Mist Mint Mousse

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I first made this recipe from Family Circle Magazine in 1986 as a small pie.  The recipe at that time was doubled and placed in an 8-inch baked pie shell.  I noted in my dessert recipe binder:  “12/23/86 – Shannon loved this.”

Daughter Shannon was 16 years old then and loved rich desserts.  Now, she tries to avoid the extra fat and calories of pie crust, so I used the adapted recipe below and made four servings of light, refreshing mousse.  Using low fat cream cheese and whipped topping along with non-fat condensed milk helps trim it down a bit, too.

MIST MINT MOUSSE

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)*
  • 1/2 tsp mint extract
  • One drop green food coloring
  • 1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/3 cup Andes chocolate mint baking chips

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*Save remaining milk in a covered jar and freeze for future use

4 dessert dishes

In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream cheese and condensed milk.  Whisk in mint extract and food coloring.

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Stir in whipped topping and Andes chocolate mint chips.

Spoon mousse into four pretty dessert dishes (about ½ cup each).
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Cover and refrigerate overnight.

4 servings 

Blueberry Chocolate Mousse

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I got the idea for this dessert from a recipe on the Blueberry Council web site.  I changed it to suit my taste, ingredients and the way I wanted to serve it.

The mousse alone would be very good but the addition of the cookie adds a bit more richness and flavor.  My daughters and I really enjoyed it.

BLUEBERRY CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

  • 1 cup undiluted evaporated milk, divided
  • 1-¼ teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  •  ½ cup milk chocolate chips (Ghirardelli)
  •  4 chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreo)
  •  ½ cup fresh blueberries

In a medium microwaveable bowl, place 1/3-cup evaporated milk.  Sprinkle gelatin over and stir to mix
Set aside to allow gelatin to soften for 5 minutes
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Microwave on high until bubbles appear, 30 to 60 seconds
Add chocolate chips and stir until smooth then stir in remaining evaporated milk

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Cover and refrigerate until the mixture starts to set.
Meanwhile, crumble half of a chocolate sandwich cookie into each of 4 dessert dishes
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Set aside

Remove bowl of chocolate chip mixture from refrigerator and stir until smooth.   Fold blueberries into mousse.

Spoon mousse mixture into the four dessert dishes.  Crumble half of a chocolate sandwich cookie over the top of each dish of mousse.

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Cover loosely and chill until firm, about 2 hours

4 servings 

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Cherry Fudge Mousse

I wanted to make a dessert that would use up some leftover frozen tart cherries and a carton of Greek yogurt.  I thought about how much we like a Cherry Fudge Pie I make and translated it into this dessert.  It is easy to put together, can be made ahead of time, and is really delicious.  Using 2% milk and lite Cool Whip, a serving is 250 calories.

CHERRY FUDGE MOUSSE

  • 1-½ cups frozen tart cherries, thawed, with juice
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. quick cooking tapioca
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/8 tsp. almond extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (Ghirardelli milk chocolate)
  • 4-serving package of instant French Vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5.3 oz. container of Greek yogurt (Dannon)
  • 1 cup Cool Whip frozen topping, thawed

To make the Cherry Fudge Sauce:

In a small saucepan over medium high heat, mix the cherries, juice, sugar, tapioca and salt.  Cook until mixture begins to boil, stirring occasionally.  Boil for another minute, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and stir in almond extract and chocolate chips.  Let cool to room temperature.

To make the mousse:

In a medium bowl, place the instant pudding and milk – whisk until smooth and starting to thicken.  Whisk in the yogurt and then the Cool Whip topping.

Spoon into six small serving dishes.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Spoon the cooled Cherry Fudge Sauce over the chilled moose and serve immediately or cover and return to the refrigerator.  Further chilling will thicken the sauce.  Can be kept refrigerated for several days.

Yield:  6 servings.

You might also like this Cherry Fudge Pie

https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2008/02/18/presidents-day-and-cherry-fudge-pie/

Easy and Quick Lemon Mousse

In 1976, I saw a cookbook at a reduced price in a book store and took a chance on it.  I’ve never regretted it.  The book was called The Garden Club Desserts Cookbook and this is the first dessert I made from it….certainly not the last.

EASY AND QUICK LEMON MOUSSE

  • 14 oz. can of condensed milk (I use non-fat)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 8 oz. (2 cups) lite frozen whipped topping, thawed

In a medium bowl, whisk together the condensed milk and lemon juice.  Fold in the whipped topping.  Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least two hours.

Serve in a pretty dessert dish.  Makes 4 to 6 servings. 

Blender Chocolate Mousse

I found this recipe in 1989 in a magazine and have taken this long to get around to trying it.  I needed to make a dessert quickly before heading out on an errand and this fit the bill.  It took minutes to make and is chilling in the refrigerator, ready for supper when I get home.

BLENDER CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

  • 1 cup evaporated milk, undiluted, scalded*
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips (one heaping cup)
  • 1 Tblsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

The reason for heating the milk is to melt the chocolate chips, so heating until almost boiling in a pan or heating until very hot in the microwave will work.  If heating in a pan, stir constantly to keep film from forming and to keep the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Place in a blender the chocolate chips, sugar and vanilla.  Pour the scalded milk into the blender and blend until mixture is smooth.

Pour into four dessert dishes.

Cover and chill for several hours.  Serve with whipped cream or topping. 

Tuna Melt and Butterscotch Kahlua Mousse

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My youngest daughter is a busy stay-at-home mom who always finds time to get together with me on Fridays for lunch.  I try to make meals that are tasty, quick and easy, and reduced in fat and calories.  Here is the meal we had this week.

Friday was a beautiful fall day in southwestern Ohio and even a low-calorie, low fat meal looked pretty and tasted good.  I made an old standby of tuna salad on sturdy homemade bread, topped with tomato and fontina cheese and heated under the broiler.  Fast, easy and delicious.

MOM'S TUNA MELT


  • Two 5-oz. cans of white albacore tuna, packed in water, drained)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • 1-1/2 Tblsp. finely chopped onion
  • 1 Tblsp. (or more) snipped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayo (Hellman’s Olive Oil Mayonnaise)
  • 3/4 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • Sprinkling of salt and grating of pepper to taste
  • 6 homemade rolls, split, or 6 slices of sturdy bread
  • 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 6 thin slices of fontina cheese

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In a medium bowl, mix together the drained tuna, bell pepper, onion and cilantro.  In a separate small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and red wine vinegar.  Add the mayonnaise mixture to the tuna and vegetables, add salt and pepper, and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

When ready to serve, preheat broiler.  Place split rolls or slices of bread on a large baking sheet.  Spoon the tuna mixture onto each roll/bread piece.  Top with a slice of tomato and a thin slice of fontina cheese.  Place under broiler until tuna is heated through and cheese is melted.  Serve immediately.

Yield:  6 servings

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Based on 6 servings, nutrition per DietPower software is:  233 calories, 8.25 g fat, 26.5 mg cholesterol, 235 mg sodium, 165 mg potassium, 2.63 g carbohydrate, .447 g dietary fiber, 11 g protein.

Weight Watchers:  5 points per serving 


Dessert had started out to be Chocolate Kahlua Mousse, but I found I had only butterscotch instant pudding on hand.  The butterscotch and kahlua made a good combination and a nice finish to the meal.

BUTTERSCOTCH KAHLUA MOUSSE


  • One 4 oz. box of sugar/fat-free butterscotch instant pudding
  • 1-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup kahlua
  • 1-1/2 cups Cool Whip Lite topping, thawed

In  a medium bowl, whisk together the pudding mix, milk and kahlua for 2 minutes.  Fold in the Cool Whip topping.  Spoon into 6 dessert dishes, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Yield:  6 servings


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Based on 6 servings, nutrition per DietPower software is:  160 calories, 3.67 g fat, 3.69 mg cholesterol, 239 mg sodium, 82 mg potassium, 23.6 g carbohydrate, 1.66 g protein

Weight Watchers:  4 Points/Plus per serving