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Cutting round vegetables

Cucurbita moschata 'Butternut'.
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Over the weekend I wanted to cook up a butternut squash for dinner and worried about chopping my fingers off while I worked, but I found a FABULOUS tip I had to share!

“It is very simple to prevent rolling of squash. Just fold up a small towel into quarters so there’s some padding and put the squash on top of the towel, this will help prevent the squash from rolling around upon the initial cut. After that, use the flat surface of the initial cut for the rest of the cuts”

Another tip? Use a very sharp knife!

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Grilled Turkey

Thanksgiving dinner @ Peter's
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Ingredients:
* 1 turkey, thawed
* 2 apples
* 4 plums
* 1/4 tsp sage
* 1/4 tsp garlic powder
* 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
* 2 oz tequila (or preferred spirit)
* One piece of cheesecloth large enough to hold fruit misture

Directions:
Boil turkey in a large pot of water for approximately 2 hours (you may add sage and garlic for additional flavor).
While turkey is boiling mash the apples, plums, spices and tequila and let set for one hour at room temperature.
Wrap fruit mixture in cheesecloth and tie the opening tightly.
After turkey has boiled for two hours, remove from pan and stuff the spice bag into the turkey cavity.
Wrap turkey in aluminum foil and place on the grill for about one hour or until done (varies based on size of turkey).
The spices bake all through the turkey and it remains very moist.

Notes: This is a wonderful Thanksgiving day meal, it may sound complicated but, it’s actually a very easy way to fix a turkey.

Recipe courtesy of Better Recipes

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Crustless Lowfat Pumpkin Pie

Appetizer - Pao de Queijo ...
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Ingredients:
* 2 eggs
* 12 ounce can skim evaporated milk
* 15 ounce can pumpkin
* 1/3 cup white sugar
* 1/3 cup brown sugar
* 1/2 tsp ginger
* 1/4 tsp nutmeg
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 1/4 cup flour

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together.
Pour into 9″ pie pan coated with vegetable spray.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Refrigerate overnight to chill.

Recipe courtesy of Best Recipes

Notes: Top with whipped light cream

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Coconut-Sweet Potato Rissoto

two slices of toasted white bread
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Ingredients:
* 2 1/2 Tbsp Sweetened Cream of Coconut
* 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
* 1/2 tsp Pepper
* 1/2 tsp Salt
* 1 1/2 cups Water
* Juice of 1/2 a Lime (about 1 Tbsp)
* 1 cup Arborio Rice
* 1/4 cup Mashed Sweet Potato
* 1/8 cup (2 Tbsp) Chopped Green Onion
* Toasted Coconut (Optional)

Directions:
In a saucepan, combine the Water, Salt, Pepper, Curry Powder, Lime Juice, and Cream of Coconut.
Place on medium-low heat.
Place a large frying pan over medium heat and add the Rice to the Pan.
Toast the rice for 4-5 minutes or until translucent, stirring often with a wooden spoon. (Be sure not to let the rice turn brown when toasting.)
Then turn the Heat under the frying pan to medium-high and add about 1/4 of the liquid in the saucepan to the frying pan.
Cook and stir slowly until liquid is incorporated.
Then add another one-fourth installment of the liquid, and continue as before, cooking and stirring until liquid is incorporated.
Do this with the last two installments also.
Once all the liquid is incorporated, take off the heat and add the mashed sweet potatoes and green onion.
Then Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with toasted coconut.

Recipe courtesy of Best Recipes.

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Kasha Stuffing

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Ingredients:
* 2 cups fine kasha (roasted buckwheat groats)
* 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
* 2 cups boiling water
* 2 cups chicken broth, boiling
* 1/2 cup tsp salt
* 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1/2 lb fresh mushrooms, coarsely chopped
* 5 Tbsp fresh flat parsley, cut into ribbons
* 1/2 cup dried cranberries/craisins
* 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
* Ground white pepper to taste

Directions:
Put kasha in bowl and add 1/2 of the beaten eggs, stirring until eggs are absorbed.
Turn into a cold skillet and slowly heat, stirring frequently, until kasha grains are dry and separate and just beginning to brown.
Pour in boiling water, boiling chicken broth and salt.
Stir once, then simmer, covered, over moderately low heat until all the liquid is absorbed and the kasha is half cooked, about 10 minutes.
Heat oil in skillet and slowly saute the onion until they begin to soften, do not brown.
Add mushrooms, raise the heat and saute for a minute or two, until liquid evaporates.
Toss in parsley, craisins and walnuts.
Combine sauteed onion and mushroom mixture with kasha and stir.
Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
Stir in remaining beaten eggs.
Store in refrigerator and just before roasting stuff into a 10 to 15 pound turkey and cook according to package directions.

Recipe courtesy of Better Recipes

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Buttercup squash with apples

Candy Cane Cookies
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Ingredients:
1 small buttercup or other winter squash, cut in half, seeds and fibers removed (1 pound)
1/2 cup chopped tart apple
2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
1 teaspoons butter or margarine, softened
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
dash of ground nutmeg

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place squash halves cut sides up in ungreased baking dish.
2. Mix remaining ingredients; spoon into squash. Cover and bake 30 to 40 minutes or until squash is tender.

1 Serving: Calories 105 (Calories from fat 45); Fat 5g (Saturated 3g); Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 30mg; Carbohydrate 17g (Dietary fiber 3g); Protein 1g

Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker

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Blueberry bran muffins

Old Phosphate Baking Powder tin
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Ingredients:
1/4 cup wheat bran
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons vegetable oil (you can use the same amount of applesauce if you want an even lower fat content)
1/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup whole wheat or whole wheat blend flour
2 tablespoons quick oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons fat-free cholesterol-free egg product or 1 egg white
1/3 cup fresh or frozen (thawed and well drained) blue berries

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 6 medium muffin cups with cooking spray.
2. Stir bran, honey, oil/applesauce and water in medium bowl until blended. Let stand 2 minutes. Stir in flour, oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and egg product until just moistened. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.
3. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

1 Muffin: Calories 100 (Calories from fat 20); Fat 2g (Saturated 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 190mg; Carbohydrate 20g (Dietary fiber 3g); Protein 3g

Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker

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Black bean-pasta cancun

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This recipe is great with some grilled chicken, too!

Ingredients:
1 cups uncooked radiatore pasta (4 ounces)
1 can (14.5oz) tomatoes with chili spices
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 bell pepper, cut into small strips
2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
2 lime wedges
Cilantro leaves, if desired

Directions:
1. Cook pasta as directed on package. While pasta is cooking, heat tomatoes to boiling in 2-quart saucepan.
2. Drain pasta and stir in tomatoes with beans, lime peel, cumin and bell pepper; reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until hot. Garnish with sour cream, lime and cilantro. Squeeze lime over pasta.

1 Serving: Calories 370 (Calories from fat 35); Fat 4g (Saturated 1g); Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 640mg; Carbohydrate 77g (Dietary fiber 10g); Protein 17g

Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker

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Baked chicken and potato dinner

Roasted mini bell peppers stuffed with spinach...
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A tip for this recipe: Cleanup is carefree if you line the baking dish with aluminum foil before spraying with cooking spray. Now cleanup means tossing out of the foil!

Ingredients:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1/2 pound)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (I’ve used regular yellow AND stone ground before and it turns out just as well)
1/2 cup reduced fat or original Bisquick
3/4 pound small red potatoes, cut into fourths
1 small red or green bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 small onion, cut into 8 wedges
cooking spray
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, if desired
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray baking dish, with cooking spray.
2. Brush chicken with 1 tablespoon of the mustard, then coat with Bisquick. Place in center of pan; brush vegetables with remaining mustard. Spray chicken and vegetables with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with cheese and paprika.
3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, stirring vegetables after 20 minutes, until potatoes are tender and juice of chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut.

1 Serving: Calories 420 (Calories from fat 65); Fat 7g (Saturated 2g); Cholesterol 75mg; Sodium 780mg; Carbohydrate 61g (Dietary fiber 5g); Protein 34g

Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker

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Perfect Pasta Tips

Pasta Experiment, a.k.a. Kitchen Therapy
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A break in the recipes today to share some Betty Crocker perfect pasta tips!

  • Use 2 ounces of dried pata or 3 ounces refrigerated pasta for each serving. Fresh pasta cooks in about 1/4 the time of dried pasta, but cooking times will cary according to the shape.
  • Measure 4 ounces of spaghetti (the perfect amount for two) easily by making a circle with your thumb and index finger the size of a quarter and filling it with pasta.
  • Choose a 3-quart saucepan or larger for cooking pasta for two so the pasta can move freely in the boiling water during cooking.
  • Begin with cold water andadd 1.5 teaspoons salt for every 2 quarts of water. Bring the water to a full boil befor eadding pasta. It should remain boiling during the entire cooking time.
  • Find the best sauce for the box of pasta that’s already in your pantry, follow this handy mix-and-match guide
    • Long thing or wide pasta (capellini, fettuccine, linguine, spaghetti, vermicelli) – choose smooth, thin sauces or thosewith very finely chopped ingredients. They will cling better to the large surface area of these pasta shapes.
    • Short, wide and sturdy pastas (mostaccioli, penne, rigatoni, rotelle, rotini, ziti) – select chunky or heavy sauces. These pasta shapes are strong enouch to hold up to larger pieces of ingredients.
    • Pastas with crevices and hollow areas (cavatappi, farfalle, fusilli, radiatore, gemelli, shells) – try sauces with small pieces of meat and vegetables that can be captured in the hollow areas of these pasta shapes.
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