Homemade Frozen Yogurt Pops
Summer vibes! Ice cream – summer dish number one! But this recipe will help you to stay fit and healthy this summer, enjoying wonderful ice cream. These popsicles are a great low-calorie, low-fat alternative to high-fat ice cream. Easy to cook and great for cooling down in summertime! Try them once and you will love it!
Prep: 10 min Freeze: 120 min Makes 8 popsicles
- 2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
- 2 cups frozen berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or cherries), thawed in the microwave for 1 minute
- ½ to ¾ cup honey
- Cooking process:
Combine the yogurt, berries, and honey in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
- Each popsicle (only 100 calories) contains less than 1 gram of fat. Calcium-rich yogurt helps build strong bones and teeth, and berries add a little vitamin C – an antioxidant that helps boost the immune system and aids in healing.
Couscous with yellow squash and carrot
Easy to cook side dish, good to serve either hot or cold! Healthy choice for summer heat.
Prep: 6 min Total: 13 min Serves: 8
- ½ cup reduced-fat low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup regular or whole-wheat couscous
- ½ cup yellow squash puree
- 2 medium carrots
- 2 tablespoons trans-fat-free soft tub margarine spread
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
- 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 bunch of parsley
Bring the broth to a boil in a medium saucepan.
Turn off the heat, stir in the couscous, squash puree, chopped carrots, margarine, Parmesan, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cover and let stand for 6 to 7 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed and the couscous is soft. Decorate with chopped parsley.
This is a super low-calorie side dish (only 40 calories and less than 1 gram total fat per 12-cup serving) thanks to the vegetable purees – each adds volume, lowering the overall calories in an otherwise typically starchy side dish. Carrots add beta carotene – good for eyes!
Pink Pancakes from Fairy
Save time for summer fun! Take a store-bought pancake mix, fortify it with apple puree, a little beet puree, and some farmer’s cheese – it’s a full-protein meal.
Prep: 10 minutes Total: 13-15 minutes Serves 3
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup farmer’s cheese
- ¼ cup beet puree
- 5 drops of pure vanilla extract 1
- ½ cup pancake mix
¼ cup apple puree
nonstick cooking spray
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
honey, jam or fruit, for serving
In a large bowl, combine water, farmer’s cheese, beet puree, and vanilla. Add the pancake mix and apple puree, and stir until just combined, but do not overmix.
- Pour batter by ¼ cupful onto a greased griddle over medium-low heat. Turn when bubbles form on top; cook until second side is golden brown. Serve warm, with honey, jam or fruit.
Pancakes for dinner? Why not, this is summer, time for fun!
Prep: 5 minutes Serves 4
It tastes too good to be good for you, but it is! Enjoy this thirst-quenching drink while sunbathing and stay hydrated during hot season!
- 2 cups fresh raspberries
- ½ cup carrot puree
- 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 cups cold water
- 3 tablespoons honey
- ice, for serving
- fresh fruits and berries, for decoration
Combine raspberries, pineapple juice, lemon juice, carrot puree, water and honey in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Serve over ice. Decorate with fresh fruits and berries.
You will definitely love this refreshing and healthy drink! Great source of vitamin C. Treat yourself in summer!
And something for meat lovers. If you can’t find whole-grain hamburger buns, make your own by using a glass to cut out rounds from whole-wheat bread slices. Use a mini- or regular-sized food processor to make quick work of chopping the mushrooms and zucchini.
Prep: 15 minutes Total: 35 minutes Serves 16 little burgers
- 1 pound (450 grams) lean ground turkey or chicken
- ½ pound (225 grams) any mushrooms (your choice), trimmed and finely chopped
- 1 cup whole-wheat or regular breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup zucchini, chopped or grated
- 1 tablespoon your favorite sauce
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 16 whole-grain hamburger buns
- 16 slices of cheddar cheese
- 3 large tomatoes
- 1 bunch of lettuce
- 1 large red onion
- 3 medium pickles
In a large bowl, mix the meat, mushrooms, breadcrumbs, zucchini, your favorite sauce, ketchup, salt, and pepper until well combined. The mixture will be moist. Form into 16 patties and place them on a sheet of waxed paper or aluminum foil.
Grill until completely cooked, cover with cheese slice and let it melt. Serve each burger on a bun, with tomato slice, few onion rings, chopped pickles and lettuce. And your favorite sauce!
Great idea for summer BBQ and picnics! Summer is time to stay outside, so why not to combine cooking dinner and enjoying the weather? Moist and flavorful incredible burgers, covered with smoked cheddar cheese… Yummy!