Winners of the Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipe Contest!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 10, 2009

Hello there!

Ok, this is getting creepy!!!

I showed Eric the slideshow tonight and his two picks were the exact same as mine! This same thing happened with the last contest. So strange! Great minds think alike, I guess right? hehe.

For those of you who missed it, here is the video slideshow that I posted this morning:

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Luckily, one was US and one was Canadian….perfect! :D

Everyone submitted such great entries…it was so hard to narrow it down! Thank you to everyone who participated. I love doing these contests. :) We are going to have a fun week ahead filled with lots of fun & healthy Valentine’s Recipes!

Now remember, as I mentioned in the contest rules all entries were judged on the following:

  • Creativity 70%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Nutritional Quality 10%

 

Canadian Entry Winner

Hayley with her “Raspberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast”

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Hayley writes:

“It was a tough decision, but I really wanted to steer clear of traditional Valentine’s Day dessert recipes and went with an indulgent breakfast/brunch. This recipe is a perfect way to treat your sweetie to breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day! I found the recipe on allrecipes.com (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Stuffed-French-Toast-II/Detail.aspx) and adapted it to make it slightly healthier:

Raspberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

4 slices honey oat bread
1/4 (8 ounce) package Light cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar-free raspberry jam
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons 1% milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pat of butter

Directions:


Spread 4 slices bread on one side with cream cheese. Spread remaining 4 slices on one side with raspberry jam. Press cream cheese slices together with jam slices, forming sandwiches.
In a medium, shallow bowl, beat together the eggs, milk and vanilla extract.
Melt butter in a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat. Dip sandwiches in the egg mixture to coat. Place in the skillet, and cook on both sides until golden brown. Garnish with fresh raspberries and drizzle with light syrup.
This was actually my first time making this recipe and while delicious, I’d probably use a thicker, i.e. Texas style, bread next time to make a pocket and stuff the bread so the filling oozes out, I-HOP style. The original recipe yielded over 539 calories per serving, so I’m hoping my changes made a big dent in that scary number! I used Light cream cheese instead of whole fat, sugar-free raspberry jam instead of the sugar-laden variety and added a handful of raspberries to the top due to their powerful antioxidants, cancer fighting agents and for an excellent source of fiber.”

Congrats Hayley!

Please email me ([email protected]) your address and you will be receiving your Neal Brothers Prize Package and Oh She Glows Fit Gear tank soon!

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US Entry Winner

Lindsey with her “Valentine’s Ravioli Dessert”

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Filling:

¼ c. part skim ricotta cheese

¼ c. neufchatel cheese (1/3 reduced fat cream cheese), at room temperature

1 tsp. light agave syrup

dash cinnamon

4 large strawberries, finely minced

2 Ghiradelli dark chocolate squares, minced

Dough:

½ c. white whole wheat flour

2 TBSP. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 TBSP. sugar

1 egg

Directions:

  1. First combine the ricotta cheese and the neufchatel cheese. Then stir in the strawberries, agave, cinnamon, and tiny dark chocolate pieces. Set aside to let flavors combine.
  2. Sift together the white whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, and sugar. Create a well in the middle and crack the egg into it.
  3. Starting by gently beating the egg, gradually work the flour mixture into the egg. This is a little tricky, because you want to work enough flour into the dough to make a good, pliable texture, but you don’t want too much flour where your dough is stiff.
  4. Knead the dough a couple minutes and then let the dough rest for 5 minutes. While the dough is resting, start to get your water boiling.
  5. Roll out the dough (thin, less than ¼ inch thickness). Place a teaspoon-full of the filling on the dough.
  6. Fold the top half of dough over and firmly press the dough around the filling. Using a pastry cutter (or any knife), cut the dough into three squares. Place in boiling water and boil exactly one minute.
  7. Remove from boiling water and place on a paper towel to absorb some excess water.
  8. Plate with a dusting of cocoa and a strawberry, and enjoy!

“To me, nothing captures Valentine’s Day (or any romantic occasion) quite like strawberries and dark chocolate. I took a creative spin on your traditional chocolate covered strawberries with this dessert pasta. Quite delicious! And it’s so pretty with the pink coloring, and really fairly nutritious too! (Wholesome ingredients really include everything except the tablespoon of sugar I used in the dough…but hey, it’s Valentine’s Day!). This is a delicious dessert pasta that would make the perfect sweet (and affordable) ending for you and your Valentine!!”

Congrats Lindsey!

Please email me ([email protected]) your address and you will be receiving your Amy’s Organic Crackers and Oh She Glows Fit Gear tank soon!

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Thank you to each and everyone of you for your amazing entries! I was just blown away by your creativity!

Stay tuned all week for the recipes to these fabulous Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes.

I hope you all have a wonderful V-day filled with love whether it be from a significant other, friends, or family!

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See you tomorrow morning for my first crack at making homemade Spelt bread!

Eek I just remembered I have a phone interview tomorrow morning…I should prep a bit!

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VeggieGirl February 10, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Fabulous!!

Good luck with your interview!!

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Sarah February 10, 2009 at 9:08 pm

those are the 2 I picked also! looks SO GOOD!

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caitlin February 10, 2009 at 9:12 pm

i picked the french toast as well!! :) congrats to the winners!

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justjac February 10, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Wow all these desserts look amazing! I love those Mary’s crackers, too! They’re great w/ laughing cow light cheese wedges!

www.justjac.wordpress.com

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jenngirl February 10, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I thought those 2 looked especially amazing too!! Everyone did such amazing jobs, all great ideas! :)

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girlrunningaround February 10, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Great choices! Both look amazing!

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Priyanka February 10, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Congrats to the winners and I knew Ravioli would win. Good luck with the interview!!

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marafaye February 10, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I will be making BOTH of those!

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Lindsey (Mrs. LC) February 10, 2009 at 10:15 pm

That french toast looks awesome! And I’m so glad I won, thank you! :) (haha funny…I was looking in my cabinets this morning thinking how I don’t have any crackers – that’s about to change!) About to go email you right now.

Good luck with your interview tomorrow!!

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glidingcalm February 10, 2009 at 10:21 pm

so fun!!! great job everyone! I loved the slide show!!!

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Hayley February 10, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Wohoo!! I’m so happy that I won! Thank you everyone for voting for me as well! I’m going to email you my address now. I’ll have to share my reviews of the Neal Brothers products as this will be my first time trying them.

Congrats also to Lindsey – the ravioli is so creative and looks absolutely divine!

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Hangry Pants February 10, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Great picks – both unique and tasty looking recipes. Congrats ladies.

Heather

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Bec February 11, 2009 at 12:22 am

ravioli desert? sounds crazy but delicious!

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Milca February 11, 2009 at 1:57 am

I love this blog and the amazing recipes. Thank You.

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Dave February 11, 2009 at 2:39 am

What a great contest and the food looks even better!

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Mariposa February 11, 2009 at 10:14 am

congrats to the winners! the french toast looks divine!!!!

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luckytastebuds February 11, 2009 at 10:17 am

This is SUUUCH an awesome contest I love the recipes of the winners you picked, particularly the ravioli because it’s super creative! Thanks for hosting such an event…lookin’ forward to more!!

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BEE February 11, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Yum!! Can’t wait to try!

-BEE
www.BEELifestyle.com

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