SINCE Thanksgiving is approaching, I thought it might be time for something sweet. You know you can enjoy a serving of your regular holiday fare with good planning and portions.
But if you would rather stick with knowing that what you are having has been modified to being better for you, these recipes may entice you to head into your kitchen.
They are suitable for any family member or guest, not just for a special-diet segment. The one-size-fits-all point is good to remember about the foods you prepare and consume. Everyone can share in your table's bounty.
These dishes can carry us over until the December celebrations when we'll figure a way around all those holiday cookies.
The 5-ounce container of plain flavor is 90 calories, zero fat and cholesterol and 6 carbs - about the same calories and carbs as 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese.
There are two other flavors - vanilla and honey. Vanilla has 110 calories and 12 carbs, which is a sizeable reduction in carbs from vanilla in other non-light brands (generally 30+ carbs per serving). Honey comes in at 120 calories and 18 carbs.
I selected one that she considers to have the best reviews to print in an upcoming column.
CRANBERRY ORANGE BREAD
There is no added sugar in this - I found the marmalade and craisins make it sweet enough. If you feel it needs sugar or baking sugar substitute, add it to taste, but nutrition numbers will change if sugar is included.
1 cup Post Grape Nuts cereal
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
2 eggs or 1/2 cup Eggbeaters
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup melted butter or Smart Balance buttery spread
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/4 cup all fruit orange marmalade
1/4 cup craisins
In bowl, whisk cereal, oats, flour and soda; set aside. In larger bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk and melted butter; stir in orange peel and marmalade, mixing well. Fold in dry ingredients and craisins just until dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon into greased 9 x 5 loaf pan (or two mini loaf pans but adjust baking time). Bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes or until center is baked through. Remove from pan and cool. Makes 12 slices.
NUTRITION INFORMATION: (1/12 recipe) 120 calories; 30 calories from fat; 3.5 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 35 milligrams cholesterol; 180 milligrams sodium; 21 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 4 grams protein.