I believe in dessert.
I believe in dessert every day. Which is probably why I do not believe in bikinis!
But in all seriousness, a tiny taste of sweetness, a little bite of pleasure each and every day is my definition of good living. As I mentioned last week, the folks at Fage (makers of wonderfully creamy Greek yogurt) have asked a handful of bloggers to weigh in on the concept of good living, and to my mind, what it really boils down to is one simple word: dessert.
Dessert is about indulgence, about treating yourself well, about a moment of pure pleasure. It doesn’t have to be extravagant – a square of dark chocolate, a bowl of sweet berries – but it does have to be savored. Without guilt. Gobbling up a cupcake and spending the whole night worried about the calories is not part of living the good life. All bikini jokes aside, I think good living is about finding a balance that includes dessert.
When I was in high school, I spent a summer in France, living with a family in Lyon. My French ‘Mom’ made all my meals. My lovely picnic lunch always included a tiny sweet treat. And our fresh and flavorful multi-course dinners always ended with an indulgent bite of something lovely. The pleasure of dessert defined that summer. And yet, I lost 10 pounds. Go figure.
Fifteen years later, I still haven’t figured out how to eat like a French woman. But lightened up treats help me to keep balance and live the good life. Frozen yogurt is, of course, a constant favorite. Lately I have been obsessing over creamy, tart versions, and am loving making my own. This cranberry chocolate chip frozen yogurt is extra tart thanks to the seasonal fruit, and lusciously creamy when made with Fage Total.
This frozen yogurt would be a wonderful addition to a Thanksgiving spread. But personally, I like to savor a scoop while sitting on my sunny porch all on my own. The sweet, tart flavor of the yogurt plays off the rich bits of chocolate. And the color is beyond pretty! But the best part of this recipe is how quick and easy it is to make.
Cranberry Chocolate Chip Frozen yogurt
12 oz fresh cranberries, rinsed
2/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons strawberry jam
18 ounces Fage 2% plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a saucepan, cook the cranberries and sugar over medium low heat, stirring often, about 10 minutes, until the berries all burst. Press the cranberry mixture through a strainer (this will take some effort as it will be thick and jammy, just be patient and press with the back of a wooden spoon). Discard the solids in the strainer and cover and refrigerate the strained sauce. Once chilled, stir together the cranberry mixture, maple syrup, jam, and yogurt until well combined. Add the mixture to your ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturers directions, adding the the chocolate chips towards the end of the process. This yogurt is at its best and most creamy when eaten right away, but can be stored in a sealed container in the freezer for a few days if need be.
As part of the Foodbuzz Featured Publisher program, I have been entered for the chance to win a trip to Greece courtesy of FAGE. You too can enter to win one of three trips to Greece by entering the FAGE Plain Extraordinary Greek Getaway here: http://www.fageusa.com/community/fage-greek-getaway