Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Green Smothie

Yum Yum one of our favorites.. you can add just about anything but our base is...
3 large handfuls of green leaf spinach
1 c of OJ
1 apple
1/2 c yogert
1 large cup of ice
1 c of frozen blueberries
3 T ground flax seed

we also often add any of the following carrots - pineapple - banana - celery - wheat germ

blend in a blender and enjoy!

Thursday, May 20, 2010


1 c. Acini De Pepe macaroni
2 cans mandarin oranges
3 tbsp. flour
1 c. miniature marshmallows
13 oz. can chunk pineapple
3 eggs
1 c. sugar
8 oz. cool whip

Boil macaroni in salt water for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; let cool. Drain juice of fruit and cook fruit juice with eggs, flour and sugar until thick (mix well while cooking) ; then cool. Mix with macaroni and refrigerate overnight. Add drained fruit, marshmallow and cool whip. Chill before serving.

Trail Mix

1 cup combination diced dried fruit, such
as prunes, apricots, pears and apples
1/2 cup raisins and/or dried cherries or
cranberries 1 1/2 cups unsalted sunflower seeds
1 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts (or
honey-roasted peanuts, chopped
walnuts or unsalted almonds)
(I had to add a bit of chocolate as well)

1. Mix all. Makes 4 cups.

Cole Slaw


1 (16 ounce) bag coleslaw mix
2 tablespoons diced onion
2/3 cup creamy salad dressing (such as
Miracle Whip™)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds

1. Combine the coleslaw mix and onion in a large bowl.
2. Whisk together the salad dressing, vegetable oil, sugar, vinegar, salt, and poppy seeds in a medium bowl; blend thoroughly. Pour dressing mixture over coleslaw mix and toss to coat. Chill at least 2 hours before serving.

Layered Southwest Chicken Salad

a friend brought this to cooking group the other day - oh how I loved it!

½ cup lime juice
½ cup sour cream (I use fat free)
1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 Tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
½ cup olive oil

1 package (10 oz.) hearts of
romaine salad mix
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 can (15 oz.) black beans,
rinsed and drained
1 small red onion, chopped
2 packages (6 oz. each) ready-
to-use Southwestern chicken
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded
Mexican cheese blend
1 can (11 oz.) Mexicorn,
drained (I use regular)
1 can (6 oz.) sliced ripe olives,
2 cups coarsely crushed tortilla
Additional fresh cilantro leaves

-For dressing, combine the first six ingredients in a blender; cover and process until smooth. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Transfer to a small bowl; cover and refrigerate until serving.

-In a 4-qt. glass salad bowl, layer the remaining ingredients in the order listed. Add crushed tortilla chips just before serving. Serve with dressing. Yield: 8 servings.

(she serves it home for a main dish, and just layer ingredients on plate)
(Chicken can also be substituted for steak strips or pork chops)

Beef Gravy Recipe

5 cups (approx)
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder (optional or to taste)
1/2 cup flour, plus
2 tablespoons flour (for a very thick gravy increase to 3 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon oxo beef bouillon powder (or to taste, I use 2 small package OXO beef bouillon powder)
4 cups canned low sodium beef broth (or use beef pan drippings with broth to make up 4 cups, omit the bouillon if using beef drippings)
1.In a saucepan over medium-high heat melt butter or margarine until bubbly (do not brown).
2.Add in the black pepper, garlic powder (if using) and flour, then whisk for 1 minute.
3.Slowly add in the beef broth and beef bouillon powder (or beef broth mixed with pan drippings) stir over low heat until smooth, thickened and bubbly about 3 minutes).