I had this at a baby shower and asked for the recipe. It was very good, but I was surprised by how much fat there is. Can you lighten it?
— Jessica, Peoria, Ariz.
GREEN CHILI-CHEESE SQUARES
½ cup melted butter or margarine; ½ cup flour; 1 tsp. baking soda; 1 tsp. salt; 10 eggs; 1 can (8 oz.) green chilies; 2 cups cottage cheese; ½ lb. cheddar cheese, grated; ½ lb. Monterey Jack cheese, grated
In a large bowl, mix together the butter, flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs well and add the chilies, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and combine thoroughly. Put in a greased 9-by-13-inch pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Turn the temperature down to 350 degrees, and bake for an additional 40 minutes.
Makes 20 servings.
These squares are very good, and now they are quite light!
8 egg whites
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cups (16 oz.) low-fat cottage cheese
1 cup (4 oz.) grated reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup (4 oz.) grated reduced-fat Monterey Jack
1 can (7 oz.) diced green chilies
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9-by-13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs and egg whites with the olive oil. Add the cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese and green chilies, and mix well.
In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and combine thoroughly.
Pour into the prepared pan, place in the preheated oven and bake for about 40 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
Makes 20 servings.
Each serving contains about:
Original recipe — 196 calories, 14 grams fat, 130 milligrams cholesterol, 461 milligrams sodium, 4 grams carbohydrates, 12 grams protein, trace fiber.
Revised recipe — 79 calories, 3 grams fat, 42 milligrams cholesterol, 295 milligrams sodium, 4 grams carbohydrates, 9 grams protein, negligible fiber.
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