Mother’s Day Dishes from Taste of Home Healthy Cooking: Ham and Cheese Strudel and Sweet Berry Bruschetta

Taste of Home Healthy Cooking magazine june july 2009 I’ve become a fan of Taste of Home Healthy Cooking magazine in the past few months that I’ve subscribed. (Their enewsletter is wonderful, too.) Not only is the magazine attractive, but the recipes are easy to make. Also, the magazine lists complete nutritional information for each recipe including diabetic exchanges, so it’s easy to figure out Weight Watchers POINTS as well.

My only complain about the recipes is that they could use more Weight Watchers Momentum filling foods like whole grains, but it’s easy to substitute more wholesome ingredients for white flour and things like sugar and egg substitute.

Here are a couple of recipes to make for the mom in your life from Taste of Home.

Mother’s Day brunch – main course

Using phyllo dough sheets may be a bit challenging, but the results will be worth it.

Ham and Cheese Strudel

From Taste of Home

TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 15 min
Yield: 6 servings.


  • Ham and Cheese strudel light 1 tablespoon butter or stick margarine
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 pound fully cooked lean ham, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1-1/4 cups egg substitute
  • 12 phyllo dough sheets (14 inches x 9 inches)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Refrigerated butter-flavored spray
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  1. In a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Add ham; heat through. Remove from heat. Stir in Swiss cheese and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese until Swiss is melted; set aside. In a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook and stir egg substitute over medium heat until completely set. Stir into cheese mixture.
  2. For each strudel, place one sheet of phyllo dough on work surface with a short side facing you (keep remaining dough covered with waxed paper to avoid drying out). Coat dough with cooking spray; fold in half lengthwise. Coat with cooking spray; spritz with butter-flavored spray. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon bread crumbs. Spread some egg mixture over bottom third of dough to within 3/4 in. of bottom and sides. Fold in sides. Roll up dough, starting at end with egg mixture.
  3. Place seam side down on an ungreased baking sheet. Coat with cooking spray; spritz with butter-flavored spray. Bake at 375° for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown and filling is heated through (filling may expand and come out of dough during baking). Sprinkle each with parsley and remaining Parmesan cheese. 

Nutritional information

One serving: Calories: 218, Fat:8 g, Saturated Fat:3 g, Cholesterol:18 mg, Sodium:576 mg, Carbohydrate:18 g, Fiber:1 g, Protein:18 g

Diabetic Exchange:2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

Weight Watchers POINTS = 5

If you’re looking for more healthy breakfast or desserts, try Taste of Home Healthy Cooking Mother’s Day breakfast and lunch menus.

Mother’s Day brunch – dessert

A sweet brushchetta? Why not!

Sweet Berry Bruschetta

From Taste of Home

TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min
Yield: 10 pieces.


  • Sweet Berry Bruschetta 10 slices French bread (1/2 inch thick)
  • 5 teaspoons Domino® or C&H® Granulated Pure Cane Sugar, divided
  • 6 ounces fat-free cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup fresh blackberries
  • 3/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 2 teaspoons Domino® or C&H® Pure Cane Powdered Sugar


  1. Place bread on an ungreased baking sheet; lightly coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons sugar. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, almond extract and remaining sugar. Spread over toasted bread. Top with berries and almonds; dust with confectioners' sugar.

Nutritional information

One serving:1 piece - Calories: 92, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat:0 g, Cholesterol:1 mg, Sodium:179 mg, Carbohydrate:14 g, Fiber:2 g, Protein:4 g

Diabetic Exchange:1 starch, 1/2 fat.

Weight Watchers POINTS = 2

If you’re looking for more desserts, try a few recipes from their healthy Mother’s Day dessert menu.

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