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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Chinese Chicken Ramen Noodle Salad

3 Chicken Breasts Baked and Diced into small pieces
2 Bag Cabbage Slaw Mix
5-6 Green Onions chopped
1 Package Top Ramen (minus the seasoning packet)
4 Tbsp Butter
2 tbsp Sesame seeds
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup celery

1/4 C vegetable oil
2 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 C Vinegar
1 tsp Salt

Saute crumbled noodles, almonds and sesame seeds in Butter until toasted, stirring constantly. Pour out of pan and allow to cool until other ingredients are assembled. Mix dressing ingredients. Toss noodle mixture, diced chicken and all vegetables. Be sure to only add dressing shortly before serving (toss salad to coat with dressing).

Monday, June 2, 2008

Refrigerator Pumpkin Pie Bran Muffins

This is my healthy version of a favorite, so I'll put the bad ingredients in the parenthesis next to what I substituted it with.

Pumpkin Pie Bran Muffins
2 Cups Whole Bran Cereal
1 1/2 Cups 1% milk with 2Tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice (buttermilk)
1 15 oz Can Pure Pumpkin
1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce (Vegetable Oil)
2 tsp pumpkin Pie Spice
2 Eggs
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (reg white flour)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
Optional mix ins- 2 cups chocolate chips, 1 cup Craisins, 1 cup raisins, 1 cup any kind of chopped nuts (Pecans, Walnuts etc) or any combo of two or more of the previous.

In a large bowl, combine cereal and milk. Let stand for 5 minutes to soften cereal. Add Pumpkin, Applesauce, Pumpkin Pie Seasoning, and eggs, blend well. Stir in flour Sugar and spices. Fold in any of the optional mix-ins. Batter may be baked immediately or stored up to two weeks in a tightly covered container in the fridge. Grease muffin tins or use cupcake papers. Fill each well 3/4 full.
Bake at 400 degrees for 18-22 minutes.

Tropical Muffins


2 cups flour
1/2 cup Granulated sugar
2tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 mashed bananas
2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut milk (use the canned variety)
1/4 cup cows milk

Mix the dry ingredients together and set aside. Beat egg, Banana, coconut milk, Milk and oil. Add the banana coconut mixture to dry ingredients, take care not to over mix.


1/2 cup sweetened Coconut
2 Tbsp Flour
1/2 cup Chopped Pecans
2 Tbsp Butter (melted)
Mix all ingredients together and sprinkle over the unbaked muffins.

Bake in oven at 375 for 17- 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.