dessert http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5285/all en-US The Sweet 16: Delicious and Healthy Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/homemade-ice-cream-481884595-small.jpg" alt="homemade ice cream" title="homemade ice cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="137" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now that it's officially summer, my tastebuds have decided they'd like to cool off for a while. So, rather than making all my standard baked desserts, I like to try my hand at ice cream and frozen yogurt recipes. Something about the chill makes these treats feel healthier, but if I'm not careful, I can consume way too much heavy cream and sugar. Those ingredients aren't exactly a bikini body's best friend. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-make-delicious-ice-cream-with-the-lello-gelato-junior?ref=seealso">Stuff We Love: Make Delicious Ice Cream With the Lello Gelato Junior</a>)</p> <p>Here are 16 frozen delights that feature whole foods and lighter ingredients. Enjoy!</p> <h2>1. Classic Chocolate</h2> <p>This no-churn <a href="http://vegan-magic.blogspot.com/2012/07/no-churn-coconut-chocolate-ice-cream.html">Chocolate Ice Cream</a> uses full fat coconut milk as a base and agave as a sweetener. After combining all the ingredients, a few hours of chilling time is all you need before attacking the bowl with a spoon.</p> <h2>2. Simple Vanilla</h2> <p>Dust off your ice cream maker for this <a href="http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/12/07/four-ingredient-ice-cream/">4-Ingredient Vanilla Ice Cream</a> recipe. You can use two cups of your milk of choice, including non-dairy creamer or even coconut milk. Then add some sweetener and vanilla extract and follow your machine's freezing instructions.</p> <h2>3. Banana Whip</h2> <p>One of the healthiest and easiest &quot;ice cream&quot; recipes around involves nothing more than <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/06/ultimate-vegan-ice-cream.html">frozen bananas</a> blended together in a food processor. You can add peanut butter, cocoa powder, or any other flavors to your taste.</p> <h2>4. Cherry Froyo</h2> <p>I picked cherries at a neighbor's tree as the base for this pleasantly tart <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/07/tart-cherry-frozen-yogurt.html">Cherry Frozen Yogurt</a>. Combine cherries and sugar on the stove and let cool. Next add the yogurt and coconut milk and chill for three hours. Then follow the instructions on your ice cream maker to make the magic happen. I think this recipe would also work well with other fruits or even chopped rhubarb.</p> <h2>5. Green Cream</h2> <p>This deliciously green <a href="http://www.nutritionistinthekitch.com/2013/06/27/healthy-almond-pistachio-frozen-yogurt-no-ice-cream-machine-needed/">Almond Pistachio Froyo</a> has a secret up its sleeve. Not only can you make it without an ice cream maker, but there's an added dose of spinach and avocado that the author claims is undetectable.</p> <h2>6. Rainbow Sorbet</h2> <p>No special tools needed for these vibrant <a href="http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2011/07/summer-sorbets-cool-creamy-easy.html">fruit sorbets</a>. Each is sweetened naturally with banana and a little maple syrup or agave nectar. Whether you like blueberry, strawberry, pineapple, or mango, you can enjoy them frozen all summer long with a quick pulse of your blender.</p> <h2>7. Cookie Dough Paleo</h2> <p>Simply stir almond-based chocolate chip cookie dough into homemade vanilla ice cream for this delightful <a href="http://deliciouslyorganic.net/paleo-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-ice-cream-grain-free-gluten-free/">Paleo dessert</a>. Those of you with nut allergies can substitute your favorite nut-free cookie dough.</p> <h2>8. Chocolate Peanut Butter</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.alaskafromscratch.com/2013/07/10/chocolate-peanut-butter-frozen-greek-yogurt-soft-serve-style/">Greek yogurt soft serve</a> recipe combines the best of chocolate and peanut butter. The author divulges that the trick to getting this consistency at home is serving directly from the ice cream maker sans added chill time.</p> <h2>9. Vegan Fudgesicles</h2> <p>I can't wait to try my hand at these <a href="http://slowclubcookery.blogspot.com/2013/06/homemade-vegan-fudgesicles.html?m=1">Vegan Fudgesicles</a>. You need a can of coconut milk, some cocoa powder, sweetener, vanilla, sea salt, and &mdash; of course &mdash; a popsicle mold.</p> <h2>10. Jungle Pops</h2> <p>Slice any fruit you fancy and pop them into popsicle molds. Fill the empty spaces with coconut water and let freeze overnight. Not only are these <a href="http://thenerdswife.com/2014/02/bare-necessities-fresh-fruit-pops.html">Jungle Pops</a> a quick fix, they are also undeniably good for you.</p> <h2>11. Avocado Cream</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.jamieoliver.com/magazine/recipes-view.php?title=avocado-ice-cream&amp;home=1">Avocado Ice Cream</a> is full of good fats. Once you've made a zesty syrup of lemon and lime and let it cool, you just blend together with the avocado flesh and some whole milk. Use an ice cream maker for the rest or whip by hand and set in the freezer.</p> <h2>12. Blueberry Chocolate</h2> <p>As another great coconut milk-based recipe, this <a href="http://www.henryhappened.com/blueberry-chocolate-chunk-vegan-ice-cream.html#_a5y_p=1838791">Blueberry Chocolate Ice Cream</a> is also highly adaptable. Use whatever fruit you have on hand or is in season and combine with bittersweet chocolate chunks.</p> <h2>13. Dark Chocolate</h2> <p>If you love the idea of avocado ice cream but need more convincing, try this <a href="http://spoonopolis.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/chocolate-avacado-vegan-ice-cream/">Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream</a> recipe. The green flesh is blended with raw honey, as well as carob and cocoa powders to make a dark treat you'd never suspect is full of nutrients.</p> <h2>14. Peanut Butter Hemp</h2> <p>This <a href="http://marmaladeandmileposts.com/archives/25863">Peanut Butter Ice Cream</a> recipe cuts the heavy cream a bit by using hemp milk in its base. Hemp milk is high in plant-based protein and essential fats, so it's a great substitute. For an extra punch of staying power, add a scoop of protein powder.</p> <h2>15. Banana Bonbons</h2> <p>If you want the most taste with the least effort, <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/06/frozen-banana-bites.html">Frozen Banana Bites</a> are what you're after. Cut bananas into chunks and freeze with a mixture of melted chocolate chips and peanut butter on top. You can dip them into any toppings you like &mdash; from nuts to crushed cookies. Then chill until frozen.</p> <h2>16. Ice Cream Pops</h2> <p>Ok, so this specific combination might not be the healthiest, but it's the concept of these <a href="http://chefthisup.com/recipe/9934/peanut-butter-ice-cream-pops/">Ice Cream Pops</a> that intrigues me. The idea is to take your favorite ice cream (think sorbet or frozen yogurt, too) and then layer it with toppings and other flavors for a unique treat. I'd use whole fruit, nuts or nut butter, and maybe some chocolate chips for my own mix.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite homemade frozen treat? Please share a scoop in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes" class="sharethis-link" title="The Sweet 16: Delicious and Healthy Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Recipes" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink dessert frozen yogurt Homemade ice cream treats Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1150363 at http://www.wisebread.com Why You Should Never Feel Guilty About Eating Ice Cream http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-never-feel-guilty-about-eating-ice-cream <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/why-you-should-never-feel-guilty-about-eating-ice-cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-86505747.jpg" alt="ice cream" title="ice cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In today's age of calorie counts on menus, attempts to ban &quot;big&quot; sodas, and constant chatter about nutritious school meals, it may seem that something as indulgent as ice cream would have no place in a healthy diet. Depending on where you buy it, the stuff packs &mdash; on average &mdash; 140 to 230 calories per tiny half cup. Most of us eat far more than that in a single sitting. Gourmet dips like Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter only make matters worse, giving eaters a whopping 360 calories per serving. Add in toppings, and it's easy to see why this frozen food gets a bad rap. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/need-a-cheap-cool-dessert-make-your-own-shaved-ice?ref=seealso">Need a Cheap Dessert? Make Delicious Shaved Ice!</a>)</p> <p>Despite the damage a scoop or two can do to a calorie budget, however, there are so many reasons to ignore the nutritional label and give yourself permission to serve a bowl now and again. By picking a simple ice cream, void of extra candies and syrups, it's possible to enjoy the following benefits without guilt.</p> <h2>1. It Provides Calcium and Other Good Stuff</h2> <p>This is one #1 cited reason ice cream eaters give for why it's good for you. Ice cream actually does contain the needed nutrient, provided it is a real ice cream (not made from tofu, almond milk, or other non-dairy sources.) It seems that it usually doesn't matter if it's a true &quot;cream.&quot; Many items on the market are more of an &quot;ice milk,&quot; which is essentially skim milk made into dessert. Ice milk generally has about a third less of the calcium as the same amount of milk (<a href="http://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/calcium_content_of_selected_foods/">200 mg versus 300 mg</a>) (about 10% of the daily requirement, per serving). You will also enjoy protein and riboflavin with your sweet treat!</p> <p>A serving of ice milk also provides about 10% of your <a href="http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/nutritious-things-ice-cream-3919.html">daily requirement of vitamin A</a> and some vitamin D, as well.</p> <h2>2. It Makes You Happy</h2> <p>While I'm not advocating emotional eating, there is truth to the fact that many people associate ice cream with simpler times, childhood, and celebrations. Allowing yourself a reasonable portion of the frozen stuff may bring about a gratification that you won't find in some lower-calorie frozen options, and being satisfied has its perks. Ice cream eaten after a long day of work or a hot day outside can elicit an almost &quot;high&quot; that can be very beneficial for people. Especially when enjoyed with children!</p> <h2>3. It Feeds a Craving</h2> <p>If you're like me, craving ice cream isn't negotiable. Especially during my pregnancies, eating it was going to happen. Eating it first ended the craving. Eating three other things before the ice cream in hopes of healthier satisfaction inevitably led me to eating those three things and the ice cream. I would have saved calories to just eat the ice cream in the first place. If you're finding yourself unable to resist the ice cream jones, it's not that big of deal to go for it. Just stick to a single serving, and you'll be fine.</p> <h2>4. It Can Burn Calories</h2> <p>Grabbing a pint out of the freezer is not hard work, at all, and that is not what I'm referring to. If you happen to have an old-fashioned ice cream machine (one that you crank), however, you'll find it rewarding to make your own ice cream with fresh ingredients in your own kitchen. The process is a bit grueling, but you can build up a few muscles in the making. Homemade ice cream is more delicious, and I guarantee you'll think long and hard about when you'll next want a batch whipped up to enjoy! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-your-own-ice-cream-and-other-frozen-treats?ref=seealso">10 Ways to Make Your Own Frozen Treats</a>)</p> <p>To get you started, here's a <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/serious-vanilla-ice-cream-recipe2.html">recipe for vanilla ice cream</a> that I've used in an ice cream machine (so no calorie burn) and hand crank machines seem to have slipped in quality (at least according to Amazon's reviewers), so you may be better off buying used. Too much work? Try an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000S5XYI2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000S5XYI2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">ice cream ball</a>, instead. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ice-cream-makers?ref=seealso">The 5 Best Ice Cream Makers</a>)</p> <h2>5. It's a Time Out</h2> <p>Have you ever had an ice cream headache? The notorious brain-splitting pain usually only occurs from eating ice cream too fast. If you have small children, you've likely witnessed how quickly they train themselves to slow down while gobbling ice cream. Because of its head-freezing nature, ice cream is a dish best savored. The act of eating ice cream is a deliberate one that, for many, requires you to take a few extra breaths and really enjoy the moment. Eating ice cream is hard to do in the car or at your desk, as well, making it the &quot;official&quot; food for avoiding multitasking and living life for a bit.</p> <p>Oh, and brain freeze? Scientists think they've <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130522095335.htm">figured out the cause</a>. All that cold stuff in the back of your throat causes some big arteries that send blood to your brain to rapidly dilate then contract. The brain interprets this as pain &mdash; that searing headache. To reduce your suffering, slow down your ice cream intake. You can also jam your tongue against the roof of your mouth to warm it up, or drink something room temperature to do the same.</p> <p>In a world where people take many things too seriously, it's a relief to know that this classic dish (made famous in the 4th century by the Romans) is still around. While many will try to limit, ban, or otherwise tamper with an already perfect food, the best reason to stop feeling guilty and have yourself a scoop is this: Because you can. Unless you are suffering from a serious health problem, a bowl of yummy Rocky Road won't kill you. And not having a good reason is kind of what eating ice cream is about!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite reason to eat a bowl (or cone) of ice cream? Please share a bite in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-never-feel-guilty-about-eating-ice-cream" class="sharethis-link" title="Why You Should Never Feel Guilty About Eating Ice Cream" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink Health and Beauty breaks dessert ice cream treats Mon, 12 May 2014 08:36:15 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1138610 at http://www.wisebread.com You Won't Believe How Good These Low-Calorie Desserts Taste http://www.wisebread.com/you-wont-believe-how-good-these-low-calorie-desserts-taste <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/you-wont-believe-how-good-these-low-calorie-desserts-taste" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/eating-4998826-small.jpg" alt="dessert" title="dessert" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Craving a gooey, delicious dessert? Yeah. Me too. Though I try my best to keep my inner sugar-fiend under control, I certainly like to indulge, I'll admit, daily. So, over the years I've learned to save the calorie-loaded confections for special occasions. Otherwise, I favor healthier swaps for my favorite desserts, and most of them are made with inexpensive ingredients many of us already have on hand. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fast-single-serving-fake-desserts?ref=seealso">Single-Serving &quot;Fake&quot; Desserts</a>)</p> <p>Here are 15 recipes to try if you're looking for a <em>better-sweet</em> ending.</p> <h2>1. Frozen Banana Bites</h2> <p>These chocolate dipped <a href="http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000002002262,00.html">Frozen Banana Bites</a> are simple, but will satisfy your sweet tooth. I've seen many recipes throughout the years, including this truly <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chocolate-Dipped-Frozen-Banana-Bites-352009">decadent bunch</a>, so you can get as complicated as you wish.</p> <h2>2. Chocolate &quot;Pudding&quot;</h2> <p>If I'm stuck on chocolate, I like to make my own pudding using only a couple healthy ingredients. I whisk together one cup of Greek yogurt with a tablespoon or two of unsweetened cocoa powder until smooth. Then I mix in natural sweetener (maple syrup, honey, agave, etc.) to taste. Usually only a couple teaspoons.</p> <h2>3. Apple Pie</h2> <p>This next recipe is apple pie in the most literal sense. Try baking your treat <a href="http://www.heathersfrenchpress.com/2013/09/skinny-wednesday-apple-pie-baked-in-an-apple.html">inside an apple</a> to cut calories. And if sugar is your concern, I see no reason you need to use an entire &frac12; cup. Cut the measurement in half or even omit entirely, and I'm sure it will be pleasantly sweet.</p> <h2>4. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies</h2> <p>The author of this next recipe admits these <a href="http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/2013/03/guilt-free-oatmeal-raisin-cookies.html">&quot;Guilt-Free&quot; Oatmeal Raisin Cookies</a> are lacking &quot;everything that people love about a cookie&quot; (sugar, butter, oil, and eggs). However, they turn out great by using the natural sweetness from bananas plus the power of Greek yogurt to transform the traditional into a healthier snack. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tasty-healthy-breakfast-cookies-with-chocolate-covered-espresso-beans?ref=seealso">Healthy Breakfast Cookies With Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans</a>)</p> <h2>5. Flavored Popcorn</h2> <p>I think most of us know that popcorn is high in fiber and low in calories. So, it's a great dessert alternative. Combine a couple cups of air-popped popcorn (to avoid the added salt and artificial ingredients in microwaved varieties) with dried fruit and chocolate chips or even with a little coconut oil plus cinnamon and sugar. Whatever floats your boat.</p> <h2>6. Micro-Muffins</h2> <p>If you'd like a quick &quot;baked&quot; good that's highly customizable, try these <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2011/06/hearty-pecan-chip-micro-muffins.html">Pecan Chocolate Chip Micro-Muffins</a>. Simply mix together the ingredients, cook for around three minutes, and let cool before serving.</p> <h2>7. Smoothie Pops</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.countryliving.com/recipefinder/orange-banana-smoothie-pops-recipe">Orange-Banana Smoothie Pops</a> sound bright and delicious. I'd consider swapping the orange juice concentrate with 100% orange juice or even freshly squeezed for better health and less sugar. However, the other ingredients are common to most pantries and light.</p> <h2>8. Apple Sandwiches</h2> <p>The photos alone of these gorgeous <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/apple-sandwiches-granola-and-peanut-butter">Apple and Nut Butter Sandwiches</a> have sold me. Simply core and slice apples, spread peanut butter (or other nut butter) in between and top with granola and chocolate chips.</p> <h2>9. Fresh Fruit Pops</h2> <p>I like that this next recipe was inspired by &quot;The Jungle Book!&quot; These <a href="http://thenerdswife.com/2014/02/bare-necessities-fresh-fruit-pops.html">Fresh Fruit Pops</a> get their flavor from a variety of vibrant fruits, but I see no reason to follow the recipe exactly. Use whatever is fresh, in-season, and &mdash; therefore &mdash; less expensive. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month?ref=seealso">Fruits and Veggies By the Month</a>)</p> <h2>10. Cookie Dough Dip</h2> <p>Angela at Oh She Glows is one of my favorite recipe developers. And you won't believe the base ingredient in this tasty <a href="http://ohsheglows.com/2012/05/23/healthy-chocolate-chip-cookie-potadough-dip-vegan-gluten-free-bean-free-soy-free-and-optionally-nut-free/">Cookie Dough Dip</a> &mdash; potatoes! Don't be afraid, though, dessert alternatives may sound strange at first, but I've tried this vegan, gluten-free dish personally and love it.</p> <h2>11. Fudge</h2> <p>Now that I've got your palate thinking more adventurously, I'd like to entice you with this <a href="http://peachypalate.com/2013/12/04/fudge/">Black Bean Fudge</a> recipe. It's refined sugar-free and gets its sweetness from Medjool dates, and the other healthful ingredients are likely already in your pantry.</p> <h2>12. Brownie</h2> <p>Dessert swaps are also about portion sizes, so you'll enjoy this <a href="http://www.oatmealwithafork.com/2013/03/04/single-serve-no-pudge-fudge-brownie/">Single-Serve Brownie</a> made in a ramekin. The ingredients list is short, but not on flavor. The author suggests oat flour, spelt flour, or almond flour. I make my own oat and almond flours by simply pulsing the core ingredients in my food processor until adequately pulverized. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-grocery-items-you-should-make-at-home-and-5-to-buy?ref=seealso">Grocery Items You Should Make at Home</a>)</p> <h2>13. Cupcakes</h2> <p>These amazing <a href="http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/02/19/skinny-chocolate-peanut-butter-swirl-cupcakes/">Peanut Butter Swirl Cupcakes</a> sure look complicated with their long ingredients list. If you look closer, however, you'll realize you already have everything you need in your cabinets and drawers. Best of all? Each cupcake boasts six grams of protein!</p> <h2>14. Doughnuts</h2> <p>I have discovered recently that doughnuts are my favorite way to indulge. To make them healthier, I whisk up these <a href="http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2011/10/21/triple-chocolate-donuts.html">Triple Chocolate Baked Doughnuts</a> and save myself all the fat and fuss from frying.</p> <h2>15. Strawberry Shortcake</h2> <p>This <a href="http://cookeatpaleo.com/paleo-strawberry-shortcake/">Paleo Strawberry Shortcake</a> is a twist on a classic dish and made much more nutrient dense with the use of almond flour. A simple &quot;whipped cream&quot; comes together in only minutes with refrigerated coconut milk. And if you've never tried it before, you're in for a treat!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite lightened-up dessert?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-wont-believe-how-good-these-low-calorie-desserts-taste" class="sharethis-link" title="You Won&#039;t Believe How Good These Low-Calorie Desserts Taste" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink cheap recipes dessert healthy dessert Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:36:26 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1136131 at http://www.wisebread.com 23 Easy and Scrumptious Microwaveable Desserts http://www.wisebread.com/23-easy-and-scrumptious-microwaveable-desserts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/23-easy-and-scrumptious-microwaveable-desserts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/microdes-185497988.jpg" alt="dessert" title="dessert" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Being a dessert-loving lady who can&#39;t justify making an entire cake just for herself (ahem, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda_Hobbes">Miranda Hobbes</a>), I sometimes resort to the microwave to get my sweet fix. And fortunately, the Internet overflows with wonderful microwavable dessert recipes. Below are 23 scrumptious and easy recipes, most only requiring the basics of your pantry and all ready in a jiff. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-microwaves?ref=seealso">The Top 5 Microwaves</a>)</p> <h2>1. Mini Chocolate Cheesecake</h2> <p>Ricotta, chocolate chips, and wafer cookies are all it takes to make these <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/mini_chocolate_cheesecakes.html">mini chocolate cheesecakes</a>. The only thing you microwave is the chocolate (for 1 minute and then in 20 second intervals &mdash; making sure not to burn it). Once melted, mix with ricotta and spread on a chocolate wafer. This recipe yields one dozen, and according to the comments it&#39;s very possible you&#39;ll eat all of them at once.</p> <h2>2. Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas</h2> <p>You don&#39;t have to know a <a href="http://arresteddevelopment.wikia.com/wiki/Bluth%27s_Original_Frozen_Banana_Stand">Bluth</a> to enjoy this dessert. All you need is bananas, chocolate chips, and coconut to make these delicious <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/chocolate_covered_bananas.html">frozen bananas</a>. Insert a popsicle stick into the banana and cover the fruit with microwave melted chocolate using a spatula. Then sprinkle on the coconut. Freeze for two hours. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/curing-warts-removing-splinters-and-19-other-bizarre-uses-for-banana-peels?ref=seealso">Bizarre Uses for Banana Peels</a>)</p> <h2>3. Pumpkin Coffee Cake</h2> <p>This is the first of the many mug cakes on this list. This <a href="http://www.heatherlikesfood.com/2-minute-pumpkin-coffee-cake-in-a-mug/">2-minute pumpkin coffee cake</a> is the on top because &#39;tis the season for pumpkin! Use pumpkin puree and cloves with a number of common ingredients including vanilla extract, brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, and sugar. After mixing in the mug, 50-80 seconds in the microwave makes it a cake.</p> <h2>4. German Chocolate Cake</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/microdes-177283424-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Next up in the world of cake is this <a href="http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/11/28/german-chocolate-cake-for-one/">German chocolate cake for one</a> recipe. This one isn&#39;t in a mug, but in ramekins. Using cocoa powder and a number of basic ingredients, mix everything together in two separate ramekins and heat for 30-60 seconds. You can make homemade frosting as well, but it&#39;s a bit cheaper (and definitely faster) to buy it pre-made, even if you&#39;re eating alone.</p> <h2>5. French Toast</h2> <p>French toast is an art form, which usually requires the perfect temperature and mixture. But for this tasty <a href="http://prudentbaby.com/2012/01/entertaining-food/2-minute-french-toast-in-a-cup/">two-minute french toast</a> recipe all you&#39;ll need is a couple of minutes. This is perfect for breakfast on the go or a late night snack for one person. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-make-ahead-freezable-hot-breakfast-recipes?ref=seealso">10 Freezable Hot Breakfasts</a>)</p> <h2>6. Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.cookingclassy.com/2012/03/cinnamon-roll-mug-cake-made-in-3-minutes/">cinnamon roll mug cake</a> takes three minutes to make, but as the recipe notes, it&#39;s the quickest way to gain 10 pounds. Almost all of the ingredients should be accessible from your pantry (if it&#39;s stocked) with the exception of a few. Replace the cream cheese with powdered sugar and water for equally delicious icing.</p> <h2>7. Coffee Cake</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/microdes-177412720-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Keeping with the morning mug cake theme, this <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/recipes/coffee-cup-coffeecake/article_738608ed-a298-58cf-88bf-883a8e622f90.html">coffee cup coffeecake</a> only takes a minute and 15 seconds to heat up. Grab butter, flour, seasonings, and the preserves of your choice; mix together, nuke, and enjoy! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ultra-quick-homemade-desserts?ref=seealso">Ultra-Quick Homemade Desserts</a>)</p> <h2>8. Banana Bread</h2> <p>I&#39;ve never been good at making loaves of banana bread, but I&#39;m a master of muffins. The same idea is in this recipe for <a href="http://passthesushi.com/banana-bread-in-a-mug/">banana bread in a mug</a>. After combining the ingredients, heat for 90 seconds to three minutes, allow a few minutes to cool, and dig away.</p> <h2>9. S&#39;mores Mug Cake</h2> <p>It&#39;s campfire weather, so my life has been s&#39;mores galore, but sometimes I&#39;d rather sit on the couch than build a fire outside. This <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/02/5-minute-chocolate-fudge-smores-mug-cake/">five-minute chocolate fudge s&rsquo;mores mug cake</a> uses the s&#39;mores basics of graham crackers and marshmallows, along with the basics of a chocolate mug cake. After heating, make sure to let it cool for a minute unless you want to burn the roof of your mouth!</p> <h2>10. Carrot Cake</h2> <p>This delicious <a href="http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/04/03/five-minute-carrot-cake-for-one/">five-minute carrot cake</a> uses ramekins instead of mugs. You can layer this cake to make a cuter yummy treat. You can also switch out the carrots with pumpkin.</p> <h2>11. Red Velvet Mug Cake</h2> <p>This <a href="http://lacreativitedelafille.blogspot.com/2012/06/red-velvet-mug-cake.html">mug cake recipe</a> uses the same basic ingredients of red velvet cake and seemingly a lot of cream cheese frosting. Only cook for around two minutes or so and be careful not to overheat, so it doesn&#39;t become rubbery.</p> <h2>12. Chocolate Chip Cookie</h2> <p>Okay, enough with cakes already. Let&#39;s talk cookies. Although I&#39;m more of the eat-the-cookie-dough-right-out-of-the-package type of girl, I also love making cookies from scratch. And the good news of this <a href="http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2012/03/06/chocolate-chip-cookie-in-cup/">chocolate chip cookie in a cup</a> recipe is that you won&#39;t end up eating a dozen cookies, just the equivalent of one or two. But I can&#39;t guarantee you won&#39;t make a dozen mug cakes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tasty-healthy-breakfast-cookies-with-chocolate-covered-espresso-beans?ref=seealso">Breakfast Cookies With Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans</a>)</p> <h2>13. Peanut Butter Cookie</h2> <p>This is an excellent, easy <a href="http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2012/03/10/peanut-butter-cookie-in-cup/">peanut butter cookie</a> recipe. Simply mix some peanut butter and regular butter, and melt in a cup. Add brown and white sugar, salt, and vanilla, and combine. Add one egg yolk (no egg whites!) and mix. Add flour and then heat for 35-45 seconds. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unexpected-uses-for-peanut-butter?ref=seealso">15 Surprising Uses for Peanut Butter</a>)</p> <h2>14. Apple Pie</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/microdes-167231059-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Using cookies or graham crackers as the crust and green apples, flour, powdered sugar, lemon, and apple pie spice as the filling, this <a href="http://prudentbaby.com/2013/04/entertaining-food/2-minute-single-serve-apple-pie-and-a-debate-to-cheese-or-not-to-cheese/">two-minute apple pie</a> is delish. Simply melt the butter and assemble the crackers or cookies inside a mug or ramekin and put the apple pie filling. Top with cheddar cheese if desired.</p> <h2>15. Lime Cheesecake</h2> <p>For this <a href="http://www.patentandthepantry.com/2010/09/29/microwave-lime-cheesecake/">microwave lime cheesecake</a>, make the crust in a ramekin or small mason jar using melted butter, sugar, and graham cracker crumbs. Mix the rest of the ingredients and microwave for two minutes to two minutes and 30 seconds. Let chill for one hour in the fridge, and they&#39;re ready to eat.</p> <h2>16. Chocolate Banana Mousse Cake</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.cheekykitchen.com/2013/01/microwave-dole-banana-chocolate-mousse-cake.html">microwave chocolate banana mousse cake</a> is perfect for those on the Paleo diet, which seems to be a growing phenomenon. Although it&#39;s a little more expensive with a few of the different ingredients involved (coconut flour), the cake is effortlessly made using the microwave. Total time, including prep and microwaving, takes about 10 minutes. Serves 8-10.</p> <h2>17. Sticky Date Pudding</h2> <p>This <a href="http://besthomechef.com.au/recipe/sticky-date-pudding-in-a-mug/">recipe for sticky date pudding</a> is just in time for Christmas. And although this recipe yields only one serving, Best Home Chef suggests making two so you don&#39;t waste half an egg. Total cooking time is about three minutes. Please note: This recipe is from Australia, so bicarb soda is baking soda. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fast-single-serving-fake-desserts?ref=seealso">Single-Serving &quot;Fake&quot; Desserts</a>)</p> <h2>18. Apple Crisp</h2> <p>For a family-size dessert, arrange apples on a platter and top with apple crisp basics: brown sugar, oats, nutmeg, cinnamon, and butter. As it is a <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/microwave-apple-crisp/ace23080-1e39-4a6d-85f3-6c798c43cf72">Betty Crocker recipe</a>, Bisquick is included in the list as well. This quick apple crisp yields six servings and only takes about 7-10 minutes to heat in the microwave. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-fantastic-uses-for-apples?ref=seealso">23 Uses for Apples</a>)</p> <h2>19. Berry Cobbler</h2> <p>For this <a href="http://domesticfits.com/2012/10/17/5-minute-microwave-berry-cobbler/">single-serve berry cobbler</a>, toss some strawberries and powdered sugar in the bottom of a mug and top with the cobbler mix. Heat for almost two minutes and let cool as it will be burning hot.</p> <h2>20. Fudge</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/microdes-126984175-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Mix all <a href="http://heartofthematteronline.com/easy-valentine-fudge/">these fudge ingredients</a> together and stir every two minutes until a total cooking time of five minutes. Refrigerate for two hours or freeze for 45 minutes, cut into bite size pieces and go to town!</p> <h2>21. Peanut Butter and Pretzel Truffles</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/peanut_butter_pretzel_truffles.html">peanut butter pretzel truffles</a> only consist of peanut butter, pretzels, and chocolate and are the simplest microwavable dessert on the list. After combining peanut butter and pretzels and freezing an hour and fifteen minutes (see recipe for specifics), roll the combination in melted chocolate and freeze for 30 minutes. They make for a perfect holiday gift too! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake?ref=seealso">15 Yummy Gifts You Can Bake</a>)</p> <h2>22. Popcorn Brittle</h2> <p>For this <a href="http://www.ezrapoundcake.com/archives/25929">popcorn peanut brittle</a> recipe, simply heat everything but the peanuts together in the microwave for five minutes, and then add peanuts. Heat for an additional two minutes, then spoon onto a pan and cool until firm. Once it&#39;s done, break into pieces and store in an airtight container. Makes about one pound. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-popcorn?ref=seealso">Homemade Popcorn</a>)</p> <h2>23. Chocolate Bark With Pistachios and Dried Cherries</h2> <p>In addition to the microwave, the only other kitchen appliance you&#39;ll need for this <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/chocolate_bark_with_pistachios_dried_cherries.html">chocolate bark</a> recipe is the refrigerator. After melting the chocolate and combining with pistachios, dried cherries, and orange zest, work quickly to press this mixture on a pan and put in the fridge . After 20 minutes, you have a snack or an excellent holiday gift for loved ones.</p> <p><em>What are some of your favorite microwavable desserts?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-easy-and-scrumptious-microwaveable-desserts" class="sharethis-link" title="23 Easy and Scrumptious Microwaveable Desserts" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink cheap recipes dessert microwave Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:24:56 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1101063 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Make Whipped Cream by Hand http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-whipped-cream-by-hand <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-make-whipped-cream-by-hand" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Picture%2013.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="138" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fresh, homemade whipped cream is one of my favorite things. That's right, I love it so much that it's not just a favorite <em>food</em>, it's a favorite <em>thing</em>. It's delicious on its own, divine on&nbsp; desserts, and oh-so-simple to make, requiring just one ingredient &mdash; heavy cream.&nbsp;(Although you can include other things. We'll get to that.) (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ultra-quick-homemade-desserts">15 Ultra-Quick Homemade Desserts</a>)</p> <p>Making your own whipped cream is easy if you have an electric mixer, but it can seem super intimidating if you don't have one. The good news is that making whipped cream by hand is possible; it just takes a little time and gumption.</p> <p>That's why I made a video that doesn't just teach you how to make your own whipped cream (with options for delicious flavors like mint, vanilla, and bourbon) &mdash; but it also features a food quiz to entertain you while you're whisking.</p> <p>I'm writing this on the eve of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-breads-guide-to-valentines-day">Valentine's Day</a>, which is a perfect day for whipped cream. But then again, I think every day is a perfect day for for whipped cream. So no matter what the occasion, grab a bowl and some heavy cream, and get ready to make something delicious.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nm_yvzH3qaA"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Homemade Whipped Cream</strong></p> <ul> <li>1 half-pint of cold heavy whipping cream</li> <li>2-4 tbsp of powdered sugar (or more or less to taste; optional)</li> <li>1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, peppermint extract, or liqueur (optional)</li> </ul> <p>Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Whisk continuously until the cream forms soft peaks.</p> <p><em>Do you make your own whipped cream? If so, do you have any tips?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-whipped-cream-by-hand" class="sharethis-link" title="How to Make Whipped Cream by Hand" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink affordable recipes cooking techniques cream dessert Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:30:16 +0000 Meg Favreau 967859 at http://www.wisebread.com Fast, Single-Serving "Fake" Desserts http://www.wisebread.com/fast-single-serving-fake-desserts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/fast-single-serving-fake-desserts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2609280750_bc6a8458bb_z.jpg" alt="ice cream" title="ice cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Frequently, my husband and I will be watching a movie, hours after dinner, and some weird dessert craving will hit me. After thirty years of marriage, he is used to it. It&rsquo;s not like I have just seen an ad for an ice-cream sundae, or that I am thumbing through a magazine illustrating foolproof pie crust. I just get these crazy OMIGOD I WANT THIS NOW thoughts...and I usually don&rsquo;t have whatever it is that I want in the house.</p> <p>It gets more complicated. I don&rsquo;t <i>want</i> an entire cake in my house, or two dozen chocolate chip cookies, or an apple pie. I have the attention span of a gnat, and once I eat the thing I was craving, I don&rsquo;t usually want it again the next night or the night after that. I&rsquo;m also frugal, and I don&rsquo;t want to spend money the ingredients for a big apple pie or a cheesecake. I could make something and share it, but I was an only child and honestly never learned to share well.</p> <p>So I had this crazy idea. What if I stocked staples for &ldquo;fake&rdquo; desserts in my pantry? By &ldquo;fake,&rdquo; I mean small bites that would satisfy a craving, yet not make me spend lots of money or eat too many calories.</p> <p>Once I had the idea, I started kitchen-testing and internet-surfing. Here are the goodies that I came up with. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ultra-quick-homemade-desserts">15 Ultra-Quick Homemade Desserts</a>)</p> <h3>Almost Apple Pie</h3> <p>This is technically more of a turnover, but if you serve it with a slice of cheddar cheese, it&rsquo;s a good fake pie. Unroll a triangle of canned crescent roll dough. Add a heaping tablespoon of apple-pie filling. Add a second triangle on top, seal the sides with a fork, and vent the top with a knife. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes, or until browned and bubbly.</p> <p>Pantry essentials: Canned crescent rolls and apple-pie filling.</p> <h3>Fake Cherry Cheesecake</h3> <p>I am not sure why I didn&rsquo;t think of this one years ago. For two servings, you&rsquo;ll need two whole graham crackers, 1/3 block of low-fat cream cheese, 1 tablespoon honey, and a can of cherry pie filling (you won&rsquo;t use it all). Combine the cream cheese with a tablespoon of honey and stir to soften slightly. Spread on a graham cracker and top with some canned cherry filling. Close your eyes and eat. It really satisfied my cheesecake craving!</p> <p>Pantry essentials: Graham crackers, cherry pie filling, honey, and cream cheese.</p> <h3>Fake Cake in a Cup</h3> <p>Honestly, this <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/5-minute-Chocolate-Cake/ ">five minute chocolate cake</a> reminds me a little more of a souffle when it is done. Be careful &mdash; it is very hot when you remove it from the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/life-without-a-microwave"> microwave</a>. I like it just fine without the chocolate chips, too.</p> <p>Pantry essentials: Flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, milk, vegetable oil, and nuts (optional).</p> <h3>Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Cup</h3> <p>In the same vein, have you heard of <a href="http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2012/03/chocolate-chip-cookie-in-cup.html ">chocolate chip cookies in a cup</a>? I hadn&rsquo;t, and now I am so happy. I always have the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies on hand, but I rarely feel motivated to make a big batch.</p> <p>Pantry essentials: Brown and white sugars, eggs, vanilla, flour, salt, and chocolate chips.</p> <h3>Two-Ingredient Ice Cream</h3> <p>In my humble opinion, this is the greatest summer discovery ever &mdash; <a href="http://www.macaroniandcheesecake.com/2012/03/two-ingredient-ice-cream-no-ice-cream-maker-required.html#comment-7739">two-ingredient ice cream</a>. It really works! The first time that I made this, we &ldquo;checked&rdquo; it after one and a half hours (quality control, you know). We had to stop ourselves from eating the entire batch. If you prefer a firmer-texture <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-your-own-ice-cream-and-other-frozen-treats">ice cream</a>, you&rsquo;ll need about four hours. I make it in half-recipes because I do get bored quickly with a flavor. This is so easy that you can have peach one night and candy-bar crunch the next. Genius!</p> <p>Pantry essentials: Sweetened condensed milk, cream, vanilla, and flavorings of your choice.</p> <h3>Strawberry Fake-Cake</h3> <p>Occasionally, the baking bug does bite me, and I&rsquo;ll make some biscuits. With just two of us, though, the bulk of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fancy-ways-to-use-leftover-food"> leftovers</a> will go into the freezer. If I also have frozen strawberries in the depths of the freezer, hello, strawberry fake-cake! Thaw some berries and add some sugar (and a little Grand Marnier, if you&rsquo;re fancy). Defrost those biscuits in the microwave, split them, and add the defrosted strawberries. Hopefully you have a can of whipped cream in the refrigerator to top them off.</p> <p>Pantry essentials: Biscuits (or Bisquick), frozen strawberries, sugar, and whipped cream.</p> <h3>Fake Angel Food Cake</h3> <p>My mother was a big fan of angel food cake, but she&rsquo;d serve this fake-angel in a pinch. Believe it or not, it&rsquo;s reminiscent of an angel food cake, probably due to the texture. For one serving, combine two tablespoons of brown sugar, two tablespoons of coconut, and one tablespoon of butter. Spread on white-bread toast and broil (keep a close eye on it, because it burns easily).</p> <p>Pantry essentials: Brown sugar, coconut, butter, and white bread.</p> <p><em>Readers, any dessert trickery to share?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fast-single-serving-fake-desserts" class="sharethis-link" title="Fast, Single-Serving &quot;Fake&quot; Desserts" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink dessert easy recipes single cooking Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:24:40 +0000 Marla Walters 948689 at http://www.wisebread.com Eat Dessert, Save! http://www.wisebread.com/eat-dessert-save <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eat-dessert-save" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2211624023_7a2f9edcfc.jpg" alt="Macro Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies" title="Macro Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="287" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know the drill. The waiter comes around when most of your table has finished eating and asks about dessert. Most of us demure, saying that we're so full we couldn't eat another bite. Sometimes, that's true. I know I've said &quot;No&quot; for other reasons, though, and I think that's true of most of us. The thought of spending $5-$15 on a slab of cake that we could just as easily make ourselves if we put our&nbsp; minds to it can be enough to turn anyone off. On the other hand, most of us never get around to putting our minds to it at home--there's so much to do and, besides, baking can take so long. Add in thoughts about the number of calories you'll take in and eating dessert, be it homemade or purchased in a restaurant, seems like the biggest mistake in the world.</p> <p>And yet we crave the taste. There's something about sweetness that most human beings enjoy. So how can we get what we want without spending to much, either in time, money, or the expanding waistline?</p> <p><strong>It Doesn't Take That Long</strong></p> <p>The only way we can control what goes into our desserts (and therefore the calories we consume when we eat them) and how much we spend on them is to make them ourselves. That's a daunting prospect for some, who have either not had much success in the past or who do not feel like they have the time. But here's a secret: it doesn't take that long. Sure, it takes a while to make a gourmet cake with all the trimmings, but we don't need to make something fit for Princess Di's wedding to enjoy a little sweetness now and then. In fact, baking takes a surprisingly short amount of time. If you're especially pressed for time, make something (like a cake or a pan of brownies) where everything goes in one pan. Mixing takes 5-10 minutes, and then you simply do what you need to do until your timer goes off and your yummy dessert is done.</p> <p><strong>It's Not That Hard</strong></p> <p>Baking can be intimidating, particularly when you've had some spectacular failures. Instead of dwelling on those, try again! Jump in with something easy, like a basic pan of brownies or blondies. Nothing has to rise, your timing can be a little off, your oven temp can fluctuate, and you'll still get a spectaculer, yummy dessert that everyone around you will love.</p> <p>If you want to try something harder and you're still nervous, calm yourself by reading all the directions several times before you start mixing anything. Make sure you have the ingredients, pans, and other equipment that you'll need. Figure out ahead of time how you'll time it--maybe you can whip the cream just after the timer goes off so it's still fluffy when you put it on the cake, or mix the dry ingredients ahead of time so it won't take as long in one sitting. Get comfortable with everything and give it a go.</p> <p><strong>Control Your Ingredients</strong></p> <p>If it's health or money you're worried about, this is where you can get creative. Some of my favorite health-related baking substitutions are below:</p> <ul> <li>Substitute oil with unsweetened applesauce (some people recommend ony substituting half the oil with applesauce, but I've found that you can almost always substitute it all without any problems)</li> <li>Replace up to half the regular flour with wheat flour (this one is a bit controversial, but I haven't had any tasters complain about either taste or texture when I've done this)</li> <li>Use twice as many eggwhites as the recipe calls for eggs (if the recipe is particularly eggy, be careful with this one. If the eggs are just part of the game, substitute away)</li> <li>Use margarine instead of butter (this can change the consistency of your final product but I've never had it ruin a recipe)</li> <li>Use soy or rice milk instead of regular milk</li> <li>Add quick-cooking (not instant or regular) oats (this works particularly well with cookies, brownies, and scones. Be careful adding oats to anything smooth, like a cake)</li> </ul> <p>These aren't the only health-related substitutions out there, but they're some of the better-known ones and they'll make your desserts as healthy as desserts can possibly be.</p> <p>When it comes to money, you can save in several ways:</p> <ul> <li>Buy in bulk. Is there a favorite dessert that you make once or more each month? Buy as many of the ingredients as possible in bulk. Make sure you store them in a cool, dry place in airtight containers and you're set.</li> <li>Shop the sales. It sounds obvious, but you would be surprised how many baking purchases are of the last-minute, I'm-craving-chocolate-so-I'm-making-cookies-NOW! sort. If you get into a regular baking habit, you'll be able to buy your ingredients when they're on sale, just like you buy so many other food items.</li> <li>Stop buying store-bought items or restaurant-cooked desserts. When you know you have sweet food at home, it's that much easier to skip when you're out. And many desserts (or batters) freeze well, so you can pop in a tray of cookies when your kid tells you he needs them for the party tomorrow or you'd like to take something to the staff at work.</li> </ul> <p>Don't give up dessert! Instead, give up worrying about it and get your fix easy-peasy!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-dessert-save" class="sharethis-link" title="Eat Dessert, Save!" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink dessert eat cheap frugal food Tue, 03 Mar 2009 20:32:31 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2887 at http://www.wisebread.com The case for caloric labeling http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-for-caloric-labeling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-case-for-caloric-labeling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/burger.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You have to give Subway props. If nothing else, they are more or less honest about their food. There&#39;s not a lot of mystery involved with eating a Subway sandwich, salad, or wrap. You get to choose what goes on it, you get to see it being made, you get to annoy the sandwich artist with your demands (&quot;No green peppers! Extra jalapenos!&quot;). And you get a pretty good idea of how many calories you have consumed, because Subway provides visible labels for its food, with calorie and nutritional information. Now, Subway prides itself on its &quot;Subway diet&quot;, but the best thing about Subway is that they tell it like it is, more or less. </p> <p>This can&#39;t be said of other restaurant chains. Fast food restaurants, for instance, were notoriously secretive about their food&#39;s calorie levels until very recently, and even now, you have to pry the nutritional information out of the restaurant (of course, you can look for it <a href="http://www.fastfood.com/Nutrition/">online</a>, but that involves more planning than most people are willing to do). </p> <p>New York City has been <a href="http://www.fastfood.com/Nutrition/">leading the fight</a> to legislate caloric labeling at chain restaurants, hoping that an open display of just how many calories are in that burger will cause some diners to make healthier dining choices. Chain restaurants are the only ones being targeted by this law, partly because their food can be incredibly unhealthy, and partly because, as megacorporations, they can afford to change their signage to accomodate the law.</p> <p>Businesses that are affected by the law have balked of course. Although they cite the cost of creating signs and menus that list caloric info, we&#39;re talking about businesses that spend billions of dollars on advertising every year, and who make billions of dollars in profits. </p> <p>Some argue that calorie labeling won&#39;t make any difference in diner&#39;s choices.</p> <p>“Do you think people will stop eating McDonald’s French fries and Big Macs?” asked Rick Sampson of the New York State Restaurant Association, which is suing New York City over its law. “It doesn’t keep me from eating a candy bar even though the calories are listed on it right in front of me.”</p> <p>This is a disingenuous argument. For one thing, no one is suggesting that people should stop eating at McDonald&#39;s. But knowing how many calories you are consuming CAN help you realize that, since you&#39;re eating a Big Mac, you don&#39;t need the fries. The comparison to a labeled candy bar is also useless; most candy bars contain a couple hundred calories, maybe as many as 400 - a chicken Caesar&#39;s salad at Chili&#39;s has over 1,000 calories.</p> <p>That&#39;s right. A chicken salad. Over 1,000 calories. That&#39;s over half a day&#39;s caloric intake for an active person who is not trying to lose weight. Think about that. How many women order salads at lunch as a part of being &quot;healthy&quot;? Can you imagine how much longer it would take to lose weight if you were consistently eating 400 more calories than you should? </p> <p>The truth is, chain restaurants don&#39;t want you to know that your salad has 1,000 in it. If you knew that, you wouldn&#39;t order dessert or a soda with your meal. You might actually eat less when you go out, or you might start eating out less frequently. The truth is, the labeling WOULD be bad for business. It&#39;s not that your local McDonald&#39;s would be shuttered overnight, but you&#39;d think twice about returning as often if you had to scour the menu for a meal with under 800 calories in it. </p> <p>This fun this video from the <a href="http://www.cspinet.org/">Center for Science in the Public Interest</a> (via <a href="http://consumerist.com/consumer/chain-restaurants/how-many-quarter-pounders-from-mcdonalds-could-you-eat-instead-of-that-pasta-317325.php">Consumerist</a>) does a nifty job showing how the food at popular &quot;Italian&quot; chain restaurants stacks up against junk food, calorically.</p> <p>I understand that Americans really hate being told what to do, and businesses especially balk at additional rules and regulations. Some might argue that Americans need to take charge of their own lives and their own health, and not wait around for the government to come to their rescue. But how can Americans take charge of their health if they can&#39;t figure out how many calories they are consuming? It might seem like a no-brainer to some that a salad coated in dressing and parmesan cheese isn&#39;t healthy, but 1,000 calories? That one surprised even me, and I&#39;ll look for any reason not to eat at Chili&#39;s.</p> <p>Wise Bread readers know, for the most part, that the healthiest meals are the ones that you cook at home. But for the occasional times that we dine out, shouldn&#39;t we have the right to know what we are consuming? </p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-for-caloric-labeling" class="sharethis-link" title="The case for caloric labeling" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink calories carbohydrates dessert dining fat FDA Food Health labels Macaroni Grill obesity Olive Garden restaurant Wed, 31 Oct 2007 22:55:32 +0000 Andrea Karim 1344 at http://www.wisebread.com Dump Cake and Other Sweet, Easy Treats http://www.wisebread.com/dump-cake-and-other-sweet-easy-treats <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dump-cake-and-other-sweet-easy-treats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/yellow%20cake.jpg" alt="" title="yellow cake mix" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="261" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Yellow cake mix goes on sale all the time where I live.<span> </span>For under $10, you can usually score 15 or more boxes!<span> </span>This is great if you&rsquo;re making cakes, but what if you just don&rsquo;t have an occasion for frosting a celebration dessert?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Growing up we ate &ldquo;dump cake&rdquo; quite often.<span> </span>Ignoring the name for a moment, dump cake is delicious.<span> </span>The best part is that it takes no baking skill or more than 7 minutes to make.<span> </span>And most people have everything they need to make one hiding in their pantry.<span> </span>The main ingredient:<span> </span>Yellow cake mix.<span> </span>Here&rsquo;s a classic recipe that will aim to please:</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <h2><span>INGREDIENTS</span></h2> <ul> <li class="MsoNormal">1 (29 ounce) can sliced peaches, drained, juice reserved</li> <li class="MsoNormal">1 (6 ounce) package peach flavored gelatin mix</li> <li class="MsoNormal">1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix</li> <li class="MsoNormal">1/2 cup butter</li> <li class="MsoNormal">1/2 cup water</li> </ul> <h2><span>DIRECTIONS</span></h2> <ol> <li class="MsoNormal">Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).</li> <li class="MsoNormal">Place peaches in bottom of 9x13 cake pan. Sprinkle dry peach gelatin over peaches. Sprinkle dry cake mix over gelatin. Cut up butter and distribute over cake mix. Pour 1 cup of reserved peach juice and 1/2 cup of water over the top.</li> <li class="MsoNormal">Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until the top is browned.</li> </ol> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Can&rsquo;t get much more basic than that, can it?<span> </span>For some variety, try a different canned fruit and pudding combo (apples, pears, mandarin orange, cherries or even pumpkin!)<span> </span>You can top it off with whipped topping or ice cream.<span> </span>No one will ever know you didn&rsquo;t even have to mix it!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">There are also some very delicious and easy cookie recipes that use yellow cake mix as the main ingredient.<span> </span>Because you don&rsquo;t have to mess with sifting flour or melting butter, this is totally the way to go.<span> </span>Check out my favorite cookies made from yellow cake mix:</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <h2><span>INGREDIENTS</span></h2> <ul> <li class="MsoNormal">&frac12;<span> </span>cup sugar</li> <li class="MsoNormal">2 cups quick-cooking oats (or instant oatmeal, same thing)</li> <li class="MsoNormal">1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix</li> <li class="MsoNormal">1 cup vegetable oil</li> <li class="MsoNormal">3 eggs</li> <li class="MsoNormal">1 tsp vanilla</li> <li class="MsoNormal">1 cup yummy stir-ins of your choice (pecans, walnuts, chocolate chips, raisins, etc.)</li> </ul> <h2><span>DIRECTIONS</span></h2> <ol> <li class="MsoNormal">Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).</li> <li class="MsoNormal">Stir together all ingredients.<span> </span>Spoon 1 teaspoon drops of dough onto baking sheet (ungreased).</li> <li class="MsoNormal">Bake in the preheated oven for 13 minutes, or until golden brown and not gooey in the middles.</li> </ol> <p class="MsoNormal">Bake a friend some cookies.<span> </span>Take some to your grandma (after all, how many cookies has she made for YOU in your lifetime.)<span> </span>Eat a few yourself.<span> </span>Share the cheap cookie love!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dump-cake-and-other-sweet-easy-treats" class="sharethis-link" title="Dump Cake and Other Sweet, Easy Treats" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink baking cake cookies Cooking dessert Wed, 22 Aug 2007 21:42:32 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1036 at http://www.wisebread.com Rejoice - it's Haagen-Dazs FREE SCOOP DAY. http://www.wisebread.com/rejoice-its-haagen-dazs-free-scoop-day <p><img width="223" height="300" title="ice cream" alt="ice cream" src="/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/570269_ice_cream_1.jpg" /></p> <p>Can I say, right here and now, I love free anything. But free ice-cream? Thank you, thank you (although Ben &amp; Jerry's is my personal fav - Cherry Garcia, oh baby).</p> <p>Anyway, on MAY 15th, from 4pm to 8pm, rush along to your local Haagen-Dazs store and you can try a scoop of one of their two new exciting and delicious flavors. Either <a href="http://www.haagen-dazs.com/newflavorday/">Cinnamon Dulce de Leche or Sticky Toffee Pudding</a> (yes please). You don't have to buy anything, just stand in line and wait for you big old scoop of creamy truthiness.</p> <p>To find participating stores near you, <a href="http://www.haagen-dazs.com/shops/shopLocator.aspx">click here</a>. And as this is one of those 'participating stores only' kinda deals, it may be wise to give them a call first. But that's the over-cautious Brit in me.</p> <p>Enjoy your ice-cream, you lucky dogs!</p> <p><em>Photo by <a href="http://www.sxc.hu/photo/570269">The Stock Exchange. </a>Please note. Photo is for fun. You will not get that much for free, no matter how much you cry about it. </em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rejoice-its-haagen-dazs-free-scoop-day" class="sharethis-link" title="Rejoice - it&#039;s Haagen-Dazs FREE SCOOP DAY. " rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Freebies deals dessert freebies giveaways Haagen-Dazs ice cream offers promotions Fri, 11 May 2007 00:16:52 +0000 Paul Michael 628 at http://www.wisebread.com