With warmer weather more people are on the move – walking, jogging, running, etc. Many of us want to lose some weight before summer and short season arrives and still others need to watch what they eat for medical reasons.
Sometimes it seems as if anything that looks scrumptious and tastes wonderful is to banned forever more from our diets or we will never reach our goals or stick to a healthcare diet plan.
But there are some recipes that are both tasty and healthier than their counterparts. Such is the case with a pie recipe that I was given by a fellow journalist.
Patti Slaughter has worked at the Jeffersonian Democrat for many years and I’m fortunate to be working with her daily now. She has a knowledge of the Brookville area and its residents that comes from being a hometown girl and caring about all whom she meets.
As we’ve worked together over the past year and more we’ve talked of life, of God, of the state the world is in – both of us wishing more people would turn to God rather than guns when something goes wrong in their lives.
We’ve also talked about recipes – especially desserts. One recipe that she has shared with me sounded easy, light and delicious. Patti even went so far to make one of the pies and bring it in for the office to enjoy. It was all she had said it was.
I loved the whole idea of it so much that I shared it with my Sunday breakfast group. A week later I asked if anyone had made the pie and no one had. But since that time, Judith tells me she’s made numerous flavor combinations and enjoys them all.
The pie only takes four ingredients and is simple to make. All one needs is Cool Whip, a graham cracker crust (can be pre-made), a 3-oz. box of sugar free Jell-O and your desired fruit. Possible combinations include orange Jell-O and Mandarin oranges or possibly crushed pineapple (drained), strawberry Jell-O and strawberries, or lime Jell-O and crushed pineapples, the combinations are almost limitless.
The one absolute is the Jell-O must be sugar free because otherwise the pie will not set up.
I’m not sure what the pie is called but the directions are as follows:
Thaw an 8 oz. Cool Whip and add the 3-oz. box of Jell-O. Using a whisk mix the two until smooth. The Cool Whip will dissolve the Jell-O so that the final mixture is not grainy. Once it is smooth, mix in any type of fruit – cut up strawberries, crushed pineapple, Mandarin oranges. From a second thawed Cool Whip, cover the top of the pie. Now place the entire pie in the freezer for a couple of hours. (Of course, wrap it as you would any food item being stored in the freezer.)
Whenever you want to use the pie, take it out of the freezer about 45 minutes to an hour before you want to eat it. Place sliced strawberries on top or a few pieces of Mandarin oranges or some pineapple slices/chunks. Then simply cut the pie into slices and enjoy.
This pie can be made ahead for picnics, church gatherings or simply for a weekday dessert. It doesn’t taste sugar free I suspect because of the sugar in the Cool Whip and crust. It does taste light and refreshing and perfect for a warm spring, summer or fall day or even a winter event. Best part is it isn’t high in sugar or calories. If you use fat free Cool Whip, there are even less.