Split Pea Soup

2 parsnips
3 carrots
1 onion
1 lb. green split peas
3 qts. water
Salt& pepper
1 tsp. vinegar
1/4 c. parsley
Chop parsnips, carrots and onion. Rinse peas. Combine vegetables, peas and water in a soup pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 1 hour. Add 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and simmer, uncovered until thickened, about 30 minutes. Stir in vinegar just before serving. Taste for seasoning. Scatter parsley over top. Fat – 2 grams, cholesterol – 6 grams, Calories – 247, sodium – 161 milligrams.

Sugar Free Freezer jam

2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. water
2 c. fresh strawberries, or fruit of
your choice, washed & diced
Sugar substitute to equal 1 c. sugar
1 env. unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 tsp. Cornstarch
Combine lemon juice, water, gelatin and cornstarch in a saucepan. Heat slowly, stirring constantly, until gelatin and cornstarch dissolves. Add fruit to gelatin mixture. Heat to boiling point over low heat, stirring constantly. Boil berries 3 minutes. (Other fruit may take longer.) Remove from heat and add sugar substitute. Pour into heat proof jars and cover. Let set at room temperature until cooled. Store in refrigerator or freeze.

Porcupine Meatballs

8 oz. lean ground beef
1/3 c. uncooked white rice
1 1/2 tbsp. onion, minced
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. oregano
1 c. tomato sauce (low sodium)
1 1/2 c. water
Mix meat, rice, onion and seasonings until well blended. Form into 6 equal meatballs. Place rack in pressure cooker. Pour tomato sauce and water into cooker. Add meatballs on top of rack. Secure cover and make sure gauge is in place; bring cooker to pressure according to instructions then time cooker for 123 minutes. Remove cooker from heat and let pressure drop of its own accord. Serving size: 2 meatballs. Calories: 244. Protein: 17 grams. Fat: 10 grams. Cholesterol: 47 mg. Sodium: 493 mg.

Blackberry Cobbler

1 c. oats, quick cooking
1/2 c. + 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. diet margarine, melted
Nonfat spray
3 c. frozen blackberries, thawed
1 tbsp. orange juice
5 to 6 packets sweetener
Mix the oats, 1/2 cup of the flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and melted margarine until crumbly in texture. Spray an 8 x 8 inch baking pan and place half of the mixture in the bottom. Retain second half for topping. Combine the blackberries, orange juice, sweetener and remaining tablespoon of flour and remaining teaspoon of cinnamon. Spread over the oat mixture. Cover with remaining half of the oat mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Fat: 1 gram. Calories: 204. Protein: 5 grams. Sodium: 137 mg. Cholesterol: 0 mg.

Chicken Jardiniere

Cooking spray
6 oz. boneless, skinless chicken
breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 med. potatoes, quartered
2 carrots, cut in chunks
2 turnips, quartered
2 stalks celery, cut in chunks
1 med. onion, quartered
1/2 tsp. chicken broth granules
1/2 c. water
Spray pressure cooker pan with cooking spray. Brown chicken evenly on all sides in cooker. Remove chicken. Put rack in. Add all ingredients on top of rack. Secure cover and make sure pressure gauge is in place; bring cooker to pressure according to instructions, then time cooker for 4 minutes. Cool pressure cooker immediately under cool running water. Calories: 260. Protein: 22 grams. Fat: 4 grams. Cholesterol: 48 mg. Sodium: 362 mg.

Greek Cookies

1 lb. sweet butter or low fat, low cholesterol margarine
2 c. sugar
5 eggs or egg substitute
1 tsp. vanilla
1 oz. of anizette (or whiskey)
3 tsp. baking powder
2 1/2 lbs. all-purpose flour
In large bowl mix together flour and baking powder and set aside. Cream butter in electric mixer until soft. Blend sugar with butter, add eggs one by one (or egg whites and blend well). Add anizette (or whiskey) and vanilla, mix thoroughly. Take all these ingredients and pour into a flour mix and knead until dough can be rolled without breaking. Using butter on hands roll dough into different shapes (small amounts of dough to make the shapes). Place cookie on ungreased cookie sheets. Brush tops of cookies with egg and milk mixture. Bake in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes on top rack or 5 to 20 minutes on middle rack. Makes 120 cookies.

Bran Muffins

1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. sugar or sweetener
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. baking powder
2 c. extra fiber all-bran cereal
1 1/4 c. skim milk
1 egg or egg substitute
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 c. raisins
Stir together flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. In large mixing bowl combine all-bran and milk. Let stand about 5 minutes. Add flour mixture and raisins. Stir only until combined. Spray 12 muffin pan cups with no-stick spray. Divide mixture into 12 cups. Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. For reduced calories, use 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons of oil instead of above amounts.

Peach Crispy

2 c. peaches or other fruit, fresh or drained
1 c. grapenut
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
2 tbsp. low-calorie margarine
2 pkgs. Sweet & Low
Place peaches in baking dish. Sprinkle one pack of Sweet & Low and half spices over them. Cover with grapenut, rest of spice and sweetener. Place margarine on top and bake in microwave for 6 to 8 minutes. Enjoy! Very good for breakfast.