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Some Guilt Free Desserts

Gluten-Free Choco Avocado Brownies

What you need:

  • 2 large avocados
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Scoop out the flesh of the 2 avocados and place in a food processor. Add the coconut sugar and cocoa powder to the blender and blend until smooth. Add the eggs, brown rice flour and baking soda and continue processing just until eggs are well-combined with the mixture. Carefully fold in chocolate chips. Pour the batter in a greased 8×8 inches brownie pan. Bake in a pre-heated oven (350F) for 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Dark Chocolate Chewy Cookies

What you need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 10 pcs. dried dates, boiled
  • 2 cups almond butter
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Combine softened dates, water and sea salt in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Add almond butter, vanilla extract and baking powder to the food processor and blend until smooth. Stir in (by

Vegan Friendly Grill

Honey Lime Grilled Cauliflower

What you need:

  • 2 large heads cauliflower, leaves removed and ends trimmed
  • 2 limes, zested and juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Lime wedges, for serving

Trim the sides of the cauliflower heads and slice into 4-inch “steaks”. In a small bowl, combine the lime juice and olive oil then add the garlic and honey. In a separate bowl, combine the lime zest, paprika, chipotle and salt. Brush both side of the cauliflower heads with honey lime mixture then sprinkle with chipotle mixture. Cook on a pre-heated grill, covered, over medium high heat for 5 to 6 minutes per side or until cooked through. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

Avocado and Lettuce Caesar Salad Grill Style

What you need:

  • 1 avocado, pitted and quartered
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, quartered lengthwise, leaving stems intact
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the dressing:

  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 1/3 cup

Warming Winter Soups and Stews

1. Sweat the vegetables

Most soups have a base of aromatic vegetables such as carrots, onions, garlic and celery.

Sweating these vegetables out on a medium heat with butter or oil will release aromats and create a base of flavour for your soup.

2. Stock

Using a home made or good quality fresh stock is always going to give you a better quality soup than using stock cubes or flavour enhancers.

If you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own stock then there are some good quality stocks available form specialty food stores.

Also consider carefully which stock you use for which dish. It is better to use chicken or vegetable stock for light soups and darker stocks such as beef for heartier soups and stews.

3. Seasoning

Season your ingredients moderately as you go along. This will enhance the flavours of the individual ingredients without making the soup salty.

Use sea salt flakes instead of table salt for a better flavour.

Once the soup is

Energy Boosters with Soup

The hot and scrumptious soups beat the cold wave simply with its steam. Soups can be made with meat, chicken and seafood which provides the much-needed protein in the form of broth which is the main or supplementary ingredient. The vegetables, herbs and spices which contain vitamins and anti-oxidants enrich soup with its medicinal properties. In fact, soups rich with herbs and ingredients are often prescribed to patients which can cure their illness or sickness. That’s why often chicken soup and vegetable soup is given to those who have cold and flu.

Broths are generally prepared by boiling specific ingredients which can suit your soup recipes. For preparing a chicken soup, there is need to boil either the whole chicken, its bones or just parts of the chicken. Vegetables like onion, carrots, ginger, and garlic can also added into the stock for some more flavor. In the same manner beef, fish and also vegetable stocks can be prepared. Some other ingredients that can be added to the whole soup include pasta or noodles which are common Asian style soups.

Soup recipes are generally thin and quite watery. However to make them a bit richer one can

Herbal Soups

Part of an overall healthy diet in China is that nothing is eliminated, so an expansion of the palate is necessary. Sweet, sour, bitter, savory, spicy, pungent and bland are all needed for total body health so expand your horizons and stop being picky if you want to be healthy. Forget what you have learned from western diet fads eliminating food groups in an effort to lose weight or improve health. These diets force the body to shed pounds by making it operate in manners it was not designed for stressing the whole body and the mind.

Herbal soup recipes and other healing foods are dependent on embracing everything in moderation. Controlling the body’s temperature is vital when consuming herbal soups. Do you tend to feel cold or is the weather outside or where you work cold? Then try soups containing warming components. Warming herb like ginger, turmeric, chili peppers, nutmeg, cinnamon, walnuts and green onions help raise the body’s temperature and return it to balance. If you typically feel hot, live or work in a hot environment, herbal soup recipes provide the solutions for you. Components of a cooling soup tend to be ingredients such as

Some Healthy Dessert Ideas

If you wish to enjoy a healthy and tasteful dessert, then you must have your favorite flavor recipes in your hand. Then, you could rest assured the process of making it by letting the Frost Food machine to work. Frost Food is a natural ice cream machine, which can instantly help you to make healthy dessert from fruit and vegetables. This machine allows cold cooking method on food to preserve its freshness.

Using cold cooking method, there will be so many healthy dessert recipes you could create by yourself. With the help of a Frost Food machine you will not need any ice cubes anymore to make your frost dessert. Thus, the making process will be simpler as you do not have to do extra step preparing the ice cubes.

  1. Healthy Coconut-Banana Mousse with Yogurt and Honey

Ingredients:

1 fresh or frozen banana, peeled and cut into chunks

A half cup of coconut milk

A half cup of plain yogurt

3 tablespoons of skim milk

3 tablespoons of honey

A small amount of lemon or lime juice (optional for extra flavor)

Directions:

Combine banana with the rest

Fuss-Free Dessert

Toffee Caramel Heavenly Dip

What you need:

  • 2 large chilled apples, sliced
  • 2 cups thick caramel sauce
  • 1 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits
  • 1/3 cup sugar

In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese using a hand mixer until it has a smooth and creamy consistency. Mix in the sugar and continue beating until well incorporated into the cream cheese. Transfer the mixture into a medium-sized serving dish and spread in an even layer. Pour the caramel sauce over the cream cheese and flatten using a spoon or a spatula. Sprinkle evenly with toffee bits. Serve with apple slices.

Kids’ Favorite Salted Choco-Caramel Pretzel Bars

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate pieces (chocolate bars divides into pieces), melted in the microwave
  • 1 1/4 cups Kraft caramel bits
  • 1 cup mini pretzel twists
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Sea salt

Line with parchment paper a large baking sheet then spread evenly with 1 cup melted chocolate. Scatter the pretzel bits and press into the chocolate. Mix together the caramel bits with the water. Microwave for 2 minutes on high, stir then pour all over pretzel bits. Top with remaining melted chocolate and sprinkle with sea salt. Cover

Barbecue Desserts

 Grilled Choco Pineapple Rings

What you need:

  • 6 fresh pineapple rings
  • 1/2 cup Nutella spread (or any chocolate-hazelnut spread)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup walnuts

In a small saucepan, heat chocolate-hazelnut spread and milk over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly, until the spread has melted and ingredients are well-combined. Remove from heat and set aside. Grill pineapple rings over medium heat for 3-5 minutes per side or until lightly brown and grill marks appear. When ready, place pineapples in a serving dish, drizzle with Nutella mixture then top with walnuts.

Peanut Butter S’mores Twist

What you need:

  • 2 large marshmallows
  • 1 peanut butter cup (such as Reese’s)
  • 2 squares graham crackers

Using a skewer, grill the marshmallows for 2-4 minutes until slightly browned. When ready, place the marshmallows on top of one of the graham squares, followed by the peanut butter cup then the other graham square. Serve immediately.

 Fruity Barbecue Treat

What you need:

  • 1 cup sliced apple
  • 1 cup sliced pineapple
  • 1/2 cup sliced banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Place fruit slices on skewers then grill over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until heated through or tender.

Types of Icing for Cakes

• Frostings – This is often made with butter mixed with icing sugar and has the inclusion of pasteurised egg white that makes it firm to stay intact when piped on cupcakes. Cupcakes serve as miniature cakes that give you the freedom to decorate it the way you want to. You could add colour to the frosting mixture to give the cup cakes a peppy look.

• Fondant – It is an opaque covering made with a mixture of sugar, gelatine, and glycerine to give it dough-like consistency. Fondant is often used to replace icing, especially for wedding cakes. It protects the cake from falling apart, and as the fondant doesn’t melt away with humidity, it is a preferred type of icing by several who feel that it acts as a protective layer as well as serves as a decorative.

• Buttercream – This made by mixing butter with milk, icing sugar, and vanilla essence until it gains a consistency as that of an icing. These are used for cakes that are meant for immediate consumption or those that are stored in cold areas. Buttercream tends to melt as soon as it is out from refrigeration.

About Organic Bone Broth

People still love it owing to its delicious taste. And the bones themselves have a wide array of benefits to offer. For instance, sipping down delicious organic bone broth on a wintry evening remains a source of relief for those suffering from a cough and cold. Even if you’re not suffering from a cold, bone broth can act as a soothing and beneficial food. At times, even your physician might recommend stock for you. Bone broth contains cysteine, which is an amino acid. It is very effective in offering you relief from a cold since it leads to the thinning of mucus in your lungs and facilitates easy breathing.

Broth also remains a staple for people suffering from arthritis or joint pain. The tendons and cartilage contain several minerals that turn out to be useful when it comes to promoting relief from joint pain. The proteins help in the rebuilding of your connective tissue and tendons, thereby facilitating a fast cure from joint pain.

The knuckles and feet contain gelatin in copious amounts. This gelatin is comprised of hydrophobic colloids that are very helpful in filling up holes in the intestine because they can retain liquids

Lime Pie

Appearing in the early 20th century the exact origins are unknown, but the first recorded mention of Key lime pie may have been made by William Curry, a ship salvager and Key West’s first millionaire. Supposedly his cook, “Aunt Sally”, created the pie for him. It seems his crews of sponge fishermen at sea did not have access to ovens but the original version allowed the creamy pie to be prepared without baking. Early writings state that Aunt Sally’s version called for a graham cracker crust and softly whipped cream.

Many cooks and bakers in Florida claim their recipe is the only authentic version. Be that as it may, the filling is rarely disputed: rather, most debates revolve around the crust and topping. Everyone does agree, however, that green food coloring is for amateurs, and a proper version should be pale yellow. Key limes (also called Mexican or West Indian limes) are the most common lime found throughout the world; the U.S. is the exception in preferring the larger Persian lime.

The two contentious versions center around crust and topping. Early pies probably didn’t even have a crust, but now locals vacillate between traditional pie crust

Southern Desserts

In most convenience stores, you can’t miss the display of Moon Pies (not really pies but more like sandwich cookies) sitting on the counter, just begging to be snatched up. They’re a southern tradition, kind of like their version of s’mores, made with graham crackers and marshmallow filling, then dipped in chocolate or butterscotch coating. Don’t try to make them yourself. Opt instead for a chocolate or lemon chess pie, which is easy, served in a single crust and contains a dense, sugary filling. Another no-brainer, fruit cobblers can be single or double crust, baked in a casserole dish and can have a crumbly topping sprinkled over the fruit filling, rather than a pie crust topping. Southerners like to use buttermilk biscuits on top. Sugar pie, originally from southern Indiana, is basically a custard base with lots of brown sugar or molasses, single crust. (Diabetics beware.)

Pies came to America with the first English settlers. Early colonists baked their pies in long narrow pans called “coffins” which also referred to a crust. (Not very appetizing for sure.) Centuries earlier, most pies were filled with meat and eaten as a main course, and early desserts were kept simple,

Homemade Soups

Ditch The Bullion Cube

The first thing that people reach for when they are making a soup base is bouillon cube. This is not a good thing to go with, as it can be full of salt, and even MSG. It’s far better to seek out a different solution, including no sodium chicken or vegetable stock to utilize in your soup creations. You’ll want to ensure that it’s 100% organic as well, and look carefully at the ingredients for any added sugars or anything that could cause the caloric intake to rise exponentially. You’ll want to stick to this starting point, unless you’re going to use a great deal of water and season soups on your own, without the help of salt that is in the stock.

Vegetables Fill Out Soup

When you’re creating soup, especially for those that have diabetes, make sure that you look into adding many vegetables. Vegetables, legumes, and more can add filler to any meal and without added sugars. You’ll have to be careful to select your mix carefully because not all of the items in your grocery store’s produce department will taste good together. Seeking out solutions that will

Paleo Tomato Soup

You may want cream if you don’t like the natural texture of tomatoes in your soup. This can be cream made with dairy so if you don’t mind dairy products then it’s a good one to use. There are a few to choose from at your local market so look carefully to see what you want.

Another option for cream if you wish to stay away from dairy products would be coconut milk witch isn’t a bad alternative. Coconut milk has many health benefits and can give your tomato soup a unique taste. Coconut milk also can give your body a lot of hydration witch is good your skin and body and general. If you need a healthier alternative then coconut milk is a good option for anyone.

Just adding water can also be a viable option. It’s really up to you if you think you need cream or not. Some people just decide to forget the cream all together and go with the natural ingredients that are already in the soup. If you have a good soup then the cream may not even be necessary. It really depends on witch recipe you are using and

Chicken-Vegetable Soup

My chicken soup isn’t made in a pressure cooker. I just use a big pot with a lid that I found at a discount store. This recipe starts with basic soup ingredients–onions, celery, and carrots. Although I rarely cook Brussles sprouts, the grocery store was having a special on them, so I bought a few. This green, cabbage-like vegetable adds extra flavor to the soup.

For color, I add a can of diced, no-salt tomatoes in juice. For flavor, I add garlic and oregano. You may wish to add some dried basil, too.

Although leftover chicken is one of the ingredients, it can be omitted for a vegetarian version of the recipe. Vegetable stock may be substituted for chicken stock. As for the pasta, any small one will do, such as rings, shells, or cut spaghetti. You may be tempted to dump the pasta into the soup without measuring, this isn’t a good idea. Instead of soup, you’ll wind up with stroup, a cross between soup and stew.

Keep in mind that pasta continues to absorb moisture in the refrigerator, so you may have to add some water when you reheat soup. Chicken-Vegetable Soup with

Coconut Pulao

Preparation Time: 4 minutes

Cooking Time: 6 minutes

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 cup Basmati rice

1 onion, sliced

2 cloves

25 mm. (1″) stick cinnamon

2 green cardamoms

1/4 cup green peas

1 carrot, sliced

1 cup thick coconut milk

2 tbsp cashew nuts, fried lightly

1 tsp butter

1 tsp oil

Salt to taste

The next dish in this segment of ‘Cooking Under 10 Minutes’ is ‘Coconut Pulao’.

Pulao (rice dish) is very famous in India.

There might be over 200 variations of the Pulao.

Today, we are going to make ‘Coconut milk Pulao.’

Let’s check out the ingredients

Oil, Butter, Cloves, Stick Cinnamon, Green Cardamoms, Lemon, Sliced Onion, Green Peas, Sliced Carrot, Basmati Rice, Coconut Milk, Grated Coconut, Chopped Coriander, Cashewnuts, Salt to taste

Now let’s check out the procedure.

Firstly, let’s take a pressure cooker.

Add one tablespoon oil and one tablespoon butter.

We are using the oil, butter combination so that the butter does not get charred.

We have to add 2-3 cloves, a small stick of cinnamon,

Tasty Cold Soup

The Summer Medley

What you need:

  • 1/2 kilogram assorted small tomatoes, halved
  • 8 large heirloom tomatoes, each sliced into 8 wedges, pureed
  • 2 large tomatoes, halved and cored
  • 2 small squash, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cantaloupe, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 English cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup halved blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Cheesecloth

Line 2 layers of cheesecloth in a colander and place over a large bowl. Pour tomato puree over cheesecloth, tie ends of the cheesecloth and refrigerate overnight. When ready, extract remaining liquid from the cheesecloth by gently pressing with a spoon (should yield about 4 cups). Cover and refrigerate. Meanwhile, place large tomato halves, cut side up on a foil-lined baking sheet. Brush with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon sugar. Bake in a pre-heated oven (250 degrees) for 2 hours. When ready, place a roasted tomato half in 4 soup bowls. Divide squash, cucumber, cantaloupe, assorted tomatoes, blueberries and thyme. Season with 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Stir in remaining sea salt to chilled tomato water and pour over fresh ingredients. Drizzle remaining olive oil over bowls and serve immediately.

Bakers Blue Label Marie Biscuits

Marshmallows work perfectly too. This is possibly one of the best sweet treats to make for yourself. All you need to do is place a marshmallow between two of the Marie Biscuits and put it in the microwave for a couple of seconds. A delicious melted marshmallow treat.

If you are having a party and want different treats besides cupcakes or tarts you can make sweet treats yourself. Dress up this biscuit with chocolate and sprinkles and serve it as a delicious dessert on the buffet tables. This works well for New Year parties, Easter parties or Birthday parties.

Most cheesecakes have a base that uses this biscuit. You can either make the traditional cheesecake or Tiramisu.

Traditional cheesecakes can either be baked or chilled. Crush the biscuits and layer them on the bottom of the pan. To give the base extra excitement you can add lemon juice, orange juice or zest prior to adding the mixture to the pan. Make sure you add a little sugar.

For the Tiramisu, you need to layer the biscuit between cream cheese, cream and chocolate shavings. Usually finger biscuits are used to absorb the espresso but Marie

Food Storage

Examples of risks related to the immune system. For diabetics, any unexpected illness may disrupt blood glucose levels. Try to prevent unnecessary influences when possible. Same goes for older adults – quality of food is paramount. Regardless of age and health status, stale and improperly-stored food is simply less tasty and may pose health risks.

Minimize risks while shopping. To preserve the best flavour and safety while shopping, pick up refrigerated and frozen items last, and put them away first when you get home. Keep cold items separated from warmer items in your cart. Avoid bruised fruits and vegetables. Bacteria thrive on moist nutrient-rich surfaces.

Focus on date and temperature. Discard any perishable food that is past the “Best By” date marked on its package. Ensure your fridge temperature is 4 °C (40 °F) or below, and freezer is -18 °C (0 °F) or colder. While you’re at the fridge, ensure vulnerable moist and meaty/dairy foods don’t contaminate other fridge contents by storing each item in a container. Clean containers with hot soapy water before re-use.

Taste and nutritional quality changes over time. As food at room temperature is consumed for energy by micro-organisms, the

Banana Cue

This is the banana cue. The name banana cue comes from the combination of the words banana and barbecue. It is deep fried with coats of caramelised sugar and placed on a barbecue stick. It also goes by the name, maruya in the southern parts of the Philippines. Anybody can see it being peddled by children of the owners or just being sold at the side of the street at any Philippine afternoon. It’s price ranges from 5 pesos (USD0.10) to 8 pesos (USD 0.17) per stick or per order. It is always best eaten piping hot so the banana does not become hard to chew. It is stimulating to the taste bud and to the senses. The aroma is sweet and so is the taste. It is crunchy and at the same time chewy because of the sugar and the banana. The snack is heavy and fulfilling on the stomach. One can indulge in coffee, tea, soft drinks or the famous “sa-malamig” gulaman and sago drink when eating this snack. There is also the famous special cut maruya which is the favorite among the locals. It is special cut because the banana is cut into smaller pieces