Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – PAPPARDELLE AND PESTO MEATBALLS

September 11, 2019 at 6:03 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | 1 Comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – PAPPARDELLE AND PESTO MEATBALLS. Take your Spaghetti and Meatballs to a new level by using Pappardelle Noodles in place of the Spaghetti and by making Buffalo Meatballs in place of the normal Meatballs you use. Also included is a Tomato Sauce and Pesto sauce recipes. To make the Meatballs you’ll be using Wild Idea Ground Buffalo. You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Ground Buffalo along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild idea Buffalo website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

PAPPARDELLE AND PESTO MEATBALLS
A fresh spin on traditional spaghetti and meatballs. Pappardelle (pronounced; Pop a dell a) noodles although egg based, are mostly very light, but this will depend on the brand you can find. My favorites are Rustichella D’arbruzzo or DeCecco. This recipe is a wonderful combination of flavors. For a complete meal I accompanied this dish with a Citrus Salad with Orange Chev Vinaigrette (recipe included with purchase upon request) and crusty bread. Great for a family style dinner – that kids will love, or sophisticated enough to serve at your next dinner party.

All the components make this recipe seem complicated, but the preparation is very easy and does not take a lot of time. For a super short-cut, you could buy ready-made pesto. Bon Appetito!

Meatball Ingredients:
1 – pound Wild Idea Ground Buffalo
1 – teaspoon salt
1 – teaspoon black pepper
1/3 – cup pesto (recipe follows)
4 – ounces fresh Mozzarella, torn or shredded
olive oil
melted butter

Preparation:

1 – Break ground buffalo apart in a pie pan or bowl, and press out flat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
2 – Spoon pesto over the top of the meat and cover with the shredded mozzarella.
3 – Fold the meat into itself and mix together with hands until all ingredients are equally distributed.
4 – Form meat into silver dollar sized meatballs, or size of your liking and place on lightly oiled baking sheet.
5 – Chill meatballs for one hour in the refrigerator.
6 – Position oven rack on top rung and preheat oven to broil.
7 – For best browning, brush chilled meat balls with a little melted butter.
8 – Broil meatballs for about 7 minutes or until browned. *For larger meatballs increase your cooking time based on size.

Quick Tomato Sauce Ingredients:
1 – 28oz. can whole stewed Italian tomatoes
1 – 28 oz. can crushed Italian tomatoes
1 – teaspoon garlic powder
1 – teaspoon crushed fennel
1 – teaspoon oregano
1 – teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 – teaspoon salt
1 – pinch chili flake
1 – lemon, juiced *1/4 cup
1 – teaspoon balsamic syrup
2 – tablespoons sugar

Preparation:

1 – In deep pot, over medium high heat, add stewed tomatoes and smash with a potato masher, breaking tomatoes into pieces.
2 – Add crushed tomatoes and bring to a light boil.
Add remaining ingredients, stirring to incorporate.
3 – Reduce heat to simmer and allow tomato sauce to thicken, about 15 minutes or until desired consistency is achieved.
4 – Season to taste with a pinch more of salt and an additional squeeze of lemon or to your liking.

Pappardelle Ingredients:
12 – ounces Pappardelle
4 – quarts water
2 – tablespoons salt
1/2 – cup pesto, or more if you prefer – room temperature

Preparation:

1 – Fill a large pot with water and salt and bring to a boil.
2 – Add Pappardelle to the pot and cook uncovered for 7 minutes.
Remove from heat and strain water from the pot, leaving about 1 to 2 tablespoons of water in the pot. Do not return to heat.
3 – Lightly warm pesto in microwave for 30 seconds.
4 – Add pesto to the Pappardelle and toss gently.

Other Recipe Ingredients:
½ – cup Italian parsley, chopped
Parmigiano Reggiano, shaved

Entrée Assembly:

1 – Place pesto coated Pappardelle on plates or in a bowl.
2 – Cover with tomato sauce and top with pesto meatballs.
3 – Garnish with parsley and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano.

Basil Pesto
* I am a non-pine-nut person. If you prefer them in your pesto, simply add them to the recipe. Recipe can easily be cut in half.

Ingredients:
2 – cups fresh basil leaves, packed
2 – cups shredded parmesan cheese
3 – garlic cloves, chopped
1 – teaspoon salt
1 – teaspoon pepper (*I like a little more)
1 – tablespoon lemon juice (*I like a little more)1 – cup olive oil

* Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Refrigerate unused amounts for another use (and there are many).
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/pappardelle-and-pesto-meatballs

It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday – DEEP, DARK AND STOUT CHILI

September 7, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Diabetic Gourmet Magazine, It's Chili Soups or Stews Saturday | 2 Comments
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This week’s It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday is a recipe for DEEP, DARK AND STOUT CHILI. Just the name of DEEP, DARK AND STOUT CHILI makes you do the Chili drool! This one is made using; Extra Lean Ground Beef, Kidney Beans, Green Bell Peppers, Stewed Tomatoes, Dark Stout Beer, Chili Powder, Ground Cumin, Roasted Cumin, Sodium-Free Beef Bouillon Granules, and Salt. The recipe comes from one of my favorite sites, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. At the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine site you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

DEEP, DARK AND STOUT CHILI
Ingredients

2 Tbsp canola oil (30 mL)
1-1/2 lb extra lean ground beef (or 1 lb extra lean ground beef and 15-oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained)
2 cups diced green bell peppers
1 cup diced red onion
3 cans (14.5 oz each) no-salt-added stewed tomatoes
1 bottle (12 oz) dark stout beer
3 Tbsp chili powder
1-1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
1-1/2 Tbsp smoked paprika (optional)
1 Tbsp sodium-free beef bouillon granules
1 tsp salt

Toppings:

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1 medium lime, cut into 6 wedges

Directions

1 – Heat 1 Tbsp canola oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in two batches, brown beef, about 3-4 minutes per batch, stirring frequently.
2 – Meanwhile, in a saute pan heat remaining 1 Tbsp canola oil and cook bell peppers and onions 4 minutes or until onions are soft, stirring frequently. Stir into cooked beef. Add stewed tomatoes, beer, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and bouillon. Bring just to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce heat, cover and simmer 45 minutes. Stir in salt.
3 – Serve chili with choice of toppings placed in three small bowls.
NOTES:
Like most chili recipes, the flavors are more blended if the chili is served the next day. This dish freezes well, too.

Recipe Yield: Yield: 8 servings. Serving size: 1-1/3 cups chili.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 240
Fat: 8 grams
Saturated Fat: 1.5 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
Sodium: 480 milligrams
Cholesterol: 45 milligrams
Protein: 20 grams
Carbohydrates: 18 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/deep-dark-and-stout-chili

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – BUFFALO and EGGPLANT PARMESAN

April 10, 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 – BUFFALO and EGGPLANT PARMESAN. Made using either Wild Idea Premium Ground Buffalo or Wild Idea Italian Buffalo Sausage. Eggplant Parmesan healthier and taken to a new flavor level with addition Buffalo! This is just another of the delicious and healthy recipes at the Wild Idea Buffalo website (https://wildideabuffalo.com/) Along with all the recipes you can also purchase any of the Wild Idea Products. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One!

BUFFALO and EGGPLANT PARMESAN
I have a new respect for eggplant… all it needed was a little boost of bison. This recipe gives you all the Eggplant Parmesan flavors you love, without all the steps. A new favorite, for your recipe box! (Serves 8).

Ingredients:

3 – eggplants, sliced

2 – tablespoons olive oil

1 – pound Wild Idea Premium Ground Buffalo, or Wild Idea Italian Buffalo Sausage

3 – tablespoons garlic, chopped

1 – onion, chopped

2 – teaspoon salt

1 – tablespoon black pepper

1 – tablespoon oregano

28 – ounces Italian style stewed tomatoes, chopped

8 – ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced

1 – cup fresh basil, julienned

4 – ounces freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 – cup panko style bread crumbs *optional

Preperation:

1 – Pre-heat oven to broil, with top rack on second shelf.
2 – Arrange eggplants on a baking sheet and brush both sides with 1-tablespoon oil.
3 – Broil eggplant until lightly browned, about 4 minutes each side.
4 – Remove the roasted eggplant from oven and set aside. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°.
5 – In a sauté pan over medium high heat, heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil and crumble ground bison into pan.
6 – Brown the meat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, breaking larger pieces up.
7 – Add garlic, onion, salt, pepper, and oregano and continue to sauté for another 5 minutes.
8 – Add stewed tomatoes, mix together and bring to full heat.
9 – Reduce heat to simmer and allow sauce to reduce for 15 minutes.
10 – In a 9×13 pan place half of the eggplant on the bottom overlapping slightly. Layer with the bison tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil, and remaining eggplant.
11 – Bake at 375° for 30 minutes.
12 – Mix the Parmesan cheese with the breadcrumbs and sprinkle over the top of the casserole. Continue baking for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned.
* Serve with a tossed green salad for a complete, deliciously easy meal.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/54134529-buffalo-eggplant-parmesan-casserole

It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday – Vegetable, Bean and Pasta Soup

December 1, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, It's Chili Soups or Stews Saturday | Leave a comment
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This week’s It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday is a recipe for Vegetable, Bean and Pasta Soup. Penne Pasta along with Onions, Fennel, Stewed Tomatoes, Zucchini, Cannellini Beans, ans Spices make up this sure-fire Comfort Food Soup! It’s from one of my favorite recipe sites, CooksRecipes (https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html) The Cooks site is loaded with a wide assortment of recipes so check it out today! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

 

Vegetable, Bean and Pasta Soup
This thick and hearty Italian-style bean soup is perfected with a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Ingredients:
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 cup dry vermouth
1 large white onion, chopped
1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed, chopped
3 large garlic cloves, finely minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
8 ounces penne or other tubular pasta
1 medium zucchini, diced
1 large yellow crookneck squash, diced
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
4 green onions, chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for accompaniment

Cooking Directions:
1 – Bring broth and vermouth to boil in heavy large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, fennel and garlic. Cover and cook until just tender, about 10 minutes.
2 – Add tomatoes, pasta, zucchini and squash; cook until pasta is almost tender, about 15 minutes.
3 – Add beans and green onions. Cook until pasta and vegetables are tender and soup is thick, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and garnish with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
Makes 6 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/vegetable-bean-and-pasta-soup-recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Red and Black Casserole

October 22, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Red and Black Casserole. Black Beans, Red Beans, Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, and Rice are some of the ingredients that make up this week’s Dish. It’s from the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes to fit all Diets or Cuisines. So check it out today! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

A hearty meatless main dish casserole with black and red beans, mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, corn, tomato and rice.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 (16-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (16-ounce) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup onions, chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 cups water
1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes, undrained, chopped
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup long-cooking rice, uncooked

Cooking Directions:
1 – If using dry beans, soak in 4 cups of water for up to 8 hours, or overnight in the refrigerator. Drain and rinse.
2 – Combine with 4 cups of fresh water and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until tender. Drain.
3 – Coat large skillet with nonfat cooking spray. Sauté mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, and garlic. Combine with remaining ingredients and pour into a 9x13x2-inch baking dish. Cover and bake 45 minutes at 350°F (175°C).
Makes 6 servings.ed and Black Casserole
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/red_and_black_casserole_recipe.html

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