Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Recipes

Okay, here's a little known fact about my family.  Christmas dinner takes FOREVER to decide on in this house.  I have no clue why but it takes us about a week to figure out our menu.  Christmas Eve is a no-brainer.  We do a "munching spread".  But, Christmas dinner, we have serious sit downs to decide on what we're going to have.  We normally start talking a few days after my parents get here and finalize the menu a day or 2 before Christmas Eve. 

But, here it is.  My Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner menus

Christmas Eve

Jalapeno Poppers 
Fat free and my fave!!
(adapted from Cook This!  Not That!)

1 cup mushrooms, diced
1/2 onion, minced
1/2 cup of fat free shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup fat free cream cheese
12 jalapenos

  1. Spray a skillet with pan spray.  Sautee onions and mushrooms until soft.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the onions, mushrooms, cream cheese and cheese
  4. Slice the jalapenos in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds (leave them in if you want it super spicy)
  5. Fill each half of jalapeno with the cheese mixture. 
  6. Place them on a baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes until the peppers are soft and the cheese is brown and bubbly. 

Spinach Pie
(Adapted from SkinnyTaste)

(You can find the crust recipe HERE

10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
1 T dried dill
1 T parsley
1 cup fat free feta
2 T minced garlic
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup fat free milk
1/2 cup egg substitute (equal to 2 eggs)
 1/4 - 1/2 pizza dough recipe
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2.  Spray a pie pan with cooking spray
  3. Roll out pizza dough to about 1/8" thick.  Cut it out so it's a bit bigger than your pie pan, lay it inside and crimp the edges
  4. Mix together the spinach, green onions, dill, parsley and feta
  5. In a seperate bowl mix together all the other ingredient.
  6. Mix both mixtures together.
  7. Spread in the crust
  8. Bake for 28-33 minutes until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Let it rest for atleast 5 minutes before cutting it.

(If you use 1/4 of the pizza dough recipe it will add about 51 calories to each slice of pie)

Sliced Fruit

Sliced Veggies
Grape Tomatoes

For the fruits I use a yogurt dip:  

2 cups fat free vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup honey (more or less to taste)
1 tsp cinnamon (to taste) 
  1. Mix it all together
  2. Chill until ready to use
For the veggies I use a simple  
Ranch Dip 
(I found it on the back of the ranch powder container):

3 T ranch dressing powder
16 oz sour cream

  1. Stir it all together, cover and refridgerate

Per Mo's request we are having  

1 package Hillshire Farms Lit'l Smokies
1/2 batch of pizza dough

  1. Roll out pizza dough and slice into long strips about 1" wide
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  3. Drain the liquid from the packages of sausages and dry them off
  4. Wrap dough around sausages  
  5.  Place on a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown


Gramma's Christmas Cake
This cake has been a Christmas tradition for many, many, many years.  I can't imagine Christmas without this cake.  When I got sick I had to doctor the recipe to make sure I could eat it.  This cake is my mom's Christmas version of a Jello Poke Cake.

White cake  
(taken from CalorieCount.About)
2 c all purpose flour
1 1/3 c sugar
2/3 c cornstarch
4 tsp baking powder
4 egg whites
1 1/3 c skim milk
2/3 c Karo syrup
2 tsp vanilla

  1. Grease 2 9inch cake pans
  2. Preheat oven to 350
  3. Mix together dry ingredients
  4. In a separate bowl whisk the liquid ingredients together
  5. Add wet ingredients into the dry and mix well
  6. Pour into greased pans
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes
  8. Remove from pan and cool (Keep the pans though, you'll need them for the next step)

Ingredients to put the cake together
1 box cherry gelatin
1 box lime geletin
2 C boiling water
8 oz whipped topping (Cool Whip, Dream Whip or fresh whipped cream)
  1. Place the cooled cakes back in the pans.  Poke holes into each cake using a chopstick, skewer or knife.
  2. Dissolve cherry gelatin in 1 cup of boiling water, do the same with the lime.
  3. Slowly pour the cherry over one layer of cake and the lime over the other cake.
  4. Place the pans in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours to set.
  5. Take the cakes out of the pans and  use the whipped topping to frost the cakes.
  6. Dig in!
Honestly the rest of my Christmas menu is quite simple



Potatoes, Green Beans and Onions

Petite Red Potatoes (or creamer potatoes)
Frozen or Fresh Green Beans
FROZEN Pearl Onions (Mr. Amazing made the mistake of getting me fresh pearl onions for Thanksgiving, they are a pain in the neck to peel!  But, if you can't find frozen, fresh will do)

  1. Clean your potatoes and green beans 
  2. If you're using fresh green beans then trim the ends
  3. Put potatoes in a pot and fill with water.  
  4. Bring the potatoes to a boil and let boil for 15 minutes
  5. Add the green beans and onions, bring back to a boil, and boil for approximately 5 minutes.  
  6. When everything is done, drain
  7.  Serve
You can either make your own or, if you're lazy like me, you can purchase them.  The only company that makes fat free rolls is Alexia.  Their French Rolls are fat free and very delicious.  
We're just going to do frozen corn on the cob.  Nice and simple.

Squash with Wilted Spinach 
(The same one from Thanksgiving, ditch the dressing, I'm using butternut and acorn squash and sweet potatoes, and roast some garlic with the potatoes, after you put it on the plate, throw some feta on top)       

Well, there it is, my Christmas dinner and Christmas Eve spread.  Hopefully I've given you some ideas.  If you try any of my recipes please leave me a comment and tell me what you think!

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