Turkey Noodle Soup


This recipe takes some time but it is worth it. Give it a try on a day when you are sitting around and enjoying chatting with families and friends.

You’ll Need

  • Bones from a roasted turkey
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 stalk celery, chopped (separated)
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • ¼ cup broken noodles, 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup grated zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Directions

Stock:

  • In stockpot or large saucepan, combine bones, water, bay leaf, one of the chopped celery stalks, and onion.
  • Skin and drippings may be included, if desired.
  • Simmer, covered about 4 hours.
  • Strain, reserving stock.
  • Let bones cool, pick out any meat and add to the stock.
Soup:
  • In stockpot or saucepan, bring stock to boil; add noodles and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add celery, carrot, green onions, zucchini, basil and thyme.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in hot pepper sauce, season with salt and pepper to taste.

Chilled Turkey Burrito

And yet another great recipe to enjoy that leftover turkey. And it makes a perfect lunch for watching football too.

You’ll Need

  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers seeded and minced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, firm
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 4 ounces green or red chili salsa
  • 3 Avocados, peeled
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound cooked turkey, shredded
  • Flour tortillas, warmed
  • Salsa of choice
Directions
  • In small bowl, mix together jalapenos, cream cheese, sour cream green or red and salsa until well blended; reserve.
  • In another small bowl, mash avocado with lemon juice until fairly smooth; add onion powder and pepper and continue mashing until smooth.
  • Thickly slather tortillas with jalapeno-cheese mixture out to edge.
  • Top mixture with turkey pieces, then slather avocado mash on top of turkey.
  • Roll up tortillas like jelly rolls; slice burritos on bias (space cuts about 3/4 inch apart) to make pinwheel shapes.
  • Serve with salsa.

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Which Milk Is Better For Kids? Get Ready To Have Your Mind Changed.

Low-fat milk may not be the best option for kids, though many experts recommend it to fight obesity for children over 2.

kids-milks-low-fat-chocolateCanadian researchers collected height and weight data on 2,745 healthy children ages 1 to 6 years. They took blood samples, and their parents reported how much skim, 1 percent, 2 percent and whole milk the children drank.

After controlling for age, sex, outdoor play and other factors that affect both vitamin D levels and weight, they found that children who drank one cup of whole milk per day had a vitamin D level comparable to that of children who drank 2.9 cups of 1 percent milk, but their body mass index was lower by 0.79 points. The higher the fat content of the milk they drank, the lower the children’s B.M.I. and the higher their vitamin D levels. The study is in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

“These two things together may make it a double whammy for low-fat milk,” he said. “But this is a small piece of the puzzle. We really need to do the research to answer these very basic questions.”

Why this happens is unknown, but the senior author, Dr. Jonathon L. Maguire, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto, suggested that vitamin D is better absorbed with fat, and drinking low-fat milk may leave a child hungrier for more calorie-dense food.

Article source: NYTimes Well: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/22/well/eat/regular-milk-may-beat-low-fat-for-kids.html

Pumpkin Muffins


Cooking with pumpkins can be very nutritious and delicious. Here are some tips. First off it is always best to cook with smaller pumpkins as they yield more flavor. Cut the pumpkin in half, and scoop out the seeds and stringy bits and then place the halves cut-side down in a baking dish and bake at 350 until the flesh is soft. Scoop out the pulp and puree in a food processor and then it is ready to use. The puree can also be placed in the freezer at this time and used later on.

Yields: 24 standard size muffins

You’ll Need:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips or 2 cups chopped walnuts

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat egg, sugar, pumpkin and oil until smooth.
  • In another bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  • Then add to the pumpkin mixture and mix well.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips or nuts.
  • Fill greased or paper-line muffin cups three-fourths full
  • Bake for 16 to 20 minutes of until a toothpick can be stuck into a muffin and come out clean.
  • Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

 

Herbed Bread Stuffing


A nice stuffing to go with the delightful Thanksgiving meal.

Yields 10 cups

You’ll Need

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons sage, dried
  • 1 ½ seasoned salt
  • 12 cups dry bread cubes
  • 13 ounces chicken broth

Directions

  • Melt butter in large skillet, saute celery and onion until onion is transparent.
  • Stir in next four ingredients.
  • Place bread cubes in large bowl; stir in onion and celery mixture.
  • Add chicken broth; toss to combine.
  • Stuff loosely into neck and breast cavities or place stuffing in casserole dish.
  • If placing in casserole dish bake covered in a 325 F oven for 45 minutes.

Curried Turkey Soup

Turkey, turkey, turkey… what to do with the extra turkey? Give this turkey recipe a try.

You’ll Need

  • 6 cups turkey stock
  • 1 cup peeled apples, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup cooked turkey, diced

 

Directions

  • Simmer stock, apples, onion, salt and curry for 30 minutes.
  • Puree in blender. Return to pot.
  • Add garlic powder, buttermilk and turkey to the stock.
  • Heat just to the boiling point, but do not allow to come to a full boil.

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Why Yo Yo Dieting Is So Bad For Your Heart

yo-yo-dietsPutting on some extra weight over winter or during a super-stressful time may not seem like such a big deal, as long as you slim down again when the weather gets warmer or your schedule calms down. But new research suggests that yo-yo weight fluctuations are bad for the heart. For some women, these ups and downs may even raise their risk of dying from cardiac disease.

The study, which was presented today at an American Heart Association conference, followed nearly 160,000 postmenopausal women for about 11 years. Women who were normal weight at the start of the study and lost and regained at least 10 pounds had about 3.5 times higher risk of sudden cardiac death than women whose weight remained stable. This type of “weight cycling” was also linked to a 66% increased risk for death related to coronary heart disease in those women. (Coronary heart disease occurs when fat and other substances block blood vessels to the heart.)

Yo-yo dieters who started the study overweight or obese, however, had no increase in either type of death. They also found no increase in death for women who gained weight but did not lose it, or for women who lost weight but did not gain it back.

Lead author Somwail Rasla, MD, internal medicine resident at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island and Alpert Medical School of Brown University, says that normal-weight women seem to be more vulnerable to the dangers of weight fluctuations. 

“Normal-weight women usually have less adaptive mechanisms in their body, compared to overweight and obese women, when they [are] exposed to…the hazardous effects of weight cycling,” he said in a video on the American Heart Association website. Previous research has shown that these effects include changes in metabolism, blood pressure, and cholesterol; and animal studies have shown that practices like yo-yo dieting can damage DNA. 

That doesn’t mean that it was healthier to be heavier in the study, or that overweight women didn’t face their own health risks. Although it wasn’t the focus of the research, obesity still raises the risk of cardiac disease, Dr. Rasla stresses, as well as several types of cancer, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. 

“For those who have normal weight, they should preserve their body weight and avoid, as much as they can, fluctuations,” Dr. Rasla said. “But for those who are overweight or obese, actually the worst thing for them is being overweight and obese.”

So if you’re overweight, losing those extra pounds (through exercise or a balanced diet) will almost always be a good thing. This group of people “should not worry about weight cycling or fluctuations in body weight, because basically they are not increasing their risk,” Dr. Rasla said. 

Weight gain and loss in this study were self-reported, and the researchers did not collect information on the causes behind the changes. But Dr. Rasla says that often, weight cycling is tied to stress eating and crash diets.

The new findings have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, and the researchers say that more studies are needed before any clinical recommendations can be made—especially since theirs did not include men or younger women. Plus, the study was observational (and not a placebo-controlled intervention, for example), so it was only able to determine a link between weight fluctuation and heart disease risk, not a cause-and-effect relationship.

Even so, Dr. Rasla is still comfortable providing some advice to people concerned about their weight and their heart health: “Our main message [is] that those who are, in their adult life, normal-weight, should stick to, as much as they can, with a stable weight,” he said.

American Heart Association spokesperson Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, agrees that while the study should not be seen as the “end all be all” of the health effects of yo-yo dieting, the findings are certainly important—especially for women who have trouble keeping off extra pounds after menopause.

“Here is a study which shows the real true negative effects of what yo-yo dieting can do on our hearts, and this is very, very relevant and important for us to see and understand,” said Dr. Steinbaum, who is director of Women and Heart Disease at Lenox Hill Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute in New York City, in a video.

“One of the things I often say to women is, ‘Train for menopause like you’re training for a marathon because you’re in it for the long haul,” she added. In other words, make lifestyle changes you can actually maintain.

Yo-yo diets are characterized by extremes and quick fixes, says Dr. Steinbaum (think slashing calories, cutting out entire food groups, or over-exercising). “We know that’s not sustainable, so there’s significant weight gain that comes back,” she said. “That pattern is very hard on our hearts. It’s important to take home the message that a healthy lifestyle is about a lifestyle…It’s really about making choices that can sustain you in a heart-healthy way.”

via Amanda Macmillan @ Health.com