Monthly Archives: May 2011

Get back to those Resolutions!

Whether you fell off the healthy eating bandwagon January 2nd or lasted till mid-April before breaking your resolutions, MagicKitchen.com is ready to help you get back on track to better health this season. Our nutritious meal packs and calorie-counting meal bundles make healthy eating a breeze, and they do it without taking the pleasure out of meal time.

Take a look at all your choices. If you want to adopt a low fat diet, our Homestyle low fat meal bundle includes four healthy meals packaged for 2 or 4 people. There’s Cheese Tortellini with Mediterranean sauce, and Beef Teriyaki sided with Rice with Mixed Vegetables.  We also have Chicken with Rice Soup, along with a crusty Verdura Gourmet Artisan Flatbread. These are the sorts of meals that will keep you happy without doing damage to your waistline.

And we’ve got new meal packs and bundles for everyone’s eat right goals. Our Homestyle meal bundles include low-carb options and our one-serving meal packages are all portion-controlled and include  7 full Meals including main courses of Chicken Marsala, Braised Beef Brisket, Chicken Pasta with Red Pepper Sauce, London Broil, Chicken Stir Fry, and Roasted Turkey.

Check it out today – there’s no time like now to start eating right, exercising and living well!

Ashley, MagicKitchen.com writer

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Hollywood Cuisine- Food featured in Movies

Today I’m going to match up my favorite movie meals with a similar MagicKitchen.com dish. Some of these dishes aren’t even on the menu yet, but are coming-see if you can guess which ones!

  1. Goodfellas Pasta – Tommy’s mom makes them a classic Pasta and meatballs dish like our Penne and Meatballs. The boys are there at 3 AM to get a shovel to bury someone who “disrespected” Tommy. Momma wakes up and insists on feeding them a big pasta dinner.
  2. The breakfast in Peewee’s Big Adventure – This is a Rube Goldberg machine of a breakfast. A bird’s beak cracks an egg into a frying pan; a model of a pterodactyl skeleton zips down to drop two slices of bread into a toaster. A tyrannosaurus rex juices oranges into a pitcher and Abe Lincoln flips pancakes onto the ceiling. Our version is a vegetable omelet.
  3. Pulp Fiction Big Kahuna Burger – Just before the carnage hits, the incredibly intimidating Jules eats the college boy Brett’s burger. Then he starts a mock-friendly interrogation including these lines, some of my favorites ever in moviedom: ‘I’m sorry, did I break your concentration? Please, continue, you were saying something about best intentions. What’s the matter? Oh, you were finished! Well, allow me to retort.’ We don’t have a Big Kahuna burger, but we have some ground sirloin steaks that will fit the bill.
  4. Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! And those creepy oompa-loompahs! Get your chocolate fix with our Chocolate Lovers Bundle.

 

That’s all I can come up with, but let us know your favorite movie meals!

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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5 Memorial Day Recipes for people with Kidney Disease

Memorial day and grilling go together like macaroni and cheese.  Luckily, people with kidney disease can eat many grilled foods with impunity.

We get this first recipe from the excellent site Davita.com:

Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons deli-style mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Preparation

  1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, mustard, honey, vinegar and green onions to make a sauce. Reserve 1/4 cup to serve with cooked chicken.
  2. Grill 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts over medium heat.  Brush with honey mustard sauce and turn several times until chicken is cooked through.
  3. Remove from grill and serve with reserved honey mustard sauce.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories: 241
  • Protein: 23 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Cholesterol: 63 mg
  • Sodium: 184 mg
  • Potassium: 207 mg
  • Phosphorus: 173 mg
  • Calcium: 13 mg
  • Fiber: .1 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 1 fat

This is ok for people with diabetes or who are on dialysis.


Great tips in this video:


How about a nice pasta salad? From the Kidney Association of America

Bow-Tie Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
2 cups cooked bow-tie pasta
1/4 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons shredded carrot
2 tablespoons minced onion
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

serves 8 (1/3 cup per serving)
Analysis:
Calories 189
Carbohydrates 12
Protein 2
Fat 15
Sodium 111
Potassium 61
Phosphorus 31

Renal and Renal
Diabetic Exchanges:
1 Starch
2 Fat


Don’t forget our Dialysis and Renal-friendly meals at MagicKitchen.com.


Grilled Marinated Beef Steak

– Also from the Kidney Association of America
1 1/2 lb chuck steak
1 can (12 oz) beer
1/2 cup sliced green onion
1/4 cup chopped green
pepper
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Place steak in a large shallow dish. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over
steak. Marinate 6 to 8 hours in the refrigerator, turning at least once to let flavors
penetrate. Drain the marinade from the steak; reserve. Broil steak over medium
coals for 15 to 20 minutes to desired doneness, brushing steak occasionally with
reserved marinade.

Analysis:
Calories 201
Carbohydrates 12
Protein 25
Fat 6

Renal Exchanges:
3 Meat, 1 Medium
Potassium Vegetable
Renal Diabetic
Exchanges:
3 Meat, 2 Low
Potassium Vegetable


Grilled Chicken Sesame

– Also from the Kidney Association of America
Ingredients:
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
2 teaspoons grated ginger
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon sherry
4 4-oz skinned, boned
chicken breast halves
Vegetable cooking spray

 

Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside. Flatten chicken pieces to
1/4-inch thickness using a mallet or rolling pin.

Spray grill with cooking spray. Grill chicken over medium-hot coals 4 minutes
each side, basting frequently with soy sauce mixture. Transfer to serving platter.

Analysis:
Calories 179
Carbohydrates 11
Protein 27
Fat 3
Sodium 235
Potassium 302
Phosphorus 232

Renal and Renal
Diabetic Exchanges:
3 Meat
1 Low Potassium Fruit


And finally one more from DaVita.com

Lisa’s Awesome Burgers

Diet – Dialysis, Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Lisa from New York.

Portions: 4

Serving size: 1 burger
Ingredients

* 1 pound lean ground beef
* 1 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
* 1 large egg
* 3 tablespoons Mrs. Dash® Mesquite Grilling Blend
* 4 hamburger buns

Preparation

1. Preheat grill according to manufacture’s direction.
2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, onion, egg and Mrs. Dash® seasoning until all ingredients are mixed throughout.
3. Divide ground beef mixture into 4 equal size patties.
4. Grill to desired temperature and doneness.
5. Place on hamburger buns.

Nutrients per serving

* Calories: 352
* Protein: 27 g
* Carbohydrates: 27 g
* Fat: 15 g
* Cholesterol: 126 mg
* Sodium: 292 mg
* Potassium: 458 mg
* Phosphorus: 260 mg
* Calcium: 92 mg
* Fiber: 1.5 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

* 3 meat
* 2 starch
* 1/2 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices

* 2

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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Ten different cookie flavours worth baking

Cookies. The best comfort food when warm from the oven, soft and warm. Of course, MagicKitchen.com has their gourmet cookies which fill all those conditions when slightly warmed. But you can also bake your own. Here are the ten top cookie flavors and links to recipes.

  1. Chocolate Chip
  2. Snickerdoodle
  3. Dr. Midnight Cookies -warning, these don’t have chocolate like MagicKitchen.com’s!
  4. Oatmeal Craisin
  5. Peanut Butter
  6. Scottish Shortbread
  7. Pecan Praline Cookies
  8. Molasses Spice Cookies
  9. Macaroons
  10. Pumpkin Cookies

What cookie blog would be complete without  Cookie Monster video?

 

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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MagicKitchen.com For Baby Showers

Baby Showers

Being a female, I’ve attended my fair share of showers. Baby showers are lots of fun! All the ladies play silly games and eat tiny little hors d’oeuvres and open gifts for a little person who isn’t even grown enough to attend the party. But the playful free time is all about to end for the mother and the rest of her family. Once that baby gets there the gifts become necessities and the hors d’oeuvres become fast food.

When the mom-to-be is unwrapping her pile of gifts she is overwhelmed with baby wipes, onesies, and plastic outlet guards. These things are all helpful for the new baby, but why not get something unexpected and stress-relieving for mom? Think about getting her MagicKitchen.com meals to keep her and the household easily satiated during the early months of parenthood. All of the energy and attention will be focused on baby but the caregivers need to be fed too!

MagicKitchen.com already has a bundle created with new moms in mind for her and your convenience. Click Here for the new mom bundle!

Mindy, MagicKitchen.com Blogger

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New Video starring…Me

I wanted everyone to know what the meals look like when they arrive at your door. So I created a video of me unpacking a parcel. And even though I’m appalled at how I look and sound ( a common reaction), here it is!

Video Link to YouTube

I plan to do another one soon, showing me heating up some of the products and how easy that is, and how it looks plated. I am sorry to have to tell you that many of the cupcakes and the double fudge brownies are already gone. Don’t know how that could have happened…

If you just want to look at the photos, check out our flickr photostream here:

Our Flickr Channel

Enjoy!

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger.

 

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