Peanut Punch

This punch can be used to help strengthen your immune system and is a great energy booster.  It has also been said to fight off symptoms of stress and can even help in heart disease prevention and decreasing fatigue.  Peanuts have a high amount of protein and also significant antioxidants which help to cleanse the body and naturally promote weight loss.  Peanuts have been associated with the reduction in risks associated with developing type 2 diabetes.  Peanut punch has even been said to be a natural aphrodisiac!

Sorrel Juice

Sorrel juice is derived from the sorrel flower, which is part of the hibiscus family.  This flower contains a multitude of vitamins and antioxidants that contribute to improved immune function and cancer health.  Sorrel has also been said to have a mild diuretic effect and reduce high blood pressure.  It helps to decrease bad cholesterol and also to detoxify the entire body.  The antioxidants help to protect against free radicals which can cause heart disease, stroke, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, premature aging, and cancer.  Sorrel also helps with liver, kidney, and bladder function.  This isn’t just a Christmas drink anymore!

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Salt
  • 4 ounces whole wheat macaroni
  • 1/2 cup onion-garlic puree (see “Rocco’s Secret Weapon,” below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup shredded 50 percent reduced-fat cheddar
  • 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Mist an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set it aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package directions, drain.
  3. Meanwhile, bring onion-garlic puree, mustard, and cayenne to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Whisk in cheddar until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in yogurt.
  4. In a medium bowl, toss the macaroni with the cheese sauce. Season with salt to taste. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle panko over the top. Top with Parmesan.
  5. Bake until Parmesan is melted and macaroni is hot throughout, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition facts per serving:

(about 2/3 cup): 237 calories, 17g protein, 31g carbohydrate, 7g fat (4g saturated), 3g fiber
Healthy Cooking Tips

  • Flour Power: Whole wheat macaroni keeps you satisfied longer, says award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito.
  • Better Cheddar: Low-fat cheese can still be ooey-gooey and delicious. Try Cabot’s 50% Reduced Fat Cheddar.
  • Crunch Time: Panko is the perfect topping. “These Japanese bread crumbs stay crispy, no matter what,” DiSpirito says.
  • Culture Club: Nonfat Greek yogurt gives the rich, creamy texture of butter and cream minus the fat.

Southern Style Fries

Ingredients:

  • 2 russet potatoes
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 low-sodium beef bouillon cube , mashed
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup lard
  • 2 cups vegetable oil

 

Directions:

  1. Peel and cut potatoes into long thin strips.
  2. In a large bowl combine water, sugar and corn syrup.
  3. Add potatoes to bowl and soak for 30 minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl mix potato starch, flour and milk.
  5. Remove potatoes from water, and coat evenly in potato starch,flour,milk mixture.
  6. Season potatoes with salt,pepper,paprika,garlic &onion powders and bouillon.
  7. Heat lard in medium pan until fully melted.Place potatoes in pan and fry for 3 minutes turning once.Remove potatoes from lard and pat dry.
  8. Place potatoes in Ziplock bag, and freeze for 1 hour or overnight.
  9. Heat vegetable oil to 350, remove potatoes from Ziplock Bag, and fry in oil for about 7- 10 minutes or until potatoes are nicely golden brown.
  10. Serve Hot.

BBQ Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2½ cups finely chopped onion (about 14 ounces/1 large onion)
  • 2 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar (granulated will work, too)
  • 4 Tablespoons sweet molasses (not blackstrap)
  • 1/3 cup raw organic apple cider vinegar (we buy Bragg’s by the gallon)
  • 1 6-ounce can organic tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Several grinds fresh black pepper
  • 1½ cups water

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a 4-quart pot. Add the onions and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently (I use a wooden spoon), until they start to soften, then reduce the heat and cook until caramelized, about 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Increase the heat back up to medium, make a space in the center of the pot, add the garlic, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the brown sugar and cook, stirring frequently, for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the molasses, apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, cumin, chili powder and cayenne (if using), salt, and pepper, and stir to combine. Add the water. (If you’re going to purée your sauce, you might want to do it now.)
  4. Bring the sauce to a gentle boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 30 minutes.
  5. Serve the sauce hot with whatever you like, or store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

*If you plan to baste raw or partially cooked meat with your barbecue sauce, be sure to save some sauce in a separate container to have at the table for dipping.

Homemade Potato Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 5 large potatoes, cooked, peeled and cubed
  • 4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

 

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, mustard and salt. Combine the egg, water and vinegar; stir into dry ingredients until smooth.
  2. Cook and stir until mixture reaches 160° and coats the back of a metal spoon. Remove from the heat; cool slightly. Stir in mayonnaise.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, hard-cooked eggs, celery, onions, salt and pepper.
  4. Add dressing; toss gently to coat.
  5. Refrigerate until serving.

Nutritional Facts:

1 serving (1 each) equals 314 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 112 mg cholesterol, 158 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein.

Did You Know????

Did You Know…..

Cucumber Juice
That cucumbers help to counter inflammation in joints by removing uric acid crystallization?  The skin on a cucumber contains a higher percentage of vitamin A and vitamin C, and also contains a multitude of nutrients for a healthier day.  Cucumber juice is good source of potassium which can help regulate blood pressure.  It can also help cleanse a person’s blood which is a great treatment for acne and other skin eruptions.  This juice has been used to help alleviate symptoms of poison ivy and poison oak rashes.    Order a cucumber juice with one of our fried or barbeque dishes and experience an anti-oxidant work out!!

Carrot Juice
Carrot juice is an excellent source of beta carotene which can lead to healthier eyesight, bones, teeth, liver function.  It has also been said to assist in helping in cancer prevention and to reduce the risks of skin and breast cancer.   The beta carotene changes to vitamin A which has been connected to cancer prevention by its antioxidant properties which eliminate cancer-causing free radicals in the body.   Nicotine acid sounds like a bad thing, doesn’t it…..  Well, on the contrary, this is important for metabolism of fats and lipids.  The magnesium found in carrot juice helps to decrease the bad cholesterol levels in the body which in turn strengthens our blood vessels improving blood pressure.   Women, are you pregnant?  Carrot juice is great for prenatal health too!

Magnum Punch

Peanut Punch
This punch can be used to help strengthen your immune system and is a great energy booster.  It has also been said to fight off symptoms of stress and can even help in heart disease prevention and decreasing fatigue.  Peanuts have a high amount of protein and also significant antioxidants which help to cleanse the body and naturally promote weight loss.  Peanuts have been associated with the reduction in risks associated with developing type 2 diabetes.  Peanut punch has even been said to be a natural aphrodisiac!

Sorrel Juice
Sorrel juice is derived from the sorrel flower, which is part of the hibiscus family.  This flower contains a multitude of vitamins and antioxidants that contribute to improved immune function and cancer health.  Sorrel has also been said to have a mild diuretic effect and reduce high blood pressure.  It helps to decrease bad cholesterol and also to detoxify the entire body.  The antioxidants help to protect against free radicals which can cause heart disease, stroke, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, premature aging, and cancer.  Sorrel also helps with liver, kidney, and bladder function.  This isn’t just a Christmas drink anymore!

Man from Egypt Punch

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