Yogurt Parfait on a Plate

All the research tells us that when it comes to our health, we’re far better off eating in than eating out. It makes good sense. Portions at restaurants tend to outsize our natural appetites. And professional chefs are more generous with the sugar, butter, and salt than home cooks. Add to that the fact that adequate fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are often neglected or left off restaurant plates altogether .

Nevertheless,  I’m no hermit when it comes to eating. Sure, most of my meals come from my home kitchen, but I enjoy dining out. Not only is it a pleasure and relief to let someone else do the cooking, some of my best ideas are inspired by what others have cooked for me.

Take today’s recipe, for example. It was a breakfast I ordered at a hotel during a mini getaway with the kids.  It was so good on day one, I had it three days running. At first glance, I thought it odd to serve yogurt on a plate. Plus, bowls are rather trendy of late (consider the popularity of the smoothie bowl, the hot-off-the-presses cookbook titled, simply, Bowl, and the fact that Tom and Gisele’s personal chef is, “all about serving meals in bowls.”)

BUT here’s the happy upside of going off-trend and making a Yogurt Parfait on a Plate:  Spreading all the ingredients thin and layering them one on top of another, means you get a little something of everything  in every single bite, right down to those chewy slivers of Medjool dates. Plus, it makes for a very pretty presentation.

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Yogurt Parfait on a Plate

This breakfast parfait is more than the sum of it's parts. It may have all the same ingredients you'd put in a typical yogurt/granola bowl, but prepared this way, spread thin and done in layers, means you get a little bit of everything in every bite. Plus, since you eat with your eyes first, it's old-fashioned good looks don't hurt for whetting the appetite.
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 365 kcal
Author katiemorford

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 1/2 heaping cup berries (stem and quarter strawberries, if using)
  • 2 dates , pitted and cut lengthwise into 4 to 6 strips
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put the yogurt onto a small platter or dinner plate and use the back of a spoon to spread it into a thin oval or circle. Sprinkle the granola over the yogurt, followed by the berries and dates. Drizzle honey over the top, if desired. Serve with a spoon.

Comments

03.10.2016 at 11:16 AM #

Pam R

This seems so obvious, but I definitely never thought of ding this. It looks so much more enticing than parfait in a bowl!

03.10.2016 at 11:16 AM #

katiemorford

I was thinking it might be a good one for entertaining, too. Do up a big platter as part of a brunch buffet.

03.10.2016 at 8:38 PM #

Alli

It’s like smoothie bowl meets parfait. Or it is parfait meets smoothie bowl? Either way it’s great. 🙂

03.10.2016 at 8:38 PM #

katiemorford

Thanks Alli!

03.11.2016 at 11:35 AM #

Sally @ Real Mom Nutrition

This is great. I am all about changing up presentation–it can especially make a difference in how kids perceive and accept foods. And I love your point about getting each of the flavors in every bite. Nice post!

03.11.2016 at 11:35 AM #

katiemorford

AND…you can get your kids to make this. They could even “paint” the yogurt on the plate using a pastry brush.

03.11.2016 at 6:43 PM #

Liz - Meal Makeover Mom

I’m laughing out loud, because all we eat from in my house are bowls. Plates? Who needs ’em?! But I must admit that I love your parfait on a plate. I’m going to try it as I clearly need to take a break from my obsession. (PS: Thanks for the heads up on Bowl!)

09.13.2016 at 8:02 PM #

Janet Myers

Am stating the obvious I’m sure, but after spreading the yogurt on the plate, the granola should be sprinkled over the yogurt, not vice versa.

09.13.2016 at 8:02 PM #

katiemorford

I’m so grateful for readers like you. Yes! And thanks for catching that and telling me. Downside of doing a blog is I don’t have an editor.

01.25.2018 at 6:43 PM #

Marilyn Wright Yon, MS, RDN, LD

I have to try this ASAP! I have never seen the appeal of smoothie bowls but this I can’t wait to try.

01.25.2018 at 6:43 PM #

katiemorford

I had it this morning for breakfast. Hope you like it as much as I do!

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