Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

servings: 12  

 calories: 350

 prep time: 25 minutes 
 
Cupcake ingredients:
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
frosting ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

preparation instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  3. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars on medium speed
  5. Add eggs one at a time and mix in vanilla until creamy.
  6. With mixer set on low speed, add in 1/3 of the dry ingredients in three separate batches alternating with 1/2 of the milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour and mixing just until combined after each addition.
  7. Divide batter evenly into cupcake liners, filling each two thirds full.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.
  10. For the frosting, whip butter on medium speed with electric mixer.
  11. Blend in vanilla extract, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
  12. Once all ingredients are well blended, slowly add in the whipping cream to the mixture.
  13. Let sit for a few minutes and frost cupcakes.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

servings: 5

 calories: 309

 prep time: 20 minutes 
 
ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 whole carrot, Shredded
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3/8 cups cashews, crushed
  • 1 can water chestnuts, drained (8 oz)
  • 3 Tablespoons green onion
  • 1 large head of  iceberg lettuce, leafed
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

preparation instructions:

  1. Bring 1 tablespoon of oil to high heat in a wok or large frying pan.
  2. Add chicken and cook 8-10 minutes or until browned.
  3. Set chicken aside.
  4. Mince water chestnuts, green onion, and mushrooms.
  5. Mince cooled chicken and add shredded carrots.
  6. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the wok or pan.
  7. Add chicken, carrots, water chestnuts, green onion, and mushrooms to the wok or pan.
  8. Add onion powder and garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
  9. Stir in tomato sauce and  cook to reduce volume for 2 to 3 minutes.
  10. Return chicken to pot and add chicken stock and soy sauce.
  11. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low.
  12. Add soy sauce, ketchup, lemon juice, brown sugar, and Worcestershire to the pan.
  13. Add pepper to the mixture.
  14. Cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  15. Serve with lettuce “cups”.

suggested side dishes:

  • Rice
  • Egg rolls

Oatmeal Scotchies

servings: 24  

 calories: 254

 prep time: 10 minutes 
 
ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 3 cups old fashioned quaker oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package butterscotch morsels (11 oz.)

preparation instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F.
  2. In a medium bowl combine, all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate large bowl, beat the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until creamy.
  4. Stir in the dry ingredients along with oats and butterscotch morsels.
  5. Refrigerate dough for about 30 minutes to harden.
  6. Add foil or parchment paper to a cookie sheet.
  7. Scoop cookie dough  into tablespoon sized balls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for about 5-7 minutes.
  9. Remove cookie sheet from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

Salmon Croquettes

servings: 4 

calories: 420  

prep time: 30 minutes 
 
ingredients:
  • 1/2 pound fresh salmon
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups small-diced celery (4 stalks)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning

preparation instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Place the salmon on a sheet pan, skin side down.
  3. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until just cooked.
  5. Remove from the oven and cover tightly with aluminum foil.
  6. Allow to rest for 10 minutes and refrigerate until cold.
  7. Meanwhile, place 2 tablespoons of the butter, 2 tablespoons olive oil, the onion, celery, and bell peppers in a large saute pan over medium-low heat and cook until the vegetables are soft, approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. Cool to room temperature.
  9. Flake the chilled salmon into a large bowl.
  10. Add the vegetable mixture and mix well.
  11. Add the breadcrumbs, salt, garlic powder, parsley, black pepper, eggs, Worcestershire sauce and Old Bay seasoning. Mix well.
  12. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  13. Form into nicely round patties.
  14. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  15. Fry the croquettes for about 4 minutes per side, until browned.

suggested side dishes:

  • Side Salad
  • Wild Rice
  • Home Fries

Caprese Chicken

servings: 4  

 calories: 213  

 prep time: 20 minutes 
 
ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large roma tomato, cut into 4 (1/2 inch thick) slices
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

preparation instructions:

  1. Place chicken breasts, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, minced garlic, and pepper into a resealable plastic bag, knead bag several times to coat chicken with marinade, and squeeze air from the bag. Seal and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours.
  2. Add chicken with marinade to a medium pan over medium-high heat and cook 8 to 10 minutes, turning once or until browned.
  3. Reduce heat to low.
  4. Top each chicken breast with tomato slices and shredded mozzarella.
  5. Cover; cook 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

suggested side dishes:

  • Side salad
  • Linguine or bowtie pasta

Lemon Asparagus Chicken

servings: 4  

 calories: 350  

 prep time: 20 minutes 
 
ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can condensed cream of asparagus soup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

preparation instructions:

  1. In medium pan over medium-high heat, heat oil.
  2. Add chicken and cook 8 minutes or until browned.
  3. Set chicken aside.
  4. Pour off fat.
  5. Add soup, milk, lemon juice and pepper.
  6. Heat to a boil.
  7. Return chicken to pan.
  8. Reduce heat to low.
  9. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.

suggested side dishes:

  • Side salad
  • Rice

Tropical Mahi Mahi

servings: 4 

calories: 300  

prep time: 20 minutes 
 
ingredients:
  • cooking spray
  • 2 mahi mahi fillets
  • 1 medium banana, peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks; drained and juice reserved
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

preparation instructions:

  1. Spray large pan with cooking spray.
  2. Cook banana 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown on both sides.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°.
  4. Cut fish fillets into serving size portions.
  5. season fillets with salt and pepper.
  6. In bowl, mix pineapple, stock, pineapple juice, coconut milk, allspice and nutmeg.
  7. Spray an oven proof baking dish with cooking spray.
  8. Place fish in prepared dish, top with banana and pineapple mixture.
  9. Cover with foil and bake 10 to 12 minutes.

suggested side dishes:

  • Fruit salad
  • Rice

Ginger-Peach Pork Medallions

servings: 4  

 calories: 220  

 prep time: 25 minutes 
 
ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pork tenderloin (1lb), cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large peach, peled, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger or ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

preparation instructions:

  1. Melt butter in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Sprinkle pork with salt and add to pan.
  3. Cook about 4 minutes, turning pork over once, until browned.
  4. Stir in peach slices, brown sugar and ginger.
  5. Cook 2 minutes, stirring once or twice, until peach slices are tender.
  6. In a small bowl, mix broth and cornstarch; stir into pork and peach mixture.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 2 minutes, stirring once or twice, until thickened.

suggested side dishes:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Green beans

Caesar Chicken Paninis

servings: 4

 calories: 500 

 prep time: 30 minutes

ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 french rolls or sourdough bread
  • 1/3 cup Caesar dressing
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 leaves romaine lettuce

preparation instructions:

  1. Marinate chicken in Caesar dressing at least 10 minutes.
  2. Spray a large pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Cook Chicken in pan 10 to 15 minutes, turning once, until chicken is no longer pink.
  4. Remove chicken from pan.
  5. Place chicken on bottom half of rolls.
  6. Top with cheese, lettuce and tops of rolls.

suggested side dishes:

  • French fries
  • Potato chips

Polynesian Chicken

servings: 4  

 calories: 167 

 prep time: 20 minutes

ingredients:

  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/2 cup seedless or golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

preparation instructions:

  1. Drain pineapple chunks; reserve 4 tablespoons pineapple juice.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons reserved pineapple juice over medium-heat in large nonstick pan.
  3. Add raisins, green onions, and garlic.
  4. Cook and stir 3 minutes.
  5. Stir in pineapple chunks, chicken, soy sauce and remaining 2 tablespoons juice.
  6. Cover; reduce heat to low and cook 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked throughout.

suggested side dishes:

  • Rice
  • Fruit salad
  • Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • Broccoli
  • Water chestnuts