Sunday, March 17, 2013

Mini Fruit Tarts #SundaySupper



Please tell me that you've gotten out and enjoyed the beautiful weather that we've been having lately! (Hope it's beautiful where you are because it's been wonderful here!) We've had way to much cold and yuckiness, I need sunshine in my life! Today was one of those beautiful days that just screams that spring is right on top of us!



Big Bear went out and worked on our flowerbeds today and I opened all of the windows in the house and cleaned from top to bottom. I'll take a few more days/weeks like this please!

Along with beautiful weather, these last few weeks have brought on another chapter in the Barrett household.  We're really stepping it up this time and actually, truthfully working on our eating habits.



No more diets, no more cutting out carbs or whatever, no more aiming to loose weight. Our goal?
Eat better, be healthy, stay active and anything that comes from that in the form of weight loss is just a huge bonus.


So far we've done pretty good. We're eating a ton of vegetables and we've been adding more protein to our diets. I'm also snacking on fruits and I love having them in the house now.



BigBear still isn't to much into the fruits but I hope that we can change that! Hey, I've gotten him to eat broccoli and spinach haha, I should be able to get him to eat some fruit, right? I mean come on, what's not to love about blackberries, strawberries, bananas and kiwis!!


Plus the bright colors of these fruits just scream "SPRING!!" to me. Foods like fruit make me WANT to eat healthy. Like my friend Anne keeps telling me when it comes to junk food, "It's easier to say "I don't want" that than to say "I can't have that". I am finding that so true. I am finding that I am looking at candy and sweets and saying "I don't want that" and looking at fruits and saying " I do want that!" It's a great feeling too.



I'm still working on recipes and whatnot but there will be a change going on around the blog too, since I do blog about what we eat. I'm seeing less junk on the blog and more yummy "good for you" recipes in my future.

Now, I'm not saying that I want to totally give up everything, but we're just going to be changing the way we view food from now on. I have noticed that with eating better that when I do eat junk that my body flips out. So I might be giving up more than I want to haha. My body is rebelling against junk now. Ahhh what will become of my chocolate addiction. I've already banished diet sodas lol.





Ps. I think that blackberry and kiwi is my new favorite fruit combination!
:)
>:)
(Printable Recipe Here)
Mini Fruit Tarts

Ingredients 
For Filling:

8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
2 teaspoons honey
8 ounces cool whip, thawed

For Crust:

30 Vanilla Wafers
3-4 tablespoons of butter, melted

Sliced Strawberries
Sliced Kiwi
Sliced Bananas
Blackberries

Instructions 

Pre-heat oven to 350F.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use an electric mixer with a regular bowl), mix together the cream cheese, yogurt and honey. Mix for a few minutes until combined and smooth. 

Carefully fold in the cool whip. Place into the fridge. 

In a medium bowl crush the vanilla wafers. Add in the melted butter and stir until combined. 

Place 1 tablespoon of crumbs into each mini muffin cup.

Press down with the back of the measuring spoon or use a tart former to make a it into a mini crust.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.  

Slice the fruit. (leave blackberries whole)

Once the tart shells are cool start to assemble the tarts. 

Spoon a little of the cream cheese mixture into the tarts or fill a sandwich bag with the cream cheese mixture, cut one of the tip off and pipe the cream cheese mixture into the tarts. 

Top with fruit slices.

Makes: 25-30 tarts




We've got some more great recipes to share today that are all about spring! 

Green and Spring Dishes Menu Includes:

Breakfast
Apps, Bread, Salads, Soups and Dressings:
Main and Sides:
Desserts:
Beverages:

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