Monday, April 19, 2010

Coco Wheats Brownies

I was feeling creative the other day, and had a box of CoCo Wheats in the pantry. I saw a recipe for brownies on the box. I made a few changes for lack of ingredients. These brownies are fudgy, cake-like, and delicious!

1 c margarine (I used 1/2c marg + 1/2 c shortening)
2 1/2 c sugar
4 eggs (I used 3 eggs + 1 Tbl flax seed + 3 Tbl water)
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c CoCo Wheats
1 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 c cocoa
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips (I omited)
optional: swirl marshmallow creme through batter before baking.
  • For smoother consistency, soak CoCo Wheats in cold water for 30-60 minutes. Drain. Add to recipe.
  • Preheat oven to 350*
  • Cream together margarine and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. Add CoCo Wheats.
  • In separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, and cocoa, then gradually add to the creamed mixture. Mix in chocolate morsels.
  • Spread in greased 9x12 pan and bake 45 minutes (You could cut recipe in half and use an 8x8 pan and bake 35-40 minutes)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spaghetti Squash with Sauce

I really tricked my husband this time! I hid all the evidence, and he had no idea what he was really eating.
I have never made spaghetti squash before, but I had read in several recipes that you can substitute it for regular spaghetti. I was a little skeptical, but I had a back up plan so I figured it was worth a try. An added bonus would be that we could substitute the "bad carbs" for veggies. It was actually good...and I didn't feel guilty for having seconds! This would fit better into the budget if the squash were in season, but the sauce can be used anytime (only $3 to make with meat!).

1 spaghetti squash
1 lb sausage (or turkey sausage, ground beef, or ground turkey) ($1.99)
chopped onion
1/2 clove minced garlic
2 8-oz cans tomato sauce ($0.50)
1 6-oz can tomato paste ($0.40)
1 tsp brown sugar
1 Tbl parsley
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
dash pepper
dash bay leaves
  • Heat oven to 375*
  • Cut squash in half and remove seeds. 
  • Place flesh side down on a greased baking sheet. POKE HOLES IN THE SKIN OF THE SQUASH SO IT WON'T EXPLODE IN THE OVEN
  • Bake for about 45 minutes or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce...Brown meat and drain and return to pan.
  • Add onion, garlic, tomato sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, parsley, oregano, salt, pepper, and bay leaves.
  • Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low, partially cover and cook 30 minutes
  • Remove from oven. Use a fork to scrape the flesh out of the skin. It looks just like spaghetti! Place in a bowl.
  • Combine sauce and spaghetti sqaush
  • Top with parmesan cheese

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Roast Beef Melt

We're still trying to eat healthy around her, but we are getting tired of chicken dishes. I guess I equate chicken with healthy. I started thinking about things we order when we go out to eat, and one of my husband's favorites is a roast beef melt. I don't usually buy deli meat because it kind of grosses me out after the first day or so. I don't know why, I'm just weird I guess. I thought I could get over the deli meat issue if it was warmed up and I think these turned about pretty good.

for one sandwich
2 slices of wheat bread (or bun of your choice)
2 slices low fat American cheese
4 oz thinly sliced roast beef, warmed
1Tbl spicy brown mustard
  • Spray oil on skillet or griddle and heat to medium
  • Butter one side of each slice of bread
  • Place one slice of bread, butter side down, in skillet. Top with one slice of cheese, meat, mustard, the other slice of cheese, and the other slice of bread (butter side up)
  • Toast sandwich until golden and flip over to toast the other side.

Friday, April 2, 2010

English Muffin Pizzas

We went out to eat last night, so we didn't have left overs for lunch today. My husband took PB&J, but only left the heal and one slice of bread...I don't eat the heal-YUCK! Usually when this happens, I just put pepperoni and cheese in a tortilla and heat it up, but we didn't have any tortillas. So I came up with this recipe. You could make it as simple or complicated as you want depending on your toppings.

English muffins, split in half
butter
pepperoni
shredded cheese
garlic, minced
oregano
other ideas: tomato, basil, ham, bacon, chicken, pesto, bbq sauce, etc
  • Preheat oven to 350*
  • Butter each half of the English muffins
  • Top with minced garlic, pepperoni, cheese, and oregano.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is toasty.

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