Sunday, May 9, 2010

Berry and Yogurt Phyllo Nests (and a magazine giveaway)

Greetings all...I trust you had a restful Mother's Day weekend.  I spent my day baking like a fool, and watching the Suns sweep the Spurs..oh yeah! (If you're a Spurs fan, I apologize for that little outburst.)

I actually made this cute little dessert a few nights ago.  I think the whole family liked them (no berries for the girl, though!) and they were pretty simple.  I especially loved the yogurt filling.  

The directions for making the cups in the recipe sounded a little more complicated than it needs to be.  Basically, you layer 2 sheets of phyllo, spraying butter flavored spray between the sheets, and cut them into squares (approx 4-5 inches). Then layer 3 of these squares and push them down into a muffin cup to make a nest.  Make sense?  I hope so.  

butter flavor cooking spray
6 sheets phyllo dough (14x9inches)
2 1/2 tsp sugar, divided
1/3 cup vanilla yogurt
1 tsp grated orange peel
1 tsp orange juice
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, halved
1/2 cup fresh raspberries,
1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1.  Place the layered squares of phyllo dough (as explained above)  in each of six muffin cups coated with cooking spray.  Sprinkle 1/4 tsp sugar into each cup.  Spritz with cooking spray.  Bake at 375 for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool.

2.  In small bowl, whisk the yogurt, orange peel and juice, and remaining sugar.  Spoon yogurt mixture into cups.  Top with berries  (I couldn't find the combo of fresh berries the recipe called for, so I used some frozen ones.)

3.  Top with whippy cream of your choice.

Nutrition info (without whipped cream):  calories 72, fat 1gm, fiber 2gm.

I've got some more cooking magazines to pass on to you.  There are nine in all, and they all include light/healthy cooking.  I got the above recipe out of one of the Taste of Home magazines in this batch.

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment telling me what you do to try to maintain a positive attitude.  Not that I personally need to know, just research ya know :)
Only open to US addresses please.  (I love all you peeps out of the US, I'm just insanely cheap).
I'll leave this open all week through Friday night at midnight, and announce a winner sometime this coming weekend.
Thanks for playing!


Pam said...

I don't need any more magazines! I just wanted to say that your berry cups look delightful!

Joanne said...

Those phyllo cups look like bites of heaven!

Things I do to stay positive...bake. It's always an ego booster :P

♥peachkins♥ said...

Those are looks like goody bags

blowing peachkisses
The Peach Kitchen
peach and things

Cristine said...

Your phyllo nests look gorgeous!

I try to stay positive by just looking for the positive in things. Easier said than done, but a positive attitude goes a long way. :)

And... GO SUNS!

Sweet and Savory said...

I would love to win all those Cooking Light magazines! One I don't get!

Staying positive - I just try and always think "there are many out there that don't have nearly what I have, and are struggling...puts it all in perspective!"

Kim said...

I love the yogurt cups. I bet they are crunchy, sweet and creamy - yum!

I would love the magazines, I need to cook light more often;D

I think cooking helps me to stay positive and also my part time job, even if I only work one or two days a week. It's nice to be around women my own age and get a break from the kids.

Elaine said...

Give thanks for all my blessings and pray when things are topsy turvy! Gets me through everything!

5 Star Foodie said...

Scrumptious little berry bites!

Julie M said...

Aren't those cute! I love how nice the nest looks. You can feel like a five star pastry chef without all the work of being one!

Vee said...

Stopping by from SITS - this recipe looks Amazing! =]

The Blonde Duck said...

Those are so cute!

teresa said...

oh wow, those look so good, and healthy!

i just try to count my blessings. i think of what my life would be life if i didn't have all the things i do, and it makes me much slower to complain.

Juliana said...

Wow Julie, what a lovely dessert, like the idea of using phyllo dough, light and crispy...

The Japanese Redneck said...

I like phyllo, but it's something I've never gotten around to using.

Katrina said...

What a great, light treat!
Staying positive? Hmmm, let me know when you get all the answers! ;)
I just try to remind myself not to worry about the little things and enjoy (I'm referring to my kids here) them for who they are and remembering that they are kids.

Krista said...

Yum! These little cups look so light and refreshing. Great recipe.

I'll put my name in the hat for those mags...I'm always looking for inspiration.

I'm lucky. My personality is just naturally optimistic and positive. I don't take credit. There was no transformation. I'm just a silver lining kind of girl by nature. Sure, bad things happen to me and I have my bad days, but when I look around at all of the hardships that some people must endure, from terminally sick children to job loss to dealing with natural disasters and destruction, my heart breaks for them and then I count my blessings. Plus, my grandpa always said that 98% of the stuff we worry about never happens and the stuff that does happen to us, isn't usually anything we could foresee to begin with. When I look at it that way, it seems a waste of time to worry. I guess that I've adopted his philosophy, because I'm not much of a worrier. As a result, I'm more positive. Did I mention that my grandpa is a motivational speaker on education and...the power of a positive attitude? lol. True story. : )

grace said...

what a delicate and adorable little treat! i love phyllo dough--it's good for so many things and it just melts in your mouth after delivering that powerful crunch. good stuff.
as far as maintaining a positive attitude, well, whenever i feel my mood darkening, i reach for something tasty. :)

Lara said...

simple and yummy--that's my kind of treat!
I try to keep a positive attitude by praying and by counting my blessings!

Mimi said...

I love the phyllo cups.
St Theresa's prayer does it every time.

Mhel said...

yummy phyllo cups! love the combination of berries,orange peel, and the yogurt~~

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

Yum. This looks like a perfect little treat or maybe a good brunch item.

To keep a positive outlook I try to remember to take time for myself. Taking a few hours every once and a while to hang at a coffee shop, browse leisurely through stores or read helps me stay positive.

SarahinSC said...

I volunteer a lot of time to a local service dog organization. Helping others keeps life in perspctive for me.

Mary said...

This sounds delicious and looks relatively easy to do. Very nice! I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

À LA GRAHAM said...

My kind of dessert...they looks so cute, I love them!
Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

The desserts are so cute! And yummy! Love how low in calories they are. My Mom just discovered these magazines - she loves them. A positive attitude? Every time I find myself thinking negatively I stop myself and replace it with a positive affirmation. I hardly ever have negative thoughts now - it has become a habit.

Elaine said...

When I am feeling negative, I just try and put myself in a place where I feel good. I might go and read something fun, or watch a show I like, or just go be with some friends :)

Monica H said...

This is a pretty dessert and I like the different textures it has.

How do I maintain a positive attitude? I'm generally a positive person until i get ticked and then I just complainprofusely to my husband til I'm done :-)

Ingrid said...

That does sound easy! I've been afraid to work with phyllo. I'm gonna give it a try..