Trans Fats

Trans Fats What exactly are trans fats? They are produced when liquid oils are processed into solid shortenings or partially hydrogenated oils which raise LDL or bad cholesterol and lower HDL or the good cholesterol. Foods can really be full of trans fats is they are made of partially hydrogenated oils.  Trans fats raise the…

Asparagus, onions and peppers

  1/2 cup Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette Dressing, divided 1 small  yellow pepper, cut into strips 1 small red onion, thinly sliced 1 lb.  fresh asparagus spears, trimmed 1/4 cup  Shredded Parmesan Cheese HEAT 1/4 cup of the dressing in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add peppers and onions; cook and stir 3 to 5…

Spinach with bacon and pasta

  Spinach with bacon and pasta 1 pkg. (16 oz.) wide egg noodles 3/4 cup   Italian Reduced Fat Dressing 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 cups  cherry tomatoes (about 1 pt.), halved 1 pkg. (6 oz.) fresh baby spinach leaves (4 cups) 1 cup   Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese, divided…

Heucheras

This is one of best plants to try and this is the year of many new varieties to look for Heucheras or Coral Bells Coral bells are an invaluable plant for the sunny rock garden, to line a path or in the light shade of a woodland. Their evergreen leaves have scalloped edges. In spring,…

Chili Seared Mahi-Mahi

Ingredients: Serves eight SPICE RUB WITH MAHI MAHI: 8 6 oz. mahi-mahi filets 3 oz. toasted fennel seed (ground) 2 oz sweet paprika 1 oz cayenne pepper 1oz. sugar 1 oz. salt 1/2 oz. ground pepper RAGU: 6 ea. roma tomatoes, cored, smoked and diced 3 cups great northern beans (canned, drained, and rinsed) 2…

Asian Glaze chicken w/Romain hearts

Asian glazed Chicken in Romaine Hearts with Sesame-mango Relish 3-1/2 cups mango jam 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons sweet chili garlic sauce 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 tablespoons dark sesame oil 2 teaspoons grated, peeled fresh ginger 1-1/2 cups diced, peeled mango (1 large) 1-1/4 cups diced seeded peeled cucumber 1/4 cup red…

Prairie Fire Chicken Strips

Marinade and chicken: 1 cup sour cream 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon celery seed 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 2 garlic cloves, minced 10 chicken tenders, halved Breading: 1 cup uncooked quick or old-fashioned oats 1 cup plain granola 1 cup finely chopped pecans 1/2 cup drained and chopped pickled jalapeno…

Pepperoni Pizza Pull

1 3.5 ounce package sliced pepperoni, chopped 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 11-ounce package refrigerated breadsticks (12 breadsticks) 1 cup pizza sauce warmed Grease a loaf pan, 9x5x3-inch, set aside. In a medium bowl, combine pepperoni, mozzarella and grated cheese. Cut breadstick dough into 1-inch pieces with kitchen scissors…

Lime white chocolate tart with white chocolate whipped cream

Ingredients: 1 cup heavy cream 4 Oz White Chocolate (cocoa butter)  For Whipped Cream 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar 6 Tablespoons Lime Juice (fresh squeezed — approx. 2 large limes) Zest of 3 limes 2 Eggs 1 stick (1//2 cup) of Butter 4 Oz White Chocolate (for filling) Purchase 3 tart shells from local market Preparation:…

Radishes are fun to grow

 Early radish varieties usually grow best in the cool days of early spring, but later-maturing varieties can be planted for summer use. One variety — French Breakfast — holds up better than a lot of the early types in summer heat if water is supplied regularly. Additional sowing of spring types can begin in late…

Mango and Black Bean Salad

Black bean and mango salad The sweet mango in the sauce makes this a tasty salad. 1-1/2 cups chopped and peeled ripe mango 1 cup thinly sliced green onion 1/2 cup cooked wild or brown rice 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons roasted tomatillo or fresh salsa 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2…