Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Terrific Tuesday with a Recipe

Just not finding the blogging grove lately.

Since my diet change I've found some products to recommend to you and I'll rack my brain for a recipe to post as well.

My husband is working a case you may have heard on the news this week.  Pray for his safety away from home.  That IS his job too!


I've been trying out various Mrs. Dash products and I am in LOVE with them.

Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime.  Has a nice spicy kick and makes a great substitute for an envelope of taco seasoning.  I've used it on my beef for Carne Asada Nachos, made chicken chili with it Saturday and used it today in making Mexican Chicken Soup.

I've also got  Southwest Chipotle and need to use it more!

  • Remember Mrs. Dash contains NO sodium while an envelope of taco seasoning contains around 420 mg.  One envelope of Chili Seasoning has around 350 mg of sodium.
  • Rinsing canned beans before using them rinses about 40% of the sodium away from them.  So a regular can of black beans with about 450 mg of Sodium, RINSED would have about 270 mg of Sodium.
  • Did you know that prolonged use of NSAIDS  (and possibly many OTC ((Over the Counter)) pain medications) may raise your blood pressure? See this link.

I'm really loving Red Zinger tea.  The properties of Hibiscus, the first ingredient in the tea, are shown to help lower blood pressure.
Red Zinger Herbal Tea
This tea is very good with a teaspoon of 100% pure maple syrup in it.  It is also very refreshing over ice, also lightly sweetened with maple syrup.

I've written down several recipes from this cookbook.  It was free too!  It's from the library


My little critic thought this tasted like lasagna the first time I made it!Portabella Panini With Gorgonzola Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes. Photo by Brooke the Cook in WI
Easy Portabello Panini
  • 4 sun-dried tomatoes (not oil packed) **
  • Boiling water
  • 4 portobello mushrooms (2 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup Gorgonzola cheese  **
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Reconstitute the sun-dried tomatoes by soaking them in boiling water for 10 minutes. Remove the toma­toes from the water, pat dry, and chop them.
  2. Slice the stems off the mushrooms so they can lay completely flat. Slice each cap in half so you have 8 round mushroom slices. Top half of the mushrooms with 1 tablespoon of the chopped tomatoes and 1 tablespoon of the cheese. Top with the remaining mushroom slices. Brush the top side of each "sandwich" with some of the oil.
  3. Preheat a large nonstick skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat until good and hot. Place the mushroom sandwiches in the hot pan carefully, oiled side down, and cook for 2 minutes, Brush the top half with the remaining oil, flip with a spatula, and cook until the mushroom softens and begins to brown and the cheese is melted, about another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

**Gargonzola cheese is a stinky cheese~ similar to a blue cheese.  I don't like blue cheese so I've been substituting with Goat Cheese or Mozzarella would work well.

**I've also not put much effort into finding a package of sun dried tomatoes and have been getting the little jars of the ones  packed in oil and just draining them well in my colander before using them.

Have a Great and Wonderful Day!


  1. Oh, my goodness -- I didn't realize your husband would be involved in that panga boat case -- what a tragedy -- and it's getting a little scary that the smugglers are getting so bold.  Will keep you both in my thoughts!

  2. @slmret - He is involved in the investigation of this particular incident but has been out in boats doing similar things.

  3. @betheelou - I did a post on a cutter based in Santa Barbara not too long ago -- had no idea there was such a real danger in this area, though I have been reading about the pangas that have been beaching along the coast.  I'm so glad they were able to capture the perps so quickly this time!  Again, will keep you both in my thoughts!

  4. Prayers of safety for all!  The panini sounds and looks sooo good!  I love portabello mushrooms! 

  5. Wow. Prayers for your husband's safety and peace of mind for you.The picture looks really good...but I don't like mushrooms! however, I will be trying the red zinger tea! :)Happy Wednesday to you.

  6. Haven't been keeping up with anyone's blogs lately.  Love how the map project turned out.   Will keep your hubby in prayer.  I would love to try the recipe but Will doesn't like mushrooms.  Have always liked red zinger tea though!