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Menu: A monochromatic meal

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 09, 2009 7:30 AM

It’s time for Easter dinner, and Grandma’s making her famous roast ham. Isn’t it about time you started pulling your weight around the dinner table? Here’s an easy side dish and a simple dessert you can make in under an hour. Both dishes are low in fat and require minimal effort, so you’ll look good and still have time to spend most of the afternoon in the backyard looking for the eggs your younger siblings missed.



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CRAZY CORN CASSEROLE

What you’ll need:
1 can whole kernel corn (16 oz.)
1 can cream-style corn (15 oz.)
1 box corn-muffin mix (6 servings)
1/2 cup fat-free margarine
1 cup fat-free sour cream

What to do:

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with nonfat cooking spray. Stir the kernel corn, cream-style corn, muffin mix, margarine, and sour cream together until well-mixed. Then spread it into the prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Makes 15 servings.

PALATABLE PINEAPPLE CAKE

What you’ll need:
1 box yellow cake mix (18 oz.)
1 can crushed pineapple, with juice (20 oz.)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 can crushed pineapple, half drained (8 oz.)
1 box dry instant sugar-free vanilla pudding mix (2 oz.)
1 container fat-free whipped topping (12 oz.)

What to do:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with foil and spray with nonfat cooking spray. Beat together the cake mix and 20 oz. can of pineapple with juice. Spread into the pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

For the frosting, mix the brown sugar and 8 oz. can of pineapple in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 40 seconds. Add the dry pudding mix and whipped topping to the pineapple mixture. Stir until well-mixed. Refrigerate until ready to frost. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes before frosting.

— by Brian Dau


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