Monday, May 25, 2015

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

If you are looking to satisfy your cheese cake yearnings with fewer calories this is the end of your search. This yummy delight was made for me by Aishwarya and Jai for Mother's Day.
Recipe source:The comfort of cooking
1 lb. fresh strawberries, rinsed and pat dry
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Graham cracker crumbs, optional

Cut off the strawberry stems. Hollow out the strawberry and create a well for the cheese filling
 (You can also do this with a small melon baller). Cut off a small portion of the pointy strawberry tip, so that each strawberry can stand.
Whip cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy, about 2 minutes on medium speed. Place mixture in a pastry bag and pipe into each strawberry, adding a little extra to the top. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

When ready to serve sprinkle graham cracker crumbs on top of each stuffed strawberry.

TIP: Don’t make more than 5 hours in advance, or your strawberries will sweat and may become a bit soggy.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Whole Wheat Banana Bread Waffles

This is the breakfast I woke up to on this Mothers' day courtesy to my very loving daughter and husband. Aishwarya even made a custom card for her Van Gogh loving mom. It was wonderful being pampered.

Recipe Source: Lauren's Latest
1 cup skim milk
1 egg, separated
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons canola oil or melted butter
1 very ripe banana, mashed
1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

walnuts, bananas and maple syrup (optional)

In large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and pour in milk, egg yolk, vanilla, oil and mashed banana. Stir together until just combined. Whip egg white until stiff peaks form. Gently fold whites into batter. Stir in walnuts. Pour a heaping 1/3 cup into hot, greased waffle maker and cook to your preference. Serve with fresh banana slices and maple syrup.
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