Haven’t all these Christmas cookie recipes been fun? I sure think so, anyways! But I have to mix up the sugar high with something comforting, simple, and healthy. A girl
cannot should not live on cookies alone (I haven’t been, promise!). I saw this recipe last week and loved the simple ingredient list. Slimmed down recipes that still pack lots of punch are the best! Mmmm!
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 (4.5-ounce) cans chopped green chiles, divided
1 3/4 pounds skinned, boned chicken breasts
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup evaporated skim milk
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup (2 ounces) tub-style light cream cheese
1 (10-ounce) can enchilada sauce
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1 oz. tortilla chips, crushed (about 6 chips)
Combine broth and 1 can of chiles in a large skillet; bring to a boil. Add chicken; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until chicken is done, turning chicken once. Remove chicken from cooking liquid, reserving cooking liquid; cool chicken. Shred meat with two forks, and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 can of chiles and onion; sauté 3 minutes or until soft. Add reserved cooking liquid, milk, Monterey Jack, cream cheese, and enchilada sauce; stir well. Stir in shredded chicken; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Place 4 tortillas in the bottom of a 2-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Spoon 2 cups chicken mixture over tortillas. Repeat layers twice, ending with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and chips. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serves 8.
Nutrition Information (per serving – approx. 1 cup): 337 calories; 11.1 g. fat; 74 mg. cholesterol; 604 mg. sodium; 29.5 g. carbohydrate; 5.3 g. sugar; 3.9 g. fiber; 31.4 g. protein
Result: Very good! And very meaty — a lean, high protein, moderate carbohydrate meal. Don’t base the recipe on that photo…it’s not a photogenic casserole. 😉 Mr. Prevention rated it a B+ and I would agree — B+/A-. I served the casserole with fat-free refried beans and steamed corn and it was very filling and high in fiber. I made my dish in a 2 quart round casserole dish which worked fine, but I think I would use an 8×8 or 9×13 next time. Enjoy!
Today’s cookie recipe is the classic Christmas sugar cookie with frosting and sprinkles! 😀
Mr. Prevention was declared Sprinkle Man during this activity. It was the only ounce of help I received during my baking marathon, and it was much appreciated, if only for my enjoyment. He took his job rather seriously and I fount it awfully cute 😉
For the cookies:
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
For the frosting:
4 cups powdered sugar (1 lb.)
2 egg whites
1/4 (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla extract
food coloring, optional
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
Preheat oven to 400° F. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.
For the frosting: Mix all ingredients together until well combined. Stir in food coloring, if desired. Frost cookies after they have cooled completely. Yield: About 5 dozen (my recipe made 57 cookies).
Nutrition Information (per cookie w/ frosting): 148 calories; 5.7 g. fat; 15 mg. cholesterol; 64 mg. sodium; 23 g. carbohydrate; 0 g. fiber; 1.6 g. protein
Result: I didn’t have a tried and true sugar cookie recipe, but this is it. They were fantastic! The recipes makes a lot and the frosting recipe is the exact amount to frost each cookie generously. These are a popular Christmas cookie and I’m glad I made them — always a hit! Who wouldn’t love sprinkles!?
Needless to say, I’m still finding sprinkles in every crevice of my kitchen.
(Tough) Question: Buttercream or cream cheese frosting?
Have a fabulous day!