Ham & Spinach Casserole

Total Time
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.

Makes
4 servings

Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 376 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 2334mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 6g fiber), 28g protein.

Ingredients
3 cups cubed fully cooked ham
1 package (16 ounces) frozen sliced carrots, thawed
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted
1 package (10 ounces) frozen creamed spinach, thawed
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tube (4 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls

Directions
1. In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook ham over medium heat until lightly browned. Stir in the carrots, soup, spinach, water, pepper and salt; heat through. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish.
2. Unroll crescent dough; separate into 2 rectangles. Seal perforations. Cut each rectangle lengthwise into 4 strips; make a lattice crust. Bake at 375° until filling is bubbly and crust is golden brown, 18-22 minutes.

Garlic Chicken with Herbs

Total Time
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes
4 servings

Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 214 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 487mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 fat.

Ingredients
4 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1 pound)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon butter
10 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth
1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh sage
1 cup chicken broth
Hot cooked rice of your choice

Directions
1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat; brown chicken on both sides. Remove from pan, reserving drippings.
2. In the same skillet, saute garlic in drippings over medium-high heat until light golden brown. Add wine and herbs; bring to a boil, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Cook until the mixture is almost evaporated. Add broth and chicken; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads at least 170°, 10-12 minutes.
3. To serve, spoon pan juices over chicken. Serve with rice.

Easy Peasy Biscuits

Total Time
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min.

Makes
2 dozen

Nutrition Facts
1 biscuit: 167 calories, 10g fat (8g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 328mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

Ingredients
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup solid coconut oil
1-1/2 cups 2% milk

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 450°. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, sugar, flaxseed, and salt. Add coconut oil and cut in with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk; stir just until moistened.
2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently 8-10 times. Pat or roll dough to a rectangle 1/2 in. thick; fold dough into thirds (as you would a letter). Pat or roll dough again into a rectangle 1/2 in. thick; cut with a pizza cutter or knife into 24 biscuits, each about 2-1/2 in, square. 3. Place 1 1/2 in. apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake until light brown, 8-10 minutes. Serve warm.

Freeze option: Freeze cut biscuit dough on waxed paper-lined baking sheets until firm. Transfer to airtight containers; return to freezer. To use, bake biscuits as directed.
Freeze option: Freeze cooled baked biscuits in airtight containers. To use, heat in a preheated 350° oven 15-20 minutes.

Easy Key Lime Pie Trifle

Total Time
Prep: 20 min. + chilling

Makes
10 servings

Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 685 calories, 48g fat (24g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 255mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (46g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.

Ingredients
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 frozen key lime pie (36 ounces), cut into 1-in. cubes, thawed
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Directions
1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, cream, sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Place half of the pie pieces in a 3-qt. trifle bowl or glass bowl. Spread with half the cream cheese mixture; top with 1/2 cup coconut and 1/2 cup pecans. Repeat layers. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour before serving.

Dandelion Salad

Total Time
Prep/Total Time: 10 min.

Makes
2 servings

Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 166 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 212mg cholesterol, 67mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 medium-fat meat, 1 vegetable.

Ingredients
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 cups torn dandelion greens or arugula
2 green onions or 1 medium leek (white portion only), thinly sliced
2 hard-boiled large eggs, sliced
1/2 cup grapefruit or tangerine sections
Dandelion blossoms, optional

Directions
1. In a small bowl, whisk oil, and lemon juice. In a large bowl, combine dandelion greens and onions. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat.
2. Arrange eggs and grapefruit sections over greens. If desired, top with dandelion blossoms.

Editor’s Note: Verify that dandelion greens haven’t been treated with lawn-care chemicals.
Editor’s Note
Verify that flowers are edible and have not been treated with chemicals.

Crunchy Tuna Salad with Tomatoes

Total Time
Prep/Total Time: 20 min.

Makes
4 servings

Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup tuna salad with 1 tomato: 280 calories, 16g fat (3g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 656mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 fat, 1 vegetable.

Ingredients
2/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1 celery rib, chopped
1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley or 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 can (12 ounces) albacore white tuna in water, drained and flaked
4 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges

Directions
1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, onion, celery, parsley, and pepper. Stir in tuna. Serve with tomato wedges.

Creamy Paprika Pork

Total Time
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes
4 servings

Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup pork mixture: 320 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 122mg cholesterol, 524mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.

Ingredients
1 pork tenderloin (1 pound), cut into 1-inch cubes
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons paprika
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Hot cooked egg noodles or rice
Minced fresh parsley, optional

Directions
1. Toss pork with flour and seasonings. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat; saute pork until lightly browned, 4-5 minutes.
2. Add cream; bring to a boil, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Cook, uncovered, until cream is slightly thickened, 5-7 minutes.
3. Serve with noodles. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.

Test Kitchen Tips
For a spicy kick, substitute hot paprika for sweet. Always store paprika in the refrigerator to keep its flavor fresh.

Creamy Chipped Beef Fondue

Total Time
Prep/Total Time: 15 min.

Makes
about 4 cups

Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 75 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

Ingredients
1-1/3 to 1-1/2 cups milk
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 package (2-1/2 ounces) thinly sliced dried beef, chopped
1/4 cup chopped green onions
2 teaspoons ground mustard
1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, cubed

Directions
1. In a large saucepan, heat milk and cream cheese over medium heat; stir until smooth. Stir in beef, onions and mustard; heat through. Transfer to a fondue pot or 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker; keep warm. Serve with bread cubes.