Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Caramel - Apple - Streusel Bars

Caramel - Apple - Streusel Bars
Active time : 15 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Serves: 16

4 Large Apples. Thinly Sliced (About 4 Cups) 
2 tbs. Caramel Sauce
1 Lemon, Zested and Juiced
1/4 tsp. Grounded Nutmeg
1 pkg. (17.5 oz) Oatmeal - Cookie mix
1/2 Cup Cold Butter-Canola Spread
3 tbs. Water 

Heat oven to 350 degrees f.
 In covered bowl, microwave apples and 3 tbs Water for 8 mins. 
Stirring ever 4 mins. 
(Stir Twice) 
 Then drain..In bowl, mix apples with caramel, 2 tsp lemon juice, 1,2 tsp lemon zest and nutmeg.
 In separate bowl, blend cookie mix and butter together until crumbly.
 Reserve 1 1/2 cups.
 Press remaining crumbs into greased 9"x 13" baking dish.
 Bake 8 mins. Top with apples and reserved crumbs.

per serving Cal.193PRO.3gCarb.31gFiber.2gSug.18gChol.8mgSod.168mgTotal Fat:7gTrans.0g

Health Bonus
Safeguard the heart with Apples.
The Pectin in this fruit has been shown to decrease levels of artery - clogging LDL cholesterol by 23 percent.

Recipe from First Women s Magazine 11/4/13
pg 72

Friday, May 15, 2015

Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken

Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken.
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes


2 tablespoons OLIVE OIL .
2 skinless, boneless CHICKEN. (cut into 1 inch cubes)
1 CARROT (into 1/4 inch pieces).
1 BROCCOLI (cut up into small pieces 1/2 cup and steamed).
2 cloves GARLIC (minced).
2/3 cups of CHICKEN BROTH.
1 teaspoon dried BASIL
1/4 cup grated PARMESAN CHEESE.

1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
   Add chicken.
   Cook stirring until chicken is cooked though, about 5 minutes.
   Remove from skillet and drain.

2. Heat remaining oil in same skillet.
    Begin heating water for pasta in another pan.
    Add carrot to skillet.
    Cook stirring for 4 minutes.
    Add broccoli and garlic to skillet.
    Cook, stirring for 2 minutes.

3. Cook pasta according to package directions.
    While pasta is cooking add chicken broth, basil and Parmesan cheese to skillet.
    Stir to combine.
    Return chicken to skillet.
    Reduce heat and simmer for 4 minutes.
    Top with chicken and vegetable mixture.

Serve immediately

Very good with Ham and steak meat as well.

can sub veggies with other veggies as well.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Eggnog Saronno

Eggnog Saronno

Makes 10-12 Servings

6 Egg yolks

1/2 cup Sugar

1 quart milk

3/4 cup ameretto di Saronno

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups if heavy cream

6 egg whites, stiffy beaten

  • In a saucepan - Combine egg yolks, sugar, and milk.
  • Beat until smooth.
  • Stir in Ameretto di saronno.
  • Stir over low heat until mixture thickens slightly and coats a metal spoon.
  • Cover and Chill.
  • Stir in vanilla and 1 cup of the cream.
  • Pour mixture into a 2 1/2 quart punch bowl.
  • Beat remaining cream until stiff.
  • Fold cream and egg whites into mixture.
  • Serve at once.
  • Garnished with dollops of additional whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Alll About Whole Grains

All about Whole Grains


Did you know what a whole grain is? Whole grains are an important part of your family’s health. With so many whole grain food options and great recipes, offering whole grains to your family is easy and delicious!

A whole grain means that the entire grain, not just a part of it. A whole grain has three parts. The fiber rich bran, the starchy endosperm and the healthy germ. Whole grains keep all three parts, even after they are turned into flour, cereals, breads and more. They give you lots of energy to!

Half of the grains you eat everyday should be whole. There are lots of ways to eat whole grains everyday!

Choose 100% whole wheat breads, tortillas and bagels.

Add barley or brown rice to soups and casseroles.

Use half whole wheat flour in your baking goods.

Pick whole wheat cereals or oatmeal.

Use whole corn meal for corn cakes, breads and muffins.

Mix 3/4 cup uncooked oats in your meatloaf, meatballs or burgers.

Select whole wheat pastas.


Do you know what to check for on a label so you know it really is a whole grain? Read the ingrediants list to make sure the frist word listed is “whole” or look for “100% WHOLE GRAIN” on the label so you know it really is a whole grain.

SOmetimes reading labels can be tricky.

Here are some quick facts for you:

1. All brown rice is 100% whole grain.......... FALSE - Many brown breads have color added to make them look like whole wheat.

2. If the label says 100% wheat it means that wheat is the only grain in the product...... TRUE - 100% wheat means the only grain is wheat, but it may not be whole wheat.

3. Multigrain means that a food is a whole grain......... FALSE - Multigrain means it contains more than one kind of grain but they may not be whole grain.

4. If the label says Made with whole grains, that means the food is 100% whole grain.... FALSE - Made with whole grains means the food has some of the grainsas a whole grain.

5. The easist way to find whole grain foods is to look for 100% whole grain on the front label.... TRUE - Look for 100% whole grain to select true whole grain foods.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

All About Proteins

What is protein?
protein's is a nutrient with many functions, like building bones, muscles and skin.
Protein builds, maintains, and replace the tissues in you body. Your muscles, your organs and your immune system are made up mostly of protein.  
Why should you choose healthy proteins?
They are lower in saturated fat, and can help reduce your risk of illness like heart disease.
They have an important nutrients like B vitamins, Iron, Vitamin E and healthy fats.

                                                                       Choosing Healthy Proteins
Dry beans and peas: Black, pinto, white and Kidney beans, Chickpeas, black-eyed beans, split peas and Lentils.
Fish: Canned pink salmon (plain and in water), Salmon filet, trout, herring, and canned chunk light tuna (plain or water).
Poultry: Chicken and turkey, skin and fat removed.
Nuts and seeds: Peanuts, Almonds, Walnuts, flaxseed, Peanut butter, and sunflower seeds.
Lean ground meats: The package will say lean or extra lean.
Lean cuts of beef: Round steak, Top sirloin, chuck shoulder, and arm roast.
Eggs: Whole Boiled , and scrambled egg whites.
Lean cuts of Pork: Pork loin, tenderloin and ham.
Low-fat lunch meats: Sliced turkey or sliced chicken breast.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

Makes about 12 to 15 pieces

1 1/4 lbs Chicken wings
1/4 cups of flour
1/4 tsp Garlic Salt
1/4 tsp Lemon Pepper Seasoning
1/3 cup Sugar
1/4 cup White Wine Vinegar or Rice Vinegar
2 tbsp Unsweetened Pineapple Juice
2 tbsp Ketchup
1/2 tsp Soy Sauce
Green Onions Optional

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cut off and discard tips of chicken wings.
  • Cut wings at joints to form 12-15 pieces.
  • In a shallow dish combine Flour, Garlic, Salt and Lemon Pepper seasoning.
  • Coat each piece with Flour mixture. 
  • Heat oil in a 10 inch skillet.
  • Add Chicken pieces to skillet. 
  • Cook, uncovered until brown, turning occasionally. 
  • Remove Chicken pieces from skillet and arrange in a 2 quart rectangular baking dish.
  • In a small saucepan whisk together Sugar, Vinegar, Pineapple juice, Ketchup, and Soy Sauce.
  • Bring to boil, Stirring to dissolve Sugar, Pour over Chicken.
  • Bake uncovered, about 30 minutes or until Chicken is tender and no longer pink.
  • Turning pieces over after 15 minutes.
  • If desired, garnish with Green Onions.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Potted Pepper Dip

Potted Pepper Dip

Makes about 2 Cups

2 tbsp Lemon Juice
2 tsp Olive Oil or cooking oil
1 tsp Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
Dash ground Pepper
1 small Onion cut up
4 Large green , yellow or Orange Sweet peppers, Cut up
1 8oz pkg Cream Cheese softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 tsp prepared horseradish few dashes bottled hot pepper sauce
2 or 3 red yellow or orange peppers, tops removed and seeded
Assorted vegetable dippers and or breadsticks

  • In a blender or food processor combine lemon juice, oil, sugar, salt and black pepper
  • Add the onion and about one third of the cup up sweet peppers. 
  • Cover and blend or process until smooth.
  • Add the remaining cut up sweet peppers.
  • Cover and blend or process until smooth. 
  • Transfer mixture to a medium bowl. 
  • Cover and let stand at room temperature at least two hours. 
  • Place pureed vegetable mixture into a sleeve and press gently to drain off excess liquid. 
  • In medium bowl combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, horseradish, and hot pepper sauce. 
  • Stir in pureed vegetable mixture. Cover and Chill at least two hours or up to three hours. 
  • Spoon Cheese mixture into whole Sweet Pepper Shells.
  • Place filled peppers in the center of a serving platter, Surround with vegetable dippers and or bread sticks. If desired
  • Garnish with Fresh herbs.

Note - To avoid getting tough pepper skins in the dip, Cook quartered sweet peppers in boiling water for a few seconds. When cool enough to handle, peel off skins with a small knife and cut peppers into pieces.