Sunday, December 16, 2007

Honey Chicken Stir-Fry

TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen broccoli stir-fry vegetable blend
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • Hot cooked rice


In a large nonstick skillet, stir-fry chicken and garlic in 2 teaspoons oil. Add the honey, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until chicken is lightly browned and juices run clear. Remove and keep warm.
In the same pan, stir-fry the vegetables in remaining oil for 4-5 minutes or until tender. Return chicken to the pan; stir to coat. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into chicken mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Apple-Oat Muffins

2 c. shredded, peeled McIntosh apples (about 3/4 lb). *
1-1/2 c. AP flour
1 c. quick-cooking oats
2/3 c. packed brown sugar
1-1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 c. fat free milk
2 T. vegetable oil
1 t. vanilla extract
1 (8 ounce) carton plain low-fat yogurt (I used fat free strawberry from Publix)
1 large egg

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Place apple on paper towels, squeeze until barely moist. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, level with a knife. Combine the flour and next 6 ingredients in a medium bowl, stir with a whisk. Make a well in center of the mixture. Combine milk, oil, vanilla, yogurt, and egg, stir well with a whisk. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Stir in apple.
  • Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. They will be almost full. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. remove muffins from pans immediately; place on a wire rack.
Yield: 1 dozen
Serving size: one muffin
190 calories; 3.9 g fat (.9g sat.)
1.9 g fiber; 4.5 g carbs

*I used Granny Smith Apples and pulsed them a few times in the food processor.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Old-Fashioned Whoopie Pies

1/2 cup baking cocoa

1/2 cup hot water

1/2 cup shortening

1-1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup buttermilk


3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Dash salt

1 cup milk

3/4 cup shortening

1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • In a small bowl, combine cocoa and water; mix well. Cool for 5 minutes. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add cocoa mixture, eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine dry ingredients. Add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk; mix well.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with a spoon. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until firm to the touch. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a saucepan, combine flour and salt. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth; cook and stir over medium-high heat until thick, 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and refrigerate until completely cool.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream shortening, sugar and vanilla. Add chilled milk mixture; beat for 7 minutes or until fluffy. Spread filling on half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Honey Mustard Chicken

• 4 LB chicken, butterflied
• 3 TBS Dijon mustard
• 1 TBS honey
• 2 tsp soy sauce
• 2 TBS olive oil
• salt & pepper

Preparation Directions:
Ÿ Flatten the chicken out, skin side up.
Ÿ Whack it with your fist to crack the breastbone (for easier carving).
Ÿ Fold the wing tips back and tuck them under the chicken.
Ÿ Salt and pepper both sides.
Ÿ Blend the mustard, honey, soy and oil. Brush generously on both sides of chicken.
Ÿ Let sit at room temperature for an hour or so, or cover and refrigerate for several hours.
Cooking Directions:
Ÿ Roast over direct heat (no drip pan), at a grill temperature of 270 (about 300 dome).
Ÿ Start skin side up; after 50-60 minutes, flip the skin side toward the coals.
Ÿ Roast another 30 minutes or so, until skin is golden brown and crispy and the meat is done to your

Good for when there's no time to brine.
Good with or without pecan or cherry wood.