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SAVORY SUN-DRIED TOMATO APPETIZER CHEESECAKE

A little different…but when it comes to cheesecake anything is good!  This one will be a hit on your celebration tables, or at any potluck, BBQ, or picnic. For low-carb-hardly-any-calories serve with assorted cut veggies to dip.  

The add-ins are really up to you.  Sub out the tomatoes for greek olives and part of the mozzarella for feta cheese.  Stir in a little crushed pineapple or jalapenos…anything you’d like.  Leave off the crust altogether for even lower calories – I’ve given stats for either way.

(For complete fabulous-ness don’t be tempted to use fat-free cream cheese as it tends to make cheesecakes rubbery!)

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2/3 cup plain bread crumbs (unseasoned)
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Two 8-ounce pkgs reduced-fat cream cheese
2 cups shredded part skim mozzarella
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 eggs
3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, blotted with paper towel and finely minced
1 cup light sour cream OR plain Greek yogurt for added protein
1/2 teaspoon Italian Herb seasoning

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Stir together bread crumbs and melted butter. Pat into the bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan (OR 9-inch deep dish pie plate). Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

In large bowl whip cream cheese just to soften. Add shredded cheese, green onions, black pepper, and cayenne pepper, and mix to combine. Add eggs, one at a time and beat just until each egg is no longer visible. Fold in tomatoes. Pour filling into crust. Place pan on a cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until almost firm in the middle.

Combine sour cream and Italian seasonings and pour over cheesecake. Return to oven for 5 minutes. Turn off oven, leaving door slightly open, let cake cool in oven for about 20 minutes.

Remove to a wire rack and run a sharp knife around the edge of the cake. Let cool completely before removing sides of pan. When cooled, wrap tightly and chill overnight or preferably a couple days. Makes 20 appetizer servings.


 With crust:
Per Serving: Calories 149; Protein 7 g; Fat 9 g; Carbs 5 g; Fiber 0 g; Sugar 0 g; Sodium 226 mg
 Without crust
Per Serving: Calories 125; Protein 7 g; Fat 7 g; Carbs 3 g; Fiber 0 g; Sugar 0 g; Sodium 192 mg

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CHEESE BLINTZES

My low-carb crepes are good for so many things, but this is the original use I had in mind.  Sweet, rich, yet light and fluffy – an indulgent treat that will make you feel very special!

Add any flavoring or extract you like to the cheesecake filling and top with berries, sliced fresh peaches, chocolate sauce, or warm orange marmalade. There is no bad way to serve these!

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Crepes:
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
4 eggs
4 tablespoons flour
Pinch of salt
4 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons Splenda
Vegetable cooking spray

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In a medium bowl beat the Ricotta with the eggs. Beat in the flour, salt, milk, vanilla, and Splenda. Allow to sit for 15 minutes.

Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Coat with vegetable cooking spray when hot. Pour in 2 tablespoons of batter and swirl the pan to coat the entire surface in a thin layer. Allow to cook, without turning, until completely done. The top should be no longer shiny and when you touch it it’s not wet. The bottom will be have a very slight golden color. If it’s too dark, lower the heat. (These can be impossible to flip and they don’t need to be, so you don’t have try!) Gently loosen the edges with a spatula and slide out of the pan onto a plate. Very lightly spray the top with vegetable spray – this way you can stack them on top of each other.

Lightly coat the pan with cooking spray before each crepe. Proceed with above directions until batter is gone. Allow the crepes to cool to room temperature and then wrap the plate tightly with plastic wrap. These keep well in the fridge – unfilled – for several days.

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Filling:
One 8-ounce pkg. fat free or reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 – 1/2 cup fat free half & half
3 tablespoons sugar-free instant cheesecake or vanilla pudding powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons Splenda

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In a medium bowl beat the softened cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup of the half & half, pudding powder, vanilla, and Splenda. If it becomes too thick add more half & half. It should have the consistency of the ‘whipped’ cream cheese you can buy in a tub. Not soft like pudding, but not as hard as regular cream cheese.

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Extras:
Fresh or frozen berries
Chocolate sauce
Whipped cream

To assemble blintzes: Place 1 tablespoon of the filling on the edge of the crepe. Fold the crepe in half over the filling dollop and then fold the empty side over the dollop so that it is folded in fourths. Place two crepes on each plate and scatter with berries, drizzle with chocolate sauce and top with whipped cream. Makes 6 servings (2 blintzes each)

Per Serving: Calories 180; Protein 16 g; Fat 6 g; Carbs 11 g; Sugar 5 g; Sodium 415 mg

 

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SWEET POTATO CHEESECAKE

How convenient!

Just in case you bake off too many sweet potatoes for your souffle or candied-whatever you will now have something fabulous to do with them.

Glad I could be of help.

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Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs OR sugar free shortbread crumbs
2 tablespoons Splenda Granular
1/4 cup melted butter
Filling:
Three 8-ounce pkgs reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1  1/4 cups Splenda Granular
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cups mashed sweet potatoes (or yams)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie spice (or 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon cloves)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream OR half & half
3 eggs
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9-inch springform pan with vegetable cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium bowl combine cracker/cookie crumbs, Splenda granular, and melted butter.  Pat into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of the prepared pan.  Wrap pan in foil and place on a baking sheet.  Bake for 10 mintues.
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In a large bowl beat the cream cheese until softened.  Beat in Splenda Granular, lemon juice, lemon zest, sweet potatoes, vanilla, spices, and cream.  Beat in eggs, one at a time, just until blended.  Pour filling into prepared crust.
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Return to oven and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until set on the edgess and the very middle is still jiggly.  (Cover loosely with foil after 30 minutes, if you don’t want it colored).
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Remove from oven to a wire rack.  Cool for 15 minutes; run a sharp knife around the edge to loosen, but do not remove sides of pan; cool completely.  Remove sides of pan and cover tightly with plastic wrap.  Chill for 5 hours or, preferable, overnight.  Makes 20 servings.
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Per Serving: Calories 184; Protein 6 g; Fat 11 g; Carbs 14 g; Sugar 4 g; Sodium 196 mg
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PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE WITH CARAMEL SWIRL

The caramel isn’t needed for this to be a great success…but it does add a festive Holiday sort of touch, don’t you think?!  I used a fabulous product called Cinnamon Bliss, but any sugar free caramel sauce will work.

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Crust:
Vegetable cooking spray
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon Splenda granular
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling:
Three 8-ounce pkgs reduced-fat cream cheese, softened (do not use fat free)
1 1/3 cups Splenda granular
1 1/4 cups pure pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons heavy cream or half & half
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3 large eggs
6 tablespoons Cinnamon Bliss or sugar free caramel sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8-inch springform pan with cooking spray and wrap a piece of aluminum foil around the bottom and up the sides. Set aside.

In a small bowl combine the cracker crumbs, Splenda, and cinnamon. Stir in the melted butter and pour into the prepared pan. Firmly press onto the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of the pan. Bake for 5-8 minutes or until golden and fragrant. Set aside to cool while making the filling.

In a large bowl beat the softened cream cheese with the Splenda until smooth. Beat in the pumpkin, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg just until blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, just until incorporated. Pour into prepared crust. Drop Cinnamon Bliss or caramel sauce in tablespoons over the top of the cake. With a butter knife carefully swirl into batter, without touching the bottom crust or mixing too much. Bake for 1 hour, or until the sides are firm and the very middle is still jiggly. You may want to cover loosely with foil during the last 20 minutes to prevent the cake from becoming too dark.

Remove from oven to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes. Carefully run a sharp knife around the cake in the pan to loosen and continue to cool completely without removing the sides. When completely cool remove sides of pan and cover tightly. Chill for several hours or, preferably, overnight. Makes 16 servings.

Per Serving: Calories 176; Protein 6 g ; Fat 12 g; Carbs 11 g; Sugar 3 g; Sodium 213 mg

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ALMOND CHEESECAKE

Cheesecakes are one of my favorite desserts to make because they are so forgiving. Taking minutes to whip up, the oven does the work and you reap the rewards.

Rich, decadent, lovely, and gorgeous – everyone you serve them to will love you for taking the time.

This one is flavored with almond extract and an almond crust – with a creamy, silky topping that cuts the richness, just a touch.  A ruby-red spoonful of Amaretto-flavored cherries is the perfect crown!

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Crust:
Vegetable cooking spray
1 cup graham crumbs
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup butter, melted

Filling:
Four 8-ounce pkg reduced fat cream cheese softened (not fat-free)
1 1/4 cups Splenda Granular
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1/4 cup fat free half & half
1 tablespoon flour

 

Topping:
2 cups light sour cream
1/4 cup Splenda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cherry Topping:

1 can No-Sugar-Added cherry pie filling

2 tablespoons Amaretto or Amaretto flavored sugar free syrup such as DaVinci or Torani

Stir both ingredients together and spoon over entire cake, or serve on individual slices.

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Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Spray a 10 inch spring-form pan with vegetable cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.
In a medium bowl combine the cracker crumbs, almond flour and melted butter. Press into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool while making the filling.

In a large bowl whip the softened cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the Splenda, vanilla and almond extracts. Beat in the eggs one at a time just until blended. Beat in the half & half and flour just until combined. Pour into cooled crust and bake for 1 hour or until set on the edges and jiggly in the very center 2-inches. Keep oven on.

In a small bowl whisk together the sour cream, 1/4 cup Splenda, and vanilla extract. Spread to the very edges of the baked cheesecake. Return to the oven for 5-15 minutes,or until just set.

Allow to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge and cool completely BEFORE removing the sides of the pan. Wrap tightly and chill overnight. Makes 20 servings.

 

 

Per Serving: Calories 209; Protein 8 g; Total Fat 11 g; Carbs 9 g; Sugar 2 g; Sodium 219 mg

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GREEK-STYLE YOGURT SOUFFLE CHEESECAKES

Let’s just make up our minds, shall we?  Is it a souffle or a cheesecake?

It’s both!  Made with Greek-style yogurt and egg whites, for the puffy factor, it’s a souffle right out of the oven.  As it cools down it will fall and become more dense like a cheesecake.

Not too sweet, but light, airy, and rich-feeling – it’s a no-guilt (practically calorie-free -YES!) dessert that could also masquerade as breakfast.  Oh, why not?  Add some diced berries and you’re good to go.  A drizzle of chocolate sauce and Heaven’s around the corner.

Call it whatever you want, but I know you’ll love it, regardless!

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1 cup Greek-style yogurt

3 eggs, separated

1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons Splenda Granular

3 tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon lemon juice – zest if you’d like, also

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Coat eight 4-ounce ramekins with vegetable cooking spray and sprinkle a little Splenda inside each – like flouring a cake pan.  Set on a baking sheet.

In a large bowl whisk the yogurt with the egg yolks, 1/3 cup Splenda, flour, vanilla, lemon, and salt until smooth.

In another bowl beat the egg whites and cream of tartar with an electric mixer until foamy.  Add in the 2 tablespoons of Splenda and continue beating until very stiff peaks form.  (When you pull the beaters straight up out of the whites the peaks stand up and don’t curl.)   Carefully fold the whites into the yogurt mixture until no puffs remain.

Divide among the ramekins and bake for 15 minutes or until just golden and set.  Serving immediately they will be souffle-like.  Chilled they will be more cheesecakey.  Makes 8 servings.

Per Serving: 72 Cal; 7 g Protein; 3 g Tot Fat; 4 g Carb; 1 g Sugar; 81 mg Sodium

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I didn’t smooth mine out, so they baked with peaks and valleys!

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OREO CHEESECAKE

That’s right, kids! The good stuff is still available to us!

Creamy white and packed with crunchy bits of cream-filled wafer cookies this cake will make a huge splash whenever you serve it!

(I have to say my daughter made the one that got photographed…so gorgeous!)

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Vegetable cooking spray
2 pkgs sugar free Oreos or Murray’s sugar free chocolate sandwich cookies, divided
1/4 cup butter, melted
Four 8-ounces pkgs reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups Splenda Granular
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cups sour cream
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
4 eggs

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with the cooking spray. Wrap in aluminum foil so that the butter doesn’t seep out and burn in the oven and place on a baking sheet. Set aside.

Finely crush 1 1/2 pkgs of the Oreo cookies (or 1 pkg of the Murray’s) and place in a medium bowl along with the melted butter. Mix well and press into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake for 12-13 minutes, or until crispy to the touch. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

In a large bowl whip the softened cream cheese just until smooth. Beat in the Splenda, vanilla, sour cream, and whipping cream just until blended. One at a time, beat in eggs just until incorporated. Coarsely chop remaining cookies and gently fold into cheese mixture. Pour into cooled crust. Bake for one hour, loosely covering with foil after 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the cake, but do not remove the sides of the pan. Allow to cool completely. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill overnight or at least 5 hours. Remove sides of pan and slice. (Cheesecakes will be creamy, soft for the first few hours, and will become more dense and cakey the longer they are allowed to chill. They really do get better as they sit and rest!) Makes 18 servings.

Per Serving: 230 Cal; 6 g Protein; 17 g Tot Fat; 14 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 0 g Sugar; 219 mg Sodium

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