Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 15, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Apple Pie baking………

A tablespoon of minute tapioca sprinkled in apple pie will absorb excess juice while baking.

Thank you to Jean for passing this along.

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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/

Quick and Easy Fruit Dessert Recipes

June 13, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Quick and Easy Fruit Dessert Recipes. What’s Summer without all the wonderful and delicious kinds of fruit! So here’s some Quick and Easy Fruit Dessert Recipes with recipes like; Peach-Blackberry Compote with Basil Syrup, Green Tea-Poached Pears with Matcha Cream, and Bananas Foster. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Quick and Easy Fruit Dessert Recipes
Find quick and easy fruit dessert recipes including easy recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Peach-Blackberry Compote with Basil Syrup
Fresh basil, which has a special affinity with peaches, is the secret ingredient in this sophisticated compote. The basil garnish gives guests a clue to the subtle flavor in the syrup……

Green Tea-Poached Pears with Matcha Cream
Green tea, delicately flavored with ginger and almond, makes a delightful poaching medium for pears……………….

Bananas Foster
This famous New Orleans banana dessert recipe gets a kick from rum (we like dark). Impress your friends with this healthy fruit dessert tonight!……………

* Click the link below to get all the Quick and Easy Fruit Dessert Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19697/cooking-methods-styles/quick-easy/dessert/fruit/

Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Berry-Peachy Cobbler

June 6, 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 a Berry-Peachy Cobbler. Raspberries and Peaches make up this delicious and Diabetic Friendly Dessert. It’s from the Diabetes Self Management website. At the site you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more. So be sure to check it out soon! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Berry-Peachy Cobbler
Ingredients
4 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
1 1/4 pounds peaches, peeled and sliced or 1 package (16 ounces) frozen unsweetened sliced peaches, thawed and drained
2 cups fresh raspberries or 1 package (12 ounces) frozen unsweetened raspberries
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cold margarine, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray eight ramekins or 11×7-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; place ramekins in baking dish.

2 – Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons flour in large bowl. Add peaches, raspberries, and lemon peel; toss to coat. Divide fruit evenly among prepared ramekins. Bake 15 minutes or until fruit is bubbly around edges.

3 – Meanwhile, combine remaining 3/4 cup flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl. Cut in margarine with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk just until dry ingredients are moistened.

4 – Remove ramekins from oven; top fruit with equal dollops of topping. Sprinkle topping with remaining 2 teaspoons sugar. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until topping is lightly browned. Serve warm.

Yield: 8 servings.

Serving size: 1/8 of recipe.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 149 calories, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 1 mg, Sodium: 195 mg, Fiber: 3 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/berry-peachy-cobbler/

Grandma’s Apple Crisp

June 6, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, dessert | Leave a comment
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I’ve got a second Dessert Recipe to pass along to all of you, Grandma’s Apple Crisp. Granny Smith Apples, Cinnamon, and Equal Sweetener make up this recipe. This one is from the CooksRecipes website where you’ll find a fantastic selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines so be sure to check it out today! Enjoy and Make 2019 Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Grandma’s Apple Crisp
A traditional apple crisp with cinnamon flavored sliced fresh apples with a crunchy oat and nut topping, but with 39% less calories per serving. Serve it warm with a scoop of frozen vanilla yogurt.

Recipe Ingredients:
Filling:
6 cups peeled and sliced Granny Smith apples
1/2 cup Equal® Spoonful*
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Topping:
3/4 cup quick or old-fashioned oats, uncooked
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Equal® Spoonful**
1/4 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons stick butter or margarine, melted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cooking Directions:
1 – For Filling: Combine apples, 1/2 cup Equal®, water, flour, lemon juice and cinnamon. Toss gently to coat apple slices. Place in an 8-inch square baking pan.
2 – For Topping: Combine oats, flour, 1/4 cup Equal®, pecans, melted butter and cinnamon. Stir until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over apple mixture.
3 – Bake in preheated 350°F (175°C) oven 30 to 35 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is crisp. Remove from oven. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Makes 6 servings.

*May substitute 12 packets Equal sweetener.

**May substitute 6 packets Equal sweetener.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): calories 228, protein 4 g, carbohydrate 34 g, fat 10 g, cholesterol 15 mg, sodium 4 mg.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/grandma%27s_apple_crisp_recipe.html

No-Bake Cherry Cake

June 2, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly | Leave a comment
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I’ve got a Dessert to go with that Chicken Dinner on Sunday, No-Bake Cherry Cake. You’ll need a Prepared Angel Food Cake along with Fat Free Skim Milk, Reduced Fat Sour Cream, Vanilla Sugar Free Instant Pudding Mix, and Light Cherry Pie Filling. It’s only 156 calories per serving. You can find this recipe along with all the other Diabetic Friendly Recipes at the Diabetes Self Management website. Also looking for a good Healthy Recipe Magazine, subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

No-Bake Cherry Cake

Ingredients

1 (10-inch) prepared angel food cake
1 1/2 cups fat-free (skim) milk
1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 package (4-serving size) vanilla sugar-free fat-free instant pudding and pie filling mix
1 can (21 ounces) light cherry pie filling

Directions
1 – Cut cake into bite-sized pieces; press into 11×7-inch baking dish.

2 – Beat milk, sour cream, and pudding mix in medium bowl with wire whisk or electric mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until thickened. Spread over cake in baking dish.

3 – Spoon cherry pie filling evenly over cake. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or until chilled.

Yield: 12 servings.

Serving size: 1 piece cake (1/12 total recipe).

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 156 calories, Carbohydrates: 31 g, Protein: 4 g, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 7 mg, Sodium: 326 mg, Fiber: 1 g

https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/no-bake-cherry-cake/

Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Upside-Down Pineapple Cake

May 30, 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 – Upside-Down Pineapple Cake. Upside-Down Pineapple Cake just made healthier. Only 165 calories per serving! The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you not only find Diabetic Friendly Recipes but also Diabetes News and Diabetes Management Tips so check it out today! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Upside-Down Pineapple Cake
Ingredients
1 can (15 ounces) pineapple slices in juice
2 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup sucralose-based brown sugar substitute
1/4 cup margarine, melted
2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2 – Drain pineapple; reserve 3/4 cup juice. Place pineapple rings evenly in bottom of prepared pan. Drizzle molasses evenly over pineapple. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

3 – Beat sugar substitute, margarine, egg whites, and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer at low speed until well blended. Add reserved pineapple juice, flour and baking soda; beat until smooth. Pour batter over pineapple.

4 – Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Tip: For maximum flavor, let cake sit overnight before serving.

Yield: 12 servings.

Serving size: 1/12 of cake.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 165 calories, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 108 mg, Fiber: 1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/upside-pineapple-cake/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 30, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When baking a cake……….

Ingredients for cakes should be room temperature (can take out of refrigerator approximately 60-90 minutes before needed)

Brown Sugar Strawberry Shortcakes

May 25, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | 1 Comment
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I came across a Delicious and Diabetic Friendly Dessert from the Diabetes Self Management, Brown Sugar Strawberry Shortcakes. Some of the ingredients you’ll need are; Strawberries, Sugar Substitute, Reduced Fat Baking Mix, Buttermilk, and more! You can find this recipe along with all the other Diabetic Friendly Recipes at the Diabetes Self Management website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Brown Sugar Strawberry Shortcakes
Ingredients
2 cups fresh sliced strawberries
1/4 cup sugar substitute,* divided
2 cups reduced-fat biscuit baking mix
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup low-fat (1%) buttermilk
2 teaspoons margarine or butter, melted
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons reduced-fat whipped topping

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

2 – In medium bowl toss strawberries and 2 tablespoons sugar substitute. Set aside.

3 – In another medium bowl combine baking mix, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar substitute, and baking powder. Pour buttermilk over dry ingredients and stir gently with spoon until dough comes together. Remove dough from bowl, place on lightly floured surface, and pat into a 3/4- to 1-inch-thick circle.

4 – Cut dough into 6 portions. Round each piece into a circle and place on baking sheet. Brush with melted margarine and sprinkle 1 teaspoon brown sugar over each shortcake. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to rack and let cool slightly.

5 – To assemble shortcakes: Split each shortcake in half. Place bottom half on dessert plates, cover with 1/3 cup berries, 1 tablespoon whipped topping and cake tops.

*This recipe was tested using sucralose-based sugar substitute.

Tip: Strawberries can be refrigerated, unwashed, for up to 3 days. Or, they may be frozen. To freeze strawberries, hull them and arrange them in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan. Place them in the freezer until they are frozen solid and then transfer them to storage containers. They will keep for up to 9 months.

Yield: 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 190 calories, Carbohydrates: 37 g, Protein: 4 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 1 mg, Sodium: 572 mg, Fiber: 1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/brown-sugar-strawberry-shortcakes/

Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Italian Cheesecake

May 23, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is – Italian Cheesecake. Some of the ingredients you’ll be using are; Graham Crackers, Fat Free Cream Cheese, Sugar Substitute, Fat Free Ricotta Cheese, and Egg Substitute. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website which has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines. Check it out today! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Italian Cheesecake
Ingredients
9 whole graham crackers, plus additional pieces for garnish
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 packages (8 ounces each) fat-free cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar substitute*
1 container (15 ounces) fat-free ricotta cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup cholesterol-free egg substitute
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups reduced-fat sour cream
Fresh strawberries (optional)
Fresh mint leaves (optional)

Directions
1 – Spray 9-inch springform pan or deep-dish pie pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2 – Place graham crackers in resealable food storage bag; crush into fine crumbs with rolling pin. Mix crumbs and brown sugar in small bowl. Stir in butter until crumbs are moistened. Press crumb mixture into bottom and 1 inch up side of prepared pan. Refrigerate crust while preparing filling.

3 – Preheat oven to 300°F. Beat cream cheese and sugar substitute in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add ricotta; beat until blended. Slowly add eggs and egg substitute; beat until well blended. Beat in cornstarch, flour, and vanilla. Beat in sour cream just until blended. Pour filling into prepared crust; place pan on baking sheet.

4 – Bake 1 hour and 30 minutes to 1 hour and 40 minutes or until top of cheesecake is golden and just set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Garnish with strawberries, mint, and graham cracker pieces.

*Note: This recipe was tested using sucralose-based sugar substitute.

Yield: 18 servings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 154 calories, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Protein: 10 g, Fat: 7 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 47 mg, Sodium: 296 mg, Fiber: 1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/italian-cheesecake/

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