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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hot Dogs Baked Beans and Roasted Potatoes #Foodie Friday

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hot dogs and baked beans roasted potato: simple living and eating


It is the day after Thanksgiving and I am sure tired of cooking, plus I need a break from turkey. Time to make my kid's favorite quick meal. Hot dogs baked beans and roasted potatoes.

This is kinda of a no recipe, recipe but I have to admit there is something really tasty about it. My mom made this same dish when I was a kid, but she pan fried the potatoes. The extra oil was tasty, but I think this roasted version is easier and healthier. 

So enjoy the begining of the shopping season, but don't forget to get some relaxation time in too this weekend.


hot dogs baked beans roasted potatoes: simple living and eating



Hot Dogs Baked Beans with Roasted Potatoes

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

Ingredients:

1 package of hot dogs chopped
1 can baked beans
6 potatoes chopped 
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Salt and Pepper


Directions:

1) Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Chop up your potatoes into small cubes. Place them in a large baking dish and drizzle them with EVOO, salt and pepper. 
Roast for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft to a fork and lightly brown.

2) While potatoes are roasting sauté hot dog pieces in a skillet. When they are browned add baked beans and heat through.

Serve hot dogs and potatoes with green vegetable of your choice.





Remember to visit and follow my co-host Adelina at Home Maid Simple to find out what blogger she is featuring this week!!!


Foodie Friday Features:


From: The Free Range Life

Sweet Potato Yeast Rolls
Sweet Potato Yeast Rolls

Dinner rolls are such a wonderful treat and to add the seasonal flavor of sweet potatoes makes them extra special.



From: Abbe's Cooking Antics

Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Hotpot
Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Hotpot

I love how hearty this beef stew is and I've never put baked beans into a slow cooker dish… sounds fantastic.



From: Life Love and Sugar

cranberry white chocolate chip cookies
Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

White chocolate and cranberries what a great transition into the holiday season. Love the way the red and white look too!

Don't forget to join us on Dec 10th. Cook a dish from Germany



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Tuesday Food:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ 21st Century Housewife
Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Tuesday's Table @ Love in the Kitchen
Tasty Tuesday #Anyonita Nibbles

Wednesday Food:


 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
Wednesday Extravaganza @ Hunger Little Girl
Look What I Made @ Creations by Kara

Thursday Food:

Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity
Tasty Thursdays @ The Mandatory Mooch

Friday Food:

Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Friday Favorite (DYI too) @ Simple Sweet Home
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Weekend Wonders @ The Thriftiness Miss
Weekend Potluck @ Sunflower Supper Club
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 
Get Him Feed @ Anyonita Nibbles


Monday, November 25, 2013

Pumpkin Yogurt Loaf with Maple Carmel Sauce and Greek Yogurt #Yogetter StonyField Yogurt

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Pumpkin Yogurt Loaf w/ Maple Carmel Sauce & Greek Yogurt: Simple Living and Eating

Product was provided for this post by Stonyfield Yogurt but opinions of product are my own.


I just joined Stonyfield Yogurts Yogetter's group for bloggers who care about feeding their families the healthiest yogurt available. Organic is ideal especially for dairy products. I also love that yogurt is lower in calories than butter and cream for baking. I have started to experiment with replacing higher calorie ingredients in my cooking with Stonyfield Yogurt. 

I love that yogurt is packed with nutrients like live and active cultures that aid in digestion along with calcium, vitamins D, B2 and B12, potassium and magnesium which are things that both my growing kids and my aging body need to stay healthy.

Pumpkin Yogurt Loaf: Simple Living and Eating

This month Stonyfield asked it's Yogetters to try and come up a traditional holiday recipe that substitutes yogurt for commonly used ingredients such as butter, oil, sour cream, mayonnaise etc. Stonyfield has a wonderful yogurt substitute guide on their website that makes conversions easy. 

The following is my light version of a pumpkin loaf that is not lacking in flavor, as a matter of fact, my kids goobled it down and didn't even notice that I had substituted yogurt for the sour cream that I usually put in this loaf. They were a little skeptical about topping it with greek yogurt instead of whipped cream, but the rich texture of greek yogurt didn't disappointment them at all.

pumpkin yogurt loaf: simple living and eating

Pumpkin Yogurt Loaf with Maple Carmel Sauce and Greek Yogurt

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

Ingredients:


2 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
15 ounces of pumpkin puree
1/4 cup of Stonyfield Plain Yogurt
2 eggs 
4 tablespoons melted cooled unsalted butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


For Carmel Sauce:

1 stick butter
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 maple syrup
1 tablespoon of bourbon
1 pinch of salt


Directions for Bread:

1) Melt butter for bread set aside to cool. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees with racks adjusted to middle. Grease a 9 inch bread loaf pan. 

2) Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda together in a large mixing bowl.

3) Mix pumpkin puree, yogurt, eggs, vanilla extract and melted butter together in a medium size bowl.

4) Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just incorporated. Do not over mix. 

5) Put bread batter into loaf pan. Do not smooth the top. Leaving ripples will create a nicer crust.

6) Bake for approximately 55 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Then remove and let it cool on a wired rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Serve topped with Stonyfield Greek Yogurt and Carmel Sauce. 


Directions for Sauce:

1) While the loaf is cooling. Heat a medium size non-stick skillet on medium high heat. 

2) First add the butter and melt it completely, then add the rest of the ingredients for the sauce: sugar, maple syrup, bourbon and salt. Whisk until incorporated and let it come to a boil. 

3) Reduce heat to low and continue to stir until the ingredients thicken and come to the consistancy you prefer. 

This syrup can be stored in the refrigator all you have to do is heat it to get it back to a syrupy consistency. 

beating the wet ingredients
Beating the wet ingredients.

pumpkin bread batter
Wet and dry ingredients folded together.

batter in baking dish
Batter in baking dish. Top left rough for better crust. 

loaf out of the oven: simple living and eating
Loaf out of the oven.



This post is shared on the following food/craft parties. Be sure to check them out:


Tuesday Food:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ 21st Century Housewife
Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Tuesday's Table @ Love in the Kitchen
Tasty Tuesday #Anyonita Nibbles

Wednesday Food:


 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
Wednesday Extravaganza @ Hunger Little Girl
Look What I Made @ Creations by Kara

Thursday Food:

Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity
Tasty Thursdays @ The Mandatory Mooch

Friday Food:

Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Friday Favorite (DYI too) @ Simple Sweet Home
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Weekend Wonders @ The Thriftiness Miss
Weekend Potluck @ Sunflower Supper Club
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 
Get Him Feed @ Anyonita Nibbles

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National Diabetes Awareness Month #Healthy Eating #Weekly Menu Plan

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November National Diabetes Awareness Month

This message is brought to you in part by American Recall Center

My father Anthony died when he was 57 years old from a heart attack. He was a sever diabetic. Anthony did not take good care of himself. He didn't watch his diet and he didn't exercise. Two out of three people with diabetes will die from heart disease or stroke.


My Father with his mother, he died before her. 

57 is too young to die. Diabetes is common on both sides of my family. One of my grandfathers died from stroke because of it. My other grandfather went blind. Both of my grandmothers had diabetes and one of them lost her leg from the circuitry problems that are cause from disease.

I know that I am at a high risk for diabetes, so I live a lifestyle that I hope will prevent the disease from manifesting in me. Even if you don't have the genetic risk that I have of getting this devastating disease you still should try to incorporate the following choices into your life.


Remember 25 million Americans have diabetes and over 8 million of these people are undiagnosed.

Diabetes is treatable with medication, diet and exercise, but the longer it goes undetected the more damage it will do to your body.



Diabetic Prevention Lifestyle:


1) Prevent becoming overweight. Obesity of one of the biggest causes of type 2 Diabetes.

  • I weigh myself daily at the same time of day. Catching an extra 5 pounds is easier to get under control by cutting back a little on eating and adding a little more exercise to my day, than trying to lose 20 or 30 pounds. By the time your excess weight is really noticeable; it will be harder to shed.

2) Exercise daily. 

  • Even if it is just a 30 minute walk or 20 minutes on a cardiovascular machine or exercise video. Good circulation from exercise helps your body to regulate sugar, and it improves your energy and your quality of sleep.


3) Eat a balanced diet low in fats and high in fiber.

  • I start most of my days with a bowl of oat bran cereal, oatmeal or granola topped with fresh fruit and low fat yogurt. 

  • I avoid white flour, high sugar, and fried products; reserving sweet treats for special occasions, not daily consumption.

  • I eat mostly poultry and fish and only cook red meat once in a while. 1 to 2 times a week I eat a vegetarian meal that is usually filled with high fiber beans with just a little bit of cheese. 

  • Research keeps reporting that eating the Mediterranean Diet is helpful for preventing diabetes, so check out some of my recipes.

4) Don't smoke.

  • Smoking increases your risk of so many diseases including diabetes. 

5)  Have a physical every year. 

  • Many people don't have symptoms of diabetes, so regular blood work is necessary to detect diabetes before it really does damage to your body.


Resources for learning more about Diabetes:



Weekly Menu Plan:


Sunday: Indian Food Take Out

Meatless Monday: Baked Eggplant Parmesan with Pasta mixed with leftover vegetables.

Tuesday: Sauted Scallops with Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans

Wednesday: Corn Tortilla Enchiladas with Guacamole and a Green Salad.

Thanksgiving Thursday: Appetizers: Cheese, Chutneys and Chestnuts/ Roast Turkey with Green Bean Casserole, Acorn Squash Casserole, Cranberry Relish, and Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. / Dessert: Apple Crisp & Pumpkin Pie 

Friday: Turkey Soup and Homemade Rustic Bread

Saturday: Leftovers


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Tuesday Food:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ 21st Century Housewife
Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Tuesday's Table @ Love in the Kitchen
Tasty Tuesday #Anyonita Nibbles

Wednesday Food:


 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
Wednesday Extravaganza @ Hunger Little Girl
Look What I Made @ Creations by Kara

Thursday Food:

Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity
Tasty Thursdays @ The Mandatory Mooch

Friday Food:

Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Friday Favorite (DYI too) @ Simple Sweet Home
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Weekend Wonders @ The Thriftiness Miss
Weekend Potluck @ Sunflower Supper Club
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 
Get Him Feed @ Anyonita Nibbles

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cajun Pumpkin Stew: Andouille Sausage & Shrimp #Foodie Friday

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Cajun Pumpkin Stew: Andouille Sausage & Shrimp: Simple Living & Eating


It is pumpkin season but that doesn't mean we have to keep serving pumpkin and other squash the same old way; you know, butter, nutmeg, etc. It is delicious, but I get a little overdosed on the same flavors. I decide to try pumpkin with a little Cajun seasoning and this stew is what resulted. 

It was such a success with my family that my son, who never eats squash had seconds. My daughter who usually doesn't like sausage loved the andouille sausage, it's texture is more like kielbasa, than say Italian sausage. 

Now don't feel limited to just using pumpkin in this recipe. You can substitute any type of squash, acorn, butternut, or even sweet potatoes. It is great served over saffron rice, or wild rice, dirty rice… all work really well.


Cajun Pumpkin Stew: Andouille Sausage & Shrimp: Simple Living & Eating


Cajun Pumpkin Stew: Andouille Sausage & Shrimp

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

preparation: 20 minutes: Baking time: 45 minutes


Ingredients:

1 sugar pumpkin: skin & seeds removed, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 red onion chopped
12 ounces of Andoulille sausage chopped (used Aidells) 
24 small shrimp peeled
1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning (used McCormick)
14.5 ounces of diced tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1) Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. 

2) Cut pumpkin into cubes. (There are videos on you tude on how to do this)
Put cubes in a large baking dish and drizzle some EVOO on them and salt. Bake for about 45 minutes or until squash is soft and lightly browned.

3) While the pumpkin is roasting sauté the onion on medium high heat in 2 tablespoons of EVOO in a large skillet. As the onion starts to soften add the sausage and brown. 

4) Next add the shrimp and cover it with the Cajun seasoning and some salt and pepper. Add diced tomatoes and heat through or until the shrimp becomes opaque.

5) Add the pumpkin when it is done roasting. 

Serve over rice of your choice. 



Remember to visit and follow my co-host Adelina at Home Maid Simple to find out what blogger she is featuring this week!!!


Foodie Friday Features:



From: Made to Glow

Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Squash, Cherries, & Walnuts
Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Squash, Cherries, & Walnuts
Everything about this salad reminds you that Autumn is still a time for fresh ingredient. 



From: Cooking on the Front Burner

Butternut Squash Pasta Bake
Butternut Squash Pasta Bake
This is a fine example of using seasonal ingredients in a unique way. Squash with bacon and Fontina cheese… sounds amazing.



From: Gal on a Mission

Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
Enough already about pumpkin pie… lets not forget delicious Sweet Potato pie. 



Don't forget to join us on Dec 10th. Cook a dish from Germany




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Tuesday Food:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ 21st Century Housewife
Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Tuesday's Table @ Love in the Kitchen
Tasty Tuesday #Anyonita Nibbles

Wednesday Food:


 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
Wednesday Extravaganza @ Hunger Little Girl
Look What I Made @ Creations by Kara

Thursday Food:

Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity
Tasty Thursdays @ The Mandatory Mooch

Friday Food:

Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Friday Favorite (DYI too) @ Simple Sweet Home
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Weekend Wonders @ The Thriftiness Miss
Weekend Potluck @ Sunflower Supper Club
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 
Get Him Feed @ Anyonita Nibbles


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