One of America’s Favorites – Coleslaw

March 20, 2017 at 6:27 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Coleslaw (also known as cole slaw or simply slaw) is a salad consisting primarily of finely shredded raw cabbage and dressed most commonly with a vinaigrette salad dressing. Prepared in this manner, coleslaw can be pickled for up to four weeks if it is stored in an airtight container. Another way to make coleslaw is to use foods that already contain vinaigrette: mayonnaise, for example, is commonly used.

Coleslaw is frequently served as a side dish in traditional meals in many countries, and can be seen in major fast food chains as well.



Coleslaw made with mayonnaise

There are many variations of the recipe, which include the addition of other ingredients such as red cabbage, pepper, shredded carrots, onion, grated cheese, pineapple, or apple, mixed with a salad dressing such as mayonnaise or cream. A variety of seasonings, such as celery seed, may be added. The cabbage may come in finely minced pieces, shredded strips, or small squares. Other slaw variants include broccoli slaw, which uses shredded raw broccoli in place of the cabbage. Cream, sour cream, or buttermilk are also popular additions. Buttermilk coleslaw is most commonly found in the southern United States.

In the United States, coleslaw often contains buttermilk, mayonnaise or mayonnaise substitutes, and carrot, although many regional variations exist, and recipes incorporating prepared mustard or vinegar without the dairy and mayonnaise are also common. Barbecue slaw, also known as red slaw, is made using ketchup and vinegar rather than mayonnaise. It is an essential part of “Lexington style” North Carolina barbecue.

Coleslaw is generally eaten as a side dish with foods such as fried chicken and barbecued meats and may be accompanied by French fries or potato salad as another side dish. It also may be used as a sandwich ingredient, being placed on barbecue sandwiches, hamburgers, and hot dogs along with chili and hot mustard. A vinegar-based coleslaw is the signature ingredient to a Primanti Brothers sandwich. Coleslaw also is used on a variant of the Reuben sandwich, with coleslaw substituting for the sauerkraut; the sandwich is commonly called a Rachel to differentiate it from the Reuben.

According to The Joy of Cooking (1997), raw cabbage is the only entirely consistent ingredient in coleslaw; the type of cabbage, dressing, and added ingredients vary widely. Vinaigrette, mayonnaise, and sour cream based dressings are all listed; bacon, carrots, bell peppers, pineapple, pickles, onions, and herbs are specifically mentioned as possible added ingredients.


Diabetic Dish of the Week – Sweet Potato Casserole

December 27, 2016 at 6:04 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week, Diabetic Recipe of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is – Sweet Potato Casserole. This one has various versions and on many web sites and blogs. I went with the one on CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site is loaded with recipes that will suit any taste or cuisine. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2017!


Sweet Potato Casserole

Recipe Ingredients:

4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cooked (about 1 3/4 pounds)Cooksrecipes 2
1/2 to 1 cup fat-free sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 1/2 teaspoons Equal® for Recipes or 18 packets Equal® sweetener or 3/4 cup Equal® Spoonful™
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional)

Cooking Directions:

Mash sweet potatoes with potato masher or beat with electric mixer until smooth. Mix in remaining ingredients, except pecans. Spoon sweet potato mixture into ungreased 1-quart casserole or soufflé dish; sprinkle with pecans.
Bake, uncovered, at 350°F (175°C) until hot throughout, about 30 minutes.
Makes 6 servings (about 1/2 cup each).

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): 165 cal., 4 g pro., 38 g carbo., 0 g fat, 0 mg chol., 27 mg sodium.

Jennie – O Turkey: Make-Ahead Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

November 19, 2016 at 6:06 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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I’m passing along another Side dish for your Thanksgiving Day Meal, Make-Ahead Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes. Put a spin on those everyday Mashed Potatoes by adding Goat Cheese! At the Jennie – O site you’ll find full menu ideas and recipes. So check it out if your looking for some Thanksgiving recipes! Enjoy and Make the Switch!



Make-Ahead Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Whip these rich and creamy mashed potatoes up the night before to save time Thanksgiving Day. And if you love this easy Thanksgiving recipe, you’ll love our entire Make Ahead Thanksgiving Menu.


4 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, choppedmake-ahead-goat-cheese-mashed-potatoes
5 garlic cloves
4 ounces goat cheese, softened
¼ cup butter, softened
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
½ cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese
¼ cup chopped green onions
salt and pepper, if desired

1)Place potatoes and garlic in Dutch oven with water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Drain and mash with potato masher. Stir in goat cheese, butter, chicken broth, cheese and green onions until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
2) Place in 2-quart baking dish. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
3) To serve: Heat oven to 350°F. Let potatoes stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Bake, covered (in foil) 30 minutes; remove foil and bake 10 minutes more, or until heated through.



Saturated Fat6g

Jennie – O Turkey – Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Casserole

November 3, 2016 at 5:38 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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Passing along another perfect side dish for your upcoming Thanksgiving Table, Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Casserole. This combines mashed sweet potatoes and buttery spiced squash! You can find this recipe at the Jennie – O website ( along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes.



Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Casserole

This casserole features mashed sweet potatoes and buttery spiced squash with a sweet streusel crumble on top. While this dish takes some time in the oven, the actual hands-on prep time is very minimal.




1 small butternut squash
¼ cup butter, softened
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 (23-ounce) container HORMEL® mashed sweet potatoes

½ cup cold butter, cut into small cubes

¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Heat oven to 350°F.
Cut butternut squash in half and scoop out seeds. Place on baking sheet, cut sides down and bake 1 hour or until tender. Let stand 10 minutes; scoop out flesh. Mash with potato masher until smooth. Stir in butter, egg, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and sweet potatoes. Transfer mixture to lightly greased 11-x 7-inch baking dish.
In medium bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, flour and pecans. Using pastry cutter, cut butter into mixture until coarse crumbs appear. Sprinkle mixture evenly over sweet potato mixture.
Bake 40 minutes.

Saturated Fat8g

Slow Cooker Appetizers and Side Dishes

October 7, 2016 at 5:15 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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It’s Slow Cooker Appetizers and Side Dishes from the Diabetic Living Online website. Delicious and healthy recipes including; Hot Wing Dip, Broccoli-Cheese Dip with Potato Dippers, and Fruit Chutney with Spiced Chips. Find them all at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy!



Slow Cooker Appetizers and Side DishesDiabetic living logo

Fix these diabetes-friendly appetizers and side dishes quickly, then let them simmer in the slow cooker until they’re ready to serve. We’ve also suggested some fresh salad and vegetable dishes to pair with your slow cooker meals.



Hot Wing Dip

Blue cheese salad dressing balances the hotness of the bottled Buffalo wing sauce, making this a crowd-pleasing dish. Serve with crisp celery sticks……

Broccoli-Cheese Dip with Potato Dippers

Bring this bacon-flavor-infused dip to your next party! Oven-baked potato dippers topped with the cheesy mixture offer a baked-potato taste. Just be sure to count the potato carbs in your meal plan……

Fruit Chutney with Spiced Chips

This two-hour slow-simmer dish is a sweet treat for any get-together. Serve the chutney with spiced chips made from whole wheat tortillas and topped with crumbled goat cheese……



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Diabetic Dish of the Week – Vegetable Saute

October 4, 2016 at 4:49 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is a Vegetable Saute. The perfect Diabetic Friendly side dish to accompany any meal, Vegetable Saute.


Vegetable Saute

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small shallot, minced
4 cups mixed frozen vegetables, such as corn, carrots and green beans
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 – Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until softened, about 1 minute. Stir in frozen vegetables. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in dill, thyme, cumin, sea salt and pepper.

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Gingered Carrots

September 13, 2016 at 4:44 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is Gingered Carrots. Got the perfect side dish for any Dinner meal, Gingered Carrots. Only 107 calories and 13 carbs per serving. You can find this recipe along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the CooksRecipes website. Eat healthy!



Diabetic-friendly, lightly sweet and buttery gingered carrots.

Recipe Ingredients:

5 to 6 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunksCooksrecipes 2
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Cooking Directions:

1 – In a skillet, cook carrots in a small amount of water until crisp-tender. Drain.
2 – Add ginger, sugar and butter or margarine; heat over low until carrots are warm and thoroughly coated with the sauce. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.

Food Exchanges: 1 1/2 Vegetable, 1 1/2 Fat.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 107 Sodium: 94 mg; Cholesterol: 0; Carbohydrate: 13 gm; Protein: 2 gm; Fat: 7 gm.

Healthy Summer Potluck Side Dishes and Desserts

June 8, 2016 at 5:07 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website its Healthy Summer Potluck Side Dishes and Desserts. What’s a entree without some delicious sides and a dessert! Now you can have your sides and desserts and eat healthy also. Recipes including; Deviled Eggs, Raspberry Bars, and Almond Butter-Quinoa Blondies. Find them all at the EatingWell website.



Healthy Summer Potluck Side Dishes and DessertsEatingWell2

Summer brings lots of invitations to potluck cookouts, so you’ll need an arsenal of side dishes and desserts to share. Whether your al fresco meal is around a grill, on a sandy beach or under a shady tree, our favorite summer potluck sides and desserts will round out your meal. So say “yes” to all those invitations, whip up some of these fresh, healthy recipes and enjoy the best of the outdoors!



EatingWell Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are a perennial potluck favorite. Our recipe replaces some of the egg yolks with nonfat cottage cheese—keeping the filling velvety and rich while reducing some of the fat. No one will know the difference…..

Raspberry Bars
Tart raspberry filling is swirled into a low-fat cream filling in these beautiful bars. They’re a festive treat for a summer picnic or party……

Almond Butter-Quinoa Blondies
People likely won’t even notice that these delicately nutty, just a little chocolaty, blondies are gluten-free. They use quinoa flour, which you can find in well-stocked supermarkets and natural-foods stores, in place of all-purpose flour. To make your own quinoa flour, grind raw quinoa into a powder in a clean coffee grinder. (Adapted from Quinoa Revolution by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming.)…..



* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Summer Potluck Side Dishes and Desserts

Low-Calorie Salads and Side Dishes Perfect for Potlucks

April 15, 2016 at 5:23 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website it’s Low-Calorie Salads and Side Dishes Perfect for Potlucks. Here’s some lightened-up versions of potato salad, coleslaw, and taco salad. Find them all at EatingWell website!

Low-Calorie Salads and Side Dishes Perfect for Potlucks

Enjoy lighter versions of your favorite salads and sides.EatingWell2
Bringing a healthy dish to a party ensures that you’ll have something to eat you can feel good about (and so will everyone else). We’ve got lightened-up versions of potato salad, coleslaw, taco salad and more to treat everyone. Bring one of these healthy dishes to your next party.



Scallion-Dill Potato Salad
In this healthy potato salad recipe, yogurt replaces mayonnaise to create a creamy dressing spiked with scallions and dill…..

Roasted Radishes & Leeks with Thyme
Radishes become sweet and tender when roasted in a hot oven in this easy radish recipe. If the roasting doesn’t mellow the bite of the radish enough, stir in a sprinkle of sugar or honey along with the butter and thyme…….

Roasted Cabbage with Chive-Mustard Vinaigrette
In this roasted cabbage recipe, cabbage wedges are roasted at a high temperature, creating an amazing texture and sweet flavor. Serve the roasted cabbage wedges drizzled with the chive-mustard vinaigrette as a side dish for roast poultry, meat or fish, or alone with crusty bread……



* Click the link below to get all the Low-Calorie Salads and Side Dishes Perfect for Potlucks

Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

December 16, 2015 at 5:51 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | 1 Comment
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Here’s another perfect side dish for your Christmas Dinner, Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese and Walnuts. It’s just one of many healthy and delicious side dishes you can find on the Jennie – O website! Besides all the delicious Turkey ideas and recipes you can also find recipes for side dishes and desserts. So check it out soon and enjoy!

An impressive dish that requires little prep, this side may soon become a yearly holiday staple.Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese & Walnuts

3 pounds beets, peeled, trimmed, and cut into 1½-inch wedges

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves

½ cup goat cheese, crumbled

1 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped

1 navel orange, segmented

Heat oven to 400°F.

In large bowl, toss together beets, oil, salt, honey and rosemary leaves. Place in single layer on baking sheet. Bake 45 minutes or until beets are tender. Place on serving platter. Sprinkle with goat cheese, walnuts and orange segments.

Nutritional InformationJennie O Make the Switch
Calories 350
Fat 21g
Protein 12g
Cholesterol 10mg
Carbohydrates 33g
Sodium 570mg
Fiber 8g
Saturated Fat 4g
Sugars 23g

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