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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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Black Bean Chili Chorizo, Hearty, Healthy and Flavorful

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
October 17, 2015
File under: Healthy Eating, Party Food, Recipes, Vegan

Gourmet ‘Chili Non Carne’ for the Texas Red Aficionado

Chili is a universal favorite and an easy one-pot wonder that feeds a crowd. ‘Chili Con Carne’ means peppers with meat and originated around 1850 with Texas cowboys, who slow cooked the spicy dish over the campfire.

The first known chili cook off took place at the Texas State Fair in 1952 and continues to this day in communities across the U.S.

In the Southwest, the concept and preparation of Chili varies region to region considerably. In New Mexico, chili is more of a stew, made with chili peppers and vegetables, with or without meat. …read more of Black Bean Chili Chorizo, Hearty, Healthy and Flavorful here

 
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Party for Less

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
August 3, 2015
File under: Entertaining, Party Food, Recipes, Saving Money, Vegan

Connections with others are truly important. Celebrating over a lovely meal is a great way to keep those connections thriving; however, entertaining can take a bite out of the budget.

Tips to entertain with style, affordably

Send electronic invitations for free with easy management of RSVPs at paperlesspost.com or evite.com. Guests shine when they are meeting new people so encourage invitees to bring a friend or two along.

Think natural . . . natural colors and natural foods. Use fabric tablecloths or a roll of tan craft paper. Have children color on the paper or write guests’ names at each place.  Instead of flowers, consider green cuttings from trees and shrubs in several small vases or canning jars. …read more of Party for Less here

 
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