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Almond Strawberry Salad


  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach

  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries

  • 1/4 cup honey-roasted sliced almonds

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar


  • Place spinach, strawberries and almonds in a large bowl. Mix vinegar, honey and sugar until blended; toss with salad.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 75 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 98mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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almond strawberry salad

Frosted Cashew Cookies

frosted cashew cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/3 cup sour cream

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 teaspoon each baking powder, baking soda and salt

  • 1-1/2 cups salted cashews, coarsely chopped


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed

  • 3 tablespoons half-and-half cream

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • Additional cashew halves, optional


  • In a bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Beat in egg, sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in cashews.

  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.

  • For the frosting, lightly brown butter in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat; add cream and vanilla. Beat in confectioners' sugar until thick and smooth. Frost cookies. Top each with a cashew half if desired.

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Nutrition Facts

2 each: 348 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 381mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

Pistachio Baked Salmon

pistachio baked salmon


  • 6 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)

  • 1 cup pistachios, chopped

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon dill weed

  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425°. Place salmon in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Combine remaining ingredients; spoon over salmon.

  • Bake, uncovered, 12-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Nutrition Facts

1 fillet: 505 calories, 28g fat (5g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 194mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 2g fiber), 39g protein.

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Walnut Apple Dessert

walnut apple dessert


  • 8 cups sliced peeled tart apples (about 6 medium)

  • 2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar, divided

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts, divided

  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


  • Place apples in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup brown sugar and cinnamon. In a bowl, cream butter and remaining brown sugar. Beat in eggs. Stir in flour and 1/2 cup walnuts. Spread over apples. Sprinkle with remaining walnuts.

  • Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until the apples are tender. Serve warm, with ice cream if desired.

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Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 362 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 136mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

Sweet & Spicy Peanuts

sweet and spicy peanuts


  • 3 cups salted peanuts

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons hot water

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha chili sauce or hot pepper sauce

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  • Place peanuts in a greased 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the sugars, water, butter, chili sauce and chili powder. Pour over peanuts. Cover and cook on high for 1-1/2 hours, stirring once.

  • Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in an airtight container.

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Nutrition Facts

1/3 cup: 284 calories, 20g fat (4g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 214mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein.

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