Strawberry Dreams



1⁄2 cup heavy cream

1⁄4 cup bulk sugar substitute

1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 ounces light cream cheese, softened

12 large strawberries, about 1 quart


1. With an electric mixer on high, whip the cream just until frothy. Add the sugar substitute and vanilla extract. Whip on high speed until soft peaks form.

2. Add the softened cream cheese and whip for a few seconds more to combine. Be careful not to overwhip, or the whipped cream will break down. Place the mixture into a pastry bag.

3. Cut a deep criss-cross notch in the bottom of each strawberry and place them leafy top down on a plate. Slightly spread open the cut end and use the pastry bag to pipe a dollop of the cream mixture into the notch. Serve garnished with a single fresh mint leaf on each, if desired.


George’s Tips | Use a wide star tip for the pastry bag. If you do not have a pastry bag, you can simply fill up a plastic food storage bag, seal, and cut the tip of one corner off to make one.

Variation | Make savory appetizer versions by using less sugar substitute and adding 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil, and a dash of cracked black pepper!


calories: 50|fat: 4g|protein:1g|fiber:0g|net carbs:2g