Prosper's Artisan Yogurt in a Parfait and I am on a LOVE roll......

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We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past,

but by the love we’re not extending in the present. -   Marianne Williamson

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Fun Breakfast Parfait

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I started out with 3 cups* Prosper's Artisan Yogurt, plain.

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I added 1 tbsp. dark maple syrup, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. vanilla and mixed it in well.

Layer in a pint canning jar:

1.  extra full 1/3 cup yogurt

2. homemade granola (Yes, I have a yummy recipe if you would like it... ask!)

3. thawed out local berries

4. sprinkle with shredded coconut

5. extra full 1/3 cup yogurt

6. repeat granola, berries

7. remaining yogurt, will be less than 1/4 cup

8. stick a long parfait or "iced tea" spoon into the jar & serve it up to a hungry loved one, self included!

*This is enough yogurt for 3 parfaits

Options:

For extra fat & protein, I often add 2, or more, tablespoons of almond butter to the yogurt when mixing it up.

I also sometimes whip a raw egg (From a free range, local farm, where I know the farmer & farm.  Do not use grocery store, factory farm raised eggs in raw food.) and mix the egg into the yogurt mix.

Slivered almonds are also good with or without the shredded coconut.

Looking down into the jar of breakfast fun!

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Gustatory Guru of Gastronomy

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Gustatory Guru of Gastronomy

So recently, I received a very sweet email, thanking me for my support in cleaning up this divine person's diet and contributing to their vibrant health.  And... "Gustatory Guru of Gastronomy" was the "alliterative moniker" she used for me!

Seems a lighter label than Diet “Dr. Doom” from an earlier blog post inspired by an encounter with a "health" chump of mine!

I find this to be true of people who are ready, on the cusp of making healthy changes in their lives:

When you are a stick of dynamite, ready to blast off into health and healing, changes are easier to accomplish and feel good about!

I light the fire under you and inspire you to activate your beautiful mind. You then peel back the layers to uncover your perfect soul. Healthy changes happen because when you feel good, you want to feel better.  What a ripple effect!

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And... when one is not quite ready to dive headlong into major changes (Maybe you are one for a more subtle metamorphosis!), I help plant a seed.  A seed that will bloom and grow in your life, when the "soil" and conditions are right for growth.

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Recipe:

Ethiopian Smothered Brussel Sprouts and Carrots with Turmeric 

1-2 tbsp butter, ghee, or toasted sesame oil

1 medium red onion, finely chopped

Unrefined Sea Salt

3 cloves garlic, minced

¾-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced (or use dried ginger powder in a pinch!)

2 tsp ground turmeric

1/2 lb carrots, quartered lengthwise and cut into bite sized chunks

2 lbs Brussel sprouts, cut in half to make bite sized pieces

How to throw this together into a scrumptious pile of food:

Saute' the onion in butter, add ginger and saute' for 1-2 minutes more

Add carrot and Brussel sprout chunks

Let simmer in a cover pan for 10 minutes or so (I like the veggies to have a crispness to them)

Sprinkle turmeric over veggies, add crushed garlic cloves and stir well.

Turn off heat and let sit, covered, while you finish getting the table ready.

Serve:  over red lentils.

I bring 1 1/2 cups of water to boil, add 1 cup red lentils,  and gently return to simmer.  Shut off heat when it returns to simmer and keep covered.  I then take the dog for a good 1/2 walk and the lentils are ready when I come out of the woods!

Options:

Use cabbage and potatoes instead of carrots & brussel sprouts

Add garlic, ginger powder, and turmeric to 1 cup pasture raised milk in your blender.  I also add 1/2 to 1 cup shredded coconut.  Blend to a puree and pour over veggies, stir well and gently re-warm.

Use coconut milk with the above spices.

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As you can see, I added a few raw cashews on top!

The veggies are all local, seasonal, and organic.

The spices, coconut, and cashews... well, not so local!  face