Thursday, February 25, 2010

Recipes for a Snowy Day

For some reason, a snow day means I need to cook and bake.  I figure if I'm not really going anywhere, I might as well do something I enjoy to spend the day inside. 
Yesterday, I made some delicious soup! Now, I am not a broccoli person, usually, but I loved this recipe, and can't wait for a chance to make it again. 

Southwestern Broccoli Cheese Soup
Recipe from Taste of Home's Light & Tasty
Annual Recipes 2005

4 cups water
4 reduced-sodium chicken bouillon cubes
4 cups fresh broccoli florets
3 cups frozen southern-style has brown potatoes
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 cups fat-free milk
6 oz. Velveeta (I want to try this with our Hill Folk)
1 cup chunky salsa

In a large saucepan, combine water, bouillon cubes, vegetables, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Combine flour and milk until smooth; gradually stir into the soup.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes, or until thickened.  Reduce heat to low.  Add the cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Add the salsa; cook and stir until heated through.  Makes 2 quarts (9servings)
1 cup= 1 serving
160 calories
3 gr. fat
883 mg sodium
27 gr. carb
3 gr. fiber
9 gr. protein

Today, we had the leftover soup for our lunch, and I decied we needed something to go with it, so I made Chive Whole Wheat Drop Biscuits...these are my favorites! I make them with every type of soup.

Chive Whole Wheat Drop Biscuits
Recipe from Taste of Home's Diabetic Cookbook 2004

1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. toasted wheat germ, divided
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives or 1 tsp. dried chives
2 tsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. cold margarine
1 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
Combine whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, 2 Tbsp. wheat germ, baking powder, chives, and sugar in a medium bowl.  Cut in margarine with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Add milk and cheese; stir until just combined.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart.  Sprinkle with remaining wheat germ.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove immediately from baking sheet, serve warm.  Makes 12 servings
1 Biscuit= 1 serving
125 calories
4 gr. fat
5 gr. protein
18 gr. carb
2 gr. fiber
237 mg sodium

And we had chocolate chip cookies for dessert, and a snack once in awhile. Emily had fun helping.  She likes to pour the measured ingredients in.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe from Taste of Home's Diabetic Cookbook 2004

8 Tbsp. margarine, softened
1 1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
2 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup fat-free milk
3/4 cup (4 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walntus (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray cookie sheets with non-stick spray. (I use parchment paper)
Beat margarine and brown sugar in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in egg whites and vanilla.  Combine flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.  Add flour mixture to margarine mixture alternately with milk, ending with flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if desired.
Drop dough by slightly rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets.  Bake about 10 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cook on wire racks. Makes about 6 dozen cookies

1 cookie= 1 serving
56 calories
2 gr. fat
1 gr. protein
10 gr. carb
0 gr. fiber
61 mg sodium

Now I need to figure out what to fix for dinner, that time is getting close. 
Aside from cooking, my day today has been busy doing tax books and laundry.  Can you say "fun"?!

On an exciting note, we have 4 wheels of cheese that were ordered earlier today that will be heading to Tennessee. Also need to cut up some cheese for Saturday farm market in Marietta. Just hoping the snow takes a break so that I can make it!
Thinking warm thoughts of can't be far off, can it??


Real Life Reslers said...

Yummy...I'm hungry now!

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Seeing as we're supposed to get a bunch of snow dumped on us this evening, these recipes couldn't be more timely! Thanks so much for posting them!

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