March 14, 2009
I usually prepare bread pudding during Thanksgiving since I love a traditional Southern Bread Pudding drizzled with whiskey sauce. This recipe is a twist on my recipe, and it’s a great dessert idea for St. Patrick’s day. This bread pudding is flavored with Irish whiskey and is actually a low-fat recipe weighing in at 367 calories and 6.5 grams of fat.
By the way, I will be on Fox 6 News, WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama this Sunday at 8:40 a.m central time.
Irish Bread Pudding
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Stand: 10 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
1/4 cup light butter, melted
1 (10-ounce) French bread baguette, cut into 1-inch-thick slices
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup Irish whiskey or 1/4 cup apple juice
1 3/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated skim milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Irish Whiskey Sauce
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Brush melted butter on one side of French bread slices, and place bread, buttered sides up, on a baking sheet. Bake bread at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes, and set aside.
3. Combine raisins and whiskey in a small bowl; cover and let stand 10 minutes or until soft (do not drain).
4. Combine 1% milk and next 4 ingredients (1% milk through eggs) in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add bread cubes and raisin mixture, pressing gently to moisten; let stand 15 minutes. Spoon bread mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine 1 tablespoon sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over pudding. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until set. Serve warm with Caramel-Whiskey Sauce.
Irish Whiskey Sauce:
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Yield: 1 1/2 cups
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup light butter
2 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel) (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup Irish whiskey
1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
1. Combine sugar and water in a small heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Cook an additional 15 minutes or until golden (do not stir). Remove from heat. Carefully add butter and cream cheese, stirring constantly with a whisk (mixture will be hot and bubble vigorously). Cool slightly, and stir in whiskey and milk.
Note: Substitute 1 tablespoon imitation rum extract and 3 tablespoons water for the Irish whiskey, if desired.
March 12, 2009
This salad is so simple and so delicious! The combination of fresh spinach, basil, chopped pine nuts, turkey and Parmesan create an incredible healthy, fresh, main-dish salad. I served this salad for dinner, and it disappeared faster than I could blink. Serve it with your favorite vinaigrette or just a drizzle of red wine vinegar and olive oil. It has so many great flavors already, so it doesn’t need a lot of dressing. Welcome in spring with clean eating and this fresh salad.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 3 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
1 (5-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
11/2 cups chopped fresh basil
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/2 pound sliced deli turkey (I used cracked pepper turkey)
1/4 cup freshly shaved Parmesan cheese
Vinegar and oil or vinaigrette
1. Combine spinach, basil and pine nuts in a large salad bowl. Add turkey and cheese. Drizzle with dressing, tossing gently.
March 10, 2009
This is one of my all-time favorite dips, and it’s low in fat and so high in flavor! I have made this numerous times for parties and showers, but I brought it up to the baseball field for my son’s 5:30 game, and everyone went nuts over it. I like to use rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes that are already chopped. These are less fat since they’re not packed in oil, and they can be found in the produce section of your local grocery store. This recipe is so quick, light, simple and delicious. What else can you ask for?
Sun-Dried Tomato Dip
Prep: 10 minutes
Yield: 11/2 cups
1 (8-ounce) package low-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1. Combine all ingredients in a container of a food processor; process until combined. Serve with crackers or vegetables.
February 27, 2009
Did you know that this week is National Pancake week? As far as I am concerned, any day can be pancake day with these Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes. Weighing in it at only 350 calories and 9 grams of fat, these pancakes are guiltless. These are wonderful without the blueberries but are great with them too. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do, and it’s just in time for the weekend.
Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
11/4 cups fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 large egg white
Maple syrup, butter (optional)
1. Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine buttermilk, oil, egg, and egg white, stirring with a whisk; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Gently stir in blueberries.
2. Heat a nonstick griddle or nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Spoon about 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto griddle. Turn pancakes over when tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Serve with syrup and butter, if desired.
February 20, 2009
If you think you can’t be healthy eating Spaghetti and Meatballs, you’re wrong. This version uses ground turkey, whole wheat spaghetti and egg whites. I like to bake the meatballs on a rack in the oven first, then put them in the sauce. I made this recipe for some kid’s cooking classes I taught 2 summers ago, and it was an instant hit. They had no idea I had slipped in turkey for the beef, and for many of them, it was the first time they tried whole wheat noodles. They really liked them! This is a super easy recipe and a family favorite at my house, so I hope you will enjoy it in your home too. Also, please comment by clicking on the button below, and tell me what type of recipes you would like to see. Alison
Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs
Prep time: 20 minutes
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
11/2 pounds ground turkey
1 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
2 egg whites
1/4 cup minced onion
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 (3-pound) jar marinara pasta sauce
1 (16-ounce) package whole-wheat spaghetti
Fresh basil, optional
1. Combine turkey, breadcrumbs, egg whites, onion, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Shape mixture into (1-inch) balls. (I used a tablespoon cookie scoop for the balls.)
2. Place a rack coated with cooking spray in a lightly greased aluminum foil-lined broiler pan. Arrange meatballs on rack. Bake at 400F for 10 minutes or until meatballs are browned.
3. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
4. Pour marinara sauce into a Dutch oven. Add meatballs. Cover and simmer over low heat 30 minutes. Serve over pasta and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, if desired.
February 18, 2009
When I am on the go (which is all of the time), I like a quick healthy snack. This trail mix is perfect because it has the combination of a sweet and salty crunch made with some of my favorite ingredients. Today, I am taping 4 different cooking segments for a new local NBC show, “Daytime Alabama”. I can’t begin to explain what it’s like to prepare for 4 different cooking shows (I thought 1 show was difficult). Don’t get me wrong, it’s really fun. I would like to give thanks to my friend Alacia who helped me prepare for these television segments.
Organic Trail Mix
Prep: 5 minutes
Yield: 6 cups
21/2 cups Oatmeal Squares
2 cups granola
2 (10-ounce) package Harvest blend trail mix (I used Back to Nature)
1 (5.2-ounce) dried strawberries
1 (5.2-ounce) dried blueberries
1 (8.3-ounce) yogurt covered raisins
1. Combine all ingredients in a airtight container and store at room temperature.