RASPBERRY FROZEN YOGURT

A delicious frozen treat that can be ready in an flash! Sugar-free and low-carb. Three years ago we planted three dwarf, thornless raspberry bushes. They were a new variety called Raspberry Shortcake™. We had a lot of rain this spring and the bushes exploded with big, sweet berries. We have eaten a lot more than we should have, given them…

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ETON MESS (STRAWBERRY MERINGUE DESSERT)

“Eton Mess” is one of those silly names the English have for homey dishes, like Toad in a Hole (sausages cooked in popover batter), Bubble and Squeak (fried mashed potatoes with cabbage), Spotted Dick (boiled pudding with raisins), and Wet Nelly (bread pudding). One story says the name originated at Eton college when a dog sat on a picnic basket that contained a strawberry meringue cake. The…

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SOPHISTICATED SORBET

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You may not be familiar with lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), a relative of cranberries, unless you’ve had lunch at an IKEA store. They grow wild in cold climates and are popular for jams and sauces in Scandinavia. I planted some as a groundcover in my front yard and developed a profound respect for anyone who harvests these tiny, tart berries. No wonder we…

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RASPBERRY MARSHMALLOW SQUARES

These reminds me of the coating on one of my old junk food favorites, Hostess Snowballs, those marshmallow and coconut-coated chocolate cakes with a “cream” center (actually a trans fat and sugar center).  Recipe adapted from Nourished; a Cookbook for Health, Weight Loss, and Metabolic Balance.  Ingredients:  2 ounces frozen or fresh raspberries or strawberries or ¼ ounce dried2 packets (7 grams each) powdered…

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FRUIT AND NUT TREATS

I’ve been making my own snack foods since cutting out all the likely sources of allergens. Most purchased low-carb snacks and bars contain whey, egg, chocolate, and/or almonds. I found several raw, vegan, and Paleo brands, but most of them use dates and flax to hold everything together. Chunks of Energy, pictured above, are pretty good and the Chia Orange flavor has no flax, but lists dates…

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PROTEIN BARS

The recipe for these bars is one my favorites from Nourished. They make a healthful addition to your repertoire of holiday cookies as well as great bars for snacking. Wrap them in parchment paper and then in foil to use as a portable lunchbox treat, much less expensive than purchased protein bars. Ingredients: ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp. (1½ ounces) almond flour or meal 1…

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BRANDIED CRANBERRIES

This was one of three new recipes I made for Thanksgiving this year. I made some more today and put it in jars so I will have enough to last through the holidays. It is luscious, easy, more versatile and even prettier than cranberry sauce. Ingredients: 2 cups (220 grams or about ½ pound) fresh cranberries 2 cups water Sugar substitute equal…

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VIDEO #3: EZ CREAMY STAWBERRY PIE

EZ CREAMY STRAWBERRY PIE This luscious strawberry pie is low-carb, gluten-free, and probably the easiest pie you will ever make! Ingredients: 1 (9-inch) Almond Pie Crust, recipe below, baked and cooled 8 ounces frozen strawberries (to make 1/2 cup of cooked puree) 2 tablespoons lemon juice 10 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced 16 ounces (two 8-ounce tubs) whipped cream cheese 8 ounces plain,…

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Video #1: EZ Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Gourmet, chocolate-dipped treats are the perfect gift for the special someone in your life. Easy to make and not just good, but good for you! Recipe adapted from Nourished; a Cookbook for Health, Weight Loss, and Metabolic Balance. Ingredients: 8 ounces unsweetened chocolate 1/4 teaspoon (24 drops) EZ-Sweetz or other liquid sweetener equal to 1/2 cup sugar A second liquid sweetener, such as…

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STRAWBERRY SEASON

Strawberries are in season, and this is the only time of the year when you can experience them as nature intended, freshly-picked, ripe, and sweet. Even so, you may have to seek out a local produce stand or farmer’s market, as the best varieties are too fragile and ephemeral to make it to the supermarket. I bought the berries in the picture above from Flower World, a…

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