The idea of starting a Blog has been pondering in my head for months now if not for years. I have been told by several people that i should start one…but lets be real I am not the most tech savvy,so the thought of it was very daunting to me. Let be real i can’t type fast so by the time I am done i hardly ever proof read it so It ends up with at least 100 mistakes lol.
So Please do not be alarmed I will try my best but I am usually struggling to fit everything in life so if things are not correct me please be kind!! I am Hoping this becomes a new hobby love creating new healthy recipes.After all Life is about learning and having fun right? Who really read the blogs anyway? Is all for the recipes right?!…
I have always loved to cook and once I started to really get into heath and fitness did I find a passion for making things that were healthy and by no means boring.I need to haver excitement when it comes to food I LOVE FOOD!! I also love to go out to new places and get ideas and try to think of ways to make them healthy.
So where this idea began~ Yesterday, as I am following the count down to competion eating plan for the 21 day fix extreme this week and I was trying to find ways to satisfy my sweet craving. Since this diet is high on protein and low on carbs it got my brain thinking what can I make??Since it was the start of September I knew it was time to start my Pumpkin Craze!! I LOVE PUMPKIN! even better it is a considered a veggie in the 21 day fix, after all it is a squash. When i found this out it made my month!! So I got some ideas and went for it and made a 21 day fix approved pumpkin cheesecake.
I had to be teased and watch my boyfriend eat it and rave it about last night..HOWVER I Just got to sit down and actually eat it finally after work tonight. I really had to practice self control i could of easily ate the whole thing … But i knew after having this and the craze amount of people where dying to try this recipe i knew i need to share and start the blog so I can out all my awesome creations in one place to be able to come back to!
Ok so what you will need~
~2 cups cottage(2%) cheese
~1/2 cup nonfat greek yogurt
~1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree (not pie filling)
~3 tbs of almond flour
~1 tsp of vanilla extract
~1 tsp of cinnamon
~1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
~1 tsp of stevia
~1 tbs of maple syrup
~A few zests of orange ( you can use lemon zest( i switched to orange at the last min to give it a sweeter flavor) or eliminate it all together. But just a little goes a long way but the zest gives a nice fresh taste.)
This is what you do~
1) Preheat the oven to 350 and spray with coconut oil spray a small pie pan. Mine is really small like 7 or 8 inches.
2) Blend the cottage cheese in a blender till it is smooth and no longer clumpy. Once smooth add the remaining ingredients into the blender till all mixed together and smooth.
3)Put it all the greased pan. I made a swirl on mine with cinnamon just get a knife and dip it in water and cinnamon and keep repeating it till you get the swirl you want.
4) Bake for 30-35 mins the edges should be coming away from the sides of the pan thats when you know it is done.
5) Put in the fridge for a few hours or over night
6) I topped with a few crushed cashews to give it the crunch texture and was nice made it feel like it had a crust even though it did not have one!
Now what? enjoy and let me know if you try it!! I am going to making it again for sure with a new spin on it i am sure so stay tuned for my recipes with Mixing in the Kitchen with Michelle! Until then Keep it fun and healthy!!