Vitamin D Recipes

According to Cafe Kristen, Vitamin D is important for reducing heart problems, maintaining bone health, and maybe even preventing cancer. She recommends adding Vitamin D to your diet by eating milk, cheese, and yogurt—great options for sure, but I wondered what other foods might include this vital vitamin. Cooking Light has some delicious sounding treats that are full of Vitamin D including chocolate-mint pudding. Looks like adding Vitamin D to my diet is going to more fun that I thought!


Chocolate-Mint Pudding from Cooking Light


3  cups fat-free milk

1/2  cup packed fresh mint leaves (about 1/2 ounce)

2/3  cup sugar

1/4  cup cornstarch

3  tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

1/8  teaspoon salt

3  large egg yolks, lightly beaten

1/2  teaspoon vanilla extract

2  ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

Mint sprigs (optional)

Heat milk over medium-high heat to 180 or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil). Remove from heat; add mint. Let stand 15 minutes; strain milk mixture into bowl, reserving milk. Discard solids. Return milk to pan; stir in sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and salt. Return pan to medium heat; bring to a boil, stirring constantly with a whisk until mixture thickens.

Place egg yolks in a medium bowl. Gradually add half of hot milk mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add egg mixture to pan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook 1 minute or until thick. Remove from heat; add vanilla and chocolate, stirring until chocolate melts. Pour pudding into a bowl; cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap. Chill. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.

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