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Cheese Giveaway! Orange Ricotta Filled Crepes with Blueberry Sauce

Be sure to enter the giveaway for coupons to receive a free container of fat free feta cheese and a container of ricotta cheese courtesy of Sorrento, Precious and President Cheese! Take a look at yesterdays post for recipes using the fat free feta cheese and to enter the free cheese giveaway!

Today it’s all about Precious low fat ricotta cheese. This type of cheese has a mild flavor on it’s own so it lends itself easily to either savory or sweet dishes. Of course we all know it works well in dishes like lasagna, stuffed shells and calzones.  It can also show up in pancakes, cookies, smoothies, cheesecake and as a sweet filling for crepes and that is just the tip of the iceberg!

I was given a coupon to get this ricotta cheese for free and asked to review it. I was not paid to do this review and as always, you get my honest opinion of products I review. I have used Precious low fat and fat free ricotta cheese for years as that is what is readily available in my grocery stores. The fat free works well in a dish where there is a lot of other ingredients that add flavor like lasagna or stuffed shells or a smoothie. If the ricotta needs to stand more on it’s own I prefer the low fat variety. That is what works best in the following crepe recipe.

There was a crepe recipe in the Skinny Cheese Cookbook Sorrento/Precious sent me but it sounded very plain and I wanted a lot more flavor so I created my own recipe using what I had on hand.

First I made a batch of crepes and while they cooled I prepared the orange ricotta filling and a lovely blueberry sauce.

To make the ricotta filling slightly sweet a small amount of sugar and fresh orange zest was stirred in. Just that little bit of citrus and sweetness kept the filling light, low calorie and delicate. I pulled out a bag of frozen blueberries, added a little sugar, orange juice and thickened it with some corn starch. In just a few minutes a warm blueberry sauce was ready to top the orange ricotta filled crepes. Success! Hubby Tom and I loved this dessert, simple, delicate and refreshing! Since we don’t eat a lot of sweets anymore I find that I can get by with using very little sugar or sweetener. Adjust the amount of sugar to your personal taste.

Have you tried making crepes? Don’t let it intimidate you as it is really quite easy! You need an 8 inch non stick pan (they do sell a crepe pan but I don’t own one) some non stick cooking spray and a thin spatula or egg turner. After the first one or two crepes you will have it figured out. The end result is an impressive looking dessert!

Don’t let the long look of this recipe intimidate you, it is an easy no fuss recipe with a fabulous result!

 

Orange Ricotta Filled Crepes with Warm Blueberry Sauce

Crepes

  • ¼ cup flour, sifted
  • 1 egg
  • 3.5 ounces 1% milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (this helps the crepes to brown)

Filling

  • 1 ¼ cup low fat ricotta cheese
  • Zest of half a large orange
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar or sweetener of choice to taste (start with a small amount of sugar, taste and adjust accordingly)
  • 1 Tablespoon orange juice

Topping

  • 2 ½ cups frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Corn starch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water

To Prepare Crepes

In a medium size bowl combine all ingredients for the crepes, using a wire whisk combine until all of the flour is incorporated and mixture is smooth.

Heat an 8 inch non stick skillet over medium heat, spray with non stick spray, pour in 3 tablespoons crepe batter, the bottom of the pan will be covered with a thin layer of batter; you may need to tilt the pan to get the batter to spread out evenly. Cook about one minute, gently using a spatula loosen the edge of the crepe and turn it over, cook for 30 seconds or until center is set. Place crepe on a tea towel to cool. Repeat procedure, stir the batter between making crepes. This recipe makes 5 crepes. The crepes may be made ahead of time, stacked in between layers of wax paper or parchment paper , place in a large zip-top plastic bag, and refrigerate up to five days, or freeze up to one month.

Filling

Combine ricotta, zest and sweetener to taste.

Topping

In a small saucepan combine the blueberries and orange juice, over a medium heat, bring to a boil. Stir in cornstarch dissolved in water, turn heat down to a simmer, stir constantly for 2-3 minutes or until sauce thickens. If it gets too thick add a little more orange juice or water.

To Assemble Crepes

Place each crepe on a serving dish, divide ricotta filling evenly down the center of each crepe, fold each side over filling,( I like the seam side up so the filling peaks out) divide blueberry sauce evenly across each crepe, sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired and garnish with orange wedges.

This recipe would be easy to double to serve a large group. The crepes and filling can be made ahead of time and kept separately in the refrigerator. The sauce goes together in a few minutes and the crepes can be filled in a matter of minutes right before serving.

Yield: 5 Servings

Nutritional Information

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 247 Calories; 10g Fat (35.0% calories from fat); 10g Protein; 31g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 74mg Cholesterol; 77mg Sodium.

Old WWP 5 / New WWPP 7

 

 

Nutmeg Notes

I have had a great deal of fun trying new recipes this week and creating the dessert crepes. Variety is the spice of life they say.  For myself having variety in the foods I eat helps me stay on track. Satisfying my cravings for flavorful food with healthy versions keeps me from feeling deprived. It does take a little work but it is so worth it, we are so worth it!

Don’t forget to leave a comment on yesterdays post to be entered in the free cheese giveaway!

Blessings,

Tami

Add Your Thoughts

What helps you stay on track with your healthy eating? Eating a wide variety of foods or keeping it really simple by eating basically the same thing everyday?


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  1. Karen says:

    I have never tried to make crepes but LOVE them! I tend to eat a lot of the same things. Boring but easy.

    1. Tami says:

      Karen give making crepes a try they are so easy. If you can make pancakes you can make crepes.

  2. Leslie says:

    I do a mix of both – some things I eat over and over, but I like everything so definitely mix it up. I’m just beginning to try reduced fat versions of certain foods, like sausage, for example. Amazing how satisfying they can be without compromising yumminess!

    1. Tami says:

      Leslie you are so right that many things we like to eat are equally as delicious in the lower fat version.

  3. erica @ fashionmeetsfood says:

    oh my word!! these crepes look out of this world!!!! Thanks for sharing yum!

    xo

    1. Tami says:

      You are such a good cook and baker, you will have to try these Erica.

  4. Ann says:

    I love trying new things. It’s a matter of having enough time to do it. I like the crepe recipe and I’ve never made them. Maybe now I’ll try. You make it sound so easy and it encourages me that I can do it. Thanks.

    PS. I want that cheese. :)

    1. Tami says:

      Ann I like easy recipes and this one is just that! Free cheese is awesome! I think we all like a little something free now and then. :)

  5. Jenna says:

    I would totally KILL for a bite of your amazing looking crepe! Oh man. I’ve made crepes a few times before (and love eating them) but I have to be in the right mood for it. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Tami says:

      I wish you could come over and join us for a crepe! They are so easy to make and just plain fun to eat!

  6. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    Mmmm, I’ll bet this would be good with a cranberry sauce, too. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Tami says:

      Oh Cammy a cranberry sauce great idea. Or my cranberry chutney!:)

  7. JourneyBeyondSurvival says:

    I think I might die from munching on electronics. You make that look sooooo good! Thanks for working so hard on recipes, and on your photographs. You are becoming a master!

    1. Tami says:

      You are so sweet to say that! I am still learning about taking food photos and am a work in progress. It is fun though and I am having a great time!

  8. Carol says:

    Incredible looking recipe!!!! We can get low fat or fat free ricotta but Farmer’s cheese is similar and fat free. It was suggested for us doing CORE in Canada. So, I shall have to get some!

    I haven’t made regular crepes but used to make low carb ones years ago.

    I eat pretty much the same thing everyday, although I have a few favorites that I switch around.

    1. Tami says:

      Carol I made crepes when doing low carb too. I would make a big batch of them, layer in between sheets of wax paper and freeze them.

      They go with savory or sweet fillings and are so easy to make. I should have made a double batch while I had everything out. Next time! :)

  9. karen@fitnessjourney says:

    These look so good. My daughter is off school next Wednesday, I’d love to make these for her for breakfast since I rarely have time in the morning to make her a hot breakfast before school.

    1. Tami says:

      That would be so nice Karen. I use to make my kids a nice breakfast on the weekends. They loved when I would make breakfast foods for dinner! It was a treat for them and easy on the cook.

  10. Kat says:

    Oh Tami, these look so yummy! I am definitely going to try them.

    1. Tami says:

      Hope you like them as much as we did Kat!

  11. City Girl Style says:

    Hi Tami, love your site – I’ve been looking for some new healthy recipies to fight the winter urge to gorge on carbs! Will be following xxx

    1. Tami says:

      Hi City Girl and welcome to my blog! :) Hope you will come back and give me some reviews and feedback if you try the recipes I post.

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