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.Disclosure: 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.This 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.

Cranberry N'Custard Minis

Serves 12     adjust servings

 

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. 

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Recipe Notes

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 163kcal Calories from fat 25
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 39mg 2%
Carbohydrate 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 24g
Protein 3g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Skillet

Boost your a.m. protein intake with a breakfast skillet made in under 15 minutes.
If you’re like most Americans, your protein intake for breakfast is typcially inadequate. Maybe you’ve never been in the habit of  starting your day with breakfast, or  grabbing something as you dash out the door is all you’ve ever been able to make time for. Take note: Having a few key ingredients on hand can help your score a savory breakfast brimming with that ALL  important macronutrient responsible for building and repairing muscle! Don’t underestimate the prower of protein, it also helps with weight loss and can keep you  feeling full longer.

Today’s recipe redux theme , Rise and Shine with a Savory Breakfast,  aligns with the trend of protein packed breakfasts!  We’re showcasing new healthy takes on eating savory or dinner-inspired dishes for breakfast like egg burritos, beans and rice. Here’s mine made with soy chorizo, fired roasted tomatoes, black beans and farm fresh eggs.

A single serving made in a cast iron skillet provides: 430 calories, 29 grams protein, 9 grams fat, 37 grams carbohydrate, 10 grams fiber.

If you liked this post, you may also be interested in my post  10 Reasons Why You Should Care About Muscle Maintenance. Be sure to see how my colleagues are packing protein into  savory breakfast recipe ideas by visiting the  links at the bottom of this post.

 

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Skillet (serves 1)

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/3 cup soy crumbles chorizo style
  • 1/4 cup black beans
  • 1/2 cup fired roasted tomatoes
  • 1 egg
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Heat 1 teaspoon of canola oil in a 6 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat.

3. Add soy chorizo crumbles, black beans, and fire roasted tomatoes. Stir to combine and cook until heated. Remove from heat; make a hole in the center of salsa mixture with spoon.

4. Separate egg, dropping white into the hole made in the center of salsa. Add yolk on top of egg white. Place skillet in oven and bake for about 8 minutes or until egg is cooked. Add pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

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