Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Green Bean & Cheesy Potato Casserole (Healthy Version)

I created this so we could have a taste of two of our favorite dishes (green bean casserole & cheesy potatoes) without the high fat & calorie guilt from eating them!

1lb bag frozen green bean pieces
1/2 bag frozen Southern Style Hashbrowns

1 1/2 cups stock (veggie or chicken)
1 1/2 cups low fat milk
1/2 cup flour
1 Tbsp Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb Seasoning
1 tsp. seasoned salt
2 Tbsp. minced onion
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Add green beans and potatoes to a 9x9" baking dish (I use this).

In a cold saucepan, combine the stock and milk. Sprinkle in flour and whisk until smooth. Place saucepan on medium-high burner. Add seasonings. Bring to a boil, whisking until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and add cheese. Stir to combine.

Pour sauce over potatoes and beans in baking dish. Stir to incorporate the sauce.

Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until it's bubbly and golden brown.

Serve hot as a delicious comfort food side-dish.

Smoky Feta Chicken Burgers

These are so yummy! I love re-purposing ingredients, and using the Pampered Chef dipping seasoning gives these burgers a real depth of flavor. These are also low-fat & low-calorie.

1lb. ground chicken
Drizzle of EVOO
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1 Tbsp. Pamper Chef Spinach & Red Pepper Oil Dipping Seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
Salt & Pepper to taste
3 tsp. worcestershire sauce
3 green onions (scallions), sliced thin

Combine all ingredients by gently mixing with hands. Divide into 4 equal portions and form patties.

Heat skillet to medium-high with a little EVOO in the pan. Cook burgers approximately 6 minutes on each side or until internal temp is around 160 degrees. Flip them only once so you get a nice caramelization on each side.  The residual cooking should bring the temp up to 165 degrees which means they are cooked through (essential when cooking poultry).

Serve on a whole wheat bun dressed with caesar dressing & a handful of spring mix salad.