Starter — Mediterranean Salad with Yogurt Dressing
4 – 6 small cucumbers, peeled, sliced and seeded
1 cup radishes, thinly sliced
1 and one third cup Feta cheese, crumbled
2 cup plain yogurt
2 cloves garlic
One quarter cup red wine vinegar
One quarter cup olive oil
One quarter cup fresh mint, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Place cucumbers, radishes and Feta cheese in a bowl and toss. Combine yogurt, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, mint and salt and pepper and mix well. Pour dressing over salad and toss.
Tips: Use low fat Feta and fat free yogurt.
Main Course — Chicken Cordon Bleu
6 – 8 slices Swiss cheese
6 – 8 slices ham
6 – 8 boneless chicken cutlets about 1/2 inch thick
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
One quarter cup fresh parsley, chopped
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
Place 1 piece of cheese and 1 piece of ham on each chicken cutlet. Roll up and secure with a toothpick or string. Heat oil in a skillet. Dip chicken in the egg and coat with breadcrumbs. Cook in hot oil over medium heat until meat is cooked through. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.
The Skinny: Use skinless chicken, low fat cheese and ham and your favorite egg substitute.
4 – 6 fresh zucchini, coarsely chopped
One quarter cup butter
1 tsp. salt
Pepper to taste
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Two thirds cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Saute zucchini in butter with salt, pepper and lemon juice, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.
Tips: Use low fat Parmesan.
Dessert — White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies
1 and one half to 2 cups flour
1 tsp. vanilla
One half cup white granulated sugar
One half cup light brown sugar
One quarter pound butter, softened
8 oz. white chocolate bark, melted
One half cup macadamia nuts, chopped
In large bowl combine flour, egg, vanilla, sugars and butter; mix well with an electric mixer. Melt chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave or double boiler according to package directions, be careful not to scorch. Add melted chocolate and nuts to mixture. Drop tablespoons full onto greased baking sheet and bake for 15 – 20 minutes at 325 degrees.
Tips: You can use your favorite egg and sugar substitute.