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Fabulous NO SUGAR ADDED Applesauce Recipe that take minutes!

I wish I could remember where I found this recipe on the web.  Thank you to the person who shared/created this fabulous applesauce.  I am calling it:

Pink Cinnamon Applesauce

8-10 cooking apples
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract

Wash, core and quarter apples.  Put in pot.  Add rest of ingredients.  Simmer until soft.  Stir occasionally.  Serve chunky with skins (good source of  nutrients) , or, strain until smooth.

TIPS: If it appears to be a bit dry when first cooking, add a little more orange juice. 

When serving it one evening, I topped it with a few fresh raspberries – was out of this world delicious!  What berries would you put on top of this applesauce?

… for the health of your family,
ellen

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Halloween Pizzas by Jaimie

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

PIZZA BASE
 - 4 small (6-inch) whole grain pitas
 - 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
 - 1/8 tsp garlic powder

Place pitas on cookie sheet or pizza stone.  Brush each with 1/2 tsp oil and sprinkle with garlic powder.  Place in oven for about 10 minutes or until golden and starting to crisp.  Remove from oven.

 BASE PIZZA TOPPING

  – 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce (reduced sodium)
  – 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  – 1/2 cup fresh spinach, finely chopped

Divide spinach, sauce, and oregano evenly among pitas.  Spider Pizza: on 3 pitas sprinkle first with spinach and oregano, then sauce.  Frankenstein Pizza: add sauce first then oregano and spinach in a rectangular shape (the green will show through the cheese).

 
SPIDER TOPPING DECOR
  – 1 block Cabot Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese
 -  Black olives

    Lengthwise, cut off a little less than 1/4 the cheese.  Slice into long thin strips for the spider web.  (Shred the rest in a food processor ).
    Slice a black olive in half lengthwise for the spider's body and use small olive slices for legs. 

FRANKENSTEIN TOPPING DECOR
 - Black olives
 - Green olives
 - Red bell pepper
 - Green bell pepper
 - Small fresh mozzarella balls

Add shredded cheese in a rectangular shape for frankenstein's face and outline with green bell pepper.  Decorate face as pictured using the "decor " items.  Or , create you own version

OTHER IDEAS
    Jack O'Lantern:  Sprinkle cheese evenly over another pita and decorate with black olives for jack o'lantern face.  Add red bell pepper outline and green bell
                                  pepper stem. 
    Ghost:  Sprinkle cheese in the shape of a ghost over another pita.  Add black olive halves for eyes and a large olive half for mouth.
 
COOKING PIZZAS:  Place in the oven about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and pizzas are hot.  Serve immediately.

Options:  Hand grate the cheese if you don't have a food processor.  Use other veggies for toppings such as eggplant for the ghost's mouth, mushrooms for the bolts in Frankenstein's neck, etc… Get creative using uncured turkey pepperoni or sausage for decorating.  Let your kids decorate!  (Though you'll have to do the chopping unless they cut shapes out using small cookie cutters.)  Make all of one kind of of pizza.  If you are pressed for time, the ghost and jack o'lantern are easier to make.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Halloween does not have to be a Sugar-High Holiday

 

       
Halloween can be a sweet time without the sugar-high side affect. 
Trick or Treating seems to be on the wain.  Parties seem to be replacing that tradition.  Too bad, 'cause when I was young, we walked wherever we wanted unsupervised.  Tons of fun.  No more for understandable reasons… the world has changed. 

When your kids are collecting bags of candy as part of the Halloween tradition, there are ways to manage the consumption.  After it arrives back home, make a rule: one piece a day for snacks, not for dinner dessert nor in lunch boxes.  It takes a long time to go through 7 pieces – two weeks to eat 14 pieces.  Eventually it gets old, losing not only importance in your children's minds, but also in taste.  Let it go stale in the back of a high cupboard. 

The way to manage sugar cravings is to give your children protein.  So when they say, I need a piece of candy, first ask them to have some nuts/seeds, cheese, yogurt, piece of chicken, piece of cheese pizza…any food with protein.  Often they lose interest in the candy – their bodies will be well satiated.

In fact, if you want to avoid a sugar high when having some sugar, eat protein.  Fiber-filled protein takes helps manage insulin rushes.  Thus, give them a piece of cheese before you give them a piece of candy.

Lastly, have a Halloween party and serve cracker, chip, fruit, high-fiber low-sugar snack foods – decorated! There are so many creative ways to use real foods in a fun way.  Check out these Ghost Banana Pops by Carolina.  Listen to this week's Family Food Experts radio show, W4WN, Wed. 6pm ET: "Guilt-Free Halloween Treats." You'll get great take-away ideas from co-host Tracee (Real Food Moms) and guest Monica Clem (Wholesome Sweeteners). 

And, we party on Tuesdays. 2pm ET, #famfoodexperts.  This week, same subject with more ideas pouring from many moms! 

Will you please join us?

… for the health of families,
ellen

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Met Chef Paul Prudhomme!!!

Our kitchen cupboard always has some seasonings from Chef Paul Prudhomme in it… easy way to spruce of a meal.  Thus I see his cheerful face on his jars weekly.  Imagine how delighted I was to see Chef Paul last week at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo.  Truth is, I was sad to see his him sitting in an electric wheel chair – hard work and being an excellent chef has caught up with him.  However, his warm smile shown through as he stirred the creation made for us to taste.  The good news is that he and his tall lovely wife have come out with a new line of low sodium seasonings.  Look for them in the stores.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

 

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