Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Brownie Mix Truffles

20 ounce chocolate brownie mix (no nuts or chunks of any kind)
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
3 heath bars crushed
powdered sugar

Put crunched up candy bars and brownie mix in bowl and mix together
Add milk a bit at a time until thick dough forms.
Roll into 1 " balls and dredge in powdered sugar, cocoa, sprinkles, coconut or dip in chocolate.

Makes 48

Better Than Whoopie Chocolate Cake

Mix up a chocolate cake mix according to the directions but bake it in a cookie sheet (the one with the little sides) for 15-20 minutes at 3:50 until done (toothpick test).

Let cake cool completely. Before serving, pierce cake with fork all over.
Pour a can of sweetened condensed milk over cake.
Top with a container of Cool Whip or whip cream.
[ Some people put crushed Heath Bars or butter brickle between the milk layer and the cool whip but I find that to be overkill. 'Sup to you...]

You can dress it up with sprinkles, nuts, shaved chocolate or whatever or serve it plain. It has been my experience that it doesn't last long enough to be admired.

Serve immediately after putting Cool Whip on.
Oh. My. God.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Taco Packets

In large bowl combine:

4 medium potatoes (peeled and cubed-smallish)
1 # raw hamburger
1 can corn
1 packet taco seasoning mix

Mix well and divide onto 4-6 12" foil squares (depending on how big you want them to be)
Bake at 450° for 35 minutes.

Open carefully and top with a sprinkle of cheese and a tsp. of sour cream. Uneaten packets make great leftovers or will freeze well.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Vanilla Pudding Oat Cakes (Breakfast Cookies)

Preheat oven to 350°

1/2 c flour
1/2 c oats (instant or regular)
1 sm. package of instant vanilla pudding (I used sugar free)
2 tbs wheat germ (if desired)

1/2 c. canned pumpkin (or applesauce or mashed banana)
1/2 c brown sugar (I used Splenda blend)
1 tsp cinnamon
I tsp baking soda
2 tbs water
2 beaten eggs

Combine both mixes together and then add one or all of the following:

1/2 c of dried fruit (cranberries, raisins or whatever)
1/2 c mini chocolate chips
1/2 c nuts (I used hazelnuts)

Sprinkle with additional sugar if you like them a little sweeter.

Drop into 12 cookies on cookie sheet and cook for 12-15 minutes.

I put them in bags of two in the freezer and they freeze and thaw well!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Apple Pork Chop Stuffing Casserole

Put a 21 oz can of apple pie filling* in the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 pan

Brown six to eight 1" thick boneless pork chops and put on top of apples.

Make 1 box of Stovetop stuffing and put on top of pork chops

Cover and bake at 350° for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 more minutes.


(*Can also use applesauce instead of apples)

Monday, March 10, 2008

Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Brown in skillet until no longer pink:
1 # boneless skinless chicken breasts chopped into 1" cubes
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
(can add 1/2 c chopped onion if you like and saute until translucent)

1 16 oz can fat free refried beans
1 (14.5 oz) can of tomatoes with mild green peppers (drained)
1 (11 oz ) can Mexicorn (drained)
1 small can sliced black olives

Cut up 8 eight inch flour tortillas into 1 inch strips (use a pizza cutter-it's faster)

Spray a 7 x 11 inch pan with Pam and then layer the ingredients in this order:
  • Enough of the bean mixture to spread around make a thin layer at the bottom of the pan
  • 24 tortilla strips (double/triple layer them)
  • 1/2 remaining bean mixture
  • 1/2 chicken cubes
  • 1 c of shredded cheese of your choice (I used Mexican blend; lo or fat free work well in this)
  • 24 more tortilla strips (double/triple layered)
  • Rest of bean mixture
  • Rest of chicken
  • 1 more cup of cheese
Lay some of the leftover tortilla strips on top like a grid or a lattice and either brush them with a little olive oil or spray with Pam.
Bake at 25-30 minutes at 350° until heated through and cheese is melted.

I served drizzled with a little ff sour cream that had been thinned with milk and a little salsa on the side. Looked impressive and tasted awesome!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Cornmeal Chicken for Foreman Grill

Wash, pat dry dry and pound 4 chicken breasts to 1/2" thick.
Brush with a couple TBS lemon juice.
3/4 c cornmeal
1/4 c parm cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
(You could really use any spices you like.)
Beat one egg and dip breast in it and then dredge through cornmeal mix.
Let sit on wire rack on for 20 minutes to 'dry'.
Meanwhile coat the Foreman Grill with Pam and preheat.
Cook 4-7 minutes or until done in middle and golden brown on outside! (Mine took ~ 6)
If the breasts don't make contact with the upper grill plate because they are too thin. Flip them halfway!

Little serving can cook a package of couscous, steam a bag of broccoli and cook this chicken in less than 10 minutes (after the initial 5 min of inital prep time to bread the chicken!)