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Welcome to Tweaked at Chez Jan de la Dayton....translated to 'tweaked at Jan's house in Dayton'! Sounds fancy, but it's not. If you choose to share a recipe, be kind and give me kudos for it. The pictures are NOT to be taken off this blog unless used in a direct link to this blog. Once upon a time I was a Weight Watchers leader....that chapter is closed. But I still like to eat and bake and don't like the weight that finds its way to me too easily. So I go find delicious-sounding recipes and tweak them. Some recipes, however, just don't turn out right if they're tweaked. I've not posted anything....so far.....that isn't WW friendly. That might change, and I'll warn you if I post something with 'scary' P+ values. For those who don't use substitutions, the ratio for Splenda granulated/sugar is 1:1 and the ratio for egg substitute/eggs is 1/4 cup of egg sub = 1 egg. Now.....let's have some fun in the kitchen!!!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

PB & Chocolate Chip Bars

So I had a full jar of peanut butter hanging around and decided to find something fun to do with it besides dip apples. Ta Da! What could be better than something like this? Again, this is such an easy recipe and so good! Most of the ingredients were already 'in house'......I just had to get the brown sugar and chocolate chips. These are a fun little bar!

PB & Chocolate Chip Bars
Makes 12 pieces

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ cups light brown sugar, packed
¾ cup peanut butter
1 stick light butter, softened
3 TBSP 2% milk
1 large egg
1 TBSP vanilla extract
¾ tsp salt
¾ tsp baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips

You can see that I'm an 'equal opportunity shopper'!
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray bottom and sides of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish or pan. Set aside.

Don't forget to spray in your dishwasher to avoid having to clean the overspray off your counters!
Mix together all of the ingredients EXCEPT the chocolate chips with an electric mixer until well combined.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Spread the dough evenly in the sprayed pan.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for 20 minutes on a cooling rack. Cut into 12 bars and enjoy!!

Fresh out of the oven!

Loving Life!

Crock Pot Rotisserie Chicken Part 2

A while ago.....and if you search on here you'll find it....I did a whole chicken in the crock pot and it was good. This one is too! It was a toss up.....chicken soup or this way. Obvious which one won! This is really easy. Pictured are the spices I used, but you can use whatever spices you like. Remember....a recipe is only a suggestion!

My plate with chicken rice and what you don't see are pickled beets (that recipe is on here too)

1 whole fresh chicken
Any spices you want to make a 'rub'

Get whole chickens while they're on sale and freeze them!

Wad up 4 pieces of aluminum foil and place in the bottom of your crock pot.

Remove gizzards and set aside for future use or discard.
Mix spices together; rub the spices on the outside of the chicken.

Place the chicken in the crock pot on top of the pieces of foil and cook on low for @6 – 7 hours or high for @5 hours. Do NOT put any water or oil in the crock pot.

Fall apart tender and juicy!

Loving Life!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Lemon 'Pudding' Cake

Well, I haven't done this in a while! Since hurting my ankle, it's been a long journey to being able to be on my feet for more than a few minutes without being in pain. With the help of a VA doctor (yes, for those who didn't know, I am an Army Veteran) and the brace she instructed me to wear, I'm almost back to normal (whatever that may be)! I know I said I wasn't going to be using Splenda anymore, but I am because I need to get my weight back under control. Tough thing for anyone to admit, but the poundage found me! While I'm NOT following 'that plan' anymore, I am being more careful about my portion control and what I'm eating.....and I've decided it's time to enjoy some baked goods again -- my own, NOT the sugary stuff in the stores. Soooo.....here's my first venture in baking in a long, long time. When I tell you I picked a wonderful recipe to tweak and share, I am not lying!! And it should be called Lemon Meringue Cake because that's what it tastes like. The bottom of this is, tho, like a lemon pudding and the top is a meringue-y cake. Oh, just go make it! You truly won't be sorry!!! 
Makes 9 Servings

Mine! And it was good!
4 large eggs, separated
zest of 1 lemon
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 TBSP light butter, melted
1 cup Splenda granulated (or sugar)
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp kosher salt
1 ½ cups 2% milk

Place a large roasting pan on a rack in the center of the oven. Fill it halfway with water. Preheat oven to 350° with the pan of water in the oven.
Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with butter flavor spray (or you can butter the pan).

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, lemon zest, lemon juice and butter.

In another bowl, stir together the Splenda (or sugar), flour and salt.

Whisk half of the flour mixture into the egg yolk mixture, then half the milk, then the rest of the flour mixture and then the rest of the milk (be sure to whisk after each add).

Whip the egg whites until light peaks form. Gently fold into the batter.

Pour the batter into the baking dish. Place the baking dish carefully into the water in the pan in the oven. Bake 45 minutes until the top is a golden color.

Carefully remove both pans from the oven and then remove the pan with the cake from the water. Let cool completely.

MY SPIN: This can be eaten 'as is' at room temperature. Or you could serve it with a dollop of fat-free whipped topping and a few blueberries. If you don't use it all, you'll need to refrigerate it and it would be delicious cold.


Loving Life!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Garlic Mushroom Chicken in a White Wine Sauce

I haven't done a new recipe in a long time. Since this ankle injury, standing for long periods of time isn't fun, so cooking hasn't been fun. But I was in the mood.....and this is what I came up with. It's very easy and very good.....but my kitchen looked like a tornado went through it!

Makes 4 Servings

8 chicken tenders (remove all visible fat)
@2 tsp light butter
@2 tsp olive oil
@1/4 cup all purpose flour
4 garlic cloves, minced
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup white cooking wine
1/3 cup fat-free/low-sodium chicken broth
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp dried parsley flakes

Preheat oven to 200°.

Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add 1 tsp butter and olive oil. Dredge the chicken lightly in flour and add to the skillet. Salt & pepper to taste. Cook chicken until lightly browned and no longer pink. Place chicken on an oven-safe plate and place in the oven to keep warm.

Add the remaining butter and oil to the skillet. Add the garlic and cook about a minute. Add the mushrooms and salt & pepper to taste. Stir occasionally until golden brown.

Add the wine, chicken broth and parsley to the mushrooms. Stir with a wooden spoon and break up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook a few more minutes until the liquid is reduced a bit and then sprinkle in some flour to thicken the sauce.

Take the chicken out of the oven. Place 2 pieces of chicken on your plate and top with mushroom mixture.

Served with baked sweet potato which added a nice 'pop' of color.
MY SPIN: I would use more garlic, but we love garlic. 

Loving Life!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Orange Chicken

This is a recipe that has 'gone viral' on Facebook. People have shared the dickens out of it, but no one on my friend list has made it and shared their opinion. So here ya go!

Makes @ 6 Servings

¾ cup 'regular' BBQ sauce
1 cup orange marmalade
2 TBSP low-sodium soy sauce

3 boneless/skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
@1 cup flour
2 or 3 eggs
Canola oil

For the sauce: Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. With the heat on low, let simmer for @20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

For the chicken: Dip the pieces of chicken in the egg and then flour. Set on a plate until all pieces are covered. In a frying pan, put a thin layer of oil and, once it starts sizzling, add half of the chicken. Cook for 3 – 5 minutes on each side or until it's browned and no longer pink inside. Put on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain. Cook the other half of the chicken; drain.

MY SPIN: The original recipe said it was '3-Ingredient Orange Chicken'......NOT!!! The original recipe only counted the BBQ sauce, orange marmalade and chicken as ingredients. It also called for a full cup of BBQ sauce, but it was somewhat overpowering so I would change to the ¾ cup. The original picture showed the chicken already mixed with the sauce and then served over rice. Again, I think that would be overpowering......and I served it over orzo. Did a side of fresh steamed broccoli to get some veggie and color.
Messy kitchen!

REMEMBER......a recipe is just a suggestion!

It was so good.....he went back for seconds!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Kielbasa & Cabbage

Makes 6 Servings

4 medium/large potatoes, peeled & cubed
1 head of cabbage, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
6 medium/large carrots, peeled & sliced (@1/4”)
2 packages Polish kielbasa (see pic)
4 cups fat free/low sodium chicken broth

Place all the ingredients in the crock pot.

Pour the chicken broth over all the ingredients.

Cook on high for 5 hours or low for @10 hours.

Ladle into bowls and enjoy!!


Was good!!

Loving Life!