Ricotta, Berry, and Goat Cheese Bread

It’s summertime which means berries are in season! And remember, when a fruit or vegetable is in season it means it will be at its peak freshness for tons of delicious, juicy flavor plus it’s cheaper. I found ricotta and goat cheese were also on sale so I came up with an easy & quick sweet treat using what I had on hand at home as well.

Makes: 2 pieces of bread

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Materials:                   

  • Plate
  • Tablespoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Measuring cup

img_5943Ingredients:

  • 2 slices multigrain toast
  • 4 Tablespoons whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons goat cheese crumbles
  • 1 cup total of berries of your choosing (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries)
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Directions:

1. Set 2 pieces of multigrain bread on a plate

2. Spread 4 Tablespoons of whole milk ricotta on the bread (2 Tablespoons for each piece of bread)

3. Place 1 cup of berries on top of ricotta (1/2 cup for each piece of bread)

4. Sprinkle on 2 Tablespoons goat cheese crumbles (1 Tablespoon for each piece of bread)

  • If you have a goat cheese log you can make your own crumbles

5. Drizzle 2 teaspoons honey over everything (1 teaspoon for each piece of bread)

6. Enjoy!

You can mix and match berries or use just your favorite one. This is a great breakfast option or a healthier dessert full of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. I did not toast the bread to make it quicker but if you prefer a warmer, crunchier version then go ahead!

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*Nutrition for 2 pieces of ricotta, berry, and goat cheese bread using blackberries & raspberries:

  • Calories: 478
  • Total fat: 16 g
    • Saturated fat: 7 g
    • Polyunsaturated fat: 3 g
    • Monounsaturated fat: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 44 mg
  • Sodium: 407 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 70 g
    • Fiber 14 g
    • Sugar: 24 g
  • Protein: 21 g
  • Potassium: 306 mg
  • Vitamin A: 13%
  • Vitamin C: 51%
  • Calcium: 26%
  • Folate: 24%
  • Iron: 18%img_5952

You can sub part-skim or fat-free ricotta cheese for less calories, fat, and cholesterol but more sodium.

You can also use half the amount of Truvia Nectar in place of honey for less calories, carbohydrates, and sugar.

Eat only 1 piece for half the calories if you want a snack instead of a meal.

 

Pulled Pork

I found this recipe in Shape magazine and altered it a bit to make it my own. Perfect for parties (Super Bowl, BBQs, etc) where you can let guests build their own sliders, nachos, or pizza. It’s great to put on the stove a couple hours ahead of time and let it simmer while you finish getting ready.

Makes: 20 portions (1/2 cup serving size)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Materials:

  • Oven
  • Medium bowl
  • Whisk or fork
  • Knife & cutting board
  • Deep cooking pot

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 lean pork tenderloin (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

1. Trim the fat and cut the pork into smaller chunks.

2. Slice 1/2 of a red onion

3. In the deep cooking pot, whisk together 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and 1 cup water.

4. Add the pork and 1/2 red onion

5. Bring to a boil on high heat

6. Reduce the heat so mixture simmers

7. Cover for 1 hour

8. Take chunks of meat out and place into medium bowl and shred with 2 forks. You can shred it finely or leave large chunks depending on your preference.

9. Place shredded pork back into pot, re-cover, and continue cooking for 30 more minutes.

*Nutrition for 1/2 cup portion of pulled pork

  • Calories: 102
  • Total fat: 2.9 g
  • Saturated fat: 1 g
  • Choleserol: 43 mg
  • Sodium: 94 mg
  • Potassium: 213 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 4 g
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Protein: 4 g