Monday, November 25, 2013

Blueberry Cobbler (or Any Berry)

24 oz of berries
1 box of white cake mix
12 oz Sprite

Pour berries on the bottom of a dish (sprayed with nonstick spray). Spread dry cake mix evenly over berries. Break up any lumps. Do not stir. Slowly pour soda over cake mix. Still do not stir. Let sit 3-5 minutes. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes.

Enjoy! May be served with homemade vanilla ice cream.

Definitely sinful!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Easy Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Easy Pumpkin Spice Muffins

1 box Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix (Mix only - do not follow box directions)
1 15 oz can Libby's 100% Pumpkin Puree

With hand mixer, mix both ingredients. Fill cupcake liners 2/3's full. Bake in 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

This recipe made 17 muffins at 120 calories per muffin.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Foil Packet Tilapia with Mixed Vegetables

Foil Packet Tilapia with Mixed Vegetables

4 oz Tilapia
1 cup any mixed, frozen vegetables
Blackened Seasoning

Spray aluminum foil with nonstick spray. Sprinkle tilapia with Blackened Seasoning. Place tilapia, and vegetables on aluminum and wrap. Bake in 450 degrees for 25 minutes.

1 Serving = 200 calories   Add a cup of long grain brown rice for a total of 450 calories.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Roasted Chicken & Vegetables

Roasted Chicken & Vegetables

2 small potatoes
1 1/2 c of baby carrots
1 small onion, chopped
5 garlic cloves
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp fresh Rosemary
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 chicken breasts

Place aluminum foil in 9x9 baking dish. Spray with nonstick spray. Place chicken on aluminum foil.

Mix first seven ingredients in a bowl. Pour veggies over chicken. Bake at 450 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

Serve with green beans.

Makes 2 servings @ 500 calories.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Stuffed Bell Peppers (Green)

Stuffed Bell Peppers (Green)

4 green peppers
1 lb extra lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 - 16 oz. can stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 - 16 oz. Rotel, undrained
1/2 cup uncooked rice (cooked according to pkg)
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 TBS Oregano
1 TBS Basil
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese

Cut tops off of peppers. Remove seeds and membrane. Cook in boiling, salted water (approximately 5 minutes). Drain. Set aside.

Cook rice.

Brown meat with onions. Drain any fat. Add tomatoes, rice, Worcestershire sauce, Oregano, Basil, Salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes.

Spray 9 x 9 baking dish with nonstick spray. Stuff pepper with meat mixture. Place in baking dish. Spoon leftover mixture around peppers (helps hold the peppers up). Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Makes 4 Servings; 1 serving = 300 calories

Friday, August 30, 2013

Layered Bean Dip

Layered Bean Dip

2 cans (16 ounces, each) refried beans
1 jar of salsa
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups Monterey jack cheese, shredded

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1/2 beans evenly in bottom of dish,top with 1/2 the salsa, 1/2 the cheese.Repeat.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cheese in melted and slightly browned. You may top with sour cream. Serve with tortilla chips.

Bow Tie Chicken

Bow Tie Chicken

3-4 chicken breasts cubed
2 - 14 oz cans Italian diced tomatoes
1 envelope of Lipton Savory Herb Garlic Soup mix (next to onion soup mix)
4 chicken breast
Bow tie pasta
Shredded Parmesan cheese

Mix soup mix and tomatoes into crock pot, add chicken and stir. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Cook bow tie pasta according to package. Serve over bow tie pasta; we actually just mix it all together. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Parmesan Meatloaf

Parmesan Meatloaf

2lbs Ground Beef
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
1/2 cup Ketchup
2 tbs Marjoram
1 tbs dried basil
1 tbs dried parsley
1 tbs oregano
1 tbs thyme
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup green bell pepper
1 small onion, very finely chopped
1/2 cup spaghetti sauce of your choice
1 tbs olive oil
1 large egg, beaten

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, seasonings, and dressings in a bowl.

Put mixed beef, into a sprayed loaf pan.

Top the meatloaf with pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese.

Place filled loaf pan on bottom rack of oven and bake in the preheated oven at 375 degrees for 45 minutes - 1 hour. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving/slicing. Garnish with parsley if desired..

Monday, July 15, 2013

Julie's Homemade Canned Dill Pickles



Prepare quart jars by washing and sterilizing.

Brine Ingredients
3 qts Water
1 qt Vinegar
1 Cup Canning Salt

Bring Vinegar, Salt, & Water to a rolling boil.

Spices for Each Jar
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 Clove of Garlic
1 tsp Dill Seed

Place Cayenne, Garlic, and Dill in each jar. Place whole pickling cucumbers, hamburger sliced, or quartered sliced cucumbers in jar leaving 1/2 an inch headspace. Pour vinegar mixture into each jar leaving a 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air pockets and adjust headspace. Wipe rims of jars. Center lid on jar and screw on band.

Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Let cool in pot for 5 minutes. Remove and let cool.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Baked Fries

Baked Fries

1 1/2 lbs russet potatoes (3 medium) - I also like sweet potatoes
2 TBS olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Cut potatoes into strips.
  2. Soak fries in cold water 5 minutes. Drain and blot dry with paper towels. Combine fries, oil and salt in a large mixing bowl; toss to coat. Arrange fries in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake 36–40 minutes or until deep golden brown.
Yield: 4 servings
Nutrients per serving: Calories 190, Total Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 0.5 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 300 mg, Carbohydrate 31 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 4 g

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Tiff's Homemade Ice Cream

Tiff's Homemade Ice Cream

2 cups Sugar
2 TBS Flour
4 Eggs
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
Pinch of Salt
1 can Sweet Condensed Milk
2 cans Evaporated milk
Whole Milk

Mix first 7 ingredients together. Pour into ice cream maker cylinder. Add milk to fill line. Place in machine. Add ice and ice cream salt. Churn. Keep adding ice and salt when needed. Churns for approximately 30-40 minutes.

You can add strawberries, peaches, or other fruit. Add sugar to the fruit and puree. Then pour puree into the mixture right before you add the milk.

You can also substitute Big Red or your favorite soda pop for the whole milk at the end. Yummo!