Friday, October 30, 2009

Cranberries-a girl's best friend

Cranberries aren't just for Thanksgiving my silly friends...  They should be eaten and enjoyed at all times of year since when mixed with just a few key ingredients, they turn an ordinary meal into an extroardinay one. They also protect your body from free radicals and help maintain a healthy urinary tract. (Ladies I know you hear me on this one).

Take my Grandma Rose's Cranberry Chicken for instance. (Ok, so Ocean Spray may have the same recipe on their website but I still give my little Gram all the credit).

6 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 can of Ocean Spray Whole Berry Cranberry Jellied Sauce
1 bottle of Kraft Fat Free Catalina Salad Dressing
1 Packet of Lipton's Onion Soup Mix
Mix the ingredients together, smother the chicken, cover with foil, bake at 350 degrees for an hour and voila, a juicy/delicious chicken entree for 6. I often cut this recipe in half for a hearty weeknight meal. If you do have leftovers, you can shred the chicken and serve it on whole wheat toast or else toss it on a salad.

Sides: Healthy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes and Steamed Green Beans (with a dash of lemon butter and almonds)

3/4 lb of Yukon Gold Potatoes-partially peeled and cut into 1.5" chunks
1/2 cup of skim milk
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp of grated parmesan
salt/pepper/paprika to taste

Place potato pieces into a pot of cold water seasoned with salt and bring to a boil.... simmer for 15-20 minutes until potatoes are soft.  Drain and place in a mixing bowl.  Using a potato masher, mix with milk, butter and parmesan and add salt, pepper and paprika to taste.  Serve warm.

Green beans: Follow directions on bag (I usually steam them in the microwave to save time), drain and add 1/2 T of unsalted butter, 2 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice, a few dashes of parmesan, salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with almonds.


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