Well hello wonderful sandwich that is figure friendly, sweet, and simple. Thank you for being so incredibly satisfying in that roaring belly of mine. You make me happy, very happy. I want to have you on my plate every night for the rest of my life. Would you mind that?
This cute treat was a spectacularly light and satisfying dinner for Jay and me. Typically this recipe is for a brunch but it worked well for us as night time. I always have a huge craving for dessert after dinner but this sammie was nice and sweet and satisfied the Sugar Monster that visits me around 8 o’clock every night. He looks remarkably similar to the big, hairy, orange Hunger Monster on the Weight Watchers commercials. Sugar Monster doesn’t bother me all day, but as soon as dinner is over he throws Hershey kisses and ice cream sandwiches at my face. Crazy monster. Will you ever leave me be? Probably not – unless, of course, I eat this sandwich for dinner every night.
Speaking of Weight Watchers, this sandwich is only 3 points (per full slice of bread with topping). I recommend using the Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Raisin Bread because it is only 80 calories a slice. )
Hands-on prep was all of 10 minutes and cook time was as long as your toaster takes to make your toast.
If you’re a mom or dad, Mom-Mom or Pop-Pop, you’re (grand)kids will love these! They can be cut into hearts, stars, or whatever cookie cutter shape you’ve got! This recipe reminds me so much of my Mom-Mom and Poppy. I used to go on summer vacation for a week at a time at their house, and they always made me sliced strawberries mixed with sugar. Mmmmmm…. I love the fond memories. This takes me back to the 1980s…
I regret that I didn’t have the required raspberries for this recipe, but I definitely added some lime zest for a kick and some contrasting coloring.
Berry and Cream Cheese Open-Face Sandwiches
Source: Weight Watchers All-Time Favorites Cookbook, p. 75
4 large strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/2 cup raspberries
1 1/2 Tbs. sugar (I used turbinado)
1/2 tsp. grated orange zest
2 tsp. fresh orange juice
4 Tbs. light cream cheese
2 tsp. honey or agave nectar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 slices cinnamon-raisin bread
lime zest for garnish
Combine the berries, sugar, orange zest and juice in a small bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes (or until sugar dissolves) while stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, combine the cream cheese, honey, and vanilla in another small bowl.
Toast the bread; let cool about 30 seconds.
Spread 1 Tbs. of cream cheese mixture on each slice of bread. Cut each slice in quarters and top each quarter wtih about 2 tsp. of berry mixture. Sprinkle with lime zest. Serve immediately.
So cute! Enjoy guilt-free!