Fried Walleye Fillet w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Roasted Asparagus

May 12, 2020 at 6:29 PM | Posted in fish | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Walleye Fillet w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Roasted Asparagus

 

 

I was ready for a big Breakfast this morning, I was starved! So for Breakfast this morning I prepared an Egg Sunny Side Up, Glier’s Turkey Goetta, toasted 2 slices of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread, and had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. It was delicious! I love Turkey Goetta! What a beautiful day out today! Sunny and 61 degrees out, cool morning though we started off at 34 degrees. I got the mask and gloves out and headed to Meijer. Not too many people but almost everyone had a mask on. They had very little Pork Products, some Chicken, all Beef Products, and limited Seafood and Fish. They did find me a couple of beautiful Walleye Fillets and Rainbow Trout though! I kept one Walleye Fillet out for Dinner tonight and froze everything else. Then later cleaned up the grill and went and bought an extra tank of gas for it. The got the cart out of the shed and did some yard work, what a great day to be out doing something! For Dinner tonight I prepared Fried Walleye Fillet w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Roasted Asparagus.

 

Meijer and Jungle Jim’s always have the best Seafood and Fish selections. To prepare the Walleye I first rinsed the fillets in cold water and patted them dry with paper towel. Then to prepare it I seasoned them with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Pepper Medley. Put the fillets in a Hefty Plastic Bag and added some Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs, sealed the bag and shook till the fillet was well coated. I then fried them in Extra Light Olive Oil on medium heat, about 4 minutes per side till golden brown! I love Walleye, as I do most Fish. Walleye is so meaty and has such a fresh flavor!

 

Then for one side I prepared some Roasted Butternut Squash, easy recipe for some delicious Butternut Squash! I purchased 2 small packages of Diced Butternut Squash at Meijer. They sell packages of it that they dice up. This is a lot easier than peeling and seeding one yourself, especially if you don’t have a good knife to cut it. I’ll need; 1 package of Diced Butternut Squash, Walnut Pieces, Bacon Pieces, 1 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Grinder Sea Salt, and 1 teaspoon McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley.

 

To prepare it; Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the Squash on a sheet pan and drizzle with the Olive Oil, Salt, and Peppercorn and toss well. Arrange the squash in one layer and roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until the Squash is tender, turning once with a spatula. And done, very easy to prepare. With the small amount of Seasoning and Olive Oil, it really brings out the flavor of Butternut Squash! The Walnuts work perfect with the Squash.

 

 

 

Then for another side dish I prepared Roasted Asparagus for one side. To prepare the Asparagus I just needed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cloves Roasted Asparagus Garlic (minced), Sea Salt, Freshly grated Black Pepper, Lemon Juice, and Shredded Parmesan Cheese. Rinse clean the asparagus. Break the tough ends off of the asparagus and discard. Lay the asparagus spears out in a single layer in a baking dish or a foil-covered roasting pan. Drizzle olive oil over the spears, roll the asparagus back and forth until they are all covered with a thin layer of olive oil. (Alternatively you can put the asparagus and oil in a plastic bag, and rub the bag so that the oil gets evenly distributed.) Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Rub over the asparagus so that they are evenly seasoned. Place pan in oven and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes, depending on how thick your asparagus spears are, until tender when pierced with a fork. Drizzle with a little fresh lemon juice and shredded Parm Cheese before serving. For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding topped with a dab of Cool Whip Free.

 

 

 

 

Walleye Nutrition Facts

1 – 6 ounce serving
Calories 148 Calories from fat 17
% Daily Value 1
Total Fat 1.9g 3%
Sat. Fat 0.4g 2%
Cholesterol 137 mg 46%
Sodium 81mg 3%
Total Carbs. 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 30.4g
Calcium 174.9 mg

Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Upside-Down Apple and Walnut Spice Cake Recipe for Diabetics

January 16, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dessert of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is Upside-Down Apple and Walnut Spice Cake Recipe for Diabetics. You’ll need small Rome Beauty Apples or Granny Smith Apples can be used as a substitute. You’ll also need Spices and Walnuts to make this Dessert. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you’ll find a a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes along with Diabetes Management Tips, Diabetes News and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine which is full of great Tips and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I just received the latest issue over the weekend. I’ve left a link to subscribe to the Magazine at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Upside-Down Apple and Walnut Spice Cake Recipe for Diabetics
Ingredients
1 small Rome Beauty apple,* peeled, cored and thinly sliced
4 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
2 small Rome Beauty apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1/4 cup walnuts, lightly toasted

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; line bottom of pan with parchment paper.

2 – Place apple slices in medium bowl and toss gently with 1 tablespoon sugar; reserve.

3 – In large bowl sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. In another large bowl cream remaining sugar and butter until smooth. Add vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, to mixture; mix until smooth. Add chopped apples; mix with spatula to blend.

4 – Spoon flour-spice mixture into apple-sugar-butter-egg mixture; mix well with spatula.

5 – Place reserved apple slices on bottom of prepared baking pan; sprinkle with walnuts. Spoon batter over apples and walnuts; smooth batter with spoon sprayed with nonfat cooking spray. Bake about 30 minutes or until firm in center; remove and cool on wire rack. Insert knife around edges to dislodge cake from pan; quickly turn pan upside down over serving plate. Slice with serrated knife to serve.

*Note: If unavailable, may substitute with Granny Smith apple.

Serving size: 8 servings.
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/upside-down-apple-and-walnut-spice-cake/

 

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Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Diabetic Chocolate Applesauce Cake Recipe THURSDAY

January 2, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dessert of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is a Diabetic Chocolate Applesauce Cake Recipe. This recipe is made using Chopped Walnuts, Sugar, Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (Granulated), Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, All-Purpose Flour, Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Spices, Egg, Unsweetened Applesauce, and Raisins. The recipe comes from one my favorite sites and Magazine, the Diabetes Self Management website. At the Diabetes Self Management site you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and More so check it out soon. You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazines. Each issue is full of Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Diabetic Chocolate Applesauce Cake Recipe
Preparation time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 45 minutes.

Ingredients
2/3 cup walnuts, chopped
Nonstick cooking spray
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup Splenda, No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup canola oil
1 egg
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
2/3 cup raisins

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F. Place walnuts on a cookie sheet and put in the preheating oven for about 10 minutes to toast them. Spray two 5″ x 9″ loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray and dust with flour.

2 – In a large bowl, combine the sugar, Splenda, whole wheat and white flours, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, combine the oil, egg, and applesauce. Add the oil mixture to the dry ingredients and mix for about one minute or until blended. Add the walnuts and raisins, mixing until evenly distributed throughout the batter.

3 – Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans and place in the oven. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a loaf comes out clean.

Yield: 26 servings.

Serving size: 1 slice.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 170 calories, Carbohydrates: 24 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 8 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 10 mg, Sodium: 150 mg, Fiber: 2 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/chocolate-applesauce-cake/

 

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Mom’s making Buckeyes and Walnut Chocolate Fudge!

December 24, 2019 at 7:24 AM | Posted in baking, dessert | 2 Comments
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I wish you could all get a whiff of the Chocolate aroma in the kitchen today! Mom is making her area famous yearly batches of Buckeyes and Walnut Chocolate Fudge! Everyone that’s had the Buckeyes are of the same opinion, the best they’ve ever had! The thing that sets these apart from other Buckeye Candies is the Rice Krispies she adds. So if you’re looking for a Buckeye Candy Recipe, look no further. Same with the Walnut Fudge, such a creamy, deep and rich Chocolate taste! The bad part is neither is Diabetic Friendly, but I’ll still have a half a piece of each from time to time. And both make perfect Christmas Gifts that everyone enjoys!

The Old Family Buckeye Recipe
It’s that time of year when the requests start coming in for my Mom’s Buckeyes. Back when I was working I was everyone’s favorite person when I would bring in a batch of my Mom’s Buckeyes. It’s been 15 years since I lost my leg to melanoma cancer and unable to work but to this day I still get request’s from fellow past workers for my Mom’s Buckeyes. It seems that everyone that has had them all say the same thing “The best Buckeyes I’ve ever had!” I think it’s the Rice Krispies that sets them apart from other Buckeye Candies. When you make a batch of these and try them I’m sure you’ll agree, let me know! These are not diabetes friendly but they are delicious. We tried making them by using reduced fat Peanut Butter and Sugar Free Chocolate but they just didn’t come out the same.

Buckeyes!

Ingredients:

Recipe will make about 60 Buckeyes

1 – Stick Butter, Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter
1 – Box (1 LB) Confectioner Sugar
2 – Cups Jiff Smooth Peanut Butter
3 – Cups Rice Krispies
1 – 12 oz. Package Chocolate Chips
1 – Small Bar Hershey’s Milk Chocolate
1/2 Bar Paraffin Wax
Directions:

* In a large bowl mix Butter, Sugar, Peanut Butter, and Rice Krispies (With Hands)
* Chill the mixture for at least 2 hours.
* Then take the mixture and roll into individual balls. The size can vary no set size.
* Melt all the Chocolate and Paraffin Wax in a double broiler or in a sauce pan on low heat stirring until smooth.
* With one or two forks dip each of the balls into the Chocolate/Wax. Drain excess off the balls and place on a sheet pan covered with wax paper and refrigerate for several hours until Chocolate has hardened into a shell covering the balls.
* Now enjoy them!

Well like the Buckeye recipe above this ones not so Diabetic friendly but they sure are good! You can make it a somewhat lower in calories and carbs by using Splenda instead of the Sugar it calls for. This is a great Fudge recipe, it just melts in your mouth. My Mom has made this for as long as I can remember. Hope you enjoy it as much as all of us. Enjoy!

Chocolate Walnut Fudge

Walnut Fudge
Ingredients:

3 Cups Sugar or Splenda Equivalent
3/4 Cup Margarine
2/3 Cup Evaporated Milk
7 oz. Jar of Marshmallow Cream
1 12 oz. bag Toll House Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts (More if wanted, to taste)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions:

Combine Sugar, Margarine, and Evap. Milk in a large pot and heat to a boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add Chocolate Chips, Marshmallow Cream, Nuts, and Vanilla stirring till well mixed. Pour mixture into a greased 13×9 pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into desired size pieces.

* You may be tempted to leave the heat on while stirring the chips. While this would normally be ok, you really shouldn’t do that in this recipe. If the mixture stays at a boiling temperature, you may be in for a nasty surprise when you add the vanilla. Bottom line: it’s safer for you and better for the fudge if the mixture cools down just a tad before the vanilla goes in. As long as you keep stirring, the chips will melt just fine.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 16, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Just Nuts……………..

Nuts make great snacks. Choose unsalted nuts as a snack and use them in salads or main dishes. Add almonds, walnuts, or pecans instead of cheese or meat to a green salad.

Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Apple Walnut Cake

November 21, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dessert of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is a Apple Walnut Cake. It’s Apple season! To make this week’s recipe you’ll need; Granny Smith Apples (2 large), Flour, Baking Powder, Apple Pie Spice, Sugar Substitute, Brown Sugar, Butter, Fat Free Skim Milk, Eggs, Vanilla, and Walnuts. A perfect Dessert for the Fall and Winter Seasons. You can find this recipe at the Diabetes Self Management website where you’ll find a fantastic selection of Diabetes Friendly Recipes, Diabetes Management Tips, Diabetes News, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine, one of my favorites! I’ve left a link where you can subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Apple Walnut Cake
Craving a cozy treat to warm you up on these cool fall nights? You can’t go wrong with this combination of baked apples and apple pie spice, all folded into a moist cake and topped with walnuts.

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups chopped sliced Granny Smith apples (about 2 large apples)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar substitute*
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
4 1/2 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted
3/4 cup fat-free (skim) milk
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 8- or 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place apples in prepared pan.

2 – Combine flour, baking powder, apple pie spice, and salt in small bowl.

3 – Whisk sugar substitute, brown sugar and margarine in medium bowl until blended. Whisk in milk, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until smooth. Pour over apples. Sprinkle walnuts over batter.

4 – Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean and apples are tender. Cool 10 minutes. Serve warm; refrigerate leftovers.

*Note: This recipe was tested with sucralose-based sugar substitute.

Yield: 9 servings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 204 calories, Carbohydrates: 23 g, Protein: 5 g, Fat: 12 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 71 mg, Sodium: 403 mg, Fiber: 2 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/apple-walnut-cake/

 

 


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Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes

November 14, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes with recipes including Mocha Overnight Oats, Pumpkin Cheesecake Overnight Oats, and Blueberry-Banana Overnight Oats. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes
Find healthy, delicious overnight oatmeal recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Mocha Overnight Oats
Give your oatmeal an energy kick with this coffee-drink-flavored overnight oats recipe. Chocolate, walnuts, maple and cacao nibs make give this healthy breakfast luxurious flavor……….

Pumpkin Cheesecake Overnight Oats
With pumpkin, ricotta and a little maple, this easy overnight oats recipe tastes like dessert, but it’s actually good for you! Plus, it’s perfect for a quick, on-the-go healthy breakfast………….

Blueberry-Banana Overnight Oats
Blueberries, sweet banana and creamy coconut milk combine to turn everyday oatmeal into the best vegan overnight oats! Make up to 4 jars at once to keep in the fridge for quick grab-and-go breakfasts throughout the week…………………..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/21919/mealtimes/breakfast-brunch/cereals/oatmeal/overnight/

Butternut Squash with Apples, Cranberries, and Walnuts

October 29, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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I’m passing along a Diabetic Friendly Side Dish to go with this week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week Recipe – Butternut Squash with Apples, Cranberries, and Walnuts. Made using Butternut Squash, Granny Smith Apples, Cranberries, Walnuts, Brown Sugar, and Spices. Now that’s some Fall ingredients! Celebrate Fall with delicious and healthy recipes! You can find this recipe at the Diabetes Self Management website along with all the other Diabetic Friendly Recipes. Also I’ve left a link to subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Butternut Squash with Apples, Cranberries, and Walnuts

Ingredients
2 teaspoons butter
3 cups cubed (about 1/2 inch) peeled butternut squash
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup water
1 cup cubed (about 1/2 inch) peeled Granny Smith apple
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Directions
Melt butter in large skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray over medium heat. Add squash; mix to lightly coat with butter. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and pepper; mix with large spoon. Add water; cover, bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add apple and cranberries; mix to combine. Cover and simmer 10 minutes or until squash is tender. Add walnuts; mix gently.

Yield: 4 servings.

Serving size: 3/4 cup.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 129 calories, Carbohydrates: 23 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 5 mg, Sodium: 170 mg, Fiber: 3 g

Exchanges per serving: 1 1/2 Bread/Starch, 1/2 Fat.
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/sides/butternut-squash-with-apples-cranberries-and-walnuts/

 

 

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Diabetic Dish of the Week – Butternut Squash and Apple Gratin

October 22, 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 – Butternut Squash and Apple Gratin. Fall side dishes at its best with this week’s recipe of Butternut Squash and Apple Gratin. Made using Butternut Squash, Gala Apples, Dried Cranberries, Walnuts, Spices, Brown Sugar, Orange Juice, and Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs. You can find this recipe along with all the other Diabetic Friendly Recipes at the Diabetes Self Management website. You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. I love this Magazine, look forward to each issue. Always packed with Healthy and Delicious Recipes along with Diabetes Management Tips, Diabetes News and more! I left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Butternut Squash and Apple Gratin
Packed with nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium, this gratin makes a healthy and elegant side dish. And combining butternut squash, apples, cranberries and walnuts, it’s the quintessential fall food!

Ingredients
3 cups diced peeled butternut squash
1 1/2 cups diced peeled firm Gala apple
3 tablespoons dried sweetened cranberries
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup fresh whole wheat bread crumbs*
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.

2 – Steam squash in steamer basket over boiling water 5 minutes or until tender.

3 – Combine butternut squash, apple, cranberries, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, if desired, and pepper in large bowl; gently mix. Pour in orange juice. Spoon evenly into prepared pie plate.

4 – Cover and bake 20 minutes or until squash and apple are fork-tender.

5 – Meanwhile, combine bread crumbs and butter in small bowl; mix well. Sprinkle evenly over apple mixture. Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

*Note. To make fresh bread crumbs, tear 1 slice bread into pieces; process in food processor until coarse crumbs form.

Yield: 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 150 calories, Carbohydrates: 26 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 5 mg, Sodium: 70 mg, Fiber: 2 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/sides/butternut-squash-and-apple-gratin/

 

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Cumin Spiced Pork Chops w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Roasted Asparagus

September 29, 2019 at 6:41 PM | Posted in Pork, pork chops | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cumin Spiced Pork Chops w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Roasted Asparagus

 

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I toasted a Thomas Light English Muffin that I topped with Smucker’s Sugar Free Blackberry Jam. I also made a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Partly cloudy and 95 degrees out. Did a couple of loads of laundry and cleaned the house. Then settled in for an afternoon of NFL Football! For Dinner tonight I prepared Cumin Spiced Pork Chops w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Roasted Asparagus.

 

 

I had picked up a couple of good size Pork Tenderloin Center Cut Pork Chop at Meijer. So to prepare my Chops I’ll need; The Cumin Spiced Rub which consists of; 1 tbsp Roasted Cumin, 1 tsp Garlic Powder, 1 tsp Chili Powder, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika, 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper. I always have some of the Rub made up in a large Spice Jar I have To prepare it preheat oven to 400°. Combine all the ingredients; rub it all over the pork chop. Let stand 20 minutes. Start by heating the Extra Virgin Olive oil in a Cast Iron Skillet over medium-high heat. Add Chops to pan; cook 3 minutes, browning both sides. From the stove to the oven and bake at 400° for 15 minutes until the thermometer registered 150° (slightly pink), turning after 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Fantastic combo of Spices, which makes one incredible Crust on the Chop with the inside being tender and moist! Love this seasoning on Pork. Because of the size of them there is some leftover for Breakfast!

 

Then for one side I prepared some Roasted Butternut Squash, easy recipe for some delicious Butternut Squash! I purchased 1 small package of Diced Butternut Squash at Kroger. They sell packages of it that they dice up. This is a lot easier than peeling and seeding one yourself, especially if you don’t have a good knife to cut it. I’ll need; 1 package of Diced Butternut Squash, Walnut Pieces, Bacon Pieces, 1 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Grinder Sea Salt, and 1 teaspoon McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley.

 

 

 

 

To prepare it; Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the Squash on a sheet pan and drizzle with the Olive Oil, Salt, and Peppercorn and toss well. Arrange the squash in one layer and roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until the Squash is tender, turning once with a spatula. And done, very easy to prepare. With the small amount of Seasoning and Olive Oil, it really brings out the flavor of Butternut Squash! The Walnuts work perfect with the Squash.

 

 

 

 

For another side I prepared Roasted Asparagus. To prepare the Asparagus I just needed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic (minced), Sea Salt, Freshly grated Black Pepper, Lemon Juice, and Shredded Parmesan Cheese. Rinse clean the asparagus. Break the tough ends off of the asparagus and discard. Lay the asparagus spears out in a single layer in a baking dish or a foil-covered roasting pan. Drizzle olive oil over the spears, roll the asparagus back and forth until they are all covered with a thin layer of olive oil. Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Rub over the asparagus so that they are evenly seasoned. Place pan in oven and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes, depending on how thick your asparagus spears are, until tender when pierced with a fork. Drizzle with a little fresh lemon juice and shredded Parm Cheese before serving. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn with a Diet Peach Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pork Facts….
One serving of pork is 3 ounces, or about the size of a deck of cards, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. An image of the portion size is important because a thick pork chop can be twice that size and without realizing it you can eat double the calories. You’ll get 137 calories and 4 grams of fat from a 3-ounce pork chop. Pork is similar to chicken, with 3 ounces of chicken breast containing 140 calories and 3 grams of fat. A pork chop has 65 milligrams of cholesterol, compared to 72 grams in chicken breast, but they both have just 1 gram of saturated fat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butternut Squash Health Benefits………
Low in fat, butternut squash delivers an ample dose of dietary fiber, making it an exceptionally heart-friendly choice. It provides significant amounts of potassium, important for bone health, and vitamin B6, essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asparagus Health Benefits……..
It’s low in calories and a great source of nutrients, including fiber, folate and vitamins A, C and K. Additionally, eating asparagus has a number of potential health benefits, including weight loss, improved digestion, healthy pregnancy outcomes and lower blood pressure.

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