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17We all love having cakes but all those who are on a diet or weight losing spree can't have it much as it is full of calories. So all those people who are on a regular strict diet regime need not worry, I have some super delicious diet recipes of cakes which will fulfill your temptations of having a cake with a dash of diet. The best thing about having such cakes is that these are easy cake recipes which can be easily prepared at home. So, check out some easy diet recipes of cake here:

Rosemary Conley's Lemon Drizzle Cake

Ingredients:

180 g low-fat spread

180 g caster sugar

3 eggs, beaten

180 g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 lemons

1 tbsp Demerara sugar

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas Mark 2.
  • Beat the low-fat spread with the caster sugar, gradually adding the egg.
  • Sieve in the flour and baking powder and beat again adding the finely grated zest of both lemons.
  • Pour into a loaf mould, lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 60 minutes until a skewer inserted into the thickest part comes out clean.
  • When the cake is cooked - remove from the oven and pour over the juice from the 2 lemons and sprinkle with sugar, allow to cool and then serve cold.

Low-Fat Cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the fat free cupcakes:

1 green tea bag

140 g sultanas

115 g pitted soft dates, chopped

140 g dark muscovado sugar

2 large eggs, beaten

225 g whole meal self-rising flour

1 tsp ground ginger

For the green tea icing:

250 g fondant icing sugar, sieved

3 to 4 tbsp green tea, hot or cold

2 tbsp each sultanas and chopped dates

You will also need:

Silicon moulds or non-stick paper cases

Method:

  • To make the cupcakes, put the tea bag in a large measuring jug and add 300 ml plus 3-4 tbsp of hot, but not-quite-boiling, water.
  • Set aside for 10 minutes, then remove the bag and pour 300 ml of the tea into a mixing bowl.
  • Stir in the sultanas, dates and sugar. Leave to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4.
  • Beat the eggs into the tea mixture in the bowl and stir in the flour and ginger until evenly combined.
  • Set the silicone cases on a baking sheet and spoon the mixture into them.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a skewer pushed into the centre of a cake comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool completely before icing.
  • To make the icing, sieve the icing sugar into a bowl and stir in enough green tea to make a spreadable icing.
  • Coat the tops of the cupcakes with the icing and decorate with a few sultanas and chopped dates.

Pistachio and Yogurt Cake

Ingredients:

Light olive oil or low-fat spread, for oiling or greasing

140g shelled, unsalted pistachio nuts

4 eggs

175g caster sugar

150g plain low fat yogurt

75ml light olive oil

115g self-rising flour

Greek yougurt and mixed fresh berries to top

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 160°C/315°F/Gas mark 2-3.
  • Oil a 23cm spring form cake tin with a little light olive oil or use some low-fat spread.
  • Start by finely grinding the pistachios in a food processor, then set aside.
  • Using a free-standing electric mixer, beat the eggs and the sugar together until very pale and thick.
  • This will take about 5 minutes, so be patient with it!
  • Next, gently mix in the yogurt and olive oil.
  • Now, sift in the flour and fold in using a spatula, then add the ground pistachios.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Top with Greek yogurt and mixed fresh berries.

So these were some easy cake recipes which are extremely diet friendly. Do try them out once.

60Fajita recipe is a healthy eating alternative that grew from the need to make food that was cheap and more palatable. This popular Tex-Mex cuisine originally referred to the beef cut that was used to prepare this dish also called skirt steak. Today fajita recipes are being prepared using varieties of meats like pork, chicken, and shrimp, among others. The meat is typically cooked along with bell peppers and onions, and popularly used condiments include sour cream, shredded lettuce, cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole, and salsa.

The history of the fajita recipe can be traced back to the state of Texas and not Mexico. In the thirties, during cattle roundups, the throwaway items like the head, entrails, hide, and meat trimmings were handed over to cowboys. This actually led to the popularity of dishes like fajitas and barbecues. Commercial sales of it only started from 1969 when an Austin meat manager started the very first commercial fajita sale counter.

In 1973, a Tex-Mex eatery called Ninfa's was opened by a Rio Grande valley resident. From this insignificant diner grew a regional restaurant business empire. The German-born George Weidmann next introduced the concept of "sizzling fajitas" which made the Hyatt chain a big hit with the foodies! As time passed, the fajita recipe came to include other types of meat in it, apart from the traditional beef. At present, almost anything which is cooked and then served in flour tortilla wraps is called fajitas.

The fajita recipe is fast becoming a preferred healthy eating option for those cooking at home or eating outside. A primary reason why this item became so popular was that it could be cooked in any manner to suit the palate and you could combine practically any ingredient to make the dish more enticing. Healthy food typically refers to food that is made using less oil, fat, or salt; and in this sense, fajitas are healthy food. The best part about this meal is that you can add as many vegetables to it to make it healthier, something that you are not always free to do in other dishes.

You can include vegetables like cabbages, red cabbages, broccoli, and spinach, and prepare them in a more interesting manner. Such dishes can satisfy even those who do not like to eat them ordinarily, like children who tend to skip vegetables in their regular meals. You need to be imaginative and incorporate them into your personal fajita recipe by including new seasonings and sauces to make them tastier.

The fajita recipe can be made healthier by substituting beef with other meat forms like grilled or smoked chicken, shrimp, or pork. The tortilla used to serve can be prepared from multigrain flour, soy, or wheat flour to make them healthier. Soy is known to be less fattening and wheat makes the fajita recipe more fibrous. Low-fat cream can be used to replace guacamole and homemade salsa dips can make your even healthier. Finally, you can even grill it at home without using excess oil to make the fajita more nutritious. So, be creative and improvise to come up with a mouthwatering fajita recipe that scores high on nutrition.

59There are many Halloween recipes that can be served during the holiday season. Pumpkin pie is probably the oldest and most traditional Halloween recipe around, along with pumpkin cake and an assorted number of bread products. Many people have items such as pumpkin seeds, candy bars, apples and other fruits sitting around as snacks. A bowl full of hard candy is something that is expected during the Halloween season. Having these traditional items around is a good idea but it is also fun to create a few of your own. Below are a few Halloween recipes that are not so traditional.

Halloween cookies - Pick out your families favorite cookies and bake them up hot and fresh. It can be any type of cookie like chocolate chip, peanut butter or sugar cookies. Use orange and black icing to design different Halloween pictures on top of each one. You can draw pumpkins, ghosts or even try your hand at drawing a witch. Any Halloween design will do, so try different ones to see what you can accomplish.

Cupcakes - Cupcakes is another great food that you can dress up and make into a Halloween recipe. Use any type of cake mix that you desire to bake the cupcakes. Once they are cooked and cooled off you can use the orange or black frosting to give the cupcakes the tradition Halloween colors. Then add a special flare to them by placing a small piece of Halloween candy in the center of each one. This could be any type of candy that is shaped like Halloween figures.

Refreshments - Everyone serves refreshments at their dinners, so make them more exciting also. You can do this by using food coloring to turn your beverages into Halloween colors. In the event that you are serving a beverage that you do not want to put food coloring into, you can make the ice cubes that will be used more colorful. You can do this by using the food coloring in the water used to make your ice cubes. This way any cold beverage that you serve can have a touch of the Halloween sprit.

You can come up with all types of ideas when it comes to Halloween recipes. For instance, say you are serving ham as a main course for you meal. You can cut it into slices and use a cookie cutter to shape the ham into Halloween figures to be served to your family and friends. These are just a few Halloween recipe ideas that can be used to make your party a great one.

58Yummmmmmy, the holidays are coming and that means FOOD. Everyone loves good food and there is never a better time than Thanksgiving and Christmas to bring out the best of the cooks. Even those people who hate to cook, cook at this time of the year.

Pumpkin pie is the traditional favorite but today a new recipe will debut for your eating enjoyment - BRANDIED PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE. But before running to the kitchen and putting this one together here are a few fun cheesecake facts:

Athletes at the first Olympics in 776 B.C., in Greece, were the first to enjoy cheesecake.

Cream cheese is usually the main ingredient in cheese cake. It can be made with several other cheeses - Limburger being the exception here.

What makes New York style cheesecakes coveted above others is that they are rich, dense, thick, creamy and plain. Might not have a crust but if it does, it is to be only a thin layer of graham cracker crumbs.

Crusts are made from graham cracker crumbs mixed with butter - some can be made from crushed Corn Flakes, crushed cookies with butter, ginger snaps, Oreos - whatever.

BRANDIED PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE

Crust: 1 ½ C graham cracker crumbs; ½ C butter or margarine, melted; 1/8 C Stevia (sugar substitute.

Filling: 2 (250 g) cream cheese @ room temperature; 1 (125 g) cream cheese @ room temperature; 1/4 T. Stevia; 4 medium eggs; 1 (14 oz) can pumpkin without spices; 2 ½ tsp. ginger; 1 T. cinnamon; ½ tsp. nutmeg; 1/4 tsp. cloves; 1/3 C brandy; whipped lite-cream; preserved ginger.

For crust, combine crumbs, sugar and butter in a bowl and mix well. Press crumb mixture firmly into bottom of 10 inch spring form pan and 2 inches up sides. Bake in moderate oven, 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

For filling, beat together cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition until smooth and creamy. Add pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and brandy and mix until well blended. Pour cheese mixture into crust and bake in slow oven, 325 degrees, for 50-60 minutes, or until well risen.

Stuffed chicken breast with salad. Sundried tomato and mozzarella filling.What makes any grilled dish fulfilling is how you prepare it. So if you want some 5-star kind of meal to serve at your barbecue, try these delicious grilled chicken breast recipes perfect for beginners:

Caribbean Style Barbecue Chicken

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. hot sauce

To make the marinade, combine garlic, orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, orange zest, ginger, oregano and hot sauce in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the marinade a large re-sealable plastic bag then add chicken breast. Shake the bag to coat then refrigerate for 2 hours up to overnight. When ready, remove the chicken from the bag and discard excess marinade. Cook in a pre-heated grill over medium-high heat for 6-8 minutes per side or when cooked through. Serve with a side of steamed mixed vegetables if desired.

Saucy Cajun Grilled Chicken

What you need:

  • 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, frozen
  • 1/4 head cabbage, shredded
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 small white onion, cut into rings
  • 2 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup Italian-style salad dressing

Make sure all vegetables are properly washed. They can be used fresh for this recipe or steamed depending on your preference. Mix together cabbage, carrots and onions in a medium bowl. Pour half of the barbecue sauce over the vegetables. Set aside. Place the frozen chicken in a large re-sealable plastic then pour salad dressing over it. Refrigerate until thawed. When ready, discard excess marinade and cook chicken in a pre-heated grill over medium-high heat for 5 minutes per side or until barely done. Brush with remaining barbecue sauce and grill for a few minutes more until cooked through. Transfer to a serving dish, top with barbecue sauce with fresh or steamed vegetables and serve.

Classic Lemon Chicken Barbecue

What you need:

  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

Combine lemon juice, vegetable oil, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder in a small bowl. Mix until all ingredients are well-blended. Place chicken breasts in a lager bowl and pour lemon mixture over it. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours. When ready, discard excess marinade and cook chicken in a pre-heated grill over medium-high heat for 6-8 minutes per side or until cooked through. Serve warm.