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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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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.

 

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Instant Lasagna for One

Soak 2 precooked instant lasagna noodles in cold water for 10 minutes, drain. Using 1/2 cup ricotta cheese and 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese, place cheese down center of each noodle; roll. Place rolls, seam-side down, in small shallow casserole or on dinner plate. Top casserole with 1/4 cup bottled spaghetti sauce and 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese. Cook, covered with waxed paper, on High 2 to 3 minutes until hot and melted. Let stand 2 minutes.
Yield: 1 serving

About 565 calories, 26g fat, 84mg cholesterol, 520 mg sodium

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Quick Cashew Rice for 2

1/2 cup Long-grain white rice
2 teaspoons Canola oil
To taste Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup Cashews

Bring 2 to 3 quarts water to boil in large saucepan (kettle). Add rice and boil, uncovered, about 10 minutes. Test a grain; rice should be cooked through but not soft. Drain into colander. Return rice to saucepan and mix in oil and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with cashew nuts.

Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 307 calories, 42.6g carbohydrates, 5.9g protein, 12.7g total fat (2.3g saturated). no cholesterol, 1.1g fiber, 5mg sodium. Calories from fat: 37%.

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Fettuccine Alfredo for 2

1/3 cup (1/2 stick) Unsalted butter
1 cup Whipping cream
Pinch of Freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 to 1 pound Fresh fettuccine
1/4 cup Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
To taste Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 Tablespoons Minced fresh Italian parsley

In a 10-inch saute pan, combine butter, cream and nutmeg. Bring to a boil over high heat; then reduce to simmer and cook 5 minutes or until cream reduces slightly.

Meanwhile cook fettuccine in boiling salted water until al dente, about 3 minutes. Drain pasta and add it to saute pan along with Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper; toss well. Serve in heated pasta bowls or on plates and sprinkle with parsley. Pass additional grated Parmesan cheese.

Makes 2 generous servings.

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FAVORITE PANCAKES FOR ONE OR TWO – MAPLE SYRUP – HONEY BUTTER

FAVORITE PANCAKES FOR ONE OR TWO

2/3 cup Sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. Baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. Sugar
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 Beaten egg
1/2 cup Milk
1 Tbl. Vegetable oil

Sift together dry ingredients. Combine egg, milk, and oil; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.

Bake on hot, lightly greased griddle.

Yield: four 4-inch pancakes

MAPLE SYRUP

1 cup Light corn syrup*
1/4 cup Water
Few Drops Maple flavoring
Optional:
1 Tbl. Butter
As desired Cornstarch

Combine 1 cup light (clear or sometimes called white) corn syrup, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1/4 cup water; cook and stir until sugar dissolves. Add a few drops (or as desired) maple flavoring and 1 tablespoon butter. (*If you don’t have light, you can substitute with dark syrup.) I store it in the Tupperware sweet saver. A Pyrex measuring cup with a pour spout is great to heat it in and serve from, because it has a lip to pour off of, a handle to hold the hot pitcher.
(To make it thicker, mix cornstarch with cold water and add to hot syrup and cook until thickened to desired consistency. – Best used immediately not left over if thickened this way.)

I don’t use the butter because it hardens in the refrigerator unless I am serving it hot.

Store syrup in the refrigerator if kept for a long time. Good served hot over pancakes, French toast, etc., cold over ice cream, spice cakes, etc.

HONEY BUTTER

Gradually add 1/4 cup honey to whipped butter (1/2 cup/1/4 pound whipped until fluffy), beating until smooth. If desired, add 2 teaspoons grated orange peel.

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Leftover Pancake Breakfast Sandwich for One

1 Egg
1 slice Cheddar cheese
1 slice Ham
2 Tablespoons Maple syrup
2 Leftover buttermilk pancakes
Heat frying pan over medium heat and lightly spray with cooking spray. Crack egg into pan and break yolk. Cook to desired firmness. Warm sliced ham in pan while assembling sandwich. Toast pancakes in toaster and place one on plate. Place egg on top. Pour 1 Tablespoon syrup over egg. Layer cheese, ham and other pancake. Pour remaining syrup over top of sandwich.

Yield 1 serving

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Ground Beef Make-Ahead Mix for Hambergers, Meatballs, Meat Loaf

GROUND BEEF MAKE-AHEAD MIX FOR HAMBURGERS, MEATBALLS, MEAT LOAF

For 2 For 8

Ground beef 1/2 lb. 2 lb.
Egg 1 4
Bread crumbs or wheat germ 2 Tbl. 1/2 cup
Milk 1 Tbl. 1/4 cup
Chopped onion 2 Tbl. 1/2 cup
Salt 1/4 tsp. 1 tsp.
Pepper 1/8 tsp. 14 tsp.

Variations
Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp. 2 tsp.
Chopped parsley 2 Tbl. 1/2 cup
Grated cheese 1/4cup 1 cup
Chopped green bell pepper 1 Tbl. 1/4 cup

Mix all ingredients together, adding one or more variations if desired. Form into patties, balls or loaves. Make-Ahead Mix for 2 makes 2 meat patties or 12 meatballs, or 1 individual meat loaf. Make-Ahead Mix for 8 makes 8 hamburger patties, 48 meatballs or 1 large or 4 individual meat loaves. Freeze in serving sized portions.

For hamburger patties:
Fry 5 minutes on each side or broil 4 minutes on each side for medium doneness. Baste hamburgers with soy sauce or Barbecue Sauce while cooking if desired. Serve in a bun with traditional garnishes or top with any of the following: sautéed mushrooms, cheese, sour cream mixed with chopped chives or bacon bits, or Béarnaise Sauce.

For meatballs:
Bake in a 375º oven for 30 minutes or fry in 1 tablespoon oil for 10 minutes, turning to brown. Add cooked meatballs to Barbecue Sauce or Sweet and Sour sauce and heat through.

For meat loaf:
Place mix for 8 in a large 9×5-inch baking pan. Bake in a 350º oven about 1 1/2 hours. Place mix for 2 in one 6x3x2-inch loaf pan and bake in a 250º oven for 45 minutes. If desired, top with 1/4 cup tomato sauce before baking.
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PORK CUTLETS WITH SAUTÉED APPLES for 2 to 4 servings

PORK CUTLETS WITH SAUTÉED APPLES
2 Servings 4 Servings
2 Tbl.+ 2tsp. 1/3 cup Unseasoned dry bread crumbs
4 (approx 1/2 lb.) 8(approx. 1 lb.) Thin pork cutlets
4 1/2 tsp. 3 Tbl. Dijon mustard
1 Tbl. 2 Tbl. Vegetable oil
4 1/2 tsp. 3 Tbl. Unsalted butter
1 2 Granny Smith Apples, washed,
peeled and cut into thin slices
1 Tbl. 2 Tbl. Granulated sugar
Aluminum foil to cover meat

1. Spread the bread crumbs onto a sheet of wax paper. Brush the pork cutlets on both sides with the mustard, then coat with the bread crumbs.

2. In a skillet, warm the oil over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook until browned, about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the pork to a serving platter and cover with foil.

3. Add the butter to the skillet and warm over medium heat until melted. Add the apples and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the sugar, stirring to scrape any loose bits from pan. Cook until the sugar has dissolved and the apples are tender, about 2 minutes.

4. Spoon the apples over the pork cutlets and serve.

Yield: 2 servings 4 servings
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Fruit Smoothies for One to Three

Mixed Berry Delight
1 cup nonfat strawberry yogurt
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1 & 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
Combine in a blender and puree until smooth.
4 servings, 6 oz. each
1 serving contains 100 calories

Creamy Peach Smoothie
1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
1 cup frozen peaches
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine in a blender and puree until smooth, adding milk to desired consistency.
Optional: garnish with peach slice and mint leaves
2 servings, approx. 8 oz. each
1 serving contains 130 calories

Banana Cocoa Smoothie
1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
3/4 cup skim milk
1 medium ripe banana, frozen and cut into chunks
3 T. sugar-free chocolate drink mix
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Optional: sprinkle chocolate milk powder on top for garnish
Combine in a blender and puree until smooth.
Serves 3, 8 oz. each
1 serving contains 155 calories

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