Spring Fruits and Veggies Get Twist in Weight Watcher-Inspired Dishes

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Recipes from Weight Watchers:

Grilled Asparagus Recipe:
To properly grill asparagus, make sure to remove all excess moisture with a towel. You can then drizzle a small amount of olive oil or pan spray which will help your favorite seasoning adhere, as well as assure you will get a nice char on your girlled asparagus. if all of the water is not removed, then the oil won't stick and your asparagus will not be able to char.

Cooked Cherries Recipe:
Take pitted cherries and saute them lightly in grape seed oil. Once the've given up some of their juice and softened, turn off the heat and sprinkle some brown sugar, Kosher salt, balsamic vinegar and fresh herbs like thyme into the pan. Once it's cooled, use this as a condiment for everything from roast pork loin to a salad topper.

Layers of Love Angel Food Trifle with Strawberries, Cream and Chocolate!
by Weight watchers Chef, Ryan Hutmacher

PointsPlus value: 7
Serves:12

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:
1 package angel food cake, 12 servings (yields total 24 cupcakes)
1 1/4 cup water
1/2 cup cocoa powder

Strawberry filling"
3 cups strawberries, fresh, sliced (approximately 1 pint)
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp lemon juice

Citrus Maple Cream Cheese"
8 tbsp light cream cheese, room temperature
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp fresh orange zest
1 pinch of salt

Chocolate Sauce"
3 oz dark chocolate chips (72% cacao)
3 oz heavy whipping cream

INSTRUCTIONS:
Cupcakes:
Line muffin pans with Cupcake liners.

Whisk the Water and Cocoa Powder gently for 30 seconds until incorporated. Combine Cake Mix and Water in a large bowl. Beat with mixer on medium speed for 1 minute or whisk by hand. Do not overbeat. Pour batter into Cupcake liners, filling about 2/3 full, making 24 total Cupcakes. Bake for 25-30 minutes until there is a golden brown crust atop of the plain Angel Food Cakes. Remove Cupcakes from the baking pans and transfer to a cookie sheet, allowing them to cool slowly.

Strawberry Filling: In a small bowl, mix the sliced Strawberries, Sugar and Lemon Juice together. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Citrus Maple Cream Cheese: In a small bowl, whisk Cream Cheese, Maple Syrup, fresh Orange Zest and a pinch of Salt together. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Chocolate Sauce: Place the Chocolate Chips in a small metal or glass bowl. Heat the Whipping Cream in a sauce pot until it begins to steam, then pour over the Chocolate Chips. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let stand for 5 minutes. With a fork, gently stir the warm Chocolate mixture together, then re-cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

To Assemble: Build the Angel Food Cake trifle using an 8 ounce canning jar. With paper liners removed, begin with 2 Cupcakes, sliced horizontally. There should be a total of 4 flat slices of Cupcakes per serving.

Place one slice of Cupcake in the bottom of the jar. Next, add one heaping tablespoon of Strawberries followed by 1 heaping teaspoon of Cream Cheese mixture. Next place a slice of white Cupcake atop of that, followed by one heaping tablespoon of Strawberries followed by 1 heaping teaspoon of Chocolate Sauce. Repeat these steps until the last slice of white Cupcake reaches the top. Pour some of the Strawberry Juice onto the top layer then drizzle with remaining Chocolate Sauce and garnish with a Strawberry Slice.

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If you are just getting started on a weight loss goal for spring, now's a great time to visit a local Weight Watchers meeting for free. To find out more about a free meeting and to learn about our new Simple Start program, please visit weightwatchers.com.
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