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 and regular guest Chef, Marty Schultes try out some new gadgets and prepare a couple of party recipes for kids of all ages.

In the second half of the show, Kathryn and Marty make a wonderful Mexican favorite, Beef Empanada Dish for taking to Potlucks. Delicious!!!!

Unicorn Doo Doo Cakes

Cute Party Cakes for Children
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Total Time26 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 16 cones

Ingredients

  • 1 Box White Cake Mix Make the cake according to Box directions
  • 24 Flat-bottomed Ice cream Cones May have leftover batter
  • 4 Food Coloring Colors of your choice

Instructions

  • Directions Prepare cake mix according to directions. Divide the Batter into four smaller bowls. Color each batter with a color of your choice example Pink, Purple, Blue and yellow. Spoon the different color batters, in layers, into the cones, filling 1/4 of the cup Fill each cone about 3/4 full of batter, up to first ridge. ... Bake at 350 Degrees F (175 degrees C) for 15 to 18 minutes. Cool Completely before proceeding.
    Non iced cupcakes
  • Divide the frosting into 3 or 4 bowls, add different color food coloring to each bowl. Prepare a Pipping Bag with a star tip. Spread the one color along one -quarter side of the bag. Spread the next color onto another, followed by the next color, and lastly the last color. Start Pipe rosettes onto the cupcake. Sprinkle with edible glitter.

Empanada Sunburst

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12 people

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic-optional minced
  • 1 medium Bell Pepper Red diced
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder I used a 1 TBSP
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh corn I used fresh corn
  • 1 lb lean ground beef, chicken, or turkey

Pie Crusts

  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 sticks Butter diced
  • 1/2 cup milk can be lactose free - I use ice water 1/4 cup
  • 1 tsp sugar optional

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. For the Empanada Sunburst dough: Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and then whisk in the stock. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and knead until a dough forms. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, for the empanada filling: In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef,(chicken or turkey) and garlic minced (optional) and cook until the meat is cooked completely. Drain the grease and set the cooked meat aside. In the same pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the tomato paste, vinegar, cumin, chili powder, oregano, seasoned salt, garlic, bell peppers and onions. Cook until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the beef and cook over low heat for about 5 more minutes. The mixture should be moist but not dripping wet.
  • Divide dough in half. On generously floured surface, roll out each disk to 1/4 inch 12' circle. Place first circle on parchment -lined backing sheet. Spoon a 3/4 cup of chili in center of the circle then spread remaining chili in a ring about 2" from the edge of the circle. Lay second dough circle over chili mixture. Press 4" bowl, upside down, in the middle indenting it then take the bowl off dough. Press outer dough edges together, crimp to seal.
  • Cut petals using kitchen shears, carefully cut outer ring of the pastry into 1" slices. Gently twist each piece to expose the filing upward. In bowl, whisk remaining egg, brush over exposed pastry. Bake 30 min. or until golden brown. Serve with Basil and sour cream for dipping, if desired.

In this episode, Kathryn is preparing diabetic friendly recipes with chef and patient advocate, Chelest Fuller from NxStage. Some of the recipes are available on the Fresenius Kidney Care website.

Spicy Grilled Pork Chops with Peach Glaze

This recipe is from Fresenius Kidney Care website. (https://www.freseniuskidneycare.com/eating-well/recipes/dinners/spicy-grilled-pork-chops-with-peach-glaze)
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 357kcal
Author: Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr.

Ingredients

  • 8 4 oz center-cut pork chops boneless pork chops
  • 1 cup peach preserves
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro
  • lime zest of one lime
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp dried onion flakes
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Instructions

  • Heat grill or switch on electric griddle to high setting.
  • Mix all ingredients (except pork chops) in small bowl until well incorporated.
  • Remove a quarter of the mix and set aside and put the remaining marinade in a storage bag with pork chops and marinate for 4 hours (overnight is even better).
  • Grill pork chops for 6–8 minutes each side.
  • Glaze one last time before removing from grill and let rest on plates or platter for 7–10 minutes before serving.

Notes

TIP: Save the extra peach glaze and use it to spice up other grilled meats and poultry.

Lemon Chicken with Sea shell Pasta

Course: Main Dish
Servings: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 3 Half Chicken Breasts Pound Flat (between plastic wrap)
  • 1 32 oz box Fat Free no salt Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro – Fresh –Chopped divided (Optional-substitute Italian/Flat Leaf Parsley)
  • 2 teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 2 Lemons (juiced)
  • 1/2 cup Miniature Seashell Pasta (Medium is a alternative)

Instructions

  • Cut chicken into small cubes then poach in broth until done.
  • Add half of the chopped cilantro, lemon juice, pepper to the chicken and broth.
  • Add the miniature seashells pasta and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes.
  • If you want to thicken the mixture use 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to some of the liquid about a ½ cup and whisk in a small bowl then add to the chicken mixture and stir it will thicken and then turn off. a
  • Top with the last of the cilantro and serve.

Mashed Cauliflower

Servings: 3 Serving

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces frozen cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or Olive Oil
  • 1/2 large onion sliced – chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons Non Fat Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Parsley Chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon and Pepper Spice

Instructions

  • Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Add cauliflower, reduce heat to medium-low, place a cover on a saucepan, and cook cauliflower until tender, about 10 minutes; drain. Set cauliflower aside to cool for about 5 minutes; transfer to a blender. (We cooked in Microwave for 6 min)
  • 1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion and in hot oil until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside to cool for about 5 minutes; add to blender.
  • 2. Pour yogurt into a blender or food processor with cauliflower and onion mixture; blend until smooth. Season with parsley lemon and Pepper to serve.

Sautéed Collard Greens

Course: Side Dish

Ingredients

  • 8 cups fresh collard greens chopped and blanched
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter unsalted
  • 1/4 cup onions finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar optional

Instructions

  • Blanch the collard greens by putting them into a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds.
  • Strain the boiling water off and quickly transfer the greens to a large bowl of ice water. Let cool, then strain and dry the greens and set them aside.
  • In a large sauté pan on medium-high heat, melt the butter and oil together. Add onions and garlic, and cook until slightly browned, about 4–6 minutes. Add collard greens and black and red pepper, then cook for 5–8 minutes on high heat, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat, add vinegar, if desired, and stir.

Very Berry Bread Pudding

Course: Dessert
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 cups cubed challah bread
  • 6 large eggs beaten
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 12 ounce bag frozen berry medley thawed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Whipped cream

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  • 1. Beat eggs, sugar, and cream, orange zest, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth.
  • 2. Mix in bread cubes and fruit with hands.
  • 3. Pour into buttered/greased pan and bake covered in foil for 35 minutes. If using butter, make sure it is unsalted.
  • 4. Remove foil and bake for 15 additional minutes.
  • 5. Turn off oven and let sit in oven for 10 minutes.
  • 6. Cut, then serve topped with whipped cream.

Notes

TIPS: Serve as a special breakfast treat or for holiday brunch. If you wish to store or make it ahead of time, Very Berry Bread Pudding can be frozen until ready to thaw and reheat.

Shrimp Spread

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Reduced fat cream cheese softened
  • 2 1/2 ounces cooked shelled shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon no salt added catsup (Heinz was used)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worchester sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash lemon herb seasoning
  • 24 Matzo cracker miniatures or Matzo Crackers (break them up into squares)
  • Minced or fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Mince shrimp and stir into cream cheese
  • Stir in catsup, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce and Mrs. Dash herb seasoning.
  • Place 1 teaspoon of spread on each cracker. Garnish with minced parsley.

Notes

Nutrients per serving;
Calories 54
Protein 3 G
Carbohydrate 7 G
Fat 1 G
Cholesterol 21 MG
Sodium 67 MG
Potassium 51 MG
Phosphorus 29 MG

Lettuce and Spinach Leaf Salad

Important: Use exact measures to ensure potassium content is not high.
Servings: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Raw Spinach
  • 2 cups Butterhead Lettuce
  • 1/2 cup mushroom pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot

Instructions

  • Combine vegetables in a salad bowl
  • Divide into 4 portions and serve on chilled salad bowls or plates and top with Cranberry Vinaigrette Dressing.
  • Please Note: Use exact measures to ensure potassium content is not high.

Notes

Top this salad with a Cranberry Vinaigrette Dressing for a festive flavor.

Nutrients per Serving:
Calories 14
Protein 1 Gr
Carbohydrate 3 Gr
Fat 0 Gr
Cholesterol 0 MG
Sodium 10 MG
Potassium 186 MG
Phosphorus 26 MG

Cranberry Vinaigrette Dressing

Each serving is 2 tablespoon
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup jellied cranberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 3 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash blend herb seasoning original

Instructions

  • Heat cranberry sauce to liquefy, then add the remaining ingredients.
  • Cool and store in a jar with tight lid.
  • Place in refrigerator to blend flavors.
  • Shake well before serving. Refrigerate unused portion for up to a week.

Notes

Nutrients per Serving
Calories 60
Protein 0G
Carbohydrate 5G
Fat 4 G
Cholesterol O MG
Sodium 101 MG
Potassium 35 MG
Phosphorus 10MG

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

Chef Kathryn loves to make this summer spread or appetizer for her guests. So healthy you have to try it!

Avocado Tomato Spread

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time11 mins
Servings: 10 people

Ingredients

  • 4 Medium Ripe Avocados I used the Dark Black Avocados
  • 4 Small firm Roma tomatoes diced them
  • 1/4 cup white onion diced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped fine
  • 1 small Jalapeno Pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 medium Green Bell Pepper seeded and chopped into thin strips
  • 1/2 medium Yellow Bell Pepper seeded and chopped into thin strips
  • 1/2 medium Orange Bell Pepper seeded and chopped into thin strips

Instructions

  • Cut your avocados, then put into bowl and mash them, add all chopped ingredients, leave a few red pepper strips to decorate after mixing all ingredients together then decorate the top with red strips. Refrigerate for at least an hour or two before serving with crackers or other vegetables.

Enjoy this short video where Kathryn prepares her summer salad. It is tasty, low in calories and so healthy you will love it!

Watermelon Strawberry Cucumber Salad

Prep Time6 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Comfort Foods
Servings: 5 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Seedless Watermelon slice in thin triangles
  • 10 medium fresh strawberries slice thin
  • 1 regular English cucumber slice thin
  • 2 Tbsl Fresh Lime Juice or Gin
  • 3 leaves Fresh Mint Leaves divide leaves

Instructions

  • Cut watermelon into triangles, about 12 or 13 then arrange watermelon triangles on a round plate, cut cucumbers an arrange cucumbers on top of watermelon then slice strawberries an add strawberries on top of cucumbers slices, spread the lime juice on top and decorate with mint leaves.

Kathryn makes a fast Jalapeno, cream cheese, and bacon appetizer.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Peppers

Jalapeno Peppers stuffed with Cream Cheese and Wrapped with Bacon and then Broiled. Great Appetizer!!! Try it you will love it.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time11 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 6 Medium Jalapeno Peppers Cut in half
  • 1 8 oz Package Block Philadelphia cream cheese Softened
  • 6 Strips bacon Stringy Bacon

Instructions

  • Use plastic gloves when working with Jalapeno Peppers Cut Jalapeno Peppers in Half (long ways) Clean all the seeds out of the peppers then take your cream cheese put in bowl and mash it. Then scoop up cream cheese with your hand and put it in the Jalapeno pepper to fill it completely. Then take the strip of bacon and wrap completely around the pepper put into pan and broil until bacon is browned.

Rev. Andrew Umberg, a regular guest chef joins Chef Kathryn Raaker to make a delicious Asian Summer Feast! First, they prepare the marinade for the grilled Asian chicken. Next, they prepare an Asian stir fry with rice. Lastly, they prepare a refreshing Ambrosia to finish off the meal. Enjoy

Grilled Asian Chicken

Prep Time6 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time8 hrs 12 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Meats
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1/3 1/3 cup 1/3 cup olive oil extra vigin
  • 1/3 1/3 cup low-salt soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced optional
  • 2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 4 Chicken Breast Boneless and Skinless

Instructions

  • Add all liquid and dry ingredients and put in medium size bowl that is preferably round with deep well and blend with a spatula until all ingredients are mixed well. Slice the Chicken Breasts in three pieces length wise. Add to marinate refrigerate at least 8 hours. Then Grill until Chicken is done.

Asian Stir Fry

Prep Time6 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time14 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Comfort Foods
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 Bell Green Bell Pepper Slice into 1/4 inch Strips
  • 1 Bell red bell pepper Slice into 1/4 inch Strips
  • 1 Bell Yellow Bell Pepper Slice into 1/4 inch Strips
  • 1 white onion Julianne
  • 1 Whole Green Cabbage Chop into Strips
  • 4 carrots Peel and slice carrots on diagonal in small pieces
  • 2 Bunches Brocolli Cut the tops of Broccoli florets into small pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons Ginger or Ginger paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Molasses
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped garlic*
  • 1/4 cup of water

Instructions

  • Prepare vegetables by cutting them or Julianne them, heat wok and pour oil and heat until hot them add garlic and ginger paste then gradually add vegetables do not overcook. Add Molasses and water. Serve with Rice

Ambrosia Salad

Prep Time8 mins
Total Time2 hrs 8 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cans 15 oz canned mandarin oranges rinsed
  • 2 20 Oz Canned Water Based Chunk Pineapple or use half of fresh Pineapple cut in chunks
  • 1/2 cup Toasted Coconut
  • 1 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup Light Cool Whipped Topping
  • 12 Maraschino Cherries

Instructions

  • Drain the Pineapple and save some of the juice, drain the Mandarin oranges, Use large mixing bowl add Pineapple, Mandarin Oranges add the almond extract, and juice reserved from pineapple, add mini marshmallows, mix well then add coconut and Whipped topping. Decorate with Maraschino Cherries Refrigerate for 2 hours and serve in dessert dishes.

A great Summer Salsa that has fresh garden ingredients a lovely treat for your guests.

Corn Salsa

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup red onion diced
  • 3/4 cup red peppers
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes quartered
  • 1 14.5 oz can Black Beans
  • 1 14.5 oz Pegged Corn
  • 3 Tablespoons Italian Dressing

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients in a salad Bowl add Dressing and Mix and Serve

Kathryn creates a fast Healthy Summer Salad in this quick video. 

Kathryn's Tomato, Cucumber, and Basil Salad.

A healthy, refreshing summer salad with fresh garden vegetables. Yummy!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 6-8 firm Roma tomatoes cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 Cucumber diced
  • 2/3 bunch italian parsley chopped
  • 1/2 red onion finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup Italian Dressing
  • Fresh Mozzarella cheese chopped

Instructions

  • Mix salad ingredients in a bowl
  • Mix Italian Dressing with salad, toss and serve