas and toss to coat well.
3 – On baking dish, place snap peas in single layer. Broil until tender, about 5-6 minutes.
4 – While peas are cooking, mix together soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper flakes and honey.
5 – After removing snap peas from oven, gently toss with soy sauce mixture. Garnish with sesame seeds.
6 – Serve hot or chilled as side dish. Hot is most common.

Recipe Yield: Makes 4 servings.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 90
Fat: 4 grams
Saturated Fat: .5 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Sodium: 140 milligrams
Protein: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 11 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/sesame-sugar-snap-peas

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week -Turkey Burger Spring Roll

February 7, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is a Turkey Burger Spring Roll. Made using JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast, Green Onion, Oyster Sauce, Ginger, Rice Wrappers, Bao Buns, Hoisin Sauce, and Sesame Seeds. It’s a Ground Turkey Spring Roll served on Bao Bun along with a Cucumber Salad (recipe included). You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Burger Spring Roll
Featuring a homemade ground-turkey-filled spring roll on a bao bun, this nontraditional take on the turkey burger comes from chef Chris Cheung—award-winning restaurateur from New York City’s Chinatown and chef/owner of East Wind Snack Shop in Soho.

INGREDIENTS
½ (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
1 tablespoon chopped green onion
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1½ teaspoons chopped ginger
salt and pepper, if desired
4 rice wrappers
vegetable oil for frying
4 bao, split and toasted
hoisin sauce
cucumber salad (recipe follows)
sesame seeds

DIRECTIONS
1) In bowl, combine ground turkey, green onion, oyster sauce, ginger and salt and pepper, if desired.
2) Fill large bowl with warm water. Dip 1 wrapper into the water for 10 seconds to soften. Lay wrapper flat. Place ¼ turkey mixture in center of each wrapper. Tightly roll the wrapper, beginning at one end. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
3) Heat oil in large saucepan to 350°F. Fry spring rolls 2 to 3 minutes. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Remove from oil and place on rack to drain.
4) Slice each spring roll. Place in bao. Top with hoisin sauce, cucumber salad and sesame seeds, if desired.
5) Cucumber salad: In bowl, combine 1 cup thinly sliced cucumber, ¼ cup julienned carrot and 1 tablespoon julienned red bell pepper. Toss with 2 tablespoon rice vinegar.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 200
Protein 18g
Carbohydrates 29g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 4g
Fat 2g
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 370mg
Saturated Fat 0g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/1310-turkey-burger-spring-roll

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Asparagus and Egg Noodle Bowl

July 8, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This weeks ‘”Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Asparagus and Egg Noodle Bowl. Chinese Noodles, Asparagus, Sesame Seeds, Button Mushrooms, Eggs, Milk, and Teriyaki or Hoisin Sauce make up this week’s recipe! It’s from the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, or cuisines so be sure to check it out soon! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Asparagus and Egg Noodle Bowl

Recipe Ingredients:
1 (6-ounce) package Chinese noodles
2 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 cup diagonally cut asparagus pieces (4-ounce)
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
1 1/2 cups sliced button mushrooms
3 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
Teriyaki or hoisin sauce for accompaniment (optional)

Cooking Directions:
1 – Cook noodles according to package directions; drain.
2 – Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add asparagus and sesame seeds; stir-fry until asparagus is tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
3 – Add mushrooms; stir-fry 1 minute.
4 – Add noodles; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.
5 – Beat eggs and milk in small bowl until blended; pour over noodle mixture. As egg mixture begins to set, Stir gently. Cook until eggs are thickened and no visible liquid egg remains. Do not stir constantly.
6 – Serve with a splash of teriyaki or hoisin sauce, if desired.
Makes 2 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/2 of recipe): Calories: 532; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 391mg; Total Carbs: 67g; Fiber: 5g; Protein: 26g; Sodium: 141mg.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/asparagus_and_egg_noodle_bowl_recipe.html

One of America’s Favorites – Bagel and Cream Cheese

February 25, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A bagel with cream cheese

A bagel and cream cheese (also known as bagel with cream cheese) is a common food pairing in American cuisine, the cuisine of New York City, and American Jewish cuisine, consisting in its basic form of an open-faced sandwich made of a bagel spread with cream cheese. The bagel is typically sliced into two pieces, and can be served as-is or toasted. The basic bagel with cream cheese serves as the base for other sandwiches such as the “lox and schmear”, a staple of delicatessens in the New York area, and across the U.S.

A bagel with cream cheese is common in American cuisine and the cuisine of New York City. In the United States, the bagel and cream cheese is often eaten for breakfast, and with smoked salmon is sometimes served for brunch. In New York City circa 1900, a popular combination consisted of a bagel topped with lox, cream cheese, capers, tomato, and red onion.

The combination of a bagel with cream cheese has been promoted to American consumers in the past by American food manufacturers and publishers. In the early 1950s, Kraft Foods launched an “aggressive advertising campaign” that depicted Philadelphia-brand cream cheese with bagels. In 1977, Better Homes and Family Circle magazines published a bagel and cream cheese recipe booklet that was distributed in the magazines and also placed in supermarket dairy cases.

In American Jewish cuisine, a bagel and cream cheese is sometimes called a “whole schmear” or “whole schmeer”, indicating a bagel with cream cheese. A “slab” is a bagel served with a slab of

A “lox and a schmear” refers to a sliced bagel with cream cheese and lox, a part of American Jewish cuisine.

cream cheese atop it. A “lox and a schmear” refers to a bagel with cream cheese and lox or smoked salmon. Tomato, red onion, capers and chopped hard-boiled egg are additional ingredients that are sometimes used on the lox and schmear. All of these terms are used at some delicatessens in New York City, particularly at Jewish delicatessens and older, more traditional delicatessens.

The lox and schmear likely originated in New York City around the time of the turn of the 20th century, when street vendors in the city sold salt-cured belly lox from pushcarts. A high amount of

salt in the fish necessitated the addition of bread and cheese to reduce the lox’s saltiness. It was reported by U.S. newspapers in the early 1940s that bagels and lox were sold by delicatessens in New York City as a “Sunday morning treat”, and in the early 1950s, bagels and cream cheese combination were very popular in the United States, having permeated American culture.

Both bagels and cream cheese are mass-produced foods in the United States. Additionally, in January 2003, Kraft Foods began purveying a mass-produced convenience food product named Philadelphia To Go Bagel & Cream Cheese, which consisted of a combined package of two bagels and cream cheese.

 

It’s Nuts I tell you…..HONEY NUT SESAME CRUNCH

September 20, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | Leave a comment
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This week from the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) its HONEY NUT SESAME CRUNCH. Sesame seeds blended with honey and combined with roasted sunflower seeds, roasted cashews and toasted almonds. What a snack! This is just one of many items that you’ll find at the Nuts site (https://nuts.com/) You can choose from items like; NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, CHOCOLATES and SWEETS, SNACKS, COFFEE and TEA, COOKING and BAKING, and GIFTS! Plus Get 1-2 day FREE shipping on orders over $59, see for details. Now more on the HONEY NUT SESAME CRUNCH. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

 

 

 

HONEY NUT SESAME CRUNCH
Honey nut sesame crunch is a seriously nutty delight. Sesame seeds generously blended with honey and combined with roasted sunflower seeds, roasted cashews and toasted almonds. Crunchy, hearty and not too sweet, honey nut sesame crunch is sure to satisfy your nuttiest cravings.

Ingredients
Sesame seeds, sugar, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, corn syrup, honey Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size 28g (~1 oz.)

Amount per serving
Calories 160
Calories from Fat 100
%DV
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1.5g 7%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Sugars 6g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 2%
Iron 6%
Store at room temperature for up to 6 months.
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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 19, 2017 at 5:29 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Seed your vegetables…….

 
To add texture and nutrients to your cooked vegetables sprinkle them with a few lightly toasted nuts, sunflower, pumpkin, or sesame seeds just before you cook them.

Condiment of the Week – Sesame Oil

June 16, 2016 at 5:13 AM | Posted in Condiment of the Week | Leave a comment
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Sesame seed oil in clear glass vial

Sesame seed oil in clear glass vial

Sesame oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from sesame seeds. Besides being used as a cooking oil in South India, it is often used as a flavor enhancer in Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Southeast Asian cuisine. It has a distinctive nutty aroma and taste.

The oil from the nutrient-rich seed is popular in alternative medicine, from traditional massages and treatments to the modern day.

The oil is popular in Asia and is also one of the earliest-known crop-based oils, but world-wide mass modern production continues to be limited even today due to the inefficient manual harvesting process required to extract the oil.

 

 
Sesame oil is composed of the following fatty acids: linoleic acid (41% of total), oleic acid (39%), palmitic acid (8%), stearic acid (5%) and others in small amounts.

Sesame seeds are protected by a capsule which only bursts when the seeds are completely ripe. The ripening time tends to vary, so farmers cut plants by hand and place them together in an upright position to continue ripening until all the capsules have opened. The discovery of an indehiscent (nonshattering) mutant by Langham in 1943 began the work towards development of a high yielding, shatter-resistant variety. Although researchers have made significant progress in sesame breeding, harvest losses due to shattering continue to limit domestic US production.

Sesame seeds are primarily produced in developing countries, a factor that has played a role in limiting the creation

White sesame seeds, mostly unshelled.

White sesame seeds, mostly unshelled.

of large-scale, fully automated oil extraction and processing techniques. Sesame oil can be extracted by a number of methods, depending on the materials and equipment available.

In developing countries, sesame oil is often extracted with less-expensive and manually intensive techniques such as hot water flotation, bridge presses, ram presses, the ghani process, or by using a small-scale expeller. In developed countries sesame oil is often extracted using an expeller press, larger-scale oil extraction machines, or by pressing followed by chemical solvent extraction.

Sesame oil can also be extracted under low-temperature conditions using an expeller press in a process called cold pressing. This extraction method is popular among raw food adherents because it avoids exposing the oil to chemical solvents or high temperatures during extraction.

 
There are many variations in the color of sesame oil: cold-pressed sesame oil is pale yellow, while Indian sesame oil (gingelly or til oil) is golden, and East Asian sesame oils are commonly a dark brown color. This dark color and flavor are derived from roasted/toasted sesame seeds. Cold pressed sesame oil has a different flavor than the toasted oil, since it is produced directly from raw, rather than toasted, seeds.

Sesame oil is traded in any of the forms described above: Cold-pressed sesame oil is available in Western health shops. Unroasted (but not necessarily cold pressed) sesame oil is commonly used for cooking in the Middle East and can often be found in halal markets. In East Asian countries, different kinds of hot-pressed sesame oil are preferred.

 
The only essential nutrient having significant content in sesame oil is vitamin K, providing 17% of the Daily Value per 100 grams (ml) consumed supplying 884 calories. For fats, sesame oil is approximately equal in monounsaturated (oleic acid) and polyunsaturated (linoleic acid) fats, totaling together 80% of the fat content. The remaining oil content is primarily the saturated fat, palmitic acid (about 9% of total, table).

 

 

Bottling sesame oil

Bottling sesame oil

Despite sesame oil’s high proportion (41%) of polyunsaturated (Omega-6) fatty acids, it is least prone, among cooking oils with high smoke points, to turn rancid when kept in the open. This is due to the natural antioxidants present in the oil.

Light sesame oil has a high smoke point and is suitable for deep-frying, while dark sesame oil (from roasted sesame seeds) has a slightly lower smoke point and is unsuitable for deep-frying. Instead it can be used for the stir frying of meats or vegetables, sautéing, or for the making of an omelette.

Sesame oil is most popular in Asia, especially in Korea, China, and the South Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu, where its widespread use is similar to that of olive oil in the Mediterranean.

East Asian cuisines often use roasted sesame oil for seasoning.
The Chinese use sesame oil in the preparation of meals.
In Japan, rāyu, is a paste made of chili-sesame oil seasoning – and used as a spicy topping on various foods – or mixed with vinegar and soy sauce – and used as a dip.
In South India – before the advent of modern refined oils produced on a large scale, sesame oil was used traditionally for curries and gravies. It continues to be used, particularly in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, mixed with foods that are hot and spicy as it neutralizes the heat. It is often mixed in with a special spice powder that accompanies Idly, dosa as well as rice mixed with spice powders ([Paruppu Podi]). It is also used in pickles and condiments mainly in Andhra Pradesh.

 

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