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Vanilla Candy Bark with Dried Fruit, Pumpkin Seeds & Spicy Bacon Jerky

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Allergy Free Chocolate Dessert Recipe Roundup

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Grilled Flatiron Steak Salad with Yogurt Dressing

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Dairy Free S’mores Martinis

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Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate-Walnut Torte

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Easy Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue

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The Adventure Bite’s Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Healthy Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn

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In its infinite wisdom, my daughter’s school scheduled the Daddy Daughter Dance on Valentine’s Day. So Paul and I won’t be going out on Thursday, but may take in a dinner and a movie at The National in Athens, Georgia if the movie at The Ciné is something I actually want to see. (All the movies I do want to see are done after the 14th, darn it!)

However for many of us, going out to eat for Valentine’s Day is a total pain. First of all, this year it’s on a Thursday and who can stay out late when you have to get kids ready for school and head out to work early in the morning? Second, depending on where you like to eat, you may have to make reservations weeks in advance. Third, between babysitters, drinks and a nice meal, and a Valentine's Day present for your sweetie, it’s expensive!

Why not stay home and fix a nice Valentine's Day meal instead? Afterwards, put the kids to bed – early if possible. Then start a romantic movie on Netflix, open a bottle of sparkling wine, and have a delicious but healthy snack that won’t spoil your diet too badly, like Peanut Butter Caramel Corn from Cooking Light's The New Way to Cook Light: Fresh Food & Bold Flavors for Today's Home Cook. Leftovers will make a nice after school snack the next day, too!

I bet this would be good with almond butter, as well. If you have nut allergies or sensitivities, try sunflower seed butter (Trader Joe's brand is awesome!) instead of peanut butter and pine nuts (which are seeds) for the sliced almonds. You could also substitute your favorite vegan buttery spread instead of using butter, too.

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Healthy Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup light-colored corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Line a jelly-roll pan with parchment paper; coat paper with cooking spray.
  3. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add popcorn; cover and cook 4 minutes, shaking pan frequently. When popping slows, remove pan from heat. Let stand until popping stops. Uncover; add almonds.
  4. Combine sugar, syrup, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  5. Add peanut butter and vanilla, and stir until smooth. Drizzle over popcorn; toss well.
  6. Spread mixture into prepared pan.
  7. Bake at 250 degrees F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Total Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Servings: Serves 20
  • Serving size: About 3/4 cup
  • Calories: 155
  • Total Fat: 7.4 g
  • Saturated fat: 1.8 g
  • Unsaturated fat: mono 3.5 g, poly 1.6 g
  • Sodium: 108 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 21.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.4 g
  • Protein: 2.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 4 mg

Recipe and photo used with permission of Cooking Light.

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Fig, Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Pizza

Fig, Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Pizza at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.comMy son, Nathan, came home from school the other day asking me if I had a goat cheese and fig pizza recipe on my blog. Seems he has a teacher who grows figs in her yard and she needed some ideas. Nathan told her about the goat cheese and fig pizza made with Udi’s Gluten Free pizza crusts I'd made for dinner a few times, and thought I'd a posted recipe for it. However, while I had recipes for Goat Cheese Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Baby Greens and Balsamic Reduction and Caramelized Onion & Fig Mini Pizzas, I didn’t have one that combined the two. That is until now, thanks to my friend, Holly Clegg.

I love figs and can usually find fresh ones here in Georgia when they’re in season or dried ones when they’re not. However, if you’re having a tough time finding any sort of figs, you can substitute dates or even dried plums.

Find more of Holly’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at hollyclegg.com and The Healthy Cooking Blog. Don’t forget to check out Holly’s new cookbook, KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence, too!

Gourmet Aphrodisiacs this Valentine’s Day

If you are looking for just the right subtly sweet and savory dish with gourmet appeal yet quick and easy – then look no further than my delightful Fig, Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Pizza. Did you know that figs are considered a symbol of fertility and revered as an aphrodisiac? From the “Food for the Mood” chapter in Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age, this is the go-to cookbook for a fun-filled Valentine’s Day gift! Filled with recipes for romance, aphrodisiac ingredients, and enticing words like, “A good marriage is like a good wine, it gets better with age.”

Turn up the heat this Valentine’s Day and you’ll definitely sizzle in your kitchen!

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Fig, Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Pizza

Figs, considered a symbol of fertility and revered as an aphrodisiac, turn pizza into an alluring palate pleasing masterpiece.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • Pinch sugar
  • 1 (12-ounce) thin pizza crust
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 4 ounces figs, sliced in thirds
  • 2 ounces prosciutto, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, optional

Directions

  1. In small nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil and sauté onion, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes until start to turn golden. Add sugar and continue cooking until caramel color. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven 450°F. On pizza crust, spread remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and cover with orange marmalade. Arrange cooled onions, figs, prosciutto, goat cheese and mozzarella on crust.
  3. Sprinkle with rosemary, if desired. Bake 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust crisp.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour
Servings: Makes 8 servings
  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 281
  • Calories from Fat: 96 (34%)
  • Total Fat: 10g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Unsaturated fat: 6g
  • Sodium: 279mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 16mg

Dietary Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 lean meat, 1 1/2 fat

Recipe and photo used with permission of the author.

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Flourless Chocolate Torte with Crème Anglaise

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Dairy Free Chocolate Mousse

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Pomegranate Salsa

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Salmon Marsala

Holly Clegg's Salmon Marsala from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com In today’s guest post, Holly Clegg shares a romantic and healthy Valentine’s Day meal for you and your sweetie featuring salmon with marsala cooking wine and mushrooms. You can find more of Holly’s recipes on The Healthy Cooking Blog.

A Valentine’s Day dish for the heart

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and love is in the air. Want a sultry dish that will have your sweetheart swooning? If you’ve never cooked salmon before, this quick and easy Salmon Marsala is a mouth-watering dish that is not only delicious, but good for you, too. Salmon is chocked full of heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids so you can love your honey’s heart inside and out!

This Mama’s tips

  • If you have a food sensitivity to corn products, like cornstarch, use tapioca or potato starch instead. Both work just as well as cornstarch.
  • You can also use a buttery spread like I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter instead of olive oil.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
  • 4 (4-ounce) skinless salmon fillets
  • 1/3 cup Holland House Marsala cooking wine
  • 3/4 cup fat-free chicken broth
  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions

  1. In large nonstick skillet, heat oil and sauté onion, garlic, and mushrooms until tender.
  2. Add salmon to skillet, cooking 4 minutes, turn onto other side. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix together wine, broth and cornstarch.
  3. When salmon is almost done, add wine mixture to the salmon. Stir gently, as mixture thickens quickly.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes
Servings: Serves 4
  • Serving size: 1 salmon filet
  • Calories: 241
  • Calories from Fat: 72 (30%)
  • Total Fat: 8g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated fat: 7g
  • Sodium: 162mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 27g
  • Cholesterol: 65mg

Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 3 lean meat

Weight Watchers POINTS = 5

Recipe and picture supplied by Holly Clegg and used with her permission.