Friday, December 15, 2017

Jennie - O Turkey Recipe of the Week - Slow Cooker Italian Vegetable Gnocchi Soup

This week's Jennie - O Turkey Recipe of the Week is - Slow Cooker Italian Vegetable Gnocchi Soup. Made using JENNIE-O® Fully Cooked Hardwood Smoked Turkey Kielbasa along with Seasonal Veggies, Gnocchi, Beans, and more! You can find this recipe at the Jennie - O Turkey website. You can also find out about all the delicious and Healthy Jennie - O Products. So Enjoy and Make the SWITCH!

Slow Cooker Italian Vegetable Gnocchi Soup
Soup's on! Enjoy a hearty mix of seasonal veggies, gnocchi, and hardwood smoked turkey kielbasa in a savory broth! All you have to do is throw the ingredients into the slow cooker and the rest is magic. Thaw yourself out from the cold outside with a steamy cup or - who are we kidding - bowl!


1 yellow onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 medium fennel bulb, stalks removed and chopped
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 (32-ounce) box vegetable broth
3 cups kale leaves, chopped
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
½ (16-ounce) package gnocchi
1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
½ (14-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Fully Cooked Hardwood Smoked Turkey Kielbasa

1) In slow cooker place, onion, celery, carrots, fennel, garlic, tomatoes, beans, vegetable broth, kale, oregano and thyme. Cook on HIGH 4 hours or LOW 6 to 8 hours.

2) Add gnocchi, basil and kielbasa and cook 30 minutes or until gnocchi is tender.


Calories2 10
Protein 11g
Carbohydrates 27g
Fiber 5g
Sugars 8g
Fat 7g
Cholesterol 35mg
Sodium 970mg
Saturated Fat 2g

Turkey and Swiss Pull-Apart

Passing along a second recipe from the Jennie - O Turkey website, Turkey and Swiss Pull-Apart. You'll be using JENNIE-O® DELI FAVORITES® Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast along with a Loaf Baguette or Italian bread, Swiss Cheese, Spices, Onions, and Mustard. Grab your ingredients and heat the oven up and you're ready to go! 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!

Turkey and Swiss Pull-Apart
The best thing since sliced bread just happens to be a recipe that calls for unsliced bread. This
melt-y, kid-friendly dinner is serious finger-food — melted Swiss cheese and hickory smoked turkey baked into a baguette.

1 loaf baguette or Italian bread
¼ cup butter, melted
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup sliced Swiss cheese
1 pound thinly sliced JENNIE-O® DELI FAVORITES® Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast, from the service deli
1 red onion, thinly sliced
coarse grain mustard, if desired

1) Heat oven to 400ºF. Without slicing completely through bread, make diagonal cuts every ½ to ¾-inch for a total of 12 to 16 cuts.
2) Mix butter with garlic powder; set aside. Place loaf on parchment paper and brush each slice lightly with garlic butter. Reserve remaining garlic butter.
3) In each slice, insert cheese, turkey breast and onion. Slowly pour remaining garlic butter over the loaf, allowing butter to go into the slices.
4) Wrap loaf with parchment, then with heavy-duty aluminum foil and loosely seal. Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted. Serve with coarse grain mustard, if desired.

Calories 360
Protein 30g
Carbohydrates 14g
Fiber 1g
Sugars 3g
Fat 19g
Cholesterol 85mg
Sodium 980mg
Saturated Fat 12g

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

Storing the Potatoes.........

From the Potato Goodness website (

Store potatoes in a cool, well-ventilated place and keep the potatoes out of the light. Perforated plastic bags and paper bags offer the best environment for extending shelf-life.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fried White Shrimp w/ Porcini Wild Mushroom Risotto

Dinner Tonight: Fried White Shrimp w/ Porcini Wild Mushroom Risotto

For Breakfast this morning I prepared a packet of Pioneer Peppered White Gravy, toasted a couple of slices of Aunt Millie's Light Whole Grain Bread, and a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I would prefer Gravy and Biscuits but by having Toast I save a lot of calories and carbs. It was 31 degrees out there this morning and that was our high temperature of the day, and it dropped into the 20's as day went on. Did a load of laundry after Breakfast. Later on after Lunch I went outside and got the leaf blower out and cleaned off the remaining leaves off the deck and driveway. I'll retire the leaf blower until the Spring! For Dinner tonight its Fried White Shrimp w/ Porcini Wild Mushroom Risotto.

I purchased the Jumbo White Shrimp from the Kroger Seafood Department. To prepare them I rinsed them off with cold water and removed the shells. To prepare these I’m using McCormick Golden
Dipt Cracker Meal Seafood Fry Mix. Poured about 1 inch of Extra Light Olive Oil into large skillet. Heated the oil to 350°F on medium heat. I then took a 1/2 cup of the Cracker Meal Mix in a Hefty Zip Lock Plastic Bag. Take the peeled shrimp, 3 at a time and place them in the bag and shake until Shrimp had a nice coating on them. Had all the Shrimp coated I then began to fry them. Frying them about 3 minutes the shrimp, a few pieces at a time, in the hot oil until light golden brown turning after 1 1/2 minutes. Drain on paper towel lined plate . Love using the McCormick Cracker Meal Mix was excellent! Nice crunch and seasoning!

For one side dish I prepared something new, Lundberg Porcini Wild Mushroom Risotto. I've tried different Lundberg products before and loved all of them so I was sure this one would be just as good as the rest. It comes packaged with the Porcini Mushroom Risotto and the Seasoning Packet. I add Water, Extra Light Olive Oil, and Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese (for topping).

To prepare it; In a 2 qt. saucepan, sauté the Rice in ½ Tbsp. Olive Oil over medium heat for 2 minutes.  Add 2 1/2 cups of Water and contents of Seasoning Pouch. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cook uncovered for 20 minutes stirring occasionally until the Rice is tender. Garnish with Grated Parmesan Cheese, and serve. Fantastic flavor and love the added Porcini Mushrooms! I'll have to keep this one in stock.

Then for another 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, Crumbled Bacon Bits, 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! For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn with a Coke Zero to drink.



Enjoy the exotic, earthy, nutty flavor of wild porcini mushrooms in this elegant Italian-style risotto. We created this delicious gourmet side dish by blending quality organic ingredients like mushrooms, garlic, and onion with our creamy Arborio rice. You’ll love how the individual kernels plump, creating a rich, creamy sauce while the rice grains remain separate and al dente.

Serving suggestions:
* Substitute ½ cup of white wine for ½ cup of water.
* Serve with sauteed spinach and mushrooms.
* Drizzle with truffle oil or other flavored oil of your choice.

Stove Top:

1 - In a heavy 2 qt. saucepan, sauté rice in ½ Tbsp. olive oil over medium heat for 2 minutes.
2 - Add 2 1/2 cups of water and contents of seasoning pouch. Stir well and bring to a boil.
3 - Reduce heat to simmer, cook uncovered for 20 minutes stirring occasionally until rice is tender.
4 - Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese if desired. Serve piping hot.

1 - In a microwaveable glass casserole, combine rice, seasoning, 2 1/2 cups of water, and 1/2 Tbsp. of olive oil.  Stir well and cover.
2 - Reduce microwave power to 70%.  Cook 11 minutes.  Remove cover and stir.
3 - Cook uncovered a additional 10 minutes at 70% power and stir.  Check for Tenderness.
4 - Add one additional minute as needed, checking texture after each minute.
5 - Serve piping hot.
*Microwave ovens may vary so adjust time and temperature accordingly

SIZE 5.9oz
Serving Size: 58g - about 1/4 cup rice and 2 tsp. seasoning mix (1 cup prepared)

Servings Per Container: about 3

Calories 200 Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g *2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 660mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g

It's Nuts I tell you........ULTIMATE PEPPAH SNACKER

This week from the website ( its ULTIMATE PEPPAH SNACKER. Heat the Winter Night up with this  Southern Heat Mix and Cajun Peanuts Snack Mix. Contains Peanuts, Cashews, Almonds, and more. This is just one of many delicious and healthy items you can purchase at the Nuts site ( You can choose from items like; GIFTS, NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, CHOCOLATES and SWEETS, SNACKS, COFFEE and TEA, COOKING and  BAKING, and more! Plus there's FREE shipping on orders over $59, see for details. Now here's more on the ULTIMATE PEPPAH SNACKER. Enjoy and Eat Healthy!


Our Ultimate Peppah Snacker is guaranteed to add spice and spunk to your next party. We started
with our popular Southern Heat Mix and spiced it up further with Cajun Peanuts. Next, we tossed in roasted cashews and almonds to evenly round out this flavorful mix. For just the right amount of crunch, we added some Fried Green Peas, and for an interesting touch of sweetness, we finished the mix with Sugar Toasted Peanuts.

The Ultimate Peppah Snacker offers an addictive array of flavors you'll love. What's more, it comes in a fun hot pepper-shaped wicker tray. Perfect for putting out on the table for everyone to enjoy. Almost three pounds in all.

Peanuts, cajun sesame sticks, corn nuts, pepitas, cayenne pepper, roasted almonds, cajun peanuts, roasted cashews, fried green peas( Peas, salt, vegetable oil, fd&c yellow #5 and blue #1), sugar toasted peanuts ( Sugar, peanuts, partially hydrogenated cottonseed and/or soybean oil, salt, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Yellow #6). Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size 30g (~1.1 oz.)

Amount per serving
Calories 160
Calories from Fat 80
Total Fat 12g 0%
Saturated Fat 1g 0%
Sodium 150mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Sugars 3g
Protein 5g

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Healthy Asian Recipes

From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Asian Recipes. Delicious and Healthy asian Recipes like; Vietnamese BLT Wraps, Grilled Tofu with Korean BBQ Glaze and Stir-Fried Napa Cabbage, and Pan-Fried Cod with Green Chile-Tamari Sauce (Gochu Ganjang Daegu Gui). Find these and more al at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy!

Healthy Asian Recipes
Find healthy, delicious Asian recipes including Asian soup, dumpling, rice and noodle recipes.
Healthier Recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Vietnamese BLT Wraps
This gluten-free twist on the conventional BLT also has a little Vietnamese flavor pop. This makes only four wraps, but you can easily scale it up to serve a crowd.......

Grilled Tofu with Korean BBQ Glaze and Stir-Fried Napa Cabbage
In this vegetarian grilling recipe, the hot grill gives tofu smokiness and some crispy edges. A BBQ sauce made with gochujang, the hot Korean chile paste, doubles as both a glaze and some sauce to slather on the tofu at the table. Serve with brown rice or farro........

Pan-Fried Cod with Green Chile-Tamari Sauce (Gochu Ganjang Daegu Gui)
The sauce for this super-simple Korean fish recipe gets a kick from the spicy chile. Pair with brown rice or thin rice noodles and steamed greens.......

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Asian Recipes

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

Try a little Parm on your Grilled Cheese.......

Try a little Parmesan Cheese on your Grilled Cheese; Sprinkle a little freshly grated Parmesan cheese on the outside of the bread while it’s cooking then flip it over in the pan so the cheese will cook/stick to the bread.