NATIONAL ROTISSERIE CHICKEN DAY

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EATING CHICKEN

Ugh – liver IS the worst – AMEN to that!  😉

We can hardly imagine a restaurant that does not have rotisserie chicken turning before our eyes!  A rotisserie uses indirect heat in which the chicken is placed next to the heat source.  Elements are either electric or gas-powered, with adjustable infrared heat.  These types of rotisseries are quite functional for cooking rotisserie-style chicken.  It’s perfect for a restaurant that serves so many people every day!

It’s wise in its simplicity really – because any leftover chicken can be used for sandwiches, chicken salad, soup or any number of other dishes.

Here in the states, rotisserie chicken gained popularity in the 2000’s.  Not only did restaurants start offering the dish, but many grocery stores and even Walmart sold them.  Millions of rotisserie-cooked chickens were purchased by consumers in the U.S. last year. 

Protein is a key nutrient that supplies your body with energy and keeps your muscles and cells healthy. Three ounces of rotisserie breast meat supplies 23.8 grams of protein, which is 52 percent of the 46 grams of protein that women need each day and 43 percent of the 56 grams that men require on a daily basis. A rotisserie thigh contains 22.9 grams of protein.  For type 2 diabetics, this is good news!  Just make sure you weigh that piece of chicken so you keep portion control in mind.  😉  And…  in our house the skin is removed – sorry, but that skin is just unnecessary fat.

People who suffer with migraine headaches should be aware that chickens used for rotisserie cooking may be injected with water or a solution of sodium to retain moisture and add flavor.  The water is not bad, but the addition of sodium can trigger migraine headaches.  Some other ingredients may be used to enhance flavor and brown the chicken, such as oleoresin, yeast extract, sodium tripolyphosphate and natural flavorings.  Yeah, some of these additives trigger migraines as well.  Be careful when you’re choosing a chicken.

Since there’s literally no way to tell what has been injected into a rotisserie-cooked chicken, my husband and I decided to buy a Showtime rotisserie for our home.  We put as little or as much seasoning on our chicken as we like.  There’s more than one way to cook a chicken!  It’s just one more way to take control of my surroundings and stay healthy.

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We usually inject a little water into the chicken and sprinkle some Mrs. Dash seasoning on it before cooking.  The natural juices and no sodium seasoning make the chicken taste amazing – and no ugly migraine side effect – YAY!  So, eat some rotisserie chicken today!  🙂

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NATIONAL PECAN MONTH

NATIONAL PECAN MONTHWhen I think of pecans, my mind goes to our Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, KS.  There’s one building in particular that smells positively divine from the moment you enter – with the scent of warm candied pecans!  To be honest, that is my favorite way to eat pecans!

To me pecans taste like childhood,
They fell from the family tree.
Sticky leaves, crackling branch wood
Hulling and cracking, we three—
Siblings, nuts in varied degree.
– Terri Guillemets

Pecans pack a punch with dense calories and high fat, but as we all know by now, it’s the good kind of fat.  Just one ounce is a hefty 104 calories!  That’s a point and a half if you’re counting points like me.

The apples and pears in the grocery store look especially good right now.  This recipe for Apple-Pear Crisp is a real crowd pleaser at potluck dinners.  I leave the peel on the fruit, but you can peel it if you want to.  🙂

Apple-Pear Crisp (makes 9 servings, 5 points per serving)

Ingredients: filling

Cooking spray

1 lb. Granny Smith apples, cored, cut into 1″ thick slices

1 lb. Bartlett pears, cored, cut into 1″ thick slices

2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

4 Tbs. Splenda brown sugar

Ingredients: topping

1 large egg

6 Tbs. Splenda brown sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 c. uncooked rolled oats

6 Tbs. butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Coat a 9×9 glass baking dish with cooking spray.  Place fruit slices in medium bowl.  Toss with lemon juice and Splenda.  Set aside.

To make topping – in another medium bowl, beat egg.  Add Splenda, salt and cinnamon.  Mix to combine.  Add oats and mix well.

Spoon fruit into prepared baking dish and evenly sprinkle oat mix on top; drizzle with melted butter.  Bake until fruit starts to bubble and topping starts to brown, about 45-50 minutes.

Allow crisp to cool for a minimum of 2 hours.  Cut into 9 pieces.

Enjoy!  🙂

 

ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST DAY

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ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST

Are you feeling rebellious today???  How about some ice cream for breakfast???

Today is ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST DAY!!!  Just for today you can break the traditional oatmeal and egg routine and have some ice cream instead.

Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.  – Don Kardong

How about a little Rocky Road with your java this morning – or maybe some coffee flavored ice cream?  I like the idea of having a little paper umbrella stuck in it too – just to make it official – this is a breakfast party!!!

I can’t think of a slogan…  hmm.  Oh well – the point is to eat your favorite ice cream – in a pretty bowl with a paper umbrella in it – for breakfast – today.

Yes, tomorrow you have to go back to the oatmeal and egg breakfast rut.  But that’s tomorrow, right???

I have a “carpe diem” mug and, truthfully, at six in the morning the words do not make me want to seize the day. They make me want to slap a dead poet.  – Joanne Sherman

I have a small confession to make.  I’ve actually put a dollop of low-fat, no sugar vanilla ice milk in my morning coffee on occasion.  It’s not something I do every day, but there are times when you just need a little extra push in the morning – know what I mean?  Sometimes it takes more than fat-free half and half in the coffee to get me motivated.

If you need more information or want to join a growing number of fans, check out the facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/eaticecreamforbreakfast

I’m not the only one who indulges in ice cream before ten in the morning.

I’ve been eating dark chocolate ice cream for breakfast for as long as I can remember. I don’t see it as different from having a cup of coffee. The flavors keep getting darker and darker, which I love. Double Rainbow has one called Ultra Chocolate; you can just imagine how delicious that is. And Three Twins, I like their Bittersweet Chocolate. Sugar cones are my thing.  – Nancy Pelosi

I would caution other diabetics to read labels and use common sense about portions.  We can partake if we’re smart about it.

So what are you waiting for???  Find the prettiest dish you own and a little paper umbrella – and indulge in your favorite ice cream…  for breakfast today!

 

 

FIG NEWTON DAY

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Happy FIG NEWTON DAY!!!

Remember when fat-free Newtons came out in 1993???

We were recently in a town about 20 miles North of Wichita called Newton.  I was in a weird mood (yes it does happen often, thank you for asking) and said, “Wouldn’t it be a hoot if I ate a Fig Newton here in Newton, Kansas?”  I was met with one of those, “I cannot believe you just said that” looks – and the subject was dropped…  temporarily.

Between shopping and talking and walking around, the subject of Fig Newtons was a million miles from my mind.  Then we walked into one of those mom and pop drug stores – you know the kind – they have everything and a few odd things that you would not expect to find.  Then my mind was jogged…  I spotted a package of – yes, Fig Newtons! 

When you’ve been married as long as I have, no words have to be spoken.  We just exchange glances and know what the other one is thinking.  This time I was met with an eye roll and a shrug.  Well, I didn’t take that as a “no” (exactly), so I walked over and grabbed a package and paid for them.  I noticed my husband had quickly moved to the other side of the store.  I wonder why he did not want to be seen with me?  Huh…

Maybe he was afraid I’d embarrass him.  LOL – who, ME??? 

I found a bench outside and tore the package open.  Drumroll…  I ate a Fig Newton…  in Newton, Kansas!  Yep – I did!!!  I was going to take a selfie, but I forgot the camera, so…

If nobody likes your selfie, what is the value of the self?  – Brandon Specktor

I only wanted one – I bought one of those single-serve packages that are kept close to the cash register because they weren’t sugar-free and I didn’t want to spike my blood sugar – just have a little fun.

 Dieting is wishful shrinking.  – Author Unknown

There’s no harm in a little innocent spontaneous behavior, is there???  The only thing that would have made that day better is if it had been Fig Newton Day.  Ah…  welp – maybe we can plan better next year.  We’ll see…  Wink!  😉

 

 

 

 

 

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

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Since common sense does not seem to be as common as it used to be, let me inject just a bit here today. On this WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY, let’s make an effort to do some thinking before we choose what we will eat. In the process, you may be pleasantly surprised at what you could save, both financially and for the environment.

Nearly one pound of food per American gets tossed away every day! That number nearly boggles the mind, but how can we be better stewards of what we receive? There are ways to stay on your diet and stop the waste of precious food.

1. If you’re eating at a restaurant, order off the kids menu if you know you won’t eat it all. There is absolutely no shame in doing that! Those scaled-down meals will be just enough to fill you up and you will have a happy plate. No waste of food!

2. Invest in a vacuüm sealer! If you keep meat in the freezer (and most of us do), the vacuüm sealed meat will stay good for a long time.

3. Don’t buy perishables in bulk. Well there’s a dose of “duh” for you. Unless you have a family of 15, there is no reason to buy things like fruits and vegetables in large quantities. These foods do not keep for a long time and will have to be tossed if not used up in a timely manner.

4. If you are cooking for one or two, make four meals at a time. If your significant other does not mind leftovers, cook double and save the extra for the next day. You’ve used the same amount of energy that you would have used for one meal, but you now have two meals.

Let’s take a trip to Colorado with John Coyote.  No waste there, right? 

There are popular diet plans that encourage food waste to whittle your waist. The truth is, if you would just use common sense about portion size and not let your eyes be bigger than your tummy – you can eat just enough without waste! 🙂