Sunday, April 29, 2007

Orange You Glad It's Spring?

It's been getting warmer in Southern California and feeling a heck of a lot more like spring these last few days. So with warmer weather coming our way, my idea of some comfort food comes in the form of an all-time favorite, Jello! Like many of us, I grew up with Jello. It was something we always had around the house, and so easy to whip up too. Colorful, sweet, cool, and really quite versatile if you think about it. Jello can be used in salads, pies, cakes, all sorts of goodies to satisfy a sweet tooth. It's also relatively healthy compared to other desserts which makes it even more of a go-to dessert.
This recipe incorporates neufchatel cheese, mayonnaise, carrots, and fruit. It's refreshing, light, and don't you just love the shade of orange? I lightened up the recipe a little by using a sugar-free jello and low fat mayo. Eat it as a side-dish or as dessert with a dallop of whip cream.
Orange Jello Surprise (adapted from
1 (6 ounce) package sugar-free orange flavored Jello gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1 (3 ounce) package Neufchatel cheese, softened
1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, with juice
1 cup fruit cocktail, drained
In a large bowl, pour the boiling water into the gelatin mix and stir until the powder is dissolved.
Stir in the Neufchatel cheese and mayonnaise until well blended. The gelatin should be slightly thickened and cooled.
Mix in the carrot, pineapple, and fruit cocktail.
Pour into a greased gelatin mold, or serving bowl. Cover, and refrigerate until solid, about 4 hours. To unmold, dip the mold into a large bowl of warm water for a couple of minutes to loosen. Then, invert onto a plate to serve.

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