Fruit Dessert with low carb Raspberry Sauce

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Fresh local winter citrus, kiwi and berries

One legitimate lament of diabetics and other carb conscious folks is the lack of sweets and desserts in the diet. One solution I’ve found is making desserts with fruit and using a sugar substitute called Xylitol to add sweet flavor with limited carbs; (the label states that it is “75% fewer carbs than sugar” with “40% fewer calories”). There are 4 gms of carbs per tsp. and 10 calories. (Note: I have no relationship with any Xylitol manufacturers or distributors.)

I use it sparingly in any case, but it definitely makes desserts such as this delicious fruit plate with raspberry sauce taste wonderfully satisfying. It’s also so pretty- a real party pleaser! *

I also use Xylitol in my fresh applesauce; recipe to come.

INGREDIENTS (serves 4-6) (you can use almost any fruit of your choice- this is a winter version featuring local, fresh ripe citrus)

  • 3-4 oranges, your choice (for maximum color, I like to use a combination of Cara Cara, blood oranges and sometimes a Navel.)
  • 1-2 tangerines
  • 1-2 Kiwis
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/3-1/2 cup raspberries

SAUCE:

  • 1 bag frozen raspberries
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Xylitol
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Rum or Cognac or water

TO DO

  1. Make the sauce first so the flavors can meld.
  2. Pour the frozen raspberries into a deep sided mixing bowl. Let sit for 1/2 hr. to thaw slightly or thaw 3-4 minutes in a microwave. They should still be somewhat frozen.
  3. Add rum, cognac or water and Xylitol.
  4. Using a hand mixer or stick immersion Mini pimmer, mix til the consistency is thick but liquid enough to pour; somewhat the consistency of Hollandaise sauce. Add lemon juice and additional liquid in small amounts if needed.
  5. Peel and slice fruit into rounds. (Obviously not the berries (<*)
  6. Lay fruit in a circular pattern on a large round, preferably glass, plate or platter. Start with larger pieces, then smaller on top, (I like the Kiwii rounds on the top of the orange pieces), with edges overlapping. Finish with berries as a garnish.
  7. Serve with sauce; I add a bit over the plate and offer the rest of the sauce in a gravy dish with a small ladle.

* I’ve produced a video demonstrating making this dessert; to be featured soon on the blog. Stay tuned!

This has been the hit of any parties I’ve brought it too. Hopefully you have the same experience!

Enjoy!

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Breakfast egg/veggie/smoked salmon scramble

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Mushrooms, spring onions, fresh eggs, and smoked salmon

 

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Chopped Mushrooms and spring onions; ready to cook

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Saute onions, mushrooms and then spinach.

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Add the beaten eggs– gently cook

Egg/Veggie Scramble with Smoked Salmon

Breakfast, especially on a lazy Sunday, is one of our favorite meals.  For this dish, I added spinach, Cremini mushrooms and succulent chunks of smoked salmon to an egg scramble.

It’s spring and the weather is lovely.  Spring onions are a special treat now in season for a short while. They look like regular scallions with a slightly larger bulb, but they are very different; sweeter and more tender. I use them as often as I can find them at the local farmer’s market or even at the supermarket. (We have a local one that features fresh, local produce.)

I indulged further to serve with basil chicken sausages, and a few pieces of a really sweet tangerine as an accent to the savory flavors of this dish. Low carb and so delicious and satisfying!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3-4 fresh spring onions, chopped, including white bulbs and green stems
  • 1/2 cup spinach, chopped, removing stems
  • 1/2-1 cup Cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • Smoked salmon ( I used about 6 oz. for the two of us), chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp butter (I use unsalted, both as it’s my taste preference and for the salt-free aspect)
  • Thyme, herbs de Provence and/or salt-free seasoning/pepper to taste

TO DO:

1. Beat eggs ( I add a tsp. of milk or 1/2 and 1/2- that small amount Rick can tolerate); add seasonings to the eggs, and set aside.

2. Sauté mushrooms in butter; after they’re browned (about 6-7 minutes), add chopped onions and saute until soft, about another 5-6 minutes.

3.  Remove mushrooms and onions to a bowl.

4. Add spinach to the pan; saute briefly, 1-2 minutes until wilted.

5. Add mushrooms and onions back into the pan, and add beaten eggs over the vegetables.

6. Gently cook the mixture, using a spatula around the sides to fold in the mixture as it’s cooking.

7. Cook until barely firm, and serve.

8. Enjoy!

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Rick’s Chicken Salad

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Chicken salad on our old wooden plates!

We enjoy cooking together, and I admit that Rick is a much better chopper! One of our favorite lunch foods is chicken salad; it’s a great use for leftover chicken as everyone knows, right? Also it’s low in carbs and has a good combo of protein and veggies in our version. (The amount of chicken I’m giving is based on leftover roast chicken; you can start fresh and cook your own chicken if you prefer.)

Rick’s Chicken Salad

INGREDIENTS:

  • Approx. 2 cups of cooked chicken shredded; (we use the whole leftover chicken breast as we both prefer dark meat so usually the breast is left over)
  • carrots diced (last time we used 2 carrots)
  • celery, diced (3 stalks)
  • 1/3 red onion, diced
  • 6-7 roasted or raw almonds, chopped fine
  • 3-4 Tbsps. light mayonnaise
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Mustard (last time, whole seed Dijon)
  • 1Tbsp. Pickle relish
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Lemon pepper (salt free) to taste
  • Dash of Cayenne pepper (or drop in Siracha- our new found favorite)
  • Optional; 3-4 Tbsp. apple, skin on, diced; your choice; (we are lucky to have an apple tree and use those when in season or get what’s featured at the Farmer’s Market)

A Variation: Susan’s Chicken Salad Sauce (a bit more Indian/Mediterranean spice mix)

First mix the sauce:

  • 3-4 Tbsp. light mayonnaise or 1/4 cup light mayo and 1/4 cup Greek plain yogurt (if dairy is not a problem)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (more or less, depending on your taste – lemon to me is a necessity)
  • 1 tsp. White wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. mustard any type you like (Dijon or whole seed; I also like Snug Harbor * mustard)
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. curry powder and/or turmeric
  • Salt-free spice mix like Mrs. Dash’s
  • Ground pepper to taste
    *www.snugharborcompany.com

As I’ve said before, use the amounts you like, but these proportions work well.
Combine all ingredients into a bowl, and mix well.
Serve on lettuce leaves and/or whole grain toast; depending on your carb situation.

We really like eating our lunch al fresco under the apple tree in the back yard.

Enjoy!!