Monday, February 16, 2015

Pineapple Chicken Salad

Serves 8
1/3 cup serving
Calories 226, Fat 5g, Sodium 192mg, Carbs 21g, Fiber 3g, Protein 23g
2 1/2 cups chopped, cooked chicken
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup light mayo
1/4 cup finely, chopped green onion (used sweet)
1/4 cup plain fat free yogurt (used vanilla)
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple (drained)

Combine first 11 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well.  Serve 1/3 cup with crackers or in a whole wheat wrap.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Hungry Girl Pizza Burgers

Serves 4
Per serving: 223 calories, 7g fat, 559 mg sodium, 9g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 5g sugar, 31g protein

2 sticks light string cheese (used Weight Watchers)
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 pound raw extra-lean ground beef (used Laura's)
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Dash of salt and pepper
1/2 cup pizza sauce
12 slice turkey pepperoni

Break each string cheese stick into thirds and place in a blender or food processor--blend at high speed until shredded (or pull into shreds and roughly chop).

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat.  Cook and stir vegetables until softened, about 5 minutes.

Transfer veggies to a large bowl.  Add beef, ketchup, and seasonings.  Thoroughly mix.  Evenly form into 4 patties.

Bring a grill pan (used gas grill) sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat.  Cook patties for 4 to 8 minutes per side or until cooked to your preference.  Reduce heat to medium low.  Evenly top patties with sauce, cheese, and pepperoni.  Cook until sauce is hot and cheese has melted, about 2 minutes.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Bill Fitzgerald Visits Matejka's English

I was blessed to have Bill Fitzgerald from WTVR visit my English 8 classes at GMS.  He discussed journalism, non-fiction, and technology in the news field.  It was awesome and I want to thank him for taking the opportunity to talk to my students.  I hope this is an experience they will not forget!

That's me over in the background!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Weight Watchers Banana Bread

Serves 12
237 calories per slice and 7 WW Points Plus
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 ripe bananas
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup walnuts (did not use, optional)
*I added some cinnamon for extra taste

Position an oven rack on the middle rung.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray non-stick loaf pan 8 1/2" X 4 1/2".

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well-blended.  In a large bowl, combine the bananas, brown sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla.  Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until well-blended with only small bits of banana visible.  Pour in the dry ingredients and gently stir with a rubber spatula until just blended. If using nuts, add them to the mixture.

Scrape the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top.  Bake until the top is a golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Bake 55 to 60 minutes.  Let cool 15 minutes.