Thursday, November 11, 2010

How I create a new recipe…

I love making our favorite recipes healthier.  I wonder how much I can take out or change but still have it taste good.  Here is one I did yesterday.

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So the original recipe for Nestle Toll House Choc Oat Chip Cookies is a favorite around here.  Here is where the fun begins. 


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour  WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)  SEA SALT
  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar  1/4 CUP BROWN SUGAR
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened  1 CUP APPLE SAUCE
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 CUP STEVIA IN THE RAW
  • 2 large eggs  OMIT EGGS OR JUST EGG WHITES
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels  1 CUP CHOC CHIPS
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional)

Makes 4 dozen cookies. You do need to press down the cookies and bake for only 8 minutes at 375 degrees since you have no fat but they sure are delicious!!!

With making the highlighted changes it goes from 130 calories per cookie to 65 calories and from 4 grams of fat to 0 fat.


OR I just simply look at the ingredients I have around the house and put them together to create something new and delicious.  That is what I did for dinner last night.

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Chicken Pepper Tomato Pasta created by Becky Jones

1 pre cooked chicken breast shredded (I cook mine in the crockpot and then freeze individually.)

1 green pepper cut into strips

1 cup halved grape tomatoes

1 can chicken broth

1 small white onion

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1 tablespoon corn starch

2 tablespoons water

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1 – 2 pounds cooked pasta of your choice (we used bow tie past) You can stretch the sauce pretty far depending on how many people you are feeding. 


In a frying pan add olive oil, peppers, onion, chicken and tomatoes.  Cook for 5 minutes then add chicken broth and spices.  Bring to a boil and add corn starch that has been dissolved in the water.  Cook till thickened and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve on top of pasta. Salt and pepper to taste.

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