Cheesecake to Ring in the New Year

If you need a splashy dessert for New Year’s weekend, try this easy recipe for mini cheesecakes. My three taste testers loved the recipe, and couldn’t tell the cheesecake was lower calorie/fat/carb. One tester was my adult son, who came for a visit last week. He plans to bake the cheesecakes for a party backRead more

Baked Cake Donuts for Hannukah, Holiday Brunches

    Donuts for Hannukah? Why not, especially if they can be lightened up and still be delicious. Donuts, potato pancakes and other fried foods are traditionally enjoyed during Hannukah, a holiday that celebrates  a Jewish victory over religious oppression in 168 BCE. After the war, there was only a day’s worth of oil left toRead more

Healthy Food Gifts for the Holidays

Holiday horrors!  In recent years I have received the following gifts: A large pecan pie, a deluxe box of Godiva chocolates and Moose Munch, that crazy good caramel popcorn. People mean well when they give food gifts for Christmas or Chanukah. But many adults, not only those with high blood sugar, just don’t want aRead more

Make Brussels Sprouts (and More) Sparkle With Easy Drizzle

  Thanksgiving fact: People usually either adore or loathe Brussels sprouts. I’m in the love ‘em group, especially when the Brussels sprouts are roasted. A few years ago, during one of my stints in Weight Watchers, I found a wonderful recipe for roasted Brussels sprouts topped with a deeply flavored, sweet and tangy drizzle. IRead more

Cranberry Sauce Trick Cuts Carbs Deliciously

I found a trick that cuts half of the carbs and sugar of cranberry sauce without using artificial sweetener. And I can’t wait to spoon the new and improved sauce on turkey, guilt free, this Thanksgiving. Usually, cranberry sauce (canned or homemade) contains a huge amount of sugar because cranberries are so tart. How muchRead more

Lighter Corn Casserole for Thanksgiving

Corn casserole is a Thanksgiving tradition for many families. It’s usually very rich but it’s a cinch to slim it down a bit. This corn casserole contains fewer calories and much less saturated fat than the typical recipe.  Your loved ones won’t have a clue. Cut Saturated Fat People who have high blood sugar areRead more

Baked Apple Season

  It happened again last week, the first time I baked apples this year. Every fall, when we dig into warm, sweet-scented baked apples, I say to my husband, “Why am I not making these year round?” For me, baked apples are one of the only fruit desserts that don’t seem like a substitute forRead more

Blueberries Shine in Healthy Homemade Sauce

It takes about five minutes to whip up a beautiful  blueberry sauce that has brilliant color and a rich, deep flavor. No one will guess that the sauce is much healthier than other sweet toppings. Homemade blueberry sauce can be used as a substitute for maple syrup and pairs well with  high protein pancakes for aRead more

Marinated Green Beans a Potluck Winner

At a recent summer potluck lunch, one dish was particularly popular.  People went back to the buffet for seconds of the marinated green beans, a dish that happened to be low in carbs, calories and fat. Several of us at the potluck asked for the recipe. It turned out to be so simple! 1. Canned greenRead more

Salad Dressing for Herb Gardeners

On these bright days, it’s a joy to go out on the deck to check on my rosemary, basil, parsley, cilantro and thyme. I have lots of herbs to harvest, so I’m searching for ways to use them. I tried a beautifully simple recipe for a lemon-herb salad dressing one night last week. It wasRead more