Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Citrus Bars

I haven't been in the mood lately to do much cooking at all the last little while (morning sickness will do that to you!), but last week I ventured into the kitchen a little bit and actually made a few things, like these Citrus Bars from Stressed Spelled Backwards. I didn't do the candied citrus slices for on top, and I kind of messed up with the almonds in the crust, but they still tasted great! I loved the lemon and lime flavors together, and adding the rind gave a nice, rich flavor. I'll definitely make these again!

It seems like there was another recipe I was going to share, but for the life of me I can't remember what it was, but when I remember, I'll post that one too.

And I'll apologize now that this blog will be a little bare for pretty much the rest of the year, but I'm busy baking the bun in my oven! :)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Merinque Cookies

Meringue Cookies (“Forgotten Kisses”)


Ingredients

· 2 large egg whites, at room temperature

· 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

· 2/3 cup superfine granulated sugar

· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

· 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or finely chopped semisweet chocolate

· Food coloring (optional)


Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and beat until fluffy but not at all dry. (Be careful not to over beat.) Add the sugar gradually, about 3 tablespoons at a time. When 1/2 of the sugar has been added, add the vanilla extract (and food coloring). Continue beating and adding remaining sugar in batches, until all of the sugar is dissolved and the meringue is very shiny and tight. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Working one teaspoon at a time, push a teaspoonful of meringue from the tip of 1 teaspoon with the back of another teaspoon onto the lined baking sheets, leaving 1-inch of space between cookies. Place baking sheets in the preheated oven and turn the oven off. Leave the cookies (undisturbed) in the oven for at least 2 hours and up to overnight, or until cookies are crisp and dry.

2 cookies = 1 Point


For the batch I made the other day (the ones in the picture), I left out the chocolate chips and they still turned out quite delightful!

Strawberry Salsa

My friend brought me over sampling of this tasty little delight the other day and it was LOVE AT FIRST BITE. Strawberry salsa, I had never even heard of such a thing before! I don't even have words to tell you how delicious it is. Hurry, run to the store, and make some today! Trust me on this! Then spread it all over your morning eggs and you will feel like a whole new person.

Strawberry Salsa
  • 4 cups chopped strawberries
  • 1 bunch chopped cilantro
  • 1 chopped med red onion
  • 4 jalapenos seeded/chopped
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup strawberry preserves (sugarfree)
Mix all together. Let sit at least two hours before serving.
One serving is about 1/4 cup and is 0 points.

Great with chips, eggs, tacos, etc.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sloppy Joes

I have a new favorite weight watchers-friendly cooking blog, Chubby Chica! I tried out her sloppy joes last night and I couldn't get enough of them! I ate two sandwiches, oops! I had to modify them a bit with what I had in my pantry, so I included my adjustments in parenthesis.


Sloppy Joes by Chubbie Chica

6 servings, 4 WW points each

Ingredients:

3/4 c chopped onion

1/2 c chopped green pepper (left out)

3/4 lb ground round

2 c no salt tomato sauce (I used a 14-oz can of Hunt's fire-roasted diced tomatoes)

2 T tomato paste (I used 6 oz and diluted it with a can of water)

1 T prepared mustard

1 t chili powder

2 t Worcestershire sauce

(1 T of A-1 sauce, I love A-1)

1/2 t salt

1/2 t sugar

1/2 t dried oregano

1/8 black pepper

6 light wheat hamburger buns (I used the Arowheat flatbread buns, my favs!)

Heat large nonstick skillet over med. heat. Assemble first 3 ingredients, cook until beef is browned. Stir in tomato sauce and next 8 ingredients. Reduce heat to low and simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon 1/4 c beef onto bun. Serve.

Squid Dogs

I saw this fun idea in a magazine and tried it out the other day. Take some spagetti noodles, uncooked, and pierce them through hot dog pieces. Boil according to the noodle directions. Serve with ketchup or any other fun dipping sauce.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Oatmeal Raisin Bites

I got this recipe at my last WW meeting, and since I had some whole wheat flour left over from making bread the other day, I just raided my pantry for the rest of the ingredients and went to work. They turned really great, the kids couldn't stop eating them! I had probably a few too many myself too, oops!

Oatmeal Raisin Bites
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup raisins, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars until incorporated. Add gg and vanilla, mix thoroughly. Add oat mixture and mix until just combined, fold in raisins.

Drop rounded teaspoons of batter about 1 inch apart onto 2 ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 9-10 minutes for chewy cookies or 11-12 minutes for crisper ones. Remove from oven and let cookies rest for about 2 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

One cookie = 1 WW point

Friday, January 22, 2010

Enchilada Casserole

Last night was Mexican night, so I took some left over shredded chicken and put together a quick and super yummy enchilada casserole. It took a lot of self control to not go back for seconds!

Enchilada Casserole
Sauce:
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
4 oz green chilies

Flour tortillas (I used about 8)
Shredded chicken
1-2 cups shredded cheese

Coat a 2 qt. casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Spread a thin layer of sauce along the bottom, then layer lasagna-style in the following order: tortillas (broken up in quarters), sauce, chicken, cheese. Repeat until your dish is full, but don't add the cheese on the top yet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, then add the cheese to the top. Bake for another 15-20 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Confetti Rice

I haven't done as much exciting cooking lately so I haven't had as much to share, but I tried a little experimenting the other night and I think I found a new favorite rice dish! I got a rice cooker for Christmas and it is my new best friend in the kitchen. If you don't have a rice cooker, though, I think it would probably work just as well on the stove top, just follow the directions on the bag for cooking time.

Confetti Rice
1 cup white rice
2 cups water
2 large carrots grated
3 chicken bouillon cubes

Crush the bouillon cubes in the water, mix the carrots with the rice, and cook!

I served it with some broiled fish and steamed broccoli and it tasted so yummy!