Appetizer of the Week -Sweet Potato Minestrone

June 12, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, Appetizers, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is a Sweet Potato Minestrone. To make this week’s recipe some of the ingredients you’ll be needing are Onion, Celery, Sweet Potatoes, Great Northern Beans, Tomatoes, Spices, Kale, Grated Parmesan Cheese and more! 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 2021! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Sweet Potato Minestrone
The calendar is showing October, and that can only mean one thing — we’re in sweet potato season! Perfect for warming up on a crisp fall evening, this hearty soup is jam-packed with nutrients. And with its blend of sweet potatoes, Great Northern beans, tomatoes and kale, it’s as beautifully colored as the autumn leaves

Ingredients
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
2 cups diced peeled sweet potatoes
1 can (about 15 ounces) Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (about 14 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
3 cups water
3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups coarsely chopped kale leaves (lightly packed)
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 1/2 cups

1 – Heat oil in large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir 4 minutes or until onion is softened. Stir water, sweet potatoes, beans, tomatoes, rosemary, salt, if desired, and pepper into saucepan. Cover and bring to a simmer; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.

2 – Add kale; cover and cook 10 minutes or until tender.

3 – Ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle with cheese.

Note: Choose kale in small bunches with firm leaves and a rich, deep color. Avoid bunches with limp, wilted, or discolored leaves. To remove the tough stems, make a “V-shaped” cut where the stem joins the leaf. Stack the leaves and cut them into pieces.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 286 calories, Carbohydrates: 48 g, Protein: 13 g, Fat: 6 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 4 mg, Sodium: 189 mg, Fiber: 11 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/sweet-potato-minestrone/

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 5, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Buying Tomatoes……….

Look for plump, heavy tomatoes with smooth skins. They should be free of bruises, blemishes, or deep cracks, although fine cracks at the stem ends of ripe tomatoes do not affect flavor. Make sure the leaves of greenhouse tomatoes are fresh and green.

Diabetic Side Dish of the Week – Brown Rice, Asparagus, and Tomato Salad

May 30, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Side Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Side Dish of the Week is Brown Rice, Asparagus, and Tomato Salad. To make this Dish you’ll be needing Brown Rice, Asparagus, Tomatoes, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper, Green Onions, and Dill. Summertime is here, Enjoy! 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 2021! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Brown Rice, Asparagus, and Tomato Salad
Make use of your fresh summer produce with this bountiful side dish that is the perfect combination of refreshing and filling. This salad combines wholesome brown rice with fresh veggies, making it the ideal summer side for any barbecue or afternoon picnic.

Ingredients
1 cup instant brown rice
12 medium spears asparagus, cooked and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium tomatoes
2 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup minced fresh chives or green onions
2 teaspoons minced fresh dill

Directions
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 3/4 cup

1 – Bring 1 cup water to a boil in medium saucepan. Stir in rice. Bring water to a boil again. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir rice; cover again. Let stand 5 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice is tender. Fluff with fork; set aside.

2 – Meanwhile, place asparagus in large bowl. Core tomatoes over a separate bowl to catch juice. Dice tomatoes, reserving juice. Add tomatoes to asparagus. Whisk 1 1/2 tablespoons reserved tomato juice, lemon juice, oil, salt, and pepper in small bowl until well blended. Stir in chives and dill.

3 – Add rice to salad bowl. Pour in dressing; toss lightly to coat.

Variation: To turn this salad into a heartier main dish, add 1 cup chopped cooked chicken breast.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 130 calories, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Protein: 4 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 97 mg, Fiber: 3 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/salads/brown-rice-asparagus-and-tomato-salad/

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Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Turkey Blend Burger Bowls FRIDAY

May 28, 2021 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 Turkey Blend Burger Bowls. To make this week’s Recipe some of the ingredients that you’ll be needing are JENNIE-O® Turkey Burger Blends,  Sweet Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Black Beans, Quinoa, Honey, and more! 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 Blend Burger Bowls
Swap out the bun for Southwestern mix-ins to make this bowl an easy go-to dinner or meal-prep favorite. Sweet potatoes, black beans, quinoa, and avocados make for a satisfying, mouthwatering meal that works all year ‘round.

Total Time – under 1 hour
Serving Size – Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients
1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Turkey Burger Blends

2 sweet potatoes, peeled, cubed and roasted

3 cups baby spinach leaves, chopped

1 (10-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

4 green onions, chopped

3 avocado, sliced, if desired

4 tablespoons fresh lime juice

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons honey

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions
1) Cook turkey as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.

2) Place sweet potatoes, spinach, black beans and quinoa in individual serving bowls. Top with burgers, tomatoes, green onions and avocado slices.

3) In small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Drizzle over bowls.

Nutrition
Calories 490
Protein 22g
Carbohydrates 59g
Fiber 13g
Sugars 13g
Fat 22g
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 440mg
Saturated Fat 4g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/turkey-blend-burger-bowls/

Healthy Orange Recipes

May 20, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Orange Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Orange Recipes with recipes like Spicy Orange Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry, Orange-Sesame Shrimp Salad and Slow-Cooker Honey-Orange Chicken Drumsticks. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Orange Recipes
Find healthy, delicious orange recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Spicy Orange Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry
With fresh broccoli, ginger, red bell peppers and plenty of fresh citrus, this healthy beef stir-fry is sure to become a favorite. And it’s ready in 30 minutes, making it the perfect healthy weeknight dinner. Serve with brown rice.

Orange-Sesame Shrimp Salad
In this healthy Asian-inspired shrimp salad recipe, two types of greens–romaine lettuce and red cabbage–pair beautifully with the avocado and shrimp. Use extra dressing for another salad or as a sauce for baked fish………………..

Slow-Cooker Honey-Orange Chicken Drumsticks
This slow-cooker chicken recipe makes a perfect alternative to standard tomato-based barbecued chicken. Both kids and adults will devour these drumsticks, doused in a honey-sweetened sauce spiked with orange, ginger and garlic……………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Orange Recipes
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Farmers Market Enchiladas

May 17, 2021 at 12:39 PM | Posted in Enchiladas | Leave a comment
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I came across this at my favorite site, Taste of Home, and I just had to pass it along!

Farmers Market Enchiladas
These vegetarian enchiladas use a lot of garden favorites in a quick weeknight meal. Feel free to substitute whatever vegetables you have from your garden—yellow summer squash, eggplant and corn all taste great here, too. – Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grv., Utah

Ingredients
3 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced
1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
8 ounces cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese, divided
1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro, divided
2 tablespoons lime juice
14 corn tortillas (6 inches), warmed
1 can (15 ounces) enchilada sauce

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine zucchini, poblano, mushrooms and tomatoes; drizzle with oil and sprinkle with cumin, salt and cayenne. Toss to coat. Divide vegetable mixture between 2 lightly greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Roast 15 minutes; rotate pans top to bottom. Roast an additional 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Return to bowl and cool slightly.
2 – Stir in Monterey Jack cheese, 1/2 cup queso fresco, 1/4 cup cilantro and lime juice. Place a scant 1/2 cup vegetable mixture off center on each tortilla. Roll up and place in a greased 13×9-in. baking dish, seam side down. Top with enchilada sauce; sprinkle with remaining queso fresco.
3 – Bake, uncovered, until enchiladas are heated through and cheese is melted, about 20 minutes. Top with remaining cilantro.

Test Kitchen tips
* Roasting the veggies before making the enchiladas takes extra time, but it adds so much flavor! Don’t skip it.
* Poblano peppers are mild and great for stuffing, since they have thick walls. Anaheim or bell peppers are good substitutes.
Nutrition Facts
2 enchiladas: 346 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 780mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 18g protein.
https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/farmers-market-enchiladas/

20 Healthy Spring Meals You Can Make in 20 Minutes

May 12, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s 20 Healthy Spring Meals You Can Make in 20 Minutes. Here’s some Delicious and Healthy Spring Meals You Can Make in 20 Minutes, find recipes like Stuffed Sweet Potato with Hummus Dressing, Mediterranean Cod with Roasted Tomatoes, and Smoked Trout and Spinach Scrambled Eggs. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Stuffed Sweet Potato with Hummus Dressing
Hearty yet simple to prepare, this stuffed sweet potato with black beans, kale and hummus dressing is a fantastic 5-ingredient lunch for one!……………

Mediterranean Cod with Roasted Tomatoes
Oregano, thyme and paprika flavor the cod in this 15-minute, Mediterranean-inspired meal. Olives, capers and roasted cherry tomatoes add color and zest to each bite………….

Smoked Trout and Spinach Scrambled Eggs
Elevate plain-Jane scrambled eggs with smoked trout and fresh spinach in this healthy breakfast recipe………………

* Click the link below to get the 20 Healthy Spring Meals You Can Make in 20 Minutes
https://www.eatingwell.com/gallery/7676590/healthy-spring-meals-in-20-minutes/?

Cajun Turkey and Quinoa Bowl

April 30, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | 2 Comments
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I have another Jennie – O Turkey Recipe to pass along, Cajun Turkey and Quinoa Bowl. To make this recipe you’ll be needing Baby Greens, JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™Cajun Style Bone-In Turkey Breast, Quinoa, Tomatoes, Green Onion, Avocado, Cilantro Leaves, Lime Juice, Olive Oil, Honey, Salt, and Pepper. 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/

Cajun Turkey and Quinoa Bowl
This recipe features fresh mixed greens, avocado and cherry tomatoes topped with quinoa and turkey breast slices. Cajun Turkey and Quinoa Bowl is a flavorful smart lunch, or dinner for two.
Total Time – 15 Minutes
Serving Size – 2 Servings

INGREDIENTS
2 cups mixed baby greens
4 ounces cooked JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™Cajun Style Bone-In Turkey Breast
½ cup cooked quinoa
¼ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 green onions, chopped
1 avocado, sliced
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS
1 – Place mixed greens in serving bowl.

2 – Top with turkey slices, quinoa, tomatoes, green onions, avocado and cilantro.

3 – In small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper.

4 – Drizzle over salad.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories 370
Protein 17g
Carbohydrates 32g
Fiber 9g
Sugars 11g
Fat 22g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 530mg
Saturated Fat 3.5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/cajun-turkey-and-quinoa-bowl/

Appetizer of the Week – Game Time Guacamole

April 24, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, Appetizers, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is Game Time Guacamole. This week’s recipe is made using Haas Avocados, Lemon Juice, Green Onions, Cilantro, Tomatoes, Garlic, Oregano, Jalapeño, Salt, and Pepper. 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

Game Time Guacamole

Recipe Ingredients:
6 ripe Hass avocados
2 1/2 ounces lemon juice (about 1/4 cup)
4 tablespoons sliced green onions
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons tomatoes, seeded, diced
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh oregano
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Cooking Directions:
1 – Cut each ripened avocado in half. Remove the seeds and scoop out the pulp.
2 – Add the lemon juice to the avocado pulp. Mix well using a masher.
3 – Add the remaining ingredients, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper, mix well.
4 – Serve with tortilla chips, pita bread or veggie crudités.
Makes 12 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/game_time_guacamole_recipe.html

Healthy Scallop Recipes

April 20, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Scallop Recipes. Find Delicious and Healthy Scallop Recipes with recipes including Seared Scallops with White Bean Ragu and Charred Lemon, Shrimp and Scallop Vegetable Stir-Fry, and Brown Butter Seared Scallops. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Seared Scallops with White Bean Ragu and Charred Lemon
This recipe for seared scallops with white beans and spinach turns out a healthy dinner that looks impressive (and tastes great) in just 25 minutes. Giving lemons a quick sizzle in the skillet amps up the flavor of this piccata-inspired dish. The heat helps release even more citrus juice and sweetens it too. When shopping for scallops, look for ones labeled “dry.” Some scallops are soaked in a solution that prevents them from searing properly and can give them a soapy flavor……….

Shrimp and Scallop Vegetable Stir-Fry
This seafood stir-fry is bursting with flavor and it’s ready in 30 minutes!……….

Brown Butter Seared Scallops
Get perfectly cooked scallops every time with this easy method. Sea scallops (the large ones) are sautéed in butter that turns deliciously nutty as it cooks, to make a super-fast, special dinner. A splash of lemon juice and fresh herbs finish the dish. Round out the menu with sautéed spinach and brown rice or orzo………………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Scallop Recipes
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19182/ingredients/fish-seafood/shellfish/scallops/

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