June 22, 2017

My current favorite taste sensations

I have been cutting out sugar, dairy and wheat as of late, so I share with you some of the little treats that have kept me from raiding the cookie jar, polishing off that pint of ice cream in the freezer or ordering carry-out deep dish pizza.

If you need a chocolate fix but don’t want the added sugar, thaw out and heat a cup of frozen cherries (Costco has a large bag containing three kinds of frozen cherries), add a teaspoon or two of really good plain cocoa powder, stir and enjoy a chocolate sauce that has no added sugar but derives its sweetness from the juice of the melted cherries. Frozen mangos or raspberries can work also but they don’t have as much juice when thawed.

Need something crunchy but don’t want to do chips? Buy Food For Life rice tortillas, toast them lightly in a toaster oven, sprinkle with cinnamon, enjoy.

For both a sweet and tart flavor, broil a grapefruit half and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Dying for something resembling custard or ice cream without dairy or added sugar? Try Trader Joe’s coconut cream, add chia seeds and fresh fruit. One hour in the fridge will turn the ingredients into a dairy-free pudding. If you want a sweeter taste, add stevia, or if you must, real maple syrup.

And on the savory side:

Instead of butter, squeeze fresh lime juice on your freshly cooked ear of corn.

Trader Joe’s has a nitrite-free peppered turkey bacon that pairs well with raw red pepper strips for that crunchy and salty craving.

Go ahead and have that ground sirloin you may crave, but instead of cheese, have it with Whole Foods Dill Relish, Paul Newman’s Salsa or Kuhne’s German Barrel Sauerkraut. No, really!

Trader Joe’s has several condiments, pickles, olives and relishes that add interest to any meal and my two favorites are the jars of cornichons (miniature pickles) or the hearts of palm. One or two little additions to your lunch or dinner can take the boredom factor away.

If you want to have a healthy brunch at home, try One Degree Veganic Flax and Spelt bread with a thin layer of ripe avocado, topped with a fried egg and salsa. It’s a cross between huevos rancheros and eggs Benedict but without the sauce or cheese.

 

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