Thursday, July 20, 2017

Strawberry Pie - 30 Days 30 Recipes - Day 11

I'll start off by telling you I almost messed this one up because I don't typically make heat and serve pudding.  I was rushing and added hot water to my pan to start it boiling faster.  Then, by chance, I glanced at the ingredients on the box of pudding.  First ingredient?  Cornstarch.  I promptly dumped my hot water and started over.  Why, you might ask?  Clumps!  Never put cornstarch in hot water!  Good thing I caught that.

So on to the review.  Is it good?  Worth making?  Yes, this one is a keeper.  It's easy, sweet, delicious and definitely diet friendly.  Bonus: everyone in my family really liked it!  It would be a great dish to bring along to a pot-luck or summer BBQ.

The only thing that gets me is the artificial sweetener, so I would probably not make it regularly.  I have no problem eating sugar free products on occasion.  I even use a couple sweeteners regularly.  The pudding and gelatin have aspartame, however.  Another recipe in the series,  Mandarine Orange Mousse, also has aspartame.  In the past, I found aspartame gave me headaches, but luckily I haven't noticed that with these recipes.  Given that, I would most likely make these dishes again to share at a party or event, and not consume them all by myself! Self control is key!

On that note, I am thinking of finding a way to make this recipe without the aspartame and possibly add stevia, but that would take the "easy" factor out.  If I find or come up with something I'll be sure to link back here and do a post on it.

Either way, this one is good, even with all the aspartame!

Find the original recipe on page 5: 100 Favorite Weight Watchers Recipes

Taste Score: 9
Ease of Preparation Score: 9

Strawberry Pie


1 small box sugar free cook and serve vanilla pudding

2 cups water
1 small box sugar free strawberry gelatin
4 cups sliced strawberries (I kept mine whole)

In a medium saucepan, stir together water and pudding mix.  Heat to a boil.  Remove from heat and immediately add gelatin.  Stir until dissolved.  Set pan aside and let mixture cool to room temperature.

Place strawberries in the bottom of a deep dish pie plate (my pie plate is packed in a box so I used an 8x8 glass pan).  Pour cooled pudding mixture over strawberries.  Refrigerate until set.

Nutrition Information
Serves 6
1 serving =
37 calories
0 grams fat
8 grams carb
2 grams fiber
1 gram protein

Weight Watchers POINTS - 0 (but not 0 if you eat the whole thing!)
Weight Watchers Points Plus - 1
Weight Watchers Smart Points - 1 (if you count the strawberries as "no-count")

We just moved so my pie plate is packed in a box somewhere.  Instead I used an 8x8 glass pan.  And I didn't slice the strawberries.  I'm such a rule-breaker!

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