Sweet Banana Bread

1 Cup Sugar
½ Cup Oil
Mix well then add
3 Bananas, mashed
2 Eggs, beaten
2 Cup Flour
½ tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Vanilla
Nuts, if desired

Beat well, Bake at 325 for 30-45 minutes. Makes 1 large loaf or 3 small loafs.

Butterscotch Muffins

6 Tbsp Butter, softened
¼ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Large Egg
1 ¼ Cup Milk

2 Cup Flour
1 (4 serving size) Butterscotch Instant Pudding Mix
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Salt
2/3 Cup Butterscotch Chips

Cream butter and brown sugar in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, add milk, mix.

Combine remaining 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in center. Add butter mixture to well. Stir just until moistened. Fill greased muffin cups ¾ full. Bake at 400 for about 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


Hot {and healthy!} White Bean Dip

2 slices bacon
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 can cannellini beans, drained (Great Northern beans work too)
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon crushed rosemary

Cook bacon in a small saucepan over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon; set aside. Add garlic to drippings in pan; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add broth and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.

Combine bean mixture, onions, and remaining ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth. Spoon mixture into a bowl; stir in 1 tablespoon reserved bacon (or add to food processor and pulse a few times). At this point taste it and add more salt to taste, as well as hot sauce and lemon juice if desired. (I usually go heavy on both of those) Sprinkle dip with remaining bacon just before serving.

Serve with pita chips.

Storage: This works great to make ahead of time. Just store in the fridge and warm it up in the microwave before serving.


Spinach and Turkey Enchiladas

prep time:25 min
start to finish:1 hr 10 min
makes:8 enchiladas

1 lb lean ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 box (9 oz) Green Giant® frozen chopped spinach
1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles, undrained
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic-pepper blend
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend (3 oz)
1 can (10 oz) enchilada sauce
8 flour tortillas (8 inch)
1/2 cup mild Thick 'n Chunky salsa

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until turkey is no longer pink.

2. Stir in spinach; cook, stirring frequently, until thawed. Stir in green chiles, cumin, garlic-pepper blend, sour cream and 1/4 cup of the cheese.

3. Spread about 1 teaspoon enchilada sauce on each tortilla. Top each with about 1/2 cup turkey mixture. Roll up tortillas; place seam sides down in baking dish. In small bowl, mix remaining enchilada sauce and the salsa; spoon over enchiladas. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

4. Spray sheet of foil with cooking spray; cover baking dish with foil, sprayed side down. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.

Nutritional Information
1 Enchilada: Calories 280 (Calories from Fat 90); Total Fat 10g (Saturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 1g); Cholesterol 45mg; Sodium 800mg; Total Carbohydrate 29g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 3g); Protein 19g


Healthified Mexican Pasta Skillet

prep time:30 min
start to finish:30 min
makes:6 servings (about 1 1/3 cups each)

1lb extra-lean (at least 93%) ground beef
1jar (16 oz) mild salsa
1cup tomato sauce
1 & 1/2 cups water
2cups uncooked regular or multigrain elbow macaroni
1cup frozen corn
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese (2 oz)

1.In 12-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain.

2.Stir in salsa, tomato sauce and water. Heat to boiling. Stir in macaroni and corn. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 12 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until macaroni is tender.

3.Sprinkle with cheese. Cover; let stand 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

1 Serving: Calories 370 (Calories from Fat 60); Total Fat 6g (Saturated Fat 2 1/2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol45mg; Sodium 650mg; Total Carbohydrate 53g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 5g); Protein 25g