Skinnified cheesecake-turn it into a dip, use low-fat cream cheese, and switch out the cream for Greek yogurt. Serve with strawberries for dipping.
This week’s theme for the Food Network blog, FN Dish is Picnic. And with it, we begin the summer series of posts – #SummerSoiree. I confess I don’t do a lot of picnics, but I AM a big hiker. Or I used to be. When I was working full-time in the City, I would take off on every Saturday or Sunday morning with a backpack and hiking boots for a day-long, solo hike. After working a high-pressure job in a highly politicized environment all week, it was how I recovered my soul.
Around mid-day, I’d find a place to stop and unpack the lunch I’d brought along. Sometimes it was a veggie wrap, other times chicken tenders (I ate meat regularly then). Cheese was a must, along with crackers, grapes, and pumpkin seeds. Grapes are the perfect fruit for a hike. They’re full of cool, refreshing juice, and they travel well stuffed into a backpack.
But that’s not what I chose for this week’s post. The folks at the Food Network were looking for an actual recipe :-). Instead, I pretended it was really a picnic, complete with a basket. You know, the wicker kind we get as wedding gifts, filled with pretty plates, silverware, color coordinated napkins and a corkscrew. This little dessert is for that kind of picnic. The kind you bring a bottle of champagne to. Hiking boots, optional.
- 4 - ounce package of low-fat cream cheese, room temperature
- 1½ Tbsp sugar
- ½ Tbsp Greek yogurt
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- Large, fresh strawberries
- Mix together the first five ingredients, through the vanilla extract, in a small bowl.
- Chill before packing into the picnic basket.
- Serve with strawberries for dipping.
And now go see what everyone else in our Food Network FN Dish group made for a picnic this week! And don’t forget to visit our Pinterest Board!
Feed Me Phoebe: Baked Quinoa Cakes with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli
The Lemon Bowl: Buckwheat Double Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies
Bacon and Soufflé: Classic Tomato and Garlic Bruschetta
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Fruit Sandwich
Napa Farmhouse 1885: White & Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Red or Green: Corn & Sweet Red Pepper Casserole
Homemade Delish: Mini Tea Sandwiches
Taste with the Eyes: Rice Noodles with Miso Butter and Ramen-Style Toppings
Virtually Homemade: Virtually Homemade Gluten Free Blueberry Crumble Bars
Dishin & Dishes: Iron Skillet Upside Down Mulberry (or Blackberry or Raspberry) Cake
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Strawberries and Skinny Yogurt Cheesecake Dip
Healthy Eats: How to Pack a Healthy Picnic — Summer Soiree
The Mom 100: Creamy Corn and Potato Salad with Bacon