RHUBARB COBBLER

This is my favorite time of year. The lilacs are blooming, we have our garden planted and the rhubarb is ready to be picked. There are so many yummy recipes that you can use rhubarb in from rhubarb crisp, rhubarb bread to rhubarb meringue pie. The recipe that I am sharing today is very similar to a rhubarb crisp that my mother used to make and it is so delicious.

Rhubarb Cobbler

Rhubarb has a very tart taste. Nutritionally speaking, it contains a substance called rhaponticin which helps prevent the formation of amyloid plaques on the brain potentially reducing the risk of one developing Alzheimer’s disease. It may also offer anti-cancer properties and benefit the heart and digestion due to nutrients and antioxidants contained in rhubarb.

Rhubarb Cobbler

 

I remember picking rhubarb stalks and munching on them when I was a kid. Since they are tart, we dipped them in sugar as we ate them.

RHUBARB COBBLER
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Serves: 15 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 8 cups rhubarb, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 4 TB flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Topping:
  • ¾ cup butter, regular or unsalted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 TB sugar and ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Spray a 9 x 13-inch cake pan with non-stick spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the rhubarb into the pan. Combine beaten eggs, sugar, flour and 1 tsp of sugar into a bowl and mix well. Pour this mixture over the rhubarb in the pan. Combine the butter, brown sugar and flour and mix with a fork or pastry blender until blended. Place the topping on the rhubarb. Mix together the 1 TB sugar and ¼ tsp of cinnamon. Sprinkle on the top of the batter. Bake 55-60 minutes.
Notes
I used unsalted butter in my recipe.

Information included in this food blog is not intended to provide medical or nutritional advice. Please contact your personal health care provider for medical or nutritional advice.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/15 of recipe Calories: 328 Fat: 11 grams Saturated fat: 6 grams Trans fat: 0 grams Carbohydrates: 58 grams Sodium: 23 mg Fiber: 1 gram Protein: 3 grams Cholesterol: 74 mg

 

Hope that you have a chance to try this delicious rhubarb cobbler. It is very good served with a cup of coffee at snack time or plan to carry along in your brown bag lunch for dessert.

PINA COLADA SMOOTHIE

Woohoo, hallelujah spring has finally arrived in Minnesota! I can see green grass under the snow drifts in my back yard. Folks around here can’t recall a winter with so much snow since the 70’s. It is melting now. There are threats of flooding but this too shall pass.

Pina Colada Smoothie

What does this have to do with a pina colada  smoothie you might ask? Spring is here so I am celebrating this in my vintage kitchen by creating a smoothie that reminds me of the tropics and the warmer weather to come.  Before long my tulips and daffodils will be blooming. I purchased the vintage small milk jugs at my local antique store here for only $2 each. Now that is a bargain!

This smoothie contains only four ingredients so you can whip this up in no time in your blender or magic bullet. It serves as a quick breakfast in the morning, a delicious snack or dessert and it is very nutritious so there is no guilt involved.

This smoothie deserves superstar status due to its high protein content, low calorie content, and it also provides 29% of the recommended daily value (RDV) for Vitamin C, 8% of the RDV for calcium and is an excellent source of potassium.  As you may be aware protein is essential for building and repairing tissues in the body and manufacturing hormones and enzymes. It is also an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage and blood. Protein also has a very filling effect so that you are satisfied after you have consumed it in a meal or a snack. Vitamin C promotes healing and is beneficial for our immune system. Calcium is important for building and maintaining strong bones and teeth. Potassium plays a role in maintaining fluid balance in the body as well as keeping our brains, nerves,  heart and muscles functioning normally on a constant basis. Occasionally, a physician may recommend that a person limit potassium if they have kidney failure so always discuss your food intake with your personal physician, health care provider or dietitian if you have concerns about your food intake.

 

PINA COLADA SMOOTHIE
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Serves: 2 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 5.29 oz container of Dannon Lite Toasted Coconut flavor Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, juice packed, undrained
  • 1 medium banana, frozen
  • 1 cup crushed ice
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients in your blender or magic bullet. Blend until all ingredients are combined well. Serve immediately.
Notes
If desired, you may substitute a different brand of yogurt. I have used organic yogurt or even plain or vanilla Greek yogurt. You may wish to add 1 packet Stevia or honey to taste with the plain yogurt. If using the plain or vanilla flavored yogurts, you can add 2 tsp of flaked coconut to give the smoothie the coconut flavor.Dairy Free/Paleo diets may substitute a dairy free yogurt such as a soy or almond milk yogurt as an example.

This food blog is not intended to provide medical or nutritional advice. Please contact your own health care provider for medical and nutritional advice.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ recipe Calories: 163 Fat: 0 grams Saturated fat: 0 grams Trans fat: 0 grams Carbohydrates: 36 grams Sodium: 23 mg Fiber: 3 grams Protein: 8 grams Cholesterol: 5 mg

 

Happy Spring to all my readers and may God bless you in every area of your life!

SWEET AND SPICY ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

If you’ve been searching for an easy, crispy  side vegetable dish which doubles as a nutritional superstar along with a delicious taste, look no further! Bingo, Sweet and Spicy Roasted Cauliflower defines all of this. It could be served for an snack at a gathering with family or friends as well. Move over spicy wings and make room for this dish!

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

SWEET AND SPICY ROASTED CAULIFLOWER
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 TB olive or melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 2 tsp soy sauce, regular or lite version
  • cumin, pepper and paprika
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large cookie or baking sheet with parchment paper Combine maple syrup, sriacha, olive or coconut oil and soy sauce in a large bowl or a large Ziplock bag. Add a dash or cumin, black pepper and paprika and mix together. Next add the cauliflower florets and mix together until the cauliflower is well coated with this mixture. Place the cauliflower on the baking sheet, leaving some room between the cauliflower in order for it to brown well. Bake for 30 minutes or until cauliflower is tender and browned. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.
Notes
The recipe was calculated using the lite soy sauce with one third less sodium per serving.

Information presented in this food blog is not intended to be used as medical advice. Please consult your personal health care provider for medical and/or nutritional advice.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ recipe Calories: 115 Fat: 7 grams Saturated fat: 1 gram Trans fat: 0 grams Carbohydrates: 12 grams Sodium: 233 mg Fiber: 2 grams Protein: 2 grams Cholesterol: 0 mg

 

Plan to serve Sweet and Spicy Roasted Cauliflower at your Superbowl party!

Cauliflower is a nutritious vegetable packed with fiber, vitamins C, K, B6 and folate. Cauliflower is all the rage now since it is being used as  lower carbohydrate  alternative to flour in pizza crust, mashed cauliflower vs mashed potatoes and in many other recipes as well.

If you are like me, you may have overindulged over the holiday season. This recipe makes a crisp, spicy side dish or snack that is guilt free. That goes a long way when you are working on achieving those weight loss and health resolutions that you wrote out on January 1.

Sweet and Spicy roasted Cauliflower

Stay warm and cozy on these cool days and spend some quality time in the kitchen making healthier foods that become family traditions for years to come!

 

 

HEALTHY HOLIDAY CHEESEBALL

Wow, It is hard to believe that there are only four days before Christmas. If you are like me, you are still putting all the finishing touches on decorating your home for this season, baking last minute Christmas cookies and wrapping that last present and placing it under your Christmas tree. I prepared this cheeseball last night for my husband’s work place Christmas party today. As usual, I wanted to modify my original recipe calling for cream cheese, shredded cheese, chopped nuts and a one ounce packet of ranch flavor dressing mix. I purchased the 1/3 less fat Neufchatel Cheese to replace the higher fat cream cheese. Next I walked over to the cheese aisle in the grocery store, admiring all of the wonderful varieties of cheese. I selected a few for the holiday season and also purchased a package of Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese made with 2% Milk in place of the shredded cheese made with whole milk. I chose the reduced fat version because I have found that these do not alter the taste and still have a smooth consistency. The revised version of this recipe still contains dairy fat, but much less now per serving with these minor changes. Dairy products are a good source of calcium and protein so I  use them in my diet for that reason. I have used some organic dairy products and find the taste of these is very good. My favorite dairy food of all is Black Cherry  Greek Yogurt.

Healthy Holiday Cheese Ball

 

I used ground walnuts in my recipe but you could use ground pecans or another variety of nuts as well. Walnuts contain heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids called alpha linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is a very beneficial for heart health and may also reduce inflammation in the body. Walnuts are also a rich source of polyunsaturated fat, including an omega-6 fatty acid called linoleic acid which also benefits our hearts. Walnuts have also been linked to improving brain health and prevention of cancer in some medical studies. Including a handful of nuts in your diet each day is also a great way to receive dietary fiber, protein and heart healthy fats. Add them to snack mixes or cereal in the morning also. Two tablespoons will provide 100 calories, 10 grams of fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, 0 mg of sodium, 2 grams of carbohydrate, 2.5 grams of protein and 1 gram of dietary fiber.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY CHEESEBALL
Recipe type: snack
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Serves: 20 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 8 oz packages ⅓ less fat Neufchatel Cheese
  • 1½ cups Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar Cheese made with 2% Milk
  • 1¼ cups chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 3 tsp Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb Salt Free Seasoning Blend
  • 2 tsp minced Dehydrated Onion
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Set cream cheese out at room temperature in a large bowl for ½ hour before mixing the ingredients together to make it easier to work with. Mix seasonings into the cream cheese with a spoon or mixer. Crush the chopped nuts. After the seasonings are mixed into the cream cheese, add the cheddar cheese and mix well. Form into a ball and roll in the chopped nuts. Refrigerate until serving time and serve on a platter with a variety of crackers and raw vegetables.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/20 of recipe Calories: 130 Fat: 11 grams Saturated fat: 4.75 Trans fat: 0 grams Carbohydrates: 3 grams Sodium: 142 mg Fiber: 0.5 grams Protein: 5 grams Cholesterol: 22 mg

 

If you are a label reader, you will no doubt find that many prepackaged seasoning mixes are very high in sodium content and many also contain monosodium glutamate which I prefer to avoid in my diet. For this reason, I experimented with my spices on hand in my cupboard and substituted the Garlic and Herb salt free Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blend, garlic powder, onion powder and dehydrated minced onion in place of the ranch flavored dressing mix.

Serve the Healthy Holiday Cheeseball for your Christmas or New Year’s Eve celebrations.

 

 

You may wish to serve this cheeseball with a variety of crackers and raw vegetables for your Christmas Eve or New Years Eve celebrations. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year readers.

Merry Christmas

I love decorating my kitchen with vintage table cloths or table runners, antique pictures and other vintage memorabilia. I purchased the table cloth pictured above at an antique store here in my small Minnesota city of 18,000 residents that I reside in.  It is right at home on top of my old singer sewing machine purchased for me by my late mother in an antique store in Mapleton, Minnesota. The The Singer Sewing Machine is displayed in my entryway to my home. My advent wreath with red candles sits on top of my old sewing machine welcoming guests into my home.

Singer Sewing Machine in the Entryway of my Home

 

Have a Merry Christmas as well as a blessed and prosperous New Year!

 

BLACK FOREST CHEESECAKE VALENTINE’S PARFAIT

Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you searching for the perfect dessert to finish off a romantic home cooked Valentine Day dinner, look no farther!  The parfait also makes the perfect dessert for two to enjoy with a cup of coffee after you have arrived home from your your dinner date at the restaurant. It is so easy to prepare and healthfully lightened up as well. It features all of the great lover’s favorite foods: chocolate, cherries and cream cheese!

I decided to slim down my parfait recipe by using the Fit and Active 1/3 less fat brand of Neufchatel Cream Cheese, non-fat Greek yogurt, the no sugar added version of cherry pie filling as well as Stevia to replace the sugar in the original recipe. Let me tell you this makes a big difference in savings in calorie, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, carbohydrate and total sugar content per serving without sacrificing a rich taste. If you wish to reduce the calorie, fat and cholesterol content further, you could substitute the 50% reduced fat version of cream cheese. I have not used this in my recipe yet however so I can’t guarantee you that it will have the same consistency. I would not recommend using the fat free cream cheese since I don’t think the parfait would have a creamy cheesecake consistency. My husband and I sampled this parfait for our dessert today and loved the different flavor combinations of the chocolate, cherries and the slightly almond taste of the cream cheese. If you really love chocolate, top your parfait with a dark chocolate Hershey’s chocolate kiss.

BLACK FOREST CHEESECAKE VALENTINE'S PARFAIT
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 5 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces ⅓ less fat brand of Neufchatel cream cheese
  • 20 oz can of No Sugar Added Great Value (or other brand) Cherry Pie Filling (sweetened with Splenda or Stevia
  • Nabisco Oreo Pie Crust (one half of crust)
  • ½ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 12 packets Stevia (sugar substitute)
Instructions
  1. Remove pie crust from the pie tin container and place in a bowl. Crumble up to a fine consistency. Place cream cheese in a mixing bowl and beat well with an electric mixer. Add Stevia and mix in well. Add Greek yogurt and almond extract to the cream cheese mixture and beat until well combined. Add approximately 2 TB or the crushed Oreo pie crust mixture to the bottom of your parfait glass. Add the next layer by spooning in 2-3 TB of the cream cheese mixture. Top this with
  2. TB of the cherry pie filling, repeat layers, ending with the Oreo pie crust mixture. Top with a dark chocolate Hershey's chocolate kiss if desired.Refrigerate until serving time.
Notes
Information in this food blog is not intended to provide medical advice of any kind. Please consult your personal physician or other personal health care provider for medical advice.

If you use fresh unsweetened pitted cooked cherries or a can of drained unsweetened cherries, sweeten with 12 packets Stevia or ½ cup sugar. Stir in the Stevia or sugar before adding to the recipe.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: one Parfait Calories: 262 Fat: 13 grams Saturated fat: 8 grams Unsaturated fat: 5.2 grams Trans fat: 0 grams Carbohydrates: 29 grams Sugar: 19 grams Sodium: 283 mg Fiber: 2 grams Protein: 6 grams Cholesterol: 32 mg

By making these healthier substitutions in my recipe, I realized that I was saving 206 calories, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 17 mg of cholesterol, 34  grams of carbohydrate and 27 grams (7 teaspoons) of sugar per serving! Wow, that is worth it. I would have to walk 35 minutes to burn off those extra 206 calories.

I remember that my mother used these fostoria dessert dishes on special occasions such as Christmas and birthdays when I was growing up. They were displayed in her built in China cabinet in our dining room.

Vintage Fostoria China table setting passed down to me from my mother.

Happy Valentine’s Day!