“Meatless Monday Recipe of the Week – Chile Relleños Casserole

September 16, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday Recipe of the Week is – Chile Relleños Casserole. Made using Cans of Whole Green Chiles, Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese, Eggs, 2% Milk, Flour, Enchilada Sauce, and Seasoning. Mexican Dish gone meatless! The Recipe is from the CooksRecipes website where you can find recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines so be sure to check it out. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Chile Relleños Casserole
Chile Relleños CasseroleThis easy casserole boasts the same great taste found in Mexican restaurant chile relleños, it is surprisingly good! Your family will ask you to make it again—count on it.

Recipe Ingredients:
2 (7-ounce) cans whole green chiles, split and seeded
4 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese – divided use
4 large eggs
2 cups 2% milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (20-ounce) can enchilada sauce

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
2 – Grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan and line the chiles on the bottom of pan. Sprinkle 3 1/2 cups cheese evenly over chiles. Set aside.
3 – In a medium mixing bowl, beat with electric mixer the eggs, milk, flour, salt and pepper. Pour over chile/cheese mixture.
4 – Bake for 45 minutes; remove from oven and pour enchilada sauce over top and bake for additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese over top and return to oven until cheese melts, about 1 minute or less.
5 – Allow casserole to set at least 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 8 servings.

Variation Tip: This casserole is easy to change up with the addition of cooked crumbles of ground beef, pork, or turkey. Reduce green chiles to 1 (7-ounce) can and sprinkle about 1 1/2 to 2 cups cooked meat over the layer of chiles and proceed as directed.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): 349.0 calories; 62% calories from fat; 24.1g total fat; 167.2mg cholesterol; 1299.1mg sodium; 236.5mg potassium; 11.3g carbohydrates; 1.4g fiber; 4.3g sugar; 9.9g net carbs; 21.6g protein.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/chili-rellenos-casserole-recipe.html

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“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Four Cheese Vegetable Lasagna

September 9, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Four Cheese Vegetable Lasagna. 4 Cheese Vegetable Lasagna in a Creamy Parmesan Bechamel Sauce. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website where you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all! So be sure to check it out soon. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Four Cheese Vegetable Lasagna
A cheese and vegetable-rich lasagna in a creamy Parmesan bechamel sauce.

Recipe Ingredients:
Vegetable cooking spray
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 cups chopped fresh broccoli
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced carrots
1 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
3 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups low-fat milk
1/2 cup (1 1/2 ounces) grated Parmesan cheese – divided use
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
12 cooked lasagna noodles (cooked without salt or fat)

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
2 – Lightly coat the bottom of a Dutch oven with oil and place over medium heat until hot. Add the broccoli, carrots, onions, bell pepper and garlic; sauté 7 minutes. Set aside.
3 – Melt butter in a medium saucepan, stir in flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add the milk, stirring with until blended. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and cook until thickened, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Remove from the heat; stir in the spinach. Reserve 1/2 cup of the mixture, and set aside.
4 – Combine the ricotta, mozzarella and Swiss cheeses; stir well. Spread 1/2 cup of the spinach mixture in the bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 4 lasagna noodles over the spinach mixture; top with half of the cheese mixture, half of the vegetable mixture, and half of the spinach mixture. Repeat the layers, ending with the noodles. Spread the reserved 1/2 cup of spinach mixture over the noodles, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Cover and bake for 35 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 9 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/four_cheese_vegetable_lasagna_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – LEMONY ANGEL HAIR TOSS

August 26, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Diabetic Gourmet Magazine, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a LEMONY ANGEL HAIR TOSS. Made using; Dreamfields Angel Hair Pasta, Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Baby Arugula, Cherry Tomatoes, Shredded Parmesan Cheese, and Toasted Pine Nuts. The recipe is from one of my favorite sites the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes. Be sure to check it out for any meal recipes or ideas. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

LEMONY ANGEL HAIR TOSS
Ingredients

1 box Dreamfields Angel Hair
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups packed baby arugula
2 cups halved cherry and/or grape tomatoes, assorted colors if possible
1/3 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts (optional)
Salt and pepper (optional)

Directions

1 – Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; rinse in cold water or in ice water until completely cooled and drain well.
2 – Meanwhile, in small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Toss with pasta.
3 – Add arugula, tomatoes and cheese to pasta. Toss gently to combine. Sprinkle with pine nuts and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Recipe Yield: Makes 8 servings.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 262
Calories from fat: 37
Fat: 11 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
Sodium: 143 milligrams
Cholesterol: 2 milligrams
Protein: 8 grams
Carbohydrates: 0 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/lemony-angel-hair-toss

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Sweet and Sour Stir Fry

August 19, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Sweet and Sour Stir Fry. This can be served over Rice or Noodles. To make this dish you’ll need; sliced Carrots, Chinese Pea Pods, Green Pepper, Tomato, Sliced Water Chestnuts, Cucumber, Wish-Bone Sweet ‘n Spicy French or Russian Dressing, Brown Sugar, Soy Sauce, and Sesame Seed for garnish (optional). You can find this recipe at the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of Recipes to please everyone! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Sweet and Sour Stir Fry
This sweet and sour vegetable stir-fry is wonderful served over rice or noodles.

Recipe Ingredients:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1 cup Chinese pea pods
1 small green pepper, cut into chunks
1 tomato, cut into wedges
1 cup sliced water chestnuts
1/2 cup sliced cucumber
3/4 cup Wish-Bone Sweet ‘n Spicy French or Russian Dressing
2 tablespoons brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Sesame seed for garnish (optional)

Cooking Directions:
1 – In medium skillet, heat oil and cook carrots, pea pods and green pepper until tender, about 5 minutes.
2 – Add tomato, water chestnuts, cucumber and sweet ‘n spicy French dressing blended with brown sugar and soy sauce. Simmer 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
3 – Top, if desired, with sesame seed.
Makes 6 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/sweet_%26_sour_stir_fry_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 12, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Vegetarian grill out……………..

For barbecues, try veggie or soy burgers, soy hot dogs, marinated tofu or tempeh, and fruit kabobs. Grilled veggies are great, too!

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – INDONESIAN TOFU AND VEGETABLE STEW

July 15, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a recipe for an INDONESIAN TOFU AND VEGETABLE STEW. Tofu, Lime, Onion, Vegetables, and Spices make up this delicious and healthy dish! It’s from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website which has a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes to please all! Looking for Meal ideas, be sure to check them out. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

INDONESIAN TOFU AND VEGETABLE STEW
Ingredients

1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger (15 mL)
Juice of one medium sized lime
1 1/2 Tbsp canola oil, divided (20 mL)
1 (12 oz / 350 85 g) block of firm or extra firm tofu, diced into cubes
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin (5 mL)
1 tsp ground coriander (5 mL)
1/4 tsp ground cloves (1 mL)
1 cup sodium-reduced vegetable or chicken broth (250 mL)
1 cup light coconut milk (250 mL)
2 cups green beans, cut in 2 inch (5 cm) pieces (500 mL)
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 medium zucchini, diced
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro (30 mL)

Directions

1 – In a bowl, marinate tofu with the ginger, lime juice and 1/2 Tbsp (7 mL) canola oil. Toss well to coat. This can be done about 30 minutes ahead of time and up to overnight in the refrigerator.
2 – In a large saucepan, no lid required heat remaining 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil. Add onion and cook for about 6 minutes or until softened and slightly browned. Add garlic, cumin, coriander and cloves and stir for 2 minutes.
3 – To saucepan, add stock and coconut milk. Simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes until slightly thickened.
4 – Add green beans, bell pepper and zucchini and cook for about 10 minutes more or until vegetables are tender. Add marinated tofu and cook an additional 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro. Serve over steamed brown rice or quinoa, if desired.
NOTES:
With a light coconut lime flavor, this recipe features green beans, bell peppers and zucchini. If you have other fresh veggies on hand, then you can add them as well.

Recipe Yield: Yield: 8 servings.Serving Size: 1 cup (250 mL)

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 120
Fat: 8 grams
Saturated Fat: 2 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Sodium: 290 milligrams
Protein: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 8 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/indonesian-tofu-and-vegetable-stew

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Asparagus and Egg Noodle Bowl

July 8, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This weeks ‘”Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Asparagus and Egg Noodle Bowl. Chinese Noodles, Asparagus, Sesame Seeds, Button Mushrooms, Eggs, Milk, and Teriyaki or Hoisin Sauce make up this week’s recipe! It’s from the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, or cuisines so be sure to check it out soon! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Asparagus and Egg Noodle Bowl

Recipe Ingredients:
1 (6-ounce) package Chinese noodles
2 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 cup diagonally cut asparagus pieces (4-ounce)
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
1 1/2 cups sliced button mushrooms
3 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
Teriyaki or hoisin sauce for accompaniment (optional)

Cooking Directions:
1 – Cook noodles according to package directions; drain.
2 – Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add asparagus and sesame seeds; stir-fry until asparagus is tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
3 – Add mushrooms; stir-fry 1 minute.
4 – Add noodles; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.
5 – Beat eggs and milk in small bowl until blended; pour over noodle mixture. As egg mixture begins to set, Stir gently. Cook until eggs are thickened and no visible liquid egg remains. Do not stir constantly.
6 – Serve with a splash of teriyaki or hoisin sauce, if desired.
Makes 2 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/2 of recipe): Calories: 532; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 391mg; Total Carbs: 67g; Fiber: 5g; Protein: 26g; Sodium: 141mg.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/asparagus_and_egg_noodle_bowl_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Tuscan Bean Salad with Gorgonzola Bruschetta

July 1, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Tuscan Bean Salad with Gorgonzola Bruschetta. Made using Cannelloni Beans, Tomatoes, Garlic, Creamy Mustard Sauce, Gorgonzola, then served over Salad Greens and all served on Bruschetta! The recipe is from one of my favorite sites, the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge and varied selection of recipes so be sure to check it out soon. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Tuscan Bean Salad with Gorgonzola Bruschetta
This beautifully presented salad combines canned cannelloni beans, tomatoes and garlic in a creamy mustard sauce. The mixture is served over salad greens surrounded by Gorgonzola topped bruschetta.

Recipe Ingredients:
Bruschetta:
1/2 cup (2-ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
16 slices French baguette (1 pound loaf), each 1/2-inch thick

Salad:
2 (19-ounce each) cans cannelloni beans, rinsed, drained*
2 medium fennel bulbs, thinly sliced (optional)
4 medium plum tomatoes, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup light or fat free mayonnaise
3/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup Equal® Spoonful**
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (10-ounce) package mixed salad greens

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
2 – For Bruschetta, combine Gorgonzola, oil and black pepper. Spread on bread slices. Place on baking sheet. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until edges of bread are golden. Remove slices to wire rack to cool.
3 – Meanwhile, for Salad, combine beans, fennel, tomatoes and garlic in large bowl.
4 – Whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, Equal®, mustard, salt and pepper to blend. Toss greens with enough mayonnaise mixture to coat. Place greens in center of a large serving platter.
5 – Toss bean mixture with remaining dressing. Place over greens. Place bruschetta around edges of platter.
Makes 16 servings.

*May substitute canned Great Northern Beans

**May substitute 6 packets Equal sweetener

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/16 of recipe): calories 181, protein 7 g, carbohydrate 28 g, fat 7 g, cholesterol 7 mg, sodium 701 mg.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/tuscan_bean_salad_with_gorgonzola_bruschetta_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

June 24, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday, PBS | 2 Comments
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings. I was looking at several sites for a Buffalo Cauliflower Wings recipe to pass along and came across the one that sounded the best from the PBS Recipe website. Made using Cauliflower Florets along with several Spices, Celery, and a Vegan Ranch Dressing. You’ll never miss the meat with this week’s recipe! Again its off the PBS Food website which has a fantastic and large selection of Recipes for all Cuisines, Diets, and Tastes so check it out today and always support your local PBS Stations. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
A great finger food for sports events, these vegan buffalo cauliflower wings are even better when some of the hot sauce is mixed with the batter so that the cauliflower really marinates in it.
Ingredients
1 cup water
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons hot sauce of choice (I used Frank’s red hot), divided
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
Handful of celery, trimmed and cleaned
Ranch dressing of choice (I used a store-bought vegan dressing)

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. To a measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the water and 2 tablespoons of wing sauce. Set aside.
2 – In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, onion powder, paprika, salt and freshly ground pepper. Pour the water mixture into the flour mixture and mix until combined.
3 – Add the cauliflower and toss until combined. Transfer to a baking sheet and place in the oven to bake until cooked, about 15 minutes. (I used an air-fryer and it only needed about 10 minutes). Add the cauliflower to a bowl and toss with the additional wing sauce. Serve with slices of celery and ranch dressing.

http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/vegan-buffalo-cauliflower-wings/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 24, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Going Vegetarian…….

Build meals around protein sources that are naturally low in fat, such as beans, lentils, and rice. Don’t overload meals with high-fat cheeses to replace the meat. Combining protein and fiber at meals will help you feel fuller longer. This rice bowl, for example, gets protein from the chickpeas and fiber from the brown rice and root vegetables.

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