Trick Out Your Treats This Halloween! Jack O Lantern Sandwich

Jack O Lantern Sandwich

Jack O Lantern Sandwich

Festive Halloween themed food can be exciting and delicious without being full of sugar and fat. Kids will have fun making and eating these nutritiously cute Jack O’ Lantern Grilled cheese Sandwiches. Use whole wheat bread for an extra dose of fiber – make sure you look for the first word in the ingredient list to be “whole” for maximum nutrition. Find more fun, party themed food in the ‘Ready-Made Menu’s‘ chapter of my Trim and Terrific KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence.

 

Jack-O’-Lantern Sandwiches

Year-round this can be a grilled cheese “face” sandwich, and in the fall it becomes the ideal Halloween sandwich.

Makes 1 Jack-O’-Lantern Sandwich

 

2 slices dark bread (pumpernickel or dark whole wheat)

1 slice reduced-fat American cheese

  1. On one slice of bread, cut out a jack-o’-lantern face. Place slice of cheese on an uncut slice of bread.
  2. Broil or toast in oven until cheese is melted. Remove from oven, and top with cut slice of bread.

 

Nutritional information per serving

Calories 181, Protein (g) 10, Carbohydrate (g) 27, Fat (g) 5, Calories from Fat (%) 22, Saturated Fat (g) 2, Dietary Fiber (g) 3, Cholesterol (mg) 10, Sodium (mg) 683 Diabetic Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 2 starch

 

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Easy Red Velvet Cake for Holiday Dessert

Berry Velvet Trifle40Whether for the holidays, Valentine’s Day or any time of year, this is one of my very favorite desserts.  I love the fact this delicious trifle is make-ahead, serves a crowd and gives you the “wow” effect when serving.  This Easy Red Velvet Cake plus other southern sweet tooth favorites are from my Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook (yes, there is a story about this recipe). This dessert also holds one of my favorite “make-it-work” stories. When my Mother was making this cake for a family gathering, the layers fell apart. My motto is ‘if a chocolate soufflé falls, serve it as a chocolate pudding…never start over!’ She was upset, but I told her just to grab a trifle bowl, and the outcome was the most popular dessert of the night, Red Velvet Trifle. Add fresh fruit, such as red strawberries for a stunning presentation everyone will love. I can never decide which way to make it so the choice is yours!

Easy Red Velvet Cake from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites

Perfect for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or any special occasion, this southern classic never goes out of style. Take a short cut by using cake mix to effortlessly prepare a beautiful and deliciously rich luscious cake.

Makes 16–20 servings

1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix

2 tablespoons cocoa

1/4 cup canola oil

1 egg

3 egg whites

1 (1-ounce) bottle red food coloring

1 cup skim milk

1 tablespoon vinegar

Cream Cheese Icing (recipe below)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat three 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, cocoa, oil, egg, egg whites, and food coloring. In a small bowl, combine milk and vinegar, and add to mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.

3. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 15–20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool layers on a rack and ice with Cream Cheese Icing.

Cream Cheese Icing

1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

3 tablespoons butter

1 (16-ounce) box confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar and beat until light. Add vanilla. 

Nutritional information per serving

Calories 272, Calories from fat 29%, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 23mg, Sodium 246mg, Carbohydrate 45g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 35g, Protein 3g, Diabetic Exchanges: 3 carbohydrate, 2 fat

Terrific Tidbit: For another fantastic dessert option, turn this cake into a trifle by layering cake, cream cheese icing, and nonfat whipped topping in a trifle or glass bowl.

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Queso with or without Velveeta? Healthier and Gluten-free, yes that is what I said!

Queso

Queso

OK, I heard about the Velveeta shortage awhile ago but it will not affect me as I just coincidentally made my Queso from my cookbook, KITCHEN 101, Sunday night for neighbors.  My delicious queso dip is better for you, easy to make and you don’t even have to stress about finding  Velveeta.  I do use the light Velveeta in some recipes and my only complaint is I can only find it in a big block.  So, all those who don’t want to forgo Velveeta, here’s an option.  I have also found shredded Queso cheese and used it in the recipe instead of Cheddar.  And, it is GLUTEN FREE (And really impressed, as Velveeta is in spell check so shows how many people rely on it)

Chile Con Queso from KITCHEN 1o1
Everyone’s all-time favorite Mexican dip now can be made simply and sensationally in a moment’s notice. Serve heated with chips.

Makes 12 (1/4 cup) servings

1 onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup light beer
1 1/4 cups skim milk, divided
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
1/3 cup chopped green onions
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder

1. In large nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté onion and garlic until onion is tender.
2. Add beer and cook until reduced slightly, about 1 minute. Add 1 cup milk and heat until almost boiling.
3. Meanwhile, in small bowl, whisk remaining 1/4 cup milk and cornstarch. Add to pot, and cook, stirring, until bubbling and thickened. Reduce heat and add remaining ingredients, stirring until cheese is melted.

Nutritional info per serving:
Calories 64, Calories from Fat 31%, Fat 2g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 8mg, Sodium 196mg, Carbohydrates 6g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Total Sugars 2g, Protein 5g, Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 lean meat

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Easy July 4th Potato Salad with no mayo

Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad

July 4th wouldn’t be complete without barbecue, potato salad and red white and blue.   I have a new twists to some of your old stand-by favorites.  Check out my new arthritis cookbook filled with one of my favorites,  Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad with rich roasted Louisiana yams, combining Louisiana and southwestern into a colorful explosion of flavors.  Roasting brings out an intense flavor.  Always line the pan with foil for easy clean up!   And, the Berry Good Oatmeal Cookie Cake  is perfect for a red, white, and blue dessert-decorate this oversized oatmeal cookie with a citrus cream cheese filling with blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.  Check out Too Hot in the Kitchen cookbook and you’ll especially like the Lovin’ No Oven chapter with all cold recipes!

The book Too Hot in the Kitchen-if you are someone that enjoys reading cookbooks, wait until you see this one-100 color photographs, quotes, Spicy Advice and new trendy EASY recipes.

Cool Coleslaw – BBQ Time Saver Recipe

Cool Coleslaw

Cool Coleslaw

Any BBQ  calls for easy, tasty, refreshing bites that feed a crowd and you can whip up quickly for your outdoor barbecue or picnic. Instead of resorting to the basics, potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans, put a spin on these favorites so I turned to a favorite in KITCHEN 101 cookbook in the Menu chapter.  After all, there are a lot of gatherings and we know food is always the biggest draw. This Cool Coleslaw recipe with its fresh flavors is the perfect complement to anything you are throwing on the grill this weekend. The fresh vegetables and zing of the dressing make this coleslaw better than the average mayo overloaded coleslaw mess. Create recipes that are light and refreshing to help your guests beat the heat.

Cool Coleslaw from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence

You’ll enjoy this refreshing coleslaw with cool flavors of cucumber, lime and mint contrasted with crunchy peanuts and sweet mandarin oranges.

Makes 10 (1/2-cup) servings

4 cups shredded cabbage (bag coleslaw)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons cider or seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup coarsely chopped peanuts

1.In large bowl, combine cabbage, green onions, red onion, and cucumber. In small bowl, whisk together lime juice, vinegar and oil; pour over slaw and mix.
2.Carefully add mandarin oranges. To serve, add mint and peanuts, mixing well. Season to taste.

Nutritional info per serving:
Calories 65, Calories from Fat 41%, Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 51mg, Carbohydrates 8g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Total Sugars 5g, Protein 2g, Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat

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The Perfect Pampering Homemade Teacher Gift

Body Scrub Gift Set

Body Scrub Gift Set

Want a quick and easy gift you can make at home? Then, all you have to do is go to my chapter, DIVA DERMATOLOGY, in Too Hot in the Kitchen for my homemade skin treatments.   I love to make and give these inexpensive yet fun and luxurious facial scrubs to my friends and family.  Anyone who loves to be pampered will enjoy the festive Margarita Salt Body Buffer – detoxifying the skin and making it feel so soft! From hands to feet the Brown Sugar Scrub is the perfect treat to get smooth skin. With just two ingredients anyone can make it, and the olive oil contains Vitamin E and antioxidants which are so good for nails. To make these delicious scrubs for a gift, simply mix in a glass container with a lid and tie with a bow.  Or course, Too Hot in the Kitchen is a fun gift tool!

Margarita Salt Body Buffer from Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age

Lime and tequila are natural antiseptics so help detoxify skin and improve tone and texture. Good for hands — felt so soft afterwards.

Makes 1 1/2 cups (1/4 cup per body)

1 cup fine sea salt
Juice of one lime
2 ounces olive oil
3/4 ounces white tequila

1. In bowl, mix together sea salt, olive oil, lime, and white tequila. In the shower, rub mixture onto damp skin in gentle circular motion. If salt feels too gritty, add more olive oil.

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Spinach Artichoke Dip – Delicious GREENS

Spinach Artichoke Dip  EEDo you have a St. Patrick’s Day parade where you live? Here in Baton Rouge it is a great neighborhood parade that turns into a pretty big deal. And if you live on or near the route you better have a few snacks as you are sure to have some parade revelers as guests. Solve your party food, appetizer, and finger food needs! My quick, popular version of Spinach Artichoke Dip includes creamy Brie and Parmesan. Really hard to beat, try it if you doubt me. Serve with pita chips or vegetables, like red pepper squares, cucumber rounds and carrots.

If you’re in true entertaining mode serve in easy, yet impressive bread bowl. To create cut a thin slice off the top of a round bread and scoop out the soft inside, leaving a shell. Fill with spinach dip. Wrap tightly in foil and bake until hot, about 20-25 minutes. No clean up!!

 

Spinach Artichoke Dip from Holly Clegg’s Trim & Terrific Gulf Coast Favorites

Makes 20 (1/4-cup) servings

1 onion, chopped
1/3 cup  all-purpose flour
2 cups skim milk
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 (10-ounce) boxes frozen  chopped spinach, thawed and drained
4 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed and cubed
1/3 cup grated  Parmesan cheese
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
Dash cayenne
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté onion until tender. Stir in flour. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly, heating until bubbly and thickened.

2. Add garlic, spinach, Brie, and Parmesan cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. Stir in artichokes, cayenne and season to taste.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 54 Calories from fat 34% Fat 2g Saturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 7mg Sodium 125mg Carbohydrate 5g Dietary Fiber 1g Sugars 2g Protein 4g Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 lean meat

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Double Chocolate Candy Pizza – Not Just for the Kids!

Chocoalte PizzaaDouble Chocolate Candy Pizza from my Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook has made me the most popular mom throughout all three of my kids’ years in school. Still requested, now my daughters make it themselves. Watch for the adults to be the first to grab a piece.  Cut into small squares to please a crowd. I have used both seasonal and regular M&M’s to show you in this pizza.  I love to use seasonal candies to celebrate the season and add sweet flair to the holiday.

Double Chocolate Candy Pizza from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites Cookbook

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup candy-coated milk chocolate candies, divided
1/4 cup flaked coconut
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional

1. Preheat oven 350ºF. Coat 12 – 14-inch pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, blending well. In small bowl, combine flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Gradually add to sugar mixture, blending until well mixed.

3. Spread dough on prepared pan, spreading dough to within 1 inch of  edge of  pan. Sprinkle dough with candies, coconut, marshmallows, and pecans. Bake 18 – 20 minutes, or until edges are set. Don’t overbake. Cool, and cut into slices.

Terrific Tip: Use seasonal candies to keep in the holiday spirit on Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter.

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories 235, Protein (g) 3, Carbohydrate (g) 36, Fat (g) 9, Calories from Fat (%) 35, Saturated Fat (g) 3, Dietary Fiber (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 15, Sodium (mg) 123, Diabetic Exchanges: 2.5 other carbohydrate, 2 fat

 

Less than 5 ingredient gourmet-on-the go recipes on WAFB 9

Simple Salmon with Watch me make Easy Roasted Salmon, Salmon with Spinach Feta Stuffing, Pasta with Lemon and Pine Nuts, Chocolate Truffles, Pecan Caramel Candies and the Almost Better than Sex Cake on WAFB 9. All of these recipes are featured in my Too Hot in the Kitchen book and are great ideas for a Valentine’s Day meal!
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Simple Snack Mix-Munchies & My BEST Homemade Gift

Snack Mix

Snack Mix

This is one addictive snack that everyone can enjoy! A little salty with some sweet is a flavor combination sure to please. I enjoy whipping up a large batch of this snack mix from my newest cookbook, Eating Well to Fight Arthritis  which really is an everyday cookbook with a healthier focus.  I split the mix up in smaller festive holiday containers for hostess gifts, neighbors, teachers, and even my mailman. This is one of those recipes that is so easy to whip up and half the price of the pre-made store mixes. I often find myself craving the combination of this sweet and salty treat. Sometimes I use dried cranberries or any dried fruit to substitute for the M&M’s and sometimes just toss it all in.

 

Snack Mix from Eating Well to Fight Arthritis

Here’s an easy recipe that makes a great snack mix any time of day. Sweet and salty mixes are always a great combo and this mix is addicting!

Makes 20 (1/2-cup) servings

3 tablespoons sesame oil
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
4 cups crispy wheat cereal squares
6 cups mini pretzels
1 cup soy nuts
1 cup dry roasted peanuts
1 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces

1.Preheat oven 250°F. Whisk together sesame oil, honey, soy sauce, garlic salt, and onion powder.
2.Toss together cereal squares, pretzels, soy nuts, and peanuts in large bowl. Drizzle oil mixture over cereal mixture, tossing gently to coat.
3.Scatter mixture on foil-lined jelly roll pan, bake 25 minutes, stirring often to prevent too much browning. Turn off oven and let cereal stay in oven 1 hour to continue crisping. When cool, toss with chocolate candies. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

Nutritional information per serving
Calories 242, Protein (g) 8, Carbohydrate (g) 32, Fat (g) 10, Cal. from Fat (%) 37, Saturated Fat (g) 3, Dietary Fiber (g) 3, Cholesterol (mg) 2, Sodium (mg) 400, Diabetic Exchanges: 0.5 very lean meat, 1 starch, 1 other carbohydrate, 2 fat

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