Light Recipes for the Weekend

I have a huge collection of cookbooks and I use many of them, but my all-time favorite is one I got several years ago. It’s a collection of recipes from Cooking Light. The reason I love their recipes is because they use “real” ingredients, not substitutions, only they use less of those good things, and the recipes are all delicious! The light part comes from a reduction of the fat. I figure any little bit I can cut out of our diet will only help, right?

A couple days ago I made an Espresso Walnut Cake from Cooking Light. It was moist, cinnamony (new word!), and so yummy! It’s great for dessert or brunch.

Cooking spray
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon instant espresso or 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules, divided
5 tablespoons butter
1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs
2/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt – I used light sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350°.
Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray, and dust with 2 teaspoons flour.
Combine brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon espresso granules in a small bowl.

Place the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave at HIGH for 1 minute or until butter melts. Add granulated sugar, stirring with a whisk. Add eggs; stir well. Stir in yogurt, vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Lightly spoon 1 1/3 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add flour and 2 teaspoons espresso powder, stirring just until blended (do not over stir).

Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan, and sprinkle with half of the brown sugar mixture. Carefully spread remaining batter over brown sugar mixture, and sprinkle with remaining brown sugar mixture.

Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

This is so good with a cup of coffee! Try this for Saturday breakfast. Your family will wander in from their sleep when they smell this baking in the oven!

Here’s another great recipe for honey and spice pork chops. I served it for supper with mashed potatoes, apples, peas and homemade bread. We loved it!

Happy Cooking and baking,

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