Main Course – Weight Watchers – Kale Puttanesca

I was trying to find new ways to add Kale to my diet.  This was Excellent!

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Kale Puttanesca

2 cups fresh mushrooms   (SLICED)

1 large can of ripe black olives (6 PTS)  (SLICED)

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes  1658342_10201810416196239_1028089619_o

2 cup(s) uncooked kale   (CHOPPED not to small)

1 Tbsp capers

1 item(s) anchovies canned in oil drained & rinsed  (MINCED)

4 tsp flax seeds   (2 PTS)

1/2 large uncooked onion  (CHOPPED)

2 Tbsp olive oil   (7 PTS)

2 oz uncooked angel hair pasta   (5PTS)

12 oz Can Diced Tomatoes, Italian Style   (2PTS)

¼ Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese (2 PTS)

 

Boil Water for Pasta, After Water comes to boil put in pasta cook for 8-10 minutes

Drain and rinse in cold water

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Meanwhile Brown Onion in 2 TBS of Olive Oil after 5 minutes add mushrooms after 5 more minutes add Tomatoes, Capers, Anchovy, Flax Seed and Red Pepper Flakes.

Bring to simmer then reduce heat and add Kale and Parmesan.

Cover and let simmer 10 minutes

 

 

 

Serve over Pasta

(Use Spaghetti Squash for an even lower point version)

 

Recipe Serves 4

Points per serving 7

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Spinach Cheese Tortellini – Main Course – Crock Pot

This is such a simple dish but it is rich and full of flavor, perfect for a cold night or when you need some comfort food.  This is one of those dishes that you can change the broth and add a met and completely change the flavor.  You can use any vegetable you like or have on hand.  But for those of you who need a precise recipe, here is one blew, I prose you this is EASY and AMAZING!

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Simply get a crock pot

Add 1/2 pound fresh spinach, washed

8 oz of fresh mushrooms sliced

1 package of Cream Cheese (cut it into cubes it will melt easier

One package (bags in freezer section of grocery of the Tortellini of your choice (Cheese, meat etc)

One can of Italian Style Diced Canned tomatoes

1 Can of Chicken Broth ( You can actually use any flavor broth you prefer)

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Place in crock pot on low for 6 hours

When you are ready to serve stir ir up to mix up the cream cheese evenly and serve.

Best served with a nice crunchy bread to absorb the extra sauce.

PS this is a perfect one to take to the office for a pot luck or to a family members for a holiday.  So much you can do with this.

Appetizer – Maryland Crab Cakes

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MARYLAND CRAB CAKES:

INGREDIENTS:
1 large egg
2½ tablespoons mayonnaise (I like Hellman’s Real)
1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard (I like Maille brand)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup finely diced celery (you’ll need one stalk)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1 pound lump crab meat*
½ cup panko (I like the Whole Foods 365 brand for this recipe)
Canola oil

DIRECTIONS:
1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2. Combine the egg, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, Old Bay, salt, celery, and parsley in a large bowl and mix well. Add the crab meat (be sure to check the meat for any hard and sharp cartilage) and panko; gently fold mixture together until just combined, being careful not to shred the crab meat. Shape into 6 crab cakes (about ½ cup each) and place on prepared baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

3. Preheat a large nonstick pan to medium heat and coat with canola oil. When oil is hot, place crab cakes in pan and cook until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes per side. Be careful as oil may splatter. Serve immediately with tartar sauce or a squeeze of lemon.

Quick Tartar Sauce

Ingredients:
1 cup mayonnaise
1½ tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon minced red onion
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Appetizer – Guacamole – Halloween Barfing Pumpkin

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 red onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1-2 Serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • A dash of freshly grated black pepper
  • 1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped
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Directions

1 Cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avocado from the peel, put in a mixing bowl.

2 Using a fork, roughly mash the avocado. (Don’t overdo it! The guacamole should be a little chunky.) Add the chopped onion, cilantro, lime or lemon, salt and pepper and mash some more. Chili peppers vary individually in their hotness. So, start with a half of one chili pepper and add to the guacamole to your desired degree of hotness. Be careful handling the peppers; wash your hands thoroughly after handling and do not touch your eyes or the area near your eyes with your hands for several hours.

FYI —Chilling tomatoes hurts their flavor, so don’t chop the tomatoes or add to the guacamole until ready to serve.

3 Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole to prevent oxidation from the air reaching it. Refrigerate until ready.

4 Just before serving, chop the tomato, add to the guacamole and mix.

Serve oozing out of the mouth of a pumpkin for that extra effect!

This is DAMN good Guac regardless of how you serve it!

Main Course – Intestine Sausage – Halloween

This is simple.

Go to a custom butcher and order UNCUT Sauce.  Doesn’t matter what kind, Brats, Italian Sausage etc

Fill a Lasagna pan with the meat and bake it

Drain off the fat and add drops of red food coloring

If you use Italian Sausage you might drip on some spaghetti sauce

If you are making Bratwurst you might drop in some random sauerkraut for the “Maggot look”

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Appetizer – Spooky Smiles- Halloween

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Ingredients:

Red apples

Blanched Almonds

Orange juice

Slice apples.  To prevent the apples from browning dip them in orange juice. Lemon juice is usually used but its sour, and if the kids don’t like sour, orange will do just as well. Both are acidic and both prevent browning.

Chop the almonds and stick into the apple slices close to the skin to make teeth.  Arrange slices on a platter to make monster smiles!!

Side Dish – Mac and Cheese Swamp Creatures – Halloween

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Mac and Cheese Swamp Creatures
A great Halloween side-dish
Ingredients
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Sautéed spinach
  • Green Olive with Pimento slices
Instructions
  1. Mix up a batch of macaroni and cheese, then spoon it into greased muffin cups and bake until firm, about 25 minutes.
  2. Let the creatures rest for about 10 minutes, then gently remove them from the tins. Place them upside down on a swamp of sautéed spinach and add olive slice eyes.

Dessert – Kitty Litter Cake – Halloween

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Ingredients:

  • 1 German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 White Cake Mix
  • 1 package White Sandwich Cookies
  • 1 Large package Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
  • Green food coloring
  • 12 Small Tootsie Rolls
  • 1 *NEW* kitty litter box
  • 1 *NEW* kitty litter box plastic liner
  • 1 *NEW* pooper scooper

Preparation:

 

Prepare cake mixes and bake according to directions (any size pans). Prepare pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble.Crumble white sandwich cookies in small batches in blender, they tend to stick, so scrape often. Set aside all but about 1/4 cup.

To the 1/4 cup cookie crumbs, add a few drops green food coloring and mix using a fork or shake in a jar.

When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble into a large bowl. Toss with half the remaining white cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding. You probably won’t need all of the pudding, mix with the cake and “feel” it, you don’t want it soggy,  just moist;  GENTLY COMBINE

Line new, clean kitty litter box. Put mixture into litter box.

Put three unwrapped Tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until soft and pliable. Shape ends so they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Repeat with 3 more Tootsie rolls and bury in mixture. Sprinkle the other half of cookie crumbs over top. Scatter the green cookie crumbs lightly over the top, this is supposed to look like the chlorophyll in kitty litter.

Heat remaining Tootsie Rolls, 3 at a time in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Now spread 5 of the remaining Tootsie Rolls over the top; take one and heat until pliable, hang it over the side of the kitty litter box; sprinkling it lightly with cookie crumbs.

Place the box on a newspaper and sprinkle a few of the cookie crumbs around. Serve kitty litter cake with a *new* pooper scooper.

Main Course – Meat Loaf Hand – Halloween

Hand Meatloaf Recipe
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Ingredients:
1 1/2 Groud Beef
3/4 Cup Mild Chunky style Salsa
1/2 Cup Onion and Garlic Refried Beans
1 egg (slightly beaten)
2 small bags of Doritos Cool Ranch Crushed
2 Cooked Eggs
salt and pepper to taste
4 Slices on Bacon cut in little 1 inch squares.
White Onion
For skin texture
1 Cup Ketchup + 1/2 Cup BBQ
1/4 Cup Dijon Mustard + 1/4 Cup Honey Mustard Dressing
Directions:
Pre Heat Oven at 365
To make the meatloaf mix beef , salsa, refried beans, slightly beaten egg, salt and pepper and crushed Doritos.
Once is mixed. Place Mixture in hand mold OR Place the mix on a parchment covered cookie sheet. and shape it as a hand if you choose to do this particular one, using yours as the model.fingernails_uncookedhand_white
Manipulate it at little into fingers, hand, Radius and Ulna (not much, just a little bit of these last). To make the Radius and Ulna make an indentation on the meat mold and place the cooked eggs in this indentation one next to the other it will resemble bone when cut.
Stick  a small hunk of the onion into the wrist to resemble the bone, Cover them with more of the beef mix.
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Cover hand with little bacon squares.
Cover the entire hand with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Once the 45 minutes are done, pull it out, remove aluminum foil brush your hand with a mix of ketchup and bbq sauce. After is all covered, brush very lightly on the Mustard mix.
Lay Onion Slivers over the finger tips to look like finger nails
Place back in the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes. Serve on a bed of rice, mashed potatoes etc to help hide imperfections.
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Enjoy!
Prep time 20 minutes                   Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes                          Serves 6-8

Side dish – Hashbrown Cheesy Potato Bake

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INGREDIENTS
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup

1 container (8 ounces) sour cream

4 cups shredded cheese

1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 bag (30 ounces) frozen hash brown potatoes, partially thawed I prefer the cubed ones but the shredded will work too
8 medium green onions, sliced (1/2 cup)
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 ounces)

2 cups crushed cornflakes (thats 4 cups before it is crushed)
1/4 cup Butter

DIRECTIONS
Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease bottom and side of rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches, with shortening.
In very large bowl, mix soups, sour cream, milk and pepper. Stir in potatoes and onions. Spoon 1/2 into baking dish then sprinkle 1/2 of your cheese.  then another layer and a the rest of the cheese.  SAVE A LITTLE TO COVER ALL THE CHEESE WITH THE CREAMY POTATOES

Evenly spread over corn flakes
Drizzle with butter

Bake uncovered 30 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until golden brown on top and bubbly around edges.

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