Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cookin' Lean with Hellmann's: 100 Year Anniversary Recipes

We LOVE Hellmann's in the Cookin' Lean Kitchen. But long before we started using it in our lean recipes in 2009, Hellmann's has brought together the best ingredients - such as oil, vinegar and now cage-free eggs - to help bring out the best meals and moments to America's tables...for 100 years! Like I mentioned, we LOVE Hellmann's here, especially the varieties created to keep recipes light, such as Hellman's mayonnaise made with olive oil, Hellmann's Light and my personal favorite, Hellmann's Low Fat Mayonnaise Dressing. Over the years, these Hellmann's products have made it possible to easily create lean makeovers to some of my favorite dishes, like Paula's Loaded Deviled Eggs and Jamie's Chicken Salad ...just to name a couple.


Well since we LOVE Hellmann's so much around here and use it all the time, you can understand how thrilled I was to participate in Hellmann's 100 Year Anniversary Celebration. To celebrate its 100th birthday, Hellmann's is teaming up with celebrity chef Mario Batali to showcase how decades of delicious meals start with real, quality ingredients. Mario has given a modern twist to six classic Hellmann's recipes ranging from Fiery Chipotle Deviled Eggs to Hellmann's Chocolate Birthday Cake. Mayonnaise in a birthday cake?!?! Who knew!

Mario was able to put some of his own twists on Hellmann's Classic recipes. His ideas of adding spicy chipotle to deviled eggs or using Hellmann's inside of a burger to create his Juicy Salsa Burger really got me thinking about new ways to reinvent the recipes we love. Of course this inspired me! That's what we do in the Cookin' Lean kitchen. We take inspiration from recipes we love and make them to fit our likes and needs. Being a part of this 100th birthday celebration was a must for me!

So in honor of Hellmann's 100th Anniversary, I put my twists on some of Mario's recipes to create another version that is uniquely me. Because I couldn't narrow it down to one, yet I teach all day and can't squeeze in six recipes...I chose two delicious lookin' dishes to add my twists to his:

Fiery Chipotle Deviled Eggs
A Classic, the Batali Way
Mario gives Hellmann’s® classic deviled eggs a spicy kick.
Makes: 24 halves      Prep time: 15 min      Cook time: 15 min
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Hellmann’s® Mayonnaise Dressing with Olive Oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon spicy mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • cilantro leaves


 and his:

Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins
Old Favorite, New Twists
Mario Batali puts his special spin on Hellmann’s® delicious chicken salad.
Serves: 8      Prep time: 10 min      Cook time: 15 min
  • 1 lb. bow-tie pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced into half moons
  • 3/4 cup green olives, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup Hellmann’s® Mayonnaise Dressing with Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (or more to taste)


Those are Mario's take on Hellmann's classic recipes. Check out what I did to make mine!!

Recipe Remake # 1...

RASPBERRY CHIPOTLE DEVILED EGGS
Makes: 24 Halves
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

INGREDIENTS:
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Hellmann's LOW FAT Mayonnaise Dressing
  • 1.5 tablespoons chipotle hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry preserves
  • 2-3 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled
DIRECTIONS:

Place eggs in a single layer saucepan. Add cold water to cover my 3 inches. Bring to a boil and cover. Remove from the heat and let stand for 9 minutes.

 
 
Drain immediately and fill the saucepan with ice and water. Tap each egg on the counter (with some muscle) and peel the eggs under running water.
 
Slice the eggs in half and carefully remove the yolk.


Place the yolk in a medium size mixing bowl. Add Hellmann's Low Fat Mayonnaise Dressing, chipotle sauce and raspberry preserves. Mix well.


Spoon the yolk mixture into the egg halves (or use a piping bag if desired). Top with a little pinch of crumbled bacon and serve!



Recipe Remake # 2...

GREEK CHICKEN PASTA SALAD
Serves: 8
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 lb. pasta (bow-tie, rigatoni, large macaroni...just not spaghetti-type pasta)
  • 1 lb. chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced into half moons
  • 3/4 cup Greek Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cubed (half for salad, half for dressing)
  • 4 ounces Feta Cheese
Dressing....
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Hellmann's LOW FAT Dressing
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
DIRECTIONS:

Cook the pasta according to box instructions and set aside to cool.

 
Add oil, chicken and onions to a hot pan. Cook until the chicken if fully cooked and the onions are soft. Set this aside to cool as well.

In a blender, combine all ingredients listed below "Dressing", including 1/2 of the peeled and cubed cucumber. Blend until all ingredients are combined.
Now you have the dressing!



In a large bowl, add the cooled pasta, chicken, onions, olives, tomatoes, cucumber and feta cheese.



Pour dressing over and toss to coat. Garnish with some dill. Serve and enjoy!






Those are my twists to Mario's fabulous dishes. Now you can visit Facebook  to watch Mario share his modern twist on some of Hellmann's classic recipes and ENTER TO WIN a seat at the Blue Ribbon table in NYC for Hellmann's 100th Birthday celebration.

Join us at the Hellmann's Blue Ribbon table by co-creating a recipe with Mario and enter for a chance to win a seat at the World's Longest Picnic Table for Hellmann's 100th birthday celebration in September. Get started HERE!

Join the fun! Your recipe could win you a trip to NYC!!

Good luck!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Cooking Light with Giada De Laurentiis: S'more Brownies with Habital (Review & Giveaway)

As you may already know, the Cookin' Lean Kitchen is all about taking decadent recipes and making them a little bit healthier. Typically this means finding healthy ways to cut down on butter and sugars, while finding ways to substitute healthier grains or adding more vegetables and fruits.

There are lots of secrets and tricks to cookin' lean, but one that I am always seeking new options for is in the area of sweetening. When I look to reduce sugar in a recipe, I always lean toward the most natural form of sweetening. The more natural the sweetener, the healthier it is for us. Therefore, when the owners of Habitall approached me about their product, I was all for learning more and trying it out.

A Little About Habitall ...

  • Habitall is an ALL-NATURAL, LOW-CALORIE sweetener made from three natural ingredients: erythritol,polydextrose and monk fruit.
  • It can be used for cooking and baking.
  • Measures and pours like real sugar (seriously, it really looks like sugar. That's one of the first things I noticed).
  • Very low in calories ~ Only 0.34 calories per gram
  • Diabetic friendly, ranking zero on the glycemic index.



To test out the abilities and taste of this product, I went straight for the desserts. I mean, if brownies can be made well with this stuff, we could have something here, right?

The recipe of choice for my trial of Habitall is Giada's S'more Brownies. Rich chocolate brownies topped with marshmallows and crushed graham crackers? Yes please!!

S'MORE BROWNIES
Serves 12
Original Recipe by Giada De Laurentiis

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 stick "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter", at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup HABITALL
  • 1/2 cup Egg Substitute (equivalent to 2 eggs)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 
  • 3/4 cup mini marshmallows
  • 2 large graham crackers, finely crushed
  • Non-Fat Baking Spray
 

DIRECTIONS

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a small square baking dish with non-fat cooking spray.

Heat the "ICBINB" in a small saucepan over low heat.





Remove the pan from the heat and add 3/4 cup of the mini chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.


Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl. Stir in HABITALL, eggs substitute and vanilla. Gradually beat in the flours until the mixture is thick and smooth. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips.



Pour batter into dish. Spread the marshmallows across the batter, pushing them down slightly. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over the marshmallows.


Bake until the marshmallows are puffed and light golden, about 20 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes and serve.



RESULTS

The recipe is a winner! They were rich and delicious, as any brownie should be. On top of that, they were lower in calories and higher in fiber thanks to the sweetening power of HABITALL.  As far as baking abilities, it works like true sugar. It is simple to substitute because if a recipe calls for one cup of sugar, then you simply use one cup of HABITALL. It's that simple! Let's see how this recipe measured up according to nutrition facts...

NUTRITION FACTS (Per serving of one brownie):

Before~ 326.5 calories / 20.7g fat / 33g carbohydrate / 3.7g protein / .6g fiber

After~ 172.5 calories / 8g fat / 29g carbohydrate / 3g protein / 3g fiber

Saves~ 154 calories / 12.7g fat / 4 carbohydrates 
              + 2.4g fiber


Founders and Owners~ Corey and Michelle Winer
Habitall is a new company that is now campaigning to earn funds to bring Habitall to the marketplace at a fair retail price. To learn more about the company, product, the owners and how you can potentially help bring Habitall to a store near you, please visit HERE!
 















* Recipe is modified version of S'more Brownie Bites by Giada De Laurentiis. This post is based on my opinion and facts provided by Habitall. This is not a paid post.



Sunday, April 21, 2013

Lean Libation: Rachael Ray's White Sangria



Nothing says sunshine like a fresh pitcher of Sangria! I don't know about you, but the ladies around here love to get together and share a pitcher (or two) of this fun, summer libation when the weather starts to warm up. And the weather is warming up!! As we know, many of the fruity, fun cocktails we love are also loaded with sugar, carbs and calories. Actually knowing the number of calories in each margarita or glass of sangria you have is good, but it can also seriously take the fun out of it!

Well, I am happy to share this slim sangria with you so that fun with friends is the only thing on your mind. It is Rachael Ray's White Sangria recipe, with a few twists. I'm no mericle worker, so there are still calories. But switching a couple of ingredients around create a lean libation for your next backyard or poolside celebration. CHEERS!


WHITE SANGRIA
Serves You and 3-4 Lucky Friends...2 glasses each!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons SPLENDA
  • 3 shots Motts for Tots Apple Juice (reduced sugar)
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 ripe peaches, cut into wedges
  • 3 ripe green apples seeded and cut into wedges
  • 1 bottle white Rioja Spanish wine or other dry white wine
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • Sprite Zero or Diet Ginger Ale, for topping off glasses of sangria at table


  • DIRECTIONS

    Combine SPLENDA, apple juice, lime, lemon, peaches and apples in a large pitcher. Cover with 1 bottle of white wine and chill sangria several hours. To serve to your guests, spoon fruits into glasses or goblets, adding a few fresh raspberries in each glass, pour wine over top of the fruit. Top glasses of sangria off with a splash of SPRITE ZERO or diet ginger ale and serve.

    RESULTS

    Yummy! It is sweet and refreshing....a wonderful libation to sip on during the spring and summer months. The fresh fruit and juice add wonderful flavors to the wine. Even for those that are not "wine drinkers", I still feel this recipe is worth a shot!

    The changes were simple. I left out the apple liquor from the original recipe, swapped SPLENDA for sugar and used zero calorie sprite instead of sugary soda. All are very subtle changes that add up if you have more than one glass...and I can guarentee you will!

    Nutrition Facts (per delicious glass **w/fruit garnish):

    Before~ 173 calories and 26 carbohydrates

    After~ 106 calories and 16 carbohydrates

    SAVES!~  67 calories and 10 carbohydrates

    **If you choose not to eat the fruit, you will save even more. The nutrition facts include the fruit...not just the juice.



    CHEERS!

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