A New Favorite-Lightened Up Berry Almond Cheese Blintzes

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Breakfast. It’s a comfort meal. My favorite meal of the day. I mean, think of the versatility. You can have eggs, biscuits, sausages, bacon, cereal, oatmeal, grits, pancakes, quiches, bagels, the list goes on. One thing my family adores are crepes. I like mine filled. And I really love cheese blintzes. I don’t like to feel guilty when I eat such delectable food though, so I created a lightened up and good-for-me version. I hope you like it too!
Lightened Up Berry Almond Crepes
 
Cheese Filling
1 cup nonfat cottage cheese
1 cup nonfat or reduced fat ricotta cheese
1/4 nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 packet Truvia
1 Tb honey
1 tsp almond extract
Berry Topping
1 cup strawberry, hulled and sliced
2 packets Truvia
6 Tb cold water
2 packets Truvia
Toppings
1 1/2 cups strawberries
1 cup raspberries
1/4 cup slivered almonds
Powdered sugar for dusting
Directions
Combine topping ingredients in a small saucepan, mixing first the water and cornstarch then adding the berries and sweetener. Simmer, covered on low heat about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and pulse in small chopper or food processor.
Combine cheese filling ingredients in a separate bowl. Mix well.
Divide crepes evenly among 4 plates, 2 crepes per serving. Spread filling mixture, about 1/4 cup, down center of each crepe and fold inwards over filling.
Drizzle with equal amounts berry purée. Dust lightly with powdered sugar. Top with fresh strawberries and raspberries. Sprinkle with slivered almonds.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

Lightened Up Berry Almond Cheese Blintzes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 590 calories

Fat 23 g

Carbs 71 g

Protein 26 g

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Lightened Up Berry Almond Cheese Blintzes

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 12

*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

    For the Crepes

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tb cup sugar
  • 2 Tb cup salted butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray
  • For the Blintz Filling

  • 1 cup nonfat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup nonfat or reduced fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 packet Truvia
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • For the Berry Topping

  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 packets Truvia
  • 6 Tb cold water
  • 2 packets Truvia
  • For the Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 Tb powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Using a large stand mixer or whisk by hand, beat eggs, vanilla and sugar. Slowly add milk. Add yogurt and combine well.
  2. Gradually add flour, half cup at a time to avoid lumps, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  3. Finally add melted butter and mix until batter is smooth.
  4. Heat a medium non-stick skillet, about 10 inches, on medium-low heat.
  5. Spray with cooking spray. Using a ladle, pour crepe batter onto center of skillet, pick up skillet and rotate in a circle, coating entire pan with batter.
  6. Cook about one minute, then using a high heat spatula, careful flip over and cook another 30-45 seconds. Try to avoid browning or crisping of crepes.
  7. Fold into quarters onto large platter and keep warm by covering with a clean dry towel.
  8. Combine topping ingredients in a small saucepan, mixing first the water and cornstarch then adding the berries and sweetener. Simmer, covered on low heat about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and pulse in small chopper or food processor.
  9. Combine cheese filling ingredients in a separate bowl. Mix well.
  10. Divide crepes evenly among 4 plates, 2 crepes per serving.
  11. Spread filling mixture, about 1/4 cup, down center of each crepe and fold inwards over filling.
  12. Drizzle with equal amounts berry purée. Dust lightly with powdered sugar. Top with fresh strawberries and raspberries. Sprinkle with slivered almonds.
 

Traditionally Unique:Crepes Your Way-Saundra’s Originally Crepes-German Pancakes

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We all have our favorite family recipe. One that’s been handed down generations by our grandmother’s grandmother. And most of us have our own preference of how we eat that recipe. It may be marinated beef wrapped in corn tortillas, served on rice or mixed into a stew.

In my family it’s my Oma’s crepes. Her crepes are a popular request among those who’ve had a chance to try them, including my co-workers. Soft, buttery, delicately thin pancakes that blanket jam or sweetened cottage cheese, are drizzled with honey, or simply dusted with powdered sugar, these babies will make your tongue dance.
*I’ve made one health alteration to this recipe as I use Nonfat Greek Yogurt in place of my grandmother’s traditional sour cream.
Saundra’s Crepes-Inspired by Oma
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups low fat milk
5 large eggs
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup salted butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
Cooking spray

Using a large stand mixer or whisk by hand, beat eggs, vanilla and sugar. Slowly add milk. Add yogurt and combine well. Gradually add flour, half cup at a time to avoid lumps, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Finally add melted butter and mix until batter is smooth.

Heat a medium non-stick skillet, about 10 inches, on medium-low heat.
Spray with cooking spray. Using a ladle, pour crepe batter onto center of skillet, pick up skillet and rotate in a circle, coating entire pan with batter. (At this point my 2 year old will sing, “circle, circle, circle”) while I hold him on my hip.
Cook about one minute, then using a high heat spatula, careful flip over and cook another 30-45 seconds. Try to avoid browning or crisping of crepes.
Fold into quarters onto large platter and keep warm by covering with a clean towel.
Repeat process for each crepe, spraying with cooking spray once before each ladle is poured.
Makes 16-20 crepes.

Saundra

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 10

Per Serving 267 calories

Fat 9 g

Carbs 37 g

Protein 10 g

10


Saundra

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

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups low fat milk
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Using a large stand mixer or whisk by hand, beat eggs, vanilla and sugar. Slowly add milk. Add yogurt and combine well.
  2. Gradually add flour, half cup at a time to avoid lumps, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  3. Finally add melted butter and mix until batter is smooth.
  4. Heat a medium non-stick skillet, about 10 inches, on medium-low heat.
  5. Spray with cooking spray. Using a ladle, pour crepe batter onto center of skillet, pick up skillet and rotate in a circle, coating entire pan with batter.
  6. Cook about one minute, then using a high heat spatula, careful flip over and cook another 30-45 seconds. Try to avoid browning or crisping of crepes.
  7. Fold into quarters onto large platter and keep warm by covering with a clean dry towel.

Notes

Nutella and bananas; Fresh fruit and cottage cheese; Oma’s famous sweetened cottage cheese (add 1 Tb sugar per 1/2 cup; cottage cheese and combine); Any flavor creme or fruit pie filling; Peanut butter and honey

That’s IF they make it to the table. My boys tend to swipe them off the plate as I’m cooking. They taste great plain!
To serve, spread filling of choice down center of each crepe and roll like a burrito, leaving ends open. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.
Filling Suggestions:
Nutella and bananas
Fresh fruit and cottage cheese
Oma’s famous sweetened cottage cheese (add 1 Tb sugar per 1/2 cup cottage cheese and combine)
Any flavor creme or fruit pie filling
Peanut butter and honey
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Or my kids and hubby’s favorite version-just drizzle with maple syrup!
Any way you serve them up-family recipes stick-and they bring many years of memorable moments to your kitchen table.