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Cooking Matters: Strawberry Mousse Parfait

OSF Dietitian Ashley Simper joins Lexi for a healthy new recipe.
Highlight the delicious flavor of ripe summer strawberries in this light dessert!

Ingredients
Mousse
1 cup chopped strawberries
2 packages silken or soft tofu (12.3-ounce each, or 1 ⅓ 18-ounce packages)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons sugar
⅜ cup granulated Splenda® (¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons)

Filling/Topping
1 cup chopped strawberries
2 Tablespoons    minced fresh basil
2 Tablespoons    balsamic vinegar
1 square 70% cacao dark chocolate, chopped fine (about 1/8 of a 3.5 ounce bar)

Directions
1.    Cook chopped strawberries in a small saucepan over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Cool completely in refrigerator. (This step is optional, but will help concentrate the strawberry flavor.)
2.    Meanwhile, add tofu, vanilla extract, sugar, and Splenda® to blender and blend until completely smooth.
3.    Remove about half of mixture from blender, and add cooked strawberries. Blend until smooth.
4.    In a small bowl, mix together strawberries, basil, and balsamic vinegar for filling/topping.
5.    Add about 3 tablespoons of vanilla mousse to each of four parfait cups, then do the same with the strawberry mousse.  Next, add 2 Tablespoons of the filling, then another layer of each mousse. Top with the remainder of the filling.
6.    Chill at least one hour and sprinkle top with chopped chocolate before serving.

Serves 4

Nutrition Information
Per parfait (about 1 cup)
Calories:  175
Total Fat:  6.5 g
    Saturated Fat:  1.5 g
Sodium:  15 mg
Total Carbohydrate:  20 g
    Dietary Fiber:  2 g
Protein:  11  g

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