Sunday, August 31, 2008

Cake Mix Fruit Crisp

4 cups fruit
1 vanilla bean, sliced and seeds scraped

1 box reduced sugar cake mix
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine fruit and vanilla bean in square baking dish.

Combine cake mix, butter, and milk until crumbly.

Sprinkle cake mix evenly on top of fruit.

Bake 35-40 minutes.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Chicken Bacon Cheddar Orzo

1 tablespoon minced roasted garlic
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
2 cans chicken broth
1 cup white wine
2 cups orzo pasta
1 package chicken sausage, cooked and diced (the one I use is a 4 pack)
1 package bacon pieces
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Combine garlic, onion, chicken broth, and wine in a pot. Bring to a boil. Add orzo to broth. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 10-15 until the broth is absorbed; stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat stir in chicken, bacon, and cheese.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Red Rice

Recipe adapted from My Recipes
1/2 cup salsa
1 can chicken broth
1 cup long-grain white rice

In a saucepan, bring the salsa and broth to a boil.

Add the rice; stir.

Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 15 minutes.

Stir and serve.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Buttermilk Cobbler

4 cups fruit
1/3 cup Splenda sugar blend
1/3 cup Splenda blend brown sugar
1 1/2 cups Heart Smart Bisquick
1 1/3 cups fat free buttermilk
Cinnamon Sugar

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine fruit with Splenda sugar blend. Pour into 8 inch round or square baking dish.

In a separate bowl, combine Splenda brown sugar blend and Bisquick. Stir in buttermilk until smooth. Pour over fruit.

Sprinkle top with cinnamon sugar.

Bake in preheated oven 50 minutes, or until lightly browned and bubbly.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Graham Cracker Mixed Fruit Crisp

Recipe adapted from Remax mailing

4 cups fruit (I used 1-1/2 cups peaches, 1-1/2 cups blueberries, 1 cup apple)
1 cup Splenda Blend Sugar
6 teaspoons cornstarch

1 cup flour
1/4 cup Splenda Blend Sugar
1/4 cup Splenda Blend Brown Sugar
1/2 cup pecans
1-1/2 cups graham crackers
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, cubed

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine fruit, sugar, and cornstarch. Pour into 9 x 9 baking dish.

Combine topping ingredients, except butter, in food processor. Pulse until well combined. Add butter using a pastry blender or fork until topping is lumpy. Put topping evenly over fruit.

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Unfried Fried Chicken

1/2 cup fat free sour cream
Italian Style panko bread crumbs
Old Bay Seasoning
Cayenne Pepper
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.

Pour sour cream in a coating dish.

In a separate coating dish pour about a cup of panko bread crumbs, 1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning, and a few dashes of cayenne pepper. (May need to add more depending on how many chicken breasts you use.)

Rinse chicken in cold water, dip in sour cream, then in bread crumb mixture coating both sides of chicken.

Place in baking dish. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts. Spray the top of the chicken with cooking spray.

Bake 40 minutes; turning after 20 minutes.

Lemon Pasta

Adapted from Rachel Ray

1 pound pasta
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 lemons, zested and juiced
3/4 cup fat free half and half
1 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water and drop the spaghetti into the pot.

Heat a large deep skillet over low heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil and garlic and crushed red pepper flakes.

When the pasta has been cooking about 5 minutes, add lemon juice, a ladle of the cooking water from the pasta and the cream to the garlic and oil. Raise heat a bit to bring sauce to a bubble.

Drain pasta when it done. Add lemon zest and half of the cheese to the cream sauce. Season the sauce with salt, to taste. Add pasta to pan and turn off heat. Toss the pasta with sauce a minute or 2, allowing it time to soak up the sauce.

Top the plates of pasta or platter with remaining cheese, parsley and basil.

Pasta topped with Unfried Fried Chicken.