Now for my real post… White Bean Chili, Crab Cakes, Veggie Pasta Bake, Apple, Banana, Cranberry Bread (Not all together!)

I know it has been days since I last blogged, but with the start of school and all the cooking I have been doing, I just have not had time.  Here are a few recipes I have been promising & my dinner tonight.


I make lots and lots of mac n cheese.  My grandmother makes the absolute best so I am always inspired to find new ways to do it.  This one sneaks in zucchini & squash!  Maddie May had 3 huge servings tonight!


3 cups cooked penne pasta

1 egg slightly beaten

1 1/2 cups 1 % milk

1 slice reduced fat cheddar cheese slice

4 slices reduced fat swiss slices

1 1/2 cups shredded or Julienne zucchini and squash (peel the zucchini if your kids are afraid of green things!)

1/2 cups shredded

colby jack cheese

salt to taste

In a casserole dish, combine pasta, veggies, salt, and cheese slices torn into bite size pieces. Just mix it all together.  Combine the egg and milk.  Pour egg/milk mixture over pasta mixture.  Top with colby jack.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 min until top is browned and bubbly.  If you peel the zucchini first they will never know it is there !



The boys loved these so much they asked if they could take them for lunch tomorrow.  Actually, Will asked if he could take them for SNACK tomorrow but I was afraid his teachers would laugh at me if he pulled out a crab cake for “snack”.  They seem so rich but have very little added fat.


1 green onion finely chopped

1 large clove of garlic finely chopped

3 tablespoons red bell pepper, finely chopped

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

3 tbsp 1 % milk

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1 egg beaten

1/2 tsp dried parsley

1/2 tsp dried basil

1 1/2 cups plain bread crumbs

1 lb fresh lump crab meat

1/4 cup shredded parmesan

Saute the onion, garlic, and bell pepper in just a little olive oil until tender, about 2 min.  Add cayenne, milk, and dijon.  Remove from heat and cool slightly.  Combine egg, parsley, basil, bread crumbs, and 1 cup bread crumbs.  Add onion mixture to crab mixture.  Mash together gently with your hands.  Form 6 large patties for entree portions or 12 small patties for side or appetizer portions.  Combine remaining 1/2 cup bread crumbs with parmesan.  Roll patties in mixture and pat to keep intact.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 min turning halfway through.  Serve with lemon dill sauce



3/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup 1 % milk

1 tbsp dried dill

1/2 tsp dried parsley

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Combine and chill.  Serve over crab cakes.



I have been cooking an almost completely fat free diet (other than the little bit in very lean chicken) for a friend the past week and I am finding all sorts of new ways to prepare things without the fat.  I was so excited with how great this chili turned out.  This would be great as a vegetarian meal as well, just leave out the chicken and substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth.

1 lb dried great northern beans (put in a pot covered by 2 in and soak over night)

2 med onions chopped

fat free chicken broth (1/4 – 1 1/2 cups)

1 jalapeno finely chopped (with seeds if you like a little heat)

4 cloves of garlic minced

4 tsp ground cumin

3 tsp ground oregano

6 cups fat free chicken broth

5 cups chopped, cooked chicken (I boiled mine in salted water)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


Drain beans after soaking the night before and set aside.

Saute onion and jalapeno in chicken broth, adding a little more as needed to keep moist.  Add garlic, cumin, and oregano.  Cook 2 min stirring constantly.  Add chicken broth and soaked beans.  Bring it all to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer 1 hours, until beans are beginning to get tender.  Add chicken salt, and pepper and simmer 1 hour more.  Stir in cilantro just before serving.  Makes 13 cups.

*If you are not worried about keeping it low fat, it is great with a little monterey jack cheese stirred in and a dollop of sour cream on top!

Sorry I don’t have a picture of this one.  I will take one next time I make it.



Another creation for the low fat diet!


1 3/4 cups AP flour

2 t/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup sugar

1 large egg, slightly beaten

2 mashed ripe bananas (about 2 cups)

1/2 cup skim milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup dried cranberries

Combine 1st four ingredients in a large bowl making a well in the center.  Combine egg, mashed banana, milk, vanilla, and applesauce and add all to the dry ingredients.  Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened, add cranberries.  Pour batter into a greased loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 min. or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in pan 10 min.  Then complete cooling on a rack.


Hope you enjoy these!