Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Chili Cheese Turnovers

8 Servings
2 tubes refrigerated pizza crust
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
1 can chili (without beans)
1 can ranch style beans, drained
1 can diced tomatoes and green chillies, drained
1 cup sour cream

Press pizza dough into two 12 in. squares. Cut each into four 6 in. squares. In a bowl, combine the cheese, chili, and beans. Spoon 1/2 cup into center of each square. Fold dough diagonally over filling; press edges to seal.

Place in two greased 15x10 in. baking pans. Bake at 425 degrees for 13-18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 min. In a small bowl, combine tomatoes and sour cream. Serve with turnovers.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Irish Beef with Stout

The Only way to Cook Beef-sometimes add oysters!

1/4 lb. Butter
1 pound beef chuck cut into 1x2 inch pieces
1 large sweet onion-sliced thin
1 tsp thyme,sage,parsley,bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup beef stock
1 pint guinness stout
4 medium potatoes(1 lb peeled)
2 tablespoons parsley
2 large sweet carrots

Instructions:heat butter in skillet brown the beef in batches-set beef asside. Cook onion in hot fat for 3 minutes-just soffened, return meat to pan add bouquet garni, salt, pepper, stock and stout and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook stew uncovered in preheated 350 degree oven for about one hour. Add potatoes and bake for 45 minutes till all is tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Thicken sauce with butter and flour. Garnish with parsley.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Selections from The No Time to Lose Diet

This book, which I reviewed on A Librarian Told Me So, had some great, easy recipes and ideas to make healthy food tastier and more interesting. Here are a few of them:

Apple "Danish"

On low-carb tortilla, put:
1/2 thinly sliced apple or 1/2 cup low-sugar applesauce
1/2 ounce part-skim mozzarella cheese or 1/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
Top with cinnamon and Splenda.
Heat for 20-30 seconds and serve.

Chicken Salad

1 can chicken
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
Optional: 1/2 cup grapes
Serve over mixed greens.

Vegetable Ideas
-Heat a bag of frozen green beans, mix with olive oil, and toss with 2 tablespoons of slivered almonds.
-Combine 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon curry, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss with 2 cups cooked broccoli and cauliflower.
-Heat 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth in microwave and pour over cooked vegetables.

Easy Chicken Chili

In a pot or bowl, combine:
1 can chicken
1/2 can kidney or black beans
1 large can chopped tomatoes
1 can tomato paste (optional)
1 packet chili seasoning
Heat in microwave or on stove until warm.