Shrimp w/ Sharp White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

May 25, 2017 at 4:46 PM | Posted in shrimp, seafood, Mac and Cheese | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Shrimp w/ Sharp White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I had a Breakfast Sandwich. I toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin, lightly fried some slices of Boar’s Head Sweet Slice Ham, and 1 slice of Sargento Ultra Thin Swiss Cheese. Also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Heavy rain overnight, some areas 4 inches of rain! A lot flooding in the area. It finally quit raining around Noon. But more heavy rain tonight, about 68 degrees for a high. After Breakfast helped Mom do laundry and did a few things around the house. Later went to the post office and stopped by the bank. For Dinner tonight I prepared Shrimp w/ Sharp White Cheddar Mac and Cheese.

 

 


Mom needed a few things from the local Kroger yesterday and I picked up the ingredients for my Dinner tonight! I’m using some Large Shrimp I purchased from the Seafood Counter. to prepare them I first washed them off in cold water and patted dry with paper towels. I then seasoned them with a sprinkle of Sea Salt and Old Bay Seasoning. I use Old Bay on Chicken, Chops, and most Seafood, provides perfect Seasoning.

 

 

 

 

 

Next I grabbed a large skillet and sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray and added a tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil. Heated the pan on medium heat. When the skillet was heated I added the Shrimp, fried the Shrimp in 2 batches so not to overcrowd the skillet. Fried the Shrimp about 3 minutes a side. Ended up with a nice plate full of Shrimp! Love the flavor of the Old Bay Seasoning on the Shrimp.

 

 

As I was frying the Shrimp I started my Cracker Barrel Macaroni and Cheese Dinner. First time I’ve tried the Cracker Barrel Brand of Mac and Cheese. I picked a box of the Sharp Cheddar and Bacon and a box of the White Cheddar which I’m having tonight.

 

 

 

 

Start by boiling 8 cups of water in medium saucepan. Stir in Macaroni.Cook 12 min. or until tender, stirring occasionally. Drain. Do not rinse. Return to pan. Squeeze the Cheese Sauce over hot Macaroni. Stir until blended and serve. Came out nice and cheesy with excellent flavor. Looking forward to trying Sharp Cheddar and Bacon! Shrimp and Seafood is so good with Mac and Cheese! I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury French Bread and had a slice of that also. For Dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Peanut Butter Carmel Ice Cream Candy Bar.

 

 

 

Cracker Barrel Macaroni and Cheese Dinner – Sharp White Cheddar

The difference is in the cheese. We’ve been doing thing differently for over 60 years. Our unique aging process gives our cheese a delicious, bold sharpness. Today, we offer that same distinctive flavor in our rich macaroni & cheese. Smooth, creamy and full of flavor—one bite will keep you coming back for more.

Ingredients:
Ingredients: Enriched Macaroni Product (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate [Iron], Thiamin Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid); Cheese Sauce (Cheddar Cheese [Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Whey, Sodium Phosphate, Canola Oil, Contains Less than 2% of Salt, Whey Protein Concentrate, Milk Protein Concentrate, Lactic Acid, Sorbic Acid as a Preservative, Sodium Alginate, Annatto Extract [Color]).
Directions:
Instructions: Easy Preparation Cooking Directions: Boil 2 qt. (8 cups) water in medium saucepan. Stir in Macaroni.Cook 11 to 12 min. or until tender, stirring occasionally. Drain. Do not rinse. Return to pan. Squeeze Cheese Sauce over hot macaroni. Stir until blended.Makes about 4 servings.Note: Do not overcook pasta.

Easy Recipes: One-Dish Dinners

May 23, 2017 at 5:32 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its – Easy Recipes: One-Dish Dinners. Delicious and Diabetic Friendly recipes like; Chicken and Cornmeal Dumplings, No-Fry Shrimp Stir-Fry, and Hearty Pork-Beer Stew. Find these recipes and more at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

 

Easy Recipes: One-Dish Dinners

These yummy one-dish recipes are super easy to prepare and even easier to clean up. Made with a diabetic menu in mind, our meal-in-a-bowl recipes are nutritious and tasty, perfect for dinner tonight.

 

 

Chicken and Cornmeal Dumplings

This easy slow cooker meal is packed with protein — and flavor. Chicken, corn, and carrots simmer with yummy spices, while homemade cornmeal dumplings make this one-pot meal extra tasty……

 
No-Fry Shrimp Stir-Fry

The secret to super easy stir-fry? A microwave. This delicious, diabetes-friendly recipe turns six ingredients into a quick weeknight meal in minutes……..

 
Hearty Pork-Beer Stew

With big chunks of sweet potatoes and apples in a beer broth, this main-dish stew with less than 30 grams of carb per serving is perfect for chilly evenings…….

 
* Click the link below to get all the – Easy Recipes: One-Dish Dinners
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/30-minute/easy-recipes-one-dish-dinners

Leftovers – Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo

May 21, 2017 at 4:54 PM | Posted in leftovers, Zatarain's | 3 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Leftovers – Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo

 

 

Had a a light Breakfast of a Toasted Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin lightly buttered with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter along with my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. After Breakfast I went up to the McDonald’s Drive-Thru and picked up Breakfast for Mom and Dad. Mom went to Church and then went to Lunch and back to Church for a special service. I stayed home and watched Dad for the day. I was going to prepare Dinner for us but he wanted something from Wendy’s. And for my Dinner tonight Leftovers! Tonight its Leftover – Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo.

 

 

As always when I prepare Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo I have the leftovers in a day or two. And this batch is no exception, for Dinner tonight I reheated the leftover Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo. The dish reheats perfectly! It’s just as good the second time around, if not better! I also had a slice of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread, lightly buttered with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. For Dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar. I have left the original post from the other day that has the ingredients and instructions for the Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo. Enjoy!

 

What’s not to like with one of my favorite meals; Gumbo, Shrimp, and Smoked Turkey Sausage! To make it I used a box of Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix for the Gumbo base, 1 1/2 Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausages (sliced into bite size slices), a bag of Kroger 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.

 

 

 

The Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix uses Pasta instead of Rice. It’s very easy to prepare, takes about 25-30 minutes. To start; I just boil the stock that’s in the packet, add the sliced the 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 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 Pasta, makes one easily prepared hearty and delicious dish. Plus enough leftovers for a couple of lunches too! I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury French Bread. For dessert later a Weight Watchers Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

 

 

 

Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix

Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix is an easy-to-prepare mix that has just the right blend of ingredients for a great-tasting, authentic New Orleans style meal. With Zatarain’s New Orleans style pasta dinners, you can enjoy the fun of pasta and the authentic flavor of New Orleans! Just add ground beef to complete this easy-to-prepare dinner your whole family will love.

Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix:
* A New Orleans tradition since 1889
* Add meat to make a complete meal
Ingredients
Enriched Pasta Product (Semolina (Wheat), Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Onion, Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Salt, Modified Corn Starch, Red & Green Bell Pepper, Spices (Including Red Pepper And Parsley), Sprouted Wheat Flour, Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Garlic, Caramel Color, Thiamine Hydrochloride, And Sulfiting

Usage Tips
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Makes 5 (1-cup) servings.

YOU WILL NEED:
1 package Zatarain’s® Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix
1 tablespoon oil
1 pound andouille or other cooked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
2 3/4 cups water

DIRECTIONS:
1. HEAT oil in large skillet (12-inch) on medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook and stir 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
2. STIR in water and Pasta Dinner Mix. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
3. REMOVE from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Sauce will thicken upon standing. Stir before serving.

VARIATIONS
Chicken Gumbo: Prepare as directed, using 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, in place of the sausage. Cook and stir 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.

Shrimp Gumbo: Prepare as directed in Step 1, using 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, in place of the sausage. Cook and stir 3 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Remove shrimp from skillet. Continue as directed, stirring shrimp back into skillet after pasta is tender.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 32 G
Servings Per Container 5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 G 0
Saturated Fat 0 G
Trans Fat 0 G
Cholesterol 0 Mg 0
Sodium 570 Mg 24
Total Carbohydrate 23 G 8%
Dietary Fiber 2 G 8%
Sugars 1 G
Protein 4 G

https://www.mccormick.com/Zatarains/Products/Dinner-and-Side-Mixes/Pasta-Mixes/Jambalaya-Pasta-Dinner-Mix

Soup Special of the Day!………..Bouillabaisse

May 21, 2017 at 5:20 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is – Bouillabaisse. Mussels, Shrimp, Cod, and more make up this week’s recipe! It’s from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. The Diabetic Gourmet site is loaded with Diabetic Friendly recipes and also if you’re looking for a good Diabetic Recipe Magazine the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine is an excellent magazine! Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://diabeticgourmet.com/

 

 

Bouillabaisse
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

1/2 pound mussels (optional)
1/2 pound medium-size shrimp
1/2 pound halibut or cod fillets
1 teaspoon virgin olive oil
2 shallots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2-1/2 cups canned Italian plum tomatoes
2 cups clam juice or fish stock
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil
1/4 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
1 bay leaf
1/2 pound bay scallops
Directions

1 – Scrub mussels well to rid them of beards and sand. Discard any open ones. Peel and devein shrimp. Cut halibut into bite-size pieces.
2 – In a large non-stick saucepan, heat oil. Add shallots and cook until soft. Add garlic and tomatoes, cook, stirring 1 minute.
3 – Add clam juice, wine, basil, thyme, pepper flakes, pepper and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
4 – Add halibut and simmer 5 minutes. Add shrimp and scallops and cook 5 minutes more. Add mussels, cover pan and simmer about 5 minutes until mussels open, discarding any that do not open.
5 – Discard bay leaf.
Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Calories: 203
Protein: 28g
Sodium: 584 mg
Cholesterol: 108 mg
Fat: 3g
Carbohydrates: 12g
http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/html/898.shtml

Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo

May 19, 2017 at 5:00 PM | Posted in Butterball Smoked Turkey Sausage, pasta, seafood, shrimp, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo

 

 

To start my day I made one our favorites, Skillet Potatoes and Ham for Breakfast. I used 1 package of Simply Potatoes Steakhouse Seasoned Diced Potatoes and a package of Meijer Diced Ham to prepare it. Just cook the Potatoes according to the package instructions and with about 5 minutes of cooking time left add the Diced Ham. Topped it off with a Sunnyside Up Egg and also made that morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Just love this Skillet Breakfast! Mostly cloudy with passing showers and 78 degrees. More rain moving back in tonight. Not a lot going on today. Did some things around the house and outside. For Dinner tonight I prepared a personnel favorite, Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo.

 

 

What’s not to like with one of my favorite meals; Gumbo, Shrimp, and Smoked Turkey Sausage! To make it I used a box of Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix for the Gumbo base, 1 1/2 Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausages (sliced into bite size slices), a bag of Kroger 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.

 

 

 

The Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix uses Pasta instead of Rice. It’s very easy to prepare, takes about 25-30 minutes. To start; I just boil the stock that’s in the packet, add the sliced the 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 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 Pasta, makes one easily prepared hearty and delicious dish. Plus enough leftovers for a couple of lunches too! I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury French Bread. For dessert later a Weight Watchers Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

 

 

 

Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix

Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix is an easy-to-prepare mix that has just the right blend of ingredients for a great-tasting, authentic New Orleans style meal. With Zatarain’s New Orleans style pasta dinners, you can enjoy the fun of pasta and the authentic flavor of New Orleans! Just add ground beef to complete this easy-to-prepare dinner your whole family will love.

Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix:
* A New Orleans tradition since 1889
* Add meat to make a complete meal
Ingredients
Enriched Pasta Product (Semolina (Wheat), Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Onion, Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Salt, Modified Corn Starch, Red & Green Bell Pepper, Spices (Including Red Pepper And Parsley), Sprouted Wheat Flour, Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Garlic, Caramel Color, Thiamine Hydrochloride, And Sulfiting

Usage Tips
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Makes 5 (1-cup) servings.

YOU WILL NEED:
1 package Zatarain’s® Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix
1 tablespoon oil
1 pound andouille or other cooked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
2 3/4 cups water

DIRECTIONS:
1. HEAT oil in large skillet (12-inch) on medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook and stir 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
2. STIR in water and Pasta Dinner Mix. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
3. REMOVE from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Sauce will thicken upon standing. Stir before serving.

VARIATIONS
Chicken Gumbo: Prepare as directed, using 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, in place of the sausage. Cook and stir 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.

Shrimp Gumbo: Prepare as directed in Step 1, using 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, in place of the sausage. Cook and stir 3 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Remove shrimp from skillet. Continue as directed, stirring shrimp back into skillet after pasta is tender.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 32 G
Servings Per Container 5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 G 0
Saturated Fat 0 G
Trans Fat 0 G
Cholesterol 0 Mg 0
Sodium 570 Mg 24
Total Carbohydrate 23 G 8%
Dietary Fiber 2 G 8%
Sugars 1 G
Protein 4 G

https://www.mccormick.com/Zatarains/Products/Dinner-and-Side-Mixes/Pasta-Mixes/Jambalaya-Pasta-Dinner-Mix

Asian Food Fest 2017 will take place on May 13th & 14th at Washington Park! – Cincinnati, Ohio

May 12, 2017 at 8:30 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Asian Food Fest

Features authentic food from mostly all countries from Asian including Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, India, Korea, Japan and many more. Chef Hideki Harada and his wife will be serving up some Japanese delights while Pho Lang Thang will be going back to it’s roots of the first food fest and will be dishing out some Pho! These are only a small portion of the food in store this year.

Along with food, this year’s festival will feature Human Foosball Arena where all will be able to hop into the inflatable life sized foosball arena and have some fun. There will also be Asian beer, cultural dances and vocalists, and Asian inspired arts and crafts. AFF will be family and dog friendly with Washington Park’s interactive water park, playground, and dog park open for all of our guests.

Asian Food Fest’s mission is to help make Cincinnati a more diverse, accepting, and delicious city. We aim to promote diversity in the Greater Cincinnati area by celebrating Asian food, culture, and communities, while working to encourage even more local people to be a part of the growing Asian food scene.

Asian Food Fest’s vision is to become one of Cincinnati’s premiere cultural festivals and one of the largest Asian cultural festivals in the Midwest, through strong partnerships with many local businesses and community organizations. Through Asian Food Fest, we hope to build on the exciting growth and creativity taking place in the Asian culinary community to make Cincinnati a cultural and culinary destination for Asian food lovers.

Where We’re Located
WASHINGTON PARK
1230 Elm St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Dates and Times
Sat, May 13
12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sun, May 14
12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
http://www.asianfoodfest.org/

Homemade Pizza Recipes

April 23, 2017 at 5:47 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its – Homemade Pizza Recipes. Make Pizza Night a healthier night with these Diabetic Friendly Pizza Recipes! Delicious Pizza Recipes including; Goat Cheese Pizza, Pesto Shrimp Pizza, and Pizza Bites. Find them all at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

 

Homemade Pizza Recipes
Pizza doesn’t have to be guilt-by-the-slice. Feel good about eating your favorite comfort food with these homemade pizzas and calzones. Whether featuring homemade pizza dough or light, convenient substitutes like pitas, tortillas, or lettuce, all of our healthy pizza recipes are delicious and diabetes-friendly.

 

 

Goat Cheese Pizza

Top a hearty premade crust with just six ingredients for an easy dinner bursting with fresh flavor. We swapped traditional mozzarella for crumbled goat cheese to give the low-carb pizza unexpected richness…….

 
Pesto Shrimp Pizza

For this unique, low-carb flatbread dinner, start by making homemade pizza dough, then substitute tangy pesto for traditional red sauce and shrimp for Italian sausage……

 
Pizza Bites

Transform your everyday sandwich rolls into perfectly portioned pizzas. Each sausage pizza has only 105 calories and 13 grams of carb — making one pizza a tasty appetizer or two pizzas a satisfying dinner……….

 
* Click the link below to get all the Homemade Pizza Recipes
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/main-dishes/homemade-pizza-recipes

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Almond Crusted Shrimp

April 18, 2017 at 5:13 AM | Posted in diabetes, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is – Almond Crusted Shrimp. Only 316 calories and 15 net carbs per serving! You can find this recipe at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. At the Diabetic Gourmet site you’ll find a large selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes for appetizers, side dishes, salads, soups, and more! All at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website (http://diabeticgourmet.com/)

 

 

Almond Crusted Shrimp
If you’re seeking a sensational dish inspired by the deep blue sea, you’ll love these shrimp coated with fresh parsley, almonds, and other savory seasonings.
Ingredients

1/2 cup ground almonds
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons minced fresh parsley, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound (61-to-70 count) shrimp, with tails and veins removed
1 egg white
2 tablespoons almond or corn oil, divided
1 lemon, cut into wedges
Directions

1 – Stir together almonds, flour, parsley, seafood seasoning, salt and pepper.
2 – Dip each shrimp in egg white, then in almond mixture; lay on a baking sheet or platter until ready to cook.
3 – Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet; grill shrimp in batches on medium heat, cooking 3 to 4 minutes, turning once, until pink and golden.
4 – Use remaining 1 tablespoon oil as necessary. Serve shrimp immediately, accompanied by lemon wedges.
Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Calories: 316
Protein: 28g
Sodium: 329 mg
Cholesterol: 172 mg
Fat: 15g
Saturated Fat: 1.6g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Carbohydrates: 17g
http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/html/1089.shtml

Fried Shrimp w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Green Beans/ Diced Potatoes

April 13, 2017 at 5:09 PM | Posted in shrimp | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Shrimp w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Green Beans/ Diced Potatoes

 

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I prepared some Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns. I also prepared some Jimmy Dean Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links. Also made that morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. After Breakfast I went to McDonald’s and picked up Breakfast for Mom. After Mom ate we went to Home Depot. I had to buy a few gallons of paint. We are having the outside deck repainted, and the deck is good size. While there I also looked at some back splash for the Kitchen along with some new counter tops and cabinets. If I end up getting all that for the Kitchen I’ll be paying on my Master Card for a long time! After Lunch I went over to see Dad for a while. He’s doing okay but I just don’t know if he’ll make it back home or not, always hoping for the best! So for Dinner tonight I prepared Fried Freshwater Shrimp w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Green Beans/ Diced Potatoes.

 

 

Had this combination of Fried Shrimp, Roasted Butternut Squash, and Green Beans/ Diced Potatoes before and it worked so well we are having it again tonight. While at Kroger yesterday I picked up more of the huge Freshwater Shrimp, I cleaned them and put them in the fridge.I had already rinsed them off and removed the shells. To prepare these I’m using McCormick Golden Dipt Cracker Meal Seafood Fry Mix.

 

 

 

Poured about 1 inch of Extra Light Olive Oil into large skillet. Heated the oil to 350°F on medium heat. I then took a 1/2 cup of the Cracker Meal Mix in a Hefty Zip Lock Plastic Bag. Take the peeled shrimp, 3 at a time and place them in the bag and shake until Shrimp had a nice coating on them. Had all the Shrimp coated I then began to fry them. Frying them about 3 minutes the shrimp, a few pieces at a time, in the hot oil until light golden brown turning after 1 1/2 minutes. Drain on paper towel lined plate . Love using the McCormick Cracker Meal Mix was excellent! Nice crunch and seasoning!

 

 

Then for one side I prepared some Roasted Butternut Squash, easy recipe for some delicious Butternut Squash! And this too has quickly become a family favorite. I purchased 1 small package of Diced Butternut Squash at Kroger. They sell packages of it that they dice up. This is a lot easier than peeling and seeding one yourself, especially if you don’t have a good knife to cut it. I’ll need; 1 package of Diced Butternut Squash, Crumbled Bacon Bits, 1 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Grinder Sea Salt, and 1 teaspoon McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley.

 

 

 

For another side I heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans and Potatoes. I really like using the Del Monte Cut Green Beans and New Potatoes, contains 2 of my favorite vegetables (Green Beans and Potatoes). For dessert later a Weight watcher’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

 

 

 

 
McCormick Cracker Meal Seafood Fry Mix

Cracker Meal Seafood Fry Mix adds extra crunchiness to fried and baked foods. All ingredients have been specially selected to provide a superior coating that seals in natural juices for fish, seafood, poultry, meats and vegetables.

Ingredients
Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, And Folic Acid), Whey (Milk), Dextrose, And Soybean Oil.

Serving size
1/4 cup Mix (32g)

All You Need
1/2 cup Cracker Meal
1 lb. Fish or Seafood*
Water or Milk
Vegetable Oil
Directions
1. POUR Cracker Meal into shallow dish or large plastic bag. Moisten fish, cut into serving-size pieces, or seafood with water or milk. Shake off excess.
2. COAT fish, several pieces at a time, evenly with Cracker Meal. Let stand 5 minutes. Discard any remaining Cracker Meal. Fry as directed below. Serve with McCormick® Cocktail Sauce or Tartar Sauce. Use the entire package to coat 4 lbs. fish or seafood.

*Best with tilapia, trout, catfish, shrimp, or scallops. Also try with shucked oysters and clams, or soft-shell crabs (pierce several times before coating).

Pan Fry: Pour oil to a depth of 1/4 inch in a large skillet; heat to 350°F on medium heat. Fry fish, in batches, 2 to 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Drain on paper towels.

Oven Fry: Cover bottom of shallow baking pan with melted butter. Arrange fish or seafood in a single layer in pan; turn to coat with butter. Bake in preheated 425ºF oven 10 to 20 minutes until golden brown around edges and fish flakes easily with a fork.

Flavorful Tips:
• For a thicker coating, dip fish in a mixture of 3 tbsp. milk and 2 beaten eggs before coating with Cracker Meal.
• Coat boneless skinless chicken breast halves or chicken parts as directed. Bake in 400ºF oven 20 to 30 minutes for chicken breast halves or 45 to 50 minutes for chicken parts.
• Use Cracker Meal instead of bread crumbs when making meat loaf or meat balls.
http://www.mccormick.com/spices-and-flavors/seafood/breading-and-batters/cracker-meal-seafood-fry-mix

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – B.B.Q. Summer Sausage and Shrimp Skewers

April 12, 2017 at 6:46 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – B.B.Q. Summer Sausage and Shrimp Skewers. Wild Idea Buffalo Summer Sausage, Shrimp, and Mango, how can you resist this! Fire the grill up and get the skewers ready for this recipe. A Summertime grilling treat from Jill O’Brien of Wild Idea Buffalo. You can get this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Summer Sausage at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. http://wildideabuffalo.com/

 
B.B.Q. Summer Sausage and Shrimp Skewers

By: Jill O’Brien
Simple summertime grilling recipes that don’t skimp on the “wow” factor are pretty hard to beat. The ingredient combination of this recipe is sensational, but quality ingredients are the key. The number of skewers will depend upon the size of shrimp you purchase. 16 to 24 sized shrimp per pound work well, but larger would be fine too. Seek out wild caught shrimp, no other will do, and of course Wild Idea’s Bison Summer Sausage!
Ingredients:
8 – ounces Wild Idea Buffalo Summer Sausage
1 – pound wild caught shrimp (16 to 24 size), peeled & deveined
1 – lemon, cut into wedges
1 – teaspoon lemon pepper
1 to 2 mango’s, peeled and cut into thick pieces
2 – tablespoons olive oil
½ – cup of your favorite B.B.Q. sauce
Wooden skewers, soaked in water
Cilantro for garnish

Preparation:
1) Cut Wild Idea Buffalo Summer Sausage into circle slices and then into pie pieces, in keeping with the size of your shrimp. You may have extra summer sausage. Cover and set aside.
2) Peel, devein, and rinse shrimp. Blot dry with a paper towel. Place in a bowl and squeeze half of the lemon wedges over the shrimp, and season with the lemon pepper. Toss to incorporate and allow to rest for 20 minutes.
3) Skewer the tail part of the shrimp on first, then the summer sausage, securing the meatier part of the shrimp around the summer sausage. Add a piece of mango to the end of the skewer. *The mango pieces can also be added after the grilling.
4) Place on pan and drizzle with olive oil.
5) Grill over medium high heat, for 30 seconds each side, closing grill while grilling. Repeat two more times brushing with B.B.Q sauce while turning.
6) Arrange skewers on a platter and squeeze with additional lemon slices. Garnish with cilantro and drizzle with additional warmed B.B.Q. sauce if desired.
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