Mediterranean Diet For Dummies
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Using fruit in desserts (from cakes to cookies) is common practice in the Mediterranean. Adding fruit to Panna Cotta is a classic dessert choice. Actually, fruit itself is often a simple dessert, which is another key to the health benefits found in the Mediterranean lifestyle.

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Panna Cotta

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus chilling time

Cook time: 7 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons whole milk

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons honey

1 cup blackberries, strawberries, or raspberries

  1. In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/4 cup of the cream.

    Allow the mixture to stand for 1 minute to soften the gelatin.

  2. In a heavy saucepan, combine the remaining cream, milk, and sugar.

    Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat while continuously stirring. Remove the mixture from the heat and whisk in the gelatin mixture until the gelatin dissolves.

  3. Pour the mixture into 4 small custard cups and chill for at least 4 hours.

  4. To serve, unmold the panna cotta onto serving plates.

    Drizzle honey over each panna cotta and serve with the berries.

Per serving: Calories 260 (From Fat 179); Fat 20g (Saturated 12g); Cholesterol 73mg; Sodium 32mg; Carbohydrate 21g (Dietary Fiber 2g); Protein 2g.

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Rachel Berman, RD, a nationally recognized nutrition expert, has helped thousands of clients lose weight and improve their health. As a contributor to numerous publications, and through appearances on various local and national radio and television health segments, she regularly shares her core philosophy of balance and moderation and her passion about helping others develop a healthier relationship with food.

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