South Beach Lemon Ricotta Creme is a South Beach Diet Phase One recipe that I could eat over and over, even when I’m not on the diet.
One of the South Beach Diet Phase One recipes is this delicious South Beach Lemon Ricotta Creme (pudding). Every once in awhile, Don and I go on the South Beach Diet to reset our metabolisms and drop a few pounds. I lose maybe 4-6 pounds on Phase 1 and Don loses at least 10 pounds. (Why is that???)
I love these ricotta puddings. There are several versions on the South Beach Diet. They are simple and tasty. Instead of 5 minutes, this one took 7 minutes because I had to zest the lemon.
Zesting a Lemon
The easiest way to zest a lemon is to use a microplane grater, and that’s what I usually use. We have an old-fashioned zester, which looks like a set of brass knuckles on a stick (ours has a wooden handle), and sometimes I use it.
If you don’t have either of these tools, you can use a sharp knife to slice the zest (the outer peel) off the lemon, cut off the pith (white inner lining), and then cut the rind in tiny strips.
The zest adds a tartness to the Lemon Ricotta Creme. It also looks pretty when added to the top as a garnish.
What You Need
Besides the zester, measuring cup and measuring spoons, I use my mini food processor to make this recipe. I quickly smooths out and blends the ricotta and other ingredients. And it takes only a minute to process it. It’s such a quick recipe. And it’s tasty. Since there’s no cooking involved, you have plenty of time to have a great cup of coffee, too.
Creamy and flavorful, this dessert is packed with protein. It’s relatively low fat and definitely satisfying. Of course, it’s not as smooth and creamy as a “real pudding,” such as Jackie’s Vanilla Pudding, but it hits the spot when you are trying to lose a few pounds or cutting out sugar. I know you’re gonna love this recipe.
South Beach Lemon Ricotta Creme Recipe
South Beach Lemon Ricotta Creme
- 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- zest of one lemon
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 individual packages of sugar substitute
- Mix all the ingredients until well blended.
- Chill for at least 1/2 hour before serving.
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