Vietnamese Oven-Baked Cornish Game Hens

July 1, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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Here’s a recipe for a Vietnamese Oven-Baked Cornish Game Hens. Some of the ingredients you’ll be needing to make this dish are Cornish Game Hens, Spices, White Wine, Shallots, MAGGI Seasoning Sauce, Sugar, Chinese Five Spice, Honey, Rice, and more! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Vietnamese Oven-Baked Cornish Game Hens
Cornish game hens seem so upscale. These require some effort in preparation, but the results are worth it.

Recipe Ingredients:
3 Cornish game hens
2 tablespoons salt
1 1/4 cups dry white wine
1 cup MAGGI Seasoning Sauce
1 cup peeled, finely chopped fresh ginger
2 shallots, finely chopped
8 cups water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
6 whole star anise pods
3 cinnamon sticks
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon Chinese five spice
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
Juice from 1 lemon
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons MAGGI Seasoning Sauce
Hot cooked rice

Cooking Directions:
1 – Cut hens into quarters and sprinkle both sides with salt. Let stand for 10 minutes in a sieve. Rinse thoroughly.
2 – Combine wine, 1 cup seasoning sauce, ginger and shallots in large bowl. Place hens in marinade; mix well. Cover; refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
3 – Combine water, sugar, star anise, cinnamon sticks, oyster sauce, Chinese five spice and pepper in large stockpot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
4 – Add hens to spice mixture; discard marinade. Cover; return to a boil. Turn off heat; let hens stand in hot liquid for 20 minutes to poach.
5 – Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line large baking pan with foil; grease thoroughly.
6 Remove hens from pot and air dry on paper towels.
7 – Mix lemon juice, honey and 2 tablespoons seasoning sauce in small bowl until well combined. Brush mixture on both sides of hens. Place hens skin-side-up in prepared baking pan.
8 – Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
9 – Serve with rice.
Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories: 450 Calories from Fat: 210 Total Fat: 24 g Saturated Fat: 7 g Cholesterol: 170 mg Sodium: 1380 mg Carbohydrates: 27 g Dietary Fiber: 0 g Sugars: 10 g Protein: 30 g.
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Diabetic Dish of the Week – Hot Shrimp with Cool Salsa

June 30, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is a Hot Shrimp with Cool Salsa. It’s a Diabetic Friendly Marinated Shrimp with a Honeydew-Based Salsa, a true Summer Treat! This is made using Salsa, Lime Juice, Honey, Garlic, Hot Pepper Sauce, Large Shrimp, Honeydew Melon, Cucumber, Parsley, Green Onion, Sugar, Olive Oil, and Salt. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Hot Shrimp with Cool Salsa
This deliciously spicy seafood dish is perfect for your Father’s Day cookout. Combining the surprisingly delightful flavors of marinated shrimp with honeydew-based salsa, this app is quick, easy and will have your guests clamoring for more!

Ingredients
1/4 cup salsa
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
1 teaspoon honey
1 clove garlic, minced
2 to 4 drops hot pepper sauce
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, with tails intact
1 cup finely diced honeydew melon
1/2 cup finely diced unpeeled cucumber
2 tablespoons minced parsley
1 green onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: about 3 to 4 large shrimp with about 1/4 cup salsa

1 – To make marinade, combine salsa, 2 tablespoons lime juice, honey, garlic, and hot pepper sauce in small bowl. Thread shrimp onto skewers. Brush shrimp with marinade; set aside.

2 – To make salsa, combine remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice, melon, cucumber, parsley, onion, sugar, oil, and salt in medium bowl; mix well.

3 – Grill shrimp over medium coals 4 to 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, turning once. Serve with salsa.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 132 calories, Carbohydrates: 8 g, Protein: 19 g, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 175 mg, Sodium: 398 mg, Fiber: 1 g
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Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Lemon Cheesecake Bars

June 25, 2020 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 – Lemon Cheesecake Bars. To make this week’s dish you’ll need Fat Free Cream Cheese, Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, Sugar, Vanilla, Lemon Juice, Lemon Peel, Egg Substitute, Fat Free Sour Cream, Sugar Substitute, and Raspberries. This will make one refreshing and light Dessert! The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Lemon Cheesecake Bars
These elegant cheesecake bars are the perfect way to end any springtime meal. Topped with fresh berries, these seasonal sweet treats provide all the yumminess of cheesecake without being too heavy or dense.

Ingredients
4 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened
2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon peel, divided
1/2 cup cholesterol-free egg substitute
1 container (8 ounces) fat-free sour cream
5 packets sugar substitute or equivalent of 10 teaspoons sugar, divided
2 cups raspberries or other berries

Directions
Yield: 12 servings
Serving size: 1 slice cheesecake with topping (1/12 of total recipe)

1 – Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2 – Beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer at high speed until smooth. Add lemon juice, 1 teaspoon lemon peel, and egg substitute; beat until well blended. Pour into prepared pan.

3 – Bake 40 minutes or until firm to touch. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

4 – Combine sour cream and 3 packets sugar substitute in medium bowl; whisk until smooth. Spoon sour cream mixture over cooled cheesecake, smoothing evenly over top; refrigerate overnight.

5 – Toss raspberries with remaining 2 packets sugar substitute 30 minutes before serving; let stand at room temperature. Just before serving, toss berries with remaining 1 teaspoon lemon peel. Spoon berry mixture on top of cheesecake.

Nutrition Information:
Exchanges per serving: 1 Bread/Starch, 1 Fat, 1/2 Meat.
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Apple Crisp Recipe for Diabetics

June 18, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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I’ve got a 2nd Dessert Recipe from the Diabetes Self Management website to pass along, Apple Crisp Recipe for Diabetics. This one will need Medium Apples, Splenda, Sugar, Cinnamon, Flour Oatmeal, and Margarine. Again the recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Apple Crisp Recipe for Diabetics
Ingredients
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes.

9 medium apples, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup plus 1/4 cup Splenda, No Calorie Sweetener, granular
1/4 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup trans-fat-free margarine

Directions
Yield: 15 servings
Serving size: 1/2 cup

1 – Preheat oven to 375°F. Toss apples with 1/4 cup Splenda, 1/4 cup sugar, and cinnamon. Transfer apple mixture into a 9″ x 13″ baking pan. Beat margarine and add the remaining 1/4 cup Splenda and 1/4 cup sugar along with the flour and oatmeal. Blend until well mixed. Evenly distribute flour mixture over apples. Bake for 35–40 minutes on the top rack of the oven until topping is lightly browned and apples are soft.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 170 calories, Carbohydrates: 26 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 7 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 80 mg, Fiber: 2 g
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One of America’s Favorites – Pound Cake

June 1, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A pound cake with almonds

Pound cake is a type of cake traditionally made with a pound of each of four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. Pound cakes are generally baked in either a loaf pan or a Bundt mold, and served either dusted with powdered sugar, lightly glazed, or sometimes with a coat of icing.

It is believed that the pound cake is of northern European origin that dates back to the early 1700s. A recipe for pound cake is in the first U.S. cookbook, American Cookery, which was published in 1796.

Over time the ingredients for pound cake changed. Eliza Leslie, who wrote the 1851 edition of Direction for Cookery, used 10 eggs, beat them as lightly as possible, mixed them with a pound of flour, then added the juice of two lemons or three large oranges. This changed the flavor and texture of the cake. In the 2008 issue of Saveur, James Villas wrote that cake flour would not work in place of all-purpose flour because it lacks the strength to support the heavy batter.

An early variation on this cake replaced some of the flour with cornmeal made from dried corn (maize), which was then called Indian meal. A recipe for Indian pound cake was first published in 1828 by Eliza Leslie and later included in The Indian Meal Book, which was published in London in 1846, when people in Ireland were looking for alternatives to expensive wheat flour.

There are numerous variations on the traditional pound cake, with certain countries and regions having distinctive styles. These can include the addition of flavoring agents (such as vanilla extract or almond extract) or dried fruit (such as currants or dried cranberries), as well as alterations to the original recipe to change the characteristics of the resulting pound cake. For instance, baking soda or baking powder may be incorporated to induce leavening during baking, resulting in a less dense pound cake. A cooking oil (typically a vegetable oil) is sometimes substituted for some or all of the butter, which is intended to produce a moister cake. Sour cream pound cake is a popular variation in the United States, which involves the substitution of sour cream for some of the butter, which also is intended to produce a moister cake with a tangy flavor. Some of these variations may drastically change the texture and flavor of the pound cake, but the name pound cake is often still used. Some of the variations are described below.

Slices of pound cake

American South style
A traditional American pound cake would contain one pound each of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. This recipe is quite popular in the cuisine of the Southern United States.

French style
In France, the pound cake is well known. The name of the pound cake “quatre-quarts”, means four quarters. There are equal weights in each of the four quarters. In tradition, the popular cake of the French region of Brittany, as its name implies, uses the same quantity of the four ingredients, but with no added fruit of any kind. However, the Caribbean parts of the world that speak French traditionally add rum to the ingredients for Christmas Eve or even mashed bananas for extra moisture. In some cases the French might have beaten egg whites instead of whole eggs to lighten the batter. Other variants include adding chocolate or lemon juice for flavor.

Mexican style
In Mexico, the pound cake is called panqué. The basic recipe of Mexican panqué is much like the traditional U.S. recipe. Most common variants are panqué con nueces (pound cake with walnuts) and panqué con pasas (pound cake with raisins).

Colombian and Venezuelan style
Ponqué is the Colombian and Venezuelan version of the pound cake: the term ponqué is itself a Spanish phonetic approximation of pound-cake. The ponqué is essentially a wine-drenched cake with a cream or sugar coating, and it is very popular at birthdays, weddings and other social celebrations.

Traditional German Osterlamm which often is made of Eischwerteig mit Fett

German style
The German Eischwerteig mit Fett (roughly “egg-weight dough with fat”) is a recipe very similar to the pound cake, but thought of in multiples of the weight of the average egg used. For example, in a German cooks vocational school book from the 1980s the basic recipe for such a cake baked in a 26 cm spring form tin is given as four eggs, 3 egg-weights of butter, 4 egg-weights of sugar, three egg weights of flour and one egg-weight of starch. If you add it all up, it is close to the English pound of each and the French four equal quarters.

Thinking of the dough in terms of base egg-weight makes it a very versatile base recipe which can be easily scaled to different sized tins by increasing or decreasing the number of eggs and the dependent ingredient weights. And so, with the simple addition of nuts, chocolate, dried fruits and alcohols, and the use of different shapes and sizes of tins, a wide variety of traditional German cakes are made. For example, this dough or a minor variation of it is often used to make cakes made in a loaf tin (Orangenkuchen – orange cake; Nußkuchen- hazelnut cake), marbled cakes in a bundt tin (Marmorkuchen ) and other flavor combinations in shaped tins (Falscher Rehrücken – fake venison saddle with bitter chocolate and almonds, Osterlamm – Easter Lamb with vanilla and rum.

 

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Cranberry Pancakes

April 27, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Diabetes Self Management, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Cranberry Pancakes. Start the day off right with this week’s recipe for Cranberry Pancakes. Made using Fresh Cranberries, Sugar, Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, Quick Oats, Corn Meal, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Cinnamon, Egg Substitute, Unsweetened Applesauce, Reduced-Calorie Stick Margarine, Skim Milk, Cooking Spray. Let’s get Breakfast going! The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Cranberry Pancakes
Start your day off on the right foot! Fresh cranberries, cinnamon and unsweetened applesauce mixed into the batter add some seasonal flavor to this traditional breakfast dish.

Ingredients
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: Approximately 7–8 minutes per batch.

1 cup fresh cranberries (freeze 2 hours for easier chopping)
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup egg substitute
1 cup natural, unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons reduced-calorie stick margarine, melted
1 cup skim milk
Cooking spray

Directions
Yield: 16 pancakes
Serving size: 2 pancakes

1 – Place cranberries and 1/4 cup sugar in a blender or food processor and process until chopped, leaving some large pieces. Set aside. In a large bowl stir together flours, oats, cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, 1 tablespoon sugar, and cinnamon. Set aside. Place egg substitute, applesauce, melted margarine, and milk in another large bowl. Mix well using a whisk or electric mixer on low. Add dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined. Stir in chopped cranberries.

2 – Coat a hot, nonstick griddle or skillet with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup batter per pancake on griddle and cook at medium heat. Turn pancakes over to finish cooking when tops begin to look dry and edges look cooked (after about 5–6 minutes). Re-coat griddle with cooking spray between batches.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 195 calories, Carbohydrates: 36 g, Protein: 6 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 276 mg, Fiber: 3 g

Exchanges per serving: 2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat-free milk, 1 other carbohydrate. Carbohydrate choices: 2 1/2.
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Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week -Shredded Turkey Sandwich

April 3, 2020 at 6:02 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 -Shredded Turkey Sandwich. Made using the always Delicious JENNIE-O® Slow Roasted Dark Turkey, Seasoning Mix, Sugar, Spices, Butter, Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth, and Whole Wheat Buns. You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Shredded Turkey Sandwich
This recipe just might replace your go-to pulled pork recipe. Slow-simmered turkey breast shredded for sandwiches makes the perfect potluck or party recipe. Great for an easy dinner, too!

INGREDIENTS
SEASONING MIX
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
1½ teaspoons onion powder
1½ teaspoons garlic
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
1 teaspoon celery seed
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 cups shredded JENNIE-O® Slow Roasted Dark Turkey
2 tablespoons butter
¾ cup reduced sodium chicken broth
6 whole wheat buns, split

DIRECTIONS
1) For seasoning mix, combine sugar, paprika, onion powder, garlic, thyme, celery seed and pepper.
2) In skillet over medium heat, combine shredded turkey, seasoning, butter and chicken broth. Simmer 20 minutes or until hot. Add meat mixture to bun bottom and replace bun top.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 250
Protein 15g
Carbohydrates 26g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 7g
Fat 10g
Cholesterol 55mg
Sodium 600mg
Saturated Fat 4g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/851-shredded-turkey-sandwich

Slow Roasted Dark Turkey
It doesn’t get more tender than our slow roasted dark turkey. Perfect for comfort foods like a savory stew over mashed potatoes, or exciting finger foods like sliders and tacos. Take home slow roasted dark turkey from the deli section and dinner is served.

ALL NATURAL*
FULLY COOKED
GLUTEN FREE
Find this product in the deli section of your grocery store.

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

FOODSERVICE COMBINATION OVEN:
Preheat combination oven to 320°F. Remove from package and place turkey skin side up in medium shallow baking pan. Add 1/2 cup water to the pan. Cook until internal temperature reaches 165°F. Verify 165°F. internal temperature as measured by a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the meat. Remove pot roast from oven. Using tongs, separate into two units. Transfer each unit into a rotisserie dome.

FOODSERVICE ROTISSERIE OVEN:
Preheat rotisserie oven to 325°F. Remove from package and place turkey skin side up in medium shallow baking pan. Place in sprayed rotisserie baskets. Cook until internal temperature reaches 165°F. Verify 165°F. internal temperature as measured by a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the meat. Remove pot roast from oven. Using tongs, separate into two units. Transfer each unit into a rotisserie dome.

NUTRITION INFORMATION
Serving Size84 g
Calories 140
Total Fat 9.0 g
Saturated Fat3.0 g
Trans Fat. 0 g
Cholesterol 60 mg
Sodium 420 mg
Total Carbohydrates 2 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 1 g
Added Sugars g %
Protein 13 g %
Vitamin D mcg %
Calcium mg 0%
Iron mg 4%
Potassium mg %
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Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Banana Peanut Butter Bread

April 2, 2020 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 Banana Peanut Butter Bread. Made using Granulated Sugar, Eggs, Vegetable Oil, Reduced Fat Peanut Butter, Ripe Bananas, All Purpose Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and Unsalted Peanuts. 2 of my favorites, Peanut Butter and Bananas, all in one Dessert! The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Banana Peanut Butter Bread

Ingredients
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 45 minutes

3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup reduced-fat peanut butter
3 small, ripe bananas, mashed
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped, unsalted peanuts

Directions
Yield:
20 slices

Serving size: 1 slice

1 – Preheat oven to 350°F, and grease and flour a 9″x5″ loaf pan. In mixing bowl, combine sugar, eggs, and vegetable oil. Whip until smooth. Stir in peanut butter and mashed bananas until creamy. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and chopped peanuts. Stir until smooth and blended. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for approximately 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Turn loaf out of the pan and cool on a cooling rack. Slice.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 169 calories, Carbohydrates: 18 g, Protein: 6 g, Fat: 9 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Sodium: 147 mg, Fiber: 2 g
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One of America’s Favorites – Calas

February 24, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Plate of calas at a New Orleans restaurant

Plate of calas at a New Orleans restaurant

Calas are dumplings composed primarily of cooked rice, yeast, sugar, eggs, and flour; the resulting batter is deep-fried. It is traditionally a breakfast dish, served with coffee or cafe au lait, and has a mention in most Creole cuisine cookbooks. Calas are also referred to as Creole rice fritters or rice doughnuts.

The origin of calas is most often credited to slaves who came from rice-growing regions of Africa. A 1653 French recipe, beignets de riz, lends support to a French origin as well. The name “calas” is said to have come from the Nupe word kara (“fried cake”). According to The Dictionary of American Food & Drink, the word calas was first printed in 1880.

Creole street vendors, typically women, sold the fresh hot calas in the city’s French Quarter, with the cry, “Bel calas tout chauds!” (Creole for “Beautiful calas, still hot”). These vendors, called “calas women”, would sell their pastries in the early morning from covered baskets or bowls carried upon their heads.

Writers in the first decade of the 20th century refer to the increasing rarity of calas as street food. Though not widely sold, calas continued to be made at home using leftover rice, and was a typical breakfast food in early 20th-century New Orleans.

After World War II, while the beignet remained popular, the calas became more and more obscure. From a breakfast food it evolved into a Mardi Gras and First Communion treat among Louisiana Creole families. It could be specially requested at some restaurants. Through the efforts of food preservationists, interest in calas was revived and it began to appear on the menus of some restaurants.

In early recipes for calas, rice was boiled and cooled, then yeast added to make a sponge that was allowed to proof overnight. From this a batter was made by adding eggs, sugar and a little flour for binding. Rice flour was preferable but difficult to obtain, according to Eustis. A dash of salt might be included, and a grating of nutmeg was a typical addition. The batter was dropped by spoonfuls into deep, boiling lard and fried until browned. Modern recipes reflect the changes in available ingredients, cooking practices, and taste. Baking powder is sometimes used in place of yeast; vegetable oil is substituted for lard; savory variations have been developed.

 

Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Chocolate Mocha Pudding

February 13, 2020 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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Chocolate Mocha Pudding
A decadent combination of cocoa and coffee, this is the perfect treat for sharing with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day!

Ingredients
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Chilling time: 1 hour

1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2 1/2 cups skim milk
1/2 cup double-strength coffee (coffee made with twice as much instant granules or ground beans as usual)
1/4 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
Fresh raspberries or strawberries for garnish (optional)

Directions
Yield: about 4 cups

Serving size: 1/2 cup

Place the chocolate in a 2-quart, microwave-safe glass bowl and microwave at Medium (50% power) for 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk the milk and coffee into the chocolate. In separate bowl, combine the cornstarch, sugar, and salt; whisk this mixture into the milk mixture. Microwave the entire batter at High for 4 minutes. Whisk the mixture and continue cooking at High for 4 to 6 more minutes, whisking each minute until the pudding thickens. Pour the pudding into eight dessert cups and refrigerate for at least one hour. Before serving, top with a few raspberries or strawberries for garnish.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 142 calories, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Sodium: 77 mg, Fiber: <1 g
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