Nearly Guiltless (and Stupid Simple) Tartlets

A little over half-way to my target weight, so I'm still watching the fats, calories and carbs.  

I'm not a huge fan of sweets, but sometimes I do dream about having a little goodie or two. 

And I recently got the "craving".

So, taking stock of what was in the fridge, freezer and pantry I devised these two-bite treats, and pulled them together in almost no time.

Really simple to make ~ here are the ingredients:

Just toast up the little filo shells on a shallow baking tray in a 325˚F oven for about 5 to 7 minutes until they are lightly brown and crisp. Allow them to cool and melt the chocolate you like best and "paint" or smooth a thin layer of chocolate on the inside of the cooled tartlet shells with a small spoon. Place the chocolate lined shells in the fridge for a few minutes so the chocolate will set up, then spoon in the yogurt filling. 

I chose different flavors of yogurt; French Vanilla, Key Lime, and Black Forest Chocolate-Cherry.  Of course you can swap out any flavors of yogurt you like best.

To dress them up a little I garnished the Black Cherry-Chocolate ones with toasted sliced almonds. (I dipped them part-way in the melted chocolate and placed them on waxed paper to allow the chocolate to firm up before arranging them on the tarts.

For the Key Lime version, I plucked the tender tips off the mint sprigs in the garden ~
Pssst . . . Lime and mint are a great flavor combination!

St. Patrick's Day idea maybe?

I really liked the white chocolate with the lime and mint, too.

Just what I was dreaming of ~
Crispy/crunchy shell, cool and creamy filling , with a little layer of chocolate for a hint of decadence as a reward. Yum!!

You can make them a day ahead and store in airtight container in fridge; the chocolate on the interior provides a barrier from the yogurt and prevents the shells from becoming mushy. I'd probably garnish them at the last minute though to keep the fresh taste and appearance.

I'm not certain of the exact calorie count but the breakdown as near as I can figure is as follows:

1 plain filo shell = 23 calories
2 teaspoons 'light' yogurt per shell (100 calories per 6 ounce carton & 36 teaspoons in 6 ounces) = is just over 5 calories

This is not counting the 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of chocolate, or the garnishes for each.

Even so, I figure they are fairly lean ~ a perfect little treat to satisfy that occasional sweet tooth.


I used dark chocolate for the French Vanilla filling, and garnished with a ripe raspberry ~ quite delicious!  I think that was my favorite combo.  :)

If you try them I hope you like them!

Thank you so much for stopping by ~ and I hope you have a wonderful week.  My thoughts and prayers are going out to those in need.

Blessings! xoxo ~m.


New Peeps ~ The Next Generation!

The chicken population is growing at my house. :)

I've shared about my chickens before, back in 2010 ~ from the very beginning of the construction of the Hen House and the completed project.  

And introduced some of the chickens here and here and here.

Those hens have been good girls and steady layers ~ we've added on to the original chicken coop and pen since then so it's time to rejuvenate things a bit.

This time I chose more Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, and Americaunas (the ones that lay blue or green eggs.)

It's always so much fun to watch them grow ~ I hope you enjoy these pictures of the most recent additions to the flock:

A befuddling impostor! 

 These pictures are all Buff Orpinton chicks ~ 

When fully mature the hens look like this:

Photo courtesy of Backyard Chickens

And the hens will weigh about 8 pounds, it is a very good natured breed, excellent laying hens, the hens are good nurturing mothers, and they are surely right up there among my favorites chickens.

I'll post more of the other newbies soon.

Thank you for stopping by ! Have a happy weekend Friends! 
xoxo ~m


Sweet and Spicy Asian-Style Shrimp & Lettuce Roll-Ups

Actually, the food I've been preparing for the past several weeks, hasn't been all that interesting so I haven't posted much. I've been continuing to stick with the healthier eating habits, and I'm happy to report that my bathroom scale is my friend once again. I yet have a little ways to go before I hit my target weight, so please bear with me. :D

I must admit that I'm looking forward to getting to the point of maintaining rather than reducing. ;) Hopefully, soon!

But this simple dish is one I felt I had to share ~ it has a lot of things going for it; tasty, easy to assemble, healthful and pretty to look at. Plus you can serve it as an appetizer or as a salad or main course.

It's another one that needs no actual recipe, it's just a matter of cooking the shrimp then assembling the ingredients.  

Here's what you'll need:

Shrimp (I used 30/40 count per pound), peeled and tails removed
Attractive, whole lettuce leaves, washed, drained and chilled to crisp them
Slivered cabbage (green or red) tossed with a little seasoned rice vinegar
Thinly sliced scallions
Cilantro or Mint leaves
Chopped salted peanuts (I used dry roasted)
Lime wedges (optional)
And the drizzle

For the drizzle:

The base is a couple of tablespoons of Sweet Thai Chili Sauce, the amount will depend upon the number of lettuce cups/shrimp you are using. It only takes a couple of teaspoons or less for each lettuce roll-up.

I used Lee Kum Kee brand  Sweet Thai Chili Sauce this time ~ my other favorite brand is Mae Ploy, both are very good.  To the sweet Thai sauce just stir in a little of either one of these Asian hot sauces; either Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce (in the center bottle), or Sambal Oelek (jar on the right.) Both are pretty spicy, so add just a little, mix into the Sweet Chili Sauce and taste to see if you want it spicier.  I like it medium spicy so the other ingredients' delicate flavors aren't lost in the heat; it's just a matter of taste.

This time, to cook the shrimp, I brushed each of them with a little olive oil, placed them on a parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkled lightly with salt and pepper and roasted in a hot (450-500˚F) oven for about two minutes, turning once halfway through baking time. (Timing will depend upon the size of the shrimp you choose. Don't forget they will continue cooking after you remove them from the oven, so it's best to slightly undercook them, otherwise they will be tough and chewy.)

Alternately they can be poached in a pan of barely simmering salted water until they just turn pink, then drained, or brush the shrimp with a little oil and grill them on a stove-top or outdoor grill if you prefer.

So easy to assemble:
For each roll-up; One lettuce leaf, the seasoned-rice vinegar cabbage slivers, cooked shrimp, sprinkle of sliced scallions and cilantro or mint leaves, the sauce drizzled over all, then finished with the chopped peanuts (and a squeeze of fresh lime, if using.)

If you give them a try I hope you love them as much as I do!

Blessings for a good week ahead everyone. xo ~m

A Sampling of my food . . .


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