Saturday, February 21, 2009

Molten Chocolate Cakes

Molten Chocolate Cakes

**Susan's Note: After eating at Kitchen 233 and having this for dessert, I tried making these for the first time. YUM. I would also like to try this yummy-looking chocolate chip version.

Prep Time:
15 min
Total Time:
30 min
8 servings, one half molten cake each
What You Need
4 squares BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
6 Tbsp. flour
1/2 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping (I used vanilla ice cream)

PREHEAT oven to 425°F. Butter four 3/4-cup custard cups or soufflĂ© dishes. Place on baking sheet.

MICROWAVE chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min. or until butter is melted. Stir with wire whisk until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in sugar until well blended. Blend in eggs and egg yolks with wire whisk. Stir in flour. Divide batter among prepared custard cups.

BAKE 13 to 14 min. or until sides are firm but centers are soft. Let stand 1 min. Carefully run small knife around cakes to loosen. Invert cakes onto dessert dishes. Serve immediately, topped with whipped topping.

Total fat
19 g
Saturated fat
10 g
135 mg
105 mg
29 g
Dietary fiber
1 g
21 g
4 g
Vitamin A
10 %DV
Vitamin C
0 %DV
2 %DV
8 %DV

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Chicken & White Bean Soup with Spinach & Parmesan (Thanks CZ!)

Rocco DiSpirito's Chicken & White Bean Soup with Spinach & Parmesan
"To make soups and stews low-fat, skip the sauteing step. Instead, bring all the ingredients to a simmer together -- and serve." Makes 4 servings. From Fitness Magazine, Oct. 2008

Shopping List
FRESH: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts; basil; baby spinach; Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
STAPLES: Crushed red pepper; low-sodium chicken broth; salt and pepper
PACKAGED: Pasta sauce; cannellini beans

3 14-ounce cans low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons tomato-and-basil pasta sauce
1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced thin
Salt and pepper
6 ounces prewashed baby spinach
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
In a Dutch oven, bring chicken broth, pasta sauce, cannellini beans, and crushed red pepper to a simmer. Turn heat to low.
Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper; add to broth. Gently poach chicken, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes. (The broth should barely simmer.)
Stir in baby spinach. Continue cooking soup until spinach is wilted and chicken is just cooked through, about 2 minutes more.
Stir in basil; season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle soup into bowls, and top with grated cheese.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Parmesan Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Parmesan Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 55 minutes

Serves 4

* 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
* 1/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
* 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
* Grated zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
* Coarse salt and ground pepper
* 4 bone-in chicken breast halves (about 3 pounds)


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a small bowl, mix parsley, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and zest. Season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
2. Divide parsley mixture into four mounds. Carefully loosen chicken skin with fingers; tuck parsley mixture under skin. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place in a 9-by-13-inch roasting pan.
3. Bake until skin is crispy, chicken is cooked through, and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat registers 165 degrees, about 30 minutes.