Thursday, December 27, 2007
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
3 Tbsp. flour, divided
2 tsp. butter
1 tsp. olive oil
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 Tbps sliced green onion
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup Madeira wine OR additional chicken broth
1 Tbsp. fat free half and halr cream
Flatten chicken to 1/4 in. thickness. Dredge in 2 Tbsp. flour. In nonstick skillet, brown chicken in butter and oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until juiced run clear. Remove chicken and set aside.
In the same skillet, saute the mushrooms, green onion and garlic for 2 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle with remaining flour and stir to blend. Gradually add broth and wine or additional broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; add the cream. Return chicken to skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until chicken is heated through (do not boil). Yield: 2 servings
Ashlee side note: I'm imagining this to be similar to the Boursin chicken. Probably not nearly as good, but this only has 9 grams of fat per serving. Not too shabby for a cream sauce.
1 pkg. (pound) penne pasta
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 pound turkey Italian sausage links, casings removed
3 cups fat free meatless spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In a large skillet, saute green pepper and onion in oil for 6-7 minutes. Add sausage; cook and stir until sausage is no longer pink. Drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce and pasta.
Transfer to a 3 quart baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cheeses. Bake 5-10 minutes longer until cheese is melted.
Ashlee side note: I have used ground turkey sausage instead of the links. I prefer it that way. But, it depends on your tastes. And honestly, I have never actually seen fat free spaghetti sauce. The regular stuff isn't too fattening. So, if you can't find it...don't stress. The thing that truly makes this originally fattening was the sausage. And, if you buy the ground turkey sausage, it's only got about 5 g fat per serving. So, you can feel better knowing you've cut that WAY back.
Friday, December 21, 2007
1 cup butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1 14-ounce can (1-1/4 cups) sweetened condensed milk
1 12-ounce package (2 cups) semisweet chocolate pieces
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons vanilla
1. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the butter. In a large mixing bowl beat the remaining butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar; beat until well mixed. Beat in eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla. In another large bowl stir together flour and baking soda; stir in oats. Gradually stir dry mixture into beaten mixture. Set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan combine the reserved butter or margarine, the sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate pieces. Cook over low heat until chocolate melts, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in walnuts and the 2 teaspoons vanilla.
3. Press two-thirds (about 3-1/3 cups) of the oat mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Spread chocolate mixture over the oat mixture. Using your fingers, dot remaining oat mixture over the chocolate.
4, Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned (chocolate mixture will still look moist). Cool on a wire rack. Cut into 2x1-inch bars. Makes about 75 bars.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Take one can of crescent rolls (make sure it's very cold) slice it into 16 rounds. (Do not unroll the dough. Leave in the roll and slice the circles that way) Place on cookie sheet in tree shape. Start with one circle on top for row 1 until you get to a five circle row. Use the final round for the trunk of the tree. Bake for 11 minutes or according to can directions. Remove from oven and let sit for 1 minute. Using a large pancake spatula remove from cookie sheet and place on cooling rack to cool.
The recipes spread uses cream cheese, sour cream, dill and garlic. I had unknowingly used the last of my sour cream for my dips, so I improvised and used the very last of my Boursin cheese (5 oz.) and a package of cream cheese and whipped it together. It was so yummy! Anyway, spread this on the top of the tree until each piece is completely covered.
Chop your choice of veggies into very small pieces. Use these as decoration for your tree. I used red pepper, yellow pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and green onion. The red pepper I used for the garland and the yellow pepper I also used to make the star on top.
Monday, December 10, 2007
18 frozen Rhode's rolls
1 cup melted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 small pkg. regular butterscotch pudding
About 8 hours before serving, or the night before, spray a bundt pan well and place the frozen rolls in the pan. Sprinkle the dry pudding over the rolls evenly. Mix the melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon together and pour over the top of the rolls. Cover rolls in pan with a towel and leave out to rise for the 8 hours, or overnight.
Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, until golden brown.
Ashlee side note: The rolls in the picture are shown with pecans on top. Do not ruin this recipe! Pecans are yucky! ;0)
You can make your own roll dough rather than using the Rhode's rolls. However, if the dough isn't frozen first, you will not want it to rise overnight!
Once these babies are baked, turn the bundt pan over onto a serving plate and the pudding/sugar mixture that isn't baked into the dough just sticks to the buns. We just tear off chunks...roll by roll. So yummy. We definitely go through two batches of these!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
1 (8-oz.) can Pillsbury® Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls
1 (8-oz.) round natural Brie cheese
1 egg, beaten
Heat oven to 350°F. Unroll dough; separate crosswise into 2 sections. Pat dough and firmly press perforations to seal, forming 2 squares. Place 1 square on ungreased cookie sheet. Place cheese on center of dough.
With small cookie or canapé cutter, cut 1 shape from each corner of remaining square; set cutouts aside.
Place remaining square on top of cheese round. Press dough evenly around cheese; fold bottom edges over top edges. Gently stretch dough evenly around cheese; press to seal completely. Brush with beaten egg. Top with cutouts; brush with additional beaten egg.
Bake at 350°F. for 20 to 24 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 15 minutes. Serve warm.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
1 (18 1/4-ounce) package yellow cake mix
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter together and mix well. Pat into a lightly greased glass 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
Prepare the filling.
Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla. Add the butter and mix well. Add the powdered sugar and mix well. Spread over the cake mixture. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. You want the center to be a little gooey, so do not over bake. Top each cake slice with a dollop of whipped cream.
Here's the best part! She has nine variations of this recipe! Here are the best ones...
For a Banana Gooey Cake: Prepare cream cheese filling as directed, beating in 2 ripe bananas instead of the pumpkin. Proceed as directed above.
For a Peanut Butter Gooey Cake: Use a chocolate cake mix. Add 1 cup creamy peanut butter to the cream cheese filling instead of the pumpkin. Proceed as directed above.
For a Pumpkin Gooey Cake: Follow the original recipe, adding a 15 ouncs can of pumpkin pie filling and an extra egg to the cream cheese filling. Bake as usual.
For a Chippy Gooey Cake: Stir 1 cup of your favorite kind of baking chip (white chocolate, peanut butter chocolate, butterscotch, toffe bits, etc) into the filling. Bake as usual.
Ashlee side note: You can make so many different variations of your own with this recipe. Pick your favorite kind of cake mix, and flavor your cream cheese filling as desired to compliment the flavor of your cake mix base and tah dah! These cake squares are very, very rich and a little will go a long way! So only eat three instead of five! Enjoy!