No Guilt Cheese Cake




Crust (I didn’t make it), but go ahead if you don’t mind more calories:

1 1/2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs

6 Tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil

1/4 cup sugar


Cheesecake Ingredients

3 cups O% fat cottage cheese, with pineapple

2 cups non-fat plain Greek yogurt

4 eggs

3/4 cup Splenda

3/4 cup Agave

1/4 cup almond flour

Zest from one lemon

2-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Raspberry Coulis (Sauce) Easy & Low-Cal


Ingredients & Directions


2 cups, quartered, hulled fresh raspberries (or strawberries)

1/4 cup water

2 Tablespoons Agave

1 Tablespoon Splenda

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice




1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processer and puree until very smooth.

2. Press the puree through a fine mesh strainer to remove any seeds or skin that didn’t puree.

3. Cover and refrigerate until cold. This keeps well and you can make it ahead of time.

4. Spoon it over cheese cake, ice cream or pound cake.




Crust Directions

Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with non-stick spray. Bake for 8 minutes in a 350 degrees F. preheated oven. Allow the crust to cool on the counter while making the cheesecake filling.


Cheesecake Directions

Add the cottage cheese, yogurt, eggs, and sugar to a blender or food processor. Blend or pulsate until the filling is smooth like cake batter. Add the flour, zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Blend again until smooth.


Pour the filling into oiled, prepared individual ramekin dishes. Place all the ramekins into an aluminum pan with a little water added into the pan and bake for 60 minutes or until the center of the cheesecake is not jiggly. Carefully touch the center of the cheesecake. The texture should feel soft but firm to touch. If the center feels like liquid, continue to cook the cheesecake for 10 more minutes and check again.


Allow the cheesecake to cool. Serve while still a little warm with the raspberry coulis spooned over the cheese cake.




Gather all ingredients ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



Just Out of the Oven ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



Stag’s Leap, reliable Vineyard has a wine for all budgets. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc. This is a good year. Their “Artemis“ is good and so is their “Fay“ among many others.


No guinea pig to experiment with this week, as Jules was traveling all week, to DC. Then Vegas, then San Francisco and I made vegan recipes all week and lost over 5 pounds ta da! Eating mainly a chickpea/onion casserole,with sauce made out of yogurt and tahini, plus fresh garnish of tomatoes with cucumber and parsley with fresh mint. Want to know more?


When he returned, back to experimenting. I can share with you a no guilt cheese cake recipe that I accidentally stumbled onto by buying pineapple zero fat cottage, instead of plain zero-fat cottage. This cheese cake tastes best if eaten slightly cooled, then eaten with a bit of the raspberry coulis spooned on top, as you see In the first photo.


Our weekend was haphazard. Has this happened to you? Plan one thing, it doesn’t work. Try something else and oh well. We went to the revival of Steven Sondheim’s, Out Of The Woods. What a gawd awful mess, but the critics liked it. I must be the only New Yorker who does NOT like much of anything Steven Sondheim has created. I can say that I DO like, A Little Night Music, with the lovely song from it, Send InThe Clowns. Other than this, Sondheim productions leave me cold. We walked out of, Sweeny Todd; The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, even though we had the best seats at a gala performance. Just could not stand it. IMO, the show we saw this weekend could not have been more awful. Sets were helter skelter, voices were nothing to speak of, not one memorable song, need I go on? We didn’t walk out, but only lovely red wine and dinner at one of our favorite Italian restaurants could get us back to being relatively amenable. And, finally we had a good time. Interesting how it all gets back to the basics, food and – well, you know!


Spring is supposed to renew us, right? I need renewing, how about you?


Hope Your Week Was A Good One!




But still prefer Sexy Beast cabernet, from Two Hands Vineyard, Australia ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


From Our Table to Yours!


Bon Appetit!



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