The Joys of JELLO
I've been combing through my Nanna's old cookbooks, searching for this great Jello salad she used to make.
It was green and it was delicious. That is all I remember.
Searching for her Jello recipe has been harrowing though. There are any number of things you CAN do with green Jello, but not many that you SHOULD do. By way of examples, I give you the Sea Dream and the Vegetable Trio. The Vegetable Trio looks vile and the Sea Dream is shrimp on a bed of lime Jello. Truly, this is the stuff of nightmares.
Then there is the terrifyingly named Ring-Around-the-Tuna. Stop! Just stop. No amount of radish roses will make this better.
At a certain point, I realized that Jello used to be a lifestyle choice. There was a time when you'd socialize with friends over Jello salads. Sitting there in your conversation pit, passing around the chianti and the vegetable and hard boiled egg Jello. Your skis tilted jauntily in the corner. I can almost dig it.
But still, I was relieved when I finally found my grandma's recipe.
It turns out that she was making the classic Cream Cheese and Pineapple Salad. It has lime Jello, cream cheese, walnuts and canned pineapple in it. Sounds gross, but it actually tastes AMAZING. Pineapple isn't part of my new low carb lifestyle, so I had to adapt the recipe to be a little less delicious. But even so, this recipe is pretty darn good.
I'm going to call it, Lime Delight. Who's got the chianti?
- 1 box (3oz) Sugar Free Lime Jello
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3/4 cup cold water
- 6 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1. Dissolve Jello into the cup of boiling water.
2. Stir in the cold water and lemon juice.
3. Gradually, add the mixture to the cream cheese, blending well.
4. Chill until set but not firm. About 2 hours.
5. After it has set, you can add the walnuts and mix.
6. Chill until firm, about an hour more.
PREP TIME: 10 MIN COOK TIME: 5 MIN
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 3 cups Serving Size 1/2 cup Calories 145 Total Fat 14g Net Carbs 2g Protein 3g