Friday, July 31, 2009

TURKEY AND CHEESE WRAP

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp chili powder
4 whole wheat wraps
2 cups alfalfa or bean sprouts
1/2 lb cooked turkey, cut into strips
4-oz cheddar cheese, cut into strips
1 small red onion, cut in half from top to bottom then sliced into thin slices
1 firm ripe avocado, cut into thin strips

In a small bowl, mix the chili powder into the mayonnaise. Spread 1 tablespoon of the mixture onto each of the four wraps. Layer over the mayonnaise mixture on each wrap, 1/2 cup of the sprouts, 1/4 of the turkey strips, 1/4 of the cheese strips, 1/4 of the red onion, and 1/4 of the avocado. Roll up the wraps and enjoy!

GRILLED NACHO PIZZAS

4 pocketless pita rounds
olive oil nonstick cooking spray
1 1/3 cups canned fat-free refried beans
sliced pickled jalapeno peppers, optional
1 cup shredded Mexican-style cheese
4 tbsp whole-kernel canned corn
salsa, for garnish
fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish

Spray one side of the pita rounds with the olive oil spray. Grill on a hot grill for about a minute or until bottoms are lightly charred. Remove from grill and arrange on a platter or cookie sheet with the grilled sides up. Divide the refried beans evenly between the 4 pitas and spread over top. Add some jalapeno peppers, if using. Top with 1 tablespoon of corn kernels per pita. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the corn. Return to the grill and cover. Grill for a minute or until the cheese melts. Top with the salsa and cilantro, if desired.

Note: You could add a small amount of cooked diced or shredded chicken or some browned ground beef, if you want meat on your pizza.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

QUICK AND EASY TUNA STUFFED PEPPERS

2 to 3 bell peppers, depending on size
1 can (12-oz) chunk light tuna, drained
2 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tbsp Italian salad dressing
1/4 cup finely diced celery

Cut peppers in half from the top to bottom; remove seeds and veins. In a small bowl, combine the tuna, mayonnaise, salad dressing, and celery. Divide the tuna mixture evenly among the pepper halves.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

QUICK BAR COOKIES

This old recipe is from Indiana cook.

1 can (15-oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup flaked coconut
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
17 graham crackers, crushed
1 tsp vanilla

Combine all the ingredients and mix together well. Pour into a well greased 9 x 9-in pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cut into bars.

Georgia Delicious Punch

This is an old recipe from Good Hope, Georgia.

7 pkg gelatin (pick a flavor to coordinate with your party, etc color scheme)
7 cups sugar
7 cups boiling water
1 cans (1-qt each) pineapple juice
2 small cans frozen lemonade concentrate
2 qt ginger ale

Dissolve gelatin and sugar in boiling water; add the pineapple juice. Prepare lemonade as directed on package and add to the punch mixture. Add the ginger ale just before serving.

Yield: 2 gallons

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

PEG'S LINGUINE IN FRESH TOMATO SAUCE

10-oz linguine noodles
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup fresh basil, chopped (reserve 1 tablespoon)
1 pint small tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup halved, pitted kalamata olives, optional
Grated Parmesan cheese

Cook linguine according to the package directions; drain and set aside.

In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, basil, and tomatoes. Cook for 2 minutes; add the sugar and chicken broth. Cook 3 to 4 more minutes to soften the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Stir in the linguine and olives, if using. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese and the reserved tablespoon of fresh basil.

Yield: 4 servings

Saturday, July 25, 2009

OH-S0-EASY CHEESY CHICKEN MACARONI

1 pkg (14-oz) Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese Dinner
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1/2 cup sour cream

Prepare the macaroni and cheese as directed on package. Add the chicken and sour cream to the macaroni and cheese. Mix well, heat thoroughly, adding a tablespoon or two of milk, if needed.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

ITALIAN SKILLET DINNER

1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1 can (15-oz) crushed tomatoes
1 cup hot water
1 pkg (9-oz) refrigerated cheese tortellini
1 carton (15-oz) lowfat ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 pkg (10-oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

In a large skillet, cook onion, basil, oregano, and garlic salt in oil for two minutes. Add the tomatoes and hot water; bring to a boil. Add tortellini; cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir together the ricotta cheese, egg, and Parmesan cheese. Drop spoonsful of spinach and then ricotta mixture over the pasta. Top with mozzarella. Cover; cook 10 minutes longer or until the ricotta mixture is set. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

HONEY PARTY PUNCH

2 cups boiling water
3/4 cup honey
4 cups cranberry juice
2 cups orange juice
1 cup lemon juice
1 quart ginger ale
Ice cubes
Sliced lemons, limes, oranges, and or strawberries, optional

Combine the boiling water and honey. Stir to dissolve honey. Chill mixture. In a large punch bowl, combine the juices. Stir in the honey water. Just before serving add the ginger ale and ice cubes. Float fruit slice garnishes on top, if desired.

Yield: Serves 12

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Mom's Watergate Salad

1 can (large) crushed pineapple, well drained
1 pkg (4-serving size)pistachio instant pudding mix
1 carton 8-oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup colored miniature marshmallows

In a large bowl, add the pineapple to the dry pudding mix. Mix very well. Add the whipped topping and mix well. Fold in the nuts and marshmallows. Chill until serving time. Keep any leftovers refrigerated.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

MICROWAVE ZUCCHINI AND TOMATOES CASSEROLE

1 1/2 lb thinly sliced zucchini
2 cups whole cherry tomatoes
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 tsp oregano
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp minced onion flakes
1/2 tsp parsley flakes

Mix all ingredients together in a 1 1/2-quart microwaveable dish. Cover and microwave 12 to 14 minutes.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

TOFU TACO DIP

1 box (10.5-oz) silken tofu, softened
1 pkg (1.25-oz) dry taco seasoning mix

Put both ingredients into the blender or food processor; mix until smooth. Chill prior to serving. Serve with corn chips or tortilla chips.

NOTE: Variations: Replace taco seasoning mix with dry Ranch Dressing Mix or Dry French Onion Soup Mix. Serve with chips and/or fresh veggies.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

GERMAN SKILLET DINNER

1 tbsp butter
1 can (16-oz) sauerkraut, undrained
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 lb lean ground chuck, lightly browned and drained
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 can (8-oz) tomato sauce

In a large skillet, melt the butter. Spread the sauerkraut out evenly over the bottom of the skillet. Sprinkle the rice over the sauerkraut and the onion over the rice. Top rice with the ground meat, salt, pepper, and tomato sauce. Cover skillet and cook over low heat 25 to 30 minutes or until the rice is tender.

PECAN STICKY MUFFINS

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

TOPPING:

1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans

Grease 12 muffin cups; set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In another bowl, beat the eggs, milk, oil, brown sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened.

Into each of the muffin cups, spoon 1 teaspoon of the butter, 1 teaspoon of the brown sugar, and 1 heaping tablespoon of the pecans. Top each with 1/4 cup of the batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until muffins test done with a wooden toothpick. Invert pan onto a piece of aluminum foil and let stand for 2 minutes. Remove the pan. Serve the rolls warm.



Tuesday, July 14, 2009

TOSSED TUNA SALAD

9 1/4-oz can tuna, chilled and drained
3 cups torn fresh spinach and/or lettuce
1 can (16-oz) bean sprouts, drained and rinsed
1 can (5-oz) water chestnuts, drained and sliced
2 tbsp sliced green onions, separated into rings
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
1 medium tomato, cut into 6 wedges

In a large salad bowl, using a fork, break tuna into large pieces. Combine all ingredients except tomato and toss to mix well. Garnish with the tomato wedges.

Yield: 6 servings

Sunday, July 12, 2009

SUPER CHEF'S SALAD WITH HAM

2 large eggs
2 hearts of romaine lettuce (or other lettuce) cut into thick shreds
1 can (1 lb) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 med cucumber, sliced
2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
4-oz fully cooked ham cut into strips
Your favorite salad dressing

Put eggs in a small saucepan with enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer and simmer for 1 minute. Remove the saucepan from the heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Drain eggs, rinse with cold water, and peel. Cut peeled eggs into wedges.

In a large salad bowl, put the romaine lettuce. Top with the chickpeas, cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, and ham. Add the egg wedges and your favorite dressing.

Yield: 4 servings.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

FIZZY CHAMPAGNE SORBET COCKTAIL

Assorted sorbets such as lemon, coconut, peach
Champagne

Place 6 martini glasses in the freezer for 30 minutes or until quite cold. Remove from freezer right before serving and add 5 to 6 mini scoops of the sorbets to each glass. Top with champagne for a pretty, tasty, and cool cocktail.

QUICK AND EASY THAI BEEF SALAD

1 bag (16-oz) coleslaw mix
1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
1/3 cup rice vinegar
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
3/4 lb thick sliced deli roast beef
fresh mint chopped, if desired for garnish
fresh chopped cilantro, if desired for garnish

In a large salad bowl, combine coleslaw mix and cucumber.

In a small saucepan, combine vinegar, oil, sugar, and soy sauce. Bring mixture to a boil. Pour boiling dressing over the coleslaw mixture and toss to coat thoroughly.

Cut beef crosswise into strips. Add to coleslaw mixture and toss to combine. Top with garnishes, if desired.

Note: This salad is also a good salad for diabetics. This recipe divided into 4 servings contains 19 g carbs and 17 g protein per serving.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

FROZEN PEANUT BUTTER PIE

This pie is in the Quick Fix Recipes because it only takes 10 minutes to prepare. It does, however, need to be frozen before serving.

8-oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup extra chunky peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup milk
8-oz carton extra creamy frozen whipped topping, thawed
9-inch graham cracker crust

In a medium mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese on low speed until soft and fluffy. Mix in peanut butter and sugar until incorporated. Slowly add milk, beating until well blended. Fold in thawed whipped topping. Spoon mixture into the graham cracker crust mounding in center. Freeze until firm. When solid enough, cover with foil.

Note: This pie will keep in the freezer for several weeks.

FLOUNDER IN A BAG DINNER

1 tbsp flour
1 large size (14 x 20-inches) Oven Cooking Bag
8 to 10 (2 lb) flounder fillets
seasoned salt
1 cup shredded Colby cheese
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch diagonal slices
1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp butter, diced
paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shake flour into cooking bag and place bag in a 13x 9 x2-inch baking pan. Sprinkle fish with seasoned salt and cheese. Roll each fillet starting at the narrow end. Place fish rolls, seam side down in the center of the bag, forming two rows. Combine zucchini, tomato, mushrooms, and green onion; add basil, pepper and garlic powder. Mix vegetables and spices to blend. Arrange the vegetables around the fish rolls.

Sprinkle the fish with paprika and dot with the butter. Close bag with it's tie. Make 6 small slits in the top of the bag to vent. Bake about 25 minutes or until the flounder flakes easily with a fork.

COFFEE CARAMEL NUT TART

This tart is quick to assemble but does need to refrigerate for about an hour before serving.

1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp instant coffee granules
1 pkg (14-oz) caramels, unwrapped
4 cups toasted pecans
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 9-inch prepared graham cracker crust

In a large microwavable bowl, stir together the cream and coffee granules; add caramels. Microwave mixture on high 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every minute. Cook and stir until caramels are completely melted. Stir in pecans and cinnamon. Spoon mixture into the prepared crust. Refrigerate for about an hour or until firm. Drizzle with melted chocolate or chocolate ice cream topping, if desired, before serving.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

QUICK AND EASY FIESTA TACO SALAD

6 (6-inch) flour tortillas
1 lb ground beef
1 can (15-oz) chili beans
1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped or shredded
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 medium pkg tortilla chips, crushed
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (pepper Jack is even better)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with foil. Invert 3 6-oz custard cups on each of the baking sheets; place about 3-inches apart. Spray the tortillas with nonstick cooking spray and drape one tortilla over each inverted cup. Bake at 425 until lightly browned and crisp, about 8 minutes. Let stand until cool.

Meanwhile, brown the beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir meat to crumble. Drain the meat to remove excess fat. Return meat to the skillet and add the chili beans. Simmer mixture, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes.

Invert the tortilla bowls and layer with lettuce, beef mixture, green onions, and tomatoes. Sprinkle with chips and cheese.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

ITALIAN SHRIMP AND VEGETABLE FETTUCCINE

8-oz cooked spinach fettuccine (or other favorite pasta)
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
12-oz shrimp, uncooked, peeled, deveined
3 cup frozen broccoli heads, thawed and cut into small clusters
1 1/2 cups fresh zucchini, sliced thin
2 tbsp water
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
8 ripe olives, halved
8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
grated Parmesan cheese, if desired

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and keep warm. Meanwhile, mix together the Italian dressing, lemon zest, and garlic; set aside. In a large nonstick skillet, over medium heat, heat the oil. Add shrimp to oil and cook about 2 to 3 minutes until pink and firm. Remove shrimp from the skillet using a slotted spoon. Increase heat to medium-high and add broccoli and zucchini to skillet; saute about 1 minute. Add 2 tablespoons of water; cover and simmer about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender. Stir in the dressing mixture and cook another 30 seconds. Stir in the tomatoes, olives, basil leaves, shrimp, and fettuccine. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Note: This is also a great recipe for diabetics.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

INDIVIDUAL HAM & MACARONI CASSEROLES

Preheat broiler. Spray 5 ramekins with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

2 cups small shell macaroni
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 cups milk
1/4 cup flour
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup + 5 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup diced cooked ham

Cook pasta according to package directions. During the last minute of macaroni cooking, add the peas.

Whisk the milk and flour together in a large saucepan. Stir mixture together over medium heat until simmering. Remove from heat and stir in the cheddar cheese and the 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Add the pasta and peas to the mixture. Stir in the ham.

Spoon 1 cup of the mixture into each of the prepared ramekins. Top each with 1 tbsp of the grated Parmesan cheese. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and broil until the tops are lightly browned.

Note: This is a great way to use leftover ham.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

CHEESY PARTY MIX

4 cups corn bran cereal
1 1/2 cups thin pretzel sticks, broken into halves
1 cup salted peanuts
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp onion powder

Heat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the cereal, pretzel sticks, and peanuts. Pour the butter over the cereal mixture, mixing well. Sprinkle the cheese and onion powder over the mixture and toss well to thoroughly coat. Spread mixture into an ungreased 15 x 10-inch jelly roll pan and bake at 325 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.