Cajun Chicken Pasta

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I found this recipe on Skinnytaste and it is so good you won’t know you’re eating a skinny version of cajun chicken pasta.  The only thing I did differently was to use regular linguine instead of Dreamfields.  I just cannot get used to Dreamfields so I’ll stick to the regular.  I think whole wheat pasta would work, too, but whole grains bother my gout so I just stick to regular.

If you haven’t been to Skinnytaste ~ take a look!

Lighter Cajun Chicken Pasta

8 ozs uncooked linguine
1 lb chicken tenderloins
1 to 2 tsps Cajun seasoning ~ use more or less if you like
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 cup fat free, low sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup skim milk
1 tbsp flour
3 tbsps light cream cheese
fresh cracked black pepper
2 scallions, chopped
salt to taste
Cooking spray

In a small blender, mix mix milk, flour, and cream cheese and set aside. Make sure all veggies are prepped. Season chicken tenderloins with Cajun seasoning, garlic powder and salt.

Prepare pasta in salted water according to the package.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; spray with cooking spray and add half of the chicken. Cook until no pink remains and set aside on a plate. Repeat with the other half of chicken. Set all chicken aside.

Add olive oil to the skillet and reduce to medium; add bell pepper, onion, garlic to skillet and saute for 3-4 minutes.

Add mushrooms and tomatoes and saute for 3-4 minutes or until all veggies are tender. Season with 1/ tsp salt, garlic powder, and fresh black pepper.

Reduce the heat and add the chicken broth and pour in the cream cheese,flour/milk slurry and stir for about 2 minutes.

Place the chicken back in the skillet, adjust salt and Cajun seasoning if needed.

Add the linguine and toss to coat the linguine.

Sprinkle the green onions over the top and serve.

Makes 4-6 servings.

Happy Cooking!

Strawberry Sour Cream Jello Salad

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I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love jello.  It’s weird, I know, but I crave the stuff.  At one of my daughter’s bridal showers, this salad was on the table and I was in heaven.  I didn’t get the recipe right them so I searched around until I found it.

It’s easy to make but takes a little planning.  I made it with sugar-free jello and less fat sour cream so it was not full of sugar and fat.  Mr. Meat Eater loved it, too, and I think it would be great for picnics or BBQs.

Strawberry Sour Cream Jello Salad

1 large box strawberry jello ~ I used sugar-free
1 small box strawberry jello ~ I used sugar-free
2 cups boiling water
2 (10 oz) boxes frozen strawberries ~ I used berries in light syrup
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple
1 (16 oz) container sour cream ~ I used less fat

Mix boiling water with jello in a large bowl. Add strawberries (Frozen is fine) and pineapple ~ all the juices from the fruit go in too.

Pour half this mixture in a 13×9 pan and leave the other half in the bowl. Put both in the refrigerator. When the bottom layer has jelled, spread sour cream over it. Pour thickened jello from the bowl carefully over the sour cream.

Chill until the all the jello is firm.

Makes 8-10 servings

Happy Cooking!

Red, White and Blue Trifle

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This trifle is another recipe that I’m reblogging since it’s perfect for July 4th.

It’s very easy to make and looks very patriotic.  You can make it with all sugar-free products like I do or use the regular products ~ it’s great with either.  This recipe uses help from prepared products, but you can always make yours from scratch.  I always use more fruit than necessary and I never use the banana since I’m not much of a banana fan.

Red, White, and Blue Trifle

1 1/2 cups cold milk
1 (4 ounce pkg.) cheesecake flavor instant pudding
1 (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed
16 ounce frozen pound cake, thawed
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup sliced banana

Mix together the milk and pudding mix and beat with a wire whisk for 1-2 minutes or until well blended. Gently stir in the thawed Cool Whip.

In a trifle bowl or large glass bowl, layer half the cake cubes, half the fruit, and half of the pudding/Cool Whip mixture. Repeat layers, ending with pudding/Cool Whip mixture.

Chill at least 2 hours before serving.

Makes 12 servings

Happy Cooking!

Southwest~Style Cod

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I really like fish and seafood and I don’t make it nearly enough.  Last week my local grocery had US caught cod fillets on sale and happened to have recipes for it right at the counter so I bought the cod and grabbed a recipe.  The recipe was very easy and was excellent.  I’ll be making it again for sure!

Southwest~Style Cod

2 lbs fresh cod fillets
1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup yellow corn meal
2 tbsps flour
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper

Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

Mix all ingredients except cod in a Ziplock bag. Add the cod and shake until the fish is well coated. Place coated fish in the prepared dish. Sprinkle with any remaining cheese mixture over the fish.

Bake at 400º for 12 to 15 minutes or until the fish flakes when tested with a fork.

Makes 4 servings.

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

Happy Cooking!

Blueberry Lemon Tart

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This is such a delicious dessert and I made it as low sugar as I possibly could so I could have a piece.  I don’t think I would use the full sugar next time ~ it’s perfect without.

Instead of the vanilla cookie crust, I made a graham cracker crust using the box directions and I did use the amount of sugar called for on the box ~ but I used 3 very scant tablespoons.  It was probably more like 1 1/2 to 2 tbsps.  The rest of my changes you’ll see on the ingredient list.

The recipe came from Food.com and was posted by TasteTaster.  I seem to be cooking from Food.com alot lately.

Blueberry Lemon Tart

Crust:
35 vanilla wafer cookies, crushed (1 1/2 cups)
1 egg white, beaten
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Filling:
1 1/4 cups low-fat milk
4 ounces instant lemon pudding mix ~ I used sugar-free
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel ~ I used grated peel from a whole lemon
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed ~ I used sugar-free

Topping:
2 tablespoons sugar ~ I used 1 tbsp of Splenda blend
1 teaspoon cornstarch ~ I used a heaping tsp
3 tablespoons water
1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen ~ I used frozen wild blueberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Crust:
Heat oven to 400º. Lightly spray tart pan with removable bottom, 9×1 inch, with cooking spray.

Mix crushed cookies, egg white and butter until crumbly. Press onto bottom and up the side of pan. Bake 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown; cool.

I made a graham cracker crust and followed the directions on the box for a pie crust.  To make a good crust, I take a measuring cup and press it against the corner of the pan like so:

Filling:
Beat milk, pudding mix and lemon peel in medium bowl with electric mixer on low speed about 2 minutes or until smooth.

Chill 5 minutes.

Fold in the whipped topping and spread the filling over the crust.

Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours until chilled.

Topping:
Mix sugar, cornstarch and water in 1-quart saucepan the stir in 1/2 cup of the blueberries.

Heat to boiling then reduce heat to medium-low and cook about 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Stir in lemon juice and remove from heat. Cool 10 minutes.

Stir in remaining 1 cup blueberries and cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour until chilled.

Spread over prepared tart.

Keep tart in the refrigerator.

Makes 8 servings

Happy Cooking!

Peach Blueberry Crostata

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We had friends stop by that we hadn’t seen in almost 30 years so I wanted to make some nibbles without making the lunch thing.  We had a great time and really picked up right where we left off 30 years ago.

I made this crostata (it makes 2) with some variation since I KNEW it would juice all over and make a mess.  It started out as a Cooking Light recipe but needed some help in the juice department.  It’s really very good and uses little sugar so the taste of the fruit really comes through.  Because of that, make sure you use fruit tha tis nice and ripe.

Peach Blueberry Crostatas

1 (15 oz) pkg refrigerated pie crusts, such as Pillsbury brand
6 cups peeled, sliced fresh peaches
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten and mixed a a tsp or 2 of water
3 or so tbsps instant tapioca
Turbinado (sugar in the raw) or granulated sugar for sprinkling

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Unroll one dough on top of the parchment. Brush the dough (this will be the inside) with the egg wash and sprinkle with some tapioca.

In a bowl, mix the peaches, blueberries, sugar, and 1-2 tbsps tapioca. If your fruit is very juicy, add the 2 tbsps. I ended up using 2 tbsps.

Arrange half of the fruit in the middle of the dough, leaving a 3 inch border all around the edge. Fold the edge toward the center, gently. Brush egg wash over the dough and then sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.

Bake at 425º of 10 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 350º and bake an additional 20 minutes or until the dough is browned.

Repeat this same procedure with the other dough. I baked both of mine at the same time.

Serve warm or at room temp.

Each crostata serves 4.

Happy Cooking!

Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes

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This recipe came from Eating Well I think although I didn’t find it there.  It’s a super simple and delicious side dish that goes with just about any main dish.  I used green beans and cherry tomatoes I got from the CSA bag I get every week.  Try it with super fresh green and tomatoes ~ out of this world!  It has little fat and it low calories to boot!

Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes

2 tsps olive oil, divided
1 lb green beans, trimmed
1/2 cup water
1 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add green beans and saute, stirring often, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add water, cover, reduce heat to medium and cook, about 3 minutes or until tender crisp or a few minutes longer if you like your beans more tender.

Push the beans to the side of the pan, add the rest of the oil and the garlic and saute until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and stir everything inthe pan together and cook until the tomatoes begin to break down, 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove from heat, stir in the vinegar and the salt and pepper and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Happy Cooking!