Healthy Italian Dessert Recipes

December 19, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Italian Dessert Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Italian Dessert Recipes with recipes including; Coffee ‘n’ Cream Biscotti, Almond Cannoli with Lemon-Basil Ricotta Cream Filling, and Almond Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Italian Dessert Recipes
Find healthy, delicious Italian dessert recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Coffee ‘n’ Cream Biscotti
These sweet Italian cookies will be perfect with your afternoon or evening coffee. Each coffee-flavored biscotti is covered in melted chocolate and will practically melt in your mouth…………

Almond Cannoli with Lemon-Basil Ricotta Cream Filling
Homemade cannoli shells are filled with a creamy lemon and ricotta cheese filling with a hint of fresh basil for a gourmet dessert. For a shortcut, you can substitute purchased cannoli shells (8 full-size or 16 mini)………………

Almond Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce
Panna cotta means “cooked cream” in Italian. This version of the delicious Italian dessert is flavored with amaretto or almond extract and served with a luscious blueberry sauce……………………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Italian Dessert Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/21081/cuisines-regions/european/italian/desserts/

One of America’s Favorites – Tomato Soup

December 2, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Tomato soup with basil

Tomato soup is a soup made with tomatoes as the primary ingredient. It may be served hot or cold in a bowl, and may be made in a variety of ways. It may be smooth in texture, and there are also recipes which include chunks of tomato, cream and chicken or vegetable stock. Popular toppings for tomato soup include sour cream or croutons. In the United States, the soup is frequently served with crackers, which may be crumbled onto the soup by the diner, and a grilled cheese sandwich. Tomato soup is one of the top comfort foods in Poland and the United States. It can be made fresh by blanching tomatoes, removing the skins, then blending them into a puree.

The first published tomato soup is mentioned by Eliza Leslie in 1857 in her final publication New Cookery Book. Joseph A. Campbell’s recipe for condensed tomato soup in 1897 further increased its popularity.

Commercially prepared tomato soup is available in a variety of forms, including canned, condensed and in dehydrated powder form. “Tomato” ranks among the top three flavors of soup produced by the Campbell Soup Company.

The main ingredients for tomato soup are tomato puree and wheat flour.

The cell wall structural importance for the plant’s growth and stability in the ripening process is equally as important to the quality of the tomato products it can produce. The pectin and cellulose are what determine the apparent viscosity of the tomato product. If they are broken at higher temperatures more enzymes are deactivated than if they are broken at lower temperatures.

High-fructose corn syrup is sometimes added to tomato soup to make it sweeter. HFCS is composed of both glucose and fructose in their free monosaccharide from that doesn’t crystallize readily. HFCS is also important in binding water, the monosaccharaides of fructose and glucose have the ability to bind to water in the product. The binding of water helps to reduce microbial growth by removing available water from the product it can also prevent the separation of water in products like sauces and soups.

Wheat flour is composed of six main groups, carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes, lipids, minerals and vitamins. Flour is added to tomato soup to increase its viscosity. The starch in the flour acts as a gelling agent and increases the viscosity of the product. When starch granules found in the flour are heated in solution they become less ordered and begin to gel. During this process of gelatinization the crystal like structures of the starch granules disappear and the swelling starts creating a viscoelastic product.

Tomato soup served with a grilled cheese sandwich

Gazpacho is a tomato soup of Spanish origin, served cold. It originates in the region of Andalucía in southern Spain. Gazpacho is widely consumed in Spanish cuisine, as well as in neighboring

Portugal, where it is known as gaspacho. Gazpacho is mostly consumed during the summer months, due to its refreshing qualities and cold serving temperature. Many variations of gazpacho exist.

Tomato soup is often paired with a grilled cheese sandwich, toast, crumpet or English muffin.

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 9, 2018 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 2 Comments
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Skimping on fat and calories…….

Use evaporated skim milk in place of light or heavy cream in soups and sauces.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 17, 2013 at 9:42 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Whipping up some heavy cream? Heavy cream will set up faster if you add seven drops of lemon juice for each pint of cream. But you don’t necessarily need heavy cream to make whipped cream. Light cream can be whipped to a firm, mousse – like consistency if you add a tablespoon unflavored gelatin dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water for every 2 cups of cream. After whipping refrigerate it for two hours.

 

Wild Idea Buffalo Dessert: Mousse au Chocolate

April 10, 2013 at 9:29 AM | Posted in dessert | Leave a comment
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Mousse au Chocolate
By: Jill O’Brien
This is my own concoction. I use both a high quality bittersweet chocolate as well as a high quality milk chocolate. The addition of beaten egg whites gives it an extra lightness with out compromising its rich creaminess!

Ingredients:

6 oz. Bittersweet Chocolate
6 oz. Milk Chocolate
1 pint Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Tb Cointreau
4 Eggs, separated
Directions:

1 – In heavy saucepan over low heat, add 1 cup cream and chocolate. Melt together stirring occasionally. Mixture should never become hot.
2 – Meanwhile, in electric mixer, beat remaining cream until stiff, scrape into other bowl and place in refrigerator until needed.
3 – Place egg yolks into mixing bowl and beat until pale.
4 – While mixer is running slowly add in chocolate mixture. Mix thoroughly to incorporate and aerate.
5 – Transfer chocolate mixture to a large bowl, cover and refrigerate until mixture is slightly cool, but not set.
6 – Gently fold whipped cream into chocolate mixture in 3 small batches.
7 – In a well chilled mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff.
8 – Gently fold in beaten egg whites to chocolate mixture until well incorporated.
9 – Spoon mousse mixture into steamed glassware and refrigerate until set. (3 hours or up to 3 days in advance.)
10 – Garnish mousse with additional whipped cream, dark chocolate shavings or fresh fruit.
http://wildideabuffalo.com/2012/mousse-au-chocolate/

Diabetic Friendly Chocolate Mousse and Easy Pineapple Cheesecake

December 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly | 3 Comments
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With Christmas coming up shortly here’s a couple of Diabetic Friendly Desserts for those that have to watch carbs. A reader that follows my blog passed these along to me to share. He said they came from a Diabetic Cookbook that contained Splenda made desserts. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

 

Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients:

3 ounces Unsweetened Chocolate
1 cup Low Fat Milk
1/4 cup Egg Beater‘s Egg Substitute
1/2 cup Splenda Granular
1 teaspoon Corn Starch
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
3 cups sliced Strawberries
Directions:

Place chocolate and milk in a medium size saucepan. Heat over medium heat until chocolate melts.
Stir together egg substitute, SPLENDA®, corn starch and Grand Marnier in a small mixing bowl. Add to chocolate mixture. Stir constantly. Heat over medium heat while stirring constantly until mixture begins to thicken (approximately 3 to 4 minutes). Remove from heat, pour into the bowl of a blender or food processor. Blend or process briefly (10 to 20 seconds) to make a more creamy texture. Pour into mixing bowl and cover.
Refrigerate chocolate mixture approximately 2 to 3 hours or until cool.
Whip cream and fold into chocolate. Refrigerate overnight to set. Will keep refrigerated for 3 days.
To serve layer strawberries and mousse in 6 all-purpose wine glasses.
Makes 6 servings.

Nutrients Per Serving: Total Calories 220, Calories from Fat 140, Total Fat 15 g, Saturated Fat 9 g, Sodium 50 mg, Total Carbohydrate 18 g, Dietary Fiber 4 g, Sugars 10 g, Protein 4 g.

 

 

Easy Pineapple Cheesecake

Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) package Reduced Fat Philly Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
2 (15-ounce) cans Dole Crushed Pineapple, drained
1 3/4 cups Cool Whip Free Whipped Topping
1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix cream cheese and SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener together. Stir in 1 can of pineapple and whipped topping to cream cheese mixture. Mix until smooth.
Pour mixture into crust and top with other can of pineapple. Cover and chill for 2 hours.
Makes 8 servings.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): Calories 330 | Calories from Fat 170 | Fat 19g (sat 10g) | Cholesterol 30mg | Sodium 230mg | Carbohydrates 38g | Fiber 1g | Sugars 28g | Protein 4g

Sweet and Salty Carrots with Olive Dressing.

August 22, 2011 at 11:50 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, fruits | Leave a comment
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Sweet and Salty Carrots with Olive Dressing.

Ingredients
2 lb medium carrots , peeled
NaN cup olive oil (or butter)
2 medium garlic cloves , peeled and sliced
2 tbsp chopped parsley
8 oz canned green olives , pitted
4 pinch fresh thyme , rinsed
1 pinch salt and pepper
6 tbsp light whipping cream

Directions
1 Slice carrots into 1/2-inch thick matchstick pieces. Combine carrots with 2 tablespoons butter in a slow-cooker.
2 Place lid on slow-cooker ad set on high. Cook 2 to 3 hours, or until carrots are soft. Stir only 2 times. Strain.
3 Ten minutes before serving time, heat the rest of the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Mix in garlic and parsley and cook 1 minute. Add carrots, olives, thyme, and salt and pepper. Stir in cream, place lid on pan, and cook over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes; liquid should be thick when finished.

This can be made up to step 2 about 1 hour in advance. To pit olives, gently tap each one with a wooden mallet or the flat side of a knife blade; halve olive and pull out pit.

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