Wednesday, April 29, 2009

From: Melissa Williamson

2 lg. zucchini
2-3 lg. summer squash
1 1/2 to 2 c. Italian bread crumbs
1 c. grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste
1 med. can stewed tomatoes

Peel and slice squash. Place in ungreased 9 x 12 inch pan. One layer of zucchini, sprinkle with bread crumbs and cheese. One layer of summer squash, sprinkle with bread crumbs and cheese.
Continue to layer until squash is gone. Top with remaining crumbs and cheese. Pour tomatoes on the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until squash is done. Tomatoes may be deleted, if desired, or may be used on only 1/2 of the casserole.

I added some cheddar between the layers as well and omitted the tomatoes, but would try them next time. I also added some veggie seasoning and pepper.

(I didn't peel any of the veggies)

"Healthified" Turkey-Artichoke Panini

"Healthified" Turkey-Artichoke Panini
By: Eat Better America

50% more fiber • 62% less fat • 71% less sat fat than the original recipe—see the comparison. Gobble away, guilt-free. This healthified panini is ready to lighten your lunch. From eatbetteramerica.
prep time:15 min
start to finish:15 min
makes:2 sandwiches

1/4 cup marinated artichoke hearts (from 6-oz jar), drained
1/4 cup reduced-fat garlic-and-herbs spreadable cheese (from 6.5-oz container)
1/2 cup loosely packed washed fresh baby spinach leaves, chopped
4 slices soft whole wheat bread, 1/2 inch thick (1 1/2 oz each)
1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers (from a jar), drained, sliced
4 oz sliced cooked turkey breast or chicken breast
2 tablespoons reduced-fat shredded Italian cheese blend
Cooking spray or olive oil cooking spray

1. Heat closed contact grill or panini maker for 5 minutes.
2. Place artichoke hearts on paper towels; pat dry. Coarsely chop artichoke hearts.
3. In small bowl, mix artichoke hearts, spreadable cheese and spinach. Spread mixture on 2 bread slices. Top with bell peppers, turkey and shredded cheese. Top with remaining bread slices. Spray both sides of sandwiches with cooking spray.
4. When grill is heated*, place sandwiches on grill. Close grill; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until bread is toasted and cheese is melted.
*To cook in skillet, heat 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add sprayed sandwiches; cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until toasted and cheese is melted.

Nutritional Information
1 Sandwich: Calories 380 (Calories from Fat 90); Total Fat 10g (Saturated Fat 4 1/2g, Trans Fat 1g); Cholesterol 70mg; Sodium 680mg; Total Carbohydrate 40g (Dietary Fiber 8g, Sugars 11g); Protein 34g % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 25%; Vitamin C 25%; Calcium 25%; Iron 20%

"Healthified" Mexican Pasta Skillet

"Healthified" Mexican Pasta Skillet
by: Eat Better America

72% less sat fat • 68% less fat • 26% fewer calories than the original recipe—see the comparison. This 30-minute sizzling skillet will have your family running to the table! From eatbetteramerica.
prep time:30 min
start to finish:30 min
makes:6 servings (about 1 1/3 cups each)

1 lb extra-lean (at least 93%) ground beef
1 jar (16 oz) Muir Glen® organic mild salsa
1 cup Muir Glen® organic tomato sauce (from 15-oz can)
1 1/2 cups water
2 cups uncooked regular or multigrain elbow macaroni
1 cup Green Giant® Niblets® frozen corn
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese (2 oz)

1. In 12-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain.
2. Stir in salsa, tomato sauce and water. Heat to boiling. Stir in macaroni and corn. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 12 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until macaroni is tender.
3. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover; let stand 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutritional Information
1 Serving: Calories 370 (Calories from Fat 60); Total Fat 6g (Saturated Fat 2 1/2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 45mg; Sodium 650mg; Total Carbohydrate 53g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 5g); Protein 25g % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 10%; Vitamin C 15%; Calcium 8%; Iron 20% Exchanges: 3 1/2 Starch; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 2 Lean Meat Carbohydrate Choices: 3 1/2 MyPyramid Servings: 2 oz-equivalents Grains, 2 oz-equivalents Meat & Beans
*% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Olive and Feta Pasta

Olive and Feta Pasta

Servings: 4

8 ounces uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced
2 small zucchini, sliced
dried oregano to taste
salt and pepper to taste
12 black olives, pitted and sliced
1 ounce crumbled feta cheese

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and saute the garlic 2 minutes. Mix in mushrooms and zucchini. Season with oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir in olives, and cook until heated through. Place pasta in the skillet, toss to coat, and continue cooking about 2 minutes. Top with feta cheese to serve

Can be served warm or cold.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Grilled Taco-Barbecue Chicken

Grilled Taco-Barbecue Chicken
By: Betty Crocker

Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 10 min
Makes: 4 servings

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2 tablespoons Old El Paso® taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lb)
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup chili sauce
1 teaspoon ground cumin

Total Time: 15 min
1. Heat closed medium-size contact grill for 5 minutes. In shallow bowl, mix taco seasoning mix and oregano. Brush chicken with oil; coat with taco seasoning mixture. Place chicken on grill. Close grill. Grill 4 to 6 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F).
2. Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, heat barbecue sauce, chili sauce and cumin to boiling over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Serve sauce with chicken.
Oven Directions: Heat oven to 375°F. Line shallow baking pan with foil or spray with cooking spray. Place coated chicken in pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F).
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Grill chicken 6 to 8 minutes.

Serve sauces on the side when cooking with a contact grill. Because grilling temperatures are high, sauces and glazes burn easily if used during grilling.
For zesty, make-your-own wrap sandwiches, slice the warm chicken into strips and serve with tortillas, shredded lettuce, sliced avocado and the sauce.

Nutrition Information:
1 Serving: Calories 270 (Calories from Fat 70); Total Fat 8g (Saturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 85mg; Sodium 1040mg; Total Carbohydrate 18g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 10g); Protein 32g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin C 4%; Calcium 4%; Iron 15% Exchanges: 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 4 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.