Mixed-Berry Cream Parfaits

Usually for breakfast I’ll have a bowl of Fiber cereal or a container of yogurt.  But I had some frozen mixed berries on hand, bought some yogurt and a box of the granola cereal and had a craving for a parfait.  So here it is!  Quick.  Easy.  Tasty.

Ingredients

3/4 cup of frozen mixed berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries) thawed

3/4 cup low fat Vanilla Yogurt

1/4 cup of granola (I used cereal)

This is super easy to make but I couldn’t pass on sharing it.  I had this for breakfast the other day and loved it.

Put the fruit in the bottom of a glass/cup, pour the yogurt over the fruit and top with the granola.

Nothing fancy, smancy about this.  Just a fun thing to have for breakfast or a dessert.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking  ; )

Gotta love this quick, put together, good tasting nummes!  (Yep, I said nummy!!)

Lemon Meringue Pie

I wanted to make some little mini lemon pies in my new tart pans, but it didn’t happen to work out that way.  I just so happened to have an extra box of pie crust in the fridge so I made a whole pie instead of the mini pies.  The reason is because  I “assumed” the pie crusts would stand up against the tart pans or possibly rise, but it didn’t, the almost fell flat.  So I rolled out the new crust and put it a pan and came up with a pretty pie!

 

Ingredients list

  • 1 cup – Domino® Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup – cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp – salt
  • 1 1/2 cups – boiling water
  • 3 – eggs, separated (reserve whites for meringue)
  • 2 tsp – finely grated lemon rind
  • 1/3 cup – lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
  • 2 Tbs – butter or margarine
  • 1 – baked 8-inch pie crust or 6 tartlet crusts
  • 1/8 tsp – salt
  • 1/8 tsp – cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup – sugar

Instructions

In medium saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, cornstarch and 1/4 tsp salt. Gradually stir in water and cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes, until mixture is clear and thickened. Remove from heat.

Combine egg yolks, rind and juice; stir into hot mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes longer. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Pour into crust or divide evenly among individual tartlets. Preheat oven to 350°F. In large glass or metal bowl, beat egg whites with salt and cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually beat in 1/2 cup sugar until stiff and glossy peaks form. Swirl meringue over pie. Bake 12 to 14 minutes until golden.

My other “Girl” isn’t a fan of lemons, but you could switch it up and use lime instead!!  Hint, hint Jodi!

I think I may have cut the pie a bit too soon.  The lemon curd didn’t settle quite enough, but it tastes just fine!

Craig happened to bring home Apple Crust and offered some to Caleb.  I asked Caleb to choose between my pie and Craig’s pie.  Ok so he chose Craig’s, but that’s because he likes to make side with Craig.

Either way, this is good pie.  I ate only half a piece!  Only because I’m trying to be good!

Happy baking and cooking!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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Domino Sugar

Raspberry M&M Bars

 

I was in the mood to have some chocolate chip cookies.  I just so happened to be at the store the other day and saw Raspberry M&Ms right before my eyes.  Then I thought to myself that bars would be a better choice with those bright pink pieces of candy.  I haven’t even tried these M&M’s before but thought you can’t go wrong with Raspberry anything.  Or candy if you ask me!!!

I found this pretty basic recipe for the bars and here they are.  Pretty, dang, good.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vanilla or white chips
  • 1-3/4 cups plain M&M’s, divided

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Bear in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in chips and 1 cup of M&M’
  • Spoon into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan; spread evenly in pan. Sprinkle with the remaining M&M’s. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.

Cookie bars are good for just about any occasion.  I have no special occasion other than I wanted to eat some!  I’ve been doing really well this past week so we are due for a good, sweet treat.  These M&Ms are the best!  I’d have another one if it wasn’t near 10:30pm…not supposed to eat this late.  But they are really good.  The picky man says so too.  Of course he loves the sweets!

We enjoyed these with some fruit smoothies tonight!

Happy Baking.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 232 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 128 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking  😉

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Taste of Home

Orange Chocolate Mousse

I have no idea how I came across this website that had desserts with artificial sweeteners.  I really don’t.  I do know that I haven’t switched out my sugar as of yet and may not, but this sounded so good I couldn’t not make it.   Click on the link below under source and you’ll find amazing recipes that are low carbs.

I’ve been making healthy milkshakes or smoothies with dinner a lot lately, so when I gave these to the kids, they thought they were supposed to drink it!  They started to lick the whipped cream off the top.  When I saw then doing that I told them, hello, this is a dessert, not our dinner drink.  Gave me a little smile.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1/2 Tbsp. orange extract

Add all ingredients into a deep mixing bowl. Mix with electric mixer until stiff. Spoon into 4 ramekins. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with artificially sweetened whipped cream if you like.

This is a great dessert or an after dinner snack.  Light and fluffy.  Oh my goodness we’ve been eating well in our house lately thanks to all of these awesome findings online!

This couldn’t have been more simple to make.  No baking involved, which means less of a chance of me having to re-make it!!  ; )

Makes 4 servings

Enjoy your desserts

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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Low Carb Luxury

Canadian Bacon Pizza Monkey Bread

I was looking this past weekend for dinner ideas again and somehow found this awesome recipe that originated from Annie’s Eats.  Annie makes hers in baking dish, but site that I got this from used a bundt pan.  And I know the kids would have more fun putting this in a funky pan than just using a cake pan.  Get ready to have yourself some fun!

I made some slight changes to the recipe, but followed pretty close.

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • garlic salt
  • 2 cans of Pillsbury Pizza dough
  • 6 oz mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes (you’ll need ~48 pieces) (I used fat free)
  • package of canadian bacon
  • 2-3 cups marinara sauce, warmed, for serving

Instructions

Spray bundt pan with cooking oil and sprinkle pan with garlic salt.

Pull off large marble-sized balls of dough and flatten (~2/3 of an ounce, a kitchen scale makes this very easy). Top with a slice of canadian bacon and cube of mozzarella.

 

Wrap the dough around the canadian bacon and cheese, pinching well to seal.

Very lightly spray the pizza balls and sprinkle with more garlic salt and place into the bundt pan.

Repeat until all of the dough is used.

Cover and let sit for 30 minutes, while preheating the oven to 400.

Bake for ~35 minutes, until the top is very brown.

Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes.

Turn out onto a platter and serve with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.

When I bring the kids in the kitchen with me to cook, it has to be something they are going to enjoy making and have even more fun eating it!  And this came out of the oven prettier than ever.  The kids are quite proud of this one!!  Finding a nice little surprise in each bite is awesome to them (ok to me too!!).

Well done kids.  We will be making this again and again.  Even the picky eaters will like this one!!

Have an awesome day.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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Jason and Shawnda