Healthy BBQ and Grilling Recipes

June 28, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy BBQ and Grilling Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy BBQ and Grilling Recipes with recipes including Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap, Grilled Shrimp Tostadas, and Grilled Red Snapper. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy BBQ and Grilling Recipes
Find healthy, delicious BBQ and grilling recipes including burgers, seafood, chicken and vegetables. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap
This chicken Caesar salad wrap recipe is elevated by the irresistible smoky flavor of grilled chicken and grilled romaine. Whisk together this easy Caesar salad dressing, toss with the grilled chicken and romaine and wrap it all together for a delicious lunch or dinner……

Grilled Shrimp Tostadas
Grilling gives these shrimp tostadas a boost of smoky flavor. Skewering the shrimp prevents them from falling through the grates while getting even char on each side. If you have a grill basket, you can throw them in that instead; just make sure to get them into a single layer so they don’t steam……

Grilled Red Snapper
This simple grilled snapper has clean flavors and a nice char flavor from the grill. It’s well seasoned but not overly spicy. Serve along with grilled veggies or a fresh green salad to make it a meal……

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 24, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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BBQ Sauce…..

Want to make the BBQ Sauce even better? Onion powder, cumin, garlic, peppers: these are all go-to flavors for amping up the flavor profile of a too-bland, too-generic barbecue sauce. Two popular ingredients to add are Worcestershire sauce and plain yellow mustard. Kick it up!

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 23, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Toast your spices….

A quick trip in a dry skillet over medium heat wakes dry spices up and releases their oils, which means your paprika will taste a lot more paprika-y. Use whole spices, watch the pan like a hawk, and stir constantly until the spices are fragrant, then transfer to a plate to cool before using. Spice it up!

Cumin Spiced Pork Chops w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Mixed Chili Beans

June 19, 2022 at 7:00 PM | Posted in beans, Butternut squash, Pork, pork chops | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cumin Spiced Pork Chops w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Mixed Chili Beans

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I Scrambled a couple of Eggs, toasted 2 slices of Aunt Millie’s Live Carb Smart Wheat Bread, and a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Another beautiful day outside. 78 degrees and sunny out today. After Breakfast I did a load of laundry. Then I got the cart out of the shed and did some yard work. Later I rode around the neighborhood enjoying the day. So for Dinner tonight I prepared Cumin Spiced Pork Chops w/ Roasted Butternut Squash, Mixed Chili Beans, and Baked Garlic Oval Loaf Bread. Mom loves this trio for Dinner!

 

I had the Chops in the freezer and laid them in the fridge overnight to thaw. To prepare my Chops 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 the pan; cook for 3 minutes, browning both sides. From the stove to the oven and bake at 400° for 20 minutes until the thermometer registered 150° (slightly pink), 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! Love this seasoning on Pork!

 

Then for one side I prepared some Roasted Butternut Squash, an easy recipe for some delicious Butternut Squash! I purchased 2 small packages of Diced Butternut Squash at Meijer. 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, Walnut Pieces, Bacon Pieces, 1 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Grinder Sea Salt, and 1 teaspoon McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley.

 

To prepare it; Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the Squash on a sheet pan and drizzle with the Olive Oil, Salt, and Peppercorn and toss well. Arrange the squash in one layer and roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until the Squash is tender, turning once with a spatula. And done, very easy to prepare. With the small amount of Seasoning and Olive Oil, it really brings out the flavor of Butternut Squash! The Walnuts work perfect with the Squash.

 

 

For a 2nd side I prepared a can of Bush’s Mixed Chili Beans – Kidney and Pinto Beans in Mild Chili Sauce. For me you just can’t beat Bush’s Beans. I’ve prepared these several times now and really like them, nice combo using the Kidney and Pinto Beans. To prepare them just empty the Beans into a small sauce pan. Cover and heat to a simmer. Done! I also baked a loaf of Garlic Oval Loaf Bread. For Dessert/Snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Snyder’s Pretzel Sticks with a Diet Peach Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

 


Pork Facts….
One serving of pork is 3 ounces, or about the size of a deck of cards, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. An image of the portion size is important because a thick pork chop can be twice that size and without realizing it you can eat double the calories. You’ll get 137 calories and 4 grams of fat from a 3-ounce pork chop. Pork is similar to chicken, with 3 ounces of chicken breast containing 140 calories and 3 grams of fat. A pork chop has 65 milligrams of cholesterol, compared to 72 grams in chicken breast, but they both have just 1 gram of saturated fat.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 18, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Storing your Spices…..

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.

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – PASTA ALLA CARRETTIERA WITH ITALIAN BUFFALO MEATBALLS

June 15, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is a PASTA ALLA CARRETTIERA WITH ITALIAN BUFFALO MEATBALLS. Pasta with Buffalo Meatballs which are made using the Wild Idea Buffalo – Italian Buffalo Sausage. For the Pasta you could use Casarecce Pasta, Porcini Pasta, or thick Spaghetti. You can find this recipe and purchase any of the Wild Idea Buffalo Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

PASTA ALLA CARRETTIERA WITH ITALIAN BUFFALO MEATBALLS
This dish is named after the people who drove food and wine carts in Italy. It is a slightly spicy red sauce, with garlic and basil, and is typically served over a thicker style of pasta. My favorite rendition of this dish also had hints of parsley and mint, which made for lingering, memorable flavors. After a little research, and substituting a few of the more difficult to find ingredients with like alternatives, I thought I might be able to come close to duplicating it. The only thing missing was Wild Idea’s artisan, Italian Buffalo Sausage, and I knew just where to go for that. This simple dish is packed with flavor and very easy to prepare. The perfect solution, for a stress free, delicious dinner! (Serves 4)

Ingredients:
1 – 1 lb. Italian Buffalo Sausage
3 – tablespoons olive oil
3 – cloves garlic, about 1 tablespoon
½ – teaspoon chili flake, or pepperoncino (dried Italian chili pepper)
½ – cup basil, finely chopped
2 – tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 – tablespoon mint, finely chopped
1 – 28 ounce can whole *San Marzano Tomatoes, flash processed, *they’re the best
1 – teaspoon salt
2 – teaspoons sugar
1 – lemon, juiced, about ¼ cup
1 – cup freshly grated, Parmigiano Reggiano, or Porcini cheese
1 – 12 ounce box of Casarecce pasta, Pici pasta, or thick Spaghetti, cooked el dente, reserve 1 cup pasta water

Preparation:
1) Divide Wild Idea Italian Buffalo sausage into 24 pieces and roll into meatballs. Pour one of the tablespoons of olive oil on a baking sheet and roll the meatballs in the oil. Cover and set-aside until you are ready to broil.
2) In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the remaining tablespoons of olive oil. Add the garlic, and toss or stir regularly, until tender, about 3 minutes.
3) Add the basil, parsley, and half of the mint to the pan. Sauté and stir for 1 minute.
4) Add the tomatoes, salt, sugar and lemon juice and stir to incorporate. Bring to a gentle boil, cook for 5 minutes and then add the remaining mint. *Sauce can be made ahead and reheated.
5) During step 4, or right before serving, place the prepped bison meatballs on the second rack from the top of a preheated broiler, and broil the meat balls for about 5 minutes or until nicely browned.
6) Simultaneously bring the reserved pasta water to a boil. Add the prepared pasta, and toss to reheat.
7) Drain pasta, transfer to a bowl and add ½ cup of the grated cheese. Toss to incorporate.
8) Place desired amounts of pasta on to plates and cover with ¾ cup or desired amount of sauce. Serve with the hot Italian Bison meatballs and garnish with remaining grated cheese and additional fresh herbs. Delizioso!
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/55157697-pasta-alla-carrettiera-with-italian-buffalo-meatballs

 

 

 

Wild Idea Buffalo ITALIAN SAUSAGE 1 LB.

What do you get when you cross a bison and Italian spices? A way to indulge in a fantastic Italian Sausage, with fewer consequences. Tasting straight from the corner meat shop, it creates a healthier form of Italian dishes, without sacrificing a bit of flavor. Once you’ve tried it will be a staple in your house!
Ground sausage, not in links.

1 lb. package.

Ingredients: 100% Grass-fed Buffalo, Organic Spices: {Black Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper, Fennel Seeds, Garlic Powder, Oregano, Paprika} Red Wine Vinegar, Salt, Water.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/collections/brats-sausages-hot-dogs/products/1-lb-italian-sausage

Appetizer of the Week – WARM MOLE BEAN DIP

June 11, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, Appetizers, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is a recipe for Warm Mole Bean Dip. The recipe is made using Tomato Paste, Tomato, Salsa, Cilantro, Salt, Shredded Reduced Fat Jack Cheese, Pinto Beans, Canola Oil, Onion, Jalapeno Pepper, Spices, and Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. The Mole Dip is 100 calories and 8 net carbs per serving. So you can find this Diabetic Friendly recipe and more all at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. You can also sign up to receive wonderful recipes, engaging articles, helpful and healthful tips, critically important news and more. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

WARM MOLE BEAN DIP
Recipe for Warm Mole Bean Dip

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 small tomato, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup mild, medium or hot chunky salsa
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste
3/4 cup (3 ounces), shredded, reduced-fat Jack cheese
One (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 tsp. canola oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano

Directions

1 – Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray and set aside.
2 – In a food processor, whirl beans until pureed but still slightly lumpy. Scoop beans into a mixing bowl and set aside.
3 – In medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Sautee onion and jalapeno until onion is soft, 5 minutes. Add chili powder, cocoa, cumin, and oregano, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute. Mix in tomato paste and cook for 30 seconds. Add contents of the pan to the pureed beans.
4 – Add tomato, salsa, cilantro and salt, to beans and mix to combine all ingredients. Spread bean mixture in an even layer in the prepared pan. Sprinkle cheese over the top.
5 – Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly and beans are heated through, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately, accompanied by a bowl of baked tortilla chips.

Recipe Yield: Yield: Makes 8 servings.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 100
Fat: 3.5 grams
Saturated Fat: 1.5 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Sodium: 370 milligrams
Protein: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 11 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/warm-mole-bean-dip

Healthy Baked Fish Recipes

June 8, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Baked Fish Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Baked Fish Recipes with recipes including Crispy Baked Catfish, Walnut-Rosemary Crusted Salmon, and Parchment Packet Baked Tuna Steaks and Vegetables with Creamy Dijon-Turmeric Sauce. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Baked Fish Recipes
Find healthy, delicious baked fish recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Crispy Baked Catfish
This baked catfish has a crispy cornmeal coating with a hint of spice from the Cajun seasoning, while the interior stays flaky and moist. Serve with tartar sauce, lemon wedges or your favorite hot sauce and with a green salad on the side……

Walnut-Rosemary Crusted Salmon
Salmon and walnuts are both great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Pair this easy salmon recipe with a simple salad and a side of roasted potatoes or quinoa……

Parchment Packet Baked Tuna Steaks and Vegetables with Creamy Dijon-Turmeric Sauce
How to bake fish perfectly? Wrapping the fish and vegetables in parchment packets creates steam that keeps the tuna moist while it cooks. Plus, it’s a fun presentation……

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Baked Fish Recipes
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18962/ingredients/fish-seafood/main-dishes/baked/

One of America’s Favorites – Bisque

June 6, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Lobster Bisque

Bisque is a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup of French origin, classically based on a strained broth (coulis) of crustaceans. It can be made from lobster, langoustine, crab, shrimp, or crayfish. Alongside chowder, bisque is one of the most popular seafood soups.

It is thought the name is derived from Biscay, as in Bay of Biscay, but the crustaceans are certainly bis cuites “twice cooked” (by analogy to a biscuit) for they are first sautéed lightly in their shells, then simmered in wine and aromatic ingredients, before being strained, followed by the addition of cream.

The term ‘bisque’ is also sometimes used to refer to cream-based soups that do not contain seafood, in which the pre-cooked ingredients are pureed or processed in a food processor or a food mill. Common varieties include squash, tomato, mushroom, and red pepper.

Bisque is a method of extracting flavor from imperfect crustaceans not good enough to send to market. In an authentic bisque, the shells are ground to a fine paste and added to thicken the soup. Julia Child even remarked, “Do not wash anything off until the soup is done because you will be using the same utensils repeatedly and you don’t want any marvelous tidbits of flavor losing themselves down the drain.” Bisques are thickened with rice, which can either be strained out, leaving behind the starch, or pureed during the final stages.

Seafood bisque is traditionally served in a low two-handled cup on a saucer or in a mug.

Diabetic Side Dish of the Week – Spicy Red Beans and Rice

May 29, 2022 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 Spicy Red Beans and Rice. To make this week’s recipe some of the ingredients that you’ll be needing are Onion, Garlic Cloves, Lean Ham, No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes, Red Beans, Spices, Hot Pepper Sauce, Green Bell Pepper, Brown Rice. There’s 158 calories and 21 net carbs per serving. 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 2022! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Spicy Red Beans and Rice
Brown rice helps put a healthy spin on this Creole classic. A blend of black and cayenne pepper, thyme, basil, paprika, and bay leaf adds flavor to the hearty rice and ham blend.

Ingredients
Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking spray

1 teaspoon corn oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 tablespoon (or 3 cloves) minced garlic

1/2 cup diced celery

1/2 pound lean ham, diced

1 can (14 1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can (15 1/2 ounces) red beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)

1 teaspoon ground thyme

2 teaspoons dried basil

1 tablespoon paprika

1 bay leaf

2–4 drops hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)

1 green bell pepper, chopped

3 2/3 cups cooked hot brown rice

Directions
Yield: 5 1/2 cups bean mixture
Serving size: 1/2 cup bean mixture over 1/3 cup rice

1 – Coat a large, nonstick skillet with cooking spray, add oil, and warm over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and celery and cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add ham, tomatoes, beans, water, seasoned salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, thyme, basil, paprika, bay leaf, and hot sauce. Bring to a boil. Decrease to medium heat, cover, and simmer about 30 minutes; stir periodically. Remove from heat and stir in green pepper. Serve 1/2 cup bean mixture over 1/3 cup hot brown rice.
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/sides/spicy-red-beans-and-rice/

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