Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tasty Tuesday - Ham and Cheese Muffins

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Since January is the beginning of a whole new year, most people use the fresh start as motivator to get into shape. This month, Pink Lemonade will be focusing on getting healthy - by eating right, exercising and adopting a healthy lifestyle. It is only fitting that, this month, our Tasty Tuesday recipes focus on the same goals.

This week's recipe is from an old Weight Watchers cookbook (with a little "tweaking" to make them extra tasty)... back when you counted your protein, breads and fruit exchanges (and it worked!). These muffins make a tasty, savory breakfast (or a lunch) - they're one of my favorites.

Ham and Cheese Muffins

1 1/2 Cups Flour
3 Tbsp Sugar
2 tsp Dry Mustard
2 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Baking Soda
1/8 tsp Pepper
1/4 tsp Onion Powder
6 oz. Finely Diced Canadian Bacon
3 oz. Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
1/4 Cup uncooked Yellow Cornmeal
1 Cup Buttermilk
2 Eggs
3 Tbsp + 1 tsp Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 400

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together Flour, Sugar, Mustard, Baking powder, Baking soda, Pepper and Onion powder.

Add Canadian Bacon, Cheese and Cornmeal.

Mix Well.

In a separate bowl, use a wire whisk to beat together Buttermilk, Eggs and Oil.

Add Ham/Cheese/Dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir until just thoroughly combined (do not over mix).

Spray 10 standard size muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray.

Divide batter evenly between the 10 cups (each will be about 3/4 full) - partially fill the remaining empty cups with water (to prevent the pan from burning or warping).

Bake in the center oven rack for 20 - 25 minutes, Muffins should be lightly browned on top and toothpick should come out clean).

CAREFULLY remove from oven (the water in extra cups will be boiling HOT!!)

CAREFULLY drain off water.

Remove muffins from pan and cool slightly on wire rack.

These are awesome served warm, but can be quickly re-heated in the microwave!

Makes 10 servings, 1 Muffin each

Each Muffin provides: 1 Protein, 1 Bread, 1 Fat, 30 Optional Calories

223 calories; 9g protein; 10g fat; 23g carbohydrate; 133mg calcium; 459mg sodium; 72mg cholesterol

Posted by Liz of Pink Lemonade

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Jeff and Mandee said...

Mmmmm those sound yummy!


nanja said...

will have to try these. it seems so easy to make!