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IPdivajen
04-29-2012, 10:24 PM
Rhubarb has gotten a lot of attention these past few days, so I was delighted to get my hands on a bag of organic frozen stuff while visiting my sister this weekend.

Had 4c so I simmered it down and added three splenda. When it was done it was just under 2c finished product so I put half a cup in ziploc and was delighted to see it counts as 1c of veggies.

I wanted to try it as some kind of dessert and still had a pudding on my 'food agenda' for the day, then lightbulbs went off.

I took one ready made vanilla puddings and spread it into the bottom of a bowl. I then spread the pre-portioned, stewed rhubarb over the pudding. Then to top it all off I added a bit of the Walden Farms syrup.

Un

freakin

believable!

It's sweet and tart all at the same time. It feels so decadent but is protein and veggies! So very exciting.

Yes, it's the little things, but I had to share my find!


LizRR
04-29-2012, 11:14 PM
Mmmmmmm....rhubarb & pudding <insert drool here>. I got my hands on the last 3 bags at Central Market yesterday...knew a 3FC IPer had stockpiled!

artflunky
04-29-2012, 11:24 PM
I took one ready made vanilla puddings and spread it into the bottom of a bowl. I then spread the pre-portioned, stewed rhubarb over the pudding. Then to top it all off I added a bit of the Walden Farms syrup.!

What is this? Is it an alternative product or an IP I missed??? I stewed rhubarb with Stevia last week then ate it with pulled pork, that was delicious too and didn't need a packet!


Beanie Mommy
04-29-2012, 11:58 PM
My mom used to make this dessert with rhubarb all cooked down with sugar (Splenda anyone?) and then she baked it in the oven with merengue on top. I might try putting the merengue with the peach mango dink mix on top of cooked rhubarb in the oven to see if that comes out just like my mom's. If anyone has tried this, let me know. Now I just have to find that rhubarb...

iowahawkeyemom
04-30-2012, 12:15 AM
I wonder if you could make a rhubarb crisp like dish. Cook the rhubarb, and then use the vanilla pudding prepared like you were making a muffin instead use it as a top crust and bake it?

Sewmam
04-30-2012, 09:13 AM
I am in love with rhubarb! Never had it growing up and now I get excited about it!

I am in Phase 4, so for dessert last night, I had greek yogurt with a sauce made of cooked rhubarb and strawberries, sweetened with stevia. There is something about that flavor combo that is pure heaven!

I tried making a jello with the the sauce but it didn't seem to gel right - tasted great, but the gelatin bits stayed at the bottom. Maybe there is a reaction, like how pineapple prevents jello from firming up?

I'm going to freeze what's left of the sauce into popsicles.

I did find some fresh rhubarb yesterday, so it should be seen everywhere soon...not cheap!!! Can't wait to cook it up. I will make a flatbread out of soy powder, egg whites and cooked rhubarb with stevia, cinnamon/nutmeg/cloves and it is incredible- great snack.

Chloe222
04-30-2012, 09:31 AM
I took one ready made vanilla puddings and spread it into the bottom of a bowl. I then spread the pre-portioned, stewed rhubarb over the pudding. Then to top it all off I added a bit of the Walden Farms syrup.

Un

freakin

believable!

I'm going to do this today! Thanks!

My mom used to make this dessert with rhubarb all cooked down with sugar (Splenda anyone?) and then she baked it in the oven with merengue on top. I might try putting the merengue with the peach mango dink mix on top of cooked rhubarb in the oven to see if that comes out just like my mom's. If anyone has tried this, let me know. Now I just have to find that rhubarb...

This is a great idea too!! Hmm, maybe do this one tomorrow...

I wonder if you could make a rhubarb crisp like dish. Cook the rhubarb, and then use the vanilla pudding prepared like you were making a muffin instead use it as a top crust and bake it?

Wow, sort of like a crunchy topping...or maybe use some crushed crunchy IP cereal, w/ some cinnamon?

WHO COULD NOT JUST LOVE THIS DIET?

Marionm
04-30-2012, 09:51 AM
I am in love with rhubarb! Never had it growing up and now I get excited about it!

I'm going to freeze what's left of the sauce into popsicles.


I'm from California originally and just don't remember seeing it anywhere. I do remember hearing of pies made with it, but that was rare. I first saw it grown about 3 years ago (now living in Iowa) and now, I'm even willing to eat it frozen. I wonder if it's more of a midwest ingredient...

I love the idea of popsicles!

I use the frozen like other have and cook it down with a little splenda and then, I add some WF syrup--either strawberry or maple for flavor and put it over the IP pancake ---which were always more like a crepe. I've also eaten it with IP oatmeal.

Yep, rhubarb is definitely on my lunch menu today!

momof2greatcats
04-30-2012, 10:16 AM
I wonder if you could make a rhubarb crisp like dish. Cook the rhubarb, and then use the vanilla pudding prepared like you were making a muffin instead use it as a top crust and bake it?
I did the same thing (stewing it down) and put the maple oatmeal IP packet on top and put it in the oven - didn't really brown all that well, but I stirred it all together and it was AMAZINGLY good.

I've also done the stewed down rhubarb in the IP raspberry gelatin - also VERY good.

It's on my grocery list this week!!

IPdivajen
04-30-2012, 10:20 AM
Was telling my SIL about my discovery yesterday and she said her in laws have a huge rhubarb plant growing out of control on their property and that she'd pick me up some. Yahoo! Free fresh rhubarb! So excited!

Ugh. Must go add 'you get THIS excited about rhubarb' to the 'you know you're addicted to IP when...' thread.

IPdivajen
04-30-2012, 10:21 AM
What is this? Is it an alternative product or an IP I missed??? I stewed rhubarb with Stevia last week then ate it with pulled pork, that was delicious too and didn't need a packet!

Sorry, when I said pre-portioned I meant the portions that I had made after I stewed and stored it. So half a cup of finished product that represented one cup of raw rhubarb.

ProteinGal
04-30-2012, 10:30 AM
You gals are making me drool!

I looked and looked all over town for frozen rhubarb, nobody sells it. I can't wait for my own plants to produce some!

LSJ100
04-30-2012, 10:32 AM
I just tried it yesterday for the first time and really liked it - after I stewed it down I put it in the blender and then chilled it and ate it like applesauce...however mine had a lot of water still so I measured a cup cooked thinking with the water it still was only 1 C veg...do you think I got too much? How much water did you use when you cooked it?

Also, I noticed with 4 Splenda packets per serving it still had a bit of a veggie aftertaste...anyone else find this? Still awesome though!

IPdivajen
04-30-2012, 10:51 AM
My advice is to use very little water when stewing. I looked up a bunch of recipes online and for 8 cups of rhubarb they only suggest 4-5tbsps of water. Insane, but true! I used even less because mine was frozen - in fact, I kept dumping out water as it cooked and mine was great.

I'd always be cautious about measuring after instead of before. I make a lot of emulsified/reduced down stuff and always take the time to do the math to make sure I'm not getting more or less veggies than what I put in.

Ie - yesterday I boiled the heck out of a bag of frozen bell peppers. Nine cups went in, plus some water, and once it was all boiled and emulsified, I had six cups come out. So I measured the final product into one cup portions, put them into ziploc bags to add to soup, and wrote 1.5 on the outside of the ziploc because that one cup of final product was actually 1.5 cups of peppers going in. I do this weekly with a mixture of frozen cauliflower and broccoli, too - a great way to get veggies in very easily and all the prep is done Sunday afternoon! Really boosts the quantity of your soup at lunch so I always feel that much more full, and it doesn't augment the taste much at all.

IPdivajen
04-30-2012, 10:53 AM
Oh yeah - when I cooked my 4 cups of rhubarb yesterday I ended up using 4 packs of Splenda to sweeten it when it was done cooking (apparently you don't sweeten it until it's already finished cooking). That way I knew I had one pack of splenda per serving so I wasn't going overboard on the carbs from splenda.

It still had a nice, tart taste which was really accented by the sweetness of the maple syrup. Can't wait to have it for dessert again tonight!

LSJ100
04-30-2012, 10:53 AM
Great tips...thanks Jen!

sugerray50
04-30-2012, 04:10 PM
Yum! I'm going out into my garden right now and cutting some rhubarb and having it with pudding! Yea! I never would have thought of that! Thanks!

sugerray50
04-30-2012, 04:12 PM
You gals are making me drool!

I looked and looked all over town for frozen rhubarb, nobody sells it. I can't wait for my own plants to produce some!

Before I started growing mine - I would find it in Safeway...do you have a Safeway close? I think last week I saw some in the froz section of Walmart...

evepet
04-30-2012, 04:37 PM
Was telling my SIL about my discovery yesterday and she said her in laws have a huge rhubarb plant growing out of control on their property and that she'd pick me up some. Yahoo! Free fresh rhubarb! So excited!

Ugh. Must go add 'you get THIS excited about rhubarb' to the 'you know you're addicted to IP when...' thread.

ITA. Can't believe I'm so excited about rhubarb... LOL. My sister this past weekend was sort of laughing at my 'rhubarb fetish'.. but she did kindly remind me that she has a whole bunch of it in her garden, and I can have as much as I want once it gets grown enough. :D Nice. :D

qsuzi1
04-30-2012, 05:16 PM
Added rhubarb to my veggies and I really like it. But one of the important thing about veggies is they are roughage which we must have. Is the consistency of rhubarb boiled considered roughage? Any other ideas other than boiling?

evepet
04-30-2012, 05:28 PM
Added rhubarb to my veggies and I really like it. But one of the important thing about veggies is they are roughage which we must have. Is the consistency of rhubarb boiled considered roughage? Any other ideas other than boiling?

The fibre content will still be there, even cooked. Here's a chart that shows the fibre content of various foods, and it includes rhubarb in it's cooked state... just scroll down alphabetically to rhubarb.
http://www.wehealny.org/healthinfo/dietaryfiber/fibercontentchart.html

qsuzi1
04-30-2012, 05:58 PM
The fibre content will still be there, even cooked. Here's a chart that shows the fibre content of various foods, and it includes rhubarb in it's cooked state... just scroll down alphabetically to rhubarb.
http://www.wehealny.org/healthinfo/dietaryfiber/fibercontentchart.html
You are so helpful and I really appreciate it evepet.

Sewmam
04-30-2012, 06:22 PM
Well, I cooked up the fresh rhubarb, made flat bread with some of it (with cinnamon/ginger/cloves/stevia, egg whites and soy powder), added strawberries to the rest and continued to cook but got busy and it boiled over, making a mess and wasting half of it. I hate it when I do that!

ProteinGal
04-30-2012, 06:41 PM
Before I started growing mine - I would find it in Safeway...do you have a Safeway close? I think last week I saw some in the froz section of Walmart...

We have no Safeway, checked No Frills, Coop and Walmart and nothing. Oh well I will have tons of it once mine starts growing.

SaraBean
04-30-2012, 08:40 PM
Not sure what grocery stores are near you folks having a hard time finding rhubarb but whole foods and stop and shop have it fresh in the produce section this time of year.

I love it!

grassfedbeef
04-30-2012, 10:54 PM
Well, I cooked up the fresh rhubarb, made flat bread with some of it (with cinnamon/ginger/cloves/stevia, egg whites and soy powder), added strawberries to the rest and continued to cook but got busy and it boiled over, making a mess and wasting half of it. I hate it when I do that!

Does the flat bread reheat well or taste good cold? Just wondering if you can make more at one time.

artflunky
04-30-2012, 11:14 PM
Sorry, when I said pre-portioned I meant the portions that I had made after I stewed and stored it. So half a cup of finished product that represented one cup of raw rhubarb.

No! Sorry, I meant what is the premaid pudding cup? I have only had the powdered packet.

IPdivajen
04-30-2012, 11:25 PM
No! Sorry, I meant what is the premaid pudding cup? I have only had the powdered packet.

Ah, gotcha! Yes, at my clinic we can buy 8 packs of chocolate or vanilla pudding ready to go in pudding cups. The vanilla is SO good!