|Easter Brunch Recipes
Sip Blueberry-Mint Lemonade and nibble on strawberries while cooking up the rest of the brunch.
Low Carbers might want to choose Equal instead of Sweet 'N Low for the Blueberry-Mint Lemonade, The Tropical Fruit Bowl and the Creme Fraiche Dip as it has a less bitter taste. The aspartame in this one meal won't compromise your weight loss. Now before you all start complaining at the high carb counts for some of these dishes, this menu isn't intended to be low carb. On The UnDiet it isn't necessary to count or limit carbs, but since we do separate Proteins from Starches many low carbers come here for recipes, so I'm working to provide carb counts to make those recipes more usable for you all. And hey, you can always skip the lemonade and the fruit dishes and enjoy the Nutty Fruit Pancakes and Protein Crepes.
Vegetarians please substitute soy products for the meat called for in these recipes. I intended to write a seperate vegetarian menu but I ran out of time. Oh well - next year.
10 carbs per cup when using Equal or equivalent sweetener. 33 carbs per cup when using unrefined sugar or honey.
Puree 1 pint blueberries with the juice from 5 lemons. Pour puree into a fine sieve set over a bowl. Discard pulp or save for your next fruit smoothie. Add 1½ cups Mint Syrup and 2 cups cold filtered water.
Bring 1 cup unrefined sugar, or 1/2 cup honey, and 2 bunches fresh mint, cut into 2-inch lengths, and 2¾ cups water to a boil over medium heat. Cook until the sugar/honey has completely dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Let stand 30 minutes. Pour into a fine sieve set over a bowl, and discard mint. This syrup can be refrigerated for up to 2 months.
Strawberries with Creme Fraiche Dip
10.5 carbs per 1/2 cup of strawberries + 1.65 for the 1/8 cup dip you'll use with the Fruit. This carb count depends on using Equal or an equivalent sweetener. If you use honey or Sucanat the carb count for the dip will be 9, with maple syrup 13.
The sugar may not dissolve at first, so let the finished dip rest 10 minutes then stir again.
In a small bowl, mix
This is enough dip for 4 cups of fruit.
Nutty Fruit Pancakes
Low Carbers should use soy flour and ricotta cheese which are lower in carbs. Use any Fruit or nut; the slight differences in carbs, when spread out over the entire recipe are minimal. This recipe makes 19 pancakes which contain 3 carbs each (each pancake should use 1/4 cup batter).
You can mix up this batter the day before and refrigerate until it's time to get out the griddle. If you don't have nut oil, you could use canola oil, you just won't have the rich flavor that the nut oil gives these pancakes.
Cook both sides on well oiled medium hot griddle or saute pan.
Tropical Fruit Salad
28 carbs per cup when using honey, 25 carbs when using Equal or equivalent sweetener.
Place all fruit in a medium bowl.
Mix 1/4 cup liqueur of choice, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice. Pour over fruit mix. Refrigerate for two hours or overnight. Add 2 sliced bananas and toss lightly. Garnish with whole fresh mint leaves.
Fat Free Protein Crepes
1.5 grams carbohydrates per crepe. No need to adjust the carb count if you're using or not using the fresh herbs.
Fill these crepes with your choice of fillings - your own recipe or try the UnDiet crepe fillings.
Blend the above ingredients with a fork or whisk, in a blender or food processor. Cover and let rest for at least 2 hours. It is absolutely necessary that you let the crepe batter rest for this period of time or it will just taste like scrambled eggs.
over medium high heat to coat bottom of small non-stick skillet. You can let the butter brown which I like to do as it gives a nice color to an egg-white crepe. Pour in just enough crepe batter to lightly coat the bottom of the skillet. When top of crepe is dry slide the crepe off onto a plate. If using immediately keep the plate covered with a towel to keep the crepes warm.
Round out the menu with turkey bacon or turkey sausage.
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