Vanilla Pear Raspberry Panna Cotta Recipe

Vanilla Pear Raspberry Panna Cotta - so light and creamy, this elegant dessert is low-calorie and low-fat, made with cashew milk and Greek yogurt. Vanilla poached pears and raspberry puree are the perfect match.

This Vanilla Pear Raspberry Panna Cotta is a decadent, yet low calorie dessert.

Vanilla Pear Raspberry Panna Cotta - so light and creamy, this elegant dessert is low-calorie and low-fat, made with cashew milk and Greek yogurt. Vanilla poached pears and raspberry puree are the perfect match.

Earlier this summer, we traveled to St. Martin and were treated to lots of decadent desserts, including panna cotta, which is an Italian dessert traditionally made with heavy cream. I’ve lightened up this elegant dessert using Vanilla Silk Cashew Milk and Greek yogurt, and come up with my own version, topped with raspberry sauce and vanilla poached pears.

Vanilla Pear Raspberry Panna Cotta - so light and creamy, this elegant dessert is low-calorie and low-fat, made with cashew milk and Greek yogurt. Vanilla poached pears and raspberry puree are the perfect match.

Silk Cashewmilkprovides creaminess to this dessert without all the fat and calories of heavy cream. It’s a simple swap that helps lower calories in creamy desserts like this one.

Vanilla Pear Raspberry Panna Cotta - so light and creamy, this elegant dessert is low-calorie and low-fat, made with cashew milk and Greek yogurt. Vanilla poached pears and raspberry puree are the perfect match.

Cashew milk is creamier tasting than most non-dairy milks I’ve tried. One cup of Vanilla Silk Cashewmilk has 80 calories, 2.5 grams fat (0 grams saturated fat), no cholesterol, and is lactose-free, dairy-free, casein-free, gluten-free and contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. For comparison’s sake, since we’re swapping cashew milk for heavy cream, one cup of heavy cream has 821calories, 88grams fat (55grams saturated fat) and 326mg cholesterol.

Vanilla Pear Raspberry Panna Cotta - so light and creamy, this elegant dessert is low-fat, made with cashew milk and Greek yogurt. Vanilla poached pears and raspberry puree are the perfect match.

Several of our family members are lactose intolerant so cashew milk is a great alternative to dairy milk. It provides creaminess with dairy qualities without the dairy. Greek yogurt (which islower in lactose than most dairy products) adds some body to this light panna cotta. If you’re completely dairy-free, try So Delicious Dairy-Free Greek Style Yogurt .

Vanilla Pear Raspberry Panna Cotta - so light and creamy, this elegant dessert is low-fat, made with cashew milk and Greek yogurt. Vanilla poached pears and raspberry puree are the perfect match.

For the topping, I made raspberry sauce and vanilla poached pears. Aren’t these pears gorgeous?

Vanilla Pear Raspberry Panna Cotta - so light and creamy, this elegant dessert is low-fat, made with cashew milk and Greek yogurt. Vanilla poached pears and raspberry puree are the perfect match.

I decided to poach thepears in a mixture of apple juiceandorange juice, scented with a fresh vanilla bean. You can see the flecks of vanilla beans on these beautiful poached pears. I loveincorporating fruit into desserts.

Vanilla Pear Raspberry Panna Cotta - so light and creamy, this elegant dessert is low-calorie and low-fat, made with cashew milk and Greek yogurt. Vanilla poached pears and raspberry puree are the perfect match.

I let the poached pears sit overnight in the vanilla infused juices. When you’re ready to serve the panna cotta, cut the poached pears in half, leaving the core intact. Drain any excess juices by placing each half on a paper towel. Carefully use a knife to cut slices lengthwise, leaving about 1/2? uncut at the top. Gently spread the pear to create a fan and place on top of the panna cotta which has had some of the raspberry sauce spread on top.

This Vanilla Pear Raspberry Panna Cotta is pretty enough to serve to company or as a special treat for your family. It makes me happy that I can feed my friends and family a decadent dessert without sacrificing taste. It’s so light, I could even eat it for breakfast ;).

Visit Silk.com and get a coupon and find more delicious cashewmilk recipes . Silk Cashewmilk comes in four flavors so choose your favorite: Original, Unsweetened, Vanilla and Chocolate.

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Source: Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Creamy Peach & Honey Popsicles

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Have you noticed that the days are getting shorter? Cookie and I are heading out the door earlier for our evening walk, and I’m scrambling to check off the summer recipes on my list while I still can.

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Peaches are so plump and sweet right now; popsicles needed to happen. I killed two birds with one stone with these peach popsicles. They’re super simple—consisting of roasted peaches, honey and yogurt—and they taste just like you’d expect. Delicious, fruity and creamy.

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These popsicles are ultra creamy because I roasted the peaches into jammy submission, which reduces their water content while concentrating their sweet flavor, and opted for full-fat yogurt, too. Speaking of, every time I specify full-fat yogurt in a recipe, I get questions asking if you can use low-fat yogurt instead. If you use lower fat yogurt in this recipe, which has less fat and more water, you’ll get icier popsicles.

roasted peaches

That said, if you don’t share my totally bizarre, nails-on-a-chalkboard-like aversion to icy popsicles (also included: the sound of ice rubbing against ice, please tell me I’m not the only one), you can go ahead and make some with low-fat yogurt.

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However! If you’re worried about fat content, I would argue that a) these are reasonably sized (three-ounce!) treats and, b) full-fat yogurt still isn’t that high in fat or calories. I’m looking at the container right now and just about a third of the calories come from fat, which is nowhere near heavy cream and still less than your average cheese. It’s also very high in protein.

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For a dairy-free version, try substituting full-fat coconut milk for the yogurt. Hurry and make some while you still can!

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  • Glutenfree Apricot Almond Frangipane Tart Recipe {#progressiveeats}

    Gluten-Free Apricot Almond Frangipane Tart - this elegant dessert is easy to make and delicious. Frangipane is an almond filling. Peach jam is used to glaze the apricots on top for a special touch

    This Gluten-Free Apricot Almond Frangipane Tart is an elegant dessert worthy of serving for a special occasion.

    I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. It can be a huge time sucker. On the other hand, it’s a great way to stay in touch with people you don’t see often. I’ve been able to reconnect with severalchildhood neighbors and high school classmates, gottento know people before I actually meet them in person, and stalkeddiscovered whenpeople weretraveling nearby. A few years ago, we actually met up with some old college friends who we hadn’t seen in over 25 years, while vacationing in Hawaii. Our friends saw a picture I posted on Facebook and asked where we were staying. It turned out we were just down the road from them, so we were able to meet up with them and meet their kids.

    Gluten-Free Apricot Almond Frangipane Tart - this elegant dessert is easy to make and delicious. Frangipane is an almond filling. Peach jam is used to glaze the apricots on top for a special touch

    A few weeks ago, I noticed an old friend was visiting her folks in Connecticut so I reached out to see if she could pop over for dinner one night. We hadn’t seen her in over 20 years, so we were thrilled when she and her kids took us up on our invitation. We met her kids for the first time and caught up on what was going on in each of our lives. That’s the thing with good friends. Although a lot of time had passed, we had a great time. The kids got to know each other a bit, and I made a big dinner for everyone.

    Gluten-Free Apricot Almond Frangipane Tart - this elegant dessert is easy to make and delicious. Frangipane is an almond filling. Peach jam is used to glaze the apricots on top for a special touch

    My friend’s two kids are celiac, so I wanted to make a special dessert for the occasion. They actually go to celiac camp each summer where they can enjoy all the gluten-free food they like. However, this summer, one of the kids missed celiaccamp, so he was especially excited when dessert time came around. Apparently, gluten-free pastries are a rare treat, so this Apricot Almond Frangipane Tart was a really special treat for them. They actually fought over the extra piece.

    Gluten-Free Apricot Almond Frangipane Tart - this elegant dessert is easy to make and delicious. Frangipane is an almond filling. Peach jam is used to glaze the apricots on top for a special touch

    I found some gluten-free puff pastry at Whole Foods in the freezer section, a new product I’d never seen before. It’s amazing how many more gluten-free options there are today than just a few years ago. Although this puff pastry didn’t puff up as much as regular puff pastry, it’s a decent gluten-free option for celiacs who are craving pastries.

    Gluten-Free Apricot Almond Frangipane Tart - this elegant dessert is easy to make and delicious. Frangipane is an almond filling. Peach jam is used to glaze the apricots on top for a special touch

    I made Almond Frangipane to spread on top of the puff pastry, which is essentially ground almonds, sugar, butter, egg and a little gluten-free flour. It adds some nice flavor and a little more substance to this pastry. Fresh apricots are placed on top, and then brushed with melted peach jam after baking for a nice glaze. A sprinkling of confectioner’s sugar finishes this elegant dessert off.

    Gluten-Free Apricot Almond Frangipane Tart - this elegant dessert is easy to make and delicious. Frangipane is an almond filling. Peach jam is used to glaze the apricots on top for a special touch

    Welcome to another edition of Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a progressive dinner party. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

    We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.

    This month’s theme is Stone Fruitshosted by Ansh of Spice Roots . I hope you enjoy all the stone fruitrecipes we made for this special event.

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    Roasted Broccoli Rabe and Pesto Flatbread

    Broccoli rabe naan, a simple dinner or appetizer! cookieandkate.com

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    broccoli rabe

    Late summer is full of irony. Here we are, when fresh produce is perhaps most abundant, and gardens are overflowing with ripe tomatoes, peppers and basil… and the last thing I want to do is cook dinner. If there’s ever a time to take advantage of shortcuts like pre-made flatbread, the time is now!

    basil pesto

    These quick flatbreads are made with store-bought whole grain naan that I topped with homemade basil pesto, creamy feta and broccoli rabe tossed in olive oil and red pepper flakes. As broccoli rabe roasts in the oven on top of the flatbread, its natural bitterness seems to dissipate as the leaves develop a delicate, kale chip-like crunch.

    how to make broccoli rabe naan

    Broccoli rabe is still somewhat new to me (it’s not something I grew up eating, that’s for sure), but I find myself craving its distinctive, pungent flavor. I have a hard time describing the flavor, but it’s a little like its cousin, turnips, or mustard greens. Like most dark green leafy things, is chock-full of nutrients.

    Broccoli rabe naan, a simple appetizer or dinner! cookieandkate.com

    If you’re ready to break out of your kale rut, please give it a shot! And for more broccoli rabe recipes, including a couple of my own, click here .

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  • Glutenfree Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders with Secret Sauce Recipe

    Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders with Secret Sauce - creole seasoning spices up these chicken tenders and the sweet and tangy secret sauce is the perfect way to cool them down

    These Gluten-Free Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders with Secret Sauce are a healthy version of everyone’s favorite chicken tenders.

    Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders with Secret Sauce - creole seasoning spices up these chicken tenders and the sweet and tangy secret sauce is the perfect way to cool them down

    Who doesn’t love chicken tenders. Today’s recipe features a spicy version of a childhood favorite served with my son’s “secret sauce.” We developed this recipe for Peapod , America’s leading online grocer, which featuresover 8,000 products.

    Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders with Secret Sauce - creole seasoning spices up these chicken tenders and the sweet and tangy secret sauce is the perfect way to cool them down

    What makes these chicken strips so good? First of all, they’re soaked overnight inseasoned buttermilk, which helps tenderize the chicken and lets the Frank’s hot sauce sink in. Second, they are double dipped, first in cornstarch, then in Cajun spiced almond flour, to ensure a flavorful, crunchy coating. Third, the secret sauce is the perfect compliment to these slightly spicy chicken tenders.

    Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders with Secret Sauce - creole seasoning spices up these chicken tenders and the sweet and tangy secret sauce is the perfect way to cool them down

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    I saved $46 on a recent order of $118 with the 20% discount, free delivery and weekly specials :).

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    Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili Recipe

    This Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili is packed with flavor; serve topped with chopped onion and finely shredded cheddar cheese in the traditional style.

    I first made Cincinnati chili using ground chicken several years ago. A friend gave me a can of Cincinnati chili and I came up with a version that was pretty close to it, but with a lot less salt.

    Then, a Cincinnati chili enthusiast friend who is also an incredible foodscientist told me that there was probably a touch of cloves and vanilla in the chili too, so I revised my original recipe and came up with thismore flavorful Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili.

    This is my youngest son’s favorite meal and he requested it for his 13th birthday dinner. Our family tradition has been that the birthday boy gets to choose whatever he wants for dinner. He chose this Cincinnati chili with all the fixings, watermelon and a virgin pina colada for his birthday meal.This freezes well, so don’t be afraid to make the whole recipe.

    I’m posting this recipe for this month’s Recipe Redux where the theme is Back to the Dinner Table: “After the hustle and bustle of the holiday/vacation season, August is the time many families get ‘back to routine.’ Show us your favorite recipe to help families get‘back to the dinner table.’ It might be a favorite family recipe from your childhood that you’ve ReDuxed; or maybe it’s your family’s current favorite. Let’s all gather back at the table!

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    Watermelon White Sangria Recipe

    White sangria recipe made with watermelon, nectarine and St. Germain! cookieandkate.com

    Funny thing. I’ve consumed two glasses of this sangria and I’m fumbling for the proper words to describe it. How about, “Best white sangria ever?” Bold statement, but I’m not kidding around. Yeah, I see your sangria bet and I’ll raise you twenty.

    watermelon sangria recipe

    Watermelon is key. It infuses white wine with fresh summer flavor, and the little cubes float on top, just waiting to get scooped out and eaten like boozy fruit salad. The raspberries don’t add a lot of flavor, but they’re like rubies on the ocean floor. You’ll find them once you polish off your glass.

    summer sangria

    I’ve always gotten hung up on which liquor/liqueur to use in white sangria. I hate syrupy Cointreau and brandy never seems quite right. It finally occurred to me that I could pour in some St. Germain, a delicately flavored elderflower liqueur with just the right amount of sweetness.

    Watermelon sangria - cookieandkate.com

    I don’t love most liqueurs, but I’ve yet to meet a woman (or man) who doesn’t appreciate St. Germain. It goes great with gin, vodka, cucumber and fruity drinks. It’s on the pricier side (about $33 for that pretty bottle shown above), so feel free to buy a 50 mL miniature bottle and call it good. Or if you must, skip it altogether for summery, fruity wine.

    how to make watermelon sangria

    If you’re looking for more summer cocktail inspiration, do I have a list for you! This cocktail is part of Sherrie and Renee’s #DRINKTHESUMMER extravaganza. Check out their posts on their blogs, With Food + Love and Will Frolic For Food for the full list of forty seasonal sips!

    Watermelon white sangria! cookieandkate.com

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    Author: Cookie and Kate

    Recipe type: Cocktail

    Cuisine: Spanish

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  • Pickled Jalapeo Peppers with Coriander and Garlic Recipe

    Pickled Jalapeño Peppers - so easy to make at home. Garlic and coriander seeds add a little something special.

    PickledJalapeño Peppers with Coriander and Garlic are so easy to make at home.

    Pickled Jalapeño Peppers - so easy to make at home. Garlic and coriander seeds add a little something special.

    I go to the farmer’s market every week when I’m in town, and am just savoring all the summer produce. Recently, I spotted jalapeño peppers from farmer’s market and couldn’t resist.

    Pickled Jalapeño Peppers - so easy to make at home. Garlic and coriander seeds add a little something special.

    Jalapeño peppers are not the spiciest peppers I’ve eaten, but this particular batch were pretty hot. I left the seeds intact, but if you want less spicy pickled jalapeño peppers, remove the seeds.

    Pickled Jalapeño Peppers - so easy to make at home. Garlic and coriander seeds add a little something special.

    Pickled jalapeño peppers are so easy to make yourself. All you need is vinegar, and if you like, some garlic cloves and coriander seeds.

    Pickled Jalapeño Peppers - so easy to make at home. Garlic and coriander seeds add a little something special.

    It literally takes just minutes to cook. After justa few minutes, the peppers will turn from a bright green to a dull green.

    Pickled Jalapeño Peppers - so easy to make at home. Garlic and coriander seeds add a little something special.

    I keepa jar of these pickled jalapeño peppers in my fridge for nachos, tacos and chili. My kids love them.

    Pickled Jalapeño Peppers - so easy to make at home. Garlic and coriander seeds add a little something special.

    Chop them up into smaller pieces if they’re extra spicy like the batch I made.

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    Sweet Corn and Black Bean Tacos

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    August is slipping through my fingers. Time is slipping through my fingers. I celebrated my favorite tiny person’s second birthday this weekend and I remember the day I visited her in the hospital like it was yesterday. Now she calls me “Ka-Ka” like my little brother did and glides through the house wearing my ballet flats, which are about ten sizes too big.

    jalapeno and corn

    These sweet corn tacos seem to be a perfectly appropriate way to commemorate mid-August. I opted not to cook or grill the corn—it’s so creamy and sweet when it’s fresh—and instead marinate it in lime juice, with some lime zest to really set it off. (You could grill it, though, if you prefer!) Finely sliced radishes and jalapeño lend a bit of crunch and heat, while sliced avocado and feta finish it off.

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    Sometimes I find corn to be a little too sweet, so if you’re like me, you might want to add some pickled jalapeños on top. This recipe yields quite a lot of tacos (about 10 well-filled tacos), so you could probably halve it if need be. The individual components should keep well in the fridge if you want to assemble more tacos later. Oh summer, please don’t end!

    fresh corn, radish and lime salad

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    Author: Cookie and Kate

    Recipe type: Entree

    Cuisine: Mexican

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    Serves: 10 tacos

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  • Grilled Cauliflower with Rosemary and Thyme Recipe

    Grilled Cauliflower with Rosemary and Thyme - an easy side dish using fresh herbs for summer grilling

    Grilled Cauliflower with Rosemary and Thyme is the perfect summer side dish, scented with fresh herbs.

    Grilled Cauliflower with Rosemary and Thyme - an easy side dish using fresh herbs for summer grilling

    I love no-fuss Summer grilling because it keeps the kitchen cool and there’s virtually no clean-up involved. Both proteins and vegetables can be grilled at the same time too, so there’s no need to turn on the stove or oven.

    Grilled Cauliflower with Rosemary and Thyme - an easy side dish using fresh herbs for summer grilling

    I’ve grilled vegetables such as asparagus , romaine lettuce ( Caesar Salad ), and zucchini and eggplant ( Ratatouille ) over the years, but until recently, hadn’t tried grilling cauliflower.

    Grilled Cauliflower with Rosemary and Thyme - an easy side dish using fresh herbs for summer grilling

    Grilling cauliflower is just like roasting it in the oven ( roasted cauliflower and potatoes is one of our family’s favorite cold weather side dishes). The trick is to slice the cauliflower into uniformly thick pieces and lay them in a single layer, and placesome fresh herbs on top to scent it.

    I flip the pieces over halfway through cooking so both sides get nice and brown. A garnish of fresh rosemary is all you need to present this simple Summer grilled cauliflower dish.

    If you’re looking for another different way to serve cauliflower, check out my Shaved Cauliflower Salad .

    Source: Jeanette’s Healthy Living