Cumin Spiced Butterfly Pork Chop w/ Savory Potatoes and Golden Hominy

December 11, 2018 at 6:28 PM | Posted in Pork, pork chops, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cumin Spiced Butterfly Pork Chop w/ Savory Potatoes and Golden Hominy

 

 

For Breakfast to start the morning off I fried up a couple of Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Patties, first time having these in a while. Love Jimmy Dean Turkey Products! Then I prepared some Simply Potatoes Garlic and Herb Hash Browns. Seasoned them with Salt and Pepper and served them sprinkled with Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar. I also toasted a slice of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread and had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Great Breakfast to start the day. Gave the house a quick cleaning then I had to go to the Post Office to get some Christmas Cards out. Then it was baking the rest of the afternoon. I baked Mini Loaves of Cinnamon Swirl and Chocolate Chip of Quick Bread. I baked them to give to 6 of my neighbors for Christmas. I’ll deliver them tomorrow. For Dinner tonight I prepared Cumin Spiced Butterfly Pork Chop w/ Savory Potatoes and Golden Hominy.

 

 

I hadn’t had Butterfly Pork Chops in a while and these looked great. I purchased them from Meijer, 2 to a package. I’m preparing them with my Cumin Spiced Rub that I use for most of my Pork Dishes.

 

 

 

 

 

So to prepare my Chop I’ll need; The Cumin Spiced Rub which consists of 1 tbsp Roasted Cumin, 1 tsp Garlic Powder, 1 tsp Chili Powder, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika, 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper. To prepare it preheat oven to 400°. Combine all the ingredients; rub it all over the pork chop. Let stand 20 minutes. Start by heating the Extra Virgin Olive oil in a Cast Iron Skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork to pan; cook 2 minutes, browning both sides. From the stove to the oven and bake at 400° for 11 minutes until the thermometer registered 145°, turning after 5 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Fantastic combo of Spices, which makes one incredible Crust on the Chop with the inside being tender and moist! It’s been too long since having these Butterfly Chops!

 

 

 

For one side dish I prepared the Little Potato Co. Savory Herb Potatoes. We love these! The Potatoes come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good item to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up.

 

 

 

 

 


For a second side dish I opened up a can of one of my favorite side dishes, Kroger Brand Golden Hominy. For those that never had or heard of Hominy; Hominy is a food made from kernels of corn which are soaked in an alkali solution of either lime or lye. The corrosive nature of the solution removes the hull and germ of the corn and causes the grain itself to puff up to about twice its normal size. My favorite is the Golden Hominy. If you’ve never tried it do, makes a delicious side dish! For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Breyer’s Carb Smart Vanilla Ice Cream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the Little Potato Company – Savory Herb
HERBS AND SPICES, WITH A HINT OF BACON

Evoking all the cozy feelings of home-cooking, the Savory Herb flavor combines a fun mix of red and yellow Creamer potatoes with a comforting blend of savory herbs, earthy spices and just a hint of bacon flavor.

Simply pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and voila! – you have a nutritious taste of home. This is cozy dish on its own, or combine it with other ingredients to take your meal to a whole new level of down-home goodness.

You may also want to try our Garlic Parsley or Zesty Italian flavors.

*CALORIES PER SERVING 85
* GOOD SOURCE OF POTASSIUM
* SOURCE OF FIBER
* SOURCE OF VITAMIN C
* NATURALLY FAT-FREE

Microwave
In three easy steps, you have perfectly steamed and seasoned potatoes!

1. Simply remove the cardboard sleeve and seasoning pack. The plastic film stays on to aid in steaming the potatoes.
2. Place the convenience tray in the microwave. Cook on high for 5 minutes*.
3. Let the tray rest for 2 minutes then carefully remove plastic film and stir in seasoning pack. Caution – the contents will be very hot. If desired, add 1 tbsp. of butter or olive oil.

Serve and enjoy!
*Cooking times may vary.

Nutritional Information
Serving Size
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 85
Fat 0%
Saturated / Trans Fats 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 175 mg 7%
Potassium 510 mg 15%
Carbohydrate 20 g 7%
Fibre 2 g 8%
Sugars 2 g
Protein 2 g
http://www.littlepotatoes.com/en/products/savory-herb/

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Turkey Tenderloin Crostini

December 11, 2018 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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I’ve got a delicious and healthy Appetizer Recipe to pass along to every one, Turkey Tenderloin Crostini. Made using JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Boneless Turkey Breast Tenderloins along with Cranberry Sauce, Dijon Mustard, Blue Cheese Crumbles, Spices, and served on Crostini Bread Slices. You can find this recipe at the Jennie – O Turkey website. So Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2018! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Tenderloin Crostini
The term “crostini” in Italian means “little toast”. With various toppings, they’re the perfect appetizer before any meal. Our Turkey Tenderloin crostinis combine sweet and savory with whole canberry sauce, blue cheese crumbles and tender turkey on top. Make them, and you might be the toast of your next dinner!

INGREDIENTS
1 (20-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Boneless Turkey Breast Tenderloins
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
15 crostini bread slices
¾ cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
1 tablespoon country-Dijon mustard
⅓ cup blue cheese crumbles
fresh marjoram leaves, if desired

DIRECTIONS
1) Season turkey with seasoned salt, garlic powder and pepper. Cook turkey as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Let stand 15 minutes and slice into about 15 ¼-inch slices.
2) In small bowl, stir together cranberry sauce and mustard.
3) Place 1 tenderloin slice on each crostini bread slice and top with cranberry mixture and blue cheese crumbles.
4) Garnish with fresh marjoram leaves, if desired.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 100
Protein 10g
Carbohydrates 11g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 5g
Fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 20mg
Sodium 150mg
Saturated Fat 0.5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/1194-turkey-tenderloin-crostini

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 11, 2018 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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A good hint to keep in mind……….

Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.

One of America’s Favorites – Stuffing

December 10, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Stuffing a turkey

Stuffing or filling is an edible substance or mixture, normally consisting primarily of small cut-up pieces of bread or a similar starch and served as a side dish or used to fill a cavity in another food item while cooking. Many foods may be stuffed, including eggs, poultry, seafood, mammals, and vegetables, but chickens and turkey are the most common. Stuffing serves the dual purpose of helping to keep the meat moist while also adding to the mix of flavors of both the stuffing and the thing it is stuffed in.

Poultry stuffing often consists of dried breadcrumbs, onion, celery, salt, pepper, and other spices and herbs, a popular herb being sage. Giblets are often used. Popular additions in the United Kingdom include dried fruits and nuts (notably apricots and flaked almonds), and chestnuts.

 

 

Stuffed turkey

It is not known when stuffings were first used. The earliest documentary evidence is the Roman cookbook, Apicius De Re Coquinaria, which contains recipes for stuffed chicken, dormouse, hare, and pig. Most of the stuffings described consist of vegetables, herbs and spices, nuts, and spelt (an old cereal), and frequently contain chopped liver, brains, and other organ meat.

Names for stuffing include “farce” (~1390), “stuffing” (1538), “forcemeat” (1688), and relatively more recently in the United States; “dressing” (1850).

 

 

In addition to stuffing the body cavity of animals, including birds, fish, and mammals, various cuts of meat may be stuffed after they have been deboned or a pouch has been cut into them. Popular recipes include stuffed chicken legs, stuffed pork chops, stuffed breast of veal, as well as the traditional holiday stuffed turkey or goose.

Many types of vegetables are also suitable for stuffing, after their seeds or flesh has been removed. Tomatoes, capsicums (sweet or hot peppers), vegetable marrows (e.g., zucchini) may be

Stuffed Parasol mushroom

prepared in this way. Cabbages and similar vegetables can also be stuffed or wrapped around a filling. They are usually blanched first, in order to make their leaves more pliable. Then, the interior may be replaced by stuffing, or small amounts of stuffing may be inserted between the individual leaves.

It is sometimes claimed that ancient Roman and medieval cooks stuffed animals with other animals. An anonymous Andalusian cookbook from the 13th century includes a recipe for a ram stuffed with small birds. A similar recipe for a camel stuffed with sheep stuffed with bustards stuffed with carp stuffed with eggs is mentioned in T.C. Boyle’s book Water Music.

British celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has championed the ten-bird roast, calling it “one of the most spectacular and delicious roasts you can lay before your loved ones at Yuletide”. A large turkey is stuffed with a goose, duck, mallard, guinea fowl, chicken, pheasant, partridge, pigeon, and woodcock. The roast feeds approximately 30 people and, as well as the ten birds, includes stuffing made from two pounds of sausage meat and half a pound of streaky bacon, along with sage, and port and red wine.

In the United States and eastern Canada, multi-bird dishes are sometimes served on special occasions.

 

Stuffed orange pepper

Almost anything can serve as a stuffing. Many popular Anglo-American stuffings contain bread or cereals, usually together with vegetables, herbs and spices, and eggs. Middle Eastern vegetable stuffings may be based on seasoned rice, on minced meat, or a combination thereof. Other stuffings may contain only vegetables and herbs. Some types of stuffing contain sausage meat, or forcemeat, while vegetarian stuffings sometimes contain tofu. Roast pork is often accompanied by sage and onion stuffing in England; roast poultry in a Christmas dinner may be stuffed with sweet chestnuts. Oysters are used in one traditional stuffing for Thanksgiving. These may also be combined with mashed potatoes, for a heavy stuffing. Fruits and dried fruits can be added to stuffing including apples, apricots, dried prunes, and raisins. In England, a stuffing is sometimes made of minced pork shoulder seasoned with various ingredients, sage, onion, bread, chestnuts, dried apricots, dried cranberries etc. The stuffing mixture may be cooked separately and served as a side dish. This may still be called stuffing or it may be called dressing.

 

 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) states that cooking animals with a body cavity filled with stuffing can present potential food safety issues. These can occur because when the meat reaches a safe temperature, the stuffing inside can still harbor bacteria (and if the meat is cooked until the stuffing reaches a safe temperature, the meat may be overcooked). For turkeys, for instance, the USDA recommends cooking stuffing/dressing separately from the bird and not buying pre-stuffed birds. (Stuffing is never recommended for turkeys to be fried, grilled, microwaved, or smoked).

 

Soup Special of the Day……….Garden Noodle Soup

December 9, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is a recipe for Garden Noodle Soup. Egg Noodles with a variety of Vegetables and Spices. It’s from the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes! Check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Garden Noodle Soup
Recipe Ingredients:
12 ounces medium or thin egg noodles, uncooked
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 (14.5-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, cut up and juice reserved
3 (14.5-ounce) cans low-sodium vegetable, chicken or beef broth
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 bay leaf
2 (12-ounce) cans white cannellini or great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups water
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:
1 – Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
2 – While noodles are cooking, heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onion, stirring until pale golden, about 5 minutes.
3 – Add garlic, carrots and celery and sauté until tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
4 – Add tomatoes and reserved juice, broth, water, oregano, basil, bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, about 30 minutes.
5 – Stir in the beans and cooked noodles.
6 – Remove bay leaf. Sprinkle some of the Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley on each serving of soup, or stir into saucepan prior to serving. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/garden_noodle_soup_recipe.htmlakes

Healthy Soup Recipes

December 9, 2018 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Soup Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Soup Recipes including recipes like Southwestern Vegetable and Chicken Soup, Turkey and Bean Soup, and Vegan Gnocchi Soup. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Looking for a last minute Christmas Gift? Give a Gift that keeps on giving, a subscription to EatingWell Magazine! One of my favorites! Well Enjoy and Eat Healthy during this Holiday Season! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Soup Recipes
Find healthy, delicious soup recipes including chicken soup, chowder, gumbo and vegetable soup. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Southwestern Vegetable and Chicken Soup
Who wouldn’t want to eat their vegetables when they’re tucked into a fragrant broth with bits of tasty chicken and spiked with a shot of fresh lime and cilantro? This healthy chicken vegetable soup seems even richer with the smoky flavor from roasted poblano peppers and garlic. Serve this healthy chicken soup recipe with tortilla chips………..

Turkey and Bean Soup
Be creative with your holiday leftovers—there’s more to after-Thanksgiving eating than cold turkey sandwiches. This simple turkey soup is loaded with cannellini beans, which add protein and fiber without adding calories. Enjoy this soup any time of the year by making our Herb-Roasted Turkey & Vegetables (see associated recipe), which makes enough for a meal as well as this soup……….

Vegan Gnocchi Soup
This Italian-inspired vegetable-packed soup features flavorful herbs, mushrooms, kale and tomatoes. Shelf-stable potato gnocchi are vegan, but if you want to make this soup gluten-free or lower in carbs, try cauliflower gnocchi instead……….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Soup Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18042/soup/

It’s that time of Year…..Christmas Chex Mix

December 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM | Posted in baking, snacks | Leave a comment
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, for snacks and appetizers! It’s just not the Christmas Holiday without my Mom’s Christmas Chex Mix! Absolutely love this! Such a great combination of ingredients – Chex Cereals, Pretzels, and the Seasonings. They say to let it cool, I love it when it first comes out of the oven and just letting cool for a couple of minutes. Enjoy, I know we do!

Christmas Chex Mix

Ingredients

3 cups corn chex
3 cups rice chex
2 cups whole wheat chex
2 cups cherrios
2 cups mixed nuts
2 cups small pretzel sticks (reduced sodium)
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) salted butter, melted
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

Pre heat oven to 250 degrees F.
1 – In large bowl, mix the cereals, mixed nuts and,pretzels. Set aside.
2 – Melt the butter in a bowl (I normally do the full 2 1/2 sticks) and mix in the Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder and a good pinch of pepper. Pour the butter over the cereal mixture, tossing well for 3-5 minutes or until the cereal mixture is evenly coated.
3 – Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes (or just start eating!!). Store in airtight container.

Healthy Enchiladum Recipes

December 5, 2018 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Enchiladum Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Enchiladum Recipes with recipes including Potato Enchiladas,Firehouse Enchiladas, and Vegetarian Spinach Enchiladas. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Enchiladum Recipes
Find healthy, delicious enchilada recipes including cheese, chicken and low-fat enchiladas. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Potato Enchiladas
Frozen potatoes, often labeled diced hash brown potatoes, make these healthy enchiladas come together quickly. Feel free to sub in sweet potatoes for an added boost of vitamin A, if desired…….

Firehouse Enchiladas
Our take on this popular Mexican dish certainly does not disappoint. Packed with protein and easy to make, this recipe is the perfect dinner solution………..

Vegetarian Spinach Enchiladas
This vegetarian enchilada recipe is weeknight-fast when you skip the step of filling and rolling the enchiladas and make a stacked enchilada casserole instead. Just layer the tortillas, sauce and cheesy spinach filling the way you would lasagna and have the casserole in the oven in 20 minutes………..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Enchiladum Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19769/cuisines-regions/latin-american/mexican/enchiladas/

Soup Special of the Day….. Creamed Carrot Soup

December 2, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This weeks Soup Special of the Day is a Creamed Carrot Soup. Eat your Carrots! Cooked Onions and Carrots puréed with added Beef Broth to give it that Beefy flavor. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Creamed Carrot Soup
A beef-flavored cream soup with a puréed mixture of cooked onions and carrots.

Recipe Ingredients:
5 tablespoons butter
4 onions, chopped
4 cups carrots, peeled and sliced
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 cups beef broth
3 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Cooking Directions:
1 – Melt butter in a kettle. Sauté chopped onions and sliced carrots until the onions are soft. Blend in flour.
2 – Mix in beef broth and stir until smooth. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Purée in a blender or food processor; return to the kettle.
3 – Stir in milk, salt, and pepper. Heat through and serve with nutmeg sprinkled on top.
Makes 6 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/creamed_carrot_soup_recipe.html

Healthy Butternut Squash Recipes

December 2, 2018 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Butternut Squash Recipes. I love Butternut Squash, it’s one of our family favorites. So here’s some Delicious and Healthy Butternut Squash Recipes with recipes like; Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto, Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Carbonara, and Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Enchiladas. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Butternut Squash Recipes
Find healthy, delicious butternut squash recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto
Making risotto has never been easier thanks to an electric pressure cooker, like the Instant Pot. In this easy recipe, you don’t have to stand over the stove constantly stirring. Just add everything into the multicooker and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes and this delicious dinner side dish is ready……

Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Carbonara
Carbonara, traditionally bathed in eggs, gets a vegan makeover using roasted and pureed butternut squash instead to make it ultra-creamy. A topping of ground almonds, garlic and sage gives it texture and an herby, savory flavor in place of the cheese and bacon………

Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Enchiladas
The butternut squash and cauliflower in these easy layered enchiladas are frozen and don’t need to be thawed, making this a healthy and quick dinner. Look for canned tomatillos, sometimes labeled green tomatoes, in the international aisle of your grocery store…….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Butternut Squash Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/21947/ingredients/vegetables/squash/winter/butternut/

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