St. Patrick's Day Recipes: Healthy Versions (cont.)

Makes 6 servings

Per serving: 347 calories, 24.5 g protein, 51.5 g carbohydrate, 4.5 g fat (1.2 g saturated fat, 0.8 g monounsaturated fat, 1.6 g polyunsaturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 5 g fiber, 465 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 12%.

Pan-Fried Cabbage

Cabbage is the better half of the famous Irish duo, "corned beef and cabbage." This is a flavorful recipe for just the cabbage that you can make easily in a large, nonstick frying pan.

3 slices Louis Rich Turkey Bacon
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 head of cabbage, cut into 4 wedges
1 cup low-sodium beef or chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon sugar or Splenda
Pepper to taste
1 1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar or cider vinegar

  • Add turkey bacon strips to a large nonstick frying pan and cook over medium heat until crisp. Remove strips to a paper towel to cool. Crumble the bacon and set aside.
  • Add the onions to the pan with any turkey bacon drippings (there won't be much), and cook over medium heat until lightly browned (4 minutes).
  • Add cabbage, broth, and sugar to the frying pan with onions. Cover pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove cover and cook until cabbage wilts and broth is almost evaporated (about 5 minutes more), stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in turkey bacon pieces and vinegar. Serve immediately.

Makes 3 servings

Per serving: 78 calories, 5 g protein, 7.5 g carbohydrate, 3.4 g fat (0.9 g saturated fat, 1.3 g monounsaturated fat, 0.9 g polyunsaturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 2.2 g fiber, 225 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 38%.

Baked Lemon Pudding Cake

This is an old-fashioned family dessert. It separates into two very different layers -- a cakelike layer on top and a creamy pudding layer on the bottom.

Canola cooking spray
2 tablespoons butter (no- or low-trans fat margarine can be substituted)
6 tablespoons Splenda
6 tablespoons super-fine granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup lemon juice
Zest from one lemon, finely chopped
1/2 cup unbleached flour
1 1/4 cups low-fat milk
Powdered sugar

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch pie dish with cooking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream the butter or margarine well with an electric mixer. Add the Splenda and sugar and beat well.
  • With an egg separator, separate the eggs; save the egg whites in another mixing bowl. Add the yolks to the butter mixture one by one; gradually add the lemon juice and lemon zest. The batter will look like lemon frosting at this point. Slowly add the milk to make a thin batter. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they are stiff with an electric mixer. Gently fold the egg whites into the lemon mixture. Gently mix in flour until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pie plate.
  • Place the pie plate into the preheated oven and bake 30 to 40 minutes. Remove the pie plate from the oven and allow the pudding cake to cool. Dust top with powdered sugar if desired and/or serve with fresh sliced strawberries.

Makes 6 servings.

Serving suggestion: Try it with strawberries and light whipped cream.

Per serving (without strawberries and whipped cream): 170 calories, 5 g protein, 24 g carbohydrate, 6 g fat (3.3 g saturated fat, 2 g monounsaturated fat, 0.4 g polyunsaturated fat), 83 mg cholesterol, 0.4 g fiber, 83 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 32%.

Originally published March 11, 2004
Medically updated March 17, 2010.

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