Jello makes me mellow!

Last weekend, I experimented on making a new dessert with jello. Jello has been my all-time comfort food. I grew up eating jello and always remember my pediatricians recommending me to eat this whenever I had the stomach flu or tummy issues, as part of my “liquid diet.”

I found this very simple recipe: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/orange-tangerine-greek-yogurt-bites-200489.aspx.

Of course, I altered the recipe. Instead of using orange-tangerine jello, I used strawberry and berry blue, my two favorite flavors. This recipe called for the JELL-O® mix, Greek yogurt, and mandarin oranges.

It takes at least an hour for the “bites” to harden in the fridge. However, I found that it’s best to leave them in a little longer.

I enjoyed the dessert! I think this would also taste delicious as a pie. Kraft® has awesome JELL-O® recipes that I am eager to make! I am excited!

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Yes, there’s tofu in that pie!!!

Last weekend, I held a house party with friends and made a berry blue tofu jello pie! Yes, tofu!!! It’s amazing- one of my favorite non-baking pies to make! It’s so simple, too!

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:
-2 (3 oz) jello- follow the directions on the box (can use any kind of jello)
-2-4 tablespoons lemon juice (optional- I don’t use lemon juice in mines)
-1 block soft tofu
-2 (8 oz) Cool Whip
-3 Pie Crusts (I usually get a variety- Oreo, graham, shortbread, etc.)

Directions:
-Squeeze tofu in cheesecloth.
-Dissolve jello with boiling water. Add lemon juice (I used 2 TB) and chill until slightly firm.
-Mash tofu with blender (or mix by hand).  Add (1 tub) Cool Whip with tofu.
-Add tofu mixture to jello mixture.  Blend until smooth.
-Pour into pie crusts and chill in refrigerator uncovered.  Top with Cool Whip before serving.

Note on Cool Whip:
-To thaw Cool Whip, leave in refrigerator and not on counter top.  It will become runny and won’t harden.
-To spread on for topping.

I personally don’t use the second tub of Cool Whip for the topping spread. I like the pie without it. I also prefer to use the berry blue jello. Any flavor will do, but the berry blue is my all-time fave! I’ve tried using strawberry, strawberry/banana, and orange, but it wasn’t as tasty as the berry blue. Something about that jello that makes it taste amazing! It also pairs well with all crusts, especially the Oreo. If you choose to make your own crust, you can certainly do so. I think I will attempt to make my own crust next time!

Happy weekend and non-baking! Whoo hoo!