Purpose of this blog is for me to try out recipes from my Weight Watchers cookbooks and hopefully I can find some really yummy, low point recipes to share. But this site is NOT an official Weight Watchers site.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Pumpkin Cheesecake (as low as) 2 pts

Over the past years its has become expected of me to make a cheesecake for the family Thanksgiving dinner. Last year I did a Peanut butter cheesecake. That has become a favorite of our family. But I do chocolates and mint. This year my brother recommended a pumpkin cheesecake. I found a recipe in the Cooking Light Magazine. It was already a healthy cheesecake (as cheesecakes go), but with a few adjustments I made it even more healthy.

  • Use 2 pre-made graham cracker crust or use the following to make your own.

  • 3/4  cup  graham cracker crumbs (about 5 cookie sheets)
  • 1  tablespoon  finely chopped pecans* or almonds
  • 1  teaspoon  granulated sugar *can substitute Splenda (or like product)
  • 1  tablespoon  butter, melted *substitute spray butter
To make your own mix the above items, then press them on the bottom of a 9"spring form pan or pie tin (I like a pie tin because you can have smaller pieces)
the actual cheesecake:

  • 1  cup  (8 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened *substitute fat free cream cheese
  • 1/2  cup  granulated sugar *can substitute Splenda
  • 1/4  cup  packed light brown sugar *can substitute Splenda light Brown Sugar (follow directions)
  • 1  (15-ounce) can unsweetened pumpkin
  • 2  large eggs *can substitute egg whites 
  • 2  tablespoons  bourbon *optional
  • 2  teaspoons  vanilla extract
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground allspice

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare your crust, if you made it yourself make sure you brown it first. To make the cheesecake, beat cream cheese, add the sugar and brown sugar in mixing bowl. Mix till smooth. Then add the pumpkin and eggs. Mix some more, add the remaining ingredients, mix well. Pour smooth mixture cover the graham cracker crust. If using a spring form pan and cooking all the cheesecake together (not doing to pie tins) its recommended to place the spring form pan in a roasting dish with 1 inch of water in it. Bake for 35 mins or until the center is cooked, do the tap test (tap the side-does the middle jiggle if so then its not done) or the toothpick test. Remove from oven and let cool, refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Serve with Whipped Cream.

As the recipe is written without substitute suggestions: cals: 284 fat:14 fiber: 2.7 cut into 6 servings, slightly over 6 points per serving (if you had 2 slices it would be 13 points) This includes homemade whipping cream that is 1.5 per serving with slice.
With my suggestions and using the light can whipping cream 2points for each slice in a pie tin or 3 points for a spring form pan slice.
Happy Holidays!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Try the Alfredo in the Orzo stuffed Peppers- 3pts per half

The other day I tried making the Orzo Stuffed Peppers for dinner (see previous post) instead of red sauce I used  the Alfredo sauce. It was tasty. And it only adds 1 point per full pepper or 3 pts total for each half. Another great way to mix things up. I have an Alfredo recipe for making it from scratch that is a low-fat version. I need to see if that could cut points down.
Hope you are all doing well in your low-fat cooking. Thanks for reading.