Saturday, January 23, 2010
Sous Chef: Amelia
Recipe: Chicken Cilantro Bisque (Light Cooking Cookbook, 1994)
6 oz. (2 medium) boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into chunks
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup sliced celery
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/3 cup flour
1 1/2 cups (12-oz can) evaporated milk, fat free
salt and pepper to taste
In large saucepan, combine chicken, broth, cilantro, green onions, celery, garlic and cumin. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until chicken is tender (I used pre-cooked chicken, so I just cooked it until the celery was tender). Pour into blender container; add flour. Cover and blend, starting at low speed, until smooth. Pour mixture back into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Remove from heat. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Reheat just to serving temperature. Do not boil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Weight Watchers Points per 1 cup soup: 4 Points
Recipe: Double Cheese Muffins (Light Cooking Cookbook, 1994)
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
1 T. baking powder
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk (I used fat free)
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup butter, melted
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease and flour 12 muffin tin pan.
Combine flour, cornmeal, sugar and baking powder in large bowl. In a seperate medium bowl combine egg, milk, cheeses and butter; blend well. After the oven is pre-heated and pan is ready, then add egg mixture to flour mixture. Stir until moistened. Quickly spoon evenly into prepared muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.
Bake 20 minutes (mine only took 15 minutes) or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm.
Weight Watchers Points per 1 muffin: 4 points
Amelia: Upon inspection..."I hate this soup!"...Then she tried a bite..."It's a little bit okay."...Then after a few bites and reminding her what ingredients we used to make the soup..."Green onions, that's the ingredient I don't like." She did like the muffins okay :)
Megan: "Mmmm...this is good!!"
Brian: "Good stuff...Mmm, mm, mm, mm!"
Chef's Notes: I think the soup was good, but the muffins needed just a little bit of salt...perhaps 1/2 to 1 tsp.?