Carrot Cake (The Best Ever)

Carrot Cake

Ingredients

1 pound carrots

2 cups white sugar

1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

4 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup raisins

1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest

1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 3 – 10 inch cake pans with Crisco Shortening. Flour pans and tap out excess flour.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, soda and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine coconut, walnuts and raisins. Set aside.  If you don’t have raisins, you can use chopped dates.

Grate carrots (to make 3 cups). Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine sugar, pineapple with juice, oil and applesauce. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and carrots.

Add flour mixture and beat on low speed until combined. Add coconut, walnuts and raisins and combine.

Put batter into 10 inch greased and floured cake pans.  Bake at 350 degrees F until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. Invert onto serving plate.  After the cakes are cool, frost, and refrigerate one hour.

To make the frosting: In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, confectioner sugar, orange zest and juice. Beat until smooth.

 

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Watergate Salad

 

This is one of my Mother’s Weight Watcher Recipes that she used to make when she was following the diet with exchanges.  This version doesn’t use cool whip, marshmallows or nuts.  If you would rather use those ingredients, just substitute the yogurt for the cool whip, add 1/2 cup small marshmallows and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts to the recipe.

Ingredients

1-3 ounce package of sugar free pistachio pudding mix

2 cups crushed pineapple no sugar added drained of juice

1 cup fat free plain yogurt

Directions

Pour all of the ingredients into a bowl and use a spoon to toss and mix until incorporated.  Cover with wrap and chill.  8 Servings.

Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1/4 milk, optional calories 10.

 

 

Blueberry Muffins Protein

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Ingredients

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup butter

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

2 eggs

1 cup heavy cream

2 level cups flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 scoops Isopure Protein Powder (0 carbohydrates)

1 cup blueberries

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cream together the butter and sugar.  Add eggs, cream, protein powder, flour, baking powder, lemon zest, and salt.  Mix well.  Stir in the blueberries.

Use a muffin tin lined with 18 cupcake papers.  Fill the cupcake papers with the batter and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.

 

Nutrition Facts
Servings 18.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 89
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6 g 9 %
Saturated Fat 3 g 16 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 40 mg 13 %
Sodium 118 mg 5 %
Potassium 84 mg 2 %
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 0 g 2 %
Sugars 5 g
Protein 4 g 8 %
Vitamin A 7 %
Vitamin C 6 %
Calcium 6 %
Iron 1 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Tasty Tomato Recipes

Tasty tomato recipes

Juicy, ripe and colorful, fresh tomatoes are one of the season’s greatest pleasures. Turn them into something special to enjoy any time of day with these easy, delicious recipes.

 

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Ingredients

4 Medium Tomatoes, sliced

¼ cup fresh Basil leaves

½ pound fresh Mozzarella Cheese sliced

Balsamic Vinaigrette:

2 tbsp Olive Oil

2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

1 tsp Ground Mustard

1/8 tsp Salt

1/8 tsp Pepper

Directions

Arrange the tomatoes, cheese and basil on a serving platter.  Whisk the vinaigrette ingredients; drizzle over salad.

Makes 4 servings

 

 

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Easy Salsa

Chop up 4 large tomatoes, one-fourth of an onion, 6 sprigs cilantro, 2 garlic cloves and 1 jalapeno chili. Place all chopped ingredients in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons lime juice and one-half teaspoon salt. Mix everything together thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate the salsa until it is ready to serve.

 

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Pasta with No-Cook Tomato Sauce 

Ingredients

2 pounds ripe tomatoes, cored, chopped

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons minced fresh basil

1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

10 ounce penne or rigatoni

1/4 cup grated Parmesan, optional

Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

In a bowl, toss tomatoes, olive oil, basil, oregano, garlic and salt. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente, about 10 minutes or as package label directs. Drain pasta and place in bowl with tomatoes. Add Parmesan, if desired, and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

 

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Ingredients

Waxed Paper

2 Large Eggs

2Tbsp Water

1 Cup All Purpose Flour

1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal

Salt to Taste

Freshly Ground Pepper to taste

2 lbs. Green Tomatoes, Sliced

1 Cup Canola Oil for frying, or as needed

Directions

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.

Beat eggs and water in a shallow bowl.  Place flour and cornmeal in 2 separate shallow bowls.  Season the cornmeal with salt and pepper.

Dip each tomato slice into flour, then, dip into the egg mixture.  Press the tomato into cornmeal mixture, shaking off excess.  Transfer tomato to prepared baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining tomato slices, arranging tomatoes in a single layer.

Heat about ¼ inch canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat until oil begins to shimmer.  Fry tomatoes in batches until golden and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side.  Drain on paper towel-lined plates.  Repeat with remaining tomatoes.  Serve with Remoulade Sauce.

 

Remoulade Sauce

Ingredients

1/2 cup of chopped green onion

1/2 cup of finely minced celery

1 clove of garlic, finely minced

2 tablespoons of ketchup

1/8 cup of mustard

1 tablespoon of horseradish

1 cup of mayonnaise

2 yolks from hard boiled eggs, chopped

1/8 to 1/2 cup of white or apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon of paprika

Couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce

Couple dashes of hot pepper sauce

Pinch of thyme

Pinch of tarragon

Couple pinches of chopped parsley

Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

Directions
Combine all of the ingredients except for the olive oil. Drizzle in the olive oil, a little at a time, while whisking briskly until mixture is well blended and reaches a nice creamy consistency. Can also process in a food processor for a smoother consistency, if desired. Taste, adjust seasonings, and refrigerate for several hours or overnight to thoroughly chill.

Bruschetta Tomato and Basil

Bruschetta Tomato and Basil

Ingredients

6 Tomatoes, diced

2 Cloves Garlic, chopped

2 Cloves Garlic, peeled

3 Tbsp Olive Oil

2 ¼ tsp Balsamic Vinegar

2 Tbsp chopped fresh Basil

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

8 slices Italian Bread, cut about 1 inch thick

2 Tbsp grated Parmingiano-Reggiano Cheese

Directions

Whisk together chopped garlic, vinegar, salt, pepper, and basil.

When combined slowly drizzle in oil.

Add tomatoes and let sit for 20 minutes at room temp.

Meanwhile, toast the bread.

This can be done either in the toaster (if it’s got really wide slots) or under the broiler.

When the bread is toasted rub each piece, on one side, with the whole garlic pieces.

Place the bread on a cookie sheet and top with tomato mixture.

Sprinkle on a little cheese and broil till the cheese melts (you can skip that last broiling bit and it’s equally as wonderful).

Serve immediately.

 

Biggest Softest Ginger Cookies

Biggest Softest Ginger Cookies

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup margarine, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon water

1/4 cup molasses

2 tablespoons white sugar

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg then stir in the water and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Peanut Cup Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons milk

40 mini chocolate covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda; set aside.

Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk. Add the flour mixture; mix well. Shape into 40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. Cool and carefully remove from pan.

Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries

Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries

 

Ingredients
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup butter
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup chopped celery
2 Granny Smith apples, cored and finely chopped
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (10.75-ounce) can cream of celery soup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 cups Hawaiian sweet bread, cubed and toasted

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine chicken broth and cranberries; let soak for 30 minutes.
In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, pepper and celery; cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently or until tender. Add apples and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and place in a large bowl.
Beat 3 eggs in a separate bowl. Add salt and pepper. Set aside.
In the large bowl with vegetables, stir in chicken broth mixture, celery soup, and cinnamon. Add toasted bread, stirring gently to combine. Add eggs. Spoon mixture into prepared dish and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until center is set.

ROSEMARY-PEPPER ROAST BEEF WITH BUTTER POTATOES

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Ingredients

2 pounds new or other small potatoes

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

2 tablespoons black or mixed peppercorns

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves

1/4 cup olive oil

4- to 5-pound top sirloin roast (also called top butt or spoon roast), trimmed and tied

1/2 cup white wine

1 tablespoon lemon juice

 

Directions

Heat the oven to 400 F.

In a 9-by-14-inch metal (stovetop-safe) roasting pan, combine the potatoes and melted butter. Toss to coat, then arrange in a single layer. Set aside.

In a mini food processor or blender, combine the peppercorns, salt and rosemary. Process until well chopped but not pureed. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in the olive oil. Slather the mixture thickly over the entire roast. Set the roast over the potatoes, then cover with foil and roast for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue roasting for another 45 minutes. Reduce the oven to 350 F and roast for another 45 minutes, or until the meat reaches 120 F at the center.

Use tongs to transfer the roast to a serving platter. Cover with foil, then with several kitchen towels to stay warm.

Set the roasting pan with the potatoes over 1 or 2 burners on medium heat on the stovetop. Add the wine and cook, stirring gently, until any browned bits from the bottom of the pan are released and the sauce thickens, about 3 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice. Slice the roast thinly, serve with the potatoes. Spoon the pan sauce over the potatoes.

 

ROASTED BEET AND CITRUS SALAD

November 2, 2015 PHOTO; FOR USE WITH AP LIFESTYLES

 

Ingredients

4 medium beets (preferably multiple colors)

2 cups grapefruit and orange segments

2 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

5 ounces baby kale or arugula

1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans

1/4 cup toasted flake coconut (preferably unsweetened)

 

Directions

Heat the oven to 350 F.

Wrap each beet in foil and set on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 50 to 60 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a paring knife. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes.

While the beets cool, increase the oven to broil. Arrange the citrus segments in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, then sprinkle with the brown sugar. Broil for 3 minutes, turning halfway through for even browning.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar and mustard. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Toss the greens in the dressing, then arrange on a serving platter.

Carefully peel the roasted beets then slice into small wedges. Arrange the roasted beets and the broiled citrus wedges over the greens. Sprinkle with the pecans and toasted coconut.

 

SKILLET-GLAZED SPICY SWEET POTATOES

October 26, 2015 PHOTO; FOR USE WITH AP LIFESTYLES

Ingredients

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Kosher salt

1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled, halved or quartered lengthwise, and sliced crosswise 1/3 inch thick

2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

Directions

In a 12-inch skillet over medium-high, whisk together 1 1/2 cups water, the cumin, paprika, cayenne and about 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the potatoes, then cover the skillet and bring the liquid to a boil. When it boils, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the potatoes, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the lid and prick the potatoes with a paring knife. If they are almost tender, remove the lid and increase the temperature so that the liquid boils. If they are not almost tender, cover the potatoes and cook, covered, for another minute or so, then remove the lid.

Boil the liquid until it only comes up the side of the skillet about 1/4 inch. Add the butter, brown sugar and lemon juice, then simmer, stirring gently, until the liquid is reduced to a glaze. Season with salt and serve immediately.