March 7, 2013

Showcasing a Winner!

Because I like this wonderful ladies recipes so much, I'm going to try and start showcasing them here on the blog.  This delightful and scrumpious dessert is called simply, Layered Cherry Dessert, but there is nothing simple about is too die for!  Or, so my better half and I think....

The recipe was created by the wonderful and talented JoAnna Lund and the world is lacking because she has left this world to create in heaven.  I'm so glad that I found her books back in 1998.  Bill had a staff infection in his foot and his dietitian told him he needed to start watching what he eats better.  So....I did some research and found the first cookbook, The Diabetic's Healthy Exchanges Cookbook...since then I've added quite a few more of her books and I signed up for her monthly newsletters.  Those newletters are usually where I turn to first to find something for supper and I never, never fix supper without adding a dessert to the menu.  I can watch what I eat as long as it includes some sweet for my obsessive sweet tooth and she (JoAnna) was just like me.  Did we stay on this new way of eating?  Nope....we did good for about 6 months, Bill lost 15 pounds and I lost 9 but work and hectic schedules got in the way of planning meals and before we knew it we were back to eating junk and fast food.  It wasn't that we didn't like the food, it just seemed to take me longer to plan our menus and my life was just too hurried.  But...I realize now that the key to weight loss IS planning your meals.  Without the plan, you fall off the tracks and then you are right back where you started.  I try and plan my weekly menu on Sunday mornings.  We are pretty good at eating leftovers so I can plan three meals and they will last us through the week.  Most of the desserts make 8 to 12 portions so one dessert will usually get us through.  Another thing I have found that is super important is keeping track of everything you eat during the day.  I signed up for Calorie King and it keeps me on track.  I can add my Joanna Lund recipes right to the tracker and then add them to my daily calorie count. It keeps track of my exercise and my weight loss in pounds and inches.  I really like it!

Ok...I've really rambled off the subject here so here is the recipe.  If I'd had some gumption I would have made this into a pretty recipe card like you do but as you can see....I didn't!  LOL

Layered Cherry Dessert

1 3/4 cups purchased graham cracker crumbs * (or do as I did and crush your own)
1/2 cup Splenda Granular
1/4 cup I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Light Margarine, melted
2 (20-ounce) cans Lucky Leaf No Sugar Added Cherry Pie Filling (I can't get this in our area so I used Wilderness No Sugar Added)
1 (8-ounce) pkg Philadelphia fat-free cream cheese
2 1/2 cups Cool Whip Free
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup miniature marshmallows

Preheat oven to 375°.  In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, Splenda, and melted margarine. Pat mixture evenly into a 9x13 inch cake pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Place cake pan on a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Evenly spoon cherry pie filling into cooled crust. In a large bowl., stir cream cheese with a sturdy spoon until soft. Add Cool Whip Free and vanilla extract. Mix gently to combine. Fold in marshmallows. Spread topping mixture evenly over cherry pie filling. Evenly sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs over top. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into 12 servings.

Nutritional information:

180 Calories, 4 grams fat, 4 grams Protein, 32 grams Carbohydrates, 263 mg. Sodium, 59 mg. Calcium and 2 grams fiber.

Since I started using so many of JoAnna's recipes, I have jars filled with crumbs...graham cracker, soda cracker, Ritz crackers, cornflakes and also keep nuts crushed in jars too.  Just makes it faster to prepare the recipes when I have that part of the recipe ready before hand.  I also had some potato bread that was getting stale so I toasted it and then crushed it up and added to a jar to use when a recipe calls for bread crumbs.  

I've been exercising and following JoAnna's recipe now since Jan. 15th and I've lost 15 pounds and Bill is down about 10...and he isn't trying and doesn't exercise.  And I'm never hungry!  She is a god send in my opinion!

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  1. Now this looks so good. Thanks for sharing this and I love that you include the nutritional info with the recipe. That helps me figure the WW points.
    You can post all of her recipes that you want since I don't have her cook books anymore.
    This is a awesome shot Mary.....Love that tablecloth....napkin.....or whatever is under the plate.

    Thanks again for sharing.......BTW have you found what else is new on the site? Better hurry it will change soon.

  2. That is one of the biggest draws to her recipes for me....the nutritional information. If I had to try and count the calories and fat in every recipe I made up, I'd probably give just takes way too much time. Mostly all I look at is the calories, carbs and fat content and I like it when she makes a recipe with lots of calcium in it I get older, I realize that calcium is very important to my bones.

    That background is an mom bought for me when I was down there last Spring. I never wear aprons but I have quite a few of them. I have one she made as a young girl and the one that my grandma made. It was mighty hard for me to take that piece out of the pan, put it on the plate and then put it back in the pan without eating it...LOL...I only do desserts at night but I have to take pictures during the daytime. I did lick the spatula....LOL

    Ok...the only thing I see different is your picture and I commented on it in another comment, not sure which post. Is that what you mean? I think it is an awesome picture of you! You are a lovely lady.


  3. This sounds soooo good. My husband is border line diabetic so he has to really watch it too. I love that it is easy ingredients. Way to go on the weight loss. That is awesome.

    1. Oh, me, it is SOOOO good. My hubby is afraid I'll eat it during the day while he is at work....LOL...

      Thanks! I'm so glad to say I'm back into a size 10 bluejeans! Not that they are loose or anything but I needed a pair that I didn't have to hold up and I still want to lose 10 more pounds, so I went 'tight' so I won't outgrow them when I take off the rest of my weight!

  4. No that isn't it....I know you commented about the picture and I answered back with a thanks and told you to put your picture back up and to find what else was new. I can't find the message now but I thought it was an e-mail

  5. Well, duh....I've read that blackboard a few times and it didn't even dawn on me that it was now for St. Pats day instead of Valentines....LOL.....some times, I have blinders on my brain! I like that idea of changing up the blackboard...I wish I had your imagination! Whew...glad I took the blinders off before the holiday was over!!!

  6. Glad you finally saw it. My imagination turns off and on right now I can't come up with anything to post.

  7. I'm sure that imagination of yours will trip back on soon and you will post something awesome!



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