My Mom usually referred to this dessert as "The Weight Watchers dessert" since that is where she got the recipe from back in the early 80's. I've also heard it referred to as "Orange Delight" or "The Orange Jell-o Dessert". Whatever you call it - it is good! We loved it as kids but I always wished my Mom would put more mandarin oranges in it. Well, I'm a big girl now so I make it the way I like it - with nuts and a large can of mandarin oranges!
Lots of folks know of this recipe so I'm sure it won't be a new recipe for many of you. But for some of you, it might be a novel idea. If you've never eaten this, you really have to give it a try. I don't think of it as a diet dessert at all. It is light, refreshing and it satisfies any sweet tooth. I can eat it before bed and I don't feel like a pot-bellied pig all night. I, like my Mom, carry this with me to many potlucks and folks really enjoy it. I always come home with an empty bowl. And don't let the list of ingredients deter you. I know lots of folks gag at the thought of cottage cheese being in this. Most folks don't taste the cottage cheese as a separate ingredient in this. Unless they know it's in there, a lot of people can't really put their finger on what is different about this. It just blends together with the other flavors to create a slightly textured dessert - if that makes sense. But if you just absolutely cannot stand the thought of putting it in there - by all means, just leave it out.Ingredients:
1 container 16 oz. small-curd cottage cheese
1 box orange Jell-O
1 can (15 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
1 (8 oz.) tub COOL WHIP, thawed
2 cups mini marshmallows
½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
Combine container of cottage cheese with the orange jell-o packet. Stir until well mixed. Add in the well-drained can of mandarin oranges and the tub of Cool Whip. Stir. Now stir in the marshmallows and pecans. Store in the refrigerator and allow to get nice and cool. If you were to eat it right away, it would taste grainy from the Jell-O. But give it at least a couple of hours and the flavors will really come together and blend nicely. This is definitely a dessert you can make the day before you need it.