HEALTH WITH JESSICA

Cucumber, Dill Salad

This is a super easy, tasty, light salad made with Greek yogurt.  Healthy and a nice little side!  

Ingredients:

1 large cucumber, cut in half then thinly sliced
1/2 onion, very thinly sliced
2 tsp sea salt
3 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
2 tsp finely chopped, fresh dill

Toss sliced cucumber and onions with sea salt and Greek yogurt and dill.  That’s all!  Serve right away or refrigerate for later.  Delish!


cucumber salad

Healthier Oatmeal Cookies

Delish
Delish!

I will be honest…I don’t like substituting lots of stuff in my baking.  I use real sugar, real butter, and the whole egg (unless the recipe actually calls for egg whites).  There was a time when it was all applesauce, egg whites…pureed something or other.  Now, I do add some healthy stuff (flax is a favorite), but I don’t do things that will really change the texture and taste of the recipe to the degree that I just don’t genuinely like it anymore!  I’d rather make it how I want it and not eat the whole batch!!

I use a baking stone for my cookies.  I find it bakes them far more evenly than using a regular cooking sheet.  Just personal preference!

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached white flour
1/4 cup flax seed
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup craisins

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350F

2. Beat all wet ingredients and sugars until light and fluffy.

3. Mix in flours and remaining dry ingredients on low until well blended.  Stir in oats, chocolate chips & craisins.

4. Place 2 inch balls of dough on ungreased cookie sheet.

5. Bake 16-18 minutes until edges are golden!

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Mexican Brunch Pie

I make this every Christmas morning and sometimes Easter.  It’s a hit, supper yummy AND EASY!!! Great for those watching carb intake but wanting something tasty at a brunch.  This is a very calorie dense recipe, so I cut the slices smaller than some might.  Adding veggies would be an excellent way to cut calories and add fiber & variety.

5 eggs, beaten
2 tbsp. butter, melted
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 (8 oz.) ctns. cream-style cottage cheese
2 c. (8 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese (or Pepper Jack which is a fav at my house!)
1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilies, drained

Directions

Preheat oven to 400F.
Mix beaten eggs with butter (melted) & baking powder & flour in a large mixing bowl at medium speed until mixture is well blended. Stir in cottage cheese, shredded cheese & green chilies. Spoon into a well-greased pie dish.
Back uncovered 10 minutes; reduce heat to 350F & bake 20 minutes or until set.
 
 
Serving Size: 1 slice
Number of Servings: 8
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
  • Calories197.9
  • Total Fat13.0 g
  • Saturated Fat6.8 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat0.7 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat2.3 g
  • Cholesterol197.6 mg
  • Sodium524.4 mg
  • Potassium87.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate5.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber0.2 g
  • Sugars1.1 g
  • Protein16.0 g
*I used Sparkpeople to input my recipe and get the nutrition value.
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