Three Favorite Holiday Treats

We all want to enjoy special treats over the holiday season but we don’t want to deal with extra pounds come January. Here are three of my favorite holiday gems  that are light but oh so yummy! Light as a Chocolate Cloud Cookies Festive Holiday Cranberry Bread Pizzelles with Anise and Orange Zest  

Triple Corn Whole Grain Cornbread

I’ve tried so many cornbread recipes over the years and they are either very high in added fat and salt or dry and crumbly. This recipe is hands down the best cornbread I’ve ever made (and my family agrees). It’s moist, slightly sweet and has chewy bites of whole corn kernels. Better yet, it’s made…

Mini Blueberry-Lemon Cheesecakes for the 4th of July

My favorite part of a meal is dessert. As a dietitian, I probably shouldn’t admit this. The trick is learning how to enjoy a few small blissful bites rather than a large, full-size portion. Most of the time, I find that a small , mini treat is just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Get…

Cooking with a Cuban View

On a recent trip with my husband to Havana, to visit our son who is working and living there, I was surprised at the quality, variety and freshness of the food served at several privately owned restaurants. Menus included lobster tail, lamb moussaka, rabbit pate, a variety of fresh fish and vegetables, and creative cocktails…

Flourless Pancakes with Bananas, Almond Butter and Dates

Gluten and wheat free, these little cakes are a tasty alternative to regular, grain-based pancakes. The bananas and the dates provide natural sweetness and the eggs and the almond butter help to bind them together.  They are light and fluffy, but provide just enough calories and protein to get you through your busy morning.

Light as a Chocolate Cloud Cookies

You may be tired of cookies but here’s one that will help you stick to your New Year’s resolution. With just a few simple ingredients, whipped egg whites, sugar, cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips, these gluten-free, flourless cookies are easy to make, yummy and light as a cloud. One or two cookies should be just…

Our House (and more) in Gingerbread

One of our holiday family traditions is to make a gingerbread house. We started this tradition over 10 years ago after my friend and neighbor introduced me to all the gingerbread possibilities at a display at Peddler’s Village. Over the years we’ve replicated our cabin in gingerbread, my parent’s cabin, the board game Candy Land, a…

Pizzelles with Anise and Orange Zest

Holidays would not be the same without pizzelles. I make them every year and have experimented with many different recipes, trying to create the perfect pizzelle. I’m very fortunate to have been given an old family recipe from my friend and fabulous cook, Lynda. It has become my favorite. There are a few things to…

Creamy Pumpkin Pie with a Graham Cracker Crust

Here’s a late addition to the pumpkin palooza post. Pumpkin pie. I lightened the recipe by using evaporated fat-free milk instead of cream and made a fast and easy graham cracker crust using liquid vegetable oil instead of the traditional, full fat pie crust. This recipe makes two, 9 inch pies, one for dessert, and…

Pumpkin Paloozza

This is the time of the year for everything pumpkin and I love it! Pumpkin waffles, pancakes, muffins, and oatmeal. Pumpkin pasta, soup, ravioli and of course pumpkin pie. Many of the recipes you’ll find while searching the internet may be delicious but they are also unnecessarily filled with extra saturated fat, sodium, sugar, and calories….