Friday, March 16, 2018

Turkey Tacos and Refried Beans

Dinner Tonight: Turkey Tacos and Refried Beans

To start today off I toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin and topped it with a swipe of
Jif Reduced Fat Peanut Butter and Smucker’s Sugarless Blackberry Jam. A little PB and J to start my morning.  Also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Mostly cloudy and 43 degrees. A lot nicer than yesterday! After Breakfast I had to go to the local Kroger for just a couple of items. I then stopped by McDonald’s to pick up Breakfast for Mom and Dad. Finished up some house cleaning and then swept off the ramp and driveway area. For Dinner Tonight it’s Tacos, Turkey Tacos and Refried Bean

We have all been wanting Tacos for some time, and tonight is the night! When making Turkey Tacos
I love using Jennie -O Ground Turkey Breast! Love all the Jennie -O Turkey Products, always fresh and low calorie and low carb. I started by frying the Ground Turkey till it was no longer pink in Extra Light Olive Oil and seasoning it with Sea Salt, Ground Roasted Cumin, Cilantro Flakes. As the Turkey was finishing cooking I added, 1 can OF Bush’s Chili Beans – Black Beans, 1 package of Old El Paso Low Sodium Taco Seasoning and 2/3 cup Water, continued to cook and stir for an additional 6 minutes. Jennie -O and Old El Paso together make one fine Taco!

For toppings I used; Sargento Reduced Fat 4 Cheese Mexican, Sliced Black Olives, Sliced Green
Olives, Ortega Smoky Chipotle Taco Sauce, Sliced Jalapenos, and Shredded Lettuce. For my Taco Shells I used the Old El Paso Stand N’ Stuff Taco Shells (Whole Grain Corn). Add the Jennie – O Turkey and you got you some mouth watering and delicious Tacos! Love these Taco Nights. I also heated up a can of Old El Paso Fat Free Refried Beans for a side for Mom and Dad. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Coke Zero to drink.

Jennie – O 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

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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Old El Paso Stand n’Stuff Taco Shell

Taco Shells are deliciously crunchy corn shells! Each shell is made with sunflower oil, so they are
low in salt and cholesterol. Just fill with seasoned beef mince, fresh salad, cheese and Taco sauce and get crunching!

Stand’n Stuff® Taco Shells are deliciously crunchy, corn shells with a flat bottom so they stand up! What’s more, each Taco shell is made with sunflower oil, so they are low in salt and cholesterol! Just fill with seasoned beef mince, fresh salad, cheese and Taco sauce for a Mexican fiesta everyone will enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 shells (27 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 130
Calories from Fat 54
Total Fat 6.0g 9%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 12%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 115 mg 5%
Carbohydrates 16.0g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1.0g 4%
Sugars 0.0g
Protein 2.0g

Jennie - O Turkey Recipe of the Week - Brussels Sprout, Turkey Sausage and Potato Hash

This week's Jennie - O Turkey Recipe of the Week is - Brussels Sprout, Turkey Sausage and Potato Hash. This week's recipe combines  JENNIE-O® All Natural* Turkey Sausage, Brussels Sprouts, and Potatoes to make one delicious Hash! You can find this recipe along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the Jennie - O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2018!

Brussel Sprout, Turkey Sausage and Potato Hash
Think hash is too hard? Think again. This recipe features Turkey Sausage, Brussels Sprouts and perfectly Crispy Potatoes. Full of flavor and your favorite veggies, this will soon become your most requested weekend dish. Bring on brunch!

1 (1-pound) package JENNIE-O® All Natural* Turkey Sausage
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound Yukon gold potato, cubed
1 small onion, chopped
1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and thinly sliced
½ red bell pepper, chopped
½ cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
chopped green onion, if desired

1) Cook turkey sausage as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.
2) Add oil and potatoes and cook 5 minutes. Stir in onion and cook 5 minutes. Add sprouts, bell pepper, chicken broth, salt and pepper and cook 3 minutes or until bell pepper is tender. Garnish with chopped green onion, if desired.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.


Calories 220
Protein 19g
Carbohydrates 21g
Fiber 4g
Sugars 3g
Fat 7g
Cholesterol 60mg
Sodium 930mg
Saturated Fat 1.5g

Stuffed Turkey Braided Bread

For a second recipe from the Jennie - O Turkey website I have a recipe for a Stuffed Turkey Braided Bread. This one is made using JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey along with Mushrooms, Leeks, Fresh Thyme, and Parmesan. You can find this recipe at the Jennie - O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2018!

Stuffed Turkey Braided Bread
Wow the crowd in every course! Start this holiday meal with this stuffed turkey braided bread! This recipe features mushrooms, leeks, fresh thyme, Parmesan and JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey for a savory start to your celebration.

½ (1-pound) package JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey
3 leeks, thinly sliced
1 (8-ounce) package assorted mushroom, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 (13.2-ounce) package puff pastry dough
1 egg, lightly beaten or ¼ cup egg substitute
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

1) Cook turkey as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.
2) Add leeks, mushrooms, thyme and salt and cook 10 minutes. Spread mixture on jelly-roll pan to cool completely.
3) Place puff pastry sheet on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Make 3-inch slits diagonally along each side of puff pastry, about 1 inch apart. Brush strips with egg. Place turkey mixture down center of pastry and fold dough strips across diagonally overlapping. Brush with remaining egg mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake 25 minutes or until browned.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.


Calories 370
Protein 15g
Carbohydrates 30g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 4g
Fat 21g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 770mg
Saturated Fat 6g

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

Something Fishy......

Buying fish..........
Do not refreeze fish that has already been thawed. If you do, it can breakdown the fish tissue and this is how fish can sometimes go soggy. To store snap-frozen fish, leave it in its original packaging and place in your freezer. Otherwise, pop your fish in a zip-lock bag, submersed into cold water to get rid of the air bubbles then seal it shut. That way the fish can be as close to vacuum packed as possible, or you can go out and purchase a vacuum packed machine if that's easier.

To thaw frozen fish........
For the freshest results, we suggest thawing your fish for half an hour or so before preparation. Immerse unopened packages in cool water for about 20 minutes to thaw. During this time, prepare ingredients and preheat your oven or grill. Once thawed, remove fish from package, rinse under cool water, and pat dry.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus

Dinner Tonight: Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus

To start my morning off I prepared a Poached Egg and served it on a toasted Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin. I also heated up a couple of Johnsonville Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links along with a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I have to have my Tea to start the day! After Breakfast I headed to the local Kroger for a few items I needed then stopped by McDonald's and picked up Breakfast for Mom and Dad. Outside we had a high of 49 degrees and mostly cloudy. Gave Mom a hand with a couple of laundry. Not much going on after that. For dinner tonight I prepared Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Savory Herb Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus, and Baked Multi Grain Bread.

On my last visit to Costco last week I had bought another package of the always delicious Tuscan
Seasoned Pork Loin Medallions. They cut it fresh for me and seasoned it as I shopped. The package had 20 slices in it and have them in the Freezer. So Last night I grabbed a package out of the freezer and let it thaw overnight in the fridge.

To start I preheated the oven on 400 degrees. To prepare them I used a Cast Iron Skillet. Sprayed it
with Pam Cooking Spray and added 1 tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil and heated it on medium heat. I then lightly Salted the Pork with Sea Salt and a sprinkle of McCormick Dried Parsley. Added the Pork to the skillet and cooked it for 2 minutes a side, as it just started to brown. Then from the stove to the oven, love Cast Iron Skillets! I then backed them to a medium rare, 145 degrees in the center of the medallions using a meat thermometer. Pork Tenderloin is one of my favorites. The Pork is so tender and flavorful. Seasoned just right and so moist.

For one side dish I prepared the Little Potato Co. Savory Herb Potatoes. I love these! The Potatoes
come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good item to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up.

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. I had also baked a loaf of RiverRoad Bake House Multi Grain Oval Loaf Bread. This has became the family’s favorite Baked Bread. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and 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.

It's Nuts I tell you...........DARK CHOCOLATE COVERED GINGER

This week from the website ( its DARK CHOCOLATE COVERED GINGER! I have never heard of this snack before and can't wait to try it! This is just one of so many healthy and delicious items that you can choose from at the Nus site. You can choose from items like; NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, CHOCOLATES and SWEETS, SNACKS, COFFEE and TEA, COOKING and BAKING, and GIFTS. Plus there's FREE shipping on orders over $59, see for details. Now more on the DARK CHOCOLATE COVERED GINGER. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

Our dark chocolate covered ginger just might be one of the best ways to enjoy ginger. Pure diced
ginger pieces are drenched in smooth dark chocolate. The ginger is sweet with a signature kick of spice. The dark chocolate ties everything together for an indulgent treat.

Semisweet chocolate {(sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, soy lecithin (emulsifier), vanillin (artificial flavor) ), gum arabic, confectioner's glaze}, crystallized ginger, sugar. Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.

Approximately 150 pieces per pound.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size 40g (~1.4 oz.)

Amount per serving
Calories 180
Calories from Fat 90
Total Fat 10g 0%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 10%
Sugars 22g
Protein 1g
Calcium 2%
Iron 10%
* Storage
Store at room temperature for up to 1 year.

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Healthy Smoked Salmon Recipes

From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Smoked Salmon Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Smoked Salmon Recipes like; Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs, Smoky Maple-Mustard Salmon, and Smoked Salmon Cheese Toast. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

Healthy Smoked Salmon Recipes
Find healthy, delicious smoked salmon recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs
Make a big batch of this healthy scrambled egg recipe and serve it with bagels for a fun brunch.........

Smoky Maple-Mustard Salmon
It doesn't get much easier—or more delicious—than this speedy recipe for roast salmon topped with a smoky maple-mustard sauce. The sweetness of the maple balances the tangy mustard; smoked paprika or ground chipotle adds another layer of flavor. Ask at the fish counter to have the salmon cut into four 4-ounce fillets with the skin removed. Serve with roasted green beans and whole-wheat couscous tossed with pecans and chives............

Smoked Salmon Cheese Toast
Perfect with soup or as an easy snack, this healthy cheese toast recipe pairs reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufch√Ętel), smoked salmon and dill on top of crusty bread..........

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Smoked Salmon Recipes