Thursday, August 5, 2010

Watermelon Cake

Here’s something nice to serve after a summer meal. Found this at bettercrocker dot com.

Savor the sweetest slice of watermelon you'll ever eat! The chocolate seeds are a melt-in-your-mouth prize.

Prep Time: 30 min
Total Time: 1 hour 45 min
Makes: 16 servings

Ingredients:

1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box

1 package (0.13 oz) cherry-flavored or other red-colored unsweetened soft drink mix

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips

1 container (12 oz) Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white frosting

Green and red food colors

2/3 cup green jelly beans

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease bottoms only of two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans with shortening or cooking spray. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil, egg whites and drink mix with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds; beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. (Batter will be lumpy.) Stir in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips. Pour into pans.

2. Bake as directed on box for 8- or 9-inch round pans. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

3. In small bowl, stir 1 cup of the frosting with 10 to 12 drops green food color. Stir 10 to 12 drops red food color into remaining frosting. Frost sides of cakes with green frosting; press green jelly beans into frosting. Frost tops of cakes with red frosting; press remaining 2 tablespoons chocolate chips into frosting for seeds. If desired, cut cakes crosswise in half and arrange "slices" randomly on tray. To serve, cut into wedges. Store loosely covered at room temperature.

 

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Follow High Altitude cake mix directions on box for two 8- or 9-inch pans, adding the soft drink mix to the dry cake mix. Toss 1/2 cup chocolate chips with 2 teaspoons Gold Medal® all-purpose flour before stirring into batter.

Success:

Use mini chips to make sure there are lots of chips and that they stay distributed in the cake.

Substitution:

Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy creamy white frosting can be used for the Whipped frosting.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

5-Minute Green Beans

Found on whfoods dot com

Green beans are a rich source of vitamin K, C, and A, as well as health-promoting carotenoid phytonutrients such as beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. And one cup contains only 44 calories— great reasons to enjoy this easy-to-prepare recipe as part of your Healthiest Way of Eating.

 

Prep and Cook Time: 8 minutes
Ingredients:

  • 1 lb green beans
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 TBS extra vigin olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional:
  • 3 TBS goat cheese
  • 2 TBS sliced almonds
  • 4-5 drops tamari soy sauce
  • 1 TBS sliced sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 TBS roasted red bell peppers
  • 1 TBS chopped basil

 

Directions:

  1. Chop garlic and let sit for at least 5 minutes to bring out its health promoting properties.
  2. Fill the bottom of a steamer pot with 2 inches of watger.
  3. While steam is building up in steamer, cut ends off green beans.
  4. steam for 5 minutes. A fork should pierce through them easily when they are done.
  5. Transfer to a bowl. For more flavor, toss green beans with the remaiing ingredients while they are sill hot.

Serves 2

Healthy Cooking Tips:

To mellow the flavor of the garlic, add garlic to green beans for the last 2 minutes of steaming.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Quick Coq au Vin

From Cooking Light

Cooking uncovered over high heat, the liquid reduces and concentrates its flavors in a fraction of the time required for the traditional long-simmered dish.

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cups quartered cremini mushrooms
  • 2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices carrot
  • 1/3 cup (1/4-inch-thick) slices Canadian bacon
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

 

Preparation:

Combine flour, thyme, and salt in a zip-top plastic bag; add chicken. Seal and shake to coat. Remove chicken from bag, shaking off excess flour.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 8 minutes or until browned, turning frequently. Remove chicken from pan.

Add mushrooms, carrot, and bacon to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in wine, broth, and tomato paste; cook 9 minutes. Return chicken to pan; cook 8 minutes or until chicken is done.

 

I found this on myrecipes dot com