Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sweet n' Spicy Pineapple Salsa

What You'll Need:
1 roma tomato, finely chopped
2 Tbs white onion, finely chopped
1/2 c ripe sweet pineapple, finely chopped
1/4c red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 Tbs fresh cilantro, finely chopped
pinch chipotle chili
pinch of cayenne pepper
dash of black pepper
1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt

What To Do:
Mix all ingredients together. Place in refrigerator for for at least an hour, to allow all flavors and juices to blend. Tastes great on grilled chicken or fish (try either one, grilled with Jamaican Jerk seasoning and topped with the salsa- yum!).

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cinnamon White Chocolate Chip Cookies (low-fat and cholesterol free)

What You'll Need:
2 1/4c. all-purpose white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2c. light brown sugar
1/2c. white sugar
3/4c avocado meat, mashed (about 1 1/2 haas avocados)
1/2c applesauce
1 (3oz) box instant vanilla instant pudding
1/2c egg substitute
1/4c white chocolate chips
1 Tbs cinnamon

What to Do:
Preheat oven at 350.
In a small sized bowl, combine the flour and baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon together and set aside.  In a separate bowl, blend the brown sugar, white sugar, mashed avocado, applesauce and pudding mix together until smooth. Add in egg substitute and blend well.  Allow the mixture to sit for about 5 minutes, until set. Gradually mix in the flour mixture, until well blended.  Last, mix in the chocolate chips.

Drop by teaspoonful onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10-13 minutes until lightly golden brown.  The cookies may look a bit lighter in color than regular cookies.

* You can use wheat flour in place of white, the cookies may be a bit more dry
* If you prefer, you can add in up to 1/2c white chocolate chips, I like to keep the amount a bit lower, to reduce the overall fat/sugar content.