April 15, 2010

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I'm really big into eating healthy. Cooking Light is a really great magazine to subscribe to if you want lightened recipes with great taste. These are a few of my favorite recipes to start out with. My family even likes them, and they kind of turn their nose us to anything with the term "healthy".

Spinach-Cheese Bake (I don't use the butter & it still tastes great)

1 tablespoon butter, melted
Cooking spray
2 (6-ounce) packages fresh baby spinach
1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (about 5 3/4 ounces)
1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
1 cup egg substitute
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

Preheat oven to 350°.
Pour the butter into the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; tilt dish to coat. Place spinach evenly in bottom of dish; sprinkle evenly with cheeses.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk until blended. Pour milk mixture over cheese. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve immediately.

Low Fat Chicken Tortilla Soup

*I double these ingredients for my Soup in order to have leftovers. Even the leftovers are gone the next day.

2 Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts
½ Tbs. Olive Oil
1 Cup Chopped Onion
1 Tbs. Minced Garlic
1 Tbs. Lime Juice
½ Tbs. Chili Powder
¼ Tbs. Ground Cumin
2 Cans Fat Free Chicken Broth
1 Cup Salsa (Any kind you like; Chunky, Hot, Mild, etc.)
1 Can Corn Kernels (Optional)
Tortilla Chips or Flour Tortillas
(Low Fat Optional) Shredded Cheese (Monterey, Mexican, or Cheddar)

Step #1. Cut Chicken into bite size chunks. Heat Oil in pot and add Chicken. Cook appx. 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add Onions, Lime Juice, Garlic, Chili Powder and Cumin. Cook 2 minutes.
Step #2. Add Chicken Broth, Salsa and Corn. Stir to blend. Cover and raise heat until boiling. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook 10 minutes. Ladle Soup into bowls
* If using Flour Tortillas: While soup is cooking, cut Tortillas into strips and place on pan into a 400º oven for about 10 minutes, checking them often. The longer they cook the crispier they will be.
* Note: I buy the Rotisserie Chicken already cooked at Kroger and cut up the meat, therefore omitting step #1. I dump everything into a pot and cook for 30 minutes. The longer the soup cooks, the more the flavors combine. Try to refrain from using ANY EXTRA salt

Crockpot Turkey in Cream Sauce

1 1/4 C. white wine or chicken broth
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 bay leaves
2 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 turkey breast tenderloins (3/4 lb each)
3 T. cornstarch
1/2 C half and half cream or milk
1/2 tsp. salt

In a slow cooker combine wine or broth, onion, garlic and bay leaves. Combine rosemary and pepper and rub over turkey. Place in slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until meat is tender

Remove turkey and keep warm. Strain cooking juice; pour into a saucepan. Combine cornstarch, cream and salt until smooth. Gradually add to juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly

Slice turkey. Serve with cream sauce.
GOOD LUCK! Also, maybe buy a George Foreman Grill if you don't have one. You can grill up chicken in an instant for great salads!!!


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