Saturday, June 28, 2014

My Garden Vegetable Bake, an Easy Favorite

Today I baked my favorite Garden Vegetable Bake, and Whole Wheat Bran muffins, with carrots, raisins and apple.  Both low calorie and low sugar.  The Veggie Bake is 140 calories a serving, but I alter the Betty Crocker recipe and most always leave out the corn.  So carbs and sugar are less.  The muffin recipe, I alter also, and it comes out about 114 calories.  I love the Garden Veggie bake as I always freeze some for a quick breakfast or lunch. (pop in microwave)  Here is the recipe for the Garden Vegetable Bake.

1/2 cup grated low-fat Parmesan Cheese
1 generous cup of chopped zucchini
Optional:  2/3 Cup whole kernel sweet corn
1 small tomato, chopped 1/2 cup. 
1 medium onion, chopped 1/2 cup
3/4 cup of Bisquick HeartSmart mix
1 cup fat-free skim milk
1/2 cup fat-free eye product or 4 egg whites.  (at times I use one whole egg with the added whites).
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
I often add a dash of Italian Seasoning, and about 1/4 of shredded cheddar cheese, and/or chopped mushrooms.  

1. Heat oven to 400.  Spray 8 or 9 inch square baking dish with cooking spray.  Sprinkle 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese in baking dish. Top with zucchini, tomatoes, onions [corn]. Sprinkle remaining cheese, [add cheddar, if used].
2.  In small bowl, stir and blend remaining ingredients.  Pour over vegetables and cheese.
3.  Bake uncovered for 32 to 35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.  [30 minutes in my oven so keep an eye on it.  Let stand 5 minutes before cutting. 
Makes 6 servings.    
Serve with fruit, salad, or avocado, and in my photo, a Bran Muffin.    


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Linda Pendleton's The Unknown, A Novel, now in Audiobook

Happy to say my novel, The Unknown, is now an audiobook.  It is narrated by Rick Frederick, who did a great job in the reading of it.  Rick Frederick, is an actor, writer, and audio book narrator, via  

I've recently have had several of my books done as audiobooks.  I have found it to be so pleasurable to listen to someone narrating my words.  At first, it seemed strange, especially with my novel, Shattered Lens, Catherine Winter, Private Investigator, because that book and the second of the series, Fractured Image, are wirtten in first person---a female voice and I am used to that voice of Catherine being my voice in my head as author.  But soon I became used to just "listening" and not thinking about it.  Enjoyable, for sure.  

I am very happy with Rick Frederick's narration of The Unknown.  I had listened to his sample narration at ACX, and knew he was the one I wanted to have narrate The Unknown.  So I contacted him and he accepted the offer to narrate.  

Check out his short sample reading of The Unknown, and let me know what you think.  I hope if you decide to get the book, you will enjoy listening as much as I did.  The book is also at Kindle and in print for those of you who might not prefer audiobooks.