Thursday, September 22, 2011

White Chocolate Coconut Cookies

These are by far the best cookies I have ever tasted.  Do you like coconut?  You'll love these!  Do you like white chocolate?  You'll adore these!  These are amazing little bits of heaven.  Of course if you have read any of my blogs you will not be shocked that I altered the recipe.  I added more vanilla than the recipe called for  because I love, love, love vanilla.  And I added a bag of white chocolate chips. 
You'll Need:
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/3 cup coconut
1 bag white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350.  Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar together.  Add the egg and vanilla.  Next add the flour, baking soda and salt.  Finally add the coconut and white chocolate chips.  Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Spoon dough by the spoonful and roll into small balls.  Place in oven and bake for 9-13 minutes.
Original recipe here. She made
her own changes from the one on

Friday, September 2, 2011

Tomato Stuffed Mushrooms

These little stuffed mushrooms are delicious.  I cooked them on the grill, but they could be cooked in the oven as well.

You'll need:
2 medium tomatoes
1 package of mushrooms
1/2 tsp rosemary
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic salt
4 strips turkey bacon
1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
Cook bacon and chop finely.  Wash the mushrooms and remove the stem in the middle.
Mix all ingredients together.  Put in a Cuisinart and pulse just a few times.  Fill the mushrooms with your mixture. 
Place on grill at medium heat and cook for 15 minutes. 

Stuffed Jalapenos with Crumbled Bacon

These are amazing.  While surfing the Internet, I saw a recipe for a similar idea, although they were only made with cream cheese and shredded cheese.  Like all recipes, I decided to add my own spin on these.
You will need:
16 ozs Jalapeno peppers
8 oz Softened Neufchatel Cheese (Very similar to cream cheese except it's lower in calories)
1/4 Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/4 cup sweet, mild salsa
1/4 bread crumbs
5 strips Turkey Bacon
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  In medium bowl, mix all ingredients.  Next wash jalapenos.  Cut the tops off and clean the guts and seeds out of the jalapenos.  If you leave the seeds in the peppers they will be a little more spicy.  Spray cooking spray on a cookie sheet.  Fill the peppers with the mixture and place on cookie sheet.  After cooking the bacon, finely chop it and put a generous amount on each pepper.  Place in oven and cook for 25 minutes.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Guilt Free Potato Salad with NO Mayonnasise

While I love potato salad, it's loaded with fat and is not very good for you. And since my husband adores potatoes and would eat them for breakfast lunch and dinner, I'm always trying to figure out new things to make with potatoes. Although potato salad is not a new dish, finding a recipe without the loaded calories is another story. Here is a recipe that I've come up with that was quite tasty.

You'll need:

8 medium potatoes
(I prefer red potatoes but any will do)
1 cup light or fat free plain yogurt
2 tbsp mustard
1/4 cup sweet relish
2 stalks of celery
1 green bell pepper
2 small tomatoes
1 tbsp dill

I do not peel my potatoes with making this salad.  But you could certainly peel them if you like.  After chopping the potatoes boil in water for about ten minutes.  I like my potatoes a little crunchy.

Wash and dice the green pepper and tomatoes.  You could also add onion, although I am not a huge fan.
In a bowl mix the yogurt, mustard, relish, and dill, celery, and diced bell pepper.  Next add the potatoes.
Mix all ingredients together.  Add salt and pepper to your liking.  Add diced tomatoes to top for color and serve.
Enjoy your bowl of guilt free potato salad!