Saturday, March 29, 2008

Grandma is Here!

Which means I can cook things besides crockpot wonders and frozen chicken nuggets!

Here are a couple goodies I found this past week:

Chicken Sate A La Sophie - Meaning you can mix the sauce and marinate the chicken in the time it takes Sophia to get tired of whatever non human device is holding her at the moment:

Saté: 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 8 strips 1 tablespoon light brown sugar 2 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce 2 teaspoons bottled ground fresh ginger (such as Spice World) 1 teaspoon grated lime rind 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 2 garlic cloves, minced

Sauce: 1 tablespoon light brown sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons natural-style, reduced-fat creamy peanut butter (such as Smucker's) 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 garlic clove, minced Remaining ingredient: Cooking spray

Prepare grill.
To prepare saté, combine chicken and next 6 ingredients (through 2 garlic cloves) in a medium bowl. Let stand 10 minutes.
To prepare sauce, combine 1 tablespoon brown sugar and the next 5 ingredients (through 1 garlic clove) in a medium bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Thread chicken strips onto each of 8 (8-inch) skewers. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes on each side or until chicken is done. Serve chicken with sauce.

4 servings (serving size: 2 skewers and 1 tablespoon sauce)

Nutritional Information
CALORIES 205(20% from fat); FAT 4.5g (sat 1g,mono 0.4g,poly 0.4g); PROTEIN 29.3g; CHOLESTEROL 66mg; CALCIUM 26mg; SODIUM 672mg; FIBER 0.8g; IRON 1.5mg; CARBOHYDRATE 11.2g
Alison Lewis ,
Cooking Light, JULY 2005

THREE BROTHERS BANANA BREAD (Actually should be Two Brothers because one of 'em doesn't like it. But he doesn't like anything.)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

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