By the time you read this article I will have (hopefully) survived eye surgery at St. Luke’s, Lee Summit. The doctors are planning a cataract surgery and maybe another thing or two.

By the time you read this article I will have (hopefully) survived eye surgery at St. Luke’s, Lee Summit. The doctors are planning a cataract surgery and maybe another thing or two.

 In the next article,  I plan to share some of our experiences from the trip to Washington, D.C. Perhaps I will even have a few recipes I have collected from travelers or even one of the eateries we have visited.

One of the planned days we are really looking forward to is the visit to Capitol Hill. We are going to have a guided tour and then we are visiting a room that has been reserved by the interns at Capitol Hill. Congressman Ike Skelton is going to visit with us in the room, answer questions and pose for photos. We will then go to his office and meet his staff and perhaps even have lunch with him.

 Our weather has been much cooler the week so I have done a little baking and preparation of some meals for the freezer. It is fun to bake and even more fun when I can make a healthy menu item and have Grouchy Bear think it is unhealthy and extra yummy.


Mushroom sauce chicken breasts

2 cups sliced mushrooms

¼ cup chopped green onion

2 tablespoons flour

¼ cup water

2 tablespoons dry sherry

½ cup plain, nonfat yogurt

¼ teaspoon salt (optional)

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon

1 pound chicken breasts (skinless, boneless)

¼ teaspoon paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Saute mushrooms and onion in skillet sprayed with non-stick coating. Shake flour with water to prevent lumps. Add to mushrooms along with next five ingredients. Cook, stirring constantly,  until thickened. Arrange chicken in 9 x 9 baking dish sprayed with non-stick coating. Pour sauce over chicken and sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Yield 4 serving, one serving ¼ recipe.

Calories per serving 205, fat 4 grams, Due to the low fat content of the chicken breasts the calories are less than the exchanges compute.
 

Baked chimichangas

8 six inch flour tortillas

1 ½ cups cooked and cubed chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)

2 ounces grated, low fat cheese

¾ cup salsa, thick and chunky

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, Mix filling ingredients. Warm tortillas until pliable (5 seconds in microwave) Wet one side of tortilla and put wet side down. Spoon on filling ingredients, fold and put fold down, on baking dish. Bake 15 minutes.

One serving 2 chimichangas, 275 calories, fat 7 grams.

 

We’ll end on a joke: A redhead went to the doctor complaining of pain in all parts of her body. She touched various spots and screamed each time. The doctor knowing this was impossible asked if she was really a redhead. She admitted that she actually was a blonde and the doctor said, “I thought so. Your finger is broken.”

 See you next week.