Jelled Ricotta Pudding: A Reader Shares a South Beach Diet Phase One Dessert!
I’m aware that many people read my blog who aren’t dieters, but I do get a fair amount of e-mail from readers using the South Beach Diet
to lose some weight. Back in October I heard from Janet, a garden writer and photographer
from Toronto who told me that she and her husband had recently started South Beach. Janet said they did miss having something a little sweet after dinner, so she’d been experimenting with phase one desserts. She’d been surprised like I was
how good the sugar-free Jello
tasted, and she’d also tried the phase one ricotta creme desserts in the original South Beach Diet Book
too. Combining those ideas, she mixed low-fat ricotta cheese
with sugar-free jello and came up with a dessert she thought was pretty good.
When I tried Janet’s creation, I was surprised how good it tasted for a completely sugar-free, phase one dessert, even with the slightly gritty texture of the ricotta cheese. You can use any flavor of Jello that appeals to you, but I made her layered pudding using raspberry Jello in the photo above. I’ve now decided the only hard part of this dessert is finding the different flavors of sugar-free Jello to try it with, since my store only seems to carry two flavors. Janet said she wouldn’t mind if I posted the recipe, and I thought this might be a welcome treat in January when lots of people are doing phase one.
Jelled Ricotta Pudding
(Makes 4 servings, recipe shared by Janet Davis and tested by Kalyn.)
1 pkg sugar-free Jello, any flavor that appeals to you
(this recipe is for 4-serving size package, double it for larger box of Jello.)
1 cup boiling water
2/3 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup cold water
Put ricotta cheese into bowl and stir with fork or whisk until it’s slightly softened. Have four glass dishes (slightly over 1/2 cup each) ready on counter to pour the hot Jello mixture into.
Put powdered Jello from package into large glass measuring cup, pour in boiling water and whisk for 1-2 minutes, until all Jello is dissolved in the water. Stir in ricotta, then cold water and mix together. Pour into glass bowls and place in refrigerator to set. I waited about 2 hours until the mixture was partly firm, then covered it with cling wrap.
Serve cold, from individual dishes.
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South Beach Suggestions:
This dessert with sugar-free Jello and low-fat ricotta cheese is great for any phase of the South Beach Diet. Janet reports she has since gone on to more sugar-free Jello experiments, including replacing the ricotta with low-fat plain yogurt and adding fruit for a layered phase two dessert.
More Recipes with Jello or Knox Gelatin:
(You can use sugar-free Jello in any recipe which uses Jello. Recipes from other Blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients. )
Double Berry Jello Salad
Jelly (Jello) with Quark from One Weigh or Another (Quark is a fat free soft cheese.)
Pomegranate Gelee from Christine Cooks
Refreshing Pomegranate Gelatin from Baking and Books
Cubed Coffee from Delicious Days
Grandma’s Sunshine Salad from Simply Recipes
Jello Jigglers from Dine and Dish
Broken Glass Jello from ‘Ono Kine Grindz
Blackberry and Prosecco Gelatina from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody
Congrealed Apple and Cheese Salad from Retro Food