This is a recipe I have been making for over 20 years. It never fails and is always a crowd favorite. It is called Thanksgiving stuffing but trust me, it is great anytime of the year and it works with pork, chicken or steak. Stuffing…it is not just for turkey anymore!!
Preheat oven 375o
Estimated Calories per serving: 208
Fat Grams: 2
2 Tablespoons low calorie/low fat butter spread
1 onion, chopped
2 apples, peeled, cored & chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
3.5 ounces roasted chestnuts, chopped
½ cup dried cranberries, chopped
2 ¼ – 2 ¾ cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 – 16-ounce bag herb seasoned stuffing
large saucepan with cooking spray and melt 1 Tablespoon butter spread on medium
chopped onion, cover and sauté for 3 – 5 minutes until onion is soft but not
apples and celery and sauté for another 3 – 5 minutes until apples and celery
chestnuts, cranberries and broth. Stir
in poultry seasoning, onion powder and nutmeg.
off heat and add stuffing and mix until all the stuffing is moistened. If the stuffing is a bit dry, add a little
more broth a time until all of the bread is moistened.
stuffing into a large baking dish and bake, covered, for 45 minutes.
stuffing, spread 1 Tablespoon butter spread on top and bake, uncovered for
another 5 minutes.
Most desserts get a bad reputation because they are made of a lot of butter, sugar and other stuff that is usually a “no no” when we are trying to watch what we eat. But let’s face it, if you’re like me where dessert is the favorite course of a meal, it’s hard to just say no every day. Here is something that I made today that at least includes fruit and oatmeal and is “Delicious & Light”.
Dark Cherry Bars
Preheat oven 350o
1 – 16 ounce bag of frozen dark pitted cherries – defrosted
¼ cup Chambord (raspberry liquor)
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ cup sugar
Topping and Crust:
1 cup flour
1 cup oatmeal
2/3 cup brown sugar
½ cup low calorie butter spread
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon baking soda
Place pitted cherries into a food processor and puree until chunky.
In a saucepot, stir in Chambord with cornstarch. Add cherries and sugar and cook until thick and bubbly (about 10 minutes). Mixture should be about as thick as a fruit preserve. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Prepare crust and topping: In a mixing bowl, combine flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, cinnamon and baking soda and stir until combined.
Add melted butter spread and stir until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Spray a 9 X 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Press half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of the baking pan, Spoon the filling on top then add the remaining oatmeal mixture on top.
I know it has been too long since I have posted a new fun recipe to try. The summer season has left me no time to enjoy experimenting with tasty low fat recipes. I am hopefully getting back into the groove and have an easy – 5 minute – recipe that you can put together for a BBQ you may be going to.
The other day I was going to a friend’s house and had no time to make anything so I bought:
1 Angel food cake
1 quart fresh strawberries
1 container of strawberry gel glaze
1. Rinse and slice the strawberries
2. Remove the cake from it’s container and pour strawberry glaze on top.
3. Decorate with sliced strawberries and refrigerate.
You are done – instant dessert that is sweet, delicious and fat free.
This is a beautiful sweet treat for your love this Valentine’s holiday. It takes a little while to prepare but you can make all of the components in advance and assemble at the last minute. Instead of buying something at a store, add a little romance to this holiday season and bake up some love instead.
Preheat oven 300o
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes + 45 minutes cool time in oven
Decorating Time: 10 minutes
Estimated Values per Serving:
Calories: 375 Fat: 6 grams
3 egg whites – at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon cream of tarter
Dash of salt
15 drops red food coloring (optional)
1 cup sugar
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and draw 6 hearts as a template for the shells. Turn over parchment paper and set onto baking sheet.
In a electric mixer, add egg whites, vanilla, cream of tarter, salt and food coloring. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form (the tips curl). Slowly add the sugar, one tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed until very stiff peaks form (tips stand straight up).
Spoon meringue into a pastry bag fitted with a wide tip and pipe the meringue onto the parchment paper, using your heart drawing as a guide. Build the sides of the hearts up so they form a shallow cup. Save a little of the meringue to create 6 rosettes on the parchment paper between the hearts.
Bake for 35 minutes then turn off the oven, keep the door closed, and let stand in the oven for at least 45 more minutes.
Remove the meringues and cool.
Chocolate Ganache hearts:
1 (6 ounce) bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon Chambord liquor
2 tablespoons fat free half and half
Spray a silicon heart or chocolate heart mold with cooking spray and refrigerate until ready to use.
Place chocolate chips in a small bowl and add Chambord.
Heat the half and half until steaming hot. Pour the half and half into the chocolate mixture and mix until all the chocolate is melted.
Pour chocolate mixture into the molds. Refrigerate until form.
1 bag ( ounces) frozen raspberries – defrosted
2 tablespoons Chambord liquor
2 tablespoons sugar
Combine raspberries, Chambord and sugar in a blender.
Puree for about 30 seconds until mashed.
Fat free whipped cream (from a can or whipped topping)
Chocolate ganache hearts
Place a large heart on a dessert plate. Spread whipped cream on one side with raspberry sauce on the other side.
Heat a large skillet on medium high heat and spray with cooking spray. Add ham steaks and cook for about 5 minutes on each side until browned. Remove ham steaks, cover and set aside.
Reduce heat to medium and add onions and apples to skillet. Cook 5 – 10 minutes until soft and browned. Increase heat to medium high and add apple cider. Cook until cider is completely absorbed (about 5 minutes). Remove from skillet and add to ham steaks.
In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, honey, chicken broth and flour. Add to skillet and, stirring constantly, cook until bubbly and thick. Add back ham steaks and apples and onions, lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
In a small mixing bowl, combine jerk seasoning, brown sugar and garlic. Rub seasoning mix on pork and let marinate until ready to grill.
Heat an indoor grill on high heat, spray with cooking spray and add pineapple slices. Grill for 3 – 5 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Heat a skillet on medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add shallots and sauté for about 5 minutes until tender. Add jalapeno and sauté for another 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add to a mixing bowl.
Cut cooled pineapple into small bite sized pieces and add to shallot mixture. Add parsley and salt and toss. Let stand at room temperature until pork is cooked.
Spray indoor grill again with cooking spray and heat on high. Add pork and cook for 10 – 12 minutes on each side until cooked through (internal temperature reaches 165o).
Remove pork from grill and let stand 5 minutes. Slice pork into 12 slices and arrange on serving platter. Spoon pineapple chutney around the pork and serve.