Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Diet Coke Sloppy Joes

This is a healthier version of the traditional sloppy joe. Recipe is courtesy of Weight Watchers:

1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium onion (I usually just add a little minced onion because it's easier)
1 1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
12 oz diet coke
2/3 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp vinegar
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 tsp dry mustard

Brown beef and onion in large skillet. Drain well. Stir in remaining ingredients as listed. Mix well. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Makes 6 Servings; 3 POINTS each

Saturday, April 25, 2009

New Recipe Blog

I've found yet another fabulous source for recipes! You may have heard of her, but I don't think she's been mentioned here so we'll give it a whirl. She's called "The Pioneer Woman", and she's hilarous! She does other stuff too, like photography and home and garden. But her recipes are great, she's much like Bakerella with photos, etc, but she does all types of foods. Anyway, check her out at

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


20 oz. pkg. Oreo cookies
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 stick butter
1 c. powdered sugar
2 sm. pkgs. chocolate instant pudding mix
3 1/2 c. milk
12 oz. Cool Whip or Le Creme

In a blender or food processor, grind Oreos and set aside. In large bowl beat together cream cheese and butter; beat in sugar and pudding and blend. Add milk; blend until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip. Layer in container (I use a special flower pot.) One third Oreos pressed into bottom to form crust, 1/2 pudding mixture, 1/3 Oreos, remaining pudding, finish top with remaining Oreos to look like potting soil. Garnish appropriately with fake ivy, etc. Serve with miniature spade.
NOTE: To make Sand Dessert, substitute vanilla wafers for Oreos and vanilla pudding for chocolate pudding. Serve in sand pail with shovel as serving spoon. Garnish with candy sea shells.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter Egg Dye

Mix 1/4 tsp. food coloring and 1 tsp. vinegar with 1 cup boiling water. Let cool before dying eggs.

Yummy Cornbread

This is a super easy recipe that never lasts very long in our house!!! Here's what you'll need...

One yellow cake mix and one jiffy corn muffin mix.

Mix the two, with all the ingredients each one calls for. Bake in 9 x 13 or two 9" rounds or squares (I do this and freeze one for the next dinner we want to eat cornbread). Bake at 350 for 20-30 min. or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle. Serve warm with honey butter! We love it with chili or soup on a cold day!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake

This is a Weight Watcher Recipe. I've listed the point values at the end, just in case anyone cares:

1 box Devils Food Cake Mix
1 small box sugar free instant chocolate pudding
1 small box sugar free instant white chocolate pudding
1 cup egg substitute (I didn't have egg substitute so I used 3 eggs which may adjust the points)
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup applesauce

Mix together and pour into a sprayed Bundt pan or divide into 24 cupcakes. (The mixture is kind of fluffy and does not rise much at all.) Bake at 350 degrees - 45-50 minutes for Bundt or 20 min for cupcakes. Serve with Fat Free Cool Whip.

Bundt Cake = 16 servings @ 3 points each
Cupcakes = 24 servings @ 2 points each

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet & Sour Chicken

1.5 T. baking powder
1.5 c. flour
1.5 cornstarch
1 tsp. salt
2.5 c. water
.5 tsp yellow food coloring
3. T MSG or Accent

Mix all the ingredients together with water until smooth.

2 lbs of chicken

Slice chicken into slices. Take sliced chicken and dip into the batter. Then fry the chicken in oil for about 5 minutes. Make sure oil isn't too hot or the chicken won't cook all the way through. It will be golden brown.

Sweet & Sour Sauce
2 C. water
1 C. white vinegar
1.5 C. sugar
Dash white pepper
Dash garlic powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 red food coloring
2 T cornstarch with cool water as thickener

Bring water boil, then add all the ingredients while stirring slowly. Thickener should be added slowly after the sauce is boiling. Continue to stir. Add sauce to cover chicken as a dip.