Sunday, January 18, 2009


I realize that my blog is taking a weird food turn lately, but I promise it won't last. Here are two of the recipes I've adapted and give my stamp of approval on...

Whole Wheat Banana Bread
(adapted from a recipe in my ALL TIME favorite cookbook The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook)
1 3/4 c whole wheat flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c turbinado/raw sugar
1/4 c egg beaters
4 med extra ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
1/2 c skim milk
1/4 c canola oil

Mix all ingredients and bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes (12 muffins) or 20-25 minutes (3 mini loaf pans). A toothpick should come out clean when you poke the bread.1 serving=1 muffin or 1 serving =1/4 mini loaf. Calories= 160 per serving. (Original recipe had 217.)

Banana bread is possibly the easiest thing to make in the world. Seriously. Go make it, it's good for you. And, it's really yummy, too. Sara, I'm sure you can handle it. :)

The next recipe is for the Swiss Chicken I was talking about earlier. It's the dish I took to Cory and Kelly after Ruby was born. I left out all the butter and it's still quite yummy. Our neighbors brought us this dish after Cooper was born and we yummed it up! I found this version in a cookbook at my Mom's house. Can't remember which one. Next to Banana bread, this is the easiest thing to make ever. It actually might be easier than the bread. It's also so yummy and tastes bad for you but isn't too bad. But please, eat a side of green beans or something because there's not a vegetable in sight in this dish. Must be why Kelly liked it so much! ;)

Swiss Chicken Light

6 (4oz) chicken breast halves
cooking spray
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp pepper
1 c shredded swiss cheese (reduced fat if you can find it, I could not)
1 can reduced fat cream of chicken soup
1/2 c skim milk
3/4 c reduced sodium stuffing mix for chicken (Stove Top)

Place chicken in baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with garlic powder and pepper. Top each with cheese. Combine soup and milk in separate dish; pour over chicken. Sprinkle with stuffing mix, lightly coat with cooking spray. Bake, covered, at 350° for 50 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove cover for last 5 minutes of cooking to crisp the top. Makes 6 servings. 243 calories per serving.

Personally, I think 4 ounces of chicken is a laughable portion. So, really, you could eat 2 of the servings and still be only eating under 500 calories. That's doable in my book. Pretty yummy for a casserole. Even Bryan liked it and he hates casseroles as a general rule.



  1. Anonymous8:22 AM

    In case anyone is curious, I plugged both of these into the Weight Watchers recipe builder. The banana bread is 3 points per serving. Not too shabby. The Swiss Chicken is a real points bargain, though, at 5 points per serving (that's treating it as 6 servings...but even 10 points for a double serving isn't bad at all, especially if you had a salad and a low-point veggie on the side).

    Thanks for these, JK!

  2. Anonymous8:36 AM

    I don't know why it's showing up as dutynow, but this is cory fyi.