RECIPE #1: Healthier Bread Pudding
6 slices day-old whole wheat bread
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1 large apple, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons butter, melted
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups low-fat milk
1/2 cup white sugar (I’m going to try organic coconut sugar! They have it at Zehrs in the organic section!)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Break bread into small pieces into an 8-inch square baking dish. Mix in raisins and apple. Drizzle with melted butter.
Combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up egg mixture.
Bring a kettle of water to a boil. Place bread pudding baking dish into a large roasting pan. Carefully pour boiling water around pan.
Bake in preheated oven until a knife inserted into the middle of pudding comes out mostly clean, about 45 minutes.
Recipe #2 -Red Potato Colcannon
1 pound small red potatoes, scrubbed and cut in half
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced
6 cups green cabbage, thinly sliced (about 1/2 head)
1 cup low-fat milk
1 teaspoon(s) salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Place potatoes in a steamer basket and steam, covered, until just cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and cover to keep warm.
Meanwhile, heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add cabbage and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage begins to brown, about 5 minutes.
Reduce heat to low. Stir in milk, salt and white pepper; cover and cook until the cabbage is tender, about 8 minutes. Add the cabbage mixture to the potatoes. Mash with a potato masher or a large fork to desired consistency.