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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ground Beef Wellington

Nolan gave this 5 stars! He asked if we could have it on the menu every month. Very easy and pretty too!
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mushrooms
1 Tbs light margarine
2 tsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper, divided
1/2 cup fat free half & half
1 egg yolk
3 Tbs finely chopped onion
1/4 tsp salt
1 lb ground beef
1 tube reduced fat pilsburry crescent rolls

Use a saucepan to saute mushrooms in the margarine.
Stir in the flour and 1/8 tsp of the pepper.
Slowly add the cream as you stir and bring it to a boil
Cook and stir for about 2 minutes (until it is thick)
Remove from heat and set aside
Meat Filling
In a bowl, combine egg yolk, onion, 2 Tbs of the mushroom sauce, salt and remaining pepper.
Crumble the beef over the mixture and mix with your hands.
Shape into two loaves.
Unroll the crescent dough onto a cookie sheet and separate into two equal rectangles
Gently Press down the perforations to seal
Place meat loaf onto each rectangle

Bring the corners to the middle
Pinch the seams of the dough to seal.

Bake @ 350 for 24 minutes.
(You may want to cover at the end to prevent over-browning. I didn't need to but it is an option.)
Ok. A friend tried this and said her breading burned so she was forced to take it out early. Consequently, the meat was not thoroughly cooked in the middle. Cover them with foil so that you can cook for the full time. Then remove foil to brown after the 24 minutes. Sorry friend!!!
Meanwhile, warm the remaining sauce. Add a splash of milk if needed.

I skinned and chopped two potatoes while these were baking. Boiled for about 10 minutes and blended with a little margarine and milk. Yummy side for this dish.

Chicken Manicotti

MMM! This is really good. The recipe makes two pans so that you can freeze one at the end. I like this recipe because you don't have to try and stuff filling  into slimy limp pasta without ripping it. It saves on time and energy. I made this for dinner guests last week and didn't have time to take pics.

1 Tbs. granulated garlic
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
16 uncooked manicotti shells
2 jars/cans spaghetti sauce (26 oz each)
1 pound Italian turkey sausage, cooked and drained
6 mushrooms chopped
1 can sliced olives
8 oz mozzarella cheese

Cut the chicken into 1 x 3 inch strips and rub with garlic and pepper
Spread one cup of spaghetti sauce into each baking dish/pan ( You can use 2-7 x 11 or 13 x 19 pans. )
Stuff the chicken into the manicotti
Place eight stuffed shell into each dish
Sprinkle sausage, mushroom and olives over the top of the row of shells
Pour the remaining sauce over  the top
Sprinkle with cheese
Cover and bake one casserole @ 375 for 70 minutes.
Cover and freeze the remaining casserole for up to 1 month

To use the frozen casserole: Thaw in the fridge over night. Let it sit on the counter at room temp for about 30 minutes before you pop it in the oven. Bake as directed above.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Chicken Tortilla Chowder

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked & cubed(Can use 1 package of ready-to-serve chicken breast strips, chopped)

2 cans cream of potato soup
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cups skim milk
1 can chicken broth (98% fat free)
1 can mexicorn, drained (11 oz)
1 can chopped green chiles
3 flour tortillas cut into 2 inch x 1/2 inch strips
2 oz shredded cheese (I used half cheddar, half pepper jack)

Combine soups, milk and broth in a large pan and heat it up. Stir it often so it doesn't burn on the bottom.  Add the corn, chicken, & chilies and bring it to a boil.  Stir in the tortillas and cheese. Heat about two more minutes and serve. 

1 cup was 5 pts. The cheese could have been left out making it 3 pts.  SO YUMMY!

Monday, February 15, 2010

White Chili

About 3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts cut into 1" cubes
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cans great northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 can chopped green chiles
1 can chicken broth
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. granulate garlic
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 cup(+) fat free sour cream
1/2 cup fat free evaporated milk

In a large sauce pan, cook the chicken, onions, garlic and pepper until the chicken is no longer pink
Add the beans, broth, chiles & seasonings
Bring to a boil
Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 30 minutes
Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and evaporated milk
** If you double this recipe, do not double the chiles and cayenne pepper.
8 servings @ 3pts. each

Monday, February 1, 2010

Valentine's Day Cupcakes

His and Hers cupcakes for Valentine's Day. His are Chocolate with Reese's Peanut Butter frosting. Mine, just the cupcake to save on points.

Chocolate Cake Mix
12 oz coke zero
Mix and bake just as you prepare regular cupcakes.
Cupcake = 2 Weight Watcher Pts

1/2 cup of peanut butter
1/3 cup light margarine
1 cup of powdered sugar
1-3 Tbs of milk

Frosting = 2 weight watcher pts.

Easy Minestrone Soup

This is such an easy soup recipe. You can often just open your cupboards and dump the ingredients you have on hand to make this yummy soup. My two year old liked it and my 8 month old DEVOURED it.  She could not get enough of the turkey, noodles and veggies.

1 lb Lean ground turkey (93/7)
1/4 cup onion
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, separated
1 can Hunt's Spaghetti Sauce (Italian Sausage Flavored)
1 can of water
2 carrots, 1/2 cubes
2 celery stalks, chopped (including leaves)
1/2 tomato chopped
1 can sweet yellow corn
1 can cut green beans
1 can red kidney beans
3 oz whole wheat pasta shells
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp salt
Italian seasoning to taste

Brown turkey with onions, 2 clove garlic and 1/2 tsp of pepper
Add the carrots and celery and let them soften
Add spaghetti sauce and then one can of water
Add corn, tomatoes, green beans, and kidney beans
Add the rest of your granulated garlic, salt, pepper and Italian Seasonings
Boil pasta separately and then add to soup just before you serve.

Weight Watcher points:  1 cup = 3 pts!

You may want to add a little water  or chicken stock when you eat leftovers. The veggies and pasta may continue to soak up the broth.