February 18, 2009
When I am on the go (which is all of the time), I like a quick healthy snack. This trail mix is perfect because it has the combination of a sweet and salty crunch made with some of my favorite ingredients. Today, I am taping 4 different cooking segments for a new local NBC show, “Daytime Alabama”. I can’t begin to explain what it’s like to prepare for 4 different cooking shows (I thought 1 show was difficult). Don’t get me wrong, it’s really fun. I would like to give thanks to my friend Alacia who helped me prepare for these television segments.
Organic Trail Mix
Prep: 5 minutes
Yield: 6 cups
21/2 cups Oatmeal Squares
2 cups granola
2 (10-ounce) package Harvest blend trail mix (I used Back to Nature)
1 (5.2-ounce) dried strawberries
1 (5.2-ounce) dried blueberries
1 (8.3-ounce) yogurt covered raisins
1. Combine all ingredients in a airtight container and store at room temperature.
February 16, 2009
A friend of mine requested more side dish options, so here’s one that’s hard to beat. If you love spinach dip, spinach casserole, or spinach period, you will love this low-fat, simple side dish prepared in muffin cups. The most difficult part of this recipe is draining the spinach, and anyone can do that. And, if you’re trying to eat low-carb or are on Weight Watchers, this recipe is really great for you. Serve these for a breakfast, brunch or with steak, pork, chicken or fish for a comforting side dish that tastes as good as it looks.
Crustless Spinach Tarts
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
1 (16-ounce) package frozen spinach
3 egg whites
11/2 cups (12-ounce) 2% cottage cheese
1 cup low-fat finely shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded or freshly grated Parmesan
1. Cook spinach in microwave; drain well.
2. In a separate bowl, combine egg whites and next 2 ingredients; stir in spinach. Pour mixture into lightly greased muffin pans. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese evenly over tops. Bake at 400F for 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned.
February 11, 2009
With just 4 ingredients and about 20 minutes, you can prepare these homemade candies for your favorite Valentine. These are so easy and fabulous! Be sure to butter the pans good to prevent sticking and use wax paper after the candy has been dipped in chocolate. They disappeared in a matter of minutes at my house so I hope you will love them too! Also, thanks to http://www.tipnut.com for recommending my Valentine ideas.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 24 candies
1 (14-ounce) package caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons skim milk
2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup semisweet chocolate
1. Combine caramels and milk in a heavy saucepan; cook mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Stir in pecans, and drip by tablespoonfuls onto buttered baking sheets. Let stand until firm.
2. Microwave chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 minute or until melted, stirring once.
3. Dip caramel candies into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip; place on wax paper. let stand until firm.
February 9, 2009
Chocolate lava cakes are one of my favorite desserts, and I worked hard to develop a simple way to prepare them. With just a few ingredients and not much effort, these come out fabulous and are perfect for Valentine’s Day! I made them for television yesterday on WBRC Fox 6 in Birmingham, Alabama, and they were an instant hit. To prepare for television, I made over 20, which was fun for my kids and my son’s friend, Sergei, to watch and taste. See the link below for the television video.
Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes
Dark chocolate may be substituted for semisweet in this recipe. These can be made at least a day ahead least one day ahead. Pour the mixture Pour the mixture into ramekins, cover and refrigerate. Be sure to bring to room temperature 30 minutes before baking. I also had a couple of baked and prepared ones left over, and I left them in the ramekins and reheated them in the microwave for 15 seconds, and they worked great!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 egg yolk
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1. Preheat oven to 425F. Lightly grease 4 (8-ounce) ramekins (custard cups or souffle dishes). Place on a baking sheet.
2. Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwaveable bowl on High 30 seconds or until butter is melted. Whisk until chocolate is completely melted. Whisk in vanilla and confectioners sugar until well blended. Whisk in eggs and yolk. Stir in flour and pour batter evenly into prepared custard cups.
2. Bake 13 minutes or until sides are firm but centers are soft. Let stand 10 minutes. Carefully loosen edges with a knife. Invert cakes onto serving plates and sift powdered sugar over the top. Serve immediately.