Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Relief and Brunch

My friend Rachel came over for brunch this weekend. (link) She hates eggs and has been eating cookie dough and cold pizza for breakfast since her husband left for overseas work (or chocolate covered fruit recently). I spoke with my dietitian about breakfast alternatives that I could make/recommend to Rachel, and she gave me an assignment to try out Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt can be purchased with 0%, 2%, or full fat and tastes much more thick and rich than "regular" yogurt. It also has 20g of protein per cup. This is an unreal amount of protein in a food that is not meat. TE has been trying to get me to enjoy protein shakes with him for years and I refuse to even sip one because I swear that I HATE protein powder. Especially soy protein. I love veggie burgers, veggie sausages, veggie anything made with soy, but I will never, ever, ever eat any soy "dairy" products, protein powder included. Yes it is probably a mental block, but still it is a real aversion for me. So getting back to shakes. This is a perfect way for the two of us to enjoy shakes in the morning, all we need is to add Greek yogurt rather than regular yogurt or milk and no protein powder needed to get a large amount of protein! Happiness.
I have not done that yet but here is the recipe I did make with the Greek yogurt for Rachel:

Greek Yogurt with a Fig, Date, and Honey Swirl
(recipe from foodnetwork.com)
Serves 3

1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup almonds (nuts toasted in frying pan)
8 figs, dried, cut into quarters
8 dried dates, pitted and chopped
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup water
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cups Greek yogurt

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the figs, dates, honey, water, and lemon juice.
Cook for about 10 minutes until fruit is soft.
Set aside and let it cool slightly.
Place the yogurt into individual bowls
Spoon the warm fruit onto the yogurt and gently swirl the fruit through the yogurt.
Sprinkle on the nuts.
Serve immediately.

*I served this on top of 1/4c lowfat granola with raisins. The picture was taken after we mixed the yogurt so it looks sloppy, but it was totally yummy.

Must get moving so I will update the post with calorie info so check back in a few...
Also I will include the amazing cinnamon buns that accompanied the yogurt.


Anonymous said...

So I checked out YOUR sitemeter (I haven't yet implemented the no-procrastinating schedule, and anyway, I needed a break) and you have the same unknown, no-IP address check! Whoever you are, come out and send us a message!

So that's how you made the Greek yogurt and fruit. Which version of the yogurt did we have? It was GOOD. Quite possibly the best breakfast I've had since DB left! I might have to make it for him when he comes back... :)

You know, the word verification is "losor" - which I think has to do with the CR weight loss. Right?

Liz said...

Which number? All I see is you and me reading my blog since yesterday, plus one guy looking for food network's recipe for the yogurt :)
I made the 0% trader joes brand Greek yogurt!

aprilJoy said...

i had no idea that greek yogurt had soo much protein..I'll have to try it again. BTW where are you? I miss my best friend???!!!