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Food ideas

Smoothie makes for sweet treat

By wire services
Published January 19, 2005


Here's a sweet pumpkin treat that doesn't need a pie shell.

Make a pumpkin smoothie by chilling a 15-ounce can of pumpkin and a 12-ounce can of evaporated milk. Combine the pumpkin and milk with 8 ounces of low-fat vanilla yogurt, 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice.

Blend until mixture is smooth. Whip 1 pint of whipping cream until soft peaks form.

Divide smoothies into four glasses and top with whipped cream.

Sprinkle with additional pumpkin-pie spice before serving.

Nutritional information per serving: 622 calories; 13g protein; 47g fat; 29g saturated fat; 42g carbohydrate; 3g fiber; 173mg cholesterol; 435mg sodium.

McCormick Spices offers these suggestions for flavor substitutes when cooking:

You can substitute 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder for 1 medium-sized clove of garlic or 3 tablespoons dried minced onion or 21/2 teaspoons onion powder for 1/2 cup chopped onion.

When baking, if you need 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel or 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel, you can substitute 1 teaspoon lemon or orange extract, respectively.

If you need 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning, you can use 3/4 teaspoon ground sage plus 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme.

[Last modified January 18, 2005, 10:37:07]


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