Saturday, May 30, 2009

BERRIES AND COOKIE DESSERTS

2 cups quartered fresh strawberries
1 1/4 cups fresh raspberries
1 1/4 cups fresh blackberries
2/3 cup fresh blueberries
4 tbsp sugar, divided
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
4-oz reduced fat cream cheese
1 1/2 cups fat-free frozen whipped topping, thawed
Dash of ground cinnamon
12 miniature meringue cookies, quartered

In a large bowl, combine all the berries, half of the sugar, lemon juice; let stand at room temperature about a half hour.

In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the whipped topping, remaining sugar, and cinnamon until combined. Just before serving, divide the berries evenly between six dessert dishes. Top with the whipped topping mixture and sprinkle with the cookie pieces.

Friday, May 29, 2009

CHICKEN VERONIQUE

6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg
4 tsp butter
2/3 cup white wine or chicken broth
2 tbsp orange marmalade
3/4 tsp dried tarragon
2 tsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
1 1/2 cups green grapes, halved

Sprinkle the salt and nutmeg over the chicken breast halves. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Melt butter in skillet and add the chicken pieces. Cook chicken 3 to 5 minutes per side until lightly browned. In a small bowl, combine the wine or chicken broth, marmalade and tarragon. Add the mixture to the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 7 to 11 minutes until the chicken juices run clear. Remove the chicken and keep it warm. Combine the flour and half-and-half until smooth. Slowly stir the cream mixture into the skillet. Bring mixture to a boil and cook for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the grapes and heat through. Serve sauce over the chicken.

Note: This recipe is great for diabetics as 1 breast half with 1/3 cup sauce =226 calories, 13 g carbs and 24 g protein.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

HAWAIIAN HAM SALAD POCKETS

1 1/4 cups fully cooked ham, cubed
3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple tidbits
1 large carrot, chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp honey mustard
2 pita breads (6-inch), halved
4 lettuce leaves

In a small bowl, combine the ham, pineapple, and carrot. Stir in the mayonnaise and mustard until well blended. Line each of the pita halves with a lettuce leaf and fill with the ham salad.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

GARLIC-MUSHROOM TURKEY SLICES

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp salt, divided
1/4 tsp pepper, divided
1 pkg (17.6-oz) turkey breast slices
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 lb sliced fresh mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced

In a large zip-top plastic bag, combine the flour, oregano, paprika, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp pepper. Add the turkey to the bag, one piece at a time, shaking to coat evenly. In a large heavy nonstick skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, cook turkey in the olive oil over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Remove from skillet and keep warm.

Add broth to the skillet turkey was cooked in. Stir in the mushrooms, garlic, and remaining salt and pepper (to cut sodium in this recipe, omit the salt). Cook, stirring, approximately five minutes until mushrooms are tender. Return turkey to the pan and heat through.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

HERO HAM SANDWICHES

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced into rings
1 green bell pepper, sliced into rings
1 lb Honey Baked ham slices
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
2 French baguette loaves, cut into thirds
6 tsp Dijon mustard

Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onions and bell peppers; saute, stirring until vegetables are tender. This will take about 5 minutes. Cool slightly. Preheat the broiler.

Lay the baguette sections on a cutting board and slice each horizontally. Spread each bottom part with the Dijon mustard. Layer the ham slices and the onion mixture over the bottom baguette slice and sprinkle a generous tablespoon of cheese over the top. Place the open-face baguette slices on a baking sheet and broil for 3 to 4 minutes until cheese is melted. Replace the top slices and serve warm.

Serves 6.

Monday, May 25, 2009

QUICK AND EASY CHICKEN VEGGIE PIZZA

1 ready-made pizza crust (12-inch)
1 can reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup
1 tbsp olive oil
3 cups frozen California blend veggies
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp chopped onion
1 pkg cooked, refrigerated chicken strips
1 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Spread the soup evenly over the pizza crust. Bake at 450 degrees for 5 minutes. Heat oil in a large skillet and add veggies, bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Cook until the vegetables are are crisp tender; spoon onto the pizza crust over the soup. Top veggies with the chicken and sprinkle the cheese over the top. Bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the chicken is hot.

Monday, May 18, 2009

EASY TUNA SPREAD

1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese, cut-up into pieces
3 tbsp medium hot salsa
1 tbsp dried parsley flakes
1 tsp dried minced onion
1 can (6 1/2-oz) can water packed tuna; drained and flaked

In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, salsa, parsley, and onion. Mix the ingredients together until well blended. Fold in the tuna. Serve with whole-wheat crackers or party rye bread.

Friday, May 15, 2009

ORANGE JULIUS-STYLE DRINK

1 can (6-oz) frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 to 6 large ice cubes

Put all ingredients into a blender container. Blend approximately 30 seconds or so to a frozen drink consistency.

Yield: 6 cups