Sunday, April 25, 2010

Simple snacks

Some of you might be grossed out at the thought of this combination, but my mom used to make it all the time (well, she used the regular, sugar loaded jello) and it's always been a tasty treat for me. 

  • 1 package (4 serving size) any flavor gelatin.  (I used sugar free raspberry Jello)
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup canned fruit, drained.  (I used mandarin oranges)
Prepare Jello as directed and let set in the refrigerator for about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes (you want it to just start to set).  Add cottage cheese and fruit and stir until combined.  Place back in the fridge until firm (about 2-3 hours).

Turns out, this is also a figure friendly snack!  1 serving (about 1/2 cup) has only 85 calories, 2 grams of fat, 6 grams of carbs (because I used the sugar free jello) and 7 grams of protein.

Sorry Candice, no picture, I'm lazy tonight :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sweet potato fries

Lazy blogger here...I've been cooking, I just haven't been cook/blogging, but this was worthy of a post :)

First, lets talk nutrition.  These babies are loaded with it!  Excellent source of Vitamin A, packed with Vitamin C, lots of fiber and low on calories.  Sounds like a win!

And sometimes, a recipe doesn't have to be complex to be delicious, as is the case with this.

Sweet Potato Fries:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Peel and evenly slice 1-2 sweet potatoes (depending on size, my two yielded about 6 ounces).  I tried to use the cool french fry slicer I bought a while back but there was no way that was going to go through these thick potatoes, so I got out the knife and all was good.
  • Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and in a bowl, drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over the sliced potatoes (maybe about a tablespoon).
  • Arrange in layers on the baking sheet and sprinkle with kosher salt.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes and flip, bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the outside of the potatoes are crunchy.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!
I LOVED these!  I didn't quite bake them long enough, as they were a little mushy, but super simple to make and super tasty, they will definitely have a place in the meal rotation.