Today’s food story is by Pam from Skinny Sweets Daily. Pam is a stay at home mom of two and from the suburbs of Long Island. Married for over 20 years, she has also been a caterer and foodie extraordinaire. Her blog highlights her passion for creating low fat, low calorie dessert/snack recipes and her site byline is … You can have dessert every day, our way!
There is a story behind this lovely fruit dip; it’s my Mom’s (Ruthie’s) recipe and I just changed it a little to fit into the skinny version. The main story behind this recipe is actually the beautiful scalloped dish it is in.
Growing up, my wonderful Mom loved entertaining, especially for her Bridge ladies, and this dip was a staple. She always let me help make it the night before her luncheons since it needed to be made at least a few hours before. I always loved the pretty green dish she served it in. My mom once told me that one day when I was married I could have the dish. We both forgot about it until a few years ago when she was unpacking after she moved. When I went to visit her she surprised me with it. I remember smiling so hard, my face hurt! I am so happy to share this recipe with all of you and to show you a picture of this cute little green dish.
My amazing mom Ruth is now 86 years old and looks as beautiful as she always has. She and my dad have been married over 65 years. My dad will be 90 this spring. They are still very active and my mom still reads a book a week. Her favorite thing to do is cooking and baking for everyone and anyone. When we go to visit, she makes sure there are plenty of all our favorite dishes waiting for us.
Last time we visited, the whole family went to the zoo. I was feeling under the weather and I stayed back with my parents. It was too much walking for them and I was so happy to have this alone time with them. I must tell you, I have not eaten white bread for over 25 years. My mom made me white toast with orange marmalade and a cup of oatmeal. I cry just thinking about that day because I remember saying to myself, this was the best toast and oatmeal I have ever had. It just brought back so many wonderful memories from my childhood. I was the youngest of three and I guess I will always be my parents baby no matter how old I am.
Getting back to that day… I just rested and enjoyed being with them so very much. I loved relaxing on the couch with my mom while she filled me in on her “very busy days”. It sounds so corny but, that time with my mom was magical. I will never forget how special that day was for me and I think for my parents as well. So, thanks again for letting me tell you a little about my mom Ruth.
Oh and by the way….here’s a picture of my handsome son Josh holding Grandma Ruthie’s dish. He knows to be very careful. We keep this on the hutch in the kitchen and it has it’s own shelf because it’s so special to all of us.
Thanks for letting me share my story.
LIGHT AND LUSCIOUS FRUIT DIP
- 1 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup super fine granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 2 cups Cool Whip free — a little heaping, thawed
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 1/2 tsp orange zest for garnish
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the yogurt, sugar, orange juice and the orange and lemon zests.
- Gently fold or stir in the Cool Whip until completely combined.
- Cover and place in fridge for at least 3-4 hours.
- That’s it! Serve with your favorite cut up fruits. You can use fancy toothpicks for easy dipping.
- Makes about 24 servings; 2 heaping tablespoons each. By the way, there are 0 Weight Watchers® points per serving, so have two servings and it will only be 1 point! Enjoy!
Nutrition – per 2 tbsp: calories 19, fat 0 g, carbs 3.7 g, fiber 0 g, sugar 2.8 g, sodium 5 mg, protein 0.9 g, Weight Watchers® points: 0