Posted in Appetizers, Grilling, Poultry, Sauces

Visiting Friends…

We are going to a friend’s house tonight for dinner and I am bringing an appetizer.   I made this a few times last summer and friends really enjoyed it.  Also, kids like this because it’s “food on a stick” which is always a hit.

Chicken Skewers with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Serves 8

Prep time: 15 minutes

Marinating time: overnight

Cook time: 15 minutes

Estimates Values per serving:

Calories = 200                                              Fat = 5 grams

Marinade Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic – minced

2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

½ cup rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 teaspoon fresh ginger – minced

½ cup fresh cilantro – finely chopped

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts – cut lengthwise into 1-inch wide strips

Skewers (about 20 – 25)

1 recipe spicy peanut sauce (recipe below)

Chicken Directions:

  1. In a bowl, whisk together garlic, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, chili sauce, lime juice, ginger and cilantro.  Add chicken to bowl, cover and let marinate overnight. 
  2. Remove chicken strips from marinade and  skewer
  3. Working in batches, grill chicken skewers for about 5 – 7 minutes or until completely cooked. 

Spicy Peanut Sauce Ingredients:

½ package (4 ounces) low fat cream cheese – cubed

½ package (4 ounces) fat free cream cheese – cubed

½ cup skim milk

3 tablespoons peanut butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in small saucepan.
  2. Heat on low, stirring, until all ingredients are melted and mixture is smooth.
Posted in Side Dishes, Vegetables

Broccoli Salad…

Broccoli Salad

Someone brought broccoli salad to my friend’s birthday party Friday night and I really enjoyed it.  So I thought about how I could duplicate the flavors but cut down on some of the fat and calories.  I also like my broccoli a little softer than raw broccoli and came up with the idea of marinating it for a few minutes.  I served this broccoli salad with dinner tonight and it was well received. 

Enjoy your veggies!

Broccoli Salad

Serves 8

Pre p Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 5 – 10 minutes

Refrigeration time: at least 1 hour

Estimates Values per serving:

Calories = 80                                                Fat = 3 grams


2 cups water

¼ cup + 1 tablespoon sugar – separated

1 large head of broccoli

4 slices turkey bacon – chopped

½ cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon white vinegar

¼ cup raisins – chopped

½ small red onion – chopped

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cut tops of broccoli and discard stems.  Place broccoli florets in a large bowl.
  2. Bring water to a boil and stir in ¼ cup sugar until dissolved.  Pour sugar water over broccoli and let sit for 15 minutes.
  3. While broccoli is marinating, cook bacon until crispy.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon sugar, vinegar, raisins and red onion.  Add bacon when cooled.
  5. Drain water from broccoli and add to mayonnaise mixture and toss.  Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and serve cold.