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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
Ingredients
• 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.

Note:
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.

 

 

CHEESE AND ONION POTATOES

Cheese and Onion Potatoes

4 Servings
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

1/4 cup Butter, cubed
4 medium Unpeeled red potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices
2 tablespoons Dried minced onion
to taste Pepper
1/3 cup Shredded cheddar cheese
Minced fresh parsley

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes, onion and pepper; toss to coat.

Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.
Uncover; cook until potatoes are browned, about 6 minutes.

Top with cheese. Remove from the heat. Cover and let stand for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Garnish with parsley.

Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts:-1 serving (1 cup) equals 221 calories, 14 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 179 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein

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Cucumber Quick Bread

Cucumber Quick Bread
Serves: makes 2 loaves

3 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups grated seeded peeled cucumbers
1 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

In a bowl, beat eggs.

Beat in sugar, cucumbers, oil and vanilla extract until well blended.

Combine the remaining ingredients.

Now add to the cucumber mixture and beat just until combined.

Pour into 2 greased 9in x 5in loaf pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 60-65 minutes or until toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean.

Cool and enjoy!

1 slice of bread=184 calories

 

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LYDIA’S DATE NUT KRISPIES BARS

LYDIA’S DATE NUT KRISPIES BARS

3 Tablespoons Butter (do not substitute)
10 oz. Marshmallows
8 oz. *Dates, pitted and chopped (can use the pre-chopped version for ease in preparation)
Optional: ½ cup Almonds sliced or pecans chopped small
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
4 cups Rice cereal (Kellogg’s Rice Krispies is the brand I use)
¼ cup Wheat germ (honey toasted is best, but can use either kind)

Spray baking pan with cooking spray. 9”x13”x2”

In a large kettle, melt together the butter, marshmallows and dates, stirring often. Add vanilla extract and mix well. Add cereal, wheat germ and nuts, mix until all are coated. Remove from heat and spread in prepared pan. Tip: if you spray your hands and/or plastic spatula, generously with cooking spray, the mixture does not stick to your hands or spatula.

Cool in the refrigerator until set. Cut and enjoy. These bars can be stored at room temperature once set. They are easier to cut at room temperature.

I created this to make a healthier and more flavorful version of the standard Rice Krispie’s Bar, with the added dates, nuts and wheat germ.

* You could also use chopped pitted prunes or raisins. Other dried fruits can be used, as desired. I prefer raisins over the dates – have made it both ways.

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Parmigiano Reggiano Peppadew Pepper Stuffing/Cracker Spread/Chip Dip

INGREDIENTS

1/2 to 3/4 pound Grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

16 oz. Ricotta Con Latte cheese

1 Tablespoon Chopped fresh rosemary

3/4 to 1 teaspoon McCormick California Garlic Parsley powder

1 pound Peppadew peppers (located in the salad bar of your deli/food store) or fresh mushrooms

Optional: If cream, etc. (see below) is added you can use it as a chip dip.

DIRECTIONS AND NOTES:

Blend all but the peppers.  (This keeps well and the flavor will improve if you allow it to sit in your refrigerator, etc. so the flavors blend, before serving.)

Use a small spreader or cut a corner off of a sturdy (freezer) plastic bag and place spread in the bag. Squeeze the bag so the spread comes out of the corner, like a piping bag.

If the spread is too stiff, add some cream, or half & half, or evaporated milk to desired consistency and this then can be used as a dip too.

Ingredient amounts may be adjusted to individual taste.

I developed this recipe for a demo presentation in a grocery store.

Questions on food, cooking or classes: call me 608-240-9773

Thanks.

Lydia Critchley

 

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One Minute Breakfast Eggs for One

2 Eggs

2 Tablespoons Milk

Optional: 2 Tablespoons Shredded cheddar cheese

Optional: 1 Tablespoon chopped ham or cooked breakfast sausage crumbled

Optional: Chopped chives as desired

To taste Salt

To taste Black pepper

Coat a 12-oz microwave-safe coffee mug or ramekin or custard cup with cooking spray.

Add eggs and milk, beat with fork or whisk until blended. Add meat and/or chives if used.

Microwave on HIGH 45 seconds, stir.

Microwave until eggs are almost set, 30 to 45 seconds longer (they will continue to cook after they are taken out of the oven).

Top with cheese, season with salt and pepper as desired.

Cooking time may vary due to differences in microwaves.

 

Questions: Call me: 608-240-9773

Thanks.

Lydia Critchley

Creativecookingbylydia.com

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Creamy Easy Hashbrowns

1 pound Frozen hash brown potatoes

1 container Alouette garlic and herb cheese spread (found in specialty cheese section of your store)

To taste (about 2/3 teaspoon) Salt

As desired (about 1/2 to 3/4 cup Whole milk

Place all ingredients in electric skillet and heat through and enjoy.

This is the same recipe that you might have enjoyed at my demo/sample table in a store.

If you have questions, call me: 608-240-9773

Lydia Critchley

 

 

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Ricotta Salata or Fresh Mozzarella Fruit Salad

3 (5oz. tubs) Ricotta Salata cheese or fresh mozzarella cheese  pearls or size of fresh mozzarella as you prefer

2 1/2 pints Blueberries, cut strawberries, melon or fruits of your choice

1 (14oz. ) can Pineapple tidbits, in its own juice, drained

2 Tablespoons Fresh mint, cut into pieces (a scissors works great for this)

Dressing is drizzle of honey after salad is in serving dishes

OR

Orange marmalade mixed with honey as you prefer for the dressing.

TIP:

Whenever you make a salad, place an inverted plate or dish in the bottom of your salad bowl before placing the salad ingredients into the bowl. This will allow the excess liquid to run under the false bottom in your bowl, and it will make your bowl look fuller – thus people will eat more salad and you will not have any waste due to soggy salad.

Questions: call me: 608-240-9773

Thanks.

Lydia Critchley

 

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Microwave Cake In A Mug

MICROWAVE CAKE IN A MUG
4 tbsp. Flour
4 tbsp. Sugar
2 tbsp. Cocoa
1 Egg
3 tbsp. Milk
3 tbsp. Oil
3 tbsp. Chocolate chips
splash Vanilla
1 Coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to the mug, mix well.
Add the egg and mix well.
Pour in the milk and oil, mix well.
Add the chocolate chips and vanilla, mix well.

Put the mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug.
Allow to cool.

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Magic Pineapple-Angel Food Bars

Magic Pineapple/Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake mix
20 ounce can of crushed pineapple in its own juice

Take a box of angel food cake mix (just the contents of the box, no need to follow the directions on the box), & combine it with a 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple in its own juice. (No need to use a mixer, just stir it with a spoon)

When you do this, something magical happens. The mixture starts to froth & it turns into an amazingly airy, fluffy bowl of deliciousness right before your eyes.

Once it's all mixed up, grease the pan and simply pour the batter into a 9” x 13” cake pan & bake 350° for 30 minutes.

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