Creamy Pork Chops

Did you know the Crockpot was invented in Kansas City? Here is a quick three ingredient dinner recipe. Use extra gravy to top mashed potatoes.

Crockpot Pork ChopsCreamy Pork Chops from Pinterest
4-6 pork chops
1 packets of ranch seasoning
1 can cream of chicken
1 can of water

Cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Note: I used healthy request cream of chicken.

Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes

I really liked this pancake recipe. Fluffy and sweet decreasing the need for very much syrup.

Cinnamon Applesauce PancakesCinnamon Applesauce Pancakes from Pinterest
2 c. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
2 c. water
2 T. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
½ c. applesauce
¼ tsp. vanilla

Mix dry ingredients. Add remaining wet ingredients. Cook pancakes.

Notes:

  • Makes 12 pancakes so I cut it in half.
  • Recipe suggested cinnamon applesauce. I used unsweetened applesauce and added a dash of cinnamon.

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

I recently decide to purchase and cook a spaghetti squash for the first time. I had tried a recipe at work that was pretty good and had a few others on Pinterest I wanted to cook. I thought I had heard Rachael Ray once say to put it in the microwave for a few minutes to make it softer so you cut it. I ended up cooking it that way because it was way faster. I’ll share with you two ways to cook this recipe. Using spaghetti squash in place of pasta is better for you. I think one half of a squash has only 40 calories. Plus, you get lots of natural vegetable vitamins.

You will be amazed just how much of this vegetable you can scrap out. A YouTube video I found also said they can last for 3-4 weeks on your counter before cooking too.

Spaghetti SquashSpaghetti Squash Lasagna Bowls from Pinterest
2 small spaghetti squash, cut in half and seeded
1 T. oil

1 lb. of ground turkey
1 T. oil
1 onion, diced
2 gloves of garlic, chopped
½ tsp. red pepper flakes
½ tsp. fennel seeds, crushed
1 can of crushed tomatoes
1 T. tomato paste (optional)
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
½ tsp. paprika
1 T. balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
1 T. basil

1 c. low fat cottage cheese
1 T. basil
1 c. mozzarella

Bake squash face down for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Meanwhile, cook your sauce. Fluff the inside of the squash. Stuff with cottage cheese and basil, then sauce, and top with shredded cheese. Broil for 2-3 minutes.

Notes:

  • I used a heart healthy jar sauce to save time. I also used ground beef instead of ground turkey.
  • I cut ten slits in the squash and placed in a microwave dish. It was probably about 2 lb. so I cooked it for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through. I left it rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting open and de-seeding. I cut the ends off making it easier to slice open.
  • Since the shell was too soft, I scraped out one side of the squash and placed in a baking dish and topped with ingredients. Then, I broiled it for three minutes.

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Bars

This recipe was a lot of work but turned out good. It is rich so cut bars into small pieces and share with others.

100_1192Peanut Butter Caramel Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Mom on Time Out
Caramel Filling
11 oz. caramels
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
4 T. butter

Cookie Dough
12 T. butter, softened
2 c. brown sugar
½ c. creamy peanut butter
2 eggs
1 T. vanilla
2 c. flour
1 c. oats
2 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 c. chocolate chips
1. Peanut butter chips
1. C. Heath bits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13 x 9 cake pan with parchment paper or foil. On a medium-low heat, melt caramels, butter, and sweetened condensed milk. Cool slightly.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add peanut butter. Add eggs. Add vanilla. In another bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder, and salt. Add to butter mixture. Stir in chips. Put 2/3 of dough in the bottom of the lined pan. Pour caramel over dough. Top with drops of remaining dough. Bake for 30 minutes and cool.

Notes:

  • I used fat free sweetened condensed milk and a smaller bag of caramels.
  • I used reduced fat creamy peanut butter.
  • I used one cup from a bag of chocolate chip and peanut butter chips mixed together, one and half cups of chocolate chips, and ¾ c. Heath bits.

Hummus

Olympic Men’s Figure Skating Medalist Brian Boitano was on Rachael Ray promoting his cookbook. Who know he loved to cook. A woman in the audience asked what his favorite snack was and he said it he would whip it up for her. Of course, Rachael wasn’t sure if they would have all the ingredients. Sure enough, she did. Here is a quick hummus recipe packed with all the fiber benefits of beans.

HummusGarlicky Whole Bean Artichoke Dip by Brian Boitano
1/3 c. olive oil
1 (15 oz.) can of cannellini beans, drained
1 (15 oz.) can of artichoke hearts, drained
Juice of a lemon
2-3 garlic cloves
salt and pepper

Blend and serve. This recipe is good with wheat crackers, pretzel chips, and zucchini.

Notes:

  • I used a smaller jar of artichokes and it turned out fine.
  • I used bottle lemon juice and jarred garlic.