Posted in Casserole, Easy, Main Courses, Poultry, Sauces

Chicken & Broccoli Casserole


It’s been too long since I have given you a new exciting recipe to try.  I hope to be posting more often again.  Here is a very tasty dish from tonight that the family really enjoyed.  The best thing is that it is a complete meal with veggies already included.

Enjoy!!

Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

Serve 6

Preheat oven 375o

Estimated Values per serving:

Calories = 300                                              Fat = 8 grams

Ingredients:

1 ½ broccoli

1 ½ pounds cooked skinless/boneless chicken breast – cut into bite sized pieces

1 tablespoon canola oil

¼ cup onion – chopped

2 cloves garlic

¼ cup sherry

3 – 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce

¼ cup flour

1 cup skim milk

6 ounces grated low fat cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

¼ cup bread crumbs

¼ cup parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to boil.  Add broccoli and cook for about 3 minutes.  Drain and rinse with cold water.  Add to a large bowl with cooked chicken and toss.
  2. Coat a 9-by-13 inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Heat a skillet on medium heat, coat with cooking spray, add oil and chopped onion.  Cooke 3 – 5 minutes until tender.  Add garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute.  Add sherry, scraping any pieces from the pan an cook until almost all the liquid has evaporated.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, broth and flour then add to skillet.  Cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture is bubbly and has thickened.  Remove from heat and add Swiss cheese, stirring until all the cheese has melted.
  5. Pour cheese sauce into mixing bowl with chicken and broccoli, adding salt and pepper to taste and toss until well coated.
  6. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish.
  7. Mix the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese together then sprinkle on top.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until browned on top.
Posted in Appetizers, Bake, Poultry, Vegetables

Stuffed Breads


Hey Everyone! It has been one of those weeks and although I have been making dinner every night, I just have not had the chance to do any filming. I will get a few videos done this weekend and we will get back on track.

In the mean time, we are going to a friends house this weekend to watch football for a game day. With that theme in mind we are all cooking some kind of Game. We will have venison, wild turkey, doves and probably a few other surprises. It should be fun!

Now you may not have access to any Game for game day so I am re-posting this classic from 2011. I do not have a video for it but if you are going to a party this weekend and bringing something, this one is a winner!

Enjoy!!!

Roasted Red Pepper and Cheese Stuffed Bread

Preheat oven 400o

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake Time: 20 – 25 minutes

Estimated Values per Serving:

Calories: 240                        Fat: 7 grams

Ingredients:

½ cup fat free ricotta cheese

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

½ cup grated low fat mozzarella cheese

½ teaspoon granulated onion powder

½ teaspoon granulated garlic powder

½ teaspoon dried basil

1 package refrigerated thin crust pizza dough

1 jar (12.3 ounces) roasted red peppers

Directions:

  1. Coat a baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl mix together ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella,  onion, powder, garlic powder and basil.
  3. Rinse and dry roasted peppers with paper towels.
  4. Roll out pizza dough and place half of the peppers in the middle of the pizza dough making sure you leave about a 1” border on the edges.
  5. Spoon cheese mixture on top of the peppers and spread over the peppers.  Top with the remaining peppers.
  6. Roll pizza dough once toward the middle then fold both sides toward the middle.  Roll the remaining dough until you have one large roll.  Place the dough, seam side down onto a baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven, let stand for at least 5 minutes.  Slice and serve.

Ham & Cheese Stuffed Bread

Preheat oven 400o

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake Time: 20 -25 minutes

Estimated Values per Serving:

Calories: 260                        Fat: 8 grams

Ingredients:

½ cup fat free ricotta cheese

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

½ cup grated low fat mozzarella cheese

½ teaspoon granulated onion powder

½ teaspoon granulated garlic powder

½ teaspoon dried basil

1 package refrigerated thin crust pizza dough

6 slices Italian deli meat ham

Directions:

  1. Coat a baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl mix together ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella, onion, powder, garlic powder and basil.
  3. Roll out pizza dough and place 3 slices of ham in the middle of the pizza dough making sure you leave about a 1” border on the edges.
  4. Spoon cheese mixture on top of the ham and spread over the ham.  Top with the last 3 slices of ham.
  5. Roll pizza dough once toward the middle then fold both sides toward the middle.  Roll the remaining dough until you have one large roll.  Place the dough, seam side down onto a baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven, let stand for at least 5 minutes.  Slice and serve.

Sausage Stuffed Bread

Preheat oven 400o

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time: 20 – 25 minutes

Estimated Values per Serving:

Calories: 250                        Fat: 8 grams

Ingredients:

2 Italian style chicken sausages

2 cloves garlic – crushed

1/3 cup fat free ricotta cheese

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

¼ cup mozzarella cheese

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 refrigerated pizza dough

Directions:

  1. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Remove casings from sausages and chop.  Heat a skillet on medium high heat and coat with cooking spray.  Sauté sausage for 3 – 5 minutes until browned.  Add crushed garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Spoon sausage mixture into a small mixing bowl.  Stir in ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella cheeses and basil.
  4. Roll out pizza dough and spread the sausage mixture in the middle of the pizza dough making sure you leave about a 1” border on the edges.
  5. Roll pizza dough once toward the middle then fold both sides toward the middle.  Roll the remaining dough until you have one large roll.  Place the dough, seam side down onto a baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven, let stand for at least 5 minutes.  Slice and serve.
Posted in Bake, Breakfast, Easy, Quick Breads, Side Dishes, Uncategorized

Apple-Raisin Bread


Serves: 8

Preheat Oven 400o

Estimated calories per serving: 175

Fat grams: 2

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1/3 cup brown sugar

¼ cup egg substitute

¾ cup buttermilk

2 Tablespoons low calorie/fat butter spread

2 Tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce

½ cup raisins

1 large apple – cored, peeled and chopped

Directions:

  1. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir in brown sugar.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix buttermilk, egg substitute, apple sauce and butter spread.
  4. Fold dry ingredients into buttermilk mixture, then mix in chopped apples and raisins.
  5. Bake 45 – 50 minutes until browned and a toothpick comes out clean when inserting.
  6. Let bread cool for 5 minutes, then remove from loaf pan and serve warm.
Posted in Bake, Quick Breads, Side Dishes

Pumpkin Bread


Pumpkin Bread

Here’s is a recipe that I have been baking for over 10 years and it has never failed me.  It’s always sweet, moist and delicious.

You can choose to make it with or without the cream cheese frosting.  Here are both options.

Enjoy…

Serves 16

Preheat oven to 350o

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time 50 – 60 minutes

Estimated values per serving:

Calories = 180                      Fat = 2 grams                        Points: 4

Cake Ingredients:

3       cups flour

1/2 cup Stevia for cooking

1       cup sugar

½      cup raisins

2       teaspoons baking soda

½      teaspoon salt

1       teaspoon ground cinnamon

½      teaspoon cloves

½      teaspoon baking powder

1       Tablespoons low calorie/low fat butter spread, melted

1       cup egg substitute

1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce

1       can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree

Directions for Cake:

  1. Grease the bottoms only of 2 loaf pans.
  2. Beat all ingredients in a large bowl on low speed, scraping bowl, for 30 seconds.
  3. Beat on medium speed for 45 seconds more.
  4. Pour into pans and bake for 50-60 minutes.
  5. Cool 10 minutes.  Loosen sides and remove pans.

Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

Serves 16

Preheat oven to 350o

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time 50 – 60 minutes

Estimated values per serving:

Calories = 280                      Fat = 5 grams                        Points: 6

Cake Ingredients:

3       cups flour

2       cups sugar

½      cup raisins – chopped

2       teaspoons baking soda

½      teaspoon salt

1       teaspoon ground cinnamon

½      teaspoon cloves

½      teaspoon baking powder

1      Tablespoon low calorie/low fat butter spread

1       cup egg substitute

1       jar (4 ounces) baby carrot puree

1       can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree

Directions for Cake:

  1. Grease the bottoms only of 2 loaf pans.
  2. Beat all ingredients in a large bowl on low speed, scraping bowl, for 30 seconds.
  3. Beat on medium speed for 45 seconds more.
  4. Pour into pans and bake for 50-60 minutes.
  5. Cool 10 minutes.  Loosen sides and remove pans.

Frosting Ingredients:

½      cup powdered sugar

1       Tablespoon grated lemon peel

1       (8-ounce block) low fat cream cheese – softened

Directions for frosting:

  1. While bread is baking, prepare frosting.
  2. Place powder sugar lemon rind and cream cheese in a bowl; beat in a mixer at medium speed until smooth.
  3. Cool completely before spreading cream cheese frosting.
Posted in Bake, Dessert, Quick Breads, Spices, Tips/Hints

Banana Bread


Preheat Oven 350o

Serves: 8

Estimated Calories per serving: 180

Fat: 2 grams

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups flour

¾ cups brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce

1 Tablespoon low fat/low calorie butter spread, melted

½ cup egg substitute

3 overripe bananas, mashed

Directions:

  1. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cloves.
  3. With an electric mixer on medium speed, mix together apple sauce, melted butter spread, egg substitute and mashed bananas.
  4. Add dry ingredients and mix on slow speed until all ingredients are incorporated.
  5. Pour batter into pan and bake for 50-60 minutes.
  6. Cool at least 10 minutes
  7. Loosen sides and remove pans.
Posted in Easy, Salads, Vegetables

Southwest Corn Salad


Original Post 2011: Here’s a great summer BBQ side to try this holiday weekend.  It’s easy, quick & delicious.

Southwest Corn Salad

Serves 10

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time:  5 – 10 minutes

Refrigerate: 1 to 2 hours or overnight

Estimated Values per Serving:

Calories: 130                        Fat: 4 grams

Ingredients:

6 slices turkey or center cut (low fat) bacon

3 cups corn kernels

1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans – rinsed and drained

½ cup minced red onion

½ cup red or green bell peppers

1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chili peppers

¼ cup fresh cilantro – finely chopped

¼ cup canola oil

2 tablespoons lime juice

Few drops of Tabasco (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat a skillet on medium high heat, coat with cooking spray and fry bacon for 5 – 7 minutes until browned.  Remove from heat and cool on paper towels.
  2. Crumble cooled bacon.
  3. In a small pot, boil ¼ cup water and add corn.  Cook until tender for about 5 minutes.  Rinse, drain and cool.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine corn, black beans, onions, bell peppers, chili peppers, cilantro  and bacon.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lime juice and Tabasco.  Pour on top of corn mixture and toss well.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
Posted in Easy, Salads, Vegetables

Easy Italian Pasta Salad


Original Post September 2010: We had a family BBQ over the weekend and with our crazy schedule, I had to make a menu that takes minimal effort.  The night before I threw this together and it worked out really well.  Instead of trying to come up with a homemade salad dressing, I figured it’s easier to buy the salad dressing and just “jazz” it up a little with fresh basil & garlic.

If there are some ingredients that do not appeal to you, feel free to substitute.  Here are some ideas:

– grated parmesan instead of mozzerella

– Minced onion instead of garlic

– Chopped celery

– chopped tomatoes

Have fun with it because that’s what it’s all about…

Easy Italian Pasta Salad

Serves 16

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Refrigerator: 2 hours

Ingredients:

8 ounces pasta

8 ounces Italian ham

1 can artichoke hearts – rinsed and drained

8 ounces roasted red peppers – drained and rinsed

¼ cup pitted calamata olives

1 cup low fat Italian salad dressing

2 cloves garlic – minced

½ cup low fat grated mozzarella cheese

¼ cup fresh basil – chopped

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water up to a boil and add pasta.  Cook according to package directions then drain and rinse under cold water until the pasta is cool to the touch.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, chop the ham, artichoke hearts, red peppers and olives and spoon into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add pasta, salad dressing, garlic and cheese.  Toss all ingredients together and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Right before serving, chop fresh basil and toss.
Posted in Roasted, Side Dishes, Vegetables

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Smoked Ham


These poor vegetables get such a bad wrap and I think it’s because of the way they are usually prepared.  Even if you know you don’t like Brussels sprouts, try this recipe, it may just change your mind.  I served this for 5 people tonight and had no leftovers.

Enjoy your veggies!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Smoked Ham

Serves 6

Preheat oven 425o

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Estimated values per serving:

Calories = 93                        Fat = .5 grams                       Points: 2

Ingredients:

2 pounds Brussels sprouts – cleaned of outer leaves and cut in half

6 ounces smoked ham steak – diced

2 tablespoons apple jelly

2 tablespoons maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Boil water in a large skillet and add brussel sprouts.  Boil for 1 minute, drain and spread onto a baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  2. Roast Brussels sprouts in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes until browned.
  3. While Brussels sprouts are roasting.  Heat skillet on medium heat and spray with cooking spray.  Add ham and sauté for 5 – 7 minutes until browned.  Remove from heat and place in serving bowl.
  4. Remove Brussels sprouts from the oven and add to ham.
  5. In a small bowl, combine apple jelly and maple syrup and microwave for about 30 seconds until apple jelly has melted.  Add to cooked ham and brussel sprouts and toss.
Posted in Bake, Casserole, Easy, Main Courses, Poultry, Tips/Hints, Uncategorized

Southwest Chicken Casserole


I am always looking for light twists on typical dishes.  I will get inspiration from friends, cook books, magazines and TV shows and it is fun to take an otherwise fattening dish and make it light enough that I don’t feel bad about feeding it to my family.  The trick of course is to figure out a way to make it taste the same or better than the original dish.

Then there are those nights where I have nothing in mind and I jut start cooking with what I have.  Sometimes the dishes come out great and other times I am reluctant to feed it to my dog.  That is the fun and beauty of cooking….sometimes you never know what you are going to get!

Tonight’s dish was one of those dinners where I really didn’t have a plan, just some ingredients.  Looking back now I could have made this dish a little “lighter” but it was close enough and it was delicious.  I even had some Pillsbury Pizza dough which I formed and baked into little cups.  I then serve Nick and my portions in the cup.  Funny thing is they were gone so fast I didn’t take a picture!  Oh well next time.  Enjoy.

Southwest Chicken Casserole

Preheat oven 375o

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Estimated values per serving:

Calories =   257                           Fat = 7 grams

Serves 6

Ingredients:

4 ounces low fat cream cheese – softened

1 tablespoon taco seasoning

1 ½ cups salsa

1 cup diced tomatoes from a can – drained

2 pounds boneless cooked chicken breast – cut into ½ inch pieces

1 cup low fat grated Mexican cheese mix

1 15-ounce can black beans – drained and rinsed

Directions:

1.    Beat cream cheese and taco seasoning on high speed until whipped.

2.    Fold in salsa, tomatoes, chicken, cheese and black beans.

3.    Coat a 12 by 8 inch casserole baking pan with cooking spray.  Spoon chicken mixture into casserole pan.

4.    Bake, covered, for 30 minutes then uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

5.    Serve hot.

Posted in Bake, Beef, Main Courses, Spices, Tips/Hints

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf


This is a recipe that my family loves….actually anything with bacon is a big hit, but this recipe delivers great flavor with less fat and calories. Enjoy!

Serves 8

Preheat Oven 375o

Estimated Calories per serving: 300

Grams of fat: 10

Ingredients

10 slices center cut bacon

2 pounds 93% lean ground beef

½ cup egg substitute

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 large jalapenos, seeded and chopped

½ cup breadcrumbs

½ cup chopped green onion

2 Tablespoons ketchup

2 Tablespoons pepper sauce

6 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

¼ cup brown sugar                 

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, stir together beef, eggs, garlic, chopped jalapenos, bread crumbs, green onion, ketchup, pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper until combined.
  2. Shape mixture into a rectangle.
  3. Weave bacon into a square, going crosswise and lengthwise then place meatloaf on the end.
  4. Roll bacon around meatloaf.
  5. Bake 30 minutes covered, then uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until the center reaches 165o
  6. Let stand 5 – 10 minutes before serving