Since I made the peanut butter cheesecake brownies this past week, I’ve been dreaming about more things I could do with the topping part of it. Honestly, I didn’t frost the whole batch of brownies, so I had some of the pb cheesecake stuff leftover…and I ate it the next day. After being refrigerated (the cream cheese was softened when I first made it), it was the texture of fluffy frosting you’d buy in a container at the store—totally spreadable, but thick. It could pass for mousse before refrigeration, and definitely frosting or cream filling at either room temp or cold. In the past, I’ve made a lot of frostings with just cream cheese—adding the whipped cream makes a huge difference! (Maybe this is only a revelation to me…)
Anyway, with some of the leftover pb cheesecake topping, I made a parfait with chocolate avocado pudding. The textures of the two parfait layers were slightly different, and the flavors complemented each other perfectly. I put it in a 6oz. mason jar and did not (intend to) eat the entire thing. For breakfast. But honestly, there was nothing in this that doesn’t qualify as a healthy breakfast food in my world.
Parfait is easy—you take a couple (or a few) things you think would go together, and layer them. I make bigger layers because I want some choice in how much of each thing I get in each bite. ha.
PB Cheesecake Chocolate Avocado Mousse Parfait
Layer 1: PB Cheesecake Mousse (I’d go with a half batch of this if you don’t have several people to feed!)
Layer 2: Chocolate Avocado Pudding (To match a half batch of the mousse, I’d probably do 2-3 avocados worth of pudding)
Share if you’re feeling generous, but if not…just eat it all yourself and be totally satisfied until dinner (or the next day).
I finally went on a walk today, and it was kinda pull-y on my stitches, but I managed without a problem. No yoga yet, for sure…but stitches will be out very (very) soon, and then I think I’ll be back on the mat. Anyone know if I shouldn’t stretch the area after the stitches are out? Joe seems to think I will still have to be careful so it doesn’t re-open. I’m being more optimistic (and less patient).
Oh, and if you have not tried using a french press for your coffee, please do so immediately. Our house smelled so good after we finally tried it this morning (Jamaican Me Crazy from Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters). Joe went to Rochester to run 20 miles with the Oven Doors (I don’t get it either—runners are crazy!), so we didn’t try it out till he got back. My mom came over about 45 minutes after we made coffee and she couldn’t believe how great it smelled! Honestly, the coffee was about 10,000 times better than from the keurig. Maybe 20,000. The Bodum Arabica Thermal French Press from Williams Sonoma is my new favorite appliance. It’s not like I’ve never had good coffee before, I’m just making a big deal about it because I’m trying to not settle for crappy junk out of convenience…
When I was 22, I lived with someone who was quite a bit older than me—who enjoyed many of the finer things in life (probably in an above-means kind of way), and whose motto was, “Don’t buy sucky sh*t.” That sticks with me to this day—I use it to justify purchases for sure, but also it keeps me from ever accidentally falling into the trap of thinking like a bargain hunter instead of looking for a balance between value, quality, and bargains. I can probably work some on the bargain aspect, but I’m doing ok with quality for most things now.
Tomorrow is Easter! No candy for me—not interested, but you can try and tempt me. It won’t work, and this is the first year I can say that honestly. Holidays like this make how I’ve changed SO obvious. I am proud of myself–and that’s that.
Make some of these!
This is random, but yesterday, Mom and I split this huge plate of brussels sprouts at PF Chang—and then I recreated it today at home too. Go to PF Changs and try it—it’s yummy! Or wait, call me, we’ll go together. They have good cocktails too.
Easter candy for you? Ham? What are you gonna eat tomorrow? I need to get up super early to do work, and then I’ll be having a great day, I’m sure of it. In the evening, I need to pack for my early Monday morning flight to SC, and remove my stitches (…story for another day).