Honey Buns

Makes 5 servings (2 buns each)

1/4 cup chopped nuts
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
10 ounce can refrigerated biscuits

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine nuts, honey and butter and pour into ungreased loaf pan.

Separate dough into 10 biscuits. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon and put about 1 teaspoonful of mixture onto one side of each biscuit. Stand biscuits on edge, slightly overlapping, in 2 rows of 5 biscuits each in prepared pan.

Bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Cool 3 minutes; turn onto serving plate.

French Breakfast Muffins

Makes 12

1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 muffin cups. Mix all ingredients thoroughly; pour into prepared muffin cups. Bake 20-25 minutes (until light brown).

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1 egg
3/4 cup skim milk
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Stir together all ingredients. Pour into 12 greased muffin tins and bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Loosen slightly with knife; remove from pan immediately.

Calico Cake

Makes 6 – 8 servings

1 1/2 cup white flour (divided)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup buttermilk (divided)
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Streusel Topping: Combine 1/2 cup flour and brown sugar; cut in butter. Stir in nuts and set aside.

Combine remaining flour, sugar, soda and salt. Stir in shortening, eggs, 1 cup of buttermilk, and vanilla; beat until smooth.

In microwave, melt chocolate. Stir in 1 cup of batter and remaining 1/4 cup buttermilk.

Alternatively pour batters into greased 13×9 baking pan; cut through with knit to marble. Top with reserved nut mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes.

Taco Pie

Makes 6 servings (6 points per serving)

1 tube prepared biscuits or crescent rolls (use lowfat variety)
1 pound ground turkey, lean (could also use veggie crumbles)
1 green bell pepper, chopped
8 ounces mozzerella, shredded
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 can (fill empty tomato paste can) water
1 package taco seasoning
1 medium onion, chopped

Press biscuits into greased pie pan, covering bottom and sides. Cook under broiler (on low) for about 5 minutes, or until biscuits are pale brown.

Brown meat; drain. Mix in all other ingredients, including cheese. Pour into baked shell.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

Hobo Stew

Makes 6 servings (at 4 points each)

1 pound ground turkey or ground beef, extra lean (can also use veggie crumbles)
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
1 large onion, cut into chunks
1/2 cup ketchup
1 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried basil

Combine ground turkey, salt and pepper in large skillet. Cook over medium heat until brown. Alternatively, shape into meatballs and cook this way (if using veggie crumbles, no need to pre-cook)

Place potatoes, onion, and carrots into crockpot. Top with meat. Mix all remaining ingredients together and pour over meat

Cover; cook on high 4 – 5 hours (or on low all day)

Try adding additional vegetables, such as sliced mushrooms or peas.

Creamy Linguine with Bacon and Peas

Makes 4 servings

8 ounces uncooked linguini
5 pieces turkey bacon
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 can sliced mushrooms, chopped
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons oil
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 (12 oz) can evaporated skim milk
1 cup frozen peas
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
2. Cook bacon until crisp; dry thoroughly and chop fine
3. In 1 teaspoon oil, cook onion, garlic and mushrooms until soft (about 5 minutes). Set side
4. Combine flour and seasonings in small dish. Add 1 teaspoon oil to skillet and heat to medium. Stir in flour mixture; whisk 1 minute until toasted
5. Add evaporated milk, stirring constantly, until boiling
6. Add diced bacon, cooked veggies, lemon juice, peas and cheese. Cook over low heat 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly
7. Stir in cooked pasta. Serve warm.

Mexican Meatloaf

Makes 6 – 9 servings

1 pound ground chicken or turkey
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped green chilies (1 small can)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients well and place in loaf pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 40 minutes.

Can easily be made vegetarian by substituting the ground chicken or turkey with a bag of Morning Start Veggie Crumbles

Pumpkin Cornmeal Waffles

Makes 10 – 12 waffles

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons sugar (or sugar substitute)
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup pumpkin (canned – not pumpkin pie filling)
1 cup fatfree milk

Mix all ingredients together until blended.

Spoon 1/4 cup batter onto prepared, preheated waffle iron and bake until waffles are crisp and brown.

Black Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

12 flour tortillas
4 oz (1 cup) low fat Monterey Jack cheese, grated
1 small can mushrooms, diced
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
1 small can (1/4 cup) chopped green chiles
1/4 cup chopped onion

Fat free sour cream

Mash black beans and lime juice to a paste (I like to keep it slightly chunky). Stir in chiles, onion, mushrooms, and cheese.

If freezing, place this mixture in a freezer container or plastic bag. Tortillas can also be frozen for later.

To prepare, thaw (if frozen), then divide the mixture between six tortillas, spreading to cover each tortilla evenly. Top these six tortillas with the remaining tortillas and then place on a cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick spray, in a 450 degree oven for about 5 – 10 minutes each side (flipping halfway through baking). Alternatively, they can be cooked one at a time in a skilled sprayed with non-stick spray.

Serve with salsa, sour cream, and additional cheese, if desired.

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