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Healthy Cheesecake with Banana Oatmeal Cookie Crust

29 Mar

I like to improve old recipes to make them healthier.  Typically I use graham cracker crust when I make my cheesecake. I have seen recipes that use banana bread as a crust for cheesecake, but that only adds calories to the dessert. This crust I created is made with no added sugar or oil. It requires only two ingredients: oats and ripe bananas.

Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put 1 cup of the oats in a food processor and whirl until oats are in small bits.
  3. Mix well with the rest of the whole rolled oats and the smashed  bananas.
  4. At this point, you can add a little water if needed to thin the dough a little.
  5. Spray spring form pan with a little cooking oil spray.
  6. Wet your fingers and flatten the mixture out to the desired thickness.  Lightly spray the crust with oil to give a crispy browned finis
  7. Bake at top of oven for 18 to 22 minutes, until cooked.
  8. Cool.

Cheesecake

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
  2. 4 8oz containers of fat-free cream cheese (room temperature)
  3. 2 fat-free condensed milk
  4. 4 eggs 2 tsp vanilla
  5. optional: bag of dark chocolate chips

Beat all ingredients together except chocolate chips. Pour mix into pan. Top with chips if using. Bake 40 minutes. Cool and refrigerate before serving.

Orange Fish and Green Onions

14 Sep

It is wondeful to have friends who share their fresh catch. My friend caught beautiful red fish, and I could not be happier with her goodcatch!  I was more than happy to enjoy some of her success, and experiment with a recipe idea. White fish dries very easily when cooked, so I wanted to make sure to cook it with liquid. This recipe is true Florida dish with fresh caught local Red Fish and oranges.  This is like a boost of vitamin C with the delicious citrus flavors.

  • 2 oranges (1 juiced and 1 sliced)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tbs tamarin or low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbs grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 tsp pepper flakes
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 6 green onion trimmed
  • 1 lb of fish fillet

Preheat oven to 425 F. In a small bowl mix mix the juices, soy sauce, ginger, pepper flakes and  2 tsp of the olive oil. Drizzle the bottom of baking dish with rest of the oil. Place the oranges slices and the green onion in the bottom of the dish and top with the fish. Drizzle with the juice mixture. Bake 15 minutes or until fish starts to flake. Top with rest of the sauce and broil for few minutes.

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Watermelon “Pizza”

11 Apr

When you find something you like, you must recreate it! Well, at least thats my thoughts when I find a dish I find tasty and fascinating. When I saw watermelon pizza on a menu, I complete passed by it because I thought DOUGH! You don’t find dough on this pizza, only healthy tasty ingredients. This makes a great appetizer or a side dish. I love it with smoked salmon or shrimp coctail.

  • watermelon slices
  • pesto
  • sliced almonds
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • arugula
  • balsamic vinaigrette
  • chopped onion (optional)
  • feta cheese (optional)

Toss the aruguala in the vinaigrette. Spread 1 tsp of pesto on each slice of watermelon, add the sliced almonds, tomatoes, arugula and the optional onion and feta cheese.

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Healthy Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

29 Mar

Some recipes sounds way too easy and healthy to be tasty, but this one is an exception. The origin of this easy recipe was featured on Facebook, so I had to play around with it. I added my own twist to it to satisfy chocolate lovers in my family. These muffins taste like Southern fruit cobbler. You could use raspberries, blackberries or diced peaches.

  • 2 ripe bananas smashed
  • 4 eggs
  • rasberries
  • dark chocolate chips

Blend the smashed bananas and eggs together. Place raspberries in the bottom of  greased muffin tins. Pour banana egg mixture on top of the berries. Top each muffing tin with 5 chocolate chips. Bake in 375 F degree oven for 15 minutes or until firm. Enjoy as dessert or breakfast.

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Red Wine Poached Pears

10 May

This wonderful dessert solves my problem what to do with an opened unfinished bottle of wine. Red wine is the best, the day the bottle is opened, or if stored properly it will be okay the next day as well. I admit, I am a wine snob, I do not like to drink wine that has been sitting around opened for days.

  • 4 ripe pears
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Peel the pears and remove the core from the bottom end, but leave the stem on the top.

In a medium saucepan, bring the water, wine and sugar to a boil. Turn heat down to medium low, add the lemon, cinnamon and the pears. Cover pan and simmer until the pears are tender, at least 30 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave the pears sitting in the pot 15 more minutes. Serve chilled.

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