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LET THEM EAT CAKE

If both motherhood and apple pie are a thing of the past since you became an empty-nester, loosen up now and then and take Marie Antoinette's advice. Here are some pointers for reducing calories and fat, and putting in more fiber:

Try using half the amount of sugar, honey, or molasses in your usual recipe and use more strong flavorings like vanilla or other extracts where appropriate, as well as spices like cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg, which make foods seem sweeter.

Using one-quarter to one-third less shortening (margarine, butter, or vegetable oil) usually will give satisfactory taste and texture while cutting both calories and fat.

Instead of white flour alone, replace half of it with whole-grain flour-either whole wheat or something of your own concoction, such as oat flakes, rice, or other grains ground in your food processor. Light cakes might not do so well, but cookies, muffins, etc., respond well to the heavier whole-grain flour.

Use more fresh fruit in your desserts, either alone in a great variety of fruit dishes, or in your baking. Not only do such things as prunes, figs, bananas, dates and raisins (as well as processed vegetables such as carrots, squash, etc.) add moisture and flavor, but their fiber, vitamins, and minerals are an added bonus.

For openers, try this recipe for apple crisp as a substitute for traditional apple pie, reducing calories per serving by 27 percent, fat by 63 percent, and salt by 77 percent:

Peel and slice about 1 1/2 pounds of apples to produce 4 cups and toss with one tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of flour, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Spray a one quart baking dish with Pam and pour in the mixture. Add one-quarter cup of water. Combine 2 tablespoons of melted margarine, 4 more tablespoons of brown sugar, one-half cup of rolled oats and one teaspoon of cinnamon, and spread over the apples. Bake for about 25 minutes at 350[deg.] until the apples are tender. Serves 4 (or fewer, if you haven't had dessert for a long time). If apple crisp isn't apple crisp without a crust, however, try a crumb crust of one cup crushed graham crackers, one tablespoon of margarine, and one tablespoon of sugar. It will add a few calories and a little fat, but you probably will enjoy it a lot more!
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Date:Mar 1, 1991
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