Lemon Pie

4 large eggs
½ cup melted butter
1 lemon, sliced into wedges, seeds and peel removed
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 frozen pie crust
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°

Place eggs, butter, lemon slices, sugar and vanilla into blender or food processor; pulse until mostly smooth.

Pour into pie crust and bake for 45 minutes or until set.

Remove from oven and let cool completely, then dust with powdered sugar.

Apple Spice Cake – with Perfect Vanilla Icing

¼ teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon allspice

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 cup butter, melted

1 granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

1 can apple pie filling

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 9x13 pan.

Whisk salt, baking powder, spices, and flour in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.

Cream sugar into melted butter until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then mix in vanilla extract.

Add dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk, starting and ending with the flour, mixing gently between each addition. Mix until just combined. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Spoon apple pie filling over cake and bake as directed. Bake Time: 30-40 minutes. Let cool for 15 – 20 minutes. Drizzle with Perfect Vanilla Icing.


Perfect Vanilla Icing

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

2–3 Tablespoons milk or heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extra

Whisk the confectioners’ sugar, 2 Tablespoons milk or heavy cream, and vanilla extract together. Add another Tablespoon of milk or heavy cream to thin out if necessary. For thicker icing, add a little more confectioners’ sugar.

If not using right away, cover and store icing in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Gingerbread Donuts

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I use whole wheat pastry flour)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch ground cloves, (optional)
pinch ground allspice, (optional)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter,, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar,, packed
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
3 Tablespoons Greek yogurt

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease two 6-count donut pans and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, ground cloves, ground all spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a separate large bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar and molasses until combined, about 1 minute. Add egg and whisk to combine, another minute. Mix in milk and yogurt. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated. Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir just until combined. Avoid over mixing. Pour batter into donut tins. The tins will be full. Bake for about 13 to 15 minutes, or until donut springs back when lightly touched.

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted or butter flavor spray

In a wide, shallow dish, whisk together the granulated sugar, cinnamon, and ginger. Dip the tops and bottoms of warm donuts into the melted butter (or spray the warm donuts with butter flavor spray, then immediately into the spiced sugar mixture.

I used this pan from Pampered Chef and the recipe makes 12 perfect size donuts:



Pumpkin Cheesecake – Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Who says you can’t eat delicious food on Thanksgiving and still be healthy 🙂 not me! I’m just taking a quick break from cooking….Yesterday I made some yummy brownies (Eric and Josh tell me that they are yummy – you see I hate chocolate..I know-weird). The brownies have a little secret….but you’ll have to wait until I post that recipe to find out 😉 I also made a delicious pumpkin cheesecake – this I will eat. Pumpkin pie has always been one of my favorites, I also love cheesecake – combined – what could be better?? I think you’ll find this recipe healthy (well, I wouldn’t recommend eating this every day) and satisfying. Leave me a comment, once you awaken from your Thanksgiving day food coma, and let me know what you think.

One quick note before I get to the recipe. I’d like to say how thankful I am for my wonderful family (especially my very best friend, sous chef and husband, Eric and the worlds best son, Josh) and friends and for anyone and everyone out there who takes the time to read my blog. From my healthy heart to yours – have a wonderful holiday.


Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

1 – 8 oz. package fat-free cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon Stevia (this is the concentrated Stevia – equal to 1/2 cup sugar)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 – 15 oz. can pure pumpkin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup egg substitute (or 3 eggs, lightly beaten)
1/2 cup skim evaporated milk
2 Tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 whole wheat pie crust (I use Wholly Wholesome from Whole Foods)

Preheat oven to 400°. In large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese and sugars until smooth. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg; beat until blended, occasionally scraping sides of bowl with a rubber spatula. Add eggs, milk, molasses, and vanilla; beat until well blended, occasionally scraping bowl. Pour into pie crust. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until filling is puffed and set at edges but still jiggles slightly in the center. Cool pie completely on wire rack, then cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours.

Chocolate Cheesecake – 160

Ok, I’m going to admit right upfront – this is not the healthiest recipe on my blog! My son asked me for chocolate cheesecake for his birthday and I couldn’t just say no and I couldn’t feed him a saturated fat filled, sugar loaded calorie bomb. So I came up with this; not perfect, but very delicious and…..well, the almonds are very healthy 😈   Happy Holidays!!

Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate Cheesecake

1 Oreo cookie pie crust (I know, I know…I cheated….)
1 – 1 oz. pkg. sugar free, fat free instant pudding, chocolate flavor
1 – 1 oz. pkg. sugar free, fat free instant pudding, cheesecake flavor
3 1/4 cups skim milk
1 – 8 oz. pkg. fat free cream cheese
1/3 cup sliced almonds

Mix chocolate pudding mix with 1-1/2 cups milk; whisk for 2 minutes. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Mix cheesecake pudding mix with 1-3/4 cup milk; whisk for 2 minutes. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Remove chocolate pudding from refrigerator, using an electric mixer on low speed blend the cream cheese into the pudding until well mixed. Pour chocolate mixture into pie crust. Spread cheesecake pudding over the chocolate layer. Place into refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Remove from fridge and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Try to eat only one slice 🙂

Blueberry Crisp – 166

I’ve been really bad about posting, I’m getting very behind in my 200 recipes in 400 days quest. I have no excuse, but I’ll make a couple anyway…Thanksgiving, Christmas shopping, helping my son move into his new home, working out, helping Eric with his book design….did I mention Christmas shopping??

I have several new recipes that I want to share, so I will start today! I figured since I’ve skipped so many days, I’d start with a yummy dessert to win back your support 🙂  Hope you like this one…leave me a comment and let me know!

Blueberry Crisp


2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/4 cup Splenda
1-1/2 teaspoons corn starch
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons whole wheat flour
1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats
2 Tablespoons margarine (I use Smart Balance Light)

Preheat ovenn to 375°

In a bowl combine blueberries, Splenda, corn starch, and lemon juice, mix well. Pour into a 9″ square baking dish that has been sprayed with fat-free cooking spray.

In the same bowl combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, oats, and margarine. Mix with a fork until well blended and crumbly. Spread mix over the berries and bake for 40 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

It is the best served warm with a little fat-free, sugar-free vanilla frozen yogurt!

Tiramisu Pie – 188 to go!

Some of you may think that there shouldn’t be desserts on a “healthy” recipe blog. But I disagree. Eating healthy is about moderation and making the right choices. I don’t recommend this dessert for a weekly event, but it’s one of my favorite things to make for our annual Christmas party. For eight servings, it’s around 300 calories and less than a gram of fat per serving, there is a fair amount of sugar…but, it’s a dessert and not to be eaten daily! Compared that to the Olive Garden version which will cost you 1,000 calories per serving!

Tiramisu Pie

Tiramisu Pie

1 graham cracker pie crust

Graham Cracker Crust

1 – 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 Tablespoons vanilla fat-free yogurt
2 Tablespoons brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, yogurt, and brown sugar. Press mixture firmly into a 9 inch pie pan. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes.

1 – 14 oz. can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
2 – 1.5 oz. package sugar-free, fat-free vanilla instant pudding mix
1 – 8 oz. block fat-free cream cheese
1 – 8 oz. tub fat-free whipped topping
1 Tablespoon instant coffee granules
1 Tablespoon Cocoa

Combine 1 cup cold water, milk and 1 package of the pudding mix in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Cover with plastic wrap; chill for at least 30 minutes, or until firm. Remove the plastic wrap, add cream cheese. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Gently fold in 1/2  the whipped topping. Spread mixture in the prepared, cooled pie crust.

Heat 1/2 cup of water to very hot, add instant coffee; mix well. Add in more cold water and ice, to make 2 cups of cold coffee. Mix cold coffee with remaining package of pudding in  a medium bowl. Mix well, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and gently fold in the remaining whipped topping. Spread over the vanilla layer in the pie crust. Dust with Cocoa. Chill for at 8 hours. Indulge yourself and enjoy… might want to do a double P90X workout the next day 🙂