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MAC's Recipe of the Month: May 2017

Jennifer Jasmin - Monday, May 01, 2017

Cheery Cherry, 7-ingredient Balanced Breakfast!

Yogurt can be such a versatile ingredient. It is a key ingredient in traditional dishes of many cultures and can be used in dishes that are sweet, savory, bitter or sour. It is often found in baked dishes, creamy salad dressings, dips and spreads. Personally, I like yogurt in all forms, but I love parfaits because you can eat them for breakfast or dessert! Greek yogurt is thicker, slightly more tart compared to regular yogurt, and is packed with protein making it perfect for a morning meal, or evening snack before bed. I love Siggi’s 0% or 2% low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt because it comes from grass-fed cows, has less sugar than other brands, and is loaded with 14 grams of protein in just one 5.3 ounce serving. Look for Siggi’s at your local Market Basket, Shaw’s, Stop n Shop, Whole Foods, and many more locations. Next time you are in the mood for something sweet and delicious, try this cherry chia jam almond parfait. Sweet cherries are in season from the beginning of May through the end of summer. Their deep red, crimson color means they are packed with powerful antioxidants, natural melatonin, which supports healthy sleep patterns, and anti-inflammatory compounds. Homemade cherry chia jam is bursting with fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, iron, and calcium all paired perfectly with the sweet and tangy vanilla yogurt. Top it off with some crunch by adding sliced almonds and/or granola! Spread the love and serve this at your next holiday, cocktail, or brunch party!


Cherry Chia Jam Almond Parfait
Yield: About 10 ounces of jam
Total Time: 15-30 minutes

Ingredients:

For Jam:
2 cups of frozen, pitted cherries, thawed – (use fresh, pitted, if in season!)
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon of orange juice, fresh preferred
1 teaspoon of almond extract

For Parfait:
3/4 cup of vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
Orange zest – optional
Granola – optional

Directions:
Add the cherries, almond extract, maple syrup, and orange juice to a saucepan over medium heat.
Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Gently mash the cherries with a wooden spoon or potato masher.
Bring the mixture to a low boil, and then reduce heat to low. Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
Turn off heat and stir in the chia seeds. The jam will thicken as it cools.
Once cool, taste the jam and add more sweetener if desired.
Store the cherry chia jam in an air-tight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
To make the parfait, place ½ cup of yogurt in the bottom of a small dish, top it with 2 tbsp. of chia jam, followed by ¼ cup of more yogurt.
Then sprinkle 2 tbsp. of nuts or granola on top. Garnish with orange zest if desired. Enjoy!

Approximate Nutrition Information per serving:
Calories per serving: 300
Fat per serving: 11.25g
Protein per serving: 14g
Total Carbohydrate: 35g
Fiber: 3.5g
Sodium: 122mg

This month's recipe contribution comes from Jamie Ambach, Dietetic Intern learning alongside MAC Registered Dietitian, Jen Jasmin.

Personalizing recipes is one of Jen Jasmin's specialties! Contact Jen today.


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