Sunday, November 3, 2013

Peanut Chicken

I found a version of this recipe online but made some adjustments to make it all mine! For those of you who love peanuts and peanut sauce, this will become a new favorite. Quote from my boyfriend, Joe, "It looks as good as it tastes!"















Peanut Chicken
(serves 4)

Ingredients:

1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 1/4 cups chicken broth
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
3 Tbs. low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbs. light brown sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. olive oil, divided
1/2 cup chopped green onions
2 cups thinly sliced bell peppers
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 cup peanuts, chopped
Cooked brown rice

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, combine chicken broth, peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, ginger, black pepper, and salt. Mix until smooth (mixture might separate a bit). Set aside.

2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the chicken and stir-fry until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm.

3. Add the remaining olive oil to the skillet and stir-fry the green onions and peppers for about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and stir-fry until the vegetables are tender, about 2 minutes longer. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute longer.

4. Add the broth mixture to the skillet with vegetables. Bring the mixture to a boil; cook and stir until mixture is thickened, about 1 minute. Add the cooked chicken and chopped peanuts. Stir to combine and let simmer over low heat, about 1 minute. Serve over rice.

Helpful hint: To chop the peanuts, I put them in a plastic baggie and rolled a rolling pin over the bag to chop. Make sure all the air is out of the bag.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Snack Mix!

For those of you who like sweet and salty snacks, this one is for you. Perfect for Halloween and so easy to put together.















Halloween Snack Mix

Serves (a crowd!)

Ingredients:
Candy corn
Corn chips (I used Fritos)
Peanuts
Pretzel sticks

Directions:
Use cup portions of each candy corn, corn chips, peanuts, and pretzel sticks, depending on how much you need. Mix and enjoy!!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Pumpkin Pie Crunch Cake

This goes out to all my fellow pumpkin lovers out there! It's one of those magic cake recipes that when you bake it, you have a pumpkin pie filling on the bottom and a crunchy, buttery topping. This will definitely become a family favorite during the holidays this year (it was for my family last year!).





















Pumpkin Pie Crunch Cake
Serves 12

Ingredients:
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 box classic yellow cake mix
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted

Directions: 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 13- x 9-inch baking pan. Place pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Using a mixer, beat on medium speed until combined. Pour into prepared pan.

Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture.  Top with pecans.  Drizzle melted butter over pecans.  Bake until golden brown, about 55 minutes.  Cool. Serve chilled (or warm).  

Friday, October 4, 2013

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze

Ok, so it's been a while. Almost a year to be exact. But life does get busy from time to time and this was that time. I have been cooking and baking during this year, but have not been documenting. I figured, what better way to come back to my blog than with a Flourless Chocolate Cake!

I found this recipe on Epicurious.com and it was originally printed in Bon Appétit in January 1999. I've made this a few times and each time it just gets better.





















Flourless Chocolate Cake
Serves 10-12

Ingredients
For cake:
12 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped (note: I used half bittersweet and half semisweet)
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
6 large eggs, separated
12 tablespoons sugar, divided
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For glaze:
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
9 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped (note: Again, I used half bittersweet and half semisweet)

Directions:
For cake:  
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 10-inch-diameter springform pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper or waxed paper; butter paper. Wrap outside of pan with foil. Stir chocolate and butter in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Cool to lukewarm, stirring often. 

Using electric mixer, beat egg yolks and 6 tablespoons sugar in large bowl until mixture is very thick and pale, about 3 minutes. Fold lukewarm chocolate mixture into yolk mixture, then fold in vanilla extract. 

Using clean dry beaters, beat egg whites in another large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 6 tablespoons sugar, beating until medium-firm peaks form. Fold whites into chocolate mixture in 3 additions. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake cake until top is puffed and cracked and tester inserted into center comes out with some moist crumbs attached, about 50 minutes. Cool cake in pan on rack (cake will fall).

Gently press down crusty top to make evenly thick cake. Using small knife, cut around pan sides to loosen cake. Remove pan sides. Place a cardboard round atop cake. Invert cake onto cardboard round bottom. Peel off parchment paper. 

For glaze:
Bring cream and corn syrup to simmer in medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth.

Place cake on rack set over waxed paper. Spread 1/2 cup glaze smoothly over top and sides of cake. Freeze until almost set, about 3 minutes. Spoon remaining glaze over cake; smooth sides and top. Place cake on platter. Chill until glaze is firm, about 1 hour. Serve at room temperature.
 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Baked Mozzarella Bites

I don't know about you, but I love Pinterest! There are so many cool finds and tons of recipes. I saw this idea for mozzarella sticks which used string cheese. WW has their own string cheese for 1 point each. I used that along with seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs, and then baked. The key to making sure the cheese doesn't spill out is putting the cut cheese in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Serve with your favorite low-fat marinara sauce for dipping.















Baked Mozzarella Bites
Serves 1

Ingredients:
2 WW Mozzarella String Cheese
1 egg white, beaten
1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs

Directions:
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with olive oil spray. Cut each string cheese into 6 equal pieces. Place on a plate and put in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place the beaten egg white in a shallow bowl. Place the bread crumbs on plate. Dip the cheese pieces in the egg white, and then roll in bread crumbs, patting to adhere. Place on prepared baking sheet. Spray the bites with cooking spray.

Bake for about 5 minutes, watching carefully. Remove from oven immediately and enjoy!

(The entire serving is 5 pt. pls)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Spinach Artichoke Hummus

Hurricanes always bring out my need to make something in the kitchen. I searched through my cabinets and found chick peas, tahini, olive oil, and artichoke hearts. Added some fresh spinach, garlic and lemon to mix and we got ourselves a delicious hummus!! Plus, it gave me another chance to use my Vitamix blender (love it!). Can't wait to dig into this later!















Spinach Artichoke Hummus
Serves 10

Ingredients:
1 can (15.5 ounces) chick peas, drained
1 can (8 ounces) artichoke hearts, drained
1 cup fresh baby spinach
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, sliced in half
1 tablespoon tahini
1 half lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Place chick peas, artichoke hearts, spinach, olive oil, garlic, and tahini in blender or food processor. Squeeze juice from lemon into the mixture. Pulse or blend on high speed until blended and smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

(For those counting, I estimated each serving to be about 2 tablespoons hummus and equal to 3 pt. pls)


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sole Meunière (Lemon Sole)

In her memoir, My Life in France, Julia Child wrote that this was her first lunch when she arrived in Paris and it changed her life. She called it "the most exciting meal of my life." My neighbor Terry introduced me to this dish and I've loved it ever since. I've never been much of a sole fan, but you can't help but love the freshness of this dish. And surprisingly, it's so easy to make! It is so flaky, delicate and full of lemon flavor, I hope you'll love it too!















Sole Meunière (Lemon Sole)
Serves 2

Ingredients:
2 fillets (about 5 ounces each) lemon sole, skinned and deboned
1/4 cup flour
salt
black pepper
2 tablespoons Olivio spread or unsalted butter
1 large lemon
chopped fresh parsley

Directions:
Pat the sole fillets dry. Set aside.

Place the flour in a medium shallow dish. Add salt and pepper to taste. Dredge the fish in the flour mixture to coat. Tap off any extra flour.

Place Olivio in a medium skillet. Melt over medium heat until it starts to brown. Add the prepared fillets. Let cook on one side until edges start to brown, about 2 minutes.















Meanwhile, zest the lemon to measure about 1 tablespoon. Turn the fillets over in the skillet, and sprinkle with lemon zest and squeeze the juice from the lemon over the fillets. Let fillets cook until browned, about 3 minutes longer. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.

(If using the Olivio, each serving is 5 pt pls.)