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Double Your Pleasure With Delightful Apple Upside-Down Cake

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
January 25, 2016
File under: Dessert, Entertaining, Vegan

The classic pineapple upside-down cake, glazed with pineapple rings and bright red maraschino cherries gained popularity in the early 20th century when canned pineapple was introduced. Tastes have changed over the last hundred years and canned pineapple dotted with uber adulterated maraschino cherries aren’t the kind of ingredients the health conscious cook would bake into a cake.

Upside-down style cakes can be crowned with just about any fresh fruit with delicious results. I like to use fruit that is a bit tart for the brown sugar topping and Granny Smith apples were the inspiration for this recipe. When in season, a pinwheel of nectarines, plums or fresh apricots or are all great choices and a sprinkling of blueberries is always a nice touch. …read more of Double Your Pleasure With Delightful Apple Upside-Down Cake here

 
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Yellow Split Pea Soup with Yams and Avocado

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
January 23, 2016
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Nothing warms the soul like a hearty and satisfying bowl of delicious soup on a cold winter day.  Yellow Split Pea Soup with Yams and Avocado is richly flavorful and a dish that takes comfort food to a whole new level.

Legumes are an indispensable pantry staple in the health conscious cook’s kitchen and can make a hearty pot of soup quick and easy to assemble.

Split peas are field peas that are either yellow or green peas that have been grown specifically for drying. When these peas are hulled and split along the natural seam, they become split peas.

Split peas cook quickly, do not need presoaking and develop a creamy texture when cooked. Split peas are high in protein and fiber and very low in fat and keep well in an airtight container for up to a year.

Yellow split peas are less starchy, milder than the ubiquitous green split peas and are the base for this delightful soup. …read more of Yellow Split Pea Soup with Yams and Avocado here

 
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Luscious Double Chocolate Blueberry Bundt ~ High in Protein, Low in Fat

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
January 11, 2016
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Party Food, Recipes, Vegan

 

Bundt cakes get their distinctive shape from the fluted, grooved tube, baking pan similar to the traditional brioche-like gugelhupfk, which is called bundkuchen in northern Germany.

In 1950, bundt cakes became so popular that Nordic Ware trademarked the name, ‘bundt pan.’ In 1966 Pillsbury sponsored a baking contest where a bundt cake won second place and sales really took off after that.

Rich desserts are traditionally made with butter, eggs and milk. These decadent desserts tend to be notoriously high in fat, calories and cholesterol.

There is a better way to produce scrumptious, rich tasting treats. The key is in choosing wholesome, easy to use alternatives to replace eggs, refined sugar, butter and dairy products. …read more of Luscious Double Chocolate Blueberry Bundt ~ High in Protein, Low in Fat here

 
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Delectable Apricot Pastry Rolls ~ Four Ingredients!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
December 28, 2015
File under: Dairy Free, Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Party Food, Recipes, Vegan

These wholesome and delectable Apricot Pastry Rolls come together quickly with just four ingredients and keep well in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Puff pastry is light and airy with unique properties perfect in many elegant dishes on the party circuit. Easy to use and ready to bake, frozen puff pastry is undoubtedly the simplest route to an endless array of impressive dishes.

It is important to read labels. Some popular brands of puff pastry list unbleached enriched flour as the first ingredient. That is white flour with all of the bran removed, which then has some vitamins and minerals added back. It is best to avoid refined white, flour, bread and rice because they are empty carbs with all of the goodness discarded.

Most brands use lots of butter, which adds cholesterol, saturated fat and excess calories. Equally troubling are the hydrogenated oils and other additives listed on the label of the most popular brand of puff pastry. Hydrogenated oils are trans fats, which increase bad cholesterol (LDL) and decrease good cholesterol (HDL) and also promote inflammation. …read more of Delectable Apricot Pastry Rolls ~ Four Ingredients! here

 
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10 Delightful Vegan Dishes for a Hearty and Delicious Holiday Buffet

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
November 22, 2015
File under: Entertaining, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Party Food, Recipes, Vegan

The average American gains at least a pound between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, which generally accrues over time.  A minute on the lips …and who knows how long on the hips! Vegans know that there is a far better way to celebrate that is as delectable for the palate as it is good for our health, the planet and the animals

I present here ten enticing dishes that will wow family and fiends!

Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos http://bit.ly/d4nqUA …read more of 10 Delightful Vegan Dishes for a Hearty and Delicious Holiday Buffet here

 
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