Diabetic Dish of the Week – Tuna Steaks with Pineapple and Tomato Salsa

June 11, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is – Tuna Steaks with Pineapple and Tomato Salsa. Tuna Steaks, Pineapple, Tomato, and Red Onion are just some of the ingredients you’ll need to make this week’s recipe. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes Management Tips, Diabetes News, and more! Be sure to check it out. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One!  https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/ 


Tuna Steaks with Pineapple and Tomato Salsa

1 medium tomato, chopped
1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks in juice, drained and chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeño pepper*, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon minced red onion
1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel
2 teaspoons lime juice
4 tuna steaks (4 ounces each)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil

1 – For salsa, combine tomato, pineapple, cilantro, jalapeño, onion, lime peel, and lime juice in medium bowl.

2 – Sprinkle tuna with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tuna; cook 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium-rare or to desired degree of doneness. Serve with salsa.

*Note. Jalapeño peppers can sting and irritate the skin, so wear rubber gloves when handling peppers and do not touch your eyes.

Yield: 4 servings.

Serving size: 1 tuna steak and scant 1/2 cup salsa.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 228 calories, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Protein: 27 g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 43 mg, Sodium: 338 mg, Fiber: 1 g


Turkey Burger with Pastrami

May 31, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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I have another Jennie – O Turkey Burger recipe to pass along to everyone, Turkey Burger with Pastrami. To make this one you’ll be using the JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Seasoned White Turkey Patties along with toppings of Salad Dressing, Ketchup, American Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, JENNIE-O® 95% Fat Free Turkey Pastrami, and served on Crusty Round Rolls (split and toasted). Another good one from Jennie – O! You can find this recipe at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2019! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Burger with Pastrami
It’s like your favorite deli sandwich and a burger combined! Pastrami and cheese are choice toppings to take this juicy turkey burger up a notch. Give this delicious recipe a try tonight!

½ cup salad dressing
3 tablespoons ketchup
4 JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Seasoned White Turkey Patties
4 slices American cheese
4 crusty round rolls, split and toasted
1 cup shredded lettuce
4 slices tomato
3 ounces JENNIE-O® 95% Fat Free Turkey Pastrami, warmed

1) In small bowl, combine salad dressing and ketchup; set aside
2) Cook turkey patties as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Top each burger with a cheese slice.
3) Spread ketchup mixture on rolls. Add lettuce, tomato, patties and pastrami. Cover with bun tops.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.


Calories 470
Protein 34g
Carbohydrates 32g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 8g
Fat 22g
Cholesterol 100mg
Sodium 970mg
Saturated Fat 5g



Jennie – O Turkey – 95% Fat Free Turkey Pastrami
If you’re looking to add a savory, nutritious zing, JENNIE-O® 95% Fat Free Turkey Pastrami is the perfect choice! It’s ready to cut and serve, hot or cold, on your next sandwich, salad or burger. Find it in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.

* 24-OZ PACKAGE (1.5 LBS)
Find this product in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.

This product is fully cooked and is “Ready To Eat”.

Serving Size 56 g

Calories 70
Total Fat 2.5 g
Saturated Fat .5 g
Trans Fat .0 g
Cholesterol 35 mg
Sodium 700 mg
Total Carbohydrates 3 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g

Turkey Ham and Egg on English Muffin

August 10, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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I’ve got another recipe off the Jennie – O Turkey website to pass along, Turkey Ham and Egg on English Muffin. Made using JENNIE-O® Turkey Ham with toppings of Tomato, Guacamole, Italian Dressing, Egg Substitute, and fresh Chives served on English Muffins. And that’s how you start your day! 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 2018! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Ham and Egg on English Muffin
Marinated tomato slices, fresh guacamole, lean turkey ham and toasted English muffins combine to form this amazing breakfast sandwich. Ready in less than 15 minutes.

2 slices tomato
2 tablespoons Italian dressing
4 slices JENNIE-O® Turkey Ham
2 eggs or ½ cup egg substitute
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
2 English muffins, split and toasted
⅓ cup WHOLLY GUACAMOLE® guacamole

1) Marinate tomato slices in dressing 10 minutes.
2) Sauté turkey ham over medium heat 1 minute on each side.
3) In bowl whisk eggs, water and chives. In non-stick skillet over medium heat, cook egg mixture.
4) Spread muffin half with guacamole. Top with turkey ham, scrambled eggs, marinated tomato and remaining muffin half.


Calories 350
Protein 19g
Carbohydrates 29g
Fiber 4g
Sugars 11g
Fat 20g
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 940mg
Saturated Fat 4.5g

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – BLT Turkey Brats

June 1, 2018 at 5:02 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 – BLT Turkey Brats. I love Brats- Grilled, Pan Fried, Roasted, or any other way! You’ll be using the JENNIE-O® Lean Turkey Bratwurst and JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon to make this week’s recipe. You can find this recipe at the Jennie- O Turkey website. So Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2018! https://www.jennieo.com/

BLT Turkey Brats
Our brats are amazing—but like most things, they only get better when wrapped in bacon. Top that goodness with lettuce and tomato and you’ve got a new summer favorite. Ready in under 30 minutes.

1 (19.5-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Lean Turkey Bratwurst
5 slices JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon, if desired
5 tablespoons light or fat-free mayonnaise
5 reduced-calorie bratwurst buns, toasted
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 cup chopped tomato

1) Wrap each turkey brat with a slice of bacon, if desired; secure bacon in place with toothpicks. Cook brats as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165ºF as measured by a meat thermometer and bacon is crisp.
2) Spread mayonnaise on each toasted bun. Remove toothpicks from brats and place in buns. Top each brat with lettuce and tomato.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.


Calories 300
Protein 21g
Carbohydrates 24g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 6g
Fat 14g
Cholesterol 75mg
Sodium 920mg
Saturated Fat 3.5g

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Best Turkey Burger Recipe

March 30, 2018 at 5:02 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 – Best Turkey Burger Recipe. Made with the JENNIE-O® 1/3 lb. Turkey Burgers along with toppings of American Cheese, Yellow Onion, Tomato, Romaine Lettuce, and served on a split Kaiser Roll. The grilling season is here and here’s a delicious way to start! You can find this recipe at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH! https://www.jennieo.com/

Best Turkey Burger Recipe
Three reasons it’s our best burger recipe: It’s juicy, lean and topped with the classics. This recipe is a great place to start if you’re looking to switch from beef to turkey but don’t want to sacrifice flavor.

4 JENNIE-O® 1/3 lb. Turkey Burgers
4 slices fat-free American cheese
4 Kaiser rolls, split
4 slices red or yellow onion
4 slices tomato
4 leaves romaine or red leaf lettuce

1) Cook patties as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Top patties with cheese during last minute of grilling. Lightly toast rolls on grill, cut-side-down, during last 1 to 2 minutes of cooking.
2) Serve patties in rolls topped with grilled onion, tomato and lettuce.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.


Calories 390
Protein 34g
Carbohydrates 23g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 4g
Fat 17g
Cholesterol 120mg
Sodium 590mg
Saturated Fat 4.5g

One of America’s Favorites – Cheeseburger

December 25, 2017 at 7:03 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A cheeseburger is a hamburger topped with cheese. Traditionally, the slice of cheese is placed on top of the meat patty, but the burger can include many variations in structure, ingredients, and composition. The cheese is normally added to the cooking hamburger patty shortly before serving, which allows the cheese to melt. As with other hamburgers, a cheeseburger may include toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, or bacon.

In fast food restaurants, the cheese used is normally processed cheese, but other cheeses may be used instead, such as cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella, blue cheese, and pepper jack. Also, in rare cases, spinach and olives are added.


By the late nineteenth century, the opening of the vast grasslands of the Great Plains to cattle ranching had made it possible for every American to enjoy beef almost daily. Hamburger was one of the cheapest way for even the poorest of Americans to eat beef.

Adding cheese to hamburgers became popular in the late-1920s to mid-1930s, and there are several competing

A cheddar-stuffed cheeseburger

claims as to who created the first cheeseburger. Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have introduced the cheeseburger in 1926 at the age of 16 when he was working as a fry cook at his father’s Pasadena, California sandwich shop, “The Rite Spot”, and “experimentally dropped a slab of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger.”

An early example of the cheeseburger appearing on a menu is a 1928 menu for the Los Angeles restaurant O’Dell’s which listed a cheeseburger smothered with chili for 25 cents.

Other restaurants also claim to have invented the cheeseburger. For example, Kaelin’s Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, said it invented the cheeseburger in 1934. One year later, a trademark for the name “cheeseburger” was awarded to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, Colorado. According to Steak ‘n Shake archives, the restaurant’s founder, Gus Belt, applied for a trademark on the word in the 1930s. Another example of the hamburger invention. “The history of the hamburger appears to be divided into two aspects: the American-type hamburger, with which most people are familiar, and the idea of the hamburger from Hamburg, Germany. The essential difference is in the name and sandwich. Hamburgers may have been inspired in the German city with the profusion of beef from cows in the country terrain. Given the lack of refrigeration, the meat had to be cooked immediately, and the Hamburg beef patties became popular.

The largest cheeseburger ever made in the world weighed 2,014 pounds, “60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50 pounds of sliced onions, 40 pounds of pickles, and 40 pounds of cheese.” The record was broken by Minnesota’s Black Bear Casino breaking the previous Cheeseburger record 881 pounds.

In the United States, National Cheeseburger Day is celebrated annually on 18 September.


The ingredients used to create cheeseburgers follow similar patterns found in the regional variations of hamburgers. First start with the beef ground chuck would make the best tasting burger to make it even better and healthier use grass fed grass finish beef. Popular regional toppings include bacon, avocado or guacamole, sliced sautéed mushrooms or onions, cheese sauce and/or chili. Less common ingredients include egg, feta cheese, salsa, jalapeños, and other kinds of chili peppers, anchovies, slices of ham, mustard, gyros meat, or bologna, horseradish, sauerkraut, pastrami or teriyaki-seasoned beef, tartar sauce, french fries, onion rings, potato chips, a pat of butter, pineapple, and tofu.

A cheeseburger may have more than one hamburger patty and more than one slice of cheese. A stack of two patties is called a double cheeseburger; a triple cheeseburger has three, and a quadruple has four. Some cheeseburgers are prepared with the cheese enclosed within the ground beef, rather than on top. This is sometimes known as a Jucy Lucy.


Jennie – O Recipe of the Week – Summer Turkey Pitas

July 14, 2017 at 5:32 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Recipe of the Week is Summer Turkey Pitas. A light and delicious meal for the Summer Time, Summer Turkey Pitas. Made with JENNIE-O® Tender Browned Turkey Breast with fat-free ranch dressing as the sauce. You can find this recipe along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the Jennie – O website. Enjoy and Make the Switch! https://www.jennieo.com/


Summer Turkey Pitas


1 cup oil
⅓ cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons mustard
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon dried tarragon leaves
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
12 ounces JENNIE-O® Tender Browned Turkey Breast, thick sliced from the service deli
2 pita pocket bread, halved and split
1 tomato, sliced
4 tablespoons fat-free ranch dressing


1) In large bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, mustard, sugar, pepper, tarragon and red pepper flakes. Cube turkey; add to mixture. Cover and marinate overnight. Drain turkey from marinade; discard marinade.
2) Broil turkey 5 to 6 inches from heat source 10 minutes or until turkey is heated. Fill pita pocket with turkey and tomato.
3) Drizzle ranch dressing over turkey.

Saturated Fat1g


One of America’s Favorites – Cacciatore

May 1, 2017 at 5:14 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Chicken cacciatore



Cacciatore (pronounced [kattʃaˈtoːre]) means “hunter” in Italian. In cuisine, alla cacciatora refers to a meal prepared “hunter-style” with onions, herbs, usually tomatoes, often bell peppers, and sometimes wine.

Cacciatore is popularly made with braised chicken (pollo alla cacciatora) or rabbit (coniglio alla cacciatora). The salamino cacciatore is a small salami that is seasoned with only garlic and pepper.



A basic cacciatore recipe usually begins with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil heated in a large frying pan. Chicken

Rabbit cacciatore

parts, dusted with salt and pepper, are seared in the oil for three to four minutes on each side. The chicken is removed from the pan, and most of the fat poured off. The remaining fat is used to fry the onions, peppers or other vegetables for several minutes. A small can of peeled tomatoes (drained of liquid and chopped coarsely) is typically added to the pan along with rosemary and a half cup of dry red wine. Bay leaf may be used, along with chopped carrot to give extra sweetness. The seared chicken parts are returned to the pan which is then covered. The dish is done after about an hour at a very low simmer. Cacciatore is often served with a rustic bread or pasta on the side.

Chicken cacciatore typically, but not always, includes base ingredients of onion, garlic, and tomato.



U.S.-style chicken cacciatore

There are many different variations of this entree based upon ingredients available in specific regions. For example, in southern Italy, cacciatore often includes red wine, while northern Italian chefs might use white wine. Some versions of the dish may use mushrooms.
In the United States, cacciatore dishes may be prepared with marinara sauce, though in Italy the dish does not always include tomatoes.


One of America’s Favorites – 7 Layer Salad

November 2, 2015 at 5:58 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 2 Comments
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Back when my Grandmother was still with us I can’t ever remember a Thanksgiving or Christmas Holiday that went by where she didn’t make her 7 Layer Salad. Sure miss those days and my Grandmother.



Seven-Layer Salad

Seven-Layer Salad

Seven-layer salad is an American dish that includes a colorful combination of seven layers of ingredients: iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, sweet peas, hard boiled eggs, sharp cheddar cheese, and bacon pieces. The salad is topped with a mayonnaise-based dressing and sometimes sour cream is added. It is served in a glass bowl or large pan so the layers can be observed. The dish is often associated with potlucks, picnics, and barbecues, where a large gathering of people takes place and many people need to be fed. There are many variants on the seven-layer salad and it can be made with additional (or sometimes fewer) layers, making it (for example) an eight-layer salad instead.


Although there are many variations, the traditional seven-layer salad has remained the same for decades. The dish may have originated in the South and was called the “seven-layer pea salad” for its main layers of peas. The traditional seven-layer salad is covered with a coating of mayonnaise (and sometimes sour cream) and includes eggs and bacon. It has been said to have “helped give salads of the 1950s a bad name… when it came to health.”

Popular variations on the home-made salad’s ingredients include ham, mushrooms, celery, carrots, and bell peppers. The dish remains a party staple, and its impressive height and layered architecture have been adapted by some restaurant chefs, though “our mothers were stacking long before many of today’s chefs were even born.” Cooks modifying the salad include those at Aura restaurant on Lincoln Road in Florida who include sliced mozzarella, red tomatoes and basil layered for red, green and white color, and others using fruit, cutting back on high-fat ingredients, substituting low-fat yogurt or a vinaigrette dressing for the mayonnaise/sour cream, and modifying the ingredients with ethnic and gourmet foods such as tomatillos, chickpeas, black beans and pepperoni. Another chef who serves items with “a sense of humor” offers “an updated seven-layer salad in a tortilla, where the ground beef of the 70’s is exchanged for grilled shrimp.”


Hearty Vegetable Chili

September 29, 2015 at 5:35 AM | Posted in chili, Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Wanted to pass this Hearty Vegetable Chili along to everyone. It’s from the CooksRecipes website. Home of countless delicious and healthy recipes. http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html



Hearty Vegetable Chili

Hearty Vegetable Chili A truly one-pot meal, this hearty chili will satisfy the biggest of appetites. Make lots because it’s even better the next day.


Recipe Ingredients:Cooksrecipes 2

1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3/4 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup dry red wine or water
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, chopped and juice reserved
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup tomato paste
4 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon MAGGI Vegetarian Vegetable Flavor Bouillon Cubes
1 teaspoon cumin
2 (15-ounce) cans kidney or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Sour cream (optional)

Cooking Directions:

Combine onion, bell pepper, celery, wine and garlic in large saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for 6 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Add tomatoes and juice, water, tomato paste, chili powder, bouillon and cumin; stir well. Stir in beans. Bring to a boil; cover. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes. Stir in cilantro. Serve with sour cream.
Makes 6 servings.

For Freeze Ahead: Prepare as above; do not stir in cilantro or top with sour cream. Cool chili completely. Place in airtight container; freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator. Heat in large saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through. Stir in cilantro. Serve with sour cream.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories: 300 Calories from Fat: 70 Total Fat: 8 g Saturated Fat: 1 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 870 mg Carbohydrates: 47 g Dietary Fiber: 11 g Sugars: 16 g Protein: 14 g.


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