Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

By on July 9, 2014

Here’s my solution to a quick and easy show-stopper dessert in my easiest cookbook, KITCHEN 101.  If you’re a cheesecake lover but don’t have the time or want to make one, you will be ‘wowed’ by this simple-to-make strawberry cheesecake decadence-no cooking required!     Layers of berries, graham cracker crumbs and a luscious cream cheese filling create an explosion of flavor that will captivate cheesecake fans.  Any time a recipe calls for yogurt or Greek yogurt, either is fine. I like Greek yogurt as it’s a richer, creamier and thicker yogurt, especially in this dessert, but make sure to get vanilla flavor. Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits are the perfect way to enjoy a creamy, berrilicious treat and for a party, I made the parfaits ahead and refrigerated or you make the recipe in one large dish to serve in small bowls.   Best of all, strawberries are one of the top ranking antioxidant- containing foods and research shows they may also help improve and stabilize blood sugar.

Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait from KITCHEN 101

Makes 8 parfaits

1 pound strawberries, stemmed and sliced
1 tablespoons sugar
1 (8-ounce) reduced-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups frozen nonfat whipped topping, thawed, divided
2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
Mint, garnish, optional

1. In bowl, sprinkle strawberries with sugar, toss and set aside

2. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, yogurt, confectioners sugar and almond extract until smooth. Fold in 1/2 cup whipped topping.

3. To assemble parfaits, in small dish or glass, layer graham cracker crumbs, cream cheese filling, and strawberries. Repeat layers if small enough dish and end with dollop of whipped topping. Garnish with mint, if desired.

Nutritional Information per serving:

Calories 188 Calories from Fat 34% Fat 7g Saturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 20mg Sodium 170mg Carbohydrates 25g Dietary Fiber 1g Total Sugars 17g Protein 6g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 lean meat, 1 fat

With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg, healthy culinary expert, is known for her practical approach to an overall healthier lifestyle with her best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the more health focused cookbooks, Diabetic Cooking with the ADA, Eating Well Through Cancer and Eating Well to Fight Arthritis. Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, The 700 Club, and QVC.  Download her free phone app, Mobile Rush Hour Recipes.  Visit www.hollyclegg.com or http://thehealthycookingblog.com

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About Holly Clegg

With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg, known as the “Queen of Quick” has become a healthy culinary expert on practical easy, healthy recipes through her best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the more health focused cookbooks, Diabetic Cooking with the ADA, Eating Well Through Cancer and Eating Well to Fight Arthritis. Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, The 700 Club, QVC, USA Today, Web MD, The Huffington Post. She has partnered with Wal-Mart and is currently working with Albertsons, Inc., Baylor Hospital in Dallas, OmniChannel Health Media and has a partnership with Our Lady of Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. Her phone app, Mobile Rush Hour Recipes has over 50,000 subscribers. Visit www.hollyclegg.com or http://thehealthycookingblog.com

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Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits