In this show, Kathryn and her friend Terry, prepare some quick and easy meals.

Thai Chicken or Turkey Lettuce Cups

Two cups per person
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp Canola oil divided
  • 3 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 8 Butter Lettuce Leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups English Cucumbers chopped and seeds removed
  • 1 lb Ground Turkey or Ground Chicken
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots (You can also coarse grate the carrots)
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Mint, Parsley, or Cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts (unsalted are best)

Instructions

  • Combine 2 tablespoons oil, soy sauce, sugar, and vinegar in a bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  • Heat remaining 1 Tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Turkey or chicken and cook for 7 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring to crumble. Add 1/4 cup soy sauce mixture; cook 4 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  • Place about 3 Tablespoons Turkey or chicken mixture in each lettuce leaf; top evenly with cucumber, carrot. Drizzle evenly with remaining soy sauce mixture. Sprinkle with mint, parsley, or cilantro. Top with chopped peanuts.

Notes

Calories 426
Fat 20g
Protein 32g
Carb 24 g
Fiber 7 g
Sugars 13 g
Potassium 45%DV
Sodium 538mg

Pineapple upside down Cake –Miniatures

PER SERVING - 1 cake equals 290 calories (you can cut the calories by using Splenda) Note: I personally only ate half and served the other half to my loved one.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp Butter melted, divided
  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 Slices canned unsweetened pineapple
  • 2 Maraschino Cherries
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Splenda or sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp fat-free milk ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Dash Ground Nutmeg Optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 350°
  • Pour 1 tsp butter into each of two 10-oz. ramekins coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Top with a pineapple slice. Place a cherry in the center of each pineapple slice; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Beat in the milk, vanilla, and remaining butter just until combined. Spoon over pineapple.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes. Run a knife around edges of ramekins; invert onto dessert plates. Serve warm.

Notes

Nutrition
8 g fat (5 g sat. Fat)
21 mg chol.
318 mg sodium
53 g carb.
1 g fiber
3 g protein

Kathryn’s Pureed Tomato Soup

MAKES: 4 servings Ingredients:
Course: Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp Canola oil
  • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery finely chopped
  • 2 14 1/2 oz cans Diced tomatoes Liquid included
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Basil Substitute: 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried Oregano you can use fresh oregano –chopped
  • 1/4 tsp coarsely ground pepper

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir 2-4 minutes or until tender. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  • Puree the soup using an immersion blender. If you are using a regular blender, make sure the opening on top is open and cover with a dish towel. Top with croutons, day-old bread cut up into cubes (French bread). Serve in small bowls. You can freeze the soup, as well, just make sure it is completely cool before freezing.

Notes

Nutrients
Serving size,  1 1/4 cups,  is 76 calories
2g fat
627 mg sodium
13g carbs (9g sugars, 4 g fiber)
2g protein

Beer Cheese Soup- Kathryn Raaker‘s Version

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Comfort Foods

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Butter cut into chunks
  • 3/4 cup All-purpose
  • 1 bottle or can Light beer
  • 4 cups Chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese Shredded Cheese
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of Pepper
  • 1 8 inch Rounded Rye or Wheat Bread – Cut off the top of the round bread and scoop out the Breadthe center as you are using this as a serving bowl for the soup.

Instructions

Roux

  • Melt butter in a large pot or skillet set over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until smooth. Cook 2-3.

Soup

  • Add broth, beer and stir until thick. Next, add Cayenne and Black pepper, ground mustard, and Worchester sauce. Once all is combined, stir in the cheeses. Continue cooking until cheese is melted. Reduce heat and simmer 10 min. Serve in a Bread Bowl. Will serve 2 to 5 people.

Notes

Rather than getting one round loaf, purchase smaller bread bowls and serve individually.

Wonton Soup

Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 6 oz bulk pork, turkey or Chicken Sausage Links can be used, just cut out of the skins.
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs Japanese
  • 1 large Egg lightly beaten
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp thinly sliced green onions divided
  • 32 oz carton reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 bunch baby bok choy coarsely chopped, (optional - 2 cups fresh spinach)
  • 2 stalks celery thinly sliced.
  • 1 cup uncooked extra-wide egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Basil coarsely chopped
  • cup ½coarsely chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  • Combine sausage, bread crumbs, egg, and 2 Tbsp. green onion; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into ¾-inch balls.
  • In a large saucepan, bring the chicken broth and soy sauce to a boil. Carefully drop meatballs into soup. Stir in the bok choy (or spinach), celery, and noodles; return to a boil. Cook, uncovered, until the meatballs are cooked through and noodles are tender, 10-12 minutes. Stir in basil and remaining green onions; remove from heat and serve delicious!

Notes

Nutrition 1 cup:
234 cal
13g fat ( 4g sat. fat)
83mg chol.
1193mg sod
15g carb. (2g sugars, l g fiber)
14g protein

Kathryn Raaker and her Guest, Jamya prepare some kid-friendly recipes. Kathryn and Jamya prepare a wonderfully moist chocolate cake with white homemade icing with miniature chocolate chips. Jayma also prepared her favorite chicken quesadillas. Kathryn shared her homemade salsa to top it off.

Jamya Chocolate Chip Cake & Cream Cheese Icing

Course: Dessert

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 box Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Super Moist Cake
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 1/4 cup water

Icing

  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 4 oz Cool Whip
  • 1 cup Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 cup miniature Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  • Bake in 13x9 pan for 30 to 35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean – Let cool for at least 45 minutes then spread with cream cheese frosting and serve.
  • Soften 8 oz of cream cheese in a bowl then add cool whip and confectionary sugar and mix medium speed until blended well and fluffy then ice a cool cake. Sprinkle Chocolate Chips over entire cake.
  • Mix on medium speed or beat vigorously by hand 2 minutes pour into greased Pan

KR-Salsa

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican

Ingredients

  • 1 14.5 oz can Petite Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 2 tablespoons Jalapeno Peppers chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped fine
  • 3 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro Fresh, chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl stir and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or more. Make the night before for better flavor Serve with Quesadillas

Jamya Chicken Quesadillas

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Cooked Chicken Chopped (Rotisserie or baked)
  • 4 Soft Taco’s
  • 8 oz bag Mexican Blended Cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tomatoes Chopped fine
  • 1 can Jalapeno chopped
  • 1 jar Salsa (Kathryn’s Homemade Salsa Recipe)

Instructions

  • Warm the Soft Taco’s – in frying pan or Quesadilla Maker Put soft taco’s in pan or Quesadilla Maker Place Cheese on top of taco and add chopped chicken Heat until cheese is melted and serve with salsa, sour cream and guacamole.

This is absolutely healthy wedding soup made by Father Andrew the pastor from our St. Joe’s Church.

Father Andrew's Italian Wedding Soup

A wonderful rich delicious Wedding Soup
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time46 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Comfort Foods, Italian
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1/2 pound Mild Italian Sauage
  • 1/2 pound Lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Basil
  • 1 1/2 Cup Plain bread Crumbs

Stock for Wedding Soup

  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
  • 1 1/2 Packages Frozen Chopped Spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked Chicken Splinter Chicken
  • 3 Med Eggs - beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Romano Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

Meatballs

  • In a large Bowl add Italian Sausage and Ground Beef use fork and chop meat mixture, add spices, mid then add egg and mix thoroughly, then add dry bread crumbs mix until mixture seems a little dry not wet. Then take an break up meat into small pieces about size of grape and then roll into meatballs with your hands. Heat up skillet and lightly brown meat.

Soup stock

  • Use large soup pot turn on medium heat and add Virgin Olive Oil heat and then add minced garlic until it sizzles. Add 2 quarts of chicken stock and let boil on medium heat. Add Meat balls stir let cook for minute and then and chopped spinach. Pour eggs in a ribbon swirl let egg mixture cook for few seconds then take fork go back and forth separates egg . Let mixture simmer on stove. Chop up chicken in small pieces then push down on chicken separate until it looks like splinters then add to soup mixture. Then stir let cook for one minute. Spoon into individual bowls and add Parmesan Cheese.

Steamed Artichokes a great light appetizer, first course or salad!

Steamed Artichokes and Balsamic Dipping Sauce

Delectable first course or served with main meal . Artichokes are great and low in calories!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time11 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Steamed Artichokes

  • 2 cups water
  • 3 Medium Young Artichokes

Artichoke Dipping Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons Minced Onion
  • 3/4 cup Real Mayonaise
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Instructions

Steamed Artichokes

  • Wash Artichoke thoroughly then, cut artichoke stem but leave at least 1/2 inch on the bottom of artichoke . Add at least two to three cups of water to the large pan. Then place the artichokes in vegetable steamer in the large pot, cover the pot and steam for at least 50 minutes to an hour. Let artichokes cool then serve with dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce

  • To make your dipping sauce, chop up 11/8 of onion to give you 2 tablespoons, set aside. Take small mixing bowl an add 3/4 cup of mayonnaise, fold in 2 tablespoons of minced onion, and balsamic vinegar then fold in all dry ingredients until mixture is smooth. Refrigerate for until well chilled.

Salted Duck Egg and Tomato Salad

Great Asian summer salad and simple to make!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 Cooked Duck Eggs Purchase at Asian Market
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt optional or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon Pepper optional or to taste

Instructions

  • Cut up eggs in quarters, dice tomatoes, add salt and Pepper to taste, juice one lemon, add all ingredients together and then arrange on a plate. Great served by itself or with rice, meat or seafood.

Kathryn and her granddaughter, Cassie, enjoy making “Kid Friendly” recipes from Kathryn Raaker and Cassie prepare some kid-friendly recipes from the Better Home & Gardens, New Junior Cookbook. In these segments, they make home-made tomato soup.

 

Hearty Tomato Soup

Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped Calls for 1 onion – I reduced it
  • 1 carrot, peeled chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Basil Finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced, optional (I omitted)
  • 2 14 oz cans Diced tomatoes
  • 1 16 oz carton Chicken Broth

Instructions

  • In a Dutch oven, pour olive oil and heat up the pan then add chopped onion, chopped carrot, chopped celery, basil. After browning add tomatoes and chicken broth and bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes. Using either an Emersion Blender* or food processor, emulsify for about two minutes. (You can also use a blender, remembering to blend in batches, otherwise, the top will blow). Lastly pour into bowls and serve with crackers and apple slices for dessert