Thursday, August 16, 2018

WHITE BEAN-SWEET POTATO CHILI

I got this soup recipe from my health insurer. It is suggested as a great dinner meal as the spices promote healthy digestion, especially important in the evening.

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
2 cups diced sweet potato (winter squash or pumpkin may be substituted)
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup basmati or jasmine rice, rinsed
1 can (15-oz) cannellini or Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup baby spinach (kale may be substituted), chopped
fresh cilantro, avocado, and lime wedges for serving

Heat oil in a medium saucepan and add the onion, celery, and sweet potato with the spices. Cook 5 minutes until fragrant; add the rice and stir to coat.

Add the beans and broth to the pan, stirring to mix. Place lid on pan and simmer soup 15 minutes or until the rice is tender; stir occasionally during cooking. Add the spinach and season with the salt and pepper to taste.

Serve in bowls and top with the cilantro, avocado, and lime. May add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt if desired.

Yield: 4 servings
Approximately per serving: 364 calories, 57 carbs (11.5 dietary fiber), 15 g protein

Recipe and photo from United Healthcare.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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
Melted chocolate for garnish, optional
Chopped peanuts for garnish, optional

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.

 Note: This is a file photo.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

CARAMEL COFFEE 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.

This is an old Kraft recipe and photo.

Monday, August 13, 2018

SPICY SLOPPY JOES WITH CORN DUMPLINGS

Corn Dumplings:
1 cup Bisquick
1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup milk
1 can (7-oz) whole kernel corn, drained

Mix Bisquick, cornmeal and milk until a dough forms; stir in the corn and set aside.

1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup sliced green onions, including tops
1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup water
3 tbsp chopped green chilies
1 jar (8-oz) taco sauce
1 jar (8-oz) milk picante sauce

Cook and stir to crumble ground beef with the onion in a 10-inch skillet. Cook until beef is browned; drain off excess fat. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and heat to boiling over medium-low heat.

Once mixture boils, drop the dumplings over the meat mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls. Cook, uncovered, 10 minutes or until dumplings are cooked through.

Yield: 5 or 6 servings
Bisquick Photo

QUICK AND EASY TUNA AND GREENS SALAD

1 bag (12-oz) mixed salad greens
1 small cucumber, sliced thin
1 cup fresh steamed green beans (or 1 can whole green beans, drained)
1 cup grape tomatoes
12-oz can tuna, drained
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/2 cup ripe olives
Your favorite vinaigrette

Combine all ingredients, except vinaigrette, in a large salad bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Serve with whole wheat crackers or a crusty bread.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

GREEN BEAN POTATO SALAD

1 lb small red skin potatoes
1 lb fresh green beans
1/4 large red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1 cup sour cream
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp paprika, for garnish

Wash and quarter the potatoes; cook in a large pot of salted water until tender. Drain potatoes and cool to room temperature.

Blanche the green beans in boiling water for 4 to 5 minutes until crisp tender. Place in a colander and run cold water over beans to stop the cooking and preserve the dark green color. Set aside to drain well.

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, red onion, green onion and green beans. In a separate bowl, blend together the sour cream, mustard, mayonnaise, and vinegar; season with the salt and pepper. Pour mixture over the vegetable mixture and toss gently to combine. Place salad in a bowl and garnish with paprika.

File Photo

Saturday, August 11, 2018

SOUR CREAM BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

2 cups Bisquick baking mix
2 eggs
1/2 to 2/3 cup milk
1 cup dairy sour cream
1 cup fresh blueberries (or frozen thawed and drained)

Beat Bisquick, eggs, milk, and sour cream with a hand beater until smooth. Gently stir in the berries.

Heat griddle, oiled if needed, and pour a scant 1/4 cup batter on hot griddle for each pancake. Cook until dry around edges, turn and cook until golden brown.

Yield: Approximately 15 pancakes


RAISIN-MARSHMALLOW SQUARES

1 pkg (10-oz) marshmallows
1/4 cup butter
4 cups crispy rice cereal
2 cups corn flakes cereal, slightly crushed
1/2 cup raisins

Line a 9-inch square pan with foil allowing foil to extend over the edges. Butter the foil and set aside.

In a large heavy saucepan, melt the marshmallows and butter over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat. Add both cereals and raisins, stirring until combined. Press mixture evenly into the prepared pan and let stand until firm. Lift foil out of the pan. Peel away foil and cut mixture into squares.

Note: File Photo

Friday, August 10, 2018

WHIPPED CREAM BISCUITS

2 cups Bisquick
2/3 cup whipped cream

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Mix ingredients until a soft dough forms. Turn out onto a cloth-covered board that has been dusted with additional Bisquick. Gently roll dough in the baking mix to coat; shape into a ball.

Knead dough ball 10 times then roll or pat out to  half-inch thickness. Cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter (or a glass) that has been dipped in Bisquick. Place an inch apart on a ungreased baking sheet and bake 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.

Yield: 1 dozen

Note: Biscuits may be made, covered, and refrigerated up to 4 hours before baking.


BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUFFLE BITES

I saw this recipe on the internet and found it quite interesting. A good way to get kids to eat their vegetables. They are almost always fascinated by a food they can hold in their hand, if desired. And these are good warm or cold.

3 eggs
1 cup roasted and pureed (fork-mashed) butternut squash
pinch cinnamon
freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350.
Lightly wipe 15 mini muffin cups with olive or canola oil; set aside.

Whisk eggs in a medium bowl; add squash puree, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Whisk again until the mixture is smooth.

Spoon or pour souffle batter carefully into the prepared muffin tin.

Bake 15 minutes, or until centers have puffed up and set.
Note:The souffles will flatten slightly upon cooling.


Note: Original recipe and photo are from Terita at Kid Can Eat.

CHICKEN ROLLATINI

8 thin sliced chicken breast cutlets
1 cup garlic-and-herb cheese blend
4 jarred roasted red peppers, cut into strips
nonstick cooking spray
3/4 cup bread crumbs (I prefer 1/2 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs mixed with 1/4 cup panko (Japanese)bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spread 2 tablespoons of the cheese blend on each chicken cutlet. Top cheese blend with red pepper slices. Starting at the short end, roll the chicken up and secure with wooden picks. Coat the chicken with nonstick spray and roll in the bread crumbs. Place chicken rolls, seam side down, in a foil-lined baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until the chicken juices run clear.

NOTE: These chicken roll-ups can be frozen after being breaded. To freeze, wrap each roll separately very tightly in plastic wrap, then put into a zip-top freezer bag. Remove from freezer and allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before proceeding to baking instructions.

 This is a file photo

Thursday, August 9, 2018

BISQUICK'S IMPOSSIBLE TUNA PIE



BEER-CHEESE DIP

1/3 cup beer (or apple juice for us teetotalers)
several dashes hot pepper sauce (to suit taste)
1 cup cubed pasteurized process cheese spread (4 oz) (Velveeta type)
2 tbsp canned diced green chili peppers
1 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 to 2 tbsp milk (for thinning)

Serve with assorted vegetables and whole-grain crackers for dipping.

In a 1-quart microwave-safe bowl, combine beer or apple juice and hot pepper sauce. Microwave on high, uncovered, 1 to 2 minutes until very hot. Meanwhile, combine cubed cheese, green chilies, flour, and mustard. Stir into the hot mixture. Cook, uncovered, on high an additional 2 to 4 minutes or until cheese starts to melt and mixture is heated through, stirring every minute. Stir in enough milk to make dip of dipping consistency.

Yields about 3/4 cup.

This is a file photo.
 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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.

Note: This is an old TOH recipe and photo.

Monday, August 6, 2018

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.
 Note: File Photo

Saturday, August 4, 2018

INDIVIDUAL CHEESY MEAT LOAVES

NOTE:  This makes 2 individual meat loaves.  Double the recipe if you are serving 4 persons.
1 egg
2 tbsp picante sauce
1/4 cup oats
1 tsp dry minced onion
1/4 tsp chili powder
dash of salt
1/2 lb 80/20 ground beef*
1/3 cup picante sauce for topping
1/4 cup shredded Mexican-Blend cheese

In a small bowl combine the egg, picante sauce, oats, onion, chili powder, and salt.  Add the beef and mix together well.  Shape into two equal loaves and place in a microwave-safe baking dish.  Cover and cook on high for 5 to 6 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.

Place the 1/3 cup of picante sauce in a small bowl, cover and microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Pour the sauce over the meat loaves and top with the shredded cheese.  Cover and microwave 45 to 60 seconds until the cheese is melted.

 *Ground chicken or turkey may be substituted.

  Note: File Photo

Friday, August 3, 2018

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.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

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.

TOH Photo

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

WARM 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.
For fun clip art.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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.
 
 File photo for reference only.

Monday, July 30, 2018

MARZETTI'S BROCCOLI SALAD

2/3 cup Marzetti's Roasted Garlic Italian Vinaigrette
4 cups broccoli flowerets
1 pkg (6-oz) sliced button mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 scallions, 4-in green and white parts, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into small pieces
1/2 yellow bell pepper, cut into small pieces

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook broccoli for 2 minutes. Drain. Rinse and cool under cold running water. Combine the mushrooms, parsley, and scallions in a bowl. In a serving bowl, combine the broccoli, mushroom mixture, and red and yellow peppers. Toss with the vinaigrette.

 So many ask about the dressing I posted this picture instead of the salad.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

EASY MEATBALL SANDWICHES

This recipe is quick and easy because it uses meatballs from the grocer's freezer.

24 frozen meatballs
1 jar spaghetti sauce with garlic and onion
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
4 (6-inch) hoagie rolls
shredded lettuce, optional

Thaw meatballs in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. In a medium saucepan, heat the meatballs with the spaghetti sauce for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Open hoagie rolls and lay out on platter. Place 6 meatballs on the bottom of each roll. Add a little sauce over the meatballs. Top with the shredded mozzarella cheese and add lettuce, if desired.

Note: File Photo

Saturday, July 28, 2018

BUTTERMILK FUDGE

3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups fresh buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Mix soda into the buttermilk and let stand for 3 minutes. Cook all ingredients, except pecans, together to the soft ball stage. Cool slightly, add nuts and beat until creamy. Spread into a dish or pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Allow to cool and cut into squares.

Note: File Photo

Friday, July 27, 2018

ZUCCHINI CONTINENTAL

1 lb zucchini
1 can (12-oz) whole kernel corn, drained
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 jar (2-oz) chopped pimento, drained
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded

In a large skillet, lightly sprayed with cooking spray, combine the zucchini, corn, salt, pepper, pimento, and garlic salt. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until the squash is crisp tender. Stir in the cheese; heat thoroughly and serve.

 Note: File Photo

APPLE-RICE PUDDING

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1 3/4 cups water
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup uncooked long grain brown rice
1 medium (3/4 cup) Golden Delicious apple, chopped (do not peel)
1/2 cup fat-free milk
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp dried cranberries, chopped
cinnamon for garnish, optional

In a heavy 2-quart saucepan with a lid, bring the water to a boil; add the rice and salt.  Cook, covered, over low heat for 40 to 45 minutes until the water is absorbed.  Stir occasionally during cooking.

Stir in the apple, milk, honey, and cranberries.  Cook, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes until pudding is slightly thickened and creamy; stirring occasionally.

This pudding is delicious served warm or chilled.

Note:  Cinnamon is optional but remember that cinnamon is a blood sugar stabilizer and should be used regularly in your diet.

Yield: 6 servings of 1/3 cup each.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

CHICKEN SOUP AU PISTOU

Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 lb skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large onion, diced
3 cans (14-oz each) chicken broth
1 can (15-oz) whole tomatoes
1 can (14-oz) Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
2 medium carrots, sliced
1 large potato, diced
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup frozen Italian green beans,
1/4 cup pesto
Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Spray a large saucepan with nonstick spray and heat over medium-high heat until hot. Add the chicken and cook, stirring, about 5 minutes or until browned. Add onion to chicken and cook, stirring, 2 minutes.

Add broth to saucepan along with tomatoes including the juice, beans, carrots, potato salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring to break up the tomatoes. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add green beans and cook another 5 minutes or until veggies are tender.

Ladle into serving bowls and top each with 1 teaspoon pesto and a sprinkle of the cheese, if using.






PARMESAN PITA TRIANGLES

 Serve these little triangles with hummus for a tasty but healthy snack.

6 pita bread rounds, split in half
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Set out 2 ungreased baking sheets.

Cut each bread half into six triangles.

In a 9 X 13-inch baking pan, mix the butter, garlic powder, and onion powder together.  Add the pita bread triangles and toss to coat well.  Add the Parmesan cheese and mix well.

Arrange in single layers on the two baking sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes until lightly browned.

Makes 72 appetizer triangles.

Note: File Photo

SWEET POTATO CRISP

1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese, softened
1 can (40-oz) cut sweet potatoes, drained
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp a brown sugar
1/4 rounded teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
2/3 cup chopped cranberries
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oats, uncooked
1/3 cup cold butter
1/3 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly spray a 1 1/2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In mixer bowl beat the cream cheese, sweet potatoes, the 2 tbsp brown sugar, and cinnamon until well blended.  Spoon the mixture into the prepared casserole.  Top with the apple and cranberries.

In a medium bowl mix the flour, oats, and 1/4  cup brown sugar.  Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in the nuts and sprinkle over the fruit layer of the dish.

Bake at 350 degrees 35 to 40 minutes or until heated through and the topping is lightly browned.
 
Note: Photo from TOH.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

CINNAMON AND BROWN SUGAR PRETZELS

These pretzels are great for parties or just for snacking. Bag in cellophane bags, tie with ribbon and give as tasty gifts.

3/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 - 2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 bag (12 to 16-oz) mini traditional pretzel twists

Combine the oil, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl or large measuring cup; mix until thoroughly combined. Pour mixture into a gallon zip-top plastic bag; add the pretzels and turn and shake well until pretzels are completely coated. This can take several minutes.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Line large baking sheets with foil coated with cooking spray or use silicone mats.

Spread the pretzels out in a single layer on the baking sheets and bake up to 1 hour at 200 degrees. Stir every 15 minutes to ensure even baking.

Allow pretzels to cool completely before storing in a airtight contain or bagging for gift giving.

Note: File photo from Kroger

SWEET POTATO SOUP

I first saw this recipe in a Southern Living Magazine a year or two ago.

2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
1 cup roughly chopped carrots
1 tbsp chopped garlic
3 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
7 cups chicken stock
2 tbsp salted butter
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup torn fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves


Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrots; cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add all potatoes, salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne pepper; cook, stirring, 1 minute.

Add the chicken stock to the Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until potatoes are very tender, about half an hour.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pecans and cook, stirring often, until toasted, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Transfer the potato mixture, in batches, to a blender. Remove center of lid to allow steam to escape; secure lid on blender and place a clean towel over the opening. Process until mixture is smooth. If you have one, you can replace the blender step by using an immersion blender in the Dutch oven.

Top each serving with 2 tablespoons pecans, 1 tablespoon yogurt, and 1/2 tablespoon parsley.

Yield: 8 servings.





BRAT-CHEESE SOUP

1/4 cup butter
2 carrots, shredded
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
1 tsp dried onion flakes
1/4 cup flour
1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
4 cups milk
8-oz smoked bratwurst, sliced
2 cups cubed Velveeta-style cheese

In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the carrots and celery to the butter and cook until tender; add the onion flakes. Stir in the flour and pepper until blended. Add the milk, stirring while you pour it in. Add the bratwurst to the mixture. Cook and stir soup over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir another minute. Add the cheese to the mixture and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the cheese is melted.

 Note: File Photo

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 pkg (12-oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla together until creamy. Add eggs to the sugar mixture and beat well. Stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool slightly on cookie sheets then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Yield: About 5 dozen cookies

Note: File Photo

Monday, July 23, 2018

FRIED DILL PICKLE COINS

If you are feeling inundated with recipes on my blogs, I apologize. Being an old woman with many of my recipes, recipe books, and women's magazines having come from my late mother and mother-in-law, I am doing my kids a favor and get rid of a lot of what I know they will just trash. I am saving my favorite recipes by putting them on my blogs. So there will be a lot more! This is another favorite from a 2014 Taste of Home magazine my mother-in-law gave me before she died.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 eggs
1 cup milk
3 cups thin dill pickle slices, drained
Oil for deep-fat frying
Ranch salad dressing, optional

In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt, and pepper.

In another bowl, beat eggs and milk.

Blot pickle slices dry with paper towels to remove moisture. Coat pickles with flour mixture; dip in the egg mixture, and coat again with flour mixture.

In an electric skillet or deep-fryer, heat oil to 375 degrees. Fry pickles, about 10 at a time, for 3 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm with ranch dressing, if desired.

Yield: 8 servings
File photo of this recipe.

MINTY MANGO SALSA

 This is a very quick fix recipe but it is best when refrigerated at least 8 hours for the flavors to blend.

1 large ripe mango, peeled and diced
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1 can (4-oz) chopped green chilies
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tbsp lime juice
2 tsp minced fresh mint
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Tortilla chips for serving

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a bowl; cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours.

Serve with tortilla chips.
 This recipe and photo are from a 2014 TOH.








BROILED HALIBUT KABOBS

1 1/4 lbs halibut fillets
1 medium green bell pepper, cute into 1-inch pieces
1 medium onion, cut into 1-inch wedges
1 can (20-ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
8 to 10 cherry tomatoes
1 tsp grated orange peel
1/4 tsp salt

Cut fish into 1-inch pieces. Alternately thread fish, bell pepper, onion, pineapple, and tomatoes onto metal or soaked wooden skewers. Place on a greased broiler pan.

BARBECUE SAUCE:
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tbsp orange juice
2 to 3 green onions, chopped fine
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp grated orange peel
1/4 tsp salt

In a small bowl, whisk the ingredients until blended. Spoon some sauce over the kabobs.

Broil 5 to 6-inches from the heat for 5 to 7 minutes. Turn; broil 5 to 7 minutes longer or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Basting occasionally during cooking with the sauce.

Yield: 4 servings
This recipe and photo are from a 14-year-old Taste of Home magazine.

ORE-IDA STUFFED ZUCCHINI

6 zucchini
3 cups ORE-IDA Diced Hash Brown Potatoes or ORE-IDA Country Style Hash Brown Potatoes
2 tbsp oil
1 lb lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jar (24-oz) low-sugar pasta sauce, divided
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 pkg (8-oz) KRAFT Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese, divided
1/2 cup hot water 

  • Heat oven to 350ºF.
  • Cut zucchini lengthwise in half; scoop out and discard centers, leaving 1/4-inch-thick shells.
  • Cook potatoes in hot oil in large skillet on medium heat 12 to 15 min., stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, brown meat in separate large skillet. Add onions, peppers and garlic; cook 3 min. Drain; stir in potatoes, 1/2 cup pasta sauce, seasoning and 1-1/2 cups cheese.
  • Mix hot water and remaining pasta sauce; divide evenly onto bottoms of 2 (13x9-inch) baking dishes. Spoon about 1/2 cup meat mixture into each zucchini shell. Place stuffed zucchini in baking dishes; cover with foil. Bake 30 min.
  • Remove foil; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 10 min. or until zucchini is tender.

    This photo and the basics of this recipe is from KRAFT. That is why specific brands are mentioned. When using a company's recipe, I try to use their brands.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

MANDARIN WALDORF SALAD

2 cups chopped apples
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 can (8-oz) mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup diced celery
1 tbsp honey
mayonnaise to moisten

Combine the apples, marshmallows, oranges, celery, honey, and enough mayonnaise to moisten. Toss lightly. Serve on a bed of lettuce.
 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

MARSHMALLOW-STUFFED MINI CINNAMON TWISTS

1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 can (8 count) refrigerated crescent rolls
3 tablespoons melted butter
8 large marshmallows, halved
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tbsp milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Separate dough into 8 triangles; cut each triangle in half lengthwise. Brush each dough triangle with melted butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place a marshmallow half at the wide end of each triangle.

Roll up each triangle, starting from the wide end, to enclose marshmallow; pinch edges of dough to seal. Place twists on the prepared baking sheet, seam-side down, about 2-inches apart.

Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Blend confectioners' sugar and milk in a small bowl. Drizzle over warm twists. Remove twists; place on a wire rack to cool.

Note: File Photo

Friday, July 20, 2018

TOMATO-BASIL SQUARES

1 pkg (10-oz) refrigerated pizza crust
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped (OR 2 tsp dried basil)
2/3 cup mayonnaise (I only use olive oil mayo)
1 garlic clove, pressed
4 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a cookie sheet, that has sides, with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

Lightly flour the pizza dough for easy handling. Using a pizza roller, roll out the crust on the prepared cookie sheet. Sprinkle the crust with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese; set aside.

Snip the fresh basil into small pieces. Grate the fresh Parmesan cheese. In a small mixing bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, basil, and mayonnaise; mix well. Press garlic over the cheese mixture; mix well. Arrange tomatoes in a single layer over the mozzarella cheese on the crust. Place mozzarella cheese mixture over the tomatoes; spread to cover evenly. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until top is golden brown and bubbly. Serve warm.

 Note: File Photo

Thursday, July 19, 2018

COFFEE CAKE MUFFINS

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar, divided
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan; set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix the flour, 1/2 cup of the sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Beat egg and milk together in a small bowl. Beat the softened butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add flour mixture and egg mixture alternately to the butter, mixing with a wooden spoon after each addition. Do not over mix! Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Mix the remaining sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl. Remove the muffins from the pan and dip the muffin tops into the melted butter then into the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Place right side up on a wire rack. May be cooled or served warm.

 Note: File Photo

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

CHICKEN CHEESY PIZZA

1 tube (10-oz) prepared pizza crust dough
1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup light salad dressing (Miracle Whip type)
1/4 cup low-fat grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup low-fat ranch dressing
8-oz pkg shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Press the dough onto a pizza pan or a cookie sheet with sides that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Microwave the chicken breast about 2 minutes or until juices run clear. Drain juices from the chicken. Cut chicken into tiny pieces. Sprinkle with the pepper. Set aside.

Mix the salad dressing, ranch dressing, and Parmesan cheese together. Spread the mixture over the pizza crust. Place the chicken over the salad dressing mixture. Top with the mozzarella cheese. Bake at 425 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

 Note: File Photo

Saturday, July 14, 2018

HONEY MUSTARD FRIED CHICKEN

This is a quick recipe because it uses deli fried chicken. Yet, once you get the chicken home, it becomes your own when you add this sauce.

8 pieces deli-fried chicken or fried chicken tenders
Sauce:
1 tbsp butter
3 tbsp honey
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 green onion, finely chopped

Combine all sauce ingredients in a small microwave-proof bowl. Cook a minute or so until the mustard is dissolved. Stir the sauce to blend well. Drizzle sauce over the fried chicken.

 Note: This is a file photo.

Friday, July 13, 2018

CHOCOLATE MALTED ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

Note: This is a "quick fix" recipe. However, the sandwiches do need at least 6 hours freezing time. This is a perfect make ahead recipe.

1/2 cup chopped malted milk balls
1 pint chocolate ice cream, softened
12 medium-size soft-style chocolate chip cookies
6 tbsp chocolate fudge ice cream topping

Mix the malted milk balls into the softened ice cream. Spoon the ice cream onto the flat side of 6 of the chocolate chip cookies. Spread 1 tablespoon of the fudge topping on the smooth side of each of the remaining cookies; press fudge side down onto the ice-cream topped cookie to make a sandwich. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze at least 6 hours until firm. Remove from freezer 8 to 10 minutes before serving.

The photo below is just a file photo used as a reference point. It is not filled with ice cream as in this recipe.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

VEGGIE STUFFED MUSHROOMS

20 large mushrooms (1 1/2 to 2-inches in diameter)
1/2 cup finely chopped broccoli
1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
1 tbsp finely chopped onion
1 cup seasoned salad croutons, finely crushed down to 1/2 cup
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter, melted
Finely chopped green onions or chives for garnish, optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut thin slice from stem end of each mushroom; discard. Remove mushroom stems and chop enough to make 1/4 cup. (Save remaining stems for soups, etc) Place mushroom caps, rounded side down, in a baking dish. Place chopped stems, broccoli, carrot, and onion in a small bowl. Add the crushed croutons, cheese and salt to the vegetables in the bowl. Add butter to the bowl and mix well. Spoon the vegetable mixture evenly into the mushroom caps. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned. Serve warm.

 Note: File Photo

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

QUICK AND EASY SPANISH RICE

2 tbsp olive or canola oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 can (4-oz) chopped mild green chilies, drained
1 cup minute rice
2 cups canned tomatoes
2 tbsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
dash of chili powder

Heat oil in a large skillet, over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, green chiles, and rice. Saute until rice is browned and vegetables are tender; about 5 minutes. Add the undrained tomatoes and the vinegar to the skillet; stir to mix well. Cook, stirring frequently, until liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper; mix well.

 Note: File Photo

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

CARAMEL CEREAL POPS

1 pkg (14-oz) vanilla caramels
1/4 cup milk
4 cups crisp rice cereal
1 cup salted peanuts
16 wooden sticks

In a heavy 3-quart saucepan, combine the caramels and milk. Cook and stir over low heat till the caramels are melted and smooth. Stir in the cereal and peanuts till well coated with the caramel mixture. Press the cereal mixture into a greased 8x8x2-inch square pan. Let stand about 1 hour or until firm. Cut into 2-inch squares. Insert a wooden stick into one end of each square.

Yield: 16 pops

 Note: File photo for reference only.

TURKEY VERONIQUE SALADS

1 cup strawberries
1 1/2 cups seedless green grapes
2 heads Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves
12 oz sliced fully cooked smoked turkey breast
Ranch salad dressing
1/3 cup sliced almonds

Cut strawberries in half. In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries and the grapes; set aside. Separate lettuce leaves.

To make salads, line four salad plates with the lettuce leaves. Arrange turkey over the lettuce leaves. Arrange the strawberries and grapes over the turkey. Pour desired amount of dressing over the salad. Sprinkle with the sliced almonds.

 File photo for reference only

Monday, July 9, 2018

LEMONY FRUIT SALAD

3 cups assorted fruit
1/2 cup Miracle Whip style salad dressing or mayonnaise
1/2 cup lemon flavored low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup shredded coconut

Combine the salad dressing and the yogurt. Stir to blend well. In a serving bowl, combine the assorted fruit, pecans, and coconut. Pour the dressing over the top of the fruit mixture. Toss gently to combine.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

SAUTEED GREENS

Note: This is a recipe from the American Heart Association.

1 bunch fresh collard greens, about 3/4 lb, rinsed, stemmed, and coarsely shredded
1/3 of a medium head of cabbage, coarsely shredded
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium onion, cut into quarters and sliced
1 to 2 tsp rice vinegar, optional

In a large saucepan, boil 3 quarts of water. Add the collard greens, return to a boil and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until crisp tender. With a slotted spoon, remove greens but do not drain the water from the pan. Put the greens in a colander to drain.

Return the water to a boil and add the cabbage. Cook cabbage about 1 to 2 minutes. Pour into the colander and let drain.

In a large skillet, over medium-low heat, heat the olive oil. Saute the garlic and onions until crisp tender. Add the collard greens and the cabbage. Saute another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add vinegar, if desired. Toss and serve immediately.


Note: File Photo

Saturday, July 7, 2018

SPINACH CALZONES

1 pkg (10-oz) frozen chopped spinach
1 pkg (3.5-oz) sliced pepperoni
2 slightly beaten eggs
1 cup pizza sauce
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried basil, crushed
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 pkg (10-oz) refrigerated pizza dough
1 pkg (4-oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
cooking oil
1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Cook spinach according to package directions. Drain spinach, squeezing out the excess liquid. Chop pepperoni. Combine the spinach, pepperoni, eggs, 1/4 cup of the pizza sauce, the 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, basil, and garlic powder.

Unroll the refrigerator pizza dough. Press the dough into a 15x10-inch rectangle. Cut into quarters. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese onto half of each quarter. Spoon spinach mixture over the top of the mozzarella. Fold the dough over the filling mixture; seal the edges. Place on a greased baking sheet. Brush with oil and sprinkle with the 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese. Cut small slits in top of each. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Heat and pass remaining pizza sauce to spoon over calzones, if desired.


Note: File Photo