Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Memorial Day Yumminess!

We were invited to my brother's house for Memorial Day for a BBQ. They had Steak, Chicken (for me. . .thanks bro), and Garlic Burgers. There was also potato salad, corn on the cob, chips and dip, cupcakes, etc etc.  I knew there was gonna be LOTS of temptation, so I brought along a few things I knew I could eat and not KILL my points value. I brought along a fruit tray and some HOLY COW cake (I found the recipe over at Honey I Shrank Myself)

Anyways, I was proud of myself as I had a couple pieces of grilled chicken tenderloin, some corn on the cob and fruit for dinner. I did try a bite of the garlic burger and it was DELICIOUS, but I kept it at a bite! Then, for dessert, I brought out the HOLY COW cake and HOLY COW, it was AWESOME!! We make this cake (the full fat version and called the better than sex cake in our family) all the time for birthday parties and family functions and it's always a hit. So, I thought why not try this lower point version and see what the family thought. WELL, it was a hit! They all couldn't believe it was a reduced sugar and fat version and that I had made the cake with Diet Coke. Everyone raved about how good it was! So, yay!! I can now make this version of the cake and know that nobody will be disappointed!

Here's the recipe. THANKS AGAIN LORIE!! I love that you post so many fun recipes!

Holy Cow Cake
1 box Devil's Food Cake mix
10-oz Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi
1 egg white
6-oz fat-free caramel ice cream topping
7-oz fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1 cup Skor Bar or Heath Bar bits
1 (8-oz) container fat-free cool whip
Mix cake mix, egg white and diet soda. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out smooth in a greased 9x13 pan. During the last few minutes of baking, put caramel and condensed milk in a sauce pan and stir on medium low heat until smooth. Take cake out of oven, and poke holes all over the top. Pour caramel mixture over warm cake, filling in the holes. Sprinkle Heath bits over the top, reserving some for the top. Cool completely. Cover with container of fat-free cool whip and sprinkle with remaining heath bits. Put in fridge until ready to serve.
Yields: 24 servings(they are small servings)
Nutritional Info: (per serving) 193 Calories, 5.25 g. fat, 1 g. fiber (4 pts per serving) (If you want to make the cake 3.5 pts per serving, only use 1/2 of the Skor bits)

Oh, I almost forgot. . . I also made this Strawberry Crustless Pie(once again from Lorie's blog). It was SO EASY to make and it was delicious! A perfect warm weather treat. It's refreshing and ONLY 1 pt per serving. I mean seriously folks, you could eat the whole pie and only be set back 8 points! That's awesome! The servings are generous too! YUM!

Crustless Strawberry Pie

4 cups sliced strawberries
1 small box sugar free cook & serve vanilla pudding
1 small box sugar free strawberry jello
2 cups water
1 small container cool whip free
Layer sliced berries in bottom and up sides of 9 inch pie plate or round pan. Mix pudding mix and water and bring to a full boil. Remove from heat and add dry jello mix. Let cool down some about 5 minutes. Pour over berries in pan. Put in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight to chill. Serve with fat free cool whip free add points if needed.
Special Notes
* Make sure pudding mixture is thickened enough or berries will rise to the top. The strawberries are the "crust" This is a very yummy pie!
*I served this with 1 tbsp of FF cool whip and did not even have to add points for that! This makes 8 servings at 1 point each and worth every bit of that point.
*I am going to try this with other fruits and jello flavors. To make a dreamsicle pie add Mandarin oranges instead of strawberries and orange SF/FF Jello. To make a peach pie add peaches instead of strawberries and peach SF/FF Jello. I have not figured out the points on either of these yet.
*You can also put this in a pie shell if you want, but I am telling you my family loved it without the shell.
*If you are doing the CORE program, you could add FF milk instead of water to the pudding. you can add this on FLEX too, but you have to add the points and that's a lot of points! It was really good with just the water though and I did not have to add those points!

Anyways, I hope everybody had a fun and safe holiday weekend. Hopefully, we all stayed on track with our points, but if not, don't focus on what mistakes you may have made. . . look to the future and get back on track. We can do it!!


Natalie said...

I am going to make this strawberry pie tonight! yummmmmmmmmmmy! i can't wait!

Mimi's Toes said...

Thank you for visiting today. I am so glad that I can motivate people. I have had a lifelong struggle with weight but am getting it under control...I pray that God gives you the strength he has given me to keep on the track of a healthier life style....You have a beautiful family.

Natalie said...

okay, i'm back to get the recipe so that i can make it now! yeah. i am so excited. i wish i didn't have to wait till tomorrow to eat it. :-)

it is great to see all the progress you have made. thanks for stopping by today. I hope you come back for lots more visits! I know I will be back to check in with you!

Michelle said...

Mmm, those recipes do sound delicious! Do you think you can substitute another kind of pop other than Coke and Pepsi? We don't drink either. How about Sprite?

WTG on being so good at the party! I may have splurged a little. lol

Oh, and you're going to love biking with the whole family. We do that too and our kids just love it!