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BLUEBERRY LIME COCONUT CHIA PUDDING

Luscious, decadent, creamy, lite, zingy, cool…I could go on.

This chia pudding is just plain refreshing.  For breakfast, snack, dessert – yes, lets!

I recently started eating mostly vegan – trying for 90% on average.  (I was vegetarian before that, so if I decide to have something off the vegan plan, it’s usually a little dairy. The meat dishes on this blog are perfected for and tested on my husband!)

This is one of the staples of a vegan diet, it seems.  There are as many variations as you have imagination and once you have the basic ratio of liquid to chia seeds down, the sky’s the limit.  I’ve done this one with raspberries and lemon (thanks to Healthy Maven) and it’s TO. DIE. FOR.  Alas, the summer is two-thirds over and so went the raspberries, but the blues are in full swing.  We are taking advantage.

Because I’ve cut out dairy, my fat consumption has dwindled, also.  So I use the full fat canned coconut milk, most of the time.  The lite is fabulous, though, and I’ve given stats for both.

Chia seeds are very filling and have little to no flavor of their own, soooooo…we can work any magic we want and I plan on doing just that.  Stay tuned!

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Printable Recipe

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One 14 oz can coconut milk, liquid AND solid parts (regular or lite), room temp

4 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds

2-4 tablespoons Splenda Granular (or sweetener of choice)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Juice and zest of one lime

1 cup fresh blueberries

Pinch of salt

In a medium bowl combine the coconut milk, chia seeds, sweetener, vanilla, zest and juice, blueberries, and salt.  Mix well, and allow to sit for a few minutes.  Stir again to make sure the seeds are distributed evenly as they soak up the coconut milk.  Cover or spoon into individual dishes/glasses and chill for several hours or overnight.  Makes 4 servings.
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Lite canned coconut milk:
Per Serving: 193 Cal; 4 g Protein; 13 g Tot Fat; 15 g Carb; 6 g Fiber; 4 g Sugar; 101 mg Sodium
Regular canned coconut milk:
Per Serving: 315 Cal; 6 g Protein; 29 g Tot Fat; 14 g Carb; 6 g Fiber; 4 g Sugar; 15 mg Sodium
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BLUEBERRY COMPOTE

There’ll come a time in your life when you neeeeeeeeed  this gorgeousness.  

Blueberries, citrus, and a little vanilla…this is perfect as a sauce, jam, or when warmed, even a syrup.  Add to plain Greek yogurt, into ricotta,  a protein shake, over my Oatmeal cottage Cheese Pancakes, or rolled in my Crepes with a a little cream cheese schmear…spooned over a low-sugar cheesecake…you get the drift.

The recipe makes quite a bit, but freeze and keep for when that I-need-some-blueberry-sauce-now emergency strikes.  

What?

 It happens.

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5 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1/2 cup Whey Low Granular (regular sugar, if you prefer)

1/2 cup Splenda Granular (OR use all Splenda or all WL)

Zest and juice of one large lemon OR medium orange

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons cold butter

In a  large sauce pan – over medium heat – combine the berries, WL, Splenda, lemon, and salt.  Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.

Continue to boil for 20 minutes, or until reduced by about a third.  Add vanilla, and stir in the butter until melted. (The butter gives the sauce a beautiful glossy shine as well as another layer of flavor.  SO good!)

Remove from heat and let cool completely. Pour into 1/2 cup freezer containers and freeze.  Lasts in the fridge for a month or in freezer for one year.

Makes approx 3 cups sauce depending on how far it’s reduced, or about 48 servings, two-tablespoons each.

If you used all Splenda the calorie count and carbs would be even less.

Per Serving: Calories 12; Protein 0 g; Fat .3 g; NET Carb 4 g; (Fiber 0 g); Sugar 4; Sodium 7 mg

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EASTER BRUNCH MENU

Everything can be made ahead and gently reheated for a quick meal on a busy morning.

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SWISS ASPARAGUS QUICHE   

 

Vegetable cooking spray
1/2 pound fresh asparagus, tough ends trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
5 slices turkey bacon , cooked and crumbled (OR veggie version:  5 Morningstar Breakfast strips)
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 inch pie plate with vegetable cooking spray. In a saucepan, place asparagus into boiling water and cook for 4-6 minutes, or until tender but still firm. Drain well. Sprinkle crumbled bacon and asparagus into pie plate. Top with cheese.

In a bowl beat together, eggs, milk, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and onion powder. Pour egg mixture on top of cheese. Bake, uncovered for 25 minutes or until golden and just set in the center. Makes 8 servings.

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Per Serving: 151 Cal; 11 g Protein; 10 g Tot Fat; 3 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 3 g Sugar; 165 mg Sodium

LEMON GLAZED OATMEAL-BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

 

Vegetable cooking spray

3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup Whey Low Granular OR Splenda Granular in a pinch
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a regular or mini muffin pan with vegetable cooking spray. In a small bowl beat, with electric mixer, the butter and Whey Low Granular. Beat in, until combined, the egg, vanilla, lemon zest, and buttermilk. Stir in, just until moistened, the oatmeal, almond flour, flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full and bake for 12-15 minutes or until tester comes out with moist crumbs. Drizzle with lemon glaze while still warm. Makes 12 regular or 20 mini muffins.

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Per mini muffin: 59 Cal; 2 g Protein; 3 g Tot Fat; 6 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 2 g Sugar; 41 mg Sodium

Lemon Glaze

1/2 cup Whey Low powdered OR Splenda Granular
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 drops vanilla extract

In a small bowl, whisk together the Whey Low powdered, lemon juice and vanilla. Drizzle over warm muffins.

SUNRISE NOG

 

1 tub Orange Sunrise crystal light powder (the tub that makes 2 quarts)
4 cups water (not the full 8 cups that’s called for on the drink mix container)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup fat-free or regular half & half
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon orange zest
One 4-serving size instant sf vanilla pudding powder

To a blender container add drink powder, water, milk, half & half, vanilla, orange zest, and pudding powder. Process until smooth and frothy.
Pour over crushed ice if desired. (This mixture will seperate when allowed to sit in the fridge for a couple hours. Just give a quick whisking or blend again and it will be perfect!) Makes 10 servings 2/3 cup each.

PerServing: 30 Cal; 1 g Protein; 1 g Tot Fat; 3 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 1 g Sugar; 150 mg Sodium

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BLUEBERRY-RICOTTA MUFFINS

Need a nutritious goodie to munch on? This is one fabulous sugar free muffin! Loaded with those gorgeous berries and fluffy-light, they are perfect with some melted butter and a cup of coffee.

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1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup Whey Low Granular
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup almond flour/meal
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
Whey low granular OR Splenda granular to sprinkle

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 regular muffin cups and set aside.

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar sub. Beat in whole egg, egg white, vanilla extract, almond extract, and ricotta cheese. In a small bowl mix the flour, almond flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir into the ricotta mixture just until moistened. Fold in 1 1/4 cup berries.

Fill muffin cups with batter. Press the remaining berries on the top of the batter and sprinkle with Splenda. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden on the edges and a tester comes out with moist crumbs. Makes 12 regular-sized muffins.

Per muffin: 151 Cal; 5 g Protein; 8 g Tot Fat; 11 g Carb; 3 g Sugar; 124 mg Sodiumbluericotmuff80

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