Years ago when the South Beach Diet was all the rage I bought many of their cookbooks. The first "phase" of the diet had a wonderful little dessert that I made quite a bit....ricotta cheese with a bit of non-sugar sweetener, some vanilla extract and chopped nuts. It was a great way to get rid of that sweet craving after dinner without too much damage (i.e. too much sugar or calories).
I still make that little dessert every once in a while, but since it was in the first phase of the program, fruit wasn't allowed so I never added it. I had a 'duh' moment when I saw this recipe in the Plugged In cookbook by Lara Brody...just add fruit to the mix to make a quick dessert!
I don't know about you, but I always seem to have a bit of leftover ricotta cheese after I've made some recipe...this is a great little way to use it up.
EASY RICOTTA DESSERT CREME
1 cup ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons honey
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
2 to 3 drops pure almond extract, to your taste
Fresh berries of your choice
Place all the ingredients except the berries in a blender, cover, and blend on medium speed until smooth. Refrigerate for 1 hour, then spoon over the berries and serve. Makes 1 serving.
Note: I added fresh peaches to the blueberries instead of using all berries. I used all 3 drops of the almond extract.
Note: I was lazy and didn't bother putting everything in a blender. I just mixed it well by hand. I had no problem with the texture.