HEARTY IRISH STEW

February 27, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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I have a recipe for a Healthy Irish Stew to pass along to all of you. With St. Patrick’s Day about a month away I thought I would give you the perfect St. Paddy’s Day Dish to help you celebrate! To make this Stew some of the ingredients you’ll be needing are Top Round Beef, Garlic, Spices, Onions, Carrots, Parsnips, Russet Potatoes, Leeks and more! The Stew is 370 calories and 37 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 2021! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

HEARTY IRISH STEW
Turn your St. Patrick’s Day party’s food and drinks into true Irish dining with this delicious, hearty American Irish Stew. It includes beef, onion, carrots, parsnips and potatoes for a Irish-inspired meal to satisfy all of your hungry guests. A great alternative to corned beef for St. Paddy’s Day.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1-1/4 pounds beef, top round, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
2 medium parsnips, cut into large chunks (optional)
3 cups low-fat, reduced-sodium beef broth
4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 leek, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

1 – In large pot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add beef and garlic. Cook, gently stirring until meat is evenly browned. Season with salt and pepper.
2 – Add onion, carrots and parsnips. Cook 3-4 minutes. Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 75 minutes, or until meat is tender.
3 – Stir in potatoes and simmer another 30 minutes. Add rosemary and leeks. Continue to simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender. To avoid potatoes falling apart, do not overcook.
4 – Serve hot and garnish with parsley, if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 370
Fat: 8 grams
Saturated Fat: 2 grams
Fiber: 6 grams
Sodium: 427 milligrams
Carbohydrates: 43 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipe/hearty-irish-stew

Cumin Spiced Pork Chops w/ Golden Hominy and Cut Green Beans and Potatoes

February 26, 2021 at 11:14 PM | Posted in Pork, pork chops | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cumin Spiced Pork Chops w/ Golden Hominy and Cut Green Beans and Potatoes

 

Just a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for Breakfast this morning. Partly cloudy and 50 degrees out today. After my Tea I went to Meijer for a few items. Picked up Breakfast at Wendy’s for Mom. Still getting used to my new Hoveround Chair. It’s basically the same but I was used to my old chair and how it handled. I gave my old chair to a woman across the street. She really needed it. She was having trouble moving a hand powered wheelchair. So my old chair will really help her. So for dinner tonight I prepared Cumin Spiced Pork Chops w/ Golden Hominy and Cut Green Beans and Potatoes.

 

I had picked some Pork Chops at Meijer earlier. 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 Chops to the pan; cook 3 minutes, browning both sides. From the stove to the oven and bake at 400° for 15 minutes until the thermometer registered 160°, turning after 5 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Fantastic combo of Spices, which makes one incredible tasty Crust on the Chop with the inside being tender and moist! Love this seasoning on Pork!

 

We love the trio of a Pork Chop, Golden Hominy, and Green Beans/ Potatoes. I have these 2 sides quite often when having Pork Chops. For a 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!

 

Then I also heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans and Potatoes. I also had Baked a Loaf of Garlic Loaf Bread. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Popcorn and a Diet Snapple Mango/Tea 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.

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Lentil Burgers

February 22, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Lentil Burgers. To make these “Meatless” Burgers some of the ingredients that you’ll be needing are Fat-Free Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth, Dried Lentils, Carrot, Mushrooms, Egg, Spices, Hot Pepper Sauce, Kaiser Rolls and more! The Burger is 124 calories and 20 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 2021! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Lentil Burgers
This vegetarian burger is low in calories but high in flavor! A dill and cucumber sauce tops a hearty lentil- and mushroom-based patty.

Ingredients
1 can (about 14 ounces) fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup dried lentils, sorted and rinsed
1 small carrot, grated
1/4 cup coarsely chopped mushrooms
1 egg
1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs
3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
2 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Nonstick cooking spray
1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt
1/4 cup chopped seeded cucumber
1/2 teaspoon dried mint
1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
Dash hot pepper sauce (optional)
Kaiser rolls

Directions
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 Lentil Burger with about 1 tablespoon sauce (without roll)

1. Bring chicken broth to a boil in medium saucepan over high heat. Stir in lentils; reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, about 30 minutes or until lentils are tender and liquid is absorbed. Cool to room temperature.

2. Place lentils, carrot and mushrooms in food processor or blender; process until finely chopped but not smooth. (Some whole lentils should still be visible.) Stir in egg, bread crumbs, onion, garlic and thyme. Refrigerate, covered, 2 to 3 hours.

3. Shape lentil mixture into four (1/2-inch-thick) patties. Spray large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Cook patties over medium-low heat about 10 minutes or until browned on both sides.

4. Meanwhile, for sauce, combine yogurt, cucumber, mint, dill, black pepper, salt and hot pepper sauce, if desired, in small bowl. Serve sauce over burgers.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 124 calories, Carbohydrates: 21 g, Protein: 9 g, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 54 mg, Sodium: 166 mg, Fiber: 1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/lentil-burgers/

 

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Diabetic Side Dish of the Week – Avocado and Blueberry Fruit Salad

February 21, 2021 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 a Avocado and Blueberry Fruit Salad. Some of the ingredients you’ll be needing are Honey, Plain Nonfat Yogurt, Spices, Orange Juice, Avocado, Blueberries and more! 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 2021! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Avocado and Blueberry Fruit Salad
This simple salad uses fresh ingredients that you may already have stocked up in your fridge. Featuring fresh blueberries, mango, avocado and walnuts on a bed of greens drizzled with a honey-and-cinnamon dressing, it’s a great way to get a taste of spring!

Ingredients
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1 large, ripe avocado, cut into slices
2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained
2 cups peeled, diced apple
2 cups diced fresh mango
1 (5-ounce) package (8 cups) salad greens
2 tablespoons chopped chives or green onion
2 tablespoons toasted, coarsely chopped walnuts

Directions
Yield: 6 servings
Serving size: 1/6 of recipe

1. Whisk together dressing ingredients and set aside.

2. Place avocado, blueberries, apple, and mango in medium bowl and toss with 4 tablespoons salad dressing. Toss salad greens in large bowl with remainder of salad dressing, and distribute evenly between 6 salad plates. Place equal portions of avocado mixture on each serving of greens. Sprinkle with chopped chives and toasted walnuts before serving.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 186 calories, Carbohydrates: 33 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 6 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 65 mg, Fiber: 6 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/salads/avocado-and-blueberry-fruit-salad/

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

February 12, 2021 at 6:58 PM | Posted in beans, Bush's, 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

 

 

To start my morning off I Scrambled a couple of Eggs and toasted a couple of Slices of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread. I also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. A high of 34 degrees, windy, and mostly sunny out today. At least the sunshine has cleared our streets, just in time for the nest snow moving in! Mom’s Birthday is today, turned 93! I prepared whatever she wanted for Dinner. I had ordered her some Lobster Tails but they didn’t arrive until about 7:10 tonight so we’ll have them tomorrow! For Dinner tonight I prepared Cumin Spiced Pork Chops w/ Roasted Butternut Squash, Mixed Chili Beans, and Baked Garlic Oval Loaf Bread.

 

On my last visit to Meijer I picked up a couple of huge Bone – In Pork Loin Chops and had them in the freezer. I had already prepared 1 of them a while back and I’m having the last one tonight along with another one I had in the freezer. I grabbed the Chops from the freezer and let them thaw overnight in the fridge. Then 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 pan; cook 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, 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 bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Coke Zero 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.

Turkey Tacos with Salsa

February 12, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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I have a recipe for Turkey Tacos with Salsa. Some of the ingredients you’ll be needing are Lime Juice, Spices, JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey, Corn Tortillas, Salsa, Cabbage, Red Onion and more! Included is a recipe for the Salsa. You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Stay Safe and Make the SWITCH in 2021! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Tacos with Salsa
You haven’t really had salsa until you’ve had fresh salsa—made in just five minutes. Add it in this easy Turkey Tacos with Salsa recipe and you’ll never look back.
Total Time 30 Minutes
Serving Size 8 Servings

Ingredients

TACOS
2 – tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 – tablespoon chipotle chili powder or chili powder

1 – teaspoon ground cumin

1 ½ – teaspoons paprika

¾ – teaspoon salt

1 – teaspoon cornstarch

1 – (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey

8 – corn tortillas

SALSA

1 – pint cherry tomatoes, chopped

2 – avocado, diced

2 – tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves

1 – teaspoon olive oil

TOPPINGS

½ – cup thinly sliced cabbage

½ – cup thinly sliced red onion

½ – cup thinly sliced radishes

1 – lime, cut into 8 wedges

 

Directions
1) In medium bowl, combine lime juice, chipotle powder, cumin, paprika, salt and cornstarch; stir to combine. Add turkey and mix well. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate 5 minutes.

2) In large skillet, place turkey mixture and cook over medium-high heat stirring to crumble 11 minutes and until 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer. Always cook to well-done.

3) Remove from heat and cover with foil. Set aside until ready to serve.

4) To prepare salsa, in medium bowl combine cherry tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, and olive oil. Mix together and transfer to a smaller serving bowl to serve with tacos.

5) Arrange toppings on large platter or in small serving dishes.

6) In medium skillet set over medium heat, warm tortillas one at a time 20 to 30 seconds per side or until soft and flexible.

7) Wrap the finished tortillas with a paper towel to keep warm between batches.

8) Divide cooked turkey evenly between the warmed tortillas and serve with salsa and toppings.
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/turkey-tacos-with-salsa/

Leftover 3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Cornbread

February 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM | Posted in beans, Bush's, cheese, chili, Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products, Sargento's Cheese | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Leftover 3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Cornbread

 

To start this morning off I toasted a Thomas Light English Muffin that I topped with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. I also prepared a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for Breakfast. 25 degrees, snow flurries and cloudy out all day. Possible 1-2 inches of more snow coming in later tonight. Went and picked up Breakfast for Mom and stopped by the Bank for her. Not a lot going today, caught up on everything. And like yesterday, what a better way than Chili to heat up this cold Winter’s day! For Dinner tonight it’s Leftover 3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Cornbread. We thought one more day of Chili would be great. I’m freezing the rest. I left yesterday’s post below for ingredients and directions. Stay Safe and Enjoy!

 

I love making a batch of my 3 Bean Turkey Chili! To make my Chili I’m using Jennie -O Lean Ground Turkey, 2 – 1lb. packages. The 3 Beans I use are 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Black Beans), 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans ( Kidney Beans), 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Great Northern Beans) drained and rinsed, Then I mix in 1 Red Onion (medium Chopped or Minced), 1 Jalapeno Pepper (Seeded and Chopped), and 3 Cloves Minced Garlic. For my spices I use 1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix, 2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste (2 cans),4 Cloves Minced Garlic, 2 tsp Ground Anchio Chile Pepper, 2 tsp Ground Paprika, 1 Tbs. Ground Chile Seasoning, 2 Tbs. Ground Roasted Cumin, 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon, 1 tbsp of Cilantro Leaves and 5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste (I usually add a lot more dashes!). What’s good about this recipe you can use your own favorite Spices and make your own tweaks to it.

 

First thing I do is get the Crock Pot out and put in a Glad Crock Pot Liner. The Liners are incredible, just line your Crock Pot with one and spray it with Pam Cooking Spray. Now you are set to go. It makes for one easy clean up, just remove it when done and give the inside of your Crock Pot a quick wipe down and your clean up is done! On with the recipe.

 

To prepare the Turkey, I started by browning the Jennie -O Ground Turkey. Using a large skillet sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Preheat the skillet on medium heat. When heated I add the Ground Turkey and all the Seasonings and Tomato Paste, stirring often. When the Turkey has browned I put it aside and mixed my Beans. I opened all 3 cans of Bush Beans into a large bowl and stirred until mixed.

 

Next I turned the Slow Cooker on Low, sprayed the cooker liner with Pam Non Stick Spray, and added a 1/2 cup of Water to it. Let heat for about 20 minutes and I added everything to the Crock Pot. I’ll be cooking my Chili for 6 – 7 hours. Then sit back and enjoy the aroma, that usually starts after a couple of hours or so of simmering! I love a thick Chili and this one works! The Jennie – O Ground Turkey combined with all those Beans and Spices is a perfect match. Served it topped with some Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and a couple of shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. I’ll be using the Leftover Chili in a couple of different ways for meals , can’t wait! Chili is even better after sitting in the fridge for a day! The full recipe and list of ingredients is at the end of the post.

 

I also prepared a small Cast Iron Skillet of Cornbread. For the Corn Bread I’m using Martha White White Corn Meal. The Cornbread goes perfect with Chili! Then for Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Cherry Jello.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Bean Turkey Chili

Ingredients
2 – 1 lb. package Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Red Beans)
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans ( Kidney Beans)
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Great Northern Beans), drained and rinsed
1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix
1/2 Red Onion (medium), Chopped or Minced
1 Jalapeno Pepper, Unseeded and Chopped
4 Cloves Minced Garlic
4 Cloves Minced Garlic
2 Tsps Ground Anchio Chile Pepper
2 Tsps Ground Paprika
1 Tbs. Ground Chile Seasoning
2 Tbs. Ground Roasted Cumin
1 Tsps Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves
5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.
1/2 Cup of Water
Shredded Cheese, I like to use Grated Dutch Gouda or Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar Cheese (Topping)
Oyster Crackers
Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.

Directions:
*Brown Turkey in large saucepan on medium-high heat 10 min. or until no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Add all remaining spices and ingredients except 1 can of the tomato paste and water.
*ADD to slow cooker and add in the remaining 1 can of tomato paste and 1/2 cup of water.
*COVER with lid. Cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours (or on LOW 5 to 6 hours).

*Serve in bowl or mug with cheese and oyster crackers, A Tablespoon of fat-free sour cream, Chopped Onions, or serve with some home made cornbread.

3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Cornbread

February 9, 2021 at 7:14 PM | Posted in beans, Bush's, chili, Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products, Sargento's Cheese | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: 3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Cornbread

 

 

To start this morning off I prepared a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for Breakfast. We got our biggest snowfall sine 1992. Some areas have 10 inches. We have about 8-9 inches with more on the way tonight, Wednesday, and the weekend! My neighbor cleared most of our driveway with his snow blower/plow. Then I hit it with the Salt. By 1:00 the driveway was almost cleared and I was able to use the snow shovel to clear the rest out. I’ll salt it again later tonight. It’s a pain to shovel snow from a wheelchair but you have to get things done. What a better way than Chili to heat up this cold Winter’s day! For Dinner tonight it’s my 3 Bean Turkey Chili w/ Cornbread. I prepared the Chili yesterday afternoon. So it was ready to be heated up for Dinner tonight. I’ve left the ingredients and directions below. Take Care All!

 

I love making a batch of my 3 Bean Turkey Chili! To make my Chili I’m using Jennie -O Lean Ground Turkey, 2 – 1lb. packages. The 3 Beans I use are 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Black Beans), 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans ( Kidney Beans), 1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Great Northern Beans) drained and rinsed, Then I mix in 1 Red Onion (medium Chopped or Minced), 1 Jalapeno Pepper (Seeded and Chopped), and 3 Cloves Minced Garlic. For my spices I use 1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix, 2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste (2 cans),4 Cloves Minced Garlic, 2 tsp Ground Anchio Chile Pepper, 2 tsp Ground Paprika, 1 Tbs. Ground Chile Seasoning, 2 Tbs. Ground Roasted Cumin, 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon, 1 Tbsp of Cilantro Leaves and 5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste (I usually add a lot more dashes!). What’s good about this recipe you can use your own favorite Spices and make your own tweaks to it.

 

First thing I do is get the Crock Pot out and put in a Glad Crock Pot Liner. The Liners are incredible, just line your Crock Pot with one and spray it with Pam Cooking Spray. Now you are set to go. It makes for one easy clean up, just remove it when done and give the inside of your Crock Pot a quick wipe down and your clean up is done! On with the recipe.

 

 

To prepare the Turkey, I started by browning the Jennie -O Ground Turkey. Using a large skillet sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Preheat the skillet on medium heat. When heated I add the Ground Turkey and all the Seasonings and Tomato Paste, stirring often. When the Turkey has browned I put it aside and mixed my Beans. I opened all 3 cans of Bush Beans into a large bowl and stirred until mixed.

 

 

Next I turned the Slow Cooker on Low, sprayed the cooker liner with Pam Non Stick Spray, and added a 1/2 cup of Water to it. Let heat for about 20 minutes and I added everything to the Crock Pot. I’ll be cooking my Chili for 6 – 7 hours. Then sit back and enjoy the aroma, that usually starts after a couple of hours or so of simmering! I love a thick Chili and this one works! The Jennie – O Ground Turkey combined with all those Beans and Spices is a perfect match. Served it topped with some Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and a couple of shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. I’ll be using the Leftover Chili in a couple of different ways for meals , can’t wait! Chili is even better after sitting in the fridge for a day! The full recipe and list of ingredients is at the end of the post.

 

I also prepared a small Cast Iron Skillet of Cornbread. For the Corn Bread I’m using Martha White White Corn Meal. The Cornbread goes perfect with Chili! Then for Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding topped with Cool Whip Free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Bean Turkey Chili

Ingredients
2 – 1 lb. package Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Red Beans)
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans ( Kidney Beans)
1 Can (16 oz.) Bush’s Chili Beans (Great Northern Beans), drained and rinsed
1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix
1/2 Red Onion (medium), Chopped or Minced
1 Jalapeno Pepper, Unseeded and Chopped
4 Cloves Minced Garlic
4 Cloves Minced Garlic
2 Tsps Ground Anchio Chile Pepper
2 Tsps Ground Paprika
1 Tbs. Ground Chile Seasoning
2 Tbs. Ground Roasted Cumin
1 Tsps Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves
5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.
1/2 Cup of Water
Shredded Cheese, I like to use Grated Dutch Gouda or Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar Cheese (Topping)
Oyster Crackers
Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.

Directions:
*Brown Turkey in large saucepan on medium-high heat 10 min. or until no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Add all remaining spices and ingredients except 1 can of the tomato paste and water.
*ADD to slow cooker and add in the remaining 1 can of tomato paste and 1/2 cup of water.
*COVER with lid. Cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours (or on LOW 5 to 6 hours).

*Serve in bowl or mug with cheese and oyster crackers, A Tablespoon of fat-free sour cream, Chopped Onions, or serve with some home made cornbread.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

February 9, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Diabetic cooking hints………

Experiment with flavor. Reach for ingredients other than sugar, salt, and fat to satisfy your taste buds. Try out different herbs, spices (cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg), mustards, and vinegars (balsamic, sherry).

Some spices may even have health benefits of their own. Cinnamon, for example, may help lower blood sugar levels.

You can also cut the amount of salt in a recipe, unless the recipe includes yeast, which needs the salt for rising. Or skip the salt entirely when you’re cooking, and then sprinkle a little on at the table when it’s time to eat.

Another way to reduce how much sodium you get is to choose fresh over canned and frozen foods, which tend to be higher in salt. If you’re cooking with nuts, check that they aren’t salted.
https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/diabetes-recipes-cooking-tips-diabetic-friendly-meal

Healthy Donut Recipes

February 4, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine its Healthy Donut Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Donut Recipes with recipes including Apple-Cinnamon Mini Doughnuts, Pumpkin Doughnuts, and Air-Fryer Cinnamon-Cake Doughnut Holes. Enjoy the Donuts! Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Apple-Cinnamon Mini Doughnuts
These bite-size baked apple doughnuts have all the flavor of their fried counterparts with fewer calories. Serve plain for breakfast, with an afternoon cup of coffee or alongside whipped cream for an after-dinner treat……………

Pumpkin Doughnuts
These festive pumpkin doughnuts are baked rather than fried. They hold well at room temperature for several hours, but are most delicious when they are still warm…………

Air-Fryer Cinnamon-Cake Doughnut Holes
Deep-frying doughnuts adds a lot of unnecessary oil and fat. Air-frying doughnut holes, however, cuts the amount of oil you use but still delivers a delicious crispy crust. Serve these no-yeast doughnut holes warm for the best texture and flavor…………………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Donut Recipes
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18726/bread/yeast/donuts/

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