By Chef Alan Zox
It’s holiday time again and moderation seems to be the word of the day. Thanksgiving and Christmas may call for some sweets but this doesn’t necessarily mean we throw our diets to the wind. In fact I believe that eating smart by definition means eating more selectively but not giving up all the pleasures of a holiday meal. Still It’s no doubt a challenge.
In fact today’s recipes are not for everyone. But eating well need not mean giving up everything either. I find myself eating less meat but not giving up burgers and BBQ every weekend. I just look for alternatives more often like vegetarian burgers or BBQ lamb chops.
We do have choices. For example I find myself eating differently. I have fallen in love with Cape Cod Rubens which exclude pastrami but embrace cod or other seafood with sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and Russian dressing.
Today’s recipes no doubt challenge many of us. Cranberry Salsa has excessive sugar but tastes even better when only eaten once a year for Thanksgiving. And Tomato Pudding is flat out not as healthy as it could be but is dramatically healthier with Stevia or Honey. Some of you may argue this is untenable if not too much of a sacrifice. But less is not necessarily worse. Try it. You might be surprised.
Juice of 1/2 Lime
1 large jalapeños , finely diced, deveined
1 bunch or 1 cup diced Cilantro
1 cup water
3/4 cup cane sugar, or organic stevia or honey
1 bunch of whole fresh cranberries or 1 cup fresh or frozen
1. In a medium saucepan bring water and your sweetener, of choice to a boil.
2. Add cranberries, diced jalapeños and cilantro to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Pour into a bowl, cover, and cool completely at room temperature. Once cooled, refrigerate until ready to serve.
Tomato Pudding (Decadent but Terrific)
Kitchen of Dorothy Stabler, Mamaroneck HS, Westchester County, NY
1 15 oz tomato puree
3/4 cup melted butter.
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 cups stale bread crumbs
1. Soak bread crumbs in melted butter.
2. Cook tomato puree and brown sugar together for 5 minutes
3. Combine & Bake all ingredients in 1 qt casserole at 350 F for 45 minutes