“That Mr. Crank is such a witch,” complained Vinny, about his neighbor. “He spends his days dreaming up ways to make my life miserable.”
“Why are you so down on him, Vinny?” asked his mom.
“Well, for one thing, he’s put his new barbecue right under our kitchen window. He burns his burgers to charcoal and the smoke wafts right into our house.” Vinny’s face turned red at the thought. “Fatty,” he shouted, raising a fist in Crank’s direction.
“Vinny! That’s so unkind. Find something good to say or just keep quiet… Please!”
Vinny paused. “Crank wasn’t always this annoying,” he conceded. “Before he decided to lose some weight, he was reasonably human.”
“It’s Mr. Crank,” said his mom.
“Something nice? That’s hard, Mom. Let’s see. I do remember when he’d leave a bowl of water at the end of his driveway for thirsty dogs passing by. That was kind of nice…”
“That’s better, Vinny. Thank you.”
“But that was before he turned into a dog, himself,” Vinny added with a smirk.
“Vinny, It’s mean to point out people’s faults. Do be kind!”
“Maybe you should follow your own advice, Mom.”
“I’m sorry, Vinny. Do you think he may be cranky because he’s on a diet?” his mom asked.
Vinny shrugged and turned away.
“I asked you a question, Vinny. An answer would be polite.”
“Mom, I just don’t know! Okay. How about this, Ms. Manners. Let’s bake Mr. Crank a tasty dessert he can enjoy on his diet. Maybe he’ll like it enough that we can talk to him calmly about the barbecue problem.”
“That sounds kind,” Vinny’s mom agreed. “Let’s get cooking!”
Cheaters’ lemony cheese cake
- 3 tablespoons pecans
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon quinoa flakes (optional)
- 2 drops liquid stevia (more if you used walnuts instead of pecans…)
- 1 tub soft goat cheese (3 ounces)
- 3 tablespoons of lemon curd, preferably homemade with stevia
- 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
- 5 drops liquid stevia
- Blitz the nuts in a small food processor and transfer to a bowl.
- Melt the coconut oil in a small cup in the microwave oven, about 10 seconds. Add a drop or two of liquid stevia, mix, and pour over the crushed nuts. Stir to combine.
- In a larger bowl, use a big spoon to cream the goat cheese with the lemon curd and Greek yogurt. Add 5 drops of liquid stevia. Swirl until light and fluffy.
- Divide the nut mixture in two. Pat each half firmly into the bottom of two glass cups. Divide the cheese mixture in two and top the nutty crust in each glass with one of the portions.
- Garnish with berries, another nut, more lemon curd (MMMMM…) or even a tablespoon of limoncello, if you have some ;). Keep in the fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy!
“What a lovely little dessert – and so simple!” said Mr. Crank, when Vinny presented it to him, with instructions for making more. “I’ve been feeling so hangry on my diet,” he confessed. “Thank you so much for thinking of me.”
When he returned the empty cup, Mr. Crank said, “Thanks for the recipe, Vinny. And I’ve realized I’m going to have to move my barbecue away from your window. I don’t think my smoke can be a very appetizing addition to your kitchen atmosphere.”
He smiled. Vinny smiled. Life got a little better.
Nutrition per serving:
25 g fat of which 13 g are saturated (mostly medium-length healthy ones from the coconut oil)
212 mg sodium (16% RDV)
1 g fibre (21% RDV)
5 g sugar
11.4 g protein
167 RAE Vitamin A (26% RDV)
124 mg calcium (10% RDV)
Iron (15% RDV)
Vitamin E (20% RDV)
Riboflavin (26% RDV)
Many thanks to Home-Cooked Heston for inspiring this tasty little morsel!