Saturday, December 22, 2012

Low Calorie Bite Sized Sweet Potato Pies

These bite sized sweet potato pies satisfy my craving for sweet potato pie in a healthy way.  At 78 calories each I don't feel guilty when indulging my sweet tooth and neither will you.

Roll out pie crust and use a 1.5 inch biscuit cutter to cut 24 pieces of dough. Press dough into mini muffin cups.

Spoon filling into mini muffin cups.

Bake for 20 minutes at 375.


Mini Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Serving: 24
Nutrition info per serving:
Calories: 78   Fat:3.6g    Carbs: 11.2    Fiber :0.4g   Protein:  0.8g

2 cups of cooked mashed sweet potatoes (about 1.5 pounds of raw sweet potatoes)
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 egg whites
1/4 cup 2% milk
1 (9inch) Ready made pie crust

Pre-heat oven to 375.

Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray

Roll out pie crust and use a 1.5 inch biscuit cutter to cut 24 pieces of dough. Press dough into mini muffin cups.

Add potatoes to a mixing bowl, for best results potatoes should be warm, or room temperature, Stir in sugar, milk, eggs whites, nutmeg and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Spoon filling into mini muffin cups.

Bake for 20 minutes or or until tooth pick inserted into center comes out clean.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Unique Eats: Dolce Coffee Shop & Sushi Bar

Update 2/4/2015 - Dolce Coffee is no longer in business

I love coffee shops, especially ones that are quaint with comfortable chairs and good coffee.  I recently spent at afternoon at Dolce Coffee.  It's a coffee shop and sushi bar, a weird combination right?  I thought so also.  I was pleasantly surprised by the place.  I spent several hours there, so I had an opportunity to try several items on the menu. The menu didn't have alot of options, which was fine because when you go to coffee shop, coffee is the most important item on the menu right? 

The first thing I tried was the turkey sandwich, it was so good!  The sandwich had a generous amount of turkey, avocado, bacon, garlic aioli and pepper jack cheese all on a ciabatta roll. At $6.75 I thought the price was alittle high for the size of the sandwich and it also didn't come with any sides items. However, the taste more than made up for the price, it was well worth it.

The coffee was good. I'm not really into fancy coffee drinks, a simple french roast with milk or vanilla flavored creamer works for me.  They offer a variety of roasted coffees, teas and frozen drinks. Your typical coffee shop.

The sushi was excellent.  I ordered a spicy tuna roll and shrimp tempura roll that was made with shrimp tempura, mango and jalapenos. It was so good, the sweetness from the mango complemented the shrimp and jalapenos.

Overall, I really liked this place.  I won't be drinking coffee and eating sushi at the same time but I will definitely make this a regular spot for coffee or when I'm craving sushi.

Dolce Coffee is located at 705 E Market Street in Leesburg VA.