Mexican Cowboy Corn Dip



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  • 8- ounce package low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can of Rotel tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 small can of corn, drained
Drain corn completely. Drain a little more than half of the Rotel and mix in with the cream cheese and corn. This will thin out the cream cheese a tad. Microwave, stir and eat!

I prefer Frito’s Scoops with my dip but Tortilla’s work too!! Calories play out like this:

10 calories per each scoop of dip
16 calories per each Frito Scoop Chip
9 calories per each Light Tortilla Corn Chip
6 calories per each Fat-Free Tortilla Chip

SIDEBAR:
You can also add cooked ground sausage and 8 ounces of shredded sharp cheddar to kick up the dip a notch. Of course, it will also kick up the calories.

Rainbow Jell-O



Layered Rainbow Jello

My youngest grandson, Fischer, loves Jell-O. When he stays over on a school night, his first request for a ‘cold’ lunch includes red Jell-O cups. I took it a step farther and made rainbow Jell-O.

What was suppose to be a joint project with Fischer turned into an all day project for NeeNee while he went to the movies. I should have known he wouldn’t have the patience for this particular project. Four hours later, the colorful layers were ready to set-up for an additional two hours. Yep, you read that correctly. It took six hours to prepare this Jell-O dish.

IMG_7872So, unless you are attending a special event, forget making this particular Jell-O dish. My grand kids had little appreciation for the time it took to make dish. They saw a photo on Google and said, “NeeNee can make that!”

Leave it to stupid-o NeeNee to make good on that claim.


INGREDIENTS

  • 4 (3-ounce) packages assorted flavored gelation
  • 6 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • Boiling water
  • 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup cold water

HOW TO

  1. Combine on package flavored gelatin and one envelop unflavored gelatin in a small bowl. Add 1 cup boiling water and stir until dissolved. Cool 5 minutes. Pour mixture into a deep baking dish of your choice. (I used a Bundt pan). You will want to spray a light coating of cooking spray inside the dish.
  2. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
  3. Combine condensed milk (scrape the inside of the can clean) and 1 cup boiling water in a bowl. Mix well using a wire whisk. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl and add 1/4 cup cold water. Sprinkle two envelopes of the unflavored gelation over the cold water. Let stand for a minute and then stir in 3/4 up boing water.
  5. Add the unflavored gelation mixture to the sweetened condensed milk mixture. Mix well.
  6. Remove the first gelatin layer from the fridge and spoon a layer of the creamy condensed milk mixture over the top. Return to fridge and let set for 25 minutes.
  7. Continue alternating layers of the flavored gelatin and creamy milk mixture. To keep each layer ‘pure’, make sure that you allow the dissolved gelatin to cool down before spooning over the previous layer.
  8. Chill each layer before spooning next layer. Top off the final layer with a flavored gelatin.
  9. Refrigerate for 2 hours before cutting and serving.

This Jell-O recipe will keep in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Freezing unused portions is not recommended.

 

 

Fun & Tasty Fiber Foods

Last week I had my annual health physical. The good news: I’m six feet above ground. The bad news: I might not be if I don’t get my cholesterol under control. I can’t rely on medication alone. So, needless to say, it will take some initiative on my part that includes both exercise and additional fiber in my diet. These will be my front-line weapons in bringing down the enemy (that being high cholesterol).

Roasted Chickpeas

Most of us have seen a pre-printed handout listing high fiber foods. It typically includes grains, fresh fruit, vegetables and bran cereals. But there are many other foods and snacks never suggested. If you’re like me, you sometimes need a break from traditional high fiber foods. I’d like to share three snack foods you probably won’t find on a high-fiber diet handout.

Roasted Chickpeas (pictured above)

The sole ingredient is chickpeas which are low in calories, high in fiber and zero cholesterol. Not to mention they are downright filling. I find it hard to finish an one ounce serving, which is roughly a scooping handful. Oh, and let’s not forget the iron and calcium you find in these little guys. Toss some in your salads instead of croutons, or add to roasted red pepper soup for a little crunch.

I will get a recipe posted soon for soup along with a Mediterranean arugula and roasted chickpea salad (Yum!) that pairs wonderfully. BTW, a one ounce serving of roasted chickpeas is just 102 calories with 18 fat calories.

You can roast your own or purchase pre-roasted. I like the pre-roasted because they are always on hand. Nuts.com sells a one pound bag for around $4 bucks.

Here’s an awesome roasted chickpea nacho recipe from Becca over at Amuse Your Bouche blogspot. Shes uses cilantro which I am not fond of so I substitute with chopped spinach leaves. You can also use parsley or basil.

Photo credits to Becca at Amuse Your Bouche

Veggie Chips or Veggie Sticks

Who would have thunk dried veggies could taste this good! But they do. In my opinion, they claim the upper-hand over potato chips because they are made with hydrogenated canola oil rather than shortening or lard.

Calories are slightly lower than baked potato chips and usually contain less salt. Veggie chips or veggie sticks, particularly carrot (10% RDA of Vitamin A), are a healthy snack food choice when eaten in moderation. I purchase mine from Nuts.com and the fiber per serving averages between 8-12%. That’s not bad for a snack food. Plus, zero cholesterol.

Nuts.com has one of the best selections of veggie chips/sticks and at reasonable prices. And no, I don’t work for them :)

Veggie Sticks

Veggie Sticks

Sun Dried Tomatoes

It’s best to stay away from oil soaked sun dried tomatoes, especially if you’re calorie counting. Minus the oil, you save 40 calories per serving and 45 fat calories.

Once again, Nuts.com gets my vote. A yummy one pound of sun dried tomatoes (no oil) is around $5 bucks. A serving size is 0.5 ounces which is 3 nice size pieces. The tomatoes are flavorful, wonderfully chewy (think beef jerky) and a mere 30 calories per serving with zero fat and 10% of RDA Dietary Fiber. Each serving contains 32% vitamin A, 10% vitamin C and 6% iron. That’s one heck of a healthy snack.

Sun Dried Tomatoes

So, when you’re looking for high-fiber options, here are three easy snacks to consider. Of course none of these snacks should replace raw vegetables, but they are a nice alternative when you need a change from carrot sticks, broccoli/cauliflower florets, or celery.