Easy Berry Dessert

Michelle shared a protein rich dessert in line with the incorporation of protein in the diet theme in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen.

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Greek yogurt has higher protein content than regular yogurt. We used frozen blueberries in this recipe as fresh berries are not in season yet.

Ingredients

  • 1 pint good quality Greek style yogurt (we used a mixture of plain and honey flavoured Greek yogurt)
  • 4 to 5 pieces crystallized ginger, finely minced
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup honey
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 2 pints blueberries

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Source: Rachel Ray

Conversion Tables

Michelle shared the above conversion tables for our reference as we often encounter recipes in different cooking measures like metric, US or British (Imperial) measures.

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Vanilla Almond Granola

For dessert we had Greek yogurt with Vanilla Almond Granola in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen.

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One of the participant requested for a home-made granola recipe. So, Michelle shared this Almond Vanilla Granola recipe in this session.  Michelle pointed out that granola made with honey tends to be darker than other sweetener like maple or agave syrup.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds (or combo of nuts, seeds or coconut)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or any neutral oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • dried fruit (optional: add at the end)

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Source: adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.com

Yield 2 to 3 cups

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Mango Yummy on No. 3 Road, Richmond

We had dinner at Szechuan Delicious Restaurant on a Saturday. Oh boy, this restaurant was busy as always.

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After dinner, we decided to have dessert at the fairly new Mango Yummy. We were there when it was not busy yet and we got the comfortable sofa seats. By the time we were about to leave, this place was full house. The moment we vacate our seats, a few girls quickly grabbed the sofas.

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This is a self service place. You place your order and pay at the counter and they only accept cash. When your order is ready, the server will call out your order and you pick up your order from the counter.

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Oatmeal Brown Sugar Baked Apples

The South Arm Women Community Kitchen made Oatmeal Brown Sugar Baked Apples for dessert.

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This Oatmeal Brown Sugar Baked Apple is great for dessert, breakfast or brunch. The recipe can be easily multiplied for larger crowds.

Ingredients

  • 4 apples, like Janagold, Fuji, or Honeycrisp
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of cloves
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided in four
  • 1 cup hot water

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Source: thekitchen.com

Serves 4

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Baked Pears with Brown Sugar and Greek Yogurt

For dessert, Michelle shared a Baked Pears with Brown Sugar and Greek Yogurt in the South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen.

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From: http://www.aperfectpear.com/health-benefits-of-pears.html

Pears provide a very good source of fiber and are also a source of Vitamin B2, C, E, copper, and potassium. they also contain a significant amount of pectin, which is a water soluble fiber.

Pears are actually higher in pectin than apples. This makes them effective in helping to lower cholesterol levels and in toning the intestines. They are often recommended by health care practitioners as a hypoallergenic fruit that is higher in fiber. They are less likely to produce an adverse response than other fruits.

Pears are often recommended as a safe fruit to introduce to infants. Pears are an extraordinary source of dietary fiber when the skin is eaten along with the flesh.

Pears are also an excellent source of Vitamin C and Vitamin E, both powerful antioxidants and essential nutrients.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 firm Bosc pears, peeled (optional), halved, cored (about 1 pound)
  • Greek yogurt, for serving

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Source: from Foodnetwork.com

When buying Greek yogurt, look for those with higher protein and Calcium content.

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You can click on the nutritional facts photo to have a larger view.

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Sweetie Pink Dessert on Westminster Hwy, Richmond

After attending the “A Night of Hope with Joel & Victoria”, me and my girl friends decided to go dessert.

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There is not a lot of choice at the late hour. We went to Sweetie Pink on Westminster Highway, across the Richmond Public Market.

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The place was painted pink just like it’s name suggests.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp Bars

One of the participant of the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club requested for some rhubarb recipes.

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Michelle shared this Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp Bars which can be prepared all in a pan.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1 cup small diced rhubarb
  • 1 cup small diced strawberries

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Source: Smitten Kitchen.com

Yield: 16 small bars or 8 large ones

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Fresh Blueberry Pie

For dessert, Michelle shared a Fresh Blueberry Pie. Blueberries are in season locally in June.

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This fresh Blueberry Pie is best served with whipped cream.

Blueberry Health Benefits: information provided by the North American Blueberry Council

  • Fresh blueberries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins, the pigments responsible for the blue color of blueberries. Antioxidants are important because they appear to be at least partially responsible for lowering the risk of cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants do this by protecting the body’s blood vessel walls, making them more resistant to damage caused by oxidation.
  • Antioxidants also seem to have a role in delaying the aging process. Fresh blueberries contain 15 different anthocyanins, as well as other antioxidants like Vitamin C.
  • Research indicates that adding half cup of fresh blueberries to an average daily variety of fruits and vegetables consumed by an individual would essentially double the body’s antioxidant level.
  • Fresh blueberries are rich in Vitamin C and naturally low in fat, cholesterol and sodium.
  • Fresh blueberries contain iron, potassium and other important minerals, and are a good source of dietary fiber.
Ingredients
  • 1 pie crust, homemade or store-bought
  • fresh blueberries, washed and dried to fill pie shell
  • whip cream
Blueberry Glaze
  • 1 cup additional fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

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Source: via South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club
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