Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

P1090868.JPGWant a delicious pie for the holidays that is quick and festive? Try this family favorite of mine this holiday season and all year round. Aren’t you sick of pumpkin pie by now?
Key Lime Pie:
1/2 cup key lime juice or just plain fresh squeezed lime juice like I use
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
3 egg yolks
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp lime zest and thinly sliced lime for garnish
Whip up these filling ingredients in a bowl and set aside in a bowl in fridge. Can do this in advance to save time later!
Pie Crust (or just buy a prepared Graham Cracker Crust):
1 1/4 cups white flour
1/2 cup veg. shortening or chilled 1 stick cold butter cut into small cubes
1 tsp vanilla
1 TBS sugar
1 pinch salt
(or make the graham cracker crust or from the decadent pumpkin pie recipe on this blog)
Combine salt and flour. Add in the shortening or butter until dough is crumbly. Add the vanilla and sugar and form into a ball with your hands but don’t touch too much b/c it won’t get flaky. Press into a pie dish on the bottom and as high up the sides as the dough will go.
Place pie dough in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove and let cool for a few minutes. When cooled, reduce heat of the oven to 325 degrees. Add the filling and bake, covered with tin foil, for 40 minutes minutes or until knife comes out clean.
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Remove from oven, let cool and place in fridge. Serve cold with whipped cream (or Tru-Whip non dairy topping) if you like and sprinkle a little lime zest and sliced limes over the whipped cream as a garnish. Enjoy!!

Just Call Me Chubsy Ubsy

It happened again. I went on my umpteenth diet, lost more than 10 pounds and just as summer hit, I gained almost all of it back. How could it have happened? I was so good. Loving all those Jenny Craig meals but not the huge bill that hit my credit card and so I ditched Jenny and figured I could weather the weight loss storm on my own. Those size fours looked so cute on me in February, March, April and even May but suddenly, it’s July and like “Groundhogs Day,” I’m back and I’m chubby again.
When I was in the fourth grade I even had the nickname Stubby Beth – not a name I’m proud of but I wear that moniker like a badge of honor – especially when I’m feeling and looking thin and trim. But unfortunately, my timing when it comes to dieting is always way off. I should start my diets in April or May so that when July hits, I don’t feel self conscious about my thighs, calves, stomach and those heinous Haddassah arms. If you’re not Jewish, I hate to exclude you but what that means is if you stretch your arms out wide, your under fat will start flapping in the wind.
I know I shouldn’t feel bad – I mean I can still squeeze into a size six – especially when I’m shopping at Ann Taylor Loft – gotta love that they always run those sizes so big, but frankly, I’m fed up that no matter how hard I try to lose weight I always succeed and fail time and time again. As I sit here digesting the three glasses of wine, steamed lobster and Weight Watchers key lime pie my mom made for us this weekend, all I can say is it’s time to buckle up, shut the trap and start watching the calories all over again. Either that or maybe it’s time for liposuction. Who am I kidding? I’m too chicken to go under the knife, and so it’ll be time again to pick the diet du jour. Hello, Weight Watchers? Remember me? It’s your old friend, Stubby Beth.

The Perfect Key Lime Pie That’s Only 3 Points!!!

My mom, who is a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, is back on the wagon again and so that meant only one thing this weekend.  It was WW all the time.  Not that I’m complaining or anything, since I pretty much live on their products 24/7.  But now that mom is committed to shedding some serious weight, she’s actually dabbling in those tried and true Weight Watchers recipes that look pretty in their cookbook but who exactly follows through and makes them?  Well, guess what?  My mom did and here’s their recipe for Key Lime Pie that’s only 3 points…it’s amazing so give it a try if you have time…you won’t be disappointed!

Key Lime Pie

sugar free lime jello
Keebler graham cracker ready made crust- Hopeflly, fat free- if not it’s still o.k.
1/4 cup boiling water
2 cont.of at free yogurt (w.w. Key Lime)
1 8oz. cont. of fat free Cool Whip

1. In a large bowl mix 1/4 cup boiling water with jell-o. Mix vigorously to try to dissolve every bit of the jello mix.
2. Add the yogurt mix well- stir each container separately.
3. Add the Cool Whip and mix well.
4. Pour contents into the pie crust and refrigerate for about two hours-
5. Top with lime slices( when making other flavors top with fruit I.e. strawberries, banannas, kiwi, mandarin oranges)

Strawberry jello with strawberry yogurt- Orange jello with vanilla yogurt, bananna kiwi jello with same flavored yogurt)

Each slice-divide equally 8 slices is 3points