French fries. Believe me, these little delicious slices of heaven are not finding their way onto a fat free menu. They easily find their way onto fast food and restaurant menus, or as a fitting side to a sandwich or burger. I know very few people who aren’t tempted by french fries and know even less that truly don’t desire to indulge in this fattening treat. I have no intention of disregarding the delicious flavors in healthy food, but I cannot ignore that the food that is NOT good for us, is often music to our taste buds.
I am here to tell you about a new kind of ice cream; one that contains about 13% alcohol per serving. I’m a fan of alcohol and I’m a fan of ice cream. What’s not to love? Technically though, it is not possible to mix alcohol into ice cream. Why? The freezing point for alcohol is much lower than the freezing point for water (aka: ice). It’s science. …Ice, ice baby.
The lovelies behind the book: Ice Cream Happy Hour (50 Boozy Treats That You Spike and Freeze at Home), Valerie Lum and Jenise Addison found a work around. Note: it requires gelatin, so vegetarians take note.
When it comes to relaxing, the U.S. seems to be a little behind. We are too focused on capitalism to think of relaxing. Siestas sound nice, but unfortunately that seems to be a lost idea on American culture.
Fortunately enough, we have tea.
- 1 C heavy cream
- 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 C powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
- 1/4 t ground cinnamon
- Pinch ground nutmeg
- 1 T cornstarch
In a bowl with a whisk, whip the cream with the vanilla until mousse-like (it won't form peaks).
Sift the remaining ingredients together and stir them into the cream to make a batter.
Let the batter sit for 30 minutes.
I grew up with a sweet potato family recipe that is truly heavenly. Until recently, I was unaware that everyone in the world didn’t prepare their sweet potatoes in the exact same way. When I was posting about the dish on a social networking site, I had a friend ask for the recipe. So here is my version of what is known as “Candied Sweet Potatoes.”
Thanksgiving is days away and we all know that healthy eating on this specific holiday, is not the easiest feat. Reality is, temptations lie around us all the time and this holiday is no different. Whether you are cooking or are simply a guest, the challenge lies within finding healthy alternatives to the traditional meal.
For those cooking the meals and eating them, finding 100% fat free options are a staggeringly difficult task. Most people can roll with the healthier option, but want to stay within the Thanksgiving meal itself. So, replacing turkey and all the fixins’ altogether, aren’t very realistic for most. What we can do, is reduce the fat greatly, replace some components with others, monitor our portions and make conscious choices all around.
I don't like coffee. I don't know if I have made this apparent in other writings on this site but that's the fact.
But not liking coffee in America is like not liking America which is a harsh way of looking at it. Have you ever been asked by someone if you would like a cup of coffee and they seem appalled at the statement of "I really don't drink coffee."
The transition of fall to winter is the perfect time for waffles especially when they involve caramel and apples. Check out this recipe for caramel apple waffles next time you’re having some guests over.
Caramel Apple Waffles
For The Sauce:
- 1 and 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For The Apples:
- 3 large apples - peeled / cored / cut into wedges
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
With the inclusion of truffle oil, this entrée spans between the category of gourmet and comfort food, falling somewhere in between. As you dig into this dish, you’ll taste the complex notes of truffle oil baked within the dish.
If you plan on cooking a big meal for your family on Thanksgiving, you may want to take advantage of the night before Thanksgiving. Preparing some foods before the big day will make Thanksgiving Day feel less hectic. That means less stress and most importantly, more time to spend with family.
In an effort to take on a healthy lifestyle, I have had to make conscious choices surrounding MOST of the things I would prefer to eat. I suppose on this journey towards healthiness, I have also realized that there are some things out there, that truly put a smile on my face, make my stomach grumble with pleasure, and in all honesty, not real sure I could live without. Some people probably say desserts or potato chips, etc. And although I cannot lie, because I love sweets and good ole’ fashion carbs, for me. My vice is condiments!
Ketchup, dressings, marinades, hot sauces etc. can be the life of my party. And although you can find low fat options lining the shelves of the grocery store, they are often packed with enough sodium to stop your heart. So, I have been scouring the health world trying to figure out what is the solution, what’s the trade off? How do I get great flavor without subjecting myself to fat and sodium?
Well, the consensus is SPICES. I have looked online and gathered information from my super healthy friends and family…and they all point to the same thing…dodge the traditional condiments and tap into natural spices. Not only do they have more overall nutritional value, they often times have various research showing their health characteristics as well. Using spices can season and dress up your fish, chicken, potatoes, and vegetables.
You can enjoy fruits without any worries. Apples, bananas, cherries, blueberries, watermelon, pears and tomatoes are all free choices on a fat-free diet.