Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Patriotic Popsicles

June 13, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dessert of the Week | 1 Comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is – Patriotic Popsicles. Some of the ingredients you’ll need are; Plain Non Fat Greek Yogurt, Lemon Juice, Fat Free (Skim) Milk, Strawberries, and Blueberries. Only 50 calories and 8 carbs per serving! The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website which has a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! Plus you can subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine, one of my favorites! So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Patriotic Popsicles

Ingredients
3/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
1 tablespoon fat-free (skim) milk
1 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
Pop molds
Pop sticks

Directions
1 – Combine yogurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and milk in blender or food processor; blend until smooth.

2 – Combine remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice and strawberries in blender or food processor; blend until smooth.

3 – Alternately layer blueberries, yogurt mixture, and strawberry mixture in molds.* Cover top of each mold with small piece of foil. Insert sticks through center of foil. Freeze 4 hours or until firm.

4 – To remove pops from molds, remove foil and place bottoms of pops under warm running water until loosened. Press firmly on bottoms to release. (Do not twist or pull sticks.)

*Tip: Greek yogurt is yogurt from which much of the liquid or “whey” has been drained before use. It is available in most major grocery stores.

Yield: 4 servings.

Serving size: 1 popsicle.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 50 calories, Carbohydrates: 8 g, Protein: 4 g, Fat: 0 g, Saturated Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 20 mg, Fiber: 1 g

https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/patriotic-popsicles/

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 13, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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How to freeze blueberries……

* Use fresh blueberries that are completely dry when you pop them in the freezer. Don’t worry about rinsing the berries before you freeze them; simply place them, still in their original containers, in resealable plastic bags and store them on your freezer shelf.
* If you prefer to rinse the blueberries first, dry them well with paper towels, then transfer them to freezer containers or resealable plastic bags for freezing. The blueberries will freeze individually so you can remove just the portion you need.
* If you didn’t wash your blueberries before freezing them, rinse them just before use.
For best results, toss your home-frozen blueberries into oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, shakes or sauces within 10 months.

 

* From the Blueberry Council website
https://www.blueberrycouncil.org/blueberry-cooking-tips/freezing-blueberries/

SUGAR FREE BLUEBERRY BANNOCK

May 19, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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I came across a delicious sounding Pastry Recipe, SUGAR FREE BLUEBERRY BANNOCK. I ‘ve never heard of this one but it is described as a flat quick bread that is often cut into wedges, like scones. So if you like Scones, you’ll like this! Plus its Diabetic Friendly, 130 calories. The recipe is from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website which has a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes. Be sure to check it out! So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

SUGAR FREE BLUEBERRY BANNOCK
Bannock is a flat quick bread that is often cut into wedges, like scones. This is a whole-wheat, baked version of a traditional Aboriginal recipe. Canola oil helps produce a light and tender crumb for this blueberry bannock recipe.

Recipe Yield: 8

Ingredients

1 cup whole-wheat flour (250 mL)
1 cup all-purpose flour (250 mL)
3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (175 mL)
2 Tbsp baking powder (30 mL)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (2 mL)
1/8 tsp salt (.5 mL)
1/2 cup skim milk (125 mL)
1/2 cup water (125 mL)
1 Tbsp canola oil (15 mL)

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 400F (200C).
2 – In bowl, combine flours, blueberries, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
3 – Stir in milk, water and canola oil and, using hands, moisten all ingredients, handling dough as little as possible.
4 – Turn dough out of bowl and place on lightly floured surface.
5 – Using hands, form disc about 1/2-inch (1-cm) thick and about 9-10 inches (22-25 cm) in diameter. If necessary, sprinkle with flour to keep dough from sticking. Cut into 8 wedges.
6 – Place wedges on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until bannock is golden brown.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 130
Fat: 2 grams
Fiber: 2 grams
Sodium: 340 milligrams
Protein: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 24 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipe/sugarfree-blueberry-bannock

Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Frozen Berry Ice Cream

May 2, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dessert of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is – Frozen Berry Ice Cream. This delicious Dessert is made using Strawberries, Peaches, Blueberries, Sugar Substitute, Vanilla, and Low Fat Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s only 69 calories and 15 carbs per serving! The Recipe comes from the Diabetes Self Management website. At the site you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes along with Diabetes News and Diabetes Management Tips. Plus you can subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine, one of my favorites! So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Frozen Berry Ice Cream

Ingredients
8 ounces frozen unsweetened strawberries, partially thawed
8 ounces frozen unsweetened peaches, partially thawed
4 ounces frozen unsweetened blueberries, partially thawed
6 packets sugar substitute
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups sugar-free, low-fat vanilla ice cream
16 blueberries (optional)
4 small strawberries, halved (optional)
8 peach slices (optional)

Directions
1 – Combine partially thawed strawberries, peaches, blueberries, sugar substitute, and vanilla in food processor. Process until coarsely chopped.

2 – Add ice cream; process until well blended.

3 – Serve immediately for semi-soft texture or freeze until ready to serve. (If frozen, let stand 10 minutes to soften slightly.) Garnish each serving with 2 blueberries for “eyes,” 1 strawberry half for “nose,” and 1 peach slice for “smile.”

Yield: 8 servings.

Serving size: 1/2 cup.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 69 calories, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 1 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 23 mg, Fiber: 1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/frozen-berry-ice-cream/

One of America’s Favorites – Blueberry Pie

September 17, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A slice of blueberry pie with traditional crust

Blueberry pie is a pie with a blueberry filling. Blueberry pie is considered one of the easiest pies to make because it does not require pitting or peeling of fruit. It usually has a top and bottom crust. The top crust can be a circular crust but the pie can also have a crumble crust or no top crust at all. Blueberry pies are often eaten in the summertime because that is when blueberries are in season.

Blueberry pies were already baked in Germany before European settlers came to America. Blueberry pie was first eaten by early American settlers and remains a popular dessert in the United States and Canada. Similar desserts are prepared in Europe with bilberries. Blueberry pie made with wild Maine blueberries is the official state dessert of the U.S. state of Maine. Blueberry pie has been documented in the Appledore Cook Book in 1872.

Blueberry pie with almond crumb topping

A typical ingredient for blueberry pie are rinsed and stemmed blueberries. The berries can be frozen or fresh. Other ingredients include flour, or instant tapioca. cinnamon, [[nutmeg{],sugar, vanilla and butter. Recipes may vary ingredients.

Nutrients
Macro
The macronutrient count for a serving of blueberry pie is around 12.5 grams of fat, 43.6 grams of carbohydrates, and 2.3 grams of protein, for a calorie count of 290.

Micro
Blueberry pie has several vitamins including vitamin A, Folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K. Blueberry pie also has a variety of minerals like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, and zinc.

 

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Blueberry Turkey Bacon Pancakes

September 14, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is – Blueberry Turkey Bacon Pancakes. Start you morning off with Blueberry Turkey Bacon Pancakes. Made using JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon. Flapjacks topped with fresh Blueberries, Chopped Turkey Bacon, and Maple Syrup! You can find this recipe at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2018! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

Blueberry Turkey Bacon Pancakes

Blueberry turkey bacon pancakes are a flavor combination of savory yet sweet that satisfies all your taste cues! Chopped turkey bacon plus fresh blueberries are an easy way to lift up ordinary pancakes to delicious new heights. You’ll be doing a slow clap for these flapjacks.

INGREDIENTS
2 cups pancake mix
6 slices Jennie – O Turkey Bacon
½ cup coarsely chopped fresh blueberries
maple syrup
garnish: fresh blueberries, additional chopped blueberry turkey bacon

DIRECTIONS
1) Prepare pancake batter according to package directions.
2) Cook turkey bacon as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Chop turkey bacon.
3) Stir chopped bacon and blueberries into pancake batter. Heat griddle to medium heat (350°F). Drop batter by ¼ cup onto lightly greased hot griddle. Cook 2 to 3 minutes and flip. Cook another 2 minutes.
4) Serve with maple syrup. Garnish with blueberries and bacon, if desired.

* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 280
Protein 12g
Carbohydrates 36g
Fiber 4g
Sugars 2g
Fat 10g
Cholesterol 80mg
Sodium 840mg
Saturated Fat 2.5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/1222-blueberry-turkey-bacon-pancakes

Diabetic Dish of the Week – SUGAR FREE MIXED BERRY JAM

June 26, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is – SUGAR FREE MIXED BERRY JAM. Raspberries, Strawberries, and Blueberries are the Berries you’ll be using. Splenda Sweetner replaces the Sugar in the recipe. The Jam is only 25 calories and 6 carbs per serving! The recipe is from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website which has an endless amount of Diabetic Friendly Recipes for all occasions. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

SUGAR FREE MIXED BERRY JAM
Ingredients

6 cups fresh raspberries
1/3 cup sugar
3 cups fresh strawberries
1 1/2 cups Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1 cup cold water
1 (1.75 ounce) package SURE-JELL* For Lower Sugar Recipes Fruit Pectin
1 pint blueberries

Directions

1 – Combine raspberries and sugar in a heavy bottomed pan. Heat over medium-high heat. Boil 10-15 minutes, stirring constantly.
2 – Mash strawberries with a fork or potato masher.
3 – Add Splenda Granulated Sweetener and strawberries to raspberries. Stir constantly and boil over medium-high heat for an additional 10-15 minutes.
4 – Pour cold water into a small saucepan. Whisk pectin into water, and let stand 2-3 minutes. Allow the pectin to absorb the water.
5 – Boil water and pectin, then stir into fruit mixture and reduce heat to medium-low. Add blueberries. Simmer and stir for 5-6 minutes, until pectin is thoroughly blended with the fruit.
6 – Freeze in sterile canning jars.

Recipe Yield: Servings: 48Serving Size: 1 tablespoon

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 25
Fiber: 2 grams
Sodium: 5 milligrams
Carbohydrates: 6 grams
Sugars: 2 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipe/sugar-free-mixed-berry-jam

Healthy Pancake Recipes

October 10, 2017 at 5:26 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and magazine its Healthy Pancake Recipes. Delicious and healthy Pancake recipes like; Whole-Grain Buttermilk Pancakes, German Apple Pancake, and Pumpkin Pancakes. Find these and more all at the EatingWell website. Plus don’t forget to subscribe to the EatingWell website! Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.eatingwell.com/

 

Healthy Pancake Recipes
Find healthy, delicious pancake recipes including blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and low-calorie pancakes. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

 

Whole-Grain Buttermilk Pancakes
This healthy whole-grain buttermilk pancake recipe uses 100% whole-wheat flour, heart-healthy canola oil and just a tablespoon of sugar. Compared to most store-bought mixes or a classic recipe, this recipe saves about 30 calories, 3 grams saturated fat and 4 grams total sugar per serving, plus you’ll dish up 2 extra grams of fiber. If you want to experiment with different types of whole grains, replace up to ½ cup of the whole-wheat flour with cornmeal, oats and/or buckwheat flour. Or add extra fiber and omega-3s by adding up to 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed or chia seeds………..

 

German Apple Pancake
A judicious use of butter and sugar gives this classic German apple pancake—also known as a Dutch baby—less than a third of the fat and considerably fewer calories than the original breakfast treat. The topping—sautéed apples glazed with apple-cider syrup—is wonderful on oatmeal, waffles and frozen yogurt too……..

 

Pumpkin Pancakes
This healthy whole-grain pumpkin pancake recipe produces fluffy cakes with a beautiful orange hue from pureed pumpkin and light crunch from toasted pecans. If you want to experiment with different types of whole grains, replace up to ½ cup of the whole-wheat flour with cornmeal, oats and/or buckwheat flour. Or add extra fiber and omega-3s by adding up to 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed or chia seeds…….

 

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Pancake Recipes.
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18659/mealtimes/breakfast-brunch/pancakes/

One of America’s Favorites – Shortcake

September 25, 2017 at 5:03 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Shortcake is a sweet cake or biscuit (in the American sense: that is, a crumbly bread that has been leavened with baking powder or baking soda).

Shortcake is typically made with flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, salt, butter, milk or cream, and sometimes eggs. The dry ingredients are blended, and then the butter is cut in until the mixture resembles cornmeal. The liquid ingredients are then mixed in just until moistened, resulting in a shortened dough. The dough is then dropped in spoonfuls onto a baking sheet, rolled and cut like baking powder biscuits, or poured into a cake pan, depending on how wet the dough is and the baker’s preferences. Then it is baked at a relatively high temperature until set.

 

An image of a strawberry shortcake

Strawberry shortcake
The most famous dessert made with shortcake is strawberry shortcake. Sliced strawberries are mixed with sugar and allowed to sit an hour or so, until the strawberries have surrendered a great deal of their juices (macerated). The shortcakes are split and the bottoms are covered with a layer of strawberries, juice, and whipped cream, typically flavored with sugar and vanilla. The top is replaced, and more strawberries and whipped cream are added onto the top. Some convenience versions of shortcake are not made with a shortcake (i.e. biscuit) at all, but instead use a base of sponge cake or sometimes a corn muffin. Japanese-style strawberry shortcakes use a sponge cake base, and are a popular Christmas treat in Japan.

The largest strawberry shortcake ever made was in the town of La Trinidad, Benguet in the Philippines on March 20, 2004. It weighed 21,213.40 lb.

Though strawberry is the most widely known shortcake dessert, peach shortcake, blueberry shortcake, chocolate shortcake and other similar desserts are made along similar lines. It is also common to see recipes where the shortcake itself is flavored; coconut is a common addition.

 

Though today’s shortcakes are usually of the biscuit or sponge-cake variety, earlier American recipes called for pie crust in rounds or broken-up pieces, which was a variety still being enjoyed in the 21st century, particularly in the South.

The first strawberry shortcake recipe appeared in an English cookbook as early as 1588, according to Driscoll’s berry growers. By 1850, strawberry shortcake was a well-known biscuit and fruit dessert served hot with butter and sweetened cream. In the United States, strawberry shortcake parties were held as celebrations of the summer fruit harvest. This tradition is upheld in some parts of the United States on June 14, which is Strawberry Shortcake Day. It wasn’t until 1910 that French pastry chefs replaced the topping with heavy whipped cream.

 

 

Ohio Festivals August 17th – 20th, 2017

August 16, 2017 at 5:34 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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August 17, 2017 – Taste to Remember – Cincinnati, Ohio
Annual Taste to Remember. Freshly prepared food and fine wine will delight your senses as you tour the silent auction and vie for the chance to have a local chef dazzle you with a delicious, multi-course meal in your home. Your fabulous night out will benefit Children’s Hunger Alliance.

https://www.childrenshungeralliance.org/events2/

 

August 17-19, 2017 Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival – Bucyrus, Ohio
Brats, Beers and Cheers. First celebrated in the summer of 1967, this is an annual three-day event that is always held on the full third weekend of August. There are all kinds of activities to keep all ages entertained.

http://www.bucyrusbratwurstfestival.com/

 

August 17-20, 2017 Lexington Blueberry Festival – Lexington, Ohio
Centered around family-friendly events and blueberries! Every year the festival adds more activities and entertainment for festival goers to enjoy. Every night includes noteworthy bands. Each day is full of rides, contests, business vendors, locally made crafts and a grand variety of blueberry foods. Festive parade, 5K Run, Highlander games, children’s blueberry games and fireworks on Saturday.

http://www.lexblueberryfest.com/

 

August 18-19, 2017 Burning River Fest – Cleveland, Ohio
Burning River Fest invites guests to discover Cleveland’s historic Coast Guard Station with live music, fresh food from local farms and eateries, chef demos, and plenty of GLBC beer, including Burning River Pale Ale, Oktoberfest, and a special, yet to be determined beer perfect for summer and the Burning River Fest. Festival goers can dance, eat, drink, and socialize while celebrating one of Cleveland’s most unique monuments.

http://burningriverfest.org/

 

August 18-19, 2017 Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Held in celebration of Reynoldsburg’s claim as “birthplace of the commercial tomato”. Festival-goers enjoy tomato displays and contests, consessions, arts and crafts exhibits, live musical entertainment, children’s activities, and the opportunity to meet the friendly people of Reynoldsburg. Attendance: 35,000.

http://www.reynoldsburgtomatofestival.org/

 

August 19, 2017 109th Swanton Corn Festival – Swanton, Ohio
The theme for 2017 will be “Rivals in the Corn – Who Ya Rootin’ For?”. Among the activities will be a parade, car show, corn hole tournament, and entertainment on Saturday night.

http://swantoncornfest.com/

 

August 19-20, 2017 36th Annual Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival
Fairborn, Ohio
The Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival features handmade arts and crafts. This is a family oriented alcohol-free event featuring children’s activities with free entertainment, parking, and activities. Many local and regional artisans offering handmade arts and crafts, and of course, Sweet Corn!

http://www.fairbornsweetcornfestival.org/index.html

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