Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Cheddar Cheese Potatoes™

This is a great side dish to serve at your Thanksgiving table. You can adjust the amount of milk to taste.

I've used reduced fat milk and cheddar cheese but you can also use vegan milk, vegan butter and vegan cheese if desired too.


6 medium potatoes (rinsed and quartered)
1/2 - 3/ 4 c. milk (skim or low fat)
2 - 3 T. butter to taste
1/8 tsp salt (optional)
1/4 tsp pepper
1 - 2 cloves garlic (crushed and chopped)
1/8 - 2/3 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Rinse potatoes and cut into quarters. 

Place potatoes in pot with water and boil for 20 minutes or until done.

Put milk and garlic into microwave safe cup and microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Drain water from potatoes in colander.

Transfer potatoes back to pot. Mash with potato masher.

While mashing add butter, salt, pepper, 1/4 c of the cheese and milk. 

You can adjust the milk to the desired consistency of potatoes. Mash until smooth.

Turn on broiler to high.

Sprinkle remaining cheese evenly over potatoes. 

Place potatoes in oven and broil for 5 - 7 minutes or until cheese is golden.

Serves 6

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ain't It Sweet Potato Mini Pies™

This is a great alternative to pumpkin pie.

This perfect for fall and the holidays.

I've used sugar but you can use your favorite sweetener if desired, instead.

I've used a reduced fat milk and butter but you can use vegan options instead if desired. 

2 - 3 large sweet potatoes quartered and peeled
1/4 - 1/3 c. each: low fat milk, butter
1//4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/8 tsp salt (optional)
1 /8 - 1/4 c. sugar (optional)
Non stick cooking spray
1 - 2 egg
1 pkg. pie crusts
1/8 - 1/3 c. flour (enough to dust work board and rolling pin)

Preheat oven to 375 F'.

Spray muffin tin with non stick cooking spray 

Rinse, peel and quarter sweet potatoes. 

Place potatoes and salt in pot with water and boil for 20 - 30 minutes or until tender. 

While sweet pototoes are cooking, with clean hands sprinkle some flour on work board and rolling pin. 

Roll dough out to desired thickness. Put the rim of a large clean glass on pie crusts to cut out 12 circles. Place crusts in each of the muffin tins.

Drain water from potatoes in colander or strainer. Transfer potatoes back to pot.

Crack two egg in bowl, beat slightly. 

Mash with potato masher or ricer. While mashing add butter, salt, sugar, pumpkin spice, milk, eggs. Mix with a clean fork.

 Divide sweet potato mixture into each of the muffin tins. 

Place in oven and bake for 20 - 40 min. or until done.

Serves 4 - 6 approx. ( 2 - 3 mini pies each).

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Pumpkin Pie Spice, Oh So Nice™

It's the season for anything pumpkin pie spice.

You can adjust amount of each spice, as desired.

1 - 2 T. each: ground cinnamon, ground allspice, ground ginger, ground clove
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

In a small clean bowl combine spices.

With a clean spoon, mix spices.

Using a clean funnel, spoon spices into a clean empty salt shaker or spice jar.

Put lid on salt shaker.

Serves 8.

Friday, November 2, 2018

South Of The Border Hot Chocolate™

This is great for after raking leaves, celebrating the El Dia De Los Muertos or anytime.

I've used cocoa powder, but you can also use chocolate chips too.

4 c. reduced fat milk
1/4 - 1/3 c. cocoa powder
1 - 2 T. regular or diatetic sugar
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch each: nutmeg, cayanne pepper (optional)

Heat a saucepan over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium low.

Add ingredients and simmer for 5 - 8 minutes or until done.

Ladle into heat proof mugs.

Serves 4.