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All the taste, none of the guilt

It's January and everyone is in New Year's resolution mode, but that's no reason to become a rabbit.



A balanced, healthy diet is more likely to stay with you than a diet that deprives you of the occasional treat.



Weight Watchers has a wonderful web site that offers tips and tools to help you along the way in your weight loss journey/new healthy lifestyle. (There are free portions to the site, but most of the tools and the recipes are behind a pay wall.)



One of the things they offer are recipes that cut a lot of the calories and/or fat from tasty treats that you can enjoy without undercutting your best efforts.



For instance, my husband and I were talking about creme brulee the other day, but decided against it because we didn't want to sabotage our healthier eating habits.



But this afternoon, I found a recipe on weightwatchers.com that offers all the creamy yumminess of creme brulee without all of the calories and fat.



Give it a try!



CHOCOLATE CREME BRULEE



This showy, French-inspired dessert will wow dinner guests. The best part is that it doesn't require any special equipment: The sugary glaze cooks on your stovetop.

 
     
 
3 large egg(s)   
1 large egg yolk(s)   
  1 1/2 cup(s) sugar, divided   
  3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa   
  1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate square(s)   
  2 cup(s) fat-free half-and-half   
  1 tsp vanilla extract   
  1/4 cup(s) water   

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300°F. Fill the bottom of a roasting pan with 1 inch of water and place in oven.

  • Whisk together eggs, yolk and 1/2 cup of sugar in a medium bowl. Combine cocoa, chocolate and half & half cream in a small pot.

  • Heat chocolate mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and steam rises from surface, about 4 to 5 minutes; pour into egg mixture, whisking constantly, then mix in vanilla. Divide among 8 small custard cups; place cups in roasting pan and bake until almost set in the middle, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove from oven and chill for at least 3 hours.

  • When cups are thoroughly cooled, mix remaining 1 cup of sugar with 1/4 cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat; heat, gently swirling pan occasionally off heat, until sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes. Increase heat to high and cook until mixture is an amber color, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Remove pan from stovetop and place bottom of pan in cold water to stop the cooking process.

  • Coat a tablespoon with cooking spray. Drizzle 3/4 tablespoon of sugar mixture over each custard cup, tilting cup to spread glaze evenly. Serve immediately.
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