Posted by: Cyndy Salzmann | March 12, 2009

The Accidental Cook

I decided to clean out the freezer this afternoon and, as usual, found a few items lurking in the back that needed to be used. Sooner rather than later.

Here’s what I had:

  • 1 bag of mixed berries — (raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.
  • 1 container of Cool Whip light
  • 1 small can of unsweetened orange juice

frozen-berries So now I was faced with a few options.

I could flip through my cookbooks to find a recipe using these ingredients. I was thinking Berry Cobbler. But I’m trying to watch my weight and wasn’t willing to pay for that indulgence on the treadmill.

So I decided to Google “recipe using mixed berries, orange juice and whipped topping” — and found this recipe for Mixed Berry Tartlets at Judy’s Kitchen. But it had 14 ingredients — seven which I didn’t have. Plus it involved pie crust — and who wants to fool around with pie crust on a Friday?

By now the frozen berries are starting to melt on the counter.

Sigh.

I decided to just toss the whole mess in the blender. I also added some diet peach Snapple and Splenda because it needed a little “something” and that’s what I had on the counter.

Surprisingly… the result is REALLY good. Especially considering that it is also pretty good for you.

So here’s the recipe in case you’d like to clean out your freezer too.

Cyndy’s “Clean out your Freezer” Dessert

  • 1 bag of mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries and blackberries) — or any kind of frozen fruit
  • 1 container of Cool Whip light
  • 1 small can of unsweetened orange juice
  • 1/2 bottle diet peach Snapple — or any other clear beverage you have sitting around like lemonade, diet Sprite, water, Crystal Lite
  • Splenda to taste

Process in a blender. Freeze. Thaw slightly before serving.

TIP: For a nice presentation, freeze in clear plastic cups (6-8 oz.) and top with a sprig of mint.

Of course, I don’t have any mint growing here in Nebraska this time of year — but I think it would be a pretty garnish if I did.

Sigh.

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