Sunday, January 31, 2010

Swedish Pancakes

These are a lot like crepes and make a really good breakfast treat. They can be served with your favorite jam, powder sugar, fresh berries or even cranberry relish.
You can serve for dessert with chocolate hazelnut spread and a whipped topping (I would use a light one).

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1/4 cup water
3 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (or vanilla)
1 Tablespon butter, melted

Stir flour and salt together. Mix in the eggs. Add milk and mix. Stir in butter. (I do this in a blender or with an emersion blender.)

- at this point it is a good idea to let batter sit 1/2 hour or up to over night -

Heat a 10 in nonstick skillet and coat with a small amount cooking spray. Cook 3 T for each pancake. Cook until edge has bubbles and is a bit crisp. Turn over and finish.

Makes 5 - 6 generous servings

My math says the recipe has 27 points.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Be a Jerk!

Jerk, a Jamaican seasoning, is a great way to add impact to a piece of poultry or meat. Although the ingredient list is long the process is simple, you just have to remember - although I usually am not one to advocate marinading - to do this 24 hours in advance.

WET JERK - enough for a whole chicken or 3 - 4 lbs of meat

½ cup scallions, chopped
1 scotch bonnet pepper (can use jalepeno), diced
1 T soy sauce
1 T lime juice
2 t allspice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 t salt
½ T sugar
½ t pepper
½ t thyme
¼ t cinnamon
¼ t ginger
1/8 t nutmeg

Dump all in blender or a processor and puree. Put this in a bag with meat for 24 hours.
Roast or grill until done the way you like.

Maybe later I will publish a dry version - not as potent but a good substitute.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Crockpot Recipes

Here is a connection to a cookbook of low point crockpot recipes. Just check it out. Maybe you'll find somethings you would like to try. I see lots of things that look good.

Remember that most recipes are guidelines and you can change things you like - change the spices and flavorings or increase vegetables to your liking!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

5-9-5 Challenge...because we are worth it!

The first "5" is to challenge you to commit to journaling a minimum of five (5) out of seven (7) days each week for the 12 (consecutive) weeks in the Journal.

The "9" is to challenge you to meet a minimum of one (1) of the nine (9) Good Health Guidelines (of your choice) in the manner prescribed, for each of the 12 (consecutive) weeks in the Journal. (You may pick a different guideline from week-to-week or stick with one until you've mastered it successfully.) Thus you will make the 9 guidelines habit!

The last "5" is to challenge you to lose on average, a minimum of five (5) pounds for each of the three (consecutive) months for that journal. (if you only 4 lbs each month, is that so bad?)

INVEST IN YOURSELF!! It’s $5.95 well-spent and who wouldn’t want to be 15 pounds lighter at the end of the journal!