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Don't substitute. Enhance! (NC) - Indulgent eating creates some of life's most vibrant moments. We all remember our most enjoyable dining experiences, whether they took place at home, at a restaurant or family barbecue. And sometimes we feel guilty about them. We know the rich cream sauces and decadent desserts, while delicious, aren't always good for us.
One particularly versatile food enhancer is yogurt, which provides your body with the good bacteria it needs to ward off illnesses and is a low-fat, nutritious way to continue eating creamy sauces and desserts. Yogurts enriched with probiotics and antioxidants are an excellent addition to your recipes, providing an alternative to cream and a boost to the immune system. Here are two great yogurt recipes to delight the palette.
In a large bowl, whip the cream cheese until smooth. Stir in the yogurt, honey, and vanilla.
In a saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over 50 mL (1/4 cup) of water and leave to soften for 1 minute. Then stir over low heat to dissolve the gelatin.
Stir the gelatine and the remaining water into the cheese mixture.
Carefully blend in half the sliced strawberries and pour into the pie crust. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
Top the pie with the remaining strawberries just before serving.
Wild Berry Scones
Pre-heat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar and baking powder. In a smaller bowl, mix the butter, yogurt and egg. Use a wooden spoon to blend the dry ingredients until moist. Add the berries (with some of their water). For each scone, drop 15 mL (1 tbsp) of dough onto the parchment paper, spaced 9 cm (3.5 in.) apart.
Bake in the middle of the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until golden. Let cool for 10 minutes and serve.
For more recipe ideas, visit yoptimal.ca.
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