Diabetic Dish of the Week – Butternut Squash and Apple Gratin

October 22, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is – Butternut Squash and Apple Gratin. Fall side dishes at its best with this week’s recipe of Butternut Squash and Apple Gratin. Made using Butternut Squash, Gala Apples, Dried Cranberries, Walnuts, Spices, Brown Sugar, Orange Juice, and Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs. You can find this recipe along with all the other Diabetic Friendly Recipes at the Diabetes Self Management website. You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. I love this Magazine, look forward to each issue. Always packed with Healthy and Delicious Recipes along with Diabetes Management Tips, Diabetes News and more! I left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Butternut Squash and Apple Gratin
Packed with nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium, this gratin makes a healthy and elegant side dish. And combining butternut squash, apples, cranberries and walnuts, it’s the quintessential fall food!

Ingredients
3 cups diced peeled butternut squash
1 1/2 cups diced peeled firm Gala apple
3 tablespoons dried sweetened cranberries
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup fresh whole wheat bread crumbs*
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.

2 – Steam squash in steamer basket over boiling water 5 minutes or until tender.

3 – Combine butternut squash, apple, cranberries, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, if desired, and pepper in large bowl; gently mix. Pour in orange juice. Spoon evenly into prepared pie plate.

4 – Cover and bake 20 minutes or until squash and apple are fork-tender.

5 – Meanwhile, combine bread crumbs and butter in small bowl; mix well. Sprinkle evenly over apple mixture. Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

*Note. To make fresh bread crumbs, tear 1 slice bread into pieces; process in food processor until coarse crumbs form.

Yield: 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 150 calories, Carbohydrates: 26 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 5 mg, Sodium: 70 mg, Fiber: 2 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/sides/butternut-squash-and-apple-gratin/

 

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Grilled Broccoli Rabe

September 3, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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I’ve got a perfect Diabetic Friendly side dish for that Grilled Salmon, Grilled Broccoli Rabe. You’ve already got the grill fired up for the Salmon so just go ahead and prepare a side dish too.Easy to prepare and all you’ll need is the Broccoli Rabe along with with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Kosher Salt, and Crushed Red Pepper. This recipe is also from the Diabetes Self Management website! A fantastic recipe site so be sure to check it out. So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Grilled Broccoli Rabe
In a rush to make dinner?
This quick and easy broccoli rabe recipe is packed with nutrition — and flavor!

Sometimes, you don’t have the time to cook fresh vegetables but luckily our grilled broccoli rabe is an easy alternative.

Ingredients
1 bunch broccoli rabe, tough lower stems removed
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Pinch of crushed red pepper

Directions
1 – Immerse the rabe in a large bowl of tap water and let it hang out for 10 to 15 minutes.

2 – Preheat the grill to medium.

3 – Drain the rabe but DO NOT shake off the excess water. Toss the rabe with olive oil and salt and lay it on the grill in an even layer.

4 – Cook the rabe for 3 to 4 minutes per side, turning as needed so all sides grill. The rabe should start to soften and char. If it starts to char too quickly, spray or shake a few drops of water on it.

5 – When the rabe is tender, remove it from the grill, drizzle with a bit more olive oil, and add a sprinkey-dink of salt and crushed red pepper. Serve hot or at room temp.

Yield: 4 servings.

Serving size: 1/4 of recipe.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 59 calories, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Protein: 4 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 274 mg, Fiber: 3 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/sides/grilled-broccoli-rabe/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 3, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Stock the freezer …………..

Stock the freezer with frozen vegetables. What happens when the kale has turned, and you don’t have a backup side dish? No need to skip a beat. Open up the freezer and grab some frozen veggies for steaming. It’s simple, fast and healthy.

Farmers’ Market Potato Salad

July 23, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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For a healthy and Diabetes Friendly recipe to go with the Surfin’ Salmon, I have a Farmers’ Market Potato Salad to go with it. To make this side dish you’ll need; Pickled Red Onions, Green Beans, Assorted Potatoes, Nonfat Greek Yogurt, White Wine Vinegar, Olive Oil, Spicy Mustard, and Salt. One delicious kicked up Potato Salad! This recipe also comes from the Diabetes Self Management website where you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Farmers’ Market Potato Salad

Ingredients
Pickled Red Onions (recipe here)
2 cups cubed assorted potatoes (purple, baby red, Yukon Gold, and/or a combination)
1 cup green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons plain nonfat Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon spicy mustard
1 teaspoon salt

Directions
1 – Prepare Pickled Red Onions.

2 – Bring large saucepan of water to a boil. Add potatoes; cook 5 to 8 minutes or until fork-tender. Add green beans during last 4 minutes of cooking time. Drain potatoes and green beans.

3 – Stir yogurt, vinegar, oil, mustard, and salt in large bowl until smooth and well blended.

4 – Add potatoes, green beans, and Pickled Red Onions to dressing; gently toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow flavors to develop before serving.

Yield: 6 servings.

Serving size: 1/6 of recipe.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 107 calories, Carbohydrates: 13 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 628 mg, Fiber: 2 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/sides/farmers-market-potato-salad/

ROASTED CARROTS AND PARSNIPS

April 30, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in carrots, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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I have a perfect Diabetic Friendly Side Dish to go with the HERB-RUBBED BEEF ROAST WITH ROASTED CAULIFLOWER for your Easter Dinner, ROASTED CARROTS AND PARSNIPS. Easy to prepare and only 90 calories per serving! Make your Easter Dinner not only a Delicious one but a Healthy one also. It’s another one from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. Check out the Diabetic Gourmet site for a fantastic selection of Diabetic Friendly recipes, news, and tips. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

ROASTED CARROTS AND PARSNIPS

Ingredients

1 pound carrots, peeled
1 pound parsnips, peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions

1 – Heat oven to 425F.
2 – Cut carrots and parsnips in half then in half lengthwise.
3 – Place on large rimmed baking pan toss with olive oil.
4 – Season with salt and pepper.
5 – Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until parsnips are tender, stirring once.
6 – Sprinkle with parsley.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 90
Fat: 3.5 grams
Saturated Fat: 0.5 grams
Fiber: 4 grams
Sodium: 40 milligrams
Protein: 1 grams
Carbohydrates: 14 grams
Sugars: 5 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/roasted-carrots-and-parsnips

One of America’s Favorites – Baked Beans

April 22, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Baked beans over scrambled eggs on toast

Baked beans is a dish containing beans, sometimes baked but, despite the name, usually stewed, in a sauce.] Most commercially canned baked beans are made from haricot beans, also known as navy beans (a variety of Phaseolus vulgaris) in a sauce. In Ireland and Great Britain, a tomato sauce is most commonly used, and they are commonly eaten on toast or as part of a full English, Scottish, or Irish breakfast.

American Boston baked beans use a sauce prepared with molasses and salt pork, the popularity of which has led to the city’s being nicknamed “Beantown”. Beans in a tomato and brown sugar, sugar, or corn syrup sauce are widely available throughout the US.

Canada’s Quebec-style beans often use maple syrup. This style is also popular in states bordering Canada’s eastern provinces.

Canned baked beans are used as a convenience food. They may be eaten hot or cold, straight from the can, as they are already fully cooked.

The beans presently used to make baked beans are all native to South America and were introduced to Europe around 1528. The dish is commonly described as having a savory-sweet flavor and a brownish- or reddish-tinted white bean once baked, stewed, canned or otherwise cooked. According to alternative traditions, sailors brought cassoulet from the south of France or northern France, and the Channel Islands, where bean stews were popular. Most probably, a number of regional bean recipes coalesced and cross-fertilised in North America and ultimately gave rise to the baked bean culinary tradition familiar today.

While many recipes today are stewed, traditionally beans were slow-baked in a ceramic or cast-iron beanpot. A tradition in Maine of “bean hole” cooking may have originated with the native Penobscot people and was later practiced in logging camps. A fire would be made in a stone-lined pit and allowed to burn down to hot coals, and then a pot with 11 pounds of seasoned beans would be placed in the ashes, covered over with dirt, and left to cook overnight or longer. These beans were a staple of Maine’s logging camps, served at every meal.

Canned beans, often containing pork, were among the first convenience foods, and it is in this form that they became exported and popularised by U.S. companies operating in the UK in the early 20th century. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated in 1996, “It has for years been recognized by consumers generally that the designation ‘beans with pork,’ or ‘pork and beans’ is the common or usual name for an article of commerce that contains very little pork.” The included pork is typically a piece of salt pork that adds fat to the dish.[citation needed]

Canned baked beans with small pork sausages are still available, as are variants with other added ingredients such as chili.

In the United States, Bush’s (Bush Brothers and Company), Van Camp’s, B&M (Burnham & Morrill Inc.), Allens, Inc., the H. J. Heinz Company, and the Campbell’s Soup Company are well-known

Beans on toast

producers or brands of packaged baked beans. B&M specializes in Boston-style baked beans often sold in beanpot-shaped jars, and canned brown bread, a traditional regional accompaniment to baked beans, whereas Bush and Van Camp produce multiple flavor varieties of canned beans, some styles using cured bacon to flavor the products.

In the New England region, baked beans are flavored either with maple syrup (Northern New England), or with molasses (Boston), and are traditionally cooked with salt pork in a beanpot in a brick oven for six to eight hours. In the absence of a brick oven, the beans were cooked in a beanpot nestled in a bed of embers placed near the outer edges of a hearth, about a foot away from the fire. Today, baked beans can be made in a slow cooker or in a modern oven using a traditional beanpot, Dutch oven, or casserole dish.

In southern states and along the eastern seaboard of the U.S., the beans become tangier usually due to the addition of yellow mustard. For example, the baked beans of Tennessee-based Bush’s include mustard in most of their varieties of beans. Ground beef may also become common alongside bacon in the home versions some of these bean styles. They may take on a flavor similar to Cowboy Beans, a home-mixed stew, somewhat similar to a chili but made instead with sweet baked beans.

Baked beans are a staple side dish for various types of barbecue. This is due in part to the ease of handling, as they can be served hot or cold, directly from the can, making them handy for outdoor eating. The tomato-based sweet sauce also complements many types of barbecue. The already-cooked beans may also be baked in a casserole dish topped with slices of raw bacon, which is baked until the bacon is cooked. Additional seasonings are sometimes used, such as additional brown sugar or mustard to make the sauce more tangy.

Heinz baked beans became very successful as an export to the UK, where canned baked beans are now a staple food. In America, the H. J. Heinz Co. continue to sell baked beans, although they are not always as widely distributed as competing American brands. Despite their international fame, there are currently substantial differences between the Heinz baked beans produced for the UK market (descended from the original American recipe) and the nearest currently equivalent American product (Heinz Premium Vegetarian Beans).

The American product contains brown sugar where the British beans do not, and the U.S. product contains 14 g of sugar per 16 oz tin compared to 7 g for the British version (equating to 140 versus 90 calories). The U.S. beans have a mushier texture and are darker in color than their UK counterpart. This has resulted in a situation where the product is now imported back to the brand’s home country. For several years, UK Heinz Baked Beans have been available in the U.S., either in different-sized cans from those sold in the UK or in a 385-gram can (the same can as the 415-gram can in the UK) with an “export” label with American English spelling and the word “baked” dropped from the title on the label. These are sold in many U.S. specialty stores, attesting to the popularity of baked beans and their appeal to expats. Bush, Van Camp, B&M, and Heinz all produce pork-free baked beans labeled as vegetarian beans, making this American dish available to people who abstain from pork for religious, dietary, or ethical reasons.

Three beanpots used for cooking homemade baked beans. The small one is glazed with the letters “Boston Baked Beans”

In the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Brunei, Malaysia, and Singapore, the term baked beans usually refers to tinned beans in a tomato sauce. They were originally imported from American companies, first sold in the UK in 1886 in the upmarket Fortnum & Mason store in London as an expensive foreign delicacy.

Today, baked beans are a staple convenience food in the UK, often eaten as part of the modern full English breakfast and particularly on toast (called simply “beans on toast”). Baked beans freshly cooked from raw ingredients, much closer to their original unprocessed, unindustrialised form, are offered by a few upmarket brunch establishments.

The best-selling brand in the UK is Heinz Baked Beans.

 

Clean-Eating Christmas Recipes

December 12, 2018 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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Just in time for Christmas from the EatingWell website and Magazine its Clean-Eating Christmas Recipes. Healthy and Delicious Clean-Eating Christmas Recipes like; Spiced Maple Cranberry Sauce, Creamy Green Beans and Mushrooms, and Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy this Christmas! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Clean-Eating Christmas Recipes
Find healthy, delicious clean-eating Christmas recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell. Our clean-eating recipes are made with real, whole foods and limit processed foods and refined grains. Plus, they are lower in sodium, sugar and calories.

Spiced Maple Cranberry Sauce
Most homemade cranberry sauces are made with sugar, but this one— flavored with unsweetened applesauce and spices— gets its sweetness from the maple syrup that’s added in after cooking………….

Creamy Green Beans and Mushrooms
This take on a green bean casserole from José Andrés features perfectly cooked green beans in a mushroom sauce made with real cream. Andrés even gives the traditional canned french-fried onions a run for their money with some freshly frizzled shallot rings. Serve for Thanksgiving or as a side for roast beef or roast chicken………….

Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes
This quick mashed potato recipe has just 5 ingredients and is dinner-ready in 20 minutes. Using sweet potatoes for this classic side dish adds color to your plate along with a little sweetness and a boost of Vitamin A. With classic and simple flavors, it can easily be paired with any of your favorite dishes…………

* Click the link below to get all the Clean-Eating Christmas Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22841/holidays-occasions/christmas/clean-eating/

Space-Saving Side Dishes for Thanksgiving (That Don’t Use Your Stove or Oven)

November 13, 2018 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Space-Saving Side Dishes for Thanksgiving (That Don’t Use Your Stove or Oven). Space matters when you are preparing the big Thanksgiving Meal. These space-saving side dish recipes uses your slow cooker and pressure cooker which frees up that valuable stove and oven space. You’ll find recipes like; Creamy Wild Rice Pilaf, Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions, and Slow-Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Space-Saving Side Dishes for Thanksgiving (That Don’t Use Your Stove or Oven)
Running out of room in the kitchen this holiday season? You won’t believe all the amazing recipes you can make in your slow cooker and electric pressure cooker! Try one of these oven- and stove-free side dish recipes take you can set in an appliance and forget about until it’s ready. Find all your favorite classics from stuffing and mashed potatoes to green bean and sweet potato casseroles.

Creamy Wild Rice Pilaf
This recipe takes rice pilaf to the next level. It’s full of creamy, melt-in-your melt flavor…….

Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions
Thanks to fresh green beans, an easy homemade cream sauce and crispy onion topping, this green bean casserole recipe is healthier and more delicious than traditional recipes that use canned soup, beans and onions. Plus, the slow cooker saves you time cooking at the stove. Make sure to use fresh green beans, as frozen green beans will become mushy…………

Slow-Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes
This simple slow-cooker mashed potatoes recipe skips tedious peeling and boiling and helps save precious stovetop space by letting the slow cooker do the work. It’s a great time-saving set-it-and-forget-it side dish recipe to round out any hearty meal. Buttermilk makes the mashed potatoes creamy while garlic and shallots add flavor……………

* Click the link below to get all the Space-Saving Side Dishes for Thanksgiving (That Don’t Use Your Stove or Oven)
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/23143/holidays-occasions/thanksgiving/side-dishes/space-saving/slideshow/space-saving-side-dishes-for-thanksgiving-that-dont-use-your-stove-or-oven/

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Garlic Snow Peas With Cilantro

August 21, 2017 at 5:14 AM | Posted in Diabetic Gourmet Magazine, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Garlic Snow Peas With Cilantro. The perfect Diabetic Friendly Side Dish Recipe to complete that healthy meal with! Only 45 calories and 4 carbs per serving. You can find this recipe and all the other Delicious and Diabetic Friendly recipes at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website (http://diabeticgourmet.com/). Enjoy and eat Healthy!

 

Garlic Snow Peas With Cilantro
Ready in less than 5 minutes, this oh-so-simple dish is perfect for the busiest of days.

Ingredients

3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
3 cups fresh (or frozen and thawed) snow peas, patted dry and trimmed
4 medium cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Directions

1 – Working in two batches, heat 1-1/2 teaspoons canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the snow peas; cook 3 minutes or until just beginning to brown on edges, using two utensils to toss easily. Add half of garlic and cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Set aside on a separate plate.
2 – Repeat with remaining 1-1/2 teaspoons canola oil, snow peas, and garlic. When cooked, return the reserved snow peas to skillet; add salt and cilantro, and toss gently, yet thoroughly. Serve immediately for peak flavors.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Calories: 45
Protein: 2g
Sodium: 100 mg
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Fat: 2.5g
Carbohydrates: 4g
http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/html/1264.shtml

Seven Layer Taco Dip

July 4, 2017 at 5:43 AM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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Thank you to one of our neighbors for passing this Seven Layer Taco Dip along. Enjoy and Happy 4th of July!

Seven Layer Taco Dip

Ingredients
1 (1 ounce) package Taco Seasoning Mix
1 (16 ounce) can Refried Beans
1 (8 ounce) package Philadelphia Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, softened
1 (16 ounce) container Daisy Light Sour Cream
1 (16 ounce) jar Salsa
1 large Tomato, chopped
1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
1 bunch chopped Green Onions
1 small head iceberg Lettuce, shredded
1 (6 ounce) can sliced Black Olives, drained
2 cups Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese

Directions
1-In a medium bowl, blend the taco seasoning mix and refried beans. Spread the mixture onto a large serving platter.
2 – Mix the sour cream and cream cheese in a medium bowl. Spread over the refried beans.
3 – Top the layers with salsa. Place a layer of tomato, green bell pepper, green onions and lettuce over the salsa, and top with Cheddar cheese. Garnish with black olives.

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