If you need a quick pan of bars, no need to buy a prepackaged mix. You can make Blonde Brownies with just a few ingredients commonly found on hand.
These are chewy, delicious and very easy to make. Even the kids can put these together with very little help if at all.
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts
6 ounces chocolate chips
Melt butter in a 2-quart saucepan or a 2-quart bowl, or microwave on medium high for a few seconds until melted. Stir in remaining ingredients except chocolate chips. Spread in a greased and floured 9x13-inch pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Serve plain or sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Mj's Bean Dip
This dip gets rave reviews every time it's served.
1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans black-eyed peas, drained
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 small jar pimento
1 small purple onions, diced
1 medium red or green pepper, diced
3/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup sugar or Splenda
Combine the first four ingredients. Add the purple onion and red or green pepper; set aside. Combine the vinegar, water, olive oil, salt, pepper and sugar or Splenda. Bring to a boil and cool. Pour the mixture over the ingredients in the bowl, mix and marinate overnight. Serve with tostada chips.
Broiled Fish Fillets
Serving size: 4
2 pounds fish fillets (walleye or orange roughy)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
4 tablespoons light butter, softened
3 tablespoons Mayonnaise
3 tablespoons green onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash Tabasco sauce
Spray dish for broiler. Place fish in dish. Brush with 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Let stand 10 minutes. Combine 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, 4 tablespoons butter (softened), 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, green onions, salt, pepper and Tabasco sauce. First broil the fish 3 to 4 inches from heat for 5 minutes. Spread mixture over fillets. Broil 2-3 minutes. About 8 Weight Watchers points.
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