Monthly Archives: October 2010

Stuffed Zucchini

Oh, I love this time of year – Pumpkin Pies, Apple Pies, Pear Crisps, Eggplants, Zucchini!!!

I got this little number from my sister while I was visiting her in Macedonia this past summer. Once I put my lips to the fork, I fell in love with Stuffed Zucchini!

Stuffed Zucchini

Ingredients:

4 medium-sized zucchini, halved, cut crosswise

1 large onion

1 carrot

1 potato

1 celery stalk

3/4 cup of rice

Parsley

Salt

Pepper

Oregano

Pam Cooking Spray

Water

Directions:

Preheat oven at 375 degrees. Begin by grating the onion, carrot, celery stalk, and potato with a cheese grater. Transfer that to the frying pan and cook it on low heat for about 10 minutes. In the meantime, cut your zucchini in half (crosswise), clean out the middle of the zucchini and add that to the pan with the vegetables; throw in the parsley, oregano, salt, pepper, and the rice; mix it very well and remove from the heat. This is your stuffing; spoon the mixture into the zucchini, one by one, and place the zucchini in a deep baking dish. When all the zucchini has been arranged, pour water into the baking dish covering the zucchini half way. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes.

Na Zdravje!

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Macedonian Crepes – The Dieter’s Crepes


Macedonian Crepes


In Macedonia they call this recipe, “The Poor Man’s Crepes”, because the recipe does not include milk and eggs. I, on the other hand, think that these crepes are delicious, healthy, and a great treat for vegans.

Batter:

2 cups of Whole Wheat Flour

2 cups of Seltzer Water

1/2 tsp. of salt

***You may need to add just a bit more (or less) of the Seltzer Water to get the correct consistency. ***

Non-Stick Frying Pan – or – Pam Original Cooking Spray

Directions:

Pour a ladle of batter into the frying pan and tip the pan so to spread the batter because you want to get a really thin pancake. When it starts to bubble, flip the crepe to the other side for another minute or so, then transfer it to a plate. Cover the plate – the crepes will get softer in time.

Filling:

I make my own spreads, jellies, jams, etc., so I use whatever jar I have opened. The jar sitting on my countertop at this moment is my all-time favorite Quince Jam! But, you can also slice up a banana, layer the slices onto the crepe, place a dollop of Fat-Free Cool Whip on top of the bananas, and finally, you can also squeeze a bit of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup over the Cool Whip. Roll it up and allow your taste buds to party!

Na Zdravje!

P.S. If you’re feeling naughty, go ahead, get out the Nutella and spread a tablespoon over the entire crepe… you won’t regret it!

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Layered Pudding Cake

Ah, this sweet tooth is my enemy! I am always looking for low cal, low-fat, sugar-free dessert recipes because I love sweets!

Anywho, to calm down my taste buds, this morning I whipped up a really good low cal dessert! Dolls, this is delicious!

Low Calorie Layered Pudding Cake

First, you need to find these Ulker tea biscuits. There is 24 calories in one cookie. You will need 20 to 30 cookies. I usually find them at the Import/Export Grocery Stores. Next, get the Sugar-Free, Fat-Free Jello-O Instant Vanilla Pudding, (5 oz. package), and Kraft’s Fat-Free Cool Whip. You will also need 3 cups of cold Skim Milk for the pudding and 1 cup of Skim Milk to dunk the biscuits in. Grab a rectangular glass baking dish, one small bowl, and a whisk!

Prepare the pudding as directed on the package. Once it sets, add 4 oz. (1/2 tub) of the Cool Whip. Whisk it until it has blended in well. Now, grab your small bowl and pour a cup of Skim Milk. Get out your biscuits and dunk them one by one into the bowl of milk. As you take them out, place them inside the rectangular dish one next to the other. Cover the entire bottom of the dish with biscuits and then spread 1/3 of the Pudding mix over it. Add another layer of the tea biscuits, and then pudding. Continue with one more layer of biscuits and finish it off by spreading the last of the pudding on top. For decor, I usually sift cocoa powder on top. Put it in the fridge for a couple of hours, but if you can, leave it in there over night. VOILA!

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Late Night Munchies?!?

We all get them! Some can ignore them, but the rest of us can’t! Sooo, here’s my quick and healthy fix;
  • 11/15/2010
Handful of walnuts!
 
Inside of a common walnut nut with green outer...

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To lower your risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease, enjoy a handful of walnuts, or other antioxidant-rich nuts, at least 4 times a week!

More at: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=99

I am having them right now! I love this nut!

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  • 10/27/2010

Ingredients:

1 small bowl
1 cup of Special K Cereal (with Strawberries, or Blueberries, or Plain, or whatever your heart desires)

Directions:

Pour the cereal into the bowl and eat it with your fingers.
Enjoy!

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