Thursday, February 27, 2014

Easy Onion Dip™

Love onion dip, but don't like all the sodium. This is a healthy version.

1 c reduced fat sour cream
1 T dried or fresh diced onions 
1 clove fresh garlic crushed chopped
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper
1 tsp dried parsley
Pinch red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp dried or fresh dill.

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well, put in fridge until ready to serve.
Make 8  2 T servings.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cinnamon Spice, Everything Nice Mock-Achino ™

This is my version of the coffee house classic.

 If you don't have an espresso pot or maker, you can also use strong coffee.

I've used reduced fat milk, but you can use what milk you like. 

I’ve also used brown sugar for this, but you can substitute diatetic sugar if needed. 

3 c. espresso or strong coffee
1 c. milk
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. brown sugar (adjust to taste)

Brew coffee according to coffee makers instructions. 

In a microwave safe measuring cup, combine: milk, sugar and spices, stir to mix. 

Microwave on high for 45 - 60 seconds. 

Make sure the milk doesn't boil over in the microwave. 

Remove from microwave and carefully pour milk into a jar. 

Put lid on jar and shake for 30 sec. - 1 min. 

Remove lid from jar and spoon frothed milk onto coffee.

Serves 4 - 6.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Easy Chicken Marsala ™

This is an easy version of chicken Marsala

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 - 2/3 c flour (regular or gluten free)
1/8- 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper
1 - 3 T olive oil
pinch red pepper flakes
1  - 2 tsp fresh lemon juice and zest (adjust to taste)

1/3 - 1/2 c Marsala wine.
1 clove garlic, crushed and chopped
2 tsp dried parsley
1 oz chopped mushrooms

In a dish combine: flour, salt, pepper, lemon zest,red pepper flakes,  half of parsley . Mix with fork.

Place chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound with a meat pounder until chicken is thin. 

Dredge chicken lightly in flour mixture.

Heat skillet to medium high heat, Lower heat to medium, add oil. Add chicken to pan and cook on 1 side for 4 - 6 min. Flip over and cook chicken on other side for 4 - 6 min or until done.
Remove chicken from skillet and place on serving plate to let rest.

While skillet is on medium heat, carefully add marsala wine, lemon juice, parsley mushrooms and garlic to skillet. Reduce heat to medium low. Stir sauce with whisk for 5- 7 min or until reduced.  

Spoon reduced sauce over chicken.

Serves 4