Creme Brulee–a Delicious, Yet Low Calorie Version!

Creme Brulee
Serves 6

This is a lower fat, lower calorie version of the classic creme brulee, but it still has the requisite caramelized sugar crust.

4 large eggs
1 1/2 cup (12 ounce/360ml) evaporated 2% milk
1/3 cup Splenda (or you can use table sugar, if you want)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 teaspoons brown sugar, divided.

  1. Preheat oven to 325F
  2. Whisk first four ingredients ingredients together.
  3. Pour mixture evenly into six 6 ounce (180ml) ramekins. Place ramekins into a 9×13 baking dish. Pour boiling water carefully into the dish to a 1 inch depth (or halfway up the sides of the ramekins.) NOTE: I poured the water into the dish, to about 1/2 inch, then carefully placed the ramekins into the water. To me, it seemed easier and less likely to have a problem.)
  4. Bake 30-35 minutes or until gently set in the center (It will be “wiggly” but not soft.)
  5. Remove to wire rack and cool for 10 minutes, then refrigerate several hours (overnight is better.)
  6. The next day, you have two options. A) Preheat boiler, sprinkle 1 teaspoon brown sugar evenly over each, and place under broiler, 4-6 inches from heat, until caramelized. This is 5-6 minutes, but watch carefully. B) Sprinkle with brown sugar and use a small propane torch to brown the sugar (faster and less likely to burn.) 
  7. Return to fridge for 5-10 minutes so the sugar crystallizes.
Nutritional data:
Calories:       124
Fat:              4.2g
Sat fat:         1.1g
Chol:     134.7mg
Sodium: 117.5mg
Carbs:          11g
Fiber:             0g
Protein:          8g

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Baked Caprese Salad

Baked Caprese Salad
Serves 4

1 large tomato
Fresh basil
2 ounces mozzarella
4-6 cups arugula
Olive oil

  1. Preheat broiler in high. Move the top rack to the highest position in the oven.
  2. Slice tomato into 1/4-1/2 inch thick slices. Season with salt if desired. Place on baking sheet.
  3. Lay the fresh basil on the tomato.
  4. Top with cheese. (I used shredded.)
  5. Place in oven for 2-3 minutes, until the cheese is browned.
  6. Place arugula on plate. Top with broiled tomato and drizzle with olive oil.
Nutritional data:
Calories:       135
Fat:             11.1g
Sat fat:          3.5g
Chol:           10mg
Sodium:  168.5mg
Carbs:          4.7g
Fiber:           1.5g
Protein:        6.4g
My wife told me not to take pictures of this because the baking sheet is not spotless. I told her that cookware that get used will not be spotless. (Sort of like a cookbook that doesn’t have drips, spatters, stains and spills on the pages obviously doesn’t contain any good recipes.)

Broiled Egg-Stuffed Avocado

I am always fascinated about the foods people prefer which is why I ask my final three questions of my interview guests on my podcast, Make Your Someday Today. Everyone has such interested preferences.

If I interviewed all of the readers of this blog, this would be a common favorite. This post is the most viewed food post on the entire blog. Amazing! (And this recipe is so simple and delicious!)

Broiled Egg-Stuffed Avocado
Serves two as a side dish, or one as a meal
1 avocado, cut in half and seeded
2 eggs, separated
Hot sauce (your preference)
1 ounce cheese

Place the top rack in your oven to the highest level. Turn broiler on “high”.

Choose a ripe avocado. (An avocado is ripe when the stem end yields under gentle pressure from your thumb. The skin will also be a dark brown, near-black.

Slice the avocado in half (through he poles and not around the equator) and remove the seed. The seed will be easily removed by chopping your knife partway into the seed and then giving it a twist.

Score the avocado through the meat but not through the skin, to allow the hot sauce to seep in.

Sprinkle the hot sauce on the avocado.

Fill the hole where the seed was with an egg yolk. If there is extra room, add some of the egg white.

Place on top rack under the broiler for 3 minutes.

Place cheese on top, and return to broiler until the cheese melts 1-2 minutes.


It was so awesomely delicious! The yolk was perfect (almost like a soft boiled egg.)

Nutritional data (for one piece):
Calories:         219
Fat:                  19g
Sat fat:            5.3g
Chol:             222mg
Sodium:           46mg
Carbs:            7.2g
Fiber:             4.6g
Protein:             8g

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