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Orange Parfaits Recipe

"The first time my son's fiancee tried this citrus parfait, she wanted the recipe. The next time, she wanted the leftovers," writes Deborah Greenwood of Elmer, New Jersey.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) reduced-fat frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 3 whole crackers), divided

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine gelatin and orange juice; let stand for 5 minutes. Heat milk until boiling; add to gelatin. Cool slightly. Transfer to a blender; cover and process for 30 seconds or until blended. Add the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and orange peel; process until blended.
  • 2. Drain oranges, reserving juice; set oranges aside. Add pineapple and reserved juice to gelatin mixture; process until smooth. Fold in whipped topping.
  • 3. Place half of the oranges in eight parfait glasses. Layer with half of the gelatin mixture and 3 tablespoons of cracker crumbs. Repeat layers of gelatin and crumbs; top with remaining oranges. Chill for 4 hours. Sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One parfait equals 277 calories, 10 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 130 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fruit.