Thursday, June 4, 2020

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week - Bison and Pasta Bake

This week's Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is a Bison and Pasta Bake. I can't wait to try this one! To make this week's dish you'll need Wild Idea Ground Buffalo, Olive Oil, Salt, Black Pepper, Oregano, Fennel, Basil, Garlic Powder, Pizza Sauce, Ziti Pasta, Mozzarella Cheese, Grated Parmesan Cheese, and Parsley. Looking forward to this one! You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Ground Buffalo along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wide Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020!   https://wildideabuffalo.com/

Bison and Pasta Bake
A great make ahead dish that can be frozen and popped in the oven at any time. I made four small casseroles
out of this recipe, which fed four people each. Approved by my grandkids, who are two and five years old! Honest deliciousness!

Ingredients: (serves 8 to 16, based on appetite)

1 – pound Ground Buffalo Meat
1 – tablespoon olive oil
1 – teaspoon salt
1 – teaspoon black pepper
2 – teaspoons oregano
2 – teaspoons fennel, crushed
2 – teaspoons basil
2 – teaspoons garlic powder
1 – 14 oz. jar pizza sauce
1 – 1 pound bag penne or ziti pasta, cooked al dente
8 – ounces mozzarella or cheddar cheese, chopped or grated
½ - cup Parmesan, grated
Italian Parsley, fresh basil or green onions for garnish

Preparation:

1 - In a pan over medium high heat add oil and heat, then crumble in ground buffalo and add the dry seasonings.
Push the meat around the pan breaking it up and incorporating the spices. Continue to cook until the meat is browned.

2 - Add the jar of pizza sauce and stir to incorporate. Remove from the heat.
3 - Place the cooked pasta in a large bowl and add the meat sauce and the mozzarella cheese. Toss to incorporate.
4 - Transfer the pasta mix to a lightly buttered casserole pan or divide between smaller pans.
5 - Cover the pan with foil and bake in a 375° preheated oven for 30 minutes. *If baking a frozen pan, extend cooking time to 45 minutes.
6 - Remove the foil from the pan and top with the grated parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered until the cheese is melted and the top is slightly browned.
Serve immediately and accompany with a vegetable salad.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/bison-pasta-bake

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week - PIZZA MEATBALLS WITH PESTO PASTA

This week's Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is PIZZA MEATBALLS WITH PESTO PASTA. This one is made using the Ground Wild Idea Buffalo Meat along with Pizza Sauce, Oregano, Fennel, Thyme, Salt and Pepper, Garlic Powder, Olive Oil, Bread Stuffing, Pasta, and Basil Pesto (recipe included). A true Italian Style Buffalo Meal! You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Ground Buffalo along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020!

PIZZA MEATBALLS WITH PESTO PASTA
We could all use a little comfort (and health) during this challenging time and where better to find solace than with a delicious, healthy meal. Jill's recipe will dish up both comfort and flavor.

So, create your own personal retreat by filling your home with great tunes and scented aromas and cozy up to comfort.

Pizza Meatballs with Basil Pesto Pasta
The aroma of this dish will call people to the kitchen and the taste will make them smile. We could all
use a smile. :)

*Substitute spices with others, such as Italian seasoning for the meatballs and fresh spinach for the pesto.

Ingredients: (makes 54 meatballs – serves 6 to 12 entrĂ©es)

1 – 1 pound Ground Wild Idea Buffalo Meat
1½ – cup pizza sauce
1 - teaspoon oregano
1 – teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
½ - teaspoon thyme
1 - teaspoon black pepper
½ - teaspoon salt
½ - teaspoon garlic powder
2 - tablespoons olive oil, plus more for rolling meat balls
1 – cup crushed seasoned bread stuffing (*Optional - if you leave out, reduce pizza sauce to 1 cup)
Pasta of your choice - cooked al dente
Basil Pesto *recipe below or purchased

Preparation:

1 - Mix all ingredients other than the meat together.
2 - Crumble in the ground buffalo meat and mix until well incorporated.
3 - Rub your hands with olive oil to roll the meat balls and place on a baking sheet.
4 - Bake at 425°in a preheated oven, on the top rack for about 7 minutes.
5 - Prepare pasta per directions, reserving ½ cup of the pasta water. Do not rinse the pasta.
6 - Pour the reserved pasta water back in the pot and add the pasta and desired amount of pesto. Toss to incorporate and heat through.
7 - Place desired amount of pasta on plate and top pasta with 4 to 6 meatballs.
Basil Pesto
*I am not a pine nut fan, but if you are, add ¼ cup to ingredients.

Ingredients:

2 - cups fresh basil leaves, packed
2 - cups shredded parmesan cheese
3 - garlic cloves, chopped
1 - teaspoon salt
1 - teaspoon pepper (I like a little more)
2 - tablespoon. lemon juice
1 - cup olive oil

Preparation: Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Refrigerate.

Photo Credit: Jill O'Brien
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/dishing-up-comfort-health


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Friday, August 16, 2019

One of America's Favorites - Rotisserie Chicken MONDAY

Rotisserie chicken

Rotisserie chicken is a chicken dish that is cooked on a rotisserie, using direct heat in which the chicken is placed next to the heat source. Electric- or gas-powered heating elements may be used, which use adjustable infrared heat. These types of rotisseries have proven quite functional for cooking rotisserie-style chicken. Leftover rotisserie chicken may be used in a variety of dishes, such as soup, chicken salad, and sandwiches.

In the United States, ready-to-eat rotisserie chickens were available in supermarkets and some butcher shops during much of the twentieth century. However, they did not become a widely available option for consumers until the early 1990s, when Boston Market helped popularize the selling of packaged rotisserie chickens.

Rotisserie chickens are now highly popular. In 2010, 600 million rotisserie-cooked chickens were purchased by consumers "in U.S. supermarkets, club stores and similar retail outlets." In 2018, over 900 million rotisserie chickens were sold by foodservice outlets and retail stores.

Rotisserie chickens are often lower in price than raw whole chickens. Two explanations are often given to justify this phenomenon. First, some grocery stores may use rotisserie chickens as loss leaders to bring shoppers into the store. The logic behind this theory is that if customers come to a store for its rotisseries chickens, they will buy other products while they are there, too. Second, rotisserie chickens are often made with poultry that is about to reach its "best by" date. By cooking and selling the chickens, the grocery stores are able to recoup some of their expenditures.

In the U.S., chickens used for rotisserie cooking may be injected with brine to retain moisture. Additional ingredients may be used to add flavor and to brown the chicken, such as oleoresin, yeast extract, sodium tripolyphosphate, and natural flavorings.
A packaged rotisserie chicken

Costco is one of the largest producers and vendors of rotisserie chickens in the United States, with one commentator describing it as "the undisputed king of rotisserie chickens." In 2017, Costco sold approximately 87 million rotisserie chickens in the United States. Costco's CFO, Richard Galanti, has repeatedly rebuffed suggestions that Costco might eventually increase the cost of its chickens above $4.99, which has been the price of a Costco rotisserie chicken since 2009.

In 2017, Costco broke ground on a new 414-acre facility in Fremont, Nebraska that would include a hatchery, feed mill, and processing plant. The facility – which is expected to produce around 100 million chickens per year, or roughly 40 percent of Costco's needs – has been reported as costing between $275 million and $400 million. The plant is scheduled to open in September 2019.




Kitchen Hint of the Day! MONDAY

Fish Fry....................


When frying fish, be sure the surface of the fish is dry before putting it in the oil. Moisture can cool the oil down and make the cook unevenly.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Skyline 3 Way – Chili, Spaghetti, Cheese w/ Side of Oyster Crackers

Dinner Tonight: Skyline 3 Way – Chili, Spaghetti, Cheese w/ Side of Oyster Crackers






For Breakfast this morning I toasted a Thomas Light 100 Calorie Multi Grain English Muffin and
topped it with a Poached Egg. Also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Partly cloudy, 93 degrees, and humid out there today. Went to McDonald’s to pick up Breakfast for Mom. Did a load of laundry. Cleaned up and swept the shed. Then got the leaf blower out and cleaned off the deck and driveway areas. Later got the rake out and raked the front yard. There’s about 7 trees that shed the leaves this time of year and they all seem to settle in our yard! It just doesn't seem right to have to rake leaves in Summer! For Dinner tonight I prepared some Skyline 3 Way – Chili, Spaghetti, Cheese w/ Side of Oyster Crackers.




 I have to fast after midnight tonight, Doctor's appointment at 7:45 in the morning. So I wanted
something easy to prepare but I still wanted a hot good meal. So since I’m always in the mood for some Skyline 3 Way – Chili, Spaghetti, Cheese w/ Side of Oyster Crackers that’s what we had tonight. Nothing says comfort food more than a Skyline 3 Way! As always I used my favorite, the Skyline 3 Way – Chili, Spaghetti. It comes packaged for the microwave, a bit smaller size than what you get at a Skyline but just right for those that want a few lower calories and carbs than the normal size. It comes with Spaghetti topped with Skyline Chili. To prepare it, it couldn’t be easier!





It now comes in a microwavable pouch instead of microwavable bowl. Easily prepared – Just shake
the pouch. Then tear the corner off to vent while cooking. Place the pouch standing upright in the microwave. Then microwave on high for 2 1/2 minutes. Let stand for 1 minute and it’s ready! And I needed this. I had not had this in a while and it really hit the spot!










Poured the Chili into a bowl, added a couple of shakes of Frank’s Hot Sauce, topped it with Sargento
Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese. I also had a side of Skyline Oyster Crackers. And if you’re having Oyster Crackers, then Frank’s Red Hot Sauce is a must! Just add a few drops on top of the Crackers, it’s the local way to have your Oyster Crackers. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Coke Zero to drink.













Skyline Chili Spaghetti, 14oz Microwavable Pouch

It’s a great new way to enjoy the original Cincinnati favorite, Skyline Chili with spaghetti!
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* Cheese Not Included
* Cincinnati’s Famous Heats in 2 Minutes
* Also Can be Prepared on Stove top

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe – Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Olives

This week’s Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe is – Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Olives. Made using Boneless Chicken Breasts along with Onion, Garlic, Whole Cinnamon Sticks,Cumin, Turmeric, Ground Pepper, Lemons, Plum Tomatoes, and Green Olives. This looks and sounds like one delicious Chicken Dish! The recipe comes from one of my favorite sites, the Diabetes Self Management website which has a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes Management Tips, and Diabetic news so be sure to check it out. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One!  https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Olives
Preparation time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 1 hour.

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (approximately 4 ounces per breast)
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 sticks whole cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons
2 small plum tomatoes, chopped
1 cup water
18 large green olives

Directions
Heat olive oil in a large pan. Place chicken breasts in hot oil and cook on all sides until slightly browned on surface. Remove from pan and set aside. To pan add onion, garlic, cinnamon sticks, cumin, turmeric, and black pepper. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring, until onion is cooked. Return chicken to pan and cover. Squeeze the juice of two lemons, reserving lemon peels. Add lemon juice to pan. Slice lemon peels into strips and add to pan with chopped tomatoes, water, and olives. Cover the pan and bring contents to a boil, then reduce heat to low and allow the mixture to simmer for about 45 minutes, until chicken is tender, occasionally lifting the lid to stir mixture and check that liquid available in pot is adequate to avoid burning. When chicken is done, arrange contents on a platter, discarding cinnamon sticks. Serve immediately. (This dish is excellent served with couscous.)

Yield: 6 servings.

Serving size: 1 chicken breast with 3 green olives.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 181 calories, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Protein: 28 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 194 mg, Fiber: 1 g

https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/moroccan-lemon-chicken-with-olives/