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a cheal
01-18-2010, 08:15 PM
Hey Everyone!!

I'm a culinary student and am starting my own baking/cooking business with my mom. I thought I would share some of my recipes with you and hopefully you would be willing to share some of your delicious delectibles with the rest of us.

Low Fat and Low Calorie Blueberry Muffins

1 1/2 cups Wheat Bran
1 cup Skim Milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup blueberries (or any fruit of your choice!)


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease muffin cups or use paper muffin liners. Mix together wheat bran and milk and let stand for 10 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, egg, honey, and vanilla. Beat in bran mixture.
3. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir into bran mixture until blended. fold in blueberries. Scoop into 12 muffin cups.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until muffin tops spring back when lightly tapped.

Nutritional Information:
Amount per serving (1 muffin)
Calories: 86
Fat: .9 grams
Carbohydrates: 19 grams
Fiber: 4.9 grams
Protein: 4 grams

a cheal
01-18-2010, 08:23 PM
Beef Stew

1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 lb stewing beef
1 med onion, diced
1 garlic clove, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
4 med potatoes (peeled & cubed)
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 cups boiling water
1-40g pkg of dry onion soup mix
1 tbsp fresh rosemary (optional)
1 tsp fresh thyme (optional)
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Mix flour with salt and pepper in a large ziploc bag, or plastic bowl with lid.
Cut stewing beef into 1" cubes and then toss in flour mixture. Shake to coat.
Add oil to non-stick skillet and then add beef and flour mixture (including any excess flour).
Brown beef then add onion and garlic. Cook until onion is soft.
Place beef, garlic and onion mixture in bottom of slow cooker with the rosemary and thyme and let cook on low until meat is tender.
Then add potatoes carrots, celery, water, soup mix, bouillon and Worcestershire sauce.
Cook on high for 2-1/2 hours, and then turn down to low for 2 more hours. If you have a little more time to spare cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until potatoes and carrots are tender.
No extra thickening of the beef stew gravy should be required. It turns out perfectly for me every time.

***Makes about eight 1-1/2 cup servings***

Nutritional Information
Calories: 260
Total Fat: 6.6 g
Cholesterol: 50.4 mg
Sodium: 543.7 mg
Total Carbs: 29.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.0 g
Protein: 20.7 g

a cheal
01-18-2010, 08:31 PM
Rich and Creamy Apple Butter


1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
1/2 cup apple cider
4 pounds Macintosh apples - peeled, cored and chopped
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup apple brandy
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


1. In a large saucepan, bring apple juice concentrate, apple cider, and Macintosh apples to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Stirring occasionally, simmer uncovered about 1 hour, until apples are easily mashed.
2. Mix dark brown sugar, apple brandy, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves into the apple mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer uncovered 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Transfer to sealed sterile containers, and cool at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutritional Information

Servings Per Recipe: 48

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 60

Total Fat: 0.1g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 4mg
Total Carbs: 13.9g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Protein: 0.2g

01-18-2010, 09:48 PM
Mmmmmmmmmm, everything sounds so good! I wish I had some wonderful treat to share with you. Mostly I have just been steaming or stirfrying everything.

a cheal
01-19-2010, 08:48 PM
well just remember these things are low calorie so you can indulge and feel like you cheated but really didn't.

01-19-2010, 08:59 PM
The muffins sound great!

Do you think I could substitute buttermilk for the skim milk? I've used buttermilk in cake recipes before. I'm asking because I have some on hand that I need to use up soon!

01-20-2010, 10:45 AM
That muffin recipe sounds great! And that's pretty much how I make my beef stew, so I know that's good, too. :D (I make my own "onion soup mix" ( for it.)

All the recipes I've ever invented aren't very light or low-calorie :devil: but here's one that I just tried that I really like, I actually brought some for lunch today: Cream of Carrot Soup ( (I use fat free half & half)

And these are recipes that other people have posted, but they're some of my favorites that are light enough to post here:
Asian Style Savory Baked Tofu (
Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal ( (I made it without nuts... I can't keep it in the house or I'll eat it all, but it's something I'll make for potluck brunches and whatnot)
Chinese Green Beans (
Italian Vegetable Custard (

a cheal
01-20-2010, 09:26 PM
yes you can substitute the skim milk for butter milk :)

a cheal
01-20-2010, 09:29 PM
yum!! That tofu dish sounds delicious!! I will go through my notebooks and post some more recipes. I'm absolutely in love with Bobby Flay (he's my cooking idol) and I tend to use his recipes and then low-calorie them so if you guys are interested :)