Berry Parfaits

I love Parfaits. I like to pretty them up for the children, to turn them into special treats.

  • I put them into sundae cups for a nice treat. Or I use decorative bowls.
  • I have real tea-spoons with long handles that I place in the cups.

Berries are healthy and should be a part of everyone’s diet, with the possible exception of babies. My daughters and the daycare children love these, as do I.

  • Use any type of berries you like, and or combination of berries.
  • Use coconut cream, flavoring it if you’d like with pure vanilla or mint extract.
  • Add toppings such as fresh cherries or dried fruit, if desired.
  • Add seeds or nuts to the top.

All you do is:

  • Put a tablespoon of cream in the bottom of the cup.
  • Layer coconut yogurt and berries until you get to the top.
  • Add your choice of topping(s).

These parfaits are great for:

  • Daycare children to make.
  • Hot summer days.
  • Party treats.

They make great:

  • Snacks.
  • Breakfast ideas.
  • Desserts.

Enjoy!

Shannon

P.S. If you have any parfait ideas that you’d care to share, please post them in the comments. Thank you.

Shannon

 

Watermelon and Blueberries with Coconut Cream

I love melons and berries, and find combining the two makes for some tasty recipes. These combinations are great for spring and summer.

This recipe makes a great side dish to any meal, but will also make a delicious snack or dessert.

Ingredients

1 cup cubed or balled seedless watermelon

½ cup blueberries

2 to 3 tablespoons coconut cream flavored with pure vanilla or mint extract to taste

  1. Rinse the blueberries well. Lay them out one towel and pat dry with a towel.

  2. Place the watermelon and blueberries in a salad bowl, and top with coconut cream.

Tips

  • To save money, use fresh produce from your own garden.

Serving Suggestions

Shannon

Strawberry Cream Surprise

I love strawberries, and I love coconut. I love mixing coconut cream with pure extracts to come up with different flavorings. This recipe uses pure mint extract.

Add add different toppings to this for variety, choosing something different each time you make it.

Ingredients

Serves: 1

sundae cup

long-handled tea-spoon

coconut cream flavored with pure vanilla extract to taste

3 large sliced strawberries

1 teaspoon baker’s cocoa

  1. Put a few tablespoons of cream into the bottom of a small sundae cup.
  2. Sprinkle with the baker’s cocoa and give it just a little mix.
  3. Add the sliced strawberries.

Tips

  • Grow and/or pick your own strawberries to save money.
  • Try using a different type of pure extract, such as almond or vanilla.

Serving Suggestions

  1. Serve for breakfast with a turkey based egg scramble.
  2. Serve for dessert or a snack.
  3. Serve for lunch or dinner with a casserole.

Shannon

 

Blueberry-Strawberry Parfait

I love parfaits during the spring and summer months. This berry based parfait is easy to make for a quick snack any time, and a little dark chocolate can be added if it is to be consumed as a dessert.

Ingredients

blueberries

strawberries

coconut cream flavored with pure vanilla extract

unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)

Paleo granola (optional)

dark chocolate chips (optional)

  1. Rinse the berries well, and lay them out on a towel to dry for a few minutes.

  2. Slice the strawberries, disposing of the tops.

  3. Layer the ingredients like so: Coconut cream, blueberries, strawberry slices. Do this, being sure the top layer is of coconut cream when done. Sprinkle Paleo granola over the top, and some dark chocolate chips if desired.

Tips

  • To save money, grow your own berries.

  • Try other berries when in season.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with a vegetable-based salad on a warm day.

 

Shannon

Frugal Popsicle Ideas

Spring and summer are the best times for popsicles. Sitting on the front porch with the family on a warm evening, enjoying a popsicle, and watching the stars, was one of my favorite things when Skye and Zowie were little.

These popsicles are easy for children to make, though mom or dad may need to cut the fruit for them.

You can make popsicles from these drinks by simply pouring them into popsicle molds bought for $1 per set at a dollar tree, making these very frugal treats for everyone. Pull them out when you hear the ice cream truck approaching.

Liquids for Popsicles

Fruit add-ins for popsicles

Adding fruit to the popsicles will make them extra special.

  • kiwi
  • banana
  • apple chunks
  • pear chunks
  • strawberry chunks
  • raspberries
  • blueberries

What are your favorite popsicle liquids and add-ins? Let us know in the comments.

Shannon

 

 

Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Red, White, and Blue Parfait

A simple treat that can be used as a side to any meal, or a snack, or even as a dessert. And, they are great when served at Patriotic holiday tables. Small children can help with this one as well, if you cut the grapes yourself.

Keep these in the refrigerator until they are ready to serve. The measurements will depend on how many you need to make.

Ingredients

red grapes

blueberries

coconut cream concentrate

pure vanilla extract

  1. Rinse the fruit. Dry carefully with a clean towel.
  2. Halve the grapes.
  3. Combine the coconut cream and 1+ tsp pure vanilla in a bowl, and whisk or beat a couple of minutes to blend well.
  4. Place some blueberries into the bottom of each sundae cup, and a dollop of cream, then add grapes.
  5. Add another dollop of cream to the top, and a few more blueberries.
  6. Refrigerate.

Tips

  • Rather than using grapes, try red apple slices, raspberries, or strawberries. Whatever will allow you to save a little money.
  • Drizzle the top with an easy syrup: Raspberries or strawberries, boiled in water to make a syrup. Do not add sweetener.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve at breakfast with pancakes and sausage.

You may also enjoy these patriotic holiday recipes

Watermelon Stars

A Simple Food Platter

Berries and Cream

Fruit Salad

Berry Parfait

Happy 4th of July!

Shannon

Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Berries and Cream

In trying to come up with some easy patriotic recipes, I find myself concentrating a lot on berries because of their brightness of color.

Fresh, they are the tastiest fruits to use. Try picking them on your own for the most affordable way to get them. Growing them is easy, or you can find them out in the wild. Picking them at farms is another way to go, though this time of the year (end of June) you may find they are just as affordable in the store.

This is a simple way to use berries. Find clear bowls, or even clear sundae cups (coupled with real tea spoons!), to chill and serve these in.

Ingredients

1 pint blueberries

1/2 to 1 pint strawberries

a fresh mint for each bowl or cup for garnish, + extra for chopping

coconut cream concentrate

1 tsp or more pure vanilla

  1. Rinse the berries, and blot dry carefully with a clean towel.
  2. Hull and slice the strawberries, and add them to a bowl with the blueberries.
  3. Rinse the sprigs of mint as well, again blotting dry with a towel.
  4. Peel the leaves of mint from a sprig, and chop roughly. Add this to the berries.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine coconut cream and vanilla, whisking or beating for a couple of minutes to combine well.
  6. Fold the cream into the bowl of berries and mint, carefully mixing until coated. Start with half the cream, then add more if needed. A light coating is all that is necessary.
  7. Spoon the berry mixture into clear bowls or cups, and add a sprig of mint to each.
  8. Chill until ready to serve.

Tips

  • Try different berry combinations. Use whatever is in season.
  • See if you can stock up on cream and vanilla while on sale, and look for coupons to save money.

Serving Suggestions

  1. Serve this as a side with a burger and side salad.
  2. Or, serve as a dessert after lunch or dinner.

You may also enjoy these patriotic holiday recipes

Watermelon Stars

A Simple Food Platter

Berries and Cream

Fruit Salad

Berry Parfait

Red, White, and Blue Parfait

Have a happy Fourth of July!!!

Shannon

 

Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Fruit Salad

Salads are great for patriotic holidays, because of the sheer number of color combinations of the different foods that might be added. This salad concentrates on combining reds, whites, and blues, in a tasty way that will make your mouth water. Sweetness, with a bit of tang. Perfect for the Fourth of July or any other patriotic day.

I love fruit salads. Previously, I have made them with whipped topping. Feel free to do so if you prefer, but I am trying to eat healthier. This is a new recipe for me, in that it uses coconut cream instead of whipped, as well as berries.

I am sometimes able to get a couple pints of blueberries at the grocery store for $4.00, or can buy them for $2.00 per pint on the side of the road. Fresh berries are the best to use, and often the most affordable.

There are no measurements for my version, as I usually make a lot and eat what is left over the following few days. I really just guess at everything. I will try to give measurements here though. Use them or not. Change them if you please.

This is a great recipe for kids, but an adult will want to open the cans and cut the fruit.

Ingredients

1 can pineapple chunks in water

1 large banana

1/2 to 1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes

1 pint blueberries

1 pint raspberries

1/2 pound strawberries

1 can coconut cream concentrate

1 tsp or more pure vanilla

  1. Drain the pineapple chunks, reserving the juice for later use in a smoothie or another recipe by storing it in a covered canning jar.
  2. Peel the banana, and slice into rounds. Cut the rounds into halves or quarters, whatever you prefer.
  3. Rinse the remaining fruits, and pat dry with a clean towel.
  4. Cut them into slices or chunks.
  5. Place all the fruit in a bowl. Cover with coconut flakes.
  6. Pour the coconut cream into another bowl, and add vanilla to taste. Whisk or beat for a couple of minutes to combine well.
  7. Pour as much of the cream as you think you will need into the bowl with the fruit and coconut flakes. You can always add more if necessary. Combine the cream with the berries, and coconut, using a rubber spatula, until well combined. Add more cream if necessary. If not, store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Tips

  • Try using different types of berries. Whatever is affordable (or free!) at the time.
  • Look into whether it would be more affordable to buy a whole watermelon than canned.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve at barbecues and picnics with burgers, corn on the cob, and other foods.

You may also enjoy these patriotic holiday recipes

Watermelon Stars

A Simple Food Platter

Berries and Cream

Red, White, and Blue Parfait

Berry Parfait

Happy 4th of July!

Shannon

 

Simple Salad Topped with Berries

I love salads. They are a refreshing, easy way to compliment lunch or dinner, and can also be eaten as a snack. Prepared correctly, and the salad can actually be the main component of a meal.

Ingredients

Romaine lettuce

cabbage

1 hard-boiled egg

strawberries

raspberries

  1. Rinse the produce well, laying each on a towel. Pat dry with another towel.

  2. Quickly shred the lettuce and cabbage with a sharp knife, and distribute among plates.

  3. Slice the egg and place around the plate.

  4. Remove tops of strawberries, then slice the tops and place over the cheese on each plate.

  5. Add a few raspberries to each plate as well.

Tips

  • Use produce from your own organic garden to save money and provide a healthier salad.

  • Use coupons to purchase the cheese, or buy a store brand, to save even more money.

  • Try adding a few blueberries to each plate.

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy!

Shannon

Fruity Ice Cubes

Sun tea and water will both benefit from the addition of fruity ice cubes. They are easily made by chopping fruit to fit into the sections of an ice-cube tray, and pouring water over them. Grapes can be cut in half or used left whole, and small berries will not need to be cut at all. Use one piece of fruit or a combination of different types of fruit in each section. Freeze, then fill a glass with ice before adding liquid. Try these fruits:
  • Raspberries

  • Blueberries

  • Black raspberries

  • Cherries

  • Grapes

  • Watermelon

  • Cantaloupe

  • Honeydew melon

  • Kiwi

 What other fruits can you think of to make fruity ice cubes with?

Shannon