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  • Delightful Dishes by Donna 5:07 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Appetizers, Diet Food, Fun, Healthy Foods, Kid Friendly, , Low Calorie Dip, , Low Fat Dip, Party Foods,   

    Fat Free Ranch Dip 

    1 pkg Dry Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix
    1-17.6 oz. Container FAGE 0% Fat Greek Yogurt

    Stir both ingredients together and chill well before serving with crudites’s(carrots, celery, pepper strips and other raw vegetables

    I made baked chicken last night and wanted a sauce or something to dip the chicken into. Thinking about my diet and how to stay on track I made this with some FAGE GREEK YOGURT! Man o Man was this good and it came out thick and rich tasting. If you have not tried FAGE Yogurt you gotta try this dip mix made with FAGE GREEK YOGURT!! I thought yuck plain yogurt how can that be good well I am in love and I plan on making more, maybe adding some sun dried tomatoes and cubes of English cucumbers added for texture. If you like ranch dip your gonna love the 0% fat part and the taste is even better!

  • Delightful Dishes by Donna 6:13 pm on October 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Beef Minestrone Rice Cooker Soup 

    Whoa is me, I have to eat low fat! So I have been counting my cholesterol, and fat grams in all my foods for the past 2 weeks. I found myself getting hungry in between meals. My niece has been helping me stay on track and is dieting herself with WW. (weight watchers). She loves to make weight watchers soup and eat that. I start drooling thinking about the soup so I had to get my rice cooker out and start making it. I weigh in tomorrow morning. My niece weighed in and is down 5 pounds, Rats!!! I know I have a hard time staying honest if I get hungry…so I decided to make some low calorie and low fat soup.

    minestrone soup

    I want to thank Day by Day Nutrition for the Photo. Please go take a look at their soup which is much more involved but a beautiful soup for those that love soup making! http://www.daybydaynutrition.com/category/nutrition/page/3/

    Thanks again Day by Day!

    Beef Minestrone Soup

    2 12 oz. cans Beef Chunks
    2 cans Mixed Vegetables
    1 can Green Beans
    1 15oz can Diced Tomatoes
    1 onion, chopped
    32 oz Pkg. low sodium beef Broth
    2 Tablespoons Dry Granulated Beef Bouillon

    Place all ingredients in your rice cooker and set to white rice. It cooks pretty fast so if you like a more deep flavor be sure to let the rice cooker cool down and then set for a second time.

    163 Calories, 20 grams protein, 4grams carbs, 2 grams fiber, 48mgs cholesterol, 163 grams sodium

    Happy News I am down 10 pounds and the soup was very good. My husband says it needs more starch like rice or potatoes. I told him we need to keep it thin so we can lose some weight. He sighed but agree we need to get our weight under control.

  • Delightful Dishes by Donna 8:47 pm on June 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Fun, , sharing, Teaching,   

    Teaching Others to Cook 

    I so enjoy cooking and I had always thought my family did not like to cook. Well I am here to say I was wrong. My adult son has had some extra time on his hands lately and started asking me how I fixed dinner. I started out teaching him to run each appliance and how to clean them up. We started with the rice cooker and he has learned to make rice, soup and reheat canned items with great success. The rice cooker in my opinion is the perfect sauce pan, it heats the food and then it keeps it hot for however long you program it for.It also boils or steams vegetables with ease freeing up the stove top and keeping the kitchen cool. He has gone with me to the Saturday Crew Food Feeds and enjoyed setting up the rice cooker for the meal. Success!

    Next we moved on to the oven and stove. He understood the stove top but not the saute` or fry in a pan. So I started him out with some easy dishes that only required browning the meat and adding an easy bottled gravy or sauce mix. Now he makes spaghetti and pasta dishes, gravy steaks and is doing well sautéing onions and garlic for more involved things like homemade chicken broth, soups and stews. Success again.

    He is getting quite good and now is learning how to manage the slow cooker and he adjusts my recipes to suit his tastes. He made a Turkey Breast in the slow cooker tonight and we so enjoyed it.

    This week I am going to start him on make my pizza dough. He has tried it once himself but not by himself. I love to make it on Sunday and I store it in the fridge all week till time to make the pizza. He has some baking skills to his credit by making boxed cakes but now wants to try his hand at scratch recipes.

    I had always tried to convince my daughter to cook with me with no luck. Who knew my son was the cook of my kids??

    I love the picture above because that is how I always saw my Craig in the kitchen. For fathers day he grilled steaks for the third time and they came out fabulous! His dad and I were so amazed. You can teach and old dog new tricks!!

  • Delightful Dishes by Donna 4:46 pm on May 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Upside Down Planters 


  • Delightful Dishes by Donna 5:28 am on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Menu Monday or Tasty Tuesday 

    I love to feature helpful web sites especially if they help me a lot. I love going to visit The Organized junkie. If you have not been to the site you should go right away. The site has Menu making Mondays and I call them Tasty Tuesdays if I am a little late getting the menu done. Here is the link and go take a look. It’s wonderful to start new and healthy habits and I have learned to make menu’s in order to save money.


  • Delightful Dishes by Donna 6:49 pm on March 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Fun, Gardening, Herbs   

    Easy Edible Garden 

    Easy Edible Gardening by Sunset Magazine

    Erin over at $5 Dollar dinners http://www.5dollardinners.com/ has been getting her yard ready for gardening this year. Todays garden pictures are so inspiring not to mention cute! (her boys are in the pics too). I now have no excuse not to try to produce a garden this year.

    I bought this book last week and I want a garden in the worst way, but alas I don’t have room for a full garden or even square foot gardening. So when I found instructions for growing herbs and vegetables in pots I decided I had to start learning how. http://www.sunset.com/garden/fruits-veggies/how-to-grow-veggies-in-pots-00400000012149/

    The book has all the tips necessary to grow the most successful garden just from pots, wash pans even grow the herbs on your fence!! I am so excited and you might want to buy it on amazon just for all the good tips.

  • Delightful Dishes by Donna 4:35 pm on March 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I want to take the time to honor a friend of mine. Her name is Soyna and she went to the trouble of making one of my custom recipes this week. She made my Buttermilk Banana Nut Muffins.


    She commented just below the recipe. She has pictures of these muffins she made on her blog. I hope you will take the time to go see how they turned out.

    Here is to you Sonya dear~


  • Delightful Dishes by Donna 3:56 pm on March 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole 

    Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole

    32 oz. Frozen Hash Brown’s **(I used southern style cubes)
    1 Stick butter (you may omit)
    1 10 1/4 oz Can Cream of Chicken Soup*
    I used Healthy Choice Cream of Chicken
    1 Pint Light Sour Cream (50% less fat)
    1/2 Medium Onion, chopped or minced
    2 Cups 2% Low Fat Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
    1 Tsp Salt
    1/4 Tsp White Pepper
    Optional Topping
    2 Cups Crushed Corn Flake Cereal
    1/4 Cup Melted butter

    Prepare a 13×9 inch pan with cooking spray. **Defrost the hash browns. Combine all ingredients in the pan and stir well to combine. Then bake at 350*F for 40 minutes. If you like a crunchy top see above. I have made this both ways with the topping (Extremely Good) of if like me you don’t have the corn flakes on hand just omit the topping.

    Below is an internal view of the casserole. If you would like a close up view please double click the picture and it should open a wider shot for you to examine.

    This casserole is a huge hit with my family. Since this recipe is so loaded with fat I had to make it with the low fat ingredients. I made it with the butter this time, but next time I will leave it out.

    internal view of hash brown casserole

  • Delightful Dishes by Donna 4:37 pm on March 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Quick Tips for the Kitchen 

    I found a tip about making pastry dough that sounded so good I had to come post it.

    When making pastry dough at home and want a clean counter try this:

    Add all the ingredients to a gallon size zip lock bag.
    Next seal and mix till a dough ball forms.

    Either use immediately or place in fridge to cool,
    and then roll out! Clean up is a snap!!

    This Tip Comes from Recipetips.com

  • Delightful Dishes by Donna 1:21 pm on March 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    It’s a busy month here at my house and I seem to be looking at more and more crock pot recipes and thought of all of you. Here is a link to Southern Living and some of their fav’s.

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