Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Request: Meatless/Vegetarian Meals

I have decided that my family needs to eat a lot less meat, but I don't have a lot of meatless recipes. I've found several here that I want to try, but I would like more. Can anyone help me with this? Thanks.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

fruit salsa


Fruit salsa

- 16 oz frozen strawberries
- 8 oz frozen raspberries
- 2 golden delicious apples, diced
- 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
- any other fruit you want to put in
- 2 Tbsp sugar or to taste

Cinnamon chips

- 15 fajita size tortilla
- butter flavored cooking spray
- cinnamon and sugar


1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees.
2. Defrost frozen strawberries and raspberries and puree them in a food processor or blender. Put pureed strawberries and raspberries in a bowl; mix in apples, kiwis and 2 Tbsp sugar or sugar to taste.
3. Cut tortillas into wedges. Coat cookie sheet with cooking spray. Lay tortillas on cookie sheet, coat tortillas with cooking spray. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over tortillas and spray one more time with cooking spray (yes, 3 spraying of the cooking spray).
4. Bake 6 ½ minutes. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Cool and serve.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Grilled Chicken with Poblano Cream Sauce

YUM.  Adapted from Mexico The Beautiful Cookbook.

3 whole chicken breasts, cut in half
1 large chile poblano
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

- Remove the stem, seeds, and membranes from the chile, then puree in a blender with 1/4 cup milk.
- In a separate bowl, mix the sour cream, yogurt, and 1/4 cup milk together.  
- Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a small saucepan.  
- Add the flour and stir until smooth.
- Add the chile puree and stir.
- Add the sour cream mixture and stir constantly over low heat until the mixture boils and thickens.
- Remove from heat and salt to taste.

** This sauce can be made up to 6 hours in advance and reheated over low heat before using. **

- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Melt the remaining two tablespoons butter in a skillet, add the chicken breasts, and saute for 2-4 minutes on each side until cooked through.
- Transfer to a lightly greased 13x9 dish, cover with the poblano sauce, and sprinkle with cheese.
- Bake for 15 minutes.

Serves 4-6.

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

1 c. butter or margarine, softened
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. granulated sugar
2 t. vanilla
2 eggs
grated peel from one orange
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1 1/3 + 1/2 c. flour
3 c. uncooked oats
1 1/2 c. dried cranberries

Cream together butter and sugars. Stir in vanilla, eggs, orange peel, baking soda, and salt. Add flour and oats; stir in cranberries. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until slightly brown. Remove to cooling racks.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Super Easy Alfredo Sauce

This stuff is super easy and WAY better than the stuff in the jar, in my opinion.  Adapted from  

1/4 cup butter
1 (4 ounce) package cream cheese
1 teaspoons garlic powder
1 cups milk
3 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
dash ground black pepper
dash nutmeg (optional)
3 T chopped fresh parsley (optional)

- Melt butter in a medium, non-stick saucepan over medium heat. 
- Add cream cheese and garlic powder, stirring with wire whisk until smooth. 
- Add milk, a little at a time, whisking to smooth out lumps. 
- Stir in Parmesan, pepper, and nutmeg. 
- Remove from heat when sauce reaches desired consistency. Sauce will thicken rapidly, thin with milk if cooked too long. 
- Top with parsley and serve over hot pasta. 

Modifications that I made:
- I didn't have parmesan, so I used shredded mozzarella.  The flavor was definitely milder, but it was still really good.  I also added 1/2 tsp. of salt to pick up the flavor a little bit (which I probably would not do with the parmesan).  
- The original recipe serves 8 at LEAST.  The amounts above are cutting the recipe in half.
- I used low-fat cream cheese and 1% milk, and it was creamy as EVER.  Still probably not healthy, but way better than the original.  I bet you could use no-fat cream cheese and skim milk, and still get a super creamy and delicious sauce.
- I threw in some steamed broccoli at the end when I tossed it with the pasta (yum).  I bet it would be good with chicken and/or mushrooms, too.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Deceptively Delicious

I know some of you have this cookbook, and I got it for Christmas. Do any of you have favorite recipes? Tips? What vegetables are easiest and most convenient to puree? Is there a good place to start? Am I correct in thinking that I can use pureed vegetables both in the recipes and as baby food?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.