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Make light, tasty green chili cheese squares

By Jeanne Jones

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 28 2012 2:50 p.m. MDT

Dear Jeanne: 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.

Dear Jessica: These squares are very good, and now they are quite light!

Jeanne Jones is the author of 33 cookbooks, most recently "Cooking From the Cupboard" (Rodale Press). For more information, you can go to her website, jeannejones.com.

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GREEN CHILI-CHEESE SQUARES

1/2 cup melted butter or margarine

1/2 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

10 eggs

1 can (8 ounces) green chilies

2 cups cottage cheese

1/2 pound cheddar cheese, grated

1/2 pound 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.

LIGHT-AND-TASTY GREEN CHILI-CHEESE SQUARES

4 eggs

8 egg whites

1 tablespoon olive oil cups

2 cups (16 ounces) low-fat cottage cheese

1 cup (4 ounces) grated reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup (4 ounces) grated reduced-fat Monterey Jack

1 can (7 ounces) diced green chilies

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Spray a 9-by-13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

2. 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.

3. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and combine thoroughly.

4. 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 approximately: Original Recipe: 196 calories; 14 gm fat; 130 mg cholesterol; 461 mg sodium; 4 gm carbohydrates; 12 gm protein; trace fiber. Revised Recipe: 79 calories; 3 gm fat; 42 mg cholesterol; 295 mg sodium; 4 gm carbohydrates; 9 gm protein; negligible fiber.

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