Cinnamon Crepes with Blueberry Ginger Sauce

Cinnamon Crepes with Blueberry Ginger Sauce

Cinnamon Crepes with Blueberry Ginger Sauce

Keeping recipes light during the holidays can be quite a challenge. Because let’s face it, no one wants to gain weight during the holidays. But holiday parties are usually chockfull of rich sweets, which makes it hard to keep your resolve in the land of holiday temptation.

And while it’s challenging, it’s not impossible to tweak recipes so that they taste indulgent while still being lighter.

Christmas morning I always make a quiche, a fruit bowl and some sweet indulgence. It’s tradition. Crepes are a holiday family favorite and luckily for me, my kids enjoy fruit filled crepes. But still, fruit fillings can be calorie dense which can be problematic. And that brings me to a new product I’d like to introduce you to today; Born Sweet® Zing™ Baking Blend.

Cinnamon Crepes with Blueberry Ginger Sauce

Zing™ Baking Blend, made with stevia leaf extract and pure cane sugar, has only 5 calories per serving. It bakes and browns just like regular sugar, so it’s a great choice for people who would like to cut back on calories. Zing™ Stevia Sweetener products are made with only real ingredients, nothing artificial. It comes in a container with an easy pour spout, which makes it not only easier to cook with, but easier to store. And that sounds rather sweet to me.

Cinnamon Crepes with Blueberry Ginger Sauce

Cinnamon Crepes with Blueberry Ginger Sauce

I used Zing™ Baking Blend in today’s recipe, Cinnamon Crepes with Blueberry Ginger Sauce. This is a wonderful recipe for Christmas morning because it’s quick and easy to make. Completely cooked from scratch, it takes just a short time from stovetop to table. And anyone with little kids knows how important that is on Christmas morning.

If you are looking to slim down your holiday baked goods and treats, give Zing™ Baking Blend a try. You can visit their website to find a local retailer who carries Zing™ Baking Blend.

Cinnamon Crepes with Blueberry Ginger Sauce
 
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Cinnamon crepes served with a luscious blueberry ginger sauce is the perfect addition to your breakfast or brunch table!
Ingredients
  • For the Crepe Batter:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Zing™ Baking Blend
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • For the Blueberry Ginger Sauce:
  • 3 cups frozen blueberries (fresh is fine too)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ½ tsp powdered ginger
  • ¼ cup Zing™ Baking Blend
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp water
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the flour, Zing™ Baking Blend, cinnamon and salt. Add eggs, milk and butter. Beat until smooth.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium high heat and lightly oil the surface. Scoop ¼ cup of the batter and pour into the pan. Twirl it around to make a thin circle. Cook until the underside is light brown and then flip and cook until lightly golden on the other side. Repeat for remaining batter.
  3. For the blueberry sauce, place blueberries in a medium sized saucepan. Add ½ cup water, powdered ginger and Zing™ Baking Blend. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 12 minutes. In a small cup, whisk together cornstarch and 1 Tbsp water. Add to blueberry mixture and let simmer another 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Place crepes on a serving plate and top with blueberry sauce. Serve immediately.

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Roasted Vegetables with Feta

Roasted Vegetables with Feta

Roasted Vegetables with Feta and Balsamic ReductionOne of the most memorable dishes at my wedding rehearsal luncheon was a platter of roasted vegetables sprinkled with feta cheese and balsamic glaze. Made by a local caterer, this side was a smashing hit with my guests. And as soon as the wedding was over, I was determined to make this and add it to my dinner sides rotation.

Roasted Vegetables with Feta and Balsamic ReductionThe nice thing about this dish is that it’s blessedly simple to make. Roast your favorite veggies, spoon a little balsamic reduction over top followed by a liberal amount of feta cheese.

None of my kids like cooked carrots, but all devoured this version. Slightly sweet and very tangy, this was an excellent way to get my kids to happily eat their veggies.

Roasted Vegetables with Feta and Balsamic ReductionSo if you’re struggling to find a veggie side that your family will actually eat, give this a whirl. And as an added bonus, the leftovers (if there are any) make an excellent salad topper the next day. Place the leftover veggies on a bed of greens, add some grilled chicken or a piece of salmon and you’ve got a killer salad!

Roasted Vegetables with Feta and Balsamic Reduction
 
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Serves: 6-8
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Roasted vegetables kicked up a notch with balsamic reduction and feta cheese.
Ingredients
  • 1-2 lbs of assorted vegetables (see notes)
  • Just enough olive oil to lightly coat vegetables
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the Balsamic Reduction:
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • ½ cup (or more) feta cheese, crumbled
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. Place vegetables in a roasting pan. Lightly coat with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast until vegetables are fork tender. Remove from oven and cover with foil.
  3. Prepare balsamic reduction by bringing one cup of balsamic vinegar to a boil. Add honey and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Drizzle over vegetables and top with crumbled feta.
Notes
Vegetables that are good for roasting are carrots, butternut squash, parsnips, sweet potato, beets, asparagus, heads of garlic and cauliflower. And those are just some of the many possible good choices. Just make sure that your vegetables are around the same size in thickness for even cooking. And if you find that some are cooking faster than others, just remove them from the pan, place in foil and continue cooking until the rest are done.

 

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