RECIPES:

Red Snapper

Strawberries And Cream Cake

Stars and Stripes Cheesecake

Cran-Blueberry Pie

Spaghetti Puttanesca with Sausage

Fig and Granola Bowl

A Quick, Healthy Dish For People With Diabetes And Their Families

By the National Diabetes Education Program

(NAPSI)-Diabetes is a serious disease that results in high glucose (sugar levels) in the blood, which can lead to serious health problems. Almost 24 million people in the United States have the disease. If you have diabetes, you know that the day-to-day steps needed to manage the disease can be hard. Diabetes can lead to blindness, loss of limb, kidney failure, heart disease, and early death. Managing diabetes can be easier if you set goals and make a plan. Talk with your health care team about making a plan, which should include ways to make healthier food choices, increase your physical activity, and reach and stay at a healthy weight. One part of your plan may be learning how to prepare a quick, healthy dish for your family. Follow these tips from the National Diabetes Education Program to make healthier meals that your whole family can enjoy:
  • Before going to the grocery store, check flyers, ads, and websites to see what is on sale. Make a list of what you need, and check to see what foods you already have at home.
  • Find recipes online or at your local library that have five to 10 ingredients or less.
  • Buy fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season--they usually cost less.
  • Buy items like fat-free or low-fat milk, cheese, and yogurt in the largest size you know your family will consume so you are not paying for extra packaging.
  • Instead of flavored rice, buy plain brown rice. Add fresh or dried herbs and spices to add flavor.
  • Look for deals on whole-grain, day-old breads in the bakery department. Search for specials on lean cuts at the meat counter.
  • Prepare meals in advance to make mealtime less stressful, and use the leftovers to make other dishes.

Here's an example of a healthy dish that serves four and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.

Red Snapper

(This recipe also works well with chicken breast used in place of red snapper)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ½ cup red pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup carrots, cut into strips
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup dry white wine*
  • ¾ pound (12 oz.) of red snapper fillet
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. pitted ripe olives, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. crumbled low-fat feta or low-fat ricotta cheese
  • *Water or fat-free broth can be used in place of white wine.

Instructions:

In a large skillet, heat olive oil and add onion, red pepper, carrots, and garlic. Sauté for 10 minutes then add wine and bring to a boil. Push the vegetables to one side of the pan. Arrange fillets in a single layer in center of skillet. Cover to cook for 5 minutes. Add tomato and olives. Top with cheese then cover and cook for 3 minutes or until fish is firm but moist. Transfer fish to a serving platter and add vegetables and pan juices. Serve fish on top of vegetables with brown rice. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information Per Serving for Red Snapper: Serving size ¼ red snapper (or 3 oz.) with ½ cup vegetables. Calories 285, Calories From Fat 80, Total Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 35mg, Sodium 160mg, Dietary Fiber 2g, Total Carbohydrate 8g, Protein 19g.

For more tasty, quick, and healthy recipes, order your free copy of the National Diabetes Education Program's Mas que comida recipe book by visiting www.YourDiabetesInfo.org or calling 1-888-693-NDEP (6337), TTY: 1-866-596-1162.

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Crowd-Pleasing Meals Can Be Easy To Prepare

(NAPSI)-If preparing tasty, home-cooked meals seems like one more thing to fit into your busy schedule, you're not alone.

A recent survey from ConAgra Foods revealed that 49 percent of Americans say they are often short on time and energy when it comes to preparing meals, let alone baking. According to Sandra Lee, bestselling author of the "Semi-Homemade" cookbook series, you can use a slow cooker to prepare not only dinner but dessert as well. Try her hassle-free Semi-Homemade Strawberries and Cream Cake.

Sandra Lee's Strawberries And Cream Cake

Prep 25 minutes
Cook 1½ to 2½ hours (High)
Makes 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • PAM® cooking spray
  • 1 box (18.25-ounce) strawberry cake mix
  • 1¼ cups strawberry-banana nectar
  • ¾ cup Egg Beaters®
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup Wesson Canola Oil®
  • ¼ cup cake flour
  • 2 cans (12-ounces each) whipped cream cheese frosting
  • 1 cup frozen (thawed) or fresh strawberries, sliced (plus more for garnish, optional)

Directions:

  1. Coat an 8x3-inch round cake pan with PAM. Wrap foil around the bottom of pan. Crumple aluminum foil to create a "ring base" about 5 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cake mix, nectar, Egg Beaters, sour cream, Wesson oil and flour with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl; beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Place foil ring in bottom of slow cooker; pour ½ inch of hot water into bottom of slow cooker. Using 2 long strips of foil, make an X over foil ring and bring up sides of slow cooker to assist removing pan from slow cooker.
  4. Place pan on top of ring and the X in slow cooker. Stack 6 paper towels; place on top of slow cooker. Secure with lid.
  5. Cook on high heat setting for 1½ to 2½ hours or until a wooden tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean. (Do not lift the lid for the first hour of cooking.)
  6. Use foil strips to lift pan from slow cooker. Place pan on wire rack; cool completely.
  7. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup of the cream cheese frosting with sliced strawberries until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  8. To assemble, remove cooled cake from pan and slice horizontally to make 2 layers. Place 1 layer on serving plate. Spread strawberry filling evenly over layer and top with second cake layer. Frost entire cake with remaining cream cheese frosting. Garnish with fresh strawberries.

Recipe excerpted from "Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Money Saving Slow Cooking" by Sandra Lee. Copyright © 2009 Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade, www.sandralee.com. For easy entertaining tips, visit www.SimpleandDelicious.com.

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History You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

(NAPSI)-In 1902, America was a rapidly growing and changing nation. It was a time of invention, industrial innovation and accelerated immigration, blending cultures and cuisines. It was also a time when many favorite all--American foods-such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, animal crackers and banana splits--first became popular.

That year also marked the very first time light and dark corn syrups became available in tins. Karo Corn Syrup, founded that year, quickly became a favorite ingredient in desserts, breads, sweet rolls, sauces and fillings.

The syrup, now considered as American as apple pie, is an essential ingredient in a Stars and Stripes Cheesecake or a delicious Cran-Blueberry Pie:

Stars and Stripes Cheesecake

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Yield: 15 servings

Ingredients:

Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Cheesecake:

  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Argo or Kingsford's Corn Starch
  • 1 cup Karo Light Corn Syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 pound strawberries, halved (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup heavy or whipping cream, whipped; or whipped topping

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325ºF. To prepare graham cracker crust: Combine crumbs, butter and 2 Tbsp. sugar. Press into the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

To prepare cheesecake: Beat cream cheese, sugar and corn starch in a large bowl with mixer at medium speed until smooth. Beat in corn syrup, eggs and lemon juice until blended and smooth.

Pour into prepared baking dish. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or just until set.

Cool on wire rack. Refrigerate until well chilled. Arrange blueberries (about 30 to 40) in rows in upper left corner of cheesecake to form a rectangle, spacing rows about ½ inch apart (to leave room for whipped cream).

Arrange halved strawberries on top of remaining portion of cheesecake also in rows about ¾ inch apart, like a flag. Place whipped cream in a plastic bag and snip off the corner of the bag.

Use the bag to pipe whipped cream between the rows of blueberries and strawberries, completing the flag design. Keep refrigerated.

Cran-Blueberry Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 to 45 minutes
Yield: 1 pie (8 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen blueberries (about 2½ cups)
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup Karo Light Corn Syrup
  • ¼ cup Argo or Kingsford's Corn Starch
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 (9-inch) unbaked pie crusts

Glaze:

  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 1½ teaspoons milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine blueberries, cranberries, sugar, corn syrup, corn starch, cinnamon and salt in a large saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until cranberry skins begin to pop.

Assemble pie by placing one crust in pie plate. Pour in filling. Top with remaining crust. Flute edges and cut slits in top crust to vent. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until top is lightly browned.

Prepare Glaze: Stir powdered sugar and milk together until smooth. Spread over hot crust. Cool pie on wire rack. (Let pie cool completely before cutting, or filling will be runny.)

You will find more recipes and tips at www.karosyrup.com, or call (866) 430-KARO (5276)

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Simple One-Dish Meals Provide Delicious Comfort

(NAPSI)-Recent studies have shown that U.S. consumers have responded to the faltering economy by altering their dining habits, including preparing more meals at home. However, with time at a premium, Americans are turning to the ease and comfort of one-dish meals, such as hearty soups, stews and pasta.

One-dish meals offer busy home cooks the benefits of a traditional meal but require less time for ingredient shopping and food preparation. One-dish meals also offer recipe flexibility. For example, prep time can be shortened by substituting precooked sausage for raw, or using canned or frozen vegetables instead of fresh. The end result will still be a satisfying and nourishing dish the entire family will enjoy.

"Americans are embracing a new style of comfort food with recipes that are hearty and full of wholesome ingredients," said Jones Dairy Farm President Philip Jones, who is also a professionally trained chef. "One-dish meals have widespread appeal because they're easy, fresh-from-scratch dishes that taste like you spent hours in the kitchen."

This modern Italian pasta dish is gluten-free but can also be prepared with whole-wheat spaghetti.

Spaghetti Puttanesca with Sausage

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces brown rice gluten-free spaghetti
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 (28 oz.) can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped capers
  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste or 2 minced anchovy fillets
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (7 oz.) package Jones All Natural Golden Brown Sausage Links/Patties, sliced or cubed
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) diced fresh mozzarella cheese or quartered ciliegine mozzarella balls
  • ¼ cup julienned fresh basil leaves

Directions:

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes or until onion is tender. Add tomatoes, olives, capers, anchovy paste and pepper flakes; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes. Stir in sausage; simmer 5 minutes. Drain spaghetti; transfer to 4 shallow bowls. Stir fresh mozzarella cheese into sausage mixture; serve over spaghetti and top with basil.

More delicious one-dish meal recipes are available by visiting www.jonesdairyfarm.com.

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After An Osteoporosis Diagnosis, Managing Bone Health Is A Lifelong Commitment

(NAPSI)-In the United States, nearly 8 million women suffer from osteoporosis--a disease that causes bones to become fragile and at increased risk for breaking. During the postmenopausal years, more and more women expect to maintain a fulfilling lifestyle, even when battling osteoporosis.

Bones serve as the body's foundation, protecting vital organs and allowing people to stand tall. Without the right bone-health management plan, osteoporosis often leads to loss of height, a hunched appearance or, worse, a life-changing break. Breaking a bone is a serious risk when you have osteoporosis. In fact, osteoporosis-related fractures are more common in women than heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer combined. And one woman out of every two with the disease will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture in her lifetime.

Unfortunately, not enough women battling osteoporosis are aware of their fracture risk. While there are several risk factors for fracture, low bone density is a significant warning sign that you are at risk for breaking a bone. Bone density is determined by a body scan that provides a bone density measure called a T-score. Knowing if your T-scores are getting better, worse or staying the same will help you understand your current fracture risk.

The good news is that there are things you can do to make your bones stronger to reduce or even prevent your risk for breaking a bone. A couple of easy ways to increase your bone strength and reduce your risk for fracture are to add more calcium to your diet and increase the amount of weight-bearing exercises, such as walking or lifting light weights.

But that may not be enough. Talk to your doctor, who may be armed with new information about developments in treatment, nutrition and exercise. Finding the right disease management program and being committed to it will help you maintain your lifestyle.

And don't stop there. Increase your own knowledge about osteoporosis and what you can do to help keep your bones strong. Register at KnowMyBones.com to receive regular tips on keeping your bones strong. You can share this new information with friends and loved ones, too. If you find that starting a conversation about osteoporosis is difficult, try one of these easy conversation starters to get the discussion going. They'll thank you for it later.

  • Did you know that you could be at risk for osteoporosis even if it doesn't run in your family? We could be at risk without even knowing. I printed for you these tools from KnowMyBones.com that will help you evaluate your fracture risk.
  • I think this is a great time to talk about our family history and our need to actively manage our bone strength to prevent a fracture.
  • If you are interested, I can also share some calcium-rich recipes you may want to try. There are also exercise tips at KnowMyBones.com you may want to check out along with some questions you can use as a guide when you speak with your doctor about your bone health.

To learn more about stronger bones, visit KnowMyBones.com or call (800) 917-1248 for free information on osteoporosis, tips for eating smart and staying active, and an important list of questions to take with you to your next doctor's appointment.

Ask your doctor if you're doing everything you can to help keep your bones strong. If you haven't been diagnosed with osteoporosis, find out if you are at risk for this silent disease and begin the conversation with your doctor.

Fig and Granola Bowl

(Yield: 1 serving)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 8 ounces low-fat, plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup low-fat granola without raisins
  • 2 dried figs, chopped into small pieces

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Spread the almonds on a cookie sheet and bake for 5 to 6 minutes. Watch the nuts carefully so they don't burn.
  2. Fill a bowl with yogurt, then top with granola, figs and toasted almonds.

Nutritional Information based on individual serving: 385 calories; 14g protein; 60g carbohydrate; 9g fiber; 13g fat (2g saturated); 5mg cholesterol; 179mg sodium; 410mg (34 percent) calcium.

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