Cumin Spiced Pork Loin Chops w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Golden Hominy

February 23, 2019 at 6:31 PM | Posted in pork chops, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cumin Spiced Pork Loin Chops w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Golden Hominy

 

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I made a Breakfast Sandwich. I heated an al fresco Chicken Sausage Patty. Then toasted a Thomas 100 Calorie Multi Grain English Muffin and used a 1/2 of slice Boar’s Head Vermont Yellow Cheese. Excellent Breakfast Sandwich! I also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. The heavy rains have returned! Rain and Thunderstorms most of the day, a high of 57 degrees. All this rain is going to cause more flooding. I took Mom to get her hair done and after dropping her off I went over to see a friend of mine. He’s been home bound with a broken leg. He’s doing good, but has a bad case of the Cabin Fever! Back home not a lot going on, just did a few things around the house. For Dinner tonight its Cumin Spiced Pork Loin Chops w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Golden Hominy.

 

 

 

 

I had bought a package of Center Cut Pork Loin Chops from Meijer a week or so ago and had broke the package down and had the individual Chops in plastic bags, in the freezer. I grabbed a couple of the bags and laid them in the fridge overnight to thaw. So 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. I always have some of the Rub made up in a large Spice Jar I have 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 pan; cook 3 minutes, browning both sides. From the stove to the oven and bake at 400° for 15 minutes until the thermometer registered 150° (slightly pink), turning after 5 minutes. Let stand 5 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.

 

 

 

For one side dish I prepared the Little Potato Co. Savory Herb Potatoes. We love these! The Potatoes come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good item to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up.

 

 

 

 

 

For a second 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! For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn along 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.

 

 

 

 

the Little Potato Company – Savory Herb
HERBS AND SPICES, WITH A HINT OF BACON

Evoking all the cozy feelings of home-cooking, the Savory Herb flavor combines a fun mix of red and yellow Creamer potatoes with a comforting blend of savory herbs, earthy spices and just a hint of bacon flavor.

Simply pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and voila! – you have a nutritious taste of home. This is cozy dish on its own, or combine it with other ingredients to take your meal to a whole new level of down-home goodness.

You may also want to try our Garlic Parsley or Zesty Italian flavors.

*CALORIES PER SERVING 85
* GOOD SOURCE OF POTASSIUM
* SOURCE OF FIBER
* SOURCE OF VITAMIN C
* NATURALLY FAT-FREE

Microwave
In three easy steps, you have perfectly steamed and seasoned potatoes!

1. Simply remove the cardboard sleeve and seasoning pack. The plastic film stays on to aid in steaming the potatoes.
2. Place the convenience tray in the microwave. Cook on high for 5 minutes*.
3. Let the tray rest for 2 minutes then carefully remove plastic film and stir in seasoning pack. Caution – the contents will be very hot. If desired, add 1 tbsp. of butter or olive oil.

Serve and enjoy!
*Cooking times may vary.

Nutritional Information
Serving Size
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 85
Fat 0%
Saturated / Trans Fats 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 175 mg 7%
Potassium 510 mg 15%
Carbohydrate 20 g 7%
Fibre 2 g 8%
Sugars 2 g
Protein 2 g
http://www.littlepotatoes.com/en/products/savory-herb/

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Cumin Spiced Butterfly Pork Chop w/ Savory Potatoes and Golden Hominy

December 11, 2018 at 6:28 PM | Posted in Pork, pork chops, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cumin Spiced Butterfly Pork Chop w/ Savory Potatoes and Golden Hominy

 

 

For Breakfast to start the morning off I fried up a couple of Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Patties, first time having these in a while. Love Jimmy Dean Turkey Products! Then I prepared some Simply Potatoes Garlic and Herb Hash Browns. Seasoned them with Salt and Pepper and served them sprinkled with Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar. I also toasted a slice of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread and had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Great Breakfast to start the day. Gave the house a quick cleaning then I had to go to the Post Office to get some Christmas Cards out. Then it was baking the rest of the afternoon. I baked Mini Loaves of Cinnamon Swirl and Chocolate Chip of Quick Bread. I baked them to give to 6 of my neighbors for Christmas. I’ll deliver them tomorrow. For Dinner tonight I prepared Cumin Spiced Butterfly Pork Chop w/ Savory Potatoes and Golden Hominy.

 

 

I hadn’t had Butterfly Pork Chops in a while and these looked great. I purchased them from Meijer, 2 to a package. I’m preparing them with my Cumin Spiced Rub that I use for most of my Pork Dishes.

 

 

 

 

 

So to prepare my Chop 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 2 minutes, browning both sides. From the stove to the oven and bake at 400° for 11 minutes until the thermometer registered 145°, 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! It’s been too long since having these Butterfly Chops!

 

 

 

For one side dish I prepared the Little Potato Co. Savory Herb Potatoes. We love these! The Potatoes come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good item to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up.

 

 

 

 

 


For a second 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! For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Breyer’s Carb Smart Vanilla Ice Cream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the Little Potato Company – Savory Herb
HERBS AND SPICES, WITH A HINT OF BACON

Evoking all the cozy feelings of home-cooking, the Savory Herb flavor combines a fun mix of red and yellow Creamer potatoes with a comforting blend of savory herbs, earthy spices and just a hint of bacon flavor.

Simply pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and voila! – you have a nutritious taste of home. This is cozy dish on its own, or combine it with other ingredients to take your meal to a whole new level of down-home goodness.

You may also want to try our Garlic Parsley or Zesty Italian flavors.

*CALORIES PER SERVING 85
* GOOD SOURCE OF POTASSIUM
* SOURCE OF FIBER
* SOURCE OF VITAMIN C
* NATURALLY FAT-FREE

Microwave
In three easy steps, you have perfectly steamed and seasoned potatoes!

1. Simply remove the cardboard sleeve and seasoning pack. The plastic film stays on to aid in steaming the potatoes.
2. Place the convenience tray in the microwave. Cook on high for 5 minutes*.
3. Let the tray rest for 2 minutes then carefully remove plastic film and stir in seasoning pack. Caution – the contents will be very hot. If desired, add 1 tbsp. of butter or olive oil.

Serve and enjoy!
*Cooking times may vary.

Nutritional Information
Serving Size
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 85
Fat 0%
Saturated / Trans Fats 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 175 mg 7%
Potassium 510 mg 15%
Carbohydrate 20 g 7%
Fibre 2 g 8%
Sugars 2 g
Protein 2 g
http://www.littlepotatoes.com/en/products/savory-herb/

Catfish Nuggets w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Savory Herb Potatoes and Green Beans

October 4, 2018 at 5:23 PM | Posted in fish | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Catfish Nuggets w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Savory Herb Potatoes and Green Beans

 

 

 

 

Just a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for Breakfast. I had a real rough night dealing with Phantom Pains. I didn’t get an hours worth of sleep. They finally let up around 10:00 this morning. I’m really exhausted, these were the worst I’ve had in a while. I just wish someone would come up with a cure for Phantom Pains! Anyway after Lunch I went back to bed for most of the afternoon. For Dinner tonight its Catfish Nuggets w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Savory Herb Potatoes and Green Beans.

 

Picked up the Catfish Nuggets at Kroger the other day and had them in the freezer. Layed the bag in the fridge overnight to thaw To prepare them I rinsed the Catfish Nuggets off in cold water and patted dry with a paper towel. Seasoned them with Sea Salt. Then put them in a Hefty Plastic Storage Bag and added Zatarain’s Crispy Southern Fish Fri Breading Mix, shook the bag until all the Nuggets were coated. Then pan fried them in a medium size skillet in Extra Light Olive Oil. Fried each side about 3 1/2 minutes, until a golden brown. The Zatarain’s Crispy Southern Fish Fri is perfect for the Catfish, great flavor and the Nuggets were good size and meaty. You can bake Catfish but for me you just can’t beat frying Catfish.

 


For one side dish I prepared the Little Potato Co. Savory Herb Potatoes. We love these! The Potatoes come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good item to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up.

 

 

 

 


Then I also heated up a large can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. Just empty the can into a sauce pan and heat until heated through. I also Baked a Loaf of Garlic Loaf Bread. This has become the family’s favorite Baked Bread. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Coke Zero to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

Catfish
The most commonly eaten species in the United States are the channel catfish and the blue catfish, both of which are common in the wild and increasingly widely farmed. Farm-raised catfish became such a staple of the diet of the United States that on 25 June 1987, President Ronald Reagan established National Catfish Day to recognize “the value of farm-raised catfish.”

Catfish is eaten in a variety of ways. In Europe it is often cooked in similar ways to carp, but in the United States it is popularly crumbled with cornmeal and fried.… Wikipedia

Nutrition Facts
Catfish, breaded and fried
Amount Per 1 fillet (87 g)
Calories 199
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12 g 18%
Saturated fat 2.9 g 14%
Polyunsaturated fat 2.9 g
Monounsaturated fat 4.9 g
Cholesterol 62 mg 20%
Sodium 244 mg 10%
Potassium 296 mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 7 g 2%
Dietary fiber 0.6 g 2%
Protein 16 g 32%

Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Rainbow Trout w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Whole Kernel Sweet Corn

July 11, 2018 at 5:15 PM | Posted in fish, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Rainbow Trout w/ Savory Herb Potatoes, Whole Kernel Sweet Corn, and Baked Garlic Loaf Bread

 

 

For Breakfast I made some Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns, heated up some Meijer Diced Ham,and made a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I made a bed of the Hashbrowns in a bowl and sprinkled some Sargento Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Next I put the Diced Ham over top the Hash Browns and served. High of 88 degrees with passing showers outside. Not a lot going on today. Before it rained I got the leaf blower out and cleaned off the deck and driveway areas. Then went in the shed and swept it out. Trimmed the vines along the driveway, thing grows way too fast! For Dinner tonight I prepared a Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Rainbow Trout w/ Savory Herb Potatoes, Whole Kernel Sweet Corn, and Baked Garlic Loaf Bread.

 

 

Kroger had a few their Fish on sale and one of the ones I purchased was a couple of Rainbow Trout Fillets. I rinsed them both off in cold water, froze one and kept the other one out for Dinner tonight. To prepare it; Melted a couple of tablespoons of Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter down and rubbed the fillet down with the butter. Then seasoned it with a bit of McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and then with Zatarain’s Blackened Seasoning, rubbing the Blackened Seasoning in till both sides of the Trout until covered. Heated up the Cast Iron Skillet and fried the fillet. Always have your overhead stove fan on when Blackening, it will create the smoke! I started by frying it skin side down about 3 minutes then flipping it over and frying it another 3 minutes, looks perfect! Not only looked good but was delicious. Came out so flavorful and fork tender. Just love Blackened Fish, always just an incredible taste and smokieness.

 

 

For one side dish I prepared the Little Potato Co. Savory Herb Potatoes. We love these! The Potatoes come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good item to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up.

 

 

 

 

 

For another side I heated up a can of Green Giant Steam Crisp Extra Sweet Niblets Whole Kernel Corn. One of my favorite canned corn, delicious Sweet Corn.I also baked a loaf of RiverRoad Bake House Garlic Oval Loaf Bread. Love this Bread! For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn with a Diet Peach Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Trout

The rainbow trout is a trout and species of salmonid native to cold-water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America. – Wikipedia

Nutrition Facts
Rainbow trout
Amount Per 1 fillet (79 g)
Calories 111
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.9 g 7%
Saturated fat 1.1 g 5%
Polyunsaturated fat 1.2 g
Monounsaturated fat 1.6 g
Trans fat 0 g
Cholesterol 47 mg 15%
Sodium 40 mg 1%
Potassium 298 mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 0 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 16 g

 

Zatarain’s Blackened Seasoning

This spicy seasoning blend is rubbed on the outside of fish (or chicken, steak or other meats) for blackening. Also great as a seasoning rub for the grill or broiler.
Ingredients:
SALT, PAPRIKA, CAYENNE PEPPER, BLACK PEPPER, WHITE PEPPER, CHILI POWDER, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, ONION, GARLIC, SPICES.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1/4 tsp. (.71 g)
Servings Per Container: about 120
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories: 0
http://www.zatarains.com/Products/Spices-and-Extracts/Blackened-Seasoning.aspx

Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus

March 15, 2018 at 5:15 PM | Posted in Pork, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus

 

 

To start my morning off I prepared a Poached Egg and served it on a toasted Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin. I also heated up a couple of Johnsonville Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links along with a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I have to have my Tea to start the day! After Breakfast I headed to the local Kroger for a few items I needed then stopped by McDonald’s and picked up Breakfast for Mom and Dad. Outside we had a high of 49 degrees and mostly cloudy. Gave Mom a hand with a couple of laundry. Not much going on after that. For dinner tonight I prepared Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Savory Herb Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus, and Baked Multi Grain Bread.

 

 


On my last visit to Costco last week I had bought another package of the always delicious Tuscan Seasoned Pork Loin Medallions. They cut it fresh for me and seasoned it as I shopped. The package had 20 slices in it and have them in the Freezer. So Last night I grabbed a package out of the freezer and let it thaw overnight in the fridge.

 

 

 


To start I preheated the oven on 400 degrees. To prepare them I used a Cast Iron Skillet. Sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray and added 1 tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil and heated it on medium heat. I then lightly Salted the Pork with Sea Salt and a sprinkle of McCormick Dried Parsley. Added the Pork to the skillet and cooked it for 2 minutes a side, as it just started to brown. Then from the stove to the oven, love Cast Iron Skillets! I then backed them to a medium rare, 145 degrees in the center of the medallions using a meat thermometer. Pork Tenderloin is one of my favorites. The Pork is so tender and flavorful. Seasoned just right and so moist.

 


For one side dish I prepared the Little Potato Co. Savory Herb Potatoes. I love these! The Potatoes come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good item to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up.

 

 

 

I prepared Roasted Asparagus for one side. To prepare the Asparagus I just needed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cloves Roasted Asparagus Garlic (minced), Sea Salt, Freshly grated Black Pepper, Lemon Juice, and Shredded Parmesan Cheese. Rinse clean the asparagus. Break the tough ends off of the asparagus and discard. Lay the asparagus spears out in a single layer in a baking dish or a foil-covered roasting pan. Drizzle olive oil over the spears, roll the asparagus back and forth until they are all covered with a thin layer of olive oil. (Alternatively you can put the asparagus and oil in a plastic bag, and rub the bag so that the oil gets evenly distributed.) Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Rub over the asparagus so that they are evenly seasoned. Place pan in oven and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes, depending on how thick your asparagus spears are, until tender when pierced with a fork. Drizzle with a little fresh lemon juice and shredded Parm Cheese before serving. I had also baked a loaf of RiverRoad Bake House Multi Grain Oval Loaf Bread. This has became the family’s favorite Baked Bread. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and 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.

Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/Savory Potatoes and Cut Italian Green Beans

January 20, 2018 at 6:03 PM | Posted in Pork, ribs | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/ Savory Potatoes and Cut Italian Green Beans

 

 

 

To start my morning off I made my favorite Breakfast. I prepared some Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns, Heated up some Meijer Diced Ham, fried an Egg Sunnyside Up, and made a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I made a bed of the Hashbrowns in a bowl and sprinkled some Sargento Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Next I put the Diced Ham over top the Hash Browns then put the Sunnyside Up Egg on to top it off. It was 37 degrees this morning, above freezing to start the day! We had a high of 45 and it was partly cloudy. After Breakfast I started a load of laundry and then went to McDonald’s to pick up Breakfast for Mom and Dad. Cleaned the house,dusted and vacuumed. Later on went up and had the car washed. The Car Wash was making a fortune, cars were lined up all over. Tonight its Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/ Savory Potatoes and Cut Italian Green Beans

 

I purchased the Ribs at Meijer Tuesday afternoon. Last night before I went to bed I put half racks in a Hefty Gallon Plastic Bag then seasoned it JB’s Fat Boy All Purpose Rub and then covered it in JB’s Fat Boy Haug Waush BBQ Sauce to marinate all night in the fridge. Then this morning I got out the Crock Pot, lined it with a Reynold’s Crock Pot Plastic Liner, and sprayed that with Pam Non-Stick Spray and added a 1/4 cup of water. Got the Ribs out of the fridge, discarded the Hefty Bags, and put the racks in the Crock Pot where I let it cook and simmer, on low, for about 7 hours. Long up in the afternoon you can start smelling the aroma of the Ribs, Rib intoxicating!

 

 

After 7 hours the ribs are ready and now for the hard part of cooking them, getting them out whole without breaking them up! They’re that tender, when eating them you need no knife, the bones just slide out. Tender, moist and just full of flavor! For us JB’s Fat Boy Sauces and Rubs can’t be beat. The Ribs were incredible! Plus I love using that Crock Pot, no mess and with the plastic liner in the Crock Pot little to no clean-up. Just wipe it down and store it for the next time. And as always I would like to thank who ever invented the Crock Pot Liners! I always use them when using the Crock Pot.

 

 

For one side dish I prepared the Little Potato Co. Savory Herb Potatoes. We love these! The Potatoes come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good item to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up.

 

 

 

 

For another side dish I heated a can of Allens Cut Italian Green Beans. To prepare them just empty the can into a small sauce pan and simmer until heated. I love the taste of these, just season with a bit of Sea Salt and it’s ready! Love all Beans! For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding..

 

 

 

 

 

Baby back ribs served with fries and cornbread

Pork Back Ribs – Pork ribs are a cut of pork popular in North American and Asian cuisines. The ribcage of a domestic pig, meat and bones together, is cut into usable pieces, prepared by smoking, grilling, or baking – usually with a sauce, often barbecue – and then served.

Baby back ribs (also back ribs or loin ribs) are taken from the top of the rib cage between the spine and the spare ribs, below the loin muscle. They have meat between the bones and on top of the bones, and are shorter, curved, and sometimes meatier than spare ribs. The rack is shorter at one end, due to the natural tapering of a pig’s rib cage. The shortest bones are typically only about 3 in (7.6 cm) and the longest is usually about 6 in (15 cm), depending on the size of the hog. A pig side has 15 to 16 ribs (depending on the breed), but usually two or three are left on the shoulder when it is separated from the loin. So, a rack of back ribs contains a minimum of eight ribs (some may be trimmed if damaged), but can include up to 13 ribs, depending on how it has been prepared by the butcher. A typical commercial rack has 10–13 bones. If fewer than 10 bones are present, butchers call them “cheater racks”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pork_ribs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asparagus and Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts w/ Savory Herb Potatoes, Corn……

January 9, 2018 at 5:54 PM | Posted in chicken, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Asparagus and Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts w/ Savory Herb Potatoes, Fire – Roasted Corn Blend, and Baked Multi Grain Bread

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I had a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. Also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Outside we had a high around 44 degrees today! Mostly cloudy along with a light shower, beats below zero and snow! Most of the ice and snow melted but now we have more coming in Friday and Saturday. I took advantage of the warm-up and went to Meijer and Kroger, feels so good to get out! I purchased most of my items from Meijer and stopped Kroger for Mom but ended up buying some Seafood and tonight’s Dinner of Asparagus and Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts. So for Dinner tonight I prepared Asparagus and Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts w/ Savory Herb Potatoes, Fire – Roasted Corn Blend, and Baked Multi Grain Bread.

 

I know all the guys in the Kroger Meat Department and they told me I had to try the Asparagus and Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts. And they did look great so I bought 3 of them for our Dinner tonight. Nice looking Breasts, split and stuffed with Asparagus Spears and a slice of Cheddar Cheese. All I did was season them with some McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Grinder Peppercorn Medley, I also sprayed the tops with a light coat of the Pam Cooking Spray.

 

 

 

To prepare them I first preheated the oven on 350 degrees. Next I got a glass baking dish and sprayed it with Pam Non-Stick Cooking Spray. Lined the Chicken Breasts up in the dish and when the oven was ready I baked them. Baked them until they had an internal temperature of 165 degrees, about minutes.

 

 

 

 

They came out of the oven looking incredible! And what a Chicken Dish! The Chicken was moist and tender. Then the Stuffed Asparagus and Cheddar Cheese was a perfect stuffing. As I had said it was the first time I tried these and not the last, they make an excellent meal.

 

 

 

 

 


For one side dish I prepared the Little Potato Co. Savory Herb Potatoes. We love these! The Potatoes come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good item to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up.

 

 

 

 

I also prepared a can of Del Monte Fire-Roasted Corn Blend. Just emptied the can into a small sauce pan and heated it on medium heat, stirring often until heated through. First time trying this also. The Corn was mixed with Onion, Garlic, and Sea Salt. Makes a very good Corn side dish. I also baked a loaf of LaBrea Multi Grain Bread Loaf. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Coke Zero to drink.

 

 

 

 

Del Monte Whole Kernel Fire-Roasted Corn Blend
Whole Kernel Fire-Roasted Corn Blend Perfectly Seasoned Our perfectly prepared Golden Super Sweet Corn is combined with smoky fire-roasted corn and seasoned with onion, garlic and a dash of sea salt for a simply delicious side dish.
Great served with ribs, BBQ chicken, skillet pork chops and pan-fried ham steaks. Non GMO-Corn and other ingredients used in this product are not genetically modified or bioengineered
* Product Features
* With natural sea salt
* Seasoned vegetables
* Picked fresh
* No preservatives
* Kosher
http://www.delmonte.com/products/vegetables/corn/fire-roasted-whole-kernel-corn-blend

 

 

the Little Potato Company – Savory Herb
HERBS AND SPICES, WITH A HINT OF BACON

Evoking all the cozy feelings of home-cooking, the Savory Herb flavor combines a fun mix of red and yellow Creamer potatoes with a comforting blend of savory herbs, earthy spices and just a hint of bacon flavor.

Simply pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and voila! – you have a nutritious taste of home. This is cozy dish on its own, or combine it with other ingredients to take your meal to a whole new level of down-home goodness.

You may also want to try our Garlic Parsley or Zesty Italian flavors.

*CALORIES PER SERVING 85
* GOOD SOURCE OF POTASSIUM
* SOURCE OF FIBER
* SOURCE OF VITAMIN C
* NATURALLY FAT-FREE

Microwave
In three easy steps, you have perfectly steamed and seasoned potatoes!

1. Simply remove the cardboard sleeve and seasoning pack. The plastic film stays on to aid in steaming the potatoes.
2. Place the convenience tray in the microwave. Cook on high for 5 minutes*.
3. Let the tray rest for 2 minutes then carefully remove plastic film and stir in seasoning pack. Caution – the contents will be very hot. If desired, add 1 tbsp. of butter or olive oil.

Serve and enjoy!
*Cooking times may vary.

Nutritional Information
Serving Size
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 85
Fat 0%
Saturated / Trans Fats 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 175 mg 7%
Potassium 510 mg 15%
Carbohydrate 20 g 7%
Fibre 2 g 8%
Sugars 2 g
Protein 2 g

http://www.littlepotatoes.com/en/products/savory-herb/

Peppercorn and Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Seasoned Pinto Beans

January 2, 2018 at 5:59 PM | Posted in pork tenderloin, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Peppercorn and Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Seasoned Pinto Beans

 

 

 

For Breakfast on this morning i toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin. I topped it with a Poached Egg and I also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Yesterday morning was cold and this morning its even colder! It’s a minus 8 degrees. It was sunny out today but only a high of 18 degrees. So with the cold weather outside I stayed indoors. Today was computer cleanup day. Cleaned off the desk and did some rearranging. Then I did some computer cleaning and maintenance. Ran all the scans, deleted old files, and up dated some passwords. Then I unhooked everything and cleaned the inside of the processor. For Dinner tonight I prepared a Peppercorn and Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Seasoned Pinto Beans.

 

 

 

I purchased the Pork Tenderloin at our local Kroger up the road. It’s a Smithfield Pork Tenderloin. Usually I use my Cumin Spiced Rub when having a Pork Tenderloin so I thought I would give the Peppercorn and Herb Rub a try. To prepare it I’ll need; the Pork Tenderloin, Extra Light Olive Oil, McCormick Grinder Sea Salt, McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley, Dried Parsley, and Dried Thyme.

 

 

 

To prepare it; preheat oven to 350°. Combine all the ingredients, except the Peppercorn, in a small bowl. Next rub a light coat of Extra Light Olive Oil all over the Pork. Then rub the combined ingredients on all sides of the Pork. I then got a plate, and got the McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley and ground the Peppercorn on to the plate. Took the Pork Tenderloin and rolled in the Peppercorn. I then let the Pork rest for 5 minutes. As that was resting I got a Cast Iron Skillet sprayed it with a light coat of Pam Non-Stick Cooking Spray and added a tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil. Heated the Skillet on medium high heat. Add the Pork to the skillet and cook 2 minutes per side. From the stove to the oven; Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until a thermometer registers 155° (slightly pink), turning after 7 minutes. Remove from the skillet into a platter or dish and let stand 10 minutes before slicing. That’s one excellent Pork Tenderloin! Moist, juicy, and love the seasoning. The Peppercorn Medley gives it great flavor and a nice crust. Served it with Horseradish Sauce and baked a loaf of La Brea Multi Grain Bread.

 


For one side I prepared Potatoes; the Little Potato Company Savory Herb Potatoes. I have these quite often and really enjoy them. The Potatoes come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good item to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up.

 

 

 

 

For another side I heated up a can of Margaret Holmes Seasoned Pinto Beans. I purchased a few of cans of this at a nearby Walmart, they carry a good selection of a lot of the Margaret Holmes Products. To prepare it just empty the contents into a medium saucepan. Cover it and bring it to a boil. Stir and reduce the heat to slow simmer and serve when ready. And I have delicious side dish! I love Beans of all kinds and these Seasoned Pinto Beans are delicious, love the Seasoning. I also baked a loaf of La Brea Multi Grain Bread. So easy to prepare and no clean up. For Dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Divine Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Bar.

 

 

 

 

MCCORMICK® PEPPERCORN MEDLEY GRINDER
A colorful combination of whole black, white, green, and pink peppercorns, whole allspice, and whole coriander.
FULL INGREDIENTS
BLACK PEPPERCORNS, CORIANDER, PINK PEPPERCORNS (SCHINUS TEREBINTHIFOLIUS), WHITE PEPPERCORNS, ALLSPICE, AND GREEN PEPPERCORNS.
https://www.mccormick.com/spices-and-flavors/herbs-and-spices/grinders/peppercorn-medley-grinder

 

 

 

 


Margaret Holmes Seasoned Pinto Beans

Pinto beans are a great source of fiber and amino acids. Our delicious Seasoned Pinto Beans are slow-simmered with our unique blend of down-home Southern spices to create a true delicacy. Just heat and serve!

Directions:Instructions: STOVETOP HEATING INSTRUCTIONS: EMPTY CONTENTS INTO MEDIUM SAUCEPAN. COVER AND BRING TO BOIL. STIR AND REDUCE HEAT. SIMMER UNTIL READY TO HEAT.

Ingredients:
Ingredients: PINTO BEANS, WATER, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, SALT, DEHYDRATED ONION, SUGAR, SPICES, NATURAL FLAVORS, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVOR, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA (TO PRESERVE COLOR) AND CHICKEN FAT. MAY CONTAIN ALLERGENS: WHEAT (WHEAT GLUTEN), SOYBEANS (HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEIN) & PEANUTS.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size141 g (0.5 cup)
Amount Per ServingCalories 120 Calories
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
http://margaretholmes.com/products/seasoned-pinto-beans/

Fried Oysters w/ Mac and Cheese

December 10, 2017 at 6:02 PM | Posted in potatoes, seafood | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Oysters w/ Mac and Cheese

 

 

For Breakfast on this Saturday Morning I prepared a Hash Brown Turkey Sausage Crumble Skillet with Toast and that morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. And as cold as it is out there this morning that hot cup of Tea tastes pretty good! On to the skillet. I picked up a bag of Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles while at Kroger yesterday. I’ve used these before but it’s been a while. I first started by preparing some Simply Potatoes. If I ever stop eating the Simply Potato Products their stock value will drop like a rock! Halfway through the cooking time I added a 1/4 cup of the Turkey Crumbles. Stirred them into the Hashbrowns and continued cooking until both were heated through and ready to serve. Served them with a sprinkle of Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Also had a toasted slice of Aunt Millie’s Light Wheat Bread, and a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Another cold start to the day at 20 degrees. Spent most of the day straightening up Mom’s Junk closet for her, it was a mess! Did a few other things around the house. For Dinner tonight I prepared Fried Oysters w/ Mac and Cheese

 


To prepare my Fried Oysters I’ll need; 1 can Hilton’s Fresh Farm Raised Pacific Willapoint Oysters, 1 tablespoon Flour, 1/4 cup Egg Beaters, 1 cup Shake and Bake Seasoned Panko Bread Crumbs, Sea Salt and Pepper (to taste), 2 to 3 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil. Hot sauce, Seafood Cocktail Sauce are all optional.

 

 

 

 

I used Hilton’s Fresh Farm Raised Pacific Willapoint Oysters, my favorite. To prepare them; Place shucked oysters in a colander rinse in cold water and drain. Dredge drained oysters in the Flour, then Egg Beater’s, and then in Panko Crumbs seasoned with Sea Salt and Pepper (coating each oyster thoroughly). Set aside to dry at least 1/2 hour. An easy way to coat the oysters with the Panko Crumbs is to place the Crumbs in a resealable plastic bag, add egg-dipped oysters, seal bag, and then shake.

 

 

Next, heat Oil in a frying pan (I like to use my cast-iron frying pan) to 370 degrees F. or until quite hot. Fry oysters until golden brown on one side, then turn over each oysters carefully to brown the other side, approximately 1 to 2 minutes on each side Fry oyster until golden brown and edges are curled. Do not overcook or overcrowd in frying pan. Remove from frying pan and serve immediately. Serve with Lemons Wedges, Tartar Sauce, Cocktail Sauce and/or your favorite hot sauce. I served mine with some Tarter Sauce with a side of my favorite hot sauce Frank’s Hot Sauce. I don’t know why I don’t have these more often! They’re so delicious, golden brown, and with an incredible fresh flavor.

 

 

To go with the Oysters I prepared a Stouffer’s Classic Mac and Cheese Mac Cup, one of my favorites. Just microwave and serve. A great tasting Mac and Cheese in a single serving cup! Tastes great, excellent Cheesy Mac. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Diet Peach Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

Pan-Fried Oysters Recipe:

Ingredients:

12 large-medium Oysters, shucked
1 tablespoon Flour
1 Eggs, beaten or 1/4 cup egg Beater’s
1 cup Shake and Bake Seasoned Panko Bread Crumbs
Sea Salt and Pepper, to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil
Lemon Wedges, optional
Hot sauce, optional
Seafood Cocktail Sauce, optional

Preparation:

Place shucked oysters in a colander to drain.

1 – Dip drained oysters in flour, then beaten eggs, shake off excess, and in panko crumbs seasoned with salt and pepper (coating each oyster thoroughly). Set aside to dry at least 1/2 hour. NOTE: An easy way to coat the oysters with the panko crumbs is to place the crumbs in a resealable plastic bag, add egg-dipped oysters, seal bag, and then shake.

2 – Heat canola oil in a frying pan (I like to use my cast-iron frying pan) to 370 degrees F. or until quite hot.

3 – Fry oysters until golden brown on one side, then turn over each oysters carefully to brown the other side, approximately 1 to 2 minutes on each side Fry oyster until golden brown and edges are curled. Do not overcook or overcrowd in frying pan. Remove from frying pan and serve immediately.

Serve with Lemons Wedges, Tartar Sauce, Cocktail Sauce and/or your favorite hot sauce.

Makes 2 servings.

 

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF OYSTERS
Oysters are naturally high in many essential vitamins and minerals including protein, iron, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, zinc, and vitamin C.

Hilton’s Fresh Farm Raised Pacific Willapoint Oysters

Product Details
Hilton’s oysters are plump, juicy and full of flavor making them superb for cooking purposes in stews, pan fried, casseroles and turkey stuffing during the Holidays plus many more recipes.

Features
Available year around
Low in fat, calories and cholesterol
Fast and easy to prepare
High in protein, iron, omega 3 fatty acids, zinc and vitamin C
All natural
Product of USA

Ingredients
Fresh Pacific Small Willapoint Oysters

 

 

Stouffer’s Classic Mac and Cheese Mac Cups

Freshly made pasta with 100% real cheddar cheese sauce

Stouffer’s Classic Mac and Cheese Mac Cups are just the right size of delicious Stouffer’s Mac and Cheese.

 

Zesty Herbs and Spice Fire Grilled Wings w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Texas Toast (Light)

November 29, 2017 at 5:58 PM | Posted in chicken, Chicken Wings, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Baked Zesty Herbs and Spice Fire Grilled Wings w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Texas Toast (Light)

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I made what’s become my favorite Breakfast. I fried some Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns, Heated up some Meijer Diced Ham, fried an Egg Sunnyside Up, made a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I made a bed of the Hashbrowns in a bow and sprinkled some Sargento Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Next I put the Diced Ham over top the Hash Browns then put the Sunnyside Up Egg on to top it off. Also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Mostly sunny and 54 degrees out, some rain showers moving in for tomorrow. Cleaned the house today, vacuum and dusted. Then did some work on the computer. Dusted and cleaned then ran all the scans and deleted old files. For Dinner tonight I prepared Baked Zesty Herbs and Spice Fire Grilled Wings w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Texas Toast (Light).

 

I had tried the Cooked Perfect Buffalo Wings last week and loved them. So this week I’m trying the Cooked Perfect Zesty Herbs and Spice Fire Grilled Wings. They come Seasoned in Thyme, Sage, and Peppers. They come frozen so you can prepare them in the microwave or in the oven, I went with the oven method.

 

 

 

 

To prepare them; Preheat the oven to 375° F.Grab a baking sheet, line with Foil, and spray it with with Pam Cooking Spray. Place the Wings on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes, turn the Wings, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes before serving. These are just as good as the Buffalo Wings, if not better! Served with some Litehouse Lite Blue Cheese Dressing.

 

 

 

I could just have the Wings but Mom and Dad always have to have at least one side dish so I prepared a carton of the Little Potato Company Savory Herb Potatoes. A favorite I always pick while at Meijer are the Little Potato Company Savory Herb Potatoes. We have these quite often and really enjoy them. The Potatoes come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good item to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up. I also boiled some Green Giant Mini Eras of Sweet Corn. You can’t beat this corn, best there is! For Dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

 

 

 

Cooked Perfect Zesty Herbs and Spice Fire Grilled Wings

The Classic Appetizer and Party Favorite

Thyme and sage, plus savory peppers come together in our Zesty Herbs and Spice chicken wings. A perfect party snack!

* Available in 38 oz. and 20 oz. sizes, excellent for appetizers and family dinners
* Does not contain breading
* Fully cooked and fire grilled

Heating Instructions
Cooked Perfect® Fire Grilled Wings are fully cooked. Please follow directions below for heating. All times are from a frozen state; reduce time if thawed. Times may vary.
* Conventional Oven or Toaster Oven:
Preheat oven to 375° F. Prepare baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place wings on baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes, turn wings, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes before serving. When preparing our wings using a toaster oven, preheat toaster oven to 350° F. Coat baking tray with non-stick cooking spray. Place 6 wings on coated tray and bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Turn wings over and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes before serving.
* Microwave Oven (1000 watts):
Place 6 wings in a single layer on a microwave safe dish. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Turn wings over and continue on high for an additional 1-2 minutes. Let stand 2 minutes before serving. For every additional wing, add 30 seconds to heating time.
https://www.cookedperfect.com/products/zesty-herbs-spice-fire-grilled-wings/

 

 

the Little Potato Company – Savory Herb
HERBS AND SPICES, WITH A HINT OF BACON

Evoking all the cozy feelings of home-cooking, the Savory Herb flavor combines a fun mix of red and yellow Creamer potatoes with a comforting blend of savory herbs, earthy spices and just a hint of bacon flavor.

Simply pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and voila! – you have a nutritious taste of home. This is cozy dish on its own, or combine it with other ingredients to take your meal to a whole new level of down-home goodness.

You may also want to try our Garlic Parsley or Zesty Italian flavors.

*CALORIES PER SERVING 85
* GOOD SOURCE OF POTASSIUM
* SOURCE OF FIBER
* SOURCE OF VITAMIN C
* NATURALLY FAT-FREE

Microwave
In three easy steps, you have perfectly steamed and seasoned potatoes!

1. Simply remove the cardboard sleeve and seasoning pack. The plastic film stays on to aid in steaming the potatoes.
2. Place the convenience tray in the microwave. Cook on high for 5 minutes*.
3. Let the tray rest for 2 minutes then carefully remove plastic film and stir in seasoning pack. Caution – the contents will be very hot. If desired, add 1 tbsp. of butter or olive oil.

Serve and enjoy!
*Cooking times may vary.

Nutritional Information
Serving Size
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 85
Fat 0%
Saturated / Trans Fats 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 175 mg 7%
Potassium 510 mg 15%
Carbohydrate 20 g 7%
Fibre 2 g 8%
Sugars 2 g
Protein 2 g

http://www.littlepotatoes.com/en/products/savory-herb/

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