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June 25, 2013 | Issue 458

Summer Parfait

Berry Parfait with
Lemon Curd Dip

Summer has officially kicked off and what better way to start it than with a cool parfait, bursting with bright berries. Greek yogurt is strained to remove the whey, leaving it very thick and rich in texture. It also packs nearly 3 times as much protein as regular yogurt. Fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries should be hitting markets now and add cancer-fighting phytochemicals to the dish.

Parfait with curd dip

Makes 1 serving.

Per serving: 210 calories, 6 g fat (3.5 g sat fat), 29 g carbohydrates,
7 g protein, 2 g fiber 25 mg sodium.

Curd Dip (alone)

Serves 6.

Per aprox 3 Tbsp. serving: 152 calories, 6 g fat (3 g sat fat), 24 g carbohydrates,
18 g protein, 0 g fiber 5 mg sodium.


  • 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, divided
  • 1/4 cup berries in season, divided
  • 3 Tbsp Lemon Curd Dip, divide
  • 1 whole strawberry with nice leaves

Lemon Curd Dip

  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, thinly sliced and chilled
  • Whole strawberries, with hulls


Lemon Curd Dip

  1. In heavy, medium saucepan, whisk to combine egg yolks, sugar and lemon juice. Over medium-low heat, cook while whisking constantly until mixture looks silky and lightly coats a wooden spoon. When you run a finger down back of spoon, it should leave a clear line. This takes up to 10 minutes. If mixture starts to steam, reduce heat.
  2. Off heat, add cold butter and whisk rapidly until combined. Scoop lemon curd into bowl or serving bowl and let stand until room temperature.
  3. Cover lemon curd with plastic wrap, pressing against surface, and refrigerate curd for at least 12 and preferably 24 hours. It will thicken as it chills. Lemon Curd keeps for 4 days, tightly covered in refrigerator.
  4. To serve, set bowl of chilled lemon curd on large plate and surround it with strawberries.

Berry Parfait

In a parfait glass, layer 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon berries, 1½ tablespoon lemon curd dip. Repeat layers with 2 tablespoon yogurt, 1½ tablespoon berries, 1½ tablespoon lemon curd. Top with 1 tablespoon yogurt, remaining blueberries and whole strawberry.


Grocery list

Nonfat Greek yogurt
Egg yolks
Lemon juice
Unsalted butter

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Most single servings of Greek yogurt contain a whopping 18 grams of protein – almost as much as a 3-ounce serving of beef!

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