Individual Lime Cheesecakes

Kiwifruit is available year-round and can be kept in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks. Select kiwifruit that is slightly soft. Let firmer fruit ripen a few days at room temperature before storing or eating.

12 vanilla wafers
¾ cup 1% low-fat cottage cheese
1 (8-ounce) package Neufchatel cheese, softened
¼ cup plus 2 TBSP sugar
2 eggs
1 TBSP grated lime rind
1TBSP lime juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
2 medium kiwifruit, peeled, sliced and halved

Line 12 muffin pans with paper baking liners. Place 1 vanilla wafer in the bottom of each liner. Place 1 vanilla wafer in the bottom of each liner.

Place cottage cheese in container of an electric blender or food processor; top with cover, and process until smooth. Combine Neufchatel and cottage cheese in a medium bowl; beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar; mix well. Add eggs, lime rind, lime juice, and vanilla; beat until smooth. Spoon cheese mixture evenly over vanilla wafers.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until cheesecakes are almost set. (Do not over-bake). Let cheesecakes cool completely on wire rack.

Remove from pans, and chill thoroughly. Spread vanilla yogurt evenly over cheesecakes, and top each with 3 kiwifruit slices. Yield: 12 servings (about 132 calories per serving).

PROTEIN 5.4/ FAT 6.5/ CARBS 13.1

Kiwifruit has a refreshing sweet-tart flavor unlike any other fruit. Try adding it to fruit salads, cereals, or deserts. (Do not use kiwifruit in congealed salads because it contains bromelin, an enzyme that keeps gelatin from gelling.) One kiwifruit has about 4 calories and a day’s supply of vitamin C.

Individual Lime Cheesecakes

Courtesy Light and Easy Cooking Collection
Oxmoor House, Inc.