Mouthwatering Pavlova

Mouthwatering Pavlova

Mouthwatering Pavlova A light and healthy dessert choice to promote healthy living. Healthy Vegetarian Recipe This mouthwatering pavlova recipe was passed down from my aunt to my mother years ago. Trying to implement more fresh fruits in our diet, we decided to put the heavy dark chocoholic cake, butterfingers, and Oreos aside and give this lighter and healthier dessert a try. While it still contains a fair amount of sugar, this could be replaced with coconut palm sugar for a more nutritious treat. I must admit that I have not yet been able to try coconut palm sugar in my cooking. I look forward to using up my latest bag of refined sugar so that I can try implementing coconut sugar into my recipes. It is really difficult to stop at just one mouthwatering pavlova because it seems like such a light dessert. This is a close up of how the merengue for the pavlova will look when thoroughly mixed. It is simple to shape the merengue as seen above. Once the merengue is baked it will turn slightly golden indicating it is done. Above are six mouthwatering pavlova on a cookie sheet to bake. The finished result is slightly golden with a very light tint of pink around the outer crust. After the pavlova is cooled it is time to fill it with cream and top it with fruit. A close up of the completed dish shows how perfectly these ingredients tie together. Yum, your mouthwatering pavlova is complete and ready to eat! Ingredients 4 room temperature egg whites Pinch cream of tartar 1 1/3 c. super fine...
My Review of Seeds of Hope by Jane Goodall

My Review of Seeds of Hope by Jane Goodall

My Review of Seeds of Hope by Jane Goodall Seeds of Hope is a book about the intrinsic relationship between humans and plant life. Since grade school I remember being taught the importance of trees and plants, as they were essential for us to live, breath and thrive. What I liked most about Seeds of Hope was how rounded the book was, and special concentration was spent in Chapter 10, “Plants That Can Heal”. Chapter 10 Medicinal Herbs It is astounding that there are so many medicines extracted from plants. It made me realize that plants not only sustain our lives by giving us the air we breath. They can also heal and prevent diseases. Medicinal plants have been used to treat typhoid, HIV-AIDS, diabetes, malaria and high blood pressure. Chimps in Gombi would eat leaves from a particular plant that could flush out roundworms and tapeworms only when they had the symptoms for these parasites. Seeds of Hope notes a time when surgeons used medication derived from plants to make muscles relax. Due to the growing popularity of using herbs in medicine in the West, Seeds of Hope documented that by 2010, 93 percent of these herbs became endangered in Sri Lanka and India. Reckless harvesting as well as habitat loss contributed to these decreasing numbers.   Today, the Sri Lankan government has taken action by allowing farming projects to grow these herbal plants to help the local economies, however traditional healers believe that the plants will not work as well in a monocultural environment. Growth of these plants in the wild involved many plant and animal interactions that were not in a...
Beware of Giving Sugar-Free Ice-Cream to Your Dog

Beware of Giving Sugar-Free Ice-Cream to Your Dog

This particular sugar-free ice-cream contains xylitol in it, which is toxic to your dog. Dessert Recipe Check out this delicious recipe idea incorporating sugar-free ice-cream. Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs While using this ice-cream is perfect in this recipe, it is not a food to share with your pet. Remember to check ingredients and be aware that human foods are not always pet-friendly. The sugar-free ice-cream used here has XYLITOL in it, which is extremely toxic in dogs. Summer = Ice-cream Summer is upon us. Kids are out and playing, the pools are full, and my dog, Jade, is watching out the window to see what is going on outside all day. As I write this, an ice-cream truck is playing music and driving close to the entrance to our building. 4th of July For our latest 4th of July celebration I wanted to use some delicious sugar-free ice-cream to make ice-cream sandwiches. I used Clemmy’s Sugar Free Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream (16  fl. oz) and cut right through the carton so that the ice-cream fit perfectly between the two cookies. Less Sugar in Diet I used sugar-free ice-cream so that the ice-cream sandwiches were not too sweet since it would already be in between the sweetened cookies. To further reduce sugar intake, a healthy cookie alternative can be used such as No Sugar Oatmeal Cookies.  Depicted above is the dough for cake mix cookies with food coloring. I followed the instructions for the cookies on the cake mix box and added red and blue food coloring for a hint of 4th of July inspiration. This is a fun and yummy recipe...
Carmelized Sesame Chickpeas

Carmelized Sesame Chickpeas

Carmelized Sesame Chickpeas This Carmelized sesame chickpeas recipe is gluten-free and vegetarian. After the holidays I always feel guilty about how much I let myself eat. Often there are just too many delicious foods to “taste” and then devour. Trying to get back into the mood to eat healthy and exercise can be difficult after I am able to relax and let myself go. For this reason I decided to find a healthy food that is also sweet enough to satisfy that sugar craving. Sweet and Crunchy These carmelized sesame chickpeas are crunchy and sweet. They are perfect in a salad, as a side dish, as a snack, or for a healthy dessert. Every time I feel like munching on a small snack at night, a handful of carmelized sesame chickpeas is a taste of satisfaction. Shown here are the chickpeas, which were removed from the can and thoroughly washed with water. The chickpeas are then spread out on a cookie sheet. Shown above are the ingredients that will be all mixed together and poured over top of the chickpeas before being put in the oven. Wah-la! The carmelized sesame chickpeas are baked, and with all their sticky goodness, are ready to be consumed. Ingredients 2 (15 oz) cans of chickpeas 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1/4 c. Honey 1/4 c. Sesame seeds 1/4 tsp salt Pepper to taste (optional) Directions 1) Oven preheated to 400 degrees. 2) Drain cans of chickpeas with a strainer and rinse thoroughly. 3) Spread chickpeas out onto a cookie sheet and put in oven for 35 minutes. 4) Combine honey, oil, salt,...
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