Sunday, June 26, 2011

Rice Bowls

WE LOVE these rice bowls for dinner! Super easy and really healthy too! This is a light meal with lots of flavor and everyone will enjoy!


1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can sweet corn, rinsed
tomatoes, chopped
instant brown or white rice (make the appropriate serving size for your family)
chopped avocado
chopped olives
grated cheese
this dressing

1. Ok, this is really easy.....seriously. First, cook your rice. I always cook mine in chicken stock or throw in a couple bouillon cubes for a bit more flavor. This takes about 10 minutes to cook. Prepare all your fixings while your rice cooks!
2. You have to make the creamy cilantro dressing....this is why these bowls are sooo good!! So make that too while the rice is cooking.

3. Ok, time to make the rice bowls!! Start with rice on the bottom. Next I put the cheese (so it melts a bit) and then beans, corn, tomatoes, avocados, olives. Pour that yummy dressing on top, and dig in!

* You could add in grilled chicken or taco seasoned ground turkey, that would be good!
* Serve these bowls with warm tortillas and watermelon! Yum!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Waffles and Caramelized Brown Sugar Peaches

I came up with this one night when we were having waffles for dinner but wanted fruit as our topping. These peaches are so wonderful! Everything I thought they would be! :) And a waffle with peaches and whipped cream is all-right by me!


Waffles: (or use your favorite or from a box is great too!)
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg or 2 egg whites
1 cup fat free milk
2 tablespoons canola oil

3 cans peaches in light syrup, drain, but save the juice
1 teaspoon tub butter
4-5 tablespoons brown sugar
dash of cinnamon
dash of nutmeg

1. Stir all your dry waffle ingredients together. In a separate bowl combine the egg, milk, and oil. Pour your wet ingredients into the dry. Mix just until all combined. Don't over mix, we want nice fluffy waffles don't we?
2. Ok, cook the waffles and while they are cooking let's caramelize some peaches. It is really easy. Heat a saucepan on the stove to medium heat. Add your butter and wait until it has melted then add in all your peaches. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon and nutmeg and turn your heat me medium low. Add a splash of your reserved peach juice to make a nice sauce. Now just let the peaches simmer in the brown sugary goodness until all you waffles are cooked. If it seems like the peaches are cooking out all the liquid and start to stick to the bottom of the pan, add a bit more peace juice. You want a nice saucy consistency.
3. When you waffles are all cooked top with peaches and a dollop of whipped topping! yum!!

* Serve these waffles with homemade smoothies, hash browns, eggs, or bacon! Yum, we love breakfast for dinner.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

This cake is amazing!! It is low fat (if you use fat free milk it's non-fat!) and has it's very own fudge sauce to go with it! Can you really ask for more....I don't think so. I make this all the time and it is perfect pared with vanilla ice cream.

1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup fat free milk
1/3 cup applesauce
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1-1/4 cup HOT water

1. Heat oven to 350.
2. Stir together 3/4 cup sugar, flour, 1/4 cup cocoa, baking powder and salt. Stir in the milk, applesauce and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Pour into a greased 9x9 baking dish.
3. In another bowl, stir together the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, and remaining 1/4 cup cocoa. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the batter in pan. Next, pour the hot water over top of the dry mixture. I know this sounds weird, but trust me, this is how the yummy sauce is made. DO NOT STIR, just pour it over the top and place it carefully into the oven.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the center is set. Let stand for 15 minutes then spoon into dishes, spooning the delicious fudge sauce off the bottom and top with whipped cream and ice cream. You will be in heaven!!