Saturday, February 22, 2014

Healthy Love for Cheesecake and Pizza!

Yesterday I finished my rotation with Power Up within the Pittsburgh Public School system, but I'll blog about that later!

Snow on snow on snow for Valentine's Day;  although we finally got some sun today. I didn't feel like baking anything that day after I was given my bouquet of cupcakes :). It got me thinking though of something to nibble on that's still a sweat treat with a little extra power punch. So cheesecake it was; but with extra protein and a lot less sugar! I love love greek yogurt (variety has skyrocketed since it's been the new "healthy" food trend) and has about 15-20 grams of protein vs a regular yogurt that would be 5-6 grams per 6 ounces. Now, I had some Kashi cereal (cinnamon cluster) on hand and thought.....perfect crust substitute that is also a high protein kind of cereal. Please enjoy this as a future date night with this pre-portioned little snack!


Cherry Protein Valentine's Day Cheesecake


  • 3/4-1 cup Kashi cereal (GoLean cinnamon cluster), crushed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3-4 Tbsp butter, melted
  •  Cherry Chobani  greek yogurts (I used two of the single 5.3 oz servings)
  • 6 oz reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 Tbp powder suger
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup cherry pie filling (additional topping if so desired )


Preheat oven to 325. Crush cereal and combine with walnuts and brown sugar in a small bowl. Stir in butter until crumbly. If you have a crust you'd like to use....go ahead and use it! I used small jars for a cute serving size. I lightly patted it into the bottom and baked for 12-15 minutes (Yes....just place the jars in the oven). Let cool a little once done.

In a bowl combine and beat greek yogurt, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Evenly split filling in glass jars; add cherries if so desired and allow to set in the fridge for 1-2 hours and then surprise someone with a sinfully good treat that is heavenly light.

Now, ready for more?? This past week, I had to do a recipe tasting for at least 40 students during my rotation with Power Up. My manager said why not try cauliflower crust and cauliflower crust pizza it was! I had never tried this recipe before and like it even more when discovering the little hidden veggies. After two trial runs...I was ready to for the food tasting :). Let's just say that this play on pizza is a keeper! You can top this pizza with whatever you want! The first night was kale, sprinkle of blue cheese, and tomato slices. The second night was sauteed kale and red bell peppers, blue cheese, black beans, and avocado. The first two tries I microwaved the cauliflower and then mixed it with other ingredients, but during the food tasting we skipped the microwave. Both ways worked well.

Cauliflower crust before it goes into the oven :).

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Day 1.....attempt #1

Here's the power point slides I made for the high school classes we cooked at :).

*Hint: Try and pat out as much moisture from the riced cauliflower. Do not layer on the sauce or cheese. Go light with both for better results. One whole cauliflower can make about two thinner about 2 cups of cauliflower for a quicker prep time in the following days.

Day 3....the food tasting!
Day 2
Day 1

Hope your enjoying the weather right now! Pittsburgh finally got up to 51 degrees!


Enjoy the dog pic of the week! 

Left is this Saturday of play vs last Saturday!