It's a Sweet Life With Less Desserts!
By Donna Stark
Most people enjoy having a little sweetness every now and then, which is most evident by the rise we see in cupcake shops, gourmet donut restaurants, and multi-page dessert menus. Our carnivals, fairs, and community events are filled with booths that offer some kind of dessert and our kitchens are packed with cookies and ice cream. And although you certainly can't go around eating those types of food all of the time, the craving is always there, isn't it? Well, I can let you in on a little secret if you'd like. One that will help you calm those cravings and provide you a healthier way to satisfy your sweet tooth ... and it all starts with dinner.
Sweetening Up Dinner
So how can you get that bite of sweetness without consuming too much sugar at one time? You just need to know a few tricks! Check out the following secrets on how to add some sweetness to those savory meals you make every night.
- Maple syrup - Maple syrup is a staple in the kitchen and is usually found on the breakfast table waiting to be poured over that heaping stack of pancakes or your fluffy Belgian waffle, but surprise! It can also be used to sweeten up those hearty vegetables, homemade granola, and delicious pork recipes as well.
- Jam - Chunkier than it's little sibling jelly, jam has a lot more to offer than simply being a topping for toast or a partner to peanut butter. It can easily be incorporated into glazes for chicken wings and spareribs, used a filler for pierogies, and added to the inside of your grilled cheese sandwiches.
- Honey - Sure, honey is great for tea, but what about tonight's dinner? Think of all the options you can choose from, whether you decide on a honey-based rub, marinade, sauce, or salad dressing, it may become your new favorite ingredient!
- Whole fruit - Don't neglect to hit the produce section for this week's meals because fruit can change a ho-hum dinner into an unforgettable one! Use those apples in your favorite pork recipe, grill some peaches, or add some pineapple to your stir-fry.
- Dried fruit - Dried fruit is a great way to add some concentrated sweetness to your salads and main dishes. Toss some cherries into your wild rice, add some apricots to your baked chicken, or make some stuffing that includes cranberries and raisins.
Savoring the Sweet Life
Once you satisfy your sweet tooth with your savory dinner, you may end up deciding that dessert isn't necessary anymore. And that's a good thing. So look for recipes that provide the sweetness you are craving and eat in moderation. Then say goodbye to those high-calorie desserts!
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