I love the 4th of July. Maybe it’s because it’s in the middle of summer, or the fireworks, or just the fact that people get together and eat delicious food! Yes, it’s probably the latter 🙂
And speaking of delicious food, how yummy are parfaits? In the words of Donkey…
“Parfait… everybody loves parfait!!!”
I came across a delicious recipe-sounding recipe for blueberries and lemon cream on Eating Well, and decided it could be transformed into the perfect Red, White and Blue Dessert!
It’s a simple ingredient list:
- 4 oz reduced fat cream cheese
- 3/4 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt
- 1 lemon
- 1 tsp honey
- red and blueberries
I chose organic blueberries and strawberries, but raspberries would be great, too! Also, to make it an even more special dessert, I suggest cutting up chunks of angel food cake to layer into the parfait as well! Drool…
But just the basics make an incredible, light ‘n tasty dessert, too!
First, mash the cream cheese with a fork in a medium bowl.
Add in your yogurt and honey.
Grab a hand-mixer and beat on high until the mixture becomes light and creamy.
Zest your lemon and stir that in, too.
You can stick the cream into the fridge while you wash and slice your berries. If this treat is for later, cover the cream with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.
Then, get to layering! There is no wrong way to do this. Berries and cream or cream then berries. Like I said, some angel food cake pieces layered in would be delicious, too! Garnish with a strawberry. Or be SUPER fancy and stick a sparkler in there, too!
These are a fantastic option for a light dessert that screams I’m proud to be an American!
Although you can use any berries, I highly recommend buying organic for this treat. Since the berries are the star of the show, the organic berries shine with a much more sweet flavor (plus no pesticides- YAY!)
*I only made 2 parfaits to try out the recipe, but had over half the cream left. I’d imagine you could make 4 parfaits out of the total cream made, but of course, feel free to double or triple the recipe if you have more friends than I do 😉
What are you looking forward to eating most during this holiday weekend?
(Or just this weekend, for all my non-American friends out there!)