Daily Archives: July 18, 2012

Spaghetti Pie

This recipe was giving to me from a friend, from a friend. It gives a whole new spin on just ordinary spaghetti. Warning: This is a dish I label as “A FEEL GOOD MEAL”. In the sense that it takes a lot of steps to complete. Save this for those special occasions or simply Just Because. Happy Chefing!

Ingredients

1 – 16 oz jar of spaghetti sauce
1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 – 14 oz package of spaghetti noodles, cooked and drained
1 – 4 oz can of sliced mushrooms, drained
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 – 8 oz sour cream
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
2 cups fresh mozzarella cheese, grated
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
2 cups parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Season meat with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.  Brown ground beef or turkey and cook until done; Drain liquid. When the meat has finished draining, place it back into the dry skillet and add jar of spaghetti sauce and mushrooms. Let meat sauce simmer over low heat. Cook noodles according to box directions and drain. Mix 1 cup of mozzarella, 1 cup of cheddar cheese and 1 cup of parmesan cheese with the noodles; set aside. Now chop 1/2 of a large onion and mix with sour cream in a small bowl.
In a greased 13 x 9 baking dish layer spaghetti noodles on the bottom. Next, layer the sour cream mixture. Then layer the meat sauce mixture. Now it is time to top the pie with the remaining mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese.
Bake at 350 for about 30-35 minutes or until cheese is melted and everything is hot and bubbly. Eat & Enjoy!
*Chef’s Note: This dish goes great with a salad and some garlic bread!
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Chocolate Eclair

This dish was brought to a potluck and I loved it so much you know what I did. Asked for the recipe of course. Who knew that just five ingredients could make a FAB dessert. And its NO BAKE; I’m All In. It’s just perfect for the chocolate lover in me and you too!

Ingredients

  • 1 box of honey graham crackers
  • 2 small packages of Vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (16-ounce) container ready-to-spread chocolate frosting

Instructions

  1. Line bottom of an ungreased 9- x 13-inch baking dish with one-third of the graham crackers.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk; fold in whipped topping until mixture thickens.
  3. Spread half of pudding mixture over graham crackers in baking dish. Repeat layers with one-third of graham crackers and remaining pudding mixture. Top with remaining graham crackers. Spread with chocolate frosting. Cover to chill overnight. Serve the next day & Enjoy!

10 High Cholesterol Foods To Avoid

You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that unhealthy foods like French fries and fried chicken are bad choices to eat on a regular basis. They’re loaded with sodium, fat, and cholesterol — but do you know just how much they contain?

According to the American Heart Association, a diet that is high incholesterol, saturated fats, and trans fats raises blood cholesterol levels and puts you at risk for heart disease. Saturated fats are found in foods like meat and dairy products that come from animals, while trans fats lurk in baked goods and fast foods.

Here are some obvious and not-so-obvious high-cholesterol food choices — most of which are also high in unhealthy fats.

What’s for Breakfast?

The first thing you need to know abouthigh cholesterol food is the numbers. The American Heart Association recommends a maximum daily cholesterol intake of 300 mg per day. If you already have high cholesterol, you need to stay below 200 mg. When you think of a high-cholesterol food, the first thing that comes to mind might be eggs. If you have an egg for breakfast you are already up to 213 mg of cholesterol. How about some whole grain cereal with fruit as an alternative?

A Cheeseburger Is Not Paradise

If you are like many Americans, you sometimes have lunch at a fast foodrestaurant. Before you order that double cheeseburger, consider this: A McDonald’s Big Mac has 85 mg of cholesterol and a Wendy’s Classic Double With Everything has a whopping 175 mg of cholesterol. You might want to hold the fries and the shake, or better yet, order a plain burger instead.

Macaroni and Cheese

The typical mac-and-cheese ingredients — whole milk, butter, and cheese — are loaded with saturated fats and cholesterol. But this all-American comfort recipe does not have to be a high-cholesterol food. By substituting 1 percent milk and evaporated milk for butter and whole milk, and using low-fat cheese, you can decrease your calories and have yourmacaroni and cheese with less than half the fat and cholesterol of the traditional recipe.

Ice Cream for Dessert?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, America produced 1.55 billion gallons of ice cream in 2007, and the cold, sweet stuff is a staple in 90 percent of American households. Ice cream beats cookies and brownies as our most popular frozen dessert, but did you know that a single cup of ice cream has more fat than a hamburger and more cholesterol than 10 glazed doughnuts? Skip the scoop and try a cup of fresh fruit for dessert instead. Fruit is low in calories and high in the fiber, vitamins, and nutrients you really need — making it one of the best things you can eat for lower cholesterol.

What’s Better Than a Rib-Eye Steak for Dinner?

Even under the best of circumstances (with the fat well-trimmed, and cooked in olive oil), a 4-ounce rib-eye steak takes up a big chunk of your recommended daily allowance for saturated fat and cholesterol. With nothing else on your plate, you will be eating 20 percent of your allowable saturated fat and 22 percent of your cholesterol, which doesn’t leave much room for the rest of the day. If you’re not ready to say goodbye to beef, consider leaner cuts of meat — such as tenderloin, flank, round, rump, or tip steak — for lower cholesterol.

Do You Really Want That Muffin?

Not all muffins are created equal. Sure, you can get an English muffin with no saturated fat and no cholesterol, but many muffins — especially those tempting treats loaded with extra ingredients that you can buy or bake at home — could have up to 8 grams of fat in a single serving. A low-fat bran muffin made with whole-wheat flour that gives you somefiber, a lot less fat, and lower cholesterol is a much better choice.

Seafood: Is It a High-Cholesterol Food?

Some types of seafood are good for you, but others are loaded with cholesterol. Lobster, for example, is not a good choice if you have heart disease or high cholesterol. Three ounces of lobster has 61 mg of cholesterol — and that’s before you dip it in melted butter. If you go out for seafood, stay away from the butter and remember that broiled is much better than fried. You also need to keep in mind the amount you eat, as a double portion will also double the cholesterol.

Even Chicken Can Be a High-Cholesterol Food

Although chicken is usually considered to be a good low-fat meat choice, how you cook it can make a big difference. For example, one chicken leg with the skin still on it has more fat and cholesterol than a cup of ice cream or a hamburger. Keeping the skin on poultry or frying it can turn it into a high-cholesterol food. Also, remember that dark poultry meat has more fat than white meat. When making chicken choices, opt for skinless and skip the dark meat.

Just Say No to Liver

Liver is loaded with iron — which could be good for you — but it is also high in cholesterol. Cholesterol is made and stored in the liver, and the most concentrated levels of cholesterol in animal meats are found in organ meats like the liver. Remember, the American Heart Association says no more than 300 mg of cholesterol for a healthy adult. Three ounces of cooked beef liver will give you 331 mg of cholesterol. Skip this high-cholesterol food if your cholesterol is high and stick with lean cuts of meatinstead.

Snacks Also Count as High-Cholesterol Food

Trans fats can turn a healthy food into a high-cholesterol food. These fats result from adding hydrogen to vegetable oils, which are then used in many commercial baked goods or fried foods such as cookies, cakes, French fries, onion rings, and crackers. Whether it’s fried, au gratin, crispy, or stuffed, many of the things we love to eat are bad for our cholesterol levels. Know the allowable numbers for fat and cholesterol. Read the labels, cook smart, order wisely, and remember smaller portions are another way to cut back on high-cholesterol foods.
Copyright © 2012 Everyday Health, Inc.

The Best Things In Life

READ: Proverbs 23:1-18

Do not overwork to be rich. —Proverbs 23:4

An old adage says, “The best things in life are free.” There’s a lot of truth in that. Some people, however, believe that the best things in life are expensive or perhaps elusive. Recently I saw a sign that made me smile and think. It said, “The best things in life are not things.” What a great way to say it! The value of family, friends, and faith points us to the realization that what matters most in life is all wrapped up in people and the Lord.

Solomon was well qualified to speak about material things because he “surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom” (1 Kings 10:23). His advice? “Do not overwork to be rich; because of your own understanding, cease! Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven” (Prov. 23:4-5). His recommended course of action was, “Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge. . . . For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off” (vv.12,18).

The best things in life are the eternal riches that come from God’s goodness and grace in Jesus Christ. We do not hold them in our hands, but in our hearts. —David McCasland

The treasures of earth are not mine,
I hold not its silver and gold;
But a treasure far greater is mine;
I have riches of value untold. —Hartzler

Our greatest riches are the riches we have in Christ.

Copyright © 2012, RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI 49555 USA.

Receive Power

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me…” (Acts 1:8, NKJV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria Osteen
God wants to empower you. He wants to strengthen you and equip you to rise higher in every area of your life. He wants to see you become all that He has created you to be and walk in victory each and every day.

Scripture tells us that when Jesus left the earth, He told the disciples that He was sending a comforter. He was talking about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not only our comforter, He’s our counselor, teacher and stand by. He searches our hearts and helps us understand scripture.

Today, if you desire to be filled with God’s power, invite the Holy Spirit of God to do a work in you. When you read the Bible, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart and reveal God’s plan to you. As you invite the Holy Spirit to operate in your life, as today’s scripture says, you’ll receive God’s power! You will be strengthened and equipped for everything God has in store for you!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit who is my helper in this life. I choose to open my heart to Your Word to receive power so that I can walk and live in the victory You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

© 2012 Joel Osteen Ministries

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