Greetings from Ireland! We arrived in our new home town of Cavan yesterday and the sun has been shining the whole time (which I’m taking as a good sign). Cavan is in the north, just 15 minutes from Northern Ireland. It’s marked by rolling green hillsides dotted with fluffy white sheep and spotted cows. I like it out here. It’s quieter and more laid back than the big city of Dublin. I will say though, ever since we got off the plane everyone has been so welcoming! People are very friendly and kind here. They do talk fast and I’m often looking towards the husband for translation of what was just said. Hopefully I will quickly develop an ear for it. We’re staying in a B & B owned by a family with three very young boys running around. The whole family is lively and fun and our bed is comfy so I’m quite happy. This morning the mother made us a full Irish breakfast, which was a real treat (rashers, black and white pudding, broiled tomato, Irish bacon, eggs, brown bread and scones)! The husband felt like he was finally back home again.
Today I’ve got the opposite of a full Irish breakfast to share with you- a light and healthy Blueberry Parfait. The husband and I are a bit tired of all the eating out and looking forward to finding a home so I can get back in the kitchen. I developed this recipe for a client a couple weeks before we left America. It includes instructions for a quick and simple lightly sweetened granola, but you should just use a scoop of your favorite recipe or store-bought brand if you like. If you want granola on a whim this is a nice recipe for emergencies when the cupboard isn’t stocked with much.The combination of orange juice, zest, and orange flower water lends a floral, fresh note to this perfect for spring parfait. Keep an eye out for the first blueberries of the season and enjoy them with creamy yogurt and a hint of cinnamon.
This recipe for yogurt parfait may seem like an indulgent treat, but it’s actually a healthy breakfast to fuel you throughout the day. The yogurt is rich in calcium and protein to support your bones and muscles. Blueberries and the flaxseed speckled granola contain antioxidants and fiber to promote heart health and aid in tissue recovery after exercise. It’s important to fuel your body with a great breakfast before exercise, and this quick and easy parfait is a balanced blend of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats.
Ingredients for Parfait
- 3/4 cup Blueberries
- 1 cup Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- a couple drops of orange flower water (optional)
- 1/2 cup granola
In a medium bowl, stir together yogurt, orange zest, orange juice, and orange flower water. Build the parfaits by evenly dividing ingredients between two small glasses or bowls. Spoon 1/4 cup yogurt into the bottom of each glass or bowl. Top each with half the granola and blueberries. Repeat layers one time, finishing with blueberries. Serve immediately. A drizzle of orange blossom honey on top of the parfait is a nice way to top it off.
Ingredients for Granola
makes 6 servings, 1/4 cup each
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Heat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Warm the honey and oil in a small pot on the stovetop, stirring, till combined. Allow to cool slightly. In a medium bowl, mix together oats, almonds, flax and cinnamon. Pour honey and oil over the dry ingredients and mix together with a spoon. Evenly spread the granola over a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15- 20 minutes, till toasted, stirring halfway through. Allow granola to cool, then store in an airtight container.