Thursday, December 17, 2009

QUICK AND EASY CHICKEN TACOS

1 can (12.5 oz) chicken breast meat, drained
1 tbsp dry taco seasoning mix
1 tbsp canola oil
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup sliced red onions
1/2 cup yellow bell pepper strips
1/2 cup red bell pepper strips
4 flour tortillas (6-in size), warmed
fresh cilantro, chopped

Sprinkle drained chicken meat with 1 teaspoon of the taco seasoning mix; set aside. In a 10-inch non-stick frying pan, heat the oil on medium heat. Add the onions and peppers to the oil; sprinkle with the other two teaspoons of the taco seasoning mix. Stir-fry over medium heat until the vegetables are crisp tender. Carefully toss the chicken into the onions and peppers until heated through. Stir about 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture onto one side of each of the warmed tortillas; fold over. Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired.

Monday, December 14, 2009

ORANGE TERIYAKI GLAZED SALMON FILET

1/3 cup orange marmalade
3 tbsp teriyaki marinade
1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 lb salmon filet, approximately 1-inch thick

In a small saucepan combine the orange marmalade, the teriyaki marinade, and the fresh pepper. Stir the mixture together over low heat until the marmalade is melted and the mixture is well combined. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature. Take out 3 tablespoons of sauce and set the rest aside.

Place the salmon with the skin side down in a glass baking dish. Brush the 3 tablespoons of the sauce of the top of the salmon. Marinade in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes.

Prepare the grill for direct cooking by oiling the grid. Grill the salmon over medium-high heat for 5 minutes on each side or until the salmon begins to flake with a fork. Serve with the remaining sauce.

Yield: 4 servings at 283 calories, 23 g protein, and 19 g carbs per serving.


Friday, December 11, 2009

GELATIN COOKIES

3/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 pkg (3-oz) fruit flavored gelatin (your choice)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl,cream the shortening and sugar together until smooth. Add the dry gelatin mix, eggs, and vanilla; mix well. In a seperate bowl mix the baking powder, flour, and salt together. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and mix together well. Roll the dough into 3/4-inch balls. Press onto a greased cookie sheet with a small glass, the bottom dipped in sugar. (Rub a small amount of shortening on the bottom of the glass to get sugar to stick the first time. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned.

Note: You can add a couple of drops of food coloring to enhance the color of the gelatin, if desired.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

TEXAS COW PATTIES

1 stick butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup peanut butter
3 cups quick oats
1 tsp vanilla

In a medium saucepan combine the butter or margarine, sugar, cocoa, and milk; heat to boiling over med-high heat and boil for 2 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat and add the vanilla, peanut butter, and oats. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper to cool.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

LAYERED TACO FLAVORED BEAN DIP

2 cans (10 1/2-oz each) bean dip
1 envelope (1 1/4-oz) taco seasoning mix
6 green onions, finely chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup low-fat sour cream
1/2 cup sliced ripe olives
Chips or celery for dipping

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the bean dip and taco seasoning mix until well blended. Spread the mixture in the bottom of a glass pie plate. Sprinkle the green onions over the bean dip mixture. Stir the sour cream into the mayonnaise until blended; spread over the onions. Top with the ripe olive slices. Cover and chill. Serve with corn chips, tortilla chips, or celery.

Note: This is an easy dip to make the night before to take to office parties, church socials, pitch-ins, etc.