No Bake Grasshopper Cheesecake with my New Sous Chef – Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids - No Bake Grasshopper Cheesecake | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Meet my new Sous Chef, Angel! With baby #4 on the way, this mama needs lots of help in the kitchen. And my 10 year old is ready to learn.

Seriously, he has been dusting off my cookbooks and doing his research just like his mama when she was a kid. He REALLY wants to make macaroons with me, which is funny, because those are on my “I really want to learn to make these one day” list.

Cooking with Kids - No Bake Grasshopper Cheesecake | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Well one crazy busy morning last week before I had to rush in to work, who is in the kitchen with a half a tub of cream cheese and two eggs wanting to bake a cheesecake? Angel of course. And my finicky shark Jesse was hot on his trail to learn too.

I mean, crazy busy. It was 7:30am. I start work at 8:00am. I had no make up on. My hair was in dire of need of a straightener. But my kids had on their big pleading puppy eyes saying, “Please teach us now!”

My mommy heart strings said, “okay” and I texted work that I’d be a bit late that morning.

Cooking with Kids - No Bake Grasshopper Cheesecake | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

All worth it. In a burst of 30 minutes I quickly taught my boys:
-How to scan the web for a recipe that called for ingredients that you already have on hand.
-How to properly measure your ingredients BEFORE you start cooking.
-And how to time your recipe just right.

These lucky boys got to taste my mom’s simple No Bake Cheesecake version and learn how to make it on the same day.

With what we had on hand of course. We did not have 2 blocks of cream cheese for a standard New York Style Cheesecake. We did not have TIME to bake a cheesecake in a proper spring form pan.

We did have:
1 block of cream cheese
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of sour cream (use nonfat plain Greek yogurt for a tangier healthier cheesecake)
1 tub of cool whip
1 ready made pie crust
1 cup of chocolate chips
So yea, we made this yummy concoction No Bake Grasshopper Cheesecake!

And my boys learned how to “bust a move” in the kitchen!

Cooking with Kids - No Bake Grasshopper Cheesecake | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This cheesecake is so light, so creamy and refreshing with just the right of amount of cream cheese flavor, it will satisfy any cheesecake craving without the guilt.

And the kids will enjoy as much as mom!

“Sometimes being a mom requires the slightest of sacrifices. But you rarely regret any of them.” -Saundra Contreras

What sacrifices have you made for your kids lately that you thought you’d regret, but really enjoyed?

No Bake Grasshopper Cheesecake

Prep Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 277 calories

Fat 15 g

Carbs 32 g

Protein 5 g

8


No Bake Grasshopper Cheesecake

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 6

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz low fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of light sour cream
  • 1 tub of fat free cool whip, thawed
  • 1 ready made pie crust
  • 1 cup of mint and chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or stand mixer, blend the block of cream with the sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix well.
  2. Mix in the sour cream until combined.
  3. Fold in the cool whip.
  4. Fold in 3/4 cup of the mint chocolate chips.
  5. Pour into a ready made pie crust.
  6. Top with remaining chocolate chips and jimmies if desired.
  7. Chill for 3 hours or until set.

 

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