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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Strawberry Kiwi Fizz

Treat mom to a modern (and a much healthier) version of an old fashioned ice cream soda with this strawberry kiwi fizz.Strawberry Kiwi FizzHello May! I love you for your strawberries, warmer weather and celebrations of Mom! Today I’m sharing a recipe incorporating all of the above in one  cool and refreshing beverage. It’s   casual enough for serving on Saturday afternoon between bouts of yardwork, yet classy enough for sipping with Mom on the patio!

Ninety percent of the time, my beverage  choice is water .  I consume it throughout the day, and am a BIG fan of water flavored with cucumbers, herbs, orange or lemon slices. Lately I’ve seen some amazing recipes using pureed fruit to flavor water or tea.  Taking my cue from these recipes,   I’ve come up with one of my own using pureed fruit… IMG_4106

 strawberry kiwi fizz. This jazzed up water has  90 calories per serving.  Although  it does have some added sugar (8 grams per serving) , it’s a far cry from the 33 grams of sugar in most 12 ounce soft drinks and there is no caramel coloring or fructose corn syrup. Take note that the Strawberry Kiwi Fizz has added benefits vitamin C! Enjoy! Happy Mother’s Day!

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups coarsely chopped frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ice
  • sparkling strawberry kiwiwater

Instructions

1. In a food processor or blender process sugar until superfine. Combine with strawberries and pulse until coarsely chopped. Mix yogurt with lemon juice and pour gradually into the machine through the feed tube or top of blender. Process until smooth and creamy.

2. Using an ice cream scoop, divide strawberry frozen yogurt between four glasses. Add sparkling water. Garnish with kiwi slice .

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