“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Heavenly Layered Veggie Bake

September 10, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Heavenly Layered Veggie Bake. Angel Hair Pasta, Ricotta Cheese, and Zucchini are just 3 of the ingredients that make up this week’s recipe. It’s from the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines! Check it out today. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Heavenly Layered Veggie Bake

Recipe Ingredients:
8 ounces angel hair pasta
4 large egg whites
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup low fat Ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups sliced zucchini
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
2 cups coarsely chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
4 slices reduced-fat provolone or mozzarella cheese

Cooking Directions:
1 – Prepare angel hair pasta according to package instructions.
2 – In a large bowl, combine egg whites, Parmesan cheese, Ricotta cheese and basil; stir to mix; set aside.
3 – When pasta is completely cooked; drain, but do not rinse; toss in egg white mixture.
4 – In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil; add zucchini and onion; sauté until crisp tender; about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring regularly. Add tomatoes and Italian seasoning; continue cooking for another 3 minutes, stirring regularly.
5 – Pour half of pasta in an 8-inch square baking pan. top with half of vegetable mixture ; half of both cheese. Repeat layers of pasta, vegetables and cheese.
6 – Bake in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
7 – Cut baked dish into 4 squares and serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 506; Total Fat: 17g; Cholesterol: 38mg; Total Carbs: 58g; Protein: 33g; Sodium: 604mg.


“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Tex-Mex Chili Cheese Supreme

September 3, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Tex-Mex Chili Cheese Supreme. Another one of those Meatless Dishes that makes you say, who needs the Meat! Made with Green Peppers, Kidney beans, Tomatoes, Green Chilies, Ricotta Cheese, and more! You can find this recipe at the CooksRecipes website (https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html) At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines. Be sure to check it out soon! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

Tex-Mex Chili Cheese Supreme
This great tasting Tex-Mex chili cheese casserole is sure to win approval and ‘keeper status’ by family and friends.

Recipe Ingredients:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (15.5-ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 (16-ounce) can tomatoes, with juice, coarsely chopped
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder, or to taste
1 (15-ounce) carton Wisconsin ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded Wisconsin Monterey Jack cheese
1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
3 large eggs, beaten
1 (8-ounce) bag tortilla chips
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Sharp Wisconsin cheddar cheese

Cooking Directions:
1 – Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat. Sauté green pepper and garlic until tender. Add kidney beans. Set aside.
2 – In saucepan, combine tomatoes, tomato sauce and chili powder. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
3 – Add to kidney bean mixture. Combine ricotta and Monterey Jack cheeses, chiles, onions and eggs.
4 – Spread 1/4 of cheese mixture evenly in greased 13x9x2 inch glass baking dish. Arrange 1/4 of chips over cheese. Spread 1/4 of tomato mixture over chips. Repeat layer 3 more times.
5 – Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 325°F (160°C) for 30 to 40 minutes.
6 – Remove foil and top with cheddar cheese and bake 10 to 15 minutes more.
7 – Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 21, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Eating Healthier………….

Use herbs, vinegar, tomatoes, onions and non-tropical vegetable oils instead of salt or high-sodium seasonings, especially if you have high blood pressure.

Soup Special of the Day…..Southwest Chicken Soup

August 19, 2018 at 5:03 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is – Southwest Chicken Soup. Chicken and Black Beans along with all the other ingredients are the makings of this week’s recipe. The recipe is from one of my favorite recipe sites, the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has a huge selection of Recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines. So check it out today! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Southwest Chicken Soup
A hearty and satisfying chili-spiced chicken and black bean soup.

Recipe Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into chunks
1/4 cup finely diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
3 (6-inch) corn tortillas, stacked, halved, cut into 1/2-inch strips
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
6 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
2 – In heavy Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken and cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until opaque.
3 – Stir in onion, garlic, cumin, salt, chili powder, and cayenne. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until garlic and spices are fragrant.
4 – Stir in undrained corn, black beans, broth, and stewed tomatoes. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes.
5 – Meanwhile, spread tortilla strips in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake 5 minutes, stirring once, until crisp and lightly browned. Stir cilantro into soup, and ladle soup into bowls.
6 – Top servings with tortilla strips and a tablespoon of yogurt.
Makes 6 servings.

From the Home Garden…..

August 10, 2018 at 11:38 AM | Posted in cooking, Food | 4 Comments
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A little sample of the home garden, along with the Vegetables I have Sweet Basil, Rosemary, and Thyme growing.



Soup Special of the Day………Vegetable Soup

August 5, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is – Vegetable Soup. You can never have too many Vegetable Soup recipes! This one is from the CooksRecipes website. This is just one of many delicious and healthy Soup Recipes that you find at the Cooks site so check it out today! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Vegetable Soup
Hot and hearty vegetable soup with bacon and cabbage in the mix.

Recipe Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sliced carrot
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup peeled diced potato
1/2 cup sliced celery
2 strips of bacon
6 cups hot water
3 teaspoons beef base or bouillon granules
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced thyme
1 tomato, seeded and diced
1/2 to 1 cup diced cabbage

Cooking Directions:
1 – In a large kettle, heat butter over low heat until melted. Add sliced carrots, diced onions, chopped potatoes, and sliced celery. Increase the heat to medium and add strips of bacon. Cook for 5 minutes then add hot water and beef base.
2 – Next add soy sauce, pepper, thyme, and diced tomato. Over medium heat, cook covered for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add diced cabbage and cook for an additional 10 minutes before serving.
Makes 6 servings.

Vegetarian Recipes You Need to Make All Summer Long

August 1, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Vegetarian Recipes You Need to Make All Summer Long. Delicious Vegetarian Recipes like; No-Cook Black Bean Salad, Sweet Corn Polenta with Bell Pepper and Tomato Salad, and Veggie Sandwich, Find these recipes and much more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/


Vegetarian Recipes You Need to Make All Summer Long
Caprese-stuffed portobellos or eggplant gyros, anyone? These are EatingWell’s favorite updated vegetarian classics that take advantage of summer’s best produce.

No-Cook Black Bean Salad
A classic black bean salad is a must for picnics and potlucks. This vegan version gets its creaminess from blended avocado. Any mix of salad greens will work well, but try arugula if you want to give this hearty salad a peppery kick………..

Sweet Corn Polenta with Bell Pepper and Tomato Salad
Serve this simple vegetarian side dish warm or room temperature alongside grilled meats and a stacked summer salad. A flash under the broiler leaves these slices of corn-studded polenta golden on the outside and soft on the inside; an herby, smoky tomato-pepper salad acts like a salsa to be spooned over the top………..

Veggie Sandwich
There’s no chance of getting the afternoon munchies when you fuel up with this vegan veggie sandwich filled with fiber and healthy fats, plus fruit on the side. It’ll keep you energized until dinner. Feel free to swap in your other favorite sandwich vegetables, sprouts or greens……..

* Click the link below to get all the Vegetarian Recipes You Need to Make All Summer Long

Moroccan Spiced Turkey Burger

July 27, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | 2 Comments
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For a second Burger selection I’vg got another good one from the Jennie – O Turkey website, Moroccan Spiced Turkey Burger. You’ll be using JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast for this recipe. Seasoned with Paprika, Cinnamon, Cumin and Lemon Juice stuffed into a Soft Pita with Yogurt and Roasted Tomatoes. Let the feast begin! You can find this recipe at the Jennie – O Turkey website along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2018! https://www.jennieo.com/

Moroccan Spiced Turkey Burger
Take your taste buds on a north African vacation. Ground turkey spiced with paprika, cinnamon, cumin and lemon juice stuffed into a soft pita with yogurt and roasted tomatoes. Under 300 calories per serving!

2 cups red and yellow cherry tomatoes
oil for drizzling
1 small red onion, peeled and cut into 4 even circular slices
1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 (6-inch) whole wheat pita bread rounds, halved and split
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup baby arugula
1 teaspoon paprika
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup fat-free plain yogurt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1½ tablespoons lemon juice

1) Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Heat oven to 450°.
2) Place cherry tomatoes on parchment paper baking sheet and lightly drizzle with oil. Roast 6 minutes or until tomatoes blister. Grill onion 5 to 6 minutes or until slightly charred and tender turning once. Remove from grill and reserve.
3) In large bowl, combine turkey, cumin, paprika, cinnamon and garlic; mix well. Portion turkey into 4 patties. Cook burgers as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Let burgers rest 5 minutes before cutting into quarters.
4) In small bowl, combine yogurt, cilantro, parsley and lemon juice; mix well. To serve, place burger inside pita bread half. Add onions, tomatoes and baby arugula. Drizzle yogurt sauce in each pita.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.


Calories 240
Protein 32g
Carbohydrates 24g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Fat 2.5g
Cholesterol 60mg
Sodium 250mg
Saturated Fat 1g

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 17, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Keep the colors……….

To keep those beautiful colors of Red, Green, and Yellow in vegetables plunge them in ice water after blanching to help maintain that bright color.

Low-Calorie Mussel Recipes

July 14, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Low-Calorie Mussel Recipes.Delicious and Healthy Low-Calorie Mussel Recipes like; Puglian-Style Paella, Cioppino, and Quick Paella with Shrimp and Mussels. Find these recipes and many more all at the EatingWell website. While there you also subscribe to the EatingWell Mgazine, one of my favorites. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Low-Calorie Mussel Recipes
Find healthy, delicious low-calorie mussel recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Puglian-Style Paella
In this Italian paella recipe, potatoes and other vegetables are layered with mussels and rice and baked in a casserole dish. Be sure to cover the rice completely with vegetables to ensure it cooks properly……

Cioppino is a fish stew traditionally made by Italian fishermen who settled in the North Beach/Fisherman’s Wharf section of San Francisco. It was originally made on fishing boats with whatever fish were at hand. This cioppino comes to us from California chef and cooking teacher John Ash, who has been an advocate for sustainable-food issues for years and has served on the board of advisors of Seafood Watch—the advocacy arm of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Ash chose a variety of shellfish for this recipe, all of which are Seafood Watch Best Choices or Good Alternatives………….

Quick Paella with Shrimp and Mussels
Our quick take on paella is studded with mussels and shrimp. Traditional paella made with short-grain rice takes a while to cook and can be a bit tricky. Instant brown rice is a great shortcut—what it lacks in authenticity it more than makes up for in convenience. Make sure you seek out saffron, which gives the dish its distinctive yellow color and signature flavor. Serve with: Spinach salad…………

* Click the link below to get all the Low-Calorie Mussel Recipes

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