1 lb. Dry Ziti Pasta
1/4 cup chopped basil (I used Italian seasoning instead)
Dessert--low fat blondies with a light caramel sauce. The brownies were a bit dry. I tried to skimp a bit on the butter and cut out some of the splenda brown sugar. Next time I will stick with the recipe. Jeff loved them, so it was definitely worth the effort!
Butterscotch Blondies (Cooking Light with Marissa Modifications)
2 cups all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
1 1/4 cup firmly packed Splenda brown sugar (can use regular, but it's 2 1/2 cups instead)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoon unsalted butter
3/4 cup egg substitute
Preheat oven to 350°.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Place butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook for 6 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Pour into a small bowl, and cool for 10 minutes. Combine butter and egg substitute, stirring with a whisk. Pour butter mixture over flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Spoon batter into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray; smooth top with spatula. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 48 squares.
24 servings (serving size: 2 squares)
CALORIES 100 (with Splenda); FAT 2.4g (sat 1g,mono 1.2g,poly 0.2g); PROTEIN 1.9g;
In another blog, I read that caramel sauce is worth the effort. So true! It's very easy and really added that needed touch to the dessert. And for only 45 calories per serving (one tablespoon), who could say no!?
Caramel Sauce (Cooking Light)
1 cup sugar (CAN'T use Splenda for this)
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon margarine
3/4 cup evaporated skimmed milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash of salt
Combine sugar and water in a heavy saucepan, and place over medium-low heat. Cook 13 minutes or until sugar dissolves. (Do not stir.) Cover, increase heat to medium, and boil 1 minute. (This will dissolve any sugar crystals clinging to sides of pan.) Uncover and boil 10 additional minutes or until amber or golden. (Do not stir.)
Remove from heat; let stand 1 minute. Carefully add margarine, stirring until it melts. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly. (Caramel will harden and stick to spoon.) Place pan over medium heat, and cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes or until caramel melts and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and salt. Pour sauce into a bowl; serve warm or chilled. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.