One of America’s Favorites – Mashed Potatoes

January 30, 2023 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A serving of mashed potatoes in a bowl with two whole potatoes

Mashed potato or mashed potatoes (American and Canadian English), colloquially known as mash (British English), is a dish made by mashing boiled or steamed potatoes, usually with added milk, butter, salt and pepper. It is generally served as a side dish to meat or vegetables. Roughly mashed potatoes are sometimes called smashed potatoes. Dehydrated instant mashed potatoes and frozen mashed potatoes are available. Mashed potatoes are an ingredient in other dishes, such as dumplings and gnocchi.

Most authors recommend the use of “floury” potatoes with a high ratio of amylose in their starch to achieve a fluffy, creamy consistency and appearance. The best-known floury varieties are King Edward, golden wonder, and red rascal in Britain and the Russet in North America. However, some recipes use “waxy” potatoes containing more amylopectin in their starch for a different texture or look; for instance, one pounded mashed potato dish from Yunnan cuisine (in southwestern China), which uses waxy potatoes to achieve a chewy, sticky texture.

Butter, milk or cream, salt, and pepper are usually added. Many other seasonings may also be used, including herbs (notably parsley and chives), spices (notably nutmeg), garlic, cheese, bacon, sour cream, crisp onion or spring onion, caramelized onion, and mustard.

One French variation adds egg yolk for pommes duchesse or Duchess potatoes; piped through a pastry tube into wavy ribbons and rosettes, brushed with butter and lightly browned. Some French recipes for pomme purée (potato puree) use up to one part butter for every two parts potato. In low-calorie or non-dairy variations, milk, cream and butter may be replaced by soup stock or broth.

A plate of sausage and mashed potatoes, with cabbage and onion gravy, commonly known as “bangers and mash”

Mashed potato can be served as a side dish. In the British Isles, sausages served with mashed potatoes are known as bangers and mash. Mashed potato can be an ingredient of various other dishes, including shepherd’s and cottage pie, Orkney clapshot, pierogi, colcannon, dumplings, potato pancakes, potato croquettes and gnocchi. Particularly runny mashed potatoes are called mousseline potatoes.

In the United Kingdom, cold mashed potato can be mixed with fresh eggs and then fried until crisp to produce a potato cake. This dish is thought to have originated in Cornwall and is a popular breakfast item. When instead combined with meat and other leftover vegetables, the fried dish is known as bubble and squeak.

Mashed potatoes may be eaten with gravy, typically meat gravy, though vegetable gravy is becoming more common as the vegetarian and vegan trends see a rise in popularity.

A potato masher can be used to mash the potatoes. A potato ricer produces a uniform, lump-free, mash.

In India mashed potatoes made with spices, fried or not, are called chaukha. Chaukha is used in samosas in India and with littee specially in Bihar.

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Healthy Spinach Recipes

January 18, 2023 at 6:01 AM | Posted in EatingWell | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website it’s Healthy Spinach Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Spinach Recipes with recipes including Spinach and Mushroom Quiche, Sweet Potato Carbonara with Spinach and Mushrooms, and Pesto Ravioli with Spinach and Tomatoes. 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 2023! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Spinach Recipes
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Spinach and Mushroom Quiche
This healthy vegetarian quiche recipe is as simple as it gets. It’s a quiche without the fussy crust! It’s filled with sweet wild mushrooms and savory Gruyère cheese. Enjoy it for breakfast or brunch, or serve it with a light salad for lunch……

Sweet Potato Carbonara with Spinach and Mushrooms
Loaded with veggies, this spiralized sweet potato vegetable noodles recipe–our healthy take on a traditional carbonara recipe–achieves superfood status with the addition of spinach and mushrooms. Look for large, straight sweet potatoes to make the longest veggie noodles……

Pesto Ravioli with Spinach and Tomatoes
This easy ravioli recipe calls for just five ingredients but is loaded with fresh flavors. By using grape tomatoes, prewashed spinach and prepared pesto, we eliminate all prep work, making this 15-minute Caprese-inspired ravioli the ideal weeknight meal……

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Diabetic Side Dish of the Week – Gourmet Sweet Potato Casserole

December 25, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Side Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Side Dish of the Week is a Gourmet Sweet Potato Casserole. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Sweet Potatoes, Salt, Fat Free Half and Half, Large Eggs, Vanilla Extract, Ground Cinnamon, Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener, Light Butter, Honey, Pecans, Old-Fashioned Oats, and All Purpose Flour. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Gourmet Sweet Potato Casserole
Once you taste this, you won’t ever go back to the marshmallow-topped variety. The potatoes taste the same no matter how you cook them — oven-baked, microwaved, or boiled. So, use the technique that works best for you.

Recipe Ingredients:
5 orange-fleshed sweet potatoes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup fat-free half-and-half
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1/4 cup light butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup quick or old-fashioned oats
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
2 – Bake sweet potatoes 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until they begin to soften. Cool slightly, peel, and mash.
3 – In a large bowl, mix the mashed sweet potatoes, salt, half-and-half, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon and Splenda® Granulated Sweetener. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
4 – In a medium bowl, combine 1/4 cup butter, honey, chopped pecans, and oats. Mix in flour with a pastry blender or your fingers to create the consistency of course meal. Sprinkle over the sweet potato mixture.
5 – Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until topping is crisp and lightly browned.
Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): Calories 230 | Calories from Fat 70 | Fat 7g (sat 2.5g) | Cholesterol 65mg | Sodium 150mg | Carbohydrates 36g | Fiber 2g | Sugars 20g | Protein 5g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/gourmet_sweet_potato_casserole_recipe.html

Hanukkah Beef Brisket

December 20, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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Here’s a recipe for Hanukkah Beef Brisket. To make this Delicious recipe you’ll be needing Onion, Beef Brisket, Salt, Pepper, Chili Sauce, Brown Sugar, Ground Cinnamon, Sweet Potatoes, Pitted Prunes, Cornstarch, and Water. There’s 284 calories and 26 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/

Hanukkah Beef Brisket
Brisket is a traditional Hanukkah food. Looking for a recipe to star as the centerpiece of your holiday? You’ll love this juicy version, which includes a succulent sweet potato mixture and savory sauce. It’s sure to be a hit with your guests!

Ingredients
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 small (2 to 2 1/2 pounds) well-trimmed beef brisket
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2/3 cup chili sauce, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup (5 ounces) pitted prunes
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water

Directions
Yield: 8 servings
Serving size: 4 ounces meat, 1/2 cup sweet potatoes, and 1/4 cup sauce

1. Place onion in slow cooker. Arrange brisket over onion (tucking edges under to fit, if necessary). Sprinkle with salt and pepper; top with 1/3 cup chili sauce. Cover; cook on high 3 1/2 hours.

2. Combine remaining 1/3 cup chili sauce, brown sugar, and cinnamon in large bowl. Add sweet potatoes and prunes; toss to coat. Spoon mixture over brisket. Cover; cook on high 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until brisket and sweet potatoes are tender.

3. Transfer brisket to cutting board; tent with foil. Transfer sweet potato mixture to serving platter, leaving juices in slow cooker. Keep warm.

4. Blend cornstarch into water in small cup until smooth. Stir mixture into slow cooker juices. Cover; cook on high 10 minutes, or until sauce thickens.

5. Cut brisket crosswise into thin slices. Serve with sweet potato mixture and sauce.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 284 calories, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Protein: 25 g, Fat: 7 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 68 mg, Sodium: 523 mg, Fiber: 4 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/hanukkah-beef-brisket/

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Special Diet Christmas Recipes

December 19, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in EatingWell | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website it’s Special Diet Christmas Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Special Diet Christmas Recipes with recipes including Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Spatchcock Turkey with Sage and Thyme, and Loaded Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon, Cheddar and Chives. 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 2022! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Special Diet Christmas Recipes
Healthy, delicious Christmas recipes for those who follow a diabetic, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan or low-calorie diet. Healthier recipes from the food and nutritious experts at EatingWell.

Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes
In this healthy side dish recipe, sweet potatoes are tossed with maple syrup, butter and lemon juice and roasted until tender and golden brown. The delicious glaze that forms on these maple-roasted sweet potatoes transforms this ultra-simple dish into something sublime……

Spatchcock Turkey with Sage and Thyme
When it comes to cooking a whole turkey quickly and evenly, spatchcocking–removing the entire backbone from the bird and splaying it open–is a great technique. This skin on this spatchcocked turkey gets crispy and browned because nearly all of the skin is exposed. This recipe uses a simple blend of oil, fresh herbs and spices for classic roasted turkey flavor. Look for a small turkey, about 12 pounds, as it fits better in most roasting pans……

Loaded Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon, Cheddar and Chives
Imagine a loaded baked potato topped with bacon, Cheddar and chives combined with the creamy goodness of scalloped potatoes, and you have the ultimate comfort food casserole. This scalloped potato recipe is made healthier than original versions by using low-fat milk in place of heavy cream, but it still tastes just as rich and creamy……

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Diabetic Side Dish of the Week – Sweet Potato Puffs

November 27, 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 some Sweet Potato Puffs. To make this recipe you’ll be needing Sweet Potatoes, Orange Juice, Egg, Orange Peel, Ground Nutmeg, Cooking Spray, and Chopped Pecans. There’s 103 calories and 17 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/

Sweet Potato Puffs
These fluffy puffs are packed with the goodness of sweet potatoes, nutmeg, and pecans. Simple to prepare, they’re perfect as a festive holiday side!

Ingredients

2 pounds sweet potatoes

1/3 cup orange juice

1 egg, beaten

1 tablespoon grated orange peel

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Nonstick cooking spray

1/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions
Yield: 10 servings
Serving size: 1 puff

1. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into 1-inch pieces. Place potatoes in medium saucepan, add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain potatoes; place in large bowl. Mash until smooth. Add orange juice, egg, orange peel, and nutmeg; mix well.

2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon potato mixture in 10 mounds onto prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle pecans over tops of mounds.

3. Bake 30 minutes, or until centers are hot. Garnish, if desired.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 103 calories, Carbohydrates: 19 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 21 mg, Sodium: 14 mg, Fiber: 2 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/sides/sweet-potato-puffs/

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Healthy, Quick and Easy Side Dish Recipes

November 27, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in EatingWell | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website it’s Healthy, Quick and Easy Side Dish Recipes. Find some Delicious, Healthy, Quick and Easy Side Dish Recipes with recipes including Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Fresh Green Beans, and Sautéed Peppers and Onions. 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 2022! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy, Quick and Easy Side Dish Recipes
Find healthy, quick and easy side dish recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes
This incredibly simple and quick recipe for roasted sweet potatoes relies on the most basic of seasonings–olive oil, salt and pepper. Ready in just 30 minutes, it’s a great side dish for a family dinner on a busy weeknight but because it’s so easy and delicious, it can also be doubled or tripled and served at larger gatherings……

Steamed Fresh Green Beans
Steaming (but not for too long!) is a foolproof way to get perfect, crisp-tender green beans, every time. This easy recipe is a great starting point for other flavors or preparations, like adding cooked green beans to a salad……

Sautéed Peppers and Onions
This simple technique of cooking onions and peppers is a useful way to get your veggie servings in. They’re quite versatile–use these peppers and onions on a burger or sausage sandwich, stuff them into quesadillas or layer them into casseroles……

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 27, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Sweet Potato Storage…..

The best way to store your sweet potatoes is in a cool, dry, and dark area, like your pantry or the back corner on your kitchen countertop. Keep them in a bowl or basket so that they’re self-contained, and always thoroughly wash and scrub their skin before you cook them.

Healthy Beef Brisket Recipes

November 16, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in EatingWell | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website it’s Healthy Beef Brisket Recipes. Find some always Delicious and Healthy Beef Brisket Recipes with recipes including Instant Pot Brisket, Slow-Cooker Barbecue Brisket Sliders, and Grill-Smoked Barbecue Brisket. 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 2022! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Beef Brisket Recipes
Find healthy, delicious beef brisket recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Instant Pot Brisket
Your Instant Pot is the perfect appliance to turn to if you want tender, juicy beef brisket done quickly. Here, we cut the brisket in half so it can fit inside the pot. After it’s seared, it’s cooked with plenty of onions that add body once blended into the flavorful, rich sauce. If you are making this brisket for Passover, look for products (like ketchup) that are labeled “Kosher for Passover.”…..

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Brisket Sliders
Serve these slow-cooker brisket sliders when company’s coming–perhaps to watch the big game–for an easy, crowd-pleasing dish. The crisp, tangy coleslaw is the perfect pairing for the tender, rich brisket. Serve with chips, crudités and cold beer to round out the meal……

Grill-Smoked Barbecue Brisket
Without a smoker, you can use wood chips and your grill to infuse a brisket with loads of flavor. In this recipe, the meat spends 2 hours on the grill then finishes in the oven, which better controls the cooking environment. Serve with soft bread and pickles……

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Diabetic Side Dish of the Week – Sweet Potato Orange Cups

November 13, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Side Dish of the Week is Sweet Potato Orange Cups. The Cups are made using Oranges, Sweet Potatoes, Granulated Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Splenda Brown Sugar Blend, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, Orange Juice Apples, Raisins, and Mini Marshmallows. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Sweet Potato Orange Cups
Serve as a side dish or dessert.

Recipe Ingredients:
4 small oranges
2 small cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
1/4 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1/4 cup Splenda® Brown Sugar Blend
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon orange juice
1/2 cup chopped apples
1/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup mini marshmallows

Cooking Directions:
1 – Halve oranges and squeeze over small bowl to loosen centers and extract juice. Place orange halves on baking sheet. Set juice aside.
2 – Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
3 – Mix potatoes, Splenda® Granulated Sweetener, Splenda® Brown Sugar Blend, cinnamon, ginger and orange juice together in a medium size bowl until well blended.
4 – Stir in the chopped apples and raisins.
5 – Spoon the potato mixture into the orange halves. Top with the mini marshmallows.
6 – Place filled oranges on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until marshmallows are lightly browned and center is warm.
Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe; 1 orange cup): Calories: 120; Calories from Fat: 0; Total Fat: 0g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 10mg; Total Carbs: 28g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 21g; Protein: 1g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/sweet_potato_orange_cups_recipe.html

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