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Appetizing alternatives.

APPETIZING ALTERNATIVES

Shanghai Party Pleasers

(Makes 2 dozen)

Arrang ethese meatballs on a skewer with crisp vegetables or fresh fruit for an impressive appetizer. Make in the morning, refrigerate, then microwave these meatballs for dinner guests.

1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch Dash of ginger 1 cup water 2 tablespoons margarine 1 pound finely chopped, cooked, skinned turkey or chicken 3/4 cup oat-bran hot cereal, uncooked 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt 1/3 cup finely chopped water chestnuts, drained 1/3 cup sliced green onions 2 tablespoons light soy sauce 1 egg white, slightly beaten 1 teaspoon ginger 1/2 teaspoon salt, if desired

Drain pineapple; reserve juice. In medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, cornstarch, and ginger; mix well. Add pineapple juice, water, 1/4 cup pineapple, and margarine; mix well. bring to boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat. Simmer about 1 minute; sir frequently or until sauce is thickened and clear. Set aside.

Heat oven to 400 [degrees] F. Lightly spray rack of 13" x 9" baking pan with vegetable oil cooking spray, or oil lightly. Combine turkey, oat bran, yogurt, water chestnuts, onions, soy sauce, egg white, ginger, salt, and remaining pineapple; mix well. Shape into 1" balls. Place on prepared rack. Bake 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown. Serve with sauce.

Santa Fe Waffles

(Makes 6 servings)

Try this unique snack with a Southwestern accent. Try sprinkling these waffles with part-skim mozzarella cheese; broil and serve.

2 medium tomatoes, chopped 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper 1-2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro or 1-2 teaspoons crushed cilantro leaves 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/8 teaspoons ground red pepper 2 egg whites 1 cup oat-bran hot cereal, uncooked 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt, if desired 1-1/4 cups skim milk 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

For salsa, combine tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, lemon juice, and red pepper. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Heat waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form; set aside. Combine oat bran, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; mix well. Whisk milk, oil, and 2/3 cup salsa until well-blended. Add to try ingredients; mix just until moistened. Do not overmix. Fold egg whites into batter. Pour about 1 cup batter onto surface of grid. Close lid; bake until steam no longer escapes from sides of iron and waffles are golden brown. Serve with remaining. salsa.

Hot Sesame Wafers

(Makes 3 dozen)

Serve these spicy wafers with a yogurst dip. They're great served with salads or low-fat cheeses.

1/2 cup oat-bran hot cereal, uncooked 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt, if desired 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper 2 tablespoons margarine 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds 2-3 tablespoons skim milk

Heat oven to 350 [degrees] F. Combine oat bran, flour, baking powder, salt, and red pepper. Add margarine and corn syrup; mix until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in sesame seeds. Gradually add milk; mix just until dough forms a ball. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8" thickness. Cut with 2" biscuit or cookie cutter. If dough becomes too stiff, add 1 teaspoon skim milk at a time until of desired consistency. Transfer with spatula to ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until firm.
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Date:Nov 1, 1989
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