August 26, 2011

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Makes 12 Muffins

1 cup - Granulated sugar
2 cups - All-purpose flour
1/2 tsp - Salt
2 tsp - Baking soda
1/2 tsp plus a pinch of Ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp - Ground cinnamon
2 - Fuji apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/3 cup - walnuts, chopped
1 cup - Greek yogurt
2 - Large eggs
1 stick - Unsalted butter, melted
12 - Cupcake liners

1/4 cup - Brown sugar
1/4 tsp - Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
1.       In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.  After chopping up the apples and walnuts, add them to the dry ingredients.  Mix together until all apples are coated.
2.       In a medium bowl whisk eggs, butter, and yogurt until smooth.  Fold the mixture into the apple mixture making sure you don’t over mix.  Divide batter among muffin cups.
3.       In a small bowl, mix the topping ingredients (brown sugar and cinnamon) then sprinkle on top of each muffin.
4.       Bake for 16 minutes or until the muffins spring back to touch. The toothpick trick will also work.
5.       Let muffins cool.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Information:
PER SERVING (1 Muffin): 267 calories, 11g fat, 304mg sodium, 40g carbs, 6g protein

August 9, 2011

Loaded Mac and Cheese

Makes 6-8 Servings
1/2 pound - Elbow macaroni noodles
1/2 pound - Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
3 Tbsp - Light Butter or Margarine
3 Tbsp - Flour
1 Tbsp - Dijon mustard
3 cups - 1% Milk
1/4 cup - Sweet Onion (finely diced)
1 - Bay leaf
1/2 tsp - Paprika
1 - large egg
6 oz - Reduced Fat Sharp cheddar, shredded
6 oz - White Cheddar, shredded
6 oz Provolone, shredded
6 oz - Asiago, shredded
1 tsp - Salt
Fresh black pepper
3 - Slices of tukey bacon, chopped
1 cup - Bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. In a pot of boiling (add salt), cook the pasta until done. Place your chicken breasts on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes.

2. While the pasta and chicken are cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it's free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.

3. Add the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni and chicken into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with the remaining cheese and bread crumbs.

4, Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.