Spiced Apple Cider Instead of Eggnog and Sweet Potato Custard
hot cider recipe has a special occasion feeling to it, but
it doesn't have the fat and calories of eggnog. Each ¾ cup
serving has only 71 calories. Compare that to an 8-ounce glass
of eggnog with rum, with a calorie count of 450.
6 whole cloves
2 quarts apple juice or apple cider
1 quart of water
3 tea bags, with or without caffeine
1/2 orange with peel, thinly sliced
1/2 lemon with peel, thinly sliced
2 cinnamon sticks
Ground allspice, to taste
whole allspice and cloves in a tied cheesecloth packet.
a saucepan, bring apple juice or cider, water, tea bags,
orange, lemon, cinnamon and cheesecloth packet to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes.
cheesecloth packet, tea bags and orange and lemon slices.
Simmer 5 minutes.
ground allspice to taste.
hot or chilled. Garnish with slices of lemon or orange.
awfully hard to give up dessert during festive times. Serve
this custard to guests, or take it with you as your contribution
to a holiday dinner. You'll be doing a favor for all the other
people who want a heart healthy dessert.
mashed, cooked sweet potato
1/2 cup mashed banana (about 2 small bananas)
1 cup evaporated skim milk
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 beaten egg yolks (or 1/3 cup egg substitute)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Non-stick cooking spray, as needed
1/4 cup raisins
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
a medium bowl, stir together sweet potato and banana.
milk, blending well.
brown sugar, egg yolks and salt, mixing thoroughly.
a 1-quart casserole with non-stick spray. Transfer sweet
potato mixture to a casserole dish.
raisins, sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over top of sweet
in a pre-heated 325-degree oven for 40 to 54 minutes or
until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
six half-cup servings.
American Heart Association, 2001