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Heart-Healthesque Lunch on Sat., What To Serve?

So I've bought a bunch of stuff for salads - various beets, fennel, frisee, etc. Goins has a salad with beets I've been wanting to try.

What I'm mainly especially concerned about is dessert. No butter-laced cakes here. Since it's now fall, and the summer fruits are memories, I can't prepare my standbys of fresh raspberries with a sauce made of pureed strawberries.

Suggestions for other parts of the meal are also welcome

Right now I'm thinking.

Suzanne Goins' Red Pepper Soup

Bit-Lay Bread

A Beet and other stuff salad OR a salad with roasted squash and other stuff with parmesan curls on top.

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  1. I was going to suggest a small piece of blue cheese and that pear/prune/saffron compote I've been making from Vegetable Harvest - but then it occured to me that the cheese might not be too heart healthy!!! I love Goin's Hazelnut cake - but loads of butter. Will keep thinking. BTW - what is Bit-Lay Bread? Have you tried her salmon salad - w/ beets, etc.?

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    1. re: MMRuth

      The Lehey (sp) bread Mark Bittman tweaked and printed in the Minimalist column. Aka, "no knead bread".

    2. Baked apples? Poached pears?

      1. Okay this won't be extremely helpful, but a restaurant w.a rotating seasonal menu recently had this pizza that had a squash-based sauce thing w.beets, onions, chevre & fennel on it for toppings. Might be nice if you face a cold day. Otherwise your salad sounds killer =)

        I agree w.the apple suggestion for a fally dinner.. or maybe a squash & apple soup to compliment the salad? Yum.

        Dessert.. I have a healthy apple crisp recipe that uses almost no fat in the crisp.. maybe 2 tsp of canola oil in it for fat.. It's nice. Baked apples are equally good (but I heart oatmeal so usually go w.crisp), and you could stuff 'em w.craisins, too!

        1. A nut based torte is nice. You can do one with egg whites and walnuts - very fall.

          Poached pears.

          Candied spiced pumpkin topped with greek yogurt.

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          1. re: jsaimd

            Great dessert suggestions! Thanks.

            1. re: jsaimd

              Anyway you could pass along a recipe for the spiced pumpkin? It sounds amazing! Do you roast it at all?

            2. Around here we're cooking alot out of Bonnie Stern's Heartsmart cookbook... some fave desserts are:

              * Pears Poached in Pomegranate Juice (92 cals, trace fat, 0mg cholesterol, 23g carbs)
              * Nick Malgieri's Fudge Brownies (129 cals, 2g protein, 2g fat , 4mg cholesterol, 27g carbs) - amazingly dense and rich chocolate brownie
              * Chocolate Angel Food Cake w Chocolate Sauce (255 cals, 6g protein, 7g fat , 0mg cholesterol, 49g carbs) - not made as often as the others...(btw her Angel Food Cake with Berry Berry sauce is online and it's almost fat free)

              I've never had a single one of Bonnie's recipes fail to impress. It's not high-end gourmet but good, honest, (healthier than traditional recipes) cooking:

              http://www.bonniestern.com/recipes/in...

              Hope that helps :-)