Tuesday, March 17, 2015

KISRA Cooking Series

KISRA Cooking Series

The cooking series at KISRA started off with lots of fun and excitement.  Our menu included collard greens, honey crunch chicken and creamy applesauce pudding.

What I think was most exciting was being able to prepare the most delicious collard greens with ham seasoning  (which is not ham but a vegetarian-based product that tastes like ham), by cooking the collard greens in this ham based seasoning, and then after the greens were cooked and draining off the liquid, adding a little bit of olive oil.  Those who wanted to add a little salt and pepper could, but the truth is the salt and pepper was not needed.  The collard greens were an absolute hit!

I also want to always tell the truth, and I have to say this was my first time in all of my life to ever eat collard greens and they were fabulous.  One of the reasons I never ate collard greens is because according to tradition from a soul food perspective, they are always cooked in a ham hock, bacon grease or many pieces of bacon.  For that reason I have always avoided tasting the vegetable.  I believe the same thing has been true for green beans, mustard greens, turnip greens and kale, and while they are very healthy vegetables – dark green by nature and so good for us – because of their accepted cooking method, I’ve always steered clear.  Well, that belief is over because we introduced the way to make them in a healthy fashion.

Please try them – by the way the Ham Seasoning is available at the Shape Shop – and if you’re reading this and are from outside of Charleston – ham seasoning can be shipped directly to you.  It is just an incredible product.  Our chicken bouillon is quite dynamite too.

The honey crunch chicken, which is in the Lean and Luscious cookbook, is not only easy to make but it calls for four ingredients and everyone in the cooking class loved the end result.  Our creamy applesauce pudding dessert was equally stupendous and we made that first so it could be refrigerated and add that cold finishing touch to a perfectly delightful meal.

We’re doing great things with our Lean and Luscious recipes and the next cooking series class is Monday, March 9 from 6-8:00 p.m.  We’re going to have an equally exciting meal and we’ll tell you about it in next week’s post.  If you have gotten your copy of Lean and Luscious, it’s available on Amazon.com, the Shape Shop, Taylor Books, and Kroger at Ashton Place – so the resources are many.  Stop in and get your copy and the recipes will speak for themselves.

Thanks for reading!
Millie Snyder

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Big Game Snacks

With the Big Game coming up we do not have to deprive ourselves from yummy snacks. Here are 6 of my favorite Lean & Luscious game snacks that would be great for your football party!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Scrambled Eggs Florentine

Spinach makes a colorful and nutritious addition to this favorite American breakfast. You can also turn this into a great sandwich by placing the cooked eggs between 2 slices of whole wheat toast, with a little ketchup or tomato sauce.

Makes 4 servings

2 cups liquid egg substitute
1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
2 tablespoons minced onion flakes
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon imitation bacon bits
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1/16 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Monday, January 27, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

1 Meal, 14 Ingredients, Under 360 Calories

With just 14 ingredients and under 360 calories you can make this healthy meal for your family!

Ingredient List

1.    1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2.    8-ounce can salt-free (or regular) tomato sauce
3.    Minced onion flakes
4.    Packet low-sodium instant beef-flavored broth mix
5.    Teaspoon garlic powder
6.    Margarine
7.    5-ounce package refrigerator biscuits
8.    Bottled fat-free Italian dressing
9.    Grated Parmesan cheese
10.  2 of cups mushrooms, thinly sliced
11.  Cups grape juice
12.  Sugar
13.  Unflavored gelatin
14.  Water

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Grilled Ham Steak

The smoky ham flavor is a perfect match for the sweet preserves in this easy meal. Use any flavor preserves you like, and whether made in the broiler or on the outside grill, it's sure to be a hit.

Makes 6 servings

½     cup canned crushed pineapple (packed in juice), drained
¼     cup fruit-only spread (choose any flavor; my favorites are peach, apricot, or raspberry)
1      tablespoon lemon juice
2      teaspoons dry mustard
1      teaspoon grated fresh orange peel
½     teaspoon cornstarch
1     1-pound slice boneless ham, cut 1½ inches thick, trimmed of all visible fat

Thursday, January 16, 2014

6 Recipes Under 150 Calories

I have compiled 6 of my favorite recipes that are under 150 Calories! They are so good that your whole family will enjoy them.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Vanilla Tapioca Pudding

The wonderful texture of the tapioca adds a special old-time note to this popular dessert. 

Makes 4 servings

2     cups skim milk
2     tablespoons sugar
3     tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
1     teaspoon vanilla extract

Monday, January 13, 2014