Sweet Cherry and Vegetable Summer Salad

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Ingredients:

2 cups fresh sweet cherries, pitted
1 cup sugar snap peas
1 cucumber, seeded and sliced
1 cup radishes, sliced
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Instructions:

Fill a medium saucepan with water. Place over high heat and bring to a rapid boil. Add the sugar snap peas and blanch 1 minute. Remove from heat and rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
Place the drained sugar snap peas in a large mixing bowl. Add the cherries, cucumbers and radishes and toss to combine. In a separate bowl pour both vinegars together. Add the sesame oil. Stir slightly to combine. Stir in the sesame seeds. Sprinkle in the pepper and stir well. Pour over the top of the vegetables and cherries. Cover tightly and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours. Stir to combine the flavors before serving.

Tip: The cherries not only add a little sweet to the vegetables but they are a good source of the vitamins needed in a daily diet.

Nutritional Information (Approximate Values):

119 calories, 4 g protein, 2 g fat, 22 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 2 mg cholesterol and 474 g sodium per serving.

Crispy Cinnamon Almond Granola

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon canola oil
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup almonds, sliced
3/4 cup raisins

Instructions:

Place a saucepan over low heat.  Pour the honey and molasses into the pan.  Stir the two ingredients together well.  Pour in the water and stir slightly.  Pour the oil into the pan and stir well to make sure all ingredients are combined.  Sprinkle in the cinnamon and stir slightly.  Cook over low heat one minute stirring constantly and being sure mixture is heated through.

Place the oats into a large mixing bowl.  Add the almonds and toss.  Pour the heated mixture over the top of the oats and almonds and toss to coat evenly.  Set the oven temperature to 250 degrees.  Spray a cookie sheet with a non stick cooking spray.  Spread the granola evenly over the sheet.  Bake 15 minutes being sure to stir every 5 minutes until the granola is golden brown and crispy.  Remove from the oven then stir in the raisins into the mixture. Allow to cool slightly before eating. 

Nutritional Information (Approximate Values):

Apple Cinnamon Spiced Cider

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Ingredients:

4 apple cinnamon spiced tea bags
5 cloves
1 cup orange juice
4 cups apple cider

Instructions:

Place the tea bag and cloves in a sauce pan.  Place the pan over medium heat.  Pour in the orange juice and apple cider.  Cook the mixture for 12 minutes.  Remove the tea bags and cloves.  Serve hot with a cinnamon stick as a garnish.

Nutritional Information (Approximate Values):

68 calories, 0 protein, 0 fat, 0 saturated fat, 17 g carbohydrate, 0 dietary fiber, 0 cholesterol and 4 mg sodium per serving.

Originally posted 2008-10-03 15:49:43.


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Asparagus Snackettes

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Great source of vitamins.

Ingredients:

6 slices of fat free deli ham
12 stalks asparagus
Fat free Ranch dressing

Instructions:

Place the asparagus in a microwave dish.  Add enough water to cover the bottom of the dish.  Microwave on high for approximately 5 minutes or until asparagus is crisp tender.  Place 2 pieces of asparagus on a piece of ham.  Roll.  Secure with a toothpick.  Serve with the ranch dressing as a dip. 

Nutritional Information (Approximate Values):

Calories 37.4; Total fat 1.1 g; Saturated fat 0.5 g; Cholesterol 15 mg; Sodium 240.6 mg; Carbohydrates 1.5 g; Dietary fiber 0.7 g; Sugar 1.0 g; Protein 5.7 g; Vitamin A 3.7 %; Vitamin B-6 2/1%; Vitamin C 7.0%;  Vitamin E 3.2%

Originally posted 2008-10-02 16:15:19.


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