Monday, December 28, 2015

Healthy Swedish Meatballs

Not only are these meatballs healthier, they can be easily cooked in the crockpot!

served with whole-grain pasta,
and a side of homemade whole-grain sourdough bread


  • ½ to ¾ lb. ground turkey
  • 1 small egg
  • ⅓ cup whole-grain bread crumbs - I used a mixture of pumpernickel and rye
  • 1 tablespoon onion, diced
  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic power
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons whole-grain flour
  • 1½ cups water*
  • ⅓ cup dry soup powder* - I use homemade dry soup powder instead of canned soup in recipes; a can of condensed soup and ½ to ¾ cup water can be used in place of these two ingredients.
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup thawed frozen peas, optional
  • ⅔ cup nonfat Greek yogurt, about 5 to 6 oz. - I used one individual size serving container, which was 5.3 oz.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Dry Ranch Dressing Mix

I prefer to make my own products when possible. I often come across recipes that have dry ranch dressing mix as an ingredient, so I decided to make my own. After doing some online research, I decided upon the following combination of ingredients. I have used this in Seven-Layer Salad, Creamy Cauliflower Lettuce Salad, and I have mixed it as you would the dry packets from the store into pourable dressing. All of the methods turned out great!

½ cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes, optional--adds a bit more flavor!
1 teaspoon dill weed
½ teaspoon garlic powder