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This recipe is a wonderful, savory variation on the typically sweet parfait, incorporating an entire spectrum of flavors. The tang of yogurt, earthy garbanzo beans, sweet raisins, and springy greenness of herbs fresh from the garden make an incredibly satisfying light meal or snack. Julia, Recipe Hunter

Julia Rackow, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter

THE RECIPE

Minty Yogurt Parfaits

Layered up savory parfaits

Parfaits are pretty magical: they make great breakfasts, snacks, or desserts. Layering ingredients, rather than stirring them together before serving, not only makes a beautiful presentation, but it means that you can customize your individual parfait and eat it how you choose–stirred or separate. What’s more, they are quick and easy to prepare, and can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Inspired by the Persian yogurt dip, Mast-o-Khiar, Sofia brings out the savory side of the much-loved parfait with this recipe. Fresh herbs are incorporated into thick, tangy yogurt and layered with grated cucumber for a light and fresh-tasting springtime treat. The addition of raisins, chickpeas, and nuts makes a great combination of textures and adds substance to each bite of the creamy base, making it a simple, yet completely satisfying meal.

THE CHEF

Sofia Eydelman

Holistic Nutrition Student / Software Developer

Sofia Eydelman from Betacyanin

The healing power of food is a huge focus in my cooking these days and I'm always looking for new ways to enjoy the beautiful and nutritious food that nature gives us. I love to experiment and improvise new recipes based on what's available and what I'm craving at the time.

Sofia is the writer and photographer behind the blog Betacyanin (named for the pigment that gives beets their color). She is currently working as a software developer and studying holistic nutrition in a quest to better understand the ideas behind the idea of “healthy eating.” Her appreciation for both the physical and mental role food takes in our lives is exactly what makes her recipes so wonderful. They showcase seasonal ingredients with simple, clean, and delicious preparations that look good, taste good, and feel good. As an added bonus, she also shares a refreshing thoughtfulness about the food and recipes, which is sure to whet your appetite and get you in the mood to jump into the kitchen for some good, clean cooking.

Head over to Betacyanin and say hello to Sofia on Facebook and Pinterest.

THE TIP

How to Use Grated Cucumber

Grated cucumber can make your dips, spreads, and salads watery if you don't drain it before use. This guide shows you how to salt and drain grated cucumber.

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  • http://twitter.com/MsLynnChen Lynn Chen

    Love this idea, and LOVE this site!!!

    • Julia Rackow

      Thanks Lynn! I’m so glad you are enjoying it!