Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 12, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Buying Spinach…………

Fresh spinach should be medium to dark green, fresh-looking and free from evidence of decay. It should be stored loosely packed in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge where it will keep for about four days. Do not wash spinach before storing, as the moisture will cause it to spoil, although do ensure it is washed properly before consumption as the leaves and stems may collect soil and chemicals. Raw spinach has a milder taste that some describe as metallic once cooked. If cooking, opt for steaming, sautéeing or microwaving spinach rather than boiling to preserve the nutrients.

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“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Bean and Spinach Dumplings on Wild Mushrooms

April 22, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Bean and Spinach Dumplings on Wild Mushrooms. Where’s the Beef, who cares with this week’s recipe! Its Savory bean and spinach dumplings served atop sautéed wild mushrooms. The Dish is only 276 calories per serving. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes for all cuisines so check it out today. So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Bean and Spinach Dumplings on Wild Mushrooms
Savory bean and spinach dumplings served atop sautéed wild mushrooms.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups cooked navy beans, drained and rinsed (or use canned, rinsed and drained)
1/2 cup onion, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil – divided use
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 cup freshly grated Romano cheese – divided use
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper – divided use
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 large egg white
20 fresh (or dried and reconstituted) wild mushrooms, such as morels or porcini
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt – divided use
2 cloves garlic, chopped

Cooking Directions:
1 – Purée beans in a food processor or blender. Set aside.
2 – Sauté onion in 2 tablespoons oil for 2 minutes. Add bean purée and cook 1 minute. Add spinach and cilantro and cook 2 minutes. Transfer mixture to a bowl. Add cornmeal and mix well. Then add half the cheese, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, nutmeg, and egg white. Combine thoroughly.
3 – Coat a large baking dish with 1 tablespoon oil. Set aside.
4 – Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil.
5 – Dip a teaspoon in cold water, then fill the wet spoon with batter and drop the dumpling into saucepan of boiling water. Repeat until all batter is used. Cover and simmer dumplings for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining grated cheese and bake for 10 minutes at 350°F (175°C).
6 – If using fresh wild mushrooms, clean thoroughly. If mushrooms are dried, soak in tepid water for 20 to 60 minutes, until reconstituted. Drain thoroughly, squeezing out any excess liquid. Slice mushrooms into large pieces.
7 – Cook mushrooms in two batches. Sauté first batch in 2 tablespoons butter in a wide skillet over high heat for 2 minutes. When mushrooms begin to lose their juices, add 1/8 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, and half the garlic. Cook for another 3 minutes. Remove mushrooms from skillet and place on warm platter. Repeat for next batch.
8 – Place dumplings over mushrooms. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 276g; Carbohydrates: 39g; Fat: 9g; Cholesterol: 8mg; Protein: 15g; Fiber: 9g; Sodium: 225mg (560mg using canned beans)
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/bean_and_spinach_dumplings_on_wild_mushrooms_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Chili

April 1, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Hearty Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Chili. A big thank you to Jeannie P. for sharing this recipe! Vegetables and Spices combine to make this week’s recipe. A great side for this Chili would be a fresh baked loaf of Crusty Bread. So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One!

Hearty Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Chili

Ingredients
1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
1 zucchini, chopped
1 yellow squash, chopped
6 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can low – sodium garbanzo beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can low – sodium kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce, or more if needed
1 cup vegetable broth, or more if needed
crusty loaf bread

Directions
1 – Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook the green, red, and yellow bell peppers, onions, and garlic until the onions start to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Place the mixture into a slow cooker. Stir in spinach, corn, zucchini, yellow squash, chili powder, cumin, oregano, parsley, paprika, sea salt, black pepper, tomatoes, black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, and tomato paste until thoroughly mixed. Pour the tomato sauce and vegetable broth over the ingredients.
2 – Set the cooker on Low, and cook until all vegetables are tender, 4 to 5 hours. Check seasoning; if chili is too thick, add more tomato sauce and vegetable broth to desired thickness. Cook an additional 1 to 2 hours to blend the flavors. Serve with the crusty loaf bread of your choice.

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Italian Spinach Egg Rolls

March 25, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is an Italian Spinach Egg Rolls. Hard Boiled Eggs, Spinach, Lasagna Noodles, and Ricotta Cheese are just 4 of the ingredients that you’ll need to make this week’s dish. Take those Hard Boiled Eggs to a new level! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes for all tastes. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Italian Spinach Egg Rolls
Need a recipe for hard-boiled eggs? Try this baked dish featuring lasagna noodle rolls filled with a mixture of chopped hard-boiled eggs, spinach, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, topped with spaghetti sauce.

Recipe Ingredients:
6 lasagna noodles
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup low-moisture part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
4 large hard-boiled eggs, chopped
3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup chopped green onions with tops
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, crushed
1 (14-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Cooking Directions:
1 – Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain well. Set aside. In medium bowl, stir together remaining ingredients except spaghetti sauce and Parmesan cheese until well combined.
2 – Spread half of the spaghetti sauce over bottom of greased 11×7-inch baking dish. Spread a scant 2/3 cup of the spinach mixture over 1 of the cooked noodle strips. Starting at short end, roll up strip. Place roll, seam-side down, in baking dish. Repeat with remaining noodles and spinach mixture. Spoon remaining sauce over rolls. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
3 – Bake in preheated 350°F (175°C) oven 20 minutes. Remove foil. Continue baking until heated throughout, about 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Makes 6 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/italian_and_spinach_egg_rolls_recipe.html

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week -BUFFALO BACON, BERRY and BLUE CHEESE SALAD WITH HOT BACON VINAIGRETTE

March 6, 2019 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 BUFFALO BACON, BERRY and BLUE CHEESE SALAD WITH HOT BACON VINAIGRETTE. Made using the Wild idea Buffalo Bacon. Also to make your Salad you’ll need; Spinach, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blue Cheese, Almonds, along with a HOT BACON VINAIGRETTE (Recipe included below). There are Salads and now there is this Salad! You can find this recipe or purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Bacon along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

BUFFALO BACON, BERRY and BLUE CHEESE SALAD WITH HOT BACON VINAIGRETTE
A true example that yes, Bacon does make everything taste better!

(serves 4)

Ingredients:

1 – 10 ounce package Wild idea Buffalo Bacon

1 – tablespoon olive oil

4 – big handfuls of spinach

1 – cup blueberries

½ – cup raspberries

½ – cup black berries or quartered strawberries

4 – ounces blue cheese, crumbled

¼ – cup almonds, coarse chopped or candied pecans

Vinaigrette Ingredients:

Buffalo Bacon, chopped

2 – tablespoons olive oil

1 – teaspoon Dijon mustard

¼ – cup maple syrup

½ – teaspoon black pepper

¼ – teaspoon salt

¾ – cup rice vinegar

Preparation:

1) Cut the bacon into pieces. In large heavy skillet over medium high heat, heat oil and add the cut Bacon. Cook bacon until crispy, tossing during cooking process, about 7 minutes.
2) Remove pan from heat and transfer the bacon to a cutting board. Chop ¼ of the cooked bacon into small pieces.
3) Return the pan to the heat, and add 2 tablespoons olive oil and the finer chopped bacon. Allow the bacon to cook for a minute or so for a little extra crispiness.
4) Whisk in Dijon, maple syrup, salt & pepper and, rice vinegar. Stir to incorporate, scrapping up the brown bits from bottom of the pan. Heat for 1 to 2 minutes.
5) Place spinach in large bowl, pour hot bacon dressing over spinach and toss.
6) Divide spinach between four plates and top with berries, blue cheese, Buffalo Bacon and almonds. Drizzle with the Hot Bacon Dressing! Yes please!!!!

Serve with crusty bread.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/buffalo-bacon-berry-blue-cheese-salad-with-hot-bacon-vinaigrette

 

 

Wild Idea Buffalo – UNCURED SMOKED BUFFALO BACON 10 OZ.

Bacon lovers, this is for you! Our Wild Idea Buffalo Bacon is a staff favorite and a customer favorite. It is 100% grass-fed, *nitrite free, and has a hint of sweetness for full bacon flavor. No need to deny your love of bacon any longer with Wild Idea Buffalo Bacon!

10 oz. package.

Ingredients: 100% Grass-fed Buffalo, organic sea salt, maple syrup, brown sugar, veg stable [ celery powder, sea salt, silicon dioxide (anti-caking)]

*All products are made without the use of added nitrites or nitrates, except for those naturally occurring in sea salt and celery powder.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/collections/charcuterie/products/10-oz-uncured-smoked-buffalo-bacon

Spicy Turkey Lasagna Rollers

February 22, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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The second Jennie – O Turkey Italian Recipe is a recipe for Spicy Turkey Lasagna Rollers. Made using JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey along with ingredients like Spaghetti Sauce, Roasted Red Peppers, Ricotta Cheese, Spinach, Italian Blend Cheese and served all rolled up in Cooked Lasagna Noodles! Lasagna served a different way! You can find this recipe at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2019! https://www.jennieo.com/

Spicy Turkey Lasagna Rollers
Why have big squares of lasagna when you can have fun little rollers? Think outside the square with this reimagined classic Italian recipe. Super kid-friendly and under 500 calories per serving.

INGREDIENTS
1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey
1 (24-ounce) jar prepared spaghetti sauce, divided
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
½ cup chopped red pepper, roasted
¼ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
3 cups Italian blend cheese, divided into 3 parts
¼ cup egg substitute or 1 egg, lightly beaten
12 lasagna noodles, cooked, drained

DIRECTIONS
1) Heat oven to 350°F. Mist 13 x 9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside. Cook turkey as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer. Stir in half jar spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, red pepper, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Simmer 5 minutes.
2) In medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, spinach, 2 cups cheese and egg. Spread ¼ cup ricotta mixture over each lasagna noodle. Top with ⅓ cup sausage mixture. Tightly roll up each lasagna noodle from short end. Place rolls, seam side down, in prepared pan. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over rolls. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake 15 minutes or until sauce is bubbly.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 310
Protein 25g
Carbohydrates 31g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 8g
Fat 9g
Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 350mg
Saturated Fat 4.5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/253-spicy-turkey-lasagna-rollers

 

 

Jennie – O Lean Ground Turkey

JENNIE-O® All Natural* Lean Ground Turkey is packed with nutrition, making it an amazing alternative to ground beef. Create delicious versions of your family’s favorite recipes. Tacos, meatballs, casseroles, sloppy joes, burgers and countless other recipes! With 21 grams of protein, 170 calories, and no artificial ingredients, it’s easier than ever to eat well!

* FRESH
* GLUTEN FREE
* PACKAGE SIZES: 16-OZ (1 LB), 20-OZ (1.25 LBS), 48-OZ (3 LBS), 80-OZ (5 LBS)
Find this product in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.

NUTRITION INFORMATION
Serving Size112 g

Calories 170
Total Fat 8.0 g
Saturated Fat 2.5 g
Trans Fat .0 g
Cholestero l80 mg
Sodium 80 mg
Total Carbohydrates 0 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Added Sugars g %
Protein 21 g %
Vitamin D mcg %
Calcium mg 2%
Iron mg 6%
Potassium mg %

INGREDIENTS
Ingredients: Turkey, Rosemary Extract.

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

CONSUMER STOVETOP SKILLET:
Spray skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey to hot skillet. Stir to crumble, approximately 14 to 16 minutes. Always cook to well-done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.
https://www.jennieo.com/products/4-lean-ground-turkey

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – BACON, MUSHROOM and SWISS KETO BURGER ON CREAMED SPINACH

February 20, 2019 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 BACON, MUSHROOM and SWISS KETO BURGER ON CREAMED SPINACH. It’s made using the New Wild Idea Keto Burger along with the Wild Idea Bacon. With toppings of sliced Mushrooms and Swiss Cheese. I’ve never tried the Keto Burger but looking forward to trying one! You can find this recipe or purchase the Keto Bugers at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

BACON, MUSHROOM and SWISS KETO BURGER ON CREAMED SPINACH
You may say Keto-Diet, but we say Keto-licious!

Burger Ingredients: (per serving)

1 – 4oz. or 8oz. Wild Idea Keto Burger
1 – tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper
3 – strips Wild Idea Bacon or other grass-fed/organic bacon
1 – cup sliced mushrooms
1 – oz. Swiss cheese, sliced

Preparation:

1 – Rub the pre-portioned burger with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
2 – In a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat, heat the remaining oil.
3 – Add the bacon to the pan, and the mushrooms, keeping them separate. Add the prepped burger to the pan too, nestling it up against the edge of the pan.
4 – Turn the bacon as needed and cook until crispy. Remove once cooked and place on paper.
5 – Sauté the mushrooms and season them with a little salt and pepper to as they are sautéing.
6 – Turn the burger every minute, keeping the uncooked edge nestled to the side. Cook 4 oz. burgers for about two minutes each side and the 8 oz. burgers about 3 minutes each side for medium rare.
7 – While the burger is still in the pan, top with the mushrooms, the bacon and the slices of cheese. Add any mushrooms to the top of the burger.
8 – Transfer the burger to a plate and tent with foil.
Creamed Spinach Ingredients:

¼ – cup onion, chopped
2½ – ounces of fresh spinach
1 – tablespoon butter
¼ – cup cream
salt, pepper, chili flake

Preparation:

1 – Using the burger pan (or in a separate pan), over medium heat, add the butter and the onions. Sauté the onions for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2 – Add the spinach and stir to incorporate. Cook until the spinach has wilted.
3 – Add the cream and mix together. Cook until the cream stats to thicken about 3 minutes.
4 – Season the creamed spinach to taste.
5 – To serve, pile the creamed spinach in the center of the plate and top with the Bacon, Mushroom & Swiss Burger.
Eat with pure joy!
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/bacon-mushroom-swiss-keto-burger-on-creamed-spinach

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 8, 2018 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When buying Spinach…………

When buying Spinach look for Spinach with green leaves, with no yellowing or decayed edges. Also Spinach with moist stems. Enjoy the Spinach!

Slow Cooker Spinach Dip

November 2, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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I have a 2nd Jennie – O Slow Cooker Recipe to pass along, Slow Cooker Spinach Dip. What’s more perfect for a snack or appetizer than a Creamy and Delicious Spinach Dip! Plus it’s made using your Slow Cooker. You’ll be using the JENNIE-O® Lower Sodium Turkey Bacon made with Sea Salt to help make this one. You’ll also need two different kinds of Cheese, Spinach, and Artichoke Hearts. You can this recipe at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2018! https://www.jennieo.com/

Slow Cooker Spinach Dip
Your can always judge a good spinach dip by the speed in which it disappears. And though this one is cooked in a slow cooker, it moves lightning fast! This creamy and delicious Spinach Dip has two different kinds of cheese, turkey bacon and artichoke hearts for a special, tangy zing. And because it’s in a slow cooker, you can set it and forget it!

INGREDIENTS
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
½ cup chopped green onions
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 (15-ounce) can quartered artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained
1½ cups shredded white Cheddar cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
½ cup sour cream
½ cup mayonnaise
1½ teaspoons seasoned pepper
6 slices JENNIE-O® Lower Sodium Turkey Bacon made with Sea Salt
assorted sliced vegetables and crackers, if desired

DIRECTIONS
1) In lightly greased slow cooker, stir together spinach, green onions, garlic, artichoke, cheeses, vegetable broth, sour cream, mayonnaise and seasoned pepper. Cook on HIGH 4 hours.
2) Cook turkey bacon as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Finely chop bacon. Place bacon on top of spinach dip. Serve with sliced vegetables or crackers, if desired.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 140
Protein 10g
Carbohydrates 11g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 2g
Fat 7g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 410mg
Saturated Fat 3g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/1201-slow-cooker-spinach-dip

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 2, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Eat your Spinach……….

Spinach contains several vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B6, B9 and E. Bottom Line: Spinach is an extremely nutrient-rich vegetable. It contains high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron and calcium.

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