Cranberry n’ Custard Minis

Fresh cranberries and  raspberry liqueur come together for a delicious syrup that tops a light  custard. Perfect for Friendsgiving,  serve in mini dessert cups to give everyone a taste,  elevate the party mood,  promote togetherness, and make a  healthier holiday.Cranberry N' Custard MinisDisclosure: I received fresh cranberries from the Cranberry Institute. I was not expected to write this post. I was not compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. 

Nothing raises the bar on staying fit and comitted to your health goals like the holidays.  Stay calm and  motivated  by remembering my  simple mantra:

Eat what you love, but pay attention to portion sizes.

Restricting delicious holiday foods is no fun, and for some people, it creates negative feelings that  can lead to  binge eating. Eating mindfully and enjoying some of your favorite foods is a healthier option. But let’s face it, keeping portions under control is easier said than done. This time of year, I especially like to use the ‘small plate’ style of dining. If hosing a Friendsgiving event, suggest your guests bring foods that make it easy to share with the entire gang.   By encouraging everyone to get a taste of all  Friendsgivings culinary creations,  you  elevate the party mood, and guarantee  portions served start small.

IMHO nothing says Happy Friendsgiving better than fresh cranberries. Right now I want to give a HUGE shout out to the Cranberry Institute for sending me these beauties! This seasonal berry enhances the taste of a wide range of foods, is nutritious and adds a festive flair! 

That said, here’s how I put them to good use in my ‘small plates” Friendsgiving culinary creation.Cranberry N' Custard MinisThis Cranberry N’Custard mini dessert is made in  under 30 minutes, and can be done ahead of time. Cranberries and Chambord make a spectacular syrup that tops a light custard. Finished with a dollop of whipped cream,  these minis brighten your serving table, and delight  guests with seasonal taste all under 175 calories each.

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Cranberry N’Custard Minis

Cranberry and Custard Minis are a light dessert that's easy to make.
  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Yield: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Chambord
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 -12 ounce can skim evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream

Instructions

To make the cranberry syrup: combine fresh cranberries, Chambord, 1/2 cup sugar and water in a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, crushing cranberries with a wooden spoon against sides of pan, until all have burst and syrup thickens.

to make custard

In a medium saucepan, combine the egg, remaining 1/2 cupsugar and cornstarch. Beat with a whisk or electric beater set on low speed until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth. (The mixture will appear dry at first, but will become liquid as you beat it.) Place the evaporated skim milk in a microwave safe measuring cup and heat 2 minutes on high until hot to the touch (this will reduce cooking time). Whisk the milk into the egg mixture while the pan is set over low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens. If the mixture looks curdled, keep beating with a whisk until the lumps are incorporated into the pudding. Immediately remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Allow to cool completely .Add one cup of vanilla nonfat yogurt. Can be made 3 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

Fill mini dessert glasses three quarters full of custard. Top with cranberry syrup. Finish with a dollop of whipped cream.

 

Nutrition

  • Calories: 163kcal
  • Sugar: 24g
  • Sodium: 39mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 22mg

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Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken

Panera at Home soup accompanies a  Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken for a ‘better for you meal’ made  in the comfort of your own home. Copy Cat Panera SaladDisclosure: I received free samples of Panera at Home Soups.  I  was not financially compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. 

This past weekend was beautiful , and I had the  opportunity to spend some time  with a dear friend of mine, Pam,  visiting from Delaware. Pam and I were roommates years decades  ago at the University of Delaware. Both RDs with different career paths, it’s fun to catch up!  While we both love to cook,  our good intentions of making a Saturday night  meal of Chicken Agrodolce with Creamy Polenta, never came to be. But that’s ok.  Sometimes, you have to rethink homemade.

Enter Panera  at Home. It just so happened that the good folks at Panera helped me stock my refrigerator for the weekend with an assortment of  Panera Bread at Home soups. These easy to heat containers of savory soup gave me  the flexibility of  enjoying  picture perfect weather outside, riding bicycles and strolling the beach, without the need to rush back to make supper. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than being able to kick back in the comfort of my own kitchen and quickly assemble a delicious meal that’s ‘better for you’.  I  heated Panera at Home’s Turkey Sausage,  Kale and Quinoa  Soup (garnished it with a sage leaf) and put together my version  of Panera’s  Ancient Grain and Arugula Salad with Chicken.

I ‘m a long time Panera Bread customer because I apprecipate their beliefs of Food as it Should Be (and they have great hazelnut coffee too)!

• Free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners,colors or flavors from artifical sources.

• Savored and enjoyed. At a table. Alone or together with family and friends.

• Raised Responsibly. Sourced from farms that respect the food they produce.

• Personalized. Curated and customizable menus so you can eat the way you want.

If you’re like me and  frequent Panera Bread for the above reasons, you can now enjoy  the convenience of the Panera Bread at Home for times when it’s fitting to Rethink Homemade. Click here for a Panera at Home soup coupon to serve  this delicious soup…Copy Cat Panera Salad to go with this Panera Soupalong with the  salad I’m sharing today (recipe below).

 

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Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken

Panera at Home soup accompanies a  Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken for a ‘better for you meal’ made  in the comfort of your own home.

  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup precooked long grain and wild rice
  • 1 cup broccoli slaw mix ( broccoli and carrots)
  • 1 gala aple diced
  • 3 cups lettuce (romaine and red leaf)
  • 4 ounces sliced roasted chicken breast
  • 12 red grapes, cut in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 tablspoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Instructions

In a salad bowl, add cooked rice, broccoli slaw mix, apples, lettuce, chicken, grapes.  Toss. Set aside. In a small prep bowl combine salt, Pomegranate juice, vinegar, honey and oil. Whisk. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Divide between two plates. Note: May substitute Panera Fuji Apple Vinaigrette Dressing .

Nutrition

  • Calories: 269
  • Sugar: 11 grams
  • Sodium: 326 mg
  • Fat: 4 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 1 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 44 grams
  • Fiber: 5 grams
  • Protein: 16 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0
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