CheeseCake Bites with Berry Coulis

A healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean shunning desserts, it means satisfying a  sweet tooth with  small portions of dessert like these cheesecake bites with berry coulis.
Consumers are interested in nutrition. But more often than not,  our attention is focused on  what to eat,  rather than on how much. Make no mistake:  size does matter, and changes to portion sizes  can make a BIG difference. Today we’re celebrating the Recipe Redux‘s 6th birthday and the emphasis is on portion size! Here’s our challenge:

Small Bite Desserts: In honor of our 6th birthday, we’re celebrating with cake or another small bite dessert than suits your fancy. Show us your small bite dessert creation.

When I eat dessert, the first bite is the most satisfying, and I experience  diminishing returns for each bite thereafter.  I’ve learned that what I really want is a small bite or taste, not a ginormous plate piled high with sweets. Small bites are not only figure friendly, but satisfying.

This past weekend I conceived some new ways to use what’s growing in my garden: cinnamon basil. Here are the results:  this delicious  sauce made with a medley of berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and red raspberries), served over  mini cheesecake bites and garnished with cinnamon basil.My small bite creation requires only 6 ingredients (besides the coulis). Why do I think this is healthy? There are primarily two reasons. 1. I  shrunk the size of the cheese cake keeping calories, sugar and fat in check. 2. Berries are good for you! Be sure to  visit the links below for more small bite dessert recipes to satisfy your desire for dessert within the  framework of  healthy lifestyle.

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CheeseCake Bites with Berry Coulis makes 2 dozen

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients (serves 24)

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 24 mini vanilla wafers
  • cinnamon basil for garnish

for the berry coulis

  • 16 oz. frozen or fresh fruit medley
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup berry jam

Instructions

1. Place a mini cupcake liner in each cup of a muffin pan.

2.Beat cream cheese with a handheld electric mixer, until fluffy.

3.Add sugar, vanilla, cinnamon beating well.

4.Add egg beating well after addition.

5. Lay a mini vanilla wafter, flat side down, in each muffin cup. Spoon cream cheese mixture over wafers.

6.Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Serve with berry coulis. Garnish with cinnamon basil.

for berry coulis

add ingredients for coulis in small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Serve warm or cool.

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Berry Good Salad

Fresh blackberries and fresh blueberries from The Produce Box made my twelve o’clock  salad doubly delicious.Berry Good SaladDisclosure: I have received a Produce Box free of charge and  I was not expected  to write this post. I was not financially compensated for my time.  Opinions are my own.

I was so excited to receive my goodies from the Produce box today I literally  met Robyn, the area manager, at the curb.   I wasted no time digging into this harvest box..

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and putting together a berry good salad.

Berry good saladEnjoying NC farm fresh produce is easy,  convenient and delicious. Join me by enrolling here  and following the recipe I’m sharing below to add some berry goodness to your summer meals.


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berry good salad with grilled chicken

serves 1

by Diane Boyd

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 -3oz boneless skinless chicken breast grilled and seasoned with a red pepper rub (I used Kickin’ Chicken by Weber)
  • 2 cups loosely pack salad greens
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 6 blackberries

for the vinaigrette

  • 1 T pomegranate juice
  • 1 T white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 /4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Instructions

1. Combine ingredients for the dressing in a small prep bowl and set aside.

2. Arrange salad greens on a plate. Top with grilled chicken breast.  Sprinkle berries around the greens. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Enjoy!

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