Vanilla Poached Pears

July 10th, 2010 by Elise Printer friendly version Printer friendly version No comments »
Vanilla Poached PearsWhile on the hunt for a delicious dessert that wouldn’t be too much of a diet breaker, I discovered this recipe for vanilla poached pears. We tried it and thought it was very good, especially when garnished with whipped cream.
Nutritional Information
298 calories; 1g protein; 76g carbohydrates; 1g fat; 0mg cholesterol; 0mg sodium; 4g fiber

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Veggie & Goat Cheese Quesadillas

June 25th, 2010 by Elise Printer friendly version Printer friendly version 1 comment »
Veggie & Goat Cheese QuesadillasJason and I recently visited a nice little restaurant in downtown Cary where I ordered a truly delicious quesadilla. It was made with goat cheese instead of the more traditional Mexican cheeses and it also contained lots of tasty veggies. I liked it enough that I made a mental note to try and recreate it at home. This version tastes great and doesn’t take too much time to make.
Nutritional Information
233 calories; 8g protein; 32g carbohydrates; 10g fat; 7mg cholesterol; 493mg sodium; 7g fiber

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Goat Cheese Log with Mango Chutney, Peanuts and Cilantro

June 18th, 2010 by Elise Printer friendly version Printer friendly version No comments »
Goat Cheese Log with Mango Chutney, Peanuts and CilantroI threw a party to celebrate Jason’s birthday and procrastinated about creating the party menu until the day before the party was supposed to happen. Luckily, I found an article that came from O Magazine about easy to make party foods. This goat cheese appetizer was one of the items that I decided to try because it sounded like an unusual and tasty combination of flavors. It combines goat cheese with mango chutney, cilantro and peanuts. Everyone at our party enjoyed it, and I liked it enough to serve again when we had our last big family get together at my parents place. Serve it with whole wheat crackers or melba toast for a quick and tasty hors d’ oeuvre.
Nutritional Information
105 calories; 3g protein; 14g carbohydrates; 4g fat; 7mg cholesterol; 222mg sodium; 0 fiber

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Aunt Hope’s Blueberry Pie

June 11th, 2010 by Elise Printer friendly version Printer friendly version 3 comments »
Aunt Hope's Blueberry PieIt’s blueberry season, and blueberry pie is a great way to enjoy it. This recipe was a favorite in my family when I was growing up. It comes from my Aunt Hope, who uses cream cheese between the pie crust and the berries to help keep the crust from getting soggy.
Nutritional Information
250 calories; 3g protein; 40g carbohydrates; 9g fat; 12mg cholesterol; 439mg sodium; 2 fiber

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Curried Tofu and Sweet Potato Wakaya

June 1st, 2010 by Elise Printer friendly version Printer friendly version 1 comment »
Curried Tofu and Sweet Potato WakayaThis Fijan curry was published in Vegetarian Times in the mid-nineties. I filed this away and didn’t think about it again for many years, until I ran across it in my recipe collection last week. Jason and I tried it for the first time and we thought it was very good, with unusual ingredients that combine in a unique and delicious way. I substituted mango chutney for the tamarind sauce that is included in the recipe and I would recommend this as a way to shorten the cooking time if you are in a hurry.
Nutritional Information
360 calories; 15g protein; 57g carbohydrates; 12g fat; 0mg cholesterol; 281mg sodium; 7 fiber

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Vanilla Beets

May 26th, 2010 by Elise Printer friendly version Printer friendly version 6 comments »
Vanilla BeetsBeets have a bad reputation with many people, but they actually have great flavor when cooked the right way. Here, they are complimented by the flavors of butter, sugar and vanilla. This dish is fairly easy to make and it really brightens up your plate.
Nutritional Information
126 calories; 2g protein; 20g carbohydrates; 4g fat; mg cholesterol; 5mg sodium; 4 fiber

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Japanese Ginger Dressing

May 18th, 2010 by Elise Printer friendly version Printer friendly version 1 comment »
Japanese Ginger DressingWhen I go out to eat sushi, I love to have a salad tossed in delicious gingery dressing as my first course. Because of this, I decided that it would be fun to find a similar dressing that I can use when I make salads at home. This tasty dressing fills the bill. It is much like the dressings that I’ve had while dining out at Japanese restaurants.
Nutritional Information
68 calories; 0g protein; 1g carbohydrates; 7g fat; 0mg cholesterol; 124mg sodium; 0g fiber

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Tempeh Wontons

May 12th, 2010 by Elise Printer friendly version Printer friendly version 1 comment »
Tempeh Wontons with a Japanese twistThe tempeh in these wontons is marinated in a Japanese style sauce. Shiitake mushrooms and chives, as well as shredded cabbage and carrot, add additional flavor. I brushed the wontons with a little butter and baked them in the oven rather than frying them, which would have added a lot of additional fat. Serve with a salad tossed in ginger dressing and slices of Asian pear.
Nutritional Information
42 calories; 2g protein; 6g carbohydrates; 1g fat; 1mg cholesterol; 108mg sodium; 0g fiber

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Basic Oven-Roasted Asparagus

April 28th, 2010 by Elise Printer friendly version Printer friendly version 3 comments »
Basic Oven-Roasted AsparagusThis side dish is extremely easy to make. When choosing asparagus at the store, opt for thicker spears that will not dry out when roasted. Also, reheating the asparagus tends to make it become very shriveled. If possible, only cook what you will be eating with the current meal.
Nutritional Information
68 calories; 4g protein; g 8 carbohydrates; 4g fat; 0mg cholesterol; 3mg sodium; 4g fiber

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Nutty Spaghetti

April 28th, 2010 by Elise Printer friendly version Printer friendly version 8 comments »
Nutty SpaghettiThis unusual spaghetti recipe utilizes curry powder, peanut butter and sunflower oil in addition to the more expected flavor of tomato juice. It is also very quick and easy to make which tends to be a regular theme of my cooking in Spring. Serve it with a side salad to get a full serving of veggies and to add additional color to the plate.
Nutritional Information
224 calories; 7g protein;23g carbohydrates; 13g fat; 0mg cholesterol; 185mg sodium; 5g fiber

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