Cosomi Salty Sweet Cookie-Crackers, by Orion
Mar28

Cosomi Salty Sweet Cookie-Crackers, by Orion

Sweet and salty goodness with a slight hint of sesame and coconut. Mmmmm good! If you like that sweet-salty taste like me (former Kettle Corn addict), you should try these. They were on sale at Gelson’s today so I just couldn’t resist. Not sure why saving about 50 cents compels me to purchase something which I ordinarily would never even have noticed. I think it goes back to the “free food” issue that I’m convinced I developed in college! Anyone else have that problem? They come in 4 cute little individual packs. Warning: Very more-ish! (South African expression for wanting more!) To me it’s more of a thin, crispy, light and airy cookie than a cracker. What do you think? Not a low point food. But definitely delicious. Would be good to serve for guests or take on a trip. Mr. Picky gave them the thumbs up! One pack is on its way to my in-laws right now. I’ll let you know the verdict… It looks like they’re only for sale at Gelson’s Market in Southern California right now; I’ll update if I find them anywhere else. Click here for more info on these lovely cookie-crackers >> Nutritional info for 13 crackers (29g) Calories 150 Fat 8g Carb 19g Protein 2g Fiber less than 1g 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for 13 crackers. If you can’t control yourself around these kinds of things don’t buy them! If you like coconut, try the Roasted Coconut Chips at Trader Joe’s...

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Sweet and Sour Braised Red Cabbage
Mar26

Sweet and Sour Braised Red Cabbage

This is a wonderful accompaniment to brisket or chicken, and can be made ahead for the holidays. I can still smell and taste all the delicious dishes my stepmother, Pam, would make every Friday, when my older brothers and sister would all come home for shabbat dinner. Happy times. I see now that many of the recipes she made were from Cooking with Myrna Rosen, known as “The Cooking Bible” in South Africa. Does anyone remember this book? When I moved to Los Angeles and Pam gave me this wonderful cookbook, I found the recipes very intimidating. Very little detail, no pictures—and no one to show me! I wish that I had been as interested in cooking when I was growing up as I am now. That’s one of the reasons I always try to involve my toddler in what I’m making. It warmed my heart when she asked me for a toy vegetable peeler; I couldn’t find one anywhere, so I promised her she could peel the carrots next time. I figure at 3 1/2, she’s ready! I’ve included all the details that I wished I would have had when I first made this—hopefully any newbies out there will find this helpful. Enjoy! How to coarsely shred cabbage Slice cabbage in half; cut out core. Slice into 1/2-inch slices length-wise and then slice those in half.   Click here for an easier way to peel and core apples >> Cool Tools Mario Batali 6-Quart Dutch Oven Tongs Sweet and Sour Braised Red Cabbage 2013-08-06 17:14:24 Serves 8 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 1 hr 15 min Total Time 1 hr 35 min Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 1 hr 15 min Total Time 1 hr 35 min 166 calories 35 g 0 g 4 g 3 g 0 g 258 g 339 g 25 g 0 g 3 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 258g Servings 8 Amount Per Serving Calories 166 Calories from Fat 34 % Daily Value * Total Fat 4g 6% Saturated Fat 0g 2% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 1g Monounsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 339mg 14% Total Carbohydrates 35g 12% Dietary Fiber 5g 21% Sugars 25g Protein 3g Vitamin A33%Vitamin C148% Calcium9%Iron9% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Does this look wrong? Ingredients 1 large red cabbage, 2 to 2 1/2 pounds, roughly shredded (see notes) 2 large sour green apples (recommended: Granny Smith) 6 cloves 1 lemon 1/2 cup light brown sugar (not packed) 1...

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Anne Burrell’s Pignoli Cookies
Mar23

Anne Burrell’s Pignoli Cookies

If you like marzipan or almonds you will love these little chewy, almondy cuties! The first time I made them, I followed Anne Burrell’s instructions and used a disposable pastry bag. My three-year-old, Aja, had a blast piping her own cookies, which I baked in the toaster oven. She was having a hard time understanding why she couldn’t just eat the dough right out of the bag—like she does with icing. Ironically, hers turned out better than mine—which were a bit too big and thus underdone in the middle. This time I used a small cookie scoop, which I found much easier, and the cookies were all the same size (mostly) and cooked though. The slightly bigger cookies were still underdone and stuck to the parchment—and the smaller ones were a little more brown than I think is visually appealing. I thus lowered the oven temp in the recipe from Anne’s 350 degrees for 12 – 14 minutes to 300 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes. I am planning on making these again in the next few days with these changes, and I will then update this post. I still wanted to post this in the meantime because it’s a great recipe for Passover and there’s only 3 days to go! Let me know if you make it and how the oven temp and times worked out for you! I saved some of the dough for Aja and let her pipe her own little cookies using a ziplock bag. She learned how to do this from a fantastic app called Hello Cupcake!   Pine Nuts can be quite pricey; Trader Joe’s carry an 8oz bag for a great price. Cool Tools Small Cookie Scoop, Parchment Sheets, Microplane Grater Anne Burrell's Pignoli Cookies 2013-08-06 17:13:51 Yields 44 2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per cookie Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 35 min Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 35 min 80 calories 10 g 0 g 4 g 1 g 0 g 19 g 7 g 9 g 0 g 3 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 19g Yields 44 Amount Per Serving Calories 80 Calories from Fat 35 % Daily Value * Total Fat 4g 6% Saturated Fat 0g 2% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 1g Monounsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 7mg 0% Total Carbohydrates 10g 3% Dietary Fiber 1g 2% Sugars 9g Protein 1g Vitamin A0%Vitamin C0% Calcium2%Iron2% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Does this...

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Kid-Friendly Spaghetti Squash—sweet or savory
Mar21

Kid-Friendly Spaghetti Squash—sweet or savory

Spaghetti squash, while considered a winter squash, is a Weight Watchers Power Food and is zero points on the fantastic, new 360 Degrees Program. The long, spaghetti-like strands make it special, and with a bit of imagination and some marinara sauce and parmesan cheese, give you that pasta fix! I personally prefer to just add some butter or ICBINB spray (see recipe), and parmesan cheese. Kids love spaghetti squash because they can slurp it like spaghetti! My little one likes hers with a little butter and cinnamon sugar. Orna’s Kid-Friendly Spaghetti Squash If you’re really trying to re-create the pasta experience, you can add marinara sauce as well, but I prefer the above without adding the tomato flavors. How do you like your spaghetti squash? Click here for some interesting facts about spaghetti squash on Wikipedia >>   Kid-Friendly Spaghetti Squash 2013-08-06 17:13:25 Serves 4 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 20 min Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 20 min 248 calories 2 g 46 g 18 g 20 g 11 g 60 g 945 g 0 g 0 g 5 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 60g Servings 4 Amount Per Serving Calories 248 Calories from Fat 154 % Daily Value * Total Fat 18g 27% Saturated Fat 11g 56% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0g Monounsaturated Fat 5g Cholesterol 46mg 15% Sodium 945mg 39% Total Carbohydrates 2g 1% Dietary Fiber 0g 0% Sugars 0g Protein 20g Vitamin A11%Vitamin C0% Calcium67%Iron3% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Does this look wrong? Ingredients 1 small spaghetti squash butter or I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray (for the Weight Watchers) parmesan cheese or cinnamon sugar (or ground cinnamon and Splenda for the Weight Watchers) pinch salt Instructions Wash and pierce spaghetti squash a few times with a fork or sharp knife. Microwave whole in a casserole dish for 2 - 3 minutes to soften skin. Cut in half lengthways with a sharp, serrated knife. Remove seeds with a spoon. Place cut side down in casserole dish; add 1/4 cup water, cover with plastic wrap or lid and microwave 8 - 10 minutes. Pull out the strands with a fork; add salt, butter and parmesan cheese or cinnamon sugar to taste. By Orna beta calories 248 fat 18g protein 20g carbs 2g more OrnaBakes...

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Review: Hummus with Greek Yogurt
Mar19

Review: Hummus with Greek Yogurt

Eat Well Enjoy Life Hummus with Greek Yogurt, Roasted Red Pepper – 1/2 the fat and 1/3 fewer calories than regular hummus! Only 1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus value for 2 tablespoons. I’ve been eating Greek Yogurt (Fage 0%) since I first joined Weight Watchers in 2001, and used to mix it with my Kashi Good Friends or Fiber One cereal and a bit of milk for breakfast. To this day it’s my go-to breakfast—filling, healthy, and delicious. If I have cereal without the yogurt I am guaranteed to be hungry an hour later. I thought everybody already knew how delicious and good-for-you Greek Yogurt was… but I guess not. What did it take to get everyone on board the now ubiquitous Greek goodness—from cereal to ice-cream to hummus? Dr. Oz? I found it for $4.99 at Gelsons Market, but I see that it’s also listed at Ralphs and many other markets. They also had Classic and Pine Nut, but I’m partial to Roasted Red Pepper; I usually buy the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus from Trader Joe’s. Click here for more info and where else to purchase >> Nutritional info for 2 tablespoons of Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Greek Yogurt (28g) Calories 50 Fat 2.5g Fiber 0g Carb 4g Protein 2g Only 1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus value for 2 tablespoons!    Try it with these delicious, baked Mediterranean Turkey Cutlets...

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