Fancy Fruit Platter

With the festivities of the Christmas season now in full swing, I wanted to share with you one of my favourite additions to the family breakfast table.  For when the sun is shining, and day ahead is filled with family and celebrations, we like to keep things light and simple at breakfast time (no doubt saving all important calories for later in the day).

Namely – a Fancy Fruit Platter.

Put a bowl of whole fruit in front of me, and I will look at it with relative ambivalence. But slice the fruit and make it into a salad or a fruit platter? Well you won’t keep me (or the kids!) away from it.

On this occasion we filled the platter with all the wonderful seasonal fruits the market had on offer.  Mango, melon, pineapple, pear, passionfruit, kiwi fruit, apricots, nectarines, strawberries, grapes and blueberries.

Served with some lovely vanilla bean yoghurt and honey granola, and we had ourselves quite the delicious start to the day.

Chicken salad with lite caesar dressing

IMG_0523 Let’s start the week off, with something that’s a little lighter. For after weeks, nay months, of craving nothing but carbs (and not the ‘good’ kind) I’ve been seizing any hint of salad craving with gusto. On this occasion, it was a chicken salad. IMG_0520 Jazzed up with  some avocado, boiled eggs and beautiful varieties of tomatoes. IMG_0519 Grilled chicken for protein, and drizzled with a homemade caesar dressing – the lite version. IMG_0515 Simply, 2T natural yoghurt, 1/2 T tahini, i clove garlic (crushed), 1 tsp lemon juice and 1/4 tsp ground cumin.  Stirred together and seasoned to taste. IMG_0516 Drizzled over the salad – topped with parmesan – and our lightened up dinner was complete! IMG_0521 I love using yoghurt as a dressing base – for it is full of flavour but not overpowering. Plus it is often far more healthier than its calorie-laden oil or mayo-based counterparts. IMG_0524 As for the salad itself? Well when there are boiled eggs and beautiful fresh tomatoes involved – you can rarely go wrong Winking smile  IMG_0525 What about you? What is your favourite salad dressing?