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carrotcakecookies_sm.jpgSweet fresh-grated carrot makes all the difference in these cakey spiced cookies. The filling is just greek yogurt mixed with honey, but it tastes decadent sandwiched in between the cinnamony orange layers. Cute enough for a party, but healthy enough for everyday, they are definitely going on my 'make again' list.

1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Wheat Bran
1/2 Cup Oatmeal
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Cinnamon
1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice (or fresh nutmeg, cause I'm sure you're more likely to have that around)
1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans
1 tbsp. Real Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 Cups Shredded Carrot (not store bought- freshly grated in a cheese grater)
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
2 tbsp. Butter, room temperature
2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Golden Raisins

Filling:

17.6 oz Container (about 2 Cups) 2% Greek Yogurt (Fage brand recommended)
1/2 Cup Local Honey
1 tsp. Cinnamon

Oven to 325°

1. In a small bowl, pour about half cup of hot water over the raisins and let them soak. In a bowl, whisk the eggs well. Add applesauce, butter, brown sugar and stir. Drain the raisins and add them, and the carrots to the wet mixture. In another large bowl, mix all dry ingredients and the nuts.

2. Gently, in thirds add the dry ingredients to the wet. You should get a pretty thick dough at this point, firm enough keep form on a baking sheet, but still more moist than your typical cookie.

3.Line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Use an ice cream scoop for large cookies, or a tablespoon for smaller ones and set them 2'' apart. Bake for 12-16, depending on cookie size, until edges brown a little and the middle is just set. Timing will vary.

In the meantime, mix all filling ingredients with a whisk and put in fridge to firm up.

Allow cakey cookies to cool before assembling the sandwiches. After assembling, freeze for 30 minutes or so to make them easier to eat.

Makes 20 Minis

Calories:124
Fat: 4g

Original recipe

While the mix of capers, raisins, chicken, and feta might seem a bit bizarre, the final product is wonderfully balanced. The small amount of feta melted in the sauce just adds creaminess, without being overpowering, so even feta haters can enjoy this dish.

4  (4-ounce) skinned, boned chicken breast halves
2  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
1  teaspoon  dried oregano
1  tablespoon  olive oil
1  cup  thinly sliced onion
3  garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2  cups  fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/3  cup  golden raisins
2  tablespoons  lemon juice
2  tablespoons  capers
1/4  cup  (1 ounce) crumbled feta cheese
4  thin lemon slices

Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; flatten to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Combine flour and oregano in a shallow dish; dredge chicken in flour mixture.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 5 minutes on each side. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in broth, raisins, and lemon juice; cook 3 minutes, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Return chicken to pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm. Add capers and cheese to pan, stirring with a whisk; top each chicken breast with 1/4 cup sauce and 1 lemon slice.

4 servings
Calories: 256 (23% from fat)
Fat: 6.5g (sat 1.9g,mono 3.2g,poly 0.7g)
Original recipe

This heavily spiced chicken soup is sweet from the apples and mango chutney, but has quite a bit of heat from the jalapeno and crushed red pepper. You can make the chutney ahead of time or use store bought. Serve the soup with a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt on top to cut the heat and fresh naan (Indian flatbread) on the side.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
1/2 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup chopped peeled Gala or Braeburn apple
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 c. white wine
1/3 cup mango chutney* Recipe Follows
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 c. frozen peas
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and sauté 3 minutes. Remove from pan; set aside.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in pan. Add apple and next 4 ingredients (apple through bell pepper); sauté 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the flour and next 4 ingredients (flour through salt); cook 1 minute. Stir in broth, chutney, wine and tomato paste; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; simmer 8 minutes. Return chicken to pan, add peas.Cook 2 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups
Calories:236
Fat: 4.8g (sat 0.8g,mono 1.1g,poly 2.3g)
Original Recipe (Cooking Light)


Mango Chutney

1 1/2 cups cubed peeled ripe mango (about 1 medium)
1/3 cup chopped yellow onion
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon diced jalapeño pepper
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat 30 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; mash with a potato masher until desired consistency. Cool completely. Store chutney in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.

Yield: 1 1/4 cups (serving size: 2 tablespoons)
Calories: 35
Original recipe (Cooking Light)

This recipe is from a Savannah, GA cookbook we got on our honeymoon. As a molasses lover, it's one of my favorite quick breads.

3 c. whole wheat flour
½ c. sugar
¾ c. light molasses
2 c. sour milk (or buttermilk)
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 c. raisins
¾ c. chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 325°.
Combine all ingredients in order listed in a large mixing bowl.
Turn mixture into two greased 9x5-inch loaf pans.
Bake 35 minutes.

Sour milk
1 tbs. lemon juice + 1 c. milk, let stand 10 minutes

From First Come, First Served...In Savannah