Matzo Almond Fruit Crumble and a Small Confession

Confession: I signed up for weight watchers today. I was really unsure of sharing this with my food-world, but I know that admiting is the first step, right? I want to focus on my portion sizes and see what I really consume everyday. I thought about this for the last few days because well…things have been feeling a tad snugger, ya know? I do exercise a lot and I eat wholesome foods, but sometimes I forget about how MUCH I am eating.

So, I signed up, posted it on Facebook and the support I received was amazing! Readers and other bloggers posted how they have had success and those that I seem to have inspired.

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I do want to note that I love, love food. I love food so much that I don’t want to compromise my cooking. So if I am making an amazing Julia Child dish (and my next one will be a sweet souffle) and it so happens to have butter in it (why wouldn’t it?), well then it deserves butter and I am not planning on subbing something natural and delicious for a fake-impersonator.

Ingredients deserves to be highlighted and celebrated. There are so many amazing flavors from all walks of cultures and tastes and they don’t need to be “dumbed-down” if you get my drift. This goal is to increase wholesome and “real” foods and who knows, maybe even inspire others!

Because I am going on this “journey” if that’s what we should call it, I am thinking about adding “points values” to my recipes. I don’t know if this will be a permanent or not but I want to test the waters. Let me know what you think as well. Would you like to see servings sizes and points values? Or just the recipe?

I added the “points” for today’s recipe (even though I made it last week), because why not? I gotta start somewhere right? I have to be honest with you, I was SCARED out of my wits to calculate the points for this. Well for 1 it has buttah (not that I’m complaining, as we mentioned previously) and 2 it has alotta nuts, which are good, in moderation! And..did you know that 1 matzo is 3 points? Oy vey.

Just sayin’, it puts it all into perspective.

Method:

1) In a bowl, mix together the matzo, matzo meal, both sugars and almonds.

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2) Melt butter and add to matzo mixture. Toss with a fork or your fingertips to combine.

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3) Line a medium size baking dish with parchment paper and add 1/2 of the matzo mixture to the bottom. Press down and on the sides of the baking dish.  Set aside.

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4) In a food processor, add thawed fruit and pulse a few times until it is a “chunky” puree. Add fruit to a bowl and add lemon juice and zest and almond extract. add fruit mixture on top of matzo mixture and then add the rest of matzo to top it off.

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5)  Bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes until fruit begin to bubble.

6) Serve with fresh berries and a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Matzo Almond Fruit Crumble

Yield: 12

WW Points: 7/serving With 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt: +2

Ingredients

  • 6 matzo, crushed into crumbs
  • 1/4 cup matzo meal
  • 2 Tb white sugar
  • 2 Tb brown sugar
  • 1 cup almonds, ground
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 lb bag of frozen fruit
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 lemon, zest and juice

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix together the matzo, matzo meal, both sugars and almonds.
  2. Melt butter and add to matzo mixture. Toss with a fork or your fingertips to combine.
  3. Line a medium size baking dish with parchment paper and add 1/2 of the matzo mixture to the bottom. Press down and on the sides of the baking dish. Set aside.
  4. In a food processor, add thawed fruit and pulse a few times until it is a "chunky" puree. Add fruit to a bowl and add lemon juice and zest and almond extract. add fruit mixture on top of matzo mixture and then add the rest of matzo to top it off.
  5. Bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes until fruit begin to bubble.
  6. Serve with fresh berries and a dollop of Greek yogurt.
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