Posted on June 19, 2008 by Amanda
Cola Pork & Apple Slaw
I’m doing this new thing with grocery shopping lately. Usually I would go to the store for a big shop once every two weeks. That worked OK except I have this big problem with keeping produce fresh. We also waste SO much food because things always come up and meal plans go out the window. So in order to correct these problems I’ve been going to the grocery store every other day on the way home from work and I pick up only what we need for the next few days. Because the store is right on my way home I don’t waste gas and so far it’s worked out great! Yesterday I stopped for the ingredients for Apple Slaw and Cola Pork. Two new recipes I’m trying out. And, may I say they both turned out amazing!
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Posted on May 2, 2008 by Amanda
Cinnamon Flax Scones
Last Thursday during Life Group, while everyone else was watching LOST (blah!) my little friend Lilli and I decided to make a “cooking project”. I decided that I wanted to use the milled flax seed I bought at the grocery store several months ago because up until then I hadn’t found a use for it. A quick Google search came up this recipe for cinnamon flax scones at Bob’s Red Mill.
- 1-3/4 cups White Flour, Unbleached
- 1/4 cup Milled Flax seed
- 1/3 cup Sugar (plus more for sprinkles)
- 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
- 2 tsp. Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1-1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/3 cup Light butter
- 3/4 cup Fat Free Buttermilk
- 1/3 cup Raisins
Thoroughly mix flour, milled flax seed, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Cut butter into dry ingredients until a pea-sized, mealy texture is formed. Add FF buttermilk. Do not over mix.
Place dough on floured breadboard with raisins. Knead 5 to 7 times to incorporate the raisins. Roll until dough is 1/2 inch thick. Cut into triangles 2 inches wide by 4 inches long. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 12 minutes or until done. Be careful not to over bake or they will be dry!
Lilli was so proud of “her” creation. She told me her favorite part was when I let her use the pasty tool to fold in the butter. Oh, what fun.
Scones before the bake. Originally I started with 8 scones, but after they bake they were huge I cut them in half again to make 16.
Into the oven they go!
One of the best things about cooking with a kid is that they love doing the dishes. I put Lilli right to work, careful to spread several towels on the floor underneath her.
Lilli so proud of herself.
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Posted on March 27, 2008 by Amanda
I’ll admit, this isn’t my first corn dog. Shocked, aren’t you? This is however, my first attempt to make them a) from home and b) “healthy”. Corn dogs were considered a novelty item in my house growing up. My Mother hated novelty items and as a result we never experienced a lot of them ’till well past high school. She grew up “digging in the dirt” for her supper, or something along those lines. Truth is, she is one of 9, and to help alleviate a big grocery bill my grandmother planted big fields of vegetable gardens and my grandfather hunted through the winter for meat. Very Little House on The Prairie, I know.
Anyway back to this millennium.These didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped. They were a little runny on the pan which resulted in flat, oval shaped corn dogs. Not company appropriate for sure. Next time I’ll cut a little liquid out of the regular recipe. Still, they were delicious and since I used 1pt hot dogs, they came out to be 2pts a piece. Score!
I can procrastinate no longer, the treadmill is calling my name…
Without further ado, the recipe…
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Posted on March 14, 2008 by Amanda
It seem that there was a little confusion about this recipe in my last post. I posted recipes for Black Bean Burgers and Black Bean Brownies in the same post: Black Bean Bonanza. Apparently it was confusing because I literally got 64,001 e-mails about it (thanks for the feedback!).
So here it is. The black bean brownie recipe, alone, in all it’s gooey chocolaty gloriousness:
1 Box Betty Crocker Low Fat Fudge Brownie Mix
1 (15 oz.) Can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1 Cup Water
1/4c. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Puree the beans and water together until smooth in a blender.
3. Stir into the brownie mix until combined.
4. Spray a 9X13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
5. Pour the mixture into the pan and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
6. Bake for 25-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted 2 inches from the side of the pan comes out almost clean.
7. Cool completely and then cut into 24 pieces.
I PROMISE you can’t taste the beans. My husband who is the pickiest eater in the world scarfed three of them down before I told him they had black beans in them. This brownie is more like a dense cake like brownie and is fabulous topped with FREE Cool Whip.
Points: 2 per brownie
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Posted on March 13, 2008 by Amanda
I’m sorry; I couldn’t resist the alliteration.
I was craving a burger today. Real. Bad. I really didn’t want to halt any progress though so I began to look for alternatives. I’m not extremely comfortable with the idea of eating weird vegetarian food quite yet. I get very hot and flustered in “that” section of the grocery store, so I was thrilled when I found a Black Bean Burger recipe online. I actually had all the ingredients too. That never happens! The Result: Burger Heaven
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Posted on March 6, 2008 by Amanda
Diet Food? Um, Sorta.
It was a looooooong day at work today so I planned to come home and make some cookies for dessert. I was craving chocolate and Andy has been begging me to make something that didn’t have flax seed or spinach in it. So I purposely saved enough points throughout the day to indulge just a little while still staying on track. My plans were deterred however when a friend called who was having a really, really bad day. We ended up taking her and her daughter to dinner and accompanied them to worship night at church. We didn’t get home until after 8pm. Usually the time I turn into a pumpkin (these early morning workouts are killing me).
I succumbed to my husbands desperate stares and ended up making them tonight. And I’m glad I did! They are the most delicious 2pt cookie I’ve had! Small. Tiny even, but delicious!
Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, and Pecan Cookies
1 1/4c. all purpose flour
1c. regular oats
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 granulated sugar
1/2c. brown sugar, packed
1/3c. butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
1 egg white
1/4c. chopped pecans
1/4 c. mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350
Mix together first 4 ingredients in seperate bowl.
Add remaining ingredients (minus the pecans and chocolate chips) in another bowl and mix until smooth.
Slowly add dry ingredients. Mix until well incorporated.
Add in 1/4c. chocolate chips (I didn’t have any mini)
Chop nuts and add to mixture.
I remember one time when I watching Rachel Ray she said ” Now remember GUYS, keep your NUTS in the freezer when your done with them’. Ha ha. Crass, yes! But so funny!
It should look like this. Resist the temptation to eat the raw dough!
In order to ensure correct points value per cookie. I measure the dough and then divide it into three equal balls.
Because the recipe makes 36 cookies, I roll the three equal balls into logs and cut them into 12 equal portion cookies.
12 equal portions
Place on greased cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes.
Now go buy a lock for the cookie jar.
Recipe yields 36 cookies. Each cookie is 81 Calories, 3gm of Fat, .5gm Fiber, 2 points each.
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