Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mandarin Confetti Pasta

16 oz Bow Tie Pasta
10 oz baby spinach
6 oz craisens
3- 11 oz cans of mandarin oranges, drained
1- 8 oz can water chestnuts, drained
1 bunch sliced green onions
1/4 cup sesame seeds
6 oz honey roasted peanuts
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed

1 cup oil
2/3 cup teriyaki sauce
6 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Cook pasta according to directions. Rinse well and drain. Mix dressing and pour over pasta in a large bowl. Marinate in the refrigerator for 5-8 hours (this is important), stirring often. Just before serving, stir in everything else.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Alfredo Meatballs

2 Tbs. butter
1 tsp flour
1cup cream or half and half
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

In a small heavy saucepan over medium heat melt butter. Mix in flour, cream and parmesan cheese. Cook until mixture thickens; stir constantly. Season with salt and pepper. Toss with hot pasta.

Hot Meatball Sandwich

Put your meatballs on a loaf of frenchbread. Cover with spaghetti sauce. Top with Mozzarella. Put in microwave or oven until mozzarella cheese melts.

Barbecue Meatballs

2 cans (8 oz) tomato sauce
1/2 cup catsup
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Combine tomato sauce, catsup, vinegar, brown sugar, Worchestershire sauce and seasoning; pour over meatballs. Cover and simmer 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Polynesian Meatballs

1 onion, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced
1 can (15 oz) pineaaspple chunks, drained (reserve juice)
2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
1 cup water
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs. soy sauce
2 Tbs. cornstarch

In a medium saucepan saute the onion and green pepper in a small amount of oil until tender. Stir in 1/2 cup juice from pineapple, bouillon, water, vinegar and brown sugar. In a small bowl combine soy sauce and cornstarch; mix well. Add to vegetable mixture. Simmer until mixture thickens; stir constantly. Add pineapple and meatballs. Serve over rice.

Italian Meatballs

4 cans (8 oz) tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp pepper

In a medium saucepan combine tomato sauce, water, brown sugar and seasonings. Cover and simmer 15-20 minutes; stir occasionally. Add meatballs and serve over spaghetti

Basic Meatball mix (Yield: 140)

4 lbs. ground beef (don't go any less than 80/20)
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups bread crumbs
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 Tbsp. salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

In a large bowl combine all ingredients; blend well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place meatballs on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes. Drain on paper towels; cool. Select desired number of meatballs per serving and place in freezer container; label. Store in freezer. Use within 3 months.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Hawaiian Sweet Bread


  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup instant mashed potato flakes
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 cups flour, potato flakes, sugar, yeast, salt and ginger. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, water, butter and pineapple juice to 120 degrees F-130 degrees F. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add eggs; beat until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/4 hours.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into thirds. Shape each into a ball. Place in three greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Deceptive Creamy Butternut squash soup

* Nonstick cooking spray
* 1 small onion, chopped
* 1 clove garlic, cut in half
* 3.5 low-sodium vegetable broth
* 2 lbs potatoes, peeled and chopped
* 1/2 cup cauliflower puree
* 1 1/2 cups butternut squash puree
* 1 cup skim milk
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1/4 cup shredded fat free cheddar cheese


* Coat a large pot with cooking spray and set it over medium heat. When the pot is hot, add the onion and the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft but not brown, 5-6 minutes. (Be careful not to burn the garlic!)
* Add the broth and potatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the potatoes are tender, 20-25 minutes.
* Carefully spoon the mixture into a blender or food processor and add the vegetable purees, milk, and salt; puree until smooth. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with cheese.

April Fools Pie

"Chocolate" Meat Loaf Filling
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon dark, unsulfured molasses
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup bread crumbs
1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef
1 egg, lightly beaten
"Strawberry" Potato Topping
2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup canned sliced beets (not pickled)
1/4 cup (or more) warm milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Frozen pie shell (use your favorite brand)

1. Heat the oven to 350°. In a small saucepan, combine the barbecue sauce, milk, molasses, cocoa, and chili powder. Set the pan over medium heat and whisk the mixture until it is lukewarm and the cocoa is completely dissolved. Set it aside to cool.

2. Sauté the onions in the tablespoon of canola oil until they are transparent, about 7 minutes.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the salt, celery salt, pepper, and bread crumbs. Then add the beef, egg, sauce mixture, and onion. Thoroughly mix the ingredients using your hands or a wooden spoon.

4. Remove the pie shell from the freezer. (We placed ours in a Pyrex dish to help ensure that the pie would bake evenly.) Transfer the meat to the shell, spreading it evenly with a spoon. Bake it until the meat is cooked through, about 60 minutes.

5. While the pie is baking, prepare the mashed potato topping. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to completely submerge them. Salt the water lightly, cover the pot, and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly and cook the potatoes at a low boil until they are tender, about 12 minutes.

6. While the potatoes cook, puree the beets and 1/4 cup warm milk in a blender until only small bits of beet are left in the mixture. Set aside.

7. Drain the potatoes and transfer them to a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and pureed beets and, using an electric mixer, whip the mixture until it's smooth and fluffy. Add more milk if needed and salt to taste.

8. Spread the whipped potatoes over the top of the cooked meat pie with a spatula, as you would whipped cream, mounding it slightly in the center. Slice and serve the pie while the potatoes are still hot. Makes 8 servings.


  • 1 (8 ounce) package manicotti shells
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 2 (26 ounce) jars pasta sauce
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add manicotti and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  3. In a bowl, mix 3 cups mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, garlic, egg, and basil. Stuff cooked manicotti with the mixture.
  4. Spread about 2 cups pasta sauce over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Arrange stuffed manicotti in the dish, and cover with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan, and continue baking 10 minutes, until mozzarella is melted and bubbly.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Chicken Noodle Soup

5 Cups of Chicken Broth
1 cup carrots
1 cup celery
1 cup potatoes
1/2 cup onions
Chicken Gravy mix
egg noodles

Saute onions in butter. Add chicken broth, carrots, celery, potatoes and chicken...simmer until tender. Add egg noodles until barely soft (al dente) stir in 1-2 Tbs. of chicken gravy mix. Enjoy!

Easy Stir Fry

Stir Fry Meat
Green Pepper
Golden Mushroom Soup
Ramen Noodles

Brown Stir Fry Beef in a skillet. Add mushrooms and onions in butter or olive oil to saute for 5 minutes. Add other veggies. When cooked, add 1 can of Golden Mushroom Soup.

Prepare Ramen Noodles according to package directions (even adding the MSG laden packet...sorry) Serve stir fry mixture over the Ramen Noodles.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Wanton Soup

For the soup:
5 cups chicken broth (regular or low-sodium)
2 cups water
2 to 3 thin slices fresh ginger
5 or 6 bok choy leaves, washed
Pepper to taste
For the wontons:
1/2 pound ground pork (for lower-fat wontons, use ground turkey)
2 scallions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cornstarch
35 to 40 wonton wrappers
1. In a large saucepan, combine the chicken broth, water, and ginger slices. Cover and bring the broth to a gentle simmer, then turn off the heat. Cut the bok choy into small pieces and set it aside.

2. Combine the pork, scallions, ginger, and garlic in a mixing bowl. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, salt, pepper, and cornstarch and mix well with a rubber spatula.

3. Remove the wonton wrappers from their package and cover them with a damp paper towel to keep them from drying out. Assemble the wontons (see below), place them on a large plate or a baking sheet lined with waxed paper, and cover them loosely with plastic wrap..
Assembling the Wontons:
1. Place a wrapper flour side up on your work surface. Using a spoon and a chopstick, drop a scant teaspoon of the meat mixture onto the wrapper.
2. Moisten all the edges of the wrapper with a wet fingertip, then fold it over so the edges meet. Pinch the edges to seal them.
3. Using your finger or a chopstick, make an indentation in the middle of the filled wonton.
4. Dab a drop of water on the two corners and fold them in so they overlap above the indentation. Pinch them together to secure them in place.

4. Bring the chicken broth to a boil. Use a slotted spoon to add the wontons a few at a time, keeping the broth at a low boil. Cook the wontons until they are no longer pink inside (remove one and cut it open to check), at least 7 minutes. Turn the heat back to high, add the bok choy, cover, and cook it for 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and add pepper to taste.

5. Transfer 5 or 6 wontons to each soup bowl and ladle on the hot broth. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sweet Mustard Chicken Bake

* 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
* 1/2 cup honey
* 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
* 1/2 cup butter, melted
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a shallow baking dish. In a small bowl, stir together the honey, Dijon mustard, melted butter and pepper. Place chicken in the greased baking dish, and pour the honey mustard sauce over it. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, basting frequently with the sauce, until chicken is firm and juices run clear

Chicken Fingers

1 cup corn flakes
1 cup plain bread crumbs
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast tenders, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup honey mustard
1/4 cup barbecue sauce

Turn the oven on to 375 degrees F.

In a pie pan or other shallow, large dish, pour out the corn flakes. Crush the cereal up with your hands. Mix in bread crumbs, sugar, salt, pepper, and allspice.

Drizzle about 3 tablespoons vegetable oil evenly over the breading, tossing and turning it to mix the oil all through the bread crumbs and crushed-up corn flakes.

Cut the chicken fingers into toes, 2-inch pieces. Turn the chicken in flour, eggs and then in the special crunchy breading. Arrange the chicken toes on a nonstick baking sheet. Place the chicken toes in the oven and cook 15 minutes or until crisp and brown all over.

Mix together honey mustard and barbecue sauce in a small bowl. Serve hot chicken toes with honey mustard and barbecue sauce for dipping.