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Program #643

Easiest Ever Chocolate Muffins
1 box reduced-fat chocolate cake mix
1 (15 oz.) can solid pack pumpkin

Combine ingredients just until moistened. Mixture will be thick and stiff. Place cupcake liners in muffin pan and spray with nonstick coating. Fill each liner 2/3 full with mixture. Bake in preheated oven at 400oF for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Makes 12 regular muffins or 36 mini muffins.

Quick Chicken Creole

1 pound chicken breast meat, cut into strips
1 can (14 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 cup chili sauce
1 large bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and pepper to taste

Spray bottom of deep skillet or Dutch oven to coat. Over high heat, cook chicken until juice runs clear. Add bell pepper and onion, garlic and basil and cook until onions are softened. Add tomatoes and chili sauce, bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low, covered, for 8-10 minutes to allow flavors to develop. Serve over cooked rice or pasta. Or, serve along with crusty bread or crackers.

Dilly Summer Squash

1 1/2 cups sliced yellow squash
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh dill, chopped
1 teaspoon margarine
Salt and pepper to taste

Bring water to boil and then add all remaining ingredients. Lower heat to medium, cover pot and simmer 8 to 10 minutes until squash is tender. Drain water and serve.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup mashed banana
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1 tablespoon canola oil
6 crushed vanilla wafers

Preheat oven to 350F. Coat loaf pan with non-stick spray. Stir together all dry ingredients except vanilla wafers, then make a well in the center. Add the wet ingredient and stir just until moistened. Batter should be lumpy. Pour into loaf pan and sprinkle with crushed vanilla wafers. Bake 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on rack completely before slicing.

Rhonda Matthews

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