Sunday, June 6, 2010

Peanut Butter Cookies

I was amazingly impressed by this recipe!! It's from the "Set for Life" cookbook, which has healthier recipes in it. Look at the ingredients...! (yes it still has lots of sugar though) But Chad and I really liked the cookies (esp. the dough!) Chad doesn't even know that they're made with whole wheat flour or oats!! I've learned not to say anything, or else he'll say they'd be better with just white flour.

1/4 c. margarine
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbs. water
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. quick oats
1 tsp soda

Cream margarine, sugars, egg, peanut butter, vanilla, and water. Add dry ingredients, and mix well. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Press thumb or forks into center of each cookie. Bake in a 350 oven for 8-10 min. or until starting to get a little brown, but still soft when you touch the middle. Cool for a few min. on pan, then move to wire racks.

Makes about 22 cookies

Chicken/Eggplant Parmesan (prevention)

1 lg. eggplant cut in ¼”-thick pieces, or enough chicken pieces to fill a 9x13 pan
1 ½ Tbs. olive oil (or dip in milk)
¼ tsp. garlic salt
1 c. Italian bread crumbs (2 c. whole croutons then crush in blender)
1 ¾ c. spaghetti sauce (I like to use whole big bottle for more sauce)
1 jar (13 oz) roasted red peppers drained, or better fresh red peppers (3/4 large one)
1-2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the broiler. Brush eggplant or chicken slices with olive oil (milk). Coat each slice with the breadcrumbs and garlic salt. Broil about 4 to 5” from the heat, 5 min. on each side (check to make sure they're not burning!)
Remove from the oven, set aside, and set the oven temperature to 325 F.
Combine sauce with red peppers, spread ¼ cup of the sauce on the bottom of a 13” x 9” baking dish. Top with eggplant/chicken slices and add the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with the cheeses.
Bake for 40 minutes, or until cooked through and the cheese is browned.
I like to serve it over noodles.

This is another one of my most favorite meals (that my mom introduced me to)!!! I love it better than restaurant chicken parmesans because it's not greasy. YUMMY YUMMY!