Sweet ricotta and strawberry parfaits
with its creamy texture and a quarter of the fat of traditional whipped cream, ricotta cheese make delightful parfaits with the nutritional benefits of calcium, protein, and antioxidants from the berries
1 pound fresh strawberries, trimmed and halved or quartered
1 tablespoon snipped fresh mint
one carton part skim ricotta cheese, 15 ounces
3 tablespoons light agave nectar
1/4 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
in medium bowl mix strawberries, sugar, and the 1 tablespoon snipped mint. Gently stir to mix. Let stand about 15 minutes or until berries soften and start to release their juices.
In another medium bowl mix ricotta, agave nectar, vanilla and lemon peel. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed for two minutes.
To assemble parfaits, scoop 1 tablespoon of the ricotta mixture into each of six parfait glasses. Top ricotta mixture in each glass with a large spoonful of the strawberry mixture. Repeat layers with the remaining ricotta mixture and strawberry mixture. Garnish with additional fresh mint. Serve at once or cover and chill for up to four hours makes six servings.