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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker

A frozen banana (or your favorite fruit) goes into the machine, banana soft serves comes out in a minute. Photo © Corinna Gissemann | Fotolia.

 

Are you an ice cream addict but want to give up those refined sugar calories and carbs? Do you want to add more fruit to your diet?

Now, you can make your own 100% fruit soft serve “sorbet” without added sugar, thanks to the Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker.

Yonanas almost instantly transforms your favorite fruits—banana, berries, mango, pineapple, the whole fruit department—into a silky-smooth frozen confection.

The frozen fruit—pre-frozen or frozen by you—goes into the chute (see the photo in the full review). It emerges as thick, creamy soft serve-like “sorbet.”

The compact Yonanas machine is well worth the cost (list $49.99) and the space. It’s not only easy to make, it’s easy to clean the machine. Everything but the motor portion goes right into the dishwasher.

 

 

Get yourself a Yonanas machine: You deserve it!

And, you may become more popular as people begin to invite themselves over for some Yonanas. Tell them to BYOFF: bring your own frozen fruit.

Read the full review.

Find more of our favorite frozen desserts and recipes.

 

Get a Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker. You deserve it! Photo courtesy Yonanas.

 

  

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COOKING VIDEO: Healthy Chips And Dip

 

As a nation, we love crunchy snacks and creamy dips. As calorie counters, we don’t.

In this video, chef Curtis Stone shows how easy it is to make your own lowfat baked chips (commercial chips can have 30% fat) and lowfat, low-calorie dips.

They taste good and keep you looking good (Chef Stone looks great!).

See our Snacks Section with healthful snacks and recipes.

   

   

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GIFT OF THE DAY: Cut The Fat With A T-Fal ActiFry

Cut back on fat and still enjoy fried food.
Fries for four require just one tablespoon of
oil. Top of ActiFry not shown. Photo
courtesy T-Fal.

 

If you’d like to give a “group gift” to your family, and your family adores fried foods, we recommend the T-fal ActiFry.

It’s a healthy gift, because it uses a fraction of the oil required to fry in a conventional pot or deep fat fryer. This saves calories and enough money so that the appliance will pay for itself over time.

  • The ActiFry is a low-fat cooker that enables you to fry your favorite dishes while substantially reducing the amount of fat required.
  • It produces cripsy, great tasting fries that have only 3% fat per serving. Just one tablespoon of oil makes two pounds of French fries. That’s 200 times less oil than a traditional three-liter deep fat fryer!
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  • A versatile cooking appliance, ActiFry can be used to make a variety of healthy, low-fat dishes, including chili, risotto, meat and vegetable stir frys and seafood. Each recipe (a book is included) requires from 0 to 2 tablespoons of oil for four servings.
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    Head to your nearest store or order the ActiFry online.

    We tried to switch to baked “fries,” but found them to be no substitute for the real thing. Here, we can have our fries just as we like them, with no guilt. It’s worth buying a special appliance!

      

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    PRODUCT: Hot-Hot-Hot Ghost Pepper Salsa

    Here’s a salsa to enjoy while listening to Donna Summer belt “Hot Stuff.”

    It’s the first salsa we’ve tried from an artisan producer that uses the world’s hottest chile pepper—the ghost chile, or bhut jolokia.

    Salsa is a billion dollar industry in America, with consumer preferences trending to hot. Lots of people think that, for food, heat can’t be beat. If you’re one of the many who like it hot-hot-hot, get some of Mrs. Renfro’s Ghost Pepper Salsa. It recently won at the 2011 Scovie Awards, the world’s leading competition for hot and spicy products.

    Ghost Pepper Salsa is the fastest growing product in the company’s 71-year history. It’s also one of Mrs. Renfro’s three best sellers, along with two other hotties: Habanero and Green (jalapeño) Salsa.

    How hot is ghost pepper?

     

    Hot! Hot! Hot! Hot stuff, baby! Photo by River
    Soma | THE NIBBLE

     

  • The ghost pepper chile, or bhut jolokia, from northeast India, has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s hottest chile.
  • The chile is so hot, it’s used by the Indian military in tear gas—and it’s an ingredient in pepper spray, hand grenades and smoke bombs.
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    The “explosive” Mrs. Renfro’s Ghost Pepper Salsa is available at retailers nationwide, or online at RenfroFoods.com. The cost per 16-ounce jar is $3.25 (prices will vary by market); online sales from Mrs. Renfro’s are in four-packs.

    Try it at your own risk. Says Mrs. Renfro’s: “This Ghost Pepper Salsa is scary hot!”

  • Check out the different types of chiles in our Chile Glossary.
  • How many different types of salsa can you name?
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    RECIPE: Cherry Cheesecake For President’s Day

     

    This video shows just how easy it is to make a delicious cheesecake with a graham cracker crust. The recipe uses fat-free cream cheese and sour cream, but you can use the regular versions for an even creamier—if higher fat and calorie—version, which is the way we like it. (What’s the food analogy to “Go big or go home?”)

    Typically, cheesecake is served with fresh fruit. Blueberries, mango, raspberries and strawberries are fan favorites.

    But since it’s President’s Day, let’s use a top-quality can of cherry pie filling as the topping (or make your own topping from frozen cherries). Our favorite cherry pie filling is made by cherry specialist Chukar Cherries. If there’s a better cherry pie filling out there, we haven’t discovered it.* Chukar Cherries products are also certified kosher.

    *When we have to use a lesser cherry pie filling, we add a tablespoon of Kirsch (cherry brandy) to cut the sweetness.

    So fat-free or full test, bake a cherry cheesecake.

       

       
    Cheesecake Trivia
     
    Cheesecake (savory) was popular in ancient Greece. Neufchatel, ricotta and other soft, fresh cheesecake-friendly cheeses have existed in Europe for centuries, engendering a variety of savory and sweet cheesecake recipes. But cream cheese was invented by accident in New York, in 1872, and later given the Philadelphia brand name (learn more).

    In the early 20th century, the company promoted the first cream cheese cake recipe, and an icon was born.

  • Cheesecake trivia quiz
  • Great cheesecake recipes
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