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Healthy Holiday Recipes

As we enter the holiday season, would anyone like to share any healthy recipes?

Thu. Nov 16, 8:27am

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these are some lower cal, lower carb + fat pumpkin brownies i've made for an aunt who was diabetic and trying to lose weight. bonus-they're also delicious!

· 1 cup pumpkin puree
· 1 and ¼ cup whole wheat flour
· 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
· 1 tsp baking powder
· 2 tsp cinnamon
· ½ tsp ground ginger
· 1 tsp nutmeg
· ½ tsp salt
· ½ tsp baking soda
· ¼ cup buttermilk
· ¼ cup vegetable oil
· 2 tsp vanilla extract
· 2 eggs well beaten
· ½ cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and coat a 13x9x2 baking pan with cooking spray. Mix dry ingredients together and mix wet ingredients together. Combine and mix well. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes (till desired doneness). Cool on wire rack.

(makes 24 bars- 102 calories, 4 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbohydrate)



Thursday, November 16, 2006, 10:15 AM

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Last year, someone posted a cauliflower soup that was delicious. It was basically simmering a cut-up cauliflower in chicken soup (water w/ low-sodium bullion) until it was tender enough to mash, and then put it in a food processor with a few triangles of laughing cow cheese. I'm not sure the exact measurements, but I'm going to start making it again soon, it's getting cold!

Thursday, November 16, 2006, 2:44 PM

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This may be the cauliflower soup you mentioned...

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

14 oz. fat free chicken broth
1 head of cauliflower, split into rough pieces
1/4 cup of minced onion or shallots
2 or 3 wedges of Laughing Cow cheese or 2 or 3 TBSP of low fat cream cheese
1 or 2 cups of fat free milk
salt and pepper to taste

Sauté onion in a Pam sprayed pot. When soft, add cauliflower chunks and broth. Simmer until cauliflower is soft. Remove from heat and in batches, blend in food processor with fat free milk and cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

This tastes very much like a New England chowder. You could add some potatoes, celery and clams and be a very happy eater.


Thursday, November 16, 2006, 7:55 PM

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i've been searching for that WW recipe from a few weeks ago - could it have been simply devil's food cake and pumpkin filling? (i've been searching for 20 minutes, can't find it, sorry for asking so soon to the orig posting!)

Friday, November 17, 2006, 3:27 AM

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here is a link to that thread...


Friday, November 17, 2006, 11:05 AM

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thank you! i was searching for "weight watcherS" ... the omitted "s" threw me for a loop. exactly what i'm looking for - pumpkin + devil foods cake = 2 pt. muffins!

Friday, November 17, 2006, 1:27 PM

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Andreaq I think you made a booboo. That pumpkin brownie recipe you posted is definitely not for a diabetic. I think your values must be wrong as well or the portions are to little. The sugar, nuts, buttermilk, flour and oil alone is way over the calculations according to my charts.

Saturday, November 18, 2006, 1:58 AM

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hmmm-i just recalculated the brownies using container info from my kitchen . . .and i came up with 109 per brownie if you divide by 24. okay, so it's not 102 (that was a calculation i did two years ago possibly using different brand ingredients) but i think depending on what brands and what version of a product you may use, you may have variances here as well (you could use low fat, or reduce fat buttermilk, or egg breaters instead of eggs to lower the cals even more). i'm not sure where the last poster is getting his/her values from but this works out according to my calcs.

i'm not saying that this IS a diabetic recipe by any means, just that i made it for someone who is a diabetic. 15 grams of carbohydrate was within my aunt's limit for a dessert . . . oh and while cutting a 13x9 pan into 24 brownies doesn't make for an enormous treat-it's enough to not feel left out when everyone else is scarfing down something more decadent!-andreaq

Saturday, November 18, 2006, 7:37 PM

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wow my spelling is awesome-egg "breaters". must try those!-andreaq

Saturday, November 18, 2006, 7:39 PM

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Also, it all depends on the diabetic in question. The diabetic person in my life... Well, if she could be induced to not eat the "Death By Chocolate" by some even _slightly_ healthier brownies, it would be an improvement.

Saturday, November 18, 2006, 8:54 PM

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