Thursday, May 31, 2007

Ranchy Fish Fillets, Cola Chicken, Healthy Potato Salad, Strog Style Chops, Best Grilled Burger

Simple Ranchy Breaded Fish Fillets

3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 (1 ounce) package dry Ranch-style dressing mix
2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound tilapia fillets
2 teaspoons butter

1. Place the bread crumbs in a bowl. In a shallow dish, mix the
dressing mix and oil to form a paste. Coat the tilapia fillets with the
paste, then dredge in the bread crumbs to lightly coat.

2. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Place the fillets in
the skillet, and cook 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and
easily flaked with a fork.


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup Catsup
1 can (12 oz) Diet Cola
Cooked rice
Put chicken in non-stick skillet. Pour catsup and diet cola over the
top. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and cook for 45 minutes.
Uncover, turn up heat and continue to cook until sauce becomes thick and
adheres to the chicken. It turns into the most incredible BBQ sauce.
Serve over rice.

Healthy Potato Salad

2 med. potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes
1 hard cooked egg, sliced
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp. chopped pimento
1 tbsp. mustard
4 tbsp. lite mayonnaise

Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 8-10 mins. until tender but still firm
(be careful not to overcook!) Drain and cool.
Mix all ingredients together and chill before serving. 4 servings.

Stroganoff-Style Pork Chops

4 boneless butterfly pork loin chops (1 inch thick)
2 T. vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
8 medium fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/4 c. water
2 t. prepared mustard
1/2 t. salt
1 T. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. sour cream
Hot cooked noodles

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown chops in oil for 5 - 6
mins. on each side. Remove and keep warm. In the drippings, saute
onion and mushrooms until tender.

Stir in the water, mustard and salt; bring to a boil. Return chops to
pan. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 - 20 mins. or until pork is
tender. Remove chops and keep warm.

Combine flour and sour cream until smooth; add to the skillet. Bring
to a boil; cook and stir for 1 - 2 mins. or until slightly thickened.
Serve pork chops and mustar-mushroom sauce with noodles.

Yield: 4 servings

Best Grilled Burgers:

1 beaten egg
1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound lean ground beef
4 hamburger buns, split and toasted

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg, crumbs, onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add beef; mix well. Shape meat mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick patties.
2. Place the shaped patties on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill the burgers, uncovered, for 14 to 18 minutes or until done and the juices run clear, turning once halfway through the grilling time. Serve grilled patties on toasted hamburger buns. Makes 4 servings.
*Note: To test the temperature of the preheated coals, place your hand above the coals at the height the food will be cooked. Start counting and if you need to remove your hand after 4 seconds, the coals are medium.