Peach Cobbler Biscuit/Scone

I had a craving for something warm and fruity on a cold autumn night, and limited ingredients. This is what I came up with.

1 – 15 oz can, peaches in pear juice
2 c. Bisquick dry mix
1/4 c. Splenda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 large egg

Preheat oven to 365 F. 
Spray oil an 8×8 or 9×9 square pan.

Drain juice from peaches into a medium bowl.  Dice peach slices and set aside.  Add Bisquick to juice, whisk until almost smooth. Add Splenda, vanilla, cinnamon, egg, and diced peaches.  Mix until combined.

Pour into pre-“greased” pan and spread until batter is even.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Serve warm or let cool.

Serves 9

Per serving
Calories – 140
Carbohydrates – 25g
Sugars – 6g
Fiber – 1g
Fat – 4g
Saturated Fat – 1g
Cholesterol – 24mg
Protein – 3g
Sodium – 283mg

Goat Cheese Puff Pastries

6 Puff Pastry shells, frozen, ready-to-bake
1.5 oz. soft goat cheese
1 medium red tomato, chopped
1 cup raw spinach, finely chopped
1/2 med. red bell pepper, diced
1/2 med. orange bell pepper, diced
1/2 med. yellow bell pepper, diced
2 tsp garlic, minced (Image)
1 – medium potato, cubed

Boil potato until soft, drain. Bake pastry shells per instructions on box. Add all other ingredients to potato pot and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, while pastry is baking. Once shells are done, remove potato mixture from heat, remove tops on pastries, scoop out soft inside, fill with potato/cheese mixture. Bake at 350 for 10 min. Serve warm.

Makes 6 Servings

Per serving
Calories – 251
Carbohydrates – 25g
Sugars – 3g
Fiber – 2g
Fat – 15g
Saturated Fat – 8g
Cholesterol – 3mg
Protein – 6g
Sodium – 197mg

Can be the main dish for a light meal, an appetizer, or a side dish for a heavier meal.

Rice "Stuffing"

8 slices, whole grain bread
2 c. wild rice blend, cooked
2 c. brown rice, cooked
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 med. onion, chopped (Image)
3 stalks, celery, diced
2 Tbsp. garlic, minced (Image)
1-1/2 c. mushrooms, sliced
4 Tbsp. pine nuts
1/4 c. red wine
1 c. vegetable broth
1/2 tsp. Garlic Salt
4 Tbsp. Sage, ground
3 Tbsp. Thyme, leaves
1/2 tsp. Black pepper, ground

Toast bread lightly, cut into 1″ cubes. Cook rices.

Heat olive oil in skillet and saute onion, celery, garlic, mushrooms, and pine nuts. Turn off heat and stir in wine.

Combine everything with spices in a large bowl until thoroughly blended.

Put in deep baking dish (I like to use a small roasting pan), pour broth evenly over the top, cover and bake at 350 for 30-45 min. Check every 15 minutes for moisture, add water as needed to keep “stuffing” moist.


Alternate 1 – Can be stuffed in chicken or small turkey like any regular stuffing. Be sure temperature in the middle of the bird reaches at least 180 deg. before serving.

Alternate 1.5 – Double recipe for larger bird and baste every 15-30 min.

Alternate 2 – Place Tofurkey or other protein source on top of the “stuffing” before bakin
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Serves 8

Per 1 cup (200 gr) serving
Calories – 289
Carbohydrates – 48g
Sugars – 5g
Fiber – 6g
Fat – 8g
Saturated Fat – 1g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Protein – 8g
Sodium – 244mg

Fun and tasty additions: 1/2 c. dried cranberries; 1-2 green apples, peeled and diced; 1/2 c. pecans or walnuts.

Cheese & Veggie Stuffed Chicken

4 – chicken breasts, butterflied
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 c. mushrooms, sliced
1/2 med. yellow onion, chopped (Image)
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced (Image)
1/2 c. spinach, frozen or fresh wilted
1/2 med. red bell pepper, diced
1/2 med. yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 c. goat cheese, crumbled
1-1/2 c. Shredded Italian Cheese Blend (I used Great Value brand)

Butterfly and pound chicken breasts flat (or ask butcher to do so).

Heat olive oil in skillet. Saute mushrooms, onion, garlic, and peppers in olive oil until onions are translucent. Turn off heat and add goat cheese, stir until melted/combined with vegetables.

Lay out butterflied breast, sprinkle 1/4 of the Italian cheese blend on it, spreading evenly.  Put 1/4 of the veggie mix in the middle of the breast and roll like a burrito. Skewer with toothpicks to hold closed.

Optional, sprinkle choice of spices on each roll.

Bake at 375 for 30-45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 180 deg.  Serve warm.

If you find that 1/4 of the mix is too much for one breast, the leftovers make a great side dish.

Serves 4

Per serving
Calories – 322
Carbohydrates – 7g
Sugars – 2g
Fiber – 2g
Fat – 17g
Saturated Fat – 8g
Cholesterol – 107mg 
Protein – 38g
Sodium – 362mg

Cheese & Veggie Stuffed Steak

16 oz Beef, round, lean only (4- 4oz. slices, thin sliced/pounded flat)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 c. mushrooms, sliced
1/2 med. yellow onion, chopped (Image)
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced (Image)
1/2 c. spinach, frozen or fresh wilted
1/2 med. red bell pepper, diced
1/2 med. yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 c. goat cheese, crumbled
1-1/2 c. Shredded Italian Cheese Blend (I used Great Value brand)

Pound the slices of steak to approximately 1/4 in. thick (or ask butcher to do so).

Heat olive oil in skillet. Saute mushrooms, onion, garlic, and peppers in olive oil until onions are translucent. Turn off heat and add goat cheese, stir until melted/combined with vegetables.

Lay out slice of beef, sprinkle 1/4 of the Italian cheese blend on it, spreading evenly.  Put 1/4 of the veggie mix in the middle of the slice and roll beef up like a burrito. Skewer with toothpick to hold closed. Place in lightly greased (Pam) baking dish. Repeat for 3 remaining slices of beef.

Optional, sprinkle choice of spices on each roll.

Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 deg.  Serve warm.

If you find that 1/4 of the mix is too much for one slice, the leftovers make a great side dish.

Serves 4

Per serving
Calories – 353
Carbohydrates – 7g
Sugars – 2g
Fiber – 2g
Fat – 21g
Saturated Fat – 9g
Cholesterol – 126mg 
Protein – 38g
Sodium – 357mg

Cheesy Potato Casserole

6 medium potatoes, sliced
21 oz. 90% lean ground beef
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 med. yellow onion, chopped (Image)
1 c. mushrooms, sliced
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced (Image)
2 c. skim milk
2 eggs
1/2 c. Parmesan, grated
4-1/2. cheddar cheese, shredded

Slice potatoes.

In a large skillet, saute onion and mushroom in olive oil until onion is translucent. Add ground beef and continue cooking until meat is browned. Drain any excess liquid/fat.

While meat is browning, in a 1-2 qt. saucepan, beat the eggs into the milk until thoroughly mixed. Turn heat on low and add cheeses. Stir constantly until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.

Put potatoes and beef mixture into a 10″ x 15″ x 2″ (or 4 qt) flat baking dish, mixing them up well.

Pour cheese mixture over the top. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes or until potatoes are tender. (To speed up the baking process, boil the potato slices for 10 minutes, while browning the meat, before adding to baking dish. This will reduce the time by 15 min.).

Serves 15 as main dish (more as a side dish)

Per serving
Calories 351
Carbohydrates 19g
Sugars 3g
Fiber 2g
Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol – 103mg 
Protein 25g
Sodium 375mg

Mandarin Orange Peanut Sauce

Chicken Satay with Mandarin Peanut Sauce and Wild Rice

Bison Salad with Mandarin Peanut Sauce Dressing

1 c. Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
2 c. Fat Free Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced (Image)
1 Tbsp. Madras Curry Powder
1 tsp. Chili powder
1 tsp. Allspice, ground
1/2 tsp. Mace, ground
1 cup Cilantro, chopped
3 cups Mandarin Oranges in juice, drained

Whisk peanut butter, vegetable broth, and dry spices in 2 qt pan. over med-high heat.  Add cilantro and mandarin oranges. Continue to stir occasionally until mixture almost boils. Lower heat and simmer 3-5 min.

Makes 16 perfect 1/4 c. servings or 4 cups. 😀

Per serving:
Calories – 83
Carbohydrates 18g
Sugar 14g
Fiber 1g
Fat 8g
Saturated fat 1g
Cholesterol – 0mg 
Protein 4g
Sodium 234mg

Southwest Bison

Southwest inspired meat dish. Could be used as taco/burrito meat, for enchiladas, or served over any whole grain. 

Southwest Bison with Spanish Rice, Refried Beans, and Corn Tortillas

14. oz Bison Ribeye, cubed (lean beef would work too) (Image)
2 c. mushrooms, sliced
1 med. red bell pepper, diced
1 med. yellow onion, chopped (Image)
1 Tbsp garlic, minced (Image)
3-1/2 c. tomatoes, diced
1/2 c. cilantro, hand shredded
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/4. tsp ground chili pepper
1/2 tsp. ground mustard
1 Tbsp. olive oil

In a big wok/skillet heat olive oil on medium. Saute onions, mushrooms, and garlic until onions are translucent. Add bison (or beef), stirring lightly until browned.  Add bell pepper, tomatoes, and spices. Lower heat. Simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for at least 20 minutes (can be longer, imagine it would be awesome in a crock pot).  Uncover and simmer until liquid consistency is what you like.

Serves at least 8… maybe more.

Per serving (at 1/8 per serving):
Calories – 110
Carbohydrates – 8g
Sugar – 4g
Fat – 3g
Saturated Fat – 1g
Cholesterol – 31mg 
Protein – 13g
Fiber – 2g
Sodium – 76mg