One of America’s Favorites – Cincinnati Chili

June 28, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A Cincinnati chili 4-way garnished with oyster crackers

Cincinnati chili (or Cincinnati-style chili) is a Mediterranean-spiced meat sauce used as a topping for spaghetti or hot dogs (“coneys”); both dishes were developed by Macedonian immigrant restaurateurs in the 1920s. In 2013, Smithsonian named it one of the “20 Most Iconic Foods in America”. Its name evokes comparison to chili con carne, but the two are dissimilar in consistency, flavors and serving methods, which for Cincinnati chili more resemble Greek pasta sauces and the spiced-meat hot dog topping sauces seen in other parts of the United States.

Ingredients include ground beef, water or stock, tomato paste, spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, cumin, chili powder, bay leaf, and in some home recipes unsweetened dark chocolate in a soupy consistency. The most popular order is a ‘three-way’, which adds shredded cheddar cheese to the chili-topped spaghetti (‘two-way’), while serving it ‘four-‘ or ‘five-ways’ comes from addition of chopped onions and/or beans. Dishes are often served with oyster crackers and a mild hot sauce. Cincinnati chili is almost never served or eaten by the bowl.

While served in many local restaurants, it is most often associated with the over 250 independent and chain “chili parlors” (restaurants specializing in Cincinnati chili) found throughout greater Cincinnati with franchise locations throughout Ohio and in Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, and the Middle East. The dish is the Cincinnati area’s best-known regional food.

Skyline Chili location in Cincinnati

Cincinnati chili originated with immigrant restaurateurs from Macedonia who were trying to expand their customer base by moving beyond narrowly ethnic styles of cuisine. Ethnic Macedonians Tom and John Kiradjieff immigrated from the town of Hrupishta (today’s Argos Orestiko in Greece), fleeing the Balkan Wars, ethnic rivalries, and bigotry, in 1921. They began serving a “stew with traditional Mediterranean spices” as a topping for hot dogs which they called “coneys” in 1922 at their hot dog stand located next to a burlesque theater called the Empress, which they named their business after. Tom Kiradjieff used the sauce to modify a traditional Greek dish, speculated to have been pastitsio, moussaka or saltsa kima to come up with a dish he called chili spaghetti. He first developed a recipe calling for the spaghetti to be cooked in the chili but changed his method in response to customer requests and began serving the sauce as a topping, eventually adding grated cheese as a topping for both the chili spaghetti and the coneys, also in response to customer requests.

To make ordering more efficient, the brothers created the “way” system of ordering. The style has since been copied and modified by many other restaurant proprietors, often fellow Greek and Macedonian immigrants who had worked at Empress restaurants before leaving to open their own chili parlors, often following the business model to the point of locating their restaurants adjacent to theaters.

Empress was the largest chili parlor chain in Cincinnati until 1949, when a former Empress employee and Greek immigrant, Nicholas Lambrinides, started Skyline Chili. In 1965, four brothers named Daoud, immigrants from Jordan, bought a restaurant called Hamburger Heaven from a former Empress employee. They noticed that the Cincinnati chili was outselling the hamburgers on their menu and changed the restaurant’s name to Gold Star Chili. As of 2015, Skyline (over 130 locations) and Gold Star (89 locations) were the largest Cincinnati chili parlor chains, while Empress had only two remaining locations, down from over a dozen during the chain’s most successful period.

Gold Star Chili restaurant interior

Besides Empress, Skyline, and Gold Star, there are also smaller chains such as Dixie Chili and Deli and numerous independents including the acclaimed Camp Washington Chili. Other independents include Pleasant Ridge Chili, Blue Ash Chili, Park Chili Parlor, Price Hill Chili, Chili Time, Orlando based Cincinnati Chili Company, and the Blue Jay Restaurant, in all totalling more than 250 chili parlors. In 1985 one of the founders of Gold Star Chili, Fahid Daoud, returned to Jordan, where he opened his own parlor, called Chili House. Outside of Jordan, Chili House as of 2020 had locations in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Turkey and Qatar.

In addition to the chili parlors, some version of Cincinnati chili is commonly served at many local restaurants. Arnold’s Bar and Grill, the oldest bar in the city, serves a vegetarian “Cincy Lentils” dish ordered in “ways.” Melt Eclectic Cafe offers a vegan 3-way. For Restaurant Week 2018, a local mixologist developed a cocktail called “Manhattan Skyline,” a Cincinnati chili-flavored whiskey cocktail.

The history of Cincinnati chili shares many factors in common with the apparently independent but simultaneous development of the Coney Island hot dog in other areas of the United States. “Virtually all” were developed by Greek or Macedonian immigrants who passed through Ellis Island as they fled the fallout from the Balkan Wars in the first two decades of the twentieth century.

Partially eaten 5-way from Skyline, garnished with oyster crackers

Raw ground beef is crumbled in water and/or stock, tomato paste and seasonings are added, and the mixture is brought to a boil and then simmered for several hours to form a thin meat sauce. Many recipes call for an overnight chill in the refrigerator to allow for easy skimming of fat and to allow flavors to develop, then reheating to serve. Typical proportions are 2 pounds of ground beef to 4 cups of water and 6 oz tomato paste to make 8 servings.

Ordering Cincinnati chili is based on a specific ingredient series: chili, spaghetti, shredded cheddar cheese, diced onions, and kidney beans. The number before the “way” of the chili determines which ingredients are included in each chili order. Customers order a:

* Two-way: spaghetti topped with chili (also called “chili spaghetti”)
* Three-way: spaghetti, chili, and cheese
* Four-way onion: spaghetti, chili, onions, and cheese
* Four-way bean: spaghetti, chili, beans, and cheese
* Five-way: spaghetti, chili, beans, onions, and cheese
small oval white plate with cheese coney showing bun, hot dog, sauce, and shredded cheese
Skyline cheese coney (hot dog topped with Cincinnati-style chili, mustard, onions, and a heap of shredded cheese)

Skyline cheese coney (hot dog topped with Cincinnati-style chili, mustard, onions, and a heap of shredded cheese)

* Some chili parlors will also serve the dish “inverted”: cheese on the bottom, so that it melts. Some restaurants, among them Skyline and Gold Star, do not use the term “four-way bean”, instead using the term “four-way” to denote a three-way plus the customer’s choice of onions or beans. Some restaurants may add extra ingredients to the way system; for example, Dixie Chili offers a “six-way”, which adds chopped garlic to a five-way. Cincinnati chili is also used as a hot dog topping to make a “coney”, a regional variation on the Coney Island chili dog, which is topped with shredded cheddar cheese to make a “cheese coney”. The standard coney also includes mustard and chopped onion. The “three-way” and the cheese coney are the most popular orders.

Very few customers order a bowl of plain chili. Most chili parlors do not offer plain chili as a regular menu item. Polly Campbell, former food editor of The Cincinnati Enquirer, calls ordering a bowl of chili, “Ridiculous. Would you order a bowl of spaghetti sauce? Because that’s what you’re doing.”

Serving and eating
Ways and coneys are traditionally served in a shallow oval bowl. Oyster crackers are usually served with Cincinnati chili,[9] and a mild hot sauce such as Tabasco is frequently available to be used as an optional topping to be added at the table. Locals eat Cincinnati chili as if it were a casserole, cutting each bite with the side of the fork instead of twirling the noodles.

 

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Turkey Enchilada Lasagna

April 2, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is Turkey Enchilada Lasagna. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey, Tomato Paste, Can of Pinto Beans, Can of Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, Mild Enchilada Sauce, Kosher Salt, Corn Tortillas, Shredded Mexican 4-Cheese Blend, and Garnish. You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Stay Safe and Make the SWITCH in 2021! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Enchilada Lasagna
Spice up your normal lasagna with this quick Turkey Enchilada Lasagna recipe. It will quickly become a family favorite with prep time under 10 minutes and 29g of protein in every serving!

Total Time – 1 Hour 5 Minutes
Serving Size – 6 Servings

Ingredients
1 – (1-pound) package JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey

2 – tablespoons tomato paste

1 – (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

1 – (15-ounce) diced tomatoes and green chilies

2 – (15-ounce) cans mild enchilada sauce, divided

½ – teaspoon kosher salt

9 – corn tortillas

1 ½ – cups shredded Mexican 4-cheese blend

garnish: chopped fresh cilantro leaves, sliced fresh jalapeños, sliced ripened olives, sour cream

 

Directions

1) Add ground turkey to a nonstick cooking sprayed hot skillet over medium-high heat. Stir to crumble, approximately 14 to 16 minutes. Always cook to well-done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer.

2) Stir in tomato paste and cook 1 minute.

3) Add beans, tomatoes, 1 can enchilada sauce and salt.

4) Heat oven to broil and place rack 5 inches under broiler.

5) Place tortillas on baking rack and broil 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly charred on each side.

6) Place 3 corn tortillas in bottom of 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

7) Spoon half turkey mixture over tortillas. Repeat layers ending with tortillas. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over tortillas.

8) Cover and bake 30 minutes or until bubbly. Remove foil, sprinkle with cheese, and bake 15 minutes more or until cheese is melted.

9) Garnish, if desired.

 

Nutrition
Calories – 440

Protein – 29g

Carbohydrates – 40g

Fiber – 7g

Sugars – 8g

Fat – 17g

Cholesterol – 85mg

Sodium – 940mg

Saturated Fat – 7g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/turkey-enchilada-lasagna/

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week -Turkey Meatballs and Pasta

March 26, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products, Jimmy Dean Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is Turkey Meatballs and Pasta. To make this week’s Dish you’ll be needing JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast, Parsley, Ground Pepper, Garbanzo Beans, Egg Substitute, Tomato Sauce, Tomato Paste, Garlic, and Whole Wheat Pasta. You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Stay Safe and Make the SWITCH in 2021! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Meatballs and Pasta
Making your own meatballs is easier than you think. Especially these babies: baked with ground chickpeas, fresh parsley and lean ground turkey. Turkey Meatballs and Pasta are ready in under 60 minutes!

Total Time 1 Hour
Serving Size 6 Servings

Ingredients

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

⅓ – cup chopped parsley

½ – tablespoon freshly ground pepper

1 – cup garbanzo beans, pureed

½ – cup egg substitute

1 – (14-ounce) can tomato sauce

1 – medium tomato, chopped or 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

3 – cloves garlic, chopped

3 – cups uncooked whole wheat pasta

 

Directions

1) Heat oven to 375ºF.

2) Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

3) In large bowl, mix turkey, parsley, pepper, beans and egg. Roll turkey mixture into ½-inch meatballs and place on prepared baking sheet.

4) Bake meatballs 20 minutes or until well-done, Always cook to 165ºF. as measured by a meat thermometer.

5) While meatballs are cooking, in sauce pan on stove top heat tomato sauce, fresh tomato or tomato paste and garlic. Once meatballs are finished cooking, add to sauce and simmer 15 minutes.

6) Cook pasta according to package , drain. Top pasta with meatballs and sauce.

 

Nutrition

Calories – 400
Protein – 34g
Carbohydrates – 62g
Fiber – 11g
Sugars – 4g
Fat – 4g
Cholestero – 35mg
Sodium – 100mg
Saturated Fat – 0.5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/turkey-meatballs-and-pasta/

Quick Glazed Pork Loin

January 26, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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I have a recipe for a Quick Glazed Pork Loin to pass along. To make this recipe you’ll be needing a Pork Tenderloin, Water, Tomato Paste, Orange Juice Concentrate, Chili Powder, Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener, White Vinegar, Salt, and a Package of Frozen Vegetable Blend. 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 2021! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Quick Glazed Pork Loin
Prepared in under an hour, this pork tenderloin is baked with a medley of vegetables in a sweet and spicy glaze.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 pound pork tenderloin
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate
2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (14-ounce) package frozen vegetable blend

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
2 – Rinse pork loin and pat dry. Set aside.
3 – Mix water, tomato paste, orange juice concentrate, chili powder, salt, Splenda® Granulated Sweetener, and white vinegar in a small mixing bowl.
4 – Place pork loin in a 13x9x2-inch pan. Cover with half of the glaze. Bake 15 minutes in preheated oven.
5 – Remove pork loin from oven. Cover with remaining glaze. Place vegetables around pork loin. Bake an additional 15 minutes or until the vegetables are hot and the pork loin is completely cooked*.
Makes 4 servings. Serving Size: 1 (4-ounce) slice pork loin.

*Pork loin is completely cooked when poked with a fork in the thickest section of the loin and juice runs clear or meat thermometer registers 155°F (approximately 65°C. Let roast stand for 10 minutes before slicing. This allows juices to settle in the meat creating a juicier cut of meat.

Tip: Double the glaze recipe to make extra glaze for dipping or sauce.

Nutritional Facts Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 220; Calories from Fat: 60; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 65mg; Sodium: 240mg; Total Carbs: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugars: 2g; Protein: 24g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/quick_glazed_pork_loin_recipe.html

Roasted Winter Vegetable Blend

December 22, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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I have a Delicious and Diabetic Friendly Side Dish to share with all of you, Roasted Winter Vegetable Blend. The recipe is made using Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Russet Potato, Turnip, Parsnip, Onion, Tomato Paste, Olive Oil, Italian Herb Blend, and Black Pepper. This should go great with any meal! 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 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Roasted Winter Vegetable Blend

Ingredients
Preparation time: 15 minutes

2 medium carrots, peeled
1 medium sweet potato, peeled
1 large russet potato
1 medium turnip, peeled
1 medium parsnip, peeled
1 large onion, peeled
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons Italian herb blend
Black pepper to taste

Directions
Yield: 6 servings
Serving size: 1 cup

1 – Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut carrots, sweet potato, potato, turnip, parsnip, and onion into chunks. Place in a large bowl. Mix tomato paste and olive oil into vegetables, stirring well to coat all surfaces. Sprinkle with herb blend and black pepper.

2 – Spread on shallow baking sheet or pan so that vegetables are in a single layer. Bake 40–45 minutes, turning vegetables once with a spatula during cooking, until vegetables are fork-tender.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 134 calories, Carbohydrates: 26 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 45 mg, Fiber: 4 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/sides/roasted-winter-vegetable-blend/

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Appetizer of the Week – WARM MOLE BEAN DIP SATURDAY

November 21, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is a recipe for Warm Mole Bean Dip. The recipe is made using Tomato Paste, Tomato, Salsa, Cilantro, Salt, Shredded Reduced Fat Jack Cheese, Pinto Beans, Canola Oil, Onion, Jalapeno Pepper, Spices, and Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. The Mole Dip is 100 calories and 8 net carbs per serving. So you can find this Diabetic Friendly recipe and more all at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. You can also sign up to receive wonderful recipes, engaging articles, helpful and healthful tips, critically important news and more. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

WARM MOLE BEAN DIP
Recipe for Warm Mole Bean Dip

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 small tomato, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup mild, medium or hot chunky salsa
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste
3/4 cup (3 ounces), shredded, reduced-fat Jack cheese
One (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 tsp. canola oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano

Directions

1 – Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray and set aside.
2 – In a food processor, whirl beans until pureed but still slightly lumpy. Scoop beans into a mixing bowl and set aside.
3 – In medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Sautee onion and jalapeno until onion is soft, 5 minutes. Add chili powder, cocoa, cumin, and oregano, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute. Mix in tomato paste and cook for 30 seconds. Add contents of the pan to the pureed beans.
4 – Add tomato, salsa, cilantro and salt, to beans and mix to combine all ingredients. Spread bean mixture in an even layer in the prepared pan. Sprinkle cheese over the top.
5 – Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly and beans are heated through, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately, accompanied by a bowl of baked tortilla chips.

Recipe Yield: Yield: Makes 8 servings.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 100
Fat: 3.5 grams
Saturated Fat: 1.5 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Sodium: 370 milligrams
Protein: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 11 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/warm-mole-bean-dip

Spicy Shrimp Appetizers

October 10, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Appetizers, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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I have a 2nd Appetizer Recipe to pass along, Spicy Shrimp Appetizers. These are made using Water, Shelled Cooked Medium Shrimp, Tomato Paste, Garlic, Crushed Red Pepper, Olive Oil, Basil, Pepper, Hot Pepper Sauce, and Leaf Lettuce. This one has 87 calories and 2 carbs per serving. This recipe is also 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 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Spicy Shrimp Appetizers
Requiring just 12 minutes of preparation time, this tasty and elegant shrimp appetizers are perfect for your next garden party!
Ingredients
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes.

2 quarts water
1 pound shelled and cooked medium frozen shrimp (21–24 count)
1/4 cup no-added-salt tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2–3 drops hot pepper sauce
24 toothpicks
3 leaf lettuce leaves for presentation

Directions
Yield: 8 servings
Serving size: about 3 shrimp

1 – Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add frozen shrimp and cook approximately 3 minutes until shrimp are heated through. Drain.

2 – In a small bowl, whisk together tomato paste, garlic, crushed red pepper, olive oil, basil, black pepper, and hot sauce. Pour mixture into a large skillet and heat at a low heat, stirring constantly. Add hot, cooked shrimp and stir to coat with sauce. Place 1 toothpick in each shrimp. Serve immediately on a large plate covered with 3 lettuce leaves.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 87 calories, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Protein: 14 g, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 112 mg, Sodium: 65 mg, Fiber: 0 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/snacks-appetizers/spicy-shrimp-appetizers/

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BAKED BEEF EMPANADAS

September 26, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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I have another Appetizer Recipe to pass along for everyone, BAKED BEEF EMPANADAS. These are made using Laura’s 92% Lean Ground Beef, Onion, Cajun Seasoning, Kosher Salt, Ground Black Pepper, canned Low salt Yellow Corn, Salsa, Tomato Paste, Wonton Wrappers, Cooking Spray, Salsa, and Reduced Light Sour Cream. These are 85 calories and 9 carbs per serving! You can find this recipe and more all at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. You can also sign up to receive wonderful recipes, engaging articles, helpful and healthful tips, critically important news and more. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

BAKED BEEF EMPANADAS

Ingredients
1/2 pound Laura’s 92% Lean Ground Beef or 96% Lean Ground Round
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup canned low-salt yellow corn, drained
1/3 cup salsa
1 tablespoon tomato paste
20 wonton wrappers
Cooking spray
Salsa, low-fat sour cream (optional)

Directions
1 -Preheat oven to 400F.
2 – Cook ground beef, onion and next 3 ingredients in a large nonstick skillet 5 minutes or until beef is browned; drain. Add corn and next 2 ingredients and cook until heated through. Remove and let cool.
3 – Working with one wonton wrapper at a time, spoon 1 tablespoon beef mixture into center of each wrapper. Bring 2 opposite corners together and pinch the points to seal, forming a triangle. Place wrappers on a wire rack and repeat procedure with remaining wrappers and beef mixture.
4 – Place empanadas on lightly greased baking sheets and coat lightly with cooking spray. Bake 4 to 6 minutes on each side, turning once or until golden. Serve with salsa and sour cream, if desired.

Recipe Yield: Yield: Makes 20 servings.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 85
Fat: 1.5 grams
Saturated Fat: .68 grams
Fiber: .62 grams
Sodium: 157 milligrams
Cholesterol: 10 milligrams
Protein: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 9 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/baked-beef-empanadas

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Red Beans Turkey and Rice

August 21, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is Red Beans Turkey and Rice. Crank up the Cajun with this week’s recipe! You’ll be using JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey along with Green Peppers, Tomatoes, Kidney Beans, and a variety of Spices and Herbs! You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Red Beans Turkey and Rice

This recipe is the epitome of classic Cajun comfort food. Fill your house with the aroma of thyme, lean turkey and stewed tomatoes. This low-fat recipe is ready to eat in under 60 minutes!

Ingredients
1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 green pepper, finely chopped
½ cup sliced celery
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1½ teaspoons thyme
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
½ teaspoon salt
1 (14½-ounce) can cajun-style stewed tomatoes
1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
¼ cup tomato paste
4 cups cooked white or brown rice
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions
1) Spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat skillet over medium-high heat.

2) 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.

3) Add onion, green pepper, celery and garlic; cook 5 minutes or until slightly softened; stirring occasionally.

4) Sprinkle with thyme, hot pepper sauce and salt; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cajun-style stewed tomatoes, kidney beans and tomato paste.

5) Cook, uncovered, 10 minutes or until hot and flavors are blended, stirring occasionally.

6) Serve over cooked rice. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve with additional hot sauce, if desired.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

Nutritional Information
Calories 350 Fat 6g
Protein 23g
Cholesterol 55mg
Carbohydrates 50g
Sodium 790mg
Fiber 8g
Saturated Fat 2g
Sugars 8g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/red-beans-turkey-rice/

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – NORTH AFRICAN MEAT SAUCE WITH SAFFRON COUSCOUS

April 1, 2020 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 – NORTH AFRICAN MEAT SAUCE WITH SAFFRON COUSCOUS. Made using Wild Idea Ground Buffalo Meat along with multiple Spices, Garlic, Tomato Paste, Chicken Broth, and Green Onions. Also included is a recipe for the Saffron Couscous. 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. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

NORTH AFRICAN MEAT SAUCE WITH SAFFRON COUSCOUS
Recently, a chef friend of mine sent me a recipe she came across in the New York Times – she did a riff on it using Wild Idea Buffalo meat and said that it was fabulous! Being in the middle of nowhere is a lot like social distancing, so I modified with what I had on hand as well as changed structure based on the time that I had.

But this is the great thing about a recipe, it can be used as a guideline and then you can riff away and make it your own! This recipe is filled with a bunch of aromatic spices that are great for both digestion and the taste buds. Win-win!

Ingredients (serves 6):

For the Sauce:
1 – pound Ground Wild Idea Buffalo Meat
2 – tablespoons oil
1 – onion, chopped
1 – teaspoon salt
½ – teaspoon black pepper
1/3 – teaspoon allspice
1 – teaspoon ginger
1 – teaspoon turmeric
2 – teaspoon paprika
¼ – teaspoon cayenne
½ – teaspoon cumin
½ – teaspoon coriander
¼ – teaspoon cinnamon
4 – cloves garlic (2 Tb.), chopped
3 – tablespoons tomato paste
3 – cups, organic chicken broth or vegetable broth
3 – tablespoons chopped parsley
3 – tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 – green onions chopped

For the Couscous:
1 – tablespoon olive oil
2 – cups couscous
2 – cups water or broth
½ – cup chopped apricots
.01 oz. – saffron*

*This is expensive, so if you don’t have it, no worries.

Preparation:
1) In a skillet over medium high heat, add the oil, onions and dried spices. Sauté for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
2) Crumble in the ground buffalo meat and chopped garlic and stir to incorporate and brown, about 7 minutes.
3) Stir in the tomato paste and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer for 15 minutes or until desired consistency is achieved.
4) Add half of the fresh chopped herbs before serving.
5) For the couscous. Heat the oil and the couscous in a pot over medium high heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the apricots, liquid and saffron. Stir and bring to a boil reduce heat to simmer with the lid on stirring occasionally for 7 minutes.
6) Serve the meat sauce over the couscous and garnish with remaining chopped herbs.

*I accompanied with a cucumber and red onion salad, mixed with a little yogurt and cilantro.

Photo Credit: Jill O’Brien
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/north-african-meat-sauce-with-saffron-couscous

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