Recipes Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Low fat cooking does not mean you have to be deprived of desserts. The trick to reducing fat in your diet is to think smart and use healthier alternatives to fats. Here is a chocolate chip cookie recipe that has very little fat as applesauce is used instead of butter or margarine. The only source will come from the mini-chocolate chips. The dough turns out a little different from traditional Toll House cookie dough, but once cooked, they still taste great!

Chocolate chip cookies, Low Fat Recipe
Yield:
2 1/2 dozen

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg white
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preparation:
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Combine the sugars, applesauce, vanilla, and egg white in
large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool before you try to remove them from the cookie sheet.

If you really want to have a higher fiber cookie, you can use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. They will come out a little crumblier but will have a fuller flavor. You can also substitute carob for the chocolate chips, as carob too is high in fiber. Carob is naturally sweeter than cocoa, however when being processed as a confection, butter fat and milk are added just as they are to cocoa when turned into chocolate. Cocoa (chocolate) has a slight stimulating effect whereas carob does not. One of the advantages of cocoa is the flavonoids -antioxidants – that protect the body against free radical damage. Another is the fact that cocoa promotes production of endorphins, which contain phenylethylamine the body’s “euphoric” drug, which is why chocolate gives us a good feeling.

Either way, these cookies are delicious at about 82 calories each. Whip some up and enjoy!

Source:

  1. The Ultimate Healthy Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies | Amy's …
  2. Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe | MyRecipes.com

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Recipes Barbecue Sauce

Barbeque sauce is one of the easiest sauces to make and you can easily adjust your liquid ingredients to make the consistency of the sauce just the way you like it whether it be medium or extra thick.

Ingredients

1 – 8 ounce can of tomato sauce 1 – 6 ounce can of tomato paste (use 4 ounces for thinner sauce) 2 Tablespoons of Worchester sauce 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar 1 Tablespoon of onion powder 1 Tablespoon of garlic powder 1 Tablespoon of dry mustard 1 Tablespoon of cayenne pepper 1 Tablespoon of honey 1 tablespoon of sugar

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and cook on low heat until it starts to boil then simmer for 20 minutes. After it cools put the sauce in an air tight container and store in the refrigerator.

This sauce is great for marinading meat, grilling and even as a dipping sauce for chicken tenders.

Source:

  1. Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes : Food Network
  2. Neely's BBQ Sauce Recipe : Food Network

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Recipes Low Fat Blueberry Muffins

Summer brings out the best of fruits and vegetables, the least of which is blueberries. This powerhouse of antioxidants becomes abundant during late spring and early summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Center indicates that blueberries are at the top in antioxidant benefits along with the acai berry, compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help deactivate damaging “free radicals” that can lead to cancer and other age-related diseases. This recipe uses applesauce in place of fat thereby making it a truly fat free muffin. Using whole wheat increases the fiber in your diet, which helps with the elimination process from your innards.

Fat Free Blueberry Muffins

1 1/2 cups wheat bran
1 cup nonfat milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup fresh washed and de-stemmed blueberries

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place paper liners in your muffin tin. In a small bowl mix the bran and milk; set aside for a minimum of ten minutes. In a large bowl, mix the applesauce, egg, sugar, and vanilla. Add the bran mixture and blend well. Using a sifter, add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until all dry ingredients are moist. Spoon into the muffin tins and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Each muffin is 100 calories, 0.7 g fat, 23.1 g carbohydrates, 4.2 g fiber, 3.6 g protein.

These delicious muffins will leave you guilt free when you serve them to your family, friends and guests.

Source:

  1. Best 100 Calorie Blueberry Muffins Recipe – Allrecipes.com
  2. Skinny Blueberry Muffins – Averie Cooks

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Recipe for Chicken Vindaloo

Curry is one of my favorite dishes to cook, although I must admit that my husband can cook a better curry than me now. Here is a recipe we use when cooking Chicken Vindaloo. Depending on what spices we have in the cupboard, we tend to adapt the recipe when necessary. The dish doesn’t take too long to prepare and beautiful aromas fill the kitchen when cooking this meal.

First the marinade.

I teaspoon crushed coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon chili powder
Good pinch of ground turmeric
3 cloves of garlic chopped (you can add more or less depending on your own taste)
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
1 teaspoon of salt (sea salt if possible)
1 tablespoon of tomato puree
Half a cup of malt vinegar
1 teaspoon of sweet paprika
300ml/10fl oz of water

Other ingredients

500gm of skinless, boneless chicken breasts
(cubed)
1 tablespoon of olive oil or vegetable oil
1 onion sliced
1 large potato (cubed)
2 Green Thai Chillies
6 Fresh Curry leaves(these are optional but I do find they give a subtle flavour)

Before you start cooking you have to make the marinade. In a large baking dish, any sort will do, put together all the ingredients for the marinade. Stir so they all blend together. Add the cubed chicken and make sure it has been tossed in the marinade so that the pieces are covered. Place in the fridge for about 20 – 30 minutes.

Prepare a wok by heating the oil to medium heat. Fry the onion and curry leaves (or paste and powder). Fry until onions are soft usually for only about a minute. Reduce heat and then add chicken and marinade. Fry for 2 minutes then add the potato. Cover the wok and simmer for about 10 minutes or until potato is cooked and chicken is tender. Remove from heat and stir in the chilies.

This amount serves 4 and it can be served with basmati rice or Nan bread.

You will find that it is quite hot but delicious. Enjoy!

Source:

  1. Vindaloo
  2. Chicken Vindaloo Recipe – Allrecipes.com

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Recipes Grits

What is the absolute best way to cook grits? The answer may surprise you, even if you’ve lived in the South all your life.

The most important tip – never use “instant” grits. The texture will always be too runny or too thick. Quick cooking grits are the way to go. Stone ground if you can find it, but if not, the brand on your supermarket shelf (like Quaker) will do.

To make enough grits for two portions as a side dish, or a generous portion as a main dish, first bring 1 2/3 cups water to a boil. Add a good pinch of salt. When the water has reached a running boil, add 1/3 cup grits. Stir. Turn heat to a low simmer. Cook 15 minutes, stirring frequently. The instructions on a typical package will tell you the grits will be cooked in 5-7 minutes, but the longer the grits cook, the creamier the finished product will be.

Be careful not to allow the grits to scorch when they begin to thicken. Once the grits have cooked for 15 minutes, check the texture. It should be nicely thick and creamy, not too dry or too runny. If too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time until desired texture is achieved; cook for 1 minutes longer. If too wet, continue cooking until desired texture is achieved.

Once the grits have cooked, stir in 1 tablespoon butter or margarine. At this point, you can also add cooked bacon pieces, cooked diced ham, an ounce or two of grated cheese or other flavorings, or you can eat the grits just the way they are. For a true Southern treat, serve with a fried egg on top.

As a final tip, if you need to make more or less grits, simply remember the following: the proportion of water to grits is always 5 to 1 – five parts water to 1 part grits. With that proportion in mind, you can easily reduce or increase the basic recipe.

Source:

  1. Grits Recipes – Allrecipes.com
  2. Grits Recipes : Food Network

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Recipe Sauteed Sweetbanana Peppers

This summer was the first time I’ve ever planted banana peppers and needless to say, I was very impressed with their performance in my garden. My plants produced so many of these taste light green peppers, that I started to saute them almost daily. If your a big fan of sweet banana peppers like I am, then you should try the recipe I’ve listed below. It’s quick to put together and it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. In this recipe I prefer to saute the peppers whole.

Ingredients;

Sweet banana peppers

Extra virgin olive oil

2 large garlic cloves

Salt and pepper to taste

In a large frying pan, pour enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan and heat the oil over medium heat. After the oil is heated add the sweet peppers whole and saute them over medium heat. Half way through the cooking process, add the chopped garlic cloves. After the peppers are soft and able to Peirce easily with a fork, add some salt and pepper to taste and they’re ready to serve. You can use sauteed sweet banana peppers in salads, sandwiches or as a side dish with any main dish.

Source:

  1. Recipe: Sauteed Green Beans with Peppers and Tomatoes – Greatist
  2. Betty's Thin Batter Deep-Fried Sweet Banana Peppers – YouTube

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Recipes Gingerbread Waffles with Applesauce

In our family we do not do much for breakfast during the week, but when the weekend comes we have a big brunch. Usually we have pancakes, eggs, and bacon or sausage. Occasionally we will take a little more time in preparation and get the waffle maker out. One of our favorite fall and winter flavors is gingerbread and we love to incorporate that flavor in our waffles when the weather starts turning cold.

Gingerbread Waffles

Ingredients:

2 cups of flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
4 tablespoons canola oil
6 tablespoons applesauce

Directions:

Heat the waffle iron.

In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients and set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir gently until blended.

Spray waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Depending on the size of your waffle iron, pour 1/3 to 1 cup of batter into the center of the waffle iron. Cook approximately 5 minutes or until steaming stops and the lid lifts easily. Repeat this process until all batter has been cooked.

Serve with warm homemade applesauce and whipped cream.

Enjoy!

Source:

  1. Gingerbread Waffles Recipe : Rachael Ray : Food Network
  2. Gingerbread Waffles Recipe | Martha Stewart

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Why Food is the Ultimate Gift

THE ULTIMATE GIFT

Food is the ultimate gift a) because it’s something everybody needs and b) because you keep needing more of it!

Firstly, everybody needs food to live. Now, not everybody like to receive a practical gift, but that is the wonderful thing about food – it can be ordinary, like a hamper of basic items for a student, or extra-ordinary like hand-dipped chocolates – especially chosen in and brought home from Paris.

One of the interesting things about food is the amount of psychological tension it brings. We are all told not to eat this, that and the other, but if someone brings it as a gift – well, it would be rude to refuse, wouldn’t it? And after all, it’s a special occasion, and it’s OK to break the rules once in a while. In this way, someone who wouldn’t normally be seen drinking fine wine, snacking on fondant brazils, or sucking real fruit jellies, will quite happily indulge when they are presented them as a gift. The trick here is to find something the recipient really likes, but normally denies themselves.

One of the other ways food can become the ultimate gift is if you can find something that is not normally available. You might travel and pick up a local delicacy, or find something on an obscure website. If you are a cook, you could prepare a home-made version of something for your friends. Very often people are too busy to cook and will welcome home-made jams, cakes or pickles, which normally sell for a premium in fancy stores.

Secondly, food is always needed. Once it is gone, there is the opportunity to give more on the next special occassion. In this way, food is the ideal gift for the giver as well as the recipient, because you can always repeat the gift as it is eaten!

I think beautiful food, beautifully wrapped and presented is the ultimate gift, and I for one would be more than happy to receive both luxury and basic items for every birthday, anniversary and christmas!

Source:

  1. The Ultimate Gift Guide For Food Lovers And Cooks – Huffington Post
  2. Amazon.com: The Ultimate Gift: Drew Fuller, James Garner, Abigail …

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Recipe Great Appetizers

This is my recipe for “Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms” they are so good I wish I had some right now. These are not for those on a diet(unless your cheating!).

You will need;

2 lb Lg Stuffing Mushrooms
1 lb Bacon Raw Diced
1 small Onion Diced
1 cup Celery Diced
4 cups Ritz Crackers Crushed
1 1/2 cups White Cooking Wine

Preheat oven to 350. In a frying pan cook diced bacon until browned, then add celery and onions saute’ until translucent. Add the cooking wine, let come to a simmer and remove from heat. Then add the Ritz crackers to the bacon white wine mixture stir until the crackers are all moist and can hold all together. Now remove the stems from the mushrooms and fill the mushrooms with the bacon stuffing. Cook in the oven for 20 to 30 min. or until browned and slightly crispy serve hot.

Source:

  1. Best Party Appetizers and Recipes – Southern Living
  2. Best Super Bowl Appetizer Recipes – Food Network

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Recipes Garlic Bread

I’m sure most people enjoy the wonderful flavor of garlic bread, either as an appetizer, or alongside of their main meal. You really can’t go wrong when making this type of bread. It is very fast and easy to whip up. If you have guests coming over at the last minute and you don’t feel like going out of your way making fancy finger foods, then use this quick recipe instead.

Ingredients;

1 loaf of Italian bread cut in half
5 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 large cloves of minced garlic
1 tbs chopped parsley
1 tbs chopped fresh basil
1/2 medium tomato sliced thin
your favorite grated cheese
shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Pre heat oven to 375. Take the halves of Italian bread and place them on a baking sheet. Spread the olive oil over both halves with a spoon. After spreading the oil, sprinkle minced garlic over the bread. Top with the sliced tomatoes. Add the chopped parsley, basil, salt, black pepper and grated cheese to the bread. Place the baking sheet in the oven, on the middle rack. After 8 minutes, add shredded mozzarella cheese to the top if desired and cook for an additional 2 minutes, or till the cheese has melted.

Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. cut, serve and enjoy.

Source:

  1. Garlic Bread Recipe : Rachael Ray : Food Network
  2. Great Garlic Bread Recipe – Allrecipes.com

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