Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Pumpkin Bread

3 1/2 c. flour
3 c. sugar
1/2 c. vegetable oil 1 tsp. salt
4 eggs
2 c. pumpkin
1/4 tsp. ginger
2 tsp. soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/3 c. water

combine dry ingredients with moist ingredients, mix well. Bake in 2 9x5x3 loaf pans at 350 degrees for 70 min., or until done. Cool before wrapping.

Easy Banany Nut Bread

2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
3 mashed bananas
1 tsp soda
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
3/4 cup chopped nuts

Sift together flour, soda and salt. Cream shortening and sugar; add eggs and bananas. Add dry mixture gradually. When well mixed stir in nuts. Bake in well greased, floured loaf pan for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

(OR fill 12 muffin tins nearly full and cook about 20 min. and check-cover with foil to finish 5 more minutes)

Brownie Cookies

I can't wait to try these...

1 pkg. regular brownie mix
1/2 cup flour

Mix the brownie mix just like the directions say on the box. Add 1/2 cup of flour. Drop the dough on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Cranberry Pork Chops

I haven't tried this one yet either, but I will! Click on the recipe and it will enlarge it (and be easier to print).

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I haven't tried this yet, but it sounds really good. I got it on I'll let you know how it is after I make it!

shopping list

2 14-ounce cans chicken broth with roasted garlic
1 14-1/2 ounce can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
2 cups shredded cooked chicken (about 10 ounces)
2 cups frozen (yellow, green, and red) peppers and onion stir-fry vegetables
1 cup tortilla chips
slice fresh jalapeno chile peppers (optional)


1. In a 3-1/2-or 4-quart slow cooker, combine broth, undrained tomatoes, chicken, and frozen vegetables.

2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3-1/2 hours.

3. To serve, ladle soup into warm soup bowls and top with tortilla chips. If desired, top with chile peppers.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts per serving
Calories 181
Total Fat (g) 4
Saturated Fat (g) 1
Cholesterol (mg)36
Sodium (mg) 1383
Carbohydrate (g) 19
Fiber (g) 1
Protein (g) 18

Strawberry-Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

I also got spinach in my bountiful basket and it made me think of this yummy salad. I wonder if you could substitute the strawberries for peaches? hmmm...

shopping list

4 c. fresh baby spinach
1 pt. washed strawberries
1 sm. pkg. slivered almonds

1/2 c. sugar
2 T. sesame seeds
1 T. poppy seeds
1/2 tsp. minced onion
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 c. oil
1/4 c. seasoned rice vinegar

Wash and tear spinach into bite-size pieces. Slice strawberries. Toast almonds. Dressing: Mix all ingredients together and shake or mix until sugar is dissolved. This makes plenty of dressing for a very large salad. Pour dressing on salad just before serving.

**I usually 1/2 the recipe and I hardly ever toast the almonds. It's still very, very good. :)

Jerk Chicken Salad (Pampered Chef)

This is more of a summer dish, but i had green onions, a red pepper, and a pineapple in my bountiful basket and thought this would be perfect! IT IS DELICIOUS!!

shopping list
1 TBSP Garlic Oil or Olive Oil
1 TBSP Jamaican Jerk Rub (you can purchase this from the pampered chef or just use your favorite spice... I was out of the JJR when I made it and it still tasted great with other spices.)
1 lb. chicken tenders
1 medium pineapple
3 green onions (white and light green parts only)
2 heads romaine lettuce**
1 can black beans
6 slices bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
2 limes
1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 TBSP pineapple preserves (or pineapple/apricot) if anyone wants to make this dish i have a whole jar of pineapple preserves and you can have some...

Stove top
Mix together oil and spice.
Add chicken tenders; mix well to coat and set aside.
Slice pineapple into 1/4 in. slices.
Heat up your grill pan over med. heat.
Add chicken; cook 3-5 minutes on each side. Remove.
Add pineapple to pan. Cook 1 minute on each side. Remove.

Thinly slice Bell Pepper and Green Onions
Wash and chop lettuce. (for nice display, arrange 12 large leaves around a large serving platter, to serve salad in.)
Drain and rinse beans.

Juice 2 limes.
Zest one lime; add to juice.
Add 1/3 c. mayo
Add 2 TBSP. preserves
mix well.

Layer chopped lettuce, beans, bell pepper, chicken, pineapple, bacon and green onions over each lettuce leaf. Drizzle dressing over salad.

**You can substitute the salad with pasta, which is how I prefer it. DELISH!

ALSO, I forgot to thaw the bacon when I made it, it still tasted great. I think the key ingredient here is the dressing. :)


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