Monthly Archives: February 2016

Easy poached fish

Easy poached fish (cod, walleye, etc.): sprinkle with lemon pepper wrap in waxed paper, put in microwave dish and microwave until fish is flaky. Do not over bake, fish gets tough and dry if over- baked.

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Lunch Munch Bunnies


1 Small pita, focaccia, or flat sourdough bread round
1 Small round roll
Butter or mayonnaise
Ham or peanut butter or sandwich filling of your choice
Red and green lettuce leaves or radicchio
1 Cucumber
1 Orange or red pepper
2 Small black olives
1 Radish
Peanut butter or cream cheese or cheese spread to glue parts onto face

Cut bread in half horizontally. Wash the vegetables. Garnish the sandwich, buttering it first (or use mayonnaise or mustard), with a layer of green lettuce, topped with a layer of ham, and scatter pieces of red lettuce leaves for garnish.

Put the second half of bread on top to make a sandwich. Add crunchy details to shape the bunny; a small roll for the muzzle, two cucumber slices and olives for eyes, pepper strips for whiskers, a radish slice for the mouth, several leaves of red lettuce or radicchio for the long ears. Use your imagination to make the bunny appetizing and attractive!

Yield: 1 bunny

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Banana Bread Recipe healthy version

  • Banana Bread Recipe
    Banana bread is one way to use up ripe bananas. Bakers can quickly whip up a loaf using the following steps:
    Prep Time: 10 min.
    Bake Time: 1 hour 10 min.
    Ready In: 1 hour 20 min.
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 3 ripe bananas (1 1/3 cups)
    • 1 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1 tbsp. milk
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • 1 tsp. baking powder
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional
  •   1/2 cup raisins – optional
  • Optional: 1/4 cup wheat germ

1. Prepare the pan and oven
Grease a loaf pan with butter and set it aside. Turn on the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Mix the butter, sugar and eggs
Use beaters to cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
3. Add the bananas, cinnamon and milk and wheat germ.
Mash the bananas up in a separate bowl. Add them to the butter, sugar and egg mixture and blend well. Add the cinnamon and milk and blend the ingredients together.
4. Mix in the dried ingredients
Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt to the mixture and blend. Bakers who want to add walnuts can stir them into the batter. Stir in banana and nuts.
5. Bake the loaf
Add the batter to the greased loaf pan. Bake the loaf for 1 hour and 10 minutes. To test the loaf, prick the middle of it with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, the loaf is finished.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars with healthy variation

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars
• prep time 15 min
• total time 30 min
• ingredients 8
• servings 24
5 cups Chocolate Cheerios™ cereal
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup salted peanuts
1 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Optional: 1/2 cup wheat germ

• 1 Spray 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, combine cereal, raisins and peanuts; set aside.
• 2 In 2-quart saucepan, place corn syrup and sugars. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and wheat germ if used.
• 3 Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal mixture; mix until thoroughly coated. Spread evenly in pan.
• 4 In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips on High 1 minute, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted and smooth. Drizzle over bars. Refrigerate 15 minutes or until chocolate is set.
Place melted chocolate chips in resealable plastic bag. Cut off small piece of corner; drizzle chocolate over bars. Add oil to chocolate if too thick.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories from Fat80
Total Fat9g
Saturated Fat2g
Trans Fat0g
Total Carbohydrate33g
Dietary Fiber1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A2%
Vitamin C2%
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Raisin Bran Muffins original and healthy versions

The Original All-Bran® Muffins
20 mins. Prep time
50 mins. Total time
Serves 12
• 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 cups Kellogg’s® All-Bran® Original cereal
• 1 1/4 cups fat-free milk
• 1 egg
• 1/4 cup vegetable oil
Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In large mixing bowl, combine KELLOGG’S ALL-BRAN cereal and milk. Let stand about 2 minutes or until cereal softens. Add egg and oil. Beat well. Add flour mixture, stirring only until combined. Portion evenly into twelve 2 1/2-inch muffin pan cups coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 400° F about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes. Serve warm.

VARIATION: For muffins with reduced calories, fat and cholesterol, use 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons oil and substitute 2 egg whites for 1 egg.

VARIATION: For muffins with reduced fat and cholesterol, substitute 2 egg whites for 1 egg and 1/4 cup sweetened applesauce (or 2 oz. jar bananas baby food) for 1/4 cup vegetable oil. (Muffin texture may vary slightly from The Original All-Bran Muffins recipe.)

My Variation: I add wheat germ (about 2 Tablespoons), chopped canned peaches (drained) about 1/2 to 3/4 cups, chopped nuts (pecans or walnut) and yogurt (Greek or regular) can be substituted for the milk. I also add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Optional about 1/2 to 3/4 tsp. baking powder if you add these ingredients. You might need to bake a bit longer due to the added moisture. This also makes a bigger batch, since you have added fruit and nuts, so grease a few extra muffin cups. They are a moist and healthy muffin that is low in sugar and fats.


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