coconut oatmeal cookie bars

These were okay. i probably won’t make them again though…something just seemed to be missing. probably the fat! : )

Coconut Oatmeal Cookie Bars
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup Splenda
1/4 cup egg beaters
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups oats
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
½ c. coconut flakes

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat brown sugar, applesauce and Splenda until creamy. Add egg beaters, water and vanilla; beat well. Add combined oats, flour, salt , baking soda and coconut; mix well. Press dough into an ungreased 9×13 pan. Bake 30-35 minutes. Yields: 24 bars Nutritional Information: 104 Calories; 1g Fat (10.1% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 21g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 81mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Fruit; 0 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.

Shrimp & black bean chili

I made this tonight but probably won’t make it again. The shrimp really messed it up. It’s hard to get good shrimp here.

Shrimp ‘n’ Black Bean Chili
Serving Size : 4cooking spray
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
15 oz canned black beans — rinsed and drained
14 1/2 oz diced tomatoes — undrained
1 cup fat-free chicken broth
1/3 cup picante sauce
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 pound cooked shrimp — peeled and deveined

Spray large saucepan with cooking spray. Saute’ onion and green pepper for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, broth, picante sauce, cumin and basil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until heated through. Add shrimp; simmer 3-4 minutes longer or until heated through. Serve with rice if desired. (Add POINTS for rice, not Included in nutritional facts.) Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 188 Calories; 2g Fat (9.0% calories from fat); 22g Protein; 22g Carbohydrate; 7g Dietary Fiber; 111mg Cholesterol; 748mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fat.

South of the Border Casserole

This was ok…I probably won’t make it again though. I think I just don’t like sweet meat and the honey really did make it sweet. Or maybe I would have liked it better with light cream cheese instead of fat free sour cream?

South of the Border Casserole

1/2 pound ground beef, 96/4
2 tablespoons diced onion
1/2 cup bell pepper
2 jalapenos, fresh jalapeno peppers, minced (use rubber gloves)
2 medium whole tomatoes (28 ounce)
1 cup nonfat sour cream
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 ounces pasta, smart taste

Brown ground beef. Add the onions and green pepper, cooking until softened. Stir in the jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, sour cream, honey, chili powder and salt.
Add the pasta and 1 cup water. Stir, cover, lower the heat and gently simmer until the pasta is tender, about 25 minutes. Stir every five minutes, to keep the pasta from sticking to the saucepan bottom.
Yield: 4 servings. Per serving= 244 Calories; 3g Fat (11.4% calories from fat); 20g Protein; 38g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 37mg Cholesterol; 380mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 0 Fat; 1 Other Carbohydrates.

Chili Relleno Bake

This turned out very well!

Chili Relleno Breakfast Bake
1 c. shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
12 oz. fat free evaporated milk
3 egg whites
6 , 7″ corn tortillas, torn into 2″ pieces
8 oz chopped green chilies
1/2 cup salsa
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8″ square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, combine cheese, milk, egg whites, tortillas, green chilies, and salsa. Mix well; pour into prepared pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until set. Sprinkle cilantro over the top. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Yield: 4 servings. Per serving= 268 Calories; 7g Fat (23.6% calories from fat); 19g Protein; 33g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 23mg Cholesterol; 706mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1 Non-Fat Milk; 0 Fat.

Pork Stuffing Balls

These are pretty good but I had no idea how fatty ground pork is so i’m not sure i’ll ever make them again.

Pork stuffing Balls
1/2 cup herb-seasoned dry bread stuffing mix
3/4 cup hot water
1 pound ground pork
1/2 tsp sage
1/2 tsp fennel seed
dash red pepper flakes
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 350*. In a medium bowl, mix herb-seasoned dry bread stuffing mix with hot water. Gradually mix in pork until blended with the stuffing mix. Stir in onion, celery, egg and seasonings. Shape the mixture into 1 inch balls. Place the balls on a large baking sheet covered with foil. Bake 35-45 minutes, until golden brown.
Yield: 32 balls. Per ball: 47 Calories; 3g Fat (62.4% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 16mg Cholesterol; 41mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat.

What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? -Mark 8:36

Slow cooker pork chops & potatoes in mustard sauce

This was REALLY good!

Crock pot Pork Chops and Potatoes in Mustard Sauce
1 ½ lbs bone in pork sirloin chops, frozen
1 lb potatoes — thinly sliced
1 10 3/4-ounce can Campbell’s 98% Fat Free Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 dash garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 TB onion – sliced

In 3 quart slow cooker, place pork chops. Top with potatoes. Mix soup, chicken broth, mustard, thyme, garlic, pepper and onion. Pour over potatoes. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours or on HIGH 4 to 5 hours. Yield: 4 servings. Per serving: 308 Calories; 8g Fat (25.0% calories from fat); 27g Protein; 30g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 3mg Cholesterol; 573mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

Mandarin Coleslaw

This came from the recipe club. It was pretty good the first day, but not as good on following days.

Mandarin Coleslaw

HU 2 Serving size 6

11 oz. Mandarin Oranges – drained
1 1/2 oz. sliced almonds
1/3 cup Newmans Own LF Sesame Ginger salad dressing
16 oz. shredded cabbage – coleslaw mix

Mix everything together Let sit for flavors to blend.
This one came from Cooking Light magazine Sept. 2008

Green Chili Casserole

This wasn’t as good as I had hoped.

Green Chili Casserole

1/2 pound ground beef, 96/4
8 corn tortillas (6 inch)
2 tablespoons onion, diced
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
4 ounces cheese, 2% shredded sharp cheddar, shredded
4 ounces green chiles (4 ounce) chopped
10 3/4 fluid ounces soup, cream of chicken 98% ff
1/2 cup skim milk
3 medium tomatoes

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray 13×9 pan with cooking spray.
In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef and onion until done; drain fat. Add seasonings and green chilis.
Place half of the tortillas on the bottom of the prepared casserole dish and spread with half of the beef mixture and half the cheese. Layer with the remaining tortillas, beef mixture, and remaining cheese. Top with diced tomatoes. In a medium bowl, dilute the soup with milk and pour over the top of the casserole. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
yield: 6 servings. Per serving= 237 Calories; 8g Fat (28.7% calories from fat); 17g Protein; 26g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 36mg Cholesterol; 458mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 1 Vegetable; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 0 Fat.

Mexican Rice Casserole

Made this today–it’s very good!

Mexican Rice Casserole
1/2 pound lean ground beef
2 TB diced onion1 large green pepper, chopped
16 oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
8 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
1 package taco seasoning
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 cup instant rice, uncooked

In a non stick skillet, brown beef, onions and peppers. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker, except for rice. Cook on low for 8 hours. Stir in rice, cover and cook until rice is tender (about 15 minutes).
Yield: 6 servings. Per serving (about 1 cup)= 272 Calories; 2g Fat (6.9% calories from fat); 10g Protein; 38g Carbohydrate; 6g Dietary Fiber; 10mg Cholesterol; 578mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

maple corn bread

This was ok. it smelled like maple but didn’t taste so much like it.

Maple Corn Bread

1-1/4 cups reduced fat Bisquick
1 cup cornmeal
1 egg
3/4 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup reduced sugar maple syrup
1 tsp maple flavoring
3 tablespoons Promise spread

In a large bowl, combine the Bisquick and cornmeal. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, syrup and Promise spread; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Pour into a 9-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm. Yield: 12 servings. per serving= 110 Calories; 1g Fat (11.6% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 21g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 16mg Cholesterol; 206mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 0 Fat.