Fall Pumpkin Pesto

September 28, 2012 at 1:15 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A recipe just in time for the fall, Pumpkin Pesto! This recipe was passed along to me, via email, by Jenny a friend of mine.

 

Pumpkin Pesto

YIELD: About 1-1/2 cups

Calories: 60

CARB GRAMS PER SERVING: 5

Ingredients:

1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1 cup packed fresh parsley leaves
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese (1 ounce)
2 tablespoons honey
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tsps lemon zest
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Finely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions:

1. In a food processor, combine basil, parsley, pumpkin, walnuts, the 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, the honey, garlic, lemon juice, 2 tsps lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. Cover and process with several on/off pulses until coarsely chopped. With processor running, add oil in a thin, steady stream. (When necessary, stop processor and scrape down side of bowl.)
2. Transfer pesto to a serving bowl. If desired, sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese. Serve with toasted baguette slices, crackers, and/or pita wedges. Makes about 1-3/4 cups

Make Ahead Tip
Make-Ahead Directions: Prepare as directed through Step 1. Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours. If desired, sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese before serving.

Lunch Time Salad

August 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM | Posted in low calorie, low carb, mushrooms, salad | Leave a comment
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After an early breakfast I headed to Grocery Shopper’s Heaven, Jungle Jim’s Market. As I’ve said before to see everything at the Jungle it would take a full day. I loaded up on fresh Olives, Marinated Mozzarella Balls, Fresh Produce, and Seafood. They had the samples of different Hot Sauces out already this morning. They carry so many different Hot Sauces they put them in alphabetical order, 3 rows! Anyway I came awy with some crisp and beautiful Lettuce, Mushrooms, Pine Nuts, and a new dressing Litehouse Light Thousand Island. It’s hard to beat Litehouse brand Dressing. Fantastic tasting Dressing with plenty of variety. I left the product info and web link at the end of the post. For lunch I made a fresh salad; Lettuce sliced Mushrooms, Pine Nuts, Olives, and topped with the Litehouse Light Thousand Island Dressing. Time to enjoy this!

 


Litehouse

Lite 1000 Island
An improved 1000 Island dressing for those interested in Lite products! This will exceed your expectations of any lite and low fat dressing! No msg and no preservatives.
Gluten Free Keep Refrigerated

Nutrition Facts
70 calories
4 carbs

http://www.litehousefoods.com/

Pine Nut Cookies Recipe

February 27, 2012 at 8:49 AM | Posted in baking, diabetes, diabetes friendly, low calorie, low carb | Leave a comment
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Pine Nut Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

1 package (7 ounces) almond paste, grated
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Pinch salt
1/2 cup pine nuts

Directions

In a large bowl, beat the almond paste and sugars until crumbly. Beat in egg whites and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to almond mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until easy to handle.
Place pine nuts in a shallow bowl. Working one at a time, with greased hands, drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into pine nuts. Place cookies nut side up 2 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
Bake at 325° for 15-17 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool completely on baking sheets before carefully removing to wire racks. Store in an airtight container with waxed paper between layers. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts 1 cookie equals 68 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 9 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

There are several sites with the same or similar recipe.
http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Pine-Nut-Cookies

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