Confession: Sometimes I hesitate to post my wacky recipes because I worry that I’ll “alienate” my readers. After all, let’s be honest, some of them are are a bit “wacky” to say the least. Well, the latest batch of Wacky Food Combos might just take the cake…or shall I say, the pie.
No judgments, please. This is a “safe space.” I hope I don’t scare any of you away with these crazy combos. They are not for everyone – Sometimes Healthy is an acquired taste. So please, if you don’t like them, can we still be friends? There is so much more to this Sometimes Healthy Girl than unique food creations
Pie Fillings/Canned Fruit a Hidden Secret Weapon
When you’re a little bit dangerous in the kitchen, any item that eliminates a step in the cooking or baking process is a welcome treat. The problem with many pie fillings and canned fruit is that they are too sugary? Thus, I use the low sugar versions.
If you are against Splenda-fied deserts, stop here, go back to my homepage and read about my Lazy Girl’s Workout Plan or why every should have a theme song. I totally respect the whole all-natural thing – it’s just not for this Sometimes Healthy Girl. However, if you’re not afraid of a little fake sugar, let’s have some fun with pie filling!
Description: This creamy, yet delicious and guilt-free treat is so simple to make, you’ll be done in less than 60 minutes! Get your stopwatches out 😉
Wacky Food Combo Ingredients: Low-sugar cherry pie filling and Reddi Whip; chocolate chips and sprinkles for toppings.
Directions: Scoop generous portion of cherry pie filling into pretty glass of your choice (I suggest wine or martini glasses but grant you creative freedom). Top with equal parts (or twice as much) Reddi Whip. Sprinkle with as many chocolate chips and sprinkles as your little heart desires.
Stare at your creation for one-to-two minutes and congratulate yourself for making something so pretty.
Swirl around and dig in!
Suggested Uses: Since this delectable dessert is so simple, you can use it in several different scenarios. Need some brain power to over-analyze the latest antics of your boyfriend? Clear that head quickly with some Cherries Swirlie. In charge of desserts for a dinner party? Throw a bunch of canned cherries, Reddi Whip, chocolate chips and sprinkles into your over-sized purse. Then, find a good hiding spot, create a few Cherries Swirlies for party guests and prepare for the compliments to roll in as you pretend they are homemade. And finally, nothing caps off a romantic dinner for two like this easy treat. It will allow you to finish eating quickly, so you can get down to the good stuff 😉
Instant Peach Cobbler (I know this isn’t technically pie mix, but it’s close enough)
Description: For anyone that likes to enjoy that famous Southern dessert without the hassle or the calories (check out my 2.5 Step Comfort Food Recipes for other comfort food makeovers).
Wacky Food Combo Ingredients: Classic (or Instant) Oats and Low Sugar Canned Peaches (Note: you can also use the ever-so-convenient portable fruit bowl version)
Directions: Pour 100 calorie can of Low Sugar canned peaches into microwavable dish; top with 1/2 cup of oats and mix together
Microwave for 90 seconds.
Let cool, dig in and enjoy!
You may also top with Reddi Whip – everything is better with Reddi Whip, my friends. It’s a Sometimes Healthy fact 😉
For the lunchbox version, use one pack of instant oatmeal and the small fruit bowl.
Suggested Uses: This healthified treat makes the perfect midnight snack. Having trouble falling asleep? Pop in an episode of Sex and the City or another timeless classic, throw together some instant peach cobbler, grab a glass of warm milk and chow down. This comforting classic will have you sleeping like a baby in no time! You can also use the lunchbox version to kick up your plain old typical oatmeal breakfast at work.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Egg Rolls
Description: Ahhh canned pumpkin! The most versatile canned fruit ever created. You can use it to create healthified fudge, a rich, satisfying soup and of course, pumpkin pie. And even though pumpkin flavors are most in-style during the fall, this wacky food combo creation tastes delicious year-round.
Wacky Food Combo Ingredients: Egg Roll Wrappers; cream cheese; For Filling: Canned Pumpkin, Greek Yogurt, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla to taste
Directions: (Warning, this recipe is a couple steps longer than most of my “intricate” recipes. Hey, if this Sometimes healthy Girl can handle it, rest assured that you can too)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray and lay out 4 egg roll wrappers (you can do more than that if you’d like – I just couldn’t bare to keep a large quantity of these in the kitchen!)
Spread 1-2 tablespoons of cream cheese (fat free in Sometimes Healthy’s kitchen – you can go reduced fat if you would like) in the middle of the wrappers (top some with chocolate chips if you’re visitor is in town and you need a chocolate fix)
Create pumpkin filling: Mix 1/2 of 15 ounce can of pumpkin with 1/2 of a non-fat single serving Greek Yogurt; add generous amounts of cinnamon and Splenda (or sugar) until filling is desired sweetness; optional: add 1 teaspoon of vanilla
Place pumpkin in center of wrapper on top of cream cheese
Fold as directed on product instructions. I’m not going to provide you with instructions as I am the opposite of an expert! Note: If you’re tempted to fill them more to make your egg rolls extra plump, beware. Too much filling causes the egg rolls to fall apart. As you can see, a couple of mine were just a bit too plump…shocking right?
Spray folded egg rolls with non-stick spray to create crisp coating; Place in oven for 10-15 minutes, depending upon how crispy you want them.
Remove from oven and enjoy pumpkin cheese nirvana!
You may also top with Reddi Whip? Why not finish off that can? You can always buy another…
Suggest Uses: This one’s a definite party-pleaser. If you’re hosting a get-together or dinner party, throw this one on the menu and people will think you are a culinary genius. Name it something sophisticated like “Egg Roll a la Pumpkin.” You’ll thank me later.
And that concludes our Wacky Food Combos: The Pie Filling Edition! At this point, you may think this Sometimes Healthy Girl’s officially fallen off the deep end with her crazy creations. Alternatively, you may just think I’m brilliant. Please let me know in the comments section.
I’m off to enjoy my left-over Egg Roll a la Pumpkin!
What’s your favorite type of pie? Ever do anything fun and crazy with pie filling? Please let me know so I can feel better about my wackiness