Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dreamy Fruit Dip

This delightful orange-tinged fruit dip is a favorite of the (Ralph) Stewart girls, from Grandma Lyle.  And it's a hit at parties! It is the perfect compliment to fruit, without being overly sweet (like the dips with marshmallow in it.)  I'm posting the "full fat" version, and a similar low-fat version I found online (I haven't tried it, but it looks good.)

Dreamy Fruit Dip
Makes 2 – 3 Cups

·         1 Tbl lemon juice + grated orange rind
·         1 Tbl corn starch
·         1 egg
·         1/2 pint whipping cream
·         1/2 Cup frozen orange juice

Heat OJ in saucepan, stirring constantly.  Liquify the corn starch in a little cold water and add to the OJ.  Stir constantly until boiling rapidly and it turns glossy.  Remove from heat.

Whip whole egg in a bowl.  Very slowly add the OJ mixture (so the egg doesn’t cook) and beat it into the egg.  Pour mixture back into the saucepan, and cook on medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and cool in a bowl of ice + water.

Whip whipping cream till creamy (not stiff peaked).  Fold the OJ mixture into the whipping cream and mix until evenly incorporated.

Serve with your favorite fruits!

Low-fat version:

Orange Fruit Dip

  • 4 oz (half of 8-oz package) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
  • 1 container (6 oz) Yoplait® Original 99% Fat Free orange crème or French vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • Assorted fresh fruit for dipping, if desired

  • In medium bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on low speed until smooth.
  • Add yogurt, powdered sugar, orange juice concentrate and vanilla; beat 30 to 60 seconds on low speed until blended and smooth. Gently stir in whipped topping until well blended. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 24 hours. Serve with fresh fruit.

Yields 12 Servings (2 tablespoons dip each).

Nutritional Information:
Calories 50 (Calories from Fat 20); Total Fat 2 1/2g (Saturated Fat 1 1/2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 45mg; Total Carbohydrate 6g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 5g); Protein 1g

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Honey Glazed Chicken Stir Fry

From The Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook

Start to finish : 25 minutes
Fast & Low-Fat
Frozen vegetables save on the preparation time.


12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast halves or skinless, boneless chicken thighs
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 cups vegetables, fresh or frozen
hot cooked rice or couscous

1. Rinse chicken; pat dry. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces; set aside. For sauce, in a small bowl stir together honey, vinegar, orange juice, soy sauce, and cornstarch; set aside. (I double to sauce for this recipe, but I am a saucy kind of girl)

2. Pour cooking oil into a wok or a large skillet. (Add more oil as necessary during cooking.) Preheat over medium-high heat. Stir-fry vegetables for 3 minutes or till vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove vegetables from wok. Add chicken to hot wok. Stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes or till chicken is no longer pink. Push chicken from the center of the wok. Stir sauce; add to center of the wok. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly.

3. Return cooked vegetables to wok. Stir all ingredients together to coat. Cook and stir about 1 minute more or till heated through. If desire, serve immediately over rice or couscous. Makes 4 servings.

Turkey Meatloaf

My husband the greatest beef lover of all time didn't miss the beef. For me, that makes this recipe a keeper! It was moist and had great flavor. It will be sure to become a regular around here! No picture because meatloaf is not a pretty food. You know what it looks like....looks like meatloaf.

2 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
1 cup onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 lbs ground turkey
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg (or 1/4 cup egg substitute)
3/4 cup catsup
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1. Melt butter in a skillet.
2. Cook onion and garlic in melted butter for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Place mixture in a large bowl to cool for 5 minutes.
4. Combine turkey, bread crumbs, egg, 1/4 cup of the catsup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper with onion mixture.
5. Press meatloaf into an 8x4-inch loaf pan.
6. Spread remaining catsup on top.
7. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50-55 minutes.8(Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees.) Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Linguine Carbonara Pasta

(picture from cooking light website)
This recipe whips up in a flash and is one that you might just have everything already on hand. Precook the chicken and bacon before hand and everything can come together in 15 minutes. Although this is a healthier, dumbed down version of the Italian classic, it's tasty and will satisfy your family audience. The recipe is adapted from cooking light.
Serves 4

8 ounces uncooked linguine
1/2 lb cooked chicken cut into bite size pieces (optional)
1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk
1/4 c grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (2 t dried)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup chopped pancetta (I used bacon)
1 garlic clove, minced
2 large eggs

1.Precook chicken and bacon
2. Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/3 cup cooking liquid.
3. Combine milk, parmesan, parsley and s&p in a small bowl; set milk mixture aside.
4. Place egg in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Gradually add 1/3 cup reserved hot cooking liquid, stirring constantly with a whisk. Gradually add egg mixture to pan, stirring constantly. Add milk/cheese mixture. cook on low heat 2 minutes or until sauce is thick and creamy. Add milk or more pasta water to sauce until desired consistency is reached.
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