I’m a thief. A stealer of joy and brain cells. Last week I was sitting in a waiting room reading a magazine… as one does… when I came across some recipes that were must haves. A must have in my brain is pretty much every recipe with meatlessness… and tofulessness… and soylessness… If it comes with slime… fuh-get about it! Anyway… I was sitting there determining the best way to get these recipes in my limited amount of time. Writing them down would not do… there were like 5 of them on 5 different pages. My hand was cramping just thinking about it. The magazine also wouldn’t fit into my new tangerine (tangerine is the new pink) purse either… like I’m going to steal a whole dagnabbed magazine… my parole officer is on speed dial. So, I had to resort to plan C… ripping out the pages. You try to rip quietly… it doesn’t work… add in the cursing I was doing because it kept tearing down the middle of the recipe and you have a full on circus of idiot.
I stole… but I got my dagblasted recipes… so take that and shove it up the heat vent. I made a couple of them this week too… and they were… for the most part… GLORIOUS!! They weren’t meal recipes, but fruit/breakfast related. The first one was a cranberry poppy seed dressing to put over fruit! Um… YUM!!!! Just because I’m a generous thief… here would be the recipe:
Cranberry Poppy Seed Dressing
3/4 cup 100% Cranberry Juice
1 teaspoon CornStarch
1 Tablespoon sugar (or a sugar substitute)
1 teaspoon grated peeled gingerroot (optional)
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest (optional)
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
In a small saucepan stir together the juice and the cornstarch until the cornstarch dissolves. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 1 minute. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate until completely cooled (about 10 minutes). Stir in the remaining dressing ingredients. Serve over assorted fruit.
I really liked the tart taste of this over my fruit. It recommends putting it over strawberries, watermelon, green grapes, and blueberries all mixed together. I used green grapes, strawberries, and raspberries because I’m cool like that.
Calories are going to depend on what ingredients you use and how much dressing you put on the fruit, but it’s minimal. Mine was under 100 calories for that bowl (and I’d eaten some of the fruit already before I took the picture… it’s called patience and I couldn’t find mine). Basically, I just stored the dressing in a container and spooned it over the individual servings of fruit so that the fruit didn’t go all swamp like. Only problem now is how the helium balloons will I ever pass my drug urine test with poppy seeds in the system… THE NERVE! Guess I’m going to have to Google a donor. 😛
The next recipe I tried was a Strawberry Breakfast Mousse Cream… except instead of breakfast, I made it into a topping to put over strawberries and angel food cups. You best believe it, Charlie!!
Strawberry Breakfast Mousse Cream
Serves 4; 1/2 cup per serving
1 cup quartered strawberries
1/2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
1/2 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
2 Tablespoons All Fruit Strawberry Spread
3/4 cup lite frozen whipped topping (thawed)
In a blender process the strawberries, ricotta, yogurt, and strawberry spread for 20 to 30 seconds or until smooth, stirring halfway through. Pour into a medium bowl. Gently fold in the whipped topping.
What I did, because it’s springy strawberry shortcake season, was buy those individual angel food cake dessert cups (60 calories per cup), put that into the bottom of a bowl, cut up 1/2 cup of strawberries on top of that, put a serving of the mousse on top of that, and then topped it with 2 tablespoons of lite whipped topping. Tastee… and with protein. I think next time I make it I’ll go for the strawberry yogurt instead of the vanilla. The ricotta made it have a grittier texture, but I actually didn’t mind it and I’m totally the texture queen!
Dear Heavenly Fruitness… I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for being so fruit-tasticly delectable. Also, I’m going to need you to wash and cut yourself in the future… be a pal and bail a thief out of prison!
Question of the Day: What’s your favorite fruity treat?