Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Broiled Bean Sandwich

2 cups baked beans
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
6 slices bread

How to make Broiled Bean Sandwich:
  • Combine beans and tomato sauce. Toast the bread on one side, spread untoasted side with mayonnaise or margarine. Top with the bean mixture. Spread beans close to the crust to completely cover the slices.
  • Place the open-faced sandwiches on the broiler about three inches from the burner. Broil for from 3 to 4 minutes or until piping hot.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Crunchy Bran French Toast


8 slices whole-grain bread

4 tablespoons light cream cheese

4 teaspoons low-sugar orange marmalade

2 large eggs plus 2 egg whites

Zest and juice of 1 orange

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups bran flakes cereal

1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar (optional)


Spread 4 bread slices with 1 tablespoon cream cheese each; spread the other 4 slices with 1 teaspoon marmalade each. Combine to make 4 sandwiches.
Whisk the whole eggs, egg whites, orange zest and juice, and vanilla in a shallow bowl. Place the bran flakes in a resealable plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin or your hands. Pour the crumbs onto a plate. Dip both sides of each sandwich in the egg mixture, then in the crumbs, gently pressing the crumbs onto the bread.
Heat 1 tablespoon each oil and butter in a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add the sandwiches in batches and cook until the outsides are golden and the insides are melted, 3 to 4 minutes per side. (Add more oil and butter, if needed.)
Slice the French toast sandwiches into triangles. Let cool before serving to little ones, as the cream cheese can get quite hot. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, if desired, and the kids won't even ask for syrup!
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Edamame Veggie Burger

  • 1/4 cup millet
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 large red radish
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated, peeled, fresh ginger
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons mirin 
  • 1/8 teaspoon Asian chili paste, such as Sri Racha sauce
  • 1 pound frozen blanched, peeled edamame (soybeans), thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
  • 2 large egg whites, beaten
  • Vegetable oil, for brushing


Heat the millet in a small dry saucepan, with a tight-fitting lid, over medium-high heat, cook, shaking occasionally, until the millet begins to "pop". Continue toasting the millet until the popping subsides, about 2 minutes, until it smells like freshly popped popcorn. Set aside to cool slightly.
Add the water and the 1/4 teaspoon of the salt to the saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Wrap the pan's lid tightly with a small kitchen towel and cover the saucepan. (Make sure the towel's edges are folded up well away from the heat.) Lower the heat to low and simmer covered, for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat (don't uncover) and set aside for 10 minutes. Fluff the millet with a fork and transfer to a large bowl.
Using a box grater, grate the carrot and radish into the bowl of millet. Add the ginger, garlic, lime juice, mirin, and chili paste and stir to combine.
Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of water to a boil and salt it generously. Add the edamame, cover, and return to a boil; cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Drain and immediately add to the bowl of millet mixture (to lightly warm the vegetables). Stir to combine and set aside to cool.
When cool, season the edamame mixture with the remaining 2 teaspoons salt. Transfer to a food processor and puree into a paste. Return the edamame to the bowl and stir in the panko and egg whites until incorporated.
Using your hands, form the edamame mixture into 8 patties about 3 inches in diameter. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate until set.
Place a rack about 4 inches from the broiler element and preheat. Place the patties on a foil-lined baking sheet or broiler pan. Brush both sides of the patties lightly with oil and sprinkle with salt. Broil until the tops are lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Remove from the oven and flip the patties with a spatula. Broil until lightly browned and hot, about 3 minutes more. Serve on grilled naan bread with sprouts, pickled ginger, and wasabi. (The burgers can also be grilled or Sauteed.)
Serving suggestions: Alfalfa sprouts, pickled ginger, wasabi paste, and grilled naan-style bread

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Apple Pan Chicken Recipe

1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
3 apples – peeled, cored and sliced
3 tbsp.  dried currants
3 tbsp.  pine nuts (optional)
1/3 cup apple juice
1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

  • Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat.
  • Sauté onions and garlic until soft and translucent.
  • Move the onions to the side and brown chicken breasts 4 minutes on each side.
  • Top chicken with apples, currants and pine nuts.
  • Pour in apple juice.
  • Season with thyme, parsley, jalapeno, salt and pepper.
  •  Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are cooked and chicken is no longer pink.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Roasted Asparagus

  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus
  • Good olive oil
  • Kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Break off the tough ends of the asparagus and, if they're thick, peel them. Place the asparagus on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, then toss to coat the asparagus completely. Spread the asparagus in a single layer and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast the asparagus for 25 minutes, until tender but still crisp.
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Sugarless Cake

Sugarless Cake Ingredients
1 c. dates, chopped
1 c. prunes, chopped
1 c. raisins
1 c. cold water
1 stick margarine, melted
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. plain flour
1 c. nuts, chopped
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla
Sugarless Cake Preparation
Boil dates and prunes in the one cup of water for 3 minutes; add margarine and raisins and let cool. Mix flour, soda, salt, eggs, nuts, spices and vanilla. Add to fruit mixture. Stir to blend. Pour into baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spicy Hummus: Quick Chickpea Spread


  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 2 rounded tablespoons tahini sesame paste, found in both dairy and dry specialty foods sections
  • A drizzle extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon (1/3 palm full) ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon (1/3 palm full) ground coriander
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Pita breads, grilled and cut into wedges for dipping


Combine beans, tahini, oil, pepper flakes, cumin, coriander, garlic, salt, and lemon juice in food processor bowl and grind into a smooth paste. Transfer to a small dip dish and surround spread with warm pita wedges. This recipe makes a great appetizer, or anytime snack.
Tidbit: this is a fantastic dish to take to a pot luck or block party -- it's always a hit!
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Friday, March 18, 2011

Snowy Pudding


2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin

1/2 cup cold water

2 cups boiling water

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 3/4 cups white sugar

5 egg whites


1. Sprinkle gelatin over cold water and let rest until water is absorbed, 5 minutes.

2. In a bowl, combine gelatin, boiling water, lemon juice and sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Chill in refrigerator, stirring occasionally, until mixture coats the back of a metal spoon.

3. Beat egg whites until stiff. Beat lemon mixture until frothy. Fold egg whites into lemon mixture until mixture holds together. Pour into greased molds and chill until set.

Makes 10 Servings.

Amount Per Serving:  

Calories: 150 | Total Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Vegetable Noodle Soup


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 rib celery, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1/4 medium onion, about 1/2 cup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup orzo or other small pasta or egg noodles or broken up spaghetti
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth (1 quart box, or 2 cans)
  • Small handful fresh parsley leaves, basil or dill, chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Serving suggestion: Whole-wheat crackers and cheese sticks


Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add all the vegetables, garlic and onion. Season with the salt, and cook until tender, about 6 minutes. Add the pasta and cook until slightly toasted and golden, about 2 minutes. Add broth, and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook, covered, until pasta is just tender, about 8 minutes.
Stir in whatever herb suits you (or your young eater) and lemon juice. Season with pepper and additional salt, to taste. Fill thermos, pack in a lunch sack with crackers and cheese sticks and send off to school.
TIP: This soup freezes well, so freeze any leftovers or make a double batch to have plenty on hand. Also, you can stir in some cooked chicken or mini-meatballs, if desired, for another meal.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Three-Cheese Macaroni


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 12-ounce can evaporated whole milk
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/3 cups grated muenster cheese (4 ounces), plus 4 deli-thin slices (1 ounce)
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (1 ounce)
  • 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into small florets (4 cups)
  • 4 cups medium pasta shells (9 ounces)


Whisk the egg, evaporated milk, cayenne, nutmeg, and salt and black pepper to taste in a bowl. Toss the grated cheeses in a separate bowl.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook until almost falling apart, about 7 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Add the pasta to the same water and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water. Preheat the broiler.
Combine the egg mixture and the grated cheeses in the empty pot and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the cheeses melt and the sauce begins to thicken. Remove from the heat and add the cauliflower. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth and light (you can also use a regular blender). Stir in some of the reserved pasta water until creamy.
Toss the pasta in the sauce; season with salt and black pepper. Transfer to a shallow casserole dish and top with muenster slices. Broil until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
Per serving (about 1 1/3 cups): Calories 403; Fat 17 g (Saturated 10 g); Cholesterol 85 mg; Sodium 517 mg; Carbohydrate 41 g; Fiber 2 g; Protein 20 g
Photograph by Kate Mathis

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