It is a blessing to be able
to grow older and, a double blessing if you can do it in good health. Why do I
start this blog entry talking about getting older? Simple, in a few weeks we
will be celebrating New Year’s Day! What in the world is going on with the
speedometer of life? It just seems like time flies by. If you can keep up with
your work, family and house maintenance you are one step ahead of everybody
else. Whether we are spending time at work or at home trying to keep up with
life, we have to find time to prepare meals to satisfy physiological needs.
Yes, if you have all the money in the world you can eat out every meal.
Just remember, when you prepare a meal at home, you can pick healthier
ingredients to eat better. Also, there is no doubt that hanging around the
kitchen with family and friends is a good way to build memories. I am preparing
a broccoli casserole that can be put together in a very short amount of time,
with low fat ingredients and a reduced amount of sodium. This casserole is
timeless and can be the perfect side dish to any meal. You can make it a
day ahead and store it uncooked in the refrigerator till you are ready to bake.
Yes, it is an old recipe, and you might already have it, but this is just
a reminder that casseroles can help you out when time is limited. We usually include this dish in our
Thanksgiving meal but we also use it throughout the year.
1.5 pounds of freshly
frozen broccoli florets
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup fat free sour cream
1 can of healthy choice –
cream of mushroom soup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
1 sleeve buttery crackers
(like Ritz), crushed
2 tablespoons butter
Cook broccoli according to
package directions and drain well.
Combine broccoli, eggs,
sour cream, mushroom soup, Worcestershire, garlic powder, and 1 cup of cheese;
Pour mixture into a greased
casserole dish and, when ready to bake, top with crushed crackers and several
pats of butter.
Bake at 350 degrees F for
35 to 40 minutes until set. Remove from oven and top with remaining cheddar
cheese; return to oven until cheese is melted.