Rocco says: "This recipe is extremely easy and a great way to fool your taste buds into thinking they are in serious dessert town. The papaya contains an enzyme that aids in the digestion of protein, so it's the perfect match here."

High-Protein "Rice Pudding" with Papaya


1 1/2 cups nonfat cottage cheese (such as Friendship)

2 sugar-free reduced-calorie vanilla pudding cups (such as Jell-O)

2 tablespoons liquid sugar-free vanilla creamer (such as Coffee-mate)

4 packets monk fruit extract (such as Monk Fruit In The Raw)

1 cup fresh diced papaya


Empty the cottage cheese into a mixing bowl, cover it with cold water and stir gently to separate the curds from the creamy part. Scoop out the curds with a small colander and strain out residual water.

In another bowl, combine the pudding cups, creamer, monk fruit extract and salt and mix well. Add the curds to the pudding mixture and gently mix together. Spoon the pudding into four small bowls, top each dish with 1/4 cup of papaya, and serve.

Makes about 4 servings.

Recipe reprinted from The Pound a Day Diet by Rocco DiSpirito. Available at

Originally published in the May 2014 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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