Easy Oven Fried Rice
Mar11

Easy Oven Fried Rice

This recipe—from Sam’s family—is a real gem. So easy and everyone will ask you for the recipe. I’m not usually a fan of canned mushrooms, but sometimes you need something super-easy that you can just dump, cook, stir, and serve! I recommend Brandywine mushrooms.  Oven Fried Rice 2013-08-05 17:49:04 Serves 6 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 1 hr 30 min Total Time 1 hr 40 min Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 1 hr 30 min Total Time 1 hr 40 min 415 calories 54 g 0 g 19 g 6 g 1 g 139 g 1126 g 1 g 0 g 17 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 139g Servings 6 Amount Per Serving Calories 415 Calories from Fat 169 % Daily Value * Total Fat 19g 29% Saturated Fat 1g 7% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 3g Monounsaturated Fat 14g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 1126mg 47% Total Carbohydrates 54g 18% Dietary Fiber 1g 5% Sugars 1g Protein 6g Vitamin A0%Vitamin C0% Calcium3%Iron4% * 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 2 cups Uncle Ben's Original Parboiled Long Grain Rice 1 package Lipton's Onion Soup Mix 4 tablespoons soy sauce 1/2 cup vegetable oil (recommended: Crisco) - I use less than half a cup 1 regular or two small cans sliced mushrooms (recommended: Brandywine) water Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place rice and onion soup mix in a 2-quart casserole dish. Drain mushrooms into a measuring cup; add enough water to the juice to make 3 cups of liquid. Add mushrooms, liquid, oil, and soy sauce to casserole dish; stir all ingredients very well. Cover tightly and bake for 1 1/2 hours. (Do not remove lid before the time is up!) The mushrooms will all come to the top. Leave the lid on till you're ready to serve; mix well and serve! Notes You can cook for one hour earlier in the day, keep covered, and then put back in the oven for a half hour together with your chicken or beef or whatever else you're cooking. Delicious on day 2 or 3. Freezes well. By Orna beta calories 415 fat 19g protein 6g carbs 54g more OrnaBakes...

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Review: Trader Joe’s Chicken Salad, Reduced Fat

This is like a guilt-free Chinese Chicken Salad. (Any idea how many points one of those humungous bowls from the Cheesecake Factory packs? You don’t even wanna know!) I don’t usually buy the prepared salads from Trader Joe’s because they always seem too high in calories and fat, and there are always ingredients I could live without. Yesterday I was determined to find something to bring home for lunch! I got this salad for hubby, and the Trader Joe’s Citrus Chicken Salad for me >> Definite redo! Mr. Picky said “delicious.” This gives you all the satisfaction of a Chinese Chicken Salad, but with way less calories. Nice big chunks of chicken breast meat, lettuce, shredded red & white cabbage, carrots, green onions and crispy noodles to give you that crunch. Delicious light, sesame-soy dressing. Sorry there’s no pic of the contents, but we inhaled it before I even thought of taking one! Nutritional Info for one pkg salad with dressing. Calories 340 Fat 4g Fiber 4g Protein 30g Carbohydrate 42g Their regular chicken salad has 42g of fat! 8 Weight Watchers PointsPlus values for the whole salad with dressing. You could leave out the noodles and use less dressing to reduce the points. Let me know what you...

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Trader Joe’s Citrus Chicken Salad
Mar08

Trader Joe’s Citrus Chicken Salad

With White Meat Chicken, Green Papaya, Cabbage, Daikon Radish and a Thai Style Citrus Dressing. I recently discovered Thai Green Papaya Salad at a wonderful little Thai Restaurant in Northridge, Lum Ka Naad. If you’re in the area do yourself a favor and check it out. Reasonably priced and outstanding, authentic Thai food. I would never have thought to order a Green Papaya salad, but my in-laws—who discovered this gem of a place—raved about the salad (Som Tum), made with raw papaya. Trader Joe’s Citrus Chicken Salad has the same fresh flavors and delicious crunch, and doesn’t break the points bank at all. I personally could do with a little more chicken, but then I’m a hi-protein kind of girl. You could always add a little extra chicken breast if it’s not filling enough. It has cilantro in it, so if you’re not a fan this one’s not for you! I only used half the package of dressing, which reduced the calories and fat (and points) even further. Nutritional Info for one pkg salad with dressing Calories 220 Fat 7.5g Fiber 3g Protein 13g Carbohydrate 20g 5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for the whole package, with dressing. 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for salad without dressing. Click here for Orna’s Trader Joe’s Shopping List with Weight Watchers Power Foods and PointsPlus values >>...

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The Best Homemade Applesauce

So simple, yet deliciously pleasing! My husband, Sam, grew up eating my mother-in-law, Tammy’s delicious, homemade applesauce. She would layer it in a pyrex dish with an oatmeal and brown sugar dough, sprinkled with almonds and cinnamon sugar. And give the kids the extra applesauce to snack on. No wonder he has such fond memories! My attempt at making her famous “Porridge Pie” was a disaster—probably because my applesauce was too thin. Perhaps one day I’ll brave it again and Tammy will let me share the recipe with you all! (What do you say, Mom?) I tried to find a version of applesauce with a little less sugar, and this one from The Neelys was perfect. The first time I made it, I didn’t buy cinnamon sticks and it was still delicious. If only I could get the same happy hubby from all the complicated, detailed dishes that I painstakingly attempt! Maybe it’s the simplicity—resulting in less kitchen craziness that he really appreciates. What you will need   I learned a much easier and faster ways of peeling, coring, and slicing apples from Stephanie Jaworski on The Joy of Baking.                 First cut the apple in two, to the right of the core. Lay apple down on flat side and cut away flesh to the right of the core. Repeat until left with only the core. Use a small paring knife or potato peeler to peel the apple pieces and then slice into 1/2-inch pieces. Cool Tools Mario Batali 6-Quart Dutch Oven, Microplane Fine Grater The Best Homemade Apple Sauce 2013-08-05 17:53:11 Serves 10 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 30 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 1 hr Prep Time 30 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 1 hr 111 calories 29 g 0 g 0 g 1 g 0 g 182 g 4 g 23 g 0 g 0 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 182g Servings 10 Amount Per Serving Calories 111 Calories from Fat 3 % Daily Value * Total Fat 0g 0% Saturated Fat 0g 0% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0g Monounsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 4mg 0% Total Carbohydrates 29g 10% Dietary Fiber 4g 16% Sugars 23g Protein 1g Vitamin A2%Vitamin C20% 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 look wrong? Ingredients 4 large Fuji apples (or Golden Delicious) 3 large Granny Smith apples 1/2 cup apple juice, no sugar added (or 200ml Trader Joe's Kids Reduced Calorie Apple Juice...

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Mini Cauliflower Pizza Bites
Mar06

Mini Cauliflower Pizza Bites

OMG these really are that good! The only problem with them is that I don’t know how you can stop at one… or two… or three… Okay, I confess, I’ve already eaten four… which means that they are no longer zero PointsPlus. But still delicious and definitely worthy! I didn’t use the mini pepperonis, and since I only had a large mini-muffin pan (24 muffins), I used a whole cauliflower and doubled the recipe accordingly. I’ll post it exactly the way I made it (yum!!), or you can go to Dashing Dish for Katie’s original version >> Orna’s Notes I love Trader Joe’s fresh Parmesan Cheese—not from a Green Can! Click here for Orna’s Trader Joe’s Shopping List >> Dashing Dish recommends using silicone liners or foil muffin liners with paper liners removed, but I didn’t have any and they turned out fine. She uses egg whites but I added the yolk for a bit of extra flavor. I figured that one egg yolk for 17 muffins won’t kill me! I froze the leftovers and they turned out great! Try my Cauliflower Muffins with Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute >> Cool Tools Mini Offset Spatula Mini Cauliflower Pizza Bites 2013-08-05 17:56:53 Yields 18 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 50 min Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 50 min 32 calories 2 g 13 g 1 g 3 g 1 g 45 g 161 g 1 g 0 g 0 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 45g Yields 18 Amount Per Serving Calories 32 Calories from Fat 13 % Daily Value * Total Fat 1g 2% Saturated Fat 1g 4% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0g Monounsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 13mg 4% Sodium 161mg 7% Total Carbohydrates 2g 1% Dietary Fiber 1g 3% Sugars 1g Protein 3g Vitamin A1%Vitamin C26% Calcium6%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 look wrong? Ingredients 1 medium head of cauliflower 1 extra large egg plus one egg white 1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese 1/2 cup parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried thyme (she uses dried basil, but I didn't have any. Delish with thyme too.) 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (she uses garlic powder, but I thought it needed a bit of salt, especially without the pepperoni) fresh ground black pepper, to taste Instructions Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a 24 cup mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Wash cauliflower and break into segments. Place in...

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