Mar 22, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
Here's a tasty new twist on the traditional St. Patrick's Day shamrock -- sweet green pretzels fashioned from canned refrigerated bread stick dough and coated with a sprinkling of colored sugar and cinnamon.
What you need:
Canned refrigerated bread stick dough (we used Pillsbury Original Breadsticks)
Step 1 Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat it with cooking spray.
Step 2 To create the clover shape, mold 3 sections of bread sticks into hearts and press them together as shown. Attach a small stem, decorate, bake according to the package directions, and serve them up to your lucky guests.
Mar 16, 2009
Recipe created by Tyler Florence
Makes 2 cups
· 1 bag plain, lightly salted, microwave popping corn
· 3 Tbsp. dried cranberries
· 3 Tbsp. dried pineapple
· 3 Tbsp. chopped dried mango
· 1/4 cup banana chips
· 3 Tbsp. shredded toasted coconut
Make popcorn following directions on the packet and microwave guidelines. In a large mixing bowl, combine popcorn and dried fruit and coconut and toss well to mix.
Recipe created by Cat Cora
· 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes , peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
· 1/4 cup olive oil
· 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
· 1/2 tsp. dried Italian herb seasoning
Preheat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil coated with cooking spray.Spread the sweet potato strips out onto the baking sheet in a single layer, coat with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and spices, turning them over to evenly coat on all sides with oil and spices.Bake for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes with spatula. Serve warm.
I think it might also be fun to try it with brown sugar and butter or maybe cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg....hmmm I'll give it a try.
Feb 23, 2009
Feb 20, 2009
1 large zucchini
Cut the zucchini into long, flat, thin strips (about as thin as a slice of cheese). Lay them out on a paper towel for at least four hours to dry out a bit.
Arrange the strips on a baking sheet. LIGHTLY sprinkle olive oil on each side of the strip. With your fingers gently spread the olive oil to make sure it is evenly coated. Generously shake the Italian seasoning over the zucchini. Turn your oven on to broil and place the sheet on a top rack. Carefully watch the zucchini. You want them to get browned on top...not black! :)
*Take them out of the oven and eat them warm, or cool them, and eat them at room temp. Either way they are great!
Jan 29, 2009
6 ounces cooked fish, such as baked cod, tilapia, samon, tuna
4 flour tortillas (I would use whole wheat tortillas)
1/2 cup pico de gallo (I am going to use a little salsa instead (I don't like pico))
1 can black beans, drained
1/4 cup sour cream (use lowfat)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Mixed stir fried vegetables, recipe below
Lime wedges (I usually have lime juice on hand)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Heat fish and all 4 tortillas in a stack and wrapped in foil on a baking sheet for 8 to 10 minutes.
In a bowl, combine pico de gallo, beans, sour cream and cumin.
Arrange fish on tortillas and top with pico de gallo-black bean sauce and mixed stir fried vegetables. Serve with a lime wedge on the side.
Mixed Stir-Fried Vegetables:(My thoughts are this, you can buy a bag of frozen stir fry style veggies and just steam them in a microwave to make this easier)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup sliced red onion
1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed and spears cut into 2-inch pieces
I found this recipe and thought it sounded so interestingly good! My little one may even like it. I am going to try it out!
1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1 pound carrots, peeled and trimmed
1 Granny Smith apple, cored
2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
Fold a full sheet of paper towel into quarters and place it in a small bowl. Spoon the yogurt on top of the paper towel. Place it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes so the yogurt can drain and thicken.
In a small bowl whisk together the thickened yogurt and the mayonnaise, until smooth. Whisk in the lemon juice, vinegar, and honey.
Grate first the carrots and then the apples in a food processor. Transfer them to a large bowl and stir to combine. Pour the dressing over the carrot mixture and toss. Add the mint and season with salt.
Jan 25, 2009
-Whole Wheat Pizza Crust (or) make your own out of Whole Wheat Dough
(brush crust with little olive oil)
-Your favorite Organic Marinara Sauce (look for low sugar and sodium)
-Add tons of VEGGIES (my favorite are mushrooms, onions, and spinach)
-Then add Grilled Chicken or low-sodium Turkey Pepperoni
-Top with Mozzarella or low-fat Cheese
Super Fast and Easy!
Jan 22, 2009
1. Apples and peppermint gum (not together) are an appetite suppressant.
2. Switching from regular to diet soda can drop five pounds off of you in one month!
3. Cutting out soda completely will reduce bloating.
4. Drinking a large glass of water BEFORE every meal helps to make you feel full sooner.
5. Try filling up on a large salad and then eating a small dinner.
6. NEVER eat after 8:00 PM. (water is fine)
*Additional note- the sooner you eat dinner, the more time you have to burn it off before bedtime!
7. Fiber is your friend!
8. Keep a food journal for one week of EVERYTHING you eat. (meals, scraps from the high chair, free samples from the grocery store, etc.) It helps you map out where you might be able to improve.
-These are just tips that have helped me in the past. You can totally disregard them if you want, but hopefully they might help someone out there!
WAY TO GO!
1 Med. Onion
1 Red Bell Pepper
1/4 Cup Kraft Special Collection Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing/Marinade
1 Can (16 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 TBL Parm Cheese, Shredded
1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350 F. Slice veggies into chunks. Saute veggies in Dressing until tender. Add tomatoes and cook approx. 15 min. allowing some liquid to evaporate. Top with parm and Mozz cheese and bake for 15 min at 350. I serve this with baked/grilled chicken and cous cous, pasta, or potatoes. It's good plain too!
90 calories per serving!