Monday, November 30, 2009

Meatless Monday: Individual Plum Crumbles with Homemade Ezekiel Breadcrumbs!

Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving!

I just got back from Des Moines, Iowa last night, and boy did I have a great time (and several great meals).  I'll be blogging all about it later this week, so stay tuned!  And in more news, the Eat My Blog charity bake sale to benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is this Saturday, so I'll be making my Bacon Brownies with Bourbon Caramel Sauce this week!  I can't wait to sample all the deliciousness for myself!

In the meantime, I know the winter holidays are just around the corner, so I'll  be bringing you a few recipes that are fabulous for entertaining, starting with this  simple dessert.  There's nothing I love more than a fresh fruit crumble, and for a fun twist, I baked these into individual ramekins.  I used organic red plums, but any fresh fruit will do, from apples to berries.

I also made homemade breadcrumbs using Ezekiel Bread, a sprouted whole grain bread, which gives this a healthier twist.

These adorable desserts would be perfect to make for any holiday dinner parties you're throwing, and without all the guilt!  They contain both fresh organic fruit and whole grain.  Serve them straight up or with a low fat vanilla ice cream, or for you dairy-avoiders, Rice Dream.

Individual Plum Crumbles with Homemade Ezekiel Breadcrumbs
Serves 4 people 

4 organic red plums, pits removed and chopped
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup Ezekiel or whole wheat breadcrumbs (recipe to follow)
2 tbsp unsalted butter
pinch of salt


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

To make the Ezekial breadcrumbs, toast 2 slices of Ezekial bread.  Place in a food processor and pulse until broken down into breadcrumbs.

Toss the plums with the sugar and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.  Spoon the fruit mixture into four individual ramekins and place a sliver of butter on top.

Sprinkle the tops of each ramekin with the breadcrumbs, brown sugar and cinnamon, dividing evenly between them.  Top with slivers of butter.

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the tops are golden and the fruit has started to bubble up.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Serve one per person, and top with low fat vanilla ice cream or Rice Dream.  Enjoy!

Source for Ingredients:

organic red plums and Ezekiel Bread from Trader Joe's

organic sugar, organic brown sugar and organic cinnamon from Whole Foods 

Nutrition Facts:

Individual Plum Crumbles with Homemade Ezekiel Breadcrumbs

4 Servings

Amount Per Serving

Calories 158.2
Total Fat 6.2 g
          Saturated Fat 3.6 g
          Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g
          Monounsaturated Fat 1.7 g

Cholesterol 15.5 mg
Sodium 185.1 mg
Potassium 154.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 24.7 g
          Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
          Sugars 12.4 g

Protein 2.5 g

Music On Tap:

Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster

This new release from huge pop sensation Lady Gaga includes the monster single, Bad Romance, many remixes, and the fantastic new track, Speechless that's been on permanent rotation on my iPod. I can't get enough of her!


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