Monday, January 16th ~ Friday, January 20th
3 Bean Sloppy Joes
Coat slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Add � each chopped green bell pepper and onion, 3 cloves chopped garlic, 1 (15.5 oz.) can each, drained red kidney beans, pink beans and small white beans, 1 (15 oz.) can no salt added tomato sauce, � c. ketchup, 2 Tbsp. each cider vinegar, chili powder and brown sugar, 1 tsp. ground cumin and � tsp. salt. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours. Stir in 1/2 c. sliced scallions, and 1 tsp. hot sauce. On each of 12 potato rolls, spoon about 1/2 c. bean mixture, sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. shredded cheddar and top with a few read and butter pickle slices. Serve with potato chips, if desired.
373 cal; 5g fat; 17g pro; 66g carbs; 12g sugar, 10g fiber; 754mg sodium.
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
Garlic powder and seasoned salt to taste
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 (4 1/2 oz.) jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1 c. (4 oz.) shredded Mexican cheese blend
1/2 c. chopped green onions
1/2 c. bacon bits
Flatten chicken to 1/4” thickness. Sprinkle with garlic powder and seasoned salt. In large nonstick skillet over medium heat, brown chicken in oil for 4 minutes; turn. Top with mushrooms, cheese, green onions and bacon. Cover and cook until chicken juices run clear and cheese is melted, about 4 minutes. Serves 4.
S'mores Cookies (Sue Kraft's recipe)
1 pkg. graham cracker squares
2 c. mini marshmallows
1 c. walnuts (or your choice)
6 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. Place graham crackers in bottom of pan. Sprinkle with layer of marshmallows, chips and nuts. Mix brown sugar with butter and melt in saucepan over LOW heat. Add vanilla. Drizzle over top of bars. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes-or until marshmallows are golden.
Make these promises to your pet in 2017:
VOW NOT TO SKIP VET VISITS
Younger pets once a year; older ones every six months.
PLEDGE TO GET THEM ACTIVE
A few extra blocks during your walk; playtime very important to both YOU and your pet.
AGREE TO KEEP THEM SOCIAL.
Bonding with other creatures helps to minimize aggression. Socialization can also make a stressful situation, a calmer experience.
PROMISE TO MANAGE THEIR MEDS
Keep your pet protected from ticks and mosquitoes, the main culprits behind Lyme disease and heartworm.
Top trends for 2017:
EXPERIENTIAL TRAVEL-tours that include opportunities to dine with local families or receive hand-on tutorials from local craftspeople
CANADA- an increasingly popular vacation destination, thanks to its close location and favorable currency exchange rates. Plus, Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday this year.
EUROPE-especially Ireland and Iceland thanks to the availability of low fares and the perception that both countries are safe
NATIONAL PARKS- celebrated their 100th anniversary last year and 79% of Americans say they are as likely or more likely to visit a nation park through the first half of this year.
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser-works very well for cleaning kitchen cabinets around the handles, knobs to remove grease and oil stains
Eat great and lose weight with Micro-nutrients
Calcium-a bone building mineral and also a fat burner. Daily requirement is: 1000 mg for women up to age 50; 1200mg for women 50-71. Good sources: 1 oz. cheese, 1 c. cooked kale, 1 c. low fat yogurt
Vitamin C-helps burn body fat. You need: 75-90mg but the biggest benefits are seen with amounts greater than that. Good sources:
1/2 c. cooked broccoli, a medium orange, 3/4 c. orange juice and 1/2 c. red pepper.