Quick pumpkin pudding

by MikeMeehan 11/21/2018 9:13 AM

Pumpkin is a staple of the season and a super good source of vitamin A for gum health and enamel strength. To avoid the sugar and starch often found in pumpkin pie, try this festive sugar-free recipe for pumpkin pudding.  Ingredients: 1 package (5.1 ounces) of sugar-free vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix 12 ounces evaporated low-fat 2% milk 1 can (15 ounces) of 100% pure pumpkin 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice Directions: Beat pudding mix and evaporated milk in a large bowl according to package directions. Refrigerate mixture for 5 minutes. Add pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice and mix well. Spoon into dessert dishes. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until ready to serve. For a little extra goodness, top with sugar-free whipped cream. Enjoy!

A savory recipe with healthy walnuts

by MikeMeehan 9/27/2018 10:23 AM

Enjoy fall with a savory recipe that everyone in the family will love. Walnuts are a hearty nut with a serious amount of nutrients. They contain heart-healthy fats and protein that have been shown to help with diabetes, weight management and inflammation. Roasted pears with blue cheese and walnuts Ingredients: 4 pears, halved, but not peeled or cored Extra virgin olive oil ¼ bunch of fresh thyme Salt and freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese ¼ cup walnut pieces Directions:Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Arrange pears on a baking sheet with the cut sides up. Drizzle the pears with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Strip leaves from thyme branches and sprinkle over pears. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven and spoon a generous teaspoon of blue cheese in the center of each pear half. Return to oven until pears are tender and cheese is soft, about 10 minutes. Roast walnuts in oven on a separate baking sheet until golden brown and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Chop walnuts into smaller pieces. When pears are cooked, transfer them to a serving plate and sprinkle with toasted walnuts. Serve hot.

Sweet potato chips recipe for an after-school snack

by MikeMeehan 8/22/2018 9:51 AM

Treat your kids to a delicious and healthy after-school snack on their first week back from summer break. These sweet potato chips are a great way to replace starchy, salty chips with something that tastes just as great and helps maintain gum health with a boost of vitamins A and C. Ingredients: 1 large sweet potato, peeled 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil ¼ teaspoon salt Directions:Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Slice the sweet potato into thin, uniform chips. (If you’re using a mandolin slicer with 3 thickness settings, choose the second setting.) Place the potato slices on the baking sheets in a single layer and lightly brush them with oil. Season evenly with salt. Bake for 60 to 90 minutes until the chips are crispy. Flip chips to the other side after 30 minutes. Allow the chips to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container.    

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