Cookie Cake with Berries on big oatmeal cookie

cookie Cake

Berry Good Oatmeal Cookie Cake

Cookie Cake with luscious fresh berries best recipe

Looking for a great dessert taking advantage of the my favorite, berries?  Be the queen of the kitchen with this delectable Berry Good Oatmeal Cookie Cake from my special fun, trendy (but easy) cookbook, Too Hot in the Kitchen. Think of this as a giant oatmeal cookie topped with the almond fruity cream cheese filling decorated with a luscious red and blue berry combination and an apricot glaze.  This make-ahead dessert is not only picture perfect, but absolutely out of this world.

Make ahead Berry Cookie Cake

Make the crust the day before, whip up the filling and refrigerate, cut the strawberries and assemble the day of serving for a spectacular tasting and looking dessert.  You will be the hit of the party!

Another Berry Favorite

cookie cake

White Chocolate Blueberry Bundt Cake

Of course, the cookie cake gets rave reviews but so does my incredible White Chocolate Blueberry Bundt Cake also from Too Hot in the Kitchen.  Truly, this book has some extraordinary desserts if you have a sweet tooth.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this cake as I keep these ingredients always in my pantry to make a cake to take to someone’s house for a party, gift or get well present.  What can be better than melt in your mouth white chocolate combined with summer’s finest, luscious blueberries.  See for yourself!

Berry Good Oatmeal Cookie Cake from Too Hot in the kitchen cookbook  6 Weight Watcher PointsPlus
A best ever luscious cookie cake picture perfect and perfect tasting.

Makes 12-16 servings

1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
6 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup apricot preserves, divided
2 cups raspberries
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup blueberries 1 tablespoon orange juiceBerry Good Cookie Cake

1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat 12-14-inch pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In large bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, baking soda, and oatmeal. Add melted butter, vanilla, and egg, mixing well.
3. Press onto prepared pan, keeping dough 1-inch from edge of pan. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are set. Don’t over bake. Cool.
4. In mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, confectioners sugar, almond extract, and 1/4 cup apricot preserves until creamy. Spread on cooled crust and arrange fruit in design on pizza.
5. In microwave-safe dish, heat remaining 1/4 cup apricot preserves and orange juice, just until melted. Spoon glaze over fruit. Refrigerate until serving.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 220 Calories from fat 36% Fat 9g Saturated Fat 5g Cholesterol 36mg Sodium 172mg Carbohydrate 32g Dietary Fiber 2g Sugars 17g Protein 4g Dietary Exchanges: 2 other carbohydrate, 2 fat

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No Mayo Healthy July 4th Potato Salad

Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad - July 4th Best recipe

Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad – July 4th Best recipe

July 4th wouldn’t be complete without barbecue, potato salad and red white and blue.   I have a new twists to some of your old stand-by favorites.  Check out my new arthritis cookbook filled with one of my favorites,  Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad with rich roasted Louisiana yams, combining Louisiana and southwestern into a colorful explosion of flavors.  Roasting brings out an intense flavor.  Always line the pan with foil for easy clean up!   And, the Berry Good Oatmeal Cookie Cake  is perfect for a red, white, and blue dessert-decorate this oversized oatmeal cookie with a citrus cream cheese filling with blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.  Check out Too Hot in the Kitchen cookbook and you’ll especially like the Lovin’ No Oven chapter with all cold recipes!

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Summer Barbecue Menu: Top 6 Healthy BBQ Tips with Diabetic-friendly recipes

Ooey Gooey Squares

Ooey Gooey Squares

My summer barbecue menu:

No need to tell your guests to save up on calories so they can enjoy the festive food.  These recipes are diabetic friendly from my easiest cookbook, KITCHEN 101 that has a “D” to indicate diabetic-friendly recipes throughout the book.  Some do it the old fashioned way with charcoal while others prefer the less messy way with gas. Everyone has their own interpretation of their style barbecue but the meal isn’t complete without my incredible Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad. (diabetic-friendly)

summer barbecue menu

Holly Clegg’s Trim and Terrific Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad

Top 6 Healthy BBQ Tips:

  • Select leaner cuts of meat ending in “loin” or “round”
  • Sub nutritious sweet potatoes for potatoes to create a healthier potato salad
  • Add 1/2 cup salsa to burger patties, equal to 1 cup of vegetables
  • Try Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise in dips
  • Create your own marinade to control sodium instead of buying pre-marinated meats
  • Make sure to rinse and drain canned beans to reduce sodium

Summer Barbecue Menu Must Include Burgers

Burgers don’t have to be meat, be adventurous and try a healthier alternative between those buns! Simple ground sirloin mixed with soy-sauce, Hoisin sauce and ginger give the burger an Asian twist creating my very favorite, scrumptious Asian Burger from my easy book actually featuring burgers, KITCHEN 101 with only 5 Weight Watcher Points Plus.     summer barbecue menu

Snappy Salmon Burgers (diabetic-friendly) also from KITCHEN 101 uses fresh salmon, packed with those heart healthy omega 3’s  that transforms into unbeatable salmon burger.  Don’t worry about extra sauces when the salmon burger pairs up with the quick to prepare spicy Chili Sauce.  And, fresh fish gives the appearance of a crab burger but without the price and all the flavor.  Nutritious and delicious, these mouth-watering burgers will quickly satisfy all ages.

Snappy Salmon Burgers

Fresh salmon makes all the difference with these sensationally delicious burgers full of snap and pop! Serve with sliced red onions and your favorite condiments.

Makes 8 burgerssummer barbecue menu

2 pounds fresh salmon fillets, skinned
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
Salt and pepper to taste
1 egg
1 egg white
2 cups crisp rice cereal

1. With knife or food processor, chop salmon into small pieces.
2. In large bowl, mix together salmon, green onions, garlic, lemon juice, dill and season to taste.
3. In another bowl, whisk together egg and egg white and add to salmon mixture.
4. Using your hands, gently mix salmon mixture with cereal (mixture will be loose). Form mixture into burgers.
5. Heat large nonstick skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray over medium heat. Cook about 3-4 minutes on each side or until salmon flakes with fork.

Nutritional info per serving: Calories 188, Calories from Fat 29%, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 76mg, Sodium 142mg, Carbohydrates 7g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Total Sugars 1g, Protein 25g, Dietary Exchanges:  1/2 starch, 3 lean meat

Terrific Tip: Salmon patties may be made ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to cook. If grilling, place salmon patties in freezer for about 20-30 minutes and they will hold together better. Salmon is a rich source of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, reducing the risk of heart disease.

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My summer barbecue menu wouldn’t be complete with out my most popular recipe, Ooey Gooey Squares, another easy KITCHEN 101 favorite.  So simple to make with pantry-friendly ingredients that start with a cake mix, this bite of deliciousness will be an all age favorite so grab one hot from the oven so you get to taste it!!!

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Top Chocolate Cola Cake Recipe-OMG Chocoholic Experience!

Chocolate Cola cake recipe


Chocolate Cola Cake Recipe So EASY

Need a easy, make ahead, absolutely delicious recipe?  I immediately turn to my fun and 30 minute recipe cookbook, Too Hot in the Kitchen, for my favorite and oh-so-easy Chocolate Cola Cake.  this recipe is made in a oblong baking pan so what’s great is it serves a crowed.

Bring Chocolate Cola Cake recipe a guaranteed hit!

You know I can’t show up without food! I don’t mind ever making these brownies/cake because not only are they simple to whip up, but the best part is I get to eat a few hot out of the oven! And if you have to bring dessert for lots of people, this makes a big pan.  It is a cross between a brownie and cake; and always a talked about recipe.  Whenever you hear I have to bring a dessert to a meeting, a sample to a book signing event, this is usually my recipe of choice.  After all, I have decided CHOCOLATE speaks!

Also, this chocolate cola cake recipe is the recipe that I used in my diet coke southern promotion several years ago that I wouldn’t give out.  It was all the rage.  I also love it because the recipe makes a large pan which serves a lot of people.  Let me know what you think?  So, now the secret is out.

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Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad – no mayo!

Holly Clegg's Trim and Terrific Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad

Holly Clegg’s Trim and Terrific Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad

When you are looking for a potato salad recipe, here’s a recipe I think I have made more than any other summer recipe  so you must try it!  From my new easy, arthritis cookbook,Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad is not only one of everyone’s favorites but this recipe is in t he Anti-Inflammatory Chapter making it packed full of great ingredients that help fight inflammation.  Diabetic -Friendly and Gluten-free, no barbecue wouldn’t be complete without potato salad so  this summer try a trendy twist to some of your traditional favorites. Potato Salad is a must for the menu-but forget the mayo and try this healthier and tastier version, Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad with rich roasted Louisiana yams, combining Louisiana and southwestern into a colorful explosion of flavors. Roasting brings out an intense flavor. Always line the pan with foil for easy clean up!

This recipe will be a favorite that will go with whatever barbecue you throw on the pit. Start cooking trim & terrific with me this summer with all my sensational easy recipes!!!

Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad from Eating Well to Fight Arthritis

Makes 12 (1/2-cup) servings

6 cups peeled sweet potato (Louisiana yams) chunks (about 2 1/2 pounds)
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2/3 cup frozen corn, thawed
2/3 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon jarred jalapeno slices

1. Preheat oven 425°F. Coat foil lined baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
2. On prepared pan, toss together sweet potatoes, salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Roast about 30 minutes or until potatoes are crisp. Cool.
3. In large bowl, combine sweet potatoes, red bell pepper, red onion, corn, black beans and cilantro.
4. In blender, puree lime juice, garlic, jalapeno and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Toss with potato mixture and serve.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 113 Calories from fat 28% Fat 4g Saturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 99mg Carbohydrate 19g Dietary Fiber 3g Sugars 4g Protein 2g Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat

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Cool Coleslaw – July 4th BBQ Time Saver Recipe

Cool Coleslaw

Cool Coleslaw

Coleslaw with Personality!!

Any BBQ  calls for easy, tasty, refreshing bites that feed a crowd and you can whip up quickly for your outdoor barbecue or picnic. Instead of resorting to the basics, potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans, put a spin on these favorites so I turned to a favorite in KITCHEN 101 cookbook in the Menu chapter.  After all, there are a lot of gatherings and we know food is always the biggest draw.

Coleslaw Jazzed Up with No Mayo

This Cool Coleslaw recipe with its fresh flavors is the perfect complement to anything you are throwing on the grill this weekend. The fresh vegetables and zing of the dressing make this coleslaw better than the average mayo overloaded coleslaw mess. Create recipes that are light and refreshing to help your guests beat the heat and EASY which is what KITCHEN 101 is about.  You’ll especially enjoy the essence of summer in this recipe with no mayo, yes that’s what I said!

Cool Coleslaw from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence

You’ll enjoy this refreshing coleslaw with cool flavors of cucumber, lime and mint contrasted with crunchy peanuts and sweet mandarin oranges.

Makes 10 (1/2-cup) servings

4 cups shredded cabbage (bag coleslaw)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons cider or seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup coarsely chopped peanuts

1.In large bowl, combine cabbage, green onions, red onion, and cucumber. In small bowl, whisk together lime juice, vinegar and oil; pour over slaw and mix.
2.Carefully add mandarin oranges. To serve, add mint and peanuts, mixing well. Season to taste.

Nutritional info per serving:
Calories 65, Calories from Fat 41%, Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 51mg, Carbohydrates 8g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Total Sugars 5g, Protein 2g, Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat

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Best Cinco De Mayo Recipes with Margarita Flair

Cinco de Mayo recipes

Margarita Shrimp

Celebrate with Cinco de Mayo Recipes

I think everyone loves to celebrate Cinco de Mayo no matter where you live as it is just a FUN day.  Of course, I celebrate with recipes and as many of you know, I really love southwestern food!  I have so many trim & terrific southwestern recipes from enchiladas to nachos, all easy-to-prepare and healthier for you but today I want to share with you all my favorites with a margarita flair.  You might celebrate Cinco de Mayo on one day, but add these Cinco de Mayo recipes to your menus year round!

Three Favorite Cinco de Mayo Recipes -Margaritas rule!

Cinco De Mayo recipes

Margarita Cake

When I think of Cinco de Mayo recipes, three favorites come to mind, all different but all have margarita in their title and taste,and all from my cookbook, Too Hot in the Kitchen:  Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age (a fun cookbook great for mom, sister, friend or you filled with easy, trendy recipes!  Margarita Shrimp (see recipe below) can be used as an appetizer or an entree and wow are the flavors fantastic.  And, nothing is better than my easy Margarita Cake from Too Hot in the Kitchen. Sweet and salty, light and refreshing,and  starts with a white cake mix flavored with non-alcoholic margarita mix and lime, on a pretzel crust makes quite an “ole!”  Last,  yes, a margarita can be good for your skin with my Margarita Salt Body Buffer from Too Hot in the Kitchen.  Lime and tequila are natural antiseptics so help detoxify skin and improve tone and texture. Good for hands — felt so soft afterwards.  So, don’t settle for just a margarita drink, when you can have my easy, healthy and delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes all with margarita in them!  If you didn’t get my May Monthly Newsletter, Ole Menu Fun,  check out these easy Cinco de Mayo recipes

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Margarita Shrimp from Too Hot in the Kitchen 

All the margarita makings in this recipe will put you in the mood and the fiesta of flavors will insure fun. I like to serve with avocado slices as an appetizer.  Orange juice may be substituted for orange liqueur.

Makes 4 servings

4 tablespoons orange liqueur, divided
3 tablespoons lime juice, divided
2 tablespoons tequila
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 pounds medium-large peeled shrimp
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3/4 cup fat-free chicken broth
Finely chopped cilantro, garnish

1  .Combine 1 tablespoon orange liqueur, 1 tablespoon lime juice, tequila, 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, jalapeno pepper, salt and cilantro in resealable plastic bag; add shrimp. Refrigerate 1 hour.
2. In large nonstick skillet, add shrimp, discarding marinade and cook until shrimp are done, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from pan.
3.  In same pan, add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and add flour, stirring for one minute. Gradually add chicken broth, stirring, and bring to boil, cooking until thickened.
4.  Stir in remaining 3 tablespoons orange liqueur and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Heat and return shrimp to pan. Serve. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 271
Calories from fat 28%
Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 252mg
Sodium 364mg
Carbohydrate 10g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 6g
Protein 28g
Dietary Exchanges:
1/2 other carbohydrate,
4 lean meat

1.Combine 1 tablespoon orange liqueur, 1 tablespoon lime juice, tequila, 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, jalapeno pepper, salt and cilantro in resealable plastic bag; add shrimp. Refrigerate 1 hour.
2. In large nonstick skillet, add shrimp, discarding marinade and cook until shrimp are done, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from pan.
3. In same pan, add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and add flour, stirring for one minute. Gradually add chicken broth, stirring, and bring to boil, cooking until thickened.
4. Stir in remaining 3 tablespoons orange liqueur and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Heat and return shrimp to pan. Serve. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.

Margarita Salt Body Buffer from Too Hot in the Kitchen

Lime and tequila are natural antiseptics so help detoxify skin and improve tone and texture. Good for hands — felt so soft afterwards.

Makes 1 1/2 cups (1/4 cup per body)

Cinco de Mayo recipes

Margarita Salt Body Buffer

1 cup fine sea salt
Juice of one lime
2 ounces olive oil
3/4 ounces white tequila

1. In bowl, mix together sea salt, olive oil, lime, and white tequila. In the shower, rub mixture onto damp skin in gentle circular motion. If salt feels too gritty, add more olive oil.

Natural Facial Mask Recipe for Spa Day for Mother’s Day! Girlfriend, sister, or your mom

natural face mask recipeI love a spa day but it can be pricey!

Instead of spending lots of money, have a spa day in your own home with friends, family or pamper yourself.  My natural facial mask recipe for this wonderful Avocado Carrot Cream Mask will enrich your face, and yes, it does work!!!

Natural facial mask recipe made with everyday ingredients

Lotions and potions can only get you so far in your beauty regime. If you really want radiant beauty, guess where you can find it? Your kitchen! The best skincare secrets come from what you eat so you can improve from the inside out in my fun cookbook, trim&TERRIFIC Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age  Not only is it chocked full of delicious and easy, nutritious recipes but also contains chapters such as Foods to Improve –highlighting super foods – and Diva Dermatology – with at-natural food facial recipes including masks, scrubs and hair treatments. Good for you and fun to do!  And, you’ll also LOVE my brown sugar scrub recipe which makes your skin so soft (two ingredients)!  Who said you only have to drink margaritas?  Another fabulous recipe for my Margarita Salt Body Buffer will win you over.  Just get cute containers and you have the best affordable gift.

Did you know?                                                                                                     natural facial mask recipe

Did you know buttery green avocados are considered a fruit–rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated (good) fat and one of the most nutrient-dense foods. Fat is key to a soft complexion, helping skin to recover and regenerate new skin cells; and if you have persistent dry skin you may not be eating enough healthy fats. Avocados contain Vitamin E which is an ingredient in anti-wrinkle creams, having anti-aging properties.


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Avocado Carrot Cream Mask from Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age

A really ‘good-for-you’ mask with vitamin E rich avocados (moisturizer), carrots (high in beta-carotene and antioxidants-reduces dry, flaky skin) and vitamin packed egg — these ingredients will rebuild skin collagen, improve tone and texture, and fade age spots. Leaves you glowing! Makes a lot.

1 avocado, mashed
1 egg, beaten
1 carrot, cooked and mashed                                                                                     natural facial mask recipe
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup heavy cream

1. In bowl, mix all ingredients until smooth. Spread gently over face and neck 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow with toner.

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Easy Easter Recipes — My 5 Ingredient Easter Recipe Favorites

Lemon Pie

Easy Easter REcipes

Easy Easter Recipes to keep you out of the kitchen all day!

Looking for  easy Easter recipes to prepare this year that are time-friendly,  healthier and still fantastic?  You are at the right place with all my trim & terrific easy recipes.   Holiday meals are always known for their classic dishes and familiar favorites,  but I wanted to give you options  with a delicious twist!

You can make your ham with my easy Easter recipes!  Try for Glazed Ham with Pecan Crust

Just wait until you taste this classic Glazed Ham with Pecan Crust – you don’t have to make an extra trip to the ham store. And there is no need to stress about hosting a holiday meal as I usually turn to my easiest cookbook, Kitchen 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence, this book takes the guess work out of meal planning with complete dinner and party menus, no crazy ingredients, just healthy, mouth watering food– no thinking required!

Glazed Ham with Pecan Crust
No need to buy a honey baked ham at the store with this stunning ham with incredible taste, yet, so simply prepared.

Makes 20 – 25 (5-ounce) servings

1 10-pound fully cooked bone in ham

Easy Easter recipes

Glazed Ham with Pecan Crust

2 cups apple cider
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans

1.Preheat oven 325°F. Insert meat thermometer into center of ham without touching bone. Place ham in baking dish, pour cider over.
2. Roast in oven, basting with cider every 30 minutes for total cooking time of 12 – 15 minutes per pound or until thermometer registers 140°F.
3. Meanwhile, in bowl, combine brown sugar, mustard and pecans. Remove ham from oven last 40 minutes, firmly pat sugar pecan mixture all over ham. Return to oven, continue roasting until crust is brown and ham is done.
4. Slice and serve with sauce. Some of topping falls into sauce making it the perfect accompaniment to ham.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 306, Protein (g) 35, Carbohydrate (g) 12, Fat (g) 13, Calories from fat (%) 38, Saturated Fat (g) 3, Dietary Fiber (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 75, Sodium (mg) 1824, Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 other carbohydrate

Easy Easter Recipes:  Try my Best Sweet Potatoes                                        Easy Easter recipes

If you’re looking for a classic sweet potato dish, you’ll absolutely LOVE my Butter Pecan Roasted Sweet Potatoes  with 5 ingredients, even easier than a sweet potato casserole but with the same sweet flavors-sweet candied yams, butter roasted pecans and subtle hint of pot with dash of cayenne. Also, from my KITCHEN 101 cookbook.

Easy Easter Recipes for Dessert but my Luscious Lemon Pie Screams Spring

I have a sweet tooth which means I have a ton of easy dessert recipes but honestly, I have heard more people tell me that my 5 ingredient Lemon Pie is their “go-to” dessert because simple to make and everyone raves about this luscious lemon dessert.  I serve with fresh berries and for those cheese cake, lovers, this will win you over too.

Lemon Pie from Too Hot in the Kitchen Cookbook
So simple, yet divine, a cross between a cheesecake and pie. Serve with fresh berries.

Makes 8-10 servings

1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk                                                                                             Easy Easter Recipes-Lemon Pie
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1 (9-inch) prepared graham cracker crust

1. In mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and lemon juice until smooth and creamy. Stir in lemon rind.
2. Transfer to graham cracker crust. Refrigerate until firm, 4 hours.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 261 Calories from fat 34% Fat 10g Saturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 19mg Sodium 213mg Carbohydrate 37g Dietary Fiber 0g Sugars 29g Protein 6g Dietary Exchanges: 2 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 very lean meat, 1 1/2 fat

 And, for a bonus, have a fun kid-friendly breakfast                  Bunny-Biscuit0033-1024x680

You’ll love making the Bunny Biscuits and then everyone has biscuits for breakfast

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Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age cookbook

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Easter Desserts: My #1 Most Popular Recipe goes pink! Easy King Cake with crescent rolls

Easter Dessert-King cake with crescent rollsNeed  fabulous Easter Desserts-Try Homemade Mardi Gras King Cake

For your Easter dessert or even for a brunch, make this holiday special with my easy-to-make King Cake recipe with crescent rolls.  Just “go pink or pastel” with my most popular recipe and my very favorite addiction, EASY KING CAKE. With a luscious cream cheese with cinnamon and brown sugar filling, it doesn’t get much better than this yummy recipe you can quickly whip up at home. For brunch, snack or dessert, this is an amazing treat.

My Most Requested Recipe Makes Amazing Easter Dessert for family

I turn to my book with Louisiana and southern recipes, Gulf Coast Favorites for my most requested recipe, my king cake made with crescent rolls and ingredients you probably have in your kitchen.!!  People all over say they prefer this easy and fun-to-make king cake more than the bought ones!!!!!   This cookbook, trim&TERRIFIC GULF COAST FAVORITES cookbook  includes super-simple southern recipes to enjoy in your own home, wherever you live.

Easter King Cake and Kid’s love to help

Made with crescent rolls and pink food coloring(sometimes you can find pastel food coloring) for the icing-you can even let the kids make this one for you.  Fun and fantastic, for adults and kids, this is a recipe you will make over and over.  My website has tons more healthy, easy recipes for everyday cooking!  All you need is green food coloring, a few minutes to put together and you have an an amazing St. Patrick’s Day Dessert.

 Watch me make my King Cake!!!   YouTube Preview Image

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King Cake with Cream Cheese Cinnamon Filling from trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites (all your Louisiana favorites-healthier).  Check out  YouTube video to watch me making this delicious treat!

Halloween use orange & black, Thanksgiving use autumn colors, Christmas use holiday colors, Valentine’s Day go pink, St. Paddy’s Day go green and Easter’s pastel colors for your icing instead of Mardi Gras colors.

Makes 16 servings

2 (8-ounce) cans reduced-fat crescent rolls
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat 10-inch round pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Separate crescent rolls at perforations, into 16 slices. Place slices around prepared pan with points in center. About halfway down from points, press seams together.
3. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Spread on dough in center where seams have been pressed together.
4. In another small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon with fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over cream cheese. Fold dough points over filling, then fold bottom of triangle over points forming a circular roll like a king cake.
5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly, drizzle with colored Mardi Gras Icing.

Easter King Cake Icing:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1-2 tablespoons skim milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pink or Pastel food coloring

1. In small bowl, combine all ingredients.   Drizzle over baked cooled cake.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 184 Calories from fat 36% Fat 7 g Saturated Fat 3 g Cholesterol 9 mg Sodium 275 mg Carbohydrate 26 g Dietary Fiber 0 g Sugars 16 g Protein 3 g Diabetic Exchanges 11/2 carbohydrate 11/2 fat

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