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Apr 2, 2015

Healthier Canadian Butter Tarts

Butter tarts are a distinctly Canadian treat and anyone who grew up in Canada like I did has probably had a butter tart, or two, or three. They don’t exist in the U.S., which is probably a good thing because they are so good. Every once in a while I just have to have a butter tart so of course, I had to find a way to make it a little healthier. But let’s be clear: There is nothing healthy about a butter tart. The best I could do is make the crust without butter, using oil instead.

So there you have it. Now we Canadians can have our occasional fix and the rest of the world can try something new. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Mar 31, 2015

Kitchen Gadgets

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Mar 27, 2015

Blueberries for Breakfast

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This morning I had blueberries for breakfast. Did I mention they were wrapped in delicious, light, fluffy buttermilk pancakes? Making pancakes from scratch is one of the easiest things to do. Honestly, it takes five minutes to put the batter together – it’s basically  just flour, buttermilk and egg with leavening and a little oil. Oh… and blueberries. These blueberry pancakes were so delicious I didn’t even use syrup.

With summer coming it won’t be long before you won’t need a loan application to buy fresh blueberries. In the meantime, these breakfast beauties are really good with diced apple and even plain. Yesterday I made potato pancakes for lunch and I’m keeping the leftovers for tomorrow’s breakfast.

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My mother used to cut potato pancakes into strips and cook them with scrambled eggs. It’s one of my favorite breakfast dishes. So that’s what I cooked today so far. (& yesterday) … just sharing… – Jenny Jones

Mar 23, 2015

Grown Up Mac & Cheese

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I LOVE this dish. I’ll say it again. I LOVE this dish!!! It’s easy to make, lower in fat than most, it has four vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, and tomato) and everything is coated in a light creamy, cheesy sauce. It’s mac & cheese for grownups but don’t you think kids would like this too? If they’re picky, use white cauliflower and they’ll never even see it. It’s soft and blends right in with the pasta. If  you make it, let me know if it passes the kid test.

It’s important to do all your prep first because everything cooks quickly. It won’t take long if you buy the already-cut vegetables but I cut all of the veggies myself and I also inspect the baby spinach for any bad leaves or thick stems, which I remove.  The prep includes cutting the vegetables, checking over the spinach, shredding the cheese or slicing it really thin. Hey, you’ll be cutting the cheese!

Speaking of cheese, please don’t buy pre-shredded cheese. It has an additive and will never melt as well as a block of cheese and I always use reduced fat (I use Tilamook brand). With reduced fat cheese and 1% milk, and all these vegetables… somebody needs to make this today. And send me a picture to post. (YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com).

This recipe is similar to my Quick & Easy Mac & Cheese but with less pasta and added vegetables but it’s still a quick and easy dinner. I wasn’t sure what to call it… veggie mac & cheese or mac & cheese with vegetables or maybe rainbow mac & cheese. I decided on “Grown Up” because we grownups know how important it is to eat vegetables at every meal. And if they’re surrounded by my delicious low fat mac & cheese, it’s a win-win. Click here for the recipe.  – Jenny Jones 

Mar 18, 2015

How To Make a Healthier Apple Pie: How-To Video

Apple pie doesn’t have to be full of butter and shortening to be awesome. My healthier apple pie uses an easy oil crust and I use extra-light olive oil for that. And the filling! OMG, it’s so good!! I use three pounds of granny smith apples with a deep dish pie pan.

Homemade apple pie is something special and I hope my video shows that it’s not hard to make, especially with an oil crust. I used to make pie crusts with shortening and ice water, etc. so forget that method. It’s too much trouble. An oil crust is healthier, way easier, and bakes up beautifully.

So I hope this video gets you to make the ultimate American dessert – apple pie. Once you taste this delicious & healthier pie, you will make it again. I also find it to be a useful negotiating tool. “Honey, I’m thinking about making apple pie today. How is that garage coming along?” Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

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Mar 14, 2015

Chinese Stir-fry

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Sweet & Sour Chicken is one of my favorite Chinese dishes but I never order it in restaurants because the chicken is always battered and deep fried so I learned to make it myself. And I made some today. There’s just one rule with my sweet & sour chicken… fresh pineapple!

A lot of stores sell pre-cut pineapple so I just bought a small container for my pineapple chicken. I tried making it with canned pineapple but I’d rather make something else than use canned pineapple for this dish. Fresh makes a huge difference.

For the juice, I didn’t want to buy a big bottle of juice so I got a 6-pack of tiny  6-ounce cans and just used one can for the recipe. I needed 1/3 of a cup and I drank the rest. Sweet & sour chicken cooks fast and I served it over sushi rice, which is a sticky rice. In my opinion, this sweet and sour chicken is as good or better than any I’ve had from a restaurant. I also like this meal because it’s delicious and it has lots of antioxidant-rich vegetables and lean protein. The last time I tried sweet & sour chicken at a restaurant, there was literally ONE piece of red pepper (the picture showed lots of red & green peppers). That was the day I decided to make my own, having no idea how easy it really would be. Click here for the recipe.

I also made a loaf of no-knead bread… again. It seems like I make at least one loaf a week.

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I switch around between the original, which I made today, then whole wheat, then fruit & nut or olive. This bread never disappoints and as many loaves as I have made, I’m still amazed every time at this easy, nothing-to-do method for baking bread. Click here for the recipe.

I love bread. If I ever had to be gluten-free I’d be one sad human being! So that’s what I made today. …just sharing… – Jenny Jones

p.s. I am loving all the positive comments and especially the photos I’ve received of my own recipes made by you (wanna see?). I never expected so many people would try my recipes since they are not fancy, and I just want to say thank you for your confidence in me and for taking time to write.

Mar 7, 2015

Weekend bread

whole_wheat_breadThis morning I baked my simple whole wheat bread and I forgot just how easy it is. It’s only one rise and the whole thing, start-to-finish, takes just an hour and a half. It’s a soft loaf, perfect for French toast. That’s what I plan to make with it tomorrow. Today I just sliced it while it was still warm and put a little butter on it and had it with scrambled eggs.

I love homemade bread… the smell… and the taste… you just can’t buy it anywhere. I also made homemade tortillas (they disappear quickly around here) and I also worked on my Polish bigos recipe. … just sharing… – Jenny Jones

Mar 6, 2015

Brownies for the weekend

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It’s always good to have something sweet for the weekend (besides my sweet-heart!). He loves my easy chocolate brownies so I made some for the weekend. At the same time, I improved the recipe with a few minor changes, which I have noted on the printable recipe. I followed Lisa’s comment below my recipe and reduced the baking soda for a fudgyer brownie. I also doubled the vanilla ands reduced the baking time.

I also adjusted some amounts for easier measuring. I realized that 1/3 of a cup is 5 1/3 tablespoons so I changed both the 5 tablespoons of oil and the 6 tablespoons of yogurt to 1/3 of a cup each. It’s much easier to measure and makes no difference in the batter. We both like the new brownie better but the old version is still available too.

This morning I also made my giant breakfast cookies.  Just like my brownies they are 100% whole grain and made without butter.

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I love these breakfast cookies so much I just added them to “My Favorites” category. A lot of times, I also have them for dessert. For dinner I made vegetable fried rice with edamame. So that’s what I cooked today. …just sharing… – Jenny Jones

Mar 3, 2015

Soup for the week

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This is my vitamin pill. I made a big pot of vegetable soup for the week. I used my own chicken stock,  which I had frozen, and added a mountain of vegetables – a total of twelve, I think. The fresh vegetables I used were: carrot, potato, red pepper, zucchini, kale, spinach, napa cabbage, green beans, celery, and broccoli, and I also added frozen peas and corn. Do you see anything in there I missed? The soup is for the week but it will never last that long.

This morning I also made English muffins for breakfast and for dinner, my skinless chicken drumsticks. Oh, I also marinated some beets (my beet salad) for dinner but I’ve been snacking on them all day. My favorite thing to do is spend all day in the kitchen. …just sharing… – Jenny Jones

Mar 1, 2015

Send Me Your Photo – Mar/April

Be part of the fun! Share photos of any of my recipes you made. Please send your picture to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

TUQA MADE MY CINNAMON-RAISIN BREAD & LEMON BROWNIES
Hi jenny 🙂 im tuqa and i love watching your videos , i made your cinnamon bread (which my family adores ) and the lemon brownies which are also great 🙂
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TIGGERREDS MADE MY CINNAMON ROLLS
Easy fast and delicious, made in a toaster oven so not pretty, just imagine what they would look like baked in a proper oven. And yes i ate the missing two.Dont judge me,they were calling me.”
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LIZ  MADE MY LEMON BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
These are even better than they look. And easier than I thought. The lemon is a winner.”
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ERIKA MADE MY PACZKI
Hi Jenny, I stumbled across your blog looking for Polish recipes and found the Polish donuts. I filled some of mine with raspberry jam and some with chocolate buttercream frosting. They were delicious and I will make them again. Thanks for sharing!”
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MARIA MADE MY PACZKI
Great recipe! Thanks to your baking modification pączki returned on our table. Dziękuje bardzo. Pozdrawiam Panią from Mississauga.”
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LIZ MADE MY APPLE MUFFINS
I am a non-baker, not by choice but by a lack of success. This recipe produced not only successful muffins, but the very best muffins I have ever tasted. What an easy to follow, quick recipe.”
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JOCELYN MADE MY CINNAMON ROLLS
I made this cinnamon buns following your recipe. I’ve never imagined that I can get it successful the first time. Your recipe is so easy to follow.”
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ARANZA MADE MY CINNAMON ROLLS
“Loved them. Simply delicious.”
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TAN MADE MY CHICKEN POT PIE
“Dear Jenny, Enclose here my photo for chicken pot pie base on yr recipe. Thanks for sharing your recipe to us. I change the recipe to vegetarian dish instead of chicken. Beside vegetable i added beancurb and hard boil egg to replace chicken. Regards, Tan”
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DIANA MADE MY CINNAMON-RAISIN BREAD
Hi Jenny,my name is Diana and I’m from Slovakia.I just recently discovered your blog and i just love him. Today I decided to bake Cinnamon-Raisin Bread, so I am sending you my photo. Thank you for the recipe, it’s absolutely amazing.” 🙂
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ETHAN MADE MY TORTILLA PIE
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JEN W. MADE MY EVERYDAY COOKIES
Your Every Day cookies are just out of the oven.  They smelled so delicious while baking that I quickly put together another batch. These cookies may be called Every Day,  but they are worthy to serve to your closest friend but you’ll want to save them for yourself! 🙂 Thank you for another winning recipe, Jenny.”
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SINISTER MINISTER MADE MY TORTILLA PIE
“Made your tortilla pie today for me and all my empolyees. Thumbs up from all!!!”
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