Simply Potatoes

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How you simplifying your summer?  It’s so hot here in Chicago, so the simpler dinner can be; the happier mom is.  Simply Potatoes does just that for dinner time.  First of all, there is the convenience.  There is no peeling, slicing, dicing or mashing potatoes.  Open the bag and that’s it.   They are better for you.  Their cut potatoes and steamables are all fat free, cholesterol free and 90 calories or less per serving.  Simply Potatoes has a ton of variety.  It is available in a number of mashed and cut varieties, delicious right out of the microwave, off the grill or added to your family’s favorite dish. Click here to see a full list of products.  Lastly, all of the potato products are gluten free (Simply Macaroni & Cheese contains wheat).
Best of all, I’ve tried several of their varieties and they are all good.  I personally love the Steakhouse Potatoes.  They are just soooo good.  I can only highly recommend trying out Simply Potatoes!

Better n’ Eggs

Did you know that November is National Diabetes Awareness Month? There are three major types of diabetes. The causes and risk factors are different for each type. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, but it is most often diagnosed in children, teens, or young adults. In this disease, the body makes little or no insulin. Daily injections of insulin are needed. The exact cause is unknown. Type 2 diabetes makes up most of diabetes cases. It most often occurs in adulthood, but teens and young adults are now being diagnosed with it because of high obesity rates. Many people with type 2 diabetes do not know they have it. Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that develops at any time during pregnancy in a woman who does not have diabetes. Diabetes affects more than 20 million Americans. Over 40 million Americans have pre-diabetes (early type 2 diabetes).

Type II Diabetes is preventable, and there are steps you can take to help, so you don’t get it. I personally have a family history of diabetes. I’ve got an aunt with it (and she’s always had for as long as I remember). A fond memory I will always have is that at every family party, she always told us that she’d only have a small piece of dessert (even though she shouldn’t have had the cake at all!). I also have an uncle who is heavier that also has developed diabetes (though he got it after he had a liver transplant). Diabetes is something I personally worry about for myself.

One of the ways to prevention is to learn more about this disease. Oprah’s personal trainer and health and wellness expert Bob Greene will be hosting a twitter party on 11/16 from 8-10pm EST to share nutrition and fitness tips, and to share about products that can help individuals live with or prevent Type II diabetes, such as Crystal Farms® Better’n Eggs and AllWhites.

Crystal Farms® Better’n Eggs ® and AllWhites® are fat-free, cholesterol-free, and low-calorie alternatives to shell eggs. Both products are made from real eggs. AllWhites is 100% liquid egg whites with nothing added. Better’n Eggs is 98% liquid egg whites plus 2% vitamins and minerals. Both products have half the calories of shell eggs (25 calories per serving). Since they are fat-free, cholesterol-free and low-calorie, both products allow those with
diabetes or those trying to prevent diabetes to enjoy eggs without having to sacrifice other foods they love (i.e.: they can have cheese with their eggs rather than plain eggs). Crystal Farms® Better’n Eggs® and AllWhites® are also convenient sources of lean, high-quality protein. Lean protein can help balance a diabetic diet while controlling hunger and blood sugar levels. Lean protein also helps you feel full longer, which helps with weight loss and keeps you energized during workouts. Crystal Farms® Better’n Eggs® and AllWhites® can be used in any recipe that calls for eggs and are very convenient and versatile. These products do not include any added flavorings, so they won’t alter the taste of your favorite. They also are pasteurized fresh egg whites, therefore they can be eaten raw (i.e.: in smoothies, cookie dough). Best of all, both Better’n Eggs® and AllWhites® come in easy-to-pour, no-mess cartons!

One recipe you can use them in is Bacon Cheddar Mini Egg Cups. Here’s who you make them:


24 wonton wrappers*
nonstick cooking spray
2 strips bacon
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil**
1 cup AllWhites®
1/2 cup fat-free half and half
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Crystal Farms® Finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray one side of each wonton wrapper with nonstick cooking spray. Press each wrapper in to cups of miniature muffin pan, spray side down. Once all wrappers are in place; spray inside of each wrapper with additional nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In small nonstick skillet cook bacon until crisp. Drain grease; finely chop bacon. In small bowl stir together cooked bacon, tomatoes and basil. Divide mixture evenly into each wonton cup.

In small bowl stir together AllWhites, fat-free half and half and salt. Carefully pour into each wonton cup. Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until eggs are almost set. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Tips:

*Wonton wrappers are usually found in the refrigerated produce section of the grocery store. Wrappers are typically 3 1/4 inches square.

**Substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried basil

Customize this appetizer by adding 1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms to each mini cup. Any variety will work. Also, Better’n Eggs can be used as a substitute for AllWhites.

How would you use Better n’ Eggs? How are you preventing diabetes in your family?

Melt

I am always looking for ways to eat better for both my family and myself.  That is why I was willing to check out Melt.  Melt is made of virgin coconut oil, flax seed oil, palm fruit oil and canola oil and supports digestive wellness, optimal nutrition absorption and healthy weight. It’s sold in stores such as Whole Foods, Fred Meyer, King Soopers, Albertsons and Sprouts. Melt’s organic, soy-free, gluten-free, cholesterol-free and certified Kosher.

Melt supports healthy weight when replacing other fats in your daily diet and the healthy goodness cooks, tops and bakes just like butter (with absolutely no hydrogenated oils).  I personally found that it tasted just like butter to me.  However, we took this camping (melt was perfect for camping) and was told that yes you can taste the coconut oil, but that it was even better than butter.  We’ve used this in as many ways as possible — I’ve added it to toast and bagels, I’ve used it for baking, and we used it camping to make eggs.  It passed all of our tests.  This is a product that we will be using for the foreseeable future!

Since you are taking the time to read about this great new product on my blog, I wanted to tell you about a great contest they are having right now.  You can win a $500 VISA gift card for a Mingle With Melt dinner party for 10 friends–a chic, healthy night in with friends and family! Whichever blog the winning reader comes from, that blogger wins too!  Sooo if you go here and enter, please make sure that you let them know that Lisa Cooking sent you!

If you are in need for healthy cooking oils or healthy gluten free butter or just a substitute for butter, definitely try out Melt!

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