How to Make Healthy Mexican Recipes at Home

October 18, 2017 at 5:10 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | 1 Comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its – How to Make Healthy Mexican Recipes at Home. You’ll find recipes for fajitas, chili, salad, and desserts. All delicious and all Diabetic Friendly! Find these and more all at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

How to Make Healthy Mexican Recipes at Home
If you crave Mexican food but don’t want to derail your eating plan, let Diabetic Living’s Mexican-inspired recipes save the day. Enjoy fajitas, chili, salad, and even desserts that are light, fresh, and full of flavor.

 

Cilantro Chicken Chilaquiles with Crumbled Queso Fresco
You won’t believe how easy this diabetic Mexican recipe is to whip together. Use leftover cooked chicken breast to make it an even quicker weeknight meal. If your family loves nachos, they’ll flip for these chilaquiles…….

 

Pulled Pork Fajitas with Fresh Salsa Verde
Indulge in three fajitas for just 29 grams of carb with this slow cooker pork recipe. Designed for two, this easy recipe is packed with protein and bright and flavorful ingredients like cilantro, lime, and mango……..

 

Baked Chicken Taquitos
Leftover chicken breast is the secret to this quick diabetic meal for two. You’ll love how easily this healthy recipe comes together and that it has just 17 grams of carb for two taquitos…..

 

* Click the link below to get all the – How to Make Healthy Mexican Recipes at Home
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/mexican/how-to-make-healthy-mexican-recipes-home

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 14, 2017 at 5:40 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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What, use Buttermilk?…………

 

 

Thank you to Kim K. for passing this hint along………

 

When cake mix calls for water use buttermilk instead. It will make the lightest and best cakes. Plus it will give it that homemade taste.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 12, 2017 at 5:22 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Making Pie Crust……..

 

Do not over-handle the pie crust; overworking develops the gluten and toughens the dough. It’s okay to see flakes of yellow from the butter and egg yolk. Also, when working the dough, use your fingertips instead of the warmer palms of the hand.

One of America’s Favorites – Pumpkin Pie

October 9, 2017 at 5:28 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Pumpkin pie

Pumpkin pie is a sweet dessert pie with a spiced, pumpkin-based custard filling. The pumpkin is a symbol of harvest time, and pumpkin pie is often eaten during the fall and early winter. In the United States and Canada, it is usually prepared for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and is also featured at Halloween.

The pie consists of a pumpkin-based custard, ranging in colour from orange to brown, baked in a single pie shell, rarely with a top crust. The pie is generally flavored with cinnamon, powdered ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Allspice is also commonly used and can replace the clove and nutmeg, as its flavor is similar to both combined. Cardamom and vanilla are also sometimes used as batter spices. The spice mixture is called pumpkin pie spice.

The pie is often made from canned pumpkin or packaged pumpkin pie filling (spices included), mainly from varieties of Cucurbita moschata.

 

Pumpkin pie filling being made

Pies made from pumpkins use pie pumpkins; at about six to eight inches in diameter, they are considerably smaller than jack o’lanterns. The pumpkin is sliced in half, and the seeds are removed. The two halves are heated until soft, in an oven, over an open fire, on a stove top, or in a microwave oven. Sometimes the pumpkin halves are brined to soften the pulp, rather than cooked. At this point the pulp is scooped out and puréed.

The pulp is mixed with eggs, evaporated and/or sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and a spice mixture called pumpkin pie spice, which includes nutmeg and other spices (e.g., ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, mace), then baked in a pie shell. Similar pies are made with butternut squash or sweet potato fillings.

 

 

A slice of pumpkin pie

The pumpkin is native to the continent of North America. The pumpkin was an early export to France; from there it was introduced to Tudor England, and the flesh of the “pompion” was quickly accepted as pie filler. During the seventeenth century, pumpkin pie recipes could be found in English cookbooks, such as Hannah Woolley’s The Gentlewoman’s Companion (1675). Pumpkin “pies” made by early American colonists were more likely to be a savory soup made and served in a pumpkin than a sweet custard in a crust.

It was not until the early nineteenth century that the recipes appeared in American cookbooks or pumpkin pie became a common addition to the Thanksgiving dinner. The Pilgrims brought the pumpkin pie back to New England, while the English method of cooking the pumpkin took a different course. In the 19th century, the English pumpkin pie was prepared by stuffing the pumpkin with apples, spices, and sugar and then baking it whole.

Today, throughout much of the United States, it is traditional to serve pumpkin pie after Thanksgiving dinner. Additionally, many modern companies produce seasonal pumpkin pie-flavored products such as candy, cheesecake, coffee, ice cream, french toast, waffles and pancakes, and many breweries produce a seasonal pumpkin ale or beer; these are generally not flavored with pumpkins, but rather pumpkin pie spices. Commercially made pumpkin pie mix is made from Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita maxima, and Cucurbita moschata (Libbey Select uses the Select Dickinson Pumpkin variety of C. moschata for its canned pumpkins).

 

 

A can of pureed pumpkin, typically used as the main ingredient in the pie filling

The world’s largest pumpkin pie was made in New Bremen, Ohio, at the New Bremen Pumpkinfest. It was created on September 25, 2010. The pie consisted of 1,212 pounds of canned pumpkin, 109 gallons of evaporated milk, 2,796 eggs, 7 pounds of salt, 14.5 pounds of cinnamon, and 525 pounds of sugar. The final pie weighed 3,699 pounds (1,678 kg) and measured 20 feet (6 m) in diameter.

 

 

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

October 6, 2017 at 11:10 AM | Posted in dessert | Leave a comment
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It’s the season for Tricks and Treats! This recipe is a real Treat – Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing. There’s different versions of this online. I found this one on an email from the Kroger – My Magazine.

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing
These light and moist cookies have a perfect cake-like texture that’s sure to please.

INGREDIENTS

COOKIES
1 Tbsp. orange zest
½ cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup unsalted butter
½ cup canned pumpkin purée
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
½ tsp. salt
ICING
¼ cup butter, softened
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, divided
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. milk
Orange and green tinted sugars, for decorating

INSTRUCTIONS

1 – In a large mixing bowl, massage zest into brown sugar; let sit for a few minutes. Add butter; beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stir in pumpkin purée, egg yolk and vanilla until well-combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, pie spice and salt. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and stir slowly to combine. Divide dough in half; flatten into circles and wrap in waxed paper; refrigerate 1 hour.

2 – Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll out 1 round of dough until ⅛-inch thick. Cut out pumpkin shapes; reroll scraps if desired. Transfer to baking sheets. Bake 10–12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking, until cookies are set but not brown. Cool on a wire rack before frosting and decorating. Repeat with remaining dough.

3 – For icing, cream together butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Mix in 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar. Stir in vanilla and milk. Mix in remaining sugar and blend until smooth. Use a small spatula to frost the cookies. Decorate with colored sugars. Store cookies in an airtight container.

Nutrition
Per Serving: 110 Cal; 5 g Tot Fat; 3 g Sat Fat; 0 g Trans Fat; 15 mg Cholesterol; 45 mg Sodium; 17 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 12 g Sugar; 1 g Protein

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – APPLESAUCE BROWNIES

October 2, 2017 at 5:23 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – APPLESAUCE BROWNIES. Have a Dessert for today’s recipe, APPLESAUCE BROWNIES. Made with unsweetened applesauce and unsweetened cocoa powder. The recipe comes from one of my favorite Diabetic Friendly Recipe sites, the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website (https://diabeticgourmet.com/). The site has a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes so check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy!

 

APPLESAUCE BROWNIES
Ingredients

1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped nuts

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 F.
Combine oil, applesauce and cocoa. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients together and stir into the mixture.
Pour the batter into a greased and floured (or wax paper lined & sprayed) 9 inch square pan. Sprinkle on nuts (optional).
Bake about 20 to 30 minutes or until top is set but edges are not dried out. Toothpick will come out clean. Cut into 16 or 24 squares.

Recipe Yield: Servings: 16

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 165
Fat: 7 grams
Sodium: 84 miligrams
Protein: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 27 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/applesauce-brownies

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Raspberry Cheese Tarts

September 26, 2017 at 5:41 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is – Raspberry Cheese Tarts. Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, Non-Fat Yogurt, Egg Substitute, Raspberries, and Splenda all combine to make this week’s recipe. A perfect Diabetic Friendly Dessert. It’s from one of my favorite sites, which has a huge selection of all recipes, the CooksRecipes website. http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

Raspberry Cheese Tarts
Low-fat and low-sugar raspberry cream cheese tarts.

Recipe Ingredients:

Crust:
1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup Splenda® Granular
5 tablespoons light margarine

Filling:
4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt
1 cup Splenda® Granular
1/2 cup egg substitute
1 cup frozen raspberries

Cooking Directions:

1 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
2 – Blend crust ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Stir until well blended. Line 10 muffin cups with paper liners. Press 1 tablespoon of crust into each lined cup. Set aside.
3 – Place cream cheese in a small bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until soft. Add yogurt and beat until smooth (approximately 1 minute).
4 – Add Splenda® Granular and egg substitute. Mix until well blended.
5 – Place 4 to 5 frozen berries on top of the crust lined muffin cups. Pour cheese filling on top, evenly dividing among the 10 cups.
6 – Bake in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven 15 to 20 minutes or, until firm to the touch. Chill for approximately 2 hours before serving.
Makes 10 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/10 of recipe; 1 tart): Calories 110, Calories from Fat 45, Total Fat 5 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Total Carbohydrate 12 g, Sodium 160 mg, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Sugars 4 g, Protein 3 g.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/raspberry_cheese_tarts_recipe.html

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.

 

 

Low-Carb Chocolate Desserts

September 19, 2017 at 5:50 AM | Posted in diabetes, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its Low-Carb Chocolate Desserts. Chocolate Lovers Alert, Low-Carb Chocolate Desserts! Delicious Diabetic Friendly Chocolate recipes. Including recipes like; Chocolate Chunk Cookies, No-Bake Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake, and Chocolate Souffles. Find these and more all at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

Low-Carb Chocolate Desserts
When you want something rich and decadent without blowing your carb budget, look no farther than our best low-carb chocolate dessert recipes. Most of these treats can be whipped up in no time (or with few ingredients) to satisfy your sweet tooth.

 

Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Nothing beats a homemade chocolate chip cookie. Our slimmed-down recipe boasts just 15 grams of carb per cookie, plus you can cut additional calories and fat by substituting pumpkin, mashed bananas, tofu, applesauce, or flaxseed meal for the canola oil…….

 

No-Bake Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake
Why fire up the oven when you can whip up this creamy confection in no time? A slice of this yummy dessert is a guilt-free pleasure……..

 

Chocolate Souffles
This light and fluffy dessert is surprisingly low in carbs! Souffles taste best served soon after being pulled out of the oven……..

 

* Click the link below to getall the Low-Carb Chocolate Desserts
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/dessert/low-carb-chocolate-desserts?page=0

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Mocha Cheesecake Bars

September 12, 2017 at 5:36 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is Mocha Cheesecake Bars. It uses Splenda Sweetner to replace the Sugar. You can find this recipe on the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you can find a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes and cuisines! So Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Mocha Cheesecake Bars
Bars of delicious cheesecake filling on a chocolate wafer crust.

Recipe Ingredients:

Crust:
1 1/4 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
1/4 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1/3 cup light butter, melted

Filling:
12 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
2/3 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1 1/4 teaspoons instant espresso granules
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup white chocolate chunks

Cooking Directions:

1 – For Crust: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Spray an 8×8-inch square baking pan with vegetable cooking spray. Set aside.
2 – Combine chocolate wafer crumbs, Splenda® Granulated Sweetener and butter in a mixing bowl, stirring until blended. Press mixture into prepared pan. Bake 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
3 – For Filling: Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
4 – Combine Splenda® Granulated Sweetener, espresso granules, and cocoa powder; add to cream cheese, beating until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add sour cream and vanilla, beating, just until blended. Stir in chocolate chunks. Pour filling over prepared crust.
5 – Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until firm; cool. Chill until firm. Cut into bars.
Makes 20 bars.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/20 of recipe; 1 bar): Calories 120 | Calories from Fat 70 | Fat 8g (sat 4.5g) | Cholesterol 40mg | Sodium 120mg | Carbohydrates 9g | Fiber 0g | Sugars 4g | Protein 4g.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/mocha_cheesecake_bars_recipe.html

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