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4/8/07 1:47 A

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Since it is only two of us, I didn't want to buy a big ham, so we are actually having chicken korma for dinner tomorrow! But it's a favorite for both of us. I have been craving dark chocolate dipped coconut macaroons, so I am planning on whipping up a batch of them as a special treat.

I am usually the dessert lady, last Easter I made this fabulous cake from Cooking Light. Everyone loved it!

Banana-Raspberry Cake with Lemon Frosting

Cake:
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 bananas)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting:
3/4 cup (6 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, chilled
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash of salt
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare the cake, coat 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray; line bottoms with wax paper. Coat wax paper with cooking spray; dust each pan with 1 1/2 teaspoons flour.

Place granulated sugar and 1/4 cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

Lightly spoon 1 3/4 cups flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, stirring well with a whisk.

Combine buttermilk, banana, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture alternately to the sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture (mix after each addition just until blended). Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake cake at 350° for 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pans. Peel off wax paper. Cool layers completely on wire rack.

To prepare frosting, combine cream cheese, 2 tablespoons butter, rind, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and dash of salt in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer at high speed until fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar; beat at low speed just until blended (do not overbeat).

Place 1 cake layer on a plate, and spread with 1/3 cup frosting. Arrange raspberries in a single layer over frosting, and top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Store cake loosely covered in refrigerator. Garnish with fresh raspberries, if desired.


Yield: 14 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 289(25% from fat); FAT 8g (sat 4.6g,mono 2.4g,poly 0.4g); PROTEIN 4.5g; CHOLESTEROL 60mg; CALCIUM 65mg; SODIUM 247mg; FIBER 1.2g; IRON 1mg; CARBOHYDRATE 51.7g


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MKANDI7856's Photo MKANDI7856 Posts: 425
4/8/07 12:36 A

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I found some luscious big strawberries at our Safeway store today (buy one, get one free) and I'm making chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert, made with Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet baking chocolate and FF Half & Half.

For 2 people:

8 large strawberries
2 oz. Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate
1 Tbs. FF Half & Half.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper (alum. foil lightly sprayed with Pam will also work).

Wash and dry the strawberries, but leave on the stems. Pat dry with paper towels.

Place the chocolate and the half & half in a small glass bowl and nuke for 15 seconds at 50% power. Stir a little, then nuke again for another 15 seconds at 50% power. Stir the chocolate mixture until smooth.

Dip each strawberry in the melted chocolate and place on cookie sheet. Cool in fridge for 15 minutes, then serve.

Totally decadent without a lot of calorie expenditure!

Andrea

Edited by: MKANDI7856 at: 4/8/2007 (00:36)
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DEEDUM's Photo DEEDUM Posts: 1,618
4/7/07 6:26 P

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I like fruit salad for dessert,1 can pineapple chunks or crushed with juice, 1 small box of sugar free vanilla pudding mix this togther. then add one
can mandarin oranges drained, can fruit cocktail drained, then add some cool whip lite, mix well, my daughter in law loves this and so do I. Lots of fruit and the rest is low in calories, can't beat it.

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4/7/07 4:18 P

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Sounds delicious! Love the name!

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4/7/07 4:09 P

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Sex in a Pan :) Fantastic creamy dessert that's not too rich. I just put this exact recipe into the converter and discovered it's just under 250 calories per serving. Not bad considering the portions are fairly generous and I didn't go to any great lengths to use fat-free or sugar-free products! And, in my opinion, this is one of the very best ways to spend 250 calories... one of my all-time favorites :)

This is best if made a day or so in advance, to let the flavors blend.

1 cup flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup margarine

Crumble together and press into a 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Cool COMPLETELY before adding filling (if it's warm at all, it will peel up when you try to spread the filling on!)

1 8-oz package light cream cheese
2/3 cup icing (confectioner's, powdered) sugar
1/2 12-oz tub Light Cool Whip

Combine cream cheese and sugar and beat until smooth. Add Cool Whip and combine. Spread over cooled crust.

2 1/2 cups skim milk
2 4-serving packages instant pudding, any flavor
** Here is where you can get creative. I almost always use chocolate, but I've also had it made with pistachio and lemon puddings, both of which were delicious. Or you can get fancy and combine two flavors, like chocolate/vanilla, etc.

Combine milk and pudding mix and beat for 1-2 minutes or until it starts to thicken. Pour over cream cheese layer.

Top with remaining Cool Whip. Makes 15 servings.

246 Calories
11.5 g fat
32.5 g carbs
4.2 g protein

Enjoy!

Natasha


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chocolate sorbet with slightly crushed berries -- strawberries, blueberries, and such -- frozen, unsweetened berries work well.

Edited by: STRAWBERRY*MOON at: 4/7/2007 (14:20)


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4/7/07 7:25 A

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Thanks guys for the suggestions, I appreciate it! :) The recipe sounds awesome and angel food cake is definately an option... :)

A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money. Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do. ~P.J. O'Rourke


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4/6/07 11:49 P

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I just bought one of my favorites, Angel food cake. It is fat free and pretty low in calories and goes great with low fat or fat free cool whip and strawberries. Everyone always loves it and you don't have to feel guilty. Best of all you can just pick one up at the grocery store on your way to your Easter gathering!

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4/6/07 8:56 P

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Here's what I served tonight. It's from cooking light and is easy to make. I made 2 cakes and served 12 easily. Everyone raved.

Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake

Cooking spray
1/3 cup fat-free caramel topping
2 cups thinly sliced peeled Granny Smith apple (about 10 ounces)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 5 1/2 ounces)
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup applesauce
5 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 350°.
Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Drizzle caramel over bottom of pan. (Caramel will not completely cover bottom of pan.) Arrange apple slices over caramel, overlapping slices slightly.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine buttermilk and baking soda in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir in applesauce and remaining ingredients. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; stir just until blended. Pour batter over apple slices in prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Place a plate upside down on top of cake; invert onto plate. Serve warm.

Yield: 9 servings (serving size: 1 piece)

NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 280(29% from fat); FAT 9g (sat 0.9g,mono 4.9g,poly 2.6g); PROTEIN 4.7g; CHOLESTEROL 24mg; CALCIUM 40mg; SODIUM 208mg; FIBER 1.4g; IRON 1.7mg; CARBOHYDRATE 45.3g


Starting Weight: 235 on 01/01/07

Achieved Goal Weight: 140 on 11/29/07

Maintenance Weight Range: 138 to 143


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Sorry, I can't help you. Most of the time I don't do dessert. emoticon

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Hello everyone,
I am stumped as I have been tricked into dessert duty! I have looked for different recipes and there are so many things out there that sound good, but are they really good and will the taste appeal to people not on a diet? ahhhh... anyway, dinner will be a standing roast with mashed potatoes, fresh green beans with roasted tomato and fresh harvest bread. mmmm.. dessert to follow, light or rich? oh the conundrum! emoticon

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