I’m not really hungry. (Not two minutes later, he grabs a bowl of mixed nuts and starts munching away.)
I thought you weren’t hungry?
I’m not…these are just nuts. (Lol, really? I thought nuts were food. I keep these thoughts to myself. :) )
I sit down next to him, beautifully plated crepe in hand. Can you just try a bite?, I say, waving the plate temptingly in front of him so he can smell it as well as see how pretty it is. He sighs, realizing that sometimes I can be just as stubborn as him.
As I all but plug his nose and stuff the bite into his mouth, he tastes it and admits that it’s delicious.I wish I could say that this type of conversation was few and far between with my hubby, but it is more the norm than anything else. So, when I tell you that these crepes are Mike-approved, you know they’re good. :)
P.S. This would make a beautiful addition to Mother’s Day brunch!
About This Recipe: I adopted my recipe from Rocco DiSpirito’s recipe for Vanilla-Ricotta Stuffed Crepes with Orange-Maple Syrup. My recipe (which is listed first below) has a couple changes, but I also included Rocco’s original recipe below mine for anyone who wants (his recipe is only 108 calories per serving!). Don’t be put off by the recipe length, it’s just because the directions are very detailed; the recipe comes together from start to finish in about 20 minutes.
1 navel orange, with 1 teaspoon of zest reserved
4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon chopped walnut
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, divided
1 cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese
5 1/2 tablespoons Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Vanilla creamer, divided (low-fat or regular)
4 large egg whites
4 tablespoons protein powder
1 teaspoon canola oil
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cut the top and bottom off the orange and stand it upright on a cutting board. Peel it the way you would a melon: using a sharp knife, start at the top of the fruit and cut the peel off in strips, working your way around; use a paring knife to cut the orange sections out. Transfer the orange sections to a small saucepan along with 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, the maple syrup, walnut, and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and turn off.
Mix the ricotta, remaining 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, remaining 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1 1/2 tablespoons creamer in a medium bowl; cover the bowl and refrigerate for now.
Wisk together the remaining 4 tablespoons creamer, egg whites, and protein powder in a medium bowl until powder is dissolved. Heat a 9 or 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat; add the canola oil and use a paper towel to coat the entire skillet (save the paper towel and use it coat the skillet between cooking each crepe). Pour 1/4 of the batter in and rotate the skillet around to spread out the batter. Cook until it starts to brown very lightly on the edges, about 30 seconds, then transfer to the oven and bake until fully cooked, about 30 seconds more. Gently pull the crepe out of the skillet and transfer to a piece of wax or parchment paper; cook the remaining batter the same way (you will have 4 crepes total).
Divide the ricotta mixture between the 4 crepes; roll up and serve with the orange-walnut-maple syrup to drizzle on top.
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Vanilla-Ricotta Stuffed Crepes with Orange-Maple Syrup
Courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito; reprinted with permission
Makes 4 servings
- 6 tablespoons Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Low-Fat Vanilla
- 4 teaspoons egg white powder
- 8 oz light ricotta cheese
- 1 navel orange, 1/2 teaspoon of zest removed with fine grater, then peeled
- 1/2 cup calorie-free pancake syrup
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 4 sprigs fresh mint (about 8 leaves), torn into small pieces
-PREHEAT the oven to 350˚ F. Pour all but 2 teaspoons of the Natural Bliss in a small mixing bowl and whisk in the egg white powder until fully dissolved; set aside. In another bowl mix the ricotta cheese with the remaining 2 teaspoons of Natural Bliss and 1/4 teaspoon of the orange zest; set aside. With a sharp paring knife, cut the sections of orange flesh out from the white membrane that encases them in the orange. Place the orange sections, remaining 1/4 teaspoon orange zest and the pancake syrup in small microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high until the mixture simmers, about 2 minutes. Carefully remove the plastic wrap on one side to vent but keep warm and set aside.
-SPRAY a 10-inch nonstick skillet for 1 second with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Pour one-fourth of the Natural Bliss and egg powder mixture into the warm pan and swirl the mixture so it forms a thin even layer on the bottom of the pan. Put it over the heat until you can see browning at the edges, about 20 seconds, and then place in the oven and bake about 30 seconds or until it has fully cooked. Pull the crepe out of the pan, cover with plastic wrap or parchment paper and set aside. Repeat these steps to make 3 additional crepes.
-PLACE a dollop of the ricotta mixture in the center of each crepe and spread it out evenly over the crepes. Fold crepes in half and then in half again and place one crepe each on four plates. Spoon the warm orange syrup over each crepe and garnish with mint leaves.
Nutrition information per serving (for Rocco’s recipe):
108 calories, 3.9 fat (2g sat, 0g mono, 0g poly), 17mg cholesterol, 157mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 8g protein
And now it’s giveaway time! You might have noticed that both recipes include Coffee-mate Natural Bliss creamer, which is no coincidence…if you’d like to try it for yourself, you’re in luck because that’s what the giveaway is for!
To participate in this giveaway, you can do any of the following (please leave a separate comment for each, so I can count them as separate entries):
- Leave a comment telling me if you have a picky eater to feed (or if you’re a picky eater).
- Leave a comment telling me how you like your coffee.
- Leave a comment telling me if you’re having brunch on Mother’s Day…and if so, what’s on the menu? (I’m looking for inspiration!)
This giveaway ends Thursday, May 10th at 9PM EST; after that the winner will be randomly selected and notified by email. Good luck to all!
Disclaimer: I received coupons to try Coffee-mate Natural Bliss creamer for free, and they are also providing the Coffee-mate coupons for this giveaway. As always, opinions stated are my own.