Quick and Healthy Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins
May29

Quick and Healthy Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins

These moist and tasty muffins are SO quick and easy, and good for you too! Pop them in the freezer for a quickie breakfast-to-go, or fab for kids’ lunches.   Only 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for one low fat, high fiber, super-satisfying muffin!   I was pumped to find Toasted Oat Bran at Trader Joe’s. I’ve always been a huge fan of its creamy texture—kind of like Cream of Wheat meets Oatmeal. If you don’t live near a TJ’s, never fear, you’ll find it at most markets next to the oats. It’s delish for breakfast—or even as a late night snack. And since it’s a Weight Watchers Power Food, it’s ZERO POINTS if you’re following the Simple Start or Simply Filling plans.   What is Oat Bran?  I was surprised to discover that Oatbran isn’t just the ‘husk’ of the oat, but is contained in the outer layer of the ‘groat’ which remains after the shelling process. (Confused? So was I!)   Click here for the full explanation from Mornflake >>   Here’s my version of the Oat Bran Recipe on the back of the Trader Joe’s container. They have a nuttier, denser texture than traditional blueberry muffins (a/k/a cake!). And they’re, of course, waaaaay better for you!   Click here for my Trader Joe’s Shopping List (with WW Power Foods & PointsPlus) >>   Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins 2014-05-26 17:23:04 Yields 12 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per muffin. Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 15 min Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 15 min 110 calories 22 g 0 g 3 g 4 g 0 g 67 g 119 g 11 g 0 g 3 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 67g Yields 12 Amount Per Serving Calories 110 Calories from Fat 30 % Daily Value * Total Fat 3g 5% Saturated Fat 0g 2% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 1g Monounsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 119mg 5% Total Carbohydrates 22g 7% Dietary Fiber 3g 11% Sugars 11g Protein 4g Vitamin A1%Vitamin C2% Calcium8%Iron6% * 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 Trader Joe's Oat Bran, uncooked 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup fat free milk (or 1 or 2%) 2 egg whites, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil 3 tablespoons honey 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries Instructions Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line 12 medium muffin cups with paper baking cups or spray bottoms only with no-stick cooking spray....

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Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies
Sep15

Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

This is the ultimate, chewy sugar cookie—and you don’t even need a mixer! The browned butter and brown sugar gives them a rich, toffee taste, and a delightful chew that kids and grown ups alike will LOVE. And they’re super easy and fun to make. What you will need. Weighing ingredients is more accurate and makes for easy cleanup. Melting the butter makes for a chewier cookie than the usual creaming method. The only tricky part is getting the brown butter just right. I bust out my fancy All-Clad saucier pan, but you can use a 10-inch skillet. Don’t use non-stick because the dark finish makes it hard to judge the color of the butter. Swirl the pan constantly until the butter is dark golden brown and has a nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. There’s a fine line between brown enough and burned, so don’t take your eye off it for a second!   Transfer to a large heatproof bowl. Carefully add remaining butter so it doesn’t splatter and stir until completely melted.   Mix brown sugar and salt into cooled butter with a wooden spoon, squishing any remaining sugar lumps with the back of your spoon. Add egg and yolk and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated.   Add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Use a medium cookie scoop (1 1/2 tablespoons dough) and roll into balls. Place on prepared sheets, spaced 2 inches apart Kids will love to roll them in the sugars! Bake 12 – 14 minutes until browned and edges have begun to set, but centers are still soft. They will look underdone, but will develop out of the oven; if you leave them in too long they will get crisp and hard. After 5 minutes, transfer to wire rack to cool completely Cool Tools Salter Aquatronic Glass Electronic Kitchen Scale Oxo Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop Parchment Paper Sheets Brown Sugar Cookies 2013-09-15 17:34:07 Yields 28 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for one cookie Write a review Save Recipe Print 154 calories 24 g 22 g 6 g 1 g 4 g 36 g 73 g 17 g 0 g 2 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 36g Yields 28 Amount Per Serving Calories 154 Calories from Fat 53 % Daily Value * Total Fat 6g 9% Saturated Fat 4g 19% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0g Monounsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 22mg 7% Sodium 73mg 3% Total Carbohydrates 24g 8% Dietary Fiber 0g 1% Sugars 17g Protein 1g Vitamin A4%Vitamin C0% Calcium2%Iron1% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on...

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Anne Burrell’s Dry-Rubbed Steaks
May21

Anne Burrell’s Dry-Rubbed Steaks

This special rub gives you restaurant quality steaks with a deep, smoky flavor—without taking away from the meat itself—and a beautiful crust created by the brown sugar.   I was on en route to purchase Rib-Eye steaks at Costco, and my brother Gary (BBQ-guru) advised me to try these Tri Tip Strips instead. One 5.39-oz package fed about ten adults comfortably—for $40! Beef Loin Tri Tip Steak from Costco They’re already pre-sliced into strips which makes for much quicker cooking than a huge slab of Tri-Tip. Rubbing them the day before gave time for the flavors to penetrate, but without overpowering the meat. Gary’s marinate of choice these days is simply olive oil, salt and pepper, so we made one that way for comparison and contrast. The rub was the clear winner—everyone agreed that it adds wonderful flavor and tenderness. For Sam’s recent birthday celebration, I doubled the recipe and made seven gorgeous New York steaks from Costco, which comfortably fed 10 – 12 adults. Click here for Orna’s Costco Shopping List >> We find New York steaks less fatty than Rib Eye, though the steaks we used this time were not as tender as the Prime New York Steaks—so I would definitely recommend splurging a little on a prime cut. What’s your favorite cut? I love that you can marinate these ahead and have your steaks all prepped and ready to throw on the grill. Steaks wrapped in plastic and refrigerated 24 hours.  Salt Make sure to use Kosher Salt—which is less salty than table salt. Anne Burrell’s recipe on FoodNetwork.com calls for 3 tablespoons of salt (or to taste), but people complained it was too salty. I find 2 tablespoons of kosher salt is the perfect amount. Taste your steaks just before serving, and if necessary you can always sprinkle with a little kosher salt. Click here for Anne Burrell’s Dry-Rubbed Rib-Eye on FoodNetwork.com >> Cumin Anne Burrell’s recipe on FoodNetwork.com doesn’t include cumin, but since it’s one of my favorite spices, I went with her version from her cookbook, Cook Like a Rockstar; if you’re not a fan just leave it out. I was psyched to buy whole Cumin Seeds from World Flavorz at our local Farmer’s Market; the incredible aroma of the spices had been calling to me for weeks. Adam at the World Flavorz stand at the Calabasas Farmer’s Market I was happy to see that he didn’t just measure some out from the bowl that had been sitting in the sun, but had these ready-made packs! I got to use my brand new spice grinder from my favorite store, Sur La Table, but something...

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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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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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