Baby Spinach ‘n Bacon Salad

February 11, 2018 at 6:41 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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From the CooksRecipes website – Baby Spinach ‘n Bacon Salad. The perfect Diabetic Friendly Side Dish for your next Dinner. Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener replaces the Sugar needed for the recipe. The Dish is 80 calories and 6 net carbs. Again it’s from the CooksRecipes website which is stocked full of Delicious and Healthy recipes of all Cuisines! So be sure to check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

Baby Spinach ‘n Bacon Salad
Baby spinach leaves are wilted in a warm bacon vinaigrette dressing. Perfect for any time of year.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 (7-ounce) bag baby spinach greens*
1/2 cup fat free salad croutons

1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
5 slices turkey bacon
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 garlic cloves, minced

Cooking Directions:
1 – Place spinach greens in a large mixing bowl. Remove any undesirable leaves or large stems. Add croutons. Set aside.
2 – Make dressing. Blend together vinegar, water, mustard and Splenda® Granulated Sweetener in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
3 – Finely slice bacon into small strips. Place in a medium saucepan and fry over medium-high heat until crispy (approximately 3 to 4 minutes).
4 – Add onion and garlic and cook over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes.
5 – Add vinegar mixture and simmer 1 to 2 minutes. Pour over spinach and croutons. Toss well. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 (1 cup) servings.

Tip: Regular fresh spinach may be used in place of baby spinach but will result in a less delicate salad.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 80; Calories from Fat: 35; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium: 620mg; Total Carbs: 8g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 5g.’n_bacon_salad_recipe.html


Diabetic Dish of the Week – Sweet Potato Stew

September 19, 2017 at 5:48 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week – Sweet Potato Stew. Thank you to Diana for passing along this recipe! Enjoy and Eat Healthy!

Sweet Potato Stew


1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup grated peeled sweet potato
1 cup reduced-sodium vegetable broth or water
2 slices turkey bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled
1 cup fat-free half-and-half
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon reduced sodium Worcestershire sauce
black pepper
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

1 – Place onion, celery, sweet potato, broth, turkey bacon, garlic, paprika, and Worcestershire sauce in slow cooker. Cover; cook on low 6 hours or until vegetables are tender.
2 – Increase heat to high. Slowly stir in half-and-half. Add water, if needed, to reach desired consistency. Cook, uncovered, 35 minutes on high or until heated through.
3 – Season to taste with pepper. Stir in parsley.

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Hash Brown Strata

July 5, 2016 at 4:52 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is a Hash Brown Strata. Made with diced hash brown potatoes with onion and peppers, chopped turkey bacon or turkey ham, Egg product, and cheese. You can make this dish ahead of time, just make it, but don’t bake it, cover and chill for up to 24 hours. You can find this recipe at the CooksRecipes website, enjoy!



Hash Brown Strata

A strata (Italian for ‘layered’) is an egg-and-bread casserole. In this extra-easy version, frozen hash browns make a time saving substitute for the bread.

Recipe Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups loose-pack frozen diced hash brown potatoes with onion and peppers Cooksrecipes 2
1 cup broccoli florets
1/3 cup finely chopped turkey bacon or turkey ham (about 2-ounces)
1/3 cup evaporated fat-free milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 (8-ounce) cartons refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (2-ounces)
1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions:

1 – Coat a 2-quart square baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange hash brown potatoes and broccoli in bottom of the prepared baking dish; top with turkey bacon. Set aside.
2 – In a medium bowl gradually stir milk into flour. Stir in egg product, half of the cheese, the basil, black pepper, and salt. Pour egg mixture over potato mixture.
3 – Bake in a 350°F (175°C) oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Let stand for 5 minutes. If desired, garnish with additional fresh basil.
Makes 6 servings.

Make-Ahead Tip: Assemble strata as above but do not bake. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours. To serve, uncover and bake as above.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): 152, total fat: 4g, saturated fat: 0g, monounsaturated fat: 0g, cholesterol: 14mg, sodium: 407mg, carbohydrate: 14g, total sugar: 1g, fiber: 0g, protein: 13g, vitamin C: 17%, calcium: 14%, iron: 10%

One of America’s Favorites – Turkey Bacon

April 25, 2016 at 4:52 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 1 Comment
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Turkey bacon cooking in skillet.

Turkey bacon cooking in skillet.

Turkey bacon is an imitation bacon usually prepared from smoked, chopped and reformed turkey, commonly marketed as a low-fat alternative to bacon. Turkey bacon can also be used as a substitute for bacon where religious restrictions forbid the consumption of pork.

The meat for turkey bacon comes from the whole turkey and can be cured or uncured, smoked, chopped, and reformed into strips that resemble bacon. The turkey is often cured in a mix of seasonings and refined bacon grease for up to 48 hours. Turkey bacon is cooked by pan-frying. Cured turkey bacon made from dark meat can be 90% fat free. It can be used in the same manner as bacon (such as in a BLT sandwich), but the low fat content of turkey bacon means it does not shrink while being cooked and has a tendency to stick to the pan.



Jennie O Turkey Bacon

Jennie – O Turkey Bacon

Turkey bacon is lower in fat and calories than bacon, but can be used in a similar manner to bacon (such as in a BLT sandwich), but its lower fat content makes it unsuitable in some situations, such as grilling.

Turkey bacon is also an alternative for people who do not eat pork for religious or dietary reasons. When Beautiful Brands International, a company from Tulsa, Oklahoma, signed a deal with a Saudi Arabian firm to open 120 locations in eight countries in the Middle East, they had to substitute bacon with Halal turkey bacon in their recipes at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe locations as consumption of pork and non-halal meat is forbidden by Islamic customs.

Two strips of Butterball turkey bacon contain 3 grams of fat and 50 calories (32% of which from fat); turkey bacon from Louis Rich and Mr. Turkey contain 5 and 4 grams of fat, respectively, per two slices. By comparison, two strips of regular pork bacon contain, on average, some 7 grams of fat. Andrew Smith, in The Turkey: An American Story, notes that turkey products (including turkey bacon) contain, on average twice as much sodium as the pork products they replace.


Diabetic Dish of the Week – Spicy Bacon and Cheese Eggwich

March 9, 2016 at 5:58 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week will start your morning off the right way, Spicy Bacon and Cheese Eggwich. Made with Egg Substitute, Turkey Bacon, Hot Sauce, Cheddar Cheese, and served on a Whole Wheat English Muffin. You can find this recipe and all the other delicious and healthy recipes on the CooksRecipes website. Eat Healthy!



Spicy Bacon and Cheese Eggwich

A new twist on the greasy breakfast sandwich, this complete grab-and-go breakfast features a high-protein egg substitute, tasty turkey bacon and cheddar cheese sandwiched together in a whole wheat English muffin. And, it serves up 12 grams of protein.

Recipe Ingredients:Cooksrecipes 2

1 cup (8 ounces) Better’n Eggs
1/4 teaspoon cayenne hot pepper sauce
1/8 cup (0.5 ounce) shredded Cheddar cheese
2 slices turkey bacon, cut in half crosswise
2 whole-wheat English muffins, split

Cooking Directions:

1 – Spray 10-inch nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Heat over medium heat. Add Better’n Eggs and stir in hot pepper sauce. As eggs start to set, use spatula to lift edge, letting uncooked eggs flow to bottom of skillet. Cook until Better’n Eggs are set but still moist. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top and then fold over the Better’n Eggs so cheese melts in the middle.
2 – Place turkey bacon on microwave-safe plate. Cover with paper towel. Microwave on HIGH 30 to 40 seconds or until warmed.
3 – Toast each half English muffin in toaster. Spoon about 1/2 cup Better’n Eggs mixture on top of two toasted muffins. Top each with one piece cooked bacon. Top with remaining toasted muffins.
Makes 2 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/2 of recipe): Calories: 226, Fat: 6 g, Cholesterol: 15 mg, Sodium: 534 mg, Carbohydrate: 27 g, Dietary Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 17 g.

Turkey Meatloaf w/ Mashed Potatoes, Whole Kernel Corn, and Wheat Bread

January 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM | Posted in Bob Evan's, ground turkey, Jennie-O Turkey Products | 4 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Turkey Meatloaf w/ Mashed Potatoes, Whole Kernel Corn, and Wheat Bread



Another day and another day of arguing with my prescription insurance. I’m beginning to wonder if it’s worth the hassle of switching insurances to save a little money. Live and learn. Warmed up to 40 degrees today, big improvement there! For dinner tonight, nothing but comfort food! I prepared Turkey Meatloaf w/ Mashed Potatoes, Whole Kernel Corn, and Wheat Bread.

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For the Turkey I used Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast. To make your Sauce topping you’ll need Ketchup, Worcestershire Sauce, and Heinz 57 Sauce. For the Meatloaf you just combine your spices, (Roasted Ground Cumin, Onion Powder, Parsley, Ground Thyme, Sea Salt, Pepper) melted Butter, and Minced Garlic with the Ground Turkey, Ketchup, and Bread Crumbs. Put equal amounts in your pans or pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 – 55 minutes. It comes out one delicious Turkey Meatloaf! And as all recipes you can add your own Choice of ingredients. I left the full recipe at the end of the post. Almost forgot, lots leftover so this will make some incredible Meatloaf Sandwiches!



For one side I prepared a must when having Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes. I used Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes, as usual. Easy to prepare and comes out perfect every time. Then I also heated up a small can of Del Monte Whole Kernel Sweet Corn along with a slice of Klosterman Wheat Bread that I buttered with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.




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2 Tablespoons Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter
3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 lb Jennie O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
1 Slice of uncooked Oscar Mayer Low Sodium Turkey Bacon
1/2 Cup Progesso Italian Style Breadcrumbs
1/4 Cup Egg Substitute (Egg Beaters)
1 1/4 Cups Hunt’s Catsup
4 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
3 Tablespoons Heinz 57 Sauce
2 Teaspoons Smoked Cumin
2 Teaspoons Onion Powder
2 Teaspoons Ground Thyme
2 Teaspoons Parsley
3/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper


1. Melt butter in a skillet.
2. Add the Garlic in melted butter for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Place mixture in a large bowl to cool for 5 minutes.
4. Combine turkey, bread crumbs, egg, 1/4 cup of the catsup, 1 table spoon Worcestershire sauce, spices, and garlic mixture.
5. Press meatloaf into a loaf pan. Place the one slice of Turkey Bacon across the top of the meatloaf.
6. Take the remaining catsup and add 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce and
3 Tablespoons Heinz 57 Sauce, and stir to well mixed. Add as a topping for the meatloaf. Baste the meatloaf with half of mixture and baste it again after 30 minutes of baking.
7. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50-55 minutes.
8. (Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees.) Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Parmesan Polenta

January 2, 2014 at 11:58 AM | Posted in cooking | Leave a comment
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I had been trying some different Polenta recipes and have found the one I’m going to use when I want Polenta, Parmesan Polenta. To prepare it I needed; 1 1/4 CUP Swanson Low-Sodium Chicken Broth, 1 1/4 cup of Low Fat Buttermilk, 1 cup Yellow Cornmeal, 1/4 cup fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese, 2 Tbsp Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter, and Salt and Pepper to taste. To start boil both the Broth and Buttermilk in a sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk in the Cornmeal, reduce heat to low, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes; remove from heat.
Stir in the Parmesan Cheese, Butter and season with the Salt and Pepper. And your done! You can also add a dab of Daisy Reduced Fat Sour Cream or Crumbled Turkey Bacon to kick it up a bit.

Slow-Cooked Sunday Chicken w/ Whole Grain Bread

October 9, 2013 at 5:12 PM | Posted in carrots, chicken, Crock Pot, diabetes friendly, greenbeans, potatoes | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Slow-Cooked Sunday Chicken w/ Whole Grain Bread


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These beautiful Fall Days are spoiling us! Cool mornings followed by sunny crisp days, it’s hard to beat this weather! Unfortunately I did,t get a chance to go out and enjoy much of it as I suffered with a Sinus Headache through most of it. Thank goodness I had already planned for a Crock Pot Dinner tonight. I prepared Slow-Cooked Sunday Chicken w/ Whole Grain Bread.



This is a new recipe, I came across it on a Taste of Home email and thought I would give it a try, and glad I did!. It has Chicken, Carrots, Onion, Celery, Green Beans, Red Potatoes, Turkey Bacon, Milk, and Spices all in a Crock Pot! It was very easy to prepare, just layer in everything and then add your Milk and Water and Spices in your Crock Pot. Put the lid on it and heat on low for 6 – 8 hours, and then we have our complete meal. Chicken served with Green Beans, Carrots, and Red Potatoes. Excellent recipe, everything combines great and seasoned just right! The recipe called for Bone – in Skinless Chicken Breasts but I used Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, all I had in the freezer. Next time I prepare this I would maybe add some Hugarian Paprika, nothing major. Another one of those keeper recipes! Just right for two people or one with a dinner leftover. I also had a couple of slices of Klosterman Whole Grain Wheat Bread, first time I tried this also. They were out of my normal brand so I gave this a try and it works! it was very fresh, same calories and carbs, with a bit of nutty taste to it (and it comes in half loaves). For dessert later a Del Monte No Sugar Added Mango Chunks Cup.




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2 small carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 celery rib, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 cup cut fresh green beans (2-inch pieces)
2 small red potatoes, halved
2 bone-in chicken breast halves (7 ounces each), skin removed
2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
3/4 cup hot water
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
Pinch pepper
In a 3-qt. slow cooker, layer the first seven ingredients in the order listed. Combine the water, bouillon, salt, thyme, basil and pepper; pour over the top. Do not stir. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until vegetables are tender and meat thermometer reads 170°. Remove chicken and vegetables. Thicken cooking juices for gravy if desired. Yield: 2 servings.
Nutritional Facts
1 serving equals 304 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 94 mg cholesterol, 927 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 37 g protein.

Turkey Bacon and Sharp Cheddar Cheese Turkey Burger w/ Baked Fries

September 4, 2013 at 5:18 PM | Posted in Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, Jennie-O Turkey Products, Ore - Ida, Sargento's Cheese | Leave a comment
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It’s been another one of those beautiful Summer days out again! This morning it was around 47 degrees and then we had a high of about 80 degrees with a slight cool breeze. Spent as much time as I could outside in the sun, just too nice out. For dinner tonight I prepared a Turkey Bacon and Sharp Cheddar Cheese Turkey Burger w/ Baked Fries.



I used Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast for my Burger, 120 calories and 0 carbs. I seasoned it with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper and pan fried it in Canola Oil, fried about 4 1/2 minutes per side. Came out moist and juicy! Served it on a Healthy Life Whole Grain Hamburger Bun and topped it with a slice of Jennie – O Turkey Bacon (30 calories and 0 carbs) and a slice of Sargento Ultra Thin Sharp Cheddar Cheese. To go with the burger I baked some Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries, had a side of Hunt’s Ketchup to dip the fries. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.






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Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
Our leanest ground turkey, all natural, 99 percent fat free with no gluten.
Product Features:
99% fat free
Gluten Free
All Natural
The Biggest Loser® Product
20-oz (1.25 lbs) or 40-oz package (2.5 lbs)

Cooking Instructions:
* Spray skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
* Preheat skillet over medium-high heat.
* 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.


Nutritional Information
Serving Size 112 g Total Carbohydrates 0 g
Calories 120 Dietary Fiber 0 g
Calories From Fat 15 Sugars 0 g
Total Fat 1.5 g Protein 26 g
Saturated Fat .5 g Vitamin A 0%
Trans Fat .0 g Vitamin C 0%
Cholesterol 55 mg Iron 4%
Sodium 70 mg Calcium 0%



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A Great Start to the Day!

August 14, 2013 at 6:28 AM | Posted in Eggs, Jennie-O Turkey Products, turkey bacon | 3 Comments
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Woke up starving this morning! What better way to start the day than with 1 Egg Sunnyside Up, 3 Slices of Turkey Bacon, 2 Slices of Toasted Breakfast 007Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread topped with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, and 1 Cup of Steaming Hot Decaf Green Tea! I used my favorite Turkey Bacon Jennie – O Turkey Bacon, 30 calories and 0 carbs per serving, and my favorite Tea Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Morning Paper (Check), Green Tea (Check), Delicious Healthy Breakfast (Check). I’m ready to start the day!  Continue Reading A Great Start to the Day!…

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