Cream Cheese Stuffed Strawberries

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Cream cheese and strawberries, a great combination! Add a little vanilla and almond extract, some powdered sugar and chocolate shavings, and you’ve got yourself a sweet little bite of heaven! Especially for Valentine’s Day which is only 3 days away now. These delightful little bites are also great for a crowd. Bring them to a brunch, or just make them for your loved ones. That’s what I plan on doing! These cream cheese stuffed strawberries can be made with a light cream cheese too, if your watching your fat content. I however used full fat, afterall your not filling your strawberries up to the point of it looking ridiculous! Enjoy them..

Ingredients

1 Pound Fresh Strawberries
8 ounces Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Almond Extract
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
Chocolate shavings
Directions

First, rinse your strawberries well, remove any green stems, and with a small melon baller remove the inside of your strawberries. Set your hollowed strawberries aside. Next in a large mixing bowl, blend your cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and almond extracts. You may use a fork or a hand mixer.

To fill your strawberries, use a piping bag or plastic snack bag and fill with cream cheese mixture. Cut the end of your bag, and pipe into each strawberry. I didn’t use a tip with my bag by the way. Place on a plate and grate chocolate shavings over your delicious strawberries. You can chill them or eat them right away! They go well with some nice champagne too!

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Creamy Quinoa Salad

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      Ingredients

  • 1 Small white onion
  • olive oil
  • 1-2 Garlic cloves
  • 3 ounces Neufchatel Cheese
  • 1 Cup Cooked Quinoa
  • 1/2 Cup Black Beans
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Kernels
  • 1 Large Roma Tomato
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander

Directions

First cook your quinoa by following package directions. I used 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa, and boiled 1/2 cup water. Once the water boiled, I added the quinoa and let simmer covered until the quinoa soaked up all the water. The 1/4 quinoa, makes more then 1 cup cooked.  Set aside. Next in a non stick pan, saute your onion and olive oil. Once onions are softened, add minced garlic, and cook another minute. Add tomatoes, black beans, corn kernels, and seasonings. Stir and cook 5 minutes. Add your Neufchatel cheese, and blend well until incorporated. Lastly, add your cooked quinoa to the pan. make sure all ingredients get mixed in. Taste your food, and check for salt or possibly more cheese?  It’s up to you! Serves up to 6 people. Enjoy

Chocolate Graham Cracker Truffles

chocolategrahmacrackertruffles  So I’m getting into the spirit of the holiday season and to start it off, tomorrow is Thanksgiving! I can’t help but think of the holiday treats I want to make, there are so many. I was in charge of bringing a dessert to my sister’s house tomorrow, so I thought chocolate. After a big Thanksgiving meal, a luscious piece of chocolate in the form of a truffle would hit the spot. After all who doesn’t love chocolate? Well actually my husband, he’s nuts! My decadent chocolate graham cracker truffles are easy, and a dessert you can make ahead of time and store in your freezer until you need them. Mine will be in my fridge tonight for tomorrow’s feast!

Ingredients you will need…

3 cups confectioners sugar

3 cups chocolate chips, I used Ghirardeli

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

12 ounces cream cheese

1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs , plus more for coating truffles

zest of 1 orange

1/2 tsp ground ginger, optional

In a double boiler add your chocolate chips. You can also place a bowl over a pot with boiling water. Let them melt completely. I transfer my melted chocolate to a mixing bowl, you don’t have to. Add your confectioner’s sugar, cream cheese, vanilla, graham crackers, orange zest, and ginger. Mix well, and let sit and cool in your refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Once it has hardened, you can use a melon baller, or tablespoon and make rounded chocolate balls. Roll your chocolate in graham cracker crumbs and set aside. You may also roll your chocolate truffles in peanuts, sprinkles, mint candies, mini chocolate chips, and whatever you can think of. You may also swap out your vanilla extract for another extract, or add a little zing with some rum for the adults! This is a variable recipe. you can add more spices, and make these truffles as big or as small as you like. I made about 30 with mine. You can easily freeze your chocolate graham cracker truffles in Tupperware and place plastic wrap around it. I hope you enjoy these!

Creamy Cauliflower Mash

Creamy Cauliflower Mash

Creamy Cauliflower Mash

Replace mashed potatoes tonight with creamy cauliflower!

I wanted the creaminess of mashed potatoes but wanted something not so starchy, so I made this easy creamy cauliflower. It’s delicious and gives you the effect of mashed potatoes without too much guilt! Enjoy!

What you’ll need :

1 large Cauliflower head

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, more if you wish

2 tablespoons butter, again use more if you like

water

4 ounces low fat cream cheese

1-2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste

garlic powder

dried parsley flakes

Start by rinsing your cauliflower in cool water and cut into small pieces. Next in a large pot add your olive oil, garlic, and butter. Sautee for a minute. Don’t let the garlic burn, or it will become bitter. Add your fresh cauliflower and toss to coat. Add about 1/4 cup of water and cover to steam cook. If you need more water, just add to the pot when cooking. Once cooked through, you may then add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, cream cheese and parmesan. At this time you may begin to mash with a handheld masher or use a blender to make really creamy. I like mine a little chunkier in texture, so I used my handheld. Taste your cauliflower! You may need more seasonings, just don’t eat all of it, because it’s delish! Serve in a pretty dish with a dab of butter and sprinkle on some dried parsley, fresh if you like. Enjoy!