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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.


Chicken-vegetable Pot Pies

low-cal, main dish, chicken

12 oz chicken breast halves
2 1/2 cup water
2 single med baking potatoes *
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon dry chicken bouillon powder
10 oz pkg frzn mixed vegetables
2 tablespoon unsalted margarine
2 tablespoon flour
1 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
4 oz can drained sliced mushrooms
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 t margarine
1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk

* peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes Combine chicken and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken, reserving broth. Bone chicken, and cut meat into bite-size pieces; set aside. Add potatoes, celery, and bouillon pwder to broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in mixed vegetables; set aside. Melt 2 T margarine in a heavy saucepan over low heat; add 2 T flour, stirring until smooth. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add skim milk; cook over med heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; stir in poultry seasoning. Combine reserved chicken, vegetable mixture, white sauce, and mushrooms in a large bowl. Spoon into individual baking dishes that have been coated with Pam. CRUST: Combine 1 c flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Cut in 1 T plus 1 1/2 t margarine with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in buttermilk. Spoon biscuit dough into 6 portions over chicken mixture. Bake at 350 deg F for 1 hour or until biscuits are golden. PER SERVING: 314 calories, 18.6 g protein, 8.2 g fat, 41 g carbohydrates, 27 g cholesterol, 2.2 mg iron, 458 mg sodium, 116 mg calcium.