The Chef, You and I Show with Kathryn Raaker and her guest, Maria Dunaway, as they prepare more delicious recipes from the Philippines. They also discuss Maria’s recent trip back home and her return to scuba diving at the family scuba resort with her Brother, Jesse at Paseo Del Mar, in Bohol, Philippines.

Cucumber salad

This dish is Marie Dunnaway's mother's recipe which can be a meal or also good as a side dish

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized cucumbers
  • 1 tsp salt or substitute
  • A dash of ground black pepper
  • 1 small red onion sliced optional
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or white vinegar

Instructions

  • Wash the cucumber and pat dry.
  • Thinly slice the cucumber crosswise. MY mom likes to peel the skin off.
  • Combine salt, ground black pepper, sugar, ginger, and vinegar then mix well.
  • Toss in the sliced cucumber and onion. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Serve with your grilled seafood and veggies.

Shrimp broccoli stir fry in oyster sauce

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian

Ingredients

  • 1-2 8 oz bags shrimp peeled and deveined, heads and tails off- we used 16 oz.
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 Bunch Scallions cut into 1 inch slices
  • 2 Inches fresh ginger cut into thin strips
  • 1-2 tsp Sesame seeds
  • 1-3 Tbsp Oyster sauce salty, so add based on your taste
  • 5 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 heaping Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 lemon Juiced about 2 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder optional
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper optional
  • Mrs. Dash season taste

Instructions

  • Marinate shrimp with lemon juice, and a little brown sugar and garlic powder or ground black pepper
  • Stir fry in oil till pink
  • Add broccoli florets and ginger and cook till tender
  • Pour in the desired amount of oyster sauce, be careful coz it could get too salty
  • Serve hot with brown rice

Sago’t Gulaman (Tapioca and gelatin cooler)

an (Tapioca and gelatin cooler) Sago, also known as tapioca pearls, is a starch extracted from tapioca which is a common food ingredient in Asian countries like China, Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand. Sago is a common ingredient in many desserts and beverages. This is a popular street food in Thailand especially in the summertime months of April and May.
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Asian

Ingredients

  • 3 cups brown sugar arnibal for syrup
  • 1 cup brown sugar arnibal for sago
  • 3 cups red gelatin shaved ice
  • 2 tbsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Soak the cooked tapioca pearls in water for at least an hour to separate them.
  • In a separate pot make your syrup by mixing the water, vanilla, and sugar until thick.
  • Bring it to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Strain the syrup using a cheesecloth or any clean cloth to separate the sand-like grains from the sugar, leaving a clear brown syrup. (optional)
  • Now pour the syrup in a glass then add tapioca pearls, cubed gelatin, and ice.
  • Go strawless, dig in with a long spoon.

Kathryn and her friend Terry prepare some of their favorite Tex/Mex recipes using Comisario Ultra Premium Tequila Anejo provided by Elite Beverages

Kathryn’s Favorite Marquita

Marinate chops in Skip Kenny's Mustard Marinade with Tequila and Orange juice for a real tasty South of the Border twist on Pork Chops.
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 - 2 oz Fresh Lime Juice or Lemon Juice Optional-Orange Juice
  • ½ - 1 oz Tequila
  • ½ oz triple Sec
  • ½ oz agave
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 cup Ice
  • Lime wedges for garnish

Instructions

  • Combine the lime juice, triple sec, tequila, lemon juice, and 1 cup of ice in a blender; blend until smooth. (Or place 1 cup ice cubes in a cocktail shaker). Add the desired amount of margarita; cover and shake well; serve. Pour the kosher salt onto a plate. Rub the rim of a glass with a lime wedge. Dip the rim of the glass into the salt; fill a glass with margarita mixture; repeat for each serving.

Notes

Made with Comisario Tequila Thank you to Elite Beverages for Providing the Tequila

Tequila Margarita Salad

Marinate chops in Skip Kenny's Mustard Marinade with Tequila and Orange juice for a real tasty South of the Border twist on Pork Chops.

Ingredients

DRESSING:

  • 3 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1- 1/2 Tbsp Agave Nectar
  • 1/2-1 Tbsp Tequila* Comisario Tequila
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

SALAD:

  • 4-6 cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 cup Diced Strawberries- Fresh
  • 1 cup Diced Mangos- or Peaches
  • 1 Avocado Diced
  • 1/4 Red Onion Slivered

Instructions

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • In a mason jar add the dressing ingredients. Close the lid tightly and give it a good shake. Taste and adjust seasonings to taste. Add more lime juice or agave if needed.

FOR THE SALAD:

  • In a bowl or serving platter place the baby spinach. Top the spinach with the diced strawberries, mangos, avocado, red onion,

Margarita Tequila Chicken Skewers

These chicken skewers are great for a party. 

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Chicken Strips or chicken thighs
  • ½ cup Tequila
  • ½ cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh oregano chopped
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt – optional
  • ¼ cup Skip Kenny Mustard Marinate
  • 2 Tbsp of Lime Juice

Instructions

  • Marinade Chicken strips for an hour in Tequila and Brown Sugar, Skip Kenny Marinade, oregano, and lime juice.
  • Then take the chicken strips out of the marinade and thread them onto presoaked wooden skewers or use metal ones instead. Grill the Chicken skewers10 to 12 minutes until they are done.
  • Put on a platter and serve while hot.

Kathryn’s Tequila- Mustard Pork Chops w/Potatoes, Apples & Onions

Marinate chops in Skip Kenny's Mustard Marinade with Tequila and Orange juice for a real tasty South of the Border twist on Pork Chops.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: Pork Chops, Skip Kenny's Mustard Marinade, Tex-Mex

Ingredients

  • 4 Boneless Pork Chops
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Skip Kenny Mustard Marinade
  • 1/2 cup Tequila
  • 8 small potatoes (mini)
  • 1 large Apple cut in slices
  • 5 to 6 large Button Mushrooms Optional
  • 1/4 cup red onion Diced
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups of Corn Flake Crumbs

Instructions

  • Preheat Oven to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit
    Marinade the Pork Chops in Mustard Marinade and Tequila, orange juice for an hour. Then take the Pork Chops out of Marinade (reserve the marinade for use in the baking dish) and bread them with the Kellogg’s Crumbs. Heat the oil and then add the breaded pork chops, slightly brown them on both sides. Then take the marinade and pour into baking dish add the browned pork chops. Layer the apple slices, onions, and mushrooms (we browed the mushrooms in the skillet before we added them to the dish add the chopped onion you can add the 1 jar of gravy to the top of the dish and them cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for one hour at 400 degrees. Serve on a platter.  

Tequila Lime Cheesecake Squares

Course: Dessert

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs

Filling

  • 2 8 oz Cream Cheese packages room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp lime zest about 3 limes.
  • 4 Tbsp lime juice about 3-4 limes
  • 3 Tbsp tequila
  • 2 Tbsp Cointreau

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the Oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.Completely line a 9x9 square Pan with Aluminum Foil and spray the aluminum Foil with Spray Oil Like Pam.

Graham cracker crust:

  • Melt the butter in a bowl in the microwave for 45 seconds. Add the graham cracker crumbs into the butter and mix until completely combined. Pour into the foil-lined pan and gently press into the bottom.

Filling:

  • Then beat together cream cheese and sugar until well blended and fluffy. Then add the lime juice and zest, tequila, Cointreau, and heavy cream. Mix well until completely combined. Beat the eggs one at a time.
  • Pour cream cheese over the graham cracker crust and use a spatula to spread to the edges of the pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. It will be done when the center sets up it has a little jiggle. Allow to cool completely and then refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight. Decorate with lime slices and or zest. Cut into small squares and serve. Will serve at least 8 to 10 people

Kathryn attended the Lipari trade show in April 2019. There she met Mary Lindeman who introduced her to Pine River products. The following recipes are from Pine River.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This is an easy dip 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • ½ cup buffalo sauce
  • ¼ cup Pine River Chunky Bleu Flavor Cheese
  • ¼ cup Ranch salad dressing
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 2 cups cooked chicken cut into small pieces

Instructions

  • Heat oven 350 degrees
  • Combine all ingredients and place into 1 Quart baking dish
  • Bake 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through.
  • Serve with crackers, chips or vegetables

Sharp Cheddar Spinach Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese spread
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 10 oz pkg frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained squeezed dry)
  • 1 8 oz can water chestnuts (finely chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp dry minced onion
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp pimento chopped

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, blend cheese spread and sour cream until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Chill several hours or overnight. Serve with fresh vegetables or crackers.

Cauliflower Casserole

A simple recipe for a cauliflower side or main dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Dash of Pepper
  • 1 cup Milk
  • ½ cup Pine River Pepper Jack Cheese

Instructions

  • Cook whole Cauliflower for 20 to 30 minutes or break up in large flower heads, drain
  • Put into greased casserole. Melt butter, stir in flower salt and pepper. Add milk slowly and cook until thicken, like gravy. Slowly stir in pepper cheese until melted. Pour over the top of the Cauliflower . Can add crushed cornflakes, dried onions or fresh sliced scallions for color and texture to the top. Bake 375 for 25 minutes
  • Serve while hot.

Tuscan Asiago Soup

Ingredients

  • ½ lb bacon
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 2 onions diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 4 large potatoes peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup Pine River Asiago cheese spread
  • 4 cups fresh kale or fresh spinach leaves chopped

Instructions

  • Brown bacon and sausage together until nicely browned. Add onion until translucent about two minutes, then add minced garlic. Stir in the chicken broth, pepper and sliced potatoes, bringing to boil. Cook until potatoes are soft, 10 to 15 minute. Gently add half and half, fold in Asiago cheese until melted. Stir in the kale or spinach cook until wilted. Serve in soup bowls.

Kathryn shares some favorite snacks and appetizers that are fun, simple, and light. Later she is joined by her friend, Marty Schultes who helps her prepare a couple more recipes for light party fare.

First up Kathryn starts with her pita rounds topped with ham, banana peppers, and shredded mozzarella. Next, Kathryn makes a Sundried Tomato Spread, great for serving with vegies or toasted baguettes. In this episode, she serves them with crackers. Lastly, Kathryn makes a spicy popcorn snack with pretzels and peanuts.

In the second half of the show, Kathryn is joined by her dear friend Marty Schultes and together they prepare some Honey Orange glazed Meatballs. Finally, Kathryn and Marty prepare some Sweet Pepper Bruschetta made from mini sweet peppers.

All the recipes from this episode are below the video. Enjoy!

Kathryn's Pepper, Deviled Ham with Mozzarella Rounds

An appetizer that uses small pita rounds, deviled ham, banana pepper rings, and shredded mozzarella. 
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 10 rounds
Author: Kathryn Raaker

Ingredients

  • 5 Mini Pita Rounds Split in two
  • 2 cans Deviled Ham
  • 10 Mild Banana Pepper Rings
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

Garnish

  • 10 small Cilantro Leaves

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • On baking sheet arrange pita round one layer.
  • Spread Deviled Ham on each Pita round
  • Put the Yellow mild Banana Pepper Rings on top of Deviled Ham Spread
  • Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake about 4minutes to 5 minutes
  • Garnish with Cilantro

Kathryn's Sundried Tomato Spread

Course: Appetizer
Author: Kathryn Raaker

Ingredients

  • 2 8.5 oz jars oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes Drained
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp lemon Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Basil

Instructions

  • Using a food processor, place tomatoes, cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, and
  • pepper; process until tomatoes are finely chopped. Pour into a serving bowl and stir in basil.
  • Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

SWEET AND SPICY SNACK MIX

Servings: 12 cups
Author: Kathryn Raaker

Ingredients

  • 6 cups thin pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup roasted salted peanuts
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 3 oz pkg plain salted popcorn popped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a large bowl, combine pretzels, peanuts, melted butter, sugar, paprika, red pepper, and popcorn; toss well.
  • Transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bake until heated through, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool
  • Completely on a wire rack.

Notes

Note: Recipe can be made a day ahead. Store in an airtight container.

Meatballs with Honey Orange Glaze

Course: Appetizer
Author: Kathryn Raaker

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground pork Substitute, Ground meat of any kind
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup Plain Bread crumbs or Panko Original, not seasoned
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp ground fresh Black Pepper I prefer Lemon Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Virgin Olive oil

BBQ Sauce

  • ¾ cup honey
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice

Garnish

  • Garnish with green onions, chives, chopped parsley or basil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In large bowl, mix together meat, bread crumbs, egg, salt onion powder and pepper
  • Using a small (Tbsp) scoop, shape mixture into 24 to 30 Balls.
  • In a large skillet or brown over medium heat – we use an electric skillet to brown our meatballs
  • For this recipe cook half of the meatballs and then the remaining ones.
  • Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes until browned.
  • Using a slotted spoon transfer the meatballs onto a cookie sheet and place in oven for 8 minutes.
  • While meatballs are cooking in the same pan add honey and orange juice and cook over medium heat stirring frequently until thickened. About 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the skillet off if electric. Remove pan from heat if its on the stove Take meatballs out of oven and add the meatballs to skillet; stir until coated in glaze. Using a slotted spoon arrange on dish and garnish with Green onion, basil or parsley.

Notes

You can half this recipe – we made 12 meatballs

Mini Sweet Pepper Bruschetta

Course: Appetizer
Servings: 24 pieces
Author: Kathryn Raaker

Ingredients

  • ½ to ¾ Loaf of French bread sliced into ¼ inch slices
  • 4 Tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • ½ tsp salt divided
  • 1 lb package mini sweet peppers seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic Optional
  • ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese Garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  • Brush both sides of the French bread slices with Olive oil with 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Sprinkle with salt and place on prepared pan
  • Bake until Golden Brown about 8-to 10 minutes
  • In a large skillet or electric skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat; add sweet peppers; cook stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender. 6 to 8 minutes
  • Remove from heat; stir in parsley and remaining ¼ teaspoon of salt.
  • Rub toasted bread slices with garlic. (Optional we did not use garlic)
  • Divide pepper mixture among toasted bread slices. Garnish with parmesan Cheese, if you want Serve immediately.

Notes

Makes about 24

On this show, Father Umberg and I cook in memory of our dear friend, Mari Lou Ollier. The lasagna recipe is her’s.

Lasagna

Author: Kathryn Raaker

Ingredients

  • 1 lb sweet or hot Italian sausage
  • 1/2 lb ground beef (80/20)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 15 oz container ricotta or cottage cheese
  • 3/4 lb mozzarella cheese sliced
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seed
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 4 cups canned tomatoes undrained
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 6 oz cans tomato paste
  • 12 oz box lasagna noodles
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Saute onion, garlic and meat in pan, stirring frequently until browned. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon salt, basil, fennel, pepper, and half of parsley; mix well.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and ½ cup water mashing tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Bring to boiling; reduce heat; simmer, covered and stirring occasionally, until thick 1 ½ hours. In a kettle bring 3 quarts of water and l tablespoon salt to boiling. Add lasagna, 2 or 3 at a time. Return to boiling, boil uncovered and stirring occasionally about 10 minutes. Drain in a colander. Preheat oven to 3750. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, egg, remaining parsley, and salt; mix well. In the bottom of 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish, spoon 1 ½ cups sauce. Layer with 6 lasagna noodles, lengthwise and overlapping, to cover. Spread with half of the ricotta mixture, top with a third of mozzarella. Spoon I ½ sauce over cheese; sprinkle with ¼ Parmesan. Repeat layering, starting with 6 lasagna noodles and ending with 1 1/2 cups sauce sprinkled with parmesan. Spread with remaining sauce; top with rest of mozzarella and parmesan. Cover with foil, tucking around the edge. Bake 25 minutes· remove foil· bake uncovered 25 minutes longer, or until bubbly. Cool 15 minutes before serving.

Fr Umberg’s Orange Glazed Arugula Salad

Course: Main Dish, Side Dish

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Navel Orange
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 15 oz box Baby Arugula
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 2 Tbsp (1/8 cup) craisins

Instructions

  • In a small skillet pour the olive oil and heat up till hot then add your orange zest
  • Spread the zest around the skillet let boil for a few seconds and turn off heat add sugar, salt, and Balsamic Vinegar. Let it cool to room temperature then add the pecans and craisins. Put the Arugula in a bowl add dressing mix well and serve or refrigerate for 30 min.

Kathryn and Father Umber enjoy cooking recipes for Oktoberfest. Today they are preparing Sauerbraten with noodles, red cabbage, and Brussel sprouts. Enjoy!

Father Andrew’s Red Cabbage

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: German Foods

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 medium head Red Cabbage Slice cabbage 2-inch strips and 1/4-inch width
  • 1 medium apple peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup Dark Malt Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 7 cloves
  • 1/3 cup Blackberry Jelly, Jam, or Preserves

Instructions

  • Sauté chopped onions in Butter and olive oil.
  • Then add shredded cabbage stir with the sauté onions. Add vinegar, water, salt, pepper, and cloves. Mix in chopped apples. Cover and Simmer half an hour. After simmering whisk in jelly/preserves. Finally, Put in Serving Dish serve with Sauerbraten over noodles.

Father Andrew’s Sauerbraten

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: German Foods

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 3 lbs Beef Rump Roast
  • 1 Large red onion chopped
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1 cup red wine (we used Cabernet)
  • 1 1/4 cup White Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 10- 15 peppercorns or more to taste
  • 8-12 whole cloves or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup Pickling Spice in a tea diffuser or tied into cheesecloth
  • 1 Lemon optional (Slice lemons if you desire more sour)

Roasting Beef

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Black Pepper
  • Salt and Black pepper to taste
  • 10-12 Gingersnap cookies crumbled

Noodles

  • 1 Package Noodles, Spaetzle, or Pasta

Instructions

Sauerbraten

  • Add vinegar, wine, water, cloves, onions, and salt into a saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 min. Add pickling spice and simmer another 10 min. Cool to room temperature.
  • Place beef rump roast in a large pot. Cover with brine and refrigerate for 2 to 3 days. Important to turn meat daily.
  • When you are ready to roast the meat, preheat the oven to 360-375 degrees. Remove meat from brine and pat dry with paper towels, reserving the brining liquid.
  • Roast the beef until tender, about 50 to 60 min. Remove beef to a platter and slice.
  • While the meat is roasting, boil water for noodles and cook according to package directions. (If using pasta, cook beyond al dente). Drain and put in a large serving bowl.

Gravy

  • Strain solids from remaining liquid and continue cooking over medium heat. Add crushed gingersnap cookies and simmer until gravy is thickened about 10 minutes. Serve gravy over sliced beef & noodles.
    Sauerbraten with Noodles

Braised Brussel Sprouts

Ingredients

  • 10-12 oz bag Fresh Brussel Sprouts Cleaned and quartered
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Instant Onion Flakes
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 1-2 Tbsp water

Instructions

  • In a large frying pan melt the butter and add oil and heat on low add the Brussel sprouts to the melted butter and oil and coat the sprouts. Add instant onion add Cayenne pepper to the mixture and simmer for 10 minutes then add ¼ cup of water then they will get a little brown and crunchy add salt and then Hoisin Sauce coat the Brussel Sprouts and cook for 1 minute on low.
  • Serve with Sauerbraten and noodles.

Kathryn enjoys cooking with her friend, Terry Young. Watch as the two prepare some Southwest and Asian fusion favorites.

Green Gazpacho Soup with Shrimp

Course: Appetizer, Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups plain low-fat yogurt – Not Greek Style
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped seeded poblano chile
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped green onions
  • 2 cups whole-wheat bread Fresh from the bakery section, remove crust, tear into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups English cucumber chopped seeded
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 4 large tomatillos (About 1 lb) husks removed, rinsed and quartered
  • 1 lb Medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 4 leaves parsley for garnish
  • 4 leaves Parsleyfor decoration

Instructions

  • Combine yogurt, 3 tablespoons oil, and juice in a large bowl, stir­ring with a whisk. Stir in poblano, green onions, and bread; let stand 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place yogurt mixture in a blender with cucumber, sugar, salt, black pepper, and tomatillos; blend until smooth.
  • Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large non­stick skillet over medium-high. Add shrimp to pan; cook about 2-3 minutes per side. Place 1¾ cups cucumber mixture in each of 4 bowls; top evenly with shrimp. Add Parsley leaf to decorate.

Notes

Nutritional Values:
Calories 352
Fat 18g (sat 3g, unset 13g)
Protein 21g
Carb 26g
Sugars 13g (added sugars 1g)
Sodium 51g
Potassium 2g

Black Bean & Corn Salad with Southwestern Lime Dressing

Course: Side Dish
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

Salad

  • 15 oz can Black Beans
  • 15 oz can corn or 1 cup fresh/Frozen corn
  • 1/4 red onion finely chopped
  • 1/2-1 jalapeno finely chopped (Seeds & ribs removed)
  • 1/4 bunch fresh cilantro chopped (leaves only) (Substitute Basil or mint)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 avocado cut into bite size chunks
  • 1 handful of baby spinach chopped
  • 1/2 can Black Olives chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Southwestern Lime Dressing (Recipe Below)

Southwestern Lime Dressing

  • 1/3 cup Agave
  • 1/3 cup white rice vinegar unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/3 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno seeded
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic minced (optional)
  • pinch Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
  • 1 jalapeño chili pepper seeded
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic –optional
  • pinch Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper –of each

Instructions

Salad Directions:

  • Rinse corn and black beans in a colander.
  • Mix all salad ingredients in large salad bowl.
  • Pour dressing over salad and toss
  • Serve on Salad Plates

Salad dressing Directions:

  • Blend dressing ingredients in a blender until smooth. Store in refrigerator (will keep for several days)

Notes

1/2 cup serving size

Asian Cabbage & Sprout Salad with Soy Ginger Dressing

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients

  • 1 /2 head Green Cabbage
  • 1 /2 head Red Cabbage
  • 2 carrots julienned
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 2 cups snow peas raw
  • 1 medium Red Pepper diced
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts cubed (optional)

Asian Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 /3 cup Agave
  • 1/3 cup white rice vinegar unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup Soy Sauce (Low Sodium)
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger root grated with microplane
  • 1 tsp chili oil
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil

Topping (Optional)

  • 1 /4 cup toasted sesame seeds or Almond Slices
  • Garnish:
  • 1 /4 cup toasted sesame seeds or Almond Slices

Instructions

  • Combine all salad ingredients in a bowl and mix.
  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender and blend. Pour dressing over salad mix, toss and sprinkle sesame seeds over top. Serve on colorful dishes.
  • This salad and dressing will taste delicious for several days.

Teriyaki Chicken

Serve with Asian Salad and Brown Rice 375 Calories per serving
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup Teriyaki Sauce See recipe below
  • 1 cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 1 /2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp white rice vinegar unsweetened
  • 1 /3 cup Agave
  • 3 tsp minced garlic -optional
  • 3 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch mix with 2 tbsp. water

Teriyaki Sauce/Marinade

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil for grill/cast iron pan
  • 3 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch mix with 2 tbsp. water

Instructions

Chicken

  • Place chicken into a ziplock bag and pour marinade over it. Seal and distribute marinade until all chicken is coated. Marinade at least 30 min.
  • Next, add olive oil to pan on medium high heat. Heat oil until hot but not smoking. Pat chicken dry with a paper towel and place in hot pan. Cook chicken until 160 degrees and remove from heat. Cover and rest chicken until it reaches 165 degrees. When ready to serve, drizzle with remaining Teriakyi sauce and serve with brown rice or Quinoa.

Teriyaki Marinade/Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients (except cornstarch) in a blender and pulse until combined. Use 1/2 cup for the marinade. Pour remaining blended ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the sauce begins to boil, immediately reduce to simmer. Mix cornstarch and water and add to sauce, stirring constantly until it thickens (about one minute).

Notes

375 Calories per serving
Serve with Brown Rice, cooked according to directions.

Kathryn prepares some of her favorite dishes from Britan, Ireland, and Scotland.

SHEPHERD'S PIE

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: British, Comfort Foods, Irish, Scottish
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

Topping

  • 1 1/2 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes peeled, diced
  • 3/4 cup fat-free chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp reduced fat sour cream
  • salt and pepper To taste
  • 1 tsp Paprika

Filling

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Lamb
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic diced
  • 8 oz Mushrooms diced
  • 10 oz frozen mixed vegetables (carrots corn, peas, green beans,) or use fresh
  • 1 cup fat-free beef broth
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 tsp rosemary (Dried or fresh)
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves (Dried or fresh)
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil (Optional)
  • kosher salt and pepper Season to Taste
  • kosher salt and pepper

Instructions

Topping

  • Boil potatoes in a medium pot of salted water until cooked and soft.
  • Drain and mash with chicken broth, sour cream, 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper, set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.

Filling

  • In a large sauté pan brown meat over medium to high heat, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Season with 1/2 tsp salt and pepper to taste. I drained the liquid off and used a fork to break it up more.
  • When cooked, set aside on a plate.
  • Add the oil, onion, mushrooms, and celery and sauté on medium heat about 5 to 7 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
  • Add the flour, frozen or fresh vegetables, beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, thyme, cooked meat and mix well. Simmer on low about 8-10 minutes.
  • Spread the meat on the bottom of casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes and sprinkle with paprika. ( I added a sprinkle of Cheese to the topping)
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes, then place under the broiler 1 to 2 minutes until the potatoes turn golden.
  • Remove from oven and let it cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

Notes

NUTRITION INFORMATION
Serving Size: 1/6th of pie
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 275 calories
Total Fat: 7g
Cholesterol: 45mg
Sodium: 331mg
Carbohydrates: 31g
Fiber: 5g
Sugar: 3g
Protein: 22g

Scottish Red Lentil Soup

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Dish, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: Scottish
Servings: 6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 carrots sliced
  • 1 celery stalk with leaves chopped
  • 1 small turnip or rutabaga diced into small cubes
  • 1 large onion (or 2 small onions) diced
  • 32 oz Vegetable Stock
  • 8-10 cups water or beef/chicken stock less water/stock for a thicker soup
  • 1 1/3 cups red lentils soaked and rinsed
  • Kosher or Sea Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper freshly ground

Instructions

  • Place the red lentils in a bowl and cover with about an inch of water, set aside;
  • Put the measured water and or Vegetable stock in a large soup pot, with a teaspoon of salt. Bring to boil (skim any scum off that rises to the top) then let it simmer.
  • In a medium frying pan, saute the onion, carrots, celery and turnip/rutabaga in the olive oil for about 6 or 7 minutes on medium heat. Remove from the heat.
  • Add the red lentils and the sautéed vegetables, and another teaspoon of salt; stir well and let simmer for about 30-45 min or until lentils are tender.
  • Season soup with salt to taste and freshly ground pepper.

Banger's and Mash

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Irish

Ingredients

Bangers

  • 4 Italian sweet sausages
  • 1 cup sliced Red or Yellow Sweet Onion
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp No salt Butter
  • 1/2 cup Salt free Chicken Stock (I used Organic)
  • 2 Tbsp Red Wine – this is optional

Mash

  • 2 cups Cauliflower Cooked and mashed
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream (you may use a little more for consistency)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

Bangers

  • Cook sausages in medium saucepan or skillet until they are browned and cooked thoroughly.
  • In the same pan add butter, olive oil, and onions, cook for 3-5m minutes until their lucent.
  • Add Chicken stock and red wine and cook for another 3-4 minutes until reduced. Add Heavy Cream and cook another minute or two. Season with Salt and Pepper.

Mash

  • Cook cauliflower until tender. Mash* and add butter and cheese whip till you have the consistency of Mashed Potatoes. Fold in Cheese. *Add hot cooked cauliflower to a food processor. Add butter and cream and pulse until the consistency of mashed potatoes. Pour into serving bowl and fold in cheese.
    Mash
  • Plate the Sausage and onions and the gravy add ½ cups Mashed Cauliflower to the plate and serve. Garnish with Parsley.

Notes

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories 178
Fat 31 g
Carbohydrates 6g
Protein 15 g

Cranachan Scottish Dessert

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Scottish
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Kathryn Raaker

Ingredients

  • 3.5 oz Irish/Scottish steel cut/pinhead oats (Divided: 1/3 cup and 1/4 cup) Toasted
  • 1/3 cup Scotch whisky (I used Glenfiddich (or use a top quality brand)
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 3 Tbsp Scotch whisky Divided
  • 3 Tbsp organic raw honey Divided
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups organic heavy whipping cream it’s important to use good quality whipping cream
  • 4 Whiskey Glasses or Dessert Glasses

Instructions

Overnight Oats

  • The night before you want to make the dessert, toast 1/3 cup (2 oz) of the oats in a cast iron or very heavy pan until very lightly browned- this won’t take long, so keep a close eye, as you don’t want burnt oats. Next, put these oats in a bowl and cover with 1/3 cup (3 oz) of whiskey. Cover and let stand overnight to soak.

Oats and Berries

  • When you are ready to make the Cranachan, toast the second batch (1/4 cup) of oats, exactly the same as you did the first ones. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • Now, choose a few choice raspberries to decorate the tops and set them aside.
  • Crush the rest of the raspberries in a bowl, with a spatula or fork, (just a bit, we’re not making jam) 🙂
  • This is the part that is different: sprinkle the raspberries with 2 teaspoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of whisky. Mix well and set aside.
  • Whip the cream until it starts to thicken, then add the other 2 tablespoons of honey, and 2 tablespoons of the whiskey. Continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Next, gently fold in the whiskey-soaked oats.

Assembly

  • At this point, we are ready to assemble the dessert. I would recommend doing this relatively close to serving time as the dessert will taste better fresh (if possible, don’t make it in the morning to serve for dinner).

In this show, Kathryn and her friend Terry, prepare some quick and easy meals.

Thai Chicken or Turkey Lettuce Cups

Two cups per person
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp Canola oil divided
  • 3 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 8 Butter Lettuce Leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups English Cucumbers chopped and seeds removed
  • 1 lb Ground Turkey or Ground Chicken
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots (You can also coarse grate the carrots)
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Mint, Parsley, or Cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts (unsalted are best)

Instructions

  • Combine 2 tablespoons oil, soy sauce, sugar, and vinegar in a bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  • Heat remaining 1 Tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Turkey or chicken and cook for 7 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring to crumble. Add 1/4 cup soy sauce mixture; cook 4 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  • Place about 3 Tablespoons Turkey or chicken mixture in each lettuce leaf; top evenly with cucumber, carrot. Drizzle evenly with remaining soy sauce mixture. Sprinkle with mint, parsley, or cilantro. Top with chopped peanuts.

Notes

Calories 426
Fat 20g
Protein 32g
Carb 24 g
Fiber 7 g
Sugars 13 g
Potassium 45%DV
Sodium 538mg

Pineapple upside down Cake –Miniatures

PER SERVING - 1 cake equals 290 calories (you can cut the calories by using Splenda) Note: I personally only ate half and served the other half to my loved one.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp Butter melted, divided
  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 Slices canned unsweetened pineapple
  • 2 Maraschino Cherries
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Splenda or sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp fat-free milk ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Dash Ground Nutmeg Optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 350°
  • Pour 1 tsp butter into each of two 10-oz. ramekins coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Top with a pineapple slice. Place a cherry in the center of each pineapple slice; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Beat in the milk, vanilla, and remaining butter just until combined. Spoon over pineapple.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes. Run a knife around edges of ramekins; invert onto dessert plates. Serve warm.

Notes

Nutrition
8 g fat (5 g sat. Fat)
21 mg chol.
318 mg sodium
53 g carb.
1 g fiber
3 g protein

Kathryn’s Pureed Tomato Soup

MAKES: 4 servings Ingredients:
Course: Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp Canola oil
  • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery finely chopped
  • 2 14 1/2 oz cans Diced tomatoes Liquid included
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Basil Substitute: 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried Oregano you can use fresh oregano –chopped
  • 1/4 tsp coarsely ground pepper

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir 2-4 minutes or until tender. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  • Puree the soup using an immersion blender. If you are using a regular blender, make sure the opening on top is open and cover with a dish towel. Top with croutons, day-old bread cut up into cubes (French bread). Serve in small bowls. You can freeze the soup, as well, just make sure it is completely cool before freezing.

Notes

Nutrients
Serving size,  1 1/4 cups,  is 76 calories
2g fat
627 mg sodium
13g carbs (9g sugars, 4 g fiber)
2g protein

Beer Cheese Soup- Kathryn Raaker‘s Version

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Comfort Foods

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Butter cut into chunks
  • 3/4 cup All-purpose
  • 1 bottle or can Light beer
  • 4 cups Chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese Shredded Cheese
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of Pepper
  • 1 8 inch Rounded Rye or Wheat Bread – Cut off the top of the round bread and scoop out the Breadthe center as you are using this as a serving bowl for the soup.

Instructions

Roux

  • Melt butter in a large pot or skillet set over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until smooth. Cook 2-3.

Soup

  • Add broth, beer and stir until thick. Next, add Cayenne and Black pepper, ground mustard, and Worchester sauce. Once all is combined, stir in the cheeses. Continue cooking until cheese is melted. Reduce heat and simmer 10 min. Serve in a Bread Bowl. Will serve 2 to 5 people.

Notes

Rather than getting one round loaf, purchase smaller bread bowls and serve individually.

Wonton Soup

Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 6 oz bulk pork, turkey or Chicken Sausage Links can be used, just cut out of the skins.
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs Japanese
  • 1 large Egg lightly beaten
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp thinly sliced green onions divided
  • 32 oz carton reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 bunch baby bok choy coarsely chopped, (optional - 2 cups fresh spinach)
  • 2 stalks celery thinly sliced.
  • 1 cup uncooked extra-wide egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Basil coarsely chopped
  • cup ½coarsely chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  • Combine sausage, bread crumbs, egg, and 2 Tbsp. green onion; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into ¾-inch balls.
  • In a large saucepan, bring the chicken broth and soy sauce to a boil. Carefully drop meatballs into soup. Stir in the bok choy (or spinach), celery, and noodles; return to a boil. Cook, uncovered, until the meatballs are cooked through and noodles are tender, 10-12 minutes. Stir in basil and remaining green onions; remove from heat and serve delicious!

Notes

Nutrition 1 cup:
234 cal
13g fat ( 4g sat. fat)
83mg chol.
1193mg sod
15g carb. (2g sugars, l g fiber)
14g protein

Kathryn is passionate about healthy cooking so she and NxStage Patient Advocate, Celeste Fuller, prepare some healthy Thanksgiving dishes. Kathryn wants to thank Chef Aaron McCargo from Fresenius Kidney Care for his Rustic Apple Cinnamon Filled Phyllo Pastries recipe.

Rustic Apple Cinnamon Filled Phyllo Pastries

Servings: 6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Apples (3½ peeled medium-diced Granny Smith, Gala and/or Honeycrisp apples)
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Butter unsalted, firm
  • ¼ cup Butter unsalted, melted (for buttering phyllo pastry sheets)
  • ¼ teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 package phyllo dough 6 sheets

In a Small Bowl:

  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Optional Garnish:

  • powdered sugar, fresh mint sprigs, and whipped cream
  • Optional garnish: powdered sugar fresh mint sprigs, and whipped cream

Instructions

Apple mixture:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large sauté pan on medium-high heat, sauté apples in butter for 6–8 minutes. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Cook for an additional 3–4 minutes. In a small cup, mix cornstarch and vanilla extract until dissolved. Stir into apple mixture and cook for an additional two minutes on medium-high heat. Turn off heat and set mixture aside.

Phyllo dough pastries:

  • Lightly grease a large 6-muffin tin pan. Starting with the first sheet of phyllo dough, brush each side with melted butter then dust with the powdered sugar and cinnamon mix. Continue until all 6 sheets have been buttered and dusted with sugar and cinnamon mix, stacking one sheet on top of the other as you go. Cut each stack into 6 squares. Line the bottom and sides of each muffin cup using one stack of squares, leaving some of the squares hanging over the edges of the muffin cups. Fill each phyllo-lined muffin cup halfway to three-quarters full with the apple mixture (this will depend on how big the apples are cut), making sure each phyllo-lined muffin cup has equal amounts of apple mixture. Fold excess phyllo dough over the apples in each muffin cup. Bake in preheated oven at 350° F for 8–10 minutes or until golden brown. Optional: Garnish with powdered sugar, fresh mint sprigs and/or whipped cream.

Notes

Nutritional Information:
Calories 280 cal, Total Fat 13 g,  Saturated Fat 8 g, Trans Fat 0 g,  Cholesterol 31 mg,  Sodium 97 mg,  Carbohydrates 38 g,  Protein 2 g,  Phosphorus 33 mg,  Potassium 177 mg, Dietary Fiber 4.9 g,  Calcium 44 mg

Dry Rubbed Turkey Wings – by Chef McCargo’s Receipe

Servings: 7 servings

Ingredients

  • 7 whole turkey wings

Chef McCargo’s Barbecue Spice Rub:

  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dehydrated onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dark chili powder
  • 14 tablespoons low-sodium barbecue sauce 2 Tbsp per wing

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375° F.

Spice Rub Directions:

  • In a small bowl mix, brown sugar, black packed dark brown sugar, black pepper, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, granulated garlic, dehydrated onion flakes, chili powder.

Wings Directions:

  • Pat wings dry and pierce with fork on both sides. Rub wings liberally with spice rub, saving 1 tablespoon for later. Place wings on baking sheet tray and bake wrapped in foil for 30 minutes. Remove wings from oven and discard foil, flip over and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Sprinkle rest of seasoning on wings and flip back over. Turn off oven and let wings sit in oven for 15 minutes,
  • Serve with a side of low-sodium barbecue sauce.

Notes

Nutrition Per Serving:
Calories 352,  Total Fat 9 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 103 mg, Sodium 380 mg, Carbohydrates 41 g, Protein 25 g, Phosphorus 159 mg, Potassium 251 mg, Dietary Fiber 0.6 g, Calcium 50 mg

Roast Pork Loin With Sweet and Tart Apple Stuffing

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Thanksgiving
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

Cherry Marmalade Glaze:

  • ½ cup sugar-free orange marmalade
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Apple Stuffing:

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups packed cubed Hawaiian rolls or any white bread
  • ½ cup finely diced Granny Smith Macintosh or Honey Crisp apple
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced onions
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced celery
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken stock

Roast Pork Loin:

  • 1 pound Hormel® natural boneless pork loin
  • 2 18-inch pieces butcher twine

Instructions

Cherry Marmalade Glaze:

  • Mix all glaze ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until marmalade is melted and starts to simmer. Turn off heat and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400° F.

Apple Stuffing:

  • Sauté all ingredients in canola oil except for chicken stock for 2–3 minutes in large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Slowly add chicken stock until moist, but not too wet. (You may not need it all, depending on how much juice is released from the apples during cooking.)
  • Remove from heat and chill to room temperature.

Pork Loin Directions:

  • Meanwhile, cut five slits about 1 inch apart along the length of the loin, forming several pockets. Stuff each pocket with about 2 tablespoons of stuffing (there should be a little left over). Tie one long piece of twine around the length of the loin and tie additional twine across the shorter length as needed to keep the stuffing in place.
  • Place remaining stuffing on a baking sheet tray, place tied stuffed pork on top and bake for 45 minutes at 400° F or until you reach an internal temperature of 160° F.
  • Spoon on the dried cherry marmalade glaze, shut oven heat off and let rest in oven for 10–15 minutes. Remove pork loin, slice into portions then serve.

Notes

Nutrition Per Serving:
Calories 287, Total Fat 14 g, Saturated Fat 5 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 47 mg, Sodium 338 mg, Carbohydrates 23 g, Protein 16 g, Phosphorus 26 mg, Potassium 330 mg, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Calcium 44 mg

Orzo Salad

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup orzo pasta (or ¼ box)
  • ¼ cup fresh yellow peppers diced
  • ¼ cup fresh red peppers diced
  • ¼ cup fresh green peppers diced
  • ½ cup fresh red or Vidalia onion diced
  • 2 cups fresh zucchini medium-cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried Oregano
  • ½ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Instructions

In a small bowl:

  • Mix lemon juice, lemon zest, ¼ cup olive oil, cheese, rosemary, pepper, oregano and red pepper flakes in a large bowl.

Pasta and Vegetables

  • Cook orzo pasta according to box directions, drain and let sit. (Do not rinse.) Sauté peppers, onions, and zucchini on medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons of oil in large pan until translucent. Add sautéed vegetables and orzo pasta into the large bowl and fold gently until well mixed. Pour lemon mixture over pasta and vegetables. Mix gently. Serve at room temperature or cold.

Notes

Nutrition Per Serving:
Calories 342 cal, Total Fat 22 g, Saturated Fat 4 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 3 mg, Sodium 66 mg, Carbohydrates 30 g, Protein 7 g, Phosphorus 122 mg, Potassium 317 mg, Dietary Fiber 2.8 g, Calcium 77 mg

Homemade Herbed Biscuits

Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • cup skim milk
  • 3 tablespoons chives or any other herb fresh or dry to taste
  • nonstick cooking spray or parchment paper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, cream of tartar and baking soda. Then mix in mayonnaise with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. In a small bowl, combine milk and herbs, and add to the flour mixture. Stir until combined.
  • Place heaping tablespoons on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.

Notes

Nutrition Per Serving:
Calories 109 cal, Total Fat 4 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 2 mg, Sodium 88 mg, Carbohydrates 15 g, Protein 3 g, Phosphorus 34 mg, Potassium 85 mg, Dietary Fiber 0.5 g, Calcium 21 mg